Perry A. Sloan, Jr. ’39

Perry Sloan '39Perry A. Sloan, Jr., having celebrated his 100th birthday in the company of many friends late last year, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 10.

He is survived by his son Perry Sloan III of Salt Lake City and cousin Robert M. Sloan, of Winston-Salem. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Lillie Duke Clements Sloan, and his daughter Trudie Ruffin Sloan Peek.

His passing is grieved by generations of fellow members of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, who loved and admired their friend. Perry was a stalwart of the church, assured to be in his regular pew every week, including the Sunday before his death.

Perry was respected for his kindness, generosity, determination, humility, and faithfulness. He believed in humbly doing the right thing for the right reason. His later years were spent quietly finding ways to make a difference to his family, church, alma mater, and the community.

A Durham native, Perry was born November 6, 1917, to Perry Austin and Gertrude Ruffin Harris Sloan. His father died when he was very young, leaving Perry with fond memories of Durham Bulls baseball games and a lifelong connection to the church he watched being built by his father’s side.

Perry was president of the Durham High School Class of 1935. He then went Davidson to Davidson College where he received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1939. At Davidson, Perry was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served as fraternity president in his senior year. He was inducted into the ODK national leadership society. He later studied graduate-level finance at UNC Chapel Hill.

Perry was utterly devoted to his wife Dukie, with whom he became acquainted at a college dance while she was a student at the Woman’s College of Duke University. They married in Bethesda, Maryland, July 20, 1942. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940, completing his first tour of duty as a young officer before the war, then returning to active service in the 82nd Airborne Division after Pearl Harbor.

He served with the 82nd as Finance Officer and was awarded a Bronze Star in 1944 for having “demonstrated the most painstaking devotion to duty” as his unit pursued campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, France, Holland, and ultimately Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain in1946.

Perry began his professional life as a partner in the CM Headache Powder Company in Durham. In 1948 he joined First Securities Corporation as a stockbroker, eventually rising to become the firm’s president in1965. He served in that role until its merger with J.C. Wheat & Co., later known as Wheat First Securities. He retired after a forty-year career.

An abiding concern for Durham led him to service on the Durham County Welfare Board in 1951, later serving as chairman in 1957. He also served as an officer in the Jaycees, the Community Chest, and in 1964, as president of Hope Valley Country Club.

In 1970, he joined the Board of Trustees of Peace College, where he endowed the Sloan Scholars Program. Perry was a loyal and generous supporter of Davidson College. In 2002, Davidson named the Sloan Music Center in honor of Perry and Dukie.

Perry was devoted to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church and its work was ever a priority. Earlier this year the Presbytery of New Hope presented Perry with Trinity Avenue’s Outstanding Older Adult Award in recognition of the many supportive roles he played, including decades as a Ruling Elder, Finance Committee member, and Stewardship campaign leader.

His financial leadership impacted Trinity Avenue in life-sustaining ways, allowing the congregation to grow the church staff and budge, rebuild the organ, and build a new fellowship hall. These gifts were always made humbly, with a desire to empower others and share God’s blessings.

His regular and faithful attendance at church on Sunday mornings sent a message to the congregation of the value he placed on gathering together to worship God, and in recent years his care providers were always by his side. Fellow members of the George Watts class remembered him singing a favorite hymn, “Dwelling in Beulah Land” with gusto.

He was dearly loved and trusted by all of the pastors through the ages, particularly Bill Bennett, on whose search committee he served, and current pastor Katie Crowe, who spent many happy hours visiting him with her young son Dillon.

Perry was a skilled golfer. He won two men’s titles at Hope Valley spending many happy hours on the course and in the clubhouse with friends. His 63 on the par 70 course in 1977 took the Hope Valley record from professional golfer Mike Souchak, and his 28 on the back nine may never be eclipsed. He was an active leader in the Southern Seniors Golf Association and Perry and Dukie enjoyed many trips playing courses in the U.S., and across the British Isles and South Africa. Well into his 90s, Perry would step out his door and play a few holes. He had his last hole-in-one long after his eyesight began to deteriorate.

In recent years, Perry was surrounded by kind and devoted caregivers whose service is deeply appreciated. The family gratefully wishes to thank Frankie J. Perry, Gretchen Alston, Nate Dove, James Green, Jean Horton, Reggie Perry, Verselle Shaw, the late Sandy Williams for the loving care that so enriched his later years.

A celebration of Perry’s life and service of witness to his resurrection will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, October 16 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, led by the Rev. Katie Crowe. A reception will follow. Memorial gifts may be made to the outreach ministries of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 West Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC 27701.

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Published in HeraldSun on Oct. 14, 2018

John Knox Wilson ’39

Dr. John Knox Wilson, age 99 years, 11 months and 4 days, of Black Mountain left this world Wednesday, May 4 in Black Mountain, NC. John was born in Kwangju, Korea on May 29, 1916. He lived in Korea until he graduated from high School. His parents, Robert M. Wilson and Bess Knox Wilson were medical missionaries who met in Korea in 1908.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Elizabeth and Mary Stuart; and his brothers James, Robert, Ed, and Joe. He was the last leaf on their tree as he often said. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Seto.

His survivors include his wife of almost 68 years, Nancy Dupuy Wilson; daughter, Susan Mucci (Richard); sons, John Wilson Jr. (Mary), Dudley Wilson (Alice Coblentz), Peter Wilson, and Frank Wilson (Amy Fuller). Grandchildren left in awe include Lauren Seto, Katy Seto, Emily Wilson, Luke Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Rose Wilson, Tucker Wilson, Ruby Wilson, Maddy Wilson, Gretalyn Easler, Molly Dockery, Hannah Creel, Joe Fuller, and David Wilson; and great grandson, Max Seto.

He graduated from high school at Pyongyang Foreign School in Pyongyang, Korea in 1935 and from Davidson College in 1939.He attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in 1943 and then served in the army in Korea alongside his father. After his discharge, he completed his pediatric training at MCV in Richmond, Virginia where he was Chief Resident.

He married Nancy Dupuy in 1948 and set up a private pediatric medical practice in Greensboro, NC. In 1966 the family moved to Sacramento, CA where he worked at a Kaiser Permanente clinic for two years.

John’s life was dedicated to service. In 1968 the family moved to Korea where he worked setting up rural clinics and at the leprosy hospital his father had started in 1911. In 1971, the family moved to Scottsville, Virginia where John worked in a rural clinic in Buckingham County while also serving as an associate professor at the University of Virginia Medical School. Then, in 1973 the family moved to Whitesburg, Kentucky where John worked in the Daniel Boone Clinic.

In 1975 he and Nancy moved to Black Mountain, NC where they became active members of the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He set up his final private practice office and retired 10 years later.

Beginning in the years prior to his retirement, John answered the call to volunteer in refugee clinics all over the world—with Cambodian refugees in Thailand, with massacre survivors in Beirut, victims of famine in Somalia, and many other places around the world.

In his 80’s he created an economical greenhouse design delivering hundreds of greenhouse kits to families in North Korea and Bolivia.

Gardening was another passion of John’s. He had always gardened and when he moved to Black Mountain, his front yard included Lake Tomahawk, which at the time was surrounded by briars and debris. He and Nancy worked to clean up the area around the lake and he started garden beds there.

After several years the beds became more than he needed and he offered them to others to use. This was convenient, in that it also was discovered that these beds weren’t actually on his property but were on town property. The Town of Black Mountain was enlisted to take them over as the first phase of its community garden.

Demand for garden beds quickly overtook the number of beds available and a piece of property off Blue Ridge Road owned by the town was designated the new community garden. John worked there every day during spring, summer, and fall building garden beds, composting, building sheds, and teaching new gardeners his love of gardening. He kept detailed records of the tons of vegetables donated to soup kitchens and food banks.

Other passions included woodworking and birding. Winter time, when garden work wasn’t active, was the time for him to be in the workshop making toys, furniture, squirrel traps and other projects. While birding was a lifelong pursuit, he particularly enjoyed it when he became less active and was able to view the birds visiting his feeders from his living room overlooking Lake Tomahawk. He estimated that he had seen 300 different varieties of birds from his home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Christian Friends of Korea ( or to the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden through the Black Mountain Parks and Greenways Foundation, Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, 101 Carver Avenue Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Services will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian church on Saturday, June 18th at 2 PM.

Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 8, 2016

George Donnell “Don” Davidson, Jr. ’39

George Donnell “Don” Davidson, Jr., businessman, philanthropist and devoted father and grandfather, died at home on Sunday, Oct. 18th, surrounded by family. He was 96.

Don was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Anne Stapleton Davidson, who died in 2005. Known to his three grandsons as “Buddy Don,” or “B.D.,” for short, he never missed a chance to remind each of the family motto: “Do right.” He famously greeted friends and family alike with an energetic “Happy Day!”

Don is survived by his three children: Sherry Anne Davidson of Asheville, NC, Sally Davidson Mathews of New York City and George D. Davidson, III of Athens, GA. Other family includes: George’s wife, Jeanne Ann Davidson of Athens; grandchildren Patrick O’Connor and his wife, Katie, of Bethesda, MD, Sean Davidson Mathews and his wife, Nell, of New York City, and Samuel M. Davidson of Oakland, CA; two great-grandsons, Sam and Ryan O’Connor, of Bethesda; his sister, Welshie Davidson Potts and her husband, Farrel, of Fearrington, NC; long-time family friend, Karen Futchel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Don’s brother, Shannon W. Davidson of Charlotte, NC, predeceased him.

Don was born May 20, 1919, in Monroe, NC, the oldest of three children to Bernice Shannon and Don Davidson, Sr. He grew up in Wadesboro, NC where his father traded in land and timber and helped tenant farmers buy their land. Don drew on his dad’s lessons throughout his life, among them his father’s insistence of treating everyone fairly, regardless of the person’s race or social status.

At Wadesboro High School, Don served as editor and business manager of the student newspaper and created the school’s first yearbook. Don arrived at Davidson College at the height of the Great Depression, short of money, and quickly found a job washing dishes at a boarding house.

At Davidson, he managed the humor magazine, accompanied the Glee Club on piano and played organ in the chapel. He took pride in knowing most of his fellow students by name and served as class secretary after graduation, producing a comprehensive yearbook for their 50th reunion.

He served as a trustee of Davidson for 12 years and did a stint on the executive committee, saying, “I could never repay Davidson for what it meant to me.” As a show of gratitude, Don and Anne endowed the Stapleton-Davidson Internship Program at the college. After graduation, Don moved to Charlotte to work as a salesman for the Herald Press. He married Anne in December 1941.

After the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Buck Private. He participated in the first two invasions of the Central Pacific and handled administrative and logistical challenges to the thousands of civil servants who arrived at Hickam Field in Honolulu, HI. He earned two battle stars and eventually earned the rank of Captain.

Don returned to Charlotte after the war and was involved in the beginnings of Package Products, organizing a sales force across the Southeast and Texas. That experience led to an agreement with a Louisiana bakery to create another new company, Jack’s Cookies.

In 1968, he took the helm of Washburn Printing Co., where he was proud that every employee owned stock in the company. “Nobody worked for me,” he said. “We all worked together.” In 1984, he merged Washburn with William Byrd Press of Richmond, VA, to form Cadmus, serving as president until his retirement in 1986.

He served as chairman of the Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and president of the Charlotte Rotary Club. He also served as president of the Charlotte chapter of the United Way in 1973. Don was a founding member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and was active in its leadership for most of his life. He joined its predecessor church, Second Presbyterian, in 1935.

In retirement, Don and Anne lived for a time in Black Mountain, NC, where they became active supporters of Warren Wilson College, a school with ties to the Asheville Farm School, where his father was educated in the early years of the 20th Century. Don and Anne established the G.D. Davidson Vocation Discovery Experience, a permanent endowment to honor his father.

A restless man, Don was calmed by his religious faith. An avid reader of theology, he was always open to new and deeper insights, aware that no one could ever fully grasp the questions that mattered most.

A memorial service will be held in Don’s honor at 11AM Saturday, October 24 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street.

There are no words to describe the gratitude his family feels toward the countless friends, extended family and caregivers from Hospice and Bayada Home Health Care for their support, concern and prayers. To avoid the risk of oversight, they are unnamed, but all should know how truly they have touched and sustained us.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Don’s name to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204 or to the Stapleton-Davidson Internship Program, Davidson College, Box 7177, Davidson, NC 28035.

Online condolences may be addressed to Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements.

Thomas Wilson Mullen, Jr. ’39

Thomas Wilson Mullen, Jr., 98, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Summit Square in Waynesboro, Virginia. He was born on May 23, 1917 in Rosemary, North Carolina (now Roanoke Rapids), to the late Thomas Wilson Mullen and Ida Andrews Mullen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Britt Mullen; son, Henry Britt Mullen; and two sisters, Evelyn D. Mullen and Priscilla M. Gowen.

He graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School in 1935 and Davidson College in 1939. He was employed by DuPont as a chemist in 1940, and, after nearly 42 years of service in technical and management positions, retired on January 1, 1982.

Survivors include a son, Thomas W. Mullen III and wife Hollis Ann of Concord, North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Kimberly W. Mullen of Nelsonville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Frasier Mullen, Kira Mullen, and Britt Mullen; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

He was a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry and finance committee.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, October 19, 2015, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, conducted by the Rev. Kim Webster. Internment of Tom’s ashes at the church Memorial Garden will immediately follow the service. The family will receive friends at the church hall following the internment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Agape Fund, P.O. Box 945, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the special staff and nurses at Summit Square for the love and care given to Tom while he was a resident.

Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home in Waynesboro is serving the family. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family by visiting

John Philip Tice ’39

John Philip Tice, 98, of Charleston, formerly of Mullens, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Dunedin, Fla., while wintering in Florida.

Born November 5, 1916 in Hazard, Ky., he was the son of the late Philip and Katherine (Hayes) Tice.

Mr. Tice grew up in nearby Blackey. A natural athlete, he attended Davidson College (Class of 1939) in North Carolina with an initial intention of playing baseball, and ended up playing four years on the varsity basketball team. Upon graduation, he set the obstacle course record at Fort Hood, Texas. An avid golfer, he won many tournaments over the years and played until the age of 93.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during World War II as the commanding officer of Company B, 610th Tank Destroyer Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Highly decorated for valor, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major.

Moving to Mullens, W. Va. in 1949, he managed Union Power Company and the Mullens Water Works for 32 years. During that time he gave back to his community in countless ways though his involvement with Rotary, The American Red Cross, The American Legion, and the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a long standing elder.

A dining hall at Davidson College is named in honor of Mr. Tice’s behind-the-scenes contributions to his community through a financial contribution from Dr. Florian Vaughan of Mullens. In addition to his love for Mullens was his deep love for nearby Twin Falls State Park where he was a daily presence for many years.

In addition to his parents John was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Peggy Jilliam Tice; his son, Jimi Tice; his brother, Jim Tice; and his sisters, Martha Washburn, Dorothy Alcorn, and his twin, Mabel Tice.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, John Tice, Jr. (Judy) of Pensacola, Fla.; and his daughter, Pam Newman (Bud) of Charleston and Dunedin, Fla.; two granddaughters, Jenny Breen (Pete) and Leslie Tice (Craig); and one great granddaughter, Avery.

The family would like to thank special care givers over the years including Carol, Tammy, Cindy, Maria, Lola, Dr. Al Phister (WV), Dr. Timothy Light (FL) and also Suncoast Hospice for their excellent support and care.

Services will be 12 noon, Friday, March 27, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mullens with Rev. Tracy French officiating.


Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Graveside services and burial will be 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, Va., with Military Graveside rites being conducted by Barns and Beavers VFW Post 7136 Tazewell, Va.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Howard Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882; Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387; or Suncoast Hospice Foundation 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL. 33760-9962.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of John Tice is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.