Linny Marshall Baker ’56

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Linny Marshall Baker of Concord, NC passed away at the age of 88 following a brief illness. Born March 11, 1934, in Ashe County, Linny was the youngest of five children born to Linny McKinley Baker and Bertha Phillips Baker. Linny was preceded in death by his father, who passed away unexpectedly in late 1933, prior to Linny’s birth. He initially grew up in Wilkes County before moving with his family to Kannapolis, NC, in 1942.

Linny graduated from A.L. Brown High School in 1952 as valedictorian and co-captain of the Wonder’s state championship basketball team. He was also one of the student representatives from A.L. Brown who joined their counterparts from Concord High School to acquire the “victory bell” from Southern Railway in 1950. After graduating as salutatorian and Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1956, Linny graduated at the top of his class from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1960 and attained the highest score in North Carolina on his state board examination. Following medical school, he pursued a residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Hospital where he was selected as Chief Resident in 1962 and was named a Wyeth Fellow, which recognized him as one of the top pediatric residents in the United States.

In 1956, Linny married the love of his life, the former Joyce Carroll Holshouser. In 1963, Linny and Joyce moved back to Cabarrus County and made their home in Concord. He joined the Cabarrus Pediatric Clinic and embarked on a lifelong mission of caring for many local children as well as serving his community through involvement in various organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Rotary, and the Jaycees. He also served as chief of the medical staff at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, Captain and physician in the US Army National Guard, Chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Health, and Chairman of the Northeast Foundation Board. Linny was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church where he spent over 40 years teaching Sunday School and frequently serving in various leadership positions within the church.

In 1999, Linny retired from the Cabarrus Pediatric Clinic and began working as a pediatrician for the Cabarrus Health Alliance. After more than 50 years of practicing medicine, Linny treated his last patient in 2015 at the age of 81 and permanently retired his stethoscope. The Health Alliance honored him by naming their children’s clinic the “Linny M. Baker Pediatric Clinic.” In 2016, the Governor of North Carolina awarded Linny with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the state.

In his spare time, Linny was a devoted family man and spent many years supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s various endeavors. He also enjoyed playing golf, snow skiing, and pulling for the Duke Blue Devils. Being an A.L. Brown and Duke graduate, he was often reminded by his three children, all of whom attended Concord High School and UNC, that he was on the wrong side of these big rivalries.

Linny was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, mother, Bertha, father, Linny, and three siblings, Herbert Baker, Ruby Lynch, and Eunice Bradshaw. He is survived by his sister, Lois Wetter, as well as his three children, including daughter, Deedee Gilbert, and husband, Jeff Gilbert; son, Dr. Scott Baker, and wife, Dr. Kristin Baker; and son, Brad Baker; all of Concord. Additionally, he is survived by six adoring grandchildren, Leah Baker, Kelli Baker, Michael Baker, Marshall Cromer, Thomas Baker, and Emerson Baker. Linny is also survived by his close friend and companion, Patricia (Pat) O’Neal, who continued to remain by his side during his final days.

The family will receive friends at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord on Friday, July 1, from 4 to 7 pm. A service to honor Linny’s life will be held at St. James Lutheran Church in Concord on Saturday, July 2, at 2 pm. A graveside burial will be at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis immediately following the service. The family would like to thank the staff at the Gardens of Taylor Glenn for their kind and compassionate care for our father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 684, Concord, NC 28026-0684, or the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County, P.O. Box 1405, Concord, NC 28026-1405.

John M. Graham ’54

John McKay Graham, husband of Virginia Brown Graham, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 28, 2022.

Born October 15, 1932, in Sumter, South Carolina, John was the son of the late Martha Wilson Graham. He graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1950. He attended Davidson College, transferred to the University of South Carolina and was drafted into the Army in 1953 during the Korean War. After completion of his military service, he returned to USC and graduated in 1956. He then began his career in banking and savings and loan.

He married his wife, Virginia Martha Brown, on June 14, 1958, making their home in Sumter for the next 40 years.

After John received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, he became an active member of his church where he worshipped regularly. He served faithfully in leadership roles of elder and deacon and was active in men’s ministry, global missions and audiovisual ministry.

He and Virginia were known for their hospitality, often opening their home for family and friends. John loved his family and treasured time with Virginia, their children and their families. Family gatherings would often include his engaging retelling of his life experiences.

As a young man, he achieved and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis and photography.

His career in banking and savings and loan extended for almost 40 years, beginning as a loan officer with First Federal Savings and Loan of Sumter, and retiring as a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer with BB&T. His tenure was marked by character, integrity, fairness and generosity. He served on and chaired numerous boards including Sumter Area Technical College, Sumter Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post 15, and Shaw AFB/Sumter commission. He was a loyal supporter of law enforcement as an assistant to the Sheriff, a special SLED agent, and a lifelong SC state constable.

After retirement, John and Virginia moved to Hendersonville, NC, and then Mount Pleasant, SC, where, for the past 17 years, they have been active in their church and community. John enjoyed staying in touch with his many friends from over the years, and meeting and making new friends, encouraging them through photos, letters, and phone calls.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Dr. John McKay Graham, Jr. (Tamara), Mount Pleasant, SC, Virginia Graham Caswell (Braxton), Johns Creek, GA, Elizabeth Graham Faulkner (Larry), Mount Pleasant, SC and Benjamin Brown Graham (Tracy), Hendersonville, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Graham, Marshall Anne Caswell Busbee (Daniel), Virginia Britton Caswell, Margaret Graham Caswell, Mary Elizabeth Faulkner Kimble (Seth), Sarah Louise Faulkner McCurry (Marion), John Lawrence Faulkner, Benjamin Brown Graham Jr., James Frierson Graham, Kruesi Graham, Natasha Townsend and Julia Townsend; great-grandchildren, James McKay Busbee and Hannah Grace Kimble, and many extended family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Graham; his sisters, Elizabeth G. Gallagher, Georgianna G. Thomas, Margaret G. Love, Sadie G. Randall, and Helen G. Stoddard.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Keil Health Center at Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration of life service will be at East Cooper Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 11 AM. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. Burial will be at the Sumter Cemetery in Sumter, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 4 PM. Arrangements by Elmore Hill McCreight, Sumter, SC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to East Cooper Baptist Church Global Missions Fund, 361 Egypt Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, eastcooperbaptist.com or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, samaritanspurse.org

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

Paul Buckley Griffith ’83

It is with heavy hearts that we write to tell you that our beloved Paul passed away on June 28th in the early hours of the morning. Our family, along with Paul’s brother Joe, were there with him in his final moments. He died peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family. We will miss Paul forever, but are comforted by the knowledge that he now exists in transcendent peace and joy with Christ. 

Over these past weeks and months, we have received so many beautiful messages of love and support from people across the chapters of Paul’s life. We read each of these messages to him and are deeply grateful for the time you all took to show Paul how loved, admired and appreciated he was. They meant so much to him and they brought smiles, joy, gratitude and laughter into our home during a challenging time. We will find comfort in these messages for years to come.

We would love for as many people as possible to mark his passing in person, so weare planning events in both the UK and the US. Paul’s funeral will be held in the UK on Saturday, 16 July 2022. A memorial gathering will be held for Paul in Washington DC on Saturday, 30 July, 2022. Please see below for full details. 

UK Funeral Service – Saturday, July 16, 2022 – Please RSVP

10:30 AM Requiem Mass

Verona Fathers, Sacred Heart Church, Sunningdale, SL5 OJY, UK

(Livestream available)

12:00 PM Funeral Procession from Sacred Heart Church to Crematorium

12:30 PM Committal Service

Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, Wokingham, 

RG40 3DW, UK

 (Livestream available)

1:30 PM Reception at Griffith Residence

Abbotswood, Waverley Drive, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4PZ, UK

US Memorial Gathering – Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Please RSVP

Washington DC, USA. Further details on time and location to follow.

For more information about these memorial services and to RSVP, please visit https://everloved.com/life-of/paul-griffith/funeral/#680651f5-48dc-4058-8006-40826a8cc14a.

Nancy Clifton Kinzer ’79

Nancy Clifton Kinzer crossed the threshold from this life to the next on June 28, 2022, at the age of 64.

Nancy was born to Almonese Brown Clifton and Thomas Woodard Clifton on November 9, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. She was the second of three children, including her sister, Deborah Clifton Van der Lande, and her brother, Forrest Bradford Clifton.

Nancy attended the Lovett School in Atlanta. She graduated from Davidson College in 1979 after spending her junior year in Montpellier, France. At Davidson she befriended Mark Kinzer, her future husband.

After graduation, Nancy moved to Northern California. She lived in Palo Alto, sold copiers, and learned to drive a stick shift on the hills of San Francisco.

In 1982, Nancy moved back to Atlanta just in time for the birth of her first niece and nephew, twins Heather and Bernard Van der Lande. Nancy worked as a computer programmer for Delta Air Lines before moving to the Delta Air Lines Foundation, where she worked in corporate philanthropy. During this period, she and Mark reunited. They married on November 10, 1990. They have two children, Emily Chesher Kinzer (26) and Benjamin Thomas Kinzer (23). Nancy would go on to work on fundraising campaigns for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, 7 Stages Theatre, and others. She was an alumna of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1995.

Nancy was a long-time member of Decatur Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she heeded the call to serve God and enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary. In 2007, her family decamped to England for the Fall semester so that Nancy could pursue religious studies at Westminster College, Cambridge. She received her Master of Divinity in 2011. During the course of her career, Nancy served at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Decatur, Georgia), Faith Presbyterian Church (Blue Ridge, Georgia), and Northminster Presbyterian Church (Roswell, Georgia). Her beloved congregants will remember Nancy for her generous heart, sound advice, and willingness to address difficult issues head on both in and out of the pulpit.

In her spare time, Nancy loved to read mystery novels, try new recipes, do crossword puzzles, and meet with the book club that she belonged to for more than 20 years. Nancy also had a knack for planning trips, and her family have many fond memories of traveling both in and out of the country with her.

Nancy is predeceased by her father, Tom Clifton; and her stepfather, Ralph Williams. She is survived by her husband and children, as well as her mother, Almonese (Nesie) Clifton Williams; siblings, Deborah Van der Lande and Brad Clifton (Carolyn); step-siblings, Ralph Williams III (Mary), Nancy Jane Morizio (Michael), John Williams (Susan); and her nieces and nephews: Heather Van der Lande Cummings (Andrew), Bernard Van der Lande, Ashley Van der Lande, Billie Clifton, and Thomas Clifton.

In her final chapter, Nancy showed an appreciation for the sacred in the mundane, gratitude for the life she had led, and resolute courage in the face of pain and death. She loved her family fiercely, both the living and those she held close in loving memory. Her husband and children will miss her terribly.

A memorial service will be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM. at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kulea Music Institute, which Nancy supported with her time and talents in the closing months of her life.

Kulea Music Institute
71 Howard St., #5312
Atlanta, GA 30317.
CashApp handle: $KuleaMusicInstitute

Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jul. 6, 2022.

James Hendry “Jim” Robinson ’57

James Hendry Robinson, M.D., 87, of Wilmington passed away June 24, 2022. He was born January 19, 1935 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Albert Grady and Moye Mercer Robinson. He was predeceased by his son, James Hendry “Chip” Robinson, Jr., his brothers, Robert Edmund Robinson and Albert Grady Robinson, Jr., his sister-in-law, Rose McLean Whitesides, and his nephew, Henry Monroe Whitesides, Jr.

Jim was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1953, and Davidson College, Class of 1957, where he was a member of the wrestling team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During a college summer, he worked at Montreat, the Presbyterian retreat in the North Carolina mountains, and met and fell in love with a Montreat summer resident, Nancy “Toppy” McLean of Gastonia. They married in 1958, and began their blessed journey together of life, love, family, work and Christian service. Jim then attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 1961, while Toppy taught school in Durham before having their first child, Chip. Jim and Toppy then went to Danville, Pennsylvania (where Bert was born) for Jim’s internship at Geisinger Memorial Hospital. Jim served in the U.S. Army, Retired Reserve. Jim and Toppy returned to Chapel Hill for Jim’s residency in anesthesiology, then moved to Wilmington in 1964, where Leslie was born three years later. They were grateful for the warm reception by the community as Jim established the first anesthesiology practice in Wilmington at James Walker Memorial Hospital, where he practiced until 1967, then moved to the newly established New Hanover Memorial Hospital (now Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center) and formed Wilmington Anesthesiologists. Jim practiced anesthesiology for 34 years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed working with his colleagues, staff and patients, providing care through the years, and becoming a much beloved figure in the medical community and among his patients, who often lovingly recounted that “Dr. Robinson put me to sleep.” He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society, and numerous other professional associations.

In addition to his professional excellence and leadership, Jim was known for his staunch devotion to his family, his uncomplaining perseverance through early-onset arthritis, his grace, wisdom, humility, dry wit, and his twinkle-eyed, mischievous sense of humor. He had a strong love for and faith in God, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. He served multiple terms as an Elder, a Deacon, and committee chairman. Jim served on numerous community boards, including two terms as President of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Center, and was instrumental in the establishment of the overnight shelter, the Day Center and the Second Helpings program. Jim and Toppy enjoyed their memberships in the Carolina Yacht Club, Surf Club, and Cape Fear Country Club. They enjoyed attending their children’s school and extracurricular activities, regularly entertaining their friends in their homes in Wilmington and Montreat, and serving in the church and community. Jim especially enjoyed teaching Chip and Bert to hunt and fish as he had been privileged to do while growing up in Clinton, and they partook in an annual hunting trip with friends in the Virginia mountains for many years. Following Jim’s retirement, Jim and Toppy would extend their annual Montreat visits into long summer seasons, graciously hosting family and friends to stay and enjoy Montreat’s holy beauty. Jim delighted in his role as “Pop” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dispensed many words of wisdom and hugs of love and affection through the years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Nancy “Toppy” McLean Robinson of the home; son, Albert Lynn Robinson (Lucy) of Wilmington; daughter, Leslie Robinson Morris (Joe) of Asheville; daughter-in-law (Chip’s widow), Robin Wicks Robinson of Wilmington; sister, Kathryn Robinson Holder (Tom) of Aiken, South Carolina; and brother, Redmond Mercer Robinson (Doris) of Winterville. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Alexandria Robinson Wilson and her children, Grey, Paige, and Charlotte Wilson, all of New Bern; McLean Gardner Robinson of Wilmington; Graham Kent Robinson and Jane Kathryn Robinson of Charlotte; James Hendry Robinson III of Raleigh; Wallace Katherine McLean Robinson of Wilmington; and James Robinson (“Jack”) Morris and Michael Joseph Morris of Asheville. He is also survived by Toppy’s brother, L.L. McLean, Jr. (Suzanne) and his family, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at First Presbyterian Church. The service will be preceded by a private Committal Service in the Columbarium Memorial Garden at 1:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the home, 1903 Brookhaven Road. Memorials to Dr. Robinson may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Montreat Conference Center, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC, 28757, or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.andrewsmortuary.com.