William “Billy Joe” Morgan ’64

William “Billy Joe” Morgan, died peacefully at home on August 20, 2022, surrounded by members of his beloved family after a brief battle with colorectal cancer. Billy Joe was born on August 24, 1941, in Fountain, North Carolina. He grew up in Jacksonville and remained proud of his Eastern North Carolina roots every day of his life.

To know Billy Joe was to know that someone was always looking out for you and would always take your call. He was a devoted husband and brother, dedicated parent and uncle, loyal friend, and mentor to a generation of soccer players. He embodied the best qualities of what it means to be an attorney and counselor at law. He believed that the world could be made a better place through youth sports, tolerance, and providing service to those in need. He loved rock and roll music, watching CBS Sunday Morning (which he always called Charles Kuralt), getting lost in a good conversation, attending the events his children and grandchildren were involved in, and telling anyone who would listen how proud he was of his children. He knew at least three different ways to get to every town in Eastern North Carolina and was happy to share with you the best restaurants in each one.

Billy Joe was Senior Class and Student Body President at Jacksonville High School where he graduated in 1959. After high school, he played freshman basketball at North Carolina State University and transferred to Davidson College where he formed friendships that lasted a lifetime. He received his BA in History and Political Science from Davidson College in 1964 and earned his law degree from UNC Law School in 1967. While at Chapel Hill he met and fell in love with his future bride, Kathy Cannon, and they were married in 1968. Billy Joe and Kathy began their married life in Southern Pines, North Carolina, when Billy Joe practiced law in Carthage, North Carolina, from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, Billy Joe and Kathy returned to his hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina where he practiced law from 1971 until 2022. Billy Joe and Kathy’s marriage was a beautiful partnership and Billy Joe continued to tell Kathy how much he loved her until the end.

Of the many accomplishments in his well-lived life, Billy Joe brought the sport of soccer to Eastern North Carolina and enriched the lives of thousands of families. In 1975 he began the youth soccer program in Jacksonville and later helped start classic soccer (travel soccer) programs in Jacksonville, Wilmington, Goldsboro, New Bern, and other Eastern North Carolina communities. In 1997, he was inducted as a part of the inaugural class of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Hall of Fame.

Billy Joe was the President of the Jacksonville Area Soccer Association (JASA) for 25 years. You could find him signing up players, coaching, lining fields, and making sure that players had what they needed to find joy on the soccer field. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the East Carolina Soccer Association, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, the Collegiate Soccer Festival in Jacksonville, the North Carolina Amateur Sports, the Jacksonville Sports Authority, and the North Carolina State Games. Billy Joe was called “Coach Ben” by his players and former players, many of whom came to Jacksonville to visit him during the final stage of his illness, which meant the world to him. His 1971 Jacksonville Cardinals were NCYSA State Cup semi-finalists in 1986, 1987, and 1989 and won the North Carolina U-17 State Championship in 1988 in a match he still remembered every moment of until his death. Billy Joe was named the Jacksonville-Onslow County Man-of-the-Year in 1989, in part because of his unwavering commitment to working with and for the thousands of young people who played and continue to play soccer in Eastern North Carolina. His work was quiet, effective, and an act of love for his players and his community.

Billy Joe’s professional accomplishments were numerous. He was a renowned trial lawyer and mediator with the deepest respect for the Constitution of the United States and for protecting the fundamental rights of all people. Billy Joe was regularly recognized as being at the top of his profession by The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Elite, Super Lawyer, and other national organizations. During his career, he served on the boards of numerous legal organizations and was an active member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers) where he served a term as Vice President.

Billy Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Joe Morgan, from whom he inherited his commitment to fairness and service and his love of sports. He is survived by his wife of 54 years and best friend, Kathy Morgan; his children Cannon Morgan, Elise Morgan Whitley (Cameron), and Annie Morgan; and his grandchildren, Katherine Perry Morgan, William Morgan, Milo Whitley, Abbey Pierce, and Wren Whitley who each carry on his good character, progressive values, a deep sense of justice, and devotion to all people. He is survived by his sister, Ann Anderson; his niece and Godchild Lindsay Anderson Sablosky and her children; his nephew Brent Anderson (Melissa) and their children; and his cousin Janice Barbour. He will be missed deeply by his dog Kyrie. Billy Joe will be remembered fondly by all who had the good fortune to know him.

The family is eternally grateful for the care and grace provided by his loving caregivers, Wanda, Andrea, Marviet, Renee, and Jodeci; and the compassionate and dignified care provided to him by Community Home Care and Hospice.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, August 26, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

Memorial donations can be made to the St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Attn: Columbarium Beautification Fund, 711 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Milton Douglas “Doug” Crisp ’69

Milton Douglas Crisp was born on April 22, 1947 in Welch, West Virginia to Milton Boyd Crisp and Mary Phyllis Scott Crisp. He lived happily in Welch until he was 15 years old, when he and his family moved to Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Cave Spring High School, where he was not only an excellent student, but also President of his Junior and Senior classes as well as President of the Monogram Club. He loved playing football for Coach Bill Edmunds, and found himself somewhat frequently in difficulty for his antics in the classroom.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1969. His fondest memories of Davidson were those of the Kappa Sig house, where he met lifelong friends he enjoyed until his death.

After a year of “career planning” at Cimmaron Apartments in Charlotte in 1969-1970, he joined First Union National Bank in 1970, where he had a diverse career that included the credit card division, Marketing, Director of Advertising, commercial lending, City Executive, Head of Consumer Real Estate Lending, and Consumer Credit Division Head.
After 26 years there, he left to form a mortgage banking company, Decision One Mortgage, with some associates from First Union in April of 1996. He retired from Decision One in February, 2000, after what was the most fun job he ever had.

He met his wife of 52 years, Barbara Earl, at First Union. At the time of their wedding, the bank had a nepotism policy, and since Barbara was much more marketable, she left the bank and Doug stayed.

He spent his retirement years mostly in Blowing Rock, where Barbara and he had their honeymoon in 1971. At one time, he was actually a pretty fair golfer, but eventually lost interest in the game later in life.

During his career, he was active in civic affairs, having served on the Boards of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Gaston and Mecklenburg United Ways, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Doug was a past speaker at both the North Carolina and Mississippi Bankers Association, a former instructor at the School of Banking of the South, and a former lecturer at the Consumer Bankers School at The University of Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sister, Susan Crisp, his daughter, Jennifer Mathis and her husband James, his son Andy Crisp and his wife Katie, and his four delightful grandchildren, Grace, Owen, Anna Kate, and Mary Charlotte. He always felt his children were his greatest legacy. He dearly loved his daughter in law and his son in law, as well as his seven Scotties.

Paraphrasing the Rolling Stones,” Dougie liked women, wine, and song, and all the special pleasures of doing something wrong”. He lived life to the fullest and dearly loved his family and friends. “The road goes on forever, and the party never ends”.
Austin and Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Crisp Family.

John Arthur Nix ’59

John Arthur Nix, son of Jettie Ward Nix and Bernice Roscoe Nix, who predeceased him, was born on May 17, 1937 in Atlanta. He died at age 85 on August 18, 2022.

He was an attorney, who practiced law in the Atlanta area from 1964 until 1996, when he moved to Peachtree City. In his years as an attorney, he prepared Wills for over 3,800 clients. He specialized in probate and estate matters and was respected by attorneys, judges, and clients. After moving to Peachtree City, John became a partner in the Fayette Law Group with Mary Lynn Kirby, Bridget Palmer, and Victoria Fairell. He was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in 2008 and 2009. John was happy that in his lifetime, he had encouraged many of his clients to leave in their wills or give away some of their assets to worthy charitable causes.

John was an active and charter member of the Peachtree-Atlanta Kiwanis Club, as well as being a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was a member of the Fayette County Bar and Georgia Bar Associations.

A graduate of Tucker High School, class of 1955, he graduated from Davidson College in 1959 and Emory Law School in 1964. He served in the US Army in Okinawa in 1960 and 1961. He ultimately retired from the Army Reserves as a captain.

He was a very active member of Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta where he had served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He also helped establish the non-profit, Children’s Literature for Children, and traveled to Kenya a number of times in that capacity.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Kemie Richards Nix; his brother, Joe Nix; his daughter, Mary Evelyn Nix Hollowell; his son, John Arthur Nix and his wife, Abi Joy Nix. John took great pride in his grandchildren, Sophie and Kate Hollowell, and David, Mateo, and Eden Nix.

A memorial service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Burial will be in the church’s memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested for Children’s Literature for Children, 2017 Woodland Brook Ln. Atlanta, GA 30339, https://childrensliterature.org/. Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Peachtree City – www.mo wells.com

Ernest Chace Cross ’55

Ernest Chace Cross, age 89, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed into eternal glory on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Ernie was born on May 6, 1933, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to the late Alice Brayton Cross and Ernest Childs Cross.

He was a 1951 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he excelled in basketball and track.

Ernie was deployed in Europe by the US Army from 1956-58, then attended Davidson College in North Carolina before graduating from East Tennessee State University.

He married Billie Jo Masters in 1958 and together they raised two daughters.

Ernie was employed by W.B. Greene, then by Kingsport National Bank, before moving to Johnson City to work for Hamilton Bank.

Since 1964 he was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church and served on various committees while enjoying the fellowship of many members.

For 18 years Ernie served as Treasurer for the Johnson City Cardinals and was also their director for 5 years.

He was a member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club, was awarded Kiwanian of the Year, earned the nick name of “Captain Kiwanis,” and registered perfect attendance for over 57 years.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jo Masters Cross and a twin brother Alan B. Cross.

Those left to cherish his memory include daughters Cyndi Stephenson (Joel) of Florence AL, and Cathy Graham (Scott) of Johnson City; grandsons Jay Stephenson (Sarahann) and Sam Stephenson (Kelsey) of Florence AL, Chace Graham (Lainey) of Central SC, and Jackson Graham of Johnson City; great-grandchildren Joe and Gracie Stephenson, Reece and Rylan Kate Stephenson, and Ellis Graham, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home at 4:00pm. Receiving of friends will immediately follow the service and will conclude at 6:00pm.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family www.morrisbaker.com.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E Oakland Ave., Johnson City TN 37601 (phone 423-282-1521) is serving the family.

Charles Lloyd “Pete” Wyrick ’61

Charles Lloyd “Pete” Wyrick of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Constance Hooper Wyrick died on August 5, 2022, at the age of 83, leaving a loving family, wonderful friends and a legacy of lifelong support of the artistic and literary arts as vital parts of our community life. Known throughout his life as “Pete,” he was in turn an educator, museum director, photographer, artist, musician, sportsman, historic preservationist, writer, editor, publisher and often more than one of these things at a time. Born in May of 1939 and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Pete was the eldest son of Charles Lloyd Wyrick and Edythe Ellis Wyrick. He graduated from Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama (1957); Davidson College (1961); The University of North Carolina (1964) and continued his pre-doctoral studies at the University of Missouri while serving on the faculty of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. A member of the ROTC throughout college, Pete served a 4-year term of duty in Army Intelligence at Fort Holabird (Maryland) and Fort Bragg (North Carolina). Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he served in arts administration at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; as director of the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, Delaware) and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. During his tenure, he was selected for membership in the Art Museum Directors Association of America, and represented the United States in cultural exchanges with China and Costa Rica. An intrepid writer, art and architecture critic for the Richmond Times Dispatch, and award-winning poet, he increasingly focused his career on literary pursuits and in the 1980s acquired and edited Poor William’s Omnibus, a “slightly irreverent” monthly newspaper and founded Wyrick & Company, a Charleston-based book publishing enterprise that specialized in Southern authors, artists and food cultures, and brought together the skills of many talented writers, editors, designers and book production specialists. The company, established in 1986 was acquired in 2005 by Gibbes Smith Publishers of Utah. An enthusiastic supporter of the unique character of the Carolina Lowcountry, Pete served multiple terms and as chairman of the City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review; was a founding member and first president of the South Carolina Coastal Carolina Conservation League (1989-1995); and a tireless fundraiser for numerous non-profit organizations. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Connie; sons, Charles (Katherine) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Christopher (Sandi) of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren, Charles Harrison, Helen Constance, and Silas McSween; brother, Louis; sister, Melinda Ogburn (Jim); and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Memorial services and entombment will take place in the fall of this year at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Memorial contributions in his memory to the S.C. Coastal Conservation League (nancya@sccl.org); Gibbes Museum of Art (jross@GibbsMuseum.org); Historic Charleston Foundation (HistoricCharleston.org); or the American Heart Association (Heart.org/lowcountry contributions) would be greatly appreciated. Pete was an accomplished, erudite man of wit, charm and spirit who will be greatly missed. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.