Arthur Henry Haake ’36

Colonel Arthur Henry Haake, USMC (Ret.), died at Brandermill Woods on November 3, 2019, at the age of 103.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan; and his adopted daughter, Barbara Jett. He was predeceased by Ruth Jacqueline Stein, his wife of 68 years.

Art was born on Leap Year Day, February 29, 1916, in Queens, New York City. He graduated from Bushwick High School at age 15 and started at Davidson College in the fall.

After graduating from Davidson, he enrolled and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1939 with an LLD/JD. He was admitted to the New York Bar and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940.

He was commissioned in 1941, with the primary military specialty of Infantry and a secondary of Legal. During WWII, he was a member of the Marine Raiders, the prototype of all future military Special Forces, until the Raiders disbanded in 1944.

He participated in four landing operations, three in first wave: Russell Islands, Bourgainville, Pelelieu and Okinawa. The Russell Island occupation was a successful nighttime sneak attack in rubber boats. He was wounded by mortar explosion September, 1944, on Pelelieu.

After recovering from his wounds, he returned to active duty to Okinawa in April 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor on Okinawa for “Bravery Under Fire.” After WWII, he had an eclectic career. From 1945 to 1946, he was deployed to China to establish a presence and support the Chinese National operations.

As the last Equitation (the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship) officer of the Marines, he instructed on animal packing and other equitation topics. He was deployed to Korea in 1952 to train South Korean marines in amphibious operations.

In 1957, he was Battalion commander, 2nd Battalion, 9th marines. At this time, the Battalion climbed Mt. Fuji. This appears to have established a tradition for Marines to make a yearly trek up the mountain. Following this, he was given legal assignments in the states.

The first tour was in Personnel Section of Marine Corps headquarters in the Discipline division. The second was one of three judges on the Naval Appellate Court (Naval, Marine and civilian). His last assignment, 1963 to 1967, was Command Officer of the Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Va.

Twenty-seven years had passed since he had first entered the school in 1940 as a candidate during the first officer’s training class at Quantico. His picture is still on the wall at the school with other COs of the school. After 27 years as a Marine, he had a second retirement from Fredericksburg, Va., after 12 years as a city planner and resident of Caroline County.

While living in Caroline County, he was member of the Planning Commission and an instructor in the 4H horse and pony division. He then moved to Brandermill in 1980 and lived there until his final move to Brandermill Woods at the age of 90. During that time he attended night classes at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Art will be buried in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, Va., at 12 noon on Friday, November 15, 2019, with full military honors.

Warner McNeill Wells Jr. ’36

Warner Wells '36Warner McNeill Wells Jr., 103, was born on Jan. 25, 1915 in Greenwood. He passed away peacefully in his home in Jackson on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Mr. Wells attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and held an NCAA swimming record. He then transferred to The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, to complete his college education.

He returned to Greenwood to begin his business career. He joined his father at Warner Wells Insurance Agency and later became president. He was also president of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greenwood, co-owner of Wells and Pond American Oil distributors, president of the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Mississippi Independent Insurance Agents, president of the Mississippi Savings and Loan Association, president of the Southern Insurance Group in Naples, Florida, president of the Greenwood Country Club, and a developer of real estate. Mr. Wells enjoyed serving on the boards of various organizations throughout his long life and was a loyal contributor to many charities.

He was the oldest member of the First Methodist Church in Greenwood, which his parents help found. He was a trustee of the Methodist church and a longstanding member of the choir. Due to the quality of his beautiful voice, he sang in at least half of the weddings and funerals in the Mississippi Delta in his day. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club Barber Shop Quartet.

He was married to the late Memrie Gary Wells for 53 years, until her death in 1996. They enjoyed many years of golfing and traveling around the world until they decided to split their time between Highlands, North Carolina, and Naples, Florida. He later moved to Jackson, where he married Marisue Wilkinson Wells, and they continued to enjoy his hobbies of golf and travel.

Mr. Wells was preceded in death by parents Hattie and Warner Wells Sr., his first wife, Memrie, and his sister, Martha Wells Goslen.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marisue; his son, Warner McNeill Wells III (Anne); his daughters, Memrie Wells Bruce (Jim) and Rebecca “Becky” Wells Johnson (the late Larry Johnson); Marisue’s children, Ab Wilkinson (Laura), Kimberly Wilkinson Mason (Mark) and Christopher Wilkinson (Stacey); and 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

The family is most grateful to Ms. Daisy Tisdale and StaHome Hospice for their loving support.

Visitation for Mr. Wells will be held at Parkway Funeral Home at 1611 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, between 4 and 6 p.m.

There will be a private family burial at Odd Fellows Memorial Cemetery in Greenwood at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Memorial donations may be made in the name of Warner McNeill Wells Jr. to First Methodist Church, 310 W. Washington St., P.O. Box 1870, Greenwood, MS 38930/662-453-2822 or to the charity of your choice.

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David Solomon, Jr. ’36

David Solomon, a prominent attorney and lifelong resident of Helena, Ark., died Thursday morning, March 23 at his home. Last July he celebrated his 100th birthday with a community-wide celebration.

He is survived by his three sons and their wives, five grandchildren and their spouses, two great-grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. His wife of 69 years, Miriam Rayman Solomon, predeceased him in 2011.

Solomon was a leader of the bar in Phillips County, as well as the State of Arkansas. He was admitted to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee in 1939, after receiving an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in that same year. Prior to entering law school, he graduated from Washington University at Saint Louis. He returned home following law school and began to practice law.

After serving three years in the Army during World War II, he again returned to Helena and reopened an office on Cherry Street where he practiced until 2015. He was honored in 2014 by the Arkansas Bar Foundation for his 75 years of active practice, which was thought to be a record.

Solomon was always a solo practitioner whose practice ranged from helping individuals with minor or major legal challenges to complicated corporate transactions. He was a top trial attorney, who was invited to become a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

His prominence in the state bar is evidenced by the fact that he held every office in the Arkansas Bar Association except president, which he declined.

He was for many years the Chair of the Fellows of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. On two occasions (1972 and 1989) when all of the justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court recused themselves, he was appointed as a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

He served as a delegate to the Arkansas State Constitutional Convention in 1969. Locally, he was the Helena City Attorney in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Solomon was active in promoting industrial development locally and regionally. He was appointed by Governor David Pryor to the Arkansas State Highway Commission in 1975, and was Chairman in 1984-1985. For fifty years, he led the White River Drainage District and was a member of the executive committee of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Commission.

He was a long-serving director of the First National Bank of Phillips County, then of Southern Bancorp. When Worthen Bank sought several outside directors, he was selected. He was the pro bono attorney for the Helena Hospital and later the Helena Health Foundation and also served several terms on the Helena School Board.

In addition to his legal, banking, and pro bono work, he managed Solomon Farms LLC, his family’s farming interests.

David Solomon married Miriam Rayman, also a life-time resident of Helena, in 1942. Together they raised three sons in Helena, David (Nancy) a retired New York City businessman, Rayman (Carol) of Merion, Pa., dean emeritus at Rutgers Law School, and Lafe (Catherine) of Washington, D.C., a retired senior federal official.

David Solomon, like his father and uncles, was a life-long member of Temple Beth El in Helena. He and Miriam were active in the life of the congregation, and after it closed its doors they held services in their home. David served many years as president of the congregation and warden of the cemetery.

Funeral services will be held at Beth El Heritage House, 406 Perry St., Helena at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29th. Burial will immediately follow at Temple Beth El Cemetery. Following the burial, the family will receive friends and visitors at the Solomon home, 142 Stonebrook in Helena.

Memorials may be sent to The David Solomon Scholarship Fund at the Arkansas Bar Foundation,, or to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life,–honorariums.html.

Funeral services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena (870) 572-2571.

William Moseley Archer, Jr. ’36

William Moseley Archer, Jr. of Charlotte died at his home on February 27, 2016, twenty-two days before his 101st birthday. Bill was born in Anderson, SC on March 20, 1915.

He later lived in Salisbury, NC and Hickory, NC before moving to Charlotte in 1938.

He became an Eagle Scout in 1929, graduated from high school in Salisbury in 1932, and from Davidson College in 1936. Bill was a Reserve Commissioned Officer and a First Lt., 9th Division in the U.S. Army in 1940.

He was married to his beloved wife, Mary Hall Archer, of Hickory, NC for 52 wonderful years until her death in 1996. He had been a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church since 1953, where he was ordained an Elder and was Sunday School Superintendent. Bill was a tireless volunteer, often delivering meals to elderly recipients younger than he was.

His favorite pastimes and hobbies were gardening, woodworking, bread baking, reading and researching family genealogy. He was an exemplary role model for his children and grandchildren, living his life selflessly with kindness and warmth.

Neighborhood children (and dogs) liked visiting him, and enjoyed his home-baked cookies. In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Moseley Archer and Dora Patterson Archer, and sister, Evelyn Parsley.

He is survived by his children, Mary Logan and her husband, Jerry of Fredericksburg, VA, William Archer, III and his wife, Ellen of Charlotte, Thomas Archer and his wife, Deborah of Matthews; grandchildren, Cynthia Cooper and her husband, Travis of Woodbridge, VA, David Shafferman and his wife, Margaret of Port Royal, PA, Mary Archer and Sally Archer of Raleigh, Thomas Archer, Jr. of Charlotte and Lindsey Archer Porter and her husband, Zac of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren, Caedmon and Mason Cooper of Woodbridge, VA, Hunter and Allison Shafferman of Port Royal, PA; nephews, James Parsley and his wife Carolyn of Hillsborough, William Parsley and his wife, Ellen of Winston-Salem; and sister-in-law, Ann Hines of Isle of Palms, SC.

The family thanks Novant Hospice and Visiting Angels for their compassionate caregiving in Bill’;s final months.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC on Saturday March 12, 2016, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 or to Loaves &; Fishes, 648 Griffith Road, Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28217.

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E.Y. “Buck” Lovelace ’36

Dr. E.Y. “Buck” Lovelace, 99, of Bedford passed away July 3, 2014 at the Elks National Home in Bedford. He was born June 19, 1915 in Crisp NC to the late Edward Young and Frances Eagles Lovelace.

After graduating from Atlantic Christian College in 1936 he enrolled and graduated from the MCV Dental School in 1940. He set up his dental practice in Bedford where he practiced for 60 years retiring at the age of 85.

From 1953 – 55 he served as a Major in the US Dental Corp (Korean Theater). He was a lifetime member of the Piedmont, Virginia and American Dental Societies.

Buck took an active role in his community. He served as a scoutmaster, President of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bedford Community Health Foundation, Board of Directors of the Bedford YMCA, and was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Bank. Buck served on the Bedford Town Council and school board and also on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

He was a member of the Bedford Rotary Club having served as its president 50 years apart in 1946 and again in 1996. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1988. In 2001 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.

A lifelong Baptist, Buck was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, served on the Board of Deacons, and as Chairman of the Building Fund.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his first wife Mary Burnett Lovelace, his second wife Jane Boyd Lovelace, his daughter Mary Frances Lovelace Overstreet and his son Dr. Edward Y. Lovelace III.

He is survived by his son-in-law Douglas Ray Overstreet & his wife Barbara of Bedford, his grandsons Drs. Douglas R. Overstreet, Jr. & his wife Susan of Richmond, Lee M. Overstreet & his wife Andrea of Biloxi MS., Dr. Benjamin T. Overstreet & his wife Christine of Richmond, Edward Y. “Chip” Lovelace IV of Richmond, seven great-grandchildren: Cameron, Carter, Kaitlyn, Emily, Zach, Dylan, Tyler, his sister Frances Lovelace McGlohon of Charlotte, NC., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Buck will be remembered for his quick wit and his caring compassion for his family, patients, friends and his community.

A memorial service will be held at Bedford Baptist Church on Monday July 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Dr. David Henderson officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Special Care at the Elks National Home for their loving care and support of Buck.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to The National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523 or Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523.

Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford. (540)586-3304