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William Hill Jordan, Jr., whose father was agent and Trustee of the
College and one of the ablest ministers and writers in the Baptist
denomination, and Addison Foster Purefoy, son of Elder J. S.
Purefoy, of whose labors before the War for the College an account
has already been given. In 1857-58 Mr. Jordan served as Tutor in the
College. Later he was ordained and was one of the chaplains that
Wake Forest furnished for the Confederate States Army. After the
War he went to Thomasville, Georgia, and died there in 1871. Mr.
Purefoy was ordained in 1858, and began his long and useful career as
minister chiefly as pastor of churches in the Flat River and Tar River
Associations, being well beloved in all the churches. He was the
father of Mrs. William Louis Poteat. He died August 2, 1897.
N. V. B. Powell and J. M. White graduated in 1859. The former
was from Caswell County. From 1859 to 1861 he was a student in the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His name is on no list of
ministers except that in the Convention Minutes of 1863, where he is
classed as a licentiate. It seems that he was never ordained. There is
no further record. James McDaniel White came from Chatham
County. After graduation he first gave his attention to teaching, being
principal of an academy in Clayton in the years 1859-61. In the War
he was in the cavalry, attaining the rank of captain on the staff of
General Rufus Barringer. Being ordained in 1879 he joined to his
teaching the work of the Gospel ministry, serving churches at
Clayton, Holly Springs and Apex. He was the father of worthy sons,
Dr. John E. White and Robert Bruce White. He died, November 15,
1912, in his seventyseventh year.
William R. Larkins, of New Hanover County, graduated in 1860.
He was ordained in 1859 and until the opening of the Civil War
served churches in Jones County, when he entered the Army. He died
in service in 1864.
A classmate of Larkins was Robert Risop Savage, who came from
Nansemond County, Virginia. While a student he led in the
organization of a Sunday School in the Wake Forest Church and was
its first superintendent. After his graduation, on the