Michael Newman Faulconer ’64

Michael Newman Faulconer, 82, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2024.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 21, 1941, he was the son of the late Dr. C. Newman Faulconer (minister of 1st Presbyterian Church 1955-1973) and the late Katharine Faulconer. He is also predeceased by his sister, Katharine “Kitty” Sue Hawpe and his late wife Toni Stroud Faulconer. He is survived by his daughter Kristen F. Welborn, her husband Will Welborn, and their three children, Matthew, David and Katherine, as well as his first great-grandchild, Naomi Hazel Welborn. He is also survived by his three step-daughters, Carey Clark, Dottie Hollis, and Stacey Foster, and their families.

A special thanks to his devoted friend Brenda Sharpe for caring for him over the last four and a half years.

Services for Michael will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Mackey Funerals and Cremations Woodlawn, 1 Pine Knoll Dr. Greenville, SC 29609. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3:00 PM.

Edward Herman Willer ’63

Edward Herman Willer, 82, of Raleigh died Sunday, January 21, 2024. Ed was born on June 12, 1941, in Concord, North Carolina to the late Emil Francis Willer and Mary McKinley Willer. He grew up in Kannapolis, NC, where he earned his Eagle Scout. He attended high school at Fishburne Military School and graduated from Davidson College, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and ROTC.

After college, Ed served as an officer in the US Army, as an observation pilot during the Vietnam War. In 1966, he was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, by the Republic of Vietnam.

Ed was a longtime Realtor in Raleigh; he served as President of the Raleigh Board of Realtors and was on the NC Real Estate Education Foundation. He also wrote a book on the NC Real Estate Exam. He served on various boards of charitable organizations and chaired the Wake County United Way Campaign.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip McKinley Willer and his sister, Emily Willer Turner.

Ed is survived by his wife, Cornelia Campbell Willer; two children, daughter, Laura Campbell Willer and her husband, David Lauhon Huffstetler and their two sons, David Lauhon Huffstetler, Jr., and Edward Groves Huffstetler; and son, Edward Groves Willer, his wife, Windy Niebler Willer and their son, Otto Simon Willer. He also had many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Witness to the Resurrection service will be held on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at 2:30 PM at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1701 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC. The family will receive friends following the service at White Memorial.

Comann “Penn” Penry Craver, Jr. ’63

Comann (“Penn”) Penry Craver Jr., passed away at the age of 82 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem after a courageous but brief battle with cancer on January 21st, 2024. Born on April 28th, 1941, and the son of the late Comann P. Craver and Margaret A. Craver, he attended public schools in Winston Salem and graduated from RJ Reynolds High School in 1959. Thereafter, he graduated from Davidson College in 1963 where he was an active member of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity and from the University of North Carolina School of Law cum laude in 1966 where he served on the Board of Editors for the North Carolina Law Review and was elected to The Order of the Coif.

Penn is survived by his great love and wife of 59 years Jane K. Craver, his children Brian (Jenny) Craver of Charlotte, Scott (Tonya) of Winston-Salem. He also leaves behind his true pride and joy of five grandchildren: Reynolds (Joanna), Charlotte, CeCe, Ella, and Penn. He also survived by his sister Sylvia Gandy of Mt Pleasant, SC and his nephews Tripp Gandy, Mark Gandy, and Lee Gandy.

Upon graduation Penn served in the US Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Captain. In 1968 he joined the Winston-Salem law firm of Petree Stockton (Now Kilpatrick Stockton), retired in 2007 after 40 years of practice and then joined in forming the trust, tax, and estate firm of Edwards Craver Veach PLLC where he recently fully retired, finishing off a distinguished law career.

Penn cherished his family and friendships, always putting the needs of others first. He had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed spending time at Lake Norman and Atlantic Beach, always happiest with a new project or a tough “workday” with his sons. He was gifted with a sharp mind and grateful heart, often offering simple straightforward solutions to complex issues, greeting all he met with a smile and hearty hello. At times he thought he could dance, but always knew it was Jane who was the true star of the show.

Penn contributed his time and energy to various professional and charitable organizations, leaving a lasting impact on the community. This included the Forsyth County and NC Bar Associations, Winston-Salem Estate Planning Council, UNC Tax Advisory Board, and the Wake Forest Planned Giving Council. He served on several Board of Directors including YMCA, Winston-Salem Jaycees, Winston-Salem Downtown Rotary Club, Junior Achievement, W-S Arts Council, and others. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Forsyth Country Club where he served as a past president and member of the Board of Directors.

A Memorial Service in celebration of Penn’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N Cherry St., Winston-Salem at 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. Family and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the Service.

Memorials may be offered in lieu of flowers to The Winston-Salem Foundation or the Kate B Reynolds Hospice Home. 

George Oehler ’65

Throughout his 51 years as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), George Oehler shared these words as part of his baptismal prayer, “God, give him what he shall need tomorrow. Enough tears to keep him tender. Enough hurts to keep him human. Enough failure to keep his hand clenched to yours. Enough success to make him sure he walks with you. May he never depart from you. And, after a life of care and service to his master, take him to be with you in your heavenly kingdom – through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

George completed his life of care and service, passing away on January 17, 2024.

Raised in North Carolina, his life always centered on the care of his community. Eagle Scout. Army Captain. Vietnam Veteran. Non-profit board president. Advocate for the “least of these.” Counselor. Friend. He served as pastor at churches in North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Holding his hand in love, support, and on the dance floor since he was 16 was his wife of 59 years, Jaynelle Goodnight Oehler. Carrying on his love of the beach, books, ice cream, and “family time” are his children Philip (Stacey) and Emily (John), and his grandsons Walter and Ben.

He embodied his family’s legacy of faith and education earning his Bachelor’s from Davidson College (Davidson, NC), Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA), and Doctorate of Divinity from the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

All are welcome at his Service of Witness to the Resurrection at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 21, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA. A reception will follow. The family will have a private burial in Alexandria, Virginia at a later date.

Loved ones can celebrate his life with donations to the joy-filled music program at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at (www.myWPC.org) or to the compassionate care centered Amedisys Hospice Foundation at www.amedisys/about/foundation.

“Happy trails” Papa… until we meet again.

John M. “Ace” Passmore, Jr. ’69

Dr. John M. “Ace” Passmore, Jr. passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024 after a valiant battle with autoimmune encephalitis, leaving behind a legacy of love and magic. Ace was born in Columbus, Georgia to June and Johnny Passmore, followed shortly by his beloved sister Diane. He was valedictorian at Columbus High, where he earned the nickname “Ace” due to his uncanny ability with card magic. Ace attended Davidson College where he met his best friend Bill Bailey and their legendary pranks became part of local lore. In 1969 he married Donna Olney, “the most beautiful and wonderful girl in the universe!” Ace attended Vanderbilt Medical School. To make ends meet, Ace and Donna developed a magic act, performing regularly in nightclubs and on TV. Their love of magic and creating wonder became a lifelong passion.

Ace and Donna moved to Indianapolis for his residency, had four amazing children, and then moved to Houston to complete a fellowship in cardiology before entering private practice at Memorial Hermann SW. He served as Chairman of Cardiology and spent decades as a dedicated Cardiology Professor, earning many teaching awards and inspiring thousands of future doctors. In 2012, Ace moved his practice to Methodist Sugar Land where he helped develop their Cardiac Center, retiring in 2017.

Ace was the most magical dad and grandpa around. He was a celebrated pianist, and visiting the Passmores often included a singalong and a magic show. His album Piano Prestidigitations continues to bring joy to his family and friends. Ace also wrote several award-winning screenplays, earning membership in the Writers Guild of America. Christmas and the spirit of giving were especially important to him, and his novel Red Stocking Society was published in 2018, sharing his philosophy of altruism, love and wonder.

Ace is survived by his wife Donna, children Starr (Chad), Jackie (Howie), Skye (Adam), and Grant(Barbara), grandchildren Ellory, Juniper, Ines, Ondine, Lucie, and Azure, sister Diane Munden (Ron), dear brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews, who all love Uncle Bubba’s magic shows, piano concerts, and zest for life. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Methodist, Memorial Hermann, the Amazing Place, and Silverado Memory Care & Hospice for their compassionate care. After living a wonderful life, his message to family and friends is: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance https://aealliance.org/ or to The Amazing Place https://www.amazingplacehouston.org/donate/.

The Passmore family will host a celebration of life on Sunday, April 14 at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, from 3 to 6 PM.