Elton Gale Hawley, 67, died Saturday, April 9, 2016. He was born Oct. 14, 1948, in the Plain View community. He was a graduate of Midway High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University. He taught at Olympic High School in Charlotte for 23 years and worked with the coaching staff as the athletic trainer and interim athletic director. Mr. Hawley completed his athletic training education at Wake Forest University. He was the first athletic trainer employed in the Charlotte/ Mecklenburg School System in 1972.
John Herman Bunch, Jr., 81, of Raleigh died Sunday, May 10, 2015. Born in Clinton, NC, Mr. Bunch provided physical therapy and sports medicine to North Carolinians for over forty years, and athletic training services in the ACC and organizations for over 50 years. He was appointed by 3 governors to serve on the North Carolina Physical Therapy Examiners Board for 15 years, including six years as its Chairman. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his years of service and dedication to North Carolina by Gov. Michael F. Easley. He served as athletic trainer for NC State University from 1956-1963, and again as head trainer for all sports from 1970 -1977. While in this role, he was the trainer for the 1974 NCAA championship basketball team, and he always cherished the friendships he developed with them, and remained in close personal contact with many. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. From the ACC, to minor league baseball, to professional football, his love of sports medicine and service to that profession was vast.
However, his true love was being a loving grandfather, father, and husband. He is survived by his, wife Barbara Bunch, daughter Mary-Allison Bunch, son John Bunch and his wife Debbie, and grandsons Bryan, Sean and Casey. He lived a full life of days short of his 82nd birthday.
Tracy Scott Hefner, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday November 11, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center following a period of declining health.
David Costner McAllister, 53, of Cary, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home in Cary.
Larry Dean Carpenter, 47, of Gastonia, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Robin Johnson Hospice House, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 3, 1966 in Gastonia, a son of Jerry Dean and Shirley Williams Carpenter. Larry was a 1984 graduate of Ashbrook High School, received his under graduate degree from UNC Charlotte and earned his Masters Degree from Winthrop University. He worked for 21 years as a guidance counselor and athletic trainer, the last 14 years of which was at Ashbrook. Larry touched many lives as an educator, but was just as deeply touched by those he served. He was a longtime member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and was selected by NC to be the trainer at the 2005 Shrine Bowl. He was a lifetime member of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia. Larry was a loving husband and devoted father who was selfless to the core. In addition to his parents, survivors of Mr. Carpenter include his wife of 22 years, Donna Gibson Carpenter; children, Stephen Anthony Carpenter, Lauren Healy Carpenter, and Elizabeth Marie Carpenter; brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Emily Carpenter, and their children Drew and Ben, all of Gastonia; father-in-law, Richard Gibson of Lake Wylie, SC; his wife Donna’s siblings, Rick and Karen Gibson; Mike and Rose Gibson; Gail and Mike Bernard; Cheryl and Joel Barvinek; and their children and grandchildren.
WILLIAM “BILL” THOMAS GRIFFIN, age 43, passed, on March 31, 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Engle), son, Riley, and parents, Karen and Mike Leslie. Sisters, Catherine (Bruce) Rosenthal, and Patricia (Michael Sae Yong) Choe, nieces and nephews. He is proceded in death by his father, Earl Griffin. He attended Cleveland Bendictine High School. Bill graduated from Kent State University. Bill worked as an athletic trainer and Manager of Medical Records for Greensboro Orthopaedics. He was President of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association. He also served on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National ATA.