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.
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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.

David Christopher Vaughan ’79

David Christopher Vaughan, 64, died on Monday, December 6, 2021. David was born in Fort Myers on July 5, 1957. He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and earned a master’s degree in real estate at the University of Florida in Gainesville. With his partner, Ted Dickey, he founded and operated Diversified Appraisal, a commercial real estate appraisal firm.

David was devoted to his wife, Cheryl, his children, Bobby, Kimberly and Shane, and grandchildren, Riley and Nathaniel. He was also a treasured friend and role model to his siblings, nieces and nephews, and in‐laws.

Beloved by his family, friends and fellow tennis and pickleball players, David had an enormous—and infectious—love for the everyday joys of life. Whether he was barbecuing on his deck, cheering on his cherished Gators, boasting about his mangoes and avocados (“The absolute best in the world,” he’d say, as he said about so many things he loved and enjoyed), reading a Nero Wolfe mystery, exclaiming at a new bird at the feeder, or simply biking through Fort Myers’ beautiful streets, he embraced and appreciated every experience.

For two years after being diagnosed with a fast‐growing, fatal cancer, he managed to live a full and happy life, often saying that those years had been some of his best. “I’m not going to die today,” he would remind himself and those who loved him, as he chose to approach each new day with hope and a positive spirit.

Fair and judicious, David was open‐minded and accepted different viewpoints. He had an uncanny ability to understand the emotions and intentions of other people and to see to the heart of issues and situations. He was also known for his quick wit and humor, and as every family member, tennis partner and even new acquaintances can testify, no one could escape his good‐natured teasing.

He loved sports and was as passionate about Fort Myers High School teams as his favorite college and professional teams. He was a gifted athlete himself, winner of many local and state tennis tournaments. David enjoyed coaching Little League when his children were young and relished playing—and winning—in tennis and pickleball tournaments with them when they were older. The ultimate strategic thinker, he thrived on games like Fantasy Football and Sudoku, celebrating and crowing at every win.

David is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Bobby Vaughan (Samantha), Shane Vaughan, Kimberly Grabowski; and grandchildren Riley Milgrim and Nathaniel Grabowski. His family would like to thank Dr. Lowell Hart and physician assistant Mary Beth Molloy at Florida Cancer Specialists and Dr. Jonathan Von Koenig of Lee Health for the devoted care he received. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Matthew Young ’79

Dr. Matthew G. Young, age 62, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18th, in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

He was born January 12, 1957, in Franklin, IN, to Pamela and James Young. He was a 1975 graduate of Franklin Community High School, a 1979 graduate of Davidson College, and a 1983 graduate of Indiana University’s Dental School. He married Susan Young on August 10th, 1984, Etowah, North Carolina.

Loving the mountains, Dr. Young made his home, with Susan, in Western North Carolina. Together, with his mother-in-law, Doris, they founded a highly impactful general dental practice that would improve the lives of thousands, for the next three decades with a holistic focus. His passion for healing lead him to serve as President of the International Academy or Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

Matthew also enjoyed cooking, spending time at the beaches of South Carolina, his dogs, sharing time with his sons, Alabama football, and his three grandchildren. Matthew will be remembered as a man who lived with empathy and a passion for healing.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his two sons, Ezekiel, and Caleb; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer and his three grandchildren, Rylie, Tucker, Shiloh; his three sisters, Sara, Mindy, and Carrie; and his loving dog, Tyson.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Matthew touched are invited to leave a memory at his online celebration at: https://www.forevermissed.com/matthew-g-young

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.