Dee LaMonte Perry ’88

Dee LaMonte Perry '88Minister Dee LaMonte Perry, beloved son of Pastors Mary and Warner Perry; loving father of Jolie and Jayda; brother of DeAnna Eason and Faith Perry; survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Served as associate minister and minister of music at Gethsemane Full Gospel Church.

Visitation 10 AM Saturday followed by Funeral 11 AM at Gethsemane Full Gospel Church, 1050 Walden Avenue.

Private burial arrangements by Alan R. Core Funeral Home.

John DeWitt Phillips ’88

John DeWitt Phillips, 50, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born September 24, 1965, in Charlotte, NC.

John was preceded in death by his father, Dewey DeWitt (DD) Phillips, MD, and his mother, Geraldine (Geri) Grady Phillips.

He is survived by his children John DeWitt (Jack) Phillips, Jr., Anna Adams Phillips, Katherine Elizabeth Phillips and David Luke Phillips.

Through the years, John lived in Charlotte, NC, Durham, NC, and Birmingham, AL, but spent the majority of his life in Charlotte which he always considered home.

John graduated from Charlotte Country Day School, received a B.A. in History from Davidson College, an M.A. in Military History from The University of Alabama, and a JD from Cumberland School of Law.

John was a talented attorney who spent most of his career as a civil servant. He was a successful assistant district attorney, public defender, and civil litigator.

John’s interests were broad and included history, computers and photography. He also loved Alabama football and one of his greatest joys was taking his children to games.

He was a loyal and generous friend often helping others in need.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Reverend Deborah Conner will officiate.

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Kevin Osborne Barnard ’88

Kevin Osborne Barnard, 47, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Grundy, Virginia to Mary Virginia Barnard Lester and the late Dr. John William (Bill) Barnard, Sr. He was a loving husband to Doly and a devoted father to Cole and Spencer. He is also survived by his brother, John Barnard, Jr. and his wife Heather, sister, Brooke Barnard, sister, Meg Barnard Clemens and her husband Chris, his grandmother Louise Osborne, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws and loyal friends.

Kevin was a graduate of North Cross High School where he made life-long friends. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1988 and successfully completed one year of medical school at the Medical College of Virginia before deciding to pursue a career in the law. He received his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1993. Kevin began his legal career in Richmond and joined the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia as an Assistant Attorney General where he served as counsel to officers of the Commonwealth including judges and various state agencies including the Virginia State Bar.

In 2003, Kevin returned to his native Roanoke to join the firm of Frith Anderson and Peake PC. As a partner in the firm, he continued his practice of representing constitutional officers and other state agencies through an appointment as Special Counsel to the Office of Attorney General of Virginia and also had an extensive professional liability practice defending health care providers and lawyers in malpractice actions. Kevin was known for his keen intellect, precise analytical skills and persuasive written and oral advocacy. He brought a pragmatic and thorough approach to his practice. While a tenacious advocate for his clients, he never lost his calm demeanor or professionalism which earned him the immense respect and admiration of his peers, his clients and the tribunals before whom he appeared.

Kevin served as a member of the Lawyer’s Malpractice Committee of the Virginia State Bar, was a member of the Roanoke Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Virginia State Bar. The Roanoke Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. He was admitted before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to his family, friends and law career, Kevin especially loved the Christmas season, spending time at Smith Mountain Lake, and listening to music. Kevin was an accomplished musician, an avid runner, and a skilled wood-worker. He had an intelligent sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and was a steadfast friend to many. Kevin was fiercely protective of his wife and mother as well as a wonderful role model for his sons. Kevin will always be remembered for his intense and heartfelt devotion, respect and love of his wife and children. Kevin was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Steeple Fund designated in memory of Kevin Barnard, or to a charity of your choice. Family will receive friends Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel, www.oakeys.com.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Thomas G. Miller. The Committal Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Sherwood Memorial Park.

Ian Robinson Filiss ’88

Ian Robinson Filiss ’88, 47, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 8, 2012, at his home in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. He was born July 26, 1965, in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in the Big Laurel Community in Madison County. He was a graduate of Davidson. After college he moved to St. Croix, where he owned and operated Caribbean Courts, a construction company. Filiss was preceded in death by his brother, William Filiss. He is survived by his mother, Mary Filiss, and stepfather, Lionell Filiss, Rt. 6, Marshall, NC 28753, as well as his father and stepmother, George and Joyce Robinson. Surviving him also are his brothers, Christopher Robinson (Margie), Alexander Filiss (Traci), George Filiss (Bianca), Ezekiel Filiss (Courtney), Augustus Filiss, Jasper Filiss (Lisa), Cedar Robinson (Sarah), David Robinson, and Mike Reich (Lori); his sisters, Jemima Cook (Matthew) and Grace Carrender (Mark); 18 nieces and nephews; his dear friend, Tammy Ballard; and his beloved dog, Fergie. Many lives were touched and helped in a quiet and selfless way by his love and deeds. He will always be loved and will be terribly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

Charles “Buddy” Richardson Martin, Jr. ’88

Charles “Buddy” Richardson Martin, Jr. ’88, 45, died Feb. 14 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz. A graduate of Davidson and UNC Chapel Hill, Martin was a doctor of pediatrics. He had two practices in Arizona, Southwestern Pediatrics in Phoenix and also in Maricopa. Survivors include his beloved daughter, Amiah; parents, Dr. Charles and Rebecca Martin, 206 Deborah Dr., Jacksonville, FL 28540; and three sisters, Susan Martin Nipper, Caroline Martin, and Elizabeth Martin Angell. Martin’s tenacity, courage, wit, and intelligence overshadowed any of his physical limitations. He served as an inspiration to others facing challenges in their lives. Memorials may be made to the Charles R. “Buddy” Martin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.