John Milton Rose Jr. ’51

Brig. General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) John Milton Rose, Jr. passed away from this life to the next at the NC State Veterans Home in Fayetteville on the 7th of November.

He was a son of Fayetteville, having been born here 99 years ago, son of John and Roberta Rose of Hillside Avenue. He served in the US Air Force for over 31 years as a command pilot accruing over 4000 flight hours, retiring in 1975 as a Brigadier General. Subsequently, he devoted himself to his family, his church, his community, and his land.

He was predeceased by Mary Giles Stewart Rose, his wife of over thirty-six years, by Virginia McQueen Rose, his wife of over twenty-seven years, and by his eldest son, John M. Rose, III. He is survived by his daughter, Jane Rose King of Fayetteville, his son, David S. Rose of Asheville, and by his stepsons, Malcolm McFadyen, Bill McFadyen, and John McFadyen, all of Fayetteville. Together he leaves behind twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was the last of his generation – the greatest generation some call it – that rose out of the Great Depression and fought to victory in World War II. Throughout his life, he sought to serve wherever he was placed, and to do so well and faithfully. Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann Street, on Friday, November 18 at 10:00a.m. with reception to follow at the church. Burial will be at 12:00p.m. at Cross Creek Cemetery #3.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Cumberland Community Foundation for the Heritage Place Endowment Fund, an endowment established by Gen. Rose in 2001 to help senior citizens in need. Mail checks to CCF, P.O. Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302 or donate online Alternatively, gifts may be sent to Trinity Center for World Missions, a mission which he supported for many years via mail to P.O. Box 580, Dahlonega, GA, 30533 or

Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc.

Thomas Sanders Robert “Tommy” Ward ’51

March 24, 1930 – June 30, 2022

Tommy – “TSR” was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and died in his home in Roanoke, Virginia, after a nine year struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He graduated from Davidson College and the Medical College of South Carolina. He completed his internship and surgery residence at Charity Hospital and urology residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He returned to his hometown to practice urology for a year. In 1963 he brought his family to Roanoke, Virginia, where he practiced urology at Lewis-Gale Clinic until his retirement in 1993.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. William B. Ward; his sister, Juliet Brice; his brother, Dr. William B. Ward, Jr; his first wife, Mary Lee Ward; and his son, William Vaughn Ward.

His is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Kaye Ward; son, Tom Ward, Jr. and wife, Valerie; his daughter, Mary Ward Seyler and husband, Richard; his daughter, Juliet Brown and husband, Chris; his grandchildren, Logan Ward, Forrest Ward, Rose Seyler, and Abby Brown; siblings, Dr. Robert Lee Ward, Dr. John Logan Ward and wife Nini, Jane Gregory, Mary Maners and husband Jimmy, Ann Houck; and sister-in-law, Dicksie Ward.

The family wants to thank Denise, who was Tommy’s caregiver for the duration his illness, and who is considered a member of the family. They would also like to thank caregivers, Brysha and Mary, as well as the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, July 5, 2022, at 11 AM. Everyone is invited to join the family in the fellowship hall for a reception and to share special memories and stories.

In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association, Good Samaritan Hospice, or the charity of your choice.

Junius Brutus “J.B.” Stroud ’51

Dr. Junius Brutus Stroud III

June 9, 1929 – May 17, 2022

J.B. Stroud was born on June 9, 1929 in Greensboro, N.C., but his family moved to the small town of Faison, N.C. (population 800) when he was four years old. He grew up there with his parents J.B. Stroud, Jr. and Rachel W. Stroud, his maternal grandmother Annie H. Witherington, and his two sisters Anne W. and Berta A. Stroud. He once said that being a small boy in Faison in the 1930s was like living with one foot in a Mark Twain story and the other in a Norman Rockwell painting.

He enrolled at Fishburne Military School in 1944 where he lettered in football, basketball and track, graduated first in the class of 1944 and was selected by the faculty as the most outstanding cadet.

He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College, class of 1951. Two months later he was called on active duty and trained as a rifle platoon leader and as a paratrooper. Then, in the mysterious ways of the army, he was temporarily pulled out of the pipeline to Korea and sent to military intelligence school. Captain Stroud next spent a year in Korea at Eighth Army Headquarters as an Order of Battle specialist.

In the fallof 1953 he joined the faculty at Fishburne where he taught mathematics and physics, coached football and track and was assistant commandant of cadets. The 1957 Taps yearbook was dedicated to him. Most importantly, he met Ruby Lee Masincup, and
they married in August 1955.

After two years of graduate study at the University of Virginia he joined the mathematics faculty at Davidson College in 1960 where he taught until 1998. During those years he took a two year leave of absence to complete a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Virginia. He further pursued his scholarship during sabbaticals at Dartmouth University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

J.B. was a dedicated teacher who maintained close relationships with his students throughout his life. He was a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award at Davidson in 1987. He served Davidson College Presbyterian Church over a 40-year period as Deacon, Elder, Clerk of the Session, and Treasurer. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 58 in Davidson for numerous years and a dedicated contributor to Habitat for Humanity.

J.B. loved history, puzzles and travel, and he was the consummate handyman. To his friends and students, J.B. was appreciated for his intelligence, thoughtfulness, fairness, sly smile and wit, and kind and friendly nature. To his family, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. He was an inspiring example of always doing one’s best and of always putting others first.

He dearly loved his family and is survived by his cherished wife Ruby Stroud; his children Timothy and his wife Stella P. Stroud, Jonathan Stroud, and Cynthia S. and her husband Jonathan Glance; his grandchildren Brion (Jacinda), Robert (Chie), Emily (Philip), Clara, Jon David, Pryor, Timothy, Carlyle (fiancéeTherese), and Ellyson; his sisters Anne S. Taylor and Berta S. Swain; his sister-in-law Sarah M. Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care given to J.B. by the nurses and staff of The Pines at Davidson as well as Hospice and Palliative Care, Lake Norman. If desired, friends may make a memorial contribution to the J.B. Stroud Scholarship, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036, or tribute gifts can also be made online via Donations to Hospice & Palliative Care can be made at

The memorial service honoring the life of J.B. Stroud III will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson, N.C.

Thomas B. “Tommy” Haller ’51

Dr. Thomas B. Haller, 91, retired dentist in Pulaski, VA passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022. Born in Pulaski in September 1930 to Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Haller, Tommy made Pulaski his home, apart from his time in college and his service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

He attended Davidson College where he played basketball and excelled in school, while also meeting his future wife, Lillian Haller, who attended Queens College nearby. They have been married for almost 70 years. He did his military service in the Coast Guard and attended Medical College of Virginia to finish his studies in dentistry. Tommy then began his dental practice in the Town of Pulaski in 1959.

Along with his surviving wife, Lil, the couple raised three children in the county; Dendy Haller Askins, Allison Haller Hunter (John) and Thomas B. Haller, Jr. (Linda), along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he was extremely proud of. Tommy was also preceded in death by his beloved brother, Dr. J. Alex Haller, Jr.

Tommy was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church in Pulaski and his dedication to it, its membership, and its mission was a cornerstone of his life. Tommy also took great pride in his community and was instrumental in creating several organizations including the Pulaski County United Way and was also involved with establishing the Emergency Needs Task Force, Free Clinic and Daily Bread, all located in Pulaski.

He was also proud of his role in building the Pulaski YMCA shortly after returning to the county. And finally, he was an avid golfer and long-term member of Thorn Spring Golf Club in Pulaski where he served in numerous club leadership capacities and enjoyed many great times and fellowships with all of his many golf buddies.

His children would tell you that Tommy’s life was a testament to a life of “giving back,” something his father had instilled in him at an early age, and he carried with him through the end of his days.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, VA at 2 pm on Saturday, April 2nd with Rev. Graham Mitchell and Rev. Terrie Sternberg officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, April 1st at Stephens Funeral Home from 5-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to any of his favorite organizations; First Presbyterian Church/Daily Bread, Pulaski YMCA or any other local charity in the Pulaski community.

James H. Woodrow “Woody” McKay ’51

James Hamilton Woodrow McKay Jr., “Woody”, age 92, passed away peacefully at home in Hoschton, GA, on March 11, 2022. Woody was a Presbyterian minister who served as a campus minister at FSU and GA Tech as well as in local church families. He is survived by his wife Linda McKay and his children Linda Davies, and Michael, Woody, David, Robert and Jonathan McKay, stepchildren Robert Usherwood and Jenny Warren, and 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Buford Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 18th at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice and/or tell a joke to a random stranger in remembrance of Woody.

Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 20, 2022.