Walker “Percy” Badham III ’79

Walker “Percy ” Badham, III (66) of Mountain Brook, AL passed away on February 26, 2024, after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on June 9, 1957, in Mountain Brook to Mitzi McDavid Badham and Walker Percy Badham, Jr.

He was very active at Canterbury Methodist Church and MYF (Methodist Youth group) and served for many years as a Youth Group counselor. He graduated from Mountain Brook High School and went on to attend and graduate from Davidson College magna cum laude. He went to The University of Alabama School of Law where he served on The Alabama Law Review and graduated summa cum laude in 1982. He began the practice of law in Birmingham with the Cabaniss, Johnston law firm and soon after joined the first associate class at Maynard Cooper & Gale, where he worked for 24 years. He was one of the founding partners of Badham & Buck, LLC in 2008.

Percy was a leader in various professional organizations and bar activities at the national, state, and local levels. He served as President of the Alabama Young Lawyers, Director of the Trial Academy for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and was voted one of the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers during his years practicing law. He was honored as a recipient of the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award by the Alabama State Bar, which recognizes members of the Alabama State Bar for distinguished service in the advancement of professionalism. He was a member of IADC (International Association Defense Council) for many years. He was rated in the Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama, in the Top 50 Mid-South and in the Top 10 several years during his career. He was also honored by being selected to be a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, The Country Club of Birmingham, The Beaux Arts Krewe, and The Downtown Kiwanis Club.

Percy was truly one in a million and adored by all. To know him was to love him. He exuded compassion and kindness throughout his personal and professional life. Most of all, he adored his family. All who know Percy and Patti have witnessed the love they share for one another. His three children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and his legacy will live on through them.

Percy was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Annie Louise Mills. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patti Poundstone Badham of Montgomery. He is also survived by his two sons Walker Percy Badham IV (Tere), Phillip Paterson Badham (Abby), and a daughter, Lindsey Badham Mills (Andrew). He leaves behind his granddaughters and grandsons: Millie and Fairlie Badham; Wesley Badham; Mallie and Harris Mills, respectively. He is also survived by his sister Mitylene Badham Lockridge (Frank) of Atlanta, and half-sister, Ginger Smith (Jake), of Virginia. He also leaves behind special cousins Connie Haynsworth Grund (Mrs. Ed Grund) and Francey Grund, among many other special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Longleaf Liberty Park for the loving care given to Percy over the past two years, especially Crystal and Lou.

A service in celebration of Percy’s life will be held at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:00 noon, with visitation to follow in Canterbury Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to The University of Alabama School of Law Foundation for The Walker Percy Badham, III Scholarship Fund – Box 870382, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487), or to a charity of your choice.

James Gregory “Greg” Johnson ’72

Dr. James Gregory (Greg) Johnson, of North Litchfield, passed away quietly at his home surrounded by family on January 30, 2024, after a long battle from pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Johnson was born on August 1, 1950 to James Truman and Inza Farmer Johnson and grew up in Easley, SC, where he was captain on the Easley High Green Wave 1967 State Championship team.

Greg attended Davidson College where he played football, was a member of the Honor Court, Beta Theta Pi, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon, national chemistry society. Greg remained devoted to Davidson, serving as president of the Davidson Athletic Fund and member of the Davidson Board of Visitors. Greg was always a Davidson Wildcat.

Greg practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 38 years after graduating from MUSC and finished a ob-gyn residency at MCG. He then spent two and half years practicing at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base before returning to Greenville where he served as managing partner for both Greenville Ob-Gyn and then Greenville Gynecology Group. He also served as chairman of the department of Ob- Gynecology at Greenville Memorial Hospital. He served on the faculty of the Ob-Gynecology residency program at GMH where he was awarded a national excellence in teaching award.

Greg also was an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville where he chaired the Stewardship Committee. He was board member of the Greenville YMCA and was very involved in his children’s school, Christ Church Episcopal, where he chaired the Booster Club and served on the School Board.

He is survived by Elise Wall Johnson, wife of 54 years; daughters, Susan Wall Johnson and Anna Elise Johnson, and was predeceased by his son, James Rutledge Johnson. He is also survived by a sister, Camille Eades.

A private memorial service will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Davidson Athletic Fund or A2S Foundation, a faith- based school and outreach in Nigeria, founded by Andrew Lovedale, Davidson Class of ’09.

Alice Egerton Miller ’79

Alice Egerton Miller died peacefully at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on December 10, 2023.

Alice, or Ace, as she was known by most of her friends and family, was born June 28, 1957 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Dr. Courtney David Egerton and Nancy Upshaw Egerton. She was the youngest of three children. Alice graduated from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, Davidson College, earned an MBA degree at Indiana University, and did further graduate work at Duke University. Her career was spent primarily in the field of human resources at R. R. Donnelly in Crawfordsville, Ind.

While at Davidson College, she had many friends, including Rick Miller from Thomasville, Georgia. After graduation, she and Rick were part of a group of Davidson classmates who found jobs at Lake Tahoe. Alice stayed there for three years, and Rick was the one who gave her a ride to the airport in 1981 when she flew to Indiana to begin graduate school. Sixteen years passed before they reconnected, when she was attending Duke and Rick was working in Atlanta. They were married in Blowing Rock, N.C. in 1999, and even though their marriage was cut short by Rick’s death in 2006, they enjoyed several wonderful years together that many people never experience in a lifetime. They lived in the suburbs north of Atlanta, and Alice stayed there until 2019 when she moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. to be closer to her sister Barbara. Alice was an active participant in the weekly bible study at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed spending time with Barbara and their friends. She loved intellectual conversations and was a rare person who watched a variety of news shows so she could understand many different viewpoints. She was a very generous person whose presence could light up a room. The highlight of her life in Hattiesburg was her “Route 66” themed birthday party this past June, where she was the center of attention among people who loved her.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sister Barbara Tillery (Tim) of Laurel, Miss.; brother Stuart Egerton (Karen) of Wilmington, N.C.; nieces Laura Brady (BJ Hampton) of Hong Kong; Carrie Masich (Tom) of Alexandria, Va.; Charlotte Wessell (Neill) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two great nieces and one great nephew. She is also survived by Rick’s siblings: Cayla Richardson (Tony) of Sugar Hill, Ga.; Margaret Harvey (Randy); and Russ Miller of Thomasville, Ga., as well as their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on December 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 2024 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Ga., where Alice’s ashes will join Rick and his parents for earthly eternity; however, her heavenly reunion with her beloved Rick took place on December 10.

Memorials may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell, Ga., or to the charity of one’s choice.

F. Mitchell Johnson Jr. ’73

Francis Mitchell Johnson, Jr., died peacefully at his home on October 8, 2023, after a sudden and brief illness with glioblastoma brain cancer. He was the loving husband to Felicia McIntyre Johnson and the son of the late Francis Mitchell Johnson and Margaret Silcox Johnson.

Born May 14, 1951, in Charleston, Mitchell was graduated from Porter-Gaud School in 1969, and then attended Davidson College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics in 1973. As a result of his academic achievements at Davidson, he was awarded a Morehead Fellowship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Masters in Business Administration. He then went on to attend law school at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to The Order of the Wig and Robe. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. He lived its motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Mitchell had a successful 45-year legal career at Sinkler Gibbs & Simons, now known as Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., where he considered his colleagues his second family. His contributions serving as bond and underwriter’s counsel are well known nationally throughout the public finance community. He was a member of Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and National Association of Bond Lawyers. His decades of legal work on major financings for student-housing projects, universities, foundations, retirement communities, and health care facilities will continue to provide incredible benefits to young students, elderly residents, community members, and patients for many years to come.

Mitchell loved to tell stories of his childhood and time spent with his sister, Margaret, the Baker clan, and friends and cousins galore on Sullivan’s and Wadmalaw. He was a lover of sports which started early at East Bay Playground, where he formed lifelong friendships playing football and basketball, and honing his ping pong skills that led to two consecutive state championships as a young teenager. Anyone who knew Mitchell then, knew of his mischievous antics and competitive spirit, although he was always a gracious winner. Mitchell’s passion for sports continued throughout his life, and he loved the Colts, the Celtics and the Yankees. Consistently triumphant at any game involving trivia, he also loved a good debate, particularly about politics. His curious and meticulous nature made him knowledgeable on many varied subjects, including the proper use of English grammar, which he claimed was instilled in him by his maternal grandmother, known to his family as “Baba”. While possibly infuriating some, she would be proud. This rare combination of qualities combined with his quick wit made him an interesting and entertaining lunch companion. Mitchell loved his food, but mostly he loved the company it brought. He was known for his tireless and persistent efforts to keep his “lunch crew” active. Back in the day, he was a years-long regular at the old Pinckney Cafe; with his lunch pal, Marshall Huey, where you could find them sitting on the porch and enjoying an “M” sandwich on any weekday ending in “y”. It is also where he had his first date with the love of his life, Felicia, after many months of receiving what he jokingly referred to as “the velvet boot.” But Mitchell was persistent, and it paid off. He liked to say he wore her down. Even in his final days, he continued to profess his love and adoration for her to anyone and everyone who would listen. He claimed that she was his purpose. He continued to work full-time and was thankful for his long term partnerships with both Hugh Tanner of Raymond James and Robert Kim of Hanover Pacific, whose friendships he valued highly. He also loved to travel and take trips with his wife, when possible. Although he was a natural athlete and talented at many sports, he could have been a really great golfer had he devoted more time to it, but he only spent sporadic weekends on the course. Instead, he spent most weekends going on movie dates and attending live music concerts with Felicia, or making improvements to a document for a client. He was a talented and dedicated lawyer, a loving and protective brother and uncle, a devoted husband, and an equally devoted friend. He never gave up on you, even if you went months without saying yes to a lunch invitation. He was dearly loved by many. He could be counted on to provide wise counsel to those who sought it, in particular, the younger lawyers at his firm, and some graciously credit him for much of their success. That counsel will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Along with his wife of 28 years, he is survived by his sister, Margaret Johnson Davis; two nieces, Margaret Davis (John) Barham and Helen Davis (John) Britton; and many extended family members. We would like to acknowledge the gracious support of all our friends and give special thanks to: Jeremy Cook; Carter and Rebecca Deupree; Charlton deSaussure, Jr.; Clay Grayson; Marshall Huey and Barbara Rivers; Gill Johnson; David and Elizabeth McDowell; Tamme Suggs; and David and Gail Yarborough, who rallied around us to lend their invaluable support in his final months.

We would also like to thank his care providers at Agape Hospice, with special thanks to Bill Glover and Brenda Campbell of Home Instead, who lovingly helped care for him in his final weeks.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Friday, October 13, 2023, at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the church parish hall. A private interment will be at St. Philip’s Church at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to glioblastomafoundation.org or to the F. Mitchell Johnson Scholarship Fund, The College of Charleston Foundation, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

Frank J. Stiefel III ’76

On October 7, 2023, age 69, longtime Haddonfield and West Windsor resident; Beloved husband of the late Tracy Stiefel; Loving father of Frank J. IV (Holly) of Portland, OR and William of Laramie, WY; Cherished son of Frank J. II and Genevieve; Dear brother of Christine, Virginia, Jeanne, and Joanne. Frank spent every day in service to his family, friends, and community. He cared deeply for those he knew well, while consistently opening his doors to those he met along the way.

Frank’s storied career in the pharmaceutical industry connected him to lifelong friends, colleagues, and his wife Tracy. He was known and respected across the industry and around the world for his sharp mind, big heart, and generous mentorship. Outside of work, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels and supported the Hands Together charity. Wherever he saw an opportunity to help, Frank stepped up to the plate, working hard without question. Before launching his professional career, he graduated from Davidson College, where he remained a proud and active alumnus throughout his life.

Frank had an intrinsic love of sports, especially the game of golf, and he shared this love with his family and friends. He rooted on his Yankees and Giants while nurturing and supporting the athletic pursuits of his children. His work and spirit of exploration led him around the world, cultivating a global perspective and enthusiasm for new places. Never shy to crack a joke, or share a smile, Frank could brighten any room. He was well-loved for his wit and intelligence. The music never stopped for Frank and he continued to see his favorite artists perform live throughout his life. His heart was most full when together with family and friends, his beloved dogs, sharing a day on the beach, or sitting down to a delicious meal. He would have sacrificed anything for those he loved. His loyalty and commitment knew no bounds. Frank’s soul held faith in God and he remained wholly grateful for the beauty he found on earth.

Frank’s family will receive friends on Thursday, October 26th, 9:30-10:45 AM at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Wood Lane & Wayne Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 11 AM.  Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Frank may be made to The Humane Society of the United States.