William A. “Bill” Bledsoe ’53

William Anthony Bledsoe, age 90, died February 25, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan McCallum Bledsoe, his daughter Braden and husband Mark Weiner, his son Thomas and wife Cresta and their children Isles and Clary.

Bill was born October 23, 1931, in Greensboro, NC to William J. Bledsoe and Polly Gordon Bledsoe. Following his father’s early death, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Dr. William T. Clary and his beloved uncle, Thomas Braden Bledsoe. Bill graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN and then Davidson College, NC in 1953. At Davidson Bill was in ROTC and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following college he served two years in the Navy, seeing duty in The Korean War and then traveling around the world on the USS Caperton. Bill cherished this experience and held a lifelong affinity for ships.

After the service Bill worked with his Uncle Braden at the Brown Bledsoe Lumber Co. traveling the South buying hardwood for NC furniture companies. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began his financial career as a bond salesman at The First Boston Corporation in New York. While there he met his wife, Susan. They lived in Greenwich, CT and later moved to Atlanta, GA during his 20- year career with First Boston. Bill ultimately opened his own brokerage firm, a branch of Raymond James Financial, where he worked until he retired in his seventies.

Bill was a lover of tennis and golf and a member of the Capital City Club in Atlanta and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, FL where he had longstanding golf and tennis groups. He was a member of Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta where he ushered for many years. Bill was a voracious reader and loved sharing books with his children and friends. Bill enjoyed people and loved learning all about them. He had a gift for drawing people out and making them feel comfortable and special. He will be missed.

There will be a family memorial at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: The Cathedral of Saint Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Claude Lee “Buddy” Ives ’53

Claude Lee Ives, Jr. (Buddy) died peacefully at The Cypress of Charlotte on February 24, 2022, exactly ten years to the day of the passing of his beloved wife, Jane. He was born on May 30, 1932, in Davidson, NC, the son of Claude Lee Ives and Katherine Earle Ives. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Harriet I. Bingenheimer and her husband, Charles G. Bingenheimer, Jr.

Buddy is survived by his three children, Cherrye Ives Small, Claude Lee Ives, III (Carol) and Joseph Preston Ives (Kathy), all of Charlotte. In addition, he left behind his loving grandchildren, Winston Edward Small and his son Winston, Chamblee Small McClure (Will), Lauren Ashton Ives, Kathleen Ann Ives, Katherine Ellis Ives (fiancé, Alex Menefee) and Madeline Harris Ives. He is also survived by 10 nieces, nephews and their families.

Buddy grew up in Davidson, NC and was a proud Eagle Scout. He attended high school at the Darlington School in Rome, GA and graduated from Davidson College in 1953 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Shortly after graduation, he married the former Jane Blythe of Charlotte, the love of his life and wife of 58 years. After the wedding, Buddy went to Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Upon completion of his time in the Navy, he returned to North Carolina and completed his M.B.A. at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Jane and Buddy then moved to Charlotte and in 1958, he began his career at Harris, Upham & Co., a predecessor firm of Morgan Stanley, retiring in 1994.

Buddy loved his children and was always active in their lives, particularly when it came to athletics. He coached Lee and Preston’s basketball teams at the Dowd (Central) YMCA for several years and cherished the opportunity to spend time with his sons and their friends as they grew into young men. He never missed a game as his children got older and was active at Charlotte Latin School as an Athletic Booster and as a volunteer with the Parents’ Council. Later in life, when his children had started their own families, Jane and Buddy were happiest when surrounded by family, both at home and on many beach trips and other travels.

Those who knew Buddy will fondly remember his smile, sense of humor, and joy of life. Although he fought a battle of blindness that progressed until he was no longer able to drive in 1992, Buddy never complained or let the loss of his eyesight define or limit him, instead finding new ways to continue enjoying people, things and experiences he loved most. As a man of great faith, he always chose to see the positive in life. After Jane passed away in 2012, he moved to the Cypress to begin a new chapter. There he met his friend and companion, Helen Herndon, who became such a wonderful part of his life. Buddy and Helen were inseparable until she moved to Virginia to be closer to family in late 2020.

The family will be forever grateful to all those that made his life so rich. Jane and Buddy were blessed with a wonderful group of friends who remained close throughout their lives. In addition, Ms. Ruby Johnson, Jane’s caregiver, remained a dear friend of Buddy’s for the past ten years. Lastly, we would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received during his last two weeks at the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress. He was so happy to be around people that showed such tremendous care and compassion.

A service to celebrate the life of Claude Ives will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow. The internment will be private. Memorials may be made to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Metrolina Association for the Blind, 704 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204.

The service will be livestreamed at: https://myersparkpres.org/live/special/ for those unable to attend in person.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

John Ware Weathers ’73

John Ware Weathers, age 70, died on February 13, 2022 at his home in Chapel Hill, NC.  

John was born on March 19, 1951 in Rutherfordton, NC to the late James Flay Weathers, Jr. and Annabel Ware Weathers. He graduated from East Rutherfordton High School in 1969 where he was Senior Class President. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Davidson College in 1973, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1978, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1983.

Following graduation from Davidson, John worked in banking in Atlanta for 10 years, where he met and married Janie Benson in 1981. He also worked in economic development for the state of Delaware and during John and Janie’s two-year tenure in Mexico City, was a business consultant helping local companies improve their processes and efficiency.

In 1990, they returned to NC to raise their sons. John owned Hubcap Annie, a small business in Raleigh selling hubcaps and wheels to individuals and companies throughout the US. He was well-known for an extensive inventory and friendly, attentive customer service to the many people who visited his store over almost 25 years.

John was a devoted and supportive husband to Janie, and a loving father to his sons, Andrew and Scott.  John was a member of Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, and active as a parent leader in Cub Scouts, Rainbow Soccer, Chapel Hill Marching Band, and the NC Boys’ Choir, where he also sang with the adult chamber choir. He was an avid photographer, consumer of current events, and enthusiastic traveler in the US and internationally (United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Ethiopia). John and Janie fulfilled a retirement dream in 2019 to live in England for several months. They welcomed many individuals to their home, including a refugee family from Myanmar and a high-school exchange student from Bolivia. 

During the last years of his life, John faced a progressively debilitating illness with patience, grace, and kindness, maintaining his characteristic positive outlook and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Janie of Chapel Hill, his sons, Andrew Weathers (Gretchen Korsmo) of Littlefield, Texas, and Scott Weathers (Mikaela Saccoccio) of Stowe, Vermont. He is also survived by his step-mother, Ruth S. Weathers of Forest City, NC, brother, James F. Weathers III and sister, Elizabeth W. Harrill, both of Forest City, and six nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a foster son, Thant Sin. 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  The family is in the care of Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Thant Sin Scholarship Fund at Alamance Community College, using one of the three options:

Mail a contribution to:

Thant Sin Scholarship Fund

c/o The ACC Foundation

Post Office Box 8000

Graham, NC 27253.  

Please indicate Memorial for John Weathers in the memo line.

Click on the following link: 

https://givebutter.com/Thant-Sin

Text “WEATHERS” to 53-555 on a mobile phone.

Charles C. “Charlie” Hull ’54

Charles Crews “Charlie” Hull, 88, passed on to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on February 13, 2022.

He was born in Athens, Georgia in 1933 to Helen Crews Hull and William Deloney Hull. He grew up in Decatur, Georgia and loved sports and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Decatur Boys High School and then attended Davidson College, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and lettered on the swimming team as a diver.

After college, he served in the U.S. Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant. Upon discharge he joined the Atlanta advertising agency Liller, Neal, & Battle, where he became a vice president and handled major accounts.

In 1970, he changed careers, joining Adams Cates Real Estate. In 1972, he and two partners founded what is today Wilson, Hull, & Neal Real Estate. During his real estate career, he was awarded the Silver Phoenix Award for 25 years in the Million Dollar Club.

He was privileged to serve on the Atlanta Advisory Board of the Salvation Army for more than 25 years, offering pro bono counsel and involvement on real estate matters. He was a long-time member of Northwest Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, Sunday School superintendent, and various other positions. He was a 40-year Life Member of the Capital City Club and loved golf, spending time at the family cabin on Lake Lanier, and playing his guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise, his daughter Dr. Helen Hull, and his three sons and their wives—Charlie, Jr. (Kris), Alec (Emily) and Billy (Anne) and eight grandchildren Taylor, Calley, William, McLaurin, Katie, Ellie, Anna Clare, and Harley.

A celebration of his life will be held at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 4300 Northside Dr., Atlanta, GA 30327 on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2 PM; the family will receive guests after the service. Abiding by the city’s current mask ordinance, masks will be required in the sanctuary. The service will be live-streamed via Northwest Presbyterian Church’s YouTube channel, (https://www.youtube.com/c/NorthwestPresbyterianChurchAtlanta). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Northwest Presbyterian Church; the Salvation Army; or Thornwell Home for Children (302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325).

Richard Nelson Hill ’63

Richard Nelson Hill, son of Alice Jowitt and Arnold Hill, was born April 12th, 1941, in Staten Island Hospital. In 1947, with his mother and brothers Larry, Don, and Jeffrey, the family moved to Sebring, Florida. He graduated from Sebring High School in June of 1959 having been named the Scholar/Athlete for the state of Florida that year. He attended Davidson College on a Dana Scholarship, where he graduated in 1963 as a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. There he met Scott Beaver; a student at Meredith College in Raleigh, and they married on December 7th, 1963.

As an officer with the US Army, Richard was stationed in Bamberg, Germany from 1963 to 1966. Scott soon joined him where they welcomed daughter Kathy in 1965 and began a love of international travel. Richard, Scott and Kathy moved to Durham in 1967 so that he could study for his Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching (MAT) at Duke University. Our son Chris joined the family in 1968.

Richard’s calling as a teacher came to fruition in 1969 when he joined the faculty at Jordan High School where he taught for 22 years. He earned his MAT in 1971 and his Doctorate in Education in 1980; both from Duke University. During his time at Jordan, he taught Honors World History to 10th graders, AP European History, and Economics, and advised both the model UN club (known as JUNC) and the Quiz Bowl, which came in second in national competition. He also supervised MAT students and with his wife Scott, organized more than a dozen memorable trips to Europe for high school students. He moved to the newly created Riverside High School in 1991, where he taught for twelve years and was asked to design the AP and Honors World History courses. He taught several courses through Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), including Art History and Durham Regional History. After his retirement in 2001, he designed and taught online AP European History courses for LearnNC from 2002-2005, and his curriculum was used as a model for remote, online instruction.

Richard transferred his love of art history and teaching to his volunteer work with Duke University’s newly opened Nasher Museum of Art, where he was a docent for almost 10 years. He also served as President of Sister Cities of Durham, and traveled to Tanzania, Siberia, England, and Japan as a member of the organization and a representative of his beloved city.

Richard and Scott moved to Croasdaile Retirement Village in 2019. Richard is preceded in death by parents Alice Jowitt Hill and Arnold Hill and brothers Larry Hill and Jeffrey Hill. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Scott Hill, daughter Kathy Starks (Phillip Ewing) of Johnson City, NY and his son Chris Hill of Durham; grandchildren Geoffrey Starks of Syracuse, NY, Meredith Starks of Atlanta, GA, Brendan Hill of Raleigh, NC and Fiona Hill of Boone, NC; daughter-in- law Alex LeMay; brother Don Hill (Patricia); sister-in-law Patricia Beaver (Bob White), and beloved nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephew.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 PM in Few Chapel, Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Durham Public Schools Foundation, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Suite C2, Durham, NC 27701.

 A Celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date.