George Oehler ’65

Throughout his 51 years as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), George Oehler shared these words as part of his baptismal prayer, “God, give him what he shall need tomorrow. Enough tears to keep him tender. Enough hurts to keep him human. Enough failure to keep his hand clenched to yours. Enough success to make him sure he walks with you. May he never depart from you. And, after a life of care and service to his master, take him to be with you in your heavenly kingdom – through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

George completed his life of care and service, passing away on January 17, 2024.

Raised in North Carolina, his life always centered on the care of his community. Eagle Scout. Army Captain. Vietnam Veteran. Non-profit board president. Advocate for the “least of these.” Counselor. Friend. He served as pastor at churches in North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Holding his hand in love, support, and on the dance floor since he was 16 was his wife of 59 years, Jaynelle Goodnight Oehler. Carrying on his love of the beach, books, ice cream, and “family time” are his children Philip (Stacey) and Emily (John), and his grandsons Walter and Ben.

He embodied his family’s legacy of faith and education earning his Bachelor’s from Davidson College (Davidson, NC), Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA), and Doctorate of Divinity from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

All are welcome at his Service of Witness to the Resurrection at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 21, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA. A reception will follow. The family will have a private burial in Alexandria, Virginia at a later date.

Loved ones can celebrate his life with donations to the joy-filled music program at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at (www.myWPC.org) or to the compassionate care centered Amedisys Hospice Foundation at www.amedisys/about/foundation.

“Happy trails” Papa… until we meet again.

William Henry Ford Jr. ’65

Mr. William Henry Ford Jr., age 80 of Gaylesville, Alabama, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2023. He was born on February 26, 1943 in Rome, Georgia.

He was the son of the William Henry and Virginia McLeod Ford. Mr. Ford is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Ford is survived by his daughter, Angela Amann (Angela Ford); son, Russell Ford; daughter, Virginia Molina; grandchildren, Reagan Amann, McLeod Amann, Fletcher Amann; sister Virginia Wiggs (husband Richard Wiggs); and nephews, Mike Wiggs, Andy Wiggs.

Mr. William Henry Ford, Jr was a graduate of Darlington High School and Davidson College. He proudly served in the Army Reserves and became a Lieutenant Colonel. He was an avid lover of animals and was a devout Christian.

Graveside Services for Mr. William H. Ford Jr. will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia on Tuesday July 25, 2023 at 9:30 in the morning. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Army Honor Guard.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Daniels-FuneralHome.com for the Ford family.

William Edwin “Billy” Clark ’65

William Edwin “Billy” Clark, 80, of Fayetteville, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Monday, March 20, 2023 at an Emory Healthcare hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite living with kidney disease, Billy was able to spend his final years enjoying his children and grandchildren.

Billy was born in Greensboro, NC in 1943, the son of Franklin St. Clair Clark. He was preceded in death by his father and his beloved sister Margaret St. Clair Clark.

A graduate of Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Billy spent his career practicing law in Fayetteville. There he served as City Attorney, and later represented Cumberland County for four terms in the North Carolina State Legislature.

Billy will be remembered by his friends and family for his dry wit, his devotion to his dogs, and his bond to the long leaf pine forests. He was sustained by long walks and always loved a good book.

Billy is survived by his children: daughter Margaret St. Clair Clark of Atlanta; daughter Sally Clark Kilpatrick and husband Martin Edward Kilpatrick, III and grandchildren Mary Stephen, Clark and Evelyn of Atlanta; son, Stephen Payne Clark of Raleigh.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville on Saturday, March 25th at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy (preserve.nature.org).

William Alston Haile ’65

William Alston Haile, 79, of Kingsport, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023, at The Waters of Bristol.

He was born February 10, 1943 in Waco, Texas to the late William and Dorothy Bidelspach Haile.

William was a loving, devoted and hardworking gentleman who cared deeply for his family.

He earned his B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Davidson College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia.

William was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.

He retired from Eastman Chemical Company as a Research Chemist following thirty-four years of service where he was awarded the Eastman Chairman’s Award.

William was an active member of Colonial Heights United Methodist Church where he had served on the Finance Committee, the Pre-School Board, and served as a Trustee.

He was active in civic affairs having served as a Tutor for the Literacy Council, volunteering at The Gray Fossil Site, a volunteer tax preparer and was a past President of a local Community Chest.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed tending to his rose garden.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his grandmother, Louise Bidelspach.

Those left to cherish William’s memory are his loving wife of fifty-six years, Dianna Wallace Haile; sons, Brian Haile (Maury Nation), Doug Haile (Torey); daughter, Jennifer Haile Martin; grandchildren, Aspen Martin, Oakley Martin, Linden Martin, Josey Haile and Tilley Haile; sister, Leslie Haile Seddon (John); numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 4:30-6:00 pm at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 6:00 pm with Pastor Chris Brown officiating.

Military Graveside Service conducted by The American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City, VA Post #265 will be held Friday, February 10, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN. Members of the Upper Room Sunday School Class will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colonial Heights United Methodist Church, 631 Lebanon Road, Kingsport, TN 37663.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at The Waters of Bristol for their compassionate care of William.

To share memories and condolences with the family please visit www.oakhillfh.com

The care of William Alston Haile and his family has been entrusted to the staff of Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services.

Barry William Story Sr. ’65

Barry William Story Sr., age 80 of Lenoir, passed away, on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born Tuesday, October 20, 1942 to the late Ollie Irene Story and Glenn Allen Story in Caldwell County, NC.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son Barry William Story Jr., Brother James Allen Story and best friend Mike “LP” Maynard.

Mr. Story is survived by his wife of 58 years “Cindy” Inocencia Rodriguez, Daughter Stefani Story Carroll (Husband Thomas Glenn Carroll) and Grandchildren Cecilia Story Carroll and Noah Story Carroll.

Barry will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. After graduating from Lenoir High School Mr. Story went on to graduate from Davidson College and then NC State University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Barry was known for being a kind man, an anonymous contributor to the community that would help many in the time of need.

The Story family will host a family led Celebration of Life on February 4, 2023 at 6:00 pm, at the Cedar Rock Country Club.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Amorem Hospice 902 Kirkwood St NW, Lenoir, NC or the Lenoir Service League.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.