George F. Reeves ’61

George F. Reeves, 82, of Avondale Estates, was born in Columbia, MS on October 13, 1939 and passed following a brief illness on June 5, 2022 in Decatur, GA.

George was educated at Davidson College followed by Columbia Theological Seminary and later Georgia Tech. He was a pastor for five years and then worked in computers all the way from punch cards to networking. A lifelong amateur radio enthusiast, he was passionate about music, singing, travel and family. He was active in the Presbyterian Church his whole life.

George is survived by wife, Marion Reeves, Avondale Estates; siblings, Blanche Woodiel, MO, Robert Reeves (Barbara), CA, Carol Adams (Paul), MS; children, Elizabeth Randolph, Lula, GA, Judi Stuart, Burlington, NC, G. Martin Reeves (Michelle), Decatur, GA, Catherine Aiken (Chris Place), Avondale Estates, GA; 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson as well as a large extended family.

Memorial to be held 10:00 AM, June 25, 2022 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Pastor’s Fund at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, or Clifton Sanctuary Ministries.

David Sidney McCarty ’61

Rev. David Sidney McCarty Jr., 83, was united with the Church Triumphant on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.  He passed away at his home in Rocky Mount, Virginia in the care of his son Wesley.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Hardwicke McCarty, father, Rev. David Sidney McCarty and sister, Alice Hardwicke McCarty Haggerty.  He is survived by his cherished wife of over 50 years, Judy Neal Terrell McCarty; sons Paul Sidney (Amy) and Wesley David; grandchildren Charlotte Alice, Myra Pearl, Darby Lewis and John Elliott; and first cousin Katherine Keys Allison (Roy).

David was a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary.  He was pastor of several rural churches in North Carolina and Virginia.  He later became a teacher of many subjects at Christian Heritage Academy in Rocky Mount.  Upon retirement from teaching, he continued to serve as bookkeeper and worked in adult education.

David was renowned for short sermons and long discussions about the wonders of God’s creation.  He continually studied the scriptures and taught Sunday school.  He enjoyed music, reading, astronomy, photography, history and computers.  He gave equal, thoughtful attention to his children and grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank David and Judy’s neighbors, strong pillars on their right (the Perdues), left (the Campbells) and across the street (the Coopers) for their strength, attentiveness and support during this difficult season.

The family will joyfully receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th at Furnace Creek Baptist Church, 975 Scuffling Hill Road in Rocky Mount.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th at the church where the Good News will be heard by all. Soli Deo gloria!

For those wishing to honor David’s life with a charitable gift, the family gratefully suggests Christian Heritage Academy (chaknights.org), your local volunteer fire department/rescue squad or a charity of your choosing. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Robert C. “Bob” Young ’61

Robert C. "Bob" Young '61

A life-long native of Atlanta, Robert C. “Bob” Young died peacefully in his sleep on Christmas Eve with his family by his side.

Born December 29, 1939 to Henry and Rosa Young, Bob grew up in East Lake and graduated from Murphy High School, Davidson College and Emory Law School. He served with the US Army in Germany as an artillery officer. He met his future wife, Emmakate “Kit” (née Moore) while working on Charlie Weltner’s political campaign. Kit and Bob were married in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1969.

Bob practiced law for approximately 20 years (first at Jones, Bird & Howell and later at Alston & Bird), after which he formed a real estate asset management firm. In 1996, following an extreme illness, Bob effectively retired, dedicating his time to Habitat for Humanity among other causes. During his life he was also involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and volunteered in various capacities at Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta.

Bob was memorable to all who met him. His captivating rich, baritone voice and southern drawl are the first things many think of when hearing Bob’s name. He loved to sit by a fire and harmonize old spirituals with family and friends. If you spent any time with Bob, you knew his love of conversation and his capacity for hilarious storytelling. Bob’s quick wit and repartee were the heart of many belly-aching laughs at family gatherings over the decades. He lent this gift as a volunteer reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service for the visually impaired.

Bob was a loving husband and father, and a proud grandfather. He was a constant cheerleader and supporter of his children, from sports, to performances, to careers, to life. His voice boomed at Grady High School sporting events for nearly 15 years straight and Northwestern and Mizzou soccer games after that. His encouraging nature extended beyond his own children, and many of their friends also considered Bob a friend.

Bob was a patron of the fine arts in a literal sense. He loved color and beauty, collecting and displaying vibrant works of art. He appreciated great literature and poetry, much of which he could recite from memory, and traveled to museum galleries to attend special exhibits of his favorite artists. He particularly loved opera and would don a tuxedo to sneak in after intermission before he could afford tickets. Later, he was a regular “extra” in performances by the Metropolitan Opera when the touring company visited Atlanta. He and Kit were season ticket holders at the Alliance Theater, regulars at the High Museum of Art and early supporters of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Bob was a board member of the Theatrical Outfit. He also expressed his love of the arts through his lifelong dabbling in painting, sculpting and pottery.

Bob was full of curiosity and wonder. He taught his children to poke around in coastal tide pools in search of sea urchins and starfish, to appreciate a Blue Ridge Mountain sunrise, to seek knowledge and never stop learning. He saw travel as a true gift and an opportunity to experience new cultures and discover our shared humanity. He seemed born to “putter”, as he liked to call it, spending years at his mountain cabin doing chores, starting projects, creating artwork, and just happily puttering around. He took up cooking later in life and reveled in the parallels to his art. He had a generous soul, and loved to open his life and home to others. He felt blessed to have been born on this earth and never once expressed being “bored.” He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Kit, sons Croft (Amy) of New York City, Martin (Kristin), Peden (Liz), daughter Emmakate, all of Atlanta, and seven grandchildren; his younger sister Rosa McNairy (Bill) of Greensboro, NC and younger brother J. Richard “Dick” Young of Atlanta; he was predeceased by his older brother Henry L. Young, Jr. of Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta or the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Basilica of Sacred Heart. A. S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, GA.

Thomas Leak “Tom” Covington ’61

Thomas Leak Covington Jr. died peacefully in his sleep—just as he wanted to– on December 3, 2021 at the age of 82. Tom spent his last days showered with love, laughter, music, poems and hugs with his family. His last words were “I love you.”

Tom was born on February 19, 1939 in Rockingham, NC. He was the only child of Thomas Leak Covington, Sr and Louise Greene Covington. According to legend, Tom spent his childhood toggling between mayhem and serving as the family “prince”. Daily activities ranged anywhere between drag racing the back streets of Rockingham in his 1932 Chevy to singing in the church choir. He was also an Eagle Scout, pitched lefty on the baseball team, and was voted “Best All Around” as a senior at Rockingham High School.

Tom attended Davidson College, graduating with a degree in English in 1961. He probably spent more time creating mayhem at the SAE fraternity house than studying in the library, and graduated with friendships he would keep for the rest of his life. Careful not to neglect his princely duties, he also sang in the Davidson Men’s Chorus. Davidson was incredibly special to him, and he stayed after graduation to serve as the Director of the Davidson Student Union. He received his Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from NCSU and stayed on to work in the Office of Student Activities for a few years.

Tom met his wife, Millie Ravenel, in 1968 where they worked at the same management consulting firm in Atlanta. Tom and Millie lived in Raleigh and had two children, Simmons and Archer. Tom and Millie were later divorced but maintained a very close friendship throughout his life. “Not bad, for an ex-wife, huh?” he would say after she did something kind for him.

Tom was a talented musician and loved music – from Gregorian chants to jazz, gospel, and folk music. He had a beautiful tenor voice, and his instrument of choice was the autoharp. In his early Raleigh days, he and Millie hosted annual hymn-sings in their backyard, with Tom playing autoharp and leading the singing. He and his Davidson friends formed a folk music group called the Sandy Mush Boys and Darcy, where their harmonies, autoharp, guitar, and dulcimer made sweet and happy music from countless front porches. Their music was the featured program at their Davidson College 40th and 50th reunions for the Class of ‘61.

Tom loved the Western North Carolina mountains. He moved to his beloved Big Sandy Mush near Asheville in 1977 and worked for Buncombe County government. He was a better government worker than farmer—his attempt at entering the Christmas Tree business yielded a field of firewood. But his amazing neighbors were able to use the land to successfully grow the sweetest silver queen corn and tobacco this side of the French Broad River.

Tom also hosted many “Spring Thaw” weekends at his farm, where the pattern of mayhem continued, complete with pickin’ on the porch, camping in the fields, and telling lies from rocking chairs.

In 1981, Tom moved back to Raleigh to become the NC General Assembly’s Director of Fiscal Research–a post he held for 18 years. As one former legislator shared, “Tom had little patience with fools or self-centered politicians, but he understood that you had to be able to work with them to at least some degree, or what needed to be done would not happen.” He led an amazing team and loved them deeply.

After retirement from the NC Legislature in 1999, Tom was the Executive Director of the NC Progress board where he spent his days thinking about the future of his beloved state and working to ensure that NC was on track toward continuous improvement for its land and citizens.

Tom was also involved in many community projects and served on many boards. His passion was to support those who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. A recovered alcoholic himself—he would have gotten his 30-year chip this coming January—Tom served as a sponsor to many. He helped to found The Healing Place, a recovery center dedicated to helping the homeless and underserved struggling with addiction. He also served on the boards of Pavillion, another incredible treatment center, and HandMade in America, which helped craft artists in Western NC small towns.

Upon retirement, Tom moved permanently to Big Sandy Mush. His best days were spent sitting on the front porch watching the seasons change on the mountains. Often sitting beside him were his two Plott Hounds (NC’s official state dog, of course!), one of whom was named ‘Liston Swain’ after NC legislators Liston Ramsey and Bob Swain. He’d swap stories on the porch with his neighbors and friends who frequently visited his haven in the mountains. He entertained his grandchildren by helping them build fairy houses in the woodshop or pushing them on the swings underneath the 150-year old oak tree in the backyard. He played his autoharp and sang with family and friends, pickin’ and singing deep into the evenings.

The most important part of Tom’s life was his family. He is survived by daughter Simmons Covington Lettre and her husband Marcel Lettre and children McKinley Covington Lettre and Amelia Mills Lettre; son Archer Covington, wife Meg Marchant Covington and eight-month old grandson Thomas Archer Covington; and his amazingly committed ex-wife and friend Millie Ravenel.

Tom moved to Bethesda, Maryland in July 2021 to be near his daughter and granddaughters. His family was finally able to see him often, and they spent the last six months just holding hands in the breeze or singing songs together.

Tom had a lot of sayings that he repeated regularly. One he lived by was, “There ain’t no bus you can get on that I can’t ride.” He was always there for his family and for his many friends over his lifetime–and was particularly calming in times of crisis or confusion.

“Go gently” was what he told his family every time they pulled out of his driveway to head home after a visit. Tom did just that in his death, and his family imagines him engaged in a great reunion as we speak, approaching it all with wonder.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held January 8, 2022 at 1pm, reception immediately following, at Junction West, 310 S. West Street Raleigh, NC. Parking is available at the parking deck, located at the northeast intersection of West Street and Martin Street (diagonal from Junction West–more info at www.junctionwestnc.com)

Out of concern for the safety of all attendees, we are requiring everyone attending to be fully vaccinated. Masks should be worn when not eating or drinking.

The family will also hold a second Celebration of Life in the amazing Big Sandy Mush this spring. Tom left very specific instructions for his ashes to be put in an Ingles grocery bag and planted under an apple tree overlooking “The Mush” so he can spend eternity watching the seasons change in the most beautiful place on earth. More details on the western NC celebration to come.

Tom’s family is grateful to those who have supported the Covingtons through the many years. Friends and neighbors helped Tom stay at his beloved home in Big Sandy Mush for as long as possible despite the cloudiness of dementia and also supported Tom’s kids as they tried to navigate care long-distance. The amazing caregivers and nurses at Brightview Woodmont gifted Tom with excellent health care and kindness in his final chapter in Bethesda.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Tom’s memory to The Sandy Mush Community Center SMCC, PO Box 1686, Leicester, NC 28748 or The Healing Place, 1751 Goode St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Both organizations are important to the Covington family.

John Hubert Womeldorf ’61

John Hubert “Jack” Womeldorf passed away in his home at Harbor’s Edge in Norfolk, VA on September 26, 2021. Jack was born in Richmond VA on July 1, 1939, to John A. and Margaret Glass Womeldorf. His father was a Presbyterian minister.

Jack attended public schools in Princeton, WVA and Waynesboro, VA. He graduated from Davidson College (NC) in 1961. In 1962, he was commissioned as a naval line officer and served on a destroyer and a nuclear-powered cruiser, on which he made his first of four trips around the world.

Upon leaving active duty, Jack spent a year traveling in Europe. On his return, he earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at UNC Chapel Hill and there met his future wife, Ann. In 1968, Jack was selected as a Special Recruit at the Library of Congress, where he served for 27 years, retiring in 1995.

Jack and Ann married in 1969, put their careers on hold in 1970 and traveled around the world for twelve months on an extended honeymoon. They lived their professional lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where they were active members of the community. Jack volunteered with the local public library and Capitol Hill Community Foundation. He was actively involved with the Church of the Pilgrims, beginning in 1968, serving on Session, in the choir and on many committees over the years. Jack and Ann travelled extensively. Jack counted over 150 countries visited, many more than once. They moved to Norfolk, VA in October 2019.

Jack is survived by Ann Clark Womeldorf, his wife of 52 years, and his sister, Sue W. Akin, of Richmond, VA. He was predeceased by his sister Peggy Gratz, of Fredericksburg, VA. The family would like to thank caregivers Carmen Wells and Wilma Williams-Jupiter for their dedication to Jack in his final months.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Cedar Grove Cemetery, off London Boulevard on Fort Lane in Portsmouth VA. The Reverend Julia Dorsey Loomis will preside. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, DC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037, or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at BWFosterFuneralHome.com.

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