John Gilbert Shaw ’58

John Gilbert Shaw was the third child of Dr. John Alexander Shaw and Winship Stedman Shaw, born in Fayetteville on May 8, 1936.

John grew up loving the Sandhills outdoors. Bobwhite quail were still locally abundant and he spent as much time as possible hunting and fishing with his close circle of friends and family.

He attended Davidson College, graduating in 1958. After graduating from UNC Law School in 1961, he was posted at Fort Benning, Georgia, serving in the Army’s Judge Advocate Corps. Upon leaving the Army, he returned to Fayetteville where he served as the Cumberland County Solicitor before beginning what would be a long successful law career.

John’s successful law practice was never the yardstick by which he measured himself. He was a genuine and steadfast friend to many, including his friends from grade school and his high school football teammates. He made everyone around him laugh and brought out the best in his companions. He and his wit will be sorely missed.

John is survived by his siblings, Marie Shaw Dee and Frank Stedman Shaw, his sister-in-law, Rollin Walker Shaw, four nieces and nephews, Alexander Shaw, Sally Shaw Frankenberg (Eben), Gilbert Shaw (Mirjam), and Phoebe Dee (Brent Blunden), and five great-nieces and nephews, Avery Frankenberg, Walker Frankenberg, Marit Shaw, Adam Shaw and Bleecker Blunden.

His family is grateful to all his friends for their support during John’s recent illness. The family gives special thanks to Mrs. Claudia Jones, Mrs. Gladys Warren, and Mrs. Marie Melvin for their devoted care and generous assistance to John.

A graveside service is planned for 2pm at MacPherson Church Cemetery, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Donations in John’s memory can be made to Three Rivers Land Trust or a charity of your choice. Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc.

Published by Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory Inc on Nov. 17, 2021.

William T. Huntley III ’58

William T. Huntley III passed away Aug. 21, 2021, at the age of 86.

He was a native of North Carolina, graduate of Davidson College and successful Atlanta business leader.

He was very devoted to his family and leaves his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Gladys; four children, David (Cathy), William IV, Charlton (Traci) and Kimberly (Tim); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His legacy shall be: “I herewith bequeath thee an honest and good name as it has come to me from an honorable and honest ancestry. This is the best inheritance I could possibly pass down to you. Your name is a badge of honor to be cherished forever by all who inherit it.”

A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date.

Robert Stancil ’58

Robert Stancil '58

Robert Lee Stancil, of Mooresville, NC passed away on August 20, 2021 at the age of 85. Bob grew up in Davidson, NC and graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and Davidson College. He played football while at Davidson and regularly followed the ups and downs of his college’s athletic teams throughout the years. He lost his father (John Henry) his freshman year at Davidson and credits his professors and the college community for helping him reach the finish line. He married his high school sweetheart: Sydney Whitener in 1958. Together they had three children: Henry, Susan (spouse – Mark Sumner) and Donna (David Abbott); Four grandchildren: Robert Abbott, James Abbott (Lindsay), Daniel Sumner (Catie) and Sydney Sumner (Ben Sternfeld); and one great grandson: Theodore (Daniel/Catie).

 In 2009 after 50 years of marriage he lost his first love, Syd, but continued his life as a devoted grandfather, always eager to share a grand story about his adventures with them to anyone he met. He proudly attended four college graduations (climbing steep stadium steps, sitting in rain, and listening to all those commencement addresses). He offered funny critical reviews of each graduation. He also had the pleasure to attend the medical school graduation of his namesake Robert. Three weddings followed, and he was able to offer a little grandfatherly marriage advice and country wisdom gained over many years.

Late in his life he had the opportunity to reunite with an old high school classmate, and in April of 2021, he was blessed to marry Helen Barnette, adding new family members and a larger community into his life. This new family was tremendously supportive as his health declined. He passed at peace, grateful to all that loved him and knowing that his legacy will only grow and flourish.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Hopewell Baptist Church (18841 Davidson-Concord Rd, Davidson) at 11am on Saturday August 28, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider contributions to a local community charity of your choice. Bob was a strong believer on practiced “paying it forward”.

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Ralph Bassett ’58

Ralph Bassett '58

Ralph Noble Bassett, 84, of Leesburg passed away on May 12 in hospice care after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Melba; his daughter Kitsie Riggall (Chris), grandsons Chart and Hunter, all of Atlanta; son Frank Bassett (Brad) and grandchildren Annelle and Grady, all of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; sister Evelyn Bassett Cook (Paul Mounts) of Bandon, Oregon; and his beloved canine companion Fred.

Ralph was born at his family home, Pineola, in Fort Valley, Georgia, on September 26, 1936. He graduated from Davidson College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, The National Society of Scabbard and Blade and a winner of the Wall Street Journal Award for economics. Following college, he served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve as a First Lieutenant.
Ralph operated his family’s farm for more than a decade and was honored with the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award in 1970.

In the early 1970s, he and his family relocated to Florida, first in Clearwater and, later, Leesburg. He spent more than three decades in agribusiness sales. Deeply grounded in his faith, Ralph was a long-time member of Morrison United Methodist Church, where he served as usher and head usher for more than 40 years, and a member of the Inquirers’ Sunday School class. Ralph also served on the Board of Directors of the Morrison Opportunity Thrift Store for 20 years and spent many hours working there as a volunteer.

A farmer in spirit throughout his life, Ralph had a deep love for his family, his yard and all dogs. He also enjoyed travel with Melba and many summers spent in the North Carolina mountains.

A memorial service will be announced once Canadian border restrictions are eased and the entire family can gather. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Morrison United Methodist Church or the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.

James Gibson Boyce ’58

James Gibson Boyce (Jim), 85, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away on Friday, April, 16, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was the son of The Rev. Dr. William M. and Mildred Boyce and was a graduate of Davidson College.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Nancy, of 57 years. Jim is survived by his daughter Millie Forbidussi (Joe), son Don Boyce (Tracy), son Creed Boyce (Anneé), and daughter Katie Davis (Gary); nine grandchildren Seth, Reed, Conner, Joey (Lauren), Jake, Tate, Katie, Madeline, and Max; and great-granddaughter Charlotte.

Jim was a life-long member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and served as an elder, youth fellowship advisor, and was a dedicated choir member for over 50 years. He also was an independent insurance agent having operated his own agency for over 40 years.

The family will be having a private service to celebrate Jim’s life on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. which will be live streamed via Sardis Church’s YouTube Channel Once on Sardis Church’s channel, click “service”.

His family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff and caregivers at Brookdale South Charlotte and White Oak Manor of Waxhaw, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sardis Presbyterian Church music fund.

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