Ruth Adams Snoddy ’38

Ruth Adams Snoddy '38Ruth Adams Snoddy, 96, widow of Jack Drummond Snoddy, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Born in York County, she was the daughter of the late William Leander and Anna Webb Stanton Adams. Mrs. Snoddy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winthrop College and was a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1941.

She was a retired elementary school teacher. She was a lifetime member of Women of the Church, a charter member of Good Neighbor Sunday School Class, original member of Greenville Woman’s Club, and an honorary member of Crescent Garden Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Ann Barnhill and husband Kelly of Greenville, NC and Martha Clark and husband Mack of Simpsonville; a son, John D. Snoddy, Jr. and wife, Vivian of Newland, NC; grandchildren, Kelly Barnhill, Jr., Betsy Falvey, Kathryn Ayers, Meredith Cully, Emily Pittman, Deana Heavner, Lynette Holland; and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, David Stanton Adams and a sister, Sarah Hope Adams.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Gardens at Eastside for their care and support.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Downtown Chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Visitation Ministry, 200 W Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

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Herman Odell Best ’38

Herman Odell Best '38
Herman Odell Best, age 99, died peacefully at his home on August 15, 2014.  Herman was born in Shelby, son of the late John M. Best and Anna Potts Best.

As a youth, he was active in his church and scouts, attaining the Eagle rank, organizing Cleveland County’s first Cub Scout Pack in 1938 and serving as a Cubmaster for several years.

Herman graduated from Shelby High School in 1932 where he was a member of the band and orchestra.  During the Depression, he attended Davidson College for two years, leaving to help in his father’s furniture store hoping to finish his degree later.

After his father died, he managed the store until he entered the Army in WWII serving in the Quartermaster Corp.  At the close of the war, when new furniture was scarce, Herman built a manufacturing plant which he continued to operate until selling it to the Drexel Corporation in 1962.  He then took time out to continue his college studies and obtained a degree from Limestone College.  After that, he studied and received both a Real Estate Broker’s and Contractor’s License and built numerous houses in the Shelby and Morganton areas.

In 1941, he met Margaret McInnis, who taught school in Lincolnton.  They were married in 1945. Herman was a member of First Baptist Church in Shelby, where he has served as Deacon, Men’s Sunday School teacher for over forty years and various committees.

He was active in the Christian Service Organization at Gardner Webb University and served as both President and Board Chairman of that group which raises scholarship funds to aid students studying for the ministry.  He was a former Kiwanian and member of the City Parks and Recreation Commission.  Herman loved the outdoors.  His hobbies included fishing, skiing, camping, sailing, horseback  riding, traveling, and history.

In addition to his parents, Herman is preceded in death by his son, David Best; a sister, Sara Best Dula Belvin; and a brother, John M. Best, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Margaret of 69 years; daughter, Jane Ann Best of Morganton; two grandchildren, John David Best of Roanoke Va., and Rachel Best of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 182014 at 2:00 at the Webb Chapel of First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tony Tench officiating.  Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m in the chapel.  Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 120 N. Lafayette St. Shelby, NC 28150 or Christian Service Organization-Gardner Webb University, 110 S. Main Street Boiling Springs NC 28017

Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Herman Odell Best

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Mary Louise Moffett “Meesie” Hutcheson ’38

Mary Louise Moffett “Meesie” Hutcheson, 96, of Roanoke, VA, died June 19, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Meesie was born May 2, 1918, in Charles Town, West Virginia, daughter of the late Harry and Alice Gammon Moffett. She was a devoted wife and mother and was a faithful servant in ministries at her church. She grew up in Davidson, NC, where her father was the Minister at the Davidson Presbyterian Church. Meesie attended Davidson College for two years and then graduated from Converse College in 1938. She moved to Charlottesville, VA, in 1944 where she worked for Dr. Jordan, Dean of The School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. While working in the Dean’s office she met her late husband of 56 years, Robert Steele Hutcheson, Jr., MD.

Meesie is predeceased by her three brothers and two sisters and a grandchild Elizabeth Brafford.

She is survived by six children and their spouses, sixteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren: Molly Hutcheson Priddy, her husband Vernon (Richmond, VA) and their two children Moffett and Sam; Frances Hutcheson Garrard, her husband Bill (Hickory, NC) and their three children Sarah Elizabeth Grimm, her husband Matt and their daughters Hannah and Clara, Will, his wife Christina, and Leah; Elizabeth Hutcheson Marth, her husband Herbert (Richmond, VA) and their two children Hunter and Stuart; Robert S. Hutcheson III, his wife Cindy (Knoxville, TN) and their two children Katie Hutcheson Larsen, her husband Johan and their daughters Silvia and Ingrid and Beth Hutcheson Slatery, her husband Harrison; J. Randolph Hutcheson, his wife Rossie (Richmond, VA) and their three children Jack, Beirne and Mary Ross; Alice Hutcheson Brafford, her husband Bill (Charlotte, NC) and their four children Randy, Robert, Emily, and Thomas.

Special thanks to family friend and care giver Elaine Cooper who lovingly cared for both Meesie and Bob in their later years and to Jennifer Oliver who also lovingly cared for Meesie.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Second Presbyterian Church, 214 Mountain Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016 or the Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.



Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Rhett West ’38

Elizabeth “Libby” Rhett West, 95, passed away at her home March 7, 2014. Calling hours will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Lankford Funeral Home, 220 E. New York Ave. in DeLand. Her family will celebrate her life with a service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 319 W. Wisconsin Ave. in DeLand, with burial immediately following next to her husband, Dr. West. A reception will be held at the church following the service and burial.

Mrs. West was born at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., where her father was in the U.S. Army. In 1937, her family moved to Davidson, N.C., so her father could teach at Davidson College. She was allowed to attend Davidson College for her freshman year as the daughter of a professor. She would continue to have that pioneering spirit for the rest of her life.

Libby married Dr. Hugh West in 1956, and became an integral part of life in DeLand. She graduated from Stetson University, and continued to be involved there for many years. Libby was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand. She was also very active in the Azalea Circle of the DeLand Garden Club, the National League of Pen Women for Art, Music and Writing, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Lake Beresford Yacht Club, serving as a past president, the Krewe of Amalee, the DeLand Country Club, Stetson Alumni, Pi Phi Sorority, and the Cultural Arts Center of DeLand, and she was a sustaining member and past president of the Junior League of DeLand.

Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Hugh West, daughter Ann West Hall, and her brother, John Taylor Rhett Jr. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her grandsons, Steven Costa, West Costa and Rhett Costa; granddaughter Hannah Hall; and greatgrandchildren Reese Costa, Jack Costa and Sydney Costa.

Additionally, she is held dear by her sister-in-law, Helen W. Rhett; cousin Betty Gregg Black; niece Libby Jones; nephew John Rhett III; and her companions and caregivers Alvanette Johnson and Vernel Neal.

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