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.

Walter Scott McSwain ’50

Mr. Walter S. McSwain, Jr., age 96, of North Wilkesboro, passed away March 24, 2022 at Westwood Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Wilkesboro.

Walter was born on March 27, 1925 in Mecklenburg County to Walter Scott Sr. and Agnes Loflin McSwain. Walter served in the United States Navy during World War II.

After graduating from Derita High School near Charlotte, NC in 1943, Walter served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946, serving as a Radar man, attended Davidson College from 1946-1950 where he was in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Walter served a two-year internship from 1950-1952 at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, employed at Wilkes General Hospital from 1953-1954, was employed at Carolina Mirror Corporation from 1954-1991 working as a Production Manager, a Member of First United Methodist Church and he sang in the Church Choir from 1953-1983, a founding member of the North Wilkesboro Recreation Commission from 1954 until the present, served as a board member of the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Care Center from December 2005 to present, a member of the North Wilkesboro Elks Lodge from 1988 to the present, where he served as an Exalted Ruler for the years of 1990-91-92-93-99, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler from 1995-96, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA, a Life Member of the V.F.W. Post 1142 and a member of the American Legion, and served as a volunteer at Wilkes Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters: Sue McSwain, Betty James and Molly Keesler.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Mary Cobb McSwain of the home; one daughter Melinda McSwain Warren of North Wilkesboro; one son; Walter Scott McSwain III of North Wilkesboro; one grandson; Ray Warren Jr and wife Heather of North Wilkesboro; six great-grandchildren; Ray Warren III, Chloe Warren, Charlie Warren, Bailey Barnes, Riley Barnes, Chloe Barnes, and one on the way, Walter Max Warren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro, P.O. Box 1145, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Care, P.O. Box 984, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 or The Health Foundation, P.O. Box 667, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.

Robert M. “Bob” Hollister ’50

Dr. Robert M. Hollister concluded his life of earthly service and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 19, 2021, at 6:30 a.m. He would have been 95 on Christmas Day.

A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Dr. Hollister spent his childhood years in Korea, where his parents were Presbyterian medical missionaries. After graduation from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, he joined the U.S. Navy in the closing years of World War II.  

Upon his discharge from the Navy, Bob majored in chemistry at Davidson College, graduating in 1950, and then went on to Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, from which he graduated in 1954 He decided to follow his parents’ example and served as medical director at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschappelles, Haiti, from 1962-64. Bob’s loving wife, Cornelia, supported his work there and in London following their marriage in 1961. 

The two moved to Franklin in 1964 at the invitation of Dr. Walter Pyle, and four years later, Bob was instrumental in founding Williamson County Hospital’s first cardiac care unit. He practiced internal medicine in Franklin for almost 40 years, and in 1982, joined with two other Franklin physicians to found the nonprofit Claiborne and Hughes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where it still serves the community today. 

Bob began his career in a different age of medicine; he carried his medical bag on house calls from Leiper’s Fork to Spring Hill and treated Franklin’s poor and disadvantaged with the same dignity as Nashville country music stars and NASCAR drivers.  

He is survived by his dear wife, Cornelia, with whom he strove to live out their Christian faith; their sons Stephen and Rob; daughter-in-law, Michele; grandsons Aidan and Owen; his sister, Emily Vecella; and many loving nieces and nephews.  

Bob loved family and traveled whenever he could, whether across Canada by train, to the pyramids and the Holy Land with his younger brothers, or to Mexico and Estonia when his son was overseas. 

Bob never stopped learning and loved reading novels with Cornelia, doing crossword puzzles and word games with Stephen and Rob, and discussing physics, music, football or anything else with his beloved grandsons Aidan and Owen.  

Donations in his memory can be sent to The Gideons International, of whom Bob was a member for many years, at www.sendtheword.org, or to Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti at www.hashaiti.org.  

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

John Thomas (Jack) King, Jr. ’50

Dr. John Thomas (Jack) King, Jr., a lifelong resident of Thomasville, went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2021 after leading an active and full life. Born February 11, 1927 to Dr. John Thomas King, Sr. and Mary Balfour King, he is survived by his wife Clarice Polak King, sons, Mark Charles King and Robert Thomas King (and wife Susan Tanner King), sister-in-law Anne Gatlin King (wife of predeceased brother Dr. William Balfour King) and their children William Michael King (and his wife Anne Douglass King), Marianne Rebecca King and Jan McMinn.

A graduate of Thomasville Public Schools, Dr. King was drafted in WWII toward the end of the war. Entering civilian life, he began training for a career in medicine. He graduated from Davidson College and then graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1954. Dr. King specialized in Ophthalmology and met his future wife, Clarice Polak, while training in New Orleans at Tulane University. Jack and his wife then took up a new residence in the U.S. Air Force for a tour of duty.

After serving in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, Jack returned to Thomasville with his wife in 1961 to practice Ophthalmology with his father and brother in a family medical/dental clinic. During this time, he joined the medical staff of Archbold Memorial Hospital, where he eventually served as Chief of Surgery and later as Chief of the Medical Staff.

Dr. King was a member of the American Medical Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. During his Fellowship, he published three articles in national medical journals.

Always active in the Thomasville community, Jack was a member of the Thomasville Rotary Club, presiding as President when the club won “Best Club in the District.” His work as a Rotarian was recognized when he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jack was among the many people who wanted a private school in the Thomasville community. He was founding trustee of Brookwood School and was delighted to serve on a committee of 10 individuals that procured seed money for the formation of the school. Being among the “group of 10”, the school’s subsequent success was a joy to Jack.

Dr. King was a supporter of the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe. He served as President of the Troupe during it’s early years, and was instrumental in forming the Troupe when the Troupe left it’s birthplace (Thomasville First United Methodist Church) to move to it’s Madison Street location.

Jack was also very active in the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce. He was a Director and Vice President. He served on the Administrative Board and a number of committees, and in 1987 Jack was recognized as “Man of the Year” by the Chamber.

A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Jack served on the Administrative Board in a variety of roles, including Chairman of the Board for three years. Jack loved his church, and in 1985, he published a historical perspective in celebration of the church’s Centennial.

Although medicine was Jack’s calling, photography was his passion. From the early days of film and darkrooms to digital photography and electronic manipulation, he relished and excelled in all of it. For 15 years, he filmed the Thomasville High School football games with his brother, including a year the Bulldogs won a National Championship. He also filmed Where Roses Reign – a video that became the theme for the Garden Club’s annual Rose Shows.

Nearing his retirement from medicine, Jack established Image Makers, a commercial photography business. He enjoyed commercial photography for 9 years. Among local clients was Thomasville Magazine who used his images for four covers and numerous article illustrations. When fully retired, Jack enjoyed woodworking, creating furniture and accessories he often shared with friends.

Dr. John King’s legacy will be forever cherished by his family, friends and patients, and the Greater Thomasville community.

A Memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Carrie Myers officiating. A reception will follow in the Social Hall. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Whiddon Shiver Funeral Home Chapel.

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