David Walker McCullough

david mccullough

May 17, 1927 ~ August 28, 2023

Born in: Greenville, SC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

David Walker McCullough, of Asheville, NC, died on August 28, 2023, at the age of 96.
He was born in Greenville, SC, on May 17, 1927, the son of James D’Alvigny McCullough and Lucy Walker McCullough.

David is survived by Ann Currie McCullough, his wife of 63 years; his daughter Lucy McCullough Hazlehurst; his older son, David Walker McCullough, Jr. and his wife Suzanne and their son Stewart who is married to Jenna; and his younger son James Randolph McCullough and his wife Katie and their daughters Reagan and Mary Reid.

David graduated from Christ School in Arden, NC, in 1945 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he attended the Citadel for one year before enrolling in Sewanee. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History. He returned to Christ School as a teacher, working for the school for more than 30 years. During this period, he earned a master’s degree from Duke University. He wrote Three Score and Ten, a book about the history of the school’s first 70 years. His greatest joy was teaching boys and helping them grow into men.

David was also a newsman, spending his summers writing for newspapers in Charleston, Greenville, Durham, and Chattanooga. He was the managing editor for the Belton News in Belton, SC for six years before returning to Christ School in 1976. Following his tenure at Christ School, he wrote for the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Black Mountain News.

David enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, researching family genealogy, studying the Bible, and gardening. He had a great sense of humor, was a master of puns and enjoyed making people laugh, especially his grandkids. He was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville. He spent his final years in the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. The family is grateful for the loving care he received there.

The funeral service for Mr. McCullough will be held in St. Joseph’s Chapel at Christ School in Arden, NC at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2023. David and Ann were married there on August 13, 1960. The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, the family will drive to South Carolina for the burial at the McCullough Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ School, 500 Christ School Road, Arden, NC 28704; Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry (ABCCM), 30 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801; or the charity of your choice.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: September 9, 2023 11:00 am

Room: St. Joseph's Chapel

Christ School
500 Christ School Rd.
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: September 9, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Christ School
500 Christ School Rd.
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
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  2. I’m so sorry to hear of David’s death. His criticism and encouragement of me during my first stumbling efforts at the Christ School News led to a career in journalism which I’m still pursuing after more than 50 years. Bob

  3. Ann, I am so sorry to read about David. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.
    Thanks for all you did to start my teaching career. Love to you! Beth and Steve Womble

  4. Jim, I was saddened to hear of your loss. I pray you and Katie and girls will be flooded with many loving memories known and newly discovered.
    May you and your family find your hearts lightened in the many stories told of your father.

  5. He allowed me to share Christ School News photographer duties with Dexter Rumsey, several classes ahead of me, which later broadened to include part of the Angelus (CS yearbook) photography portfolio. I followed Dexter to UNC and the regular Navy via NROTC, and continue to enjoy photography as a top hobby, even using the (now) antique Graflex view camera as a trusted companion. The lesson burned into my forebrain from his English class is that using “one” as a personal pronoun is as close to a hanging offense as there may be in English composition! There aren’t many tutorial bits buried that deeply in my creaking old brain after 60 years. May angels tend him to his rest.

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