Margaret Waddey Darby ’79

 Margaret Darby died peacefully at home in the early morning of April 15 after living with lung cancer for about a year. She was 69 years old.

Margaret was born in South Boston, Virginia to newspaper writer/editor/owner Harwell M. Darby and homemaker Caroline Boxley Darby. Both parents had died by the time Margaret was 15 and she enrolled at Chatham Hall, a boarding school for young women where she acquired life-long friendships.

After graduation she spent time in Europe, studying languages accompanied by adventures which included hanging out with Greek sailors in Italy and working in a Normandy coastal restaurant that catered to fishermen coming in from the early morning catch. Eventually she returned to earn her bachelors at Davidson College as a music major with a piano specialty. She was always involved in college theater in various roles, including playing Rosalind, the heroine of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

After college she considered and then abandoned a career path in music, instead spending a year in Birmingham, Alabama as a bilingual secretary for a French company. She then set her sights on learning simultaneous interpretation, enrolling at Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in California (now part of Middlebury College.) After earning her masters there she again embarked for Europe. She added German and Italian, spending time in Saarbrücken and Florence, and interpreted from her three foreign languages into English. (She had passable Spanish, too, and had an interest in Mandarin.)

A resident of Brussels, Belgium for 10 years, she was was employed as a free-lancer, primarily working for the EC, the forerunner of the European Union. Returning to the U.S., she enrolled at Drexel University where she earned a masters in library science. A resident of Newark, Delaware she worked for the New Castle County Libraries, especially the Newark Free Library, and later the Cecil County, Maryland public schools, first Elk Neck Elementary and then Northeast High School. There she she revived the school newspaper and encouraged young writers, both the talented and those who hardly imagined they could write for the public.

In terms of Margaret’s own writing, she became a founding writer of Delaware Arts Info blog, publishing pieces on both music and theater. Margaret retired from school librarian work in 2015 and moved to Philadelphia with her partner, musician Chuck Holdeman. She continued writing for various arts blogs, especially the Broad Street Review. A member of the German Society of Pennsylvania, she was in the Buchclub which read and discussed German literature; Margaret also wrote articles about the society’s chamber music series for its quarterly newsletter. Remaining an avid pianist Margaret practiced everyday and played chamber music for fun. She and Chuck sustained each other with Bach sonatas during the pandemic. In her last year Margaret kept going despite the onset of an aggressive lung cancer.

She is survived by her partner Chuck Holdeman, her brother Sam Darby and his wife Jeanie, her sister Caroline Darby Wehner and her husband Bill, and by various cousins, especially on the Darby side, and also on the Boxley side. She also became close with Chuck’s five children and one grandson. Margaret was a lively, fun, and determined, independent person. She and Chuck were often seen walking hand in hand when she would regale him with a seemingly limitless repertoire of songs in all her languages. She was charitable and became interested in philanthropy. While she had no one favorite charity, any donations friends might make to charities and non-profits in her memory are encouraged. Margaret will be remembered by many gatherings of friends and her ashes will be interred at the family plot in Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, Virginia

Walker “Percy” Badham III ’79

Walker “Percy ” Badham, III (66) of Mountain Brook, AL passed away on February 26, 2024, after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on June 9, 1957, in Mountain Brook to Mitzi McDavid Badham and Walker Percy Badham, Jr.

He was very active at Canterbury Methodist Church and MYF (Methodist Youth group) and served for many years as a Youth Group counselor. He graduated from Mountain Brook High School and went on to attend and graduate from Davidson College magna cum laude. He went to The University of Alabama School of Law where he served on The Alabama Law Review and graduated summa cum laude in 1982. He began the practice of law in Birmingham with the Cabaniss, Johnston law firm and soon after joined the first associate class at Maynard Cooper & Gale, where he worked for 24 years. He was one of the founding partners of Badham & Buck, LLC in 2008.

Percy was a leader in various professional organizations and bar activities at the national, state, and local levels. He served as President of the Alabama Young Lawyers, Director of the Trial Academy for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and was voted one of the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers during his years practicing law. He was honored as a recipient of the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award by the Alabama State Bar, which recognizes members of the Alabama State Bar for distinguished service in the advancement of professionalism. He was a member of IADC (International Association Defense Council) for many years. He was rated in the Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama, in the Top 50 Mid-South and in the Top 10 several years during his career. He was also honored by being selected to be a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, The Country Club of Birmingham, The Beaux Arts Krewe, and The Downtown Kiwanis Club.

Percy was truly one in a million and adored by all. To know him was to love him. He exuded compassion and kindness throughout his personal and professional life. Most of all, he adored his family. All who know Percy and Patti have witnessed the love they share for one another. His three children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and his legacy will live on through them.

Percy was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Annie Louise Mills. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patti Poundstone Badham of Montgomery. He is also survived by his two sons Walker Percy Badham IV (Tere), Phillip Paterson Badham (Abby), and a daughter, Lindsey Badham Mills (Andrew). He leaves behind his granddaughters and grandsons: Millie and Fairlie Badham; Wesley Badham; Mallie and Harris Mills, respectively. He is also survived by his sister Mitylene Badham Lockridge (Frank) of Atlanta, and half-sister, Ginger Smith (Jake), of Virginia. He also leaves behind special cousins Connie Haynsworth Grund (Mrs. Ed Grund) and Francey Grund, among many other special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Longleaf Liberty Park for the loving care given to Percy over the past two years, especially Crystal and Lou.

A service in celebration of Percy’s life will be held at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:00 noon, with visitation to follow in Canterbury Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to The University of Alabama School of Law Foundation for The Walker Percy Badham, III Scholarship Fund – Box 870382, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487), or to a charity of your choice.

Alice Egerton Miller ’79

Alice Egerton Miller died peacefully at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on December 10, 2023.

Alice, or Ace, as she was known by most of her friends and family, was born June 28, 1957 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Dr. Courtney David Egerton and Nancy Upshaw Egerton. She was the youngest of three children. Alice graduated from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, Davidson College, earned an MBA degree at Indiana University, and did further graduate work at Duke University. Her career was spent primarily in the field of human resources at R. R. Donnelly in Crawfordsville, Ind.

While at Davidson College, she had many friends, including Rick Miller from Thomasville, Georgia. After graduation, she and Rick were part of a group of Davidson classmates who found jobs at Lake Tahoe. Alice stayed there for three years, and Rick was the one who gave her a ride to the airport in 1981 when she flew to Indiana to begin graduate school. Sixteen years passed before they reconnected, when she was attending Duke and Rick was working in Atlanta. They were married in Blowing Rock, N.C. in 1999, and even though their marriage was cut short by Rick’s death in 2006, they enjoyed several wonderful years together that many people never experience in a lifetime. They lived in the suburbs north of Atlanta, and Alice stayed there until 2019 when she moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. to be closer to her sister Barbara. Alice was an active participant in the weekly bible study at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed spending time with Barbara and their friends. She loved intellectual conversations and was a rare person who watched a variety of news shows so she could understand many different viewpoints. She was a very generous person whose presence could light up a room. The highlight of her life in Hattiesburg was her “Route 66” themed birthday party this past June, where she was the center of attention among people who loved her.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sister Barbara Tillery (Tim) of Laurel, Miss.; brother Stuart Egerton (Karen) of Wilmington, N.C.; nieces Laura Brady (BJ Hampton) of Hong Kong; Carrie Masich (Tom) of Alexandria, Va.; Charlotte Wessell (Neill) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two great nieces and one great nephew. She is also survived by Rick’s siblings: Cayla Richardson (Tony) of Sugar Hill, Ga.; Margaret Harvey (Randy); and Russ Miller of Thomasville, Ga., as well as their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on December 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 2024 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Ga., where Alice’s ashes will join Rick and his parents for earthly eternity; however, her heavenly reunion with her beloved Rick took place on December 10.

Memorials may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell, Ga., or to the charity of one’s choice.

Nancy Clifton Kinzer ’79

Nancy Clifton Kinzer crossed the threshold from this life to the next on June 28, 2022, at the age of 64.

Nancy was born to Almonese Brown Clifton and Thomas Woodard Clifton on November 9, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. She was the second of three children, including her sister, Deborah Clifton Van der Lande, and her brother, Forrest Bradford Clifton.

Nancy attended the Lovett School in Atlanta. She graduated from Davidson College in 1979 after spending her junior year in Montpellier, France. At Davidson she befriended Mark Kinzer, her future husband.

After graduation, Nancy moved to Northern California. She lived in Palo Alto, sold copiers, and learned to drive a stick shift on the hills of San Francisco.

In 1982, Nancy moved back to Atlanta just in time for the birth of her first niece and nephew, twins Heather and Bernard Van der Lande. Nancy worked as a computer programmer for Delta Air Lines before moving to the Delta Air Lines Foundation, where she worked in corporate philanthropy. During this period, she and Mark reunited. They married on November 10, 1990. They have two children, Emily Chesher Kinzer (26) and Benjamin Thomas Kinzer (23). Nancy would go on to work on fundraising campaigns for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, 7 Stages Theatre, and others. She was an alumna of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1995.

Nancy was a long-time member of Decatur Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she heeded the call to serve God and enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary. In 2007, her family decamped to England for the Fall semester so that Nancy could pursue religious studies at Westminster College, Cambridge. She received her Master of Divinity in 2011. During the course of her career, Nancy served at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Decatur, Georgia), Faith Presbyterian Church (Blue Ridge, Georgia), and Northminster Presbyterian Church (Roswell, Georgia). Her beloved congregants will remember Nancy for her generous heart, sound advice, and willingness to address difficult issues head on both in and out of the pulpit.

In her spare time, Nancy loved to read mystery novels, try new recipes, do crossword puzzles, and meet with the book club that she belonged to for more than 20 years. Nancy also had a knack for planning trips, and her family have many fond memories of traveling both in and out of the country with her.

Nancy is predeceased by her father, Tom Clifton; and her stepfather, Ralph Williams. She is survived by her husband and children, as well as her mother, Almonese (Nesie) Clifton Williams; siblings, Deborah Van der Lande and Brad Clifton (Carolyn); step-siblings, Ralph Williams III (Mary), Nancy Jane Morizio (Michael), John Williams (Susan); and her nieces and nephews: Heather Van der Lande Cummings (Andrew), Bernard Van der Lande, Ashley Van der Lande, Billie Clifton, and Thomas Clifton.

In her final chapter, Nancy showed an appreciation for the sacred in the mundane, gratitude for the life she had led, and resolute courage in the face of pain and death. She loved her family fiercely, both the living and those she held close in loving memory. Her husband and children will miss her terribly.

A memorial service will be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM. at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kulea Music Institute, which Nancy supported with her time and talents in the closing months of her life.

Kulea Music Institute
71 Howard St., #5312
Atlanta, GA 30317.
CashApp handle: $KuleaMusicInstitute

Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jul. 6, 2022.

Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson ’79

Franklin Clyde “Chip” Wilson, Jr. grew up in a neighborhood of loving families who raised their children on Hillside Drive in Gainesville. He rode with his pediatrician “Dr. Ben” (Gilbert) and the “Hilltop kids” to Candler Street School and walked home from school in the afternoons. He earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Troop 16, First Methodist Church and completed the Philmont High Adventure Trek.

In 1975, Chip graduated from Gainesville High School and remained a loyal “Red Elephant” alumnus. He earned his BA in English from Davidson College in 1979. He was a dedicated fan of the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Davidson and loved supporting his teams whenever they competed.

Chip was employed by International Management, a consulting firm led by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. and headquartered in Gainesville. International Management provided consulting services and professional seminars to over 120 firms in the carpet, textile, and chemical industries in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Chip grew in his faith at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville and Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church. As an adult, he was a committed member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker, where he faithfully participated in Sunday School and the Last Saturday Bible Study. One of his great pleasures was going to lunch after the Sunday service with a close group of Rehoboth friends. Chip wanted everyone in his life to know the love of Christ, to understand the promises of God in the Bible, and to make a commitment of faith to live and love as Jesus taught. His gentle spirit and patient endurance of a disability made his life an example of faith to his family and friends.

Chip was born in Clayton, on July 2, 1957 and died peacefully at the age of 64 in Decatur, on February 4, 2022. He is survived by his father, Frank C. Wilson, Sr. of Gainesville, his sister, Lynn Wilson McGee, her husband David McGee (Okatie, SC) and nephews, David “Skip”, Will, Peter, Philip and his niece Helen. Chip was pre-decreased by his mother, Anne Richardson Jones Wilson. He was loved by his cousins Billie Bryan (Charlotte, NC), Peggy, Bill, and Julie Patton (Birmingham, AL), and Steve, Wendy, and Peter Wilson (Huntsville, AL).

The support offered by Planned Lifetime Assistance (PLAN) of Georgia and the staff of Phillips Tower (Presbyterian Homes of Georgia) helped him live independently with confidence.

Friends of Chip joined his family in a time of visitation and a worship service to glorify our Lord and remember Chip’s life of faith at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Interment was at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the “Chip Wilson Fund” at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Tucker, GA.