Jack L. Smith ’68

Jack Smith peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family in Evergreen, Colorado.

Jack is remembered for his integrity, wry sense of humor, kindness, and his family loved his sense of adventure, dedication to loved ones, and his love of travel.

He spent 41 years as an esteemed Denver lawyer.

He is survived by wife Diane, daughter Amy, son Daniel and his wife Ursula and their 2 children.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held December 9th at 1 pm, at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery, in the Chapel of Peace. 7777 W. 29th Ave. Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033

John L. Powell II ’64

Dr. John L. Powell II, 81, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Wilmington, N.C.

Dr. Powell was the first born of Dr. J.B. and Jean Powell. Raised in Clinton, N.C., Powell graduated from Clinton High School, Davidson College and U.N.C. School of Medicine. Dr. Powell had an exemplary career in medicine for which he was recognized in 2023 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.N.C. School of Medicine and was also named a Healthcare Hero in Southeast N.C. He was a board-certified Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist and was also certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery.

He served eight years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps delivering over 5,000 babies and reaching the rank of Major. He completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in Atlanta and was later recruited to be the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. While there, he rose from Assistant to Full Professor at Tufts Medical Center, training thousands of medical students and residents.

Dr. Powell also served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Powell was a pioneer of laser surgery, lecturing on the use of lasers in 26 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and 8 foreign countries. He also designed 2 surgical instruments which are now widely used by Gynecologists. Powell authored over 200 articles which were published in peer-reviewed medical journals and 13 book chapters. He also wrote 140 articles known as “Powell’s Pearls” which focused on famous names in medical and surgical history, many of which were published in medical journals. Dr. Powell gave more than 300 presentations at regional, national and international medical meetings.

In 1994, Dr. Powell was recruited to join the A.H.E.C. teaching program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, not only as the sole Gynecologic Oncologist but also to help design and start up the Zimmer Cancer Center. After retirement, Dr. Powell served 7 1/2 years as Coordinator of the Retired Physicians Section of the local medical society.

Dr. Powell dedicated his life to the practice of medicine, giving his patients the best care possible and inspiring other doctors to do likewise.

A memorial service will be held at Andrews Mortuary Chapel, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, N.C. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial gift in memory of Dr. Powell to either: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401 U.N.C. Health Foundation, 123 West Franklin St., Suite 150, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516 Condolences may be shared with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.

Angus Guy McInnis Jr. ’53

Dr. Angus Guy McInnis, Jr., 92, of Reidsville passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Penn Center.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 21, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Wes Pitts officiating.  The family will see friends immediately following the service at the church.

A native of Washington, GA he was a son of the late Angus Guy and Nancy Caroline Douglas McInnis and he had lived in Reidsville since 1962.  Dr. McInnis was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was active in the Men of the Church, a former member of the Board of Directors of Annie Penn Memorial Hospital, and he practiced medicine in Reidsville for over 54 years.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.  Dr. McInnis graduated from Davidson College and Duke University Medical School.  He was an avid golfer, he enjoyed trips to the beach, he loved spending time with his family and friends and was a “Major Duke Fan”.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kegan McInnis,  brother-in-law, Bud Bramley, and sister-in-law, Shelia Carrasco.

Surviving is his wife:  Peggy Bunton McInnis of the home, son, Mark McInnis (Sherri) of Mooresville, daughters, Suzanne M. Cotter (Mark) of Reidsville and Debbie M. Huffstetler (Mark) of Wilmington, sister, Caroline M. Bramley of Statesville, brother-in-law, John Grogan of Loveland, CO, grandchildren, Lauren McInnis (Diedier Treudic), Jillian McInnis, Cami McInnis, Delilah McInnis, Jordan Kluttz (Carson), Olivia Martin (Charley) and Chris Cotter, great grandchildren, Selevin and Bluesen Treudic, special family friends, Kaleigh Roe and Taylor Martin.  The family would especially like to thank the home caregivers, the hospice staff, and the staff of the Penn Center for their kindness and care.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church 318 S. Main St. Reidsville, NC  27320.  Citty Funeral Home is assisting the McInnis family and online condolences may be made at www.cittyfh.com

Thomas Barber Stockton ’52

Bishop Thomas Barber Stockton, of Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem, North Carolina moved from life to life eternal on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Born to Norman and Emorie Stockton on July 26, 1930 along with his twin brother, Richard, he attended Wiley School, Reynolds High, Davidson College, Duke Divinity School, and Cambridge University, and received honorary doctorates from Pfeiffer College and Shenandoah University.

Tom married Jean Stevens, the love of his life, in 1953. They worked deeply together in ministry, family and life until Jean’s death in November, 2017. They had three children and nine grandchildren: Lisa Stockton Howell, and her husband James, and their children Sarah Howell-Miller, Grace Howell, and Noah Howell; Tom Stockton, Jr., and his wife Margie, and their children Rosie Stockton, Elizabeth Fox, and Katy Stockton; and Shannon Stockton Miller, and her husband Shannon, and their children Regan Johnson, Taylor Miller, and Sydney Miller.

He entered the United Methodist ministry in 1956 and served Thrift United Methodist Church in Charlotte, First United Methodist Church in Reidsville, Dilworth United Methodist Church in Charlotte, Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. Tom then served as Bishop of the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference. In addition, he served on the United Methodist Board of Higher Education, and as a Trustee of Duke University, High Point University, and Virginia Methodist College. Upon retirement he taught at High Point University until he and Jean moved to Arbor Acres.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem on Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m., conducted by Dr. James Howell, Rev. Sarah Howell-Miller, and Bishop Ray Chamberlain.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Resident Assistance Fund at Arbor Acres, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, or to Lake Junaluska, Annual Fund, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745. Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

F. Mitchell Johnson Jr. ’73

Francis Mitchell Johnson, Jr., died peacefully at his home on October 8, 2023, after a sudden and brief illness with glioblastoma brain cancer. He was the loving husband to Felicia McIntyre Johnson and the son of the late Francis Mitchell Johnson and Margaret Silcox Johnson.

Born May 14, 1951, in Charleston, Mitchell was graduated from Porter-Gaud School in 1969, and then attended Davidson College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics in 1973. As a result of his academic achievements at Davidson, he was awarded a Morehead Fellowship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Masters in Business Administration. He then went on to attend law school at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to The Order of the Wig and Robe. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. He lived its motto, “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Mitchell had a successful 45-year legal career at Sinkler Gibbs & Simons, now known as Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., where he considered his colleagues his second family. His contributions serving as bond and underwriter’s counsel are well known nationally throughout the public finance community. He was a member of Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and National Association of Bond Lawyers. His decades of legal work on major financings for student-housing projects, universities, foundations, retirement communities, and health care facilities will continue to provide incredible benefits to young students, elderly residents, community members, and patients for many years to come.

Mitchell loved to tell stories of his childhood and time spent with his sister, Margaret, the Baker clan, and friends and cousins galore on Sullivan’s and Wadmalaw. He was a lover of sports which started early at East Bay Playground, where he formed lifelong friendships playing football and basketball, and honing his ping pong skills that led to two consecutive state championships as a young teenager. Anyone who knew Mitchell then, knew of his mischievous antics and competitive spirit, although he was always a gracious winner. Mitchell’s passion for sports continued throughout his life, and he loved the Colts, the Celtics and the Yankees. Consistently triumphant at any game involving trivia, he also loved a good debate, particularly about politics. His curious and meticulous nature made him knowledgeable on many varied subjects, including the proper use of English grammar, which he claimed was instilled in him by his maternal grandmother, known to his family as “Baba”. While possibly infuriating some, she would be proud. This rare combination of qualities combined with his quick wit made him an interesting and entertaining lunch companion. Mitchell loved his food, but mostly he loved the company it brought. He was known for his tireless and persistent efforts to keep his “lunch crew” active. Back in the day, he was a years-long regular at the old Pinckney Cafe; with his lunch pal, Marshall Huey, where you could find them sitting on the porch and enjoying an “M” sandwich on any weekday ending in “y”. It is also where he had his first date with the love of his life, Felicia, after many months of receiving what he jokingly referred to as “the velvet boot.” But Mitchell was persistent, and it paid off. He liked to say he wore her down. Even in his final days, he continued to profess his love and adoration for her to anyone and everyone who would listen. He claimed that she was his purpose. He continued to work full-time and was thankful for his long term partnerships with both Hugh Tanner of Raymond James and Robert Kim of Hanover Pacific, whose friendships he valued highly. He also loved to travel and take trips with his wife, when possible. Although he was a natural athlete and talented at many sports, he could have been a really great golfer had he devoted more time to it, but he only spent sporadic weekends on the course. Instead, he spent most weekends going on movie dates and attending live music concerts with Felicia, or making improvements to a document for a client. He was a talented and dedicated lawyer, a loving and protective brother and uncle, a devoted husband, and an equally devoted friend. He never gave up on you, even if you went months without saying yes to a lunch invitation. He was dearly loved by many. He could be counted on to provide wise counsel to those who sought it, in particular, the younger lawyers at his firm, and some graciously credit him for much of their success. That counsel will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Along with his wife of 28 years, he is survived by his sister, Margaret Johnson Davis; two nieces, Margaret Davis (John) Barham and Helen Davis (John) Britton; and many extended family members. We would like to acknowledge the gracious support of all our friends and give special thanks to: Jeremy Cook; Carter and Rebecca Deupree; Charlton deSaussure, Jr.; Clay Grayson; Marshall Huey and Barbara Rivers; Gill Johnson; David and Elizabeth McDowell; Tamme Suggs; and David and Gail Yarborough, who rallied around us to lend their invaluable support in his final months.

We would also like to thank his care providers at Agape Hospice, with special thanks to Bill Glover and Brenda Campbell of Home Instead, who lovingly helped care for him in his final weeks.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Friday, October 13, 2023, at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the church parish hall. A private interment will be at St. Philip’s Church at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to glioblastomafoundation.org or to the F. Mitchell Johnson Scholarship Fund, The College of Charleston Foundation, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.