William R. Hoyt III ’49

William R. Hoyt was born in 1924 in the Sinking Springs community, Alleghany Co., VA, to the Rev. S. Browne and Mrs. Virginia Brown Hoyt. He attended public schools in Virginia and North Carolina, earned an AB (cum laude) from Davidson College, a M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and a PhD. from Duke University.

A World War II veteran and ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (US, 1952-83; USA 1983-2023), he was pastor of the North Gadsden and Rainbow Drive Presbyterian churches, Gadsden, AL, 1952-1954, and Presbyterian minister to students, Duke University, 1954-57. In 1957, Hoyt joined the faculty of Berry College, Mt. Berry, GA, where he served as chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department from 1957-1986 and retired as Professor Emeritus of Religion in 1993. Throughout his career, he continued to be active in the life of the church.

He and his wife, Sara Lippard Hoyt, MD are the parents of Nancy Hoyt Duncan, Jane Leidlein, MD (Hugh) and Harriette Hoyt (Brian McCormack), and grandparents of Christopher Leidlein, MD (Michelle) and Katherine Leidlein (Lucian Avalon) and great grandparents of Lily, Philip, and Vivienne Leidlein. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, the Rev. Samuel Browne Hoyt, Jr., sister-in-law Peggy Lambeth Hoyt, nephew Mark Houston Hoyt, his twin sister Virginia Carlisle Hoyt and his son-in-law the Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Child Development Center, First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 or the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, 3210 Michigan Avenue, Suite300, Kansas City, MO 64109, or the charity of one’s choice.

John T. Brothers ’49

The Dr Reverend John Theodore Brothers—‘Ted’ – passed away peacefully at his home on Lake George on 26 October 2023. Cared for by his caregivers and beloved son Peter who walked with dad regularly to keep him healthy including frequent walking nine holes on the golf course at top of the world resort. Ted found peace after 95 years of a full and dynamic life.

Most knew him by his faith, his love of family, of animals, of wooden boats, and his dedication to all those less fortunate around the world. His university-wrestling career also shaped him—he was a fighter for causes of environmental justice and for peace globally. In his work with Witness for Peace, for nuclear disarmament, you could feel him crouching into his fighting stance and he could be relentless. His roots in the South, on the Chesapeake Bay, stamped him with a particular nostalgia for a faded world and a love of oysters. He loved his wife, his children, dogs, his fellowship, sailing, his books, his Portuguese colleagues, his antique boats, the Lake….

Born in 1928, Ted grew up in Ware Neck VA on the Chesapeake Bay. His early days in the Virginia country side were filled with stories of goats in the bedroom, learning to sail on the North River, adventures with his brother George, cousin George Rynick, lifelong friend A. Howe Todd, and summers on Lake St Catherine in Vermont. He graduated from Woodberry Forest School, and Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. The Korean War claimed his talents and energy; he served as a Lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division USMC, where his engineering skills helped slow the North Koreans, and honorably discharged as Captain.

When he returned to the USA after the war, Ted sought peace and meaning in his calling to enter the ministry. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond VA and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). On a ski vacation in Stowe, VT he met Noel Catherine Booth, the love of his life, whom he married in 1961. They went to live in Scotland where Ted earned his Doctorate in Theology and Philosophy at St. Andrews University. First son Andrew was born in 1963 there. The family moved to Portugal as evangelical workers where Ted served as dean of Seminario Evangelico de Teologia (the first Presbyterian seminary in Portugal) —and they had daughter Toby and son Peter. The family returned to New York in 1969. Ted served as minister at Christ Clarion Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, Brighton Presbyterian Church, Webster Presbyterian in Rochester, and then in the 1980’s First Congregational Church Canandaigua in Upstate New York; where he felt at home with his own parish. He retired to Matthews Co VA in 1988, then relocating to the shores of Lake George in 1989. He continued to serve occasionally as minister locally, was President of the Lake George Association, was an active member of Rotary International, and worked tirelessly for environmental justice and global cooperation.

A memorial service was held at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Lake George, on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Burial was held on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Gerald B H Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville with military honors.

To leave the family an online condolence, visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements under the care of Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, Queensbury, NY

William “Bill” T. Iverson Sr. ’49

Clergyman & Family Man, “His Parish Had No Boundaries”

William (Bill) T. Iverson, Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 21, 2023 at the age of 95. Born in 1928 and raised in Miami, Bill was the youngest of five born to Rev. Daniel and Vivian Iverson.

He graduated from Miami High, and received a BA from Davidson College. He completed his MDiv at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1952, and earned a PhD from New York University in 1976. He married Ann Oliver (d. 1995), and raised three children together.

Bill served churches in Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, and California, and taught at several seminaries. “Unconventional” describes Bill. He was pastor, church planter and scholar. Beginning from their family’s dining room table, Bill’s Parish had no boundaries. He never met a stranger as he visited in homes, walked in neighborhoods, even had luncheonettes in his Cross Counter ministry as a way to meet and love people. Bill modeled the walk that he asked others to walk. He always took people along when serving, modeling how to love and share God’s love. In 1969, Bill began a Field Seminary, where students learned about God and Man not in an ivory tower, but in the streets, in homes – incarnational – like God who put skin on. His faith in God was the source of his steadfast strength and love.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sylvia Iverson; his three children, Daniel Iverson III (Carol), William T. Iverson, Jr, (Liz), and Jennifer Lee Iverson; eleven grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sept. 16 at 3pm at Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 45 McWhorter St., Newark NJ, 

Edward Dale Robertson ’49

Edward Dale Robertson, age 94, of Brownsville, Texas, died Thursday, June 29, 2023. Ed was born to Josephine Crow and Hugh Robertson in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on August 7, 1928. He and his family moved to San Benito, Texas, in 1930 when Hugh Robertson became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Ed attended San Benito High School and the University of Texas at Austin. As a junior, he transferred to Davidson College, North Carolina, where he graduated in 1949. He remained an avid Longhorn and Wildcat fan his entire life. He returned to Austin and received his Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1952.

Ed married Joyce Hennig on January 29, 1952. They sailed to Scotland to attend classes at St. Andrew’s College and toured Europe by bicycle.

Ed served churches in Fredericksburg, Natalia, Port Lavaca, Austin, and Brownsville. He also served the church in San Benito where his father served in the 1930s. Along with his beloved pastoral duties, he enjoyed leading youth camps at Mo-Ranch and Montreat and youth mission trips to Mexico. Ed also served the community by his work with the Lions Club and the Salvation Army. He loved being a football referee and officiated football games in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, and Tampico for more than 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Joanne Matthews. He is survived by his wife Joyce, his children Dale and Melissa of San Benito, Katherine and Genie of Austin, Sally of Austin, and his grandchildren Chris, Rachael, Courtney, Alexa, Josh, Elena, Kirsten, Heather, Jordan, and Claire. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Levi, Van, Lucas, Aidan, Arthur, and Sienna, his brother-in-law James, his sister-in-law Sharon, and beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made as Tribute Gifts to Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly or First Presbyterian Church Brownsville.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”John 14:3

Matthew McGowan ’49

The Reverend Doctor (Colonel) Matthew McGowan, 97, of Gainesville, Georgia (formerly of Chattanooga, Tennessee) passed away June 14, 2023 at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. A private service for the family will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Columbarium Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville. A Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary with the Revs. Lee Koontz, Charles McGowan, Rebecca McGowan Spooner and Kennedy McGowan officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Swetenburg Hall (Fellowship Hall).

Born September 29, 1925, in Pitt County, Greenville, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Lonnie and Eva McGowan. He was the 3rd of 7 children. Following high school, he served in the Marine Corps in Pearl Harbor during World War II. His brother, Jesse, was killed in action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was 19. While serving during the War and following his brother’s death, he felt called to Christian ministry. He took classes to prepare for college while in the Marine Corps and entered Davidson College on the G.I. bill, graduating in 1948 with a double major in Philosophy and Bible. The following summer he took classes at Wheaton College in Bible and Christian Ethics. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. While in seminary, he and his roommate Kennedy Smart would preach in the mill villages in the Gainesville area. He was ordained by Athens Presbytery on June 1, 1952, and was the installed pastor at the Homer, Maysville and Chestnut Mountain congregations. The Chestnut Mountain Church was elected Rural Church of the year in the Southeastern United States.

In 1955, he moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to serve Second Presbyterian where he led the congregation to build a new education building and doubled the membership in 5 years. In 1960, he began serving Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, where in 6 years a new addition was constructed, and the membership doubled. He then moved to Canal Street Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, and on to Central Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He pastored in Chattanooga for 13 years, doubled the membership, started an inner-city neighborhood program and orchestrated the establishment of an apartment complex for the elderly, John Calvin Apartments. In 1983, he became the Executive Director of Covenant Fellowship of Presbyterians (Presbyterian for Renewal) and retired in 1989. In retirement he was the interim pastor, with Dr. John Anderson, at First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, and became a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville in 1991. He was a champion for civil rights and fought for the rights of the underserved.

During his ministry, he served on the Executive Boards of his denomination (Presbyterian Church U.S. and later the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.), including as Chair of the Board of International Missions. For more than 25 years, he served on the Board of Trustees for Montreat College, Montreat, North Carolina, where the McGowan Center for Christian Studies is named for him. He also served on the Board of the Evergreen School in Minden, Louisiana. As a chaplain at the rank of Colonel, he retired from the Army Reserves in 1985 after serving for 27 years.

Matthew was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Eva McGowan; his brother Jesse McGowan (KIA – WWII); his first wife Evelyn Cox (married 11 years) and his second wife, Louise Elizabeth Westbrook (married 58 years); an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth McGowan; his son-in-law Randall Walter Spooner; his sister Nina Lou McGowan Shurer; his sister and brother-in-law Mavis and Earl Alder; his sister and brother-in-law Lucille and Frank Diener; his sister-in-law Alice Flye McGowan; his brother-in-law Raymond Brock and his niece Susan Brock. He is survived by his wife Reba McGowan; his sister Irene Brock, Asheville, North Carolina; his brother Rev. Charles McGowan, Nashville, Tennessee; his daughter and son-in-law Julie and Kenny Akins of Lula; his son Jesse L. McGowan of Chattanooga; his son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Kennedy McGowan and Dr. Chantal Gagnon; his daughter Anna Louise McGowan; his daughter Rev. Rebecca (Becky) McGowan Spooner of Conway, Arkansas; stepson and daughter- in-law Max and Nancy Gann of Eastover, North Carolina; stepson Ward Gann and Ellen Gann of Cleveland, Georgia; stepdaughter Susan Gann Stringer of Gainesville; and stepdaughter and son-in-law Karrie and Ben Rounsaville of Sherwood, Arkansas. He is also survived by his grand-daughter Lauren Elizabeth Markovich of Gainesville; his grandson Colton Clark of Jacksonville, Florida; his grandson Patrick McGowan of Plantation, Florida; many step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and their descendants.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the World Mission Conference, First Presbyterian Church, 800 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville, GA 30501; and his scholarship funds at either Montreat College, 310 Gaither Circle, Montreat, North Carolina 28757; or King University, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, Tennessee 37620.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to his pastors, the Revs. Lee Koontz and Shon Peppers; his friend and colleague Bill Carr, who will lead the Honor Guard; his physicians Dr. Andre Kallab, Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. William Manus and others; the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center; the wonderful staff at Ashton Senior Living; the residents and staff at Smoky Springs and his church family and friends for all their love, prayers and support.