George Wilson Ramsey ’59

George Wilson Ramsey, born December 19, 1937 in Prescott, Arkansas, died November 7, 2021, in Davidson, North Carolina, of complications from pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen Heflin Ramsey, also of Davidson; his son, Harmon Scott Ramsey, daughter-in-law Laura Cunningham, and grandchildren, Will and Ginny of Arlington, Virginia; his brother, Robert Ramsey (Sue), of Clemmons, North Carolina; his nephew David Ramsey (Jeri) and family of Charlotte, North Carolina; his niece, Elizabeth Ramsey Kirk (Rick) and family of Clarksville, Tennessee; beloved family Dot Apperson of Richmond, Virginia, Lucy Apperson Poole (Angel) and family of Glasgow, Virginia, Chris Apperson and family of Charleston, West Virginia; and other beloved family in the Ramsey, Marshall, Apperson, Heflin, and Simmerman families.

Throughout his life, George loved and learned from a thick network of friends, colleagues, and fellow-learners – from Athens High School and Davidson College; Union Seminary; Princeton University; Presbyterian College; Montreat, North Carolina; Presbyterian churches throughout the Southeast; and the Pines Retirement Community at Davidson.
At the heart of his life was his family. He was a devoted husband and partner to Ellen; father and friend to Scott; father-in-law to Laura, and ‘Pop’ to Will and Ginny; loved one and friend to his extended family.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for George will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. A livestream video of the service may be viewed at

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of George may be made to:
The Pines at Davidson Chaplaincy Fund (

Montreat Presbyterian Church (
Montreat Conference Center (
Presbyterian College (

Published by Charlotte Observer on Nov. 14, 2021