Julien McCall ’42

St. Julien Lachicotte McCall, age 100, of Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL and Pawleys Island, SC, formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away peacefully in Florida on August 17, 2021 with his three children by his bedside, Melissa McCall of Columbus, NC, Alison G. McCall of Lyme, CT and NYC, and Julien L. “Lash” McCall, Jr. of Lake Wales, FL.

Mr. McCall is also survived by three grandchildren, Blinn Cushman (Anna), Julia Curry (Bill), and Andrew Cushman (fiance, Jenny Vasquez) and four great grandchildren, Wick and Caroline Curry, and twins Julien and Alexandra Cushman.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Janet Jones McCall, in 2006. Mr. McCall also leaves behind his beloved Miniature Schnauzer, Schatzi, the last of a life long devotion to his precious dogs.

Born April 1, 1921 in Florence, SC to Julia Lachicotte McCall, who lived 102 years, and Arthur May McCall, Julien graduated from Florence High School, Davidson College in 1942, and Harvard Business School in 1947 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1983 from Davidson College. He served as a Captain in the US Army, Ammunitions, in North Africa and Italy (Monte Cassino and Anzio) from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. McCall spent his entire career in banking. In 1948, he joined First National Bank of New York and left its successor, First National City Bank (Citibank), as Senior Vice President, in 1971, and moved with his family from Darien, CT to Hunting Valley, OH where he joined National City Bank of Cleveland and retired in 1986 as Chairman and CEO of National City Corp., the holding company.

Mr. McCall served as a director at various times in his career of fifteen business corporations, including Progressive Corp., Brush Wellman Corp., Atlas Copco, and Acme Steel Co., as well as a trustee at The Ethel Walker School, Davidson College, and Case Western Reserve University. From 1985-87, he served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Advisory Council. FINANCE Magazine named him “Banker of the Year” in 1978. OHIO BUSINESS Magazine featured him as “Ohio’s Top Banker” in 1984.

On a civic level, he was a Trustee of United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, and Chairman of Playhouse Square Foundation, the largest performing arts center in the United States after Lincoln Center in NYC. In 1980, he was given The Israel Humanities Award and Prime Minister’s Medal for assisting Israel in selling bonds in the USA.

He was born and raised a devout Christian in the Episcopal Church. One of his ancestors raised the money to build the old church, All Saint’s, Waccamaw, in Pawley’s Island, SC, where the funeral will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, August 26 with interment in the church cemetery.

There will first be a visitation on Monday, August 23 from 5-7pm at Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales, FL and a second visitation on Wednesday, August 25 from 5-7pm at Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, SC. A larger memorial service will be held in March 2022 at his home in Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mountain Lake Community Service, Inc. in his name would be so appreciated (PO Box 832, Lake Wales, FL 33859). Written and Submitted by his daughter, Alison G. McCall

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John Blue Clark ’42

Our dad died peacefully at home at Springmoor, just one week after his 99th birthday.  Although we were not surprised at his passing, we deeply grieve his departure.  

He was always grateful for each visit with his family, but he was ready to leave and be with our mom.

Jack was the seventh child of Eric Conrad Clark Sr. and Margaret Cromartie Clark, born April 5, 1921 and raised in Clarkton, North Carolina. He is survived by his son John B. Clark Jr (wife Becky), daughter Ann Clark-Durkin (husband John) and son William G. Clark (wife Shelli), 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  He was the last of his siblings to pass.  

Our Dad lived a good life. He credited his lifelong faith in God to his parents and raised us with the values he himself learned growing up.

Jack discovered his love of flying while at Davidson College.  After graduating from Davidson in 1942 he tried to join the Air Force but was told that there was a desperate need for people to train pilots. So, he went to Bennettsville SC, joined the reserves for the Army Air Corps, and was a flight instructor during the war years.  

In 1944 he was hired by American Airlines and began his career.  Soon after that American Airlines donated planes and pilots to the Army Air Corps and Dad volunteered to be a civilian pilot for the Army Air Corps. He flew DC4s throughout Northern Europe and North Africa carrying VIPs, high ranking military officers, USO tours and bringing injured soldiers back from the Bataan March.  

When the war ended, he was given full military service credit for this time. He continued to work for American Airlines until 1980.  His career with American spanned 36 years.

He married Jacquelyn Ann Gilmer in 1946, we were born between 1947 and 1951, and our life was typical for baby boomers – Dad worked, Mom stayed home and we kids made it to adulthood.  Our family lived on Long Island for a little over 25 years, then in 1974 as empty nesters, mom and dad moved back to North Carolina.

Throughout his life our dad was involved in many activities – most notably, throughout his flying career, he studied tirelessly how to make the sky a safer place for air travel. He loved flying and he was dedicated and passionate about sharing his knowledge of flying safely with others. 

He loved to talk…and talk …In fact, if you were ever around our dad for 5 minutes you might have heard the words “Thunderstorm”, “Cross Wind Landing” and “Lift and Angle of Attack” at least once in the conversation!

And if you were anywhere near him for more than 5 minutes, you could probably fly an airplane yourself!

He loved to play golf.  He was very involved in the church and sang in the choir.  He was generous in his support of extended family members.

He was very proud of his children and of their successes in life.

When we knew that our mom was drifting into the abyss of Alzheimer’s, Dad cared for her at home as long as he could, and then, when her need for more care was apparent, they moved to the Springmoor Retirement community, Dad into an apartment and Mom into the memory care facility. Both were where they needed to be.  He visited her every day rarely leaving her side and cared for her until she passed in 2003.  

He continued to live independently at Springmoor for many years and remained active – visiting others at Springmoor, helping drive residents to appointments, and enjoying his family until his body started slowing down and he moved into the healthcare side of the community, where he remained until his passing.

We would like to thank everyone at Springmoor for all the years of their unwavering support and care.  A special thanks to Reverend Phyllis Mayo for providing emotional and spiritual support during this time.  Our grateful thanks, as well, to the hospice care provided him at the end.

Our Dad will be buried next to our mom in his childhood home of Clarkton. Because of the extreme challenges we are currently facing in our country, we will be waiting to have a family celebration of life until it is appropriate and safe to do so. Details will be distributed when things are better.

Condolences may be sent to:

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Clark Jr. RClark541@aol.com
541 Hempstead Place, Charlotte, NC 28207

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Durkin Jr. annclarkdurkin@gmail.com
13575 Stoney Creek Rd., San Diego, CA 92129

Dr. and Mrs. William G. Clark clarkwilliamg@yahoo.com
12418 Dunard St., Raleigh, NC. 27614

Continuing his legacy of helping others and in lieu of flowers, our family would offer several charitable organizations’ information for those of you who might want to honor our dad’s memory

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina  https://www.chsnc.org/donate-today
PO Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415

Alzheimer’s San Diego  https://alzsd.akaraisin.com/walk4alz2020/AnnieDurkin
6632 Convoy Ct., San Diego, CA 92111

St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children   https://www.stjude.org/
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

William Frye Summers ’42

Rev. Dr. William Frye Summers passed away peacefully on July 15th, 2019. Bill was born on January 15th, 1921 in Statesville, NC to Jason Watt and Roberta Frye Summers. He graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hampton Sydney.

After graduating in 1944, he married Nan Allen Summers on August 31, 1944, and then volunteered as a Navy chaplain, serving with the First Marine Division in Tientsin, China.

After the war, Bill served as the pastor of the following churches: Handley Memorial, Birmingham, Ala; First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, TN; First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas; Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA; and First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, VA.

Upon retirement in 1985, he and his wife moved to his beloved home, known as Rest and Be Thankful, on the Ware River in Ware Neck, Gloucester County, VA, where they lived for the next 25 years.

Then the time came, as he said, to move closer to the cemetery, so they moved to the lovely village of Weems. There they loved and were loved by the Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church. They were the tenants of the most gracious landlords, Jeff and Wendi Szyperski until 2016 when they moved to the Presbyterian Village of Summerville in South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Nan Allen Summers; a sister, Phyllis Ewart of Pawleys Island, SC; four children, Rev. Dr. William F. Summers, Jr., (Lynne), Rev. Dr. Charles A. Summers (Marsha), Glenn Ellis Summers (Denise), Nancy Summers Bonanno (Mark); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The service of resurrection will be held Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems VA or the Employees Fund at the Presbyterian Village, Summerville, SC.

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Mac Morris ’42

Mac was born on January 24, 1922, and passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019. Mac was a resident of Princeton, New Jersey at the time of passing.

At age 16 he went to Davidson College in Davidson, NC where his two older brothers had also attended.

Services will be held Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina or Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

Benjamin Shannon ’42

Benjamin Eugene Shannon, 97, of Shallotte, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Born May 20, 1920, in Gastonia he was the son of Samuel Edward Shannon and Ina Shannon Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Thelma R. Shannon; brother, Anderson Shannon; sisters, Ruth S. Shanklin and Irene S. Wise; and grandson, Jeffrey Presson.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Ed Presson of Niceville, Fla., and Beth and Steve Spoon of Shallotte; four grandsons, Scott and David Presson and Chad and Eric Spoon; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Tucker Presson; and a great-granddaughter, Lexi Spoon.

He grew up at Barium Springs Orphanage and graduated from Davidson College. He served his country as a career officer in the U.S. Army and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. The Revs. John Causey, pastor of Shallotte Presbyterian Church, and Eric Spoon, pastor of New Bethel Presbyterian Church of Piney Flats, Tenn., will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hope Alliance in Barium Springs or to Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

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