A. Wells Black ’94

Archibald Wells Black, Jr. “Wells” passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Wells Black (Archie and Carol) also of Greenville and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Gault of Greer and Mr. and Mrs. Hoke B. Black of Greenville.

Wells grew up in Greenville where he spent summers participating in SAIL, Greenville’s summer swim league, and where he played Pelham Road Mustang football each fall, continuing through his years at Eastside High School and Christ School in Arden, NC. While at Christ School, he was a Prefect, a captain of the football team, and selected to the All-Western NC Football Team. He participated in other sports such as basketball and track, and he graduated Christ School as salutatorian. Wells went on to his beloved Davidson College, where he played football his freshman year until an injury ended his playing career. Davidson always held a special place in his heart and it was the place where he began what would become lifelong friendships.

He taught History and Spanish and coached at a private school in St. Petersburg, Florida before going on to receive his law degree from the USC School of Law. He practiced law in Greenville from 1998 until his declining health forced him to retire in 2015.

In his spare time, Wells enjoyed boating and chasing fish on the lake, in saltwater creeks, or out in the open ocean. He loved music (especially Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Van Halen), playing guitar, and writing music.

In addition to his parents, Wells is survived by his fiancée and Davidson classmate, Alex Faulk, his children whom he loved dearly, Archibald Wells Black III and Cely Anne Black, both of Greenville, his sister, Catherine Black Koysza (David), and nieces, Caroline and Sadie Koysza, of Mt. Pleasant, SC.

He is also survived by an aunt, Sharon Gault Benston (Gerry), his uncle, Hoke B. Black, Jr., and cousins, Bill Benston (Janna), Beth Benston Elmore (Gay), and Laura Benston Brockman (Steve) and their children.

Wells’ faithful yellow lab, Curry, named for Davidson alum, Steph Curry, was with him during the courageous last years of his life.

His family wishes to thank all his caregivers, especially Wahid Dennis, and those who prayed for him.

Donations may be made in his memory, earmarked for research, to the South Carolina ALS Association, 130 Gardners Circle, PMB 622, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455.

A memorial service will be held on Monday May 16,2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Sanctuary with visitation to follow until 4:00 p.m. in the Parlor.

Family and friends who are unable to attend the service can view the Live Stream by visiting www.buncombestreetumc.org.

Francis “Frank” J. Houghton, Jr. ’94

Frank Houghton '94Francis “Frank” J. Houghton Jr., age 46, of Garnet Valley, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 21, 2018 at HUP in Philadelphia.

Raised in Wilmington, DE, Frank graduated from Salesianum High School, class of 1990. He then received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Davidson College where he met the love of his life, Karen Podolsky.

After their marriage, they spent 8 years in Charlotte, NC, later settling in Concord Twp. raising their three children.

Although Frank played college football at Davidson, he was an avid Notre Dame Football fan. He was active with his children in their sports over the years and coached both soccer and basketball with BYC and the Garnet Valley Soccer Club.

Devoted to his Catholic Faith, Frank was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church where he also taught CCD.

In addition to his parents, Francis Sr. and Barbara Downs Houghton, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, Karen E. Houghton, 3 children, Jason, Nicholas and Claire Houghton, 7 siblings, Joseph (Angela) Houghton, Michael (Eileen) Houghton, Barbara (William) Rizzo, Daniel (Jordan) Houghton, Melissa (Syrome) Singleton, Stephen Houghton and William (Katie) Houghton.

In addition to numerous nieces and nephews, Frank is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, 6-8PM at the Pagano Funeral Home, 3711 Foulk Rd., Garnet Valley, PA and again on Thursday, 9:15-10:15AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church (New Church), 430 Valleybrook Rd., Glen Mills, PA followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30AM. Interment, St. Thomas Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Houghton Children’s College Fund, (www.mealtrain.com/trains/z9vrnr/donate). Online condolences may be made by visiting www.paganofuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Times on Sept. 25, 2018

Daniel David Bahmiller ’94

Daniel David Bahmiller 41, of North Augusta, died Aug. 25, 2014 at his home in South Carolina. He was born in St. Petersburg,FL graduated from St. Petersburg High School, and was accepted into Davidson College, NC. After graduating from Davidson, he spent a year in Africa teaching and traveling.

Returning to the states he was accepted into the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. After graduating as Dr. Daniel D. Bahmiller, he moved to South Carolina and began his residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA.

He had a zest for life full of many activities including competitive swimming, scuba diving, triathlons, and sailing.

He is survived by his father, David P. Bahmiller, and his mother, Martha Lou Doyle.

Friends are welcome to attend a graveside service at 10 am Thursday, May 28, at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, 101 58th St. S., St. Petersburg. George Funeral Home and Cremation, Aiken, SC for Woodlawn Memory Gardens, St. Petersburg, FL.

David Lee ’94

David Lee ’94, of Flushing, N.Y., passed away in a drowning accident in Maui on Nov. 26. Survivors include his parents, Kwun and Yuk Ping Lee, 142-07 60th Ave., Queens, NY 11355; and a brother, Thomas.

Garnett Janson Smith ’94

Garnett Janson Smith ’94, of Lewis Center, Ohio, died July 1. Smith was a graduate of Davidson. He was the son of Leila Eden Evans, P.O. Box 243, Mt. Gilead, NC 27306, and Paul R. Smith, deceased, and the grandson of Clarence and Josephine Eden, both deceased. He is survived by his mother; sisters, Leila King and Eden Smith; a brother, Chris Smith; and partner, Jim Payne. Memorials may be made to Davidson College Garnett Smith Memorial Fund, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035.