Robert “Bob” LeGette Alexander, Jr. ’56

Robert “Bob” LeGette Alexander, Jr., 88, of Mount Pleasant, SC, husband of Ann Alexander (Foster) entered into eternal rest Thursday, September 16, 2021. A private service will be held in Columbia, SC at the First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Bob was born September 13, 1933 in Brevard, North Carolina, son of the late Robert LeGette Alexander and the late Elizabeth Murchison Alexander. He was raised in Lumberton, NC and graduated from Greenwood High School in Greenwood, SC. After graduating Davidson College, Bob was a Marine officer receiving an honorable discharge and then starting his banking career. As a graduate of the Stonier School of Banking, Bob was an executive with several banks in Columbia and Spartanburg over his 30 years in banking.

Bob was actively involved in various civic organizations which included serving as the President of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. After retirement from banking, Bob joined the economic development team of the Spartanburg Chamber helping recruit among many others, BMW to South Carolina. Bob also was a dedicated servant of the Lord as a deacon, elder, and treasurer at First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Alexander of Mount Pleasant, SC; daughter, Isabel Foster Alexander of Isle of Palms, SC; two sons, Robert LeGette Alexander III (Pam) of York, SC and Charles Foster Alexander of Spartanburg, SC; and three grandchildren, Robert “Lee” LeGette Alexander IV (Taylor), Hannah Mils Huskey (Collin) and Andie Cooper Alexander. He was preceded in death by his brother, Hugh Murchison Alexander.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Lutheran Hospice Care 1885 Rifle Range Road, Suite 46, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, www.lutheranhospice.org/about-us.

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

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George Richard Cousar, Jr. ’56

Dr. George Richard Cousar, Jr. died on September 15, 2021, following a ten month battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. George was born on January 11, 1934, in Covington, Virginia, where his parents were visiting while on furlough from the American Presbyterian Church Congo Mission in the former Belgian Congo (presently, the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

As the son of medical missionaries, he spent the majority of his childhood in the Congo and attended Central School at the mission station in Lubondai. His ancestral home was in Bishopville, South Carolina, and the family spent the war years of WWII there. George was a graduate of Davidson College (class of 1956), Duke University Medical School (class of 1960) and completed his medical internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1961.

He married the former Laura Catharine Clement of Memphis, Tennessee, on June 26, 1961. George served as a physician and Captain in the United States Army for two years and was stationed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from November 1961 through November 1962. He was a resident in ophthalmology at Duke University from 1963-1967. George was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons as well as in the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

He was in private practice in Greenville, South Carolina, for 46 years with a specialty in cataract-related refractive surgery and served as President of the medical staff at Greenville Memorial Hospital from 1985-1986. He was a member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church.

George and his wife, Laura, retired to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2014. He was a member of Saint Michael’s Church in Charleston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude Hermine Hillegeist and George Richard Cousar and two sisters, Louise Cousar Pattison and Margaret Cousar Tooke.

George is survived by his wife; two daughters, Catharine Cousar Perkins and Martha Cousar Boyd (Eddy) both of Charleston; and three grandchildren, Clement Perkins Jones (Carter) of Atlanta, Georgia, William DeWitt Perkins, Jr. and George Cousar Perkins both of Charleston.

Interment will be at Bishopville Presbyterian Church with a graveside service at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Michael’s Church Task Force for Foreign Missions.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Jude 1:24

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston

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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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