William Laurens Walker ’59

February 11, 1937 – April 13, 2022

William Laurens Walker III, T. Munford Boyd Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law, died peacefully at home on Wednesday April 13, 2022, at the age of 85, of natural causes.

Laurens, also known as Larry, was the only child of the late William Laurens Walker II and Georgia Bassett Walker of Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was born in 1937. He grew up at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, founded by Reverend Newton Pinckey Walker in 1849, where his father served as President. He was President of his Class, Valedictorian, and voted “Best All Round” at Spartanburg High School, from which he graduated in 1955.

Laurens graduated from Davidson College in 1959 (BA), earned a law degree at Duke University in 1963 (JD), and a masters degree at Harvard Law School in 1970 (SJ.D). At Davidson, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Davidsonian and Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and service in the U.S. Army as an officer, he practiced with the Atlanta firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Later he was counsel to the Atlanta firm Long, Aldridge & Norman and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

He served as the Paul B. Eaton Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, and then joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1978. At UVA, he taught civil procedure, complex civil litigation and a seminar on using expert information within the legal system. His early empirical research on procedural justice (with John Thibaut) has been studied and replicated by scholars in law and psychology in the United States and abroad. His casebook (with John Monahan) entitled “Social Science in Law” is used in this country and abroad both as a textbook and reference concerning judicial use of social research. In 1988, he received the Biennial Distinguished Contributions Award from the American Psychology-Law Society for his social scientific studies of the legal process.

Many alumni of the UVA Law School fondly remember his hearty laugh, gentle kindness, and cheerful attitude, as do his former colleagues on the faculty. He was always ready with an encouraging word or light-hearted joke, with a twinkle in his eye. He will be recalled, as former Law School Dean Paul Mahoney put it, “as an energetic and enthusiastic teacher, scholar, and participant in the intellectual life of the Law School,” whose “infectious good humor and openness have been as important as his intellectual contributions.”

He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Sharon Louise Walker of Charlottesville, Virginia; stepbrother, R. Wiley Bourne Jr. (Elinor) of Kingsport, Tenn.; daughters, Helgi Walker Drummond (Maldwin) of Washington, D.C. and Hobe Sound, Fla.; Margit Walker Nelson (Rob) of Flat Rock, N.C.; and Carina Smith Severance (Ryan) of Sparrows Point, Md. He is survived by his three beloved grandchildren, who loved him equally well in return, William Aaron Sheldon of San Francisco, Calif.; Sarah Christina Sheldon of Boston, Mass.; and Christopher Walker Sheldon of Flat Rock, N.C.

The family gives thanks for the kindness and compassion of the staff at Hospice of the Piedmont, the dedication and love of caregiver extraordinaire Shenise Gray and her team at Peace of Mind Helpers, and the tremendous services rendered by the world-class physicians and staff at UVA Health.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at a later date.

Published by Daily Progress on April 15, 2022.

Banks Stacy Robinson ’59

Mr. Robinson, 84, passed away on March 1, 2022, after a brief illness brought on by covid. Stacy was born in Gaston County, North Carolina on June 25, 1937, to William Roy Robinson and the former Lida Ormand Stacy, both deceased.

Stacy graduated from Gastonia High School in 1955 and on July 3rd married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Sherry Ann Rollins. They were married nearly 67 years at the time of his death. Stacy attended Davidson College, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother. After graduating with a BA in business in 1959, he began his career with the Insurance Company of North America (INA) (later CIGNA). He spent his career in the Carolinas with a nine-year detour to New Jersey and finally returned to Charlotte where he retired after 40 years of service.

Retirement could not stop him from working, as he and Sherry along with her two sisters and their spouses started a small antiques business which kept them occupied and entertained for 25 years. The “Sisters Three” name became well known in the area, especially after they began conducting estate sales.

Stacy was a lifelong Presbyterian holding leadership positions in every church where he was a member. He was an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. He was active in Stephen Ministry, church foreign mission trips and Habitat for Humanity. When not working, Stacy’s and Sherry’s love of travel took them to all fifty states and sixty-five countries. He loved playing bridge which he did up until his illness.

Stacy leaves behind his loving wife Sherry, son Banks S. Robinson, Jr. (Polly), daughter Elizabeth (‘Lisa’) R. Chidsey (John), five grandchildren Jay Robinson (Amanda), Sarah Bryan (Steven), Marshall Robinson (Beth), Lauren Chidsey (Michel Burnes), and Cameron Chidsey (Bronte).

A celebration of his life will be held on Sat. March 12th at 10am at Southminster. A graveside ceremony will follow at 1pm at Providence Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southminster Community Fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.heritagecares.com

Edward Morrison Brown ’59

Edward Morrison Brown, ASID, a talented and highly respected Charlotte interior designer, died on January 27 at Aldersgate in Charlotte. He was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, on January 10, 1937, the only child of the late Margaret Morrison and William G. Brown. He grew up in Concord, North Carolina.

Morrison was a 1959 graduate of Davidson College, where he did extensive design work during his later professional career. His graduate studies were done at Richmond Professional Institute and were followed by independent studies in Europe.

Morrison had an enormous appetite for and broad knowledge of art, architecture and design which he fed by continued study and digestion of fine books and wide travel. His delight in savoring and seeing classics and innovations and his incorporation of both in his design work was boundless. He appreciated what was around him and supplemented it with his tasteful and inventive additions.

He and his talented wife Connie lent their talents to many private homes, banks, hotels and country clubs throughout the Carolinas. They also restored important historic homes and participated in many show houses, winning many awards along the way, but they also had a talent for including clients’ prized and sentimental pieces, resulting in beautiful homes which reflected the personality of the owner. In 1998, Morrison was named ADAC Southeast Designer of the Year.

Along with his talents, Morrison was a unique and charismatic man who never met a stranger. He was debonair and dapper, with a love for life, laughter, friends and those he called family. Connie and Morrison delighted in their time spent at their second home in Blowing Rock. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have this treasure in our lives, along with Connie and Chess, will miss these gems from Granville Road.

Morrison was predeceased by his beloved wife and business partner Constance Nock Brown and their only child Chesser Morrison Brown. Survivors include many cousins and devoted friends. Special thanks go to Jon Windham, Tate Sterrett, Diane Sterling, Winston Way, Julian Patton, Marcia Joines, and Cindy King whose counsel was invaluable. And for their limitless care and devotion, special thanks go to caregivers Dee and David Thompson, Rhoda Davenport, Regina Sykes, Khadija Bryce and his loyal friend, Laura Jackson.

Due to the times in which we are living, there will be no memorial service. Instead, we ask that you raise a glass and celebrate this extraordinary man. Memorial gifts may be made to the John Crosland School, 5146 Parkway Plaza Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217.
Online condolences may be made at www.HankinsandWhittington.com.

George Wilson Ramsey ’59

George Wilson Ramsey, born December 19, 1937 in Prescott, Arkansas, died November 7, 2021, in Davidson, North Carolina, of complications from pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen Heflin Ramsey, also of Davidson; his son, Harmon Scott Ramsey, daughter-in-law Laura Cunningham, and grandchildren, Will and Ginny of Arlington, Virginia; his brother, Robert Ramsey (Sue), of Clemmons, North Carolina; his nephew David Ramsey (Jeri) and family of Charlotte, North Carolina; his niece, Elizabeth Ramsey Kirk (Rick) and family of Clarksville, Tennessee; beloved family Dot Apperson of Richmond, Virginia, Lucy Apperson Poole (Angel) and family of Glasgow, Virginia, Chris Apperson and family of Charleston, West Virginia; and other beloved family in the Ramsey, Marshall, Apperson, Heflin, and Simmerman families.

Throughout his life, George loved and learned from a thick network of friends, colleagues, and fellow-learners – from Athens High School and Davidson College; Union Seminary; Princeton University; Presbyterian College; Montreat, North Carolina; Presbyterian churches throughout the Southeast; and the Pines Retirement Community at Davidson.
At the heart of his life was his family. He was a devoted husband and partner to Ellen; father and friend to Scott; father-in-law to Laura, and ‘Pop’ to Will and Ginny; loved one and friend to his extended family.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for George will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. A livestream video of the service may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/davidsoncollegepresbyterianchurch.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of George may be made to:
The Pines at Davidson Chaplaincy Fund (https://www.thepinesatdavidson.org/donate-online)

Montreat Presbyterian Church (https://montreatchurch.org)
Montreat Conference Center (https://montreat.org)
Presbyterian College (https://www.presby.edu/giving/give-now/)

Published by Charlotte Observer on Nov. 14, 2021

William L. Patton, Jr. ’59

William L. Patton, Jr., died Thursday, October 21, 2021, at home with his family. Bill was born January 11, 1937, in Brownsville, Tenn., to Floy King and William L. Patton. He graduated from Hayward County High School in 1955 and from Davidson College in 1959. While a student at Davidson, Bill was a member of and held office in ATO, and was recognized as an ROTC distinguished military student.

Upon graduation from Davidson, he worked for Proctor and Gamble. In early 1960, he moved to Little Rock where he met Kay Smith. After a year of courtship, they married in January, 1961 and moved to Fayetteville for Bill to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law. Soon after entering law school he met his life-long best friends, and hunting and fishing companions, Beryl Anthony and Mack Moore.

Upon graduating from law school in 1964, Bill was a clerk for Arkansas Supreme Court Judge Sam Robinson and then worked as Assistant Attorney General under Bruce Bennet. Thereafter, he clerked for Judge Pat Mehaffy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appleals in St. Louis.

In December 1966, he joined the law firm Smith Williams Friday and Bowen, now Friday Eldredge and Clark. Bill’s practice was in municipal finance, equity financing, and the chartering and opposition to charter of banks, including Northwest National Bank of Fayetteville, Metropolitan National Bank, and the Bank of Little Rock.

Bill was interested in the arts and in the development of the Arkansas Arts Center (now the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts) for which he served as Treasurer and as President of the Board. Bill also served as a board member and President of the Board of the Country Club of Little Rock.

While Bill enthusiastically hunted and fished and golfed with his friends, the touchstone of his life was his family. He loved and appreciated and enjoyed their talents and their differences. He was proud that they, like he, are loyal to their friends and to each other, and that their values reflect his own.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay Smith Patton; his three daughters, Holly Beineman (Don), Ann Patton, and Katherine Patton; and granddaughters, Alexandra and Carson Beineman. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Hollow, and her children, Pat, Elizabeth, and Joseph.

A celebration of life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to RuebelFuneralHome.com

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