John Charles McNeill ’93

The family announces the passing of John Charles “Charlie” McNeill of Kansas City, Kansas, formerly of Lenoir, N.C. He is the son of Donald and Ann McNeill of Southern Pines, N.C., formerly long term residents of Lenoir. He is survived by sister, Susan Kight; and two nephews Cameron Kight and Alex Kight of Wilmington, N.C.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at Lenoir Presbyterian Church at 12:00 noon with Rev. Rob Hinman officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. They will receive friends one hour prior from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M. at the church.

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Graham Pollock Powell ’97

Graham Pollock Powell, 47, died on December 2, 2022 in Charleston, SC. He is survived by his parents, Clarine and Rob Powell of Greenville, NC, his grandmother, Catherine Gant Powell of Greenville, NC, brother Bert Powell and wife Peyton of Greenville, NC, brother John Powell and wife Davy of Charleston, SC, sister Catherine Powell Box and husband Jason of Swarthmore, PA, cousin Riddick Lynch of Charleston, SC, three nephews, Jackson, Gibbon and Bill Powell of Greenville and a niece, Caroline Powell of Charleston, SC. Graham had a large extended family and many friends who loved him and were loved by him.

Graham was a graduate of Rose High School in Greenville, NC, Davidson College, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was recognized by his peers early in his law career as a Rising Star and later as a Super Lawyer while practicing as a Partner in the law firm of Wall, Templeton and Haldrup specializing in construction litigation. Graham was the immediate Past President of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and made significant contributions to his profession. His disdain for rules, exceptional argumentative skills and passion for helping those who needed it most made him the quintessential attorney.

Graham had an adventurous spirit and his love of travel took him to Scotland, Australia, Spain, the Czech Republic, and several other destinations around the globe. While he would typically recruit and encourage others to go wherever he was going, he never minded going out on his own. Graham loved skiing and boating with friends. He was quick-witted, very funny and a spirited storyteller. Graham was creative and enjoyed finding special ways to surprise his nephews. He loved music, whether that meant jamming on his fiddle, crafting the perfect playlist, or best of all, attending a live show. Widespread Panic, Phish, Jack White and U2 were among the highlights. Graham had a sharp intellect and a newfound passion for writing. He detested conformity. One of the most important relationships in his life was with his loyal canine companion – Airlie. They spent 18 wonderful years together and enjoyed regular swims at Folly Beach. Graham was kind. He used all of his gifts to show up in big ways with big gestures. Lovingly referred to as the Mighty Mighty GP, Graham was big. His love was big.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2:30 PM, Sunday, December 18 followed by a reception. A gathering for a time of remembrance will be held in Charleston, SC on Wednesday, December 28 at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Junior Appalachian Musicians ( or the charity of your choice.

Margaret Lynn Morgan ’91

On November 24, 2022, Margaret Lynn Morgan, beloved wife, devoted mother, cherished sister, and much-admired friend and educator, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Margaret was born August 16, 1969, in Cutchogue, New York to Dr. Donald O’Quinn Morgan and Sue (Brown) Morgan. Dr. Don Morgan’s work as a research veterinarian took the family to Lexington, Kentucky and Urbana, Illinois, but home was the tip of Long Island where the potato and pumpkin farms provided most of the entertainment. She graduated from Mattituck High School in 1987.

Margaret’s lifelong dream was to teach high school math, so she began her education at Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina. At Davidson, Margaret found her place. She loved the college almost as much as she loved the friends she made there. You didn’t know Margaret for long without knowing how important her Davidson years were to her. She loved to tell the story of when Hurricane Hugo came through, and the campus lost power for a week. She cherished the time with her Davidson family at the Davidson gatherings at Montreat, North Carolina. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Davidson, Margaret decided to move to Athens, Georgia to pursue her graduate education at both of her parents’ alma mater, the University of Georgia. Margaret earned both a master’s degree in Mathematics Education (1993) and a master’s degree in Mathematics (1995). While in graduate school, Margaret worked as a tutor for the UGA Athletics Department, making friends with most of the football players of the early nineties.

It was during graduate school that Margaret met the love of her life, Derrell Hall. Margaret and Derrell were married August 3, 1996, holding the event on land that had been in her family for over a hundred years and where her family still had a home. Margaret and Derrell made their home in Athens, Georgia, and Margaret procured a mathematics teaching position at what was then called Athens Area Technical Institute. Margaret rose quickly through the ranks at Athens Tech, serving as mathematics instructor, department coordinator, e-Learning coordinator, Director of Instruction, and Dean for the Division of Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing. Margaret would eventually follow her dream of teaching high school math and ended her career as a mathematics instructor at Cedar Shoals High School. One of Margaret’s driving forces was to mentor students to love math as much as she did. More importantly, she wanted her students to love learning and to achieve more than they thought possible (which they did). In 2011, Margaret earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. She was proud to follow in her father’s footsteps with the title Dr. Morgan.

Without question, the greatest moment of Margaret’s life was the day her son Jackson was born. Jackson brought a happiness to his parents’ lives that they could never have imagined. She always liked to say that Jackson was made of the best parts of both of his parents. She was thrilled when she began teaching high school that Jackson was still young enough for long summer vacations. They made a goal to visit as many major league baseball parks as they could and visited all of the major national parks. One of her favorite annual traditions was spending the holidays in Snowshoe, West Virginia, drinking hot chocolate and watching Derrell and Jackson ski. Most recently, Margaret celebrated Jackson’s admittance to UGA-another Dawg in the family!

In addition to loving math, Margaret was an outstanding baker. She loved making cakes, cookies, and breads. She said that cooking for others is what helped her relax. Her friends and family all benefited from her “relaxation,” and everyone had their favorite dish that she would make for them on birthdays and special occasions. Her pumpkin cake was legendary.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Derrell Hall; son Jackson Morgan Hall; her brother, Ernest (Kelly) Morgan of Star, North Carolina; her nephew Donald (Stephanie) Morgan and her great-nephew Bruce Morgan of Las Vegas, Nevada; and her niece, Madeline Morgan of Alexandria, Virginia. She also has special friends, who are like family, Madeline and Jonathan Ransom and their parents and her friend, Caroline Angelo, Jackson’s “second” mom. She also leaves behind her two much-loved dogs, Wrigley and Chipper.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00AM until 10:45AM at the church.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity or the Fund for Davidson College.

Amanda Grant Edwards ’95

Amanda Grant Edwards died with her loving family around her at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 2, 2022, at the age of 49 after an eight-year battle against breast cancer. 

Amanda was born on July 31, 1973, in Atlanta, Georgia to her loving parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. Peery (Nancy) Grant.  She graduated from Lakeside High School in 1991 and then from Davidson College in 1995.  She earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and practiced as a pediatric physical therapist until breast cancer prohibited her from working any longer.

Amanda’s greatest passion was serving as loving wife to Renato, doting mother to Grant and Sofia and friend to everyone.  Amanda had a passion for food and wine and loved to cook.  She also loved to love people.  Her friends and family called her a “people collector” due to her ability to turn every stranger into a lifelong friend.  Amanda was an inspiration to others throughout her difficult journey with breast cancer.  Her strength and determination to keep fighting will continue to inspire those of us who were lucky enough to know and love her.

Amanda is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Renato Edwards, and their two children Samuel Grant Edwards and Sofia Gardner Edwards.  Amanda will also be deeply missed by her two sisters, Tracy (Robert) Wade and Susan (Malcolm) Traxler, M.D. and their families. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at    

Sarah Patterson French ’95

Sarah Patterson French of Atlanta, Georgia was a devoted mother, dependable friend, and loving wife. Surrounded by her family who loved her dearly, she passed away on October 23, 2022, at the age of 50 following a short but valiant fight against cancer.

Sarah was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Dr. Russell Horner Patterson III and Mrs. Virginia Patterson McLellan. She graduated from the Hutchison School of Memphis and Davidson College of Davidson, North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her love of language, grammar, literature & music, cultivated at both Hutchison and Davidson, was a defining characteristic of her life. Prior to having children, she taught in the Lower School at The Lovett School in Atlanta, served as the Publisher of The Harbus News at Harvard Business School in Boston, and worked as a children’s textbook editor for Harcourt Brace in Orlando. Sarah was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, serving as a member of both the session and the most recent pastor nominating committee. She also sang for twenty years in Trinity’s highly regarded chancel choir. Sarah also served on the Board of Visitors to Davidson College.

Sarah’s primary and most loved role was mother to her beautiful and accomplished children, Colin & Virginia. She was devoted to their education both academically & spiritually for nearly 21 years. Her courageous fight against cancer was born from her desire to live to see her children mature into adults, graduate from college and experience the joy of being a grandmother.

Sarah was also a committed and caring sister and friend to many. One of Sarah’s greatest strengths was her ability to make and maintain strong, meaningful friendships. She was known for her great sense of humor and sharp wit. Sarah could accomplish any task, big or small, and others were willing to help in her endeavors because of the respect they had for her.

Sarah met the love of her life, Reid French, at Davidson College in 1992. They were married in 1995 and experienced a wonderful life together for over 27 years. Sarah and Reid’s marriage was so delightful because they had both similar interests and striking differences. Both loved music, theater, children, travel and education. While Sarah’s love of English and literature contrasted with Reid’s passion for business and economics, together they were complete and whole.

Sarah was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Patterson McLellan. Sarah is survived by her husband R. Reid French, Jr., her children Colin McRee French and Virginia Holmes French, her sisters Katherine Patterson Gieselmann and Mary Russell Patterson Tully, her father Dr. Russell Horner Patterson III, her step-mother Sandy Stillman Patterson, her sister-in-law Tracy French McMillan, and her parents-in-law Russell Reid French and Victoria Holmes French.

A memorial service in honor of Sarah will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 11 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. A reception at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Sarah’s honor. The family requests that contributions be made to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322 or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327. Gifts online can be made at or Please note your gift in memory of Sarah French.