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. 

Frank Price Hall III ’68

Frank Hall III '68The family of Frank Price Hall III, mourns the loss of a beloved husband, brother, uncle, stepfather, and grandfather. Frank passed away at his home on Lake Wylie after an extended illness on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

Born on July 9, 1944, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Frank spent his early life in Belmont.

He attended Asheville School and Davidson College and graduated from The Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Frank continued his education throughout his life. His many interests included philosophy and spirituality.

In 1979, he met and later married his soul mate Janice Golden Freeman, who became over their 36 years of marriage his best friend, and confidante. Shortly after they married, they moved to Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Frank will be remembered fondly by his friends and family for his warmth, energy and humor, marked by a funny yuk-yuk laugh! As a young man Frank excelled at water skiing, snow skiing and the game of golf, all of which he tackled enthusiastically with abandon.

During their married life, Frank and Jan devoted much of their time and resources to Light Haven, a spiritual center in the North Carolina foothills, which they co-founded and continue to support as benefactors. He and Jan were Angel Donors to Dream Nursery and Primary School in Kasenge, Uganda, serving pre-K-6th grade, which aids orphans and prisoners’ children who would otherwise be denied an education.

Frank is survived by his wife Jan; his sister, Nancy Green (Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr.) of Atlanta, Georgia; his nephews Holcombe Green, III (Monica Green and their daughters Abigail and Cecily) and Frank Hall Green (Molly Green and their daughters Cece and Tucker), all of New York City.

Jan’s children of his heart, Amy Freeman Todd (Phillip Todd and their sons Joe and Josh Freeman, daughters Ashlyn Todd Harris and Kellyn Todd Holt) of Shelby, North Carolina, Alison Freeman (daughter Caley McDonald) of Macon, Georgia, and Angela Freeman Short (Dale Short, son Justin of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, and daughter Sally Armstrong) of Charlotte, North Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; and his beloved canine companion Bella, who brought much joy!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Agape Hospice, 1316 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or Light Haven, 1325 McEntire Road, Tryon, NC 28782.

There will be no funeral per Frank’s request, but a Celebration of Life ceremony at Light Haven on Sunday, January 21, at 2 p.m.

Frank asked that everyone who reads this say a prayer for the fulfillment of the Divine Plan on earth.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dale and Donna Gould and Aicha Weiler of Lake Wylie and Aeptha and Eushahn Lonz of Tryon, North Carolina, for their constant care.

Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com.

McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Hall family.

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Carl William (Bill) Bernard ’68

Carl William (Bill) Bernard, passed away November 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Jacksonville, FL to parents Turnbull and Eleanor Bernard on October 17, 1946. He attended Fishweir before his family moved to Georgia.

After graduating from Davidson College, he served in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. Bill is survived by his brother, David Meade Bernard (Libby) of Orinda, California.

Donations may be made in his memory to your local Alzheimer’s Association.

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