John Albert Patterson ’58

John Albert Patterson '58

John Albert Patterson, 83, caring doctor, beloved husband, and world-class father and grandfather was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. John, known as “Doc” to his friends and family, worked as a radiologist in Spartanburg for more than 35 years.

During this time, he practiced at the X-Ray Clinic and both Spartanburg Regional and Mary Black Hospitals treating thousands of patients and working with hundreds of doctors, nurses, and staff. He considered all of them friends. In fact, Doc never met a stranger during his lifetime.

Although Doc worked long hours, he always took time to talk with everyone he came in contact with at the hospital, the grocery store, the dry cleaners, the bank, and everywhere else. He took great pleasure in sharing stories about baseball, history, politics, and his favorite subject – his family. According to Doc, after a life well-lived, his only regret was that his small hands kept him from playing in the big leagues. 

Doc was born in “The Land of Pleasant Living” (Shelby, North Carolina) on February 6, 1936 to Cicero and Lallage Patterson, and he was raised alongside his older brother Robert “Bob” Patterson.

Doc was a proud graduate of Shelby High School and Davidson College where he was a baseball standout and made lifelong friends that lasted for more than 60 years. Doc attended medical school, receiving his M.D. from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem.

After graduating medical school, Doc went to work at Charlotte Memorial Hospital where he met and married Sandra Kay Payton in 1966. Sandy was the love of Doc’s life for more than 50 years, and Doc never tired of saying that marrying Sandy was the best decision he ever made. Doc and Sandy settled in Spartanburg and were blessed with three sons- Chris, Jeff, and Matt. 

Without a doubt, spending time with Sandy and the boys was Doc’s greatest joy. He enjoyed coaching his sons and traveling with his family to Braves baseball games, college football games, and an annual trip to Myrtle Beach.

The last decades of Doc’s life were spent loving and teaching his grandchildren: Will, Drew, Clay, Caroline, Lilly, Sam, Jake, and Ella Kate. Doc will be missed by all those whose lives he touched during his lifetime.

In addition to his grandkids, Doc is survived by his sons Chris, Jeff, and Matt and their wives Beth, Jessica, and Diana. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Morningside Baptist Church Welcome Center, 897 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina. The funeral service will begin immediately thereafter at 4:00 PM. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doc’s name can be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Greenville, PO Box 8328, Greenville, South Carolina, 29604 in honor of his grandson Clay. 

An online guest register is available at 

Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel

Copyright 2019 Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)

Benjamin W. Farley ’58

Benjamin W. Farley, Ph.D., husband, father, professor, author, mentor, scholar, minister, and friend, died at the age of 83 on December 28, 2018.

Born in the Philippines to Bessie and Lieutenant Colonel Wirt Farley, he graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary, studying also at Le Centre de Villemetrie near Paris.

He retired with emeritus status having served as the Younts Professor of Bible, Philosophy, and Religion, an endowed chair, at Erskine College.

Ben is survived by his wife, Alice Anne G. Farley; his two sons, John (Norma) and Bryan (Stephanie) Farley and their mother, Margaret Dickert (Eugene); his siblings, Marilyn Cowells (Ken), Betty Goodrich, and Jack Farley (Kitty); and his grandchildren, Georgia, Cole, Wren, Anna, and Mae. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and two stepdaughters and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1112 Hummingbird Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Interment will be in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon, VA.

Memories may be shared at

Published in The State on Dec. 30, 2018

James C. Morris III ’58

Dr. James C. Morris III of Roanoke, Va., passed away peacefully on Monday, December 17, 2018, at the age of 81.

Jim was a Renaissance man with many interests. He was an ongoing devotee of opera, sharing his love of Berlioz amongst family and friends. He liked to paint, interpreting artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

With an avid interest in astronomy, he observed the splendor of the night sky with his home telescope. Jim explored both sky and earth; he and his wife, Dixie, touched base on all seven continents, from New Zealand to China to Antarctica.

He was interested in contemporary music of all sorts, taking his teenaged sons to rock concerts and trips to Washington, D.C., while encouraging neighborhood cohorts in their own musical endeavors, which earned him a reputation as a sympathetic, kindred-soul dad. In his spare time, he was an avid historian of World War II strategies and outcomes.

Jim was born in Louisville, Ky., on March 21, 1937, earned his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College, and his medical degree at Duke University. He completed his General and Plastic Surgery residencies at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and the University of Virginia.

After serving three years in the United States Army, Jim entered private practice in Roanoke, where he treated patients for nearly 40 years. His most famous patient was the boxer, Muhammad Ali, which was documented locally. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Dixie Lee Morris.

Jim is survived by sons, Matthew C.E. Morris and wife, Holt, of Winston-Salem, N.C., James C. Morris and wife, Meredith, of Clemson, S.C.; grandsons, Robert S. Morris, James W.D. Morris, and John R. Morris and wife, Shalini, of Charlotte, N.C.

The family will hold a memorial in January.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Doctors without Borders to reflect his enduring concern for health and welfare of those in war-torn areas. Arrangements by Oakey’s South Chapel.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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Arthur Ervin Sweum ’58

Arthur Ervin Sweum, 82, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. He was born in Whiteville to Arthur and Miriam Sweum on Nov. 17, 1936. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Sweum and Miriam Sweum-Robbins. 

He attended Davidson College and graduated from Erskine College in 1958. He had a long career in publishing, retiring from Argus Publishing Corp. as senior vice president. He later formed a partnership with Multi AG Media, publishing trade magazines, focusing primarily on the dairy industry. 

Arthur had a passion for golf. He frequently played at Berkeley Hills Country Club and was a member of the Hole in One Club. He was an avid reader and traveler. One of the highlights of his life was traveling to Norway where he met relatives living in Soknedal and visited the farm where his grandfather emigrated from and is still owned by the family. 

He was a member of Morningside Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder, treasurer and clerk of session. 

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda Sweum; only son, Andrew M. Sweum; a grandson, Steven H. Sweum; one brother, William Robbins; one sister, Miriam S. Marks; and sister-in-law, Ann H. Benson. 

In Arthur Swuem’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. 

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Edward Lasater Irvin ’58

dward Lasater Irvin '58Edward Lasater Irvin passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018, at Batangas Gardens care facility at Bermuda Village after a valiant struggle with cancer.

Ed was born on November 29, 1935, in Winston-Salem, the second son of George Lee Irvin Jr. and Virginia Lasater Irvin.

He attended Summit School and Wiley School in Winston-Salem before graduating from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia.

He spent four happy years at Davidson College where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. There he formed life-long friendships, played soccer and graduated in 1958.

After graduation, Ed served two years in the Military Intelligence Corps of the US Army. He obtained an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and returned to Winston-Salem to join Integon Corporation, where he worked for 20 years. He then began a second career as a stockbroker, retiring from Wells Fargo Securities in December 2016.

Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Always gregarious and energetic, he loved dancing, tennis, golf and lively conversations about politics, world affairs, and sports, but none as much as his beloved family.

Ed never met a stranger and loved engaging people of all walks of life with curiosity, kindness, and humor. He was devoted to his four-legged constant companion, Boo.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and former wife Nancy Dotterer Irvin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Rabb Irvin, his children Edward Lasater Irvin Jr. and wife Sandy; William Scott Irvin and wife Jennifer; Virginia Irvin Humphreys and husband Hugh; Robert Carpenter Donovan and wife Debbie; Stuart Clivie Donovan and wife Hilary; Bethany Peters Connolly and his brothers George Lee Irvin III and wife Mary Frances; David Alexander Irvin and wife Robbie. His grandchildren are Tori, Maggie, and Lizzie Irvin, William and Marshall Irvin, Nancy and Charlie Humphreys, Lexy and Katelyn Connolly and Michelle Lore.

Ed was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He served on several community boards including the Prodigal Community, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the United Way of Forsyth Country. He was a long time member of Downtown Rotary and Roaring Gap Club.

During his illness, Ed received caring and excellent support from Dr. Glenn Lesser and his team at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Jeff Williamson and his colleagues at the Sticht Center, the staff at Batangas Garden and Trellis.

Memorial contributions may be made to A Child’s Place, 601 E 5th St. Charlotte NC 28202-3031; Camp Happy Days, 1 Carriage Lane, Building C Unit 101 & 102, Charleston SC 29407; Fellowship Home, 661 N Spring St. Winston-Salem NC 27101 and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Attn: Office of Philanthropy, PO Box, 571021, Winston-Salem, 27157-1021, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 10th.

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