High School and went on to the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill for a degree in businessadministration. After graduation, he joined theUS Army as an aviation and helicopter mechanic,which led to his thirty-year career as a captain forDelta Airlines in Chicago. He was also presidentof Falconer Group, Inc.; CEO of Carosyn, Inc.;director and editor at Stellar Visuals, LLC; and avideographer for three major television stations.
Mr. Peace was a member of the HendersonJaycees, a past president of the HendersonKiwanis Club, a former Mason, and a member ofFirst United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Petra; two sons; andthree grandchildren.
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James Lee Davis, of New Bern, North Carolina,died August 13, 2019.
Born and raised in High Point, North Carolina,Jim Davis’s family moved to Virginia prior tohis arrival at Woodberry. He competed on thewrestling, tennis, and track teams, contributed toThe Talon and The Oracle, and was a member ofthe German club and monitor board.
After Woodberry, Mr. Davis joined the USArmy and became a jumpmaster with the 101stAirborne Division from 1961 through 1964. Hewas also secretary to the commanding generalat Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After his service,he returned to North Carolina to complete hisbachelor’s degree at Guilford College and then hislaw degree at the University of North Carolina,graduating with honors from both. He was on theNorth Carolina Law Review and a member of theOrder of the Coif.
Mr. Davis spent his career as an attorney at Ward& Smith, P.A. His primary focus was commercialreal estate, and he was a council member andpast chairman of the real property section of theNorth Carolina Bar. He was a frequent lecturer incontinuing legal education programs relating toreal estate practice in the state.
A member of Garber United Methodist Church,
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Mr. Davis contributed via several committees,
including the parsonage, finance, building, and
staff-parish relations. He was chairman of the
church’s administrative board for three years.
Mr. Davis also helped Woodberry by serving as
reunion chairman in 1988. In his free time, he
enjoyed offshore fishing and traveling. Some time
ago, Mr. Davis penned his own obituary: “Jim
has died. Croaked alas. Better said than ‘he has
passed.’ Let’s give thanks, for what he stood. A
firm belief, that God is good.”
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Jean; son,
Jackson L. Davis ’89; and brother, Philip B. Davis
’ 57. His nephews are Brantley “B” Hathaway ’80
and Brooks D. Hathaway ’91.
William Earl Hazel, of Haymarket, Virginia,died April 26, 2020.
Bill Hazel graduated from Madison CountyHigh School in 1957 and spent two postgraduateyears at Woodberry. He was a natural athlete,competing on the varsity track and baseball teamsand lettering in varsity football. He was a memberof the German club and monitor board. AfterWoodberry, Mr. Hazel went on to play football atand earn a degree from the University of Virginia,where he was also a member of Kappa Alpha Order.
Mr. Hazel worked in various industriesthroughout his life, using his sales and marketingacumen to distribute milk, promote Ocean Sprayproducts to grocery chains, and sell and distributeheavy trucking equipment with his father andbrother. He was a devoted Cavaliers fan andenjoyed home football games and tailgating. Healso loved college basketball and watched everygame of the Cavalier’s 2019 season that culminatedin the national championship. A great storyteller,Mr. Hazel enjoyed socializing at the CulpeperCountry Club.
Mr. Hazel is survived by his three children andsix grandchildren. He was predeceased by hiswife, Rose.
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Francis Greenfield Lankford III, of Atlanta,Georgia, died November 19, 2019.
Frankie Lankford was born and raised inCharlottesville, Virginia, and developed a loveof sports early on when he was a bat boy forthe University of Virginia baseball team. AtWoodberry, he was a cheerleader and monitor.He played basketball, was a leading scorer on thesoccer team, and was captain of the baseball team.
Mr. Lankford continued playing soccer whenhe went to the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill, from which he graduated in 1964.He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon andthe Order of Gimghoul. After college, he joinedthe US Navy for two years and served in theMediterranean aboard the USS Aldebaran. Hereturned to the States and became a stockbrokerin Atlanta for ten years with the firm Goodbody &Company, where he met his wife, and he finishedhis career working in real estate.
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