Darlington Alumni Obituaries

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Jackson, Dave '77
Deceased > Sunday, 6/25/2017
The Alumni Office has been notified that Dr. David Jackson died Sun, June 25, 2017.
Bowdre, Ben '39
Deceased > Thursday, 6/15/2017
Benjamin Taliaferro Bowdre, Jr.
Macon, GA- Benjamin Taliaferro Bowdre, Jr. died peacefully on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Ben was born on July 24, 1920 and would have turned 97 in July. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Birch Bowdre and Benjamin Taliaferro Bowdre. 
Ben attended Darlington School for Boys, graduating in 1939 and graduated from Mercer University, Class of 1943. He was Treasurer of Juliette Milling Company, a family textile business, for many years. Ben was also a partner in Juliette Holdings.
Ben was a long time member of Mulberry Methodist Church, where his family worshipped for three generations. Ben's family and friends considered him to be a "gentleman and a scholar," interested in many things, and always having a good sense of humor. He played tennis as a young man on the clay courts of Baconsfield Park and continued his interest in tennis until his death. Ben started ballroom dancing lessons at the age of 66 and won many trophies in competitive events. His hobbies and interests included photography, reading, and genealogy. Ben built a boat from naval architectural plans in his backyard. He enjoyed many fishing trips with his brother, John Bowdre, who predeceased him in 2015.
Ben enjoyed planning annual trips around the world. He was thankful that he was able to visit so many countries during his lifetime. He was an Anglophile and usually included London in every trip. 
Ben is survived by his niece, Rebecca Bowdre Winkel (Terry); his two nephews, John Neville Birch Bowdre, Jr. (Karon) and Charles Scaife Bowdre, his two great nephews, John (Beau) Neville Birch Bowdre, III (Cayla) and Alexander Barrett Bowdre, and his sister-in-law, Becky Watson Bowdre. 
The family would like to express deep appreciation to his housekeeper, Hattie Strong, and the caretakers from Home Instead, for their loving and devoted care until his death. Appreciation also goes to Pine Pointe Hospice for their support during his last days. 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Mulberry United Methodist Church Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Towson officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St., 31201; Macon Outreach Ministry at Mulberry, 267 First St., 31201; or the charity of the donor's choice .
Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. 
Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.
Watkins, Charles '49
Deceased > Monday, 6/12/2017
Charles Garman Watkins, age 85, died peacefully Monday, June 12th in his home. He was born in Durham County to the late Irvine Beaufort Watkins and Treva Garman Watkins. 

Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Currin Watkins, daughters Ava Watkins of New York City and Treva Tyson, son-in-law David Tyson, and grandchildren Treva and Hannah Tyson all of Raleigh He was predeceased by his brother Irvine Beaufort Watkins of Chapel Hill.

Raised in Henderson, NC, he attended Darlington Prep School in Rome, Georgia. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity. These college relationships were the framework of his adult life. He and his friends were avid UNC fans, and followed all the University's sports, but were especially devoted to the men's basketball program. Needless to say he was overjoyed at the recent NCAA results.

After college, he served honorably during the Korean War in the United States Army and had the good fortune to be stationed in Sankt Johann, Austria which he visited while on a cruise with his daughter Treva two years ago. 

When his service ended, he began his career in finance with Dunn and Bradstreet, next joining Wheat First Securities as Vice President. He later went on to be manager at AG Edwards, Inc. Charlie loved the investment world and his clients loved him. He helped Ben Edwards expand into the Carolinas, and the firm was eventually bought out by Wachovia.

He was a member of the Terpsichorean Club, The St Christopher's Club, and served on the Board of Directors of the Boys Clubs of Wake County. Charlie was asked by a friend, Blanche Bacon to coach a little league basketball team of underprivileged youths and he jumped at the chance. He could talk endlessly about the team and got great pride from his role as coach. Phil Jackson had nothing on Charlie.

Charlie and Jean loved the North Carolina coast and every weekend made a trip to Beaufort, where they eventually bought a house on the water. They spent half of the year in Beaufort after retirement. Charlie joined the Morehead City Country Club and after years of playing tennis and became quite an accomplished retirement golfer. He proudly displayed his hole in one trophy from the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, where he was also a member.

Charlie loved being a father and grandfather. His love of sports included watching his daughters and granddaughters play tennis, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, golf, lacrosse and many other sports. Fishing with his friends and family in coastal waters always made him smile. "Charlie Boy" had a way of just showing up and making sure everyone knew it was all going to be alright. And then there were his dogs. There were many different ones over a lifetime. He took them everywhere, even the 19th Hole. He practically let them drive the car. Sometimes you couldn't see that there was a human at the wheel. His current dog, Onnie was by his side at the end. She is looking for him to walk back through the door. Slim as his friends often called him will no doubt be waiting for her when she crosses the rainbow bridge.

A memorial service will be held on Friday June 16th at 11 am at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh. The family will receive friends and relatives the evening of Thursday June 15th from 4 to 6pm at the Carolina Country Club. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, 701 N. Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27610 or the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh NC 27603.
McNair, Larry '52
Deceased > Sunday, 6/11/2017
Larry Delano McNair
Brunswick, GA- Larry Delano McNair passed away the Sunday morning on June 11th. 
Born in Georgia on the 21st of June, 1934, raised in Macon where he attended Lanier High, graduating from the Darlington School in Rome, Ga. After graduation from Georgia Tech, he enjoyed a successful career as a Chemical Engineer with Combustion Engineering, Alabama Power and the Southern Company. 
He is survived by his four children, Jennifer, Shannan, Jeff and Andrew. Many thanks to Georgia Hospice for their care and the Neptune Society for the aftercare services.
Collins, Sylvia '65T
Deceased > Monday, 6/5/2017
Sylvia Jean Collins, 70, of Decatur, GA passed away on June 5th 2017. Sylvia was a free spirit, always full of life and laughter. Some of her most joyful moments included playing tennis on her ALTA team at Piedmont Park, sharing music with her coffee house friends, and watching her beloved birds from her patio.

She was born in Newnan, GA and grew up in Rome, GA where she attended Thornwood School. She graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY with a bachelor's degree. She later attended Georgia State University earning a Masters Degree in counseling that led to her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents Carl T. and Lillian Collins of Rome GA and brother Tom Collins of Atlanta. Surviving loved ones include her brother Stephen and sister- in- law Betsy Collins of Avondale Estates, nieces Cindy and Cathy Collins, and nephew Tommy Collins.

Family will receive friends Friday, June 9th from 6-8 PM at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur. Graveside service will be at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, GA on June 10th at 2:00 PM.
Hertenstein, Harold '65
Deceased > Monday, 6/5/2017

Harold Hertenstein died at his home in Acworth, Georgia, on June 5, 2017. He leaves behind his wife Betty Hardin Hertenstein, his son Hal Hertenstein of Woodstock, Georgia, and his mother Laureine Hertenstein of Smyrna, Georgia.

Harold was born in Nashville, Tennessee on February 19, 1947. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and then received a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Management from Vanderbilt University. 

Harold was loving husband and devoted to his family. His creative mind brought him much success in his profession and he was a wonderful provider for his family. He retired from his position as Executive Vice President of TPI Corporation in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 2010.

His memorial will be at the First Baptist Woodstock, Georgia, on Friday, June 9, 2017. A family interment at Pine Ridge Memorial Park in Kennesaw, GA., will precede his memorial.

Jordan, Pope, III '63
Deceased > Monday, 5/15/2017

Dr. Willis Pope Jordan III, of Rome, Georgia, age 72, passed away on May 15, 2017 after a short illness. Pope was born on February 5, 1945 in Columbus, Georgia, son of the late Dr. Willis Pope Jordan, Jr., and Elizabeth Beasley Jordan. Pope graduated from Darlington School in 1963. He earned his B.S. from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1967 and graduated Medical School of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 1971. Following graduation from medical school, Pope proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 through 1975 stationed in Hahn Airbase, Germany. Upon his return to the U.S., Pope completed his medical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas in 1978. He and his family then moved to Rome, Georgia where he started his medical practice as an OB/GYN. He joined Norton, Hortman, Wilcox & Cates, now known as Norton Women’s Clinic, in 1979 and during the course of his medical career in Rome delivered over 3,500 children. His accomplishments include acting as Chairman of OB/GYN of Floyd Medical Center from 1989 through 1991 and serving on the Harbin Clinic Quality Assurance Committee from 2001 through 2010, acting as chair of the QA committee for four years.

Pope was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Lynne Garner, with whom he had four children and is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Della Fran Jordan, and five children: Michele Leigh Farmer of Lancaster, CA; Alicia Jordan Haff (Corey) of San Antonio, TX; Laura Jordan Baker (Jon) of Dallas, TX; Amy Jordan Scott (Matt) of Kingwood, TX; and Andrea Jordan Garramone (Michael) of Dallas, TX and their nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Jenni Feldhaus and Juli Martin and predeceased by his sister, Jerri Morrison. Upon Pope’s retirement from his medical practice in 2010, he and Fran loved to spend free time taking cruises, traveling internationally and visiting family. At home, Pope loved to cook, play bridge and spades, complete crossword puzzles, and working in his garden and fish pond.

The family will receive friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home, 901 E. 2nd Ave. in Rome, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th.

Please visit www.daniels-funeralhome.com to share fond memories and condolences.

Tudor, Jessie '11
Deceased > Monday, 5/15/2017

Miss Jessica Elizabeth “Jessie” Tudor, age 23, of Lyerly, GA, died Monday, May 15, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Miss Tudor was born May 31, 1993, in Athens, GA, daughter of Vergil Francis and Christy Lynn Dooley Tudor.  She was a member of the Lyerly United Methodist Church and was the assistant manager of the Zaxby’s of Dalton.  Jessie was an honor graduate of the Darlington Class of 2011 and had also attended the North Georgia College where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.  She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed anything that involved being outside with her dad.  She also loved deer hunting, fishing, singing, doing makeup, and sunbathing with her mom.  Jessie had a heart of gold and was fiercely loyal and protective of her family, friends, and anyone who was considered an “underdog.”  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Tommy Hughes Dooley and several great-grandparents.

Miss Tudor is survived by her parents, Vergil and Christy Dooley Tudor; sisters and brother-in-law, Kristin Baylee and Zack Taylor Carpenter, Abbey LeeAnn Tudor; grandparents, Peggy Dooley, Charles and Martha Tudor; great-grandmother, Annie Mae Williams; aunts and uncles, Rusty Dooley, Susan and Rusty Webb, Doug and Jennifer Tudor, Jan and Britt Willingham, and David Tudor; several cousins; and her dogs that she considered her babies, Harlee, Maverick, and Delilah.

Funeral services for Miss Tudor will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 18, 2017, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Lyerly Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Zack Carpenter, Rusty Dooley, Doug Tudor, Rusty Webb, Britt Willingham, David Tudor, Anna Swafford, and Tina McRae.  Honorary pallbearers will be Isaiah Foster, Hunter Wilkerson, Brad Brumbelow, Meagan Hurley, Tori Willingham, Amos Willingham, and Kelsey Fletcher.

Miss Tudor will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga County (P.O. Box 636, Summerville, GA 30747).





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