William H. “Bill” Humbert ’73

William H. (“Bill”) Humbert grew up in Covington, Virginia, but became a North Carolinian in college and for the remainder of his life. Bill graduated from Davidson College in 1973 and UNC School of Law in 1976. In 1977, Bill and his college and law school classmate, Charlie Davis, moved to Mebane and lived there the rest of his life. He was a founding partner of Davis Humbert Law in Mebane and practiced laws there from April 04, 1977 until his retirement on March 31, 2020. He served on the Board of Directors of First Savings & Loan Association of Mebane. Bill loved his golden retrievers and to travel.

Bill is survived by his two brothers, Cal Humbert and Frank Humbert. While he had a number of friends he treasured sharing time with during his life, he was especially close to Charlie Davis, his best friend, and to Steve Anders and Darrin Kenyon, who were like brothers to him.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with the family receiving friends following the service.

William Nicholson Clark, Jr. ’50

William Nicholson Clark, Jr. met his Savior face-to-face, as his faith became sight on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022. He was a loving husband, cherished father, beloved grandfather, and faithful friend to people of all ages and walks of life.

Born March 11, 1927, to the late William Nicholson Clark and Julia Cunningham Clark of Rocky Mount, NC, he served in the Atlantic with the US Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and later worked in a textile weaving mill in Rocky Mount. It was there that he met and later married Jane Guthrie Anderson who was the Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian, Rocky Mount.

After graduation from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond he served the church faithfully for many years, retiring in 1992, yet still preaching up until 2015. He pastored churches in Mount Gilead, NC, Staunton, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Buena Vista, VA, and began a new church development in Dale City, VA — leading with compassion, conviction, wit, and wisdom.

Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory his three children William Sidney Clark (Peggy), Julia Clark Hays (Dan), David Allan Clark (Laura) and six beloved grandchildren William Hays, Hannah Hays Sipola (Matt), Catie Clark, Will Clark, David Clark and Thomas Clark. All of us have been richly blessed by his unconditional love, encouragement and wisdom. He always made himself available to his children and grandchildren, and was a wise and guiding hand in their lives. He and Jane went out of their way to create treasured family memories.

Bill lived his long, active life as a shining example of faith, integrity and humbleness. Perhaps his greatest gift was his genuine love of people, and the ability to engage strangers he encountered in warm conversation, treating everyone with love and respect. He inspired people to enjoy life with him. Bill will especially be remembered for his strong work ethic, great sense of humor, love of family, love of the outdoors, and being a handyman.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Puckett Funeral Home, 115 Covington Court, Farmville, VA. Visitation with the family will be immediately after the service. Interment will take place at a later time in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery in Farmville.

In Bill’s honor we invite you to pay kindness forward by treating those you encounter with dignity and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family would be humbled and honored if you chose to contribute to a charity of your choice.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

John Milton Rose Jr. ’51

Brig. General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) John Milton Rose, Jr. passed away from this life to the next at the NC State Veterans Home in Fayetteville on the 7th of November.

He was a son of Fayetteville, having been born here 99 years ago, son of John and Roberta Rose of Hillside Avenue. He served in the US Air Force for over 31 years as a command pilot accruing over 4000 flight hours, retiring in 1975 as a Brigadier General. Subsequently, he devoted himself to his family, his church, his community, and his land.

He was predeceased by Mary Giles Stewart Rose, his wife of over thirty-six years, by Virginia McQueen Rose, his wife of over twenty-seven years, and by his eldest son, John M. Rose, III. He is survived by his daughter, Jane Rose King of Fayetteville, his son, David S. Rose of Asheville, and by his stepsons, Malcolm McFadyen, Bill McFadyen, and John McFadyen, all of Fayetteville. Together he leaves behind twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was the last of his generation – the greatest generation some call it – that rose out of the Great Depression and fought to victory in World War II. Throughout his life, he sought to serve wherever he was placed, and to do so well and faithfully. Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann Street, on Friday, November 18 at 10:00a.m. with reception to follow at the church. Burial will be at 12:00p.m. at Cross Creek Cemetery #3.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Cumberland Community Foundation for the Heritage Place Endowment Fund, an endowment established by Gen. Rose in 2001 to help senior citizens in need. Mail checks to CCF, P.O. Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302 or donate online www.cumberlandcf.org. Alternatively, gifts may be sent to Trinity Center for World Missions, a mission which he supported for many years via mail to P.O. Box 580, Dahlonega, GA, 30533 or www.trinitycwm.com.

Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc.

Donald Coldwell Fuller Jr. ’64

Donald Coldwell Fuller Jr., known almost universally as “Dee,” died at his home on Nov. 7, 2022, of aggressive cancer. He was born on May 14, 1944, in Bellefonte, Pa., but moved to Milledgeville, Ga., in 1945 with his parents, the late Donald C. Fuller Sr., and the late Lena Frisbie Fuller, who were both educators — Dr. Fuller at what was then Georgia State College for Women, and Mrs. Fuller in the Baldwin County public schools.

Dee attended Peabody School at GSCW from nursery school through fifth grade. As a 3-year-old, he began a search for the “biggest number in the world,” the first manifestation of his lifelong fascination with numbers. After Peabody School came two years at City Elementary School and then Baldwin High School, where he excelled in academics and played the trombone in the Baldwin High School band. He was the District Star Student his senior year. Among the many happy memories of his childhood was the fun he had playing sandlot ball at Gilbert Park (now absorbed by Georgia College’s maintenance facility) with his neighborhood friends.

Graduating from high school in 1960, he matriculated at Davidson College, where he spent two-plus years before moving on to The University of Georgia from which he earned the BA and MA degrees in English and ultimately the MA degree in mathematics, completing all coursework for the PhD in that field.

From 1966-1969 Dee served in the U.S. Navy, teaching English to midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. After a stint at UGA’s graduate school, he joined the faculty at Gainesville College (now the University of North Georgia) in 1973 and was a professor of mathematics there until his retirement in 1999. After retiring, he and his wife Kathe returned to Milledgeville, his hometown (and her adopted hometown) and settled into the pleasures of the leisurely life. Except that he very much missed his interactions with students and the intellectual stimulation of helping them with academic challenges, especially in math and math related fields like physics. Almost immediately he signed on as a volunteer tutor at what is now known as The Learning Center at GC, and for 20 years he spent several days a week working with students, who fondly referred to him as “Mr. Dee” or “the old man in the Learning Center.” A gifted mathematician and lifelong learner, helping students overcome their fear of mathematics and realize its beauty and power gave him great joy.

A person of many interests, Dee read widely, loved music, especially of the baroque era, and was a great fan of all GC Bobcat sports teams. He loved cars and knew everything about them except how to fix them. He wrote with great facility and kept up a wide-ranging and lively email correspondence with his many friends. He had a quick wit and a keen sense of fun. One of his favorite pastimes was riding the backroads of Middle Georgia in his Prius V; he and Kathe spent most Sunday mornings happily exploring those roads while listening to the glorious music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and other composers over a fine car audio system. He was a kind and deeply spiritual person who in later years belonged to no organized religious group.

He is survived by Katherine McLean Fuller, his wife of 52 years; his sister, Beckwith (Becky) Fuller Merryman (Emory) and his niece, Mary Lee Merryman, all of Elkton, Va.; his nephew, Emory Hughes Merryman, III (Xiao Yen), and his great nephews, Victor and Alexander Merryman, all of Arlington, VA.

His beloved and loving dogs Lola and Annie also survive and miss him.

In place of flowers as a memorial, it is suggested that those who wish, make a contribution to the Georgia College Learning Center, c/o the Georgia College Foundation, Campus Box 96, Milledgeville, Ga. 31061; the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), 711 S. Wilkinson St., Milledgeville, Ga. 31061, or their charity of choice. Another fitting way to remember Dee would be to listen to music that stirs one’s soul or to figure out a math puzzle.
The funeral will be private.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.

Hugh Maxwell Morrison ’53

Dr. Hugh Maxwell Morrison, Jr., 91, of Southern Pines, NC died peacefully on November 5, 2022 at FirstHealth Hospice House. Born in Wilmington, NC and raised in Wallace, NC, Max was the only child of Hugh Maxwell Morrison and Mary Cavanaugh Morrison.

He attended Wallace High School, Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, graduating in 1957. After an internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an ophthalmology residency at the University of North Carolina, Max served in the Navy as an LCDR USNR medical corps ophthalmologist in Charleston, South Carolina. In August of 1959, Max married Myrtis B. Johnson of Red Springs, NC. For nearly forty years, 1963-2002, he practiced ophthalmology in Moore County, NC where he made many valuable contributions to the medical community, including establishment of the Pinehurst Medical Clinic. Max was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of numerous professional organizations. He served two terms as president of the Moore County Medical Society and was President of the Medical Staff at Moore Regional Hospital (now FirstHealth).

Max was a true Southern gentleman and Renaissance man, an expert in many areas, from architecture, gardening, and hunting, to church work and community service. He enjoyed raising bird dogs, bird hunting, and golfing in Moore County. He was an avid gardener, and “Max’s Tomatoes” were even featured in an edition of the Pine Straw Magazine. Rooting camellias was a prolific hobby, and he grew some 150 varieties of camellia plants, developing a cold-hardy cultivar aptly named, Max’s Seedling. The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, and the Town of Southern Pines were among the many recipients of his prize camellias.

Max accomplished much in his 91 years, but he always made it a priority to give back to his community. He frequently volunteered at the Free Medical Clinic in Carthage and was a loyal member of the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills and the St. Andrews Society. A member of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church for nearly sixty years, he served as a deacon and a member of the session. He also enjoyed music and sang bass in the Chancel Choir for several decades. Max was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, known for his wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and dry wit.

Max was predeceased by his parents and by his daughter, Elizabeth Morrison Barron (Chuck). He is survived by his devoted wife, Myrtis Johnson Morrison; his daughters, Mary Anne Morrison Johnson (David) of Asheville, NC, and Jean Maxwell Morrison of Southern Pines, NC; and his grandchildren, Alice and Aubrey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 251 Campground Road, West End, NC 27376; Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 330 South May Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387; or The Elizabeth Morrison Barron Memorial Art Scholarship, c/o The Sandhills Community College Foundation, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family. Online condolences may be left at: www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.