Robert Brown Taylor ’58

Bob was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Taylor, Sr. (Bob and Mary). His family moved to Greensboro when he was two years old and except for time in school and the military, he lived in Greensboro for the remainder of his life.

Bob was a graduate of Davidson College and enjoyed a split career in banking and private business. He felt his work to be interesting and challenging and was still working routinely in his home office before his death.

He loved and was an active worshiper of First Presbyterian Church. He also shared a special love for the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island where he served on the board of governors for a number of years.

Bob enjoyed golf all his life though he couldn’t play in his later years. He loved all things coastal, and he spent many hours playing his piano.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, his son, Robert B. Taylor III (Bobby) and his sister Frances Taylor Boone. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rebecca Walters Taylor (Becky); Charlotte residents, son, Joseph W. Taylor (Joe), daughter-in-law Rosalind, grandson Thomas Pappas, son, David D. Taylor, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandchildren, Broughton and William Taylor; and New York resident Tom Winslow.

Bob was thankful for the example of his parents and that God was always a part of their home. He deeply loved his family, his friends, and being a proud grandfather. His life was enriched by Becky’s love and his faith in God’s love. The family is blessed to have had Chantal Koffi, his caregiver, for the past year.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 21, 2022, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. The service may be viewed live online at fpcgreensboro.org. Out of an abundance of caution, there will not be a reception following the service.

Anyone wishing to send a memorial, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island, 105 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461 or charity of choice.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Taylor family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Norman McClure Johnson ’54

Norman McClure Johnson of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC died at the age of 90 on January 7, 2022.

The son of Reverend Norman and Mary McClure Johnson, he was born in Blacksburg, VA on February 28, 1931. Reared in Rocky Mount, NC, Norman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1954. After serving as a U.S. Army officer in El Paso, TX, he went on to study at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Munich, the University of Freiburg, and UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD. Norman taught European history at Davidson College and Salisbury University until his retirement.

He enjoyed sailing, international travel, and riding his bike to campus. Norman will be remembered by his family and friends for his dry wit, quest for historical irony, vast knowledge of international and domestic affairs, appreciation of music, and gift as a raconteur.

Norman is survived by Nancy Revelle Johnson, his wife and sounding board of 57 years, daughter Claire Johnson-Hurry (Doug), who fondly called him “Vats,” and grandson Wallace McClure Hurry. He was predeceased by his brother, James Wallace Johnson (Roseann Nagle), who shared his brother’s passion for sailing.

Please visit cremationsocietync.com to express condolences to the family. Donations in Norman’s memory can be made to NC WARN to support energy & climate justice (NC WARN, P.O. Box 61051, Durham, NC 27715, www.ncwarn.org).

Ralph Lee Futrell ’52

Ralph Lee Futrell, 92, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Brookridge Retirement Community.

Ralph was born in Winston-Salem on January 9, 1929, to Pete Harvey Sr. and Ida Hanes Futrell, the youngest of seven children. He graduated from John W. Hanes High School in 1947 where he was active in band, chorus, and sports. He was named outstanding male athlete of his senior class.

Ralph attended Davidson College and graduated from High Point College in 1952. In July of that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Morgan. After serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, Ralph and Bobbie moved to Richmond, VA.

In 1955 Ralph attended art school at Richmond Professional Institute (VCU). He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in commercial art. His career began at Alderman Studios in High Point and later continued at Long, Haymes and Carr in Winston-Salem. In 1969 Ralph began his freelance graphic design business, gRalphics, which he continued until his retirement in 1996.

Ralph was a lifelong member of Burkhead United Methodist Church. He sang in the church choir since his teens as well as at many funerals and weddings, including his son and daughter’s. He was also a member of the championship Auctioneers barbershop chorus. Ralph’s greatest loves were creating art and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Futrell, Alice Futrell, Hilda Pardue, Martha DiPrima, and brothers, Charles Futrell and Pete Futrell, Jr. Surviving are his beloved family including his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Connie Stockburger (Eric) and their children, Nicole and Matthew; son, Dan Futrell (Nancy) and their children Nathan (Sarah), Natalie Shore (Alex), and great-grandchildren, Madelyn Futrell and Beau Shore.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Woodland Cemetery in Winston-Salem. Please observe masking and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burkhead United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Robert H. “Bob” Keiter ’63

Robert Keiter was born in Kinston, NC. His father and his brothers , Bill and John, were doctors, and his mother a nurse. He grew up near the ocean and enjoyed summers sailing, skiing, and fishing.

He followed his brothers to Woodberry Forest, Davidson College, and UNC Medical School. After an internship in Philadelphia, he returned to Chapel Hill for a Psychiatric residency, where he met and married Mary Beth Fudge and had their first child, Bailie.

Bob was in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, stationed in Nebraska, serving as the sole base psychiatrist. His responsibilities included greeting returning prisoners of war.

After his tour of duty, he and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Amanda was born. He worked at the Medical College of Virginia and obtained his board certification in psychiatry and neurology.

Opportunities for his wife’s last years of pediatric residency led to a move near Norfolk, Virginia. He worked part time in general psychiatry the first two years so that he could be the primary caregiver to their young children.

He developed a special interest in alcoholism treatment during those years, and, later, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, he became their treating psychiatrist for those combat veterans who had not recovered from significant war trauma, beginning with veterans of World War II through more recent conflicts in Iraq. He was known not only for his competency, but also for his empathy, which led his vets to comment that he was ‘teachable,’ an especially valuable trait, as, at that time, PTSD was poorly understood and often unrecognized as requiring specialized attention and treatment. He developed group and individual treatments for veterans, many of whom were previously untreated for PTSD. His Vietnam Vets were particularly grateful for his efforts to keep trying until treatments made a difference. These were his most rewarding years in practice.

His last years at the VA were in Johnson City, where he and his wife renovated a hundred year old house they loved. Retirement years were busy with reading, drawing, and gardening, including building a potting shed. He took long walks with his dog and loved hiking in the mountains. Relief from tight schedules led to long camping trips with visits to children, sons in law Robert and Till and granddaughters Elizabeth and Nora.

His last move was to Uplands near Crossville, TN to join their continuing care community and be closer to family. His love of family, pets, working and hiking in the outdoors in all seasons persisted until his death at 80 on January 2, 2022. He was walking the trails with his friend and CarePartner the week before he died, and his family and cat were with him on his last day.

He is survived by many who love and will miss him, including his wife, daughters and their families, elder brother, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, two grandchildren, and a beautiful extended family.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to contribute to an organization in his memory consider the Nature Conservancy or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael R. “Mike” Coltrane ’68

Michael “Mike” R. Coltrane, age 75 of Concord, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022 at University of Miami General Jackson Hospital after a brief illness.

Mike was born September 25, 1946 in Cabarrus County to the late L.D. “Bub” Coltrane III and Phyllis Crooks Coltrane. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Anne Collins Coltrane and his brother, Daniel Branson Coltrane.

He graduated from Concord High School 1964, and from Davidson College in 1968 with a BA in History. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance with an MBA in business in 1970.

Mike served 2 years active military duty in the army and 4 years in the reserves in Transportation, achieving the rank of captain.

He began his banking career at NCNB, then went on to First Charter, ending in the position of Executive Vice President, and in 1988 began serving as Chairman/CEO/President of CT Communications, Concord NC. He served on the board of the telecom industry’s trade association, USTA, from 1991-2007, and served as President from 2000-2001. He also served on the Centennial Communications Board from 2001-2009, the First Charter Corp. Board of Directors 1988-2008, and on the board of Power and Tel from September 2009 to the present.

Mike was very active in First Presbyterian Church serving as Elder and Deacon and has been a lifelong member. He was involved in the Concord community and was a member of the High Point Rotary Club, Salisbury Rotary Club and Concord Rotary Club for 50 years, serving as President 1991-1992 in Concord, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and a 5th generation Rotarian.

He was President of the Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and continued for many years. He was a supporter of the Salvation Army where he served on the board since 2008. He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, The United Way, and the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County where he served on the board 1990-2003. Mike served on the board of CMC NE/Atrium Health beginning in 2006 and the board of CMC Charlotte/Atrium from 2011-2018.

Mike was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He and Loretta traveled the world together sharing their love of hunting and exploring. They enjoyed nature and time in the outdoors and loved going to the beach.

He is survived by his wife Loretta Coltrane and her daughter Tracy Olander; sister, Gay Coltrane Ausband (Ted Brewer) of Southport; nephew, Mark Allen (Lindsey) of Mars Hill; niece, Julia Allen DeMaury (Josh) of Waxhaw; two great nephews, Branson & Miles Allen, canine companion Winston Spencer Churchill, and other extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Ellen True Crawford. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 8:30 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Wilkinson Funeral Home and again after the service in Davis Hall at First Presbyterian Church. The burial service will be for family only.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 511, Concord, NC 28026 or to Cooperative Christian Ministries, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026.

Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Coltrane family.
Michael R. "Mike" Coltrane  '68