John Haywood Evans, Jr. ’63

John Haywood Evans, Jr. '63

John Haywood Evans, Jr., 80, of Rocky Mount passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was born January 6, 1941 in Durham to the late Lois Stanley Evans and John Haywood Evans, Sr.

The family moved to Rocky Mount when Haywood was 9 years old. He loved sports and was an outstanding pitcher in little league and pony league. He attended Rocky Mount Senior High and graduated in 1959. Haywood was an honor student and chosen as one of the top 10 graduates in his class, was Vice President of the National Honor Society, Kiwanis Boy of the Month, AAA All-Conference Basketball, Eastern AAA Scoring Champion, Co-Captain of Basketball Team.

He attended Davidson College on a basketball scholarship and was coached by “Lefty” Driesell, Southern Conference Coach of the Year. He was also Co-Captain of the Golf Team. Haywood graduated from Davidson in 1963 and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earning an MBA.

Later while working in financial management, he studied for and successfully passed both parts of the CPA exam the first time he sat for them. He prepared tax returns for 40 years and had many loyal clients who became good friends.

Haywood was an active member of First Baptist Church for 47 years. He was a Deacon, on the Finance and Insurance Committees, an Usher, and Treasurer of his Sunday school department.

Haywood is survived by his wife of 47 years Jean Lawson Evans of the home, his son John Evans of Williston, NC, step-mother Scott Evans Hughes of Durham, his sisters Betsy Evans Batchelor of Greer, SC, and Scottie Evans Chastain of Ft. Mill, SC, his grandchildren, Kendra Rhodes of Sea Level, NC, and Eden and Farah Evans of Harkers Island, NC.

A graveside service will be held at the Crewe Cemetery in Crewe, Virginia at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, at 2:00 p.m. on April 15 with Rev. Bill Grisham and Rev. Luke Lunceford officiating.

Visitation will follow in the church narthex. Contributions may be made to: Friends of Hospice, Nash UNC Healthcare, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27803.

Arrangements are being made by Staples Funeral Home, Victoria VA.

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Thomas Wesley Wright ’63

Thomas Wesley Wright '63

Thomas Wesley Wright, Sr., 79, of Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Wright.

He is survived by three children, Thomas Wesley Wright Jr., Charles Barrett Turner Wright and Lindsey Wright Piett. Tom is also survived by two granddaughters, Lillian Channing Piett and Eliza Buckley Piett.

Tom was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy, top of his class, and East Coast Champion wrestler at Davidson College, and top of his class graduate as a Juris Doctorate and published author in the law review at William and Mary Law School.

As a lifelong marathoner, Tom was one of a small group to determine the course for what would become the famous Richmond Marathon. He was a member of the Road Runners Club of Richmond and the YMCA Running Club and a tri-athlete. Tom was an Eagle Scout and experienced pilot flying Cessnas in his youth.

Tom was a celebrated sculptor. Channel 6 News televised the unveiling of his groundbreaking creation for Mount Gilead Church on the Southside of Richmond. Tom was a devoted volunteer within his community, giving his time to programs such as the YMCA, Cross Over Ministries and 25 years of commitment volunteering at First Baptist Church as director, cameraman, and editor on the film crew. He opened his doors to students from the VCU Arts Department to mentor and train on film editing, equipment and techniques.

Of all these accomplishments, it was really Tom’s everyday interactions with the people in his life that were the most extraordinary. He will be remembered by countless people as the nicest man they ever met.

His children were truly blessed to have him as a father and he will be immeasurably missed.

There is an opportunity for family, friends and work partners to pay their respects on Monday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Woody’s Funeral Home on Parham Road. A graveside service will be performed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 at Westhampton Memorial Park on Patterson Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tuckahoe YMCA.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Mar. 21, 2021.

Boyd Campbell, Jr. ’63

Boyd Campbell, Jr. '63

Boyd Cleveland Campbell, Jr., devoted husband and father, passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, December 12, at the age of 79.

Boyd was born on December 1, 1941 in Abingdon, VA, to Boyd and Rosalind Campbell. A proud graduate of Davidson College, he earned his BA in 1963; he earned his JD in 1966, from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served two years of active duty in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain in 1968.

He practiced law in Concord and Charlotte, NC, retiring as a Senior Partner at McGuire Woods in 2016. On May 22, 1982, Boyd married Frances Ann Kelley. Their daughter, Margaret, was born on September 17, 1983. A man of quiet faith, he was a 35-year member of First Presbyterian Church.

The eldest of six children, Boyd was generously supportive of his family. At home, he helped care for his brothers and sisters; later, he sent them pocket money diverted from his Army pay. When he sensed someone in need, he assisted without being asked, and asked nothing in return (although he never failed to remind his siblings that he was unfairly moved to a bedroom “in a closet” to accommodate them – an experience that nurtured his childhood sense of justice).

After a successful career as a young lawyer in Concord, Boyd moved his practice to the Helms Mulliss (now McGuire Woods) law firm in Charlotte. As a Senior Partner there, he continued serving his old clients and attracted new ones as well. Boyd was a great listener; his advice was usually short, and always sound. The clients he served were devoted to him, and he was loyal to them. He was a generous mentor to many young lawyers.

Boyd never split himself between career, family, and community; instead, he gave his all to each. Even when working hard, he prioritized his family, orchestrating work trips to whisk them to England, France, and New York, and enduring summer swim meets in a lawyerly shirt and tie.

But the center of his universe was his daughter, Margaret. He taught her to ride a bike and change a tire, re-watched The Pink Panther until she fell off the couch laughing, and counseled her through college applications, heartbreaks, and career changes. During her visits home, he would sneak off to wash her dusty car and leave encouraging notes in the glove compartment. In 2018, against his own frequent exhortation to “get this show on the road,” he accompanied her down the wedding aisle with a whisper of “slowly…slowly,” to better match his steps to the music.

In recent years, Boyd’s world was narrowed by struggles with progressive dementia. Giving up his beloved ski trips out West, he took up swimming and accompanied his family to the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas. Around town, he besieged and charmed the tireless employees of bookstores, shoe stores, and Great Outdoor Provision. In his last months, he focused on connecting with family and friends, bringing tenderness and wit to even the most difficult conversations. Boyd died peacefully in his home on December 12, lovingly attended by his daughter, wife, and youngest sister.

The family expresses sincere appreciation for the compassionate care given by Dr. Charles Edwards and his staff at Memory and Movement Charlotte.

Boyd was preceded in death by his father and mother, Boyd and Rosalind Campbell, and his brother Steve (Gail). He is survived by his wife Frances, his daughter Margaret (Matt), his siblings Betsy (Joe), Henry (Olga), Page (Terry) and Anne (Rich), and nine nieces and nephews.

In light of the pandemic, a private funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, December 16, at eleven o’clock in the morning. Friends are invited to view the service online at https://www.firstpres-charlotte.org/funerals.

At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to Memory and Movement Charlotte in care of Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation, 300 Billingsley Road, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28211, or to First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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H. Earle Russell ’63

H. Earle Russell '63

Hamilton Earle Russell, Jr., 79, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020. He was the son of the late Hamilton Earle Russell and Mary Glover Russell.

Born in Easley, South Carolina, Dr. Russell graduated from Easley High School, then Davidson College, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, followed by the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a general surgery residency in 1972 at MUSC, during which time he was elected president of the House Staff, receiving the Golden Apple Award in recognition of his gift for teaching medical students. Dr. Russell was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Following residency, in 1972, Dr. Russell moved with his family to Greenville to begin his career as a partner with Greenville Surgical Associates where he practiced until his retirement in 2010. Caring for others and healing were in Dr. Russell’s DNA and the Hippocratic Oath his mantra. He could not sit idly by when others were in need.

After retirement from Greenville Surgical Associates, he cared for patients at Piedmont Neurosurgical from 2010-2016, then the South Carolina Department of Corrections in 2017, and currently at the Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside Wound Healing Center and Regency Long Term Acute Care.

During his nearly fifty-year career, Dr. Russell served as President of the Greenville Hospital System (now Prisma) Medical Staff, President of the South Carolina Surgical Society, Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and on the Board of Visitors for MUSC. Dr. Russell was also Chairman Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He was a member of the Southern Surgical Association, the South Carolina Medical Association, American Medical Association, and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In Greenville, Dr. Russell was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, and was a member of the Prime Time Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Cotillion Club, the St. Andrews Society, the Greenville Rotary Club, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of YMCA Camp Greenville.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sally; son Bo and his wife Allison and their sons, Earle, Sam, and Rob; daughter Katherine and her husband Mike Selvy, and their children Charles and Marymac Sagedy, and Grant, Sloan, and Anna Banks Selvy; son Rob and his wife Lindsay of Birmingham, Alabama and their sons Cooper, Robert, and Tee. Dr. Russell is also survived by a sister Perry Russell Gilreath of Greenville, a brother Wilson Russell and his wife Marsha of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and their children; brothers-in-law Mack Thomason, his wife Chereé, Mike Thomason, his wife Holly, and sister-in-law Elaine Thomason, all of Greenville, and their children, all of whom he loved dearly.

Earle was an old fashioned doctor – trained to diagnose health issues by touch and intuition, without computers or machines – a physician for all people, a healer for all times and irrespective of the time. Dr. Russell frequently drove patients from their homes to the emergency room for immediate care and stitched up every child in the neighborhood at one time or another (often without Novocain if a life lesson could be taught with the correction of the wound (with the permission of parents at their wits’ end, of course.))

His compassionate bedside manner extended far beyond his office and the hospital. For family, friends, and friends of friends, he was on call 24/7, made house calls, and advocated for the best care possible. Dr. Russell was a gifted listener, which enabled him not only to heal the body, but to heal matters of the heart. His love of medicine was equaled only by his love for his family.

Earle was affectionately known as “Sage” by his children, their friends, and his grandchildren. He loved an adventure and had many while hunting, fishing, traveling, and driving. Sage was a creative cook and rarely deferred to a cookbook, often with exotic results, read faster than the speed of light, danced like Fred Astaire, and captured attention with his infectious laugh. He was a true Southern gentleman in every sense of the word.

There will be a private interment on Friday, November 27th at 10:00 AM at Christ Church Episcopal, Greenville, South Carolina, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina. COVID protocols will be followed with masks requirements and social distancing. There will not be a visitation prior to the service nor a reception following the service.

Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 200 W Washington Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601; St. Francis Foundation, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29601; Christ Church Episcopal School The Leonard Kupersmith Endowment Fund, 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29607.

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John Bourdeaux ’63

John Bourdeaux '63

John W. Bourdeaux, 79, passed away Friday, October 9, 2020, at his home in Lecanto, Florida after an illness.

Born in Meridien, Mississippi and raised in Davidson, North Carolina, John was a graduate of the Blue Ridge School for Boys and, after service in the U.S. Army, a graduate of Davidson College.

John began his career in the building material and aggregate business, where he became an internationally known expert in the field. Beginning with Lehigh Cement and Martin Marietta, John became the CEO of North American operations for Blue Circle Inc.

While comfortable on a jet and at the opera, John deeply connected with smaller towns and the people who lived there. He ultimately relocated to Lecanto, where he owned and operated Sunshine Materials until his retirement.

While his professional accomplishments were impressive, John truly made a mark in his life with his desire to help others, rooted in his deep faith in Jesus Christ. Most recently, John led the Serving Our Savior (S.O.S.) food pantry ministry, which began as a ministry in 2004 of his home church, Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church.

At the beginning, the ministry served about 40 local families. Under John’s loving care, it grew to include 10 churches, serving hundreds of families each month. Additionally, John would befriend those in came to S.O.S., offering friendship, encouragement, and financial assistance for those in need.

While John always loved the stranger – who was never a stranger for long – he was also devoted to his family. John was always present at weddings, graduations, and family gatherings. He leaves behind a legacy of loving care for family, friends, and his community.

John is survived by his life partner, Gayle Wilder; his daughter, Anne Bourdeaux Estes and her stepchildren Madison and Camden; his son, John W. Bourdeaux Jr., his wife Suzanne, and their children John III and Rose; his sister, Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle, her husband Howard, and their children Elizabeth, Mathew, and Ada Adele; and his nieces Carolyn and Margaret, the daughters of his brother Bob and sister-in-law Jerry who both predeceased him. He is also survived by his former wife, Elaine Gettman Bourdeaux.

Memorial contributions can be made to S.O.S. Inc., PO Box 640774, Beverly Hills, FL  34464-0774.