M. Clyde Hendrix D’44 died July 8, 2004, in West Columbia, S.C. He was a United Methodist minister, beloved as one who was especially kind and gentle, who served churches across South Carolina for 42 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred K. Hendrix, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.
Henry C. Duncan D’49 died May 14, 2004, in Pinehurst, N.C. A communications officer in the Marine Corps during World War II, he retired with the rank of first lieutenant and began his studies at Duke Divinity School. After graduation, he was ordained and appointed to serve Methodist churches in the Western North Carolina Conference. With the onset of the Korean War, he was commissioned in the U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps. He served in Korea and later in Vietnam at various bases and on ships. He was senior chaplain at the U. S. Naval Academy for two years. Following retirement at the rank of captain in 1973, Duncan moved to Pinehurst to become senior minister at the Village Chapel, an ecumenical parish, which he served until 1987. He was active in many civic organizations throughout the Sandhills area, and he served for more than a decade on the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Esta Lee Keele Duncan, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren.
Howard D. Hardeman D’52 died Oct. 30, 2003, in Patton, Mo.
Bennie E. Pledger D’53 died June 18, 2004, in Erwin, N.C. During World War II he was in the 101st Airborne Division and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. As a Baptist pastor he served churches in eastern North Carolina. His wife of 56 years, Willie Eakes Pledger, and a daughter survive him.
John W. Setzer Jr. D’65 died June 16, 2003, in Wilkesboro, N.C. He was an Episcopal priest at large, serving in Alabama and western North Carolina, who specialized in pastoral care. He is survived by his wife, Betty Setzer, a daughter, two step-children, and three grandchildren.