Hamilton "Ham" Underwood, Jr.



Hamilton Polk Underwood, Jr. age 100, died January 3, 2018. He was born July 3, 1917 in Goldsboro, NC, the son of the late Hamilton Polk Underwood of Fayetteville and the late Mabel Lee King Underwood of Goldsboro. He was a pharmacist by profession and for over fifty years was owner of MacKethan Pharmacy, which stood on the corner of Gillespie and Person Streets opposite the Fayetteville Market House. He was the oldest licensed pharmacist in the state of North Carolina.

Mr. Underwood attended George Washington University in Washington, DC and was a 1941 graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a student at UNC he was president of Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society and a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

He was a charter member and on the board of the Fayetteville Historical Foundation and a member of the Fayetteville Downtown Association. He was past president of the UNC-Chapel Hill Cumberland-Hoke Alumni Association. For more than fifty years he was a member of both the Cape Fear Pharmaceutical Association and the Fayetteville Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of the Gold Gavel Award for over fifty years in Rotary.

He served as a deacon and elder of Highland Presbyterian Church and was a member of the John M. Wilson Bible Class.

Mr. Underwood was predeceased by his wife of sixty-five years, Henrietta McLaurin McMillan Underwood. He is survived by two sons, Hamilton Polk Underwood III and his wife, Laurel Purvis Underwood, of Roswell, Georgia; and Dr. David MacKethan Underwood and his wife Dr. Ellen Margery Shulman Underwood, both pharmacists and two grandchildren, Erica Lauren Underwood Melroy and her husband Kevin Christopher Melroy, and Elizabeth Ann Underwood, all of Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also survived by a niece, Ellen Haigh Evans Jordan and nephew, Erasmus Hervey Evans, Jr. of Fayetteville; a great nephew, Everard Baker Jordan of Waynesville, NC, and a great niece, Dr. Katherine Evans Jordan Christiano of Rochester, New York.

There will be a private burial followed by a memorial service at Highland Presbyterian Church conducted by Reverend Robert T. Newman on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2 P.M. Honorary pallbearers are the John M. Wilson Bible Class and Fayetteville Rotary Club.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of Highland Presbyterian Church, 111 Highland Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28305 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Visitation will follow the service at the church.