William “Mac” Mitchell ’62

William (Mac) McIntyre Mitchell, age 80, of Christiansburg, Va., died on September 8, 2020.

Born in Christiansburg, Va., on December 17, 1939, to William Currie (Jack) Mitchell and Louise McIntyre Mitchell an only child, Mac was raised here, achieved the honor of Eagle Scout, and graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1958.

He enjoyed the friendships of his youth his entire life. Mac graduated from Davidson College in 1962, and in the same year he married the love of his life, the former Neva Lynne Black of Florence. S.C. Mac and Lynne enjoyed 56 years of marriage until her passing in August of 2018.

Mac served as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corp primarily at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. until his honorable discharge in 1969.

Mac and Lynne returned home and joined his father in operating Mitchell Sales Hardware, Mitchell Fertilizer, and the family cattle farm until his retirement. Mac was a Deacon and Elder at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church.

Recently Mac has resided in both Christiansburg and in Campobello, S.C. Mac and Lynne were the proud parents of Jeff, Bruce, and Katy and grandparents to 26 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mac was most proud of his marriage and family where he taught the value of keeping your word, hard work, contentment, that truth matters, friendships are worth the investment, and that no opinion or possession is greater than one’s relationships.

Mac is survived by his son, W. Jeff Mitchell and his wife, Kirin, of Campobello S.C., and their children, Katherine, Stephen and his wife, Samaria, Phillip and his wife, Aya and children, Noah, and Levi, Kristen, Andrew, Kaitlyn, Kellie, Paul, Jonathan, Keira, Kimberli, Matthew, and Caleb. Mac is also survived by his son, Bruce C. Mitchell and his wife, Cathy, of LaGrange, Ky., and their children, Alex, Jake and his fiancée, Hannah Clear, Cady, Cara, and Nick. Mac is survived by his daughter, Kathryn B. Mitchell and her husband, Matt Zeiger of Blacksburg, Va., and their children, Eli, Caroline, Paige, Ellie, Isaac, Addie, Kelby, and Tristan.

Services will be held at Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service with interment at Sunset Cemetery immediately following.

The family will receive friends at Mac’s home that same afternoon and evening.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting hornefuneralservice.com.

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Donald Bishop Saunders ’62

Dr. Donald Bishop Saunders died peacefully at home in Blowing Rock, NC on July 9, 2020.  He was 79. “Dr. Don,” as he was known by all, was retired from his positions of history professor and Director of the Honors Program at Appalachian State University. 

Don was born and raised in Montclair, NJ, graduated from Davidson College and received a doctorate in philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill. He taught at Appalachian State for 32 years and also taught in the ASU/Newport summer program in Rhode Island for 14 years.

Don’s passions in life were steadfast love of friends and family, the Presbyterian faith, teaching and mentoring, historic preservation and environmental conservation.

Dr. Don’s life-long affair with history showed itself as early as 7th grade when he wrote articles for his junior high newspaper. He was active on the local, state and national level with historical groups and published widely.  He had many academic endeavors and responsibilities through a long and distinguished career. 

He held memberships on many boards including the University Library, Watauga County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the NCCF, and the Watauga County Historical Society as well as involved with Watauga County Humane Society and the North Carolina Council for International Understanding.  Additionally, he served on many boards and committees of the Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday School for many years and wrote For His Cause, A Little House, a history of his beloved Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. He quietly and generously donated to many conservation groups and actively served on their boards and commissions.

Nobody liked to talk politics more than Don –he tried his best to make good Democrats out of everyone, and there was much enjoyment in getting his special take on things of local, state, and national issues.

Dr. Don’s penny-pinching ways were a running joke: calculating restaurant bills down to the penny, love of dollar stores and reuse of plastic bags.  But he was also known for being incredibly generous with his time, financial and intellectual support, and love.  While he may have been pinching pennies, he had a greater plan in mind through his notable giving and was living the Lord’s life all the way through as a shining example for all.

Dr. Don had a special place in his heart for his fraternity brothers at both Alpha Tau Omega, Davidson College and Sigma Phi Epsilon at Appalachian State, where he served as advisor and mentor for years.

Don is survived by his sister, Marcia Saunders Draper, brother Warren Saunders, wife Ellen and their children and grandchildren, cousins Penny McKee McCook, David McKee, Carol King Rubwright, Pat King McLean, special friends Barb Jackson, Chris McCaw, Melissa Barth, Bettie and John Bond, Jared and Audrey Rorrer, Judy Clark, Daniel Moretz, and Lonnie and Ada Webster, as well as countless other folks around the world who loved him.

 In honor of Dr. Don’s life, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Don Saunders Endowment #1717 C/O the North Carolina Community Foundation 3737 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612, or https://nccf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=17358

A celebration of Don’s life will be streamed live from Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church beginning at 10am on Wednesday, July 22.  Friends and family can join at this link  https://bit.ly/2DEozA1 or by using the link to Rumple’s YouTube channel, which can be found at rumplechurch.org.  Please plan to join the livestream 15 minutes early to avoid any technical issues.

Online condolences may be sent to the Saunders family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Johnston Freeland ’62

Rev. Dr. Charles Johnston Freeland III was born September 8, 1940, in Rayne, Louisiana, to Charles Johnston Freeland, Jr., and Mary Alice Winn Freeland. He passed away peacefully at his home in Owasso, Oklahoma, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the age of 79 years.

Charles completed his secondary education in Crowley, Louisiana, and graduated with the Crowley High School Class of 1958. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas.

Dr. Freeland served churches in New Orleans from 1965-1971, then Hot Springs, Arkansas, from 1971-1981, before being called to become the Organizing Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Owasso from 1981-1988. Following the organization of the Owasso church, he served as the interim pastor for eight Presbyterian churches in eastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. He honorably retired from the Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery in 2005 and became the Pastor Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church in Owasso in 2006.


While serving his communities in New Orleans and Hot Springs, Dr. Freeland was instrumental in addressing systemic inequality and supporting youth education. He also served on various committees of the Church World Service including Resource Development, Long Range Planning, and the Board of Directors. He served as the budget chair for two presbyteries. Giving back to his alma maters, Dr. Freeland was a member of the Board of Visitors for Davidson, and the Board of Trustees for both Austin Seminary and Lyons College, formerly Arkansas College.


He truly valued his community building and development and was involved as a member of the Owasso Chamber of Commerce from 1981-2020 and the Lions Club of Owasso serving as president from 1987-1988. Dr. Freeland was an active member of the Owasso Rotary Club, serving on the International Committee, as President, and Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife hosted Rotary and AFS International exchange students.

In 2008, Dr. and Mrs. Freeland were named “Mr. and Mrs. Trail Days”, an honor for long-standing members of the Owasso community who have contributed to its growth and development. A great joy of his was his on-time role playing Santa Claus in the Owasso Christmas Parade.


Dr. Freeland was an avid reader, a continuous learner, and had numerous hobbies that he pursued with vigor. He built an amateur small plane, sailed through the Caribbean, taught friends and family how to hunt, ran a marathon, designed furniture, sang in the Owasso Community Choir for 11 years as well as the John Know Presbyterian Church choir for 31 years.

He explored Israel and the Mediterranean on his quest to learn about biblical archaeology. A member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he was also the Young Eagle Coordinator – giving free airplane rides to kids and teaching ground school. (He said that was a fun assignment!). 

Those family members he leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include his wife of over 56 years, Sandy Freeland, their two children, Charles J. Freeland IV and his wife Susie, Mary Kay Freeland Cook, four grandchildren, Chelsea Freeland, Rowdy Freeland, Katherine Cook, and E. Wilson Cook IV, two brothers, Tom Freeland, and Joe Freeland and his wife Charlotte, and a host of other relatives and numerous friends. He hopes others will continue his legacies of joy of life, love of God, and community involvement.


A public memorial service honoring his life will be announced at a later date. The family requests memorial contributions be made in his memory to First Presbyterian Church of Owasso, 12800 East 85th Street North, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055, or Rotary Club of Owasso, c/o Chris Wheeler, Treasurer, Prosperity Bank, 12041 East 96th Street North, Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055.

Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
www.moweryfs.com

Robert Carl Hord, Jr. ’62

Robert Carl Hord, Jr. (Bob) died suddenly on May 30, 2020. Bob was born on September 26, 1940 to the late Robert Carl Hord and Mildred Thompson Hord. Bob was a proud life-long Charlottean, a devoted member of the community and true southern gentleman who had a way about him that made all with whom he interacted feel respected and valued.

Bob was a graduate of Myers Park High School and remained close with the friends he made there. He also graduated from Davidson College, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967, achieving the rank of Captain.

Bob practiced law in Charlotte for over 50 years. At the time of his death, Bob was Of Counsel at Johnston Allison and Hord. He was proud of being a lawyer and of the relationships he built with his clients, many of whom spanned generations within a family. He was active in the Mecklenburg County Bar and especially enjoyed mentoring young lawyers and staying current with the younger members of his firm. In his early 70’s, he joined many of these much younger colleagues on a ski trip out west.

Bob was also an avid fan and supporter of baseball at all levels. As a boy, he played in the Myers Park Trinity Little League for the Harry and Bryant team. As an adult, he remained involved with Myers Park Trinity Little League as a parent and coach for his son’s teams and as a spectator watching his grandsons play.

Bob was a long-time member, Chair of the Session, and Elder-Emeritus at Covenant Presbyterian Church and had a strong personal faith. He was a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, serving as its President, and Chair of its foundation. Bob was actively involved in the club’s primary fund raisers over the years including its Azalea sale and BBQ.

He also had been a long-time member of the Charlotte Country Club where he enjoyed golfing, spending time with friends, and especially the many members of the staff that were so important to Bob. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time on his farm or at Ocean Isle Beach, where he enjoyed decades of lasting friendships with his neighbors and friends.

Most importantly, Bob was devoted to his family. He met his wife, Katherine Hobbs Hord (Kitty), while he was a student at Davidson, and she was a student at Queens College. They were married for nearly 57 years and were truly partners in love and life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Harriet Hord Whelchel (James).

He is survived by his wife Kitty, his daughter Katherine Hord Simon (Daniel), his son Robert Thompson Hord (Greta), his granddaughters Rebecca and Meredith Simon, and his grandsons Thompson, Davis, Reed and Jack Hord. He is further survived by numerous cousins who were very important to Bob.

In compliance with the current local and State restrictions, the family will hold a private graveside service and funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204; the Charlotte Kiwanis Foundation, PO Box 36626, Charlotte, NC 28236; or reference the “NICU-Hord Project” to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, Attn: Jennifer Clifford, 220 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Thomas French ’62

Dr. Thomas Nash French, III, MD FACS, age 79 of Laurinburg passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Born October 11, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas was the only son of the late Henry Gray French and Frances Carroll Severance French. His family moved to Reidsville, NC in 1956 where Thomas attended Fork Union Military Academy.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Med from Davidson College in 1962, then continuing his studies with a Doctorate in Medicine at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He attended and completed his Internship from 1966-1967 at the University of Kentucky. 

Thomas proudly served in the United States Army as a 3rd SFG 1st SF stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1967-1969 and continued his service with the North Carolina Army National Guard from 1980-1998. Following his military service, he completed his residency in Urology from 1969-1973 at The Memorial Hospital in Danville, Virginia. 

He then began his medical practice in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to Laurinburg, North Carolina in 1975 where he continued practicing until 1994.  He completed his career as the Scotland County Medical Examiner with his retirement in 2018.

Thomas served on the American Board of Urology, and he was a Fellow American College of Surgeons.  He formerly served as Instructor for Advance Trauma Life Support; Kinesiology and Bio Mechanics Exercise Physiology at St. Andrews College.  He was in business with Aerial Image, Inc., as Vice President of Corporate Development from 1994-2000.    

Dr. French was an outstanding physician, a dedicated alumnus of Davidson College where he loved attending their basketball games.  He was an avid reader, loved history, sharing stories and was a collector of books and unique ink pens. 

Dr. French is survived by his daughter, Diana French Horowitz and husband Sean Horowitz of Ellicott City, Maryland.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is being planned for a later date.

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