Perrin “Pep” Dargan Jr. ’60

Perrin Quarles Dargan, Jr., or Pep as he was known to all, died on October 20, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84. Pep was born on July 27, 1938 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the first son of Perrin Quarles Dargan, Sr. and Mary Hart Greene Dargan. He lost his mother tragically two years later. Pep’s beloved grandmother, Mamie, moved into boy-land to help raise Pep and his brother, Bob. It was a happy, if slightly non-traditional family. Some years later, Pep’s father was preparing to marry his second wife, Mary Louise Hodge of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pep and Bob, in a valiant but misguided attempt to protect their precious household gender imbalance and without fully thinking through the potential outcomes, tried to run off Mary Louise by launching a series of successful if inadvisable practical jokes. Their father was not amused and meted out consequences appropriate to the day, whereupon the boys shifted course and enthusiastically welcomed their new step-mother. They were rewarded with twin half-brothers, Richard Lawton Dargan and John Bachman Hodge Dargan, whom they dearly loved.

Pep grew up in Spartanburg with duel passions for reading and sports. He was a serviceable basketball player, principally a shooting guard with an unstoppable ambidextrous hook shot, but his true gift was golf. He and his brother, Bob traveled around the Carolinas, competing successfully in youth golf tournaments and otherwise preying on unsuspecting older golfers. Throughout his life Pep’s golf career would lead him to many of the world’s great courses, including The Old Course at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, and Wade Hampton, to name a few. Following back surgery in his early seventies, he would shoot his age and under many times, frequently on his challenging home course, The Reserve in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Somewhat surprisingly, he notched only two holes-in-one, separated by an epic fifty-year drought, which, like so many things in life, he endured bravely.

After graduating from Spartanburg High School, Pep began his college career at Davidson, where he became a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After two years of fun and games, his mother, father, and Davidson decided that Pep might benefit from more consistent doses of the sweet upstate South Carolina air, and he transferred to Wofford. Back on familiar Spartanburg ground, he dusted off his golf game at Spartanburg Country Club and joined the Wofford golf team.

The move also added fuel to Pep’s budding romance with his Converse College sweetheart, Helen Butler Freeman. Butler shared Pep’s passion for reading but not his athleticism. Her deeper talents lay in mathematics. Pep was fond of packing a cooler and sitting with friends on the grassy hill above the Converse playing fields to marvel at Butler’s “mathematical prowess” on the field hockey pitch. Pep and Butler graduated college in the spring of 1960 and married a few weeks later on June 18. They honeymooned at Sea Island, where they had beautiful dinners overlooking spellbinding sunsets, and Pep played golf with Butler for the first and, perhaps predictably, last time. Exactly nine months later, Butler gave birth to a beautiful girl, Helen Hart Dargan (Jones), a true Sea Island baby. His son, Perrin Quarles Dargan III followed thirteen months later. Pep was 24 years old with a wife, a job, and two babies. To keep things lively, seven years later a second beautiful daughter, Louise Frampton Freeman Dargan (Hughes), appeared on the scene. Helen, Perrin and Louise would eventually give Pep the ten grandchildren who would help define him as a grandfather and bring joy to his later decades.

Pep had an enormously successful career as a stock broker, principally with the firm of A.G. Edwards, which allowed him to provide a wonderful life for his family. And throughout this life he was many amazing things, but a few traits best illustrate who he was as a man. He was a perfect gentleman with impeccable manners. It didn’t take much to make him happy. He was as pleased with a cheeseburger as any fine meal. He loved to say, “Hard to beat a good burger!” He was both parts of fun-loving, funny and loving. He had a delightful sense of humor and an infectious laugh that lit up his entire countenance as well as those around him. He was kind, generous, and deeply caring. He listened to others and responded thoughtfully, offering sage, considered advice, but only when asked. He was, as one of his grandchildren noted, “an amazing listener.”

In later life, he was Pops to all ten of his grandchildren and, later still, his four step-grandchildren. They all adored him and glowed in his presence. No matter their many and varied paths, he reveled in their journeys, never directing and always applauding. He responded to their good news and accomplishments with one of his favorite words: “Wonderful!” They eagerly anticipated the moment when Pops’ Goodie Box would appear, overflowing with sweet treats. He was also a recovering alcoholic who, at his death, had remained unflinchingly abstinent for nearly fifty years, during which time he counseled many people who were struggling to emerge from darkness. He was selfless in his commitment to always being available to those in need, night or day. But above all, he was a committed Christian. He was baptized and raised Presbyterian, but after marrying Butler, was given the choice of becoming an Episcopalian or becoming an Episcopalian. So he did. He served his Lord and his congregations diligently, acting for multiple stints in his Episcopal and Anglican parishes on the Vestry, as Senior Warden and long-time Treasurer. His faith defined and gave structure and meaning to every moment of every day of his life. Pep and Butler lived admirably. They were devoted to family, community, and church. On July 30, 2007, however, Pep lost his beloved Butler and mourned her death profoundly. But tragedy can on occasion yield interesting and wondrous things. On September 4, 2008, he became the first man on record to have secured the affections of not one but two of Mount Pleasant’s beautiful Freeman family girls when he married the former Louisa Freeman, Butler’s first cousin and lifelong friend. Pep and Louisa fell in love while grieving Butler’s death and forged a relationship built on the solid foundation of a common love. The family did not technically grow, it just shifted a bit. He and Louisa lived fourteen happy years together in a loving home surrounded by their combined five children and fourteen grandchildren as well as photographs and memories of Butler. Louisa and Pep devoted their lives together to family and church. In their later time together, Louisa steadfastly and lovingly cared for Pep throughout his illness, making his final months comfortable and secure, for which his children and grandchildren are boundlessly grateful.

Pep was predeceased by his father, Perrin Quarles Dargan, senior, his mother, Mary Hart Greene Dargan, his step- mother, Mary Louise Hodge Dargan, his wife, Helen Butler Freeman Dargan, his brothers, Robert Lide Dargan II and Richard Lawton Dargan. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louisa Freeman Dargan; his brother, John Bachman Hodge Dargan; his children, Helen Dargan Jones (Robby), Perrin Quarles Dargan III (Lisa), and Louise Dargan Hughes (Allen); his step-sons, Charles Freeman Macloskie (Danae) and John Freeman Macloskie; his grandchildren, Mary Helen, Robert, Amelia and Perrin Jones, Sanders and Annie Dargan, and Chaplin, James, Josh and Dargan Hughes; and his step-grandchildren, Emma, Mary Hope, Amelia and Frampton Macloskie. Pep’s surviving family are equal parts sad at his passing and hopeful in the promise of God’s love, for Pep knew where he was going, and he knew the way there. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 23 from two o’clock until four o’clock p.m. at The Abbey at Pawleys Island, in Pawley’s Island, SC. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 24 at twelve o’clock p.m., also at The Abbey. Memorials may be made to The Abbey at Pawleys Island, Pawleys Island, SC or Friendship Place in Georgetown, SC. Please sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com. The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer-Ethridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

James “Jim” Prince ’75

Jim , a member of the Class of ’75, passed away on October 19, 2022 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. No obituary is available. He remained friends with his Davidson roommate, Bob Amos, until the end of his life. They believed that their class was a “driving force” toward allowing women to attend Davidson, as they voted for it in their freshman year.

Lynn Douglas Hudgins ’62

Lynn Douglas Hudgins, 81, of Salem, South Carolina, passed away on October 19, 2022.

Lynn was born on November 13, 1940 in Charleston, West Virginia, to the late Dr. Archibald Perrin Hudgins and Marie Linville Hudgins. He completed high school at Fishburne Military School and attended Davidson College for two years. He then transferred to Presbyterian College, where he was a member of the tennis team, completing his bachelor’s degree in 1962. After college, Lynn enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. Afterwards, he served for six years as a naval aviator. Lynn continued his career as a pilot for Delta Airlines from 1969 to 2000 rising to the position of Chief Pilot, first in Los Angeles and subsequently in New York City. 

During his retirement, Lynn loved volunteer work serving with the Lions Club, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Firewise in his local community. He never said no to a request for help. Lynn attended Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.

Lynn is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Linda Sylvester Hudgins; sons, Lynn Douglas (Connie) Hudgins, Jr. and Kenneth Scott (Jennifer) Hudgins; brother, Archibald Perrin Hudgins, Jr.; grandchildren, Oliver (Maureen) Hudgins, Harry Hudgins, Virginia Hudgins, Nathaniel Hudgins, Brandi Berghorn, Jason (Kayla) Berghorn, and Chelsea Berghorn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Cottingham House Hospice Care, 390 Keowee School Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

A private service will be held at a later date.

David LeGarde McCullough ’60

David LeGarde McCullough, 84, passed away on October 17, 2022, at Arbor Acres Retirement Community. He fought a long, courageous battle.

Dave was born in Chattanooga, TN, on February 11, 1938, to the Reverend Doctor Henry Antine McCullough and Katherine Johnston McCullough. The son, grandson, and nephew of Lutheran ministers, Dave’s life values of faith, integrity, fairness, humility, and a strong work ethic emerged early in life.

Dave attended public schools in Columbia, SC and Lincolnton, NC. While at Lincolnton High School, he excelled in academics, football, and basketball. Earning a full scholarship in football to Davidson College, he studied Pre Medicine and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude with a BS in 1960. In addition, Dave was awarded a full academic Reynolds Scholarship to Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine), where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.

Summers during college and after his first year of medical school, Dave worked at a resort in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, where many Southern students were employed. The summer of his fourth year, he met a fellow staff member, Carroll Lisenby, from Alabama. Theirs was an immediate attraction and a serious relationship developed. At the close of the summer season and time to return to separate schools, these two instead chose to elope. Even though the courtship was brief, this loving, devoted partnership lasted 61 years and included moves to seven different states.

Dave and Carroll lived in Winston-Salem until Dave graduated from med school in 1964. During that time, they formed many close relationships and experienced celebrations and sadness with the death of their first child, David L. McCullough, Jr., at one-month-old.

Following medical school, Dave served a surgical internship and first-year surgical residency at University Hospital (Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland, Ohio. After that, he entered the US Air Force serving as Captain in General Surgery for two years in Tampa, FL. Following military service, he was a Urologic Fellow at Baylor in Houston, TX, and then completed his residency in Urology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard program in Boston. Following residency, Dave joined the faculty in Urology at the University of California San Diego and served as Chief of Urology at San Diego Veterans Hospital. During his time in California, daughters Meredith and Caroline were born.

In 1975, Dave accepted the position of Professor and Chair of Urology at the new University of South Alabama School of Medicine, where he served for five years. While in Mobile, their son, Jay, was born. In 1983, Dave’s alma mater called him back to Wake Forest to be Professor and Chair of Urology, a position he held for 21 years. Following retirement, he served as Professor Emeritus. This period of time was marked by great joy for the family and later profound sadness with the untimely death of their eighteen-year-old daughter, Caroline in 1992.

Throughout his career, Dave achieved great admiration and success in his field, both nationally and internationally. Recognition includes President of the American Board of Urology, President of the American Association of GU Surgeons, American Urological Association (AUA) Board of Directors, President of the Southeast Section of the AUA, Chair of the first national Lithotriptor Committee, Chair of Education with the AUA, selected to represent the AUA in Europe in the exchange program with the European Association of Urology, Distinguished Alumnus Award at Davidson College, Hendrix Award recipient which is presented to a Davidson football letterman who achieves outstanding success in his chosen profession, Medical Association Distinguished Achievement Award at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Hugh Hampton Young Award (one of the top two awards presented by the AUA), and many other accolades. In addition to editing and publishing book chapters and textbooks, scientific articles, and journals, he participated in numerous visiting professorships.

Of course, these awards recognized Dave’s contributions to the medical community, but one of his most significant accomplishments was his title of “World’s Best Grandfather.” Nothing pleased him more than teaching his grandchildren the finer points of making ham and cheese omelets, a perfect batch of homemade popcorn, or enjoying a breakfast spread. Times together at the beach provided many opportunities for storytelling (with eye rolls from Meredith and Jay), jokes, and life lessons. He emphasized the importance of learning new things. His “grandfather name” was Mac, and nothing thrilled him more than when the grandkids could finally say his name and call out to him! He was his grandchildren’s biggest fan and served as a cheerleader from the sidelines in many athletic competitions. He treasured watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a wonderful father, and he was an even better grandfather.

Dave wore many different hats: surgeon, teacher, mentor, leader, family man, and friend. He felt that patient care was a privilege and enjoyed his association with the residents in the Urology program. As a good leader, he taught by example. Even when enduring obstacles, he did so with grace and resolve. He was Dave, Doc, Dr. Dave, Mac, “Muletrain” to his football teammates, and “Good Deal” to his classmates and friends for his ability to find the best bargains. Dave enjoyed learning about his Scottish heritage, history, all things World War II, traveling with family, tennis, investments, life on the water at Mobile Bay, Wake Forest and Davidson athletics, the Panthers, participation in Downtown Rotary, and cheering on his grandchildren.

Dave is preceded in death by his beloved parents, children David and Caroline, and his brother, William McCullough. He is survived by his wife, Carroll, daughter Meredith (Win Welch), son Jay (Nacole), his sister Katherine Trexler (Robert), his sister-in-law Jeanette McCullough and seven grandchildren: Caroline, Edwin, and Henry Welch, Logan Hall, and Eli, Jace and Asher McCullough.

Dave was known for his humble nature, wit, wisdom, and belief that all people were worthy of respect. A celebration of life will be held on October 26 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, with a reception following at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wake Forest University School of Medicine and reference the McCullough Scholarship Fund in the memo line. Mail to: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 571021, Winston Salem, NC 27157-1021. Gifts may also be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or to a charity of one’s choosing.

Homer C. Phifer Jr. ’54

Rev. Dr. Homer Craig Phifer, Jr. died on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

He was born in Hamlet, on Sept. 12, 1932, to the late Homer C. Phifer, Sr. and Elizabeth Dale Crowell Phifer. He grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated from Davidson College in 1954. Receiving a commission through the ROTC program at Davidson he served two years in the U.S. Army following graduation. After this service, he attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Va., with a Masters of Divinity degree.

He was ordained in the Montpelier Presbyterian Church in Wagram, in 1959, by the former Fayetteville Presbytery. In addition to Montpelier, he served the Old Town Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, the First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville, and the Arlington Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Fla. While in Thomasville he earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Union Seminary.

In 1985 he became the executive presbyter and stated clerk of Shenandoah Presbytery with an office in Harrisonburg, Va. Upon his retirement in 1997, the Presbytery made him Executive Emeritus. That same year he and his wife Martha moved to Pinehurst.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Nelson Phifer.

He is survived by his son Craig and his wife, Lynne, of Pinehurst; grandson, Nathan (wife Samantha); and great-grandsons, Watson and William; and grandson, Scott (wife Alexis); and great-granddaughters, Sophia and Farah.

A memorial service for the Rev. Phifer will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., at Community Presbyterian Church, in Pinehurst, with Rev. Rod Stone officiating.

The family is very grateful to the staff of Pinehurst Medical Clinic and Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, especially Dr. David Hipp and Dr. Joshua Sesek and their staff for the excellent care provided. Finally, to the staff at Aegis Family Care Home in Southern Pines and the many members and friends of Community Presbyterian Church who made Homer’s life so full and meaningful, eternal thanks for your care, concern and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made in memory of Rev. Phifer to Community Presbyterian Church, Montreat Youth Fund, P.O. Box 1449, Pinehurst, NC 28370.

Condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.