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.


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Frank Byrd ’64

Frank Byrd, 77, of Hendersonville, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the Carolina Village Medical Center.

He was born on July 30, 1942, in Cardiff, Wales, to the late John Dymond and Joanna Inger Byrd. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Ethlyn Byrd and his sister Mary Byrd Davis.

Frank and his family emigrated from Wales to the United States when he was five. He grew up in Lakeland, FL, and came to North Carolina to attend Davidson College, from which he graduated with a B.A. in History in 1964. He later received two masters degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Frank first came to the Hendersonville area as a counselor at Camp Mondamin in the 1960s. This is where he met his wife Ethlyn, who was a counselor at nearby Camp Green Cove. They married in 1967, and had two children, Elizabeth and John. He spent nearly thirty years at Blue Ridge Community College, working his way up from counselor to dean of student services, retiring in 2007. Prior to his tenure at BRCC, he taught history at Christ School, in Arden, NC; and wrote for the Hendersonville Times News.

Frank dedicated his life to service. He worked with many community organizations and served on numerous charitable boards — too many to list them all. He was particularly devoted to organizations that focus on children, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henderson County; the Henderson County Young Leaders Program, which under his leadership grew to become Camplify; and Our Little Roses, a mission for abused and abandoned girls in Honduras.

He was devoted to his church, St James Episcopal, and served communities near and far through the St. James Outreach Commission and the African Medical Mission. For his dedication to community service, he received numerous accolades and awards including induction into the Henderson County Education Hall of Fame, the Governor’s Volunteer Award and the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s Sauer Charitable Leadership Award.

While he remained a Henderson County resident for most of his life, Frank shared his heart with Ocracoke Island, NC, which he first visited with his late wife Ethlyn in the 1990s and returned to every summer for 25 years. In Ocracoke he indulged his love for simple pleasures like music, good books, great friends, and solitude. He was also a sports lover: a die-hard fan of LSU football and Tarheel basketball, even embracing less-fortunate teams like the Duke Blue Devils.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Anna Hicks, and the medical teams at Carolina Village and Four Seasons Hospice, for your extraordinary commitment to Frank in his final days. Your kindness and dignity were a gift to us all.

He is survived by son, John Falconer Byrd, of Tampa, FL; daughter, Elizabeth Byrd von Stade and her husband F. Skiddy of Scarborough, ME; sister, Joan Byrd and her husband, George Rector, of Cullowhee, NC; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Fantle, of Hendersonville, NC.

The family will hold a private service and will plan a celebration of life for a later date when public health conditions allow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Frank’s memory be directed to Camplify P.O. Box 751, Hendersonville, NC 28793 (www.camplify.org) or to Our Little Roses Foreign Ministry Society, P.O. Box 530947, Miami Shores, Fl 33153-0947 (www.ourlittleroses.org).

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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Barry Billington ’64

Barry Billington '64

Barry Billington of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away due to complications relating to the coronavirus on April 28, 2020. Barry was born on June 24, 1940 in Bruceton, Tennessee to parents Edith Virginia Bowles Billington and Charles Raymond Billington.

He is survived by his daughter Erin Billington Wolfe (husband T.J., daughters Madeleine and Olivia) and son Barry Earl Billington, Jr. “Beau” (wife Heidi Elizabeth Billington, daughters Caroline and Annabelle) as well as his brother Robert Wayne Billington (wife Beth and their adult children and families).

Barry was a graduate of Forest Park High School in 1958. A star football player, he was selected as an All State End for two years. He also received an appointment as a first alternate to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He spent two years in the U.S. Army prior to his college entrance. During this time, he served in the Military Police and was named soldier of the month two times.

Following his time in the Army, he went to Davidson College on a football scholarship and graduated from there in 1964. After Davidson, Barry attended Emory Law School where he graduated in 1968.

While in law school, he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Litigation and was on the Dean’s List. Barry passed the bar in both California and Georgia and then went on to practice family and criminal law in Georgia for over 30 years.

A staunch Republican, he was the director, and later chairman of the Fourth U.S. Congressional District Conservative Caucus, from 1977-1979. He made his first run for office in a 1978 state legislative race. In a highly Democratic district, Mr. Billington received 44% of the vote. He ran for the 4th Congressional District in 1980, the year his son Beau was born, but lost.

He loved his family, his faith in the Lord and his dog Rhett. He was also very thankful for his ex-wife Bonnie Billington (mother to Erin and Beau), dear brother Robert, sister-in-law Beth and closest friend Ken.

He loved music, loved to sing and play the guitar and was the most incredible story-teller. His health had deteriorated in the past few years and while we will miss him greatly, we take comfort he is now finally at peace.

In light of social distancing, a service in his honor will be observed at a later date.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 17, 2020

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.

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