Stephen C. “Steve” Engstrom ’71

Stephen Engstrom, a beloved and dedicated family man, quietly passed away on May 9, 2022. A native son of Little Rock, Steve was a 1967 graduate and student body president of Hall High School, a 1971 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, and a 1974 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He was the 1974 Articles and Comments Editor of the Law Review and has been an adjunct lecturer at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Steve began his legal career as clerk to Judge Thomas Eisele. He then partnered with Bill Wilson in private practice, and their firm eventually grew to be Wilson, Engstrom, Corum, and Coulter. A member of the Arkansas and American Bar Associations, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Steve served as Chairman for the Inns of Court and was listed in The Best Trial Lawyers in America. He also received the distinction of the 2011 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Arkansas Bar Association. Steve was a dedicated advocate for his clients and his profession, and always observed an absolute sense of fair play in his work and his life.

As a student, Steve spent a summer working for Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, and a summer as an aide to U.S. Congressman Al Lowenstein of New York. Having an adventurous spirit, Steve spent a pivotal year studying in France, traveling Europe, and a summer stint in the American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.

A talented and avid golfer, he won the 2001 CCLR Men’s Club Championship. Steve brought enthusiasm to everything he did and was always up for fun. While he was best known by many for his professional career, we will remember him for his love for his family, his kindness, his generous spirit, his humor, his keen intelligence and wisdom, and his conviction for standing up for what he knew was right.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Martha Frances Engstrom; and his brother, Bobby. He will be sorely missed and is survived by his wife, Rebecca; his daughter, Louise Engstrom Riley (Stephen), and his stepdaughter, Page Ketcher, all of Little Rock; brothers, Bruce Engstrom (Sue) of North Little Rock, Jim Engstrom (Laura), nephews Allen Engstrom and Dr. Greg Engstrom (Julie), all of Little Rock; nieces, Carrie Lebowitz (Scott) of Memphis, Tenn., and Amy Engstrom of Bellingham, Wash. He is also survived by his uncle, Don Park (Joan) of Springfield, Tenn.; a host of great-nephews, sister-in-law, Judy Johnson (Kelley) of Little Rock; and brother-in-law, Bill Mangum (Amalia) of Southern Pines, N.C. A special thanks to Dr. Frits van Rhee at UAMS Myeloma Center.

There will be a graveside service at Roselawn Cemetery on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, if you’d like to do something in Steve’s memory, please donate to the Arkansas or National Democratic Party.

Arrangements are under the direction of RuebelFuneralHome.com.

John Ware Weathers ’73

John Ware Weathers, age 70, died on February 13, 2022 at his home in Chapel Hill, NC.  

John was born on March 19, 1951 in Rutherfordton, NC to the late James Flay Weathers, Jr. and Annabel Ware Weathers. He graduated from East Rutherfordton High School in 1969 where he was Senior Class President. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Davidson College in 1973, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1978, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1983.

Following graduation from Davidson, John worked in banking in Atlanta for 10 years, where he met and married Janie Benson in 1981. He also worked in economic development for the state of Delaware and during John and Janie’s two-year tenure in Mexico City, was a business consultant helping local companies improve their processes and efficiency.

In 1990, they returned to NC to raise their sons. John owned Hubcap Annie, a small business in Raleigh selling hubcaps and wheels to individuals and companies throughout the US. He was well-known for an extensive inventory and friendly, attentive customer service to the many people who visited his store over almost 25 years.

John was a devoted and supportive husband to Janie, and a loving father to his sons, Andrew and Scott.  John was a member of Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, and active as a parent leader in Cub Scouts, Rainbow Soccer, Chapel Hill Marching Band, and the NC Boys’ Choir, where he also sang with the adult chamber choir. He was an avid photographer, consumer of current events, and enthusiastic traveler in the US and internationally (United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Ethiopia). John and Janie fulfilled a retirement dream in 2019 to live in England for several months. They welcomed many individuals to their home, including a refugee family from Myanmar and a high-school exchange student from Bolivia. 

During the last years of his life, John faced a progressively debilitating illness with patience, grace, and kindness, maintaining his characteristic positive outlook and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Janie of Chapel Hill, his sons, Andrew Weathers (Gretchen Korsmo) of Littlefield, Texas, and Scott Weathers (Mikaela Saccoccio) of Stowe, Vermont. He is also survived by his step-mother, Ruth S. Weathers of Forest City, NC, brother, James F. Weathers III and sister, Elizabeth W. Harrill, both of Forest City, and six nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a foster son, Thant Sin. 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  The family is in the care of Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Thant Sin Scholarship Fund at Alamance Community College, using one of the three options:

Mail a contribution to:

Thant Sin Scholarship Fund

c/o The ACC Foundation

Post Office Box 8000

Graham, NC 27253.  

Please indicate Memorial for John Weathers in the memo line.

Click on the following link: 

https://givebutter.com/Thant-Sin

Text “WEATHERS” to 53-555 on a mobile phone.

Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson ’79

Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson, Jr. grew up in a neighborhood of loving families who raised their children on Hillside Drive in Gainesville. He rode with his pediatrician “Dr. Ben” (Gilbert) and the “Hilltop kids” to Candler Street School and walked home from school in the afternoons. He earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 16, First Methodist Church and completed the Philmont High Adventure Trek.

In 1975, Chip graduated from Gainesville High School and remained a loyal “Red Elephant” alumnus. He earned his BA in English from Davidson College in 1979. He was a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Davidson and loved supporting his teams whenever they competed.

Chip was employed by International Management, a consulting firm led by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. and headquartered in Gainesville. International Management provided consulting services and professional seminars to over 120 firms in the carpet, textile, and chemical industries in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Chip grew in his faith at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville and Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church. As an adult, he was a committed member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker, where he faithfully participated in Sunday School and the Last Saturday Bible Study. One of his great pleasures was going to lunch after the Sunday service with a close group of Rehoboth friends. Chip wanted everyone in his life to know the love of Christ, to understand the promises of God in the Bible, and to make a commitment of faith to live and love as Jesus taught. His gentle spirit and patient endurance of a disability made his life an example of faith to his family and friends.

Chip was born in Clayton, on July 2, 1957 and died peacefully at the age of 64 in Decatur, on February 4, 2022. He is survived by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. of Gainesville, his sister, Lynn Wilson McGee, her husband David McGee (Okatie, SC) and nephews, David “Skip”, Will, Peter, Philip and his niece Helen. Chip was pre-decreased by his mother, Anne Richardson Jones Wilson. He was loved by his cousins Billie Bryan (Charlotte, NC), Peggy, Bill, and Julie Patton (Birmingham, AL), and Steve, Wendy, and Peter Wilson (Huntsville, AL).

The support offered by Planned Lifetime Assistance (PLAN) of Georgia and the staff of Phillips Tower (Presbyterian Homes of Georgia) helped him live independently with confidence.

Friends of Chip joined his family in a time of visitation and a worship service to glorify our Lord and remember Chip’s life of faith at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Interment was at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the “Chip Wilson Fund” at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Tucker, GA.

Herbert Dwight Page ’75

Herbert Dwight Page, 68, of Madisonville, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Hillside Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Dr. Susan Margaret Hudson.

He was born September 3, 1953 in Laurinburg, NC to the late Herbert Conroy Page and Connie Maxwell Todd. He was a member of Madisonville Presbyterian Church in Madisonville, TN. He received his BA in European Studies from Davidson College, an MA in French Language and a Doctorate in Philosophy and French Literature from Harvard University. He also studied Spanish and German at Middlebury College.

He shared his love of teaching at numerous colleges, including the University of Tennessee where he taught French and German and Hiwassee College where he taught French and Spanish. Dr. Page retired from Bryan College where he taught French and Spanish. He was Editor of the Swiss-American Historical Review. He was also an accomplished pianist and a published author. He loved to travel and had many good memories of his travels in the United States and across Europe.

He is survived by loving cousins, Melanie Todd Hoyle, and husband, Bence, Faye Todd Lakey, and husband, Dale; and a host of long-time friends.

The family would like to thank Deidra Crosby, pastor of Madisonville Presbyterian Church for her unwavering support to Dwight and his family during his illness.

Bumgarner Family Funeral Service and Crematorium is serving the family.

Raymond Walter Hines ’78

Raymond Walter Hines, 66, passed away at home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on January 21, 2022.

Ray was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Joseph and Beverly Hines, and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Ray’s intellectual curiosity and strong work ethic earned him a Bachelor of Arts in History from Davidson College. Ray graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was the Editor-In-Chief of Kentucky’s oldest law journal and met his wife of 34 years, Bonnie.

An accomplished attorney, Ray worked in private practice for nearly ten years before serving as in-house counsel in the pharmaceutical industry. Later, he joined the legal department of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Throughout his career, Ray applied his meticulous attention to detail, parsing complex issues into elegant solutions. His colleagues remember him for his respectful and reassuring presence.

Ray brought the same calm dependability to his home life. The quintessential family man, Ray was a devoted and much-loved husband, son, father, and brother who placed his family at the center of his life. He is remembered for his quiet words of support, his many small acts of kindness, and a lifetime of selflessness. He brightened the lives of others not only with compassion but also through his keen sense of humor. He was always ready with a witty comment, a lively story, and his easy laugh.

As a devoted Christian, Ray appreciated all of God’s creation as seen through his love of nature and animals. Many family vacations were spent hiking in national parks across the country. He and Bonnie also traveled to Europe to explore other cultures and landscapes. He took great pleasure in spending time with his wife and children. He also loved the family dogs, reading, and cheering on his Kentucky Wildcats.

Ray is survived by his spouse, Bonnie Atakkaan Hines; mother, Beverly Olson Hines; son, Matthew Hines; daughter, Sarah Hines (Dylan Merrill); three siblings: brother, Russ Hines, sister, Ann Hines McCurry (Tony), and brother, Robbie Hines (Kim Chamlee). In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Henry Hines.

According to his wishes, the family will not be holding a funeral service and will be celebrating his life privately. The family suggests sending memorial contributions to your local Humane Society in Ray’s name.

Online condolences may be made at www.HankinsandWhittington.com.

Published by The News & Observer on Jan. 30, 2022.