James Allen Smith III ’56

On September 13, 2021, our lives became a little less bright. Dr. James Allen Smith, III passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, Friday, September 17th at 3 pm in Boyce Chapel. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 1:30 pm in Boyce Chapel and a private family burial will follow.

Born on November 19, 1934, Dr. Smith was born in Macon, Georgia to Dr. James A. Smith II and Sara Jennings Hall, and grew up with his younger brother Hampton Jennings Smith. Here he met and married the love of his life, Carey Louise Stevens, who predeceased him in 2001.

He was a graduate of Davidson College (1956) and Emory School of Medicine (1960). Following medical school, he began his Air Force service at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, serving from 1959-1964 before deciding to return to the University of Missouri for his residency and subsequent Fellowship in Urology. He joined a private Urology practice in Roanoke, Virginia, and joined the Air Force Reserve.

In pursuit of a change, he became the Medical Director of AT&T and worked on-site at the AT&T plant in Gaston, SC in 1981. Dr. Smith continued to work as Medical Director in both Columbus, Ohio (AT&T), and again in Chicago, IL (Ford Motor Co.) until his retirement. As an Air Force reservist, Dr. Smith was deployed during Desert Shield and continued his service until he retired in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

A devout Christian and longtime church member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Dr. Smith’s faith was an integral part of his life. He served in numerous volunteer positions at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as well as FBC Columbia. He was a lifelong member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed volunteering at Lexington Medical Center. He loved the beach, traveling, and many outdoor activities. His best times were spent with his children and grandchildren.

Dr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory to his daughters, Elizabeth (Lisa) Burgin (Stuart) from Columbia, SC, Carey Stevens Monts (Tripp) from Vienna, VA, and his son, Steven Allen Smith (Lisa) from Lexington, SC. He leaves behind his adored grandchildren – Taylor, Caroline & Will Burgin, Haley, and Zachary Monts as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Dr. Smith will be remembered for his generous spirit through his support of multiple charities and his sharp wit. He was a loving and devoted father, husband, and “Poppy” who deeply cared for his family. Dr. Smith personified a life well lived – putting his faith and trust in God above all. His spirit will remain alive in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew and loved him. He enjoyed life to the fullest and leaves behind a loving family, countless friends, and a legacy of professional achievements and good works.

We would like to thank Right at Home in West Columbia and Abbey Road Hospice for the amazing care they provided. To his outstanding caregivers, Vicki, Jacqueline, Tina, and Dawn: we are forever grateful for you all loving and caring for him like he was family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either of the following:

Davidson College, where Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree and was a proud WILDCAT alumnus. (Box 7170 Davidson, NC 28035)

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, where Dr. Smith’s grandfather was a treasured member of the staff and has a building named in his honor.

(304 Pierce Ave, PO Box 2525, Macon GA, 31204)

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Stafford Morrison Query, Jr. ’56

Stafford Morrison Query, Jr., 86 of Roanoke, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Mr. Query was born in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Stafford Morrison Query and Mary Estelle Luck Query.

Mr. Query graduated from Davidson College in 1956 with a BS in Economics. From July 1957 – July 1959, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Artillery. He was a radio repairman and earned the rank of Spec. 4. After his service, Stafford then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1964. Mr. Query was a teacher for Carroll County and Rockbridge County Schools. He also worked for the Newport Ship Building and Dry Dock Company, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wiley and Wilson, Inc. and then retired from Hayes, Seay, Mattern and & Mattern in January 1998.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Anne Worrell and Jim Hylton; nephews and spouses, David and Vanessa Worrell, Dan and Sandy Worrell, and Grey and Cindy Worrell; niece and spouse, Lisa and Tom Whittle; great-nephews, Shane Worrell, Logan Worrell, Stafford Lee Worrell, Evan Worrell, Koy Worrell, and Ben Whittle; great-niece, Lucinda Norman; special cousins, Mary Luck Bane and Gilbert C. Luck; and special cousin and caregiver, Scott Bane. Stafford was especially fond of his nephews, niece, great-nephews and niece. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A private graveside service with inurnment following will be held at a later date at the Oakwood Cemetery on Longwood Avenue in Bedford, Virginia with Rev. Kevin Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Hillsville Presbyterian Church 172 South Main Street, Hillsville, VA 24343 or to the charity of your choice. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.

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William T. Huntley III ’58

William T. Huntley III passed away Aug. 21, 2021, at the age of 86.

He was a native of North Carolina, graduate of Davidson College and successful Atlanta business leader.

He was very devoted to his family and leaves his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Gladys; four children, David (Cathy), William IV, Charlton (Traci) and Kimberly (Tim); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His legacy shall be: “I herewith bequeath thee an honest and good name as it has come to me from an honorable and honest ancestry. This is the best inheritance I could possibly pass down to you. Your name is a badge of honor to be cherished forever by all who inherit it.”

A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date.

John Williams Holshouser ’59

Born in Blowing Rock, NC on November 21, 1934 to Howard and Mabel Holshouser, John Williams Holshouser passed away August 20, 2021 at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C.

John graduated from Davidson College in 1959 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, he studied Commercial Art in Pittsburgh, PA, and was in the US Army at Fort Jackson, SC. He oversaw Graphic Arts departments and commercial printing for various companies during his career—Gulf States, Lithoplates, Waldorf, and Champion. Local businesses sought him out regularly for logos, designs, and other art projects on a contract basis.

He married Elizabeth (Izzie) Jarrett on January 26, 1957. They made their home in Newton, NC where they raised five daughters: Norma Matto (Rosalino; children John, Anna) of Greensboro, NC, Lesley Burnham (Brian; children Davis, Avery, Courtney) of Summerfield, NC, Elinor Danford (Tom; children Caroline, Sam, Alexandra) of Shaker Heights, OH, Sarah Holshouser (Paul Brinkman) of Raleigh, NC, and Frances Hymiller (Chip; children Abbey, Andrew) of Raleigh, NC.

John was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Newton, where he and Izzie faithfully served in the choir. He volunteered for church projects, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and the Newton Depot restoration during his lifetime. An avid golfer, John had three hole-in-one’s to his credit and played many courses, Kiawah among his favorites. He was interested and invested in family history, followed the stock market closely, and enjoyed bird watching (and an occasional good cigar) on the screened in porch of his home.

John Williams Holshouser is pre-deceased by his wife, parents, brother (Howard Holshouser, Jr) and sister (Mary Holshouser Johnson). Left to cherish his memory are his daughters and grandchildren, sister-in-law Peggy Holshouser, nieces and nephews, and longtime friends and neighbors.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 701 North Main Street Newton, NC 28658 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021 with the Rev Dr. David Roquemore officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church 701 North Main Street Newton, NC 28658 are welcomed. Please share condolences, memories, and reflections about John Williams Holshouser at the Dignity Memorial online site. These will be treasured by the family.


Service will be livestreamed here.

Condolences may be sent to the Holshouser family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com

The Holshouser family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton, NC.

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Donald W. Shriver, Jr. ’51

The Rev. Dr. Donald W., Jr. Acclaimed ethicist and President Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, died on July 28 at Mount Sinai Morningside. He was 93. President of Union from 1975 to 1991, he presided over one of the most pivotal periods in the institution’s history. In the words of Professor Emeritus Larry Rasmussen, “Don Shriver saved Union Theological Seminary. That should serve as tribute enough. But more than that, he navigated changes that put in place a vibrant future Union, markedly different from the institution he joined in 1975.” Born in 1927 in racially segregated Norfolk, Virginia, Shriver was perhaps an unlikely candidate to become, in the words of Professor Cornel West, “the most prophetic seminary president in the late twentieth-century.”

He was raised, in his own words, to “never know how many injustices” his Black brethren suffered, yet throughout his career he would never stop speaking out against these injustices. Shriver graduated from Davidson College in 1951, and subsequently enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, where he received his BD (M.Div.) in 1955. After seminary, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served as a parish minister in Gastonia, NC from 1956, until he enrolled in the doctoral program at Harvard University in 1959.

After graduating, he embarked on a lengthy career in which he fought racism in church, culture and academia alike. In his own accounting, Shriver took Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and its call to white ministers, deeply to heart. His first book, “The Unsilent South: Prophetic Preaching in Racial Crisis,” collected nineteen sermons across the Presbyterian South speaking out against the evil of white supremacy. That same year, church elders tried to have him fired from North Carolina State University campus ministry because of his participation in the march on Selma, but Shriver refused to back down. In the ensuing years, Shriver became one of the nation’s foremost social ethicists, catapulting him to national renown.

In 1975, he was appointed President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (UTS), succeeding Roger Shinn. He assumed the presidency amid considerable doubt that UTS would be able to stay open, due to severe financial woes. However, through the timely sale of Van Dusen Hall, Shriver was able to usher UTS through its 1980 accreditation. But his tenure as president transformed more than financial stability. Through hiring now-legendary professors like Cornel West, James Forbes, Phyllis Trible, James Washington, Beverly Wildung Harrison, Larry Rasmussen and more, he ignited the seminary’s modern era as a diverse and justice-oriented institution. “It has been an honor to know President Emeritus Shriver.

As much as he was known as an ethicist and pastor and someone who passionately denounced white supremacy, he was a truly great man on a personal level and will be missed by many,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary President. Both during his presidency and after, Shriver remained one of the nation’s foremost leaders. From his service as the 1979 President of the Society of Christian Ethics, to his longstanding tenure as a member of The Council on Foreign Relations from 1988 until his death, Shriver shaped both the academy and national politics. In 2009, he was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 2005 magnum opus, “Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember its Misdeeds.” He also received honorary doctorates from more than 10 colleges, universities and seminaries for his ground-breaking scholarship and prophetic leadership.

Shriver is survived by his wife Peggy, who was a ubiquitous presence on the UTS campus. As Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, together they helped shape the broader church’s witness on issues from the Vietnam War to economic and environmental justice. She also has authored many books of poetry, which Don was known to fondly read aloud, remarking “I love you, Peggy Shriver.” The couple were long standing members of The Riverside Church. The couple were awarded the Union Medal together, the seminary’s highest honor, on “Don’s Day,” May 13, 1991, a day- long tribute to Shriver’s 16- year presidency. He is also survived by their children, Lionel and Timothy. He was preceded in death by their beloved son Gregory. A memorial service is being planned for mid-September.