William W. “Bill” Bivins ’53

Judge William W. Bivins died June 2, 2022 in Gilbert, Arizona, of complications from Covid-19. He was ninety-one.

William Wilder Bivins was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 15, 1931. He went to Davidson College and Vanderbilt Law School. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he was a star player for the Army tennis team.

In 1958 Bivins moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to practice law. In 1982 he was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in Santa Fe. He served part of his tenure as Chief Judge and was named Outstanding Judge of the Year in 1990.

After retirement, Judge Bivins returned to Nashville where he engaged in volunteer work: teaching remedial reading, English as a second language, and public speaking. In 2017 he moved to Gilbert, AZ, to be near his daughter and her family. He is author of the novella “I Am a Part of All that I Have Met.”

He was married twice: to Mary Stahmann, then to Linda Roether. Though he never remarried after his second marriage, he reconnected in Nashville with a childhood sweetheart, Mary Follin, with whom he enjoyed a loving relationship for many years. Mary Follin predeceased him.

Judge Bivins is survived by his children: William Bivins, Jr., Dean Bivins, Jonathan Bivins, and Alli Bongianni; and five grandchildren: Samuel Bivins, Zachary Bivins, Claire Bivins, Nicolas Bongianni, and Olivia Bongianni.

William A. “Bill” Bledsoe ’53

William Anthony Bledsoe, age 90, died February 25, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan McCallum Bledsoe, his daughter Braden and husband Mark Weiner, his son Thomas and wife Cresta and their children Isles and Clary.

Bill was born October 23, 1931, in Greensboro, NC to William J. Bledsoe and Polly Gordon Bledsoe. Following his father’s early death, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Dr. William T. Clary and his beloved uncle, Thomas Braden Bledsoe. Bill graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN and then Davidson College, NC in 1953. At Davidson Bill was in ROTC and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following college he served two years in the Navy, seeing duty in The Korean War and then traveling around the world on the USS Caperton. Bill cherished this experience and held a lifelong affinity for ships.

After the service Bill worked with his Uncle Braden at the Brown Bledsoe Lumber Co. traveling the South buying hardwood for NC furniture companies. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began his financial career as a bond salesman at The First Boston Corporation in New York. While there he met his wife, Susan. They lived in Greenwich, CT and later moved to Atlanta, GA during his 20- year career with First Boston. Bill ultimately opened his own brokerage firm, a branch of Raymond James Financial, where he worked until he retired in his seventies.

Bill was a lover of tennis and golf and a member of the Capital City Club in Atlanta and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, FL where he had longstanding golf and tennis groups. He was a member of Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta where he ushered for many years. Bill was a voracious reader and loved sharing books with his children and friends. Bill enjoyed people and loved learning all about them. He had a gift for drawing people out and making them feel comfortable and special. He will be missed.

There will be a family memorial at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: The Cathedral of Saint Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Claude Lee “Buddy” Ives ’53

Claude Lee Ives, Jr. (Buddy) died peacefully at The Cypress of Charlotte on February 24, 2022, exactly ten years to the day of the passing of his beloved wife, Jane. He was born on May 30, 1932, in Davidson, NC, the son of Claude Lee Ives and Katherine Earle Ives. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Harriet I. Bingenheimer and her husband, Charles G. Bingenheimer, Jr.

Buddy is survived by his three children, Cherrye Ives Small, Claude Lee Ives, III (Carol) and Joseph Preston Ives (Kathy), all of Charlotte. In addition, he left behind his loving grandchildren, Winston Edward Small and his son Winston, Chamblee Small McClure (Will), Lauren Ashton Ives, Kathleen Ann Ives, Katherine Ellis Ives (fiancé, Alex Menefee) and Madeline Harris Ives. He is also survived by 10 nieces, nephews and their families.

Buddy grew up in Davidson, NC and was a proud Eagle Scout. He attended high school at the Darlington School in Rome, GA and graduated from Davidson College in 1953 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Shortly after graduation, he married the former Jane Blythe of Charlotte, the love of his life and wife of 58 years. After the wedding, Buddy went to Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Upon completion of his time in the Navy, he returned to North Carolina and completed his M.B.A. at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Jane and Buddy then moved to Charlotte and in 1958, he began his career at Harris, Upham & Co., a predecessor firm of Morgan Stanley, retiring in 1994.

Buddy loved his children and was always active in their lives, particularly when it came to athletics. He coached Lee and Preston’s basketball teams at the Dowd (Central) YMCA for several years and cherished the opportunity to spend time with his sons and their friends as they grew into young men. He never missed a game as his children got older and was active at Charlotte Latin School as an Athletic Booster and as a volunteer with the Parents’ Council. Later in life, when his children had started their own families, Jane and Buddy were happiest when surrounded by family, both at home and on many beach trips and other travels.

Those who knew Buddy will fondly remember his smile, sense of humor, and joy of life. Although he fought a battle of blindness that progressed until he was no longer able to drive in 1992, Buddy never complained or let the loss of his eyesight define or limit him, instead finding new ways to continue enjoying people, things and experiences he loved most. As a man of great faith, he always chose to see the positive in life. After Jane passed away in 2012, he moved to the Cypress to begin a new chapter. There he met his friend and companion, Helen Herndon, who became such a wonderful part of his life. Buddy and Helen were inseparable until she moved to Virginia to be closer to family in late 2020.

The family will be forever grateful to all those that made his life so rich. Jane and Buddy were blessed with a wonderful group of friends who remained close throughout their lives. In addition, Ms. Ruby Johnson, Jane’s caregiver, remained a dear friend of Buddy’s for the past ten years. Lastly, we would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received during his last two weeks at the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress. He was so happy to be around people that showed such tremendous care and compassion.

A service to celebrate the life of Claude Ives will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow. The internment will be private. Memorials may be made to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Metrolina Association for the Blind, 704 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204.

The service will be livestreamed at: https://myersparkpres.org/live/special/ for those unable to attend in person.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Robert Bryan “Bob” Struble ’53

The Honorable Robert Bryan Struble, Sr., age 90 of Toccoa passed away Friday, February 18, 2022.

A son of the late Carl Kenneth Struble and Winifred Lovelace Bryan Struble, he was born August 5, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey having been a resident of Toccoa for 74 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force JAG Corp having served almost three years. He was a Graduate of the University of Georgia Law School, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Editor-in-Chief, Case Notes, Georgia Bar Journal. He was a partner lawyer with the firm McClure, Ramsay, Struble and Dickerson for many years and as a lawyer, he served in many capacities: Member, Executive Committee, State Bar of Georgia; member, State Bar Board of Governors; President of Local and Circuit Bar Associations; President, University of Georgia Law School Association, Member, Board of Visitors, Georgia Law School; President, City Attorneys Section, Georgia Municipal Association; Member, State Bar Long-Range Planning Committee; member State Bench and Bar Committee; member, State Bar Disciplinary Board.

He served as a Superior Court Judge for 40 years. In his professional role as a Judge, he served in many capacities: President, County of Superior Court Judges; member, Judicial Council of Georgia; Sentence Review Panel; Administrative Judge, 9th Judicial District; member, State Commission on Children and Youth; member, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council; Chair, Board of Trustees of Institute of Continuing Judicial Education; member, Judicial Qualification Commission for 8 years.

His Civic and Community Involvement included: President, Toccoa Rotary Club; President, Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Chair, Stephens County United Fund; member, Executive Committee, Northeast Council, Boy Scouts of America; Secretary, Stephens County Education Foundation; Trustee Piedmont College; member, Stephens County Courthouse Restoration Authority.

During his lifetime, he received many Honors: University of Georgia Law School Association Distinguished Service Scroll Award; Northeast Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award; 1980 “Family of the Year” awarded to the Struble Family by the Georgia Federated Woman’s Club; 1991 Stephens County Schools Hall of Fame; Distinguished Citizens Award, Boy Scouts; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club; Lifetime Achievement Award, Stephens County.

He was a member of St. Matthias Episcopal where he served as Senior Warden; Vestry; Lay Reader; Eucharistic Minister; Sunday School Teacher; choir member.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Peggy Quisenberry Struble of the home; three children, Bryan (Julia) Struble of Ellijay, Georgia, Kenneth (Melanie) Struble of Toccoa and Dianne Struble Caso (Russ) of Sea Island, Georgia; grandchildren, John Andrew Smoltz, Jr., Robert Bryan Struble, III (Destiny), Rachel VanderPol (Joel), Allie Williams (Brett), Matthew Struble, Trey Caso, Carly Smoltz, Kara Struble, Kelly Smoltz, Drew Caso, Jacob Struble and Ethan Brown; great-grandchildren, John Allen VanderPol and Jordan VanderPol.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 12:00 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church with The Reverend Scott Harding officiating. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, John Andrew Smoltz, Robert Bryan Struble, III, Matthew Struble and Jacob Charles Struble, William Irvine, Robert Boxer; Honorary pallbearers will be The Honorable Russell Smith, John Dickerson, Robert Evans, Allan Ramsay, Jerry Rose and Ben F. Cheek, III.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 995 E. Tugalo Street, Toccoa, Georgia 30577 in memory of The Honorable Robert Bryan Struble, Sr.

Interment will follow in the Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Acree-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of the arrangements for The Honorable Robert Bryan Struble, Sr.

Stuart A. “Stu” Plummer ’53

It is with great sadness that the family of Stuart A. Plummer announce his passing on December 15, 2021 in Jackson, WY.

Stu graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC and received a doctorate in theological studies from Princeton University. He instituted a Dept. of Pastoral Care and Education at Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver, CO in 1960, where he served in multiple leadership roles and as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor to CPE students. He also earned a Diploma of Applied Psychoanalysis from the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis, and had a private practice of psychotherapy after retiring from Presbyterian Medical Center.

Stu was very active in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and had served in Regional Director and Interim Executive Directive roles. He was awarded the ACPE 2001 Distinguished Service Award for his contributions and leadership as an ACPE Supervisor. Throughout his professional career, he helped so many, as a hospital chaplain, teacher/supervisor, therapist, professional colleague, and friend.

In his spare time, Stu enjoyed reading, listening to music, and watching sports. His favorite activities included skiing, fishing, and hiking with family, as well as playing basketball, squash, and tennis in his younger years. In addition, he loved to sing and will be remembered for his beautiful harmonic voice.

Stu is preceded in death by his parents F. Arnold and Phebe S. Plummer and his wife Maxine (Glaz). He is survived by his wife Agnes Bourne; his former wife Sally; his children (with Sally) Sarah (Lisa) Davis, David, and Nancy; his stepdaughter Rachel Walaskay and step-granddaughters Kylie Squires and Sara Squires.

A private graveside service for family will be held in Fraser, CO next spring/early summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice in his name.

Published by Denver Post on Dec. 21, 2021.