228 History of Wake Forest College
J. M. Heck and J. G. Williams, provided in 1877 the funds to erect the
building at the College now called the Heck-Williams Building. Heck,
a native of Virginia, had signed the Virginia ordinance of secession,
and attained the rank of colonel in the Confederate States Army.
Coming to Raleigh after the war he was one of the men who built the
New South, and was extraordinarily successful in promoting the
industrial and agricultural development of the State. He was better
known as a pillar of the Baptist denomination in North Carolina. He
died February 10, 1894.3
Like Col. Heck, Mr. Williams was a native of another State, coming
to Raleigh in 1865; he had given his attention to business with so
much industry that he had become one of the State's leading bankers.
Another equally zealous was B. W. Justice, whose successful business
career as a cotton broker was ended by his accidental death,
September 22, 1871. Unlike Heck and Williams he was an alumnus of
the College. In the years that followed it was necessary for the Board
to add other new members. Some of these served only a short time or
not at all, but the services of others were long continued and of great
influence in determining the policies of the institution. Among these
were ministers of the Gospel like J. D. Hufham, R. R. Overby, and W.
R. Gwaltney. Overby had been agent of the College and knew its
needs, and was well known in the Chowan Association section.
Hufham had been editor of the Biblical Recorder, and was to continue
his connection with the paper many years longer as assistant editor
and correspondent; he also held some important pastorates and
through his activities in the meetings of the Baptist State Convention
was well known all over the State; but his chief interest was Wake
Forest College. He continued a member of the Board until his death,
which occurred on March 27, 1921, after he had been a member of the
Board for nearly fiftyfive years, seldom missing a meeting. Gwaltney
was one of the most trusted Baptist leaders of the State, and during his
years on the Board held pastorates in many of the larger cities from
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3
N. C. Baptist Almanac for 1895, p.
38.
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