John McDermott Monaghan, Jr. ’74

John McDermott Monaghan, Jr., 70, passed away November 12, 2022, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease. John was born May 14, 1952, in Fayetteville, N.C. to his loving parents Sara Weatherly Monaghan and John McDermott Monaghan, Sr. John dearly loved his hometown, where his father’s family lived for 150 years.

John was a proud graduate of Terry Sanford High School, Davidson College (Go Wildcats!), and earned a MPA from NCSU.

Beyond John’s academic and corporate successes, he was a loving husband to Cathy Constant Monaghan for 43 years. John was Dad to Katherine Monaghan Nisbet (husband Thomas), and Ann Clark Monaghan, and he was an outstanding “Daddy J” to Thomas Gluyas Nisbet IV (Ford) and John McDermott Nisbet (Mac), all of Raleigh.

John was a hands-on guy – a Mr. Fix It, and he was always there with his tools ready to work. He was a happy, dedicated family man, eager to lend a hand. His quiet, compassionate, witty persona helped John make and keep friends for a lifetime.

John’s professional career was long and varied with unique duties ranging from city government to downtown revitalization, and then the natural gas industry. He worked for the City of Fayetteville as Assistant City Manager, Downtown Revitalization Director, and as President of Fayetteville Progress. A career change took John to North Carolina Natural Gas, Carolina Power and Light, Progress Energy, and finally Piedmont Natural Gas, where he worked in governmental affairs until retirement.

He was passionate about figuring out how to make things in the world work better. This was true throughout his life − from restructuring how to best manage garbage pickup, to routing natural gas through a maze of pipelines from the Gulf of Mexico during a rare deep-south blizzard so that his beloved Tar Heel State’s residents could heat their homes and industries didn’t have to shut down.

John was a genuinely smart guy who loved a challenge. He was equally comfortable fishing with friends off the N.C. coast or on a drilling rig in the Gulf as he was giving a presentation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. Upon John’s early retirement from Piedmont Natural Gas, he was awarded membership in the Order of the Longleaf Pine, a high honor for North Carolinians.

Although he received numerous awards in his career, John was most proud to be called Dad and Daddy J. Daddy J enjoyed digging in the dirt and playing with trucks with his grand boys, paying homage to his own childhood passion. He was thrilled to spend time at the coast, in pursuit of his favorite seafood, or in the N.C. mountains with friends or family. From classical to New Orleans jazz to classic rock, John loved all music and never argued about the cost of concert tickets. He enjoyed travel, but anywhere in the Tar Heel State was always a top destination. John claimed to have played “the worst rounds of golf on the best courses” in the country. His dry wit and sense of humor got John through many sticky situations and endeared him to friends and coworkers alike.

Church was also an important element of John’s life. He was a spiritual man who loved sharing his faith. From leading youth group camping trips to his time serving the church vestry at St. Johns in Fayetteville, John was an ever-present source of strength and wisdom. When his career took him to Raleigh, the Monaghan’s found their home at Christ Church, where he again lent a hand whenever needed.

Our family wishes to thank the staff at The Cardinal at North Hills, for the love, patience, and daily care shown to John for the past 14 months of his residence there. They are truly angels without wings.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Christ Church, 120 East Edenton St., Raleigh, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 2 p.m., with a reception following in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to one of John’s favorite organizations in his memory: Christ Episcopal Church, 120 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601 (https://ccral.org/give/memorial-honorarium/); Cumberland County Foundation, 308 Green St., Fayetteville, NC 28301 (https://www.cumberlandcf.org/give/give-now.html); St. John’s Episcopal Church, 302 Green St., Fayetteville, NC 28301 (https://www.stjohnsnc.org); or St. Saviour’s Center, 616 Tucker St., Raleigh, NC 27603 (https://www.saintsaviourcenter.org/donate/).

William H. “Bill” Humbert ’73

William H. (“Bill”) Humbert grew up in Covington, Virginia, but became a North Carolinian in college and for the remainder of his life. Bill graduated from Davidson College in 1973 and UNC School of Law in 1976. In 1977, Bill and his college and law school classmate, Charlie Davis, moved to Mebane and lived there the rest of his life. He was a founding partner of Davis Humbert Law in Mebane and practiced laws there from April 04, 1977 until his retirement on March 31, 2020. He served on the Board of Directors of First Savings & Loan Association of Mebane. Bill loved his golden retrievers and to travel.

Bill is survived by his two brothers, Cal Humbert and Frank Humbert. While he had a number of friends he treasured sharing time with during his life, he was especially close to Charlie Davis, his best friend, and to Steve Anders and Darrin Kenyon, who were like brothers to him.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with the family receiving friends following the service.

David James Griffiths ’73

David Griffiths died suddenly at his retirement home in Davidson, NC, on October, 21, 2020. A 1969 graduate of Ewing High School, Dave lettered in three sports, and was inducted into The Ewing Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating from Davidson College in 1973, he received a MAT graduate degree from Trenton State College in 1974. From 1974-1985 He taught at and was assistant principal at Grey Nun Academy in Yardley, Pa. He returned to teaching at Ewing High School from 1990-2013, and then, back to Davidson, NC for his retirement. While at Davidson, he enjoyed watching Men’s Basketball, as well as most other sports. He traveled constantly, volunteered at the Davidson Gardens, and enjoyed reading and documentaries on TV. Dave impacted many people throughout his life, including family, students, teammates, and friends. He was laid to rest with his parents and grandparents in Dunmore, Pa.

James “Jim” Prince ’75

Jim , a member of the Class of ’75, passed away on October 19, 2022 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. No obituary is available. He remained friends with his Davidson roommate, Bob Amos, until the end of his life. They believed that their class was a “driving force” toward allowing women to attend Davidson, as they voted for it in their freshman year.

Ronald W. Crockett ’72

Ronald W. Crockett Jr., age 72, of Bristol, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Ron was a native of Bristol, Tennessee.

He was a graduate and valedictorian of Tennessee High School. After graduation Ron attended Davidson College and continued his education at Vanderbilt University where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree. He then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois.

Ron was an employee at Bristol Steel and Iron Works, Inc. from 1973 until 1988. He was then employed with American Bridge Company where he worked as a civil engineer and Vice President for many years. Ron proudly served as project manager for many notable works including the Tagus Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, Canada, and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California. He retired from American Bridge Company in 2016.

Ron was an Eagle Scout, as well as a Scout Leader which allowed him to embrace his love for the outdoors. He was an active member of his community and was involved in many organizations: United Way of Bristol (Board of Directors), The Salvation Army, Family Promise, The Community Development Advisory Committee, and Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter. He was also an active member of State Street United Methodist Church.

Ron is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lois Tudor Crockett; mother, Joan Z. Crockett; daughter, Jennifer L. Lawson; son, Philip J. Lawson; sister, Jennifer Deal (Preston); niece, Andrea Powell (Jason) and children; nephews, Brian Deal (Jessica) and children, Brad Deal (Bethany) and their daughter.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 2,2022, at State Street United Methodist Church, 650 Valley Drive Bristol, VA 24201 at 2:00 P.M with Rev. Laura Rasor officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Way of Bristol, P.O. Box 696, Bristol, TN 37620 or Help for Haiti Children’s Shelter payable to State Street United Methodist Church, stating “Haiti” in the memo, 650 Valley Drive Bristol, VA 24201. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com. Akard Funeral Home, (423-989-4800) is honored to be serving the Crockett family.