James Saxon, Sr. ’50

Jim was born in 1930 to Herman and Katherine Saxon of Sylacauga AL. He then spent his childhood in Bradenton and Miami, FL. As a young teenager he moved to Charlotte NC, then attended Davidson College and the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1950. He wed his beloved first wife, Frances, in 1949, and they went on to have 8 children. After college he went to work with his father in their company, Saxon Vending, a successful regional company headquartered in Charlotte. He was actively involved with his church, Trinity Presbyterian in Charlotte, then felt called to the ministry. He moved his young family to Richmond in 1961 where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. He went on to lead a congregation at Ashland Presbyterian Church in Ashland VA.
After leaving the ministry Jim moved his family to Deland FL in 1967 to start a business, Sterling Vending. He sold this business to a national company and moved with his family back to Charlotte in 1973. He was very supportive of his wife Fran as she returned to college and later founded a nonprofit advocacy organization called Woman Reach. In the mid 80’s he became involved in the Senior Olympics, becoming an effective, and hardworking volunteer even before his retirement. He was very proud of completing a marathon in Charlotte at the age of 60 and a half marathon at age 80!
Jim’s passion for sports of all kinds was well known, and he had fond memories of watching his kids play sports either in the backyard or at organized events. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman throughout his life. He was very proud of being one of the first season ticket holders for the Carolina Panthers.
In the late 90’s life turned difficult for him as he lost his wife Fran in 1999 after 49 years of marriage. He turned to playing bridge as a social outlet and not only achieved “Master” ranking, but was blessed by God’s grace with meeting Liz Hannon, whom he married in 2000. They retired to Florida living in Marco Island and then Fernandina Beach. They hosted countless visits from their grown kids and the grandkids, and eventually great grandkids. They remained inseparable for 22 years, until the good Lord called him home. He was never happier than when having his family visit Liz and him in their Florida homes. Being a lifelong animal lover, he so enjoyed it when they brought their dogs which he considered his “granddogs”.
His legacy is twofold, first love and support your family no matter how difficult it may be. And secondly, always respect and befriend other people, no matter their ethnic, social or racial background. Though he rarely spoke about it, as a young minister he was an early and outspoken advocate for desegregation and social justice in the South, a position which ran counter to the opinions of his church and his community in the early to mid 60’s.
Jim is survived by his wife, Liz and eight children, Jim, Jr., Frank, Scott, Suzy, Carol, Andy, Dottie, and David; 11 grandchildren, Jamie, Chris, Amanda, Marie, Kevin, Andrea, Jessi, Adrienne, Melissa, Ashley and Dillon; and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 stepchildren, Patrick, Kathleen, and Megan, and 6 step grandkids.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Osprey Village, Fernandina Beach FL, on Jan. 14, 2023, at 12 noon. Internment will be held in the spring in Charlotte NC. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the animal welfare organization of your choice.

William Nicholson Clark, Jr. ’50

William Nicholson Clark, Jr. met his Savior face-to-face, as his faith became sight on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022. He was a loving husband, cherished father, beloved grandfather, and faithful friend to people of all ages and walks of life.

Born March 11, 1927, to the late William Nicholson Clark and Julia Cunningham Clark of Rocky Mount, NC, he served in the Atlantic with the US Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and later worked in a textile weaving mill in Rocky Mount. It was there that he met and later married Jane Guthrie Anderson who was the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian, Rocky Mount.

After graduation from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond he served the church faithfully for many years, retiring in 1992, yet still preaching up until 2015. He pastored churches in Mount Gilead, NC, Staunton, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Buena Vista, VA, and began a new church development in Dale City, VA — leading with compassion, conviction, wit, and wisdom.

Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory his three children William Sidney Clark (Peggy), Julia Clark Hays (Dan), David Allan Clark (Laura) and six beloved grandchildren William Hays, Hannah Hays Sipola (Matt), Catie Clark, Will Clark, David Clark and Thomas Clark. All of us have been richly blessed by his unconditional love, encouragement and wisdom. He always made himself available to his children and grandchildren, and was a wise and guiding hand in their lives. He and Jane went out of their way to create treasured family memories.

Bill lived his long, active life as a shining example of faith, integrity and humbleness. Perhaps his greatest gift was his genuine love of people, and the ability to engage strangers he encountered in warm conversation, treating everyone with love and respect. He inspired people to enjoy life with him. Bill will especially be remembered for his strong work ethic, great sense of humor, love of family, love of the outdoors, and being a handyman.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Puckett Funeral Home, 115 Covington Court, Farmville, VA. Visitation with the family will be immediately after the service. Interment will take place at a later time in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery in Farmville.

In Bill’s honor we invite you to pay kindness forward by treating those you encounter with dignity and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family would be humbled and honored if you chose to contribute to a charity of your choice.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

George Washington Brown, Jr. ’50

George Washington Brown Jr., 98, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

Born June 2, 1924, in Gastonia, he was the son of the late George Washington Brown Sr. and Ethel Albright Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Nan Littlejohn Brown; three sisters, Mildred B. Walsh, Frances B. Laubach and Christine Brown; and two brothers, Harold Brown and Gene Brown.

A long-standing member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, George was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during World War II. After the war, he was a 1950 graduate of Davidson College and went on to be the owner of Stylecraft Furniture, which allowed him to do what he loved.

He is survived by his children, George A. Brown and wife, Sandra of Hickory and Jean Brown of Durham; grandchildren, Robbie Griffin and wife, Ashley of Asheville, Charlie Griffin and wife, Jennifer of Granite Falls; great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jackson, Natalie and Hunter Griffin; brother, Roger Brown of Kinston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, with the Rev. Heather Davis and the Rev. Dr. Richard Floyd officiating. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

Richard G. “Dick” Glasgow ’50

Richard G. “Dick” Glasgow, 94, of Babson Park, passed away Thursday May 26, 2022 at Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center In Winter Haven. Born August 19, 1927 in Charlotte, NC, the son of Thomas M. & Lucy Gwathmey Glasgow, he was a resident of Babson Park since 1997.

He was an Alumnus of Darlington School of Rome, GA and Davidson College and a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WW II and a retired Major of the US Army Reserve.

Moving to Jacksonville in 1958 until his retirement in 1989, he served in the Savings and Loan Industry for 27 years in following leadership positions: President & Board of Directors First Federal S & K Assoc. of Clay County; Board of Directors of Florida Savings and Loan League: Chairman, Small Assoc Committee, Fla Savings & Loan League; President Jacksonville Chapter American S & L Institute; Sr Vice President Freedom S & L Assoc. of Tampa, Fl. He was charter President of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, Fl, Paul Harris Fellow; President Clay County Chamber of Commerce: Chairman Clay County Division of Greater Jacksonville United Way; Board member of Jacksonville Chapter of America Red Cross; Member Florida Yacht Club, River Club, Timuquana Country Club of Jacksonville, and Ye Mystic Revellers; Elder, teacher & choir member, St Johns Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville.

Dick and his wife Betty moved to Babson Park, Florida in 1997 where he became a corporate officer and board member of Polk Equipment Co of Bartow. He was a member of the Bartow Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder, teacher, choir member, and Trustee.

Dick is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty B. Glasgow, daughter Elizabeth Brewer, brother Thomas Glasgow, three sisters: Grace Dean, Ellen Goode & Harriet White. He is survived by his son Richard G. Glasgow Jr. and wife, Norma of Winter Park, Fl ; four grandchildren: Victoria Glasgow, Richard G. Glasgow III, Katherine Eulenfeld & Rogers Brewer, 10 great grandchildren; two sister-laws: Nancy Booream and Florence Vaught and several cousins, nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 10-11 A.M. at the Bartow Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Services will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church. Interment will be held at Bartow Wildwood Cemetery. Condolences to the family at whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com.

Richard L. Morgan ’50

Richard Lyon Morgan, age 93, of Greensburg, Pa., “received the gift of life on March 7, 1929, and the gift of eternal life on March 25, 2022.” 

Dr. Morgan was born in Lexington, KY, the oldest son of Dr. Howard Moody Morgan and Margaret Lyon Morgan.  Morgan was a graduate of Davidson College (AB), Union Presbyterian Seminary (MDiv., ThM.  and Ph.D), and Wake Forest University (MA in Counseling.) 

As a Presbyterian minister, he served churches in Moorefield, WV, Richmond, VA, Sherrill’s Ford, NC, Lenoir, NC, and Morganton, NC.  During his ministries he directed construction of Educational/Fellowship Buildings and a Senior Center.  He served as professor of religion at Peace College, Raleigh, NC, and Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, and professor of religion/psychology at Mitchell College, Statesville, NC.  He was also director of counseling at Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC. 

Dr. Morgan was the author of 20 books on the Christian life and Spirituality of Aging, most of which were published by Upper Room Books, Nashville, TN.  He also authored a best-selling textbook in psychology.  He was Man of the Year, Lenoir, NC, in 1988 and received the Legacy Award in 2013 from Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry.

After “retiring,” Dr. Morgan devoted his energies to writing and other adult ministry.  He traveled across the country with his wife, Alice Ann, leading seminars on Aging and Spiritual Autobiography.  He was a chaplain in a 120 bed nursing facility, a volunteer chaplain at retirement communities and nursing homes, and supplied pulpits until age 86.  He cared deeply about persons with dementia and their caregivers, and was a co-founder of Clergy Against Alzheimers.

He loved sports and sports writing, walking, writing poetry, local history, and classical music.  His favorite teams were the Philadelphia Phillies, UNC Tar Heels, and his beloved Davidson College Wildcats.

He is survived by his two brothers, Dr. Howard Campbell Morgan of Chicago, IL, and Dr. John C. Morgan of Temple, PA; and four adult children, Rick W. Morgan (Cindy) of High Point, NC, Randy W. Morgan (Deborah) of Yorba Linda, CA, stepson Harding Erwin (Paige) of Houston, TX, and stepdaughter Anna Sever (David) of North Huntingdon, PA. Morgan treasured his ten grandchildren, Dan, Chris, Kaitlyn, Thomas, Savannah, Emma, Patrick, Ben, Brannon, and ReidAnn, and his two great grandsons, Grayson and Noah.  In addition to his parents, Dr. Morgan was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian Stahl Morgan; his second wife, Alice Ann Klostermeyer Erwin Morgan; and two sisters, Patricia McMillan and Mary Ann Morgan.

Morgan was always concerned for the outsiders and marginalized of society.  In keeping with Richard’s loving and generous spirit, it was Richard’s decision to donate life so that others may live.

A Memorial Service at the chapel of Redstone Highlands, Greensburg, will be held at a later date, with Dr. John C. Morgan and chaplain Drew Decrease officiating.  A graveside service will be held for the family at St. Clare Cemetery, Greensburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorials should be given to the Benevolent Care Fund, Redstone Highlands, 126 Matthews St., Greensburg, PA, 15601.

KEPPLE-GRAFT Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.  For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.