Allan Edgar Strand, Jr. ’52

Allan Edgar Strand Jr., 91, passed away peacefully with his family gathered close in Selma, Alabama on July 26, 2022.

Throughout his long life he sought to live by the words of the prophet Micah and “to act justly, to love faithfulness and to walk humbly with his God.”

He grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, the eldest son of Allan and Catharine Strand and attended the Darlington School and Davidson College. A talented athlete, he developed a lifelong love of tennis that would lead him to win two North Carolina and one Tennessee state championships as well as a win at the national U.S Air Defense tournament in Fort Meade Maryland. He worked as a tennis pro at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia where he played a memorable match beating the women’s Wimbledon champion, Maureen Connelly fresh from her triumph.

“Last week, I was in Philadelphia and got beat by some pro that nobody ever heard of!” she told the New York Times and promptly returned for a rematch. In 1957, he helped integrate the Greensboro city tennis courts when he invited George Simkins, a talented African-American tennis player, to join him on the court. Strand continued to play tennis throughout his life, competing in both singles and doubles, only setting down his racquet in recent years when his fading vision made it too difficult to see the ball.

Strand served in the Army after working as a radar acquisition operator on the Nike missile system and would receive a commission in the Naval Reserve, eventually attaining the rank of Commander in Naval Intelligence.

He attended Westminster Theological Seminary and became a Presbyterian minister but ultimately found his true calling in the world of independent school education, guiding young people to lives of both moral and social purpose. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Tennessee and taught English and Spanish at the Darlington School and Memphis University School before becoming Headmaster at the Donohoe School in Anniston, Alabama (formerly Anniston Academy.) At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Strand led the effort to integrate the Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia and began a challenging eight-year tenure as headmaster, diversifying both the student body and the staff and helping Lovett become the premier educational institution it is today.

As the President of the mid-South Association of Independent Schools in the 1970s, he offered courageous leadership, promoting continued integration of educational institutions. Ultimately, he would take his mission to Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, a school renowned for its multiculturism, where he served as headmaster for over seventeen years.

Strand was a member of the Headmasters Association and served as President of the Mid-South, Southern, and New Jersey Associations of Independent Schools. He was President, as well, of the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. He helped to found and served as chairman of the board of St. Philips Academy, a preparatory school for children in inner city Newark.

Later he was appointed President of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation supporting colleges across the American South.

Throughout his life Strand served his community in a variety of volunteer positions: as President of the Rotary Club, with the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, where he taught Bible study.

Upon retiring to Oxford, Mississippi, he founded the GED and literacy program sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and helped to establish the first lending library in the local men’s prison.

Strand is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, the artist Anne Strand, by his son Clark Strand and his wife Perdita Finn of Woodstock, NY, and their children Sophie and Jonah Strand; his son Dr. Allan Strand III, and his wife Dr. Maureen Hays of Charleston, NC; his daughter Anne Catharine and her husband Allen Reeves of Selma, AL, and their children Lizzie and Anne Smith Reeves; and his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Strand of Knoxville, TN. His brother Austin Strand pre-deceased him.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 2 at 2PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama.

Flowers may be sent to St. Paul’s Church in Selma, Alabama and donations may be offered to the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.

Eric Conrad Clark ’52

Eric Conrad Clark lll passed peacefully June 13, 2022 at his home at the “Pines of Davidson, NC.”

He was a longtime resident of Charlotte and, also for many years, of Wrightsville Beach. He was born the son of Verna Elizabeth MacQueen Clark and Eric Conrad Clark, Jr in Elizabethtown, NC and was the beloved big brother to his sister, Anne Clark Williams. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1948. In the summers during high school, he loved spending time on the water where he worked for the NC Wildlife Commission as a lake warden at both Lake Waccamaw and White Lake. He then attended Davidson College and graduated in 1952. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While at Davidson he met his beloved Bettie Orr Hunter, who was attending Queens College. They were married on August 28, 1954 at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

After graduating from Davidson, he enlisted in the US Navy and was commissioned a lieutenant at Newport, Rhode Island in December of 1952. He served as a Navigation Officer on the USS Chauncey (DD667); receiving the United Nations National Defense and Korean Service Ribbons with 2 Battle Stars for his service. After completion of a world tour on the Chauncey during the Korean War, he continued in active duty in the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington DC until 1955. He then served in the inactive Naval Reserve, finishing his service as a Lieutenant in 1967.

He enjoyed a long and successful business career in Charlotte, having been with Pneumafil Corporation, Mutual Savings and Loan Association and later, self-employed in Land and Property Development. A longtime member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, he served terms there as a Deacon and Elder. He was a Trustee of the Charlotte Metropolitan YMCA, the Harris YMCA and Camp Thunderbird. He was a member of the Charlotte City Club, The Charlotte and Wilmington track clubs, the North State Game Club, and the Charlotte Good Fellows Club. In 1972 and 1973, he was Chairman for the Charlotte Invitational Basketball tournaments hosted by Davidson College and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Though he was quite busy with his many business interests, his motto was always to “take a brief vacation just for yourself every day.” His mini vacations for himself included beautifully restoring, alongside his wife Bettie, the historical William Lee House at Sharon View; built in 1828 and designated as a historical landmark by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Commission. He also enjoyed planting bountiful vegetable gardens, running marathons and triathlons, playing golf, windsurfing, fishing and sailing. But…his very favorite time was spent with his family on the farm at Sharon View by a warm fire cooking quail, sipping something sweet and simply telling really good stories. He loved his family and they loved and respected him deeply. He was, in countless ways, an incredible father, husband, brother, cousin, uncle, and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his adored wife of 62 years, Bettie Orr Hunter Clark and his beautiful “sister Anne.” He is survived by his three children: daughter, Elizabeth Anne Clark of Wilmington, NC; son, Eric Conrad Clark IV and his wife Ann Louise Roberts Clark of Charlotte and Lake Waccamaw; son, Reese Hunter Clark and his wife Caroline Bedsole Clark of Greenville, SC and their sons Reese Hunter Clark Jr and his wife Amber Barnlund Clark of Greenville, SC and Sheldon Dunham Clark and his wife Caitlin Wall Clark of Nashville, TN.

A Memorial Service will be held on his birthday, July 16th, at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church chapel at 2:00 in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to “The Fund for Davidson” of Davidson College or the Charlotte Metro YMCA both of which were very meaningful chapters in his book of Life.

Condolences may be offered at www.McEwenPinevilleChapel.com.

Kenneth E. Boyer ’52

The Rev. Kenneth E. Boyer died peacefully in his home at Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC on March 2, 2022 at the age of 91.  He was born in Jeonju, Korea on April 23, 1930 to long-term Presbyterian (PCUS) missionaries, the late Rev. Elmer Timothy and Sarah Gladys Perkins Boyer.  He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, missionary, pastor, and faithful servant of God. 

Kenneth spent his childhood in Korea under Japanese occupation until WWII when his family was evacuated by the SS Mariposa on Nov. 16, 1940.  His family lived temporarily with extended family in Saginaw, MI, then at Mission Court in Richmond, VA, and for longer periods in Knoxville, TN and Tallahassee, FL as his father served in churches as a “home missionary”.  Kenneth was left on his own to finish high school when his father returned to Korea in 1947.  He then graduated from Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary (and later in life from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education).  He was in the ROTC and later served in the Florida National Guard.  To support his schooling, he worked a variety of jobs, including positions with Montreat Conference Center, Pacific Gas & Electric in Oakland, Davidson College Library, Columbia Theological Seminary Library, and the U.S. Forest Service as a fire lookout on Mt. Bonaparte in Washington State.  He was ordained on July 18, 1956 and served the Cuba and Ft Gaines Presbyterian churches in Georgia before being commissioned as a missionary in 1957.  He served as a Presbyterian missionary in South Korea for twenty-two years (1957-1979).  In 1959 he met medical missionary Sylvia Elizabeth Haley, and they married in 1961.  They raised three children, and served together (and separately) in Daejeon, Gwangju, Mokpo, Jeju Island and other island missions. 

Kenneth returned to the U.S. one year before his wife and children to attend what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary and begin work as the pastor of Wythe Presbyterian Church in Hampton, Virginia.  He became active in the Exchange Club of Wythe and the Kiwanis.  After retiring, he served as an interim pastor in several churches in the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia.  Kenneth and Sylvia moved to Black Mountain in 2005 to be near his sisters.  Always interested in the latest technology, he used his retirement years to learn how to build computers from scratch, and became the “computer expert” for many residents at Givens Highland Farms.  In his faith, family, studies, work, and service he exemplified the phrase a “good and faithful servant”.  May he now rest from his labors.

Kenneth is predeceased by his wife Sylvia Boyer; his sisters Katherine Moore, Elizabeth Boyer, Margaret Dickenson, and Helen Bennett; his sister-in-law Roxie Snead; and his brothers-in-law John Moore and Daniel Dickenson.  He is survived by his three children Timothy Boyer (Barbara Williams), Kenneth H. Boyer (G. Sujin Pak), and Grace Boyer (Marc Mullinax); his grandchildren Hannah Boyer, William Boyer, Amelie Boyer, and Anika Boyer; his sister-in-law Goldie Sublett; his brother-in-law Don Bennett; his sister-in-law through marriage Karen Kurka Dickenson; his nephews David Moore (Beth), William Moore (Ann), Frederick Moore (Jo Ann), Daniel Dickenson III (Cecilia), Thomas Dickenson (Sidne), Marc Snead (Donna), Barry Snead (Patricia), and Chuck Sublett (Patsy); his niece Elizabeth Dickenson (David); and many grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Kenneth attended the Montreat Presbyterian Church PCUSA.  A Committal Service for the interment of ashes will be held on July 16, 2022 at 11:30 am in the Montreat Memorial Garden with the Rev. Lynn Bledsoe (retired Givens Highland Farms’ Chaplain) officiating.

Milton Lauchlin “Locke” MacDonald ’52

Milton Lauchlin “Locke” MacDonald, 91, died January 29, 2022, surrounded by his family at his home in Scotia Village in Laurinburg.

He was born March 29, 1930, to Kenneth Angus (K.A.) and Ruth MacDonald in Hope Mills, where he lived until age five, when his father became superintendent of Hoke County Schools, and the family moved to Raeford. He grew up in Raeford and attended Davidson College and served in the National Guard until the Korean War, when he and a buddy flipped a coin to decide whether both should join the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Army. The Navy won, and he worked in the weather service, stationed in Panama, where he met the recently widowed Charlotte Ewald Miles. After her father-in-law, an admiral, packed him off on a plane to a new duty station in Norfolk, he nonetheless persisted in a courtship that ultimately led to a 50-year marriage and four children. In the meantime, he returned to Davidson and completed his degree. The couple moved back to Raeford, where he worked at Burlington Industries as planning manager. Later, while working as a land surveyor and a drafting teacher at Hoke High School, he earned a master’s degree in school administration. He became assistant principal, then principal of Hoke High.

He was a keeper of history—his family’s, his church’s and the community’s. He loved research and published two books, wrote articles and kept records over the course of decades.

After Charlotte died in 2007, he married Betty Herring, and the two of them moved to Scotia Village, where she died in 2020.

He had a lifelong love of gardening, and at Scotia Village, he took over the work of a former resident and turned the gardens into a showplace of giant elephant ears, thousands of flowers, and rock-lined paths. He was happy to find fellow bridge enthusiasts in his many friends at Scotia.

Always ready for an adventure, in 2018, he and his children visited Panama to retrace the steps of his romance with their mother. In 2019, they traveled to Scotland and stood together at the spot where their ancestors embarked for America. 

He was elder emeritus at Raeford Presbyterian Church where he attended and served most of his life. He was upright, respectful of all, and known for his humor.

He is survived by four children, Ken MacDonald and his wife Holly of Southern Pines, John MacDonald and his wife Kathy of Winston Salem, Anne MacDonald of Raeford, and Alan MacDonald of Weaverville; grandchildren, Ben MacDonald, Leighanne Beidleman, John MacDonald, Katie Myer, Joey D’Annunzio, John D’Annunzio, Charlotte Samuelson, James MacDonald, Samuel MacDonald and Daniel MacDonald; great-grandchildren, Hollyanne, Kenneth, Annalise, Lincoln, Grant, Addison, Aidan, Ender, Archer, and Blue; and a sister, Katherine Ingram and her husband Jim of Fishers Island, New York.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Raeford Cemetery with Dr. Maureen Paterson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Raeford Presbyterian Church, The Raeford-Hoke Museum or Liberty Hospice, Raeford. 

Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com

Ralph Lee Futrell ’52

Ralph Lee Futrell, 92, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Brookridge Retirement Community.

Ralph was born in Winston-Salem on January 9, 1929, to Pete Harvey Sr. and Ida Hanes Futrell, the youngest of seven children. He graduated from John W. Hanes High School in 1947 where he was active in band, chorus, and sports. He was named outstanding male athlete of his senior class.

Ralph attended Davidson College and graduated from High Point College in 1952. In July of that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Morgan. After serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, Ralph and Bobbie moved to Richmond, VA.

In 1955 Ralph attended art school at Richmond Professional Institute (VCU). He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in commercial art. His career began at Alderman Studios in High Point and later continued at Long, Haymes and Carr in Winston-Salem. In 1969 Ralph began his freelance graphic design business, gRalphics, which he continued until his retirement in 1996.

Ralph was a lifelong member of Burkhead United Methodist Church. He sang in the church choir since his teens as well as at many funerals and weddings, including his son and daughter’s. He was also a member of the championship Auctioneers barbershop chorus. Ralph’s greatest loves were creating art and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Futrell, Alice Futrell, Hilda Pardue, Martha DiPrima, and brothers, Charles Futrell and Pete Futrell, Jr. Surviving are his beloved family including his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Connie Stockburger (Eric) and their children, Nicole and Matthew; son, Dan Futrell (Nancy) and their children Nathan (Sarah), Natalie Shore (Alex), and great-grandchildren, Madelyn Futrell and Beau Shore.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Woodland Cemetery in Winston-Salem. Please observe masking and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burkhead United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.