Leslie Hill Davis ’60

Leslie Hill Davis, 84, of Charlotte, died Sunday, November 7, 2021 at CMC Main-Charlotte. He was born October 28, 1937 at the Davis homeplace in Croft NC, to the late Bruce Hill and Candace Rebecca Auten Davis. Leslie attended Croft School, Huntersville School, and later graduated from North Mecklenburg High School. He then went onto earn a chemistry degree from Davidson College.

After working many years as a chemist at such places as Dupont & Union Carbide, he went back to school at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a degree in pharmacy. He worked as a pharmacist for over 30 years, in many retail locations around Charlotte. He was also an avid gardener, gaining Master Gardener status. Leslie humbly served in the US Army Reserve for 37 years, attaining the rank of Colonel.

He not only loved his family & friends; he also loved his gardens & fruit trees. He always took pride in growing his own vegetables and fruits, along with some unique & beautiful flowers. His repertoire of veggies & fruits include growing corn, okra, beets, greens, tomatoes, peas, beans, sweet potatoes, peaches, figs, blueberries, and so much more, each and every year. He called it his “country buffet”. He was always more than willing to share the fruits of his labor & dispense advice on how to grow good, healthy plants! In addition to being a dedicated gardener, Leslie also enjoyed traveling the US, dancing the night away, singing in the church choir, and taking his grandsons to see the airplanes and trains.

Leslie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Lou Atkins Davis of the home; daughter, Emily Gale and her husband, Paul IV of Mocksville, NC; son, Brice Davis of Raleigh, NC; grandsons, Paul V & Nathan Gale, and Dylan Davis; brother & sister-in-law, Silas and Junie Davis of Huntersville; nieces, Noelle Small (Jon) of Charlotte & Lois Ellen Tuttle (Hayden) of Huntersville; nephew, Andrew Davis (Beth) of Fort Mill, SC; and several great-nephews and a great-niece. He is also survived by his former daughter-in-law, Barbara Gyori Davis of Clayton, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Ellen Davis.

A service to celebrate the life of Leslie Davis will be held at First Baptist Church of Mount Holly on Monday, November 15 at 1pm, with burial at Independence Hill Baptist Church in Huntersville following the church service. An ice cream social will be held at Independence Hill after the graveside service. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday night, November 14, at James Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to FBC of Mt. Holly, Independence Hill Baptist Church or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

William Sidney Farabow ’60

William Sidney Farabow, MD passed away peacefully on Sept. 30, 2021.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1938, in Oxford, North Carolina, to Sidney Sharpe Farabow and Annie G. Jones Farabow.

He was a graduate of Myers Park High School, Davidson College, and Emory University School of Medicine. Later he interned at Walter Reid Medical Center and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital. Dr. Farabow practiced medicine at Thomasville Obstetrics & Gynecology and High Point Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates.

He was an Eagle Scout, served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army, was the Chief of Staff at High Point Regional Hospital, and also President of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Governor Jim Martin appointed him to serve on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and he also served on numerous boards and agencies which were seminal in helping others and creating a better world for the future.

He greatly loved his spouse of 62 years, Suzanne Cabaniss Farabow; his three sons, William Clinton & Stephanie Townsend Farabow, Preston Henry Farabow, and Matthew Sidney and Amanda Spillman Farabow; his ten grandchildren, William Webster Farabow, Gibson Stuart Farabow, Brooks Townsend Farabow, William Preston Farabow, Aidan Henry Farabow, Finn Daniel Farabow, Sydney Grace Farabow, Jordan Grace Farabow, Kenton Scott Farabow, and John Thomas Farabow; his sister, Joan Farabow McMurray and his numerous nieces and nephews.

As an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, he was instrumental in the support of numerous outreach organizations such as Young Life, Open Door Ministries and Ward Street Mission. He deeply loved God and embodied that love for so many of his patients, friends, and family. He greatly valued his involvement with the small group ministries: The Notorious Sinners and the Fish Unity Group.

The family requests that memorials be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Young Life or the charity of the donors’ preference.

Services will be held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, with a visitation in the courtyard following the service.

The service will also be live-streamed at www.wesleymemorial.org/live.

In loving care for others, congregants are asked to please wear a mask and social distance. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is assisting the family.

Condolences may be made through www.cumbyfuneral.com.

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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.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to UNC-TV and Davidson College.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.kepnerfh.com.
Julian McIver Pleasants '60

Published by Charlotte Observer on Sep. 12, 2021.

Robert L. Avinger, Jr. ’60

Robert Livingston Avinger, Jr. died on June 23, 2021 of advanced dementia. Born on April 26, 1938 to Frances Haltiwanger and Robert Livingston Avinger, Sr., Bob grew up in Columbia, South Carolina in a happy neighborhood filled with family and life-long friends.

Bob was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Dreher High School in 1956, where he was a proud member of the 1956 State Championship basketball team. Bob attended Davidson College and thrived academically, socially, and athletically. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was president of Beta Theta Pi, and played on Dr. Tom Scott’s golf team. Bob developed a deep love for Davidson College and his network of college friends remained incredibly important to him. After graduating from Davidson in 1960, Bob served for two years as a lieutenant in the United States Army. Bob then earned his PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Returning to Davidson College in 1967, Bob taught Economics and served as the Dean of the Center for Special Studies. He received the first ODK Award given by students for outstanding teaching. His relationships with his students were deep and influential; he remained closely connected to former students throughout his life. That influence continues today through the Avinger Impact Fund – providing annual grants awarded through the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College to current students to support the development of business start-up ideas. Indicative of Bob’s influence, the fund was established by his former students.     

In 1980, Bob left Davidson College and joined his friend Olin Nisbet at Sterling Capital Management, an investment advisory firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. After retiring from Sterling in 1998, Bob continued to pursue his passion for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Bob and Jane McRae Jackson married in 1962. For over fifty years, they have lived in and served the Davidson community. Bob was a devoted member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder. Together, Jane and Bob received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for service to the community – and most notably for their leadership in developing the Pines Retirement Community. Bob served on the Board of Trustees at Davidson College and on the Board of the Union Seminary.

Through the years, the family spent summers at Pawleys Island, South Carolina. While at Pawleys, Bob shared his love for sailing, flounder fishing, and spending time in the creek. Their home at Pawleys, “Lagniappe,” was a joyful haven for friends and family. Bob adored music and reading. He entertained many with his mean jazz piano playing and was a founding member of the Davidson Book Club.

Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Jackson Avinger of Davidson, his children Mary Charles Avinger Montgomery, Asheville, and Robert Livingston Avinger, III (Jane Price), Nashville. Bob was affectionately called “Grandbobby” by his six grandchildren: Findley Dean Montgomery, Catherine Stuart Montgomery, Whitney Harris Montgomery, Jr., Anna McNair Avinger, Robert Baker Avinger, and Caroline Coker Avinger.

His brothers and sisters-in law and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Avinger, Haltiwanger, Jackson, and Rivers families were all important to him.

The family is profoundly grateful to the many loving and compassionate caregivers both at home and at the Pines Health Center and is especially grateful for Eddy Beam. 

A worship service in celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 27, in the Lilly Family Gallery in the Chambers Building on the campus of Davidson College. A reception will follow. Unvaccinated attendees are requested to please wear a mask.     

The service will be live-streamed on the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Facebook page. A video will be made available in the days following the service.

There will be a visitation at the Avinger home on Saturday, June 26 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts can be made to the Avinger Impact Fund at Davidson College or to The Pines at Davidson. 

Avinger Impact Fund
Davidson College 
Box 7170
Davidson NC 28035-7170


The Pines at Davidson
400 Avinger Lane
Davidson, NC. 28036

Harry Lee Broome ’60

Dr. Harry Lee Broome was born in Salisbury, NC in 1937. He was Valedictorian at Needham Broughton HS in Raleigh NC graduating in 1956, where he also became an Eagle Scout and a champion tennis player. He went on to play tennis for Davidson College graduating in 1960. He then attended UNC School of Medicine and served as a physician in the US Army as a Major stationed overseas in Korea.

Returning to Fort McPherson in Atlanta, he completed his training in orthopedic surgery at Georgia Baptist (now Atlanta Medical Center) and opened a practice, Chattahoochee Orthopedic Clinic, with his longtime friend and partner, Dr. Lyn Crooms.

He later practiced at Pinnacle Orthopedics.Harry was a family man, a dog lover, a student of history, a tennis player and a bass fisherman. Mostly, however, he was a charming, honest and sincere friend to so many people and those who were lucky enough to be counted amongst them have learned the true meaning of loyalty and friendship.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Elizabeth Broome and his beloved dog Allie.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years and best friend, Sandra Jean (Sandy). His adoring children – Harry Jr., married to Karen, Trey, and Shawn, married to Paul Castino. His grandchildren include Payson, Evan, Anna, Jake, Abby and Michael who loved him dearly. It was mutual. His sisters, Betty and Bonnie and their extended families in North Carolina.

Finally, he also leaves behind his two Portuguese Water Dogs, hundreds of dear friends, and thousands of largemouth bass fish that he put back into the water at the Suwannee River. He is and will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be held at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA on June 18, 2021 from 12 noon until 2 PM with a celebration of Harry’s life following at 2 PM.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Atlanta chapter of the Humane Society.

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