E. Jeffery “Jeff” Couch ’62

E. Jeffery Couch of River Landing, died peacefully on April 1, 2022, surrounded by his three adoring daughters Laura, Sarah and Abbey.

Jeff was born May 5, 1940 to the late Everett Goodrich Couch and Emily Moore Couch. From early childhood, he lived in Ohio, graduating from Portsmouth High School and attracting classmates who became lifelong friends. In 1958, Jeff moved to Davidson, NC where he earned his dream come true, a degree in Economics from Davidson College, again fostering friendships that lasted his lifetime.

After Davidson, Jeff began a career in financial management, first at C&S Bank and Nations Bank in Atlanta, and later joining NCNB in Charlotte. There he honed his economic and leadership skills and was promoted to higher levels of responsibility including taking Bank of America to international prominence. A gifted leader, Jeff retired as Senior Vice President from Bank of America.

To hold dear his memory, Jeff is survived by his wife, Darla Clark Couch and dearly beloved daughters Laura Boling of Alpharetta, GA; Sarah Davis of Loganville, GA; and Abigail Giordano of Fairfax, VA. He was blessed with eight grandchildren: Jake, Kelly and Sadie Boling; Maren Piland and Harper Davis; Bobby and Ellis Giordano; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Black. Jeff is also survived by sister, Sarah Haft and nephew, David Haft of Washington, DC.

In keeping with Jeff’s passion for learning and discovery, his body has been entrusted to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A memorial date has not been set.

Published by Charlotte Observer on April 24, 2022.

Richard L. Jenkins ’68

October 3, 1946 – March 7, 2022

Richard Leon Jenkins, born 1946 in Ft. Collins, Co, was raised in Cary, NC by Wylodine and Lloyd Jenkins. A proud graduate of Davidson College, Richard’s early years took him many places including a significant amount of time in Australia in the early 1970s. In 1976 he moved to Houston and decided to call it home, having never left until his death in 2022. Richard enjoyed city life. Always being ahead of the times, he found residence in the Houston Heights in the 1970s, and became one of Downtown Houston’s first loft residents in 1996.

Richard was an entrepreneur, voracious reader, lover of music, and an avid traveler. But most of all, Richard was a family man who dedicated most of his time for those he loved most. Whether it was taking his son to see baseball stadiums across the country, showing his childhood memories of South Dakota to his stepdaughter Jessica, or walking the Appian Way in Rome with his wife Donna, he experienced life through travel and making memories. He enriched those around him with his desire to always be learning and teaching.

Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Amador Walton and her two sons Grant and Spencer; his son John Travis Jenkins with his wife Whitney Jenkins and their sons Brooks and Bennett; his stepdaughter Jessica Anderson; his beloved aunt Joanne Garnett; and his sister, Lynda Anne Shipley. He was preceded in death by his parents Wylodine Reeves Jenkins and Lloyd Theodore Jenkins; his aunt Anette M. Jenkins; and his brother Thomas Allan Jenkins.

David Sidney McCarty ’61

Rev. David Sidney McCarty Jr., 83, was united with the Church Triumphant on Saturday, March 5th, 2022.  He passed away at his home in Rocky Mount, Virginia in the care of his son Wesley.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Hardwicke McCarty, father, Rev. David Sidney McCarty and sister, Alice Hardwicke McCarty Haggerty.  He is survived by his cherished wife of over 50 years, Judy Neal Terrell McCarty; sons Paul Sidney (Amy) and Wesley David; grandchildren Charlotte Alice, Myra Pearl, Darby Lewis and John Elliott; and first cousin Katherine Keys Allison (Roy).

David was a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary.  He was pastor of several rural churches in North Carolina and Virginia.  He later became a teacher of many subjects at Christian Heritage Academy in Rocky Mount.  Upon retirement from teaching, he continued to serve as bookkeeper and worked in adult education.

David was renowned for short sermons and long discussions about the wonders of God’s creation.  He continually studied the scriptures and taught Sunday school.  He enjoyed music, reading, astronomy, photography, history and computers.  He gave equal, thoughtful attention to his children and grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank David and Judy’s neighbors, strong pillars on their right (the Perdues), left (the Campbells) and across the street (the Coopers) for their strength, attentiveness and support during this difficult season.

The family will joyfully receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th at Furnace Creek Baptist Church, 975 Scuffling Hill Road in Rocky Mount.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19th at the church where the Good News will be heard by all. Soli Deo gloria!

For those wishing to honor David’s life with a charitable gift, the family gratefully suggests Christian Heritage Academy (chaknights.org), your local volunteer fire department/rescue squad or a charity of your choosing. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Richard Nelson Hill ’63

Richard Nelson Hill, son of Alice Jowitt and Arnold Hill, was born April 12th, 1941, in Staten Island Hospital. In 1947, with his mother and brothers Larry, Don, and Jeffrey, the family moved to Sebring, Florida. He graduated from Sebring High School in June of 1959 having been named the Scholar/Athlete for the state of Florida that year. He attended Davidson College on a Dana Scholarship, where he graduated in 1963 as a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. There he met Scott Beaver; a student at Meredith College in Raleigh, and they married on December 7th, 1963.

As an officer with the US Army, Richard was stationed in Bamberg, Germany from 1963 to 1966. Scott soon joined him where they welcomed daughter Kathy in 1965 and began a love of international travel. Richard, Scott and Kathy moved to Durham in 1967 so that he could study for his Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching (MAT) at Duke University. Our son Chris joined the family in 1968.

Richard’s calling as a teacher came to fruition in 1969 when he joined the faculty at Jordan High School where he taught for 22 years. He earned his MAT in 1971 and his Doctorate in Education in 1980; both from Duke University. During his time at Jordan, he taught Honors World History to 10th graders, AP European History, and Economics, and advised both the model UN club (known as JUNC) and the Quiz Bowl, which came in second in national competition. He also supervised MAT students and with his wife Scott, organized more than a dozen memorable trips to Europe for high school students. He moved to the newly created Riverside High School in 1991, where he taught for twelve years and was asked to design the AP and Honors World History courses. He taught several courses through Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), including Art History and Durham Regional History. After his retirement in 2001, he designed and taught online AP European History courses for LearnNC from 2002-2005, and his curriculum was used as a model for remote, online instruction.

Richard transferred his love of art history and teaching to his volunteer work with Duke University’s newly opened Nasher Museum of Art, where he was a docent for almost 10 years. He also served as President of Sister Cities of Durham, and traveled to Tanzania, Siberia, England, and Japan as a member of the organization and a representative of his beloved city.

Richard and Scott moved to Croasdaile Retirement Village in 2019. Richard is preceded in death by parents Alice Jowitt Hill and Arnold Hill and brothers Larry Hill and Jeffrey Hill. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Scott Hill, daughter Kathy Starks (Phillip Ewing) of Johnson City, NY and his son Chris Hill of Durham; grandchildren Geoffrey Starks of Syracuse, NY, Meredith Starks of Atlanta, GA, Brendan Hill of Raleigh, NC and Fiona Hill of Boone, NC; daughter-in- law Alex LeMay; brother Don Hill (Patricia); sister-in-law Patricia Beaver (Bob White), and beloved nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephew.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 PM in Few Chapel, Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Durham Public Schools Foundation, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Suite C2, Durham, NC 27701.

 A Celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date.

Martin Luther Brackett ’69

Martin Luther Brackett Jr. passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, after a short illness. He was without pain and in peace surrounded by his loved ones.

Martin was a native of Charlotte, NC, where he was raised by Martin Luther “Luke” Brackett Sr. and Helen Smith Brackett, the middle of three sons (with brothers Doug and Charlie Brackett as bookends). He was born in February 1947 itching for a fight, and channeled that energy into scouting and sports, earning his Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow, and a football scholarship to Davidson College.

Martin attended East Mecklenburg High School, Class of ’64. He graduated from Davidson in 1969 (although he really considered himself part of the Class of ’68), where he was a member of the football team and President of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Martin attended law school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Class of ’72. He was full of stories from his school days, and some of them were even true.

Martin received his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1969 and was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserves from which he was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Martin was an esteemed and proud member of the North Carolina State Bar, with a career as a litigator that touched six decades and countless lives. For most of that career he was a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, which was a professional home but also the home for many of his most important and enduring friendships. Among the numerous honors and accolades bestowed upon him professionally, he was proudest of his membership as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He also had the honor to serve on the Board of Trustees of UNC-Charlotte (2011-2015), North Carolina Railroad Company’s Board of Directors (2017-present), a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Outward Bound School (1987-1995), and as a member and Chairman of the Charlotte Auditorium-Coliseum-Convention Center Authority (1981-1987).

Martin was recognized throughout his career for his pro bono service. He was also recognized throughout his career by peers, adversaries, clients and judges alike as a man to be reckoned with, but who was fair, honest and good to his word.

Martin’s appreciation for his professional accomplishments paled in comparison to his pride as a father to four children, grandfather to three grandsons and husband to a loving wife. The only joy in life that ever approached the joy he derived from his family was hiking in the high mountains of the American West and rolling hills of Western North Carolina, whether with good friends, a loyal dog or just his thoughts. If you need to imagine him now, imagine him there, walking stick in hand, hat on his head and pack on his back, ready to strike off on adventure.

Martin is survived by his wife, Lisa Kay Brackett; his children, Amelia Brackett, Lauren Brackett and her fiancé, George Docherty of Charlotte, NC, Hunter Brackett and his wife, Kristye and their son, McKay (11) of Raleigh, NC and Alex Brackett and his wife, Callie and their sons, Jones (18) and Ben (16) of Richmond, VA. He is also survived by his older brother, Doug Brackett and his wife, Sara Gwynn and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Martin will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. The service will be livestreamed at: https://myersparkpres.org/live/special/ for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Martin to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 S. Marshall Street, Suite 105B, Winston Salem, NC 27101 (https://www.brpfoundation.org/donate) or the North Carolina Outward Bound School, 2852 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805 (https://www.ncobs.org/donate/).

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.