James Allen Smith III ’56

On September 13, 2021, our lives became a little less bright. Dr. James Allen Smith, III passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, Friday, September 17th at 3 pm in Boyce Chapel. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 1:30 pm in Boyce Chapel and a private family burial will follow.

Born on November 19, 1934, Dr. Smith was born in Macon, Georgia to Dr. James A. Smith II and Sara Jennings Hall, and grew up with his younger brother Hampton Jennings Smith. Here he met and married the love of his life, Carey Louise Stevens, who predeceased him in 2001.

He was a graduate of Davidson College (1956) and Emory School of Medicine (1960). Following medical school, he began his Air Force service at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, serving from 1959-1964 before deciding to return to the University of Missouri for his residency and subsequent Fellowship in Urology. He joined a private Urology practice in Roanoke, Virginia, and joined the Air Force Reserve.

In pursuit of a change, he became the Medical Director of AT&T and worked on-site at the AT&T plant in Gaston, SC in 1981. Dr. Smith continued to work as Medical Director in both Columbus, Ohio (AT&T), and again in Chicago, IL (Ford Motor Co.) until his retirement. As an Air Force reservist, Dr. Smith was deployed during Desert Shield and continued his service until he retired in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

A devout Christian and longtime church member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Dr. Smith’s faith was an integral part of his life. He served in numerous volunteer positions at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as well as FBC Columbia. He was a lifelong member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed volunteering at Lexington Medical Center. He loved the beach, traveling, and many outdoor activities. His best times were spent with his children and grandchildren.

Dr. Smith leaves to cherish his memory to his daughters, Elizabeth (Lisa) Burgin (Stuart) from Columbia, SC, Carey Stevens Monts (Tripp) from Vienna, VA, and his son, Steven Allen Smith (Lisa) from Lexington, SC. He leaves behind his adored grandchildren – Taylor, Caroline & Will Burgin, Haley, and Zachary Monts as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Dr. Smith will be remembered for his generous spirit through his support of multiple charities and his sharp wit. He was a loving and devoted father, husband, and “Poppy” who deeply cared for his family. Dr. Smith personified a life well lived – putting his faith and trust in God above all. His spirit will remain alive in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew and loved him. He enjoyed life to the fullest and leaves behind a loving family, countless friends, and a legacy of professional achievements and good works.

We would like to thank Right at Home in West Columbia and Abbey Road Hospice for the amazing care they provided. To his outstanding caregivers, Vicki, Jacqueline, Tina, and Dawn: we are forever grateful for you all loving and caring for him like he was family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either of the following:

Davidson College, where Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree and was a proud WILDCAT alumnus. (Box 7170 Davidson, NC 28035)

The Methodist Home for Children & Youth, where Dr. Smith’s grandfather was a treasured member of the staff and has a building named in his honor.

(304 Pierce Ave, PO Box 2525, Macon GA, 31204)

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Robert “Bob” Ward Porter ’62

Robert “Bob” Ward Porter, age 81, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, at his home in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Cancer. Bob was born in Galax, Virginia to Robert T. Porter and Rubye Ward Porter on January 31, 1940. He grew up and attended Galax High School before attending Davidson College where he graduated with a BA in Business in 1962. Following college, Bob attended Wake Forest Law School and graduated Juris Doctor in the class of 1965.

Before beginning his professional life, Bob served as a Captain in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, HI. Following his service to our country, Bob became a well-respected attorney and enjoyed a long career in the field of Real Estate and Title. Bob was licensed through both the North Carolina and Virginia Bars.

Known for driving around town in his yellow convertible 1969 Buick Wildcat, singing along to his beloved oldies music. Bob spent his college years playing sax as part of the Dimensions, a FIJI fraternity band. He also loved the game of golf and especially enjoyed time on the course with his golf buddies. Bob was loved and revered by all who met him. Always there to help friends and colleagues, Bob was quick to make light of any situation with a funny story or joke to raise everyone’s spirits.

He met his wife, Diane Porter, in 1965 in Virginia Beach, VA, where he worked as a motorcycle police officer during his law school summers. Bob and Diane were married in 1966.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diane Jackson Porter, who resides in Winston-Salem, NC, and his sons Robert “Bobby” Ward Porter, Jr. and his wife Joy of Raleigh, NC, and John Michael Porter and his wife Amy of Austin, TX, and his six grandchildren (Alexandra Porter, Cameron Porter, Morgan Baker, Penny Baker, Jackson Porter and Ashton Porter).

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Centenary United Methodist Church officiated by the Reverend Craig Ford.

Condolences may be made at https://www.salemfh.com/.

Salem Funeral & Cremation Service

120 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Published by Winston-Salem Journal from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.

Roger Griswold Williams ’57

Roger Griswold Williams passed away September 11, 2021, at 86 years old. He was born November 28, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL to Alexander Gregory Williams, II and Cornelia Leonard Nevins.

Daddy Rog, as he was so affectionately known, is survived by his beautiful wife of 63 years, Joanna Johnson Williams; his two children, Robert Williams of Oviedo, FL and Margaretta (Margo) Williams of Bradenton, FL; his sister, Nancy Gorman of Monument, CO; his grandchildren, Alex and Mark Williams (children of Robert), Jason and Daniel Halpern and Noah Font (children of Margo); he was also proud great-grandpa to four great-grandchildren.

Roger was loved by all who met him and was often referred to as “the nicest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing”. He was a member of the Bradenton Yacht Club and active with many organizations in Bradenton including Manatee Historical Society, Reflections of Manatee, Crosswait Fishing Tournament, International Fly Fishers Healing Waters Veterans Outreach, Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers and Braden River High School Booster Club. “Pop Rog” loved to spend Friday Nights watching his youngest grandson, Noah, play football and could always be found helping to serve dinner to the players before the games.

He was so proud of his grandchildren and never missed the opportunity to attend their events from Manatee High School chorus concerts and JROTC events, to military Commissioning Ceremonies, to the many sporting events the boys participated in. He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston Massachusetts. Roger attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, received his Bachelors from Stetson University in 1958 and his Masters from University of Georgia in 1964.

He was a Life Loyal Sigma Chi and an enthusiastic Georgia Bulldogs Football fan. Daddy Rog’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. This world was a brighter place because of his infectious smile and loving personality. He will be truly missed.

A Celebration of Roger’s life and friendships will be held from 2-5PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021at the Bradenton Yacht Club. All who knew and loved him are invited to stop by and share their favorite stories and memories.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

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Paul Mebane Pritchett ’92

Paul Mebane Pritchett died unexpectedly on September 9, 2021.

Paul was the son of Mebane Moore Pritchett and Elizabeth Bost Pritchett. He graduated from Davidson College and enjoyed a career in debt financing with Wachovia Bank (later Wells Fargo). He was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and enjoyed playing golf with his friends.

Paul is survived by his mother, Betsy Pritchett, who is incapacitated with dementia.

A private interment at All Saint’s Episcopal Church will be held at a later date.

Larry Donnell Hardaway ’76

Larry Donnell Hardaway, age 67, was born March 7, 1954, in Winter Haven, Florida.

Larry Hardaway attended Winter Haven High School and graduated in 1972. At Winter Haven High School he played four sports; football, basketball, baseball and track. He was the first African American president of a senior class at Winter Haven High School and was named “best all around” as a senior notable. In 1971 he attended the Florida Boys State. He received several recognitions and was one of two nominated as governor of the state conference.

He accepted a football scholarship to study and play football at Davidson College in 1972. He was the third African American to ever play football for Davidson College. He graduated from Davidson in 1976 with a BA degree in Political Science. Larry Hardaway was awarded the James P. Hendrix Award by Davidson College. He was the first African American to receive that award.

In 1976, he attended the University of Florida Law School and graduated in 1979 with a JD degree.

He started his first job at the State Attorney’s Office in Bartow, Florida, in August of 1979, becoming an Assistant State Attorney.

In 1980, at the age of 26, he ran for the Polk County School Board though he lost this first attempt at public office.

In September of 1983, he left Polk County and began working for JESCA Legal Division in Miami, Florida. He eventually became managing attorney of that office where he represented public entities and businesses. At JESCA Legal, he provided legal services for the newly created Business Assistance Center assisting in the creation of small and minority businesses.

In 1984, he received the Dade County Bars Public Interest Law Bank Award for providing legal services to public entities and businesses. For the next three years he provided volunteer service to the City of Opa Locka receiving numerous awards for his service.

In 1988 he returned to Polk County working for the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. He began private practice in 1992.

In 1994, he was appointed the Florida Elections Commission for a three year term by Governor Lawton Childs.

In 1996, he was an Adjunct Professor instructing business law for Warner Southern College, in Lake Wales, Florida.

In 1998, he was President of the Polk County Voters League.

In February of 2000, he received the Florida Bar’s Pro Bono Award for the 10th Judicial Circuit for providing pro bono services to his community.

In April of 2012, he received the Heman Sweatt Award from the National Bar Association.

In November of 2012, he received the James P Hendrix award from Davidson College.

In June 2013, he was inducted into the Polk County School’s Hall of Fame.

He practiced personal injury law and criminal law at the law firm of Larry D. Hardaway & Associates, P.A. in Lakeland, Florida.

He was married with three adult children, two grandsons and resided in Lakeland, Florida.

Former Activities:

• President of Polk County Voters League
• Volunteered as a poll watcher during elections
• Member and Past President of the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association
• Member of the Florida Bar Association
• Member of the Lakeland Bar Association
• Member of the Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Life Member of the NAACP
• Life Member of Florida A&M University Alumni
• Member of University of Florida Alumni
• Member of the Davidson College Alumni
• Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mu Zeta Lambda chapter
• Member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL
• Member of League of Women Voters of Lakeland
• Member of Rose Heights Elk’s Lodge #318
• Member of Citrus Center Boys Club
• Member of Habitat for Humanity
• Member of Lakeland Downtown Kiwanis Club
• Board Member of Polk State College Foundation
• Member of Polk County Inns of Court
• Instructor and Judge for Polk County Teen Court

The Larry D. Hardaway Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for the public will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Victory Church, 1401 Griffin Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810. Directions

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established with the GiveWell Community Foundation.
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