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Summer, Carol (Gaines) '73T
Deceased > Tuesday, 8/29/2017
Carol Gaines Summer, age 61, of Rome, Ga., passed peacefully at home Aug. 29, 2017.

Carol was born October 14, 1955 and was preceded in death by her father, William Gordon Gaines.

Mrs. Summer was a gifted artist whose favorite medium was watercolor and was a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Carol used the method of conceptual art to propel sensitivity of color, form and expression into a voice that lingers still, and will forever. A noteworthy example of her work for the Floyd County Chapter of the American Cancer Society titled “Hope,” inspired by an Emily Dickenson poem, depicted a dove flying towards the sun. The beautiful watercolor touches the heart and embodies the uplifting sense of hope in Dickenson’s words. We are fortunate to have so many tangible reminders of her gift by which to remember her passion and love of life.

She is survived by her husband, William Barron Summer; her mother, Margaret White Gaines; a son and his wife, Will and Heather Summer; a daughter and her husband, Katie and Kris Nelson; two sisters, Anita Mounts and Laurie Andrade and her husband Ravi; four wonderful grandchildren, Gage Lemaster, Maggie Summer, Lilly Summer and Charlotte Nelson. She leaves behind her beloved companions, Scout and Sweetie.

It is our hope and request that each who read this will do what Carol would have done, do good, be kind and go beyond mere capacity. It is the heart of the gentle artist.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St NW, Atlanta, Ga., 30303,or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Please join our family and friends in celebrating the life of Carol Gaines Summer on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at the Forrest Place ballroom from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., 436 Broad St., Rome, Ga., 30161.
Persons, Ogden, II '53
Deceased > Friday, 8/18/2017
George Ogden Persons, II, 82, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
, at 11:00 a.m. at Perry United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at a Reception in the Fellowship Hall at the Church. A private interment will be held in Oaklawn Cemetery in Ft. Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Perry United Methodist Church.

Mr. Persons was born in Forsyth to the late Robert Ogden Persons, Sr. and the late Louise Kendrick Persons. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, in 1953. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Emory University. At the age of 29, Ogden began his lifelong community banking career in Lithonia, Georgia, and was known as the "Barefoot Banker." He enjoyed interacting with his employees and customers. He served on the Board of Trustees at Darlington School and was a lifetime contributor. Ogden enjoyed traveling, the Georgia coast, golfing with friends, and working on his farm in Perry. He was a member of Perry United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Ogden Persons, Jr.; and his first wife, the mother of his children, Marianne Gillis Persons. 

Left to cherish the memories of Ogden are his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Sharon Persons of Perry; his children, Ogden Persons, III, (Maureen) of Macon, Jim Persons (Mary Jack) of Atlanta, and Katherine Persons Kelly (Bill) of Richmond, Virginia; and his grandchildren, Mary Persons, Gillis Persons, Parker Persons, Jackson Persons, and Harper Kelly; and 2 nephews.

Watson-Hunt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Austin, Jim, Jr. '54
Deceased > Friday, 7/28/2017
Mr. William Hugh Austin, Jr., 80, of 1 Shorter Circle-a devoted husband, loving father, beloved grandfather, Air Force veteran, and retired civil servant died Friday Night, July 28, 2017 at his home in Rome.

A native of Rome, Mr. Austin was born on November 1, 1936, the son of William Hugh Austin, Sr. and Katherine Logan Austin. He graduated from Darlington School in 1954 as valedictorian. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduating in 1958. He was married to Barbara Eleanor Welsh on June 27, 1959.

The Austin's were active members of the Allatoona Yacht Club (AYC) and Mr. Austin served as an officer of the Board for many years. He was also a member of the Friends of Theatre Board at Shorter College. Mr. Austin went by Jim Austin and loved poetry--especially by Edgar Allen Poe, Ogden Nash, and Sidney Lanier. 

Before moving back home to Rome in 1995, Mr. Austin lived with his wife and five children in Dayton, Ohio. He was an engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. Among other professional accomplishments, he was a chief designer of the F15 fighter jet. He was instrumental in a commercial-government partnership between Boeing Corporation in Seattle, Washington, and the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1970s. In addition to his career, Mr. Austin served as an associate board member of the Dayton Art Institute.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Eleanor Welsh Austin, Rome; his five children: Mary Katherine Austin, San Francisco, CA; William David Austin, Rome, GA; Ann Margaret Austin, Sebastopol, CA; Jane Elizabeth Austin, San Francisco, CA; and Susan Rebecca Austin, Eugene, OR; and ten grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at Daniel's Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Visitation is at 10:00 a.m. and the service starts at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will be at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to be made to the scholarship fund at Darlington School, 1014 Cave Spring Rd. SW, Rome, GA. 30161.

Please visit our website at www.daniels-funeralhome.com to share memories and post tributes.
Daniel's Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Gordon, Hugh, Jr. '48
Deceased > Thursday, 7/27/2017
DELAND — James Hugh Gordon Jr., 85, entered into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 27, 2017. A Glory to God Service was held July 30 at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand.
Born in Macon, Georgia, to James Hugh and Marion Richardson Gordon on Nov. 13, 1931, Hugh’s early youth was spent in Eufaula, Alabama, and then in Eastman, Georgia. His family moved to Daytona Beach in 1945, where he attended Seabreeze High School.
Hugh graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, in 1948, and from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1952. At Washington and Lee, he majored in geology and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Hugh was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
His varied interests led him to work on the Chicago Board of Trade, and prospecting for uranium out West. He also prospected for Baroid as an engineer in the oil fields of northern Alberta, Canada.
While working in Yellowstone National Park in 1953, Hugh surprisingly remet his future bride, that little redheaded girl whose head he had dunked while she was bobbing for apples at a Halloween party 13 years earlier in Eufaula.
On Aug. 25, 1955, he married the love of his life, Frances Katherine Moulthrop of Eufaula at the small log Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming. Hugh took Frances to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, where they lived during their first year of marriage.
Hugh and Frances moved to DeLand in 1957, where Hugh worked with his father to develop Pennsylvania Park subdivision, and Idlemore Apartments, the first condominiums built in Volusia County.
Hugh served as a DeLand city commissioner from 1961 to 1965.
From 1965 until 1974, he worked as the building official of Winter Park, then in a similar position for Volusia County until 1998.
He was a member of the Southern Building Code Congress, and the Building Officials Association of Florida, where he served a term as president from 1977 through 1978. Hugh was a founder of the Central Florida Building Officials Association.
But his labor of love was his fernery and citrus grove, where every fall he enjoyed customers from around the world coming for “you pick” citrus.
Hugh was a founding member of the DeLand Men's Prayer Breakfast, which has met weekly for 27 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially with family and friends, and is remembered for his great sense of humor.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife, Frances; children James "Jim" Hugh Gordon III, Matthew "Matt" (Jan Johnson), Charles "Chuck" (Jennifer Howard), Martha (Raymond Williams) and Gardner (Frances Claybrook); 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters Alice O'Shea, Chovine Visintainer and Gabrielle Martinez.
Memorial donations may be sent to The Voice of the Martyrs at persecution.com. Persecuted Christians, especially those in the Middle East, were constantly on Hugh's heart and in his prayers.
Hugh was regularly overheard marveling at how God had graciously and unimaginably blessed him with his salvation, his loving wife Frances, his family, and his friends.
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.





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