James “Jim” Pinckney Whitson ’66

James Pinckney Whitson, 78, of Talladega, AL passed away on November 24, 2023, of heart failure. James, known as “Jim”, was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Jim received his AB in Economics at Davidson College in 1966 while registered in the Reserved Officer Training Program. After graduation, Jim served as a Captain in the United States Army’s 3 D Infantry Division, stationed in Würzburg, Germany from 1966 to 1969. While in Germany, Jim met and married. his beloved wife, Josiane, of 51 years. Jim and Josi then returned to the US where Jim attended Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration earning an MBA with Distinction. Upon Jim’s graduation from Harvard, they relocated to Charlotte, NC where Jim was employed by Arthur Andersen & Co and where he and Josi started their family. After eight years with Arthur Anderson, Jim moved on to join ITT Europe, Inc. in Brussels, Belgium as Director, Tax Operations. While in Brussels, Jim and the family found great joy in reconnecting with Josi’s family, traveling all over Europe and beyond, enjoying many fine meals, and being heavily involved in scouting and youth soccer. In 1985, Jim completed his assignment in Brussels and was transferred to ITT World Headquarters in New York City, where he rose to Vice President and Director of Taxes. In 1998, Jim accepted the position of Chief Tax Officer of Delphi Automotive Systems in Troy, MI and relocated to Oakland, MI where he and Josi. lived until they moved to Talladega in 2016.

Jim loved entertaining, cooking and eating fine food, enjoying great wines, and traveling far and wide. He especially loved spending time with his friends and family over a home cooked meal. Jim had a fierce intellect and a voracious appetite for learning on any subject and was a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics. Throughout his life, Jim loved to lend his time, talents, and knowledge to countless causes, individuals, and organizations. Even after a serious illness in 2021, Jim stayed engaged as head of Talladega’s Industrial Board and Treasurer of the Talladega Main Street non-profit organization.

He is preceded in death by his parents J. Pinckney Whitson and Sarah Totherow Whitson, stepfather J. Carson (Kit) Whitson, and his beloved wife Josiane Vanlerberghe Whitson. He is survived by his son John (Katy) Whitson of Birmingham, AL and his grandchildren Garrett Whitson and Sophie Whitson. A visitation will be held at the Whitson residence in Talladega on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s memory to Talladega First, Inc. – Friends of the Ritz in support of the Historic Ritz Theatre, an organization which he and Josi had supported wholeheartedly.

Thomas Aaron McKenzie III ’66

Thomas Aaron McKenzie III, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, formerly of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away at home February 1, 2023. He was born in 1944 to Thomas and Evelyn McKenzie in Johnson City, Tennessee.

He graduated from North Carolina’s Davidson College in 1966 and from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1970. He completed a residency in Radiology in 1976. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1971 – 1973. Dr. McKenzie joined Radiology Associates of Huntsville, Alabama in 1976, where he practiced until his retirement in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Angie McKenzie; daughter, Anna Albritton (Will); two grandsons, Collier and John Wells; and sisters, Susan Brickman and Nancy Rivenbark (Johnnie). He was known to Collier and John Wells as “Mac Mac.”

At his request, no memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation at www.huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org/

Donald William “Bill” Tetrick ’66

Donald William “Bill” Tetrick, age 78, of Elizabethton, died Friday, October 7, 2022, in the Johnson City Medical Center following an illness of six months. Bill was born March 26, 1944 in Elizabethton. He was the son of the late Donald W. Tetrick, Sr and Frances Jane Smith Tetrick. Bill lived his whole life in Elizabethton, a community he loved and was always loyal to.
Bill graduated in 1962 from Elizabethton High School where he was a star forward on the basketball team. His senior year the team won the Big 7 Conference Championship and Bill was the co-captain of the team. Following graduation from Elizabethton High School Bill went to Davidson College and then on to East Tennessee State University, graduating in 1968 with a degree in Business Administration.
Bill was a member of the Elizabethton High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame.
He was in the United States Marine Corps Reserves serving for six years. During his tenure in the Marine Corps he was on the basketball team that won the Fleet Marine Corps Basketball Championship of the East Coast. For many years Bill also raced NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Racing, racing on many dirt and paved tracks throughout the southeast.
Bill coached Church League Basketball for the First United Methodist Church and Boys Club Basketball for many years. He was a Cub Scout Den Leader for five years.
Bill was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton where he served as a Deacon.
He owned and operated Happy Valley Memorial Park since 1980, where he worked hard to make the cemetery one of the finest cemeteries in the southeast.
He was a lover of animals, enjoying his horses, dogs and cats. Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife and family to many parts of the world. He and his wife Julie were fortunate enough to go two times to Africa on photo safaris of the African animals.
Bill is survived by his wife, Julie Williams Tetrick of the home, two daughters, Ashley Tetrick of Johnson City and Ronda L. Greaves of Charleston SC (Dr. Robert), one son, Jared Tetrick (Erica) of Johnson City, two grandchildren, Mason Tetrick and Maggie Elizabeth Crosby Tetrick, both of Johnson City, his brother Richard Tetrick (Norma) of Elizabethton, a nephew, Tyler Tetrick (Elizabeth), a grand nephew, Tristan Donald Tetrick, four cousins, Judy Pertle, Ken Bodner, Drew Bodner and Steve Smith, two sisters-in-law, Gail Buckles, and Teresa Holly (Garry).
A funeral for Bill Tetrick, will be conducted at 2:00 P M Sunday, October 16, 2022, in the Memorial Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton with Rev. Tim Mindemann officiating. Music will be under the direction Ziad and Katie El Helou, Teri Money, pianist and David Arney, organist.
A committal at Happy Valley Memorial Park will immediately follow the funeral. A military graveside will be conducted at the committal and the service will conclude with Jon Shell playing the bagpipes.
Active pallbearers who are asked to meet at the church by 1:45 PM Sunday will be; Tyler Tetrick, Garry Holly, Russell Hensley, John L Bowers, III, Charlie Bowman, Jeff Lewis, Mike Brock, Austin Clawson, Kyler Lewis, Kilroy Hill and Jeff Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be; Sam Bradshaw, Jack Clark, Steve Hubbard, Roy Huskins, Mike Matthews, Larry Proffitt, David Robinson, Ed Robinson, Dick Ryan, David Sheffey, Pete Slagle, S. Joe Taylor, Employees and Former Employees of Happy Valley Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM in the chapel of the funeral home. Friends may register at the funeral home at their convenience.
Those wishing to make donations in memory of Bill may donate to the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 100 East F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643
Words of sympathy may be sent to the family through our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 211 North Riverside Drive (423-542-2232) is honored to serve the family of Bill Tetrick.

James “Jim” Rollins ’66

It is with great sadness that the family of James (Jim) Herrell Rollins, announces that he passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on July 15, 2022. Jim was born November 6, 1944 in Winfield, Kansas to Richard and Marie (Merritt) Rollins of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Jim grew up in Clarksdale, graduating from Clarksdale High School before enrolling at Davidson College in North Carolina.

In high school and college Jim was not only an outstanding athlete in football for four years, but earned numerous academic honors. Awarded a ROTC scholarship at Davidson, Jim completed his undergraduate degree in 1966 and entered Law School at the University of Virginia, receiving his law degree in 1969. His legal career was delayed by three years while he served as a captain in the U.S. Army in Artillery Units at both Fort Bliss, Texas and later Bitburg, Germany.

Once honorably discharged from the army, Jim accepted a position at an Atlanta law firm. After years of mergers and acquisitions, he joined the Creditor’s Rights Group of the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight as a partner, specializing in the representation of lenders. Living in Atlanta for over 40 years, Jim was active in numerous civic and charitable organizations and was proud of his involvement with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Olmsted Linear Park Alliance.

Jim retired from the practice of law in 2017 and moved with his wife, Jill, to North Yarmouth, Maine. Once again Jim took up the cause of historic preservation giving many hours as a trustee and pro bono advisor to Maine Preservation. During his years in Maine, he often joked that he never witnessed winter weather in Atlanta or Clarksdale like Maine, but that the contrasting summer weather certainly made the move worth it. With L.L. Bean only a few miles up the road, Jim was fully prepared for every chill, freeze and thaw Maine presented.

In retirement he celebrated taking leave of his wristwatch and growing a healthy, silver beard. Jim and Jill enjoyed occasional stays at their beach home in St. Augustine, Florida, but truly preferred the quiet, fresh forest surrounding their home in Maine.

Jim was an avid fan of all sports Atlanta, especially the Braves and Falcons. He continued his love for playing rugby during law school as a member of the Atlanta Rugby Football Club for many years. Memories and warm messages from friends, professional colleagues and rugby teammates have warmed the hearts of Jim’s family.

He is survived by his wife, Jillian S. Kaechele of North Yarmouth, ME, and St. Augustine, FL; and his children: Jameson Graef Rollins of Los Angeles; and Stefan Adam Rollins (Coral) of Miami; and his sister, Virginia Rollins Hopkins (Jody) of Memphis. Jim also leaves two step-daughters, Beth Kaechele Poole (Andrew) and Erin Kaechele Giberson (Dustin); and a host of step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jim cherished many fun times with his five step-grandchildren, Ladia, Brynn, Caroline, Greta and Ripley.

A remembrance celebration for Jim will be held on November 5, 2022 at Manuel’s in Atlanta. This would have been Jim’s 78th birthday weekend and his family hopes that friends, former colleagues and rugby buddies will join them in celebrating the gift of time they spent with Jim.

A friend captured Jim beautifully in his recent condolence message: “Jim was an inspired soul. So calm, so brilliant, so insightful.” Well-read, always fun to be with and the essence of a kind Southern gentleman, Jim Rollins will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Gifts in Jim’s name may be sent to Maine Preservation, P.O. Box 488, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

Thomas M. “Tom” Craig ’66

Thomas Moore Craig, 77, retired educator, former legislator, and community volunteer, of Cragmoor Farms, Roebuck, SC died Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

He was born in Charlotte, NC, the son of the late Lena Heath Jones Craig and Thomas Moore Craig, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Spartanburg County.

He was educated in Spartanburg School District Seven schools, graduating from Spartanburg High School where he was President of the Student Body in 1962. He attended Davidson College, graduating in 1966 with a double major in French and history. He spent the 1964-1965 school year at the University of Montpellier, France. He was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at graduation.

Craig earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Converse College and completed requirements for a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

He worked for Spartanburg District Seven schools for thirty years as a history teacher, administrator (Principal of Jesse Boyd Elementary School), and Director of Guidance at Spartanburg High School. He served on the SC Governor’s School Advisory Committee, the Stuart Scholars Selection Committee at Davidson College, and the Duke Power Scholars Selection Committee. He was a member of the selection committee for the National Merit Scholarship Program, Evanston, IL in 1995-1996.

Craig was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1972 at age 27, serving on the Education Committee and as Secretary of the Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation. He was most proud of being the sponsor, along with Reps. Mendel Rivers and Wheeler Tillman of a successful bill which for the first time, allowed motorists to turn right on a red light. He sponsored the state’s first Fair Employment and Dismissal law for teachers and was an early proponent of land trust and preserve legislation.

Gov. John C. West appointed him to the South Carolina Commission on Human Affairs in 1975 for a four year term and Gov. Richard Riley appointed him to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in 1986 where he served until 1991.

He was a member of the Board of the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville and Executive Council of the South Carolinian Library, Columbia-2013.

Tom Moore Craig was an active participant in the Spartanburg community. Among boards he served was the Hatcher Garden (Chairman), Spartanburg County Historical Association, Hub Culture, Spartanburg County Forestry Board (Chairman). He was a Deacon at Spartanburg First Presbyterian Church.

For his entire adult life he served Walnut Grove Plantation, his family’s original home in Spartanburg County, as a Committee Member, volunteer, and fund raiser. Craig’s parents gave Walnut Grove for restoration to the Historical Association in the early 1960’s. Craig and his sister, Susan Craig Murphy, have since given an additional 50 adjacent acres to the Plantation to ensure its protection.

In 2009, the University of South Carolina Press published Craig’s Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War, a volume of family letters written during the Civil War period.

Craig is survived by his brother in law, John R. Murphy; two nephews, John R. Murphy, Jr. of Syracuse, NY and Thomas Craig Murphy of France.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Heath Craig Murphy.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Tom’s life on August 4th, 9:30AM at Nazareth Presbyterian Church, 680 Nazareth Church Rd, Moore, SC 29369. A reception will follow.

Memorials may be made to Hatcher Gardens, P O Box 2337, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or to Walnut Grove Plantation, P O Box 887, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JMDunbar.com.

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