David Sheppard Shaw ’57

David Sheppard Shaw, 89, died October 5th 2023 while at his Wildewood Downs home in Columbia, South Carolina. Born in Baltimore Maryland, he was the son of Edith and Thomas Shaw. In 1958, David graduated from Davidson College, Charlotte area, earning a BS in Physics and Mathematics. Shortly thereafter, he began a rewarding and accomplished career with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. He would work at NASA for over 47 years as an aerospace research engineer, in the research center’s Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel, where he and his team tested and measured an array of planes, rockets and space craft that traveled faster than the speed of sound (767 mph).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith Sheppard Shaw and Thomas Willard Shaw and sister-in-law Elizabeth Shaw; He leaves to cherish his memory his wife devoted Mildred Morris Shaw and three loving sons, David (Shep) Shaw Jr., Charles (Skip) Shaw and his wife Sutton, and Steve Shaw and his wife Stephanie; his brothers Tom Shaw and wife Tommie Shaw and brother Bobby Shaw; Grandchildren Vanessa (Jay) Fielder, David (Trey) Shaw III and his wife Katie, Sydney Shaw, Skylar Shaw, Grigg Shaw and Tyler Shaw; Great-granddaughter Cassidy Fielder; as well as a host of other family and dear friends.

David was a very supportive father to all three of his sons in their many outdoor pursuits, which ranged from swimming, skateboarding, soccer, to flying airplanes, water skiing and boating. At many swim meets, he was the official score keeper. He would also drive several hours to watch and support a soccer game of one of his son at the drop of a hat.
In his youth, David was a very competitive basketball player, and he loved to watch basketball on TV. He attended Central High School in Charlotte, where he had a special nickname, “Dazzling Dave”. He was able to receive a basketball scholarship to Davidson University playing for 3 years. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He selected Mathematics and Physics as his majors. He would also go on to undertake graduate work at Virginia Tech (VPI).

David and his wife Millie were married for 65 years. He met Mildred (Millie) Morris in Charlotte and they dated their senior year in college. They married on June 14, 1958. They would have three sons, known, respectively, as Shep, Skip and Steve to family and friends. David and Millie would also travel together to Mexico, England, Scotland and many destinations across the U.S. David and Millie were able to attend their grandsons wedding in May 2023 (picture seen here). They were members of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia for many years, and most recently were members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

David was known as a medical survivor of tireless strength and will to live. He had over 135 throat surgeries across his lifetime. He had a medical condition of polyps (warts) on his vocal cords. The polyps needed to be removed on a regular basis by surgery & lasers. These surgeries gave him a very distinct raspy voice. In 2022, he took part in an experimental research drug program with the National Institutes of Health (NiH) to address the throat polyps. While the new drug had minimal impact on him, it is now receiving FDA approval to help others. He also had colon cancer in 2001, resulting in approximately a third of his lower intestine being removed. As we said he was a Survivor and fought hard!!
David loved to play card games, including Bridge, Hand and Foot, Gin, Poker, Kings Corner and Mish Mash. He was a voracious reader, and sometimes completed three books per week.

In 2006, David and his wife Millie moved from Newport News, Virginia, after residing in the area for 48 years, to the Wildewood Downs subdivision in Columbia, South Carolina. He was very active in the community in Bridge card games, expanding the library, putt putt golf competition, orientation for new members, supporting community activities, and exploring local sites & restaurants.

David worked at NASA Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia, for over 47 years, specializing in the area of Supersonic Aerodynamics. In short order, he became acclaimed for the quality of his meticulous research and the insightful findings provided in his experimental results, as well as for the speed with which he was able to obtain, analyze and report them. He utilized some of the first NASA computers. He even worked with several notable experts that were the subjects in the movie called Hidden Figures. He received several patents from his work.
His many laudable accomplishments also included:
* 25 technical publications
* Group Achievement awards – NASP in 1993 and Space Shuttle in 1985
* NASA Awards for SST evaluation and Apollo achievement
* Fighters: X-2, X-15, F101, F104, F14, F15, F16, F18
* Bombers: B1, B58, B70, F111
* Supersonic Transports (SST) Boeing and Lockheed
* Missiles: Polaris, Sidewinder, Patriot, Navaho and over 40 others
* Spacecraft, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, Voyager, Viking Lander, Venus Probe, Mars Decelerator

A memorial Service will be held at the Wildewood Downs clubhouse on November 5th at 2:30 PM led by Father William “Scotty” Brock of St. David’s Episcopal Church. A reception for the Shaw and Morris Families will be held shortly afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in David’s name to The Big Red Barn Retreat at www.thebigredbarnretreat.org to support Veterans.

Stephen McQueen Huntley Jr. ’57

Rev. Dr. Stephen McQueen Huntley, Jr. age 87, of Stokesdale, NC, passed away at Countryside Manor in Stokesdale on July 12, 2023. Steve was loved for his patience, gentleness, and kindness, his positive and gracious personality, his genuine concern for others, and his quiet, happy nature. He was an unwavering servant of Christ and lived his life as such.

Steve was born in Charlotte, NC and was raised in various small towns throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. He obtained his education from Davidson College, where he received his calling to the ministry, followed by Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. While a seminary student, he served as the summer supply pastor in 1959 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, Grover, NC, immediately followed a full-year internship at The Granada Presbyterian Church, Coral Gables, FL. Steve graduated from seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in 1961, his Master of Theology degree in 1969, and his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1979, all from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Steve was a minister in the Presbyterian Church for 54 years, having served First Presbyterian Church, Williston, FL, Clairmont Presbyterian Church (twice), Atlanta, GA, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church (twice), Kingstree, SC, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA. He retired from the ministry in 2015 and moved with his wife, Catchie, in 2016 to Countryside Manor in Stokesdale, NC.

As a lover of music, especially traditional Christian hymns, Steve researched the history, inspiration, musicians, and lyricists behind beloved hymns. He enjoyed teaching his knowledge of hymns to Sunday School classes, family, and friends. Steve also loved to travel, completing his quest to visit all fifty U.S. states in 2012 when he and Catchie visited Alaska. He also ministered to Christians in Hungary during three mission trips there.

Steve had a wonderful sense of humor, having learned as a child from his mother to laugh at himself and to avoid humor at the hurtful expense of others. He and other pastors with whom he worked often played jokes on each other. His growing circle of humorous colleagues, family, and friends became known, by Steve, as the “ministry of aggravation”.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Stephen McQueen and Mary Peck (Hay) Huntley. He is survived by his wife, Catherine “Catchie” (Hambright) Huntley, and his children: Catherine Renee Huntley, of Knoxville, TN, Stephen Jay Huntley and wife Brenda, of Niceville, FL, and Marian Frances Hogan and husband Pat, of Summerfield, NC. He has six surviving grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Hoppy”: Stephen, Evan, and Lane Huntley, and Taylor, Ellie, and Anna Hogan.

Steve will be inurned at Grover Cemetery, Grover, NC on August 5, 2023. A service will be held to honor his memory on August 4, 2023 with the visitation at 2:00 p.m. followed by the 3:00 p.m. service at Forbis and Dick Stokesdale Chapel, Stokesdale, NC, officiated by Rev. Dr. Marti Hazelrigg. Steve’s family and friends are invited to attend the memorial.

In lieu of flowers, please make any memorials to Lifelong Buddies dog and cat rescue, P.O, Box 7048, Maryville, TN, 37802, Paypal: lifelongbuddies01gmail.com (please select friends and family).

Frank Chambers Robert ’57

Frank Chambers Robert, M.D. (88) passed away on May 24, 2023. He was born August 22, 1934, in Richmond, VA to Dr. Joseph and Evelyn Robert. After attending Phillips Academy, Andover MA. and after completing a post graduate year at Christchurch School, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Physics. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. While attending a dance party, he saw his future wife, Jean Coston Bailey, across the crowded room. It was love at first sight, and they were married in Charlotte, NC on September 7, 1957.

He continued his education, obtaining a master’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University, and working on radiation research at Oak Ridge, TN. He was chosen to work with NACA, the precursor to NASA, on project PARD and moved to Williamsburg, VA. He was involved with the Life Support Systems which produced several inventions that ended up in the Smithsonian Institute. In 1958, while working for NACA, he was one of the original 16 men who were chosen to start NASA as the Space Task Group.  

As Frank worked with the astronauts, he became increasingly intrigued with the human body, and developed a love of medicine. He decided to change careers and attend medical school. While obtaining additional prerequisite premed classes, he taught at Darlington and Christchurch prep schools.

In 1967, he received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed a residency at the Medical College of Virginia, eventually choosing to practice Family Medicine in Hampton, VA.

Frank loved helping people. He would see patients all day, eat dinner with his family, and return to the hospital to visit patients at night, always in a coat and tie, often with one of his children in tow. When walking the hospital hallways, he wanted to know something personal about everyone he met. He served as Chief of Staff at Hampton General Hospital. His medical practice allowed him to marvel how God would work in peoples’ lives.  One of his favorite experiences was participating on the medical mission the “Flying Hospital” in Bolivia, South America. He joked that it was his favorite time because he didn’t have to deal with paperwork! 

Frank was a devoted, faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Hampton where he developed countless close, cherished friendships, and served as a Deacon and Elder. He frequently worked behind the scenes to help those in need. He loved his Wednesday morning Christian Men’s Bible study group.  

He loved music and was president of the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, which later merged with other organizations to become the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 

He loved long family trips, often with no itinerary, in the family Winnebago, hot air balloon rides, flying private airplanes, sailing, and tours of Europe. He cherished his time at his beloved waterfront home, sitting on the back porch holding Jean’s hand, watching his children and grandchildren playing in the pool while boats and ships passed by in the background.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and two infant daughters, Mary Robert, and Sharon Robert. 

He is survived by his beautiful red-headed wife of 66 years, Jean, and their 6 children: Frank Robert Jr, (Elizabeth), Elizabeth Fyock (Jack), Scott Robert (Laura), Katherine Shield (Stephen), Michael Robert (Kate), and Patricia Robert.

Frank was blessed with 15 grandchildren: Rebecca Greer, Christina Bristow (Ryan), Michael Shield (Mollie), Jillian Fisher (Jesse), Natalie Fyock, Matthew Shield, Lindsay Robert, Andrew Shield, Neal Fyock, Virginia Robert, Sarah Robert, Charlotte Robert, Joseph Robert, Cameron Robert, and Joshua Robert.  

He also had two great-grandsons: James Greer and Benjamin Bristow.  

He is also survived by his lovely, witty sister Carol Robert Armstrong, of St. Louis, MO and his niece Evelyn Armstrong (Will Marks) and nephew Robert Armstrong (Kristen).  

Frank was a brilliant and compassionate physician. He was an incredible father and had the type of marriage that served as a role model for other couples and families. His Christian faith was powerful and easily conveyed to others. He had an innate ability to make someone feel loved and that he or she was the most important person at that moment.

We thank everyone who helped care for Dr. Frank Robert and supported our family including Dr. Todd Weisman, all the caring medical staff, the wonderful home helpers, the Williamsburg Landing staff, close friends, and the members of First Presbyterian Church.  

A service honoring Dr. Frank Chambers Robert will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Hampton, at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023, with a reception immediately following.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hampton, 514 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA. 23669.

David Allison Long III ’57

The Rev. Dr. David Allison Long III entered into the full joy of his salvation on May 4, 2023. David was born in Winston Salem to David Allison Long Jr and Jennie Mae Fife Long of Thomasville, NC on May 17, 1935.

He grew up in Thomasville where he was a member of The First Presbyterian Church and graduated from Thomasville High School in 1953. After high school, David left home to attend Davidson College and later transferred to the University of South Carolina.

While in Columbia he met the love of his life Vermelle “Mellie” Cooper Brearley. After graduation David served in the U. S. Army and shortly afterwards, David and Mellie were married at The First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, SC on July 1, 1959. Their first home was in Kannapolis where they lived in the Episcopal Rectory and David went to work for Cannon Mills in the personnel department. It was in Kannapolis that David met Dr. Manford George Gutzke who was the professor of English Bible and Christian Education at Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. It was over a meal in their home that Dr. Gutzke invited David to Columbia Seminary to visit and two months later he was enrolled in seminary classes.

After graduation from Seminary in 1965, David received a call to Petersen Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina where he served for 10 years. During this time he was elected as a commissioner to the 1970 General Assembly. David left Columbia to accept a call to the First Presbyterian Church in Boone, NC. While in Boone he attended Union Seminary in Richmond, VA and received his Doctor of Ministry degree.

He taught in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University for 13 years while also pastoring in Boone. He found joy in teaching whether it was from the pulpit, in a Sunday school class, or on a college campus. A search committee from Savannah Presbytery approached David about planting a church in Richmond Hill, GA. He answered the call to become the founding pastor of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. He was honored to be named Pastor Emeritus of this church. While in Richmond Hill, David helped form a ministerial association believing that a strong ecumenical alliance is important to a community.

David and Mellie retired to Greensboro where he continued to be active in his church and community as long as he was able. All of his life David was active in serving others. He was a Rotarian, he served as a hospital chaplain, and he volunteered with the Salvation Army. David had a lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of The Silver Beaver Award. He was instrumental in the formation of Boone Crisis Pregnancy Center (later named Hope Pregnancy Center) and The Hospitality House of Boone.

He loved flags, history, sharing knowledge, barbeque, books, making and sharing pancakes, bluebirds, the Houston Texans, and the SC Gamecocks. He will be remembered for many things but most importantly was his love and service to His Lord Jesus Christ.

David was predeceased by his parents, his brother William Fife (Bill) Long, and a son John Whitford Long. Surviving David are his wife of 64 years Mellie, a daughter Mary Evelyn “Ebbie” Long Hendrix (Chuck) of Blowing Rock, daughter Elizabeth Long Cook (Jon) of Greensboro, and a son David Allison Long IV (Diane) of Greensboro, a sister Mary Long Jarrell of High Point and two sister in laws, five grandchildren; Matthew Whitford Cook, Hannah Montgomery Cook, Elizabeth Arlee Hendrix, Nicholas Charles Hendrix, and John Kelly Hendrix, as well as five great grandchildren and a number of special nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the entire Pennybyrn community and especially the employees of the Congdon Household for their care and compassion. Additionally, the family would like to thank AuthoraCare Hospice for their support in David’s final days.

A funeral service will be held at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro on May 13th at 11 o’clock with a reception and time of fellowship with the family to follow the service. Interment will be at Calvary United Church of Christ in Thomasville at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Greensboro Urban Ministry, Buffalo Presbyterian Church, or AuthoraCare Hospice of Greensboro.

John Shepard Robinson ’57

John Shepard Robinson, 87, died on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. He was born on September 3, 1935 in Charleston, SC to the late Richard Grier Robinson and Ethel Shepard Robinson. John’s father died of typhus fever when John was three years old and his brother, Grier was five. Ethel Robinson raised, supported, and loved both boys as a single parent until her death in 1988.

Affectionately known to many as “Big John,” he was the kindest of souls, a true Southern gentleman, a man of faith, and a man of family. He was a lifelong tennis player, earning the #1 position on the Men’s Varsity Team at Davidson College. John was a member of Charlotte Country Club, where he nurtured many friendships and continued to master his tennis game. As a devoted and longtime member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, John served as a Deacon, Elder and Stephen Minister. He loved the North Carolina mountains, where he spent summers as a child in Montreat, and during his later years in both Linville and Blowing Rock. John’s beautiful singing voice and talent for playing both the piano and cornet fostered a love of music throughout his life.

In his early years, John was educated in Charleston schools, including Porter-Gaud School, before graduating high school in 1953 from the Darlington School in Rome, GA. He attended Davidson College and graduated in 1957 with a degree in economics. Following his graduation from Davidson, John served as an officer in the United States Army Infantry and was stationed in Fort Benning, GA. He then accepted a job with the Irving Trust Company in New York City, where he worked on Wall Street for two years.

In the summer of 1957, John met Elizabeth Reaves McNair (Beth) in Montreat. They married on July 16, 1960, and settled in Charlotte. Following in both his father’s and brother’s footsteps, John worked for Belk Stores in Charlotte for many years, where he most notably established the Belk Credit Card. He later worked for The National Life Insurance Company until his retirement.

John and Beth were happily married for twenty-eight years until Beth’s death from cancer in 1988. They were blessed with three children, Reaves, Shep and Flora. John was fortunate to marry Martha McDonald on February 24, 1990. John and Martha enjoyed thirty-three years together and had a wonderful marriage. Martha’s three children, Marty, James and Murray were important parts of his life.

John is survived by his wife, Martha McDonald Robinson; children, Reaves Robinson Thompson and her husband, Sandy, John Shepard Robinson, Jr. and his wife, Woodie, and Flora Robinson Warbington; grandchildren, Beth Thompson Taylor and her husband, Paul, Emily Thompson, Alex Thompson and his wife, Anna, Liza Robinson Williams and her husband, Rob, John Robinson III, Carroll Warbington; and great-grandson, Jack Taylor. John was predeceased by his first wife, Beth McNair Robinson and his brother, Richard Grier Robinson, Jr.

John’s family wishes to thank Memory and Movement Charlotte and the Embrace Healthcare staff at Southminster Retirement Community for their unwavering care, support and kindness.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of John to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 (www.myersparkpres.org) or to The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 (www.theivey.com).