Lewis McKinnie Steele Jr. ’61

Age 84, Lewis McKinnie Steele, Jr., died peacefully at home on March 21, 2024 surrounded by his loving wife and soul mate of 59 years, Ann Labounsky Steele, his eldest daughter Elizabeth Ann Steele Connolly (Michael) and his youngest daughter Claire Steele LeBeau (Herb).  Lewis always said that he was born “lucky” in 1939 in Nashville, Tennessee and is preceded in death by his father Lewis McKinnie Steele, Sr., and his mother Annie Macdonald Steele, his younger brother, Donald Macdonald Steele, and his beloved son, Alexander Lewis Steele.  Cherished Pop Pop to four grandsons, Patrick, Jack, and Ian Connolly and Logan LeBeau, and uncle to Davidson Steele, Lewis was also a loving fortress of strength for his extended family of cousins as the eldest of his generation.  With his eldest daughter, he was a devoted business partner in their accounting firm who provided trusted guidance and counsel for his legion of clients and friends.  In his beloved First Lutheran Church community, Lewis was a lector, choir director, and confirmation class teacher.  For many years with Ann, he taught a Hymnody class at Duquesne University.  As the Valedictorian of his High School and a History and Philosophy Major at Davidson College, he drew deeply from the classics to form and shape his advocacy and advice for all who needed to weight and trust the wisdom of his direction. 

Lewis was best known for his bass baritone voice which was the first siren song of love for Ann and the unmatched invitation to joy through his booming and explosive laughter for everyone and anyone in earshot.  He held a passion for maps and music (especially symphony and opera), with an encyclopedic knowledge of the first lines of songs from his era.  His natural philia was for all things Latin and when he could get it, Greek.  He was strident in his views and forthcoming with his opinions, as he often half-jokingly declared, “I once thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.”  As a friend, he offered outrage for our misfortunes, understanding and solidarity for our struggles, and wisdom for our transcendence.  Lewis will long be remembered and greatly missed as a veracious champion of social and ethical consciousness and a true optimist for our human potential and possibilities.

Memorials and tributes can be made here: https:/www.kunsakfh.com
Donations in Lewis’ name can be made to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, https:/pittsburghsymphony.org/, and to the Pittsburgh Opera,
https:/www.pittsburghopera.org/

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 26th 12:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc., 3552 California Avenue at Davis Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA   15212.

The Funeral Service will be held in person (and on livestream) Wednesday, March 27th at 10:30 am EST at First Lutheran Church, 615 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 https:/flcpittsburgh.org/   EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.

Carl Thomas Holmes ’52

Carl Thomas Holmes, affectionately known as Tom or Tommy, passed away on 03/21/2024 in his home at Holden Beach, NC at the age of 96.

Tommy Holmes was born Nov. 5, 1927, in the Sedberry-Holmes house in downtown Fayetteville, the baby of seven children of the late James Azor Holmes Sr. and Mable Martin Holmes.

Tom lived a life marked by his love of family, friends, and lots of laughter. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Davidson College, Carl Thomas Holmes dedicated four years of service to the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of S/Sgt. He later utilized his talents and skills in his professional career with the State of North Carolina, working as a tax auditor, contributing to public service and the community.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, survived by his former wife, Cornelia Holmes, his two children, Mary Holmes Basnight (spouse to Matt Basnight) and Carl Thomas Holmes Jr. (known as T or Thomas), and his cherished grandchildren Ariel, Hunter, and Dylan Basnight. In addition to his immediate family, Tommy is survived by nieces and nephews, Martha, Dell, Dorothy, Trip, Boyd, Scott, Alex, and their families, whom he held dear.

Tommy was an active member of First Presbyterian Church until his retirement, when he moved to Holden Beach. Tom’s vibrant spirit was reflected in his love for travel, particularly to the beautiful lands of Ireland and Scotland. He relished social gatherings and spent his retirement days surrounded by friends at Holden Beach, sharing stories and laughter over “a drink or two”. A man of dedication, integrity, and infectious laughter, Tom touched the lives of many. He will be remembered for his zest for life and his ability to find joy in every moment. In honoring his memory, let us celebrate the remarkable life of Carl Thomas Holmes—a loving father, devoted friend, and an individual whose laughter echoed long after it faded away.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11 am at Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462

Please consider a donation in Carl’s name to the Holden Beach Chapel.

James Robert Stogner, Jr. ’55

James Robert Stogner, Jr, 91, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9th in Knoxville, TN. “Bob” was born January 9, 1933 in Hartsville, SC to James Robert Stogner, Sr. and Alice Harrelson Stogner.

Bob attended Hartsville High School where he captained the football team. After a knee injury at Clemson University ended his days of playing football, he transferred to Davidson College where he was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. A member of ROTC, Bob was captain of the Scabbard and Blade National Honorary Military Fraternity. Upon graduation from Davidson, Bob served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry, including a tour of duty along the border separating North and South Korea. After returning home from active duty, he moved to Raleigh, NC where he met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Everton. Pat and Bob were married in Pat’s hometown of Columbia, NC on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960. For over 63 years they had a loving marriage and true partnership, united in their faith, their dedication to each other, their family, church, and community.

Though his career included several additional ventures, Bob spent many years as a banker, working first at the C&S Bank of South Carolina. During that time, he received his MBA from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Bob began working at The Park National Bank in Knoxville in 1970, and concluded his career at The Home Federal Bank. Bob loved banking and he and Pat were blessed with special friendships around the Southeast through his participation in Robert Morris Associates. In addition to his dedication to his work, Bob believed in giving back through service. He was an active church member and served countless terms as elder at First Presbyterian Church, and later at West Hills Presbyterian Church. Pat and Bob were instrumental in establishing Young Life in Spartanburg, SC and Bob served on the founding development board to create the Young Life Camp, Windy Gap. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. Bob was honored to serve as Chair of the United Way Campaign in 1977. He served on the Board of Directors at St. Mary’s Hospital and at Cherokee Textile Mills.

Bob and Pat’s life has been enriched by many friendships throughout South Carolina and their home in Knoxville. Those many who have passed and those who remain are profoundly appreciated for their gift of caring and love. Pat is especially thankful for her dear friends who have walked beside her all these years, and especially these past few months.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sylvia Hardy and brother-in-law, Carson. Surviving Bob are his devoted wife, Pat, of Knoxville; sons, Bobby (Judy) of Knoxville and Stuart (Kim) of Winston-Salem, NC. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren Will Stogner (Taylor) of Nashville, TN; Anna Stogner of Raleigh, NC. Katie Stogner of Kansas City, MO, Camille Stogner of Asheboro, NC, and Tess Stogner of Durham, NC. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Bob Everton (Pam) of Midlothian, VA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will be held on Saturday March 30th to remember and celebrate Bob’s life at New Life Gathering Church, 1300 Rocky Hill Rd. Receiving of friends will begin at 11:00, followed by the service at 12:00 noon. After the service an additional opportunity for fellowship is offered to family and friends at Bobby and Judy’s home, 1520 Markham Rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Bob’s favorite charity, Knox Area Rescue Ministries. On-line donations may be made at www.karm.org or P.O. Box 3310 Knoxville, TN 37927.

J. Brown Goehring ’56

J. Brown Goehring passed away at age 88 on March 7, 2024, after a long battle with dementia.

Brown was born in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area to J. Lindsay and Dorothy B. Goehring. His family moved to Florida when he was 10. He was valedictorian of the Class of 1956 at Davidson College. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he met his wife of 60 years, Ouida.

Brown joined the faculty of the chemistry department of Washington and Lee University in 1963 and taught inorganic chemistry there for 38 years. He was the secretary/treasurer of the Washington and Lee chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for 22 years.

In his spare time, Brown was an avid musician, photographer, and stamp aficionado. As a high school senior, he wrote the music for an operetta, “Isadora,” with lyricist Richard Meeth, which was performed at Clearwater High School.  He was a frequent accompanist for Lexington area drama programs, the Lexington Presbyterian Church Sunday school and area assisted living events. He used his photography skills to create homemade movies and slides for department colloquiums, experimenting with various special effects.

Brown is survived by his daughter Patricia Goehring, his son Alexander (Denise) Goehring, his daughter Dorothy (Sunil Somalwar), and his three grandchildren, Audrey, Jean, and Anne.

The funeral will be held at Harrison Funeral Home on March 23 at 2 p.m. The graveside service will be private for the family.