John O. Stover, Jr. ’64

Dr. John O. Stover Jr., 78, of Pellston, Michigan and Surf City, North Carolina passed away on April 22, 2021. 

John was born on October 1, 1942 to John (Bucky) O. and Betty Fayssoux Stover in Winston Salem, North Carolina. After graduating from Broughton High School in Raleigh NC, he studied pre-med and participated in ROTC at Davidson College. After graduation, John continued to pursue his medical interest and was awarded a M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1968. 

Upon completing medical school, John served his country as an active-duty reservist from 1969 to 1972 with the 13th Medical Detachment in Mannheim, Germany. 

Following his service, John completed a residency in radiology at the University of Oklahoma. He practiced as a board-certified radiologist for over forty years. John started his career in Rocky Mount, NC, later practicing across the country, holding licenses in multiple states. John was a man of many interests and passions, including travel with his beloved wife, Marilyn, and raising and riding horses on his farm in Red Oak.

Additionally, John was an avid potter for over twenty years where he and Marilyn enjoyed creating original works of art. Most importantly, he was a devoted family man who derived his greatest pleasure spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

Dr. Stover is survived by his wife Marilyn Rupp Stover, his children Alexandra (Sandi) E. Gegout, John (Shawn) O. Stover, III, Gloria S. Lewis, and Patrick L. Stover, his ten grandchildren, Hilary, Anne-Sophie, Alexander, Christopher, Valentine, Andrew, Louis, Marick, Patrick, and Benjamin and three great grandchildren, Eleanore, Arthur, and Constantin. 

A celebration of life will be held in Surf City, NC on Saturday, May 1st and later this summer on Douglas Lake, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in John’s name to the Rotary Club of Surf City at PO Box 4006, Surf City, NC, 28445.

Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 28, 2021.

Dannie King ’64

Dannie King '64

Dannie Hilleary King of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, passed away in his home on January 23, 2021. He was 78.

Dannie was born on April 1, 1942 to parents Eloise Hanna King and Patrick Henry King. After being raised in Greenbrier County, he became an accomplished and world renowned virologist and microbiologist, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Davidson College, a Master’s degree in bacteriology and immunology from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in microbiology and virology from N.C. State University.

Dannie’s extensive work in the field of virology, microbiology, and biochemistry spanned decades and included professorships at Duke University, NC State University, Appalachian State University, Semmelweis University, and Oxford University.

He was the recipient of seven international awards for his seminal medical achievements, including two Queens Awards (British Monarchy). In his lifetime he secured 12 biomedicine and biotechnology patents, gave pharmaceutical presentations to Congress, led FDA advisory meetings as a medical director and research developer, and was the president, CEO, and board member of several pharmaceutical companies.

In 2020, he served as a consultant to Dr. Anthony Fauci and the National Institutes of Health. His virology knowledge was a critical asset in their challenge to understand and treat the COVID-19 virus. Dannie was dedicated to finding treatments for ‘untreatable’ diseases, achieving FDA approval for five such drugs. His lifetime crowning achievement was the approval of AZT for AIDS, not only breaking the record for FDA fastest drug approval, but extending life for the patients who before this had no hope but imminent death.

An avid adventurer and outdoorsman, Dannie loved traveling the world and being on and in the water. He was a seasoned, expert sailor who found joy in meticulously maintaining sailboats in waters all around the world. He was a diver on the Davidson College team and picked as an alternate for the 1960 U.S. Olympic team. Dannie was also an accomplished marksman and NRA Distinguished Expert.

Dannie was an inventor and dreamer with a witty sense of humor and heart of gold. He was known for his warm, wonderful smile, playful banter and steadfast individuality. When he wasn’t pioneering new patents or using his extensive academic and scientific accomplishments to help better the world, he found solace listening to his favorite jazz on the mountaintop in White Sulphur Springs with his faithful Plott Hound, Seth.

Dannie’s legacy lives on in his brothers Stephen King and Charles ‘Toby’ King; his daughter, Amanda King, his son, Nicholas King; grandchildren Alex Lieth and Angelica Fenton; two great-grandchildren, three step-grand and four step great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dannie was a loving father and grandfather, and cherished his family above all else.

The family extends sincere thanks and particular gratitude to GW Lewis and Robert Hurley of White Sulphur Springs for their dedicated assistance to Dannie over the last several years. A memorial service in White Sulphur Springs will be scheduled in several months.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

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William Erwin Spainhour ’64

William Erwin Spainhour '64

The Honorable William Erwin Spainhour died September 26, 2020, from complications of a traumatic brain injury, surrounded by his family’s love. To his last days, Erwin lived a vigorous life of faith, integrity, intellectual curiosity, service, and compassion. He was a patriot and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Erwin is survived by his devoted wife of more than fifty-four years, Jane; their beloved children Richard Andrew, Elizabeth Erwin, and John Edward; cherished daughters-in-law Missy and Heather; adored grandchildren Anna, Caroline, Daniel, and Celia; treasured cousins; and innumerable dear friends.

Erwin was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, to Richard Edward and Mildred Erwin Spainhour, who predeceased him, and reared in Erwin, Tennessee, an area settled by his ancestors prior to statehood. The beauty of the surrounding mountains, rivers, and creeks instilled in him a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Erwin graduated in 1964 from Davidson College, where he studied Economics and was President of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and completed his first year of law school at the University of North Carolina. Due to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam, he began active duty in 1965 and was stationed primarily at the Pentagon, attaining the rank of Captain.

In 1965, Erwin reconnected with Jane Poston, who was living in Washington, D.C., and whose maternal grandparents had lived next door to his maternal grandparents. They were married on July 30, 1966, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Erwin and Jane remained in Washington for the early years of their marriage.

In 1968, Erwin returned to Chapel Hill with Jane, and he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1970. Erwin and Jane then moved to Concord, North Carolina, where he joined the Hartsell, Hartsell & Mills law firm. In 27 years of private practice, Erwin represented varied clients-those ranging from indigent accused persons to large corporate interests-with equal zeal. Erwin particularly excelled as a litigator and relished every opportunity to try a case. In 1997, Governor James B. Hunt appointed Erwin to the Superior Court of North Carolina, and Erwin served as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Judicial District 19A until retiring in 2014. Prior to retirement, Erwin served on several three judge panels, including a panel of the State’s Innocence Inquiry Commission that determined two individuals were wrongfully convicted of serious crimes they did not commit. The panel exonerated them and set them free. The Governor granted Erwin the honor of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his 17 years of public service as a Judge.

Erwin’s 50 years in Concord were defined by his commitment to his faith, his family, his profession, his state, and his local community. Among his many activities, Erwin served as a current Elder at First Presbyterian Church, to which he was devoted; Boy Scout Troop 3 scoutmaster; Jane’s tireless caregiver; his children’s overall superfan; a corporate and non-profit Board Director; President of the Concord Rotary Club; Stokes Lodge member; President of the Cabarrus County Bar; President of the North Carolina State Bar after 8 years as Councilor; President of the Davidson College Alumni Association and Trustee; President of the UNC School of Law Alumni Association; Chair of the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission for 18 years; President of the North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges; Member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners; and chronicler of all things grandchild related.

Among his other achievements and honors, particularly meaningful were Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; North Carolina Delegate to the American Bar Association; Friend of the Court award presented by the Chief Justice; a North Carolina Bar Association 2020 Citizen Lawyer Award; Eagle Scout; Silver Beaver Award; and Davidson College Alumni Service Award.

In his life and work, Erwin adhered to the tenets of Micah 6:8 and Matthew 25, revered the Constitution and its aims for a more perfect union, and studied history voraciously and carefully. He was a proud descendant of Pilgrim, Scots-Irish, Swiss Reformed, and Huguenot immigrant ancestors who in difficulty settled wildernesses and formed families.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service at the family cemetery in Erwin, Tennessee, will be followed by a memorial service and celebration of Erwin’s life at First Presbyterian Church, Concord, in 2021 (date to be determined).

The family expresses deepest appreciation to Erwin’s great friend Dr. Douglas G. Kelling for his extraordinary care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 789, Concord, NC 28026-0789 or to Davidson College, P.O. Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035.

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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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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