David Thomas Emery ’83

David Thomas Emery '83Charlotte native, David Thomas Emery passed away on the evening of August 29, 2017. He was an outstanding athlete, an intellectual, a strong Christian, and a devoted husband and father.

David was born on September 13, 1960 in Charlotte, NC. From a young age, David had natural athletic ability, and he loved sports of all kinds. David was a three sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at East Mecklenburg High School.

In his junior year, David started at both Wide Receiver and Free Safety, and he was a part of the East Meck Eagles 1977 State Championship football team.

In 1984, he graduated from Davidson College with a degree in Economics, where he also played second base for the Wildcats baseball team. After graduation, he started his career in Tampa, Florida, working for NCNB, and then with NationsBank Capital Markets. Later in life, David worked as the Investment Manager for the City of Charlotte.

In 1992, David met his soulmate, Angie, and went on to raise three kids, Mariel, Meredith, and Chal. David was a selfless father. He enjoyed sharing his passion for sports with his kids, teaching his two daughters to play tennis and basketball and cheering on his son in soccer.

David brought joy to people’s lives with his witty humor, big laugh, loyal friendship, and admirable ambition.

His survivors include his wife of 25 years Angie Emery, his three children, his sister, Ann Wooten and husband, Ronald Wooten, brother, Doug Emery, and nieces and nephews.

He is the son of Margaret Emery and the late Milton Emery.

David’s service will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Sardis Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice House of Southminster or The Levine Cancer Institute. Online condolences may be made at www.tallentfuneralservice.com

Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 1, 2017

Russell Gaither Snipes, Jr. ’83

Russel Snipes '83Russell Gaither Snipes, Jr., age 56, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer on August 2, 2017.

Russ was born January 28, 1961, in Fuquay-Varina to the late R. Gaither Snipes and Frances Clark Snipes.

Russ will be remembered most by his family for his culinary skills in the kitchen — perfecting and preparing his beloved grandmother’s favorite recipes — much to their delight. He was a gifted harpist, cherishing his golden Lyon-Healy harp and reflecting fondly on being F-V High School’s band major.

Upon graduation from Davidson College, Russ entered the army as an officer and concluded his service as an aide-de-camp to a Two-star general. San Francisco was his home for many years where he partnered in founding a successful venture capital company.

Returning to F-V, Russ channeled his energy into spearheading the town’s Anniversary Gala, advocating for animals and supporting the local SPCA, and becoming a skilled silversmith and calligrapher.

Russ is survived by his mother, Frances Clark Snipes; his sister, Jayne Elizabeth Wall and brother-in-law, Charles Wilson Wall; nieces and nephews, Keith Wall and Kelsey, Ryan Wall and Sara Grace; aunt, Rosalyn Snipes; and cousins, Betsy Snipes Griswold, Diane Snipes, Carville Banks Clark, and Gloria Clark Martin.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Online condolences can be left on thomasfuneral.com

Published in The News & Observer on Aug. 6, 2017

Merris Anthony Hollingsworth ’83

Merris Anthony Hollingsworth '83On Thursday, December 17, 2015 Merris Anthony Hollingsworth, of Ronaoke, passed away as a result of a 16 year fight against the rare cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma. She was born August 25, 1961 in Atlanta, Ga. to Julianne Lunsford Hollingsworth and J. Hayden Hollingsworth. She was soon followed by younger sisters Betsy and Jennifer.

After graduating from Davidson College in 1983, she received an M.A. from Wake Forest and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park. During her years in N.C, Merris met the love of her life, Mary Post who became her wife in April 1995.

Upon receiving her doctorate in counseling psychology, Merris joined the staff at the University of Delaware Counseling Center where she spent the next sixteen years treating clients and generally livening the offices with her buoyant spirit. Additionally, she headed the intern program supervising doctoral candidates and was named Director of the Year by the American Psychological Association.

During her years with The Counseling Center Merris’ wit and wisdom shaped many, many lives of those who passed through the doors.Merris received and rejoiced in the gifts each day presented to her. She adored spending time with family, whether that was visiting Michigan and Walloon Lake with Mary, hiking with her mother, walking at Litchfield Beach with family, or simply enjoying holidays with the people she loved.

Devoted to her nieces and nephews, she took great joy in planning special activities from blowing spectacularly large soap bubbles, creating origami creatures to decorating cookies, playing games and, in the process, creating wonderful memories. A talented seamstress, she also created heirloom quilts for each niece, nephew, two great nieces, a great nephew and her mother. She nearly always had a knitting project in progress for herself or someone else and is credited with infecting her co-workers with the knitting bug.

Merris was an active participant in churches wherever she happened to live, the most recent of which was Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Del.

In her affiliations she served as elder Sunday school teacher and liturgist. Whether it involved serving on the session or pastoral nominating committee, she never hesitated to assist where she could. Merris taught Sunday school, led the Children’s Time during Sunday service and recently helped to make and decorate 2,000 Christmas cookies to brighten the holidays for those in need.

With her profound love of animals, Merris pictured herself as a redwing blackbird whose greatest beauty is hidden until it takes flight. Dogs, cats and horses filled her life with excitement, joy and much laughter. A recently planted butterfly garden brightened her back yard and winged visitors to her plants always thrilled her.As an avid reader, Merris devoured the works of Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue, C.S. Lewis and Richard Rohr.Along with her beloved and devoted wife, Mary Post.

Merris is survived by her parents, Julianne Lunsford Hollingsworth and J.Hayden Hollingsworth; and father-in-law John Post; her sister, Betsy Lee and brother-in-law Lai Lee and their children Cassandra (Ryan), Christine (Michael), Katie and Maggie; sister, Jennifer and brother-in-law Holton and their children Declan and Connor; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steve and Jane Post and their daughters, Stephanie (Ben) and Justine (Andrew); grandnieces and nephews, Ollie, Joseph, Merris, Edison, Alma, Clara and many beloved friends and colleagues.

Each time she entered a room, one felt her joy and gentleness of spirit. She also possessed a dogged determination and a very polite, but profound streak of stubbornness. Merris often found humor in her struggles when others would fall into despondency. Regardless of any discomfort or fear, Merris remained fully engaged with life and refused to complain.

In defiance of her disease, Merris radiated joy and deep faith, she danced through life with jubilant feet.At 11 a.m. on Wednesday January 6, 2016 we celebrate Merris’ life and faith at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice (www.delawarehospice.org) or a charity of your choice.

In further celebration of her spirit, the family requests you perform random acts of kindness as she so often did.

Michael Jerome Lord ’83

Dr. Michael Jerome Lord, age 54, fell asleep in death August 27, 2015. He was at home with his family in Tampa, FL after a 6 year battle with brain cancer.

He graduated from Columbia High School in Lake City, FL as Valedictorian of the class of 1979 and graduated from South Florida Medical School in Spinal Orthopedic Surgery.

Mike was married 28 years to his devoted, loving and caring wife, Dr. Jane Cox Lord. He loved and cared for his family, friends and patients. He was a very dedicated man to proper nutrition and physical fitness.

As one of Jehova’s Witnesses the last years of his life were spent enjoying his family and helping others to draw close to God.

Mike and Jane were blessed with 4 children: 2 daughters; Janelle (Helmet) Hampton, Tampa, FL and Michelle (Spencer) Schafer of Washington; 2 sons; Forrest and Justin Lord both of Tampa, FL. Mother, Brenda (Puddy) Espenship of Lake City, FL, father, Pete (Meredith) Lord of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Kelly Henderson of Ft. Myers and numerous other relatives.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 15208 Barby Ave, Tampa, FL 33625.

Published in Lake City Reporter on Sept. 2, 2015

Kathryn Murray Sarzen ’83

Kathryn Murray Sarzen '83Kathryn Ruth Murray Sarzen of Brookhaven died Friday, November 21, 2014. She was 53. The daughter of John and Bonnie Murray of Jasper, GA, she was the wife of Dr. Christopher Sarzen and the mother of twin sons, Michael and Christopher, and daughter, Natalie.


She was a supremely devoted mother and wife and loved by all. Born in Atlanta in 1961, Kathryn was graduated from The Westminster Schools in 1979, Davidson College in 1983, and the Mercer University Law School, Macon, in 1986. At Mercer she served on Law Review and Moot Court Board. Her legal career spanned 28 years in both the private and public sectors.


She was a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. In addition to her husband, children and parents, Kathryn is survived by brother, Philip Murray (Melinda) of Hinsdale, IL; sister, Diane Murray Sweat (Charles) of LaGrange; father-in-law, Karl Sarzen, of Dunwoody; brother-in law, Marcel Sarzen (Mary); five nephews and two nieces.


There will be a visitation Tuesday, November 25, from 6-8 p.m. at H. M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, N.E., Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


Funeral service will be held at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church or to Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive, Jasper, GA 30143.








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