Sebastien Douzal ’89

It with a heavy heart that I tell you that Sebastien passed away at the end of July, 2021. We celebrated his life on August 3rd in his home town of Sete, France. Our son says he is sure to see his Dad again one day. He will live on through Etienne forever. He was a proud and devoted DAD! This time last year, Sebastien was in the hospital for testing. He felt something wasn’t right. Little did he know that Pancreatic cancer had already got the best of him. He left NY at the beginning of October last year, never to return. But he was blessed to spend his remaining days in his Mother’s home and his family was very close to him at the end. Etienne and I traveled many times to France over these last 9 months and they were able to enjoy each other’s company for sometimes weeks at a time. Virtual learning turned out to be our blessing!!

Those interested in remembering Sebastien and contributing to Etienne’s college fund are invited to make a contribution at https://www.gofundme.com/f/be-sebastiens-angels.

Douglas B. Robelen ’87

Douglas B. Robelen, 55, of Glen Allen, died after a long illness on July 23, 2021, with his family by his side. He was born on September 25, 1965, in Sayville, N.Y., to Don and Dorothy (deceased) Robelen.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Amy Robelen; his daughter, Caroline; and son, Sam. Doug is also survived by his father, Don Robelen (Sue) of Manakin-Sabot; and his brothers, Keith Robelen (Aline) of Charlotte, N.C. and Erik Robelen (Sheila) of Silver Spring, Md. In addition, he is survived by his aunt, Bette Piece (Geoff) of Lincoln, Mass.

Doug lived in the Richmond area for more than 30 years. He worked with great dedication as the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Virginia, a post he assumed in February 2019 (family and friends proudly joined him for the investiture ceremony with the Justices.) Before that, Doug served as the court’s Chief Deputy Clerk for more than 15 years.

He was a longtime member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks and served on the executive committee from 2017 to 2019. Doug also worked previously as an attorney in government and private practice. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990 and Davidson College in 1987.

Doug was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, nephew and friend. He was kind and considerate, displayed a sharp wit and had a keen sense of humor that routinely brought joy and laughs to those lucky enough to know him. Doug also had a deep and abiding faith and was active in St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church in Ashland.

He was a lifelong student of history – especially American history and military history – and devoured countless books on the subject. In fact, he donned a revolutionary-era wig from time to time – typically to play Thomas Jefferson or Richard Henry Lee – in historic reenactments at St. John’s Church in Richmond.

A talented musician, Doug played trumpet and performed countless times in the Richmond community. He was a founding member of the Henrico Community Band, which he performed with for nearly two decades. He also played in the Reflections Big Band.

He served as Committee Chair of Troop 777 of the Boy Scouts of America from 2014 to 2020.

In addition, he was a member of the Richmond Jaycees from 1990 to 2005 and was president in 1993 to 1994. He also served as chair of Project W.A.R.M., which provides firewood for families in need.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Road, Henrico, Va., 23294. Please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Doug Robelen may be made to St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church or Scout Troop 777 in Henrico.

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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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Wayne Williams ’89

Wayne Allen Williams, 56, of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 09, 2020 at 10am at Herring Funeral Care & Cremations Chapel.

He is survived by by brothers, Israel Williams, Jr. of Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Ronald Williams (Faye) of Wilson, Larry Williams (Theresa) of Fayetteville and Steven Williams of Boston, MA. Sister, Marilyn Williams of South Bend, IN.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9-10am.

Arrangements by Herring Funeral Care & Cremations

Elizabeth Clore ’84

Elizabeth Lacy Clore, 58, of Conover passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at her residence.

She was born March 8, 1962 in Richland County to the late John W. Clore and to Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain. Beth was insightful and kind, and sometimes a little impatient. She expected the best from people and could be irritable when she didn’t get it. Beth remembered birthdays and anniversaries with a card in the mail, she brought souvenirs from her vacations to family and friends (she did love a gift shop), she would put candy on her desk for her colleagues, and even remembered our pets.

Beth was a voracious reader, loved movies, and had a wide range of interests from history and philosophy to Shark week to head-banging heavy metal music to sports.

She loved her two cats, Lilith and Chester Bennington, who will be lost without her to spoil them. Beth leaves behind her mother, Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain; sisters, Julia Clore-Laurich and husband Cliff Laurich of Kings Mountain, Catherine Strange of Kings Mountain; nephews who probably learned too much from her when they were teenagers because she was the coolest Auntie; family and friends who will miss her humor and stories. Greeting her upon her death were her father, John Clore; brother-in-law, Lance Strange; grandparents, step-father, Gene Hunt and uncle, John Woods.

Memorials may be made to Family Guidance Center, 17 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602, www.fgcservices.com or Humane Society of Catawba County, 3224 20th Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602, catawbahumane.org.

A private service to celebrate Elizabeth’s life will be held on a later date.

Bennett Funeral Service online posting.