William Carter Mebane ’63

William Carter Mebane, III, (Carter), 80, of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children on May 4, 2022.

Carter was born to the late Dr. William Carter Mebane, Jr. and Pauline Eckert Mebane on July 7, 1941. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina where he remained a lifelong member of the community. He attended public schools in New Hanover County, graduating from New Hanover High School in 1959. He graduated from Davidson College in 1963. While at Davidson, Carter was a member of the ROTC.

Upon graduation, Carter became a commissioned officer in the United States Army where he served for five years. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne, serving in the Dominican Intervention in 1965, and a tour in Vietnam (MACV) during 1966-67. He achieved the rank of Captain prior to his honorable discharge in 1968.

After serving his country, Carter came home to Wilmington and joined Johnson Lane Securities. He moved to A.G. Edwards and Sons in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2002. Carter served as branch manager the majority of his career and was a trusted and respected financial advisor. He served his clients with integrity, assisted by his dedicated administrative partner of 28 years, Shelley Bullard. Carter also served his family for many years as the Director of WCM Enterprises.

Carter was a devoted community servant, volunteering his time and support while serving on the boards of The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, The Sinclair Foundation, and The Davis Community. Carter also served for 29 years as a Trustee of the UNCW Endowment.

Carter loved the water and was an avid sailor for most of his life. His family’s fondest memories are time spent with Carter sailing and boating. He enjoyed racing sailboats of all sizes, but especially enjoyed laser and sunfish. He successfully competed in many races at the Carolina Yacht Club. He served as the CYC Commodore 1974-75.

Carter drew his strength in life from his unwavering Christian faith. He was a humble and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He served as an elder at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church where he touched and influenced many lives. He and his wife, Joan, were dedicated members. Together for years they greeted on Sundays, led groups and ministries, and delivered meals on holidays to those in need. Their home and hearts were always open to others.

Carter was very devoted to his wife, Joan, his four children, and two stepsons who all adored him. Carter is survived by his wife, Joan Hancock Mebane of Wilmington, his sister Reverend Roxanna Mebane Atwood (Jim, deceased) of Rockingham, Virginia, and Pauline (Prissy) Mebane Endo (Shun) of Wilmington. Carter was formerly married to Patricia Dunn (deceased), the mother of his four children. His children: Susan Mebane Franco (Alan) of Atlanta; Patricia (Sissy) Mebane Schoettelkotte (Bill) of Wilmington; Elizabeth (Betsy) Mebane Farmer (Eric) of Charlotte; and William (Billy) Carter Mebane IV (Sarah) of Wilmington. Stepsons Mathias (Matt) Hunoval (Christi) of Huntersville and Robert (Rob) Hunoval of Wilmington. Nieces and nephews Mebane Boyd (Alan); Harry Atwood (Robin); Tom Endo (Katie); Ted Endo (Clodaugh) and several great-nieces and nephews.

Carter was affectionately referred to as “Pa” and was dearly loved by all his grandchildren: Lizzie, Caroline, and Carter Franco; Cricket, Clay, and Locke Schoettelkotte; Sarah Carter, Mary Banks, and Ben Farmer; Ann Katherine and William Mebane; and Joan’s grandchildren, Holland Grace and Hank Hunoval.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, 28401. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, 800 Piner Road, Wilmington, 28409, with a reception following.

The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, 100 Piner Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28409 or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Richard Nelson Hill ’63

Richard Nelson Hill, son of Alice Jowitt and Arnold Hill, was born April 12th, 1941, in Staten Island Hospital. In 1947, with his mother and brothers Larry, Don, and Jeffrey, the family moved to Sebring, Florida. He graduated from Sebring High School in June of 1959 having been named the Scholar/Athlete for the state of Florida that year. He attended Davidson College on a Dana Scholarship, where he graduated in 1963 as a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. There he met Scott Beaver; a student at Meredith College in Raleigh, and they married on December 7th, 1963.

As an officer with the US Army, Richard was stationed in Bamberg, Germany from 1963 to 1966. Scott soon joined him where they welcomed daughter Kathy in 1965 and began a love of international travel. Richard, Scott and Kathy moved to Durham in 1967 so that he could study for his Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching (MAT) at Duke University. Our son Chris joined the family in 1968.

Richard’s calling as a teacher came to fruition in 1969 when he joined the faculty at Jordan High School where he taught for 22 years. He earned his MAT in 1971 and his Doctorate in Education in 1980; both from Duke University. During his time at Jordan, he taught Honors World History to 10th graders, AP European History, and Economics, and advised both the model UN club (known as JUNC) and the Quiz Bowl, which came in second in national competition. He also supervised MAT students and with his wife Scott, organized more than a dozen memorable trips to Europe for high school students. He moved to the newly created Riverside High School in 1991, where he taught for twelve years and was asked to design the AP and Honors World History courses. He taught several courses through Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), including Art History and Durham Regional History. After his retirement in 2001, he designed and taught online AP European History courses for LearnNC from 2002-2005, and his curriculum was used as a model for remote, online instruction.

Richard transferred his love of art history and teaching to his volunteer work with Duke University’s newly opened Nasher Museum of Art, where he was a docent for almost 10 years. He also served as President of Sister Cities of Durham, and traveled to Tanzania, Siberia, England, and Japan as a member of the organization and a representative of his beloved city.

Richard and Scott moved to Croasdaile Retirement Village in 2019. Richard is preceded in death by parents Alice Jowitt Hill and Arnold Hill and brothers Larry Hill and Jeffrey Hill. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Scott Hill, daughter Kathy Starks (Phillip Ewing) of Johnson City, NY and his son Chris Hill of Durham; grandchildren Geoffrey Starks of Syracuse, NY, Meredith Starks of Atlanta, GA, Brendan Hill of Raleigh, NC and Fiona Hill of Boone, NC; daughter-in- law Alex LeMay; brother Don Hill (Patricia); sister-in-law Patricia Beaver (Bob White), and beloved nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephew.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 PM in Few Chapel, Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Durham Public Schools Foundation, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Suite C2, Durham, NC 27701.

 A Celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date.

John S. Oehler ’63

John S. Oehler, Jr. of Richmond, VA passed away on January 17, 2022 after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. John was a beloved husband, a devoted father, and a lifelong educator.

John was born June 6, 1941 in Kannapolis, NC to John and Lucile (Lipe) Oehler. John was the eldest of the three “Oehler boys,” and he thrived in the activities of First Presbyterian Church, Boy Scouts, and frequent visits with his Lipe cousins in Landis, NC. John lived in Henrico County, VA for over 40 years after earning degrees from A.L. Brown High School and Davidson College and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. John was the beloved husband of Mary Sue (Sassaman) Oehler for 56 years, a devoted father of three, and “Papa” to five grandchildren, who delighted him above all.

John loved connecting with people and serving others; he was a leader who listened well, kept a good sense of humor, and prioritized faith and family. John committed his career to the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as Dean (1985-2002) and cheered on VCU Rams basketball. Music was also an enduring passion. His saxophone enlivened many family sing-alongs, and he joined church choirs, most recently at Epiphany Lutheran.

He was predeceased by his brother James Oehler (Sandy Oehler Delonis, Orlando, FL). Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue; children Susan Herrick (Greg) of Phoenix, Michael Oehler (Anne) of Durham, and Annabelle Allard (Mark) of Arlington; grandchildren Lars Oehler, Siri Oehler, Hannah Allard, John Allard, and Elsa Allard; brother George Oehler (Jaynelle) of Hampton; sister-in-law Annabelle Wenzke (John) of York, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements are by Woody Funeral Home – Parham.

A funeral will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church on February 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM to be immediately followed by a reception. Gifts in memory of John S. Oehler may be given to the John and Mary Sue Oehler Scholarship for Urban Education, VCU School of Education, P.O. Box 843042, Richmond, VA 23286; or to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1400 Horsepen Road, Richmond, VA 23226.

Robert H. “Bob” Keiter ’63

Robert Keiter was born in Kinston, NC. His father and his brothers , Bill and John, were doctors, and his mother a nurse. He grew up near the ocean and enjoyed summers sailing, skiing, and fishing.

He followed his brothers to Woodberry Forest, Davidson College, and UNC Medical School. After an internship in Philadelphia, he returned to Chapel Hill for a Psychiatric residency, where he met and married Mary Beth Fudge and had their first child, Bailie.

Bob was in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, stationed in Nebraska, serving as the sole base psychiatrist. His responsibilities included greeting returning prisoners of war.

After his tour of duty, he and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia, where Amanda was born. He worked at the Medical College of Virginia and obtained his board certification in psychiatry and neurology.

Opportunities for his wife’s last years of pediatric residency led to a move near Norfolk, Virginia. He worked part time in general psychiatry the first two years so that he could be the primary caregiver to their young children.

He developed a special interest in alcoholism treatment during those years, and, later, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, he became their treating psychiatrist for those combat veterans who had not recovered from significant war trauma, beginning with veterans of World War II through more recent conflicts in Iraq. He was known not only for his competency, but also for his empathy, which led his vets to comment that he was ‘teachable,’ an especially valuable trait, as, at that time, PTSD was poorly understood and often unrecognized as requiring specialized attention and treatment. He developed group and individual treatments for veterans, many of whom were previously untreated for PTSD. His Vietnam Vets were particularly grateful for his efforts to keep trying until treatments made a difference. These were his most rewarding years in practice.

His last years at the VA were in Johnson City, where he and his wife renovated a hundred year old house they loved. Retirement years were busy with reading, drawing, and gardening, including building a potting shed. He took long walks with his dog and loved hiking in the mountains. Relief from tight schedules led to long camping trips with visits to children, sons in law Robert and Till and granddaughters Elizabeth and Nora.

His last move was to Uplands near Crossville, TN to join their continuing care community and be closer to family. His love of family, pets, working and hiking in the outdoors in all seasons persisted until his death at 80 on January 2, 2022. He was walking the trails with his friend and CarePartner the week before he died, and his family and cat were with him on his last day.

He is survived by many who love and will miss him, including his wife, daughters and their families, elder brother, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, two grandchildren, and a beautiful extended family.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to contribute to an organization in his memory consider the Nature Conservancy or the Alzheimer’s Association.

David Hillen Herbertson ’63

David Hillen Herbertson, age 80, of 2553 Laboratory Road in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Dave was born in Pensacola, Florida, on September 12, 1941, to David S. and Kathleen H. Herbertson. He is survived by his children David Kirk Herbertson and Carol Herbertson Eason, son-in-law Timothy Mark Eason, all of Lincolnton, and sister Kay Gillrup (Ted) of Jacksonville, Florida.

Dave graduated from Davidson College with a BA in English before attaining a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Following his ordination in 1967, he served as senior pastor of five different churches; as chaplain with Gaston Hospice; and, since 2013, as Visitation Pastor of Covenant Church. He was in the ordained ministry for more than 50 years.

Dave’s great love during his ministry was pastoral care, deep involvement in helping people to discover the forgiveness, healing, peace, comfort, and joy of knowing Jesus Christ. He taught in a variety of settings, counseled both individually and in group settings, led growth and support groups an preached in his local congregations and through both radio and TV ministries. For more than six years he served as volunteer chaplain of the psychiatric unit of Chabert Hospital in Houma, La. During his 10 years with Gaston Hospice he was a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and wrote and taught seminars, including “Nurturing Hope in (Apparently) Hopeless Circumstances,” “Facing Grief with Hope,” and “Pastoral Care of the Chronically or Terminally Ill.”

In addition to his ministry in spiritual things, Dave was closely involved with numerous educational endeavors. He was the founder and Principal of the Tiny Tim School for Exceptional Children in Camden, Principle of the Tabernacle Christian School in Charleston, Director of Development and member of the advisory board of Evangel Christian School in Franklin, and teacher/advisor/mentor/tennis coach at Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Ga. For several years he served on the Renewal and Update Task Group of Southern Seminary.

Dave served in various capacities in both church and community activities over the years of his ministry. He was president of the Kershaw County Mental Health Association; headed the organizing committee of the Lincoln County Christian Ministries and was on its board of directors for many years; served on the ethics committee and the institutional review board of Terrebonne General Medical Center (Houma); and the ethics committee of Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia); was the advisor to the Women’s Aglow Fellowship; was Moderator of the Presbytery of the Central South of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (2000); served for four years as a president and member of the Board of Directors of the Macon County Evangelistic Crusade; and was a certified teacher/trainer for Evangelism Explosion. He served 11 years in the Chaplains’ Corp of the U.S. Army Reserve.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Covenant Church with Rev. Mike Devine and Rev. Nathan Grooms officiating.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Church, 2168 Gastonia Highway, PO Box 654, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Herbertson family.