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

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

Leighton M. McCutchen ’55

Leighton M. McCutchen '55

Leighton McCutchen, PhD, born August 10th 1933, passed away at home May 17th, 2022, surrounded by family. Leighton was born in Bulape, then the Belgian Congo, to missionary parents who, he said, would likely have been environmentalists in this era.

Leighton met Martha Jackson in Latin class in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Davidson College, 1955. They married three days after Martha graduated from Maryville College, 1956. Both continued in graduate school at ATS and Union Theological Seminary and did clinical training at Medical College of Virginia at Richmond & Staunton State Hospital. Their first child was born in Richmond. Union awarded Leighton a Hoge fellowship which he used toward his PhD at University of Chicago, Illinois. They had two more children while Martha researched Early Childhood Education. Briefly following his fathers’ profession, Leighton was an inventive presbyterian minister, once offering a sermon on Ciardi’s poem: “The King Who Saved Himself from Being Saved.” 

In 1965 Leighton became Assistant Professor and Chairman of PhD & Masters Studies in Human Nature & Religion at Hartford Seminary Foundation, CT. He developed a successful program allowing students to disassociate from the Vietnam war, and taught psychology and philosophy of religion. He published “Dream without Myth” & “The Father Figure in Psychology and Religion” in 1972. In Hartford, Leighton developed an international lecture series, later becoming a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School during a sabbatical year taken while his family moved to Heath, MA, 1973. 

In Heath, Leighton aimed at balancing physical farming and an intellectual life. He became a community psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist, calling it his third profession. He developed an independent practice for children and families called the Shelburne Falls Clinical Group, going into partnership with Martha in 1979. His son Brooks joined the practice, 1991.

Retiring 2002, Leighton wrote poetry prodigiously and helped with his family’s sugarbush. Philosophy, psychoanalysis and farm work were rich intersections for Leighton, challenged by the emerging environmental crisis. Leighton supported his son’s family’s Agroecological farming and outreach, his eldest Veterinary daughter’s eclectic work with exotic and domestic animals, and his youngest daughter’s University teaching and writing, often editing her manuscripts. He survived two heart valve replacement surgeries (2000, 2013).

During the pandemic, Martha and Leighton spent their time on their beloved farm, reflecting on their life together. Leighton died in the company of wife and children, with grandchildren traveling from Vancouver Island Canada, Baltimore MD, and Bar Harbor Maine. 

Leighton was given a green burial in South Heath Cemetery in the presence of local friends and family, who shared memories. He always said he hoped for his wife, children and grandchildren to be around him, and that he would pass at home.

Leighton is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha J. McCutchen LCSW; daughter Sharon McCutchen DVM; son Brooks McCutchen PhD, husband of Janis Steele PhD, their sons Connor, Rowan and Gavin Steele McCutchen; daughter Deborah McCutchen MFA, her spouse Timothy Paulson BFA, their daughters Lilith and Pippin Paulson. All participated in Leighton’s green burial. 

He is deeply missed.


“While reflecting on our lives, Leighton remembered the trauma of his father’s death at a young age, though he acknowledged that he replicated many things his father gave him. From age 4, Leighton was expected to put his shoes in those of his talented father. Leighton Senior had a keen sense of humor, was sympathetic, engaging with people, and had high ideals. He was the 3rd generation of ministers to graduate from Davidson, where he started a literary society and a varsity debate team. He was a North Carolina tennis champion, a minister and teacher. Leighton Jr was also in a debate team when he met me. He played tennis, and focused on mind and body as a healthy way to live. He taught in every part of his life, even in his sermons while at Chicago University. He had so many talents with language, poetry and music. He was part of Barber Shop Quartet at Davidson, and later, at a formal faculty dinner at The Hartford Seminary Foundation, he was famous for singing a Beatles’ song with Martha, “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.” Leighton was a master of diverse talents.”                                                                                                                                                                                  – Martha McCutchen


  To Martha

One day stretched back, one after the other.

Tomorrow stretches forward, one day after the other.

In all, quite a stretch:

             In how complex our dynamic has become;

             In how life giving we have been to each other;

             In how we bounce back from trouble to satisfaction;

             In how unknowing we were at the beginning

             Except we wanted to be, and stay, together for life.

I am amazed at us, and deeply satisfied, in spite, and because, of all.

And altogether ignorant about how one of us will survive the other.

Love, Leighton

Fred Huntley Allen ’55

A kind gracious gentle soul has left us. Fred Huntley Allen, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022. He was born on October 29, 1934 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Fred Huntley Allen and Margaret Hardin Allen.

Fred was a graduate of Davidson College (1955) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After internships and residencies at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University he graduated from the Neurological Institute of Columbia. While in New York he met Gretchen VanAusdal, his luv. They married in 1964, moving to Charlotte the end of that year to begin his neurology practice.

He served in the United States Army (1968-70) finishing as Chief of Outpatient Neurology at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Upon returning home he founded Carolina Neurological Clinic bringing Army colleagues to Charlotte. Fred was active on the clinical boards of the American Academy of Neurology and was a founding member of the Southern Clinical Neurological Society.

Throughout his practice he had a passion for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Fred served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association receiving the Louise Martin award for service. He conducted one of the original drug trials for Aricept and contributed to research at Duke University that identified the APOE gene as a risk for early onset Alzheimer’s.

Fred was a Deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church, served on boards of the Association for the Blind and Shepherd’s Center and worked tirelessly for MedAssist funding in its early days. Supporting his children’s activities was his joy. He was an assistant scoutmaster at Christ Church having been an Eagle Scout himself. Fred never missed his children’s games or performances at Country Day and was a Boosters Club co-chair.

Fred and Gretchen moved to Southminster Retirement Community in 2014 and his positivity was seen by all he met. As dementia took his cognition his granddaughter, Adele became his biggest buddy.

In addition to his wife Fred is survived by his three children, Fred “Hunt” Huntley Allen III and his wife, Emily, William “Will” VanAusdal Allen and his wife, Becky and Margaret “Lucy” Lucille Allen Chapman and her husband, Andrew; grandchildren Cody Elizabeth Allen, Alexandra Grace Allen, Louis Huntley Allen, and Adele Grace Chapman. Also surviving are his sister, Nancy “Missy” Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Henry and numerous very special nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his brother, James Hardin Allen and sister-in-law, Ruth Allen.

The family is eternally grateful for the compassionate care of Dr. Charles Edwards and his staff and for all the staff at Southminster.

A memorial service for Fred will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Myers Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Fred to Memory and Movement Center Charlotte, 300 Billingsley Road, Ste. 108, Charlotte, NC 28211 or Southminster Community Fund, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at