Stuart Ficklen Vaughn ’57

Stuart Ficklen Vaughn '57

Stuart Ficklen Vaughn went to be with his Lord on December 11, 2019. “Goose” as he was affectionately known by his many friends and grandchildren was the ultimate role model of how to treat others.

Goose was born on September 21, 1935, in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Robert Candler Vaughn, Sr. and the late Ellen Douglas Arthur Vaughn.

He graduated from Reynolds High School in 1953 and Davidson College in 1957 where he served as Vice President of the student body, was on the honor council, President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and in ROTC. He married Frances Lineberger McDonald of Charlotte in 1963.

After serving in the Army, he pursued a career in the investment business in New York City and continued his career in investments in Winston-Salem. He was a founding partner of First Securities Inc. which later merged to become Wheat First Securities. During his more than fifty years in the investment business, he was widely recognized as tops in the industry.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Frances McDonald Vaughn; two sons, Stuart Ficklen Vaughn, Jr of Winston-Salem and Douglas Arthur Vaughn of Raleigh; and two daughters, Frances Vaughn Powers and Ann Candler Vaughn Cox both of Winston-Salem; and ten grandchildren, Abby Elizabeth Cox, Katherine Ann Cox, Cooper Eleanor Cox, Jane McDonald Powers, Sally Frances Powers, Stuart Ficklen Vaughn, III, and Alexander Lillington Vaughn of Winston-Salem and Samuel Turner Vaughn, Greyson Carrington Vaughn, and Elizabeth Douglas Vaughn of Raleigh.

He is also survived by his brother, Robert Candler Vaughn of a Winston-Salem. Additionally, he dearly loved his two daughters-in-law, Elizabeth McGee Vaughn and Greyson Tucker Vaughn and his son-in-law, Michael David Powers.

In addition to his love of family, Goose had a lifelong love of children and education as exhibited by his passion for fundraising and service to Davidson College, where he served twelve years as a Trustee; The Children’s Center of Winston-Salem, where he served on the board and led fundraising efforts; The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a long time Board member and past President; and The Boy Scouts of America, where he served on the local board and led fundraising efforts for Camp Robert C. Vaughn; He was also an Eagle Scout at the age of 13.

Other Boards included the Forsyth Hospital Foundation, Old Town Club, NC Securities Traders Association where he served as President. National Association of Securities Dealers regional board; First Citizens Bank local board; Summit School; and The Red Cross where he served as President of the Board and led fundraising efforts to build the current headquarters building.

A celebration of Stuart’s life will be held on Friday, December 20 at Centenary United Methodist Church 646 West 5th St, Winston-Salem at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Davidson College Golf Scholarship Fund, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or The Centers for Exceptional Children in Winston-Salem, 2315 Coliseum Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

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Published in The News & Observer on Dec. 15, 2019.

Jerry Glenn Robinson ’57

Jerry Glenn Robinson '57

The Reverend Jerry Glenn Robinson entered the Church Triumphant on July 15, 2019. Born in Lincolnton, NC on December 17, 1935, he was the only child of Jesse Ramseur Robinson and Buna Keener Robinson. Jerry entered Davidson College in 1953 & graduated in 1957.

At the end of his junior year, he wed Judith Gail Chandler of Lincolnton, NC. Graduated from Davidson, in 1957,he was admitted to Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He graduated in 1960 with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained into the Presbyterian Church.

Reverend Robinson served the following churches: Edgefield Presbyterian, Edgefield SC 1960-1966; Johnston &; Trenton Presbyterian Churches (in Edgefield County SC) 1962-1966; Clover First Presbyterian, Clover, SC 1966-1973; Aiken First Presbyterian, Aiken, SC 1973-1977; Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian, Brevard, NC 1977-1984; Clover Christian Fellowship, Clover, SC 1984-1989; Community Bible Ch., Highlands, NC 1989-1993; Cleveland Presbyterian, Abingdon, VA 1993-1997 (interim pastor) and Linwood Presbyterian, Gastonia, NC 1998-2011.

Rev. Robinson is survived by Judith, his wife of 63 years; three sons: Jerry “;Rob”; (Lisa) Robinson of Brevard, Tim (Anna) Robinson of Brevard, and David (Melissa) Robinson of Pineville, NC; seven grandchildren: Amanda (Ricky) Lambert, Christopher (Haesook) Robinson, Nathan (Megan) Robinson, Jesse (Rachel) Robinson, Olivia (Dale) Shuler, Anna and Lily Robinson; six great-grandchildren: Easton Lambert, Jerin Robinson, Gracie, Cayden, and Logan Robinson, and Hunter Shuler.

A celebration of life will be held on August 10, 2019, at two o’clock pm at the Brevard Wesleyan Church located at 583 N. Broad Street, Brevard, NC, across from the Ingles grocery store.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville, 215 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC 28792, or to Kingsbridge House, 10 Sugarloaf Rd., Brevard, NC 28712.

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William “Bill” C. Rawls ’57

Dr. William “Bill” C. Rawls, 84, of Newport, threw off the confines of his tired body and left us Thursday, April 4, 2019. He died at his home.

His service is at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort, officiated by the Rev. Tambria Lee. 

Bill was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Rocky Mount, and was educated at Davidson College. He married Helen Turlington in 1956 and fell in love with the idea of becoming a physician after meeting her father. He completed his medical degree and then residency training to become an OB/GYN at his beloved University of North Carolina. He remained a steadfast UNC basketball fan for the rest of his life.

He was so happy to live long enough to see them beat Duke twice this year. He practiced his medical art in New Bern for many years and raised two sons, who followed his circuitous path into medicine. He and Helen retired to the Beaufort area, where they became a part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

Bill was a physician, sailor, comic, pig-cooker, husband, father and grandfather. He was a man who truly had a sense for adventure and wonder. He had great fortitude to the very end of his life and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Turlington Rawls; his eldest son, William “Bill” C. Rawls Jr., wife Meg Foster Rawls and their two children, Braden and Billy; and his younger son, James Turlington Rawls, wife Darlene Oxendine Rawls and their daughter Maya. And last but certainly not least, he is survived by his beloved chocolate Labrador, Luke, who misses him badly. 

“Many thanks to all in this great community that helped Bill and Helen over these many years.” 

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 215 Ann St., Beaufort, NC 28516. 

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at 

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Bill Currie ’57

Dr. William “Bill” Deems Currie, Sr., passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 14, 2019, in Albemarle, North Carolina.

He was born on September 4, 1935 to Kenneth and Elsie Currie in Wallace, North Carolina and he was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Anna S. Currie, and his brother, Kenneth “Kent” M. Currie, Jr. 

Dr. Currie was educated at Davidson College as an undergraduate (Class of 1957), and he received his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill in Biochemistry.

He met his lovely wife, Anna S. Currie of Sampson County, North Carolina, on the shores of White Lake, and they married on April 2, 1961.

They moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where their first son was born, and returned to North Carolina, settling in Durham, where their second son was born, and where he accepted a position in the Department of Radiology at Duke University Medical School, where he remained until his retirement.

He was an accomplished research professor and he enjoyed teaching medical school students.

Bill loved the Lord and was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, where he served as an elder.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Outer Banks for many years with his wife and sons, travelling the world with Anna, and indefatigably cheering for the UNC Tarheels.

He was a devoted husband and father, sacrificing for the needs of family before his own. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, William Deems Currie, Jr., and his fiancé Gail Johnson; son Patrick W. Currie, his wife Lisa Currie and their children Virginia, Holland, Lachlann and Angus; sister-in-law Catherine “Putsie” Currie and her children, Mark Currie, Rich Currie and Catherine DiLoreto; sister-in-law Carol Stone and her husband, Ed Stone.

Published in HeraldSun on Mar. 24, 2019

James Gregory Poole, Jr. ’57

James Gregory Poole, Jr. was born on December 18, 1934 to Irene Rand Poole and James Gregory Poole, Sr. at the first Rex Hospital on South Street in Raleigh. After a brief illness, he died surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2018.

Greg grew up in Raleigh where he attended public school until the 9th grade when he chose to go to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He was Regimental Commander his senior year. His love of Culver, its focus on the mind, body, and spirit, combined with the relationships he built there with his fellow classmates, were strong influences in his life. 

After graduating from Culver in 1953, he attended Davidson College; he was a quarterback on the football team. After two years he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1957.

After serving six months in the Army Reserves, Greg went to work for the Gregory Poole Equipment Company, which his father founded in 1951. He became President and CEO in 1964 and retired in 1998. Greg helped his father develop MacGregor Downs and later founded MacGregor Development Company, which developed Lochmere and MacGregor Park in Cary.

Greg’s life was characterized by a remarkable knack for developing lasting friendships with all those he encountered. He had a great passion for his community and greatly influenced much of what we enjoy in Raleigh today.

In his later years he worked tirelessly advocating for the establishment of the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. In addition, he spent considerable time developing his basket weaving and woodworking skills, and loved sharing his work with others.

Greg is remembered and admired most not for his considerable accomplishments, but for his character and love of people. His life was framed by his father’s high school class motto, “Building for Character, not for Fame”.

Greg is survived by his four children, James Gregory Poole, III, Barbara Alyson Poole, William Kenan Poole (Stephanie) and Edward Ashton Poole (Fran); eight grandchildren, James Gregory Poole IV, Sarah Lane Poole, John Braxton Poole, Caroline Claire Poole, William Kenan Poole II, Richard Harrison Poole, Edward Ashton Poole, Jr., and Patricia Vaughan Poole.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary Ann Dailey Poole, and his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara Hatcher McDonald.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Poole Enderle, and his parents.

A visitation is planned for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Flowers Cottage, Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh.

A Witness to the Resurrection service in his honor will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A reception will follow.

Memorial gifts in Greg’s honor may be made to the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dorothea Dix Park, Camp Oak Hill or the charity of your choice

James Gregory Poole, Jr. '57

Published in The News & Observer from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019