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.

Condolences may be made at https://www.salemfh.com/.

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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.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

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Walter DeForest Clark ’62

Rev. Walter DeForest Clark passed away peacefully with his son Christopher Stausz-Clark and his daughter Karen Sporn by his side on April 21st after a brief illness in Seattle, WA. He was 83.

Walter was the son of the late Edwin DeForest Clark and Margaret Davis Clark. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 16, 1938. His family lived in Rochester, NY, Wilmington, NC and Greenville, SC. He graduated from Greenville High School, Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Walter married Judy Strausz of Yakima, WA and they moved to Charlotte, NC.

Walter was a Community Worker in Charlotte and worked with under privileged children and families. He was sponsored by Myers Park Presbyterian Church and Third Presbyterian Church. He founded an Auto Mechanic Garage and taught mechanical skills to boys who needed to learn a trade. He also formed a basketball team in the area.

The family moved to Minneapolis and Walter became a Pastor at the Presbyterian House of Faith and was there for 27 years. He and his Congregation worked with the community in Minneapolis and housed several agencies that offered food, clothing and counseling at House of Faith. He also reached out to the community through summer neighborhood, Vacation Bible Schools.

His two children Christopher and Karen attended the House of Faith Church Nursery School. He started “Familia De Fe”, a Latino Congregation in 1990. They worshipped at House of Faith and continued on after he retired. Walter loved music. He was an oboist and singer. He loved sports, hiking, camping and traveling. He was a poet and a writer and loved reading.

He is survived by his son Christopher Strausz-Clark (Jaime) and their two children Katie and Hannah and by his daughter Karen Sporn (Matt) and their two sons Calan and Ashton who live in Seattle, WA.

He is also survived by his three sisters, Louise Sadler of Charlotte, NC, Margaret Jones (Pete) of Chapel Hill, NC and Mary Tyler (A.C.) of Wilmington, NC and 9 nieces and nephews Kathy Call, Michael Reville, Steve Reville, Beth Blackwelder, Nathan Sadler, Alison Jones, David Jones, Mark Jones, Margaret Tyler. He is predeceased by one niece Margaret Reville of Birmingham.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Abe Go and his staff at the Family Home Magnolia Domicile, for their loving care of Walter while he was there.

Walter was a servant of the Lord.

At the end of his poem about the birth of Christ he states:

“But in this quiet stall I feel no fear,

Some rustling straw the only sound I hear,

No walls, no spears, no taxing Government,

No thrones, no fitting monument,

Force my allegiance to this Deity,

For nothing stands between my Lord and me.”

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Gilbert Gray Rosenberger ’62

Gilbert Gray Rosenberger, Jr., 80, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Johnson City Medical Center.

He was a native of Roanoke, Virginia, son of the late Gilbert Gray Rosenberger and Odelle Bean Rosenberger. He was also a 1958 graduate of Jefferson High School in Roanoke.

Gilbert is an alumnus of Davidson College where he majored in Physics, and also attended graduate school at University of Virginia and at Lynchburg College. He served his country on active duty in the Army for two years and in the Army Reserve for twenty-six more years. He also worked at Nuclear Fuel Services as a health physicist until his retirement.

Gilbert lent his servant’s heart to his church, First Presbyterian of Johnson City, where he was not only a member of the congregation but also served as both a Deacon and an Elder over the years.

He was a member of the Unaka Rod and Gun Club, spending a great deal of his time there. Gilbert was also an Eagle Scout and enjoyed supporting his local Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Buffalo Mountain district committee of the Sequoyah Council.

He is survived by: his brother, Russell Lee Rosenberger and wife Eula Ligon, of Daleville, VA; niece, Kelly Patrick and husband Adam, of Atlanta, GA; and nephews, Stephen Daves and wife Christina of Gainesville, VA, and Arthur Daves and wife Heather of Hailey, ID.

A public visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 28th, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City. A Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Paul Helphinstein. A committal will be held at 3:00 PM that day in Roanoke, VA, at Evergreen Burial Park. Those attending are asked to gather at the graveside by 2:50 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to these organizations Gilbert supported: First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City (https://fpcjc.org/) and the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America (sequoyahcouncil.org).

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family via www.morrisbaker.com

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Rosenberger family (423) 282-1521.

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Peter Michael Jorgensen ’62

Reverend Peter Michael Jorgensen, 80, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widower of Barbara McDonald Currey, wife of 38 years, entered into eternal rest Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel. Peter was born September 3, 1940 in Honolulu, Hawaii, son of the late Col. Kenneth Jorgensen and the late Elizabeth Michaelis Jorgensen. He graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary.

After Seminary, he served a tour as a Navy Chaplain and then as associate pastor in several churches in North and South Carolina. He was the former associate pastor for Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

Afterwards, he worked with his wife in private practice as a marriage and family counselor. He continued his pastoral calling serving interim positions at Rockville Presbyterian, James Island Presbyterian, Heritage Presbyterian, Hebron Zion Presbyterian, and Harbor View Presbyterian churches. He received much joy from his pastoral calling, officiating weddings and from his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his three sons, Kenneth Michael Jorgensen (Laurie) of Park City, UT, Eric Preston Jorgensen (Teresa) of Woodstock, GA and Jeffrey Bouldin Jorgensen (Michelle) of Reva, VA; step-son, Patrick Currey of Mt. Pleasant, SC; three step-daughters, Nancy Currey of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Kathleen Currey (Bob Tincher) of Atlanta, GA, and Elizabeth Douglass Currey of Mount Pleasant, SC; sister, Penelope Sue Jorgensen Combs (Stephen Combs) of Wilmington, NC; and seven grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Karen Anne Jorgensen.

Memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, or online at onrealm.org/mppc/give/now.

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