Gary Allen Sims Jr. ’82

Gary Allen Sims Jr., 62, of Salisbury, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Born Sept. 17, 1960, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of Ada Fink Sims and the late Gary Allen Sims Sr. Gary graduated from Concord High School’s Class of 1978, where he played football and baseball and from Davidson College’s Class of 1982. He played football at Davidson and was proud to be a Wildcat. He began his career as a teacher at Concord Middle School and serving a few other schools. He later worked for the NCDMV as a driver education specialist and retired as supervisor.

Following his retirement, he worked in the TMU Unit at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and was an on-campus transportation driver at UNC Charlotte.

Gary loved his family, watching his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews play sports. He loved watching sports on TV and playing golf. Gary also loved going to the beach with Lisa for special getaways. He was an Eagle Scout and taught himself to play the bass guitar and serve on the Praise Band at Salem Lutheran Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 39 years, Lisa Vanderford Sims; mother, Ada Fink Sims; sister, Donna Sims; cousin, Jeff Bowling; mother-in-law, JoAnn V. Alessandrini; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Kenny) Jones and Linda (Brian) Corcoran; nieces and nephews, Natalie Morgan, Wesley (Meredith) Jones, Anna (Zeb) Winslow; Brianna Corocran and Erin Corcoran, and Chrissy (Marshall) Braden, Katie (Vince) Ewell; and 10 great-nieces and -nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., at He’s Alive Church, 1310 N Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis. The celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m., in the church sanctuary, with Pastor Bill Coleman and Pastor Doug Hardin officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Emmy Knobloch ’82

Emmy Knobloch '82Dr. Emily Jean Knobloch of Jackson, Wyoming died peacefully surrounded by her family from complications of melanoma on May 18. She was born July 10, 1960 to Emily Champion and the late Carl William Knobloch, Jr. in New York City. Emmy lived a life full of love, courage and achievement.

Emmy graduated from the Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia), Davidson College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. At Davidson, Emmy captained the tennis team, was Davidson’s very first female All-American in any sport and was elected to Davidson’s Hall of Fame. At Minnesota Medical School, Emmy was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After starting on Wall Street, she found her passion caring for patients as an internal medicine doctor. Dr. Emmy, as she was fondly called, loved her patients and the staff at St. John’s Hospital in Jackson. Her family was also lucky to benefit from her incredible skills, most especially her late father Carl and her partner Robert.

Other interests during her life were horses, playing tennis, fishing expeditions with her father, and rescuing dogs, of whom there were many and all much beloved. She was a Rowland and Ward record book holder and won awards for her marathon times. Most importantly, she knew what she loved, people and animals, most especially stray dogs.

Emmy was an active contributor to her community in Jackson, Wyoming including having served as the Chairman of the St. John’s Hospital board and Medical Director of the St. John’s Living Center in addition to her private practice. She was also a Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

So many extraordinary doctors and caregivers have been part of Emmy’s courageous fight against melanoma. We will keep the specific list short and only note very gratefully her care from St. John’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Dr. Martha Stearn.

She is survived by her mother Emily Champion Knobloch, her partner and best friend of many years Dr. Robert Berlin, dear 4-legged child Dr. Shami, sisters Carla Knobloch and Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford (Tom) and her two devoted nephews Joseph Thomas Ratchford III and James William Ratchford. She is also survived by many dear cousins, including Stevens Sharkey and George Champion, whom she considered as brothers.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Emmy and celebrate who she was with acts of kindness to others.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24  at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta . A celebration of Emmy’s life will also be held in Jackson Hole at a later date. There will be a private burial at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 20 to May 22, 2018

Alec Edward Driskill ’82

Alec E. Driskill, 56, of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Lynchburg, Va., passed away peacefully Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Harrisburg.

Born June 18, 1960, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Alec (Buck) and Dorothy (Dancy) Driskill.

Alec earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College where he was also a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a lifelong fan of the Davidson Wildcats basketball team.

He had been employed at Nationwide Insurance for the past 29 years, recently earning his CLU from American College.

Whenever Alec had free time you could find him at a sporting event baseball and football being two of his favorites.

He was a lover of nature, and, took pleasure in hunting, camping and hiking with his friends and family.

Alec enjoyed sharing stories with his golf buddies at Deer Valley and with his friends at Nationwide. He was kind, generous, intelligent, and, a great listener and a loyal friend.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine E. Driskill; son, Alec E. Driskill II; and cat, OC (Orange Cat) of Rehoboth Beach, Del. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Betsy Long.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at First Christian Church of Lynchburg, 3109 Rivermont Avenue. He will be interred in Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions, in remembrance of Alec, being made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Those wishing to share memories, or condolences, with the family are invited to visit

Arrangements entrusted to the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc., Harrisburg, PA (717) 545-3774.

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Vanessa Yvette Adams ’82

Vanessa Yvette Adams, 53 of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on April 2, 2015.

She was born in Columbus, GA on June 15, 1961 to Henry Lincoln Adams and Louise Robinson Adams. Vanessa graduated from Northside High School in Atlanta, received her BS degree from Davidson College in Davidson, NC and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Vanessa worked for the United States General Accounting Office in Boston, MA and Washington, DC. She was employed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs where she earned numerous certifications in finance and auditing. In her Christian stewardship, Vanessa served faithfully at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church.

Vanessa is survived by her daughter, Alexandra Yvette Adams, parents, Henry and Louise Adams, brother, Christopher Adams, several aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Christian Education Department of Allen Temple A.M.E. or to the American Heart Association.

Viewing will be held TODAY, from 1 PM.- 9 P.M with a wake from 6 P.M. at Murray Brothers Funeral Home Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Road, SW Atlanta, GA 30331. (404)349-3000

The Celebration of Life Service will occur on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:00 am at Allen Temple AME Church 1625 Joseph E. Boone Blvd., NW Atlanta, GA 30314. Rev. Dr. Thomas Bess, Eulogist.

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Sharon Lee Bridwell ’82

Sharon Bridwell, 53, of Las Vegas, Nevada died at Creekside Hospice on January 2, 2014 following a long battle with a terminal illness. Sharon was born to Gerald A. Bridwell and the late Genieve (Stoppelmoor) Bridwell on February 23, 1960 in Valparaiso, Indiana. She graduated from Clarkston High School, Stone Mountain, Georgia in 1978 and was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club.

In 1978 she enrolled in Davidson College in North Carolina. Sharon received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Davidson in 1982. Sharon held marketing positions with several North Carolina companies including Wrangler Jeans (VF Corporation), Multi-­‐Ad Services and Vanguard Cellular Systems before relocating to Basel, Switzerland.

While in Switzerland Sharon was retained as a consulting manager by Novartis to launch a global image development plan. Sharon and her husband Gene returned to the United States in 1999 and selected Las Vegas as their home.

Sharon Bridwell is survived by her husband, Gene Leed of Las Vegas, Nevada; Gene’s daughter Denienne and granddaughter Talia of Las Vegas, Nevada; Gene’s daughter Miranda, husband Jay Boutelle, grandson Monty and granddaughter Mila of Portland, Oregon; Sharon’s father Gerald A. Bridwell of Rochester, Minnesota, and his wife Jill; Sharon’s sister Brenda and her niece Taylor of Sarasota, Florida; Sharon’s sister Jeri and her husband Jack Forseen of El Paso, Texas; Sharon’s brother Brad of Atlanta, Georgia; and Sharon’s brother Andy, his wife Danika, her niece Alexandra and her nephew Anderson of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Memorial services will be scheduled in Nevada and North Carolina in the spring of 2014 to commemorate Sharon’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in memory of Sharon Bridwell be made to either:

Creekside Hospice, 3675 Pecos McLeod, Suite 900, Las Vegas, NV 89121 (

Sojourn Foundation, 3540 West Sahara Avenue #283, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (