William “Mac” Mitchell ’62

William "Mac"  Mitchell '62

William (Mac) McIntyre Mitchell, age 80, of Christiansburg, Va., died on September 8, 2020.

Born in Christiansburg, Va., on December 17, 1939, to William Currie (Jack) Mitchell and Louise McIntyre Mitchell an only child, Mac was raised here, achieved the honor of Eagle Scout, and graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1958.

He enjoyed the friendships of his youth his entire life. Mac graduated from Davidson College in 1962, and in the same year he married the love of his life, the former Neva Lynne Black of Florence. S.C. Mac and Lynne enjoyed 56 years of marriage until her passing in August of 2018.

Mac served as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corp primarily at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. until his honorable discharge in 1969.

Mac and Lynne returned home and joined his father in operating Mitchell Sales Hardware, Mitchell Fertilizer, and the family cattle farm until his retirement. Mac was a Deacon and Elder at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church.

Recently Mac has resided in both Christiansburg and in Campobello, S.C. Mac and Lynne were the proud parents of Jeff, Bruce, and Katy and grandparents to 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mac was most proud of his marriage and family where he taught the value of keeping your word, hard work, contentment, that truth matters, friendships are worth the investment, and that no opinion or possession is greater than one’s relationships.

Mac is survived by his son, W. Jeff Mitchell and his wife, Kirin, of Campobello S.C., and their children, Katherine, Stephen and his wife, Samaria, Phillip and his wife, Aya and children, Noah, and Levi, Kristen, Andrew, Kaitlyn, Kellie, Paul, Jonathan, Keira, Kimberli, Matthew, and Caleb. Mac is also survived by his son, Bruce C. Mitchell and his wife, Cathy, of LaGrange, Ky., and their children, Alex, Jake and his fiancée, Hannah Clear, Cady, Cara, and Nick. Mac is survived by his daughter, Kathryn B. Mitchell and her husband, Matt Zeiger of Blacksburg, Va., and their children, Eli, Caroline, Paige, Ellie, Isaac, Addie, Kelby, and Tristan.

Services will be held at Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service with interment at Sunset Cemetery immediately following.

The family will receive friends at Mac’s home that same afternoon and evening.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting hornefuneralservice.com.

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Ralph James Platt, Jr. ’64

Ralph James Platt, Jr. was born in Jacksonville, Fl. in 1942 and he passed away peacefully on August 19, 2020.

After graduating from Davidson College, N.C., he obtained his law degree at the University of Florida. He served in the US Military with tours in Vietnam and Germany.

In 1975 he moved to Lakeland, Fl. with his wife Petra where he has been practicing law ever since.

Mr. Platt will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with full honors. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the S.P.C.A. of Lakeland, Fl. or the Salvation Army of Lakeland, Fl.

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John Allen ’68

John Allen '68

John Robert Allen died at age 74 of natural causes August 18, 2020, at Lexington Country Place, Lexington, Ky.

He was the son of Woodrow and Verna Hail Allen, Somerset, Kentucky, and graduated from Somerset High School in 1964 where he was an Eagle Scout.

He went on to Davidson College and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He was a Rhodes Scholar followed by his internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, his orthopedic residency at UVA, Charlottesville and a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Harvard.

He came back to Lexington as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UK until he went into private practice at Commonwealth Orthopedic Surgery until his stroke in 2008.

John is survived by Jan, his wife of 29 years, his two children Scott Spicer Allen (Abbey Li Allen) of Savannah, and Hilary Hail Allen (Greg Buckland) of Boston, and his grandson Cody Hail Buckland, Jan’s 2 sons Andrew Kidder of Denver and Ben Kidder (Jill Calvert Kidder) of Lexington, and Jan’s 5 grandchildren.

Through the years John was an orthopedic consultant to many groups including the Kentucky Special Olympics, High Hope Steeple Chase, Lexington Ballet, Henry Clay High School football, the VA, Shriners, and the Lexington Ski Club.

He was a Rotary Club member, a member of the Henry Clay Society and a board member for God’s Pantry. Whether sailing or white-water rafting John loved to be on or near the water. He was a connoisseur of sunsets and beautiful music which often left him whistling.

He loved to “;get out of town”; even if it was for a weekend. He enjoyed skiing, golfing and fine food. He would do research and have reservations to chosen restaurants even before his arrival. John loved his many dogs and especially enjoyed taking Belline to Westminster.

He had fond memories of his mother’s wonderful Hail family, his Somerset friends, his Sigma Chi Chillers, his med school experiences, and all of his Lexington acquaintances.

There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony at the Hail Family Farm in Ula, KY on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend 2021, where his ashes will be spread from Skyline Drive.

Memorial Contributions go the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation at www. kyrecovery.org/donate

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Quinton Pressley Boyd ’61

Quinton Pressley Boyd '61

Quinton Pressley Boyd, 80, of Covington, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at his home. He was born in Porterdale, GA to the late Charles Pressley Boyd and Effie Ann Stroud Boyd.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Spencer Stroud Boyd. Quinton was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His hobbies included traveling, farming and sports.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Newton County High School. From there Quinton attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics. He attended Purdue University in Indiana earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering.

Quinton also attended Florida Institute of Technology, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He proudly served his country and retired after 21 years of service from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

While in the service, his career highlights included Assistant Professor of Mathematics at West Point Military Academy for 4 years; he served 3 hardship tours in Viet Nam, Thailand and Korea; his medals included two Meritorious Service Medals, a total of four Army Commendation Medals the fourth received was issued for Coordinating the Army’s Ballistic Missile Defense activities with the Air Force and other government agencies on the West Coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Quinton worked at Kentron in Hunstville, AL where he coordinated Strategic Missile Testing. His second retirement came after 29 years of service to Oglethorpe Power as a Planning Engineer.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years Herta “Mona” Boyd; children, Charles “Tom” Boyd (Nora Perry), William Pressley Boyd (Kammy), Patricia “Dori” Blake (Anthony); grandchildren, Tara (Will) Colvin, Brandon McCaslin, Alex Boyd, Nikki Blake; great-grandchildren, Harley and Tyler Colvin; sister-in-law, Linda Boyd; nieces and nephews, Lisa Boyd Hobbs (Ward), Dr. Jennifer Boyd Morgan (Richard) and Harrison.

Memorial Services for Quinton will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2pm in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Brian McCollough officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 1pm – 2pm. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve.

Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Those who are unable to attend we understand, and appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated. (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate)

Friends may send condolences to www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services, 11405 Brown Bridge Rd, Covington, GA (770) 786-7111

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Charles Ligon Evans ’64

Charles Ligon Evans '64

Rev. Charles Ligon Evans died peacefully in his sleep on July 15th after several weeks of declining health. He was born on April 30, 1941 to Ernest William Evans and Elsie Ligon Evans of Iva, South Carolina.

Growing up in the small robust town of Iva offered him the advantages of close connections with family and friends. He would work weekends and summers at Iva Drug Company with his grandfather and father who were pharmacist owners.

After graduating from Crescent High School with honors, he attended Davidson College. He subsequently graduated with a double major from Erskine College.

After college, Rev. Evans embarked on what would be a life of service to others when he spent the next three years teaching missionary children in the Democratic Republic of Congo Africa.

After this initial three years, he returned to graduate school and obtained a masters degree in Christian education an also attended Columbia seminary earning his master of divinity degree. It wasn’t too long though that his devotion to helping the poor led him back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he served for years in central Congo with the Presbyterian Mission.

Through his devoted work, many Congolese students were able to attend college, some even in the United States. His devotion to helping the poor extended the world over however, as Rev. Evans also completed years of mission service in Uganda, Japan and Tajikistan.

Rev. Evans then returned home to focus on helping those in need there, where he served small congregations throughout North and South Carolina, spreading the message of his faith.

Rev. Evans was preceded in death by his parents and also his sister Elaine Evans. He is survived by his brothers, Craig and his wife, Sandra of Charlotte and John Denny Evans of Due West, SC plus many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his family, his memory is cherished by those worldwide he devoted his life to help, including numerous foreign students in the United States who owe their current status directly to Rev. Evans’ life long efforts and assistance.

In view of the current COVID 19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held by his family.

Those wishing to remember Charles may send memorials to Good Hope Presbyterian Church. P.O. Box 396 Iva, SC 29655 or Congo Mission General Support(#E864116), Presbyterian Church(USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

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