Ernest Chace Cross ’55

Ernest Chace Cross, age 89, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed into eternal glory on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Ernie was born on May 6, 1933, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to the late Alice Brayton Cross and Ernest Childs Cross.

He was a 1951 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he excelled in basketball and track.

Ernie was deployed in Europe by the US Army from 1956-58, then attended Davidson College in North Carolina before graduating from East Tennessee State University.

He married Billie Jo Masters in 1958 and together they raised two daughters.

Ernie was employed by W.B. Greene, then by Kingsport National Bank, before moving to Johnson City to work for Hamilton Bank.

Since 1964 he was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church and served on various committees while enjoying the fellowship of many members.

For 18 years Ernie served as Treasurer for the Johnson City Cardinals and was also their director for 5 years.

He was a member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club, was awarded Kiwanian of the Year, earned the nick name of “Captain Kiwanis,” and registered perfect attendance for over 57 years.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jo Masters Cross and a twin brother Alan B. Cross.

Those left to cherish his memory include daughters Cyndi Stephenson (Joel) of Florence AL, and Cathy Graham (Scott) of Johnson City; grandsons Jay Stephenson (Sarahann) and Sam Stephenson (Kelsey) of Florence AL, Chace Graham (Lainey) of Central SC, and Jackson Graham of Johnson City; great-grandchildren Joe and Gracie Stephenson, Reece and Rylan Kate Stephenson, and Ellis Graham, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home at 4:00pm. Receiving of friends will immediately follow the service and will conclude at 6:00pm.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family www.morrisbaker.com.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E Oakland Ave., Johnson City TN 37601 (phone 423-282-1521) is serving the family.

Charles Lloyd “Pete” Wyrick ’61

Charles Lloyd “Pete” Wyrick of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Constance Hooper Wyrick died on August 5, 2022, at the age of 83, leaving a loving family, wonderful friends and a legacy of lifelong support of the artistic and literary arts as vital parts of our community life. Known throughout his life as “Pete,” he was in turn an educator, museum director, photographer, artist, musician, sportsman, historic preservationist, writer, editor, publisher and often more than one of these things at a time. Born in May of 1939 and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Pete was the eldest son of Charles Lloyd Wyrick and Edythe Ellis Wyrick. He graduated from Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama (1957); Davidson College (1961); The University of North Carolina (1964) and continued his pre-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri while serving on the faculty of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. A member of the ROTC throughout college, Pete served a 4-year term of duty in Army Intelligence at Fort Holabird (Maryland) and Fort Bragg (North Carolina). Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he served in arts administration at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; as director of the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Delaware) and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. During his tenure, he was selected for membership in the Art Museum Directors Association of America, and represented the United States in cultural exchanges with China and Costa Rica. An intrepid writer, art and architecture critic for the Richmond Times Dispatch, and award-winning poet, he increasingly focused his career on literary pursuits and in the 1980s acquired and edited Poor William’s Omnibus, a “slightly irreverent” monthly newspaper and founded Wyrick & Company, a Charleston-based book publishing enterprise that specialized in Southern authors, artists and food cultures, and brought together the skills of many talented writers, editors, designers and book production specialists. The company, established in 1986 was acquired in 2005 by Gibbes Smith Publishers of Utah. An enthusiastic supporter of the unique character of the Carolina Lowcountry, Pete served multiple terms and as chairman of the City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review; was a founding member and first president of the South Carolina Coastal Carolina Conservation League (1989-1995); and a tireless fundraiser for numerous non-profit organizations. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Connie; sons, Charles (Katherine) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Christopher (Sandi) of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren, Charles Harrison, Helen Constance, and Silas McSween; brother, Louis; sister, Melinda Ogburn (Jim); and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Memorial services and entombment will take place in the fall of this year at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Memorial contributions in his memory to the S.C. Coastal Conservation League (nancya@sccl.org); Gibbes Museum of Art (jross@GibbsMuseum.org); Historic Charleston Foundation (HistoricCharleston.org); or the American Heart Association (Heart.org/lowcountry contributions) would be greatly appreciated. Pete was an accomplished, erudite man of wit, charm and spirit who will be greatly missed. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

William Sutton “Sutt” Alexander ’60

Sutt Alexander’s business card in retirement read “Will respond to gardening, golf, fishing.” Sutt passed away at his Sharon Towers home on August 3, 2022. He was the son of William Sutton Alexander, Sr. and Louise Dunavant Alexander. Born in 1938 in Charlotte, he graduated from Myers Park High School in 1956, where he led the Mustang State Championship Golf Team. A graduate of Davidson College, Sutt also led the Wildcats to win the Southern Conference Championship Golf Tournament in the same year. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart “Dotty” in 1961 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where he remained a lifelong member. Sutt was an honorary member of the Carolina Golf Club and a past member of the Charlotte Country Club. He grew up in a golfing family. His grandmother Louise Wert Dunavant built the Carolina Golf Course in 1929 and Sutt grew up working at the course helping his father. He worked in management at New York Life Insurance Company for forty years and retired to the family farm on Old Providence Road (now Sutton Hall). He spent his retirement gardening, enjoying Caswell Beach and Lake Norman. His silver queen corn flanked by sunflowers and his pop-up vegetable stand became a summertime favorite for all.

Sutt is survived by his wife, Dotty; daughters, Chris Fitzgerald and her husband, John and Anna Jacobs and her husband, Jay; grandchildren; Lydia Gailey and husband, Jake, Ben Fitzgerald and wife, Mary, Louisa Jacobs, Alex Fitzgerald, and John Jacobs IV. He had four great-grandchildren; William Wesley and Anna Brooks Gailey and Thomas Arthur and Raelyn Christine Fitzgerald.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Myers Park United Methodist Church with a reception following in Jubilee Hall. The Reverend Bill Roth will officiate.

Those wishing to remember Sutt are invited to donate to the Wesley Warriors Foundation Fund supporting families facing childhood cancer. Visit https://www.ngcf.org/wesleywarriors/.

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

Harold Fowler Jr. ’53

Dr. Harold Duke Fowler, Jr. (November 30, 1930 – July 28, 2022) was born in Statesville, NC to Harold Duke Fowler, Sr. and Nova Beaver Fowler. He was a proud graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Fowler worked in his own dental practice for many years in Statesville and Mt. Airy. He also served as a public health dentist for the State of North Carolina for 27 years. In that capacity he provided free dental work to those children in need of special care throughout Surry, Stokes, Yadkin, and Davie counties.

Dr. Fowler, known to his friends as Duke, belonged to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain where he served as deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was often head chef for the men’s breakfast.

After retirement, he traveled regularly with his wife, Sue, and their friends to places such as Pennsylvania Amish Country, San Antonio, New Orleans, Hawaii, Alaska, and British Columbia. He also discovered his favorite place in the world, Costa Rica, where he ziplined through the rain forest at the age of 81!

Duke will be remembered for his charismatic personality and ability to fascinate with his charms; his penchant for puns and funny jokes, and being well versed in all kinds of trivia (a self-described “encyclopedia of useless information”); a story or anecdote for every occasion; the wooden cars and birdhouses he crafted by hand; the highly anticipated annual calendar he created and printed for his children with everyone’s birthday, age, and anniversaries; and his love of all creatures, especially cats.

Duke is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, M. Sue Byrd Fowler; 5 children, Donna Fowler, Shawn Martin (Hal), Tres Fowler (Terry), Shannon Johnson (Terry), and Sharee Fowler, (John); 2 stepsons, Michael Lyon (Annette) and John Gregory Lyon; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his cherished friend and caregiver, Cindi Barber.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 2 at the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. To honor Duke’s big heart for animals and all of the stray kitties he cared for over the years, the family requests that donations be made to the Forsyth Humane Society. Memorial donations may also be made to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain.

Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Fowler family.

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