Linny Marshall Baker ’56

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Linny Marshall Baker of Concord, NC passed away at the age of 88 following a brief illness. Born March 11, 1934, in Ashe County, Linny was the youngest of five children born to Linny McKinley Baker and Bertha Phillips Baker. Linny was preceded in death by his father, who passed away unexpectedly in late 1933, prior to Linny’s birth. He initially grew up in Wilkes County before moving with his family to Kannapolis, NC, in 1942.

Linny graduated from A.L. Brown High School in 1952 as valedictorian and co-captain of the Wonder’s state championship basketball team. He was also one of the student representatives from A.L. Brown who joined their counterparts from Concord High School to acquire the “victory bell” from Southern Railway in 1950. After graduating as salutatorian and Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1956, Linny graduated at the top of his class from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1960 and attained the highest score in North Carolina on his state board examination. Following medical school, he pursued a residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Hospital where he was selected as Chief Resident in 1962 and was named a Wyeth Fellow, which recognized him as one of the top pediatric residents in the United States.

In 1956, Linny married the love of his life, the former Joyce Carroll Holshouser. In 1963, Linny and Joyce moved back to Cabarrus County and made their home in Concord. He joined the Cabarrus Pediatric Clinic and embarked on a lifelong mission of caring for many local children as well as serving his community through involvement in various organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Rotary, and the Jaycees. He also served as chief of the medical staff at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital, Captain and physician in the US Army National Guard, Chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Health, and Chairman of the Northeast Foundation Board. Linny was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church where he spent over 40 years teaching Sunday School and frequently serving in various leadership positions within the church.

In 1999, Linny retired from the Cabarrus Pediatric Clinic and began working as a pediatrician for the Cabarrus Health Alliance. After more than 50 years of practicing medicine, Linny treated his last patient in 2015 at the age of 81 and permanently retired his stethoscope. The Health Alliance honored him by naming their children’s clinic the “Linny M. Baker Pediatric Clinic.” In 2016, the Governor of North Carolina awarded Linny with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the state.

In his spare time, Linny was a devoted family man and spent many years supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s various endeavors. He also enjoyed playing golf, snow skiing, and pulling for the Duke Blue Devils. Being an A.L. Brown and Duke graduate, he was often reminded by his three children, all of whom attended Concord High School and UNC, that he was on the wrong side of these big rivalries.

Linny was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, mother, Bertha, father, Linny, and three siblings, Herbert Baker, Ruby Lynch, and Eunice Bradshaw. He is survived by his sister, Lois Wetter, as well as his three children, including daughter, Deedee Gilbert, and husband, Jeff Gilbert; son, Dr. Scott Baker, and wife, Dr. Kristin Baker; and son, Brad Baker; all of Concord. Additionally, he is survived by six adoring grandchildren, Leah Baker, Kelli Baker, Michael Baker, Marshall Cromer, Thomas Baker, and Emerson Baker. Linny is also survived by his close friend and companion, Patricia (Pat) O’Neal, who continued to remain by his side during his final days.

The family will receive friends at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord on Friday, July 1, from 4 to 7 pm. A service to honor Linny’s life will be held at St. James Lutheran Church in Concord on Saturday, July 2, at 2 pm. A graveside burial will be at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis immediately following the service. The family would like to thank the staff at the Gardens of Taylor Glenn for their kind and compassionate care for our father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 684, Concord, NC 28026-0684, or the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County, P.O. Box 1405, Concord, NC 28026-1405.

John M. Graham ’54

John McKay Graham, husband of Virginia Brown Graham, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 28, 2022.

Born October 15, 1932, in Sumter, South Carolina, John was the son of the late Martha Wilson Graham. He graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1950. He attended Davidson College, transferred to the University of South Carolina and was drafted into the Army in 1953 during the Korean War. After completion of his military service, he returned to USC and graduated in 1956. He then began his career in banking and savings and loan.

He married his wife, Virginia Martha Brown, on June 14, 1958, making their home in Sumter for the next 40 years.

After John received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, he became an active member of his church where he worshipped regularly. He served faithfully in leadership roles of elder and deacon and was active in men’s ministry, global missions and audiovisual ministry.

He and Virginia were known for their hospitality, often opening their home for family and friends. John loved his family and treasured time with Virginia, their children and their families. Family gatherings would often include his engaging retelling of his life experiences.

As a young man, he achieved and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis and photography.

His career in banking and savings and loan extended for almost 40 years, beginning as a loan officer with First Federal Savings and Loan of Sumter, and retiring as a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer with BB&T. His tenure was marked by character, integrity, fairness and generosity. He served on and chaired numerous boards including Sumter Area Technical College, Sumter Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post 15, and Shaw AFB/Sumter commission. He was a loyal supporter of law enforcement as an assistant to the Sheriff, a special SLED agent, and a lifelong SC state constable.

After retirement, John and Virginia moved to Hendersonville, NC, and then Mount Pleasant, SC, where, for the past 17 years, they have been active in their church and community. John enjoyed staying in touch with his many friends from over the years, and meeting and making new friends, encouraging them through photos, letters, and phone calls.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Dr. John McKay Graham, Jr. (Tamara), Mount Pleasant, SC, Virginia Graham Caswell (Braxton), Johns Creek, GA, Elizabeth Graham Faulkner (Larry), Mount Pleasant, SC and Benjamin Brown Graham (Tracy), Hendersonville, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Graham, Marshall Anne Caswell Busbee (Daniel), Virginia Britton Caswell, Margaret Graham Caswell, Mary Elizabeth Faulkner Kimble (Seth), Sarah Louise Faulkner McCurry (Marion), John Lawrence Faulkner, Benjamin Brown Graham Jr., James Frierson Graham, Kruesi Graham, Natasha Townsend and Julia Townsend; great-grandchildren, James McKay Busbee and Hannah Grace Kimble, and many extended family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Graham; his sisters, Elizabeth G. Gallagher, Georgianna G. Thomas, Margaret G. Love, Sadie G. Randall, and Helen G. Stoddard.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Keil Health Center at Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration of life service will be at East Cooper Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 11 AM. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. Burial will be at the Sumter Cemetery in Sumter, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 4 PM. Arrangements by Elmore Hill McCreight, Sumter, SC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to East Cooper Baptist Church Global Missions Fund, 361 Egypt Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607,

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James Hendry “Jim” Robinson ’57

James Hendry Robinson, M.D., 87, of Wilmington passed away June 24, 2022. He was born January 19, 1935 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Albert Grady and Moye Mercer Robinson. He was predeceased by his son, James Hendry “Chip” Robinson, Jr., his brothers, Robert Edmund Robinson and Albert Grady Robinson, Jr., his sister-in-law, Rose McLean Whitesides, and his nephew, Henry Monroe Whitesides, Jr.

Jim was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1953, and Davidson College, Class of 1957, where he was a member of the wrestling team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During a college summer, he worked at Montreat, the Presbyterian retreat in the North Carolina mountains, and met and fell in love with a Montreat summer resident, Nancy “Toppy” McLean of Gastonia. They married in 1958, and began their blessed journey together of life, love, family, work and Christian service. Jim then attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 1961, while Toppy taught school in Durham before having their first child, Chip. Jim and Toppy then went to Danville, Pennsylvania (where Bert was born) for Jim’s internship at Geisinger Memorial Hospital. Jim served in the U.S. Army, Retired Reserve. Jim and Toppy returned to Chapel Hill for Jim’s residency in anesthesiology, then moved to Wilmington in 1964, where Leslie was born three years later. They were grateful for the warm reception by the community as Jim established the first anesthesiology practice in Wilmington at James Walker Memorial Hospital, where he practiced until 1967, then moved to the newly established New Hanover Memorial Hospital (now Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center) and formed Wilmington Anesthesiologists. Jim practiced anesthesiology for 34 years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed working with his colleagues, staff and patients, providing care through the years, and becoming a much beloved figure in the medical community and among his patients, who often lovingly recounted that “Dr. Robinson put me to sleep.” He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society, and numerous other professional associations.

In addition to his professional excellence and leadership, Jim was known for his staunch devotion to his family, his uncomplaining perseverance through early-onset arthritis, his grace, wisdom, humility, dry wit, and his twinkle-eyed, mischievous sense of humor. He had a strong love for and faith in God, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. He served multiple terms as an Elder, a Deacon, and committee chairman. Jim served on numerous community boards, including two terms as President of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Center, and was instrumental in the establishment of the overnight shelter, the Day Center and the Second Helpings program. Jim and Toppy enjoyed their memberships in the Carolina Yacht Club, Surf Club, and Cape Fear Country Club. They enjoyed attending their children’s school and extracurricular activities, regularly entertaining their friends in their homes in Wilmington and Montreat, and serving in the church and community. Jim especially enjoyed teaching Chip and Bert to hunt and fish as he had been privileged to do while growing up in Clinton, and they partook in an annual hunting trip with friends in the Virginia mountains for many years. Following Jim’s retirement, Jim and Toppy would extend their annual Montreat visits into long summer seasons, graciously hosting family and friends to stay and enjoy Montreat’s holy beauty. Jim delighted in his role as “Pop” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dispensed many words of wisdom and hugs of love and affection through the years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Nancy “Toppy” McLean Robinson of the home; son, Albert Lynn Robinson (Lucy) of Wilmington; daughter, Leslie Robinson Morris (Joe) of Asheville; daughter-in-law (Chip’s widow), Robin Wicks Robinson of Wilmington; sister, Kathryn Robinson Holder (Tom) of Aiken, South Carolina; and brother, Redmond Mercer Robinson (Doris) of Winterville. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Alexandria Robinson Wilson and her children, Grey, Paige, and Charlotte Wilson, all of New Bern; McLean Gardner Robinson of Wilmington; Graham Kent Robinson and Jane Kathryn Robinson of Charlotte; James Hendry Robinson III of Raleigh; Wallace Katherine McLean Robinson of Wilmington; and James Robinson (“Jack”) Morris and Michael Joseph Morris of Asheville. He is also survived by Toppy’s brother, L.L. McLean, Jr. (Suzanne) and his family, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at First Presbyterian Church. The service will be preceded by a private Committal Service in the Columbarium Memorial Garden at 1:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the home, 1903 Brookhaven Road. Memorials to Dr. Robinson may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Montreat Conference Center, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC, 28757, or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary. Condolences may be left at

Laymon Luther “Buddy” Echols ’56

Laymon Luther “Buddy” Echols, 88, husband of the late of Billie Rainey Echols died Friday, June 17, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Laymon Luther and Martha Posey Echols. Buddy was a lifelong member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and a faithful member of the Round Table Sunday School class. He was a graduate of Greenville High School Class of 1952, and Davidson College Class of 1956 where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Buddy served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army; he was assigned to the Army Intelligence Agency and stationed in Nationalist China. President of Echols Oil Company and Haulers, Inc. from 1958 until 1997, he also served as President of the South Carolina Oil Jobbers Association in 1966.

Buddy is survived by two daughters, Martha Echols Waddell (Dan), and Mary Hamilton Echols (Wesley); two grandchildren, Robert Fredrick Fowler, IV and Laura Rainey Fowler; and a step-grandchild, Virginia Waddell.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Due to the pandemic, the family was not able to properly say goodbye to Billie, and so, just as in life, they will be celebrated together with a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A private burial will be held in Springwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Round Table Sunday School Class, 200 Buncombe St., Greenville, SC 29601.

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Charles Wilson “Charlie” Robinson ’56

Charles “Charlie” Wilson Robinson Jr. passed into the loving arms of his Savior surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. Charlie was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 17, 1935 to parents Charles Wilson Robinson and Mildred Randolph Gane. Growing up in Charlotte, he excelled at academics, track, and outdoorsmanship. At 16 he skipped 12th grade to attend Davidson College pre-med and run the high hurdles for varsity track.

Next, was medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where Charlie graduated AOA. While in medical school he met and married Joan Atkinson and welcomed daughter, Ashley and son, Charles. Upon completion of his residency in Clinical Pathology, the Army brought Charlie to Fort Sam Houston to serve as Chief of Special Hematology at Brook General Hospital. He quickly, in no particular order, fell in love with tacos, San Antonio, First Presbyterian Church, and the medical community of South Texas, and never moved back to his native North Carolina.

His distinguished professional career included serving as a founding member of Severance and Associates Pathology Group. Severance provided pathology services to many area hospitals. Charlie, as Vice-President of Hospital Services, helped many of these hospitals design their clinical laboratories. He also personally trained the hospital physicians on how to utilize their new laboratories. Charlie served as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at U.T. Health Science Center, as Trustee and Secretary of the Bexar County Medical Foundation, and Director of the Alamo Health Care Plan, Inc. His training in hematology and blood banking led Charlie to co-found and serve as director of what today is known as South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. He understood the need for consolidating all the various hospital blood banks into a centralized source for the benefit of hospitals throughout San Antonio and South Texas. For many years, he served as a consultant to a large number of hospitals. Every Thursday for a little over a decade, saw Charlie leaving town at the crack of dawn to visit various hospitals across the Hill Country and South Texas: Comfort, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Luling, Pearsall, Johnson City, San Marcos, Lockhart, Del Rio.

Charlie’s interests were many and varied. In addition to his love of medicine he was a self-taught, highly educated investor in the stock and commodities markets. When he wasn’t engaged in lab work, investments, or outdoor activities, Charlie exercised his green thumb, including the propagation of orchids, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

In the early 1970’s, Charlie purchased a house on Lake LBJ–a refuge from his busy professional life where he taught all his children to water ski, sail and drive boats. Many Saturday mornings, would find Charlie, aka the Mad Chopper, pruning shrubs at the lake, leaving the cuttings lying on the ground for his children to drag to the top of the hill, while he would go look for “pinholes in his eyelids.” (take a nap).

Charlie met Cynthia Cartall in April of 1980 and they married four months later. His blended family was a joy to him, and he and Cynthia had so much fun together. They traveled the world, from Tahiti to Israel, to Europe to the Baltic, but Charlie’s favorite trips were their five photo safaris to Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. They preferred bush camps to lodges, and they learned to cope with “unexpected eventualities.” While these may have been a little nerve-wracking, they were certainly interesting!

An avid outdoorsman, Charlie loved to hunt and fish. As a boy, Charlie, toting his grandfather’s shotgun, and his younger brother, Bill, would ride the city bus to the family farm for the weekend. The bus stop was a solid two mile walk from the farm. As they walked up the road, Charlie would hunt for their supper. A longtime member of Blue Wing Club, Charlie shared his love of fishing with his children and grandchildren. In later years Charlie hunted elk in Colorado and Wyoming with his son Hunter and dear friend Ron Hall and fished for salmon and halibut in Alaska both with his son, Charles, and his wife Cynthia.

Charlie was a dedicated member of Dr. Louis Zbinden’s Tuesday morning doctors’ Bible Study at Northeast Baptist Hospital. In retirement, he joined the men’s Thursday morning Bible study at First Presbyterian Church.

Family was especially important to Charlie, he spent many weekends grilling and hosting various friends and family at both the lake and in San Antonio. A member of the Petroleum Club and the Friday Singers, Charlie’s infectious smile and wonderful laugh will be treasured always.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mildred Robinson and his brother, William Robinson (Bill). Charlie is survived by his wife Cynthia Cartall Robinson, children: Ashley Robinson Dike, Charles Wilson Robinson III (Amy) and Hunter Cartall Peyton (Kari), grandchildren: Peyton Ray Dike, Stuart Rex Dike, Ramsey Campbell Robinson, Charles Wilson Robinson, Hayes Cartall Peyton, Bennett Elaine Peyton, and sister, Louise Robinson Singleton and brother Stephen Robinson (Virginia), as well as many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

The Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers: Clay Cartall, Milt McFarland, Bill Young, George Case, and Ron Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, First Presbyterian Church, South Texas Blood & Tissue, or a charity of your choice.

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