Gayle Owen Averyt ’55

Gayle Owen Averyt, age 90, of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024.

A celebration of life service for Gayle will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, followed by a reception following service at 12:00 PM.

James Robert Stogner, Jr. ’55

James Robert Stogner, Jr, 91, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9th in Knoxville, TN. “Bob” was born January 9, 1933 in Hartsville, SC to James Robert Stogner, Sr. and Alice Harrelson Stogner.

Bob attended Hartsville High School where he captained the football team. After a knee injury at Clemson University ended his days of playing football, he transferred to Davidson College where he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. A member of ROTC, Bob was captain of the Scabbard and Blade National Honorary Military Fraternity. Upon graduation from Davidson, Bob served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry, including a tour of duty along the border separating North and South Korea. After returning home from active duty, he moved to Raleigh, NC where he met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Everton. Pat and Bob were married in Pat’s hometown of Columbia, NC on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960. For over 63 years they had a loving marriage and true partnership, united in their faith, their dedication to each other, their family, church, and community.

Though his career included several additional ventures, Bob spent many years as a banker, working first at the C&S Bank of South Carolina. During that time, he received his MBA from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Bob began working at The Park National Bank in Knoxville in 1970, and concluded his career at The Home Federal Bank. Bob loved banking and he and Pat were blessed with special friendships around the Southeast through his participation in Robert Morris Associates. In addition to his dedication to his work, Bob believed in giving back through service. He was an active church member and served countless terms as elder at First Presbyterian Church, and later at West Hills Presbyterian Church. Pat and Bob were instrumental in establishing Young Life in Spartanburg, SC and Bob served on the founding development board to create the Young Life Camp, Windy Gap. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Bob was honored to serve as Chair of the United Way Campaign in 1977. He served on the Board of Directors at St. Mary’s Hospital and at Cherokee Textile Mills.

Bob and Pat’s life has been enriched by many friendships throughout South Carolina and their home in Knoxville. Those many who have passed and those who remain are profoundly appreciated for their gift of caring and love. Pat is especially thankful for her dear friends who have walked beside her all these years, and especially these past few months.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sylvia Hardy and brother-in-law, Carson. Surviving Bob are his devoted wife, Pat, of Knoxville; sons, Bobby (Judy) of Knoxville and Stuart (Kim) of Winston-Salem, NC. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren Will Stogner (Taylor) of Nashville, TN; Anna Stogner of Raleigh, NC. Katie Stogner of Kansas City, MO, Camille Stogner of Asheboro, NC, and Tess Stogner of Durham, NC. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Bob Everton (Pam) of Midlothian, VA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Saturday March 30th to remember and celebrate Bob’s life at New Life Gathering Church, 1300 Rocky Hill Rd. Receiving of friends will begin at 11:00, followed by the service at 12:00 noon. After the service an additional opportunity for fellowship is offered to family and friends at Bobby and Judy’s home, 1520 Markham Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Bob’s favorite charity, Knox Area Rescue Ministries. On-line donations may be made at or P.O. Box 3310 Knoxville, TN 37927.

Robert Crawford Bankhead ’55

Dr. Robert Crawford Bankhead, or “Doc” as he was known to his parishioners and campers, Age 90, died February 9 at Westminster Retirement Community, St. Augustine, FL.

A graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA, and the University of Basel, Basel Switzerland. He served as a Presbyterian Minister at Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church near Laurens, South Carolina, Ninety-Six Presbyterian Church in Ninety-Six, South Carolina, First Presbyterian Church in Fredricksburg, Virginia, Sion Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church in Carolina Beach North Carolina.

While in Ninety-Six he also ran Camp Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church’s Camp and Conference Center located on Lake Greenwood. Between churches in Fredricksburg and Winnsboro he served as the Associate Executive Presbyter of Wilmington Presbytery and ran Camp Kirkwood near Wilmington, North Carolina and Camp Albemarle located near Morehead City, North Carolina which were Wilmington Presbytery’s Camp and Conference Centers.

After retirement from active preaching he served as the Port Chaplain for the Wilmington Port Authority and traveled giving retirement seminars across the US for the Presbyterian Board of Pensions.

He was pre-deceased by his sister, Susie Boyd of York, South Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary, or St. Augustine, FL and a son, Bill (Amy), of Jacksonville, FL. During the last days of life he was well-cared-for by the skilled nursing staff of Westminster St. Augustine.

No visitation planned. There will be a Celebration of Life service in April at the Sion Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro, South Carolina where he served as a minister for eleven years. Reverend Dr. Roger Horne will conduct the service.

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.