Henry Clifton Hester ’78

Henry Clifton Hester, 65, died peacefully on September 17, 2022 with his wife and children by his side. Cliff was born on September 19, 1956 in Elizabethtown, NC to the late Anne Sutton Hester and the late Worth Hutchinson Hester. After his birth mother’s death in 1958, Cliff was raised by his loving mother, Anna Ruth King Hester. 

Cliff is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Erin, his three children, Katherine Hester Doehring (Jamison), Clay Sutton Hester (Eliza), and Corinne Hester Crews (Connor), and four grandsons who were the light of his life, Henry Jamison Doehring, James Clifton Crews, Robert Lewis Hester, and Benjamin Hughes Doehring. He is also survived by his mother, Anna Ruth, and seven siblings: Beth Snyder (David), Emily Villegas (Bobby), Ruth Robertson, Worth Hester, Jr. (Karla), Matthew Hester (Cindy), Mark Hester (Rebecca), and Anita Willington (Brian). Cliff was dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.

Cliff was a 1974 graduate of East Bladen High School. In 1978, he graduated from Davidson College, where he served as a captain of the football team and met the love of his life, Erin. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1981. After practicing briefly in Atlanta, Cliff returned home to Elizabethtown to join his father’s law practice at the firm that continues today as Hester, Grady & Hester.

He practiced law in Elizabethtown for 39 years and was known as a compassionate and tireless advocate for his clients. A self-described “country lawyer,” his general law practice served many in need in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.   

Cliff served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Clarkton and the Town of White Lake for over 35 years. His commitment to professionalism was known by many across the state, as he was elected to the North Carolina State Bar Council, on which he served for nine years. Cliff will be deeply missed by many clients, colleagues, and faithful employees.  

In 1993, Cliff and his wife Erin moved to Wilmington, NC, where they raised their three children. He was an amazing father and husband, nimbly balancing his call to serve others through his law practice and the joy he found in family life. He could be found cheering from the sidelines of his children’s sporting events, building sandcastles at Wrightsville Beach, reading aloud or reciting his favorite stories and poems, and imparting wisdom to his adoring children. 

Cliff was a faithful member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and taught Sunday School to both children and adults. Cliff lived out his faith in all facets of his life and always put others first. His kindness and gentleness were eclipsed only by his humility. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022. A reception in Brown Fellowship Hall will follow the service. The family will also receive visitors at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, 1800 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church or the Davidson College Athletic Fund (Football Gridiron Club).

Anne Borden Lee ’70

Anne Borden Lee, who died unexpectedly on September 14 at age 73, loved sailing, hunting, and fishing and was looking forward to her first saltwater fly-fishing expedition in the Pacific Line Islands. An intrepid traveler, Anne enjoyed exploring the world on safaris and far flung adventures as well as professionally, as a surgeon.

Born in Wilmington, NC, on December 7, 1948, Anne attended the Porter-Gaud School, Charleston High School, and Davidson College, a school to which she was devoted—most recently enjoying her 50th reunion. Anne received her training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She practiced in the Charleston area, in the Florida Keys, and, as a locum tenems surgeon in a number of remote areas of the United States.

Anne read widely and loved to write. Fascinated by Jungian psychology, she was deeply religious and an active participant in several study and dream groups.

She was married twice. Her first spouse died of cancer; Anne was a devoted caregiver throughout that long illness. Her second marriage ended in divorce. She is predeceased by her parents, Lawrence and Mary Borden Lee of Charleston, SC, and a brother Lawrence Lee of Savannah, GA. Survivors include a nephew, L. Borden Lee, two nieces, Shannon Lee and Ramsay Jarvis, six great nephews and one great niece—as well as many other relatives from both sides of her family.

Funeral arrangements in Charleston are by the J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September, 30, 2022, at Lebanon Chapel in Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC, with burial in Oakdale Cemetery to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center, Hendersonville, NC. or to Davidson College.

Frank “Alec” Alexander Gould, Jr. ’61

Frank “Alec” Alexander Gould, Jr., died peacefully surrounded by his family on September 7, 2022, at the age of 83. He was born on January 26, 1939, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and stepfather, Kathleen Carpenter Wine, Frank Alexander Gould, Sr., and O. Walton Wine, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Kristine “Kristy” Lee Gould of Cedar Park, Texas; his sister, Mary Carpenter Gould Coulbourn and her husband, Tom, of Richmond, Virginia; his stepbrother O. Walton Wine, Jr. and his wife, Judie, of Harrisonburg, Virginia; his daughter Amy Carpenter Nolan and her husband, Kirk, of Austin, Texas; his daughter Haley Gould Schurz and her husband, Walker, of Lusaka, Zambia; his son Lee Alexander Gould of Brentwood, Tennessee; and his son David Ballard Gould of Springfield, Missouri. He had seven grandchildren, Benjamin Nolan, Claire Nolan, Timothy Schurz, Jessica Schurz, Austin Gould, Dylan Gould, and Colby Gould. His grandchildren called him “Pops.” Alec graduated from Davidson College in 1961 and was a member of the ATO fraternity.

He began his career with the National Park Service as a ranger/historian at Colonial National Park in Yorktown, Virginia in 1962. After working four years at Fort Donelson National Military Park in Tennessee, he returned to Colonial as an interpretive supervisor. In 1970, he moved to Appomattox Court House, Appomattox, Virginia as Superintendent where he started a living history program that continues today. As Superintendent of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park from 1972-1981, in Johnson City, Texas, he worked with President and Mrs. Johnson to develop the LBJ Ranch as a historic site with cattle operations and an interpretive bus tour. His next superintendency was at Buffalo National River in Harrison, Arkansas. In 1987, he worked as a deputy regional director in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania helping to oversee parks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. Alec returned to Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Virginia in 1989 as Superintendent and retired from the National Park Service in 2011, after a 42-year career.

Alec was known professionally for his fair and principled leadership, and sought the good of each community where he served. He was active in local churches in each town where he lived, having been raised in the Presbyterian Church. Alec loved history, music, and was an accomplished golfer in his retirement. Above all his interests were his love and commitment to his family. He regularly sacrificed his time to support his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved his mother Kathleen Wine, and visited her weekly until her passing at age 101. His wife Kristy reflected, “If you look up the word ‘gentleman’ in the dictionary, you would find Alec Gould’s name.” Alec moved with his wife Kristy to Cedar Park, Texas in 2019 and became active in many areas at The Enclave retirement facility. The family invites all friends to attend a memorial service for Alec on September 17th, 2022 at the Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in Austin, Texas at 10:00 am.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com for the GOULD family.

Morton “Ty” LeBaron Church ’73

Ty Church, born August 4, 1951, crossed the river August 30, 2022, surrounded by family and his loving dog, Bruno. Ty is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Jayne Coley, his siblings, and their spouses: Helen and Walt Peery, Bunny and Ed Berdick, Brad and Elisabeth Church, John and Marta Church; Jayne’s siblings and spouses: Mary Linda Coley and Walter Leach, Diane Coley, and Scott Coley. Ty is also survived by many nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. He is predeceased by his parents, Morton LeBaron Church, Jr., and Mary Alice “Me-Me” Burnside Briley.

Ty was a graduate of Myers Park High School and attended Davidson College. After careers in law enforcement and radio he moved to Wilmington to pursue his dream of working in TV and film. There he worked at Dino de Laurentiis Studios/Screen Gems. He retired as transportation coordinator to Charleston, SC in 2017. NC Film has a Facebook page dedicated to Ty. A link to his full filmography can be found here:

Ty was an avid golfer, a hopeful fisherman, a frustrated Carolina Panthers fan and an excellent cook. He was well known for his superb crab cakes, fried flounder and his annual New Year’s Day Pig Pickin’. Ty was reluctant to travel to Europe, but it only took one visit to Italy, and he caught the bug. In May he made a final trip to Italy where he enjoyed all it had to offer including a cooking class on the Amalfi coast.

Ty held a tremendous love for his dog and family (probably in that order) and was known for his dry wit and wicked sense of humor, and those along with his frequent dog walks led him to be considered the mayor of the street. Jayne called him her little curmudgeon and he wore it as a badge of honor.

The family would like to thank the stellar staff in the ICU department at Roper Mt. Pleasant Hospital.

A celebration of Ty’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 23, at Isle of Palms Exchange Club located at 201 Palm Boulevard, 29451. Memorials may be sent to Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

Charles Marvin Parker ’61

Charles Marvin Parker died peacefully on August 29, 2022 in Roland Park, Maryland.

He was born in LaGrange, Georgia on March 29, 1938 to Charlie W. Parker and Marion Parker (née Hart).

He married Sue Marion Williams in LaGrange on December 20, 1958 and they had two children, Glenn P. Parker and Allison Parker-Abromitis.

In his early years Charlie was a musician, playing the trombone and was a part of the all district band. He was his high school drum major and voted most talented in his senior year. 

Charlie attended Davidson College in North Carolina on an ROTC scholarship and received a B.A. in English.

Charlie was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1962 and served in military intelligence and counterintelligence for almost 40 years. He had tours of duty in South Korea and Vietnam, and was later stationed with his family in Tokyo, Japan and Nürnberg, Germany, before settling in Northern Virginia. In 1979, he earned a Master of Arts in Government from Georgetown while serving in the military.

Charlie was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, among others.

After retiring from civilian life, he trained to be a docent at the Library of Congress. As a student of history, it was a job he loved, but illness soon made it impossible for him to continue.

Charlie is survived by his children Allison and Glenn, Glenn’s wife, Faith, and by his granddaughter, Mariliza K. Parker. Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Sue, on July 29, 2022.

A celebration of life for Charlie and Sue will be held in October.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).