Robert David Kaylor

Robert David Kaylor, retired Davidson College professor, Presbyterian Minister, and resident of Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC died surrounded by his family on April 20, 2022.

Born on October 1, 1933 in New Market, Alabama to Reverend Lemuel Jefferson and Johnnie Hanson Kaylor, he grew up the youngest of eleven children. Faith, family, and community anchored his youth, inspiring a lifetime of scholarship, ministry and social action.

Kaylor dedicated himself to teaching religion, becoming the James Sprunt Professor of Religion at Davidson College where he taught for 35 years. He earned an A.B. from Southwestern at Memphis and a Bachelor of Divinity from Louisville Seminary, then served as a pastor in Montevallo, Alabama. He joined the faculty of Davidson College after completing a Ph.D. at Duke University in1964.

A fearless and vocal activist, Kaylor worked to right the economic and political wrongs of society. As a young pastor in Alabama David allied himself with the Civil Rights Movement, beginning a lifetime of social engagement. From anti-Vietnam War protests to nuclear arms opposition, to human right activism he pursued peace and justice worldwide. He encouraged others to speak truth to power, championing the rights of minorities and women. Locally, David co-founded Davidson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. As he put it to his family, revolution is often destructive; he preferred to build a better world one home at a time.

As a teacher and scholar, Kaylor inspired students to engage the world. He moved beyond standard interpretations of scripture, responding to Jesus’s and the Apostle Paul’s calls to challenge injustice and advocate for the poor. He stressed the crucial role that faith plays in motivating political and social change. He viewed Jesus as a provocateur of justice, a balm to the downtrodden and questioner of worldly powers. His books focused on Christ’s hopeful message of a better world grounded in loving community.

Kaylor led his personal life focused on family, friends and home. Never one to sit still, he took joy in sports and physical labor. He completed his family’s home, raised a vegetable garden, played lots of tennis, and crafted wooden furniture and vessels. David played games, made ridiculous puns and to his last breath, had twinkle in his eye.

Kaylor was preceded in death in 2018 by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Marion (née Henning) Kaylor. The two are survived by their five children and eight grandchildren: Marilyn Kaylor (Steve Hale) , of Black Mountain, NC; Cathryn Harbor (David) of Lexington, VA, and their children Erin, Kaia, and Thomas; David William Kaylor (Jennifer), of Asheville, NC, and their sons Asa and Hanson; Charles Kaylor (Laura Johnson) of Garrett Park, MD and their children Haven Kaylor and Erin Hurst; and Marion Owen (Judd) of Decatur, GA, and their children, Dorothy and Issac.

A memorial service for David Kaylor will take place on Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, David requested that donations be made to Asheville Habitat for Humanity.

Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Kaylor family with arrangements.

Published by Charlotte Observer on April 25, 2022.

William Thomas “Tom” Poston ’49

Dr. William Thomas Poston, 100, of Statesville, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Gordon Hospice House.

Tom was born May 5, 1921, to the late Henry Alexander Poston and Annie Adams Poston. He was the seventh of eight children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Brawley Poston; son, William Thomas Poston Jr. He was also preceded in death by his second wife of four years, Madge Kestler Poston; and brothers and sisters, Howard, Hoy, Henry Harold, Kenneth, Banks, Faye and Mary.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Bartlett (Rick); son, Gary Poston (Darrell); grandchildren, Alex Elkins (Jack), Arik Bartlett (Tori), Landon Bartlett (Cassie); great-grandchildren, Paisley Bartlett, Aiden Bartlett, Amirra Elkins and baby Elkins on the way.

His family lived on Cemetery Street and his grandfather was the overseer at Oakwood Cemetery. Tom’s father worked 54 years at J.C. Steele & Sons. When the Depression hit, his family was forced to move into a smaller house and soon they lost that house too. They were forced to move to a home in the Shepherds community where there was no electricity or indoor plumbing. Tom had to do his schoolwork by kerosene lantern light. He was able to finish out his last years of high school by driving the family Model A Ford into town each day.

One of his first jobs, at age 15, was driving for Dr. James Davis, Davis Hospital namesake. He often reflected back on what a true privilege that was. After graduating from D. Matt Thompson High School as valedictorian in 1938, he married Nancy Brawley, beginning a union that spanned nearly 65 years until her death in 2004.

In 1942, Tom volunteered for the Army Air Force. He hoped to become a pilot, but due to colorblindness, he became an aircraft mechanic in the B-17 Flying Fortress Squadron. A sad experience for Tom and his family occurred in 1944, when his brother, Banks, was killed in Italy during the Battle of Anzio. He had only served in the Army for a few months. At the end of World War ll in 1945, Tom spent time in Hawaii as part of a G.I. chorus. He liked to tell the story that one of his fellow singers was John Mitchum, brother of actor Robert Mitchum. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Tom entered Davidson College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Cum Laude in the spring of 1949, after just three years. He later received his master’s degree from Appalachian State University and in 1977, he earned his Doctorate in education from Duke University. Dr. Tom Poston began his career teaching science at Troutman High School. A few years later, he became principal at Brawley School and then was principal at Celeste Henkel School for 11 years. In 1964, Dr. Poston became assistant superintendent of Iredell County Schools and then served as superintendent from 1970 until his retirement in 1981.

One of Tom’s many passions was his work with the West Iredell Lions Club. He became a lion in March 1953 and helped charter the West Iredell Lions Club in 1957. He was recognized as the oldest Lions Club member in North Carolina at the time of his death. He has been recognized with many awards including a Jack Stickley Fellowship, Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lion of the Year, and had 50-plus years of perfect attendance. He has served the club as president, vice president, and chairman of many committees.

Tom was a great man of faith and loved his church and Methodist heritage. Tom served as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir at Bethlehem United Methodist Church for many decades alongside his wife Nancy, who played the organ. In years past, the church honored Tom and Nancy with Poston Fellowship Hall.

Family meant everything to Tom. He cherished the annual Adams’ Family Reunion and loved to reminisce about times past with family and friends. Tom also loved to tell a good joke and would often laugh so hard he could not get the punch line out. His stories, wit, smile and Godly example has been an inspiration to his family and will be greatly missed.

In Tom’s later years, one would often find him at the Statesville Historical Museum. He was a wealth of information for his good friend, Dr. Steve Hill, as they looked through pictures and memorabilia related to the history of Statesville. It was pure joy for Tom to share his many years of memories and love for Statesville and Iredell County with visitors to the museum.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at West Iredell High School. The Revs. Michael Flack and Olin Isenhour will be officiating along with Dr. Steve Hill. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Iredell County Veterans Burial Detail. Graveside service will immediately follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, Bethlehem United Methodist Church or Statesville Historical Collection.

Eleanor Workman “Wookie” Payne

Eleanor Workman “Wookie” Payne passed away peacefully on April 14, 2022 at age 79 after a courageous battle with cancer. Known to all as Wookie, she embraced her nickname and lived a truly global life, traveling the world for work and fun.

Wookie was born to Dr. Gatewood and Mildred Workman on December 25, 1942. She and her brother Bill, who preceded her in death, were raised in Davidson, North Carolina. She lived most of her life in North Carolina and was a proud graduate of Salem College.

After several years in Atlanta, Wookie returned to the town of Davidson with her family and embarked on a remarkable career at Davidson College. She started as a computer programmer and retired as Senior Associate Dean of Admission, responsible for recruiting international students and other underrepresented groups. Wookie had an immeasurable impact on these students, most of whom would not have had the resources or opportunity for a college education.

She was happiest exploring the world, making new friends wherever she went and embracing other cultures in the sixty or more countries that she visited throughout her life. Wookie was always up for an adventure whether it was hang gliding, zip lines or trips to fabulous islands but always returned to her roots. She grew up as part of four family generations who loved Montreat, its heritage and its community. Wookie ultimately retired to Black Mountain and the North Carolina mountains where she truly felt at home.

Wookie raised two children, Gatewood Campbell (Johnny) and Will Payne (Anna) and was “Drammie” to her four grandchildren, Justin and Hunter Campbell, Stella and Declan Payne. Drammie was loved for her mismatched earrings, fairy hair, party hats and even tattoos! She cherished her grandkids and loved watching their sporting events and musicals, but mostly enjoyed having them in her home.

Wookie was blessed with a wicked sense of humor, an infectious spirit and was truly Brave in All Things. GJM!

There will be a brief remembrance at the Montreat Memorial Garden at 2:30pm on April 24th, with a celebration of her life to follow at 3pm in Upper Anderson, 303 Lookout Road in Montreat. As one would expect, wine will be served. Wookie requested “tell everybody not to wear black.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the William Gatewood Workman Psychology Award at Davidson College https://community.davidson.edu/gift-form, or the Mountain Retreat Association, https://montreat.org/support/montreat-fund.

Harwood Home for Funerals & Cremation Services is assisting the family. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com

Published by Charlotte Observer on April 17, 2022.

Theodore “Ted” Gary Winter ’68

Theodore “Ted” Gary Winter, 76, of Richmond, Va, died unexpectedly on April 14, at Westport Rehabilitation Center in Henrico.

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.,, February 5, 1946, to John Richard and Mary Ruth Winter, the oldest of five children, he grew up in Warrenton, Va., where his father was pastor of the Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his mother; and his sister, Gail A. Winter. He is survived by his father; by brothers, Timothy M. Winter (Sarah) and Thomas C. Winter (Sheryl); sister, Patricia J. Winter; by his wife, Mary Jane Winter; his daughter, Kat J. Winter (Lynn); and three grandchildren.

He was drafted after graduation from Davidson College in 1968, but before leaving for Vietnam, he met the woman he would marry. They recently celebrated 50 years of devoted marriage.

Ted served the library of Union Presbyterian Seminary with distinction for over 28 years in many positions—special catalog librarian, information system librarian, rare books and special collection cataloger. He brought a variety of gifts and was loved by many. His doctoral work in medieval English literature (UVA), as well as his library science degree (UNC) served the seminary well.

Upon retirement, to honor this “true servant of the servants of God,” a special collection he had carefully compiled, augmented and documented was named “The Theodore G. Winter Collection of Nineteenth Century Sunday School Books and Christian Literature for Children.”

He loved books and music, trains, dogs and art, especially of the Southwest. He and his wife traveled frequently to New Mexico, often on the Southwest Chief (Amtrak).

Quiet and caring, he had a great heart for others and for all God’s creatures. He gave generously to help make a better world for all. Most of all, he cherished his family and time together. An active member of Second Presbyterian Church for 38 years, his quiet faith was a source of strength.

A memorial service will be at Second Presbyterian Church on April 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial gift to the Union Presbyterian Seminary Library, to the Richmond SPCA or to Second Presbyterian Church.

Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 24, 2022.

David Kendall “Dave” Ginn ’68

David Kendall Ginn, 75, of Johns Creek passed away peacefully on April 14, 2022. Dave lived the best life a man can live during his time on this earth, drinking the best wine, cooking and enjoying the best food, traveling the world, and loving his family. He enjoyed laughter and a good joke – none better than his own! – and would frequently laugh himself to tears, particularly after making an especially bad pun. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Alexis; son David Ginn and his partner David McCarthy; daughter Kendra Ginn Portman and her husband Will Portman; grandson West Portman; brother Rob Ginn and his family; sister Barbara Ginn and her family; and many extended family members and friends.

Born in 1946 in Chicago, Dave was the eldest child of David McMichael Ginn and Mary Kendall Ginn. His family moved to Winder, Georgia in 1959. Dave graduated from Winder Barrow High School as the Star Student and earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College. He went on to graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review and Executive Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.

After law school, Dave and his friend Rollin Mallernee traveled through Europe and Africa for eight months, dodging hippopotamuses and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The experience ignited a passion for travel that lasted his whole life. He would plan many unforgettable trips for his family over the years, including to Italy, France, Thailand, Australia, Costa Rica, Greece, and New Zealand. Dave never stopped looking forward to the next trip and was imagining and planning his latest adventure until the end.

In 1972, while serving as an attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dave was assigned to a case with a young co-counsel from the Department of Justice, Alexis Panagakos. Their partnership began inauspiciously: Dave proposed that Alexis should write the brief and he would review it; Alexis countered that he should write the brief and she would review it; and after reaching a stalemate, they ended up writing two separate briefs. Relations between the co-counsel eventually warmed, and Dave and Alexis fell in love and later married in 1975. They built a solid partnership, each complementing the other, and never stopped enjoying each other’s company for the next 46 years.

Dave and Alexis moved to San Francisco in 1978, where Dave practiced employment and corporate law at Levi Strauss, and then back to Georgia in 1989. Dave served as General Counsel of Oxford Industries in Atlanta and later as an attorney for Primerica, Inc., in Duluth.

Dave was devoted to his two children, David and Kendra. He shared a number of traditions with them, including camping and rafting trips on the Nantahala River, reading the newspaper comics, annual trips to the Nutcracker ballet, and the essential weekly pilgrimage to Costco. He taught his children to be humble and caring, to appreciate life’s small absurdities, and to value family.

Dave was deeply curious about the world, loved nature and animals, and was a voracious reader. He was also a wine enthusiast and a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux. He became lifelong friends with a group of fellow oenophiles who referred to themselves affectionately as the Galoots. A highlight of the Galoots’ friendship was a weeklong trip to celebrate the turn of the millennium with their families at the Maison Pic in France, where they enjoyed food and wine from each decade of the twentieth century.

Those who knew Dave have said he was the kindest and gentlest person they knew and were better for knowing him. He was unfailingly generous and gracious to friends and strangers alike. He built houses with Habitat for Humanity and supported the local charity guild each year by hosting a dinner and wine tasting for auction. Above all else, Dave loved his family.

If you wish to make a gift in Dave’s memory, please consider a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate/make-donation-tribute) or the Parkinson’s Foundation (https://www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give).