Quinton Pressley Boyd ’61

Quinton Pressley Boyd, 80, of Covington, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at his home. He was born in Porterdale, GA to the late Charles Pressley Boyd and Effie Ann Stroud Boyd.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Spencer Stroud Boyd. Quinton was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His hobbies included traveling, farming and sports.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Newton County High School. From there Quinton attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics. He attended Purdue University in Indiana earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering.

Quinton also attended Florida Institute of Technology, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He proudly served his country and retired after 21 years of service from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

While in the service, his career highlights included Assistant Professor of Mathematics at West Point Military Academy for 4 years; he served 3 hardship tours in Viet Nam, Thailand and Korea; his medals included two Meritorious Service Medals, a total of four Army Commendation Medals the fourth received was issued for Coordinating the Army’s Ballistic Missile Defense activities with the Air Force and other government agencies on the West Coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Quinton worked at Kentron in Hunstville, AL where he coordinated Strategic Missile Testing. His second retirement came after 29 years of service to Oglethorpe Power as a Planning Engineer.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years Herta “Mona” Boyd; children, Charles “Tom” Boyd (Nora Perry), William Pressley Boyd (Kammy), Patricia “Dori” Blake (Anthony); grandchildren, Tara (Will) Colvin, Brandon McCaslin, Alex Boyd, Nikki Blake; great-grandchildren, Harley and Tyler Colvin; sister-in-law, Linda Boyd; nieces and nephews, Lisa Boyd Hobbs (Ward), Dr. Jennifer Boyd Morgan (Richard) and Harrison.

Memorial Services for Quinton will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2pm in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Brian McCollough officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 1pm – 2pm. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve.

Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Those who are unable to attend we understand, and appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated. (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate)

Friends may send condolences to www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services, 11405 Brown Bridge Rd, Covington, GA (770) 786-7111

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William “Bill” Jackson Welborn, Jr. ’61

William “Bill” Jackson Welborn Jr. died Sunday June 21, 2020 at home. Born March 27, 1938 in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late William Jackson Welborn and his wife Graham Arrington Welborn. Bill was married almost 60 years to Elizabeth “Beth” Poe Henderson Welborn.

Bill graduated with Honors from Sewanee Military Academy and later graduated from Davidson College. He took great joy in his family and in serving his church for many years. His family includes wife; sons, Jack Welborn III (Lesa) and Graham Welborn (Cheryl); daughter, Elizabeth Gould (Michael); grandchildren: Alison White (Jason), Katie Hagan (Will), Jessica Wellington (Geoff), Arrington Watson (Ben), Christopher Mura (Erin), Gray Welborn, Jackson Welborn, Benjamin Gould, Nicholas Gould, and Anna Beth Gould; great-grandchildren: Wilkins, Rollins and Kip White; Wells and Page Watson; and a sister, Anne W. Greene. He is preceded in death by his 2nd son, Tom Welborn; and a sister, Mary Page Sims.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4500 SC-86 Easley, SC 29642.

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William Howard Cannon ’61

William (Bill) Howard Cannon died at home surrounded by his family on May 22, 2020 in Oak Island, North Carolina.

Bill was born in Winston Salem on May 25, 1939. He was the son of the late Howard Lee Cannon and Polly Bumgarner. He is survived by his wife, Linda Cannon, and they were blessed to celebrate 59 years of marriage. Bill and Linda had three children- Harrison is the father of two sons, Alden and Roman Brandt-Cannon; Allison and her husband Chris Leeming; and Jeffrey and his wife, Ginger.

After graduating from Davison College, Bill served in the United States Army for two years. He attended University of North Carolina Law School and practiced law in Charlotte, North Carolina for 50 years. Bill and Linda resided in their Lake Norman home for 34 years and attended Davison College Presbyterian Church, where Bill served as an elder.

In retirement, Bill and Linda settled in the North Carolina coastal town of Oak Island. Bill’s love of fishing was only surpassed by his love of God, family, and friends. Bill is also survived by two brothers, Tom Cannon and wife Scottie of Black Mountain, North Carolina and Robert Cannon and wife Vickie of Greensboro, North Carolina, along with several nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial service and celebration of Bill’s life is planned in July in Oak Island.

On line condolences may be sent to www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.

Memorials may be made to Davison College Presbyterian Church, PO Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036 and to Davison College, PO Box 7170 Davidson, NC 28035-7170.

Timothy Britt Ray ’61

Timothy Britt Ray, 80, brother of Richard Ray, died in Gainesville, Florida following an extended illness on April 26. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Archibald Cole Ray and Eliza Britt Ray, Timothy graduated from the Darlington School and then from Davidson College in 1961.

With further interest in philosophical issues, Timothy graduated from Louisiana State University with an MA and then enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He and Constance Abbott were married there in 1964.

Persuaded by volunteer experiences in helping people in dire circumstances, Timothy switched his concerns to social work. After earning an MSW at West Virginia University, he and Constance moved to California, where, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he coordinated the work of physicians, nurses, and social workers at the East Oakland Drug Abuse Clinic.

Timothy served in a number of capacities in California, including that of an instructor at the San Jose State University School of Social Work.

In order to become more able as an advocate for those with special difficulties, Timothy enrolled in the University of Santa Clara School of Law, and graduated with a law degree in 1976. This led to a move to Toledo, Ohio for the position of Director of the Legal Aid Society of Toledo.

In due time Timothy and Constance, along with their two children, moved to Florida where he served in a variety of administrative capacities. One that was especially important for him was as the founding president of a badly needed food bank in Alachua County.

He concluded his profession as a social worker by caring for those who were under hospice care.

While in Florida, Timothy became an Elder and Sunday School teacher at the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. He later affiliated with the Society of Friends where he continued to be engaged in outreach concerns.

An avid reader of historical and philosophical works, Timothy was also an attentive listener to the compositions of Mahler and Schonberg.

Along with Constance, Timothy is also survived by their son, Michael Gregory Owen Ray, his wife, Ginger Marshall and their son Mack of College Station, Pennsylvania and their daughter, Mary Eliza Rebecca Ray and her husband, David Rosnick, of Boston, Massachusetts.

The services will be conducted at a later date, with the interment in the family plot at the Oakridge Cemetery in Tifton, Georgia.

Larry Rogers ’61

Larry Arch Rogers, 81, of Charlotte, father of five and grandfather of nine, died peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2020.  

He was a retired neurosurgeon, a proud Vietnam veteran, an author, a volunteer football coach, and a Christian.  Larry loved his family, treated his patients, coached his kickers and lived his life with fiery passion. He never stopped learning, challenging himself, and achieving. 

Larry was irreverent and confident, and at the same time, compassionate and caring.  He had no interest in doing anything halfway, whether it was practicing medicine, golfing, officiating and coaching football or embracing retirement.  After leaving his medical practice in 2001, he wrote five books, including a memoir, “Sword and Scalpel,” about his experience during the Vietnam War and a biography of his neurosurgical mentor entitled “M. Gazi Yasargil: Father of Modern Neurosurgery.” 

Larry also found particular joy and meaning coaching special teams at Myers Park High (2003-2012) and Charlotte Country Day School (2013-2017) where many of his kickers and punters went on to garner All-State and All-American recognition on their way to earning college football scholarships. 

Larry loved classical music, great writing, Duke basketball, his grandchildren, and the Republican party.  He was his own man. 

Born in Salisbury, NC to the late Arthur Larry and Agnes Cree Rogers, Larry moved to Charlotte at age 14 and played football and baseball for Myers Park High School.  He was a two-year starter at quarterback under legendary coach, Gus Purcell and was later inducted into the Myers Park High School Hall of Fame.  Larry went on to play football for two years at Davidson College before turning to his studies full-time. 

Larry graduated from Davidson in 1961 and Duke University Medical School in 1965.  He fulfilled an ROTC commitment by serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was commander of Company B, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.  He was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Combat Medical Badge, and the prestigious Soldier’s Medal for his actions following an explosion at an ammunition depot.  Larry braved flying shrapnel and debris to administer aid to wounded U.S. soldiers and Vietnamese civilians. 

Following Vietnam and a year of surgical research at the Walter Reed Army Institute, Larry completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX.  He also completed fellowships in medical neurology and neuropathology in London and in microneurosurgery at the University of Zurich under Yasargil. 

Larry practiced neurosurgery in Charlotte for twenty-seven years, primarily with Charlotte Neurosurgical Associates, and became one of the first surgeons in the Southeast to perform an extracranial-intracranial bypass operation. 

He traded on-call dates with his partners to indulge his love for football, officiating high school and small college games as a back judge.  He loved golfing with friends, foes and especially his beloved wife Betty at Quail Hollow Country Club, as well as Pinehurst Country Club and Forest Creek Golf Club. 

He served as an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and later joined St. John’s Episcopal Church.  There, he was blessed with many beautiful and lasting friends who encouraged, guided and shaped his faith. 

Larry is survived by his five children, Dr. Chip Rogers and wife, Liz of Macon, GA, Dr. Louise Rogers, Carroll Walton and husband, Gus of Charlotte, Duke Rogers and wife, Carrie of Raleigh and his stepdaughter Ashley Stiles and husband, Warren of Charlotte. He took great pride in his nine beloved grandchildren: Alex, Drake, Parker, Charlie, Allen, Jane, Wade, Johnny and Wes.  He is also survived by his brother, Jay Rogers and wife, Ann; nieces, Kathy Beard, Betsy Lonsberry, Molly Campbell, and Barbara Rogers; sister-in-law, Dale Richards and husband, Tim.  Larry was predeceased by his wife of thirty years, Betty Ammons Rogers, his son, Wade Barrow Rogers, and his sister, Carroll Rogers Zimmerman. 

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or WDAV, Box 8990, Davidson, NC 28035. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.