John R. Folger ’49

Dr. John R. Folger joined the Church Triumphant Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, two days short of his 95th birthday.

He was one of the longest licensed physicians in the state of North Carolina. He was active for 18 months as a Corpsman in the United States Navy. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in just two and-a-half years. He attended Wake Forest School of Medicine. He and Hilda, his wife of 72 years, moved to Brevard and he started his medical practice in 1956, focusing on general and family medicine, obstetrics and surgery. During his practice, he delivered more than 1,000 babies. He also made thousands of house calls during his more than six-decades as a physician.

He started working in the Transylvania County Health Department in 1956 and was Health Director for 45 years. During this time Transylvania County became the first in the state to give the polio vaccine to young students. He was also the physician for the Schenck Job Corp for 25 years and was instrumental in getting Hospice and the Free Clinic, now Blue Ridge Health, into Transylvania County. He was always working on medical programs for this community.

He was an elder for many years at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. He became active in the community almost immediately upon arrival, joining the Jaycees and various committees and organizations through the years. He served his community in a variety of ways beyond medicine, being elected to the Transylvania County Board of Education and serving as a Transylvania County Commissioner.

Some favorite family memories include sharing his knowledge of history, which he loved, with his children and grandchildren and he enjoyed telling his stories. He loved playing chess and taught it to his grandchildren. Family vacations were about seeing and appreciating the wonderful things of this country.

He was a generous, caring, loving, intelligent and honest gentleman. He taught his family the importance of a work ethic and the importance of integrity.

There was always time for church on Sunday morning. He often taught an adult Sunday School class and he was always interested in talking about church doctrine and history with his children and grandchildren.

He would greet family with a huge smile and a tight hug. He loved silly and corny jokes. He would say, “Can I squeeze you as much as I love you?” Then he’d give you barely a squeeze followed by a bear hug.

He loved making wassail for all to share at Christmas time and Greek salad for gatherings of family and friends. He also wanted to share his licorice, pickles and buttermilk, but with less success.

He loved showing the same “magic tricks” over and over and the grandkids would just laugh because he was just so genuine and happy. He loved showing the family how he could breathe out of just one lung and how he could remove his thumb and then reattach it.

His family loved him very much.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda; children, Lydia Schleifer, of Clemson, S.C., Sydney Folger, of Brevard, Grady Folger, of Brevard and Earle Folger, of Summerville, S.C.; as well as 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. His son, Captain John Russell Folger III, passed away in 2005.

He was loved and respected by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, by his whole family. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances be be sent to: The Pisgah Health Foundation, which improves the health and welfare of Transylvania County, at P.O. Box 2440, Brevard, NC 28712, or to The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club, which is in the building where Dr. Folger first began his medical practice in Brevard, at 11 Gallimore Road, Brevard, NC 28712, or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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Amanda Grant Edwards ’95

Amanda Grant Edwards died with her loving family around her at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 2, 2022, at the age of 49 after an eight-year battle against breast cancer. 

Amanda was born on July 31, 1973, in Atlanta, Georgia to her loving parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. Peery (Nancy) Grant.  She graduated from Lakeside High School in 1991 and then from Davidson College in 1995.  She earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and practiced as a pediatric physical therapist until breast cancer prohibited her from working any longer.

Amanda’s greatest passion was serving as loving wife to Renato, doting mother to Grant and Sofia and friend to everyone.  Amanda had a passion for food and wine and loved to cook.  She also loved to love people.  Her friends and family called her a “people collector” due to her ability to turn every stranger into a lifelong friend.  Amanda was an inspiration to others throughout her difficult journey with breast cancer.  Her strength and determination to keep fighting will continue to inspire those of us who were lucky enough to know and love her.

Amanda is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Renato Edwards, and their two children Samuel Grant Edwards and Sofia Gardner Edwards.  Amanda will also be deeply missed by her two sisters, Tracy (Robert) Wade and Susan (Malcolm) Traxler, M.D. and their families. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at https://pages.lls.org/ltn/nc/charlnc22/teamamanda.    

David Hagan Pfaff ’54

David Hagen Pfaff, 90, of Winston-Salem, died Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born on October 28, 1932 in Forsyth County to the late Fred Wilson and Elizabeth Hagen Pfaff.

David graduated from Reynolds High School and later Davidson College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve, where he earned the rank of full bird colonel. During his time in the service, David lived at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, but in 1958, he moved back to Winston-Salem and started working at Pfaffs Glass. In 1963 he started Pfaffs Auto Glass, where he worked for 57 years, until he retired in 2020. He loved golf and spending time at his Beech Mountain home. David played the trumpet in the Easter band for over 75 years, was a member of the Kiwanis and the Salem Band.

He is survived by his children: Douglas Bryon Pfaff and Deborah Pfaff Faircloth, both of Winston-Salem, and Fredrick Wilson Pfaff (Shannon) of Canyon Lake, TX; grandchildren, Mary Kathleen Lanier (Joshua), Laura Ann Pfaff, Alanna Frances Pfaff (Christopher Tolley), William Hagen Faircloth (Shannon), Marilyn Jeanette Bell (Philip), Ashley Pfaff Winters (Daulton) and David Hagen Pfaff; great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Braely, Lawson, Ella, Avery, and Emma. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane Pfaff Dewees (John).

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Home Moravian Church with burial to follow in the Salem Moravian Graveyard. A reception will follow the burial in the Parlor at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Moravian Church, 529, S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, the Moravian Music Foundation, 457 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Chapter, 4600 Park Rd., # 250, Charlotte, NC 28209. Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

Bruce Edgar “Buzz” Richmond ’60

Bruce Edgar (Buzz) Richmond, age 83, of Meadowlakes, Texas, died peacefully at Kingsland Hills Care Center on October 27, 2022, after a 4-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Martha Backiel Richmond of Fairfield, CT; his son, Bruce Richmond Jr. of New Haven, CT; his brother, Chet and wife, June Richmond of Waterford, CT; his first wife and mother to his four children, Patricia Pritchard Richmond Pisaretz of East Haven, CT; his parents-in-law, Eddie and Mary Sobotik; and his sisters-in-law, Eddie Sue Gilbert and Janice Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of 29 years; his three daughters, Pamela A. (William) Hawthorn of Wallingford, CT, Linda S. (Drew Crossman) Richmond of Higganum, CT, and Jennifer L. (David Donnelly) Richmond of Branford, CT; daughter-in-law, Jenifer Blemings of New Haven, CT; grandchildren: Madeline A. (Etienne Ducommun) Marone of Geneva, Switzerland, Shannon (Joseph Woodward-Clinton) Richmond Blemings of Philadelphia, PA, Brendon Pastore of Clearwater, FL, Layla Richmond of Branford, CT, Jessie (Joshua) Duponte, Wallingford, CT, and Emma (Kyle) Hawthorn, Wallingford, CT; great-grandchildren, Max and Molly Duponte; sisters-in-law, Sharon Chude (husband, Charlie) and Debra Sowin; brothers-in-law, Jeff Sobotik, Vaughn Watts; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews from both the Richmond and Sobotik families.

Bruce was the fourth generation of Richmonds to live in the Pine Creek area of Fairfield. Bruce attended school in Fairfield and graduated in 1956 from Roger Ludlowe High School, where he was Freshman Class President, played football, tennis and basketball and was a member of the Varsity “F” Club and National Honor Society. After graduating, he attended Davidson College, NC on a football scholarship for one year and then transferred to the University of Connecticut. A year later, he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Germany. After an early discharge with honors in 1961, he returned to the University of Connecticut to finish his business degree. He graduated in 1963 with a B.S. in marketing from the University of Connecticut, where he received the honor of being named in the Who’s Who in American Colleges. Hard work was etched in his DNA. As a young boy he had paper routes, dug sand worms to sell to bait shops, caddied at the Country Club of Fairfield and had a lobster pot business to help with expenses while in college. Bruce had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry for 32 years, taking him to New Jersey, Istanbul, Turkey, Norwalk, CT and New York City. He worked for Merck and Pfizer, then shifted to pharmaceutical advertising with William Douglas McAdams agency and finally with Sudler & Hennessey, where he spent the last 20 years before retiring as Executive Vice President. He had a one-year hiatus during this time to try his hand at entrepreneurship by opening a bakery in Niantic, CT, where he honed his baking skills, which would be much appreciated by family and friends in the coming years.

Upon retirement from Sudler & Hennessey, Bruce and his wife, Carolyn (whom he married in 1993), made their home in Meadowlakes, TX, but spent their summers in the Pine Creek area in Fairfield, CT. Throughout his life and retirement, Bruce loved golfing, fishing, boating and clamming. His love of sports started in early childhood and continued throughout his lifetime. Listed among his favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys and the UConn Huskies. Although he loved all sports, his favorite time of the year was draft day for his fantasy baseball team, Richmond Rifles. Bruce was a founding member and participated for 42 years in the Pharm League, taking top honors three times.

A man of many talents and interests, Bruce loved working with wood, both carving and turning. He even laid a floor in his Texas home with 3×3 inch Mesquite wooden tiles. He took classes in wood turning, watercolors, computer classes for investment and photography and learned to bead on a small loom. Fascinated by collecting, he organized stamps and money from around the world. His collections included bottle and can openers, vintage toy cars and antique fishing lures. He loved hunting for beach glass (polishing some if not quite ready), seashells and rocks. Bruce always shared his treasures with everyone. His last collecting activity centered around his grandchildren as he collected state quarters and President dollars and then had the uncirculated ones rated and encapsulated as an investment for them.

Bruce loved to travel and was able to see many parts of the world, but the best times were always with family – annual Hilton Head trips and trips to the “country” (Frenstat, TX) with Carolyn’s family.

To say Bruce loved conversation and meeting people would be an under-statement, as family and friends were recipients of his many hours of storytelling.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kingsland Hills Care Center in Kingsland, TX and the New Century Hospice for their loving care of Bruce.

Bruce and Carolyn were members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay, TX. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Alzheimer Association at https://act.alz.org/donate or 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601, or any charity of your choosing.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Fairfield Funeral Home of Edmund W. Dougiello, 36 South Pine Creek Road, with visitation beginning at 9 am. Service will begin at the funeral home at 10:45, followed by committal services with military honors at Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield.

Samuel L. White ’63

Samuel Landis White died Oct. 27, 2022 after a lifetime of service to his community, his church and his family. He was born to Stephen A. White V and Mary Landis White on February 20, 1941, and was a lifelong resident of Mebane.

He was devoted to Mebane, serving as a Town Board member, following a tradition that began in 1882 when his great-great grandfather was the town’s first mayor. Sam was the last member of the White family to serve as President of White Furniture Company before the business was sold.

He attended Mebane High School where he led the team to the finals of the state football championship in 1957. He was an Eagle Scout and a proud graduate of Davidson College in 1963. He received a master’s degree in business from the University of Virginia in 1965.

After returning to Mebane, he married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret “Peggy” Gibson White, and they raised five children who survive him: Grace Ellen White, Samuel Glasgow White (Jessica), David Stanton White (Lydia), Rebecca Gibson White (Skip), and Julia White Buckner (Joe), and his 12 grandchildren: Peter, Charlie, Nell, Jeff, Emily, Collin, Zane, Katherine, Leo, Eva, Natalie and Elijah.

Sam was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Ellen White Turner; his brother, Stephen Alexander “Zan” White VI; and his stepmother, Margaret Holmes White.

He leaves behind a congregation of beloved friends at Grace Reformed Baptist Church who worshiped with him and ministered to him throughout his decades of faithful service to God.

A Memorial service will be held at Grace Reformed Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. In lieu of flowers the family asks for contributions to Grace Reformed or a charity of your choosing.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcclurefuneralservice.net