David Hagan Pfaff ’54

David Hagen Pfaff, 90, of Winston-Salem, died Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born on October 28, 1932 in Forsyth County to the late Fred Wilson and Elizabeth Hagen Pfaff.

David graduated from Reynolds High School and later Davidson College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve, where he earned the rank of full bird colonel. During his time in the service, David lived at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, but in 1958, he moved back to Winston-Salem and started working at Pfaffs Glass. In 1963 he started Pfaffs Auto Glass, where he worked for 57 years, until he retired in 2020. He loved golf and spending time at his Beech Mountain home. David played the trumpet in the Easter band for over 75 years, was a member of the Kiwanis and the Salem Band.

He is survived by his children: Douglas Bryon Pfaff and Deborah Pfaff Faircloth, both of Winston-Salem, and Fredrick Wilson Pfaff (Shannon) of Canyon Lake, TX; grandchildren, Mary Kathleen Lanier (Joshua), Laura Ann Pfaff, Alanna Frances Pfaff (Christopher Tolley), William Hagen Faircloth (Shannon), Marilyn Jeanette Bell (Philip), Ashley Pfaff Winters (Daulton) and David Hagen Pfaff; great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Braely, Lawson, Ella, Avery, and Emma. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane Pfaff Dewees (John).

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Home Moravian Church with burial to follow in the Salem Moravian Graveyard. A reception will follow the burial in the Parlor at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Moravian Church, 529, S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, the Moravian Music Foundation, 457 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Chapter, 4600 Park Rd., # 250, Charlotte, NC 28209. Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

Homer C. Phifer Jr. ’54

Rev. Dr. Homer Craig Phifer, Jr. died on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

He was born in Hamlet, on Sept. 12, 1932, to the late Homer C. Phifer, Sr. and Elizabeth Dale Crowell Phifer. He grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He graduated from Davidson College in 1954. Receiving a commission through the ROTC program at Davidson he served two years in the U.S. Army following graduation. After this service, he attended and graduated from Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Va., with a Masters of Divinity degree.

He was ordained in the Montpelier Presbyterian Church in Wagram, in 1959, by the former Fayetteville Presbytery. In addition to Montpelier, he served the Old Town Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, the First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville, and the Arlington Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Fla. While in Thomasville he earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Union Seminary.

In 1985 he became the executive presbyter and stated clerk of Shenandoah Presbytery with an office in Harrisonburg, Va. Upon his retirement in 1997, the Presbytery made him Executive Emeritus. That same year he and his wife Martha moved to Pinehurst.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Nelson Phifer.

He is survived by his son Craig and his wife, Lynne, of Pinehurst; grandson, Nathan (wife Samantha); and great-grandsons, Watson and William; and grandson, Scott (wife Alexis); and great-granddaughters, Sophia and Farah.

A memorial service for the Rev. Phifer will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., at Community Presbyterian Church, in Pinehurst, with Rev. Rod Stone officiating.

The family is very grateful to the staff of Pinehurst Medical Clinic and Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, especially Dr. David Hipp and Dr. Joshua Sesek and their staff for the excellent care provided. Finally, to the staff at Aegis Family Care Home in Southern Pines and the many members and friends of Community Presbyterian Church who made Homer’s life so full and meaningful, eternal thanks for your care, concern and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made in memory of Rev. Phifer to Community Presbyterian Church, Montreat Youth Fund, P.O. Box 1449, Pinehurst, NC 28370.

Condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

Eugene Daniel Witherspoon Jr. ’54

Eugene Daniel Witherspoon, Jr., son of Eugene Daniel and Frances McFaden Witherspoon, died on July 9, 2022.  He was born on May 1, 1932 in Winchester, VA.  He was the fourth great-grandson of John Witherspoon, the only pastor to sign the Declaration of Independence. 

He received a B.A. in English from Davidson College, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA and a Master of Theology in Church Government from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. 

While in seminary, Gene married Peggy Fitch and they had two children; Gene and Peggy later divorced.  Gene was ordained in 1957 and served churches in North Carolina and West Virginia.  He organized two churches while in North Carolina.  He served in the Office of the General Assembly in both the PCUS and PC(U.S.A.) Churches.  He served on the staff of the Board of Annuities and Relief, PCUS.  Gene recorded the minutes of the General Assembly of the PCUS and PC(U.S.A.) for over 25 years.  He compiled two editions of the Ministerial Directory of the denomination and put biographies from all five directories on the internet.  He updated the Digest of Proceedings of the PCUS.  He was Manager of Judicial Process in the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, KY.  Gene was a member of both the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs and also refereed youth soccer. 

And then came retirement!  Truly the best that was yet to be.  Retiring on the last day of 1993, he and his wife Barbara moved to Hendersonville, NC and later to Saluda, NC.  Gene conducted house tours and then worked as a Park Ranger for two seasons at the Carl Sandburg Historic Site (he shares the same birth month and day with Lillian (Paula) Steichen Sandburg noting that annual parades are held in Russia on “his” birthday.)  He was stated supply at Saluda Presbyterian Church for ten-plus years.  Throughout it all, he was a great believer in the value of humor.  The very best that was to be was his time at Highland Farms Retirement Center where he and Barbara lived for 14 years.

Gene was preceded in death by six hours by his remarkably fantastic and devoted wife of 38 years, Barbara.  He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Tom Harrell of Cumming, GA; a daughter, Kay, of Hernando, MS; a son and his wife, Dan and Christina, of Hernando, MS; two stepchildren, Lisa and David Westin, both of the Atlanta area; and three “adopted” children:  Valerie, Paul and Punkin.  There are five grandchildren:  Torie, Joseph, Anna, Adam and Jon; ten great-grandchildren:  Aliyah, Tiyana, Malachi, Isaiah, Molly, Jaylen, Bogey, Thomas, Lenny and Ryan (number 11 is due in January); and one dog, Mellow, of the home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Givens Highland Farms Assistance Fund, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, or a charity of your choice.

John M. Graham ’54

John McKay Graham, husband of Virginia Brown Graham, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 28, 2022.

Born October 15, 1932, in Sumter, South Carolina, John was the son of the late Martha Wilson Graham. He graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1950. He attended Davidson College, transferred to the University of South Carolina and was drafted into the Army in 1953 during the Korean War. After completion of his military service, he returned to USC and graduated in 1956. He then began his career in banking and savings and loan.

He married his wife, Virginia Martha Brown, on June 14, 1958, making their home in Sumter for the next 40 years.

After John received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, he became an active member of his church where he worshipped regularly. He served faithfully in leadership roles of elder and deacon and was active in men’s ministry, global missions and audiovisual ministry.

He and Virginia were known for their hospitality, often opening their home for family and friends. John loved his family and treasured time with Virginia, their children and their families. Family gatherings would often include his engaging retelling of his life experiences.

As a young man, he achieved and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis and photography.

His career in banking and savings and loan extended for almost 40 years, beginning as a loan officer with First Federal Savings and Loan of Sumter, and retiring as a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer with BB&T. His tenure was marked by character, integrity, fairness and generosity. He served on and chaired numerous boards including Sumter Area Technical College, Sumter Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post 15, and Shaw AFB/Sumter commission. He was a loyal supporter of law enforcement as an assistant to the Sheriff, a special SLED agent, and a lifelong SC state constable.

After retirement, John and Virginia moved to Hendersonville, NC, and then Mount Pleasant, SC, where, for the past 17 years, they have been active in their church and community. John enjoyed staying in touch with his many friends from over the years, and meeting and making new friends, encouraging them through photos, letters, and phone calls.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children, Dr. John McKay Graham, Jr. (Tamara), Mount Pleasant, SC, Virginia Graham Caswell (Braxton), Johns Creek, GA, Elizabeth Graham Faulkner (Larry), Mount Pleasant, SC and Benjamin Brown Graham (Tracy), Hendersonville, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Graham, Marshall Anne Caswell Busbee (Daniel), Virginia Britton Caswell, Margaret Graham Caswell, Mary Elizabeth Faulkner Kimble (Seth), Sarah Louise Faulkner McCurry (Marion), John Lawrence Faulkner, Benjamin Brown Graham Jr., James Frierson Graham, Kruesi Graham, Natasha Townsend and Julia Townsend; great-grandchildren, James McKay Busbee and Hannah Grace Kimble, and many extended family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Graham; his sisters, Elizabeth G. Gallagher, Georgianna G. Thomas, Margaret G. Love, Sadie G. Randall, and Helen G. Stoddard.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at the Keil Health Center at Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration of life service will be at East Cooper Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 11 AM. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 AM until the hour of service. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. Burial will be at the Sumter Cemetery in Sumter, SC, on Saturday, July 2, at 4 PM. Arrangements by Elmore Hill McCreight, Sumter, SC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to East Cooper Baptist Church Global Missions Fund, 361 Egypt Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, eastcooperbaptist.com or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, samaritanspurse.org

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

Charles C. “Charlie” Hull ’54

Charles Crews “Charlie” Hull, 88, passed on to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on February 13, 2022.

He was born in Athens, Georgia in 1933 to Helen Crews Hull and William Deloney Hull. He grew up in Decatur, Georgia and loved sports and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Decatur Boys High School and then attended Davidson College, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and lettered on the swimming team as a diver.

After college, he served in the U.S. Infantry as a 1st Lieutenant. Upon discharge he joined the Atlanta advertising agency Liller, Neal, & Battle, where he became a vice president and handled major accounts.

In 1970, he changed careers, joining Adams Cates Real Estate. In 1972, he and two partners founded what is today Wilson, Hull, & Neal Real Estate. During his real estate career, he was awarded the Silver Phoenix Award for 25 years in the Million Dollar Club.

He was privileged to serve on the Atlanta Advisory Board of the Salvation Army for more than 25 years, offering pro bono counsel and involvement on real estate matters. He was a long-time member of Northwest Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, Sunday School superintendent, and various other positions. He was a 40-year Life Member of the Capital City Club and loved golf, spending time at the family cabin on Lake Lanier, and playing his guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise, his daughter Dr. Helen Hull, and his three sons and their wives—Charlie, Jr. (Kris), Alec (Emily) and Billy (Anne) and eight grandchildren Taylor, Calley, William, McLaurin, Katie, Ellie, Anna Clare, and Harley.

A celebration of his life will be held at Northwest Presbyterian Church, 4300 Northside Dr., Atlanta, GA 30327 on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2 PM; the family will receive guests after the service. Abiding by the city’s current mask ordinance, masks will be required in the sanctuary. The service will be live-streamed via Northwest Presbyterian Church’s YouTube channel, (https://www.youtube.com/c/NorthwestPresbyterianChurchAtlanta). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Northwest Presbyterian Church; the Salvation Army; or Thornwell Home for Children (302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325).