Carl Thomas Holmes ’52

Carl Thomas Holmes, affectionately known as Tom or Tommy, passed away on 03/21/2024 in his home at Holden Beach, NC at the age of 96.

Tommy Holmes was born Nov. 5, 1927, in the Sedberry-Holmes house in downtown Fayetteville, the baby of seven children of the late James Azor Holmes Sr. and Mable Martin Holmes.

Tom lived a life marked by his love of family, friends, and lots of laughter. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Davidson College, Carl Thomas Holmes dedicated four years of service to the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of S/Sgt. He later utilized his talents and skills in his professional career with the State of North Carolina, working as a tax auditor, contributing to public service and the community.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, survived by his former wife, Cornelia Holmes, his two children, Mary Holmes Basnight (spouse to Matt Basnight) and Carl Thomas Holmes Jr. (known as T or Thomas), and his cherished grandchildren Ariel, Hunter, and Dylan Basnight. In addition to his immediate family, Tommy is survived by nieces and nephews, Martha, Dell, Dorothy, Trip, Boyd, Scott, Alex, and their families, whom he held dear.

Tommy was an active member of First Presbyterian Church until his retirement, when he moved to Holden Beach. Tom’s vibrant spirit was reflected in his love for travel, particularly to the beautiful lands of Ireland and Scotland. He relished social gatherings and spent his retirement days surrounded by friends at Holden Beach, sharing stories and laughter over “a drink or two”. A man of dedication, integrity, and infectious laughter, Tom touched the lives of many. He will be remembered for his zest for life and his ability to find joy in every moment. In honoring his memory, let us celebrate the remarkable life of Carl Thomas Holmes—a loving father, devoted friend, and an individual whose laughter echoed long after it faded away.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11 am at Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462

Please consider a donation in Carl’s name to the Holden Beach Chapel.

William “Bill” Coles Lacy ’52

William “Bill” Coles Lacy, died peacefully on January 20th, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va.

He was born on June 1, 1931, in South Boston, Va., to the late Malcolm Baker Lacy, D.D.S., and Marian Spragins Lacy. There, he met the love of his life, the late Barbara Rose Crews Lacy. On November 20, 1955, they were married, and are survived by their three children whom they raised in Richmond, Va., Mark Preston Lacy and his wife, Becky, of Seneca, Sc., Lynn Lacy Lewis of Richmond, Va., and William Coles Lacy, Jr., of Palmyra, Va.

Also surviving are grandsons, Matthew Walker Lacy of Laurens, Sc., Dylan Scott Lacy of Gray Court, Sc., William Coles Lacy, III, of Richmond, Va., and Ryan Austin Lacy of Laurens, Sc.; and his granddaughters, Caroline Lacy Lewis of Bend, Or., Emily Walker Lacy of Olympia, Wa., and Rose Meriwether Lewis of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by his brother, Malcolm B. Lacy, Jr., D.D.S., and his sister, Nan Lacy Godbold, both of South Boston, Va.

Bill was an adoring husband, loving father and grandfather, caring brother, loyal friend, and faithful servant of God. He attended Davidson College before serving in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he joined Universal Leaf, where he worked until his retirement. He spent what Frank Sinatra called the autumn of his years traveling with his beloved Barbara, and spending time in Richmond with his children and grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank his caregivers over the years for their many kindnesses. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Rd., North Chesterfield, Va. 23235.

A memorial visitation will be held at 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 26, at Bliley’s Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230; a private interment service will be held for family and close friends later.

Francis D. Pepper Jr. ’52

Dr. Francis D. Pepper, Jr passed away on Thursday December 14th, 2023. He was born to Francis D. Pepper Sr. and Fannie Byrd Smith Pepper in Winston-Salem, NC on November 25, 1930.

Francis graduated from Reynolds High School. He next graduated from Davidson College, then onto UNC Chapel Hill medical school. After medical school, he interned in Denver, Colorado. He then was invited by Dr. Greene to join Forsyth Radiology Clinic and retired from there in 1991.

He was predeceased by his parents Francis Pepper Sr. in 1986 and Fannie B. Pepper in 2002 also by his first wife Phyllis in 1996.

He is survived by his loving wife Abbie of the home and his sister, Audrey P. Oliver, a niece, nephews, and several cousins. Francis was of the utmost gentleman, loving, kind and generous. He will be sorely missed.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday December 21st at Salem Cemetery, 301 Cemetery St., Winston-Salem, NC, 27101 with a reception following at Forsyth Country Club. Memorials may be sent to Parkway Presbyterian Church, 100 Yorkshire Rd., Winston-Salem, NC or to the donor’s choice.

Rufus Brady Osborne ’52

Rufus Brady Osborne, September 15, 1929 – November 19, 2023

Mary Jane Kornegay Osborne, March 20, 1931 – October 23, 2023

Mary Jane Kornegay Osborne passed away on October 23, 2023, after 92 beautiful years on this earth, with her husband, Rufus Brady Osborne, by her side. November 6 would have been their 69th wedding anniversary. Brady joined her just 27 days later on November 19, at 94 years young. Both died peacefully at home surrounded by family and loving caregivers at Canterbury Court in Atlanta.

Mary Jane was born on March 20, 1931, in Greensboro, NC, to the late Marvin Earl Kornegay and Blanche Robinson Kornegay. She graduated from Greensboro High School and studied music and voice at Brevard College. Mary Jane aka Mama was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother for whom family was the center of life. She showed her love through cooking and baking, loved music, and never missed a birthday for any family members or friends. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her brothers, The Honorable Horace Robinson “Dag” Kornegay and Marvin Loftin “Pat” Kornegay, and her sister, Sarah “Sis” Kornegay Hunt. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Chachi Kornegay, of Pleasant Garden, NC.

Brady was born on September 15, 1929, in Winston-Salem, NC, to the late Maggie Prevette Osborne and Rufus Charles Osborne, as the fourth of seven children in the family. Both parents worked for Chatham Manufacturing Company, which relocated its plant to Elkin, NC, in 1939, causing the family to move to Elkin. Brady graduated from Elkin High School and attended Davidson College on a football scholarship, where he lettered in football as well as basketball and baseball. Brady aka Papa was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, lifelong athlete, sports fan, and avid golfer with a sense of humor that endured until the very end. His brothers, Charles Brandon, Alfred Reece, and Ray Claiborne “R.C.,” and sisters, Gladys Flowers, Grace Walls, and Gerty Mae Finney, preceded him in death. He is survived by three sisters-in-law, Mary Thom Osborne, June Osborne, and Gerry Osborne.

Mary Jane and Brady met in Greensboro when Mary Jane was working for the Guilford Merchants Association and Brady transferred there from Charlotte as a local manager with The Kirby Company. They were married at Muir’s Chapel Methodist Church on November 6, 1954, and later became founding members of Christ United Methodist Church. They welcomed their five children in Greensboro and lived there until 1977, when they relocated to Boca Raton, FL, for Brady to join his brother, R.C., in business. They lived and enjoyed life in Boca for 38 years. Brady and Mary Jane were members of Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, where Brady served as commodore in 1992. When it was time to move into assisted living, Brady and Mary Jane relocated to Atlanta in 2015 to be near their youngest grandchildren and oldest great-grandchildren. There they became members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and the Timothy Class.

Mary Jane and Brady are survived by their five devoted children: Blanche Meskimen, of Atlanta; Rufus Brady “Brad” Osborne, Jr. (Beth), of Boca Raton, FL; Jane Eager (Jon), of Westlake, OH; Trish Marshall (Steve), of Denton, TX; and Chuck Osborne (Frost), of Atlanta; their 12 grandchildren: Crystal Osborne, Ivan Meskimen (Amy), Katharine Osborne Mawhinney (Brian), Maggie Osborne Schroeder (Matt), Rufus Brady Osborne III (Rachael), Scott Eager, Joe Eager, Janey Eager, Lloyd Marshall (Emma), Alexandra Marshall Ferguson (CJ), Charlie Osborne, and Mary Frost Osborne; 15 great-grandchildren: Ashlynn, Abigail, Delainy, Ryleigh, Quinn, Grady, Reese, Jude, Lilly, Felista, Patrick, Otto, Micah, Kay, and Josephine; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, relatives, and friends.

A private celebration of life for Brady and Mary Jane will be held in Boca Raton, FL, in February. Entombment will follow at the Boca Raton Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be sent in honor of Mr. & Mrs. R. Brady Osborne to Atlanta Classical Academy or North Cobb Christian School, in Atlanta.

Thomas Barber Stockton ’52

Bishop Thomas Barber Stockton, of Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem, North Carolina moved from life to life eternal on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Born to Norman and Emorie Stockton on July 26, 1930 along with his twin brother, Richard, he attended Wiley School, Reynolds High, Davidson College, Duke Divinity School, and Cambridge University, and received honorary doctorates from Pfeiffer College and Shenandoah University.

Tom married Jean Stevens, the love of his life, in 1953. They worked deeply together in ministry, family and life until Jean’s death in November, 2017. They had three children and nine grandchildren: Lisa Stockton Howell, and her husband James, and their children Sarah Howell-Miller, Grace Howell, and Noah Howell; Tom Stockton, Jr., and his wife Margie, and their children Rosie Stockton, Elizabeth Fox, and Katy Stockton; and Shannon Stockton Miller, and her husband Shannon, and their children Regan Johnson, Taylor Miller, and Sydney Miller.

He entered the United Methodist ministry in 1956 and served Thrift United Methodist Church in Charlotte, First United Methodist Church in Reidsville, Dilworth United Methodist Church in Charlotte, Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. Tom then served as Bishop of the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference. In addition, he served on the United Methodist Board of Higher Education, and as a Trustee of Duke University, High Point University, and Virginia Methodist College. Upon retirement he taught at High Point University until he and Jean moved to Arbor Acres.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem on Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m., conducted by Dr. James Howell, Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller, and Bishop Ray Chamberlain.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Resident Assistance Fund at Arbor Acres, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, or to Lake Junaluska, Annual Fund, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745. Condolences may be made online at