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Brantley, Jack '46
Deceased > Tuesday, 11/7/2017
GREENSBORO Jack R. Brantley, 88, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Arrangements are incomplete at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel.
Lawler, Jack '48
Deceased > Wednesday, 11/1/2017
Dr. Jack Lawler
July 23, 1930-November 1, 2017
Columbus, GA- Dr. Jack Lawler passed away Wednesday, at 8:45 am on November 1st at Kindred Hospice of complications from cancer.
He was born in Carrollton, Georgia on July 23rd, 1930, to Thomas Jackson Lawler and Mary Nalley Lawler. He grew up in Carrollton as the sixth of seven children, and graduated from Carrollton High School with honors in 1947. He spent his senior year at Darlington School, and in 1949 entered the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as president of Chi Phi Fraternity, and was involved in numerous campus organizations. During the next few years, he also spent a year at Emory University, before graduating from Tech in 1952 with a degree in textile Engineering.
Jack's father was owner of the Lawler Hosiery Mill in Carrollton, and had plans of Jack taking over the mill - but Jack had other dreams. After a brief time at the mill, he was drafted into the Navy, and served as a law officer aboard a destroyer during the Korean War.
Jack's dreams of medicine led him to the Medical College of Georgia, where he served as president of Phi Rho Sigma Fraternity, and again was active in many organizations.
Jack spent his internship, residency, and additional training in Augusta, Savannah, and Macon, Georgia. He was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and joined OB-GYN Associates with Dr Harold Jarrell and Dr. Robert Carpenter in 1966. Their practice grew as they took in Dr. Cecil Whitaker, and Dr. Chuck Stamey. This formed a large practice which delivered thousands of babies, with Jack delivering over 5,000. At one time the group figured they were each averaging 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
Jack married Sheridan Boykin Leebern in 1971, and became the devoted father of 22 month old Sheridan Hough Leebern.
He was a committed Christian, becoming a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Columbus, where he served in many areas of the church, including the Food Closet and Meals on Wheels. He was an avid reader, completing a book nearly every other day, and consumed in politics and current events. He had a quick wit, and delightful sense of humor. He also had an amazing memory, a trivia whiz, and remembered the names and family details of all his college and medical school friends, professors, and even his patients - with fascinating and humorous stories of each. He loved sports and was an owner of the Columbus Astros baseball team and a constant supporter of Georgia Tech, eventually serving on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees. He was on the Board of the Medical Center for over 25 years, and an original founder and owner of Doctors Hospital.
Jack's first love was his wife of 46 years, Sheri, and their precious daughter, Sheridan, and wonderful son in law, Dr. Patrick Edward Sizemore (Ed), and Jack's equally wonderful grandchildren, Rebecca Aubrey (24), Mary Catherine (21), Caroline Grace (16), and his namesake, Jackson Edward (7). These he has left with loving memories of times spent with sweet and close relatives, Sheri's sister, Cynthia Boykin Dunn, and brother James Caswell Boykin, their spouses, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. "Papa Jack" will be deeply missed at our annual beach reunions.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary McGinnis, Mamie Edna Harris, Rebecca Jane Gilbert, Joyce Lawler, Carol Ann West, and brother James Thomas Lawler. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in -law, grandchildren, and a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews, whom he loved dearly.
Jack has donated his body to the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church, with a memorial service following at 11:00 am, presided over by Dr. Jimmy Elder, pastor and dear friend. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Jack's name.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Nov. 7, 2017

Lacy, David '49
Deceased > Friday, 10/20/2017

LACY, David M. April 5, 1931 - Oct. 20, 2017 Zebulon----Mr. David Milton Lacy, age 86, of Zebulon, passed away October 20, 2017, at his home. He was born in Atlanta. He graduated from Darlington School, Rome, GA, in 1949, and Emory University in 1953, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served in the United States Air Force as an officer from 1953 to 1955. He was an Aircraft Controller and spent 13 months in Alaska.

Mr. Lacy began his career with Pollock Paper Co. (later St. Regis Paper Co.) and left in 1969, after serving as Assistant Manager of the Southeastern Division. He then formed his own company which sold packaging and food ingredients in the Southeastern United States. He later merged his company into McGahee, Lacy and Associates where he worked until his retirement in 1996. He was Chairman of the Board of both the Lacy Investment Corp. and The Lacy Foundation. After retirement, he divided his time between his farm in Pike County, GA, and his family home in Highlands, NC. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He was a founding member of Atlanta Country Club, a life member of Capital City Club, and a longtime member of Highlands Country Club. He served as a forty year Trustee of Darlington School, ending as a Life Trustee. He was a member of Northside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, and Associate Member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, NC. He was active in many civic organizations including the Salvation Army and CARE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin F. Lacy and Haden T. Lacy, and granddaughter, Shannon Cara Lacy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years: Jo Ann Unger Lacy; children: David M. Lacy, Jr., Lynda L. Ramseur (James), and Douglas F. Lacy (Carol); grandchildren: Erin M. Lacy, J. Ryan Ramseur (MaryBec), Rebecca Ramseur Klinger (Zach), Katherine Lacy Robinson (Woodrow), Benjamin A. Lacy; great-grandchildren: HaydenMarie Robinson and Woodrow Douglas Robinson.

Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, October 24, 6-8 p.m., at Moody-Daniel Funeral Home, Zebulon. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 25, at 11 a.m., in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs. The Reverend Lee Bowman will officiate. A reception will follow at Capital City Club, Brookhaven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Darlington School, 1014 Cave Spring Rd., SW, Rome, GA 30161 or First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, 471 Main St., Highlands, NC 28741. Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.moodydaniel.com

Swift, Asa '10
Deceased > Tuesday, 10/17/2017
Swift, Jr.
September 28, 1991-
October 17, 2017
Chattanooga, TN- Asa Vernon Swift, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, October 17th at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee; he was 26. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Avenue, Columbus, Georgia. 
Asa, the son of Asa Vernon and Rebecca Hinson Swift, was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 28, 1991.
Asa was an entrepreneur at heart. He was a partner in several Chattanooga businesses including Juice Bar, Kombucha Culture, and Dixie Produce. He was a co-founder of SAM Trucking of Shorter, Alabama. He graduated from Brookstone School in 2010 and the University of Mississippi's School of Business Administration in 2014 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Despite his time as an Ole Miss Rebel, Asa remained a truly loyal Georgia Bulldog fan and was often found seated at his father's side "Between the Hedges" on game days in Athens. 
Asa's great joys in life were fourfold--his faith, his fellow man, his friends, and his family. He was a member of the Calvary Chapel of Chattanooga where he arrived early on Sundays, donning his green safety vest, as traffic coordinator to part the congregation's sea of traffic. Asa was a humble disciple of Christ who shared his faith with words and deeds in service to his calling, and his spirituality grew as he did, becoming the cornerstone of his life. He was a frequent volunteer for the Community Kitchen of Chattanooga where he devoted his efforts towards aiding the homeless, a cause he championed vigorously. He spent his last supper on earth feeding some of Chattanooga's homeless. He was truly a servant of his Lord. Asa had a legion of friends, a large network of characters young and old, rich and poor, near and far, but none were too far to feel as if they were ever disconnected from him. 
Asa was predeceased by his grandparents, Gus deLacy Hinson and George Parker and Ann Wade Swift. He is survived by his loving parents, Asa and Rebecca Swift, his sisters, Elizabeth Swift Moore (Hank) and Rebecca Swift Hamilton (Henry), his grandmother Anne Hinson Douglas, many aunts, uncles, and cousins who collectively thought of him as a brother. He was known as Atu to his niece Rivers and his nephew Grady, both of whom he loved dearly. Last but certainly not least, Asa leaves behind his dog Chubbs, his faithful companion to the end. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation to the Calvary Chapel Missions (3415 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37409) or the Feeding the Valley Food Bank (P.O. Box 8904, Columbus, Georgia 31908).
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Oct. 19, 2017

Dodd, Joe, Jr. '48
Deceased > Monday, 10/16/2017
Joseph Bowdoin Dodd passed away October 16th at the age of 87 years. A native of Rome, GA, Joe attended Darlington School and graduated from Presbyterian College. He had three scholarships in tennis, football and track. He was the senior class President, a member of Gold Key, and member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a two year service in the army, during the Korean War, he entered as a second Lieutenant. He married his wife, Louise Cousins, and they raised four beautiful daughters. He was a successful builder and developer in Atlanta, GA for thirty years. On retirement, they moved to Big Canoe, GA, and spent 23 wonderful years. Joe was an avid tennis player and won many awards, southern and national. He is survived by his wife, Louise, of 64 years; his daughters, Martha, Lisa, Louise and Katherine. Joe is fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Ansley, Dodd, Taylor, Cubby, Caroline, Kyle, Vincent and Clark; and two great grands, Emma Lou and Dominic. A memorial of Joe’s life will be held at the Big Canoe Chapel (226 Wolfscratch Village Cr, Big Canoe, GA 30143) on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 am, with the Reverend Len Walker and Lamar Helms officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Skyland Trail Mental Health Clinic, 1961 North Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Abercrombie, Milo, III '49
Deceased > Wednesday, 10/11/2017

Milo Bolling Abercrombie III, 86 passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017. He was born on January 14, 1931 in Charleston, W.Va. to the late Milo Bolling Abercrombie Jr. and Mallie Cade Abercrombie. He spent his childhood years in Greensboro, N.C. Milo was a graduate of Darlington School, Rome, Georgia and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to graduating, he served in the United States Army.

Milo began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1957. He accepted a job from his Uncle Charles Lane Abercrombie, Sr, founder of Abercrombie Oil Company. Upon Charlie Lane's death in 1987 he became President of Abercrombie Oil Company until his retirement in 2016. He was named Virginia Oilman of the Year in 2001. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, the Danville Golf Club, Young Men's Club and the German Club of Danville, as well as the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Henrietta Bell Abercrombie and his daughters Elizabeth A. Daniels and her husband, Steve, Jane A. Eggleston and her husband, Jim, all of Danville and Martha A. Woodley of Raleigh, N.C. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Taylor D. Wilhelm(Patterson), Mary Clayton E. McGee(Michael), Rebecca Bruce Daniels, James Bolling Eggleston, Helen Cade Woodley and Mary Milo Ogburn Woodley. He was predeceased by his grandson, Steven Bruce Daniels, Jr.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, N.C. The Family will be receiving friends at the residence, 134 Blackwell Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew. Townes Funeral Home, 215 West Main Street, is serving the Abercrombie family. Online condolences may be made at www.townesfuneralhome.com.

Petersen, Pete, III '51
Deceased > Monday, 10/9/2017

 Harry (“Pete”) Frederick Petersen, III at age 84 was returned to God through his death on October 9, 2017 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Born in 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia of the Rev. Harry F. Petersen, Jr and Mary Ford Little Petersen, he was baptized by Rev. Peter Marshal of Scotland, friend of his father.

            He was educated at Darlington School, Rome, Georgia, 1945-1951 where he excelled in football. Offered full football scholarships to many major universities, he chose to attend Davidson College in North Carolina where his playing days ended in a football knee injury the second week of his attendance. Through this trauma, while working as a Gate Boy at Montreat Conference Center in summer of 1954, he was called to ministry and attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur Georgia after his college graduation.

            At seminary, a thread of his ministry to and with international persons began when he helped new Korean and Japanese students with their luggage and became fast friends. After his MDiv degree from Columbia, he received a ThM degree from Princeton Theological Seminary where his closest friends were fellow students from Egypt, India and Trinidad. After Princeton, Pete attended New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Through his studies there and travels in Europe, the Holy Land and the Middle East his worldview expanded.  

            He married Martha Jane Morgan of Rock Hill, South Carolina, a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and Cornell University School of Nursing in New York City.
The Rev. Dr. James S. Stewart of New College performed the ceremony on July 4, 1960 in Edinburgh, where Pete was completing his studies. The couple returned to the United States where Pete served as Presbyterian campus minister for two years at the University of South Carolina. There he reached out to many international students, and helped them form a men’s soccer team which eventually became a varsity sport on campus.

            Pete’s international outreach extended to Taiwan with Martha Jane as Presbyterian (USA) mission co-workers, 1962-65. He led and supported university student groups and taught Bible. Their first two children were born in Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, Pete founded Christmas International House (CIH), a hospitality ministry sponsored by churches of several denominations who hosted international students and families having no place to go during Christmas holidays. The welcoming churches provided bed and board along with entertainment, tours and friendship across cultures. For 50 years, 20,000 students participated along with over 100 churches as hosts. Because of this ministry, Pete was called to begin Villa International  Atlanta, again a hospitality ministry and a “home away from home” for international medical personnel doing short-term research at the nearby Atlanta Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention. Both CIH and Villa International sought to express the compassion of Christ through medical advances, peace-making and friendship evangelism. The Petersens international outreach continued when they served as mission co-workers in Ghana and Nigeria, West Africa for thirteen years. Their third child was born in Ghana.

In 1982, Pete returned to Villa International as Executive Director until his retirement in 2000. While there, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2000, and awards in outstanding work in human relations by the Dekalb County Community Relations Commission in 1987and by the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta in 1995. Upon his retirement, he and Martha Jane moved to Black Mountain, NC. From there he served two small Presbyterian churches in Walnut and Hot Springs and shared the pulpit with Martha Jane at Siloam Presbyterian Church near Old Fort until 2015.

He also took up knitting, derived from his boyhood experience of knitting scarves for American soldiers during World War II, and created innumerable gifts in yarn for friends and family. In the last ten years of his life, Pete wrote his life story of 4500 pages for his children and grandchildren, including maps, photos, letters and entries from family members. Additionally, the volumes have been accepted into the libraries of Darlington School, Davidson College, Columbia Theological Seminary and Montreat Presbyterian Heritage Center. The work is entitled The Enduring and Compassionate Providence of God: an Example, and exemplifies his belief that in life and death we belong to God.

            He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 57 years Martha Jane Morgan; Harry Frederick, IV of Kennesaw, GA, (wife Mona Banks and daughter Priscilla George); John Morgan of McLean VA, (daughter Kate Elizabeth and son Matthew John); and daughter Martha Lynne of Black Mountain NC and her children Joseph Morgan and Nadine Lynne; additionally his sister Louise Petersen Caldwell of Harrisonburg VA; brother-in-law Ben A. Morgan and wife, Judy, of Leesburg VA; and four nieces and two nephews.

            A memorial Service will be held in Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (USA) on Saturday, October 21, at 2:00pm. with Pastor Keith Grogg of Montreat Presbyterian Church officiating along with Dr. Fahed Abu-akel, 2002 Moderator of the Presbyterian USA Church, Dr. Erskine Clarke, retired professor of church history, Columbia Theological Seminary, Rev. Merriam Alexander and Dr. Carol A. Wood. A scattering of his ashes will take place at the Memorial Garden of Montreat, NC which lies across Flat Creek where Pete, as a 1954 Gate Boy was called to Christian ministry.  Memorials may be made to Villa International Atlanta, 1749 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta GA30329, or Christmas International House, 3434 Roswell Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Hudgens, Jim '57
Deceased > Friday, 9/22/2017
Spartanburg_ James Watts Hudgens, 77, passed away at his home on September 22nd, 2017. He had been battling ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, for years.

A native of Spartanburg, Jim was born January 20, 1940 to the late TK Hudgens, Jr. and Alice Ruth Johnson. He was a dedicated member of the community, providing service over the years to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg Music Foundation, Mobile Meals and YMCA Spartanburg. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

Jim began his career as a trial lawyer as a clerk to Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn, Supreme Court of South Carolina and he spent his professional career with the Ward Law Firm. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Jim attended Darlington School in Rome Georgia, Vanderbilt University and graduated from Wofford College and University of Tennessee Law School. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran (1961-1965), serving as Communications Officer onboard USS Navarro. 

He was the husband of Patricia Hudgens, father to Sara Katherine Hudgens Jones, James Watts Hudgens, Jr. (Kara), Thomas King Hudgens II (Christy) and Mary Kennedy Hudgens Peteranna (Steven Birch), and grandfather to Charles Watts Peteranna, Thomas King Hudgens III and Woods Carter Hudgens. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Kennedy Hudgens.

The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 Noon at Morningside Baptist Church, 897 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM on Tuesday September, 26 2017. A private burial will be held for the family following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SCALSA, the ALS Association South Carolina Chapter (www.scalsa.org), 7499 Park Lane Rd, Suite 144, Columbia, SC, 29223 or to the charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be left on line at www.jmdunbar.com





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