James Allen Smith III ’56

On September 13, 2021, our lives became a little less bright. Dr. James Allen Smith, III passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, Friday, September 17th at 3 pm in Boyce Chapel. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 1:30 pm in Boyce Chapel and a private family burial will follow.

Born on November 19, 1934, Dr. Smith was born in Macon, Georgia to Dr. James A. Smith II and Sara Jennings Hall, and grew up with his younger brother Hampton Jennings Smith. Here he met and married the love of his life, Carey Louise Stevens, who predeceased him in 2001.

He was a graduate of Davidson College (1956) and Emory School of Medicine (1960). Following medical school, he began his Air Force service at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, serving from 1959-1964 before deciding to return to the University of Missouri for his residency and subsequent Fellowship in Urology. He joined a private Urology practice in Roanoke, Virginia, and joined the Air Force Reserve.

In pursuit of a change, he became the Medical Director of AT&T and worked on-site at the AT&T plant in Gaston, SC in 1981. Dr. Smith continued to work as Medical Director in both Columbus, Ohio (AT&T), and again in Chicago, IL (Ford Motor Co.) until his retirement. As an Air Force reservist, Dr. Smith was deployed during Desert Shield and continued his service until he retired in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

A devout Christian and longtime church member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Dr. Smith’s faith was an integral part of his life. He served in numerous volunteer positions at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as well as FBC Columbia. He was a lifelong member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed volunteering at Lexington Medical Center. He loved the beach, traveling, and many outdoor activities. His best times were spent with his children and grandchildren.

Dr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory to his daughters, Elizabeth (Lisa) Burgin (Stuart) from Columbia, SC, Carey Stevens Monts (Tripp) from Vienna, VA, and his son, Steven Allen Smith (Lisa) from Lexington, SC. He leaves behind his adored grandchildren – Taylor, Caroline & Will Burgin, Haley, and Zachary Monts as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Dr. Smith will be remembered for his generous spirit through his support of multiple charities and his sharp wit. He was a loving and devoted father, husband, and “Poppy” who deeply cared for his family. Dr. Smith personified a life well lived – putting his faith and trust in God above all. His spirit will remain alive in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew and loved him. He enjoyed life to the fullest and leaves behind a loving family, countless friends, and a legacy of professional achievements and good works.

We would like to thank Right at Home in West Columbia and Abbey Road Hospice for the amazing care they provided. To his outstanding caregivers, Vicki, Jacqueline, Tina, and Dawn: we are forever grateful for you all loving and caring for him like he was family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either of the following:

Davidson College, where Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree and was a proud WILDCAT alumnus. (Box 7170 Davidson, NC 28035)

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, where Dr. Smith’s grandfather was a treasured member of the staff and has a building named in his honor.

(304 Pierce Ave, PO Box 2525, Macon GA, 31204)

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Stafford Morrison Query, Jr. ’56

Stafford Morrison Query, Jr., 86 of Roanoke, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Mr. Query was born in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Stafford Morrison Query and Mary Estelle Luck Query.

Mr. Query graduated from Davidson College in 1956 with a BS in Economics. From July 1957 – July 1959, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Artillery. He was a radio repairman and earned the rank of Spec. 4. After his service, Stafford then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1964. Mr. Query was a teacher for Carroll County and Rockbridge County Schools. He also worked for the Newport Ship Building and Dry Dock Company, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wiley and Wilson, Inc. and then retired from Hayes, Seay, Mattern and & Mattern in January 1998.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Anne Worrell and Jim Hylton; nephews and spouses, David and Vanessa Worrell, Dan and Sandy Worrell, and Grey and Cindy Worrell; niece and spouse, Lisa and Tom Whittle; great-nephews, Shane Worrell, Logan Worrell, Stafford Lee Worrell, Evan Worrell, Koy Worrell, and Ben Whittle; great-niece, Lucinda Norman; special cousins, Mary Luck Bane and Gilbert C. Luck; and special cousin and caregiver, Scott Bane. Stafford was especially fond of his nephews, niece, great-nephews and niece. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A private graveside service with inurnment following will be held at a later date at the Oakwood Cemetery on Longwood Avenue in Bedford, Virginia with Rev. Kevin Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Hillsville Presbyterian Church 172 South Main Street, Hillsville, VA 24343 or to the charity of your choice. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.

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June Stallings, Jr. ’56

June Henry Stallings, Jr.—devoted father, dog lover, athlete, gardener and wine enthusiast—passed away peacefully in the morning of December 8, 2020, at the age of 86. His immediate family members were able to be with him in the preceding days, and his daughter, Kristen, was by his side when he passed.

Born in Durham on September 28, 1934 to June Stallings, Sr. and Ruby Ausley Stallings, June attended Durham High School and then went on to play basketball and baseball at Davidson College. Never one to be afraid of bucking norms of the time, he was also a member of the cheerleading squad.

He then graduated UNC Dental School in 1959 and began practicing dentistry in Durham, going on to run a private practice until his retirement in 2005. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. But family was first and foremost for June.

From the beginning, he planned his life and career arc around being able to provide for a future family—including his dogs, who were always by his side.

He coached each of his children in various sports and helped mentor others along the way—giving his players rides home from practice and ensuring that all team members received equal playing time, regardless of skill level. June was an involved member in many community groups.

He was a longtime member of Kiwanis in Durham and in Southern Pines, where he resided from 1999 to 2019. He also served a time as president of Toastmasters and the Durham City Club and was awarded Durham “Father of the Year” honors in 1983.

He was a founding member of the Iron Dukes, attending Duke home games for 35 years and sponsoring Duke student athlete scholarships. June strongly believed in giving back. He was a supporter of the Boy Scouts and a long-time Scout Leader.

And in the last years of his dental career, he would shut down his practice to provide dental care for those in need from the Durham County jail. His love of oral surgery put him in a unique position to be able to treat any patient, regardless of complication.

In the evenings and on weekends, you could often find June running the Al Buehler trail in Durham, sitting quietly on a deer stand, or tending his large backyard garden.

Proud of his work, he always had fresh produce at the ready for family and friends—and was known to carry his own tomatoes to the local sandwich shop to ensure he had the best. He always had a listening ear and wise advice for family members, friends, or often someone he had just met. When you expected him to have the least amount of patience, he would have the most.

Those of us touched by June’s life will carry pieces of him with us forever, sharing them with the world and ensuring that his memory will never fade.

He was preceded in death by his sister and best friend, Bobbie Ann Mims, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1984.

He is survived by son June (Jay) Stallings III, daughter Kristen Jupena and her husband Nick, their two children Jake and Catherine, and son Thomas Stallings and his wife Laura.

Please inquire with the family concerning a graveside service in early 2021.

To honor June’s memory and continue his legacy, the family requests donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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Douglas Oldenburg ’56

Douglas W. Oldenburg, former senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and progressive leader in the Presbyterian Church-USA, died on July 21, 2020. He was 85 years old.

Skilled in the art of diplomacy, blessed with an unerring sense of right and wrong , and coupled with his genuine affection for those with whom he worked, Oldenburg was admired by the congregations and staff of the churches he served, the faculty and students of the seminary he led, and many, many others.

Oldenburg was born on February 22, 1935 in Muskegon, Michigan, son of Frederika Nordoff and Theodore Oldenburg, who, as a small child, immigrated from Amsterdam, Netherlands to the United States.

At age eleven, Oldenburg moved to Signal Mountain, Tennessee to a street where his future wife, Claudia, lived. Their childhood friendship grew into a love that lasted for 63 years. He was in the first graduating class of Myers Park High School in Charlotte where he was president of the student body.

At Davidson College, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, sang in the Male Chorus, and earned a B.A. degree in English. An officer in the ROTC, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Army and served for a short time as an officer in Armor and later transferred to the Chaplaincy as a Captain in the Army Reserve. Oldenburg entered Union Theological Seminary where he earned a B.D. degree and won a Fellowship that took him to Yale Divinity School and a S.T.M. degree.

His first pastorate was to develop a new church in Lynchburg, Virginia. While there, he was instrumental in starting the Kum Ba Ya House for disadvantaged children in the city. After seven years, he moved to Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins, West Virginia. While in Elkins, he headed the support for a city-wide referendum to raise teacher salaries that had been defeated three times previously. This effort passed with an impressive 60 percent of the vote. In 1972, at age thirty-seven, Oldenburg was called to be the senior minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Always concerned with helping the poor and with Christian faith and economic justice, he continued to study economics related to Christian life. He helped to establish Crisis Assistance Ministry, was a member of the Charlotte Housing Authority, and was co-founder of The Presbyterian Family Life Center. During his 14 years of service in Charlotte, he led a successful Presbytery-wide ten-year massive self-help project to assist a village in Haiti in a long-term effort to improve the quality of life there.

He served on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Union Theological Seminary and Agnes Scott College. Active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s and always advocating to improve race relations, he received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award and Charlotte’s Order of the Hornet. In 1987 he left Charlotte to undertake a new challenge as the seventh president of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Under his leadership, the seminary rose to prominence and was know for its excellent faculty and progressive thinking. During his tenure, the endowment was raised from $27 million to $155 million and a capital campaign raised more than $34 million. He was instrumental in overseeing significant building and landscaping improvements at the seminary.

Upon his retirement, the beautiful, new campus center was given the name of The Oldenburg Quadrangle. He served his Presbyterian church though many committees in the General Assembly, the Synods, the Presbyteries and in the communities where he lived. He was most proud of his work on “A Declaration of Faith” for the denomination that is used in many worship services today. During his years in the Atlanta area, he was a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and was instrumental in coordinating relationships between the presidents of all the seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

He was elected to be Moderator of the 2.6-million member Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1998. During his term, he emphasized a theme of concern for hungry children in the USA and in the world. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Davis and Elkins Presbyterian College, St. Andrews University, Davidson College, Hastings College, Presbyterian College, The Reformed Theological Academy in Budapest, Hungary and Rhodes College. After retirement from the seminary in 2000, he and his wife moved to their beloved home on Lake Davidson north of Charlotte. He loved working in his yard, going to the Charlotte Symphony, attending Davidson College basketball games, and convening a regular meeting of retired ministers in Davidson.

He also began “Advocates for Ministry” in which he and other Presbyterian ministers visited colleges and universities to encourage students to consider the ministry as their vocation. Golf was one of Oldenburg’s passions and was a game he continued to enjoy at Charlotte Country Club where he played into his late 70’s. He was well-traveled and visited 45 countries, some of those several times.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia, their three sons: Mark, Scott, and Todd; their wives: Courtney, Leah, and Claire; and eight grandchildren: Tyce, Jack, Paige, Hap, Evan, Eli, Charlie and Isla. His family gave him much joy and pleasure. His ashes will be places in the Columbarium at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

A virtual memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 at 11:00AM. It can be viewed by going to www.covenantpresby.org and following the link on the homepage.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte or the charity of your choice.

James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com

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William Sherard Rawson ’56

Dr. William Sherard Rawson of Davidson, NC, died surrounded by the love of family and friends, on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Dr. Rawson was born March 31, 1935, in Abbeville, SC. He was the son of the late Clarence Weaver Rawson, Sr. and Anne Sherard Wilson Rawson. He was Bill to his friends, Billy to his mother and nephews, and Daddy Bill to his devoted grandsons.

A graveside service for the family will be held in the Memorial Garden at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, where he was a devoted member for many years. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Dr. Bradley D. Smith, Senior Pastor. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Ext., Columbia, SC, is assisting the family.

After graduation from the Darlington School in Rome, GA, where both of his parents taught, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1956 with an A.B. in Economics. Following a brief stint in Charlotte, NC, he earned a Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University, also in Economics.

It was at Vanderbilt on the porch at Rand Hall that he met the love of his life, Joanne McBride. The two wed at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA in September of 1964.

After two years on the faculty at Shorter College in Rome, GA (whereas head tennis coach he was named Coach of the Year for small colleges in Georgia) he went on to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at Duke University.

Dr. Rawson was appointed to the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1966 and completed his career there, retiring in 1997 as Professor Emeritus of Economics. Always a teacher of students, he served as director of graduate studies in Economics for many years.

Dr. Rawson served as a Ruling Elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. There was seldom a Sunday that he was absent from Sunday school and church. In retirement, he served two terms as the Chair of the Committee on Ministry of Trinity Presbytery. Though a devoted student of economics and theology, his greatest joy was found in the study of and appreciation of jazz music. He donated his lifetime collection of jazz LPs to the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. On one of his last nights on earth, he commented to his grandsons, “I am the last person alive who saw Charlie “Bird” Parker, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.”

Dr. Rawson was predeceased by his brother, Clarence “Buddy” Rawson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joanne McBride Rawson; his daughter, Sherard Anne Rawson Gates of Charlotte, NC and her husband, Tilman Thomas Gates; his son, William Stewart Rawson of Columbia, SC and his wife, Pamela Plowden Rawson, and his devoted grandsons: William Timothy Rawson of Atlanta, GA, McBride Kauders Rawson of Charlottesville, VA, Tilman Thomas Gates, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, and William Rawson Gates of Charlotte, NC.

The family wishes to thank Ruth Exis of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC for the love and care that she showed him at the end of his life.

Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA, 22215, or by visiting www.diabetes.org.

Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.