William Howard Boyd ’72

William Howard Boyd, Jr., 70, born July 5, 1950, died on June 20, 2021.

Howard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Sherer Boyd, his son William Howard Boyd, III, his son Thomas Beattie Boyd, Sr., his daughter-in-law Jamie Leigh Boyd, his grandson Thomas Beattie Boyd, Jr., his sister Betty Anne Domm (Terry), his brother Jim Boyd (Joanie), his brother-in-law Tom Sherer (Judy), and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, William Howard Boyd, Sr., his mother Anne Paisley Boyd, and his sister Margaret Maguire.

Howard graduated from Davidson College in 1972. After serving two years in The United States Army, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, and graduated cum laude in 1977 as a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe. He was also Editor of the Law Review. Howard then practiced law as an attorney for his firm Gallivan, White and Boyd for over 40 years, where he was a partner and shareholder.

In this capacity, he led the business and commercial litigation team, handling over 200 jury trials and numerous appeals. Howard was a member of the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Bar Association, Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, the Defense Research Institute, and he was also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in several practice areas.

Howard was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, taught Sunday School, and served on various committees. Additionally, Howard was passionate about working for the Greenville community. He worked diligently for United Way of Greenville County as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Chair of the Palmetto Society, and the Campaign Chair. Howard was a Riley Fellow, a graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative at Furman University.

Howard further served the community as General Counsel for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Leadership Greenville Alumni Association, President of the Greater Greenville Davidson Alumni Association, Chairman of the Board for the Upcountry History Museum, Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America, and Chairman of the Board for Coaches for Character.

Howard also served as President of the Downtown Sertoma Club, and was once selected as Sertoman of the Year.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605, and also to United Way of Greenville County, 105 Edinburgh Court, Greenville, SC, 29607.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thomasmcafee.com.

Published by The State on Jun. 25, 2021.

John “Jack” A. Latimer III ’72

John “Jack” A. Latimer III, 69, passed away Oct. 29, 2020, at Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House, surrounded by his immediate family.

Jack was born Nov. 10, 1950, in Hagerstown, MD, the son of the late John A. Jr. and Kathryn Latimer. He was the youngest of two siblings, survived by his sister Anne Gatrell. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1968, Davidson College in 1972 (BA), and Frostburg State University in 1981 (MBA).

He married the love of his life, Susan Katherine Hiser, May 27, 1972, whom he met at Nags Head, NC, when he was 12, and she was 13.

Jack was also proud to represent Hagerstown in 1967 as a member of the winning Colt League Baseball World Championship Team.

He began his professional career in the commercial lighting industry, working for GTE Sylvania, Inc. and Tristate Electrical Supply Co. Inc. Jack served as president and CEO of Cushwa Brick Inc. from 1985-1992; vice president, sales and marketing of Redland Brick Inc. from 1992-1996; president and CEO of Jamison Door Co. Inc. from 1996-2001; owner and managing member of Gruber-Latimer Restoration, LLC from 2001-2019; and senior consultant for Van Alen Restoration LLC from 2019-2020.

Jack was passionate about service to his family and his community, often combining a commitment to his vocation and avocations. He held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including Maryland Manufacturing Consortium, Brick Institute of America, National Association of Brick Distributors, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

In addition, he volunteered for countless local nonprofit agencies, serving in leadership roles for many organizations focused on making the community stronger and healthier.

Those include Washington County Hospital Association, Meritus Medical Center, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Hagerstown Community College Foundation Inc., Community Action Council, Salvation Army, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Hagerstown Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Hagerstown Sunrise, Fountain Head Country Club, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Washington County Emergency Services Advisory Council, Federal Little League and Valley Senior League.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his son and daughter-in-law, John A. IV and Cassandra Latimer; his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Joseph Hodge; grandchildren Austin Latimer, Emma Hodge, and William Hodge; his sister, Anne; nephews Bradley Bentz and Keith Bentz; and, niece, Kathy Mazur.

The immediate family will receive friends and family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home at 1331 Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 3, 2020, at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., with the Rev. Jake Caldwell presiding and interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac Street.

In compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, individuals attending any of the services are required to wear a mask. In addition, First Christian Church will ask attendees to sign in, and temperatures will be taken before admittance. Seating will be limited to 100 at the church. Additional seating will be available at the funeral home, with the service privately live streamed.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Doey’s House/Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 and First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742. Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.

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Jon R. Jacobs ’72

Jon R. Jacobs '72

Jon Jacobs, MD died peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at home in Charleston, South Carolina. Loving and well loved, devoted to his Lord Jesus, his family, and his friends, he drew his final breath while members of his family were gathered adoringly at his bedside.

Jon was born on January 20, 1950 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Edmond Milliard Jacobs and Wilda Ruth McLeod. He was a gifted Renaissance man with a sparkling mind. He was a noted physician, carrying on a medical practice in Charleston as a general surgeon and a cosmetic and surgical dermatologist from 1983 until his retirement in 2019. He blessed countless patients and fellow medical professionals with his knowledge, skill, wisdom, and witty humor. A busy medical practice could not contain or exhaust his physical or mental energies, and he vigorously pursued the hobbies he loved. He was an author and poet, having published “Progression to Perfection,” Christian Rosary Meditations, and “Lifescapes,” A Poetic Perusal of Life’s Adventures. He owned and flew helicopters. He was a wood-working artisan, lovingly creating objects of art from wood for his family and friends. He spoke French and loved to travel to France.

Jon was a godly man of faith. His deepest passion was for his Lord Jesus, with Whom he sought to walk daily and Whom he sought to share with others. He was an avid reader of scripture and brought the word of God to bear in all he did. His strong faith was an inspiration to many.

Jon is survived by wife Carolyn Reneé; his former wife Catherine Harkey; by his daughter Catherine “Carrie Ruth” and husband Nate Davis and their children, Nathaniel, Ella, Caleb, and Griffin; by his son Christopher and wife Lauren, by his son Gregory and fiancée Sarah Crosswell; by his son Jeffrey and wife Kristin and their children Uriah and Eden Marie; and by his sister Cindy Lea Stacey; and his brothers Jeff, Steve, and Kerry.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.
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Philip Craig Dotts ’72

Philip Craig Dotts, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, died at home surrounded by his family of women on April 15, 2020. Late last year, he told them, “I deputize you all to tell everyone about my good life. I made a hole-in-one at Pinehurst, I had a wonderful family, and I made great friends.”

So that is what we aim to do here, yet knowing it is impossible to capture what Philip meant to so many people. Philip was a managing director of PFM Financial Advisors in their Huntsville, Alabama, office, which he opened in 2012 after forty years in public and corporate finance work.

A consummate servant leader, Philip served on the boards of First Commercial Bank, the Exchange Bank of Alabama, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and many nonprofits, including the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, Leadership Alabama, A+ Education Partnership, and Neighborhood Concepts, an organization he formed in 1987 to address housing shortages for low-income Alabamians. He was chairman of the Business Council of Alabama.

Philip graduated from Davidson College in 1972, playing on their 1969 Southern Conference championship football team. He met his wife of nearly fifty years, then Kathleen Wells, at Davidson’s Spring Frolics.

After living in Charlotte, North Carolina, for five years, they moved to Huntsville in 1977 and bought a house from a lovely real estate agent. They soon joined the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

Philip served on the vestry as senior warden and on the board of the Episcopal Foundation of the Diocese of Alabama. He is buried in Nativity’s memorial garden. Philip was born in 1950 outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He follows his parents, George and Elsie Rowe Dotts, in death.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Wells Dotts; his daughter Elizabeth Dotts Fleming and her husband, Patrick; his daughter Sarah Dotts Barley and her husband, Bo; his three grandchildren, Foster Bayne Fleming, Sarah Laughlin Fleming, and Mary Zeanah Barley; and his sister, Joanna Dotts Askins, and her husband, Greg. He was a generous and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Philip was not one to quote scripture-and when he did, he would often end with “yada, yada, yada”-but instead, he lived the Word quietly: “What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God ” (Micah 6:8).

In honor of who Philip was, the family asks that donations be made to Boy Scout Troop 400 (www.troop400hsv.com) or the Schools Foundation (www.theschoolsfoundation.org) in lieu of sending flowers. (Photo courtesy of al.com)

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Frank Johnstone Dana III ’72

Frank Johnstone Dana III '72

Frank Johnstone Dana III, 69, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away on April 8th, 2020 at Rolling Green Village after a long battle with corticobasal syndrome.

Frank was born on June 8th, 1950 to Frank Johnstone Dana, Jr. and Laura McCants Dana of Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Dreher High School in 1968, Davidson College in 1972, and Duke University School of Law in 1975.

Frank then moved to Greenville, South Carolina, began practicing law, and met his future wife Susan. They married in 1983 and had one child, Caroline. He practiced law privately for many years and was the founder of Dana Law Firm which later became Upstate Elder Law, PA in 2009.

Among his professional accomplishments, Frank was most proud of being the first Certified Elder Law Attorney in Greenville, South Carolina. He devoted his practice to helping families both plan for and navigate legal matters associated with illness, disability, and end of life.

Frank has been a member of the Greenville County Bar Association, the Greenville Estate Planning Council, Upstate Senior Network, the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He served on several national committees of NAELA and is a past President of the South Carolina Chapter of NAELA. Frank was passionate about the game of tennis.

Following his time at Davidson playing on the varsity tennis team, he found success in USTA League Tennis. He captained several teams that won both state and sectional titles, and competed at nationals in 2003. He loved being in the great outdoors and enjoyed many adventures on Sierra Club outings.

Frank was a long time member and former South Carolina Chapter Chair of the Sierra Club. He served on the board of Camp Opportunity and was a former president of the Gower Estates Pool. He was a long-time volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

He was formerly a member of St. James Episcopal Church and was a current member of Christ Church Episcopal, Greenville. Most importantly, Frank was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a kind man that cared deeply for others and this was evident throughout his life.

He is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Susan Hostetler Dana, daughter Caroline and husband Nick Chamberlain of Charlotte, North Carolina, sister Jane Tucker and husband David Aufhauser of Washington, DC, and sister Nancy and husband William Theus of Columbia, South Carolina.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Frank Dana to the Junior Tennis Foundation at 70 West Red Oak Lane, 4th Floor, White Plains, NY 10604. The Junior Tennis Foundation supports tennis programs that serve economically disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities.

The family wishes to thank Always Best Care, The Gardens at Eastside, Rolling Green Village, Pathway Hospice, and countless family and friends for the love and care shown to Frank and his family during the course of his illness.

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