Robert Milton Allen, Sr. ’48

Robert Milton Allen, Sr. of Charlotte, NC age 101 years old passed away at Novant Medical Center on March 1, 2024. Robert was born in Charlotte, NC to Joseph Edmund Allen and Harriet Evelyn Allen.

Robert was a graduate from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. He served in the US Army during WWII in Italy with the 34th Infantry. He was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He spent his career employed with Fredrickson Motor Express as Chief Accountant until he retired. His retirement years were spent living at Lake Wylie. He enjoyed fishing, boating and gardening until he moved to Aldersgate Retirement Community. He was a member of Plaza Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Allen Huffman, Son, Edmund Lawrence Allen (Lisa), Daughter, Pamela Allen Taylor, daughter-in-law, Debbie Blythe Allen, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three step-children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Rinck Allen, son, Robert M. Allen, Jr. and son-in-law Gary Keith Huffman, Sr.

A celebration of life will be held at Wilson Funeral and Cremation Service on Thursday, March 7th, 5301 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212. Receiving of friends will be at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. A private burial will follow after the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tennessee 38105 or www.stjude.org.

Scott Buell ’75

Scott Buell, chemist, entrepreneur, armchair historian, family handyman, local polymath, dad-joke aficionado, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in his home in Raleigh, NC. He was 71.

Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised on a corn farm in Sunbury, Ohio, his intelligence and curiosity were apparent from an early age. He continued his pursuit of knowledge of his own history getting into genealogy.

He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he met his wife, Jeanne. Scott’s gregarious and welcoming nature caught Jeanne’s eye, or more accurately, her ear, as he called out to her from down the hallway, “HEY! ARE YOU NEW?”. Their chemistry grew over the course of their studies and learning new things together like how to play Bridge (the card game), a bonding experience that would span their lives and deal them many happy memories with friends everywhere they lived. Sharing games and solving puzzles of all sorts was a source of enjoyment for the couple over their 43 years of marriage, whether it was a jigsaw puzzle, crossword, broken appliance, or piecing together a detailed travel itinerary.

After graduate school, they moved to New Jersey where Scott began his 29-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. They had 2 children, Nicole and Devin. Scott cultivated his children’s intelligence and instilled empathy, work ethic, and “corn”iosity in his children from an early age. “Ask good questions,” was a common salutation in the house as the kids headed to school. He loved sharing his science enthusiasm with his children and their classmates, performing science “magic” tricks in their classrooms for many years and recently at home for his grandsons.

Of course, his love of science wasn’t limited to labs and classrooms. An admirer of nature, the family traveled America, visiting 32 National Parks and countless campgrounds. He sought out unique events from hot air balloon festivals to total solar eclipses, an opportunity to hone his amateur photography skills. Scott also channeled his roots into one of his favorite pastimes of gardening. He loved exploring new varieties of vegetables to grow (getting the whole family hooked on a surprisingly delicious tiny tomato), sharing his bounty with family and friends, and nurturing his children’s green thumbs with his enthusiasm and encouragement.

An avid DIYer, Scott never met a home project he wasn’t eager to tackle himself, improving every room in his house and many in his children’s homes as well. Known for his deep research to ensure the work was done right, he owned nearly every tool imaginable and knew how to nail quality construction from tiling and plumbing to framing and flooring. Recent notable projects include a 300 sq. ft. treehouse for his grandsons and a secret doorway for his daughter, which was featured in the Washington Post.

During retirement, Scott embraced his philanthropic side. He volunteered with AARP, North Raleigh Ministries, Memory Cafe at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Camp Agape. Scott was also immensely proud to have established the Van Divender/Buell Scholarship at the University of Richmond, which his wife and daughter attended, to support students pursuing STEM degrees.

Good-natured, smart, generous, and funny, Scott was loved by all who knew him. He will be so greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne Van Divender; daughter, Nicole (Jim Cunningham); son, Devin (Katie); grandsons, Carson and Tanner; granddaughter, Ellery; sister, Tamara Caudy (Don); sister-in-law, Victoria Brookens Buell; and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Dolores Buell and brother, Terry Buell.

A Celebration of Life will be held in-person and live-streamed at 1 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to North Raleigh Ministries, the University of Richmond Van Divender/Buell Scholarship Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choice.

Walker “Percy” Badham III ’79

Walker “Percy ” Badham, III (66) of Mountain Brook, AL passed away on February 26, 2024, after a long fight with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on June 9, 1957, in Mountain Brook to Mitzi McDavid Badham and Walker Percy Badham, Jr.

He was very active at Canterbury Methodist Church and MYF (Methodist Youth group) and served for many years as a Youth Group counselor. He graduated from Mountain Brook High School and went on to attend and graduate from Davidson College magna cum laude. He went to The University of Alabama School of Law where he served on The Alabama Law Review and graduated summa cum laude in 1982. He began the practice of law in Birmingham with the Cabaniss, Johnston law firm and soon after joined the first associate class at Maynard Cooper & Gale, where he worked for 24 years. He was one of the founding partners of Badham & Buck, LLC in 2008.

Percy was a leader in various professional organizations and bar activities at the national, state, and local levels. He served as President of the Alabama Young Lawyers, Director of the Trial Academy for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and was voted one of the Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers during his years practicing law. He was honored as a recipient of the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award by the Alabama State Bar, which recognizes members of the Alabama State Bar for distinguished service in the advancement of professionalism. He was a member of IADC (International Association Defense Council) for many years. He was rated in the Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama, in the Top 50 Mid-South and in the Top 10 several years during his career. He was also honored by being selected to be a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, The Country Club of Birmingham, The Beaux Arts Krewe, and The Downtown Kiwanis Club.

Percy was truly one in a million and adored by all. To know him was to love him. He exuded compassion and kindness throughout his personal and professional life. Most of all, he adored his family. All who know Percy and Patti have witnessed the love they share for one another. His three children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and his legacy will live on through them.

Percy was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Annie Louise Mills. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patti Poundstone Badham of Montgomery. He is also survived by his two sons Walker Percy Badham IV (Tere), Phillip Paterson Badham (Abby), and a daughter, Lindsey Badham Mills (Andrew). He leaves behind his granddaughters and grandsons: Millie and Fairlie Badham; Wesley Badham; Mallie and Harris Mills, respectively. He is also survived by his sister Mitylene Badham Lockridge (Frank) of Atlanta, and half-sister, Ginger Smith (Jake), of Virginia. He also leaves behind special cousins Connie Haynsworth Grund (Mrs. Ed Grund) and Francey Grund, among many other special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Longleaf Liberty Park for the loving care given to Percy over the past two years, especially Crystal and Lou.

A service in celebration of Percy’s life will be held at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:00 noon, with visitation to follow in Canterbury Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to The University of Alabama School of Law Foundation for The Walker Percy Badham, III Scholarship Fund – Box 870382, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487), or to a charity of your choice.

Emmet Randolph Daniel ’58

The Reverend Dr. E. Randolph “Randy” Daniel, devoted husband of Lois “Frankie” Daniel since 1960, died on Friday, February 23, 2024 in Lexington, KY at the age of 88.

A longtime professor of medieval history at the University of Kentucky, he was born in Richmond, VA to Leon S. and Emmette S. Daniel. He attended Davidson College, graduating in 1958. He studied at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1961. He earned his Masters in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, before transferring to the University of Virginia on an NDEA fellowship. He completed his Ph.D. in 1966, and accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. He was chairman of the history department for four years during his tenure until his retirement as a full professor in 2000. He enjoyed introducing students to medieval history, published several books and many papers, with a focus on the influential medieval abbot and theologian Joachim of Fiore. Randy was also Kentucky chair for National History Day for many years, organizing the competition within the state of Kentucky.

Randy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frankie Daniel, his daughter Ellen Randolph Nichols and husband Doyle Nichols, his son Dr Stuart Daniel and his wife Tami Daniel, and six grandchildren: Daniel Nichols (wife Tamara Estes), Molly Nichols Seeman (husband Scott Seeman), Anna Nichols, Amanda Daniel, Jessica Daniel, and Rebecca Daniel. He was preceded in death by his brothers Hugh Daniel and Dr Edwin Daniel, and sister Lillian Stuart Andrews.

A lifelong lover of music, literature and travel, Randy was a former Vice President of the Friends of the Library and an active member of the Lexington Singers and the Lexington Chamber Music Society. He was a devoted father and grandfather, presiding at the wedding ceremonies for both of his children and baptizing all of his grandchildren. He could often be found watching sporting events and concerts involving his children and grandchildren.

The family burial service will be 3pm Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Lexington Cemetery. The memorial service will be on March 2, 2024 at 11am at Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington KY, and all are welcome to attend. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service beginning at 10:15am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, pda.pcusa.org.

William Hazle Bristow, Jr. ’53

William Hazle Bristow, Jr. of Darlington died on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Darlington Presbyterian Church. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends at the church’s Fellowship Hall, and other times at 305 Cashua Ferry Road in Darlington.

Mr. Bristow was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on July 22, 1931. He was the son of the late William Hazle Bristow, Sr. and Margaret Spratt Bristow.

A lifelong resident of Darlington, he attended St. John’s Elementary and St. John’s High School, graduating in 1949. He was an honor student, president of the key club, and president of the National Honor Society. He also played football and was on the golf team, lettering in both. After graduation he attended Davidson College for three years before transferring to the University of South Carolina, where he received a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and served as President. After graduation, he received his commission as second lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was in the USAF Reserve for 13 years and attained the rank of captain.

Upon his tour of duty, he returned to Darlington where he married the love of his life, Pollie Goodson Bristow. They shared 64 years, and they were blessed with three beautiful daughters. In Darlington, Mr. Bristow joined his father in the family business, W.H. Bristow Oil Company, where he worked until retiring at the age of 65. While associated with the company, he served as President and was a beloved employer to the faithful employees, whom he enjoyed working with for many years.

He served as President of the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association in 1986 and served on the Board of Directors for many years. He was on the Government Advisory Council Board of Directors for Gulf Oil Corporation, Board of Directors of Southern Oil Marketers Association, and on the Board of Directors for the National Oil Jobbers Association.

He was President of the Chamber of Commerce and President of the Kiwanis Club, of which he was a member for over sixty-five years. During his term of office, he was instrumental in establishing the United Fund in Darlington. He served as Key Club Advisor and was on the Board of Directors for many years.

Mr. Bristow served on the Darlington County School Board. He was on the Board of Director’s for Citizen’s Bank of Darlington and was on the Advisory Board of Citizens and Southern National Bank.

As a faithful and dedicated member of Darlington Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday School and served as Deacon and Elder for more than 40 years.

Interested in nature and conservation, he was on the Board of Directors of the Black Creek Land Trust, later joining with the Pee Dee Land Trust. He enjoyed his cabin on Black Creek, where he loved to fish. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Damon Gun Club, which he served as President for many years. He was the “Chef” for the Tuesday night Duck suppers and planned the Saturday noon Deer Drive Dinners. He was also a member of the Cribb’s Fishing Club.

He gave wise counsel to many who sought his advice. He was cherished by his family, his church, and his community. His quiet strength and keen guidance were a blessing to many fortunate family members and friends. He loved the Lord, his family, and his hometown.

Mr. Bristow was predeceased his parents, William Hazle Bristow, Sr. and Margaret Spratt Bristow; his parents-in-law, Thomas Wallace Goodson and Lilian Blackmon Goodson; and his sister-in-law, Margaret Jo Marsella Bristow.

Mr. Bristow is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pollie Goodson Bristow, and three daughters, Susan (Damon) Flowers of Darlington, Elizabeth (Lee, M.D.) Richards and Katherine (Lofton “Mac”) Fanning, both of Columbia. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Damon Steger Flowers, Jr., M.D. (Betsy, DVM), Susanna Flowers Koppernaes (Leif), Mary Palmer Richards Tucker (David), Caroline Richards Heath (Garrett), William Hazle Bristow Richards, Charles Thomas Richards, and Elizabeth Dryden Richards; and two great-grandchildren: Mary Margaret Flowers, and Bailes Lee Tucker. Mr. Bristow also has one brother, Robert Blakley Bristow; one niece, Margaret Bristow Presson (Everett); and one nephew, Dr. Robert Blakley Bristow.

Memorial donations may be made to The Endowment Fund c/o D.P.C. 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, SC 29532, The Lord Cares 201 Grove Street Darlington, SC 29532, The Kid’s Closet c/o D.P.C. 311 Pearl Street Darlington, SC 29532, or the Mercy Medical Free Clinics 203 Grove Street Darlington, SC 29532.