Henry Clifton Hester ’78

Henry Clifton Hester, 65, died peacefully on September 17, 2022 with his wife and children by his side. Cliff was born on September 19, 1956 in Elizabethtown, NC to the late Anne Sutton Hester and the late Worth Hutchinson Hester. After his birth mother’s death in 1958, Cliff was raised by his loving mother, Anna Ruth King Hester. 

Cliff is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Erin, his three children, Katherine Hester Doehring (Jamison), Clay Sutton Hester (Eliza), and Corinne Hester Crews (Connor), and four grandsons who were the light of his life, Henry Jamison Doehring, James Clifton Crews, Robert Lewis Hester, and Benjamin Hughes Doehring. He is also survived by his mother, Anna Ruth, and seven siblings: Beth Snyder (David), Emily Villegas (Bobby), Ruth Robertson, Worth Hester, Jr. (Karla), Matthew Hester (Cindy), Mark Hester (Rebecca), and Anita Willington (Brian). Cliff was dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.

Cliff was a 1974 graduate of East Bladen High School. In 1978, he graduated from Davidson College, where he served as a captain of the football team and met the love of his life, Erin. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1981. After practicing briefly in Atlanta, Cliff returned home to Elizabethtown to join his father’s law practice at the firm that continues today as Hester, Grady & Hester.

He practiced law in Elizabethtown for 39 years and was known as a compassionate and tireless advocate for his clients. A self-described “country lawyer,” his general law practice served many in need in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.   

Cliff served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Clarkton and the Town of White Lake for over 35 years. His commitment to professionalism was known by many across the state, as he was elected to the North Carolina State Bar Council, on which he served for nine years. Cliff will be deeply missed by many clients, colleagues, and faithful employees.  

In 1993, Cliff and his wife Erin moved to Wilmington, NC, where they raised their three children. He was an amazing father and husband, nimbly balancing his call to serve others through his law practice and the joy he found in family life. He could be found cheering from the sidelines of his children’s sporting events, building sandcastles at Wrightsville Beach, reading aloud or reciting his favorite stories and poems, and imparting wisdom to his adoring children. 

Cliff was a faithful member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and taught Sunday School to both children and adults. Cliff lived out his faith in all facets of his life and always put others first. His kindness and gentleness were eclipsed only by his humility. 

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022. A reception in Brown Fellowship Hall will follow the service. The family will also receive visitors at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church, 1800 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church or the Davidson College Athletic Fund (Football Gridiron Club).

Philip Young Blue ’78

Philip Young Blue, 65 of Sanford passed away Friday, June 24, 2022. A Memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Friday (7/1/2022) at Eureka Presbyterian Church in Carthage.

Philip was born in Sanford, son of the late Dr John F. Blue and Ruth A Sinsabaugh Blue. Mr. Blue was a graduate of Davidson College and retired from the State of New York as the Senior Law Librarian.

Mr. Blue is survived by his brother Dr John F. Blue Jr, and wife Theresa of Sanford; niece, Jennifer Susan Blue of Raleigh and nephews, John Christopher Blue and Glenn Tyler Blue both of Fayetteville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

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.

William “Billy” Hutchings II ’78

Dr. William “Billy” Hutchings II, age 65, of Macon, GA, entered peacefully into eternity June 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. He was honored in a private ceremony on June 22.

Dr. Hutchings was the son of the late William S. Hutchings and Bettye O’Neal Hutchings. He attended St. Peter Claver Catholic School and Northeast High School. He continued his studies at Davidson College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He attended Vanderbilt Medical School and graduated with a Doctor of Family Medicine in 1982.

Dr. Hutchings’ passion for caring for the sick and love for his hometown led him back home to Macon, Georgia. He began his residency in family practice medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in 1982 and later partnered with Dr. Ralph Austin in establishing a successful private practice in family medicine.

Dr. Billy Hutchings’ dedication to improving the health of his patients and his community expanded beyond his private practice. He was a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and Bibb County; Medical Director of Source Care Management; attending physician at the Central Georgia Correctional Institute; Macon Braves team physician; and radio show host of “A Healthy Me with Dr. B” on the K.D. Bowe Morning Show.

Affectionately known as “Dr. Billy” in both professional and social spheres, he spent a lifetime serving the greater Middle Georgia community. He earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts of America in 1972.

Later civic commitments include chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Race Relations Council; Macon Substance Abuse Foundation for Education; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 100 Black Men of Macon; Rotary Club of Macon; Middle Georgia United Negro College Fund; Project READ; United Way of Middle Georgia; Bibb County Board of Education Member; United Churches of East Macon Prayer Team; and girls soccer coach with the Middle Georgia Youth Soccer Association.

Ever committed to learning and spiritual growth, Billy later earned an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from The Christian Life School of Theology and a Doctorate of Theology from Beacon University. He was an active member of Stone Edge Church in Macon.

Dr. Hutchings retired from Hutchings Healthcare in October 2020 after 38 years as a physician.

A loyal husband, father, son, and brother, Billy leaves to celebrate and cherish his life on Earth his wife of 33 years, Melanie Woods Hutchings; beloved daughters; Sasha and Kayla Hutchings; mother, Bettye O’Neal Hutchings; siblings; Starr Purdue (David), Sharon Hutchings, Suzanne Malloy (Daryl), Walter S. Hutchings, MD, and Warren S. Hutchings, M.D (Tami); brothers-in-law, Thomas Woods, Glenn Woods, Kenneth Woods, and Keith Woods; Aunts Gloria Hutchings and Gertie Rogers; Linda Bell, his devoted nurse of 35 years; 4 nieces, 12 nephews, a host of cousins, extended family, faithful friends, and loyal patients.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Dr. Hutchings, donations can be made to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, 4490 Ocmulgee E Blvd, Macon, GA 31217 and the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220.

Published by The Telegraph on Jun. 23, 2021.