Robert “Bob” Ward Porter ’62

Robert “Bob” Ward Porter, age 81, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at his home in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Cancer. Bob was born in Galax, Virginia to Robert T. Porter and Rubye Ward Porter on January 31, 1940. He grew up and attended Galax High School before attending Davidson College where he graduated with a BA in Business in 1962. Following college, Bob attended Wake Forest Law School and graduated Juris Doctor in the class of 1965.

Before beginning his professional life, Bob served as a Captain in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, HI. Following his service to our country, Bob became a well-respected attorney and enjoyed a long career in the field of Real Estate and Title. Bob was licensed through both the North Carolina and Virginia Bars.

Known for driving around town in his yellow convertible 1969 Buick Wildcat, singing along to his beloved oldies music. Bob spent his college years playing sax as part of the Dimensions, a FIJI fraternity band. He also loved the game of golf and especially enjoyed time on the course with his golf buddies. Bob was loved and revered by all who met him. Always there to help friends and colleagues, Bob was quick to make light of any situation with a funny story or joke to raise everyone’s spirits.

He met his wife, Diane Porter, in 1965 in Virginia Beach, VA, where he worked as a motorcycle police officer during his law school summers. Bob and Diane were married in 1966.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diane Jackson Porter, who resides in Winston-Salem, NC, and his sons Robert “Bobby” Ward Porter, Jr. and his wife Joy of Raleigh, NC, and John Michael Porter and his wife Amy of Austin, TX, and his six grandchildren (Alexandra Porter, Cameron Porter, Morgan Baker, Penny Baker, Jackson Porter and Ashton Porter).

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Centenary United Methodist Church officiated by the Reverend Craig Ford.

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Robert Green ’61

Robert (Bob) Green, loving husband and father passed away on September 9, 2021. He was the second son of DeWitt Allen Green, M.D. and Elizabeth Pierce Green. He was born on August 1, 1939 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

The Green family moved to Winter Park in 1952. Bob graduated from Winter Park High School in 1957 and Davidson College in 1961, where he had the honor of serving as president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. He served the country as an officer in the Army Intelligence Corps. Bob was stationed in Dallas, Texas and saw the President and Mrs. Kennedy moments before the President was mortally wounded on November 22, 1963.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1967. Bob practiced law with Gurney & Handley for thirty six years. He served as president of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in 1989, and as a member of the Board of Managers of the Winter Park YMCA, his daily workout destination.

Bob was also one of the founding members of the All Saints Church Healing Service and participated in their Tuesday healing service making “joyful noise” on his guitar. Bob met his wife Judy in 1968 in Winter Park. Bob and Judy built a life in Winter Park where they had two children.

When Bob was not working or spending time with his family, he could be found working in his shop where he built model airplanes. His children have many memories of watching him fly his planes. Bob was a voracious reader and kept a journal of all of the books he read. Bob loved folk music and he played a Gibson J-45 that he purchased while in the army. He brought his music into the living rooms of friends and family.

Bobby was a good man- a wise, gentle and loving man who will be missed tremendously by his family. His wife, son and daughter are heartbroken.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, DeWitt, his mother, Elizabeth and his brother, DeWitt “Dee” (Anita)Green.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; daughter, Suzanne Green Lemons (Clarke); son, Christopher Allen Pierce Green; brother, Brent Pierce Green (SookJa); sister, Elizabeth Green DeMarco (Vince), two nieces Allison and Kristin and a nephew, John.

A private memorial service for family will be held at a date in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family would request a donation to the Ataxia Foundation:

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Julian McIver Pleasants ’60

Julian McIver Pleasants, 82, of Davidson, North Carolina passed away September 7, 2021 at The Pines at Davidson. Pleasants was born on November 12, 1938 in Moore Memorial Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina, son of the late James McIver Pleasants and Jean McIver Pleasants.

Raised in Sanford and Southern Pines, North Carolina, Julian graduated from Southern Pines High School in 1956. He played tennis and basketball for the Southern Pines teams, nicknamed “The Blue Knights.” For the remainder of his life, he was known to friends as “The Blue Knight” or just “Blue”. He earned a B.A. Degree from Davidson College in 1960 and continued his education with a M.A. in American History (1962) and in 1971, a Ph. D in American History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Pleasants began his forty-six year teaching career as an Instructor at Converse College, Spartanburg, N.C. in 1962. Pleasants was an Instructor at the UNC History Department from 1967-1969 and spent one year, 1966-1967, as an Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. In September 1969, he began a thirty-nine year career as a history professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He retired as a full professor in 2008.

While at Florida, Pleasants taught over 10,000 students and won thirteen teaching awards including Teacher of the Year, Most Inspiring Professor at UF (1989) and one of Ten Outstanding Professors at UF (1974). He was the first Director of the Upward Bound Program at UF and for a brief period, served as Director of Minority Affairs. He later organized the Collegiate Scholars Minority Program at Florida and acted as the Director of the UF Overseas Program at Cambridge University in England in 1994.

Pleasants was one of the founders of the University of New Orleans-University of Florida Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria and functioned as Associate Director and Director from 1976-1992. The summer school is now in its 45th year and has educated over 10,000 students. He directed the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida from 2002-2008, helping the program achieve the status of one of the premier programs in the nation. Pleasants was a member of the Board of Presidential Counselors for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA from 2002-2009.

Pleasants wrote ten books, including: Hanging Chads: The Inside Story of the 2000 Presidential Recount in Florida; Frank Porter Graham and the Senate Election of 1950 In North Carolina; The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott, winner of the Ragan Old North State Award for best non-fiction book on N.C. during 2015; and Home Front: North Carolina During World War II. Also: Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert R. Reynolds; Seminole Voices: Reflections on Their Changing Society, with Harry Kersey. Awarded the Silver Medal for Non-Fiction, Florida Humanities Council, 2010 and the Harry T. Moore Award for Civil Rights Publications, Florida Historical Society, 2011; and Orange Journalism: Voices from Florida Newspapers. He acted as a consultant and script writer on the documentary, “Dr. Frank: The Life and Times of Frank Porter Graham.”

Pleasants was included in Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; and Who’s Who in International Education. He was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship for study in Australia in 1965-1966 and received an Award of Merit for outstanding service to the city of Innsbruck in 1985 and 1991. He served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964.

Julian loved to travel and visited over 120 countries during his peripatetic wanderings. He was a devotee of Dixieland jazz, Springer Spaniels (Mandy and Sunshine), public television, reading, and college basketball. Most of all he treasured the many friendships he was fortunate enough to make during his lifetime and loved to reminisce about all the wonderful times spent with those special friends.

He is survived by his brother, James Rodney Pleasants and Rod’s husband, Steve Godwin. Also by his niece Jessica Pleasants Oncel, her husband, Okan Oncel, and their two children, Olive Rose and Leonardo James. Julian is also survived by his dear friends, Beth and Nick Mueller and their family.

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Philip Bertram Smith, Jr. ’62

Philip Bertram Smith, Jr., age 81, departed us to be united with his Heavenly Father and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.

Phil was born the 18th of July, 1940 to Philip B. Smith and Cornelia Pearce Smith.

Phil was born and raised in Houston, Texas where he graduated from Lamar High School in 1958. Phil’s most treasured memories, while growing up in Houston, were spending time with his beloved grandparents.

He attended Davidson College where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He spent several college summers working as a ranch hand in Montana which sparked a lifelong love of the outdoors and tending to animals. After graduating from Davidson College, Phil joined the Army and served as a tank commander stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He achieved the rank of Captain and later served in the 36th Infantry of the Texas Army National Guard until 1969.

In 1963, Phil married Patricia Ann Haas and relocated back to Houston, Texas where he began his family. Phil and Pat had three children together, Philip, Stephen and Renee Clark.

After graduating from South Texas College of Law, he joined the law firm of Vinson & Elkins as an associate in its oil/gas/real estate section. In 1976, Phil and his family relocated to Dallas where he continued his legal career as a partner with Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney and Neely.

In 1980, Phil and his family moved to rural Waxahachie, Texas. He spent his days practicing law in Dallas, and his evenings and weekends enjoying the peace of the country and tending his horses. He truly enjoyed maintaining his country property, mending fences, cutting hay and taking care of his animals with a special love for American Paint Horses. Such hobbies were a necessary respite to maintain his active law practice. While in Waxahachie, he saw his three children graduate from high school and begin their respective lives.

In 1992, Phil married Maria “Jo”. In 1994, he recommitted his life to Christ and was baptized at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Phil and Jo moved to Paris, Texas in 1997, where he continued his law practice at the Moore Law Firm, eventually going into private practice with an office at 1700 Place, Paris, until his death.

During their 28 years of marriage they enjoyed traveling, visiting Israel, Washington, D.C., California, Yosemite, Montana, Colorado and Tennessee.

While living in Paris, Texas, he was a member of Rotary, Gideons and East Paris Baptist Church, where he served on the Finance Committee. Living in close proximity with Jo’s family he became an integral part of their lives, becoming dearly loved and highly regarded as a step-dad and grandfather.

Phil is survived by his wife, Jo; his sister, Ann Blankenship, of Dallas, Texas; his son, Philip B. Smith III, of Hillsboro, Texas; son, Stephen T. Smith and his wife, Inga, of Houston, Texas; and his daughter, Renee D. Clark, of Keller, Texas.

He leaves behind the following grandchildren, Philip B. Smith IV, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Preston L. Smith, Parker T. Smith and Patrick H. Smith, of Houston, Texas, Corinne B. Clark and Campbell W. Clark, of Keller, Texas; and his niece, Dawn Hennessey, of Dallas, Texas.

He is also survived by step-children, Russ and Carolyn Ferguson, of Paris, Texas, Jan and John Moon, of Paris, Texas, LeeAnn and Shane Rost, of Venus, Texas, Dena and Eli Rivera, of Grand Prairie, Texas; and 16 step-grandchildren; and a host of step-great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Bright-Holland Funeral Home, with Dr. Danny Moody and John Moon officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

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David Norris MacKinnon ’61

David Norris MacKinnon, age 82, formerly of Richmond, KY, died on August 5, 2021. Born in Greenville, AL on March 6, 1939, son of the late Luther and Eleanor Norris MacKinnon. Beloved husband of the late Molly Ryland MacKinnon. Loving father of Laura Conway of Louisville, KY and Douglas (Courtney) MacKinnon of Gibsonia, PA. Brother of the late Luther Gillis MacKinnon. Proud grandfather of Molly Conway, Grant MacKinnon and Connor MacKinnon.

Norris earned a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College, did graduate work at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned his PhD in Spanish from the University of Kentucky. He went on to be Spanish professor at Eastern Kentucky University for many years until his retirement. Earlier in life, Norris was a regular jogger and in recent years was an avid cyclist, enjoying riding the country roads of Kentucky and recently Pennsylvania. He had a thirst for knowledge, was always curious, and never stopped learning.

Memorial services will be held in Hampton Presbyterian Church, Gibsonia, PA, on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Rev. Dr. Ted Martin, officiating. Private interment will be held in Richmond Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norris’ memory to the American Cancer Society,

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