Perry “Peter” McCallum Parrott Jr. ’67

Perry McCallum Parrott, Jr (Peter), husband of Lynn Brownell Parrott, died peacefully at home on Hilton Head Island on Saturday, October 22, at age 76.

Peter was born November 16, 1945, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his parents, Ardis Flick Parrott and Perry McCallum Parrott, Sr.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, attended The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Peter and Lynn were married in 1967, prior to his attending graduate school at Clemson University where he received a Master’s degree in Industrial Management.

After college, Peter joined his father’s textile dyeing and finishing company, Parrott and Ballentine. His career was interrupted by service to his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal for his military service. He returned to Parrott and Ballentine, then joined the Sea Pines Company, first at Big Canoe near Atlanta. In 1973, Peter and Lynn, with their two young sons, moved to Hilton Head Island where he was one of the early real estate associates for Sea Pines Plantation. Following a successful tenure with Sea Pines, and as a development partner of Twin Oaks, Peter was hired by Trammell Crow Residential and became a partner, based in Tennessee. The family returned to Hilton Head Island and Peter founded the University Housing Group, which developed student housing in college locations throughout the southeast.

Peter always enjoyed the game of tennis and has played on the Davidson College team while there. He also loved fishing with his sons, boating, and golfing.

Wherever the family lived, Peter was deeply involved in community philanthropy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and was appointed to the South Carolina Board of Education, representing the Governor’s School. While a member of the South Carolina Yacht Club, Peter was awarded the prestigious Galbraith Humanitarian Award for his tireless work for Volunteers in Medicine. He orchestrated very successful fundraisers for VIM and served on its Board of Directors for many years. The Eckedahl-Parrott Award was established at VIM in honor of the two major supporters.

Peter is survived by Lynn, his loving wife of 56 years; his son Perry McCallum Parrott III, his wife Anna Willis Parrott and sons Andrew and Sheppard of Delray Beach, Florida; son Walker Brownell Parrott and his su amante Debs of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. He also is survived by a sister; Ardis Parrott Albany of Birmingham, Alabama; a brother, John Flick Parrott, and his wife Sally Fowler Parrott of Greenville, South Carolina. Peter was loved by his entire extended family.

A graveside service is planned for family and friends on Thursday, October 27, at 11 AM at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines, with a gathering to follow at noon at the Sea Pines Country Club to toast a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peter’s memory to Volunteers in Medicine, Post Office Box 23858, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925; Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University Street, Greenville, SC 29601; or Memory Matters, Post Office Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925. Islandfuneralhome.com.

Edward Allen “Ned” Kelly ’67

Dr. Edward “Ned” Allen Kelly, age 77, passed away peacefully at home on October 11, 2022 in the company of his wife and four children after living with Parkinson’s. He was a tenderhearted and loving soul who will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and community.

Ned was born in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. on April 18, 1945 to Robert Patton Kelly, Jr. and Sara Margaret Kelly (nee Powers). He grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Westminster School (1963). He majored in German at Davidson College (1967) in North Carolina and studied abroad in Marburg, Germany.

After graduation, he attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City (1971). His heart led him to turn down a residency placement at Stanford University in order to serve at the under-resourced Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Subsequently, he continued his residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Family Practice Medicine. He worked as the medical director at the Hot Springs Health Program in rural Madison County, N.C. and as a clinician at the VA Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He also practiced as a family doctor in the North Carolina Piedmont before transitioning to a career in pharmacovigilance in Research Triangle Park first at PPD and later at Quintiles where he retired as Global Vice President of Post Market Safety.

Those fortunate enough to have known Ned consistently comment on his kindness, generosity, humility, and intellect. He often provided essential, and even at times lifesaving medical advice for friends, neighbors, and family. He was committed to leaving the world a better place than he found it. His other passions included making dad jokes, running around on the tennis court, foreign travel (especially to Mexico), and cheering on his beloved Carolina Tar Heels basketball team.

Ned is survived by his wife Linda Starkweather; son, Josh Kelly and Becky Brown, daughter Zoe Kelly and Mario Olmos, stepson, Sampson Starkweather and Paige Taggart, stepdaughter Emily and Scott Tinervin, granddaughters Ryan and Emery Tinervin, foster son Luis and Megan Bautista and their daughters Katelyn and Alexis Bautista, brother Pat Kelly, and sister Mary Rogers.

There will be a visitation with the family for the community on October 20th between 6 and 8 p.m. at Donaldson’s Funeral Home, 396 West St., in Pittsboro, N.C. A memorial service will be held in celebration of Ned’s life at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Pittsboro, N.C. at 3:00 p.m on October 22nd, 2022.

Ned cared deeply for the wellbeing of humanity and the Earth. Therefore, in lieu of flowers or for those wishing to offer a memorial gift, the family requests donations be made to Mountain True, 29 N. Market Street, Suite 610, Asheville, NC 28801  https://mountaintrue.org to support conservation in the Southern Blue Ridge where Ned lived for many years. Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Kelly & Starkweather family. Memorial tributes can be left at www.donaldsonfunerals.com.

George E. Piper ’67

George E. Piper, psychiatrist, of Haddonfield, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2022, at the age of 77.

George is survived by his loving wife, Diane.  Dear father of Lauren (Michael) Koch of Haddonfield, NJ and loving grandfather of Katie and Michael George. Predeceased by his parents George and Betty (nee Ney) Piper.  Survived by his brother Shawn (Deborah) Piper of Marmora, NJ; sister, Holly Bell of Lewistown, PA; nephews Ryan, Brandon, and Derrick Piper, and Nathan Bell; and niece, Holly Campano.

Born in McVeytown, a small town in Central Pennsylvania, George attended Rothrock High School, where he garnered local fame as a member of the Eagles 1963 PIAA Class C State Basketball Championship team.  He graduated from Davidson College in 1967, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, and received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1971.

George was the second of two psychiatrists who founded the UMDNJ-SOM Department of Psychiatry (now Rowan University-SOM Department of Psychiatry) in 1983.  As Vice-Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, George assisted the Chairman in the development of the department’s patient services and teaching programs for medical students and residents.

In 1994, George became the Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at UMDNJ-SOM, and then Associate Dean, where he was responsible for postgraduate physician trainees, residency and fellowship training programs, and affiliations with primary and secondary affiliated hospital systems.  He was also responsible for organizing the UMDNJ-SOM Graduate Medical Education training system in the first accredited UMDNJ-SOM Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI), which received national recognition and acclaim for being the model Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution for the country.

In 2005, George retired from UMDNJ-SOM and entered the field of private practice in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he continued to practice until his recent passing.  He was the consummate professional, who was always available for his patients.  His empathy and kindness were evident in his patient care.

George was a man of integrity. He was empathic and kind to all, including his family, friends, patients, and strangers.  He treated everyone with love, respect, and dignity.

As per his wishes, George will be returned to Jack’s Mountain close to his childhood home in McVeytown, PA, where his remains will be scattered.  Funeral services will be private.

For those who desire, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the McVeytown Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Queen Street, P.O. Box 323, McVeytown, PA  17051

Wade Barber ’67

Wade Barber Jr., lawyer, judge, and son of Chatham County, died at home Friday, May 13, 2022. His family was with him—his wife Marina, his daughters Claire and Liz, their partners Lois Bukowski and Danny Spiegel, and his son James Riley. He is survived by his grandchildren Fanya, Yaakov, Simi, Maayan, Sam, and Levi, and beloved nephews and nieces.  He is remembered among lawyers in North Carolina as a leader.

In 1916, his father (Wade Sr.) founded a law practice in Pittsboro and practiced there continuously until his retirement in 1982. Wade joined his father in that practice in 1971 and, with interruptions to be of broader service to the community, Wade practiced law there until 2022.

In Wade’s Pittsboro boyhood, it was a short walk to school, to the grocery store, to the barber shop, to the Presbyterian Church, to the courthouse (where his father could often be found), to Miss Martin’s house across the street (where she had a television long before the Barbers did), and to the hard-dirt baseball field (where boys of all backgrounds played together). As a teenager in that place at that time he was told never to take the keys out of the car’s ignition. It would make them too hard to find for the next driver—his mama Agnes or his sisters Betty Scott and Mary Hayes.

At Davidson College, Wade made friendships that lasted all his life, and he reveled in the school’s academic opportunities, all except Spanish, an obstacle to graduation overcome just in time.

In law school at Chapel Hill, Wade found that the intellectual demands of the law—logic, reason, clarity of thought, and precision of expression—comported with his way of thinking.  He was good at these things and he liked them.  In the years ahead, Wade encountered another set of demands that the law requires of good lawyers. These demands are empathy, compassion, a willingness to try to understand another person’s burdens, an ability to guide a person through deeply challenging times, the shouldering of responsibility that is intrinsic to the representation of a client, and humility. He was good at these things, too. His clients also found that he was good at these things and they admired him. He developed a mature respect for the dignity of each individual.

In 1977 the legislature split Chatham and Orange Counties off to be their own prosecutorial district. Governor Jim Hunt appointed Wade to be the chief prosecutor (that is, the district attorney) for the new district. Wade was elected by the voters to a full term in 1978. His respect for the dignity of individuals showed itself when he prosecuted people for crimes. He worked always to understand how this person came to be in this bad spot. It also showed itself, clearly and brightly, in his efforts to protect the victims of crime and ease their loads.

In 1985 Wade returned to his Pittsboro practice, representing a wide range of clients and expanding his work in land use law and the creation of attractive, practical, environmentally mindful residential developments.

In 1998, Governor Hunt appointed Wade as a judge of the North Carolina superior court. He ended his service as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for District 15B in 2006. He returned to his Pittsboro practice–his third stint–and in 2010 was joined by his daughter Liz, forming the firm of Barber & Barber. It was a very happy and fulfilling time for him.

Four of Wade’s grandchildren, Claire’s children, live in California. The physical distance has been great, but the bonds of affection have been close. His two Chapel Hill grandchildren, Liz’s boys, are physically closer, and the bonds of affection are the same. Wade brought his creative energy and many talents to his role as Grandpap – whether spontaneously erecting a zipline in his front yard one Thanksgiving, catching critters and building dams in creeks, constructing bows and arrows, or providing rotten stumps and pint-sized tools to use to smash them up.

Wade and Marina met on a canoeing trip in 1976, and they were married six weeks later. They dedicated themselves to each other. They loved a winter evening at home watching Tar Heel basketball and a summer afternoon in the shade of an umbrella at the beach. They also loved adventure, and they opened the world of daring to their children. They camped in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 feet, where the campsite stream froze overnight. They sailed their Flying Scot often on Jordan Lake and taught their girls to sail and navigate on trips in the Chesapeake Bay and Abaco Islands. They amused the boatmen on a river in Kenya with the news (which the boatmen may not have believed) that there are no monkeys in North Carolina. 

Wade was a skilled woodworker, and the exquisite bowls he turned are the treasured possessions of those lucky enough to have them.

Wade and Marina built a home in Ashe County. They designed it specifically as a place where they could gather with family sometimes and with friends sometimes and with both sometimes.  For a decade it has been a comforting and welcoming haven in the mountains.

Wade’s career was one of service. He served on the board of directors of the Golden Leaf Foundation and the North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund. He served on the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was chairman of the North Carolina Task Force on Dispute Resolution and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. He served on the North Carolina Courts Commission, the North Carolina Criminal Code Commission, the Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration, and the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Court Personnel.

He received the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union Award, the North Carolina Mediation Network Service Award, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section Service Award, and the Chatham County Smart Start Distinguished Service Award, and, in March of 2022, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. 

Wade was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in January 2022, and its progression was swift. Through his months of illness, he maintained grace and courage. He had, by his own description, “a thick skin and a sense of humor.” He lived his last allotted time as he had lived his life.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00PM, Monday, May 16, 2022, at the United Church of Chapel Hill – 1321 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Wade’s memorial will be a Friends (Quaker) meeting. For Friends, a memorial meeting for worship is a time of prayer, of thanksgiving, and remembering.  At times an individual may be moved to speak, to offer a prayer or a message that has come out of this silence.  Most of the messages will, no doubt, relate to our memories of Wade and our celebration of his life.  Neither laughter nor tears are out of place.  Any message which is delivered in a worshipful manner is appropriate.  Reflections, poetry, singing, and stories may all be part of the fabric of memory we weave together.  All present are free to speak, but all messages should be brief.  Please stand and speak loudly and clearly so you may be heard by all.  

If you are comfortable, please remove your mask while speaking.  Please leave ample pauses between speakers so that we may contemplate fully the import and meaning of your message.  

At the appropriate time, Carolyn Stuart will signal the conclusion of the celebration by shaking hands with her neighbors.  You are then invited to shake hands with your neighbors.  A few closing remarks will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Environmental Defense Fund.

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Barber family.

G. William “Bill” Jones ’67

Bill Jones died on January 28, 2022 after a fall on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lida Inge Wylie Jones, and his three sons (Geoff, Christopher, David) and their families. Geoff, Erin, Shannon (17) and Sydney (14) live near Denver. Christopher, Sharon, Alex (16) and Owen (13) live near Boston. David and Jennifer live in San Francisco. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and an extended family he loved dearly.

George William “Bill” Jones, Jr. was born on December 13, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to George and Alice Jones. He is predeceased by his parents and his sisters Alice and Patsy. Bill grew up in Talladega, Alabama. He attended Indian Springs High School. He received a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.Div. from Columbia Seminary, and a D.Div. from Louisville Seminary.

Bill served as a pastor at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church (Kingsport, TN), Covenant Presbyterian Church (Johnson City, TN), and Balmoral Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN). He taught a faith of tolerance for all people no matter who they were or what they believed. Stories from Bill can be heard on YouTube at the channel “Bill Jones, Storyteller.”

Bill and Lida retired on Ocracoke Island, where he loved walks on the beach, sunsets, island birds, and most of all, the community. Bill’s life was full of joy, especially from backcountry canoe trips, movies, music, reading, but most of all from family and friends. Everyone who knew him loved him and he loved us all.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for March 26, 2022 on Ocracoke Island. Donation suggestions can be found via social media.

Published by The Birmingham News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2022.