Homer Franklin Haworth ’48

Homer Franklin Haworth, Jr, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury, NC.

Born August 14, 1925 in High Point, NC, as the only child of Homer F Haworth Sr and Charlie Mae Cridlebaugh Haworth, he led a life of devotion and loyalty. First to Education; a BA at Davidson College and an MA at University of Michigan followed by a career as a highly decorated high school band director for 30 years. He served as presidents of both the NC Music Educators Association and the American School Band Directors Association and is in the NC Band Director’s Hall of Fame among other professional honors.

His second loyalty was to the US military; as a young man of Quaker upbringing, he controversially volunteered to enlist in the Navy and served as an ensign on the U.S.S. Gurke DD783. Military service in WWII made a deep impression on him, and was an experience that would instill in him discipline and honor and an unusual habit of navy showers for his entire life.

His third loyalty was to his church and family. He was a devoted Presbyterian and served as elder, deacon, choir director, and various other roles. He was a loving and doting husband to wife, Marjorie Ann Brown Haworth and awesome dad to his surviving children, daughters, Carlin Styers (Tom) of Albemarle, Ann Hatchett (Parker) of Salisbury, and Bryan Haworth (Julie) of Plano, Texas; grandchildren Anna Styers Decker (Ben), Carson C. Hatchett (Sarah), Corinne Haworth, Camille Haworth and Luke Haworth; and great- grandchildren Amelia Decker, Holly Decker and Harper Decker.

He was a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it came to his music. He was an accomplished trumpet player. He loved a good joke and was a great story-teller. And he was always generous with his time and talents for anyone in need.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 AM Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Trinity Oaks chapel, and a graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Salisbury National Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Trinity Oaks Employee Appreciation Fund, 728 Klumac Road, Salisbury, NC 28144.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Haworth Family. Online condolences may be made at www.Summersettfuneralhome.com.

Ira G. “Frosty” Darnell ’48

Ira Gideon Darnell Jr. was born on the frosty morning of December 5, 1925 to Elmore Culp and Ira Gideon Darnell in Charlotte. Nicknamed “Frosty” from then on, he died on a frosty Sunday morning, January 23, 2022 at the age of 96.

Frosty entered Davidson College in 1943, before transferring to the Navy V-12 officer candidate program at Emory University. He was commissioned in 1945 and reentered Davidson, graduating in 1948.

In 1945, Frosty married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Porter, both having grown up in Dilworth. He attended graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill. Frosty was called back to active duty in the Korean War, where he served aboard a destroyer, the USS Meredith, with the 6th Fleet from the North Sea to the Mediterranean.

Frosty was a financial executive for many years in public accounting and the textile and distribution industries, retiring as Vice President of B&H Foods. He served as a tax advisor into his 90’s. He and Carolyn were active members of Christ Lutheran Church from its earliest days for over 65 years and served in many roles over the years.

Frosty was a gentleman, deeply committed to his faith and family, and was guided by integrity and kindness. Carolyn, his inseparable companion of 76 years, survives him as well as their five children: Stephen Darnell and wife Janet of Raleigh, Deborah Ferrell and husband Brent of Shelby, David Darnell and wife Kim of Holmes Beach, Florida, Stuart Darnell and wife Kristin of Charlotte, and Susan Liebert and husband Richard of Alpharetta, Georgia, ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Rd. 28226.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Robert Amburn “Bob” Gourley ’48

Robert Amburn "Bob" Gourley '48

Saturday, September 4, 2021 saw the passing of another of the “Greatest Generation” World War II Veteran, Robert “Bob” Amburn Gourley of Marion, NC. Bob was born in Greer, SC on December 14, 1924 to the late James Lee Gourley and Nora Brooks Gourley.

He graduated from Marion High School in 1940 where he was selected for the Honor Society. He entered Davidson College in 1941, but World War II interrupted college. Bob enlisted in the Army Air Force and became a Fighter Pilot. He was stationed in Iwo Jima flying from Iwo to Japan. Bob attained the rank of Captain. After he was discharged from the Air Force, he continued to attend Davidson College graduating in 1948 with a BA in music. He taught music in Valdese for several years and then was associated with Marion Buick Company until retirement. Bob was Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church for 30 plus years. He was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge and Past President of the Kiwanis Club and had 41 years perfect attendance. He was a member of the Marion Lake Club for about 70 years, where he enjoyed playing golf. Bob enjoyed going on many cruises with his family and friends visiting many countries.

Bob is preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Ballew Gourley and a brother James Lee Gourley, Jr.

He is survived by his second wife of 42 years, Edna Seaman Gourley; three children, Robert A. Gourley, Jr. (Cathy) of Newport News, VA, John B. Gourley (Debbie) of Greensboro, NC and Ellen G, Mitchell (Jeff) of Hickory, NC; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Westmoreland Funeral Home on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church conducted by Revs. George Hutchins and Robert Warren. Interment will follow the service at Oak Grove Cemetery with the United States Air Force providing military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church at 79 Academy St, Marion, NC, 28752

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Burton for his care for these many years, and all the healthcare providers for the past several months.

James Elliott ’48

James (Jim) Elliott passed away peacefully on December 28, 2020 at The Pines at Davidson.

Jim was born on November 10th, 1925 in Lincolnton, NC, the son of William Forrest Elliott, MD and Mary Lily Johnson Elliott. He graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1942 and was able to complete two years of study at Davidson College before being drafted into the USA Navy to serve in the Hospital Corp during World War II. After the war, he returned to Davidson and graduated in 1948 with a B.S. degree in Biology. Jim continued to pursue his interest in medicine at The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, earning the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Shortly after, the Korean War called Jim to service again, this time in the US Air Force as a First Lieutenant in the Dental Corps.

After completing his military commitment, he established his private dental practice in Charlotte. Jim was a well-respected dentist and ran a busy practice from 1955 until 1990, when he retired. After retirement, Jim and his wife, Jane, moved to the town of Davidson.

During his life, Jim held various leadership positions in local and NC professional organizations. He was also very active in the Church, serving as a member of choirs and offertories alike. In addition, he enjoyed his involvement with the boards of several local institutions including The Charlotte Latin School, The Winghaven Foundation, The Pines at Davidson, and The Board of Visitors at Davidson College.

Jim also enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life. He was a talented artist and an avid gardener. He loved painting landscapes and scenic vistas from his beloved North Carolina. He also loved painting portraits, and in his later years he took delight in painting the pets belonging to family and friends. Jim was a man of many talents and was a gift to all who knew him.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jane Richards Elliott, his two children Jane Murphy of Cornelius, NC and James Elliott, Jr., of Larkspur, CA, and their respective spouses Brian and Sharlyn. He is also survived by his three grandchildren: Caroline Murphy; Kayden Elliott and Attison Elliott. Jim was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Elliott Taylor of Norfolk, Va. and his brother, William Cromartie Elliott, MD of Indianapolis, IN.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at The Pines Healthcare for their dedicated and loving care, as well as Hospice of Iredell County. The family is forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Pines at Davidson – Chaplain’s Fund, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, N.C. 28036.

An interment service will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church for immediate family members at a later date.

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Albert Grady Harris ’48

Albert Grady Harris '48

Albert Grady Harris, Jr., Class of 1948, was born on January 14th, 1925, and passed away on December 2nd, 2020.

He was a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson and a member of Kappa Alpha and Sigma Upsilon, afterwards graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary and receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.

He served as a Presbyterian pastor in Decatur, GA, Morehead City, NC, Atlanta, GA, Laurel, MD, Marietta, GA, and Big Canoe, GA and also served four years as a missionary in Brazil.

Survivors include his wife of seventy years, Geraldine “Gerrie” Dixon Harris, four children, Diana Thomas, Atlanta, GA, Celestia Lake, Gulf Breeze, FL, Grady Harris, Atlanta, GA, and Annie Burke, Thomasville, GA, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, as well as his sisters, Francis Kennedy, Black Mountain, NC, and Eugenia Varker, Greensboro, NC.