John “Jack” Manson Sherrill ’67, 65, passed away at The Pines at Davidson, N.C., on July 12. He was born Aug. 6, 1945, to the late Margaret Armstrong Sherrill and Flake Anderson Sherrill. Sherrill received his B.A. in history from Davidson in 1967. In l967 he was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch, serving his country in the Vietnam Conflict from 1969-70. He left the service at the end of his career as first lieutenant. During the conflict he was awarded a Bronze Star. He returned to school in 1970, earning a B.S. in forestry management from N.C. State University in 1972. Sherrill started his professional career in 1972 working for Daniel H. Gelbert and Associates, leaving as a vice president in 1977. He returned to Statesville in 1978 opening his own consulting forestry practice, Jack Sherrill and Associates, licensed to practice in North and South Carolina. Sherrill was elected president of the N.C. Society of Consulting Foresters in 1988, serving in that capacity for two years. He had previously served in other capacities and as a board member. He was a member of the N.C. Forestry Association and American Forestry Association. In 2007 Sherrill was recognized by the N.C. Forestry Association as Forester of the Year. Sherrill had been a member of Statesville’s Arts and Science Museum, serving as a board member and board chairperson. He served on the board of directors of Camp Tekoa, United Methodist Church. He was a life member of Trout Unlimited and served its local affiliate in a number of capacities. Sherrill was a lifelong member of Broad Street United Methodist Church. He served as president of the men’s Bible class, chairperson of the evangelism committee, adult council coordinator, council on ministries, the administrative board, and as church lay leader. He also served his church as Scoutmaster of Troop 175, taking particular pride in working with those young people and turning out more than a handful of Eagle Scouts. He leaves behind his brother, F. Anderson Sherrill, Jr. ’62 (Cummins), 3209 Deauville Pl., Statesville, NC 28625-4753; a niece, Elizabeth Sherrill Druga (John); and a nephew, Flake A. Sherrill III ’90. His family and friends will always miss his kind and gentle spirit. Sherrill lived a life of “service to others,” which was demonstrated in the loves of his life-his church, his profession, his family, and his friends.
Henry Stewart Cochran passed on September 2, 2009. No additional information is available at this time.
Henry S. Cochran ’67, 64, of Danville, Ala., passed away Sept. 2, 2009.
Erwin Tucker Laxton ’67 of Charlotte, died May 27, 2006. Following graduation he was commissioned in the United States Army and served in Germany. He was an investment broker with JTM Investments. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was preceded in death by his son, Erwin B. Laxton. He is survived by his sister, Lila L. Brown and her husband, Fred Brown of Charlotte; wife, Susan Coleman Laxton, 2304 Springdale Ave, Charlotte, N.C. 28203; stepson, Brian Allen Coleman; and his two aunts and several cousins.
Howard O. Morris, Jr. passed on September 14, 2005. No additional information is available at this time.