Timothy Lent Croft ’66

Timothy Lent Croft '66Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent Croft, who was born on May 12, 1944, in Wichita, Kan. and who grew up in St. Louis, Mo., died at home in Charlotte on November 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian with The Reverend Joe Clifford officiating.  The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the service. Tim’s ashes will be placed in the Myers Park Presbyterian Memorial Garden and in the Croft cemetery plot at the Chapel By the Sea, Captiva, Fla.

Tim was predeceased on March 28, 1984, by his beloved first wife Carol Devlin Watson of Greenwood, S.C.

He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Ann Moses of Charleston, W. Va., the five children and twelve grandchildren they share: Thomas Layton Croft and Chaandmon and Sky Croft of Charlotte, N.C.; Ann Bryson Croft McLean (John) and J.P., Annie and Croft McLean of Cape Carteret, N.C.; Caroline Watson Croft Estay (Pete) and Brayden and Holland Gaston, and Lena Grace and Austen Estay of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Sarah Elizabeth Benson Finch (Geordie) and Ryan Finch of Thousand Oaks, Calif.and Jeremy Eldon Benson (April) and Marit and Torin Benson of Arvada, Colo.

Tim is also survived by his two brothers, Terrence L. Croft Esq. (Merry) and Thomas A. Croft Esq. of Atlanta, Ga., and his sister, Reverend Anne Bartlett (Bill), an Episcopal priest of Talent, Ore.

In addition, Tim is survived by his sister-in-law Frances M. Fesenmaier (Steve) of Charleston, W. Va., and two brothers in law, Dr. Nat E. Watson of Winston-Salem, N.C., and A. Hamilton Cooke Esq. of Jacksonville, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

Tim graduated from the John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Davidson College, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and he studied Systematic Theology at New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Tim was awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Presbyterian College and Davidson College.

Tim loved Jesus.  He also loved pink sirloin, cold Bud, Medoc, Lagavulin, Heath bars, fast cars, fast boats, saltwater fishing, especially in Alaska, and European travels with Margaret- and all the while was devoted to Jesus.  He served the Hunter Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky.; the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, the First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va.; the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church in Miami Shores, Fla.; the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. and the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church in Sneads Ferry, N.C.  He also served for six years as senior vice president at First Union National Bank in Charlotte.

Tim lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.  He took nothing for granted and he believed in the priesthood of all believers.  He believed that all are saved by grace through faith.

And he believed that nothing in this life or beyond this life will ever be able to separate us from the love of God freely and abundantly extended to all in Christ Jesus our Lord.  For several years Tim fought a consistently positive though uphill battle against the insidiously downhill lung disease IPF.  And in the end, by faith, Tim won!

In lieu of flowers, please feed the hungry, pray for peace, and tell all those whom you love that you love them every day!

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


Dan H. Barefoot ’66

Dr. Dan H. Barefoot, husband of Betty “BJ” Foster Barefoot, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, he was 74.

Dan was born September 13, 1944 in Bentonville, N.C. to the late Golden Hardy and Juanita Smith Barefoot.

Dan grew up working on a tobacco farm with his family in North Carolina. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and later graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Doctorate in Periodontics.

Dan served for 3 years in the United States Army and loved the time he was stationed in Germany, even becoming proficient in the German language. He was an award winning chili cook in the C.A.S.I chili competitions, winning best chili awards in N.C., S.C., and GA.

Dr. Barefoot was a member of the Rotary Club in North Carolina and was instrumental in starting two more chapters there. In later years he became an expert at framing his wife’s cross-stitch creations and loved spending time at his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In addition to his parents, Dan is preceded in death by his twin brother Tan Barefoot.

He is survived by his wife BJ Barefoot; daughter, Christa Nelms and her husband Jason; brother, Jerry Barefoot and his wife Glenda; and grandchildren Tate and Cooper Nelms; as well as a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of Life service will be held at Poole Funeral Home, 1970 Eagle Dr. Woodstock, GA 30189, on September29, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Dr. Dan Barefoot.

Online condolences may be made at www.poolefuneralhome.net

Bill Trotter ’66

William R. (Bill) Trotter, noted author, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on February 28 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Charlotte in 1943, Bill was a graduate of Davidson. His studies in Finland began lifelong interest in that country’s history and culture, receiving the Finlandia Aware in Arts & Letters (1995) for “A Frozen Hell” the history of the Russo-Finnish War (required reading for Finland’s marines.) His expertise in the field of military history led to presentations to the USMC on arctic warfare in 1996.

Bill’s trilogy of the Civil War in North Carolina is still considered one of the best. His abiding love of music is reflected in his more than 20 published books (fiction & non-fiction), countless essays and reviews, not to mention is extensive collection of Classical recordings fro all over the world. Bill’s program notes for the EMF always illuminated the music.

His many writings included novels and award-winning short stories in the realms of fantasy and horror. “Mr. Bill” as he was affectionately known) was a true Renaissance man.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Lustig; sons Colin Trotter, Joshua Bohen, and Michael Trotter; brother Pete Gaskell (Julie), sister Jan Ross (Art), sister-in-law Catherine Stuart (Neil), brother-in-law Michael Lustig (Sue), and a gaggle of loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank good Friends Michael Bohen and Erin Bush who gave tirelessly of their time in helping care for Mr. Bill. Plans for a Celebration of Life memorial will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the angels of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Stephen Anthony Graham ’66

Stephen Anthony Graham passed away on February 7, 2018. He was born on August 28, 1944, and was the son of the late Dr. Thomas and Vera Koerper Graham of Florence, SC.

He was a 1966 graduate of Davidson College, and he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 1971 after having completed his dissertation year abroad in Berlin.

He taught briefly at N.C. State, Cal-State, San Bernardino and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC. In 1992 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at the University of Indianapolis where he taught for 25 years.

While at the university he authored several books on the world-famous 20th century missionary-evangelist Dr. E. Stanley Jones. Since retirement in 2012, he was a faithful member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs, SC.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia White Graham and a sister: Penny Graham Reed of Murfreesboro, TN.A Memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. E-Condolences may be sent online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com Eggers Funeral Home Boiling Springs

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James A. Hill ’66

James A. Hill '66James A. Hill of Arlington died suddenly February 17, 2017. Beloved husband of Paula Vergith and loving father of Adrienne Vergith-Hill.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. and Carolyn A. Hill of Rumson, NJ.

Jim is also survived by his devoted brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert Hill and Dr. Rachel Hill of Hamburg, New York, his four greatly loved nephews, Dr. Adam Hill of Astoria, New York, Ethan Hill, Esq. of Lakewood, Ohio, Ian Hill of Rockville, Maryland and Dr. Matthew Hill of Belmont, California, his dear Quin cousins, as well as cherished friends.

Jim grew up in Rumson, graduated Davidson College, and was a software developer for his entire career, most recently at Fidelity Investments.

Jim was a life-long tennis player, a lover of trains, and an avid Boston sports fan who completely enjoyed watching the NE Patriots in Super Bowl LI at least four times.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St, ARLINGTON on Friday from 6 to 7 pm, followed by a memorial service at 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name may be made to Greater Boston Food Bank www.gbfb.org or Boston Children’s Hospital  www.giving.childrenshospital.org

For directions or to send an online message of condolence please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 22, 2017