Robert Orr “Bob” Crawford ’49

Dr. Robert O. Crawford, Jr., (Bob, or “Doc” to his family and friends), 93, of The Village at Brookwood, passed away on December 9, 2021. He is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Ann Woodson Crawford. Dr. Crawford was a true southern gentleman. He demonstrated throughout his life his strong faith in God and the importance of family, education, hard work, and good manners.

Dr. Crawford was born on May 4, 1928, and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, the only child of R.O. Crawford and Edna Lattimore Crawford. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was an outstanding student at Gastonia High School class of 1946. Dr. Crawford graduated from Davidson College in three years by taking summer school classes at UNC Chapel Hill so he could quickly move on to medical school.

On June 5, 1950, he married Ann Woodson, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries to Brazil, who he met at Queens College. In 1954, he graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Crawford served in the United States Navy at Camp Lejeune taking care of marines and their families. In 1957, he took over a general family practice of medicine in Claremont, North Carolina where he was the only physician. He worked tirelessly and regularly made house calls to over half of Catawba County. In 1966, Dr. Crawford commenced a three-year residency in ophthalmology at UNC Chapel Hill and what was then McPherson Hospital in Durham.

In 1969, Dr. Crawford came to Burlington to practice ophthalmology. He specialized in cataract surgery and was thus able to save the sight of countless grateful patients in and around Alamance County. Dr. Crawford was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. He was an avid supporter of the basketball team at what was then Elon College.

In 1985, Dr. Crawford accepted a new challenge when he relocated to Tarboro, North Carolina here he was a leader of the medical staff of Heritage Hospital (now Vidant Edgecombe Hospital). He was a member of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. Upon his “retirement” he continued to practice ophthalmology several days per week in New Bern and Morehead City. In 2000, Dr. Crawford decided to fully retire from ophthalmology and return with Ann to Burlington.

Dr. Crawford was a life-long learner. He acquired knowledge and proficiency in numerous fields of endeavor throughout his long and prosperous life. He earned his private pilot’s license and for many years owned a single engine plane. Although a highly accomplished eye surgeon, he most loved working on his farms in Burlington and Tarboro. He raised cattle and horses in Burlington. In Tarboro, he bred, trained and showed champion American Paint Horses. Since age four, horses were his greatest love.

Dr. Crawford did not just have mere hobbies, he had an inquisitive mind and was passionate about his interests. At various times his endeavors included coaching youth basketball, playing golf and teaching the game to his sons and grandsons, quail hunting, collecting antiques, and acquiring metalworking machinery. He was an American history buff from reading all of his life. In later years, he studied the stock market. In retirement, he became a highly accomplished woodworker. He leaves behind numerous exquisite pieces of furniture, large and small. During the past few years at The Village at Brookwood he was an avid student of the game of bridge.

In addition to his wife, Ann, Dr. Crawford is survived by their children: Sherrill Beaman (Randy) of Tarboro, Mary Edna Fogleman (Jim) of Raleigh, Robert O. Crawford III (Renee) of Raleigh, and John W. Crawford (Amy) of Burlington. In 1981, they lost their daughter, Frances Venable, to cancer. He described the loss of Frances at age 26 as the most difficult and transforming event of his life. Dr. Crawford was the immensely proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and to date, 16 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of Graham Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 16, 2021, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Crawford may be made to Wake Forest School of Medicine, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021 or Graham Presbyterian Church Community Life Center building fund, P.O. Box 1089, Graham, NC 27253.

Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family.

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Bobby Frank Maner ’49

Bobby F. Maner, 94, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 24, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC. He was born in Wilmington, NC, son of the late Frank Garrett and Lois Norris Maner and was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jeanne Sommers Maner. He was also preceded in death by a son, Frank G. “Bo” Maner, II and a daughter in law, Susan Martin Maner.

Bob attended Davidson College where he lettered in basketball and received his undergraduate degree. He earned his Masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill. After college, Bob served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was the founder of B.F. Maner Insurance Agency, Inc.

Survivors: Son: Robert S. Maner, Kings Mountain, NC Daughter: Sarah M. Lawrence and husband Alan, High Point, NC Grandchild: Joseph M. Maner and wife Stephanie H. Maner Great Grandchild: Shepherd Martin Maner

Memorial Service: Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church with Reverends John Wilcox and John Bridges officiating

Visitation: Immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church

Interment: A Private graveside service will be held at Mountain Rest Cemetery

Memorials: Children’s Homes of Cleveland County at PO Box 2053 ( Shelby, NC 28150 or to First Presbyterian Church at 111 East King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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Arrangements: Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

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J. David T. Johnson ’49

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the death of John David Twiggs Johnson. He was born on July 6, 1927, to Kathryn and Thomas Johnson.

Growing up at his beloved Isle of Hope, he was afforded a life on the river, which helped shape his world in many ways. At the young age of 12, he boarded a train to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. After completing his studies at Episcopal, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1949.

In the last two years of WWII, David served in the Merchant Marines in the North Atlantic and in Europe. After his service, he returned to Savannah to start his profession as a stockbroker at Johnson, Lane, Space, Smith & Co. Later, as President, the firm expanded to nine additional offices in four states. He retired in 2010 from the firm, which had become part of Wells Fargo, as its Chairman Emeritus.

As a committed community leader, David served on the Board of the American Stock Exchange, as a Trustee of Davidson College, as Chairman of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System Board, on the Board of the United Way and the Savannah Benevolent Society. He was a board member of both the Oglethorpe Club and the Chatham Club, as well as a member of Rotary. He served as Commodore of the Savannah Yacht Club. In addition, he served as a Benefactor of Savannah Country Day School. David was named an Honorary Member of the Girl Scouts for obtaining the property for the Girl Scout Camp at Rose Dhu.

Devoted to Isle of Hope, he participated in many endeavors. While raising his two daughters, David was part of the original group that built St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Isle of Hope, having served as head of the Vestry for many years. In 1996, David purchased the Isle of Hope Marina, which saved Bluff Drive from the hands of developers and allowed it to stay in its current condition.

David was an avid sailor and he and his family hosted regattas, including the annual Burnt Pot Races from their home. As a young sailor, he won the Miami/Nassau Ocean Race as a crew member aboard “The Geechee”.

In the early 2000’s, he and his wife, Peggy, traveled to France and took an apartment in Paris where they enjoyed many happy days of French food, wine and adventures! They later returned to Isle of Hope, where they enjoyed days of fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and lunching on the dock.

For those who knew and loved him, David was known as the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He never raised his voice, had an easy laugh, and touched more hearts than he ever knew.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Peggy, his daughter Jan Curran and her husband Michael, his son in law Einar S. Trosdal III, his grandsons Jordan Curran and his wife Chelsie, Richard Trosdal, Storm Trosdal IV and his wife Lynn, his granddaughter Katherine Rosenblum, and her husband David, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carolyn J. Trosdal, his granddaughters Kathryn T. Curran and Margaret M. Curran and his four siblings.

We would like to thank Hospice Savannah and his devoted caregivers who were so important to him in his final days.

There will be a private family funeral at a later date. Remembrances may be sent to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to the Kathryn T. Curran foundation, c/o Savannah Community Foundation, 2225 Norwood Ave., Ste B., Savannah, GA 31406.

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C. Harley Dickson, Jr. ’49

C. Harley Dickson, Jr. died Aug. 19, 2021

Born in Asheville in 1929, he graduated from Lee Edwards High School, Davidson College and Duke Divinity School. He was a United Methodist pastor for 46 years, serving congregations in Coleridge, Shelby, Albemarle, Wadesboro, Lexington, Greensboro and Charlotte. He served as a district superintendent in Waynesville and Greensboro and worked diligently to improve retirement compensation for ministers. As executive director of the Western North Carolina United Methodist Foundation, he was instrumental in creating the very successful Reynolds Program of leadership development for ministers.

He enjoyed organizing the one week build of a Habitat home in Waynesville. He spent many years as a member of the board of trustees of Brevard College (University) and was granted an honorary Ph.D. from Pfeiffer College (University).

The author of several books and a general contractor licensee, he and Inez (his wife of 68 years) went on many mission trips to Haiti, enjoyed boating with friends and family on Lake Norman, and spent their last full years at Lake Junaluska and Givens Estates.

He was predeceased by his wife and is survived by two sons, Chuck (Sybil) and Kenneth, four grandchildren, Johanna, Daniel, Sam and Nora and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at the Memorial Chapel of Lake Junaluska on Sept. 24, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to: The Haiti Mission Foundation, PO Box 895, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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Frank Strait ’49

Dr. Frank Strait, beloved physician, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and friend, died peacefully on June 23, 2021 at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, SC.  He was 92 years old.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC with the Rev. Jane Summey Mullinnex officiating.

Frank was born January 1st, 1929 in Rock Hill, delivered by his father at home.  He was the son of Dr. William F. Strait, Jr. and Rena Blanton Strait, and the grandson of Dr. William F. Strait, Sr. and Rosa Gaston Strait.  He attended Winthrop Training School in Rock Hill, and graduated from Davidson College in 1949.  He graduated from The Medical College of South Carolina (now MUSC) in 1953.  This was followed by an internship in Greenville (SC) General Hospital and then his return to MUSC for Residency training.  Dr. Strait served from 1953 to 1955 in the United States Air Force where he served as a flight surgeon.

In 1959 he joined the practice of Dr. James L. Simpson, who being the only obstetrician in the area for 7 years was finally able to take a vacation for the first time in his career. He enjoyed a long career (where he early on made house calls!) and it is estimated he delivered well over 6,000 babies.  Over the years, Dr. Strait served as an officer in the York County Medical Society, the South Carolina OB-Gyn Society, and the South Atlantic OB-Gyn Society.  He also served as President of the South Carolina Medical University Alumni Association.  He was not a club joiner, but did enjoy his membership in the Rotary Club.  After retirement, he spent many years taking medical mission trips to Central America and Africa.

Dr. Strait became a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1959, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder, and sang in the choir for over 40 years.  He was also a long-time member of Providence Presbytery’s Hunger Action Team.  This took him to Central America many times, where his background as a physician inspired the addition of medical assistance to the programs already being provided.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 69 years, Sarah Burguson Strait; his daughters, Mary Hoppmann, Alice Coggins (Barry), and Helen Strait; grandchildren, Harry Hoppmann (Kelly), Emi Hoppmann Bazemore (Michael); and great-grandchildren, Lucy Hoppmann, Lillian Hoppmann, and Ava Bazemore.  He is preceded in death by his parents and both sisters, Rosa Strait and Isabella Strait Huffman.

He took up horseback riding at age 65 after completing construction on his log home on the outskirts of Rock Hill.  He took flying lessons at the age of 70, but “retired” from flying due to the need for radio experience.  Over his long and active life he enjoyed history, hunting, tennis, golf, hiking, camping, carpentry, sailing, snow skiing, and traveling, all with many of his life-long friends.

Frank had an extremely agreeable personality, made friends easily and treasured their friendships.  He was the idol of his children, to whom he agreed that whatever they wanted sounded like a good idea (whether forthcoming or not!).  He was beloved by everyone, and his memory will be cherished by all.

Frank’s passing was greatly eased by excellent caregivers from Hospice & Community Care of Rock Hill and Home Bridge Services from Westminster Towers, several of whom became dear to the family.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Rd, Rock Hill, SC.

The family gratefully requests that any memorials be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29732.