Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick ’70

Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick '70Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick, 67, passed away August 10. The memorial service was held Aug 14 at Knollwood Baptist Church. Joseph was born in Asheville, NC to James and Carolyn Kilpatrick.

He attended Millburn High School in Millburn, NJ, and graduated from Davidson College in 1970. He was a second Lt in the Army and honorably discharged in 1972. Joseph graduated from UNC-CH Law School in 1975 and clerked on the Court of Appeals before joining the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount & Mitchell in Raleigh.

He later practiced with Weinstein, Sturgess, Odom, Bigger and Campbell law firm in Charlotte. Joseph was the Assistant Director of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1980 until 2000, then did consulting and volunteer work.

He was committed to enriching NC’s culture and legacy in the areas of education, environment, criminal justice reform, community development and campaign finance reform.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Penelope Clark Kilpatrick, daughter Megan Kilpatrick Moen of Denver, CO and Winston-Salem and her husband Matthew Moen, daughter Jennifer Jamieson of Winston-Salem, three granddaughters Greta and Ayla Moen and Eleanor Clark, his sister Lynn Kilpatrick Bradshaw and her husband Jim Bradshaw of Wilson and Asheville and their two sons, Michael and Patrick Bradshaw.

Memorial gifts may be made to Piedmont Environmental Alliance, the NC Coastal Federation, and the Nature Conservancy.

Thomas Hubert Stokes, Jr. ’70

Thomas H. Stokes Jr., 67, of Crawfordsville died suddenly July 7, 2015, in Québec, Canada, while attending an academic conference. He was born in Greenville County, South Carolina on March 30, 1948, and was the son of Thomas H. and Alice (White) Stokes, who predeceased him.

An Associate Professor of French at Wabash College, Stokes graduated from Davidson College in 1970, and in 1971 studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned a diploma in French Studies. His further advanced degrees were an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, and the Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, both in French.

Stokes began his career as a Peace Corps Teacher in the Congo for two years, and taught English as a second language in the United States, France, and Germany. He also taught at Cumberland College, St John’s College (NM), and Cornell College before joining the faculty of Wabash in 1990.

His most important academic work was his 1996 book Audience, Intention, and Rhetoric in Pascal and Simone Weil. Later in his career he developed an interest in the Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean, and gave numerous papers and lectures on this and other topics in French Studies. His abiding interest was literature; he was long fascinated by the French moraliste tradition, and by biography and autobiography, and with them, the construction of memory. Tom Stokes believed in the study of literature as a vital means of unlocking the human mind, heart, and soul.

Wabash College honored him with the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Award in 1996, and in 1997 he delivered the LaFollette Lecture in the Humanities at Wabash, speaking on the French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Thomas is survived by his aunt, Mildred Stokes, and several cousins, and many devoted friends, colleagues, and students throughout the world who will miss his unfailing dedication to humanistic studies, as well as his ironic wit.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Pioneer Chapel at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, with a reception following in the Detchon Center.

Tom was an inveterate traveler around the globe, and recognizing this love and the way he inspired it in his students, his close friends and former students will establish at Wabash the Thomas H. Stokes Jr. Fund for Study Abroad. They invite contributions to this fund in Tom’s memory. Gifts can be directed to Wabash College in care of the Advancement Office, P.O. Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Contributions may also be made online at or by calling 877-743-4545.

Michael Ernest Bumgarner ’70

Michael Ernest Bumgarner, 67, passed away May 31st, 2015 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Born November 5th, 1947 in Charlotte, NC, Mike was the son of the late Floyd and Frieda Bumgarner. As one of Charlotte’s “West-Siders,” he graduated from Harding High School in 1966 and then went on to graduate from Davidson College in 1970, also earning a Master’s degree from UNC-Charlotte. Mike reached the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserves and played starting scrumhalf for the Charlotte “Olde Originals” Rugby team from 1971 to 1983.

After serving 30 years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Mike retired in 2001 to focus on teaching a new generation as Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Olive. To supplement his part-time teaching position, he played full-time golf.

Mike is preceded in death by his first wife Wendy Vaughn Bumgarner and daughter Jessica Joy Bumgarner. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbie Yates Bumgarner and his 2 daughters, Leslie and Katie. Or as he would say, his “Main Squeezes: Senior, Intermediate, and Junior divisions.” His family grew with the addition of a son-in-law, Zach Sorgi, in 2012.

Mike was a life-long disciple and servant of Christ. He was a member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years where he served in many capacities, including Elder and Sunday School teacher. Mike was an avid reader and sports fanatic who would want it noted that he recorded 2-lifetime Holes-In-One. Even though he enjoyed these hobbies immensely, his greatest passion was saved for his family and many life-long friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday June 3 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road from 6-8pm, with a funeral service following on Thursday at 2pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Six Forks Rd.

Donations can be made to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

William Hunter Gammon ’70

William Hunter Gammon ’70, of Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 23, 2012, of complications from acute pancreatitis. Born July 16, 1948, in Norfolk, Va., to Hunter Oakley Gammon and Nancy Watkins Gammon, Gammon was a proud graduate of Davidson and an avid supporter of the UNC Chapel Hill. He was a recognized leader in the field of construction law in North Carolina and a generous volunteer with the Rex Hospital Foundation, working on the Rex Hospital Open and heading its affiliate Corporate Challenge for many years. Gammon graduated in 1970 from Davidson, where he was the center on the football team which captured a Southern Conference title in1969. He went on to law school at UNC, graduating in 1973.

While in law school, he followed his love and passion for football by serving as a graduate assistant under Coach Bill Dooley and accompanying the team on three consecutive bowl trips. He then began his law career clerking for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Carlisle Higgins from 1973-74 before serving four years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then was in private practice in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, most of those years with Lewis Mitchell and Moore. While in Washington, he earned a master of law at George Washington University, though he would be the first to tell you that if there was not a parking place around the law school when he went into D.C. for class, he would find his way home early! He returned to his beloved North Carolina in 1989 to join Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Raleigh and practiced there for 14 years, serving on the firm’s executive committee for five years.

In 2003, he joined Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, where he practiced at the time of his death. He was currently serving a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and its Foundation Board of Directors. He previously chaired the construction law section and took great pride in leading the Bar’s Citizen Lawyer Task Force. He was currently serving as the co-chair of the Carolinas AGC/NCBA Construction Section Joint Committee. In 2012 he was proud to be listed at the top of construction lawyers in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. He has also has been honored in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers.

 Gammon had many loves in his life: his wife, Jessica, 2118 White Oak Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, to whom he has been a loving partner and cheerleader for 42 years; his daughter, Meg Gammon Blythe (Bryan Blythe ’98) and their children, Margaret Davidson, William Hunter (that announcement made him cry), and their yet-to-be-born baby brother; his father, Hunter Oakley Gammon; his brother, Tracy Watkins Gammon (fiancée, Jettaka Alexander); his nieces, Courtney and Katie Gammon and Paige, Anna Walker, and Grayson Gillespie; his sister-in-laws, Lane Gillespie Cooke and Mary Margaret Gillespie; his brother-in-law, David E. Gillespie, Jr. (Dana); and his mother-in-law, Margaret C. Gillespie. His mother, who taught him what it was to be a true Southern gentleman, preceded him in death in 2001. He was a man of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and unceasing energy.

Gammon’s passion was golf. He continued to display the beauty of an elegant golf swing at his beloved Carolina Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. Nothing was finer than to enjoy a round at Blowing Rock and get home to relax on the porch and look at “his mountain,” unless, of course, he could fit in a Carolina game before getting on the golf course. He was a master trip planner and as recently as month of his death had planned a trip to play golf in Scotland with 12 friends, a trip, unfortunately, that he never had the chance to complete. He loved his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, and looked forward to ushering, driving the church van, and singing the old hymns. And, he loved a good party.

Memorials may be made to his beloved Davidson College, Box 7174, NC 28035-7174.