George Lawrence Sledge ’63

George Lawrence Sledge, 78, of Brandon, died on Monday, September 23, 2019. Born in 1941 in Charlotte, NC to the late Hartwell Kendrick and Mary Sledge, he was raised in the Steele Creek community of Charlotte and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School in 1959. He earned a degree in chemistry from Davidson College in 1963 and entered the US Army.

In 1964, he married his beloved Reebo. After his service to his country, he settled in Brandon, FL and was owner/proprietor of McMullen Dry Cleaners in Riverview for over 30 years.

Having been a member of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church since 1965, he served on the vestry, played softball, and sang in the choir. He helped start the church’s Adopt-a-Family program, and supported his wife’s lifelong work with Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed coaching little league and working on his golf game as a member of Buckhorn Country Club. He loved being a grandfather, tending to his animals and working on his next outdoor home project.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marie “Reebo” McMullen and is survived by his children, Larry (Debbie) Sledge, Jennifer (David) Mowrey and Melissa (Alex) MacKinnon; his treasured grandchildren, Garrett, Danny and Colin Sledge, Jack and Jessica Mowrey, Lexi Zuo (Jeremiah), Mack (Haley), Annesley, Hartwell, Ben, Luke and Addisyn MacKinnon; his brother Ken Sledge of Clinton, SC and sisters, Billie S. Erwin of Summerville, SC and Mary Anne Sledge of Columbus, NC.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Road, Valrico, 3:00 P.M. Saturday, September 28, 2019, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to services. A reception will also follow at the church. Private interment to be held at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park.

No flowers please; memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Tampa or your local homeless shelter.

Frederick Schoen ’64

Frederick W. Schoen passed away on June 12, 2019, in Naples, Florida. Fred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1942.

He is survived by his spouse, Virginia, his son, Andrew C., and his daughter, Mary S. Wenzel (Martin). He was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah S. Echevarria. He is also survived by his sister, Mary S. Back (David). He leaves behind his grandchildren, Patrick, Abby and Anna.

Fred was a graduate of Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). After graduate school, he served as an officer in The United States Army from 1966 through 1968.

He then joined Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and moved to Akron, Ohio. From Akron, the family moved to South Africa. This was the first of many adventures with Firestone, followed by New Zealand and Venezuela.

Once back in the US, Fred joined the Brenlin Group managing several of their businesses, and Fred and Ginger purchased their first home in Marco Island.

He loved Marco Island, boating, fishing and his friends. In his final years, he really enjoyed volunteering as a boat captain for The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, as well as his membership in the local Kiwanis club.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Charles Robert “Chip” Sanders ’66

Charles Robert “Chip” Sanders, Jr., 74, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, May 27, 2019. Chip was born on June 27, 1944, in New London, Connecticut, to the late Charles Robert Sanders, Sr. and Mary (Ware) Sanders. 

He graduated from Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1962, where he was Senior Class President. He attended Davidson College, then transferred to Auburn University to complete his undergraduate studies. He served in the Vietnam War and then in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel after 20 years of service. 

Chip completed a PhD program in Higher Education Administration at Florida State University and pursued a career in Higher Education. In 1981 he was employed by Southern Bell/AT&T. After retirement in 2001, Chip attended Drew University and became an ordained Presbyterian Minister, serving church communities in New Jersey and Virginia. Chip has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville since he and his wife, Nell, moved to the area five years ago. There he taught Sunday School, was involved with IMPACT of Charlottesville and Albemarle County; was a member of the Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace; and participated in a Lake Monticello History Club. 

Chip is survived by his wife, Dr. Nell Stevenson Sanders of Palmyra; four children (Cynthia Vandenberg of Trenton, New Jersey; Patricia Ferrell of Orlando, Florida; Craig Sanders of Dacula, Georgia; and Aaron Sanders of Ashburn, Virginia); and his brother, Doug Sanders of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Chip was especially proud of his seven grandchildren (Ryan, Adam, Madison, Devin, Nicholas, Dalia, and Roland); and he loved spending time with them. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA). The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service. A private interment will be held at Culpeper National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to IMPACT of Charlottesville and Albemarle County through Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Family and friends may share memories and photos at

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Thomas Loflin III ’64

Thomas F. Loflin III, a Durham attorney, died Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2019, of natural causes. He was 76. He was born in Hendersonville, N.C. His parents were Thomas F. Loflin Jr., and Mary Anne (Turner) Loflin, both deceased.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina Law School. He was a Vietnam War veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Frye) Loflin, his only daughter, Jocelyn, his maternal aunt, Frances Satterfield of Waynesville, N.C., and many cousins.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A brief time of sharing will be held during the visitation starting at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.