Matthew David Auker ’80

Matthew David Auker, of Altamonte Springs, FL, passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2022, at the age of 64. He was born on April 8, 1958, in Flint, Michigan, and was adopted by William and Delores Auker at 5 months old. He was raised in Lynden, MI and was a thoughtful and loving son who was always loved in the community. Together with his younger sister, Amy, and his parents, the family made a move to South Florida in 1972. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1976 and was voted “Most Outstanding” by his peers. He received a football scholarship to Davidson College where he played 4 years and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1980. Following graduation, Matt began a career at Porter Paints in South Florida. In 1983, he met Nina Lamanno and the two wed in 1985. Matt and Nina raised a daughter, Amanda (Mandy), and a son, Tyler, who both still reside in Florida.

In 1998, Matt was relocated with the family up to Louisville, Kentucky. After a few years in Louisville, Matt decided to make the move back to Orlando and bought a Comfort Keepers franchise together with Nina. Comfort Keepers is a senior in-home care company that Matt had owned and operated very successfully since 2001.

Following his wife Nina’s passing in 2013, Matt was fortunate enough to have both of his children live with him for an extended period of time after their graduations from college before meeting Allison (Allie) Forst. Matt and Allie wed in 2016 and had been happily married since. Tyler and Mandy as well as Allison’s two children, Madeline (Maddie) and Ian, and all of their spouses were one large melting pot who loved celebrating the holidays and big life events at their Altamonte Springs home.

His faith was extremely important to him, and he always gave his time and talent to St. Mary Magdalen Church and School. Matt was recently elected as the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus which was a great honor to him. He was always loyal to his Alma mater, Davidson University and was an avid sports fan supporting Mandy & Tyler’s schools, UCF and UF, as well as attending Bishop Moore sporting events every chance he got.

Matt was a good man and with a kind soul. He had a passion for reading, woodworking, and traveling. He was the most thoughtful, loving, and likable person around. Matt was well known for his friendliness and never hesitated to let people know that he loved them. People gravitated towards him and always bellied up to his bar where he had a passion for making Dirty Martinis and 7&7’s. Matt’s professional and personal networks intertwined because regardless of how you knew him, you couldn’t help but consider him a friend. He was a loving son, husband, father, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. His truest passion was hanging out with his family and friends.

Matt was a natural caregiver as he showed to all of us by the love and devotion he gave to his late wife Nina and his children Mandy and Tyler. He was so very proud of Mandy’s & Tyler’s strength, courage and accomplishments. Being a grandpa also came naturally to Matt. He had three beautiful grandchildren: Bennett James, Evelyn Nina, and Brooks Shayne that he adored and loved with all of his heart & soul. He never hesitated to comfort a fussy baby or get on the floor and army crawl with them. He was a kid at heart and his children adored him along with all the other children of his close friends.

The connection that brought Matt and Allie together was divine in nature and their large, blended family was a gift to each of them. Combined, their four children, Mandy, Tyler, Maddie and Ian held Matt in the highest esteem and loved him with all their hearts.

He always gave you a smile and had something nice to say to make your day! It was often said that Matt never met a stranger. He will be missed deeply for his big heart, his laugh, his empathy & compassion, his faith and his loyalty.

Matt’s Visitation will be held at DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, 9001 N. Orlando Ave,
Maitland, FL. 32751 on July 28, 2022, from 6-8pm. Matt’s Celebration of Life Mass will take
place at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL. 32701 on July 29, 2022 at 10am.

Claibourne Poindexter, Jr. ’80

Claibourne Worth Poindexter, Jr. died on January 7, 2021 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. He was born in Greensboro, NC on July 11, 1958 to Emma Mills Poindexter and Dr. Claibourne Worth Poindexter.

After attending Irving Park Elementary School, he was one of the original students of the Greensboro Day School where he graduated in 1976. He attended Davidson College and graduated with a BA in economics in 1980.

The majority of his professional life was spent in the Executive Search field in partnership with his brother Cabell. He considered it the “best job in the world”-making a living while making a difference in people’s lives and helping clients achieve their business goals.

An avid fisherman and sportsman, he considered his lifelong hobby as “committing random acts of kindness” and doing things for other people, something that he always considered having learned from his father.

He is survived by one son, Claibourne Worth Poindexter III of New York City and three brothers Cabell Mills Poindexter, Charles Cleveau Poindexter II together with his wife Pam Poindexter, and Christian Taylor Johnston Poindexter. In addition, he has five nieces and nephews, Cabell Mills Poindexter Jr., Charles Cleveau Poindexter III, Emma Louise Poindexter, Alexandra Worth Poindexter and Matthew Wojciechowski.

Along the way, he accumulated many friends that he loved and considered family. He wanted to thank and the family wishes to thank everyone involved in his treatment and care-both at Moses Cone in Greensboro, NC and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Freedom House in Greensboro, NC. The mission of the organization was dear to his heart and he very much wanted to see them realize the first phase of their amazing facility.

Lastly, he felt the best way to honor him was to share a kind word or a smile with a stranger. He always felt that you would never know what a difference it might make.

At a later date, there will be a celebration of his life. The location, date and time will be determined by family in the coming months. He will live in our hearts forever.

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Michael Pannier ’80

Michael Anthony Pannier, age 61, passed away on January 19, 2020, from glioblastoma in his home in Roswell, Georgia. He was born on September 26, 1958, in Anniston, Alabama.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1980 and Mercer Law School in 1983. He served five years as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army. Michael was a partner at Hall Booth Smith law firm for over 20 years and worked as a medical malpractice defense attorney.

He enjoyed listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and vacations to Sunset Beach, NC.

Michael is survived by his mother, Marie Pannier; his sister, Susan Pannier; his children, Sam Pannier, Ellie Anston and her husband, Robbie Anston, and Mary Pannier; his nephew and nieces Chris Setser, Emily Setser, Caitlin Setser, and Zoe Setser; his former spouse and mother of his children, Diana Holley; and his significant other, Marti Hendrix.

He is predeceased by his father, Leo Pannier.

A memorial service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Road, Roswell, GA 30076 on Saturday, January 25th, at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Mike’s name to the American Brain Tumor Association to support glioblastoma research.  https://give.abta.org/give/261975/#!/donation/checkout

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 23, 2020

Robert Grove Hollingsworth ’80

Robert (Robbie) G. Hollingsworth, aged 61, died tragically on February 2, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This occurred not long after he returned to work in Raleigh after many rewarding years abroad and in Hawaii.

Robbie left behind heartbroken family and friends including his son Cas, his former wife, Dianna Middleton Hollingsworth, and beloved brothers Joe, Tom, and Lewis. His own mother Dody, a kind, sweet lady, and his father Thomas, who both loved Robbie dearly, preceded him in death.

Robbie was an idealist and most of his life he was strongly optimistic and cheerful. Indeed, he was a fun-loving person, a fast runner, eager tennis player, and a fisherman. He was known to artfully make and enjoy a pot of coffee daily from freshly ground beans and on occasion took a stiff drink of bourbon with a friend while partaking in wide ranging conversations reflective of his broad interests. Yet despite all of this, Robbie lost his footing later in life and fell into recurring deep depression, which his family, friends, and colleagues were unable to help him escape.

Robbie was a graduate of Avery County High School and a 1980 graduate of Davidson College. He subsequently received a Ph.D. in Entomology from N.C. State University. Yes, Robbie was a guy who got excited about fruit flies and was not afraid of spiders. After receiving his doctorate Robbie became a Fulbright scholar in Papua New Guinea and subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Hawaii and the University of Arkansas.

In his professional life Robbie enjoyed working as a research entomologist with the USDA in far flung locales addressing pest management issues. Eventually, he, Diana, and Cas made their way to Hilo Hawaii, where he maintained a home. In true Davidson form, he served as an entomologist in the US Peace Corps in Western Samoa, and he participated in the Solomon Islands in The United Nations Volunteers program, an organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Unquestionably, Robbie used his skill and expertise to make things better on this earth.

So much positive defined Robbie’s life. He was kindhearted and generous to a fault, always seeking to include family and close friends whenever he had something to offer. Robbie was a good man, father, husband, brother, son, and friend and will be greatly missed.

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There’s a certain Slant of light,

Winter Afternoons —

That oppresses, like the Heft

Of Cathedral Tunes —

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us —

We can find no scar,

But internal difference —

Where the Meanings are.

Emily Dickinson

Remarks prepared by classmate and friend G. Brooks Adams ’80.

Doug Crosby ’80

Mr. Robert Douglas (Doug) Crosby, 59, of Connelly Springs passed away on March 6, 2018 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke after complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Crosby was born on May 16, 1958 to the late Willard Lee and Gertrude Lambert Crosby in Augusta, GA. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Morganton First Church of God, a Mason, a member of Burke County GOP. Recently he was a GOP consultant on the campaigns of Congressman Mark Meadows and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Syvana Crosby of the home; three sons: Roger (Rachel) Crosby of Cajah’s Mountain; Josh Crosby of Burke County; Robert (Angela) Crosby of Connelly Springs; daughter Stacey (Jay) Crowe of Valdese; step-son Jason (Lea) Huffman of Salisbury; brother Tom (Donna) Crosby of Drexel; grandchildren Natalie Grace, Natalie Rose, Arabella, Dawson, Xander, Tristian, Abbi; nephew Tom Crosby II; and furbabies Cricket and Roxie.

Funeral services for Mr. Crosby will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Morganton First Church of God with Pastor Jon McDivitt officiating. The family will receive friends 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. and the service will begin at 3:00 pm.

The family requests a memorial be made to www.youcaring.com/syvanacrosby-1121278 .

Huff Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Crosby family. Online condolences may be made at www.hufffuneralhome.com