Forrest Craig Wilkerson ’60

Forrest Craig Wilkerson, 84, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at home following a lengthy illness.

The family will have a private graveside service at Laurelwood Cemetery in Rock Hill, SC.

Born in Blackstone, VA, Forrest was the son of the late James Andrew Wilkerson Jr. and the late Ila Mae Hutto Wilkerson.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, James A. Wilkerson, III, and his sister, Jane Wilkerson Covington.

A proud graduate of Winthrop Training School, Davidson College, and the University of South Carolina School of Law, he served on numerous community boards and belonged to several social clubs.  He was a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and basketball coach at the A.R.P. Church.  Forrest was upbeat, positive, quick witted, funny, and loved the practice of law.  Staying active was a necessity, and he participated in many outdoor hobbies including tennis, running and swimming. He easily mastered any game of skill, excelling in ping pong, poker, pool and on some special occasions, magic! He was a fierce competitor and an avid sports fan. He loved to read and travel with his family.

Surviving are his spouse, Lillian “Totty” Brooks Wilkerson; son, Forrest Craig Wilkerson, Jr. of Rock Hill; daughter, Brooks Wilkerson Moore (William) of Jacksonville, FL; two grandsons, Forrest Craig Wilkerson, III of Rock Hill, SC, and Isaac Hayne Wilkerson of Columbia, SC; five granddaughters, Lillian Porcher Wilkerson of Charleston, SC, Brooks Woodcock Moore of Carrboro, NC, Susan Shubrick Wilkerson of Hanoi, Vietnam, Eleanor Mikell Wilkerson of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Katherine Phelps Moore of Charlotte, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Forrest’s name to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731 or to Talking Books Services Library, 1500 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201.

John Melville “Mel” Armstrong ’60

John Melville “Mel” Armstrong passed away peacefully on August 20, 2023, surrounded by family. Born May 11,1937 in Athens, TN, he moved to Lookout Mountain, TN as a young boy with his family, where he remained a resident for the rest of his life.

He graduated from The Baylor School in 1955, where he ran track and played football. He attended Davidson College where he ran track and graduated in 1961, after also serving two years in the United States Army.

Mel met his beloved wife, Sally Kay Wrenn, in 1957 at Eastover Resort in Berkshire Hills, of western Massachusetts where they worked two summers; they described this experience as, “the time of their lives.”

Mel’s professional journey was as varied as his interests. He was known for his dedication, integrity and unwavering commitment to excellence in all aspects of his professional life. Mel began working at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher in 1962 where he was eventually promoted to President of the yarns and threads division in 1981. He later worked for River Associates where he was the Chief Executive Officer for W. R. Case & Sons, where he assisted in the eventual sale of Case Knives to Zippo. He also received recognition for his service as Chairman of the Board for the Central YMCA of Chattanooga.

Throughout his life Mel enjoyed a number of sports activities. After football and track at Baylor, and track at Davidson, he went on to enjoy golf, ski trips with the Chattanooga Ski Club, and tennis where he was known for his tenaciousness and craftiness on the court. Besides participating in sports, Mel enjoyed Auburn football games and tailgating, playing with his grandchildren, and celebrating good times with family and friends. He loved his pets dearly, treating them as part of his family.

Mel was also known for his witty sense of humor. He loved to have fun teasing family and friends and had a knack for storytelling, often regaling tales of his youth, his athletic endeavors, or his latest tennis match; though, his favorite part was keeping one in suspense, stretching the tale, often leaving one wondering if the story would ever end.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years Kay Wren Armstrong, his parents, Justin Pearl and Maud Elsie Armstrong, and siblings: Justin Armstrong, Maudie Duncan, Flo Cobey, Jenny Pohan and Betty Nevin. He is survived by his children: John Armstrong, Lucy Martin (Michael) and Sarah Mooney (Brian), grandson, Austin Armstrong (Madison) and granddaughters, Liz and Katie Mooney.

In remembering Mel, we celebrate a life well-lived. His legacy is one of love, laughter, and faith. Mel’s spirit will forever remain in the hearts of those he loved and those who loved him.

Special thanks to Story Point Assisted Living in Chattanooga, TN; Harmony at Five Forks in Simpsonville, SC; Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills, Westville Funerals in Greenville, SC and Cornerstone Caregiving.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills at 390 Keowee School Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 or McKamey Animal Center at 4500 N Access Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37415.

A visitation will be held Sunday, October 8th, from 2:30 – 4:00pm at the Lookout Mountain Town Center, located at 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750. There will be a private graveside service for family, Monday October 9th.

Joseph Armand Verreault III ’60

Joseph Armand, III, was born February 19, 1938, in Valdese, NC, son of Joseph Armand Jr. and Sarah Verreault. He succumbed to his battle with cancer and Parkinson’s at the age of 85 at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA on August 6, 2023. He attended Davidson College, where he received his BA, then attended Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. He was a member of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Verreault was an elementary school teacher in Henrico and Hanover Counties for many years and some of his students have remained in touch through Christmas cards and occasional notes. Later, he served as a Presbyterian minister at a small church in rural VA and one in rural NC. At the end of his career, he worked for Aetna insurance company in Richmond, VA before retiring and moving to Covenant Woods.

Mr. Verreault had a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to connect with people. He will be sorely missed by his surviving family, his loving wife of 63 years Patsy, daughter Amy Athavale (Ramchandra) and grandsons Jason and Raja Athavale; his sister-in-law Dorothy Rifai and his brother-in-law Tom Hogg (Scottie).

Mr. Verreault had a love of boats, airplanes, trains, and modeling. He built countless airplane models and had a fine sense of artistry, creating paint effects to make the planes look “weathered.” He was very detail oriented. He built a wonderful model train layout with intricately carved figures like trees, houses, all very realistic looking and intricate in their details, a layout which unfortunately was destroyed in a flooded basement due to hurricane Gaston. He built a wonderful model fishing boat, to scale, with a working motor and cast crew of carved figurines taken from Wind in the Willows.

The family is grateful for the compassionate care Joe received from the staff of Covenant Woods Healthcare and Bon Secours Hospice.

Services will be on Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m., at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. in Richmond.

Louis Henry Fogleman Jr. ’60

Louis Henry Fogleman, Jr., 84, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on Tuesday, May 30th at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.

Born on September 29, 1938 in Wadesboro, North Carolina, the only child of Louis Henry Fogleman and Jennings Ross Fogleman, Louis graduated from Anson High School in 1956 and received a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in 1960, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1964. After law school he moved to Charlotte, NC, where he eventually met his wife, Anne Dickson Fogleman. They were married on February 13, 1971 in Raeford, NC, Anne’s hometown, and then resided in Greensboro, NC, where their first two boys were born. They moved to Fayetteville, NC in 1979, so Louis could help run his father-in-law Paul Dickson’s newspaper and printing business. After spending most of his career as President of Dickson Press, Inc., Louis went back into the practice of law in 1996 and spent the final years of his career practicing with his colleagues and friends, John Shaw, Dougald Clark and Billy Clark. Louis and Anne spent their retirement years in Chapel Hill, NC before relocating to the Cypress of Raleigh in Raleigh, NC in 2018.

Louis was a member of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC and an Elder within the Presbyterian Church. He was a devoted and caring father, husband, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. More than anything else, Louis adored his family and spending time with them at their house on Topsail Beach, NC, where he enjoyed many beautiful sunsets. He had a great sense of the importance of education and life-long learning, which he instilled in his children, and was a selfless provider for his family.

Louis is survived by his wife of 52 years, Anne, and three sons, Louis Henry Fogleman, III (Carter) of Hampstead, NC, Ross Dickson Fogleman of Dallas, TX and Paul McEachern Fogleman (Elizabeth) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Eliza, Drew, Charlotte and George, and brother-in-law, Robert Arthur Dickson (Victoria), nieces, Margaret Dickson (Eric Roehrig) and Susan Dickson (Jamie DeGraw), as well as great-nieces and nephews and numerous cousins who were like his brothers and sisters, and adopted cousins from Anne’s family. Everyone will miss his dry wit and affectionate teasing.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Service Area, 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

His family will host a private burial at a later date.

Condolences may be shared at the home, 8581 Cypress Lakes Drive, Unit D110, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Robert DeVane Croom III ’60

Robert DeVane Croom, III, first son of Robert D. Croom, Jr. and Rosa Currie Croom, died peacefully in his home in Chapel Hill on August 24, 2022.

Bob is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of sixty years, Patricia Stroud Croom; his two children Robert DeVane Croom, IV (Susan) & Patricia Croom Halsey (Jason); two grandchildren Robert Jacobsen Croom and Jackson Currie Halsey; his younger brothers, Frederick Hailey Croom (Mishoe Brennecke) and John McLean Croom (Larissa Boudnikova); sister-in-law Henrietta Brown Croom; nieces Elizabeth Bonner Croom and Maria Johnovna Croom; nephews Frederick Hailey Croom, Jr. and Alexander McMillan Croom; and close family friend Hector Allen MacDonald.

Born on August 8, 1938, in Maxton, North Carolina, Bob was inspired by his physician father, who served in World War II treating injured soldiers arriving from battlefields for transport by train to hospitals in Great Britain, and his mother who was a music teacher. Many of his life choices reflected those inspirations.

He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Maxton High School as Valedictorian of his class. Following his father and grandfather, he then attended Davidson College. At Davidson, he was named Brigade Commander of Davidson’s ROTC program and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in the class of 1960.

Bob entered medical school at UNC the same year and graduated as an Alpha Omega Alpha honors student in 1964. Bob did his internship and began his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital before returning to Chapel Hill to complete his residency in surgery where, in 1970, he was the first recipient of the Nathan Womack scholarship. He then began his military service at Walter Reed Hospital, achieving the rank of Major.

Bob returned to the School of Medicine in Chapel Hill in 1972, where he spent many years training and mentoring future surgeons before retiring as a Professor of Surgery in 1995. Bob is remembered as a skillful and caring surgeon with high expectations for himself and others, for his humorous stories, broad smile, and always perfectly groomed white hair.

Bob enjoyed a long retirement with annual trips to snow ski or to the North Carolina coast where he would relax in the sun with a good book and afternoon swim. He adored his grandsons, and he created numerous elaborate model train layouts for the boys. He spent much of his time working in his yard and loved sharing his backyard of azaleas with friends in the spring. When his gardening ambitions outgrew his yard, he found opportunity in the yards of his children and neighbors, usually with their permission.

A service will be held at a later time. Bob always loved animals, nature and wildlife; in lieu of flowers, donations to the Orange County Humane Society Donations | Orange County, NC ( , Carolina Tiger Rescue Memory – Carolina Tiger Rescue or to the charity of one’s choice are welcomed.