Ike M. Crews ’13

Ike M Crews passed away on December 30, 2018. He was born in Dallas, Texas on August 9, 1989.

Ike graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas as a member of the Class of 2008, where he excelled in wrestling and football.

After graduating high school, he spent a year completing an outdoor survival course in Utah, teaching English and studying archaeology in Peru, farming bananas in Australia, and traveling through Europe and Japan, among other adventures.

He graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with an AB degree in History and a minor in Anthropology. Ike was a four-year member of the Davidson D-1 Varsity Wrestling team. He also earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2017.

Ike had recently returned to St. Marks, his alma mater, as a sixth grade Humanities teacher and loved coaching both wrestling and football. The previous year he worked at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas as a Cooney Fellow, where he taught history and coached wrestling, football, and lacrosse.

Before giving in to his calling to serve others in the classroom and on the field, Ike was a proud member of Pete Sessions’ Washington, D.C. Congressional staff. Ike often talked of one day running for political office. Ike was truly one of a kind.

He was passionate about music, specifically classic rock. His cover single of Desperado never quite made it to iTunes. He was extremely talented on the guitar, acoustic and air guitar alike. He loved to exercise, and would often guilt his friends and sisters to attend early morning fitness classes whenever he could.

In the summers, Ike loved to explore the wilderness. After straying from the beaten path on a camping trip in the Pecos National Forest, Ike returned as a Sherpa on the St. Marks trip and remained a lively addition to the trek over the past ten years.

In his free time, Ike would FaceTime the many he cared about, and he would frequently send funny photos, caricatures, and memes just to entertain those he loved.

Ike considered himself a professional ninja instructor, fluent in Arabic, and could convince you he had almost reached the top of Mount Everest before having to turn back due to altitude sickness.

Ike was constantly pushing everyone out of their comfort zone. He took every opportunity to gather those he loved, and was the glue holding together an eclectic group of people. His mischievous nature paired with an outstanding work ethic informed all those around him that life should be a fine balance of work and play.

He was preceded in death by all four grandparents, and his beloved childhood dogs, Jake and Bear. Ike is survived by his Mother Patti Cook Crews, Father and Stepmother Ken and Kathiann Crews, older sister Kelly Crews Dayton, younger sisters Carter and Cameron Crews, nephew Miller Dayton, and his many friends whom he considered family.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 7th at 3pm in the chapel at St. Marks School of Texas, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Ike McGowan Crews to the St. Marks School of Texas.

Lindsey June Lassiter ’15

Lindsey Lassiter '15Lindsey June Lassiter passed away in the early morning hours of October 1, 2017.

A graduate of Walnut Hills High School (2011), Lindsey earned her bachelor of science in psychology from Davidson College (2015) and her master of education in the art of teaching from Texas A &M University-Commerce (2017).

Lindsey taught kindergarten at Umphrey Lee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Lindsey was an active member of The Potter’s House church in Dallas and enthusiastically engaged with the Brick House young adult ministry.

Lindsey lived her life with intention, passion, sincerity, commitment and love for her family, friends and students.

She leaves behind her mother, Sharlene Boltz; her father, Christo Lassiter; her brother, Ellery, and sister Natalie; her stepfather, Jay Boltz; her Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at The Chapel, Crossroads-Oakley, 3500 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209. Memorial visitation begins at Noon followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00pm. The Chapel entrance is located adjacent to the East Parking Lot.

In lieu of flowers, donations to establish the “Lindsey Lassiter Memorial Library”, a collection of multi-cultural books for kindergarteners at the Umphrey Lee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/lindsey-lassiter-memorial-library.

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 11, 2017

Nathaniel “Nathan” Brennan Godwin ’13

Nathaniel "Nathan" Brennan Godwin '13Nathaniel “Nathan” Brennan Godwin, 25, of Huntersville died November 23, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center.

He was born on August 4, 1991 in Mecklenburg County. He graduated from SouthLake Christian Academy and Davidson College.

Nathan was a strong believer in Jesus, full of the love of God, who always put others before himself.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Bender Godwin; parents, Buddy and Karen Godwin; brothers, Kendall, Brian and Adam; and grandparents, Gus and Marie Godwin and K.D. Clarke.

A visitation will be from 6-8 PM Wednesday, November 30 at James Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, December 1 at James Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Northlake Memorial Gardens.

Memorials and memories may be shared at www.medgift.com/nathan-godwin.

James Funeral Home is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com

Ben Callinder ’16

Ben Callinder '16Beloved student and SGA president Ben Callinder passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer.

In a message to the campus community, Dean of Students Tom Shandley wrote, “No one will ever fully know the struggles that Ben endured to be here with us this semester and we are all incredibly blessed for this time. His undeniable courage and the steadfast support of his family and friends will leave an enduring legacy.”

To give the college community a chance to join together to honor Ben, the Chaplain’s Office held an informal gathering this afternoon at 5:15 p.m. in the Oasis, which is located in the Chaplain’s Office suite on the top floor of the Alvarez College Union. This was not a formal service, but simply a chance to share thoughts about Ben and hold his family in our hearts.

Juliana Tazewell Porter ’12

Juliana Tazewell Porter, age 25, died unexpectedly and far too soon on October 4, 2015. She was born in Norfolk.

Juliana was a 2008 graduate of Norfolk Collegiate School, where she was Valedictorian, President of the National Honor Society and, in 2008, named a Presidential Scholar, one of only twenty young women in the Commonwealth.

She is a 2012 graduate of Davidson College, where she was an Honors Scholar, an academic All-Conference student athlete for swimming (Go Wildcats!), a member of the National Biological Honor Society and Premedical Honor Society, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology.

In her spare time, and in addition to swimming, Juliana volunteered at local health clinics and did research for a published paper on air quality in the Charlotte area.

It was also at Davidson where she met and fell in love with Josh Yost, to whom she recently became engaged. An August 2016 wedding was planned after Josh’s graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

After Davidson, Juliana pursued her dream and passion and entered the medical school at the University of Virginia, where her great grandfather, Dr. Harry Porter, studied medicine, her grandfather, Harry Porter, Jr., studied law, and her father pretended to study. She loved to learn, and she loved the study of medicine, but she loved most that, one day, she could help, care for, comfort, and heal others.

At the University, despite her rigorous academic schedule, she found time to volunteer at the Virginia Institute of Autism, assisted with research in Pediatric Neurology and also assumed a leadership role in the Christian Medical Students Association.

Her faculty mentor in her first two years described her as a superstar, and as she moved into her clinical rotations, she was described by her supervisors as being pleasant and kind with a strong work ethic and an exceptional fund of knowledge.

Although she had not decided on a career path, she frequently spoke of her love for children, and a career in pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty was likely.

Juliana is survived by her parents, Kent and Ann Byrd, her sister and brother, Emmy and Harry, her grandparents, Anne and Waller Whittemore, her fiance’, Joshua Yost, Josh’s parents, John and Donna Yost, countless family from the Porter and Yost families, and friends too numerous to mention who deeply loved her.

Juliana was sweet and kind, she was humble, she was compassionate, she was caring, she was loyal, she was a person of great faith. She never missed a birthday, never missed an opportunity to reach out to someone in need, and never missed a chance to tell family and friends that she loved them.

She was not the kind to let obstacles get in her way or dwell on them, but always looked forward to what could be achieved. Her positive outlook on life made everyone she touched better. She was a beautiful young lady who had so much to offer and so much to give.

We mourn the loss of our JuJu, we mourn the loss of her future with Josh, we mourn her friends’ loss of her companionship and love, and we mourn for the patients who will not have her to provide comfort and healing. While nothing can replace our loss or fill the void, we doubt Juliana would want us to focus on our loss, but focus instead on how we can make someone else better.

A memorial service for this wonderful woman will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Second Presbyterian Church, 7305 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to Juliana Tazewell Porter Memorial Fund at Davidson College, Box 7177, Davidson, NC, 28035.

H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 8, 2015