William L. Patton, Jr. ’59

William L. Patton, Jr., died Thursday, October 21, 2021, at home with his family. Bill was born January 11, 1937, in Brownsville, Tenn., to Floy King and William L. Patton. He graduated from Hayward County High School in 1955 and from Davidson College in 1959. While a student at Davidson, Bill was a member of and held office in ATO, and was recognized as an ROTC distinguished military student.

Upon graduation from Davidson, he worked for Proctor and Gamble. In early 1960, he moved to Little Rock where he met Kay Smith. After a year of courtship, they married in January, 1961 and moved to Fayetteville for Bill to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law. Soon after entering law school he met his life-long best friends, and hunting and fishing companions, Beryl Anthony and Mack Moore.

Upon graduating from law school in 1964, Bill was a clerk for Arkansas Supreme Court Judge Sam Robinson and then worked as Assistant Attorney General under Bruce Bennet. Thereafter, he clerked for Judge Pat Mehaffy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appleals in St. Louis.

In December 1966, he joined the law firm Smith Williams Friday and Bowen, now Friday Eldredge and Clark. Bill’s practice was in municipal finance, equity financing, and the chartering and opposition to charter of banks, including Northwest National Bank of Fayetteville, Metropolitan National Bank, and the Bank of Little Rock.

Bill was interested in the arts and in the development of the Arkansas Arts Center (now the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts) for which he served as Treasurer and as President of the Board. Bill also served as a board member and President of the Board of the Country Club of Little Rock.

While Bill enthusiastically hunted and fished and golfed with his friends, the touchstone of his life was his family. He loved and appreciated and enjoyed their talents and their differences. He was proud that they, like he, are loyal to their friends and to each other, and that their values reflect his own.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay Smith Patton; his three daughters, Holly Beineman (Don), Ann Patton, and Katherine Patton; and granddaughters, Alexandra and Carson Beineman. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Hollow, and her children, Pat, Elizabeth, and Joseph.

A celebration of life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to RuebelFuneralHome.com

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Danny Austin McRight ’62

Danny Austin McRight, 81, of Davidson, NC died on October 19, 2021. Dan was born to the late Rev. Daniel Austin and Lillian Lorene McRight in Sheffield, AL. on June 26, 1940. Dan graduated from Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA. in 1958, and Davidson College in 1962. He did graduate studies at The University of Glasgow (Scotland), Vanderbilt University, Emory University, and Columbia Theological Seminary where his received a M. Div., in 1972.

While at Davidson he was a Dana and a Belk scholar and served as President of the Westminster Fellowship. In 1966 Dan was ordained for ministry by Mecklenburg Presbytery then served in several Presbyterian Churches in the South. His career focus was that of training hospital chaplains through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Dan served in Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, and Nashville. This training was provided to pastors and students of many faith groups. In addition, he was active in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dan is survived by his wife, Dr. Rebecca R. Fewell of Davidson, NC., his sons, William A. McRight of Los Angeles, CA., and Robert A.O. McRight, of Orlando, FL., stepsons, S. Mark DuBose of Pensacola, FL., and Philip A. DuBose, of Spring Hill, TN., and step-grandsons, Brooks A. DuBose of Cleveland, TN., and Brennan E. DuBose of Memphis, TN.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Chaplaincy Fund at The Pines at Davidson, 400 Avinger La, Davidson, NC 28036, or to Davidson College, 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 28035. A Celebration of Dan’s life of service will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church at a later date.

John Thomas (Jack) King, Jr. ’50

Dr. John Thomas (Jack) King, Jr., a lifelong resident of Thomasville, went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2021 after leading an active and full life. Born February 11, 1927 to Dr. John Thomas King, Sr. and Mary Balfour King, he is survived by his wife Clarice Polak King, sons, Mark Charles King and Robert Thomas King (and wife Susan Tanner King), sister-in-law Anne Gatlin King (wife of predeceased brother Dr. William Balfour King) and their children William Michael King (and his wife Anne Douglass King), Marianne Rebecca King and Jan McMinn.

A graduate of Thomasville Public Schools, Dr. King was drafted in WWII toward the end of the war. Entering civilian life, he began training for a career in medicine. He graduated from Davidson College and then graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1954. Dr. King specialized in Ophthalmology and met his future wife, Clarice Polak, while training in New Orleans at Tulane University. Jack and his wife then took up a new residence in the U.S. Air Force for a tour of duty.

After serving in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, Jack returned to Thomasville with his wife in 1961 to practice Ophthalmology with his father and brother in a family medical/dental clinic. During this time, he joined the medical staff of Archbold Memorial Hospital, where he eventually served as Chief of Surgery and later as Chief of the Medical Staff.

Dr. King was a member of the American Medical Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During his Fellowship, he published three articles in national medical journals.

Always active in the Thomasville community, Jack was a member of the Thomasville Rotary Club, presiding as President when the club won “Best Club in the District.” His work as a Rotarian was recognized when he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jack was among the many people who wanted a private school in the Thomasville community. He was founding trustee of Brookwood School and was delighted to serve on a committee of 10 individuals that procured seed money for the formation of the school. Being among the “group of 10”, the school’s subsequent success was a joy to Jack.

Dr. King was a supporter of the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe. He served as President of the Troupe during it’s early years, and was instrumental in forming the Troupe when the Troupe left it’s birthplace (Thomasville First United Methodist Church) to move to it’s Madison Street location.

Jack was also very active in the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce. He was a Director and Vice President. He served on the Administrative Board and a number of committees, and in 1987 Jack was recognized as “Man of the Year” by the Chamber.

A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Jack served on the Administrative Board in a variety of roles, including Chairman of the Board for three years. Jack loved his church, and in 1985, he published a historical perspective in celebration of the church’s Centennial.

Although medicine was Jack’s calling, photography was his passion. From the early days of film and darkrooms to digital photography and electronic manipulation, he relished and excelled in all of it. For 15 years, he filmed the Thomasville High School football games with his brother, including a year the Bulldogs won a National Championship. He also filmed Where Roses Reign – a video that became the theme for the Garden Club’s annual Rose Shows.

Nearing his retirement from medicine, Jack established Image Makers, a commercial photography business. He enjoyed commercial photography for 9 years. Among local clients was Thomasville Magazine who used his images for four covers and numerous article illustrations. When fully retired, Jack enjoyed woodworking, creating furniture and accessories he often shared with friends.

Dr. John King’s legacy will be forever cherished by his family, friends and patients, and the Greater Thomasville community.

A Memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Carrie Myers officiating. A reception will follow in the Social Hall. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Whiddon Shiver Funeral Home Chapel.

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Katherine Dudley Garner ’85

Katherine Dudley Garner (Kitty) was delivered into God’s hands on October 7th, 2021 surrounded by her family after a seven-month battle with cancer.

Kitty was born on October 30, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Elizabeth Lindsay Wall, and Charles Trawick Dudley, Jr. She graduated from the Webb School in Knoxville in 1981 before matriculating at Davidson College where she graduated with a degree in English. Davidson is also where she met and began her lifelong relationship with her husband, Frederic Howard Garner (Ted). Following Davidson, Kitty attended law school at the University of Virginia and earned her degree in 1989.

Kitty and Ted married in 1988, and moved to New York City in 1990, where Kitty began her career as an associate in the corporate department at Shearman & Sterling. They moved to Charlotte in 1993, where Kitty joined Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman before “retiring” to raise her young family and pursue a number of avocations and passions that propelled her through her extraordinary life.

Kitty had many interests and talents as well as a deep intellectual curiosity that created meaningful relationships and a rich fabric of life— her interests extended from bridge to flying to an obsession with the artistic capabilities of photoshop. There was little that she could not accomplish when she set her mind to it—Kitty, in a word, was indomitable. Kitty took up flying at the age of 50 and often enjoyed flying over Roaring Gap on clear summer days. Kitty also loved the game of Bridge drawn by its never ending challenges and became a competitive and accomplished player. However, she principally enjoyed its social aspects: the places traveled and the many friendships formed through the game.

Another passion was a love for contemporary art and design. Kitty spent much of her available time wandering the streets of New York exploring its rich inventory of museums and galleries. Kitty was immersed in the community of artists in Charlotte, and loved her relationships with the various galleries including Goodyear Arts, the Mint Museum, the McColl Center, and of course, Davidson. Kitty also served on the founding Board of Trustees for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and pursued a brief career in interior design. To be sure, Kitty will be remembered for her artistic sensibilities and enormous sense of style not only through her design talents but also in her unique approach to fashion. Kitty loved to celebrate friends, family and causes with ornate and fun parties She would always light up a room with her wardrobe, and without a doubt, her coats and shoes. This sense of style contributed to her avant-garde approach to life, always pushing the envelope of ideas and community.

Kitty was an athlete and pursued a variety of activities in which she excelled (including a 3 hour 23 minute time in the New York City Marathon). Kitty loved to play tennis and was also an accomplished and graceful skier. She could tackle almost anything the mountains presented her either in Colorado or Europe. Kitty and Ted with their four children spent most Christmas and winter holidays in Colorado, including stays at the Sonnenalp Hotel—her favorite family retreat. Kitty will always be remembered for her fashionable dress on the slopes and starting a bit late in the morning but always making it to the last chair of the day.

Kitty was also well known for her athletic talents on the golf course learning to play at a young age at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville where her parents were accomplished golfers. Kitty kept a single digit handicap throughout her life and won an extraordinary 25 club championships. Remarkably, she continued to play golf during her fight against cancer and competed in two tournaments as recently as this August, truly astounding her physicians. However, Kitty’s principle passion was carrying her bag on her shoulder while competing and playing with her friends and family in Charlotte and Roaring Gap.

One of Kitty’s significant contributions and for which she was most proud will be her dedication and commitment to diversity and racial equity. Kitty served on the steering committee and then as a founding Board Member of Trinity Episcopal School in uptown Charlotte. As exhibited in the Trinity Mission Statement, Kitty believed profoundly in having spiritual content in her children’s education as well as a sense of community and diversity. All four of the Garner children attended Trinity. Kitty dedicated the majority of her time over the past five years to the formation of The LoveBolt — a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of systemic racism through social inclusion and education. Kitty became a self educated expert on how our government, legal systems, and social mores have contributed to structural racism in our society. Kitty was omnipresent in Charlotte spreading her message and using art as a platform to educate and communicate the mission of LoveBolt. Kitty will always be known for not only “talking the talk, but also walking the walk.”

Kitty’s most important legacy will be the love and care that she shared with her four children, Lindsay, Teddy, Mebane and Cameron, as well as her lifetime partner and husband of 33 years, Ted. Kitty was committed to her children’s academic and spiritual education. She was a longtime parishioner at Christ Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school and confirmation classes. She wanted to be an example not only through what she preached but also how she lived—a never ending commitment to personal development and learning, a generous and friendly spirit, and an unyielding desire to help others. Kitty had an unusual balance of carpe diem combined with a love of traditions. She approached life with verve never wasting a minute and believed each day was a gift not to be taken for granted. Indeed, as many have described, Kitty was a force — a force of nature, creativity, style, and spirit that spilled into the lives of everyone she met.

In addition to her husband, Ted, Kitty is survived by her children, Elizabeth Lindsay, Frederic Howard, Jr., Katherine Mebane and Ann Cameron; her mother Elizabeth Lindsay Wall of Knoxville, TN; her father, Charles Trawick Dudley, Jr.; her brother, James J. Dudley and his wife, Sloan of Charlotte and their children, Will, Woodson, and Hallie, her uncle Thomas Dudley and his wife Bonnie of Jacksonville, FL; and Powell Lindsay and his wife, Melinda, of Bethesda, MD.

Kitty will be irreplaceable as a friend, community leader, wife and mother. We will miss you and love you always and your memory will endure.

A service will be held at 11am Wednesday, October 13th at Christ Church, 1412 Providence Rd. Followed by an outdoor reception. This service may be viewed live online at www.christchurchcharlotte.org/funer-live-broadcast.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lovebolt, P. O. Box 5381, Charlotte, NC 28299 (lovebolt.org).

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J. David T. Johnson ’49

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the death of John David Twiggs Johnson. He was born on July 6, 1927, to Kathryn and Thomas Johnson.

Growing up at his beloved Isle of Hope, he was afforded a life on the river, which helped shape his world in many ways. At the young age of 12, he boarded a train to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. After completing his studies at Episcopal, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1949.

In the last two years of WWII, David served in the Merchant Marines in the North Atlantic and in Europe. After his service, he returned to Savannah to start his profession as a stockbroker at Johnson, Lane, Space, Smith & Co. Later, as President, the firm expanded to nine additional offices in four states. He retired in 2010 from the firm, which had become part of Wells Fargo, as its Chairman Emeritus.

As a committed community leader, David served on the Board of the American Stock Exchange, as a Trustee of Davidson College, as Chairman of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System Board, on the Board of the United Way and the Savannah Benevolent Society. He was a board member of both the Oglethorpe Club and the Chatham Club, as well as a member of Rotary. He served as Commodore of the Savannah Yacht Club. In addition, he served as a Benefactor of Savannah Country Day School. David was named an Honorary Member of the Girl Scouts for obtaining the property for the Girl Scout Camp at Rose Dhu.

Devoted to Isle of Hope, he participated in many endeavors. While raising his two daughters, David was part of the original group that built St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Isle of Hope, having served as head of the Vestry for many years. In 1996, David purchased the Isle of Hope Marina, which saved Bluff Drive from the hands of developers and allowed it to stay in its current condition.

David was an avid sailor and he and his family hosted regattas, including the annual Burnt Pot Races from their home. As a young sailor, he won the Miami/Nassau Ocean Race as a crew member aboard “The Geechee”.

In the early 2000’s, he and his wife, Peggy, traveled to France and took an apartment in Paris where they enjoyed many happy days of French food, wine and adventures! They later returned to Isle of Hope, where they enjoyed days of fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and lunching on the dock.

For those who knew and loved him, David was known as the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He never raised his voice, had an easy laugh, and touched more hearts than he ever knew.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Peggy, his daughter Jan Curran and her husband Michael, his son in law Einar S. Trosdal III, his grandsons Jordan Curran and his wife Chelsie, Richard Trosdal, Storm Trosdal IV and his wife Lynn, his granddaughter Katherine Rosenblum, and her husband David, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carolyn J. Trosdal, his granddaughters Kathryn T. Curran and Margaret M. Curran and his four siblings.

We would like to thank Hospice Savannah and his devoted caregivers who were so important to him in his final days.

There will be a private family funeral at a later date. Remembrances may be sent to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to the Kathryn T. Curran foundation, c/o Savannah Community Foundation, 2225 Norwood Ave., Ste B., Savannah, GA 31406.

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