John Watson Craven ’45

John Watson Craven, born August 2, 1924, to James Robert Craven and Gennie Elizabeth Warwick in Cleveland, GA, passed peacefully into the Kingdom of God Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC. He was 96.

He is survived by his loving sons, John Currie Craven of Norwood, CO and Robert Craven (Laura) of St. Petersburg, FL and his brother, Charles Eugene Craven of Rock Hill, SC, and his grandchildren, Waine Alexander of Orlando, FL, and Emily Ann of St. Petersburg, FL, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Ann McLeod Craven, his brothers, William Clifford Craven, Robert Hoyt Craven, Earl Mark Craven, and Talmon Philmore Craven, his sister, Hannah Elizabeth Craven, and his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Craven.

John grew up in Hickory and Newland, NC and graduated from Newland High School, attended Davidson College, graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and the University of Edinburgh with his PhD. He was ordained in 1947, a United States Navy Chaplin, and called to his first pastorate at the Church in the Pines, Laurel Hill, NC. During this ministry, John met Ann while working at a Presbyterian youth summer camp. In 1953 they married and began their lifelong partnership in the Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Bartow, FL where their three children were born. He loved and cherished his wife and children and enjoyed sharing stories about them with anyone who would listen. John loved everything Scottish, wearing his kilt whenever he could, and enjoying his active membership in the Montreat Scottish Society.

John also enjoyed serving as Pastor of Tabb Street Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, VA, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, VA, First Presbyterian Church, Hampton, VA and First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, FL. After his retirement in 1983, he continued in his ministry by providing interim service at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ashville, NC, Crossnore Presbyterian Church, Crossnore, NC, and Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, Morganton, NC.
John was an active and celebratory participant in life. He enjoyed family and friends, worldwide traveling, golf, tennis, and croquet. Camping with his young family was dear to him and in retirement, living in his beloved Montreat, NC was John’s contentment. John was never at a loss for words, whether a poem by Robert Burns or Robert Service, a favorite hymn, or homily of his own device, he gladly shared with all. No one was a stranger for long after meeting John but quickly became a friend.

Interment will take place at Montreat Columbarium / Memorial Garden on Saturday, July 17 at 11:00 AM. A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Givens Highland Farms Assembly Room thereafter at 1:00 PM with a time of fellowship and greeting to follow. The service officiants are the Reverend Doctor Steve Runholt, the Reverend Eugene Craven, and the Reverend Lynn Bledsoe. John would be honored by memorial gifts made to Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.

John K. Burns, III ’45

John K. Burns, III '45

January 2, 1924 – September 11, 2020

Dr. John Knox Burns, III was born in Gainesville, January 2, 1924. He was the son of Gladys Asbury Burns and Dr. John Knox Burns, Jr.

Dr. Burns attended Gainesville High School but ultimately graduated from Riverside Military Academy. Dr. Burns attended Davidson College for his undergraduate degree before attending the Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine. He served in World War II in the Army specialized program for training and later served two years in the Navy, as the ship’s physician, during the Korean War on amphibious fleets.

Dr. Burns, a third generation physician, spent his thirty seven year medical career as an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Gainesville. He was proud that he delivered over 3,000 babies! Dr. Burns treated his patients and staff as “family” and kept in touch with many, even after his retirement in 1993.  He was an Eagle Scout, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Georgia Medical Association, and a member of the Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. Dr. Burns also served two terms as chief of staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He volunteered at Good News at Noon as a gynecologist for thirteen years, and was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

At First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Burns was active in several leadership roles through the years, including serving as a Deacon and an Elder.

Dr. Burns is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of fifty six years, Felicia Jackson Burns and his sister, Beverly Burns Ledaqkowski.

His greatest accomplishment was being a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He is survived by sons James Doss Burns of Fremont, Michigan, John Asbury Burns (Tina) of Gainesville, and daughter, Betsy Burns Sherry (Jeff) of Douglasville, Georgia. He was “Pops” to his eight grandchildren – Susan Burns Walker (Michael), John Knox Burns, IV (Mandy), Ryan James Burns, Grayson John Burns (Kimmy), John Dowling Marlow, Timothy Burns Marlow, William Randall Marlow, and Matthew Jackson Marlow. He is also survived by four great grandchildren, Christopher Ryan Burns, Mary Knox Walker, John Knox Burns V, and Mabel Breck Burns. Dr. Burns is survived by three first cousins, William Brantley Burns (Sandra), Robert Knox Burns and Barbara Burns Roper (Henry). Dr. Burns is also survived by Grace Dooley, our “amazing Grace”, a very special friend, a gift from God, and Dr. Burns’ caregiver during his later years.

Dr. John Burns was a Southern gentleman in every sense of the word. He was kind, courteous and honorable. He will be missed by many.

A family graveside service at Alta Vista Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 pm. For those wishing to do so, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Riverside Military Academy Scholarship Fund, 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.

Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com.

Frank (Dee) Dunn ’45

Frank Edward (Dee) Dunn passed away in Wilmington, NC on August 19, 2020 at the Champions Assisted Living Center at the well-lived age of 97 years.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wallace Stanhope and Daca Davis Dunn, his first wife Corinna Bennett Dunn, his brother, Wallace Stanhope Dunn, Jr., and a nephew, Wallace Stanhope Dunn, III.

Dee is survived by his wife, Patricia Barber Dunn, two daughters, Deede Dunn Grainger (Ike) and Corinna Dunn Mann (Ted), as well as stepchildren, Susan Mebane Franco (Alan), Betsy Mebane Farmer (Eric), Patricia (Sissy) Mebane Schoettelkotte (Bill), William (Billy) Carter Mebane IV (Sarah), a nephew, Frank Harlowe Dunn and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Dee attended The McCallie School and Davidson College. His intense interest in aviation led him to become a Naval flight instructor at the Naval Air Station Pensacola during World War II.

He will be remembered in many ways – most importantly for his tremendous love for all his family and his gamesmanship in both golf and cards. He was blessed to have been able to see all his family members – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – during the last few weeks of his life.

His family extends a sincere thank you to the staff at Champions for their care, kindness and support of Dee.

Memorials in his honor may be sent to Champions Assisted Living at The Davis Community, Attn: Vicki Rivenbark, 1011 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.

Interment will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. Andrews Mortuary & Crematory is serving the family. Andrews Mortuary 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Frank Sims Key, Jr. ’45

Frank Sims Key, Jr. of Florence died on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was 95. Frank was born on January 20, 1924, in Gastonia, N.C., the son of the late Frank Sims Key, Sr. and Rachel Auld Key.

After graduating from Florence High School, Frank attended Davidson College and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology.

He served as a Naval Aviator during World War II. Upon his return to Florence, he joined his father in the roofing business for several years. In the early 1960s, he became a part of Sanborn Chase’s team at Vulcraft as an engineer.

Later, in 1966, he and two partners founded Socar, where he would work until his retirement in 2006. Frank was an excellent tennis player, a lover of automobiles, a great Sunday School teacher and a quiet mentor to many people. He and his wife, Peggy, and several other Christian friends started the East Florence Mission in the early 1970s and remain involved with that ministry to this day.

Frank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Peggy Elmore Key. In addition, there are four children: Randy (Gigi) Key of Florence, SC; Margaret (Ken) Charles of Florence, SC; Charlie (Marilyn) Key of Timmonsville, SC; and Pete (Katy) Key of James Island, SC. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A family burial will take place on Wednesday, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the P. E. K. Foundation, Post Office Box 649, Florence, SC 29503.

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Hazel Harris Pharr ’45

Hazel Harris Pharr '45

On Tuesday April 16th, Hazel Harris (H.H.) Dux Pharr moved on with his life eternal. Dux was born in Charlotte, NC and reared in both Charlotte and Davidson. He was the youngest of four mischievous boys (Robert, Springs, Hunter) and a doting older sister (Cynthia) that tried to keep them all in line. Growing up on the old homestead off of Providence Road in the 1920’s, nothing was left to his imagination as to how he could make his mark.

Dux was a graduate of Davidson College and was an Army Air Corps pilot. As he always enjoyed sneaking up on his older brothers, he flew low enough on his first mission that a tree took a good eight foot section out of of his right wing – but he managed to return to base. He went on to fly another 61 combat missions in the New Guinea and Philippines arena in World War II. He flew the Douglas A-20 Havoc Attack Bomber and was promoted to the rank of Captain at the ripe old age of twenty. He retired from the Ford Motor Company after 38 years in various management capacities with field positions starting in Charlotte and then Pennsylvania, Australia, Michigan, California and finally back to Charlotte. He was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church where his generational family grew up. Dux reveled in pondering the wonders of the universe and relished his studies in the Integrity of God. He joins a great reunion with his family in addition to his sharing the latest updates from home with his grandson Harris.

Dux married his Carolina girl sweetheart from Johnston County and whisked her away to Australia where he grew his family. A closet artist and avid writer, he enjoyed the beach on rainy days and relished his ties to Davidson College. Dux is survived by his bride of 58 years, Betty Edwards and four children, John Pharr of Fort Worth, TX – Lisa Pharr of Charlotte, NC – Randy Pharr of Virginia Beach, VA and Helen Psaila of Woodacre, California. A service honoring the life of Dux will be at 12 noon Saturday, April 20th at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. A reception in the Fellowship Hall at Sardis will follow after the service. Memorials in memory of Dux may be made to Sardis Presbyterian Church c/o the Church Cemetery Fund. 

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