David Jerome Smith ’76

David Jerome Smith, 66, died on May 21, 2020, from longtime health issues.

He is survived by his mother, Sandra Smith of Provincetown, Mass., and cousins Gail Scott and Susan Burnette of Greensboro.

David was a graduate of Davidson College and UNC Law School.

No services are planned at this time.

Triad Cremation & Funeral Service 2110 Veasley St. Greensboro, NC 27407

Samuel Robinson Sloan ’59

Samuel Robinson Sloan '59

Samuel Robinson Sloan of Montreat, N.C. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday May 21, 2020.

Sam grew up in Gastonia, N.C. He was the son of James Marshall Sloan, Jr. and Frances Robinson Sloan. He graduated from Davidson College where he was O.D.K., all-conference on the golf team and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Sam served in Army Intelligence in the Big Red 1 at Fort Riley, Kansas and received the Army Commendation Medal for his service. He enjoyed a 39-year career with Bank of America and its predecessors.

His positions included city executive in Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte as well as economic development officer. He led the task force for the Governor’s Business Council and was part of international trade missions with two governors.

Sam was a man of great faith and he lived it daily. He attended Bible Study Fellowship and was in a men’s prayer group. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., trustee of the Presbyterian Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Mountain Retreat Association of Montreat, NC and board member for the Society for International Ministries.

Sam’s community involvement was extensive. He was a board member of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research Triangle Park, board member for NC Center for Public Television Foundation and Chair of Durham’s United Way Campaign. He was Chair of the United Arts Council Fund Drive in Greensboro and Charlotte.

Sam was Chairman of the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, for which he was named Man of the Year in Charlotte. He was Chairman of the Board of Discovery Place in Charlotte and Chairman of the Board for WDAV Classical Public Radio.

Sam had a wonderful sense of humor that brought joy to all who knew him. He enjoyed fellowship with family and friends, golf, hiking, tennis and travel. His memberships in the Piedmont Club in Charlotte and the Golf Festival of North Carolina were very meaningful to him.

Sam was devoted to his wife and children. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Ross Sloan; children: Barrett Sloan Ranson of Charlotte and Samuel Ross Sloan (Martha) of Fairview; grandchildren: Robert Walker Ranson of New York, Marshall Ross Ranson of Charlotte, Grayson Masters Sloan of Spruce Pine and John Siler Sloan of Fairview; and sisters-in-law: Joanna Adams Sloan of Black Mountain and Marti Ross Franks of Richmond; and four nephews and two nieces. Sam is predeceased by his brother, Dr. James Marshall Sloan, III.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to: Mountain Retreat Association, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757; Montreat College, P.O. Box 1267, Montreat, NC 28757 or Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 279, Montreat, NC 28757.

Morris Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the family and condolences may be sent to them at www.morrisfamilycare.com

Thomas McAfee ’56

Thomas McAfee '56

We are sad to announce our beloved “Tuck” McAfee; husband of the late Harriet Healey McAfee and son of the late Thomas F and Elisabeth Ward McAfee, died at McCall Hospice House Wednesday May 20, 2020, after complications of a sudden stroke.

Tuck was a humble and gentle leader, who led by following Christ’s example to his family and friends.

A graduate of Davidson College, he followed his father and grandfather in a career in funeral service with Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, where he served many Greenville-area families with that same humble and gentle spirit.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and earlier served at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church as Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Choir member.

Tuck was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr Andrew K Gwinn Council-1668, Fourth Degree, former member of the Downtown Rotary Club, the Commerce Club, and the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He was named Rex of the annual Mardi Gras Celebration for his many charitable contributions to his community.

He is survived by sons, Thomas F. McAfee, IV and his wife, Lois, Bill McAfee, and John F. McAfee and his wife, Preston; grandchildren, Elizabeth McAfee, Thomas McAfee, V, Jay McAfee and his wife, Jessica, and Allen McAfee.

Tuck was also predeceased by a son, Stephen Montgomery McAfee and sister, Betty Ward McAfee Tollison.

The body will Lie in State from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday May 21, 2020 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, for those who might want to pay their respects.

Tuck’s family will have a Private Recitation of the Rosary on Thursday evening.

For the safety of family and friends, a Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Friday, May 22, 2020. The Rite of Committal will follow in Springwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Foundation, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville, SC 29601 or Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1209 Brushy Creek Rd, Taylors, SC 29687.

Tuck’s family encourages those at home to share your condolences on Tuck’s obituary tribute wall and send a “Hug from Home” by visiting www. thomasmcafee.com.

Frank Hays Furman, Jr. ’49

Frank Hays Furman, Jr. '49

Frank Hays Furman, Jr., 93, of Pompano Beach, Florida went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, May 17, 2020.

Furman was born on November 5, 1926, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Helena (Pond) and Frank Hays Furman, Sr. He married Martha Jane Bird on December 8, 1951.

He was a very giving man of great faith. He deeply loved his Lord, his family, his insurance family, and his community and was actively involved in and provided leadership to numerous church, community, education, and business organizations.

Furman was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Furman Dart. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane; his sister, Betty Ann Furman McKenzie; three children, June Michel (Bruce) of San Antonio, Texas, Jane DeJong (Dirk) of Lighthouse Point, Florida, and John Furman (Erin) of Pompano Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Matthew Michel, Drew Michel, Douglas DeJong, Allison Sorenson (DeJong), Frank Lee Furman, and Robert Furman; and three great-grandchildren, Claire Michel, Corinne Michel, and Stella Sorenson.

Furman graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics. He served his country as a member of the Army-Air Force, participating in World War II from 1944 to 1947.

He continued as member of the Reserve, returning to active duty in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1951 and received an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1954 with the rank of Lieutenant.

Furman served as Chairman and Executive Officer of Frank H. Furman, Inc., a general insurance agency, which he founded on September 1, 1962, until his retirement in 2012.

He built the agency on a foundation of customer service, trust, and giving back to the community. Under his leadership the agency grew to be one of the largest and most respected independent insurance agencies in the southeast.

He served as mentor to many and in numerous leadership roles within the insurance industry, including Chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. Furman received numerous business awards, including the prestigious Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award, which recognized his lifetime of leadership, integrity, and service to the insurance industry.

Furman served as President of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and on three advisory committees to the City of Pompano Beach: the Budget Committee, the Charter Committee, and the Economic Development Council.

He had a strong commitment to education, resulting in considerable advancement in the re-establishment of Pompano Beach High School and in the expansion of the Blanche Ely High School campus. In 2007, the City of Pompano Beach recognized his volunteer contributions and named Furman the Citizen of the Year.

Furman was a founding Board member of the Florida Shores Bank, which is now Centennial Bank. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of John Knox Village for 31 years and was Chairman of the Board for 25 of those years.

During his tenure, John Knox achieved national accreditation and was recognized as one of the best retirement communities in the United States.

Furman was a Trustee of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida for 30 years. In 1994 he became Chairperson of the Finance Committee and in 2000 Furman was elected Vice Chairperson of the Trustees and Chairperson of the Trustee Executive Committee.

In December 2002, Florida Southern College awarded Furman an honorary Doctorate for Public Service in recognition of his 40 years of public service to the community, to the college, and to the United Methodist Church.

Furman was very active in the United Methodist Church at the local, district, state, region, and national levels. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pompano Beach and served as an usher from the start of his church membership in 1956 to the present.

He also served as President of the United Methodist Men’s local chapter, Chairperson of the Administrative Board, Chairperson of the Staff-Parish Committee, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Chairperson of the Education Committee.

In the Broward-Palm Beach District of the United Methodist Church, Furman served for 30 years on the District Committee on Mission and Church Extension. In addition, he served as a Trustee, member of the District Counsel of Ministries, and other various appointments by the District Superintendent.

Furman was elected a delegate to the Florida United Methodist Church Annual Conference in 1963 and was present at every Annual Conference for the next 43 years.

He served as Conference Lay Leader from 1976 to 1980, Chairperson of the Business Advisory Committee from 1980 to1984, member of the Florida Methodist Foundation Board of Directors from 1980 to 1988, and Secretary of the Health Subcommittee of the Conference Board of Pensions from 1968 to 1976. Furman was an ex-officio member of the Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration Executive Committee from 1980 to 2004.

Furman was selected to represent the Florida Annual United Methodist Church Conference eight times at the Jurisdictional Conference and seven times at the General Conference. During that time he participated in the legislative areas of church discipleship, church administration, and church financial management. Furman was a member of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Council of the United Methodist Church located at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

For more than 50 years, the family enjoyed summer vacations at the lake. But Furman was never one to fully take time off and spent much of his time at the lake engaged in leadership activities and meetings.

For the Council, he served as a member of the Finance Committee, Co-Chairman of the Development Committee, Chairman of the Building Committee, and retired as Vice President of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council in 2004.

General Conference activities at the national level included member of the General Board of Discipleship and the General Council on Finance and Administration from 1988 to 1996.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a memorial service for Frank Hays Furman, Jr. will be held at a later date when family members and friends are able to travel and gather together to celebrate his life.

Memorial donations can be made to John Knox Village, the Lake Junaluska Assembly, or to Christ Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Felix Calvin Yarboro ’59

Felix Calvin Yarboro died May 16, 2020, at the age of 84. He was born and raised in Elkin, North Carolina. He is the son of Kapp and Gertha Yarboro who, along with his in-laws, Sheffie and Hattie Graham, predeceased him.

He is also preceded in death by siblings and in-laws James and Ruth Yarboro, Martha Yarboro, Margaret and Felix Darnell, Tommy and Frances Yarboro, Donald Miller and Windle Yarboro. A precious infant daughter, Laura Noel, also predeceased him.

He is survived by the treasure of his life, Helen Graham Yarboro, to whom he was married for 60 years; children and their families: Chris, Kim, Graham and Benjamin Yarboro; Jonathan, Alicia, Stanton and Josephine Yarboro; Anna Kate, Robert, Abigail, Hattie and Laura Donovan. Brother Benny Yarboro and sisters Emelene Miller and Gemmie Key with her husband Alan also survive.

He is a graduate of Elkin High School and Davidson College. He served in the US Army. He and his family moved to Birmingham in 1969, where he began serving Independent Presbyterian Church as Youth Director and Community Ministries Coordinator. He retired following 32 years of service to IPC.

A service of worship will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church at a later date.

Memorial gifts should be made to the Community Furniture Bank, 219 Distribution Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209 or to the Felix C. Yarboro Community Ministries Fund, c/o Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35205.

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