J. Bruce Abele ’74

J. Bruce Abele, M.D., 67, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at T. Boone Pickens Palliative Care Center in Dallas. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 13, 2019, at 4p.m. at the Reflection Chapel at the Pickens Palliative Care Center. Burial will be at a later date in Boonville, Mo. 

He was born July 3, 1952, in New Haven, Conn., son of William A. Abele, M.D., and Joyce Abele. Dr. Abele grew up in Boonville and was a 1974 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.

Bruce and Marta Jane Iven were joined in marriage on July 3, 1976, in Enid, Okla. Dr. Abele earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984 and served his residency at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia from 1984 until 1987.

Like his father, Bruce specialized in internal medicine, and upon completing his training he continued the Boonville practice of his retiring father. In 1989, Bruce and his family relocated to Dubuque, where he joined Medical Associates Clinic, until his retirement in February 2016. 

Over the years of dedicated professional service, countless patients received highly skilled and compassionate care from Dr. Bruce Abele. Consistent with his commitment to the field of medicine, Bruce elected to participate in the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Willed Body Program for medical education and research in Dallas. 

Dr. Abele is survived by Marta J. Abele, Ph.D., his loving wife of 43 years; his devoted children, son Adam, and daughter, Elizabeth (Will Swan); and his adored granddaughters, Lucy Jane Swan, and Emma Kate Swan, of Dallas. His family was Bruce’s proudest accomplishment.

Also, surviving are brothers, Douglas Abele, of Boonville, Christopher Abele, of Kansas City, and Andrew Abele, of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Suzanne Shearer; and brother-in-law, Patrick Iven, both of Dallas. Bruce also immeasurably enhanced the lives of his extended families, a close contingent of fellow Davison alums, his medical colleagues and other dear friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the American Red Cross, to the Medical Associates Clinic Foundation or to the University of Dubuque.

 Copyright (c) 2019 Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)

Joseph Maurice Souther, Jr. ’74

Joseph “Joe” Maurice Souther, Jr., 67, of Asheville, died Monday, July 29, 2019, at St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Joseph Maurice Souther, Sr. and Frances Dotson Souther.

Joe was a 1970 graduate of Asheville High School where he excelled in academics, particularly math and science.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1974. After working with his father in home design and construction for several years, he returned to school and graduated with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1983. His enthusiasm for the Tennessee Volunteers developed during his time at UT and everyone who knew him knew what a loyal fan he was. The next year he began a career in the paper industry in Canton, NC where he worked until his retirement.

An avid golfer, Joe enjoyed the game and his many friends at Asheville Country Club where he was a member for over 25 years.

His true passion was recreational target shooting. He earned many accolades and awards for his excellence in the sport. He was a member of the Biltmore Estate Sporting Clays Club, Buncombe County Wildlife Club and the Polk County Gun Club. Joe gained much pleasure from playing his guitars and listening to guitar music. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Diane S. Souther; one daughter, Kiana Miles (Jeff) of Rabun Gap, GA; one son, Kirkland Ahrens (Jackie) of Boston, MA; one sister, Brenda Waugh (Randy) of Winston-Salem, NC; five grandchildren, Adelaide, Max and Eloise Ahrens and Lia and Ali Miles; two nephews, Brian and Mark Waugh; one niece, Kathryn Ruckart as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. His family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe’s memory to either The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) or to Cancer Care of Western North Carolina (www.cancercareofwnc.com).

To leave a message of comfort or to share a memory with the family, please visit Joe’s obituary at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

Published in Asheville Citizen-Times on Jul. 31, 2019.

Charles “Charlie” Davidson Slagle ’74

Charles “Charlie” Davidson Slagle was born on March 25, 1952, in Binghamton, New York to the late Arline Davidson Slagle and Robert Malone Slagle. Charlie passed away at age 67 on July 1, 2019.

Charlie was full of life, and his energy was contagious. He loved his family, his friends and all the players he coached along the way. We will all remember his loud voice, competitive spirit, sense of humor, and that he never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Charlie is survived by his children, Barry Slagle and Amelia Letourneau, his siblings Robert Slagle and Janet Jacobs and his grandchild, Clara Slagle.

Friends and family members are welcome to attend the memorial service, officiated by Rev. Preston Davis, on Sunday, July 28 at 3pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St. Davidson, NC. The service will be followed by a reception in the Lilly Gallery on Davidson College’s campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you remember Charlie’s legacy in two ways. You may make contributions to the Davidson College Charlie Slagle Scholarship, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035. You may also make contributions to The E2D charity which helps children receive the educational tools they need regardless of their economic situation. E2D was founded by Charlie’s friend, Pat Millen and supported by Patrick Braxton Andrew, best friend of Barry Slagle and a former player for Charlie, who passed away tragically in 2018.