A. Wells Black ’94

Archibald Wells Black, Jr. “Wells” passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Wells Black (Archie and Carol) also of Greenville and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Gault of Greer and Mr. and Mrs. Hoke B. Black of Greenville.

Wells grew up in Greenville where he spent summers participating in SAIL, Greenville’s summer swim league, and where he played Pelham Road Mustang football each fall, continuing through his years at Eastside High School and Christ School in Arden, NC. While at Christ School, he was a Prefect, a captain of the football team, and selected to the All-Western NC Football Team. He participated in other sports such as basketball and track, and he graduated Christ School as salutatorian. Wells went on to his beloved Davidson College, where he played football his freshman year until an injury ended his playing career. Davidson always held a special place in his heart and it was the place where he began what would become lifelong friendships.

He taught History and Spanish and coached at a private school in St. Petersburg, Florida before going on to receive his law degree from the USC School of Law. He practiced law in Greenville from 1998 until his declining health forced him to retire in 2015.

In his spare time, Wells enjoyed boating and chasing fish on the lake, in saltwater creeks, or out in the open ocean. He loved music (especially Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Van Halen), playing guitar, and writing music.

In addition to his parents, Wells is survived by his fiancée and Davidson classmate, Alex Faulk, his children whom he loved dearly, Archibald Wells Black III and Cely Anne Black, both of Greenville, his sister, Catherine Black Koysza (David), and nieces, Caroline and Sadie Koysza, of Mt. Pleasant, SC.

He is also survived by an aunt, Sharon Gault Benston (Gerry), his uncle, Hoke B. Black, Jr., and cousins, Bill Benston (Janna), Beth Benston Elmore (Gay), and Laura Benston Brockman (Steve) and their children.

Wells’ faithful yellow lab, Curry, named for Davidson alum, Steph Curry, was with him during the courageous last years of his life.

His family wishes to thank all his caregivers, especially Wahid Dennis, and those who prayed for him.

Donations may be made in his memory, earmarked for research, to the South Carolina ALS Association, 130 Gardners Circle, PMB 622, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455.

A memorial service will be held on Monday May 16,2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Sanctuary with visitation to follow until 4:00 p.m. in the Parlor.

Family and friends who are unable to attend the service can view the Live Stream by visiting www.buncombestreetumc.org.

William Carter Mebane ’63

William Carter Mebane, III, (Carter), 80, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children on May 4, 2022.

Carter was born to the late Dr. William Carter Mebane, Jr. and Pauline Eckert Mebane on July 7, 1941. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina where he remained a lifelong member of the community. He attended public schools in New Hanover County, graduating from New Hanover High School in 1959. He graduated from Davidson College in 1963. While at Davidson, Carter was a member of the ROTC.

Upon graduation, Carter became a commissioned officer in the United States Army where he served for five years. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne, serving in the Dominican Intervention in 1965, and a tour in Vietnam (MACV) during 1966-67. He achieved the rank of Captain prior to his honorable discharge in 1968.

After serving his country, Carter came home to Wilmington and joined Johnson Lane Securities. He moved to A.G. Edwards and Sons in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2002. Carter served as branch manager the majority of his career and was a trusted and respected financial advisor. He served his clients with integrity, assisted by his dedicated administrative partner of 28 years, Shelley Bullard. Carter also served his family for many years as the Director of WCM Enterprises.

Carter was a devoted community servant, volunteering his time and support while serving on the boards of The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, The Sinclair Foundation, and The Davis Community. Carter also served for 29 years as a Trustee of the UNCW Endowment.

Carter loved the water and was an avid sailor for most of his life. His family’s fondest memories are time spent with Carter sailing and boating. He enjoyed racing sailboats of all sizes, but especially enjoyed laser and sunfish. He successfully competed in many races at the Carolina Yacht Club. He served as the CYC Commodore 1974-75.

Carter drew his strength in life from his unwavering Christian faith. He was a humble and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served as an elder at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church where he touched and influenced many lives. He and his wife, Joan, were dedicated members. Together for years they greeted on Sundays, led groups and ministries, and delivered meals on holidays to those in need. Their home and hearts were always open to others.

Carter was very devoted to his wife, Joan, his four children, and two stepsons who all adored him. Carter is survived by his wife, Joan Hancock Mebane of Wilmington, his sister Reverend Roxanna Mebane Atwood (Jim, deceased) of Rockingham, Virginia, and Pauline (Prissy) Mebane Endo (Shun) of Wilmington. Carter was formerly married to Patricia Dunn (deceased), the mother of his four children. His children: Susan Mebane Franco (Alan) of Atlanta; Patricia (Sissy) Mebane Schoettelkotte (Bill) of Wilmington; Elizabeth (Betsy) Mebane Farmer (Eric) of Charlotte; and William (Billy) Carter Mebane IV (Sarah) of Wilmington. Stepsons Mathias (Matt) Hunoval (Christi) of Huntersville and Robert (Rob) Hunoval of Wilmington. Nieces and nephews Mebane Boyd (Alan); Harry Atwood (Robin); Tom Endo (Katie); Ted Endo (Clodaugh) and several great-nieces and nephews.

Carter was affectionately referred to as “Pa” and was dearly loved by all his grandchildren: Lizzie, Caroline, and Carter Franco; Cricket, Clay, and Locke Schoettelkotte; Sarah Carter, Mary Banks, and Ben Farmer; Ann Katherine and William Mebane; and Joan’s grandchildren, Holland Grace and Hank Hunoval.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, 28401. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, 800 Piner Road, Wilmington, 28409, with a reception following.

The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, 100 Piner Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28409 or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please sign the online Guestbook at www.andrewsmortuary.com

Susan Gail Kaufmann Campbell ’85

Susan Gail (Kaufmann) Campbell lived a full life by shining her loving light on everyone she met. She graduated from Seven Hills School and entered Davidson College in the fall of 1981 where she met the love of her life, Malcolm, whom she married in 1988. After graduating in 1985 as a Studio Art major, Susan pursued a pottery apprenticeship in Bryant Pond, Maine. Always ready for an adventure, in 1987, Susan and Malcolm spent a year teaching at Shikokho Secondary School in Kenya. They returned to the U.S. so that Malcolm could pursue his PhD at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Susan opened a phone book and found three picture framing shops. She called each one and asked if they were hiring. The Mitre Box owner said to come over for an interview and an hour later, Susan had a job. A year later, Susan began working at the Hopkins library where she specialized in science periodicals, which was very helpful to Malcolm.

In the summer of 1992, the couple moved to St. Louis where Susan began a sabbatical that lasted forty years! Susan took motherhood very seriously and treated her pregnancies as the first stage of raising a healthy child. Their first daughter, Paulina, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota where Malcolm worked at Macalester College. They moved back to Davidson in the summer of 1994 when Malcolm took a job in the Biology Department. They bought a house in 1995 and have lived there since. Their second child, Celeste, was born in 1997. Susan was deeply involved in the children’s education, in and out of formal schooling. During summers, she organized “Camp Campbell,” which included their own children as well as several others. During Camp Campbell, they learned German, did art work, sang, played, and learned to cook. As the girls grew up, Susan supported them in new ways. She attended all sporting events and performances, even learning to keep the scorebook for volleyball matches. She was a role model for many mothers and readily offered advice and support to new or expectant parents. Susan had a lifelong passion for art and music and began learning to play the cello at age 48. She felt deeply connected to the natural world, and always enjoyed walks with friends and family.

Susan and her family attended the Davidson Friends (Quaker) Meeting starting in 1997. At various times, she was treasurer, helped design the Meeting House on South Street, and was an active member of several committees. Becoming Quaker influenced the rest of her life. They attended Quaker Meetings while living in Seattle and Flagstaff during Malcolm’s two sabbaticals spent away from Davidson. She became an informal minister to many in the community. She helped those in need and counseled anyone who felt alone or distressed. Susan was able to see the good in everyone and had friends ranging from 2 to 96 years old. She marked the birthdays of people in town and around the world, sending cards or emails to help them feel special.

Susan was born February 2, 1963 to Gail and John Kaufmann of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by her husband Malcolm of Davidson, daughters Paulina and Celeste, and brother David of Cincinnati. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. Those who knew her will miss her warm spirit and loving soul. She promised to visit family and friends “from the other side of the thin veil,” so be on the lookout for rays of sunshine cutting through clouds, morning fog or unusual birds.

A service will be held in St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, North Carolina at 3p.m. on Saturday, May 28. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Hospice organization or the Charlotte Regional office that helped Susan for the last seven months of her life: https://www.hpccr.org/donate

Edward L’Engle “Ted” Baker ’57

Edward L’Engle Baker passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday afternoon, April 28, 2022. A lifetime resident of Jacksonville, FL, he was born on February 2, 1935 to Thompson Simkins and Cynthia L’Engle Baker. Ted was a 1953 graduate of the Woodberry Forest School in Orange, VA, where he excelled in track, a sport he continued to pursue at Davidson College, from which he graduated in 1957. Following college, Ted served in the US Marine Corps (1957 – 1960), attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Upon completion of his military service, Ted returned home to Jacksonville, where he began his career in the construction materials and mining industries, working alongside his father Tom at Shands & Baker and later his brother John and son Tom at Florida Rock Industries and Patriot Transportation Holdings, serving in capacities such as President, CEO and Chairman during a career that spanned nearly a half century. He was the most significant driver behind Florida Rock’s growth, taking an enterprise his father started during the Great Depression public in 1972 and expanding its reach across the southeast tremendously during the 20th century. Ted continued to be involved and take an active role in the company up through these past few months.

On top of his rewarding work career, Ted was also dedicated to his community and his life was filled with many accomplishments. Among them, he was a past Trustee and Campaign Cabinet Chair of Davidson College, Board member and officer of the Florida Council of 100, The Florida Chamber of Commerce, The Jacksonville Port Authority, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Orange Bowl Committee, Flowers Industries, HeidelbergCement Co (Germany), Regency Realty Corporation, Barnett Bank, Flint River Textiles, The River Club, Timuquana Country Club and the Police Athletic League. He also received the Florida Trucking Association’s Man of the Year Award (1984) and, most recently, was inducted into the Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame (2022). He was a member of The Valley Club (Sun Valley, ID), Timuquana Country Club and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, as well as a past member of Pablo Creek Golf Club (Founder Member), the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Roaring Gap Club (NC), The River Club and the Tournament Players Club.

Ted is predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Ann McDonald Baker, and his sister, Sarah Baker Porter. He is survived by his four children, Tom Baker, II (Martha), Missy Boney (Roland), Sally Lee (Larry) and Margaret Wetherbee (Putt);

Ten grandchildren: Cameron, Julia and Sam Baker, Cynnie and Mac Boney, Annie Lee O’Steen (Luke) and Ted Lee, and Frances, Berkeley and Sims Wetherbee; as well as his brother John D. Baker, II (Anne).

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave., Jacksonville, FL, followed by a reception. This service may be viewed live online on the St. Mark’s Church website (stmarksjacksonville.org/virtual-worship). In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Garden Fund.

Published in Florida Times Union

Posted online on May 02, 2022

Walter G. Craven ’56

Walter Gluyas Craven died peacefully on April 21, 2022.  He was born June 26, 1934, in Huntersville, North Carolina, the son of Dr. Thomas Craven and Mildred Smith Craven.

Walter was a graduate of Oakridge Military Academy and Davidson College.  After graduation, he attended Officers Candidate School at the Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island.  He served on the USS Ingraham as a Gunnery Officer.  After his military service Walter attended Duke University and received his master’s degree in Hospital Administration.  It was during this time that he met his wife, Anne.  They were married at Duke Chapel, and moved to Wilmington, NC in 1961.

Walter was the Hospital Administrator at Babies Hospital.   He and Anne fell in love with Wilmington and decided this was where they wanted to live permanently.  He changed careers and bought Jacobi Hardware and worked there until his retirement. 

He continued his love of the ocean through sailing.  He and Anne spent countless hours ocean racing as well as cruising the coast of North Carolina and the Bahamas.  Walter was a member of North State Game Club in Council, NC.  He treasured his many friends with whom he spent time sailing, hunting and golfing.

He loved his family dearly and is survived by his daughter, Mary Anne Craven Moldenhauer and her husband, Brian James Moldenhauer of Charlotte, and son Walter Bennett Craven and wife Pam Simmons Craven of Wilmington, four grandsons, Henry and John Moldenhauer of Charlotte, and Nolan and Tom Craven of Wilmington.  He is also survived by his brother Dr. Tom Craven and wife Evelyn, brother-in-law Henry Jordan and wife Dyeann, Tom Jordan and wife Lillian, sister-in-law Nancy Jordan and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, April 24th at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC.  Family will receive in the Gathering Room immediately following the service. There will be a private burial at Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Walter’s name to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Lower Cape Fear Life Care, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC  28401.