James “Jim” Carlton Hardwick ’65

James "Jim" Carlton Hardwick '65

Mr. James “Jim” Carlton Hardwick, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2020.

He was born on September 11, 1943, in Atlanta, Georgia to the late James Carlton Hardwick, Sr. and Agnes Kelley Hardwick. Jim grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but lived in Winston-Salem for most of his life.

He was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed camping and the outdoors with his two sons. Jim graduated from Myrtle Beach High School, Davidson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and Harvard Business School. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Social Fraternity, where he was Vice President and Treasurer.

Jim was also a distinguished military graduate and member of MENSA. He served two years in the U.S. Army and one year in Vietnam where he was a Lieutenant and platoon leader.

After graduating from Harvard Business School he began working for R.J. Reynolds Industries in various financial analysts positions including Assistant Treasurer of Aminoil, USA Inc. Additionally he worked at several energy companies and banks as a business consultant. He also was a member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

In his later years as a business professional, he would mentor business students from Wake Forest University, Elon, and Pfeiffer College. On September 25, 1965, he married Mary Gettys Robinson with whom he shared 55 years and raised a family of two children, James Carlton Hardwick III and Benjamin Robinson Hardwick.

Despite his many professional pursuits, he always put family first. He strongly advocated education and a Protestant work ethic. In addition, he encouraged his sons to pursue athletics and become well-rounded people.

He was survived by his loving wife, Mary Gettys Hardwick; two sons, Dr. James Carlton Hardwick III and Benjamin Robinson Hardwick, Esq.; and three grandchildren, Lindsay Caroline Hardwick, James Carlton Hardwick, IV, and Hadley Jane Hardwick. Jim was a man of Christian faith and proud of his Methodist Heritage.

He was a descendant from the Hardwick missionaries who came from England in the seventeen hundreds with John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, to Savannah, Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Centenary United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel 3315 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Joseph Lester Wolfe III ’64

Joseph Lester Wolfe III passed away peacefully at home in Murrells Inlet on February 3, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born in Charlotte on November 13, 1942, the son of Joseph Lester Wolfe, Jr. and Caroline DaVega Wolfe. The family moved to Florence when Joe was five years old. He graduated from McCleneghan High School class of 1960 where he excelled at golf and tennis. He attended Davidson College where he was a member of the tennis team.

After college, he remained an active athlete throughout his life. He was President of City Ice and Fuel Company, a business begun by his grandfather in the 1940s. He later had a lengthy career in the insurance business, serving the needs of the Florence community and beyond. He was known in the business world for his attention to detail, honesty and integrity.

In 1965 he married Carolyn Moss, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. They became the parents of their son Les, who he adored and was so proud of. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Florence with their families.

While they enjoyed traveling, they moved to Murrells Inlet in 2011 and became Members of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where they made many new friends. In his leisure time, he had a passion for cycling and excelled at marksmanship.

Joe is survived by his wife Carolyn Moss Wolfe, his son Joseph Lester Wolfe, IV and his wife Anne Pinckney Wolfe; his brother Henry DaVega Wolfe and wife Debbie; his grandchildren Chappel Pinckney Wolfe and William Rutledge Wolfe, and many extended family.

One of Joe’s greatest joys in his life was becoming a grandfather to Chappel and Rutledge and spending time with them.

A graveside service is planned at a later date at Old Orchard Cemetery in Petersburg, TN.

Memorials can be made to Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church, Florence Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is handling arrangements.

 © Copyright 2020, Morning News, Florence, SC

Bill Pettys ’63

Bill Pettys '63

Norman William Pettys, Jr. (Bill), 78, Son of Norman William Pettys and Jenny Lind Mather Pettys, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020, from sudden cardiac arrest.

An Atlanta native, he attended Morningside Grammar School and graduated from Grady High School, Class of 1959.

He attended Davidson College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and obtained his J.D. from Emory Law School in 1966. While at Emory he was a member of the Bryan Society (honorary scholastic fraternity) and Phi Delta Phi (legal fraternity).

His career in law began in Brunswick, GA as the Law Clerk to the legendary judge, Honorable Frank M. Scarlett. An active member of the US Army National Guard, he returned to practice law in Augusta and then opened a private practice in Acworth, GA. Around this time, he became an active Freemason and Shriner, following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather.

A lifelong dream, he purchased the Lake Rabun Hotel in 1990 and operated it until 2003. He moved permanently to Rabun County in 2004. He continued practicing law in Clayton and offered legal help to many who could not otherwise afford an attorney.

He once stated, “Although pursuit of other interests has provided a diversion, needed at times, law has always been my primary focus. I have always been a serious student of law, and have always performed my own legal research.”

Bill was always interested and active in local political campaigns. He was a Hospice volunteer in Clayton for many years. His church, the Clayton First United Methodist Church and his weekly Men’s Prayer Group were of primary importance in his life. You would find him regularly at the Rabun County Senior Center Pool.

He was an avid hunter and fisher, a licensed boat captain, a winemaker, a notorious practical joker, a lifelong broccoli hater, and the most loyal friend anyone could have. You wanted him on your side.

He enjoyed spending time with his Grady High School friends over the years and treasured the many memories together. His dog “King B” was his best friend and constant companion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard Roy Pettys, Sr. (Dick).

Bill is survived by his son Norman William Pettys, III; sister Barbara Macon; cousins Larrilee Mather Smith and Susie Mather Butler; sister-in-law Stephanie Pettys; nephews, Ric, Beaux, and Chip; nieces, Laurie, Lynn, Jan, and Jenny; and many friends.

He spent the last 9 years of his life with his “Sweetheart” and Grady classmate Claudette Ransom Christensen.

There will be a Memorial Service at Clayton First United Methodist Church, 71 South Main Street, Clayton, GA 30525, (706) 782-4426, on Saturday, February 22nd at 11:00 am, visitation starting at 10:00. There will be a reception after the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Clayton First United Methodist Church, and FAITH charity in Rabun County, Inc., P.O.Box 1964, Clayton, Georgia 30525. 706-782-1003.

David Coffey ’67

David Coffey '67

David Walton Coffey, 73, formerly of Lexington, died on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Nassawadox after a lengthy illness.

David was born in Lexington on Aug. 14, 1946, the son of J. Francis and Hilah R. Coffey.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Daniel C. and Mary “Macy” B. Coffey of Cape Charles; two nephews, D. Brittigan and Talmadge M. Coffey of Montana; and a cousin, Caroline Y. and husband Rodney D. Ramsey of Marietta, Ga.

David graduated from Davidson College in 1967 with a double major in history and English. He later received a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina. He taught in the North Carolina public school system before returning to his hometown of Lexington in 1974. He retired from Virginia Military Institute in 2014 as an adjunct professor of American and Virginia history.

Outside of the classroom, David’s love of history was apparent by his involvement with the Rockbridge Historical Society and his service as a member of the Lexington Architectural Review Board. He was also active in the Lexington High School Alumni Inc.

David also enjoyed traveling and led many tours of England.

David was passionate about music and over his years in Lexington, served as organist for Jackson Memorial Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church and Manly Memorial Baptist Church.

David was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where a memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the church parish hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church Music Fund, 123 W. Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450; or the Rockbridge Historical Society, P.O. Box 1409, Lexington, VA 24450. N-G

Thomas French ’62

Dr. Thomas Nash French, III, MD FACS, age 79 of Laurinburg passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Born October 11, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas was the only son of the late Henry Gray French and Frances Carroll Severance French. His family moved to Reidsville, NC in 1956 where Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Med from Davidson College in 1962, then continuing his studies with a Doctorate in Medicine at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He attended and completed his Internship from 1966-1967 at the University of Kentucky. 

Thomas proudly served in the United States Army as a 3rd SFG 1st SF stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1967-1969 and continued his service with the North Carolina Army National Guard from 1980-1998. Following his military service, he completed his residency in Urology from 1969-1973 at The Memorial Hospital in Danville, Virginia. 

He then began his medical practice in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1975 where he continued practicing until 1994.  He completed his career as the Scotland County Medical Examiner with his retirement in 2018.

Thomas served on the American Board of Urology, and he was a Fellow American College of Surgeons.  He formerly served as Instructor for Advance Trauma Life Support; Kinesiology and Bio Mechanics Exercise Physiology at St. Andrews College.  He was in business with Aerial Image, Inc., as Vice President of Corporate Development from 1994-2000.    

Dr. French was an outstanding physician, a dedicated alumnus of Davidson College where he loved attending their basketball games.  He was an avid reader, loved history, sharing stories and was a collector of books and unique ink pens. 

Dr. French is survived by his daughter, Diana French Horowitz and husband Sean Horowitz of Ellicott City, Maryland.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is being planned for a later date.

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