John Billy Gentry ’55

Dr. J. B. Gentry, 89, of Shelby, NC, passed away January 26, 2024. Son of the late John William Gentry and Sarah Ella Brooks Gentry, Bill was born in Statesville on September 25, 1934. A board-certified pathologist in Shelby and Kings Mountain for 54 yrs., he attended Mitchell Community College (A.S.) where he met his future wife, Bernice Troutman (m. 1955), and where he would return to serve several terms as alumni association president. From Mitchell, he went to Davidson College on an academic scholarship (B.S., 1955) and later graduated from UNC’s School of Medicine with honors (1959).

A Marine, he served his country; a Red Cross volunteer, he served his community.

A brilliant, gracious man, he will be greatly missed by family and friends, whom he cherished.

Visitation: Troutman Funeral Home Tues., 1-30, 6-8 pm; Service: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, Wed., 1-31, 2 pm; Interment: Troutman Family Cemetery

Wilson Seibert Hendry ’55

Wilson Seibert Hendry M.D., 90, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on December 25, 2023. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Penny, who died on December 22, 2023.

Wilson was born in Perry Florida, February 26th, 1933. He attended Davidson College, and Duke University Medical School, where he received his M.D. in 1959.

He served as a captain in the US Army medical corps, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.

In 1966, he moved to Sarasota where he began his career as a pathologist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. In the late 1970s, he and his partners co-founded Sarasota Pathology.
Wilson loved wildlife and was an avid nature photographer. He read books on a variety of subjects, including philosophy, Christianity, biology, history and chemistry. He also was devoted to classic literature and read everything from Shakespeare to Mark Twain. He always listened to the Metropolitan Opera broadcast on Saturdays.

Wilson is survived by his son Hampton, daughters Cornelia and Rachel, brother John Alexander Hendry, sister Helen Lowrey, and many other family members and friends.
Funeral service: January 31, 2024, 10:30 AM, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida.

Charles Bruce Stegall ’55

Charles Stegall of Raleigh died on April 14, 2023 at the age of 90. Born in Marshville, North Carolina, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Bruce Stegall and Georgie Dean Stegall, and his brother Robert Stegall.

He was married to Carolie Hatsell Stegall of Hubert, North Carolina from October of 1964 until her death in July of 2006. More recently, he has been special friends with Heike Schichtel (originally from Germany) from April of 2009 until the present.

Charles attended Wingate Junior College and Davidson College, both in North Carolina, and he was stationed in Germany for 18 months as a member of the U.S. Army. His career was in Radio Programming at stations in New Bern, Greenville, Raleigh for 32 years at WPTF, and Wake Forest for eight years at WCPE.

For many years, he was a member of Unity Church in Raleigh where he was a co-sponsor of the YOU for ten years and head of the Video Team for another ten years. At the time of his death he was a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. During his time in Raleigh, he has served on a number of boards including Rotary Club of North Raleigh, Friends of the College, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Student Theater Guild.
His passions were radio broadcasting, classical music, the mountains, and long one-on-one lunches with friends.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2023, 11 AM at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The service will also be streamed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to White Memorial Presbyterian Church (Music Program), 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608 or to North Raleigh Rotary (Ukrainian Orphan Program), PO Box 17724, Raleigh, NC 27619.

Charles Goddard “Chick” McClure, Jr. ’55

Charles Goddard McClure, Jr. (Chick) died 2/15/23 (Age 89) in Raleigh, NC of a subdural hematoma resulting from a fall. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Raleigh, NC; daughter Catherine McClure Adams (Bill), of Perth, Australia; son, Charles G. McClure III and granddaughter, Avery Catherine McClure of Raleigh, NC. Chick is also survived by his brother, Robert C. McClure (Carole) of Plantation, FL. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Henrietta McClure, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Dr. Mercer L. McClure of Santa Ana, CA. 

Chick was born in Louisiana where his Presbyterian Minister father held a pastorate. He later attended primary school in New Orleans until his father accepted another pastorate in Charlotte, NC.  Chick completed primary and secondary (Central High) public schools in Charlotte and then graduated Davidson College in 1955. Shortly thereafter he entered the Army and completed his military service in 1957 as a 1st Lieutenant. Post-military Chick completed an MBA at UNC Chapel Hill. He was employed as a CPA with several companies in the Carolinas until he accepted a position as Trust Officer with Nations Bank in Charlotte where he remained until he retired from the Raleigh office of Bank of America in 1998.

While in grad school Chick met Joyce, a Registered Nurse who often attended his father’s church. He would tell the story of “picking her up” by asking for her phone number in a local restaurant nearby. They were married two years later and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. 

Chick had two great loves: his family and tennis. He was dedicated to his family and would play tennis wherever he moved; the latest courts being at Raleigh Racquet Club. He has a paver there with an inscription that reads RRC was his home away from home. 

Chick was a quiet man, a good man, a man of Christian faith. He will be greatly missed.            

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, 5/10/23 at 2:30 PM in Davidson Chapel, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to either White Memorial Church or Springmoor Retirement Center, 1500 Sawmill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615.

Ernest Chace Cross ’55

Ernest Chace Cross, age 89, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed into eternal glory on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Ernie was born on May 6, 1933, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to the late Alice Brayton Cross and Ernest Childs Cross.

He was a 1951 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he excelled in basketball and track.

Ernie was deployed in Europe by the US Army from 1956-58, then attended Davidson College in North Carolina before graduating from East Tennessee State University.

He married Billie Jo Masters in 1958 and together they raised two daughters.

Ernie was employed by W.B. Greene, then by Kingsport National Bank, before moving to Johnson City to work for Hamilton Bank.

Since 1964 he was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church and served on various committees while enjoying the fellowship of many members.

For 18 years Ernie served as Treasurer for the Johnson City Cardinals and was also their director for 5 years.

He was a member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club, was awarded Kiwanian of the Year, earned the nick name of “Captain Kiwanis,” and registered perfect attendance for over 57 years.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jo Masters Cross and a twin brother Alan B. Cross.

Those left to cherish his memory include daughters Cyndi Stephenson (Joel) of Florence AL, and Cathy Graham (Scott) of Johnson City; grandsons Jay Stephenson (Sarahann) and Sam Stephenson (Kelsey) of Florence AL, Chace Graham (Lainey) of Central SC, and Jackson Graham of Johnson City; great-grandchildren Joe and Gracie Stephenson, Reece and Rylan Kate Stephenson, and Ellis Graham, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home at 4:00pm. Receiving of friends will immediately follow the service and will conclude at 6:00pm.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family www.morrisbaker.com.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E Oakland Ave., Johnson City TN 37601 (phone 423-282-1521) is serving the family.