Lewis Lott Barnes ’53

Lewis Lott Barnes Sr., 89, of Collinsville, Va. passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021. He was born on January 13, 1932, to the late Russ Barnes and Mary Groome Barnes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Stanley, Petey Shaw, and Virginia Berry; and brothers, Harry Barnes and Henry Barnes.

Mr. Barnes graduated from Davidson College and served in the United States Army. He worked with Stanley Furniture as Vice President of Personnel then started the Barnes & Company in 1974, and was an employer in Henry County for over 45 years. Mr. Barnes was an avid golfer and supporter of Bassett Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna Clark Barnes; daughter, Eleanor Barnes Ward of Houston, Texas; son, Lewis Barnes Jr. of St. Augustine, Fla.; stepdaughters, Danielle Evans of Stuart, Va., Lindsey Dunne of New Castle, Va., and Leslie Martin of Ashville, N.C.; and grandchildren, Chase Barnes, Kristina Ward, and Anna Dunne.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel with Pastor Robert Kallam officiating. Entombment will be at the Roselawn Abbey following the service.

Norris Funeral Services & Crematory in Martinsville, Va. is serving the Barnes family. Online condolences can be made at www.norrisfuneral.com

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Thomas Vance “Tommy” Bumbarger ’47

Thomas Vance "Tommy" Bumbarger '47

Thomas “Tommy” Vance Bumbarger, 98, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Trinity Ridge in Hickory.

Born Sept. 28, 1923, in Hickory, he was the son of the late Paul William Bumbarger and Margaret Horan Bumbarger. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou McNeely Bumbarger; brothers, Paul William Bumbarger Jr., and Robert Bruce Bumbarger; and sister-in-law, Caroline Brown Bumbarger.

Tommy served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a first lieutenant, having served in the European Theater of Operations, the 232nd Infantry Regiment and the 12th Infantry Division. He considered his greatest accomplishment risking his life hanging off the running board of a supply truck crossing the treacherous mountain pass of the Italian Alps to pick up barrels of liquor to bring back to the officers and enlisted men.

After the war, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His master’s thesis was titled “An Inquiry into the Determination of a More Useful Periodic Net Income Through the Use of the Last-In, First-Out Method of Pricing Inventories.” He alleged that this thesis was used by Wharton as a teaching tool for years.

After four years with Arthur Anderson Company in Atlanta, he returned to Hickory and started Thomas V. Bumbarger, CPA. He spent much of his time as a CPA specializing in raising capital for start-up businesses, many of which went on to great success.

He loved Hickory, and supported many civic organizations including Kiwanis and Rotary, and was named the 1957 Young Man of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Hickory.

In 1972, he left the field of public accounting to go into the textile industry, where he went on to become one of the principals of Regal Manufacturing Company.

In his later years, he pursued various business interests. He retired in 1996, and moved to the Sharon community of Alexander County near Stony Point with his daughters and sons-in-law. The property was named “Belle Cow Farm” after a story involving a close friend who said Tommy was a bell cow. The bell cow is the lead cow that the rest of the herd follows, so that the herd can be easily located by the sound of the bell worn on her collar. There he became a self-taught farmer of sorts, enjoying time in the garden where he kept meticulous CPA quality production records, spending time on the tractor or wielding a chainsaw and building meticulously constructed bonfires.

One of his early passions was golf. He learned the game as a boy at the Lake Hickory Country Club Town Course when the greens were made of sand. He started the golf team at Hickory High School, and was a member of the golf team at Davidson. He was the 1940 North Carolina Junior Championship Runner-Up. He enjoyed a good $5.00 (and then some) Nassau bet, and participated in many local tournaments at Lake Hickory Country Club and Catawba Country Club. He was seven-time club champion at Catawba. He and his wife enjoyed many trips to the Masters as patrons, and he had the pleasure of playing the course at Augusta National many times.

He later played tennis, because as he would admit, he enjoyed the flattering outfits the lady tennis players wore, and it was a healthier sport that did not involve liquor and expensive wagers.

As an avid sports fan, he followed Davidson basketball passionately, especially during the Lefty Driesell years. He was proud to share that he was “ABC” all the way, fueled mostly by his intense dislike of a certain popular UNC coach and his four-corner offense.

He was a free spirit and approached life just a little differently than most would expect. He was outspoken and quick to share his thoughts and opinions, but he always lived by the impeccable manners and compassion his parents taught him. He leaves a legacy of stories from the golf course, spontaneous trips to Vegas or a good party. One of his last comments while at Trinity Ridge was “My favorite thing in the whole world is a pretty girl.” He believed in spontaneity and loved to do things like throw fireworks in the fireplace when no one was looking, or loading the car with children dressed in their Sunday best and heading to the nearest creek. Anyone who crossed his path probably has a story to tell, and many were the recipient of one of his unique nicknames.

He is survived by daughters, Susan Stancil and husband, Lynn, and Judy Allen and husband, Jack; grandson, Jack Preston Allen III, all of Stony Point; and sister-in-law, Sara Ward Bumbarger; plus many nieces and nephews.

He was quite fond of the Rudyard Kipling poem “If” which advocates the virtues he tried to live by, including integrity, perseverance, tolerance, determination and confidence. He often shared the final line of Horatio Spafford’s hymn “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.”

He was clear in his wish to not hold a funeral or formal service. The family plans to hold a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to raise a toast whenever he comes to mind or share a special story with his family. Remember his words “A good story should never be spoiled by sticking strictly to the truth.”

Memorials may be made to the Hickory Museum of Art at www.hickoryart.org; Montessori at Sandy Ford at montessoriatsandyford.org; one of our worthy local animal rescues such as Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue at hartmanshaven.org; NC PAWS Cat Rescue at ncpawsrescue.org; or to the charity of your choice.


Published by Hickory Daily Record on Nov. 16, 2021.

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 https://www.youtube.com/davidsoncollegepresbyterianchurch.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of George may be made to:
The Pines at Davidson Chaplaincy Fund (https://www.thepinesatdavidson.org/donate-online)

Montreat Presbyterian Church (https://montreatchurch.org)
Montreat Conference Center (https://montreat.org)
Presbyterian College (https://www.presby.edu/giving/give-now/)

Published by Charlotte Observer on Nov. 14, 2021

Walter James Hogan ’54

Walter James Hogan, 89, passed away on October 30, 2021, following a period of declining health. Everyone called him “Jim”. He was born December 12, 1931 to his late parents, James Claywell Hogan and Joyce Lenoir Hogan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marie Bach Hogan. He is survived by his sons, James and his wife, Janis, and John and his wife, Margaret. He is survived by four grandchildren, Clay, Parker, Paul, and Cameron. Jim was expecting his first great-grandchild in December.

From birth, Jim lived at the house in Lenoir built by his father in the 1920s. From 1945, he attended McCallie Military Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Davidson College in 1952, majoring in physics. While he was at McCallie, he and some friends formed a bluegrass band, and called themselves The Cripple Creek Boys, which became later, The Dismembered Tennesseans. Most of the band’s members also attended Davidson, and the band continued. Although Jim did not continue with the band after college, some of the band members did. Jim’s love of bluegrass music continued throughout his life.

After Davidson, and during the Korean War, Jim joined the Army and was stationed stateside for two years. He served as a radio operator and was learning cryptography when the Korean War ended. After the army, Jim worked at the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. for a few months. In July of 1954, Jim’s father, James Claywell Hogan, passed away, and Jim moved back to Lenoir to run the family businesses that his father had started, which included Hickory Fibre Company, Appalachian Poster Advertising Company, and Joyceton Water Works.

Jim loved working. He was a licensed electrician and he worked hard. Although he was not trained as a businessman, he treated others as he wanted to be treated. He oversaw the growth of Appalachian Poster, which became Appalachian Outdoor Advertising Co., Inc., a billboard company in western North Carolina. In its heyday, Appalachian Outdoor employed more than 45 employees. He operated Joyceton Water Works, which was a water utility that provided water to numerous residential customers and some industrial customers in the Joyceton area.

In the late 1950s, Jim met his wife, Marie Bach, from Roanoke, Virginia. They were married on June 13, 1959, and lived in the same house throughout their 53 years of marriage. Jim valued his family, more than anything. His marriage was very important to him. He was the model husband to Marie; and although he was fully capable of being stubborn, he subscribed to the words of the bluegrass song “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy!”. He was not a cook, and he contributed to family dinners by being the chief bottle washer.

He supported all of his family, whether it was going to his grandkids’ sporting or dance events, working on house renovations, or helping at family dinners. He always found ways to show how he valued his family, and he especially enjoyed his grandkids. He was often found at his grandson’s soccer and tennis matches, he enjoyed hearing about Parker’s travel adventures, and he enjoyed meals that Cameron cooked. During the shadow of the pandemic, Jim attended both of his grandsons’ weddings. He was delighted to welcome his new grand-daughters-in-law into the family, Paul’s wife, Yvonne, and Clay’s wife, Erin. He had a special place in his heart for his nephews, nieces, and cousins from Marie’s family. Marie’s cousin, Carrie Chittum, was like a sister to Jim, and she called to check on him every single day, whether he needed it or not.

Jim valued his heritage and history. He was a descendent of General William Lenoir from Fort Defiance in Happy Valley. From the late 1980s, Jim became heavily involved in Patterson School, and participated actively in the creation of Patterson School Foundation until his last illness. He served on the Patterson School Foundation Board for many years, and enjoyed assisting the foundation in maintaining and repairing the buildings on campus. Following the sale of Appalachian Outdoor in 2001, he focused much of his time, talent, and treasure on non-profit organizations in which that he held an interest. He was a founding member of Hogan Family Foundation, Inc. which was established to benefit Caldwell County residents by donations to local non-profits, filling in-part, the economic void left by the sale of Appalachian Outdoor to an out of state company.

Jim also valued his church, and actively participated as a member. For the first 60 years of his life, Jim was a member at St. James Episcopal Church in Lenoir, where he served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. He was a member of the choir for many years. In the mid-1990s, Jim and Marie changed their church membership to First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir. Jim returned to services at St. James Church often, and enjoyed services involving other family members, especially his grandsons.

During his final illness, Jim was blessed by the loving and constant care he received from his daughter-in-law, Janis, and from Hospice of Hudson.

The graveside burial service will be for the family only. Pallbearers will be Clay Hogan, Paul Hogan, Russell Bach, Jr., Marcus Bach, Ernest Greene, and Jay Richards.

To celebrate the traditions from both the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches, a public memorial service will be held at the Lenoir Presbyterian Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The Reverend Susan Buchanan will officiate leading the service from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Reverend Rob Hinman will give the Sermon.

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service in the “Jim Hogan Room” at St. James Episcopal Church at 806 College Avenue in Lenoir.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be given to Patterson School Foundation, at P.O. Box 500, Patterson, NC 28661, Lenoir Presbyterian Church, at 1002 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, or St. James Episcopal Church, at 806 College Ave., Lenoir.

Nelson Dyer Abell III ’70

Nelson Dyer Abell III died peacefully at his home in Monroe, LA on Friday, October, 22, 2021, at the age of 73, with his family present.

Nelson was born in Monroe and was educated in the Monroe City Schools; Lexington, Lee Jr. High and Neville High School. He then went on to Davidson College and the University of Texas Law School (which cemented his love for Texas). A member of the Navy ROTC, he had hoped to fly. When his hopes were dashed due to poor eyesight, he was transferred to the Army, where he was a 1st Lieutenant assigned to the Air Defense Artillery.

After graduating from U.T. Law and passing the bar, he returned to Monroe and started a business with his father. Poly Processing Company grew to be a national manufacturer and distributor of rotationally molded tanks. After serving as President at P.P.C., he moved on to start a distributorship under the name Poly Corr, Inc., specializing in corrosion resistant applications, which he operated until his retirement in 2015.

A lover of the outdoors, Nelson enjoyed hunting, fishing, and exploring the lands around him. He was a lifelong Presbyterian, first at First Presbyterian Church and then Covenant Church.

He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Stephanie Dawson Abell; children, Graham Nelson Abell, Claire Dawson Abell Fletcher, and her husband, Nate; and much loved grandchildren, Jack Hughes Fletcher and Georgia Nell Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson D. Abell, Jr. and Bennie Hughes Abell. He leaves behind brothers; Graham Hughes Abell and Dixon Warren Abell and their families.

Nelson was active in the community, serving on the boards of First Presbyterian Church Session, United Way, Association of Rotational Molders, Central Bank, University of Louisiana at Monroe, LABI, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Monroe Educational Foundation, and others.

Honoring Nelson as pallbearers are Markley Huey, Arthur Liles, Clyde White, Ronnie Myrick, Harry Goldman, Bo Shaw and Burton Wade. Honorary pallbearers will be Robins Brice, Rick Harrell, Bill Knolle, and David McClintock.

The family expresses appreciation to Debra J. Mitchell for her 40 year participation in and support of their family.

Memorials may be made to the Chennault Aviation Museum, 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71201; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton, Monroe, LA 71201; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

A celebration of Nelson’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Covenant Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Mabray officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. at the church.

Entombment will follow services at Kilpatrick’s Serenity Gardens Open Air Chapel Mausoleum, 8729 Cypress Street, West Monroe. Services are under the direction and care of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe.

Online condolence messages may be extended to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.