Richard Hicks O’Hair, Sr., 47

Richard Hicks O’Hair, Sr. ’47 of Knoxville, Tenn., died December 4, 2005, following surgery for pancreatic cancer. His college education was interrupted for three years by World War II, and as a 2nd lieutenant in the infantry he saw action in France, Austria, and Germany. At Davidson, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, football, wrestling and track teams, ODK, and the 1946 All-State Football Team. He also played for the Charlotte Clippers semi-pro football club. He was self-employed for many years in the insurance and estate planning field in Charlotte, and worked for several years as a substitute teacher at Oak Ridge High School. In 1997, he earned his M.B.A. from Tusculum College. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and later of First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, serving as an elder and teacher. Survivors include his caregiver and daughter, Bonnie O’Hair Murray, 205 Engert Rd., Knoxville, Tenn. 37922; Amy O’Hair-Smith; a son, Richard O’Hair, Jr.; the children’s mother, Harriette Grice O’Hair; grandchildren, Sydney Murray III, Richard O’Hair III, Colin Smith, Ashley O’Hair and Keely Smith; a brother, Ralph M. O’Hair, Jr.