William Sutton “Sutt” Alexander ’60

Sutt Alexander’s business card in retirement read “Will respond to gardening, golf, fishing.” Sutt passed away at his Sharon Towers home on August 3, 2022. He was the son of William Sutton Alexander, Sr. and Louise Dunavant Alexander. Born in 1938 in Charlotte, he graduated from Myers Park High School in 1956, where he led the Mustang State Championship Golf Team. A graduate of Davidson College, Sutt also led the Wildcats to win the Southern Conference Championship Golf Tournament in the same year. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart “Dotty” in 1961 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where he remained a lifelong member. Sutt was an honorary member of the Carolina Golf Club and a past member of the Charlotte Country Club. He grew up in a golfing family. His grandmother Louise Wert Dunavant built the Carolina Golf Course in 1929 and Sutt grew up working at the course helping his father. He worked in management at New York Life Insurance Company for forty years and retired to the family farm on Old Providence Road (now Sutton Hall). He spent his retirement gardening, enjoying Caswell Beach and Lake Norman. His silver queen corn flanked by sunflowers and his pop-up vegetable stand became a summertime favorite for all.

Sutt is survived by his wife, Dotty; daughters, Chris Fitzgerald and her husband, John and Anna Jacobs and her husband, Jay; grandchildren; Lydia Gailey and husband, Jake, Ben Fitzgerald and wife, Mary, Louisa Jacobs, Alex Fitzgerald, and John Jacobs IV. He had four great-grandchildren; William Wesley and Anna Brooks Gailey and Thomas Arthur and Raelyn Christine Fitzgerald.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Myers Park United Methodist Church with a reception following in Jubilee Hall. The Reverend Bill Roth will officiate.

Those wishing to remember Sutt are invited to donate to the Wesley Warriors Foundation Fund supporting families facing childhood cancer. Visit https://www.ngcf.org/wesleywarriors/.

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.

Harold Fowler Jr. ’53

Dr. Harold Duke Fowler, Jr. (November 30, 1930 – July 28, 2022) was born in Statesville, NC to Harold Duke Fowler, Sr. and Nova Beaver Fowler. He was a proud graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Fowler worked in his own dental practice for many years in Statesville and Mt. Airy. He also served as a public health dentist for the State of North Carolina for 27 years. In that capacity he provided free dental work to those children in need of special care throughout Surry, Stokes, Yadkin, and Davie counties.

Dr. Fowler, known to his friends as Duke, belonged to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain where he served as deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was often head chef for the men’s breakfast.

After retirement, he traveled regularly with his wife, Sue, and their friends to places such as Pennsylvania Amish Country, San Antonio, New Orleans, Hawaii, Alaska, and British Columbia. He also discovered his favorite place in the world, Costa Rica, where he ziplined through the rain forest at the age of 81!

Duke will be remembered for his charismatic personality and ability to fascinate with his charms; his penchant for puns and funny jokes, and being well versed in all kinds of trivia (a self-described “encyclopedia of useless information”); a story or anecdote for every occasion; the wooden cars and birdhouses he crafted by hand; the highly anticipated annual calendar he created and printed for his children with everyone’s birthday, age, and anniversaries; and his love of all creatures, especially cats.

Duke is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, M. Sue Byrd Fowler; 5 children, Donna Fowler, Shawn Martin (Hal), Tres Fowler (Terry), Shannon Johnson (Terry), and Sharee Fowler, (John); 2 stepsons, Michael Lyon (Annette) and John Gregory Lyon; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his cherished friend and caregiver, Cindi Barber.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 2 at the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. To honor Duke’s big heart for animals and all of the stray kitties he cared for over the years, the family requests that donations be made to the Forsyth Humane Society. Memorial donations may also be made to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain.

Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Fowler family.

Please sign the guestbook at www.coxneedham.com, www.facebook.com/coxneedham.

Jerry W. May ’85

Jerry W. May, 59, loving husband and father passed away July 26, 2022.

Jerry was born on April 24, 1963 in Sandersville, Georgia. Jerry and Jan moved to Lakeland in 1993 where they made a home and raised their children, Olivia and Walker. For 20 years Jerry was a dedicated coach and teacher at George Jenkins High School. He loved coaching the George Jenkins Softball and Football teams throughout those years. Working with kids was his passion.

Jerry enjoyed his many Lakeland friends who became family. Weekly, Jerry could be found sharing his knowledge with his trivia team “Wayne’s World.” Jerry loved golfing and especially cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs, who after 41 years of waiting let him celebrate another National Championship. Jerry loved his two church families, Grace City Church and First United Methodist Church. Jerry loved working with Young Life Ministry, seeing young people come to know Jesus. Jerry was passionate about mentoring young boys and guiding them to become men. His impact on the lives of the youth runs deep and wide.

Jerry graduated from Davidson College where he played football and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He loved his family and friends deeply and fiercely. He took immense pride in taking care of, providing for, and protecting those he loved most.

Jerry is loved by his wife Jan, children Olivia and Walker, his mother Shirley May, sister Cindy Corbett (Steve), and brothers Tommy (Tammy) and Neil (Penny), nieces and nephews. His father Willard May preceded him in death.

The service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive, at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 29th. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed on line at the following link: https://livestream.com/fumclakeland/events/10565391

Allan Edgar Strand, Jr. ’52

Allan Edgar Strand Jr., 91, passed away peacefully with his family gathered close in Selma, Alabama on July 26, 2022.

Throughout his long life he sought to live by the words of the prophet Micah and “to act justly, to love faithfulness and to walk humbly with his God.”

He grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, the eldest son of Allan and Catharine Strand and attended the Darlington School and Davidson College. A talented athlete, he developed a lifelong love of tennis that would lead him to win two North Carolina and one Tennessee state championships as well as a win at the national U.S Air Defense tournament in Fort Meade Maryland. He worked as a tennis pro at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia where he played a memorable match beating the women’s Wimbledon champion, Maureen Connelly fresh from her triumph.

“Last week, I was in Philadelphia and got beat by some pro that nobody ever heard of!” she told the New York Times and promptly returned for a rematch. In 1957, he helped integrate the Greensboro city tennis courts when he invited George Simkins, a talented African-American tennis player, to join him on the court. Strand continued to play tennis throughout his life, competing in both singles and doubles, only setting down his racquet in recent years when his fading vision made it too difficult to see the ball.

Strand served in the Army after working as a radar acquisition operator on the Nike missile system and would receive a commission in the Naval Reserve, eventually attaining the rank of Commander in Naval Intelligence.

He attended Westminster Theological Seminary and became a Presbyterian minister but ultimately found his true calling in the world of independent school education, guiding young people to lives of both moral and social purpose. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Tennessee and taught English and Spanish at the Darlington School and Memphis University School before becoming Headmaster at the Donohoe School in Anniston, Alabama (formerly Anniston Academy.) At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Strand led the effort to integrate the Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia and began a challenging eight-year tenure as headmaster, diversifying both the student body and the staff and helping Lovett become the premier educational institution it is today.

As the President of the mid-South Association of Independent Schools in the 1970s, he offered courageous leadership, promoting continued integration of educational institutions. Ultimately, he would take his mission to Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, a school renowned for its multiculturism, where he served as headmaster for over seventeen years.

Strand was a member of the Headmasters Association and served as President of the Mid-South, Southern, and New Jersey Associations of Independent Schools. He was President, as well, of the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. He helped to found and served as chairman of the board of St. Philips Academy, a preparatory school for children in inner city Newark.

Later he was appointed President of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation supporting colleges across the American South.

Throughout his life Strand served his community in a variety of volunteer positions: as President of the Rotary Club, with the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, where he taught Bible study.

Upon retiring to Oxford, Mississippi, he founded the GED and literacy program sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and helped to establish the first lending library in the local men’s prison.

Strand is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, the artist Anne Strand, by his son Clark Strand and his wife Perdita Finn of Woodstock, NY, and their children Sophie and Jonah Strand; his son Dr. Allan Strand III, and his wife Dr. Maureen Hays of Charleston, NC; his daughter Anne Catharine and her husband Allen Reeves of Selma, AL, and their children Lizzie and Anne Smith Reeves; and his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Strand of Knoxville, TN. His brother Austin Strand pre-deceased him.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 2 at 2PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama.

Flowers may be sent to St. Paul’s Church in Selma, Alabama and donations may be offered to the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.