Michael R. “Mike” Coltrane ’68

Michael “Mike” R. Coltrane, age 75 of Concord, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022 at University of Miami General Jackson Hospital after a brief illness.

Mike was born September 25, 1946 in Cabarrus County to the late L.D. “Bub” Coltrane III and Phyllis Crooks Coltrane. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Anne Collins Coltrane and his brother, Daniel Branson Coltrane.

He graduated from Concord High School 1964, and from Davidson College in 1968 with a BA in History. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance with an MBA in business in 1970.

Mike served 2 years active military duty in the army and 4 years in the reserves in Transportation, achieving the rank of captain.

He began his banking career at NCNB, then went on to First Charter, ending in the position of Executive Vice President, and in 1988 began serving as Chairman/CEO/President of CT Communications, Concord NC. He served on the board of the telecom industry’s trade association, USTA, from 1991-2007, and served as President from 2000-2001. He also served on the Centennial Communications Board from 2001-2009, the First Charter Corp. Board of Directors 1988-2008, and on the board of Power and Tel from September 2009 to the present.

Mike was very active in First Presbyterian Church serving as Elder and Deacon and has been a lifelong member. He was involved in the Concord community and was a member of the High Point Rotary Club, Salisbury Rotary Club and Concord Rotary Club for 50 years, serving as President 1991-1992 in Concord, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and a 5th generation Rotarian.

He was President of the Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and continued for many years. He was a supporter of the Salvation Army where he served on the board since 2008. He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, The United Way, and the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County where he served on the board 1990-2003. Mike served on the board of CMC NE/Atrium Health beginning in 2006 and the board of CMC Charlotte/Atrium from 2011-2018.

Mike was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He and Loretta traveled the world together sharing their love of hunting and exploring. They enjoyed nature and time in the outdoors and loved going to the beach.

He is survived by his wife Loretta Coltrane and her daughter Tracy Olander; sister, Gay Coltrane Ausband (Ted Brewer) of Southport; nephew, Mark Allen (Lindsey) of Mars Hill; niece, Julia Allen DeMaury (Josh) of Waxhaw; two great nephews, Branson & Miles Allen, canine companion Winston Spencer Churchill, and other extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Ellen True Crawford. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 8:30 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Wilkinson Funeral Home and again after the service in Davis Hall at First Presbyterian Church. The burial service will be for family only.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 511, Concord, NC 28026 or to Cooperative Christian Ministries, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026.

Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Coltrane family.
Michael R. "Mike" Coltrane  '68

James Martin “Jim” Reinoehl ’68

James Martin Reinoehl passed away on December 28, 2021 following a two-year battle against cancer.

He was born on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Brodwell and Elaine Reinoehl. After living in several cities, his family moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia in 1960. Jim graduated from Clarkston High School in 1964, where he was honored as a STAR Student and a National Merit Scholar. Following high school, he attended Davidson College. He received his degree in Mathematics, was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and established incredible lifelong friendships. Jim received a Master’s degree in Information Science from Georgia Tech in 1970 before serving four years in the United States Army.

Jim began his professional career with Kurt Salmon Associates in Atlanta before moving to El Paso, Texas. Upon returning to the Atlanta area in 1977, he started JMR Software, a consulting company he ran for nearly 45 years, serving clients throughout the country with his tenacious approach to solving complex technical problems. His relationship with his clients far exceeded a typical business transaction, as he helped them not only solve their information technology issues but also offered sage advice as a consultant with their specific business needs. His clients inevitably became his friends.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Louise, his son John and wife Kim, and his daughter Jenny Purtill and husband Allan. Being a devoted husband and father was a role he cherished, and he loved his wife and children with his whole heart. He prioritized his family above all else. He is also Pop to two adored grandchildren, Syler and James Purtill. Jim’s sister, Elizabeth Causey, predeceased him earlier this year. He is also survived by her family, Harry Causey, David and Joanne Causey, and Debbie and Art Hays.

Jim loved the Lord with all his heart, and used his gifts to serve at North Point Community Church, where he had been a member since its founding in 1995. He was captain of a parking team and led a variety of small groups with Louise in their home always with a servant’s heart focused on reflecting Christ. Jim was incredibly generous to family, friends, neighbors and strangers and loved finding creative ways to help fill a need wherever he saw one. In all areas of his life, Jim embodied his life verse from Ecclesiastes 9:10—Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart (NIV).

Jim also leaves behind a host of friends from all areas of his life, including high school, Davidson, church, and business. Many relied on his good counsel when wrestling with difficult decisions. His sense of humor was well-known, and he loved to be the life of the party. His family is deeply grateful for all of the love and support we have received the last few weeks and months.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 am EST at North Point Community Church (4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta). A link to view the service via livestream will be available one to two days in advance of the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Atlanta Care Center (www.atlantacare.com) or Eagle Ranch (www.eagleranch.org), two organizations near to Jim’s heart.

Clifton Wheeler ’68

Dr. Clifton Wheeler entered an eternity with his Savior on Monday, July 26, 2021.

He was born on October 30, 1946, in Durham, NC, to Clifton Columbus and Alice Green Wheeler. He was also loved and cared for by Miss Stessie Lyons. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1968 at Davidson College, earned his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine and served his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Wheeler devoted his professional time and energy to the community of Lakeland for 35 years both in solo practice and with Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, delivering over 3000 babies during his career. He was a lifelong member of the Carter Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and truly enjoyed the community he found there.

In retirement, he served as a member of RSVP, reading to KG and 2nd grade students at Scott Lake Elementary. When the pandemic hit, unwilling to give up his connection to the children, he continued to read books weekly via his Youtube channel. One of his many joys was playing the piano and he shared his gift by playing in the lobby at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Wheeler became a Christian in his thirties and grew to love and serve Jesus in everything he did. His commitment to the Lord overflowed into all of his relationships as he actively sought to honor God with his life.

Dr. Wheeler is predeceased by his mother, father and sister, Elizabeth Clifton Wheeler Allen.

He married Marianne Taylor in 1968 and they were married for 24 years. He was blessed to marry Margaret Anne Gates in 1999 and remained married to her until his death. Dr. Wheeler is survived by his children, Maridy McDuff (Philip), Creigh Brown (Jamie), and Clifton Chace Wheeler (Danielle), his wife Margaret Anne, and stepchildren Jessica Fredricks (Cole), Kristin Aiken (Chuck), Michael Gates (Jen), and Christopher (Mindy).

He was “Poopah” to 13 grandchildren: Coleman, Will, Harley, Porter, Yura, Taylor, Reid, Olivia Anne, Sadie, Clifton Colton, Luke, Christian and Olivia Grace. He greatly anticipated the birth of two more grandchildren in the fall. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved greatly.

A Gathering of Friends will be held at the Heath Funeral Chapel Tribute Center on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. His life will be celebrated at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10 a.m.

In honor of Cliff’s lifelong work in medicine, and out of respect for his concern regarding COVID risk, please consider watching the service from home if you are unwell. You can find the link by typing tpc.memorial/wheeler into your browser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeland Regional Health at foundation.mylrh.org. Cliff received excellent and truly heroic care at the hands of the SICU staff, and we are forever grateful.

Condolences may be sent to the family at heathfuneralchapel.com.

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John Allen ’68

John Robert Allen died at age 74 of natural causes August 18, 2020, at Lexington Country Place, Lexington, Ky.

He was the son of Woodrow and Verna Hail Allen, Somerset, Kentucky, and graduated from Somerset High School in 1964 where he was an Eagle Scout.

He went on to Davidson College and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He was a Rhodes Scholar followed by his internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, his orthopedic residency at UVA, Charlottesville and a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Harvard.

He came back to Lexington as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UK until he went into private practice at Commonwealth Orthopedic Surgery until his stroke in 2008.

John is survived by Jan, his wife of 29 years, his two children Scott Spicer Allen (Abbey Li Allen) of Savannah, and Hilary Hail Allen (Greg Buckland) of Boston, and his grandson Cody Hail Buckland, Jan’s 2 sons Andrew Kidder of Denver and Ben Kidder (Jill Calvert Kidder) of Lexington, and Jan’s 5 grandchildren.

Through the years John was an orthopedic consultant to many groups including the Kentucky Special Olympics, High Hope Steeple Chase, Lexington Ballet, Henry Clay High School football, the VA, Shriners, and the Lexington Ski Club.

He was a Rotary Club member, a member of the Henry Clay Society and a board member for God’s Pantry. Whether sailing or white-water rafting John loved to be on or near the water. He was a connoisseur of sunsets and beautiful music which often left him whistling.

He loved to “;get out of town”; even if it was for a weekend. He enjoyed skiing, golfing and fine food. He would do research and have reservations to chosen restaurants even before his arrival. John loved his many dogs and especially enjoyed taking Belline to Westminster.

He had fond memories of his mother’s wonderful Hail family, his Somerset friends, his Sigma Chi Chillers, his med school experiences, and all of his Lexington acquaintances.

There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony at the Hail Family Farm in Ula, KY on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend 2021, where his ashes will be spread from Skyline Drive.

Memorial Contributions go the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation at www. kyrecovery.org/donate

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Grey Pash ’68

Grey Pash, 73, of Springfield, Virginia, formally of Bardstown, passed away Friday November 8, 2019 in Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia. 

He graduated from Bardstown High School in 1964 as Valedictorian of his class, attended Davidson College in North Carolina and graduated in 1968, and continued his education at the University of Kentucky receiving his law degree, with honors, in 1971. 

While attending U of K he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and was Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal, and remained a loyal U of K Wildcat fan.

Grey worked in Washington D.C. as an Appellate Litigator for the Federal Communications Commission for forty-eight years, while in Washington area, Grey became an accomplished chef, music/theater lover and an avid collector of fine “home made” contemporary crafts. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford G. and Hazel W. Pash.

He is survived by his uncle, Bill (Carol) Walls; aunt, LaJune Jones; and many adoring cousins.

His memorial service will be 2:00 pm Sunday December 1, 2019 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with inurnment in Bardstown Cemetery.