Nelson Dyer Abell III ’70

Nelson Dyer Abell III died peacefully at his home in Monroe, LA on Friday, October, 22, 2021, at the age of 73, with his family present.

Nelson was born in Monroe and was educated in the Monroe City Schools; Lexington, Lee Jr. High and Neville High School. He then went on to Davidson College and the University of Texas Law School (which cemented his love for Texas). A member of the Navy ROTC, he had hoped to fly. When his hopes were dashed due to poor eyesight, he was transferred to the Army, where he was a 1st Lieutenant assigned to the Air Defense Artillery.

After graduating from U.T. Law and passing the bar, he returned to Monroe and started a business with his father. Poly Processing Company grew to be a national manufacturer and distributor of rotationally molded tanks. After serving as President at P.P.C., he moved on to start a distributorship under the name Poly Corr, Inc., specializing in corrosion resistant applications, which he operated until his retirement in 2015.

A lover of the outdoors, Nelson enjoyed hunting, fishing, and exploring the lands around him. He was a lifelong Presbyterian, first at First Presbyterian Church and then Covenant Church.

He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Stephanie Dawson Abell; children, Graham Nelson Abell, Claire Dawson Abell Fletcher, and her husband, Nate; and much loved grandchildren, Jack Hughes Fletcher and Georgia Nell Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson D. Abell, Jr. and Bennie Hughes Abell. He leaves behind brothers; Graham Hughes Abell and Dixon Warren Abell and their families.

Nelson was active in the community, serving on the boards of First Presbyterian Church Session, United Way, Association of Rotational Molders, Central Bank, University of Louisiana at Monroe, LABI, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Monroe Educational Foundation, and others.

Honoring Nelson as pallbearers are Markley Huey, Arthur Liles, Clyde White, Ronnie Myrick, Harry Goldman, Bo Shaw and Burton Wade. Honorary pallbearers will be Robins Brice, Rick Harrell, Bill Knolle, and David McClintock.

The family expresses appreciation to Debra J. Mitchell for her 40 year participation in and support of their family.

Memorials may be made to the Chennault Aviation Museum, 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71201; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton, Monroe, LA 71201; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

A celebration of Nelson’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Covenant Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Mabray officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. at the church.

Entombment will follow services at Kilpatrick’s Serenity Gardens Open Air Chapel Mausoleum, 8729 Cypress Street, West Monroe. Services are under the direction and care of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe.

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James B. Milholland ’70

The Senior High School Class of 1966, lost a special alumni recently, James “Jimmy” B. Milholland died Tuesday July 6, 2021, after a brief, fierce and courageous battle against cancer.

He is well remembered as a good friend and superb student through all the years in elementary school, junior high and high school. The impact of his death is lessened by recalling the good times we all had growing up together.

After graduation from Senior High School, Jim attended Davidson College, graduating in 1970, with honors with a B.S. in mathematics. He was also a member of the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, at Davidson. After graduation, he started his actuarial career.

James B. Milholland, FSA 1978, MAAA 1979, was an accountant, an actuary and a partner with Ernst & Young for over 28 years, when he retired in 2006. He started his actuarial career with Milliman and Robertson in Milwaukee before joining Ernst & Ernst in the Denver office and then on to Atlanta. In Jim’s last years with Ernst & Young, the firm seconded him to the London office to work on the evolving IFRS regulations at the time.

Throughout his career, he was prolific in the insurance financial reporting realm, having a PGAAP, or purchase price allocation approach, referred to as the Milholland Method named for him. (The Milholland Method was subsequently renamed to be the Actuarial Appraisal Value Method.) Even after retirement, Jim tirelessly served the actuarial profession with volunteer roles for the Society of Actuaries, the International Actuarial Association and a role as co-editor for the SOA’s IFRS Textbook.

According to co-workers, Jim was a crafty business partner as well as an enjoyable dinner companion. He was a delight to work with and a formidable figure across the table. He was a wonderful mentor, always patient and kind. From a work perspective, he seemed larger than life, brilliant and all-knowing. Many in the profession were lucky to know Jim for his guidance and tutelage, along with his friendship.

After wrapping up his volunteer role as co-editor for International Financial Reporting for Insurers, Jim assumed a leadership role for his life-long avocation at the Southeastern Antique Radio Society.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, John L. Millholland Jr.; and his mother, Janie Wilson Milholland of Statesville.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his two sons, Brandon (Lauren) and Joey; one granddaughter, Penelope; sisters, Janie Neely of Asheville and Jean Milholland of Santa Fe, N.M; and brother, John Milholland of Raleigh.

Jim was held in high regard by all his classmates at SHS and his spirit will live on, thanks to all the fun memories of a good friend and classmate.

In lieu of flowers, Jim asked that donations be made to The Actuarial Foundation,

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William Edmund Bowman, Jr. ’70

William Edmund “Bill” Bowman, Jr. of Greensboro died unexpectedly on March 6, 2021, at the age of 73. Bill will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, physician, and friend.

Bill was born in 1948 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and grew up in Colfax, North Carolina. He graduated from Davidson College in 1970 and went on to obtain his degree in medicine from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1974.

Following medical school, he entered the United States Army and was originally stationed in San Francisco, California, where he completed his general surgery residency and served as an army surgeon. He served for seven years and left the army with the rank of major.

Following his time in the army, Bill and his family returned to North Carolina, settling in Greensboro. He practiced surgery in Greensboro for three decades and loved working with thousands of patients, doctors, nurses, and medical staff. Bill was actively involved in the American Medical Association, serving in the House of Delegates.

Upon retirement from the practice of medicine, Bill served an additional nine years as vice president of medical affairs for Cone Health.

Outside of his fulfilling career dedicated to the medical care of others, Bill found great enjoyment in many activities. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends. Those who knew Bill best will remember him for his kind smile, unique sense of humor, and readiness to help whenever called upon. Bill was at his happiest on the family farm in Colfax, where he devoted many hours of hard work to keeping cattle, raising crops, and enjoying the woods and pond.

He was an avid tennis player, fisherman, gardener, and birdwatcher, and he had even taken up making his own jellies and preserves. He was a faithful fan of the UNC Tarheels, the Davidson Wildcats, and the UNCG Spartans.

Service to others was of paramount importance to Bill, and he dedicated many hours volunteering with the Healing Gardens at Wesley Long Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and other organizations.

Bill’s final day of life was one filled with many of the things that made him happiest. He won two sets of tennis in the morning, played baseball with his son and grandsons in the afternoon, and had dinner with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Gay Bowman, daughter Natalie Bowman (Daniel Gilstrap) of Chapel Hill, son Andrew Bowman (Megan Rudock) of Greensboro, grandsons Henry Bowman and Paul Bowman, and granddaughter Millicent Gilstrap.

He was preceded in death by his parents William E. “Ebbie” Bowman and Panthea Boyd Bowman. Bill also leaves behind countless friends, family members, and colleagues, all of whom meant a great deal to him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Cone Healing Gardens Fund at or Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro at Plans for a memorial service are not yet available.Cremation Society of the Carolinas2205 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604

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Guy Wilburn Jeter ’70

Guy Wilburn Jeter, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., passed on January 19, 2021, after a 19-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Guy, the son of the late John McDow Jeter and Eunice Wilburn Jeter, was born in Union, SC on March 18, 1948. He graduated from Union High School and then received his BA in English from Davidson College.

Guy is survived by his wife and soul mate of 50 years, Deborah Williams Jeter of Mount Pleasant, and children who deeply loved him, Cecelia Jeter McPhail and her husband, Fred, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Guy Wilburn Jeter, Jr. of Okinawa, Japan.

In addition, Guy leaves two granddaughters who adored their Papa, Grace and Miriam McPhail; his brother, John McDow Jeter, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Richmond, Virginia; and his sister, Susan Palmer Jeter, and her husband, Alan Adler, of Topanga, California. Guy was beloved as a brother by his in-laws and as Uncle Guy to his nieces and nephews.

Guy was a teacher of English and Geometry and mentor to many students at May River Academy in Bluffton and Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant.

For 8 years he shared his love of learning as he inspired students to be their best selves. Building on a family tradition in retail, Guy started The Registry Gift Shop in Mount Pleasant.

Then, following a life-long passion for building, Guy developed a respected construction business noted for thoughtful attention to clients’ needs.

Although raised in the Upcountry, Guy put down Lowcountry roots and enjoyed sharing time on the water with those he loved. Whether fishing, sailing in Charleston Harbor, creek cruising, or diving in the Caribbean, Guy embraced every opportunity to share his love of the sea.

Guy was an inspired entertainer, the consummate host, and a generous man who loved to laugh. An evening at “Club Jeter” guaranteed a delicious meal, robust conversation, and Guy’s impeccable devotion to his guests. His joy of entertaining was fueled by Guy’s endless thoughtfulness and deep love for family and friends.

Funeral services will be private due to COVID-19. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Roper Hospice Cottages for their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to JDRF-Piedmont Triad or Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas.

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John Mack ’70

John Edward Mack of Charlotte died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

A native of Greensboro, he was born on July 16, 1947, to the late Edward J and Lorraine L Mack. As a teenager in Greensboro, he earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

John attended Davidson College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. As a student John co-founded the college’s inaugural campus radio station which steadily grew and ultimately became WDAV, the college’s classical FM public radio station.

He was also a member of the swim team, sailing team, and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Letting his “bohemian” sideshow, he spent a year crewing on sailing yachts in the Caribbean.

John attended the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where he earned an MBA. He married Janne Himes on May 24, 1975.

Following graduate school, John began a career in domestic and international finance that spanned over 45 years. He worked in domestic banking, international banking, financial business management, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking. He also worked with external advisors with regard to the sale of international import-finance products to domestic customers.

He moved to Charlotte and was employed by what was then North Carolina National Bank. There he developed his financial and leadership skills, strengthened his “workaholic” habit, and continued practicing high ethical standards.

John was promoted to higher levels of responsibility and participated in taking Bank of America to national prominence. After he worked in the London NCNB office for two years, John and Janne moved back to Charlotte.

From 1974 t0 2001 he served in senior management positions at Bank of America and its predecessor companies NCNB Corporation and NationsBank, where he served as Corporate Treasure for 12 years.

When John retired from Bank of America, they moved to Tokyo, where John served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Shinsei Bank Limited from 2002 through 2005. He also managed Global IPO. John continued as a consultant to Shinsei until 2006. From Japan, they moved to Breckenridge CO, and he did not slow down.

In 2007 he became the first non-Brit invited to join the Board of HBOS plc, the holding company for the Bank of Scotland. He was a Non- Executive Director through January 2009, and he served as a Director for the Bank of Scotland plc during this same time period.

In 2010 John became Vice Chairman and Director of Islandsbanki hf located in Reykajavik, Iceland, and he held this position through 2015. During his years in Breckenridge, he also served as Non-Executive Chairman of New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc., after first being its Independent Director. Until it was sold, John served as a Director of Flowers National Bank. He was a member of the Board of Directors of GlobalMin Ventures Inc. from 2014 to 2018, of Medley Capital Corporation from 2011 until March 2019, of Residential Capital LLC from 2011 to 2013, and of Wilson Solarpower Corp from 2006 to 2015. John’s service on corporate boards continued after his mobility became limited and was serving on several boards at the time of his death.

In 2015, he was co-founder of Mojave Gold Corporation and was serving as its Chief Financial Officer. John has been a Board member of Tiptree Inc. since May, 2015 and was serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was one of the original Board members of Incapital LLC and was holding the title of Director, Audit Committee. He was also a current member of the Board of Directors for Searchlight Minerals Corp.

When notifying companies, colleagues, and friends of John’s death, the responses were filled with statements about his character, loyalty, work ethic, positive attitude, expertise, friendship, interest in helping, and concern for others.

At home when John was not in work mode, he was down to earth with a casual style. He enjoyed interesting conversations, honing his cooking and baking talents, sharing wine from his prized wine collection, serving in volunteer capacities, reading, or making an occasional cross country ski outing.

Before leaving Charlotte in 2002, he was a faithful, dedicated member and Elder at Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church. Whether living in Charlotte or Breckenridge, John was an active alumnus of Davidson College. He was an early supporter of the construction of WDAV’s Samuel W. Newell, Jr. Building, and a member of its Advisory Board.

John also served on the college’s Board of Visitors, including its Executive committee; he served on several reunion committees and the Charlotte regional campaign committee during the Campaign for Davidson. John was named a life member of the Board of Visitors, and he established the need-based Edward J. Mack ’37 Scholarship in honor of his father who served as a Davidson Trustee, Board of Visitors member, and Alumni Association volunteer.

At least annually John met with the student recipients. He loved knowing and mentoring them and sharing stories about his father for whom the scholarship is named. John wanted to keep himself in the background and let the focus be on his father and the student recipients.

John is survived by his wife Janne Himes Mack and siblings Eric Geoffrey Mack of Sun City, Arizona, Robin Mack Davis and husband John of Greensboro NC , and Janice “Smack” Mack of Greensboro NC.

He is also survived by familial nephew, Tyler Mack Davis, numerous Himes nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and many cousins in a large Mack extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine Mack.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Health Center at Southminster and the Novant Presbyterian Hospice for the care given to John.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will have a limited attendance columbarium interment followed by a brief limited attendance memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.

To honor John’s memory and in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be given to the Edward J. Mack ’37 Scholarship at Davidson College. ( Davidson College Development Office; Box 7170; Davidson NC 28035-7170 ) Kenneth W. Poe Funerals and Cremations 1321 Berkeley Ave; Charlotte NC 28204 704 / 641-7606