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.

Rebecca Gilmer Benefield ’89

Rebecca Gilmer Benefield passed away on May 10, 2020 at the age of 53 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

A graduate of Davidson College and the University of Georgia School of Law, Becca was a true example of the often over used description of Renaissance woman. Attorney, equestrian, home designer, gardener, chef, skier, world traveler and lover of the very finest literature ever created by humankind.

But far more important than all of those wonders was the extreme kindness and generosity she extended to friends and loved ones. If there was a need, Becca was there to help. She took the biblical admonition to love God and one’s neighbor very seriously and was never distracted from those elemental imperatives.

Becca’s family was her most highly prized possession. She loved and was adored by her husband Harold Benefield. She sacrificed a legal career to care for her son, Hardy Simpson. She was a solid rock for her widowed mother, Doreen Gilmer. She drove her brother, William Gilmer, to distraction but loved him deeply. Her step-children were her children, too: Lawson Benefield (Leslie) and Maggie Galbraith (Andrew). Her granddaughters, Vivian, Allison and Noelle brought her indescribable joy.

Her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins were not merely extended family, they were as proximate as her own warm heart.

Becca Benefield was vastly adored and will be forever remembered with the greatest of joy.

A service honoring her life will be scheduled at a time when we can safely gather.

J. Rene’ Herlong ’84

Dr. James Rene’ Herlong, 58, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was born December 24, 1961, in Rock Hill, SC, to Eleanor Reid Herlong and the late E.E. “Doc” Herlong.

In addition to his mother, Rene’ is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved and admired him.

Rene’ attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, Davidson College and Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

An expert in pediatric echocardiography, he was chief of pediatric cardiology for Levine Children’s Hospital and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Rene’ also served as an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Rene’ was one of the founders and assistant director of Camp LUCK, a camp for children with significant heart disease. For more than 20 years, he used two weeks of vacation each year to serve as camp doctor for YMCA’s Camp Cherokee.

In 2015, he was a finalist for the NC Medical Society’s Doctor of the Year. Fluent in Spanish, Rene’ volunteered for many medical mission trips to Central and South America.

Rene’ also had a beautiful singing voice, and for more than 30 years sang “O Holy Night” for the Christmas Eve service at his home church, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian in Rock Hill.

Memorials may be made in Dr. Herlong’s name to First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 201 East White Street, Rock Hill SC, 29730.

Services will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.

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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

Anderson Scott ’84

Anderson Butler Scott, age 58, died on January 11, 2020, at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, following a two-year battle with lung cancer. His final days were spent quietly with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Miller, his children, Mary Amanda Scott and Anderson Baytop Scott, and their mother, Amanda Barber Scott all of Atlanta, his father, James Marks Scott, his sister, Fairlie Scott Herron, and his brother James Marks Scott, Jr., all of Montgomery, Alabama. Anderson was predeceased by his mother, Vivian Butler Scott, of Montgomery.

Anderson was born in September 1961, in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended the Montgomery Academy, Jefferson Davis High School, the Millbrook School of Millbrook, New York (Valedictorian), Davidson College (B.A., English Literature, 1984), Yale University (Master of Fine Art, 1987, Albers Scholar and Departmental Prize for Excellence), and Emory University (J.D., 1993).

Both attorney and artist, Anderson was a partner at the law firm of Fisher Phillips as well as a published and exhibited photographer. He lived a happy life full of long runs, weekend photographic jaunts to find the odd and interesting, and family trips to distant lands. He had great pride in his law practice and much love for those dear to him – children, wife, family, and large concentric and eccentric circles of friends.

Anderson’s photographic works are held in numerous private, corporate, and museum collections both great and small including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American History, The Smithsonian, the High Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. A monograph of his photographic work was published by the University of Chicago Press.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Sarah Cannon Fund at the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 23197, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or at www.sarahcannonfund.org.

His funeral service and burial will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 906 Pike Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 on Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation to follow at the home of Jim Scott, 1704 Hillwood Drive, Montgomery, Alabama.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2020