Jim Beaumont Marshall ’56

Jim Beaumont Marshall died on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at his home. He was 88 years old. Jim was the son of Jim Polk Marshall and Mary Beaumont Marshall.

Jim was born at his parents’ home in Rossview, TN, outside Clarksville, on April 1, 1934. He attended Clarksville High School and Davidson College.

He joined the United States Foreign Service and was posted during his career to US Embassies in Canada, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Holland, and Switzerland and to the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to attend Princeton University where he studied population demographics. He was a Delegate to the United Nations’ Population Commission.

Jim retired to Clarksville where he was active with Trinity Episcopal Church, The Roxy Theatre, the Montgomery County Library, and other charitable organizations.

Jim is survived by his brother Jack Fry Marshall, (his other three siblings having predeceased him), four nephews, five nieces, and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.

The family appreciates the home care and personal attention provided to Jim by BJ, Roger, Beverly, Parker, Larry, and Mila of Home Instead and the medical staff at Tennova Hospice.

Hubert Royster Chamblee ’56

Hubert Royster Chamblee, Jr., MD passed away on January 18, 2023 at age 88. Born in Raleigh, NC on December 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Dr. H. Royster Chamblee, Sr., and Georgia Riddle Chamblee.

Royster attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, Admiral Farragut Naval Academy in St. Petersburg, FL, Davidson College, and Duke Medical School. He then joined the US Navy as a Naval doctor, and afterwards, attended The University of South Carolina Medical School in Charleston, specializing in ophthalmology. He faithfully served the Raleigh community as an ophthalmologist for over 50 years.

While in the US Navy, Royster spent much of his time in the Mediterranean theater, including the Black Sea. On his last tour in 1963, Royster worked in sick bay aboard the carrier USS Kearsarge in the Pacific when Astronaut Gordon Cooper landed after his solo 34-hour Mercury space flight.

A highlight of his adolescent years was his time spent at Camp Morehead, where he developed his enthusiasm for sailing. As an adult, he enjoyed his 28-foot sailboat with family and friends. Royster had a propensity for all things mechanical and could talk widely on the subject. He was instrumental in the restoration of the merry-go-round at Pullen Park, which is beloved by a new generation of children. He also had a real love for music. His avocation was playing the French horn in several community brass bands and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow musicians.

Royster had no siblings, but his aunts, uncles, cousins and life-long friends were important to him, especially the Lampe family. He was particularly devoted to his step-mother, Elizabeth Ponton Chamblee, who provided much love and care. Many thanks and much gratitude to his loyal friend, Willard Ross, who looked after his welfare these last years.

A Celebration of Royster’s Life will be held at the The Royal Baker Building, located at 3801, Suite 109, Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607, on Sunday, February 26th, 2023 from 3 PM to 5 PM. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Minor Revere “Chuck” Adams III ’56

Mr. Minor Revere “Chuck” Adams, III, of Gastonia, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 8, 2023.  He was born December 23, 1933 in Gastonia, NC, a son of the late Minor Revere Adams, Jr. and Esther Rodgers Reid Adams.

Chuck was educated in the Gastonia school system, attended Davidson College, and served his country honorably in the US Army in Korea.  He then graduated from the University of South Carolina and was a dedicated Gamecock for the rest of his life.  

Chuck worked in the insurance business and as a Realtor.  He was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia where he was a Deacon and an Elder.  He was a former member and Past President of the Gastonia Jaycees, a current member of the Gastonia Rotary Club where he is also a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow.  Chuck was also a former board member of the YMCA and the Community Foundation.

Survivors of Mr. Adams include his wife of 45 years, Susan Cooke Adams of Gastonia; daughter, Cooke Adams Thompson and husband Reed of Kalispell, MT; Minor Revere Adams, IV and wife TJ McSwain of Gastonia; grandchildren, Hayley McSwain and Hobbs Thompson; sister-in-law, Becky Adams; brother-in-law, Dr. Bo Abernethy, both of Gastonia; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; Special Friend, Connie Humphries.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, William Preston Adams, Esther Reid Adams Hunnicutt, and Sarah Rodgers Adams Abernethy.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm, Sunday, January 15, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dan Commerford officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Memorial Gallery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054 or to Operation Christmas c/o The Rotary Foundation of Gastonia, PO Box 33, Gastonia, NC 28053.

John M. Trask Jr. ’58

John M. Trask Jr. died peacefully at his beloved home Orange Grove on St. Helena Island on January 4, 2023. He was surrounded by his family who loved him and will miss him dearly, including his wife of 61 years, Caroline Clark Trask. In addition to Caroline, he leaves behind his four children and ten grandchildren: John M. Trask III and Isabelle Trask Toedtman (Zack), Peter Trask, and Josephine Trask; Caroline Trask Wallace (Gordon Wallace/deceased) and Lizzie Wallace and Anna Wallace; S. Clark Trask (Evy Nabers Trask) and Grace Trask and Sam Trask; and Patrick G. Trask (Cathleen Quinn Trask) and Patrick Trask Jr., Lillian Trask, and William Trask. He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. Trask Sr. and Flora Graham Trask, and his siblings, Fred G. Trask and Charles H. Trask.

Born October 12, 1935 in Wilmington, North Carolina, he was raised in a home on the high bluff of the Beaufort River, in the town and community he loved and where he raised his family. He grew up spending summers at Wrightsville Beach with troops of cousins and friends and attended Episcopal High School (class of 1954), Davidson College (class of 1958) and Harvard Business School (class of 1964). In college, he participated in ROTC and served in the US Army from which he was honorably discharged. 

He married his devoted and loving wife, Caroline Whitehead Clark of Tarboro, North Carolina, in 1961, whereupon they moved to Beaufort and he worked in the family farming business. He credited a hail storm pulverizing one of the finest crops of tomatoes when the market was at a record high with his decision to go to graduate school in Boston. They again returned to Beaufort where his business career spanned managing the WBEU radio station and then purchasing with his brother the Bank of Yemassee charter to form First Carolina Bank, which he ran until joining the Carter Administration from 1977 to 1979 as Associate Administrator for Finance and Investment in the Small Business Administration. Leaving St. Helena Island was not his wife’s desire, but she dutifully took her family to Washington and made the best of it, which turned into a lifelong love of that city where they made numerous friends and often spent time. In both Washington and Beaufort he was active in real estate endeavors. 

Beaufort, and particularly Orange Grove, was always in his heart, though he was a world traveler, journeying with Caroline to the Soviet Union in the early 1970s, taking numerous trips to Europe, particularly the south of France, and further peregrinations to Africa and to India, where they happened upon Mother Theresa in Calcutta who graciously allowed them to pose for a photo. These voyages and sojourns were often accompanied by friends or family and helped to instill a similar love of adventure in his children and grandchildren. He developed friendships across the globe, particularly in England, France, Holland, Germany, Hungary, India and Australia, visiting and hosting what have become multi-generational bonds. For the past 40+ years he spent summers on the Outer Banks at Nags Head and rather late in life took up oil painting, mixing on the canvas, as in life, a bit of impressionism and realism, with pragmatism, entrepreneurism and dollops of anachronism sharing space on his palette. The height of his art career came when a local Nags Head restaurant, displaying several of his paintings, sold one of them for $75. 

Never sparing of opinion, always forthright, he loved history and the general pursuit of knowledge, studying French for decades of his adult life, and perhaps in the great beyond he will alas have time to master the nuances and enunciations of what seemed an elusive quest. That spirit of doggedness, intellectual curiosity and aplomb led to a life of tangential pursuits, from French language to horse carriages to book publishing, at times confounding, always approached with shrewd conviction, all trademark traits forever springing forth new ventures. However, it was the return to Orange Grove that he most cherished, where he scripted a vision in the early 1970s with the late landscape architect Robert Marvin and, with Caroline, devoted himself to creating a special sense of place and home. He planted an avenue of Live Oaks in 1973 with his wife and children and never stopped cultivating, landscaping and experimenting with the land and ponds along Wallace Creek. In the past decade, he planted nearly ten acres of citrus which currently supply many restaurants in Charleston with oranges, grapefruit, satsuma, cumquats, yuzu, lemons and limes. Peacocks, tumbling pigeons, guinea fowl, mallards, Canada geese, swans, pheasants, quail, goats, rabbits, sheep, horses, donkeys, countless dogs and sundry other animals have frolicked the grounds of Orange Grove, and it is here that he will be buried in a private ceremony. 

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers who have devoted heart and hand in caring for him over the past year, and the many friends who have similarly offered their support during his travails with cancer. In lieu of flowers, they would request donations be made in his name to The Beaufort County Open Land Trust (https://openlandtrust.org/), an organization he helped form with Marguerite Broz and Betty Waskiewicz in 1971 and actively participated in throughout his life. 

The family welcomes friends and family to a reception from 3-5pm on Saturday, January 7 at Orange Grove. 

John William Denham ’59

John William Denham, 86, passed away on December 30, 2022 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born on October 3, 1936 to Chester and Louise Lowrance Denham in Mooresville, NC. John was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Julia Carr Denham.

He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Denham and her husband, Stephan Laurent-Faesi, his daughter Amy Denham and her husband, Jonathan Simmons, and his brothers Robert Denham and William Denham.

John was a beloved physician in Winston-Salem for many years until he retired due to a debilitating stroke in 1992. His clinical work included serving on the faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, as the medical director of Whitaker Rehabilitation Center at Forsyth Hospital, and as a primary care physician at Winston-Salem Health Care.

He was a member of Christ Moravian Church, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served on the Board of Elders. His family remembers his compassion for all people and animals, his love of classical music, and his strength and good humor in facing more than thirty years of life after his stroke.

A memorial service will be held on January 14, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, with a reception immediately following at the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Christ Moravian Church, 904 W. Academy St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.