William Milton Blakely, Jr. ’63

William Milton Blakely, Jr., of Flat Rock, North Carolina, passed Monday, January 16, 2023. Born June 15, 1941, to the late William Milton Blakely, Sr., and Sarah Maslin Wells Blakely in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill was eighty-one years old.

Bill earned his Bachelor’s in History from Davidson College and a Master’s in Counseling from Ball State University. Bill served his country in the United States Army in wartime and peace, in Korea, Vietnam, Okinawa, West Germany, and many stateside postings. After his military career, he continued protecting our troops and their families in the civil service as Safety Manager of Ft. Benning’s Martin Army Hospital near Columbus, Georgia, where he served with great distinction and once personally extinguished a fire that threatened the facility and its patients.

Bill was involved with Boy Scouts of America as a young man, attending jamborees across the world and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a crack shot on the rifle team at Davidson, where his marksmanship earned him the nickname “Bullet.” He met his wife Juliette on a blind date in college and only left her side afterward when his country called. He was a member, Elder, and Deacon of Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Though his service years moved him and his family around the world, Bill remained a North Carolinian at heart, and he was thrilled to retire to his parent’s home in 2005 at Bonclarken Presbyterian Conference Center. Bill greatly loved western North Carolina, especially Hendersonville and Flat Rock.

Bill was a voracious reader of every kind of science fiction and history and was a Biblical history scholar. He was a strong defender of civil liberties, regardless of race, origin, gender, orientation, or creed, and he was a patriot. He was a proud Preacher’s Kid and Army Brat. He force-marched his three boys throughout Europe for the best childhoods they could imagine. Bill was a truly good man: gentle, kind, caring, patient, empathetic, and loving. The world is a better place because he walked in it.

Bill was a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving him is his wife of fifty-eight years, Juliette Brown Blakely; sons, William Wells Blakely (and wife, Beth) and Robert Brown Blakely (and wife, Leigh) of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Charles Jones Blakely (and wife, Linda) of Superior, Colorado; sister, Sally Shook (and husband, Gary) of Topeka, Kansas; grandchildren, William Evan Blakely, John Kevin Blakely, Kjersten Alise Gray and Katelynn Amanda Gray of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Matthew William Blakely and Sara Elizabeth Blakely of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Jack Coleman Blakely and Samantha Marie Blakely of Superior, Colorado; sister-in-law, Anne Cason Brown, of Greenwood, South Carolina; and nephew, Joseph Cason Brown, of Columbia, South Carolina, and nieces Lara Shook Murphy (and husband, Steve) of Topeka, Kansas, and Tara Shook of Kansas City, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church (900 Blythe Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28791).

Thomas “Tommy” Alva Slane ’63

Thomas “Tommy” Alva Slane, 81, of Statesville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at the Gordon Hospice House.

Tommy was born Feb. 27, 1941, in Statesville, to the late Fred T. Slane Jr. and Edith Sherrill Slane. He graduated from Statesville Senior High School and Davidson College.

Tommy proudly served in the U.S. Army and was the president of O.W. Slane Glass Co.

Tommy served his community through various boards and committees throughout his life.

Those left to cherish Tommy’s memory include his wife of 59 years, Mary Anne West Slane; children, Tracy Slane Turner, Thomas Clayton Slane (Ellen); grandsons, Thomas Campbell Turner (Jennifer) and Logan Thomas Slane. Also surviving are his sisters, Patsy Slane Ebert, Barbara Slane West (Roy); nieces, Slane Holland Lightbourne (Chris), Kelly Davis; and nephews, R.B. Holland (Julie) and Web Mitchell (Kristy).

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625 or First Presbyterian Church, 125 N Meeting St., Statesville, NC 28677.

Samuel L. White ’63

Samuel Landis White died Oct. 27, 2022 after a lifetime of service to his community, his church and his family. He was born to Stephen A. White V and Mary Landis White on February 20, 1941, and was a lifelong resident of Mebane.

He was devoted to Mebane, serving as a Town Board member, following a tradition that began in 1882 when his great-great grandfather was the town’s first mayor. Sam was the last member of the White family to serve as President of White Furniture Company before the business was sold.

He attended Mebane High School where he led the team to the finals of the state football championship in 1957. He was an Eagle Scout and a proud graduate of Davidson College in 1963. He received a master’s degree in business from the University of Virginia in 1965.

After returning to Mebane, he married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret “Peggy” Gibson White, and they raised five children who survive him: Grace Ellen White, Samuel Glasgow White (Jessica), David Stanton White (Lydia), Rebecca Gibson White (Skip), and Julia White Buckner (Joe), and his 12 grandchildren: Peter, Charlie, Nell, Jeff, Emily, Collin, Zane, Katherine, Leo, Eva, Natalie and Elijah.

Sam was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Ellen White Turner; his brother, Stephen Alexander “Zan” White VI; and his stepmother, Margaret Holmes White.

He leaves behind a congregation of beloved friends at Grace Reformed Baptist Church who worshiped with him and ministered to him throughout his decades of faithful service to God.

A Memorial service will be held at Grace Reformed Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. In lieu of flowers the family asks for contributions to Grace Reformed or a charity of your choosing.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcclurefuneralservice.net

Walter Allman Underwood ’63

Walter Allman Underwood – February 12, 1941 – October 11, 2022. Walter Allman Underwood – born in Mobile, Alabama on February 12, 1941 was the only child of Walter E. Underwood and Corinne Richardson Underwood.

He graduated from UMS class of 1959 and attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he received a business degree.

He served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany, where he learned to snow ski and enjoyed the great food and beer. When he returned to the United States, he attended the University of Alabama receiving his master’s in Business Management.

He was a district manager for Ford Motor Company in Buffalo, New York. Then he met the love of his life, Mary Frances Luttrell, and returned to Mobile.

He worked at the Mobile Chamber of Commerce for many years in various leadership roles. He was a wonderful husband and father who loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Underwood, his daughter, Mary Frances DeLong (Tim DeLong) and three grandchildren, Drew, Thomas and Caroline Harris. He was a devout Christian who daily lived his faith.

A graveside service will be held at Pine Crest Cemetery on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any animal rescue group. Condolences may be offered at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com.

John Burton Cameron, Jr. ’63

John Burton Cameron, Jr. 81, of Norfolk, died September 10, 2022 in his home. After growing up in Broadway, North Carolina he graduated from Davidson College and obtained his PhD in French History from the University of North Carolina. While serving in the Army he was an instructor at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

John, a traveler at heart, lived in numerous places including Louisiana, France, NYC, and Pennsylvania before retiring in Hampton Roads. Since coming to Norfolk, he became a beloved member of the community being especially involved in the Muse Writers Center and the Norfolk Rotary Club as well as other organizations. He recently wrote and published three historical novels as well as a book on history.

He is pre-deceased by his parents John B. Cameron Sr. and Geneva Harrington Cameron as well as his son Josiah Cameron. Survivors include his spouse Abby Van Voorhees, children Burton and Asa Cameron, Sarah, Molly and David Chodakewitz, grandchildren Allen, Marguerite and Julia Cameron and brother Harold Cameron.

A funeral service will be held at John and Abby’s home at 1:00p.m. Friday September 16, 2022 with a 3:00p.m. graveside service at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A reception at the home will follow the graveside. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services from 12:00 until 1:00p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA( the-muse.org/johncameron) or Norfolk Rotary Charities (414 West Bute Street, Norfolk VA. 23510).