Charles Henry Blake ’58

Charles Henry Blake, 83, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 21, 1936, the second son of Donald Prouse Blake and Elizabeth Bohn Blake.

Charles completed high school at Admiral Farragut Academy and continued his studies at Davidson College. He then interrupted his education to serve in the United States Marine Corps. Following his military service, he earned a B.A. and a M.S. from Florida State University. He spent most of his adult life in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he worked as a college professor and in state and local government in a variety of roles.

He finished his career in public service as a state contract manager for Florida Children’s Medical Services. He had a great passion for music, dance, learning, and conversation that sustained him throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother, Don, and by his third wife of 27 years, June.

Charles is survived by his son, Charles Henry Blake II; his stepson, Richard Anglin; his grandchildren, Heather Anglin, Benjamin Blake and Samantha Blake; his nephew, David Blake; and his niece, Deborah Stryker.

A memorial service will be held later this summer when his remains will be interred next to those of his wife, Clara June Blake, in Bay Pines National Cemetery in Florida.

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Frank Rhett Sanders Jr. ’58

Frank Rhett Sanders Jr. '58

Reverend Frank Rhett Sanders, Jr., 83, of Blythewood passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Francis Rhett and Eula Hart Sanders, Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia T. Sanders; Children Louise Brower (Steve), Christine Mercer (Ric), Ruth Terry (George), Rhett Sanders, Jr. (Ann), John Sanders (Tabitha), David Sanders (Linda), and Paul Sanders, (Suzanne); 39 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren (with 2 more coming in a month).

In addition to his parents, Rhett is predeceased by a daughter, Martha Ernestine Sanders and granddaughter Emerson Ann Nix.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, sons and daughters- in- love, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was fondly known as Tita or Mountain Man by his grandchildren. After many years of serving the Lord as a pastor, teacher, and camp director, he and his wife spent many of their retirement years reaching out to and making friends with the Israeli population in Myrtle Beach and all along the SC and NC coasts. Their joy was to give Israelis Bibles and other literature in Hebrew.

A family graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 (2:00 p.m.) at Bethel ARP Church cemetery in Winnsboro, SC which will be live streamed from Pope Funeral Home’s website followed by a family memorial service (4:00 p.m.) at Blythewood Presbyterian Church which will be live streamed from the church’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Blythewood Presbyterian Church. Please send donations to PO Box 789 Blythewood, SC 29016.

Pope Funeral Home is assisting the Sanders family.

Spottswood Neale ’58

Dr. Spottswood Pryor Neale, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his residence. He was born May 6, 1938, in Richmond, Va. He was the son of the late Dr. Richard C. Neale Sr. and Eva Whitehead Neale.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John Neale and James Neale; sister, Diane Savig; and sisters-in-law, Yvonne, wife of Dr. Richard Neale Jr., and Emma, wife of John Neale. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret (Peggy) Heubeck Neale; children, David Neale, Dr. Christy Schenck and husband, Dr. Scott Schenck, and Jennifer Neale; grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, Alex, Ashley, and Andrew Schenck; brothers, Dr. Richard C. Neale Jr., Dr. Henry Neale and wife, Margaret, Dr. Wirt Neale and wife, Ginger; sisters, Beverly Johnson and husband, the Rev. Dr. Merwyn Johnson, Donna Kelly, and Vickie Peters and husband, Zayne; Norman and Barbara Heubeck; and beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

At the age of 13, Spottswood boarded a train from his home in West Virginia to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he received his high school degree.

He entered Davidson College, from which he graduated in three years. He then attended the Medical College of West Virginia and completed his medical studies at the Medical College of Virginia. He graduated from medical school at the age of 21 and then completed four years of training in Pathology at Emory University in Atlanta and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.

Spottswood practiced pathology in Camden, S.C. and later at Valdese General Hospital with his brother, Dr. Richard C. Neale Jr. for 31 years. He dearly loved his family and his church, where he served as an Elder and Deacon and held many committee positions.

Spottswood taught the adult Sunday school class for a number of years, and he especially enjoyed singing in the choir for the many years he was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. 

Spottswood was a member of the armed services as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas; Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro; and Eglin AFB in Eglin, Fla. He served in Spain and Alaska in 1964 during one of the most devastating earthquakes in that state. 

Spottswood spent years attending and participating in his children’s many activities, knowing that supporting his children during their formative years was an important part of being an involved parent. Knowing that, he also gave his employees that same opportunity whenever possible.

He was a very caring and kind individual who treated each person as someone who mattered. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. 

He and his wife, Peggy, were very close and still in love with one another, and enjoying one another’s company. They continued to share humor, which helped sustain them even through difficult times. He first introduced himself to Peggy as “Butch” and will forever be her beloved Butch. 

Because of the country’s health concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later time at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 21, with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the choir fund at Waldensian Presbyterian Church; Burke Hospice (which provided invaluable services to the family); or any charity of choice.

Dan Everhart ’58

Lexington native Dan Ruffin Everhart, 84, passed away earlier this month. Dan was born in Lexington, NC on January 1, 1936, to the late Sidney A. Everhart and Evelyn E. Clayton Everhart.

Dan had attended both Davidson College as well as Wake Forest University. He later served his country in the US Air Force. Dan was in the furniture industry and worked for Lexington Furniture as a factory furniture rep for over 40 years.

He along with his late wife were founding members of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church.

Surviving are his daughter, Michelle E. McDowell (Neil); son, Bradley P. Everhart (Kay); daughter-in-law, Stephanie Zobay: sisters, Lucinda Abel, Judy Martin (Henry) and Sydney Nash (Steven); sister-in-law, Anne Mills; grandchildren, Lindsay, Daniel Clayton, Hannah, Cooper Everhart, Michael Korey Williams, and Anna and Carly McDowell.

Dan was preceded in death by his loving wife of over 59 years, Patricia; son, Stephen; sister, Brenda; and brother, Jim.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Dan on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia, S.C. 29210. Reverend George Rosario, C.Ss.R., Parochial Vicar officiated. The entombment followed in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, 5400 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C. 29212.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church.

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John Albert Patterson ’58

John Albert Patterson, 83, caring doctor, beloved husband, and world-class father and grandfather was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. John, known as “Doc” to his friends and family, worked as a radiologist in Spartanburg for more than 35 years.

During this time, he practiced at the X-Ray Clinic and both Spartanburg Regional and Mary Black Hospitals treating thousands of patients and working with hundreds of doctors, nurses, and staff. He considered all of them friends. In fact, Doc never met a stranger during his lifetime.

Although Doc worked long hours, he always took time to talk with everyone he came in contact with at the hospital, the grocery store, the dry cleaners, the bank, and everywhere else. He took great pleasure in sharing stories about baseball, history, politics, and his favorite subject – his family. According to Doc, after a life well-lived, his only regret was that his small hands kept him from playing in the big leagues. 

Doc was born in “The Land of Pleasant Living” (Shelby, North Carolina) on February 6, 1936 to Cicero and Lallage Patterson, and he was raised alongside his older brother Robert “Bob” Patterson.

Doc was a proud graduate of Shelby High School and Davidson College where he was a baseball standout and made lifelong friends that lasted for more than 60 years. Doc attended medical school, receiving his M.D. from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem.

After graduating medical school, Doc went to work at Charlotte Memorial Hospital where he met and married Sandra Kay Payton in 1966. Sandy was the love of Doc’s life for more than 50 years, and Doc never tired of saying that marrying Sandy was the best decision he ever made. Doc and Sandy settled in Spartanburg and were blessed with three sons- Chris, Jeff, and Matt. 

Without a doubt, spending time with Sandy and the boys was Doc’s greatest joy. He enjoyed coaching his sons and traveling with his family to Braves baseball games, college football games, and an annual trip to Myrtle Beach.

The last decades of Doc’s life were spent loving and teaching his grandchildren: Will, Drew, Clay, Caroline, Lilly, Sam, Jake, and Ella Kate. Doc will be missed by all those whose lives he touched during his lifetime.

In addition to his grandkids, Doc is survived by his sons Chris, Jeff, and Matt and their wives Beth, Jessica, and Diana. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Morningside Baptist Church Welcome Center, 897 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina. The funeral service will begin immediately thereafter at 4:00 PM. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doc’s name can be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Greenville, PO Box 8328, Greenville, South Carolina, 29604 in honor of his grandson Clay. 

An online guest register is available at 

Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel

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