Hugh Maxwell Morrison ’53

Dr. Hugh Maxwell Morrison, Jr., 91, of Southern Pines, NC died peacefully on November 5, 2022 at FirstHealth Hospice House. Born in Wilmington, NC and raised in Wallace, NC, Max was the only child of Hugh Maxwell Morrison and Mary Cavanaugh Morrison.

He attended Wallace High School, Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, graduating in 1957. After an internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an ophthalmology residency at the University of North Carolina, Max served in the Navy as an LCDR USNR medical corps ophthalmologist in Charleston, South Carolina. In August of 1959, Max married Myrtis B. Johnson of Red Springs, NC. For nearly forty years, 1963-2002, he practiced ophthalmology in Moore County, NC where he made many valuable contributions to the medical community, including establishment of the Pinehurst Medical Clinic. Max was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of numerous professional organizations. He served two terms as president of the Moore County Medical Society and was President of the Medical Staff at Moore Regional Hospital (now FirstHealth).

Max was a true Southern gentleman and Renaissance man, an expert in many areas, from architecture, gardening, and hunting, to church work and community service. He enjoyed raising bird dogs, bird hunting, and golfing in Moore County. He was an avid gardener, and “Max’s Tomatoes” were even featured in an edition of the Pine Straw Magazine. Rooting camellias was a prolific hobby, and he grew some 150 varieties of camellia plants, developing a cold-hardy cultivar aptly named, Max’s Seedling. The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and the Town of Southern Pines were among the many recipients of his prize camellias.

Max accomplished much in his 91 years, but he always made it a priority to give back to his community. He frequently volunteered at the Free Medical Clinic in Carthage and was a loyal member of the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills and the St. Andrews Society. A member of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church for nearly sixty years, he served as a deacon and a member of the session. He also enjoyed music and sang bass in the Chancel Choir for several decades. Max was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, known for his wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and dry wit.

Max was predeceased by his parents and by his daughter, Elizabeth Morrison Barron (Chuck). He is survived by his devoted wife, Myrtis Johnson Morrison; his daughters, Mary Anne Morrison Johnson (David) of Asheville, NC, and Jean Maxwell Morrison of Southern Pines, NC; and his grandchildren, Alice and Aubrey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 251 Campground Road, West End, NC 27376; Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 330 South May Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387; or The Elizabeth Morrison Barron Memorial Art Scholarship, c/o The Sandhills Community College Foundation, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family. Online condolences may be left at:
Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

Allen Irving Vance ’53

Allen Irving Vance, age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 2 at Oakmont at Gordon Park Bristol, VA. A devout Christian who loved serving others, he was a kind, compassionate, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. Allen was born in Bristol, Tennessee, a graduate of Tennessee High School, class of 1949 and served as the senior class president. He was a sports enthusiast, earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a lifelong tennis player. He graduated from Davidson College in 1953, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Interfraternity Council. Upon graduation, he served as a rifle platoon leader in the United States Army, serving his last year of active duty in Salzburg, Austria. After his service duty discharge, he attended the Graduate Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he met his beloved wife, Retta Jelks.
Allen spent his career in banking, working primarily for Tri-City Bank in Bristol. He enjoyed serving as an elder and deacon of Central Presbyterian Church, Bristol, VA, the church where his grandparents were charter members in 1875. Allen served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Bristol, BTES, and King University Advisory Board. He was an active member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club of Bristol VA/TN and founded the Kappa Alpha Alumni Chapter of the Tri-Cities.
In 1980, Allen and Retta moved to Savannah, GA, Retta’s hometown for 25 years before returning back to retire in Bristol. While in Savannah, Allen worked in banking and later worked in development for the YMCA, served as a deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church and later became a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was a founding member and President of the Savannah Kappa Alpha Alumni and received The Kappa Alpha Knight Commander Award, the highest honor on a national level. Allen was a board member of the American Red Cross, an active member of the Southside Rotary Club and was recognized as a Will Watt Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Allen was preceded in death by his brothers Dr. Graham Vance (Martha) of West Plains, Mo, Dr. Fred Vance, Jr. (Ann) of Bristol, TN and brother-in-law Freeman Jelks, Jr. of Savannah, GA. He is survived by his wife, Retta Jelks Vance of 65 years, their three daughters, Julie Brown (Bill) of Kingsport, TN, Retta Poynter (Jay) of Charlotte, NC and Helen Scott (Bob) of Bristol, TN. He is also survived by four grandchildren Molly Brown of Kingsport, TN, Sam Scott of Knoxville, TN, Brian Scott of Bristol, TN and Lauren Poynter of Lynchburg, VA, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be on Saturday, October 8 in Central Hall of Central Presbyterian Church Bristol, VA from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service in the sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. Allen will be laid to rest at Shelby Hills Cemetery Bristol, TN following the service.
The family would like to thank the staff of Oakmont, Elite Hospice and his caregivers Nancy, Laura, Jessica and Angie for their loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church 331 Euclid Ave Bristol, VA 24201 or Healing Hands Health Center 245 Midway Medical Park Bristol, TN 37620.
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Akard Funeral Home, (423) 989-4800 is honored to be serving the Vance family.

Harold Fowler Jr. ’53

Dr. Harold Duke Fowler, Jr. (November 30, 1930 – July 28, 2022) was born in Statesville, NC to Harold Duke Fowler, Sr. and Nova Beaver Fowler. He was a proud graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Fowler worked in his own dental practice for many years in Statesville and Mt. Airy. He also served as a public health dentist for the State of North Carolina for 27 years. In that capacity he provided free dental work to those children in need of special care throughout Surry, Stokes, Yadkin, and Davie counties.

Dr. Fowler, known to his friends as Duke, belonged to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain where he served as deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was often head chef for the men’s breakfast.

After retirement, he traveled regularly with his wife, Sue, and their friends to places such as Pennsylvania Amish Country, San Antonio, New Orleans, Hawaii, Alaska, and British Columbia. He also discovered his favorite place in the world, Costa Rica, where he ziplined through the rain forest at the age of 81!

Duke will be remembered for his charismatic personality and ability to fascinate with his charms; his penchant for puns and funny jokes, and being well versed in all kinds of trivia (a self-described “encyclopedia of useless information”); a story or anecdote for every occasion; the wooden cars and birdhouses he crafted by hand; the highly anticipated annual calendar he created and printed for his children with everyone’s birthday, age, and anniversaries; and his love of all creatures, especially cats.

Duke is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, M. Sue Byrd Fowler; 5 children, Donna Fowler, Shawn Martin (Hal), Tres Fowler (Terry), Shannon Johnson (Terry), and Sharee Fowler, (John); 2 stepsons, Michael Lyon (Annette) and John Gregory Lyon; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his cherished friend and caregiver, Cindi Barber.

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 2 at the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. To honor Duke’s big heart for animals and all of the stray kitties he cared for over the years, the family requests that donations be made to the Forsyth Humane Society. Memorial donations may also be made to the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain.

Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Fowler family.

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Joel C. Goudy ’53

Mr. Joel Channing Goudy, 90, of Lexington passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, at his residence. He was born in Union County, New Jersey to the late George Leroy Goudy and Monrovia Bunkley Goudy on November 14, 1931. Joel grew up in Fanwood, NJ and went to Davidson College until he was drafted during the Korean War and served for the US Army. Upon his return, he swiftly fell in love with his princess, Nancy Glover Goudy, and they married on May 11, 1957, and stayed married for 62 years until her death in 2019. Joel was a senior field engineer for Burroughs Corporation and Unisys. He was a member of the Optimist Club and found much pleasure in serving others.

Always ready with a smile, a joke, and many stories, Joel was beloved by his community. He was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, NC and loved being a greeter and usher, making all feel welcome. An avid golfer, Joel loved being a starter at Tanglewood golf course.

He is fiercely loved and missed by his children, Glenn Goudy (Susie), Bonnie Soper (Scott) and Richard Goudy (Marta), his sister, Susan Gabus and many nieces and nephews. He was Grandaddy to his nine grandchildren and Dah to his seven great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 1:30 PM, Sunday, July 24, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, NC with Rev. Randy Hall officiating. Online condolences may be sent to

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.