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.

Charles Murray Roper ’52

Charles Murray Roper, a.k.a. “Father Charlie,” (age 92) has passed from this earthly realm to be with the Eternal Father on November 14, 2021.

He was born August 9, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Clara Mae Bullock Roper and Robert Harold “Hal” Roper, their only child.

Music was a big part of Charlie’s life. He started piano at the age of 4 and enjoyed tickling the keys the remainder of his life. He played the pipe organ, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon, and was a drum major and a choral singer. As a child, he played drums for his father’s band at the Egyptian Ballroom above the Fox Theater.

He attended Mary Lynn Elementary, Bass Junior High School, and Georgia Military Academy, graduating Magna cum Laude. Charles studied music at Davidson College, where he was a Sigma Chi brother, and at Brevard Music Center, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth Ann Mason of Roanoke, VA. He said they fell in love instantly, and he asked her to marry him having known her for only a few days – upon which she said “yes.” They married at Christ Church in Roanoke on his birthday in 1953.

Charlie studied at Columbia Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Father Charlie committed his career to the ministry with the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, having served at St. John’s in West Point, Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur, Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Decatur, St. Thomas in Columbus, and as Canon to the Ordinary. He was also a member at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Charlie was a devoted leader with multiple initiatives across numerous communities serving on boards ranging from the Emory/Atlanta Orchestra, the Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry, the Pastoral Center, to the Bradley Hospital. He helped bring WJSP-FM to Warm Springs/Columbus and held a special affinity for WDAV Classical Public Radio in Davidson, NC.

He is survived by his beloved and adored wife of 68 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Mason Roper, and their six children, Stephen Van, Ann Mason (Camp), Michael Charles, Susan Elizabeth “Libby”, David Lawrence, and John Christopher. Charlie enjoyed several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He held passions for jazz and classical music, art and architecture, and travels in the U.S., U.K. and France.

Charlie’s funeral service and celebration of life will be held December 11, 4 PM at the Cathedral of St. Philip with the burial in the Memorial Garden and a reception to follow.

Please consider a monetary donation to the St. Thomas Church, Columbus, GA “Bell Fund” 706-324-4264.

Alfred Thomas “Al” Davies ’52

Alfred (Al) fell in love with Davidson College when he was attending church conferences at Davidson as a teenager.  His desire was to attend Davidson and he finally did.  He proudly became the chapter president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, during his senior year and graduated in 1952 with a Theology degree.  He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1955, completed a Diploma in Theology at the University of Oxford, England in 1959, and later earned a Doctorate at Princeton Seminary in 1978.

During his career, Al pastored four churches with the largest having 1900 congregants.  He was a prolific writer with sermons published in national publications, articles published in Presbyterian publications and an authored book.  He was also a strong and active proponent of Civil Rights in the 60’s, participating in Hattiesburg, Mississippi black voting rights events and travelling to Washington DC to attend the March on Washington and hearing Martin Luther King, Jr’s  I Have a Dream speech in person.

Al retired in 1994, and at his death in November, 2021 left a loving family: a wife of 66 years, two children, six grandchildren and one great grand-child.