James Allen Smith III ’56

On September 13, 2021, our lives became a little less bright. Dr. James Allen Smith, III passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, Friday, September 17th at 3 pm in Boyce Chapel. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 1:30 pm in Boyce Chapel and a private family burial will follow.

Born on November 19, 1934, Dr. Smith was born in Macon, Georgia to Dr. James A. Smith II and Sara Jennings Hall, and grew up with his younger brother Hampton Jennings Smith. Here he met and married the love of his life, Carey Louise Stevens, who predeceased him in 2001.

He was a graduate of Davidson College (1956) and Emory School of Medicine (1960). Following medical school, he began his Air Force service at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, serving from 1959-1964 before deciding to return to the University of Missouri for his residency and subsequent Fellowship in Urology. He joined a private Urology practice in Roanoke, Virginia, and joined the Air Force Reserve.

In pursuit of a change, he became the Medical Director of AT&T and worked on-site at the AT&T plant in Gaston, SC in 1981. Dr. Smith continued to work as Medical Director in both Columbus, Ohio (AT&T), and again in Chicago, IL (Ford Motor Co.) until his retirement. As an Air Force reservist, Dr. Smith was deployed during Desert Shield and continued his service until he retired in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

A devout Christian and longtime church member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Dr. Smith’s faith was an integral part of his life. He served in numerous volunteer positions at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as well as FBC Columbia. He was a lifelong member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed volunteering at Lexington Medical Center. He loved the beach, traveling, and many outdoor activities. His best times were spent with his children and grandchildren.

Dr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory to his daughters, Elizabeth (Lisa) Burgin (Stuart) from Columbia, SC, Carey Stevens Monts (Tripp) from Vienna, VA, and his son, Steven Allen Smith (Lisa) from Lexington, SC. He leaves behind his adored grandchildren – Taylor, Caroline & Will Burgin, Haley, and Zachary Monts as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Dr. Smith will be remembered for his generous spirit through his support of multiple charities and his sharp wit. He was a loving and devoted father, husband, and “Poppy” who deeply cared for his family. Dr. Smith personified a life well lived – putting his faith and trust in God above all. His spirit will remain alive in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew and loved him. He enjoyed life to the fullest and leaves behind a loving family, countless friends, and a legacy of professional achievements and good works.

We would like to thank Right at Home in West Columbia and Abbey Road Hospice for the amazing care they provided. To his outstanding caregivers, Vicki, Jacqueline, Tina, and Dawn: we are forever grateful for you all loving and caring for him like he was family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either of the following:

Davidson College, where Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree and was a proud WILDCAT alumnus. (Box 7170 Davidson, NC 28035)

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, where Dr. Smith’s grandfather was a treasured member of the staff and has a building named in his honor.

(304 Pierce Ave, PO Box 2525, Macon GA, 31204)

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Robert “Bob” Ward Porter ’62

Robert “Bob” Ward Porter, age 81, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at his home in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Cancer. Bob was born in Galax, Virginia to Robert T. Porter and Rubye Ward Porter on January 31, 1940. He grew up and attended Galax High School before attending Davidson College where he graduated with a BA in Business in 1962. Following college, Bob attended Wake Forest Law School and graduated Juris Doctor in the class of 1965.

Before beginning his professional life, Bob served as a Captain in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, HI. Following his service to our country, Bob became a well-respected attorney and enjoyed a long career in the field of Real Estate and Title. Bob was licensed through both the North Carolina and Virginia Bars.

Known for driving around town in his yellow convertible 1969 Buick Wildcat, singing along to his beloved oldies music. Bob spent his college years playing sax as part of the Dimensions, a FIJI fraternity band. He also loved the game of golf and especially enjoyed time on the course with his golf buddies. Bob was loved and revered by all who met him. Always there to help friends and colleagues, Bob was quick to make light of any situation with a funny story or joke to raise everyone’s spirits.

He met his wife, Diane Porter, in 1965 in Virginia Beach, VA, where he worked as a motorcycle police officer during his law school summers. Bob and Diane were married in 1966.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diane Jackson Porter, who resides in Winston-Salem, NC, and his sons Robert “Bobby” Ward Porter, Jr. and his wife Joy of Raleigh, NC, and John Michael Porter and his wife Amy of Austin, TX, and his six grandchildren (Alexandra Porter, Cameron Porter, Morgan Baker, Penny Baker, Jackson Porter and Ashton Porter).

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Centenary United Methodist Church officiated by the Reverend Craig Ford.

Condolences may be made at https://www.salemfh.com/.

Salem Funeral & Cremation Service

120 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Published by Winston-Salem Journal from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.

Larry Donnell Hardaway ’76

Larry Donnell Hardaway, age 67, was born March 7, 1954, in Winter Haven, Florida.

Larry Hardaway attended Winter Haven High School and graduated in 1972. At Winter Haven High School he played four sports; football, basketball, baseball and track. He was the first African American president of a senior class at Winter Haven High School and was named “best all around” as a senior notable. In 1971 he attended the Florida Boys State. He received several recognitions and was one of two nominated as governor of the state conference.

He accepted a football scholarship to study and play football at Davidson College in 1972. He was the third African American to ever play football for Davidson College. He graduated from Davidson in 1976 with a BA degree in Political Science. Larry Hardaway was awarded the James P. Hendrix Award by Davidson College. He was the first African American to receive that award.

In 1976, he attended the University of Florida Law School and graduated in 1979 with a JD degree.

He started his first job at the State Attorney’s Office in Bartow, Florida, in August of 1979, becoming an Assistant State Attorney.

In 1980, at the age of 26, he ran for the Polk County School Board though he lost this first attempt at public office.

In September of 1983, he left Polk County and began working for JESCA Legal Division in Miami, Florida. He eventually became managing attorney of that office where he represented public entities and businesses. At JESCA Legal, he provided legal services for the newly created Business Assistance Center assisting in the creation of small and minority businesses.

In 1984, he received the Dade County Bars Public Interest Law Bank Award for providing legal services to public entities and businesses. For the next three years he provided volunteer service to the City of Opa Locka receiving numerous awards for his service.

In 1988 he returned to Polk County working for the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. He began private practice in 1992.

In 1994, he was appointed the Florida Elections Commission for a three year term by Governor Lawton Childs.

In 1996, he was an Adjunct Professor instructing business law for Warner Southern College, in Lake Wales, Florida.

In 1998, he was President of the Polk County Voters League.

In February of 2000, he received the Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Award for the 10th Judicial Circuit for providing pro bono services to his community.

In April of 2012, he received the Heman Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association.

In November of 2012, he received the James P Hendrix award from Davidson College.

In June 2013, he was inducted into the Polk County School’s Hall of Fame.

He practiced personal injury law and criminal law at the law firm of Larry D. Hardaway & Associates, P.A. in Lakeland, Florida.

He was married with three adult children, two grandsons and resided in Lakeland, Florida.

Former Activities:

• President of Polk County Voters League
• Volunteered as a poll watcher during elections
• Member and Past President of the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association
• Member of the Florida Bar Association
• Member of the Lakeland Bar Association
• Member of the Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Life Member of the NAACP
• Life Member of Florida A&M University Alumni
• Member of University of Florida Alumni
• Member of the Davidson College Alumni
• Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mu Zeta Lambda chapter
• Member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL
• Member of League of Women Voters of Lakeland
• Member of Rose Heights Elk’s Lodge #318
• Member of Citrus Center Boys Club
• Member of Habitat for Humanity
• Member of Lakeland Downtown Kiwanis Club
• Board Member of Polk State College Foundation
• Member of Polk County Inns of Court
• Instructor and Judge for Polk County Teen Court

The Larry D. Hardaway Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for the public will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Victory Church, 1401 Griffin Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810. Directions

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established with the GiveWell Community Foundation.
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Robert Green ’61

Robert (Bob) Green, loving husband and father passed away on September 9, 2021. He was the second son of DeWitt Allen Green, M.D. and Elizabeth Pierce Green. He was born on August 1, 1939 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

The Green family moved to Winter Park in 1952. Bob graduated from Winter Park High School in 1957 and Davidson College in 1961, where he had the honor of serving as president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. He served the country as an officer in the Army Intelligence Corps. Bob was stationed in Dallas, Texas and saw the President and Mrs. Kennedy moments before the President was mortally wounded on November 22, 1963.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1967. Bob practiced law with Gurney & Handley for thirty six years. He served as president of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in 1989, and as a member of the Board of Managers of the Winter Park YMCA, his daily workout destination.

Bob was also one of the founding members of the All Saints Church Healing Service and participated in their Tuesday healing service making “joyful noise” on his guitar. Bob met his wife Judy in 1968 in Winter Park. Bob and Judy built a life in Winter Park where they had two children.

When Bob was not working or spending time with his family, he could be found working in his shop where he built model airplanes. His children have many memories of watching him fly his planes. Bob was a voracious reader and kept a journal of all of the books he read. Bob loved folk music and he played a Gibson J-45 that he purchased while in the army. He brought his music into the living rooms of friends and family.

Bobby was a good man- a wise, gentle and loving man who will be missed tremendously by his family. His wife, son and daughter are heartbroken.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, DeWitt, his mother, Elizabeth and his brother, DeWitt “Dee” (Anita)Green.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; daughter, Suzanne Green Lemons (Clarke); son, Christopher Allen Pierce Green; brother, Brent Pierce Green (SookJa); sister, Elizabeth Green DeMarco (Vince), two nieces Allison and Kristin and a nephew, John.

A private memorial service for family will be held at a date in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family would request a donation to the Ataxia Foundation: ataxia.org

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Elisabeth Crawford (Betty) Ervin

Elisabeth Crawford (Betty) Ervin died at Grace Ridge on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, after a life well-lived. 

Betty was born on May 15, 1928, in Charlotte to Robert Taylor Crawford and Elisabeth Fore Crawford.  Although the family moved frequently during her early years, she always considered Charlotte her childhood home.  After completing high school in Roanoke, Virginia, Betty attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then Woman’s College), earning an A.B. in 1950.  Upon graduating from college, Betty served as Assistant to the Dean of Students at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, until 1952, when she married Samuel J. Ervin, III, and moved to Morganton, where she lived for the rest of her life. 

From 1953 until 1955, Betty taught at the North Carolina School for the Deaf.  After taking time away from the workforce to raise her four children (she once said of television that anything that could keep four children quiet for an hour couldn’t be all bad), Betty resumed her career in education, teaching social studies at Morganton High School and Freedom High School from 1971 until 1985, during which time she taught the first Advanced Placement history course in Burke County. 

While at Freedom, Betty was the sponsor for the CLOSEUP Program, which provided educational trips that allowed students to meet with governmental leaders in Raleigh and Washington, and worked with the American Field Service, an international exchange student program.

Betty also played an active role in North Carolina higher education. She was deeply involved in the UNC-G alumni association, serving on that organization’s board of directors from 1987 until 1990 and as its president in 1990.  She was a member of UNC-G board of trustees from 1994 until 2000 and chaired the board during 1999-2000.  In addition, she served on the board of trustees at Sam’s alma mater, Davidson College.

In addition to supporting her husband’s lengthy career in public service, Betty dedicated herself to the life of her community.  She served on the Morganton Board of Education from 1964 until 1967, during which time she supported the decision to desegregate the City’s schools and was involved in planning for the consolidation of the Morganton, Glen Alpine, and Burke County school systems.  Betty served on the Morganton Zoning Board of Adjustment, including a stint as its chair; the City of Morganton Historic Properties Commission; and the Western Piedmont Community College 2001 Task Force.  For many years, Betty was the Registrar or an Elections Judge for Morganton No. 5 precinct. 

After her retirement, she participated in the activities of numerous local charitable organizations, such as the American Field Service, the Pilot Club, the Burke County United Christian Ministries, and Hospice of Burke County, having served as the president of all four organizations.  Betty was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, volunteered as a youth advisor, served as president of the Women of the Church, and was a member of two different pulpit nominating committees (chairing one). 

Betty was the first woman to serve as the chair of the church’s Board of Deacons and was one of the first women to serve the church as a ruling elder.  In the wider Presbyterian denomination, Betty was a member of the presbytery’s New Church Development Task Force and the board of directors for the national Presbyterian Historical Society.       

Throughout her life, Betty was a force of nature who sought to leave the world better than she found it.  Betty was troubled by the injustices that she saw around her and tried to do something about them.  She went out of her way to help young people who needed a helping hand and made it possible for a number of them to obtain further education or to otherwise succeed in life.  She worked hard to ensure that women took their rightful places in the leadership of her church, her community, and her state and nation.  She impressed upon her children the dignity of all people, the critical role of life-long education, the importance of involvement in one’s community, and the necessity for knowledge of and contact with the wider world. 

Although Betty later enjoyed traveling to destinations all over the globe, she made sure that each of her children had the benefit of foreign travel before going abroad herself.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with her many friends at her beloved beach house outside Wilmington and was privileged to help raise an entire generation of Ervins, Crawfords, Sassers, Pattons, Smiths, and Lachots on Woodside Place and during annual trips to the beach.  More recently, Betty enjoyed visits from her canine friends, Poppy and Sadie.  Betty doted upon her husband, her children, her grandchildren, and, more recently, her great-grandchildren, and the other members of her extended family.

Betty was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her brother, Robert Taylor Crawford; and her in-laws, Sam J. Ervin, Jr., and Margaret Bell Ervin.  She is survived by her children: Samuel James Ervin, IV (Mary); Elisabeth Fore Ervin (Ken Razza); Robert Crawford Ervin (Dana); and Margaret Ervin Bruder (Joachim); grandchildren Davin Patrick Coutu, Kelly Stephen Coutu (Amanda), Samuel James Ervin, V (Kaya), Michael Worth Ervin, Cameron Virginia Ervin, Caroline Elisabeth Ervin, Valentin Joachim Bruder, and Samuel Wilson Bruder; and great-grandchildren, Elise Madeline Coutu and Cedar Everett Ervin.

The family is grateful to the many caregivers who provided assistance to Betty in recent years, including Dr. Martin Gessner and the staff at Grace Ridge, who provided her with loving care during her final years on this earth and became her friends as well as her caregivers.

A graveside service will be held at Forest Hills Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, with the Rev. Beth Ann Miller, presiding.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Crawford Ervin Fellowship in History at UNC Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 or the Taiwanese ministry of John McCall (contributions should be sent to Presbyterian Church USA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15269 and designated for John McCall, E200487).

The service will be live-streamed beginning at 11 a.m. on the Facebook page for Sossoman Funeral Home (www.facebook.com/sossomanfh).