Corrections in the Winter 2023 Magazine

Joe Y. Pope ’49 is actually Mrs. Joe Y. Pope, JoAnn (Harris) Pope ’49
Harold Meeks ’54 is actually Mrs. Harold Meeks, Margaret Ann Meeks ’54
Harold Denton ’59 is actually Mrs. Harold Denton, Mary Francis Denton ’59

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Staff and Faculty

Philip Valen Spears
Professor Emeritus of Business & Economics (1968-2006)
Nov. 21, 2022

Philip Valen Spears, 86, Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics at Berea College and husband of Judy Green Spears, died November 21, 2022, in Lexington, KY. Phil was born September 4, 1936, in Ashland, KY, to the late Woodridge and Evalena Gilbert Spears.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Georgetown College and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky. His career included positions with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Honeywell Inc. and Dupont Inc. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Berea College where he taught business and economics, including service as the Matton Chair of Business, and found his true passion for engaging with students in the pursuit of their career aspirations.  He was an avid fly fisherman, voracious reader and was known for his humor and quick wit. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy Green Spears; his daughter Valen Spears and grandchildren Jordan Poff and Lindsay Poff; his son Christopher Spears and daughter-in-law Tracy Spears and grandchildren Grayson McGraw, Camden Spears and Thatcher Spears; sister Sandra Spears; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Brooks Spears. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Richard W. Spears. His family will hold a private celebration of life. 

Special gratitude is expressed to members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Fire Department and EMS for their kind service and support.

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Joyce Stephens
Financial Aid Office (1978-2000)
Jan. 4, 2023

Joyce R. Stephens, age 75 of Mt. Vernon, Ky., passed away at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital following a long illness with Multiple Sclerosis. She was born in Berea, KY to the late Greeley and Mattie Lake Pigg. She was a Financial Aid Counselor for Berea College and was a member of the Scaffold Cane Baptist Church.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donnie Stephens, her son Bennie (Sabrina) Stephens, her daughter Michele Stephens Foley, one sister Sharon Kaye (George) Williams, and three grandchildren Chelsea Stephens, Reagan, and Hannah Foley.

Services are private and burial will be in the family cemetery. Lakes Funeral Home & Cremation Services is caring for Joyce and her family. Condolences may be offered online at


James L. Brady, III Navy V-12 ’43
Oct. 11, 2022

Commander James L Brady III U.S.N. (Ret.) of Falcon’s Landing in Potomac Falls Virginia, age 97, died of natural causes on October 11, 2022.

Born on June 7, 1925 in Versailles, Kentucky, Jim Brady was the son of James L and Ruth Brady. Jim grew up primarily in Ashland, Kentucky. He attended Berea College for a time but ultimately graduated from the University of Kentucky. In 1944 Jim joined the United States Navy and began a career that lasted more than 30 years. At the end of the war Jim became a Navy officer candidate. He trained as a carrier-based Navy pilot which included training and qualification on the Great Lakes’ based USS Sable, a freshwater carrier used to train new flyers for the US Navy during WWII. Over the next 30 years, he had a distinguished and diverse career including over 2,000 carrier landings – of which he was justifiably proud! He flew carrier-based single engine propeller fighters such as the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair during the war. After the war he flew the twin engine night fighter F-7F Tigercat, the A-1D Skyraider, the F-6 Skyray and many others. He served aboard the USS Midway (CVA 41) as part of the attack squadron VA-25. As commander of composite squadron VC-3, he participated in the development of several of the Navy’s earliest target drone programs, including the FireBee. In his last sea tours, Commander Brady served as Air Boss of the USS Shangri-La (CVA-38). Commander Brady completed his Navy career as a project manager for the Navy’s Harpoon missile program.

Jim survived his first and second wives, Milly Lou Brady (1927-1977) and Sarah Ann “Sally” Brady (1928-2012). Jim Brady is survived by his sister Brownie Allen, his three sons, Lee Brady, Bruce Brady, and David Brady, son-in-law Thomas Brobson, stepdaughter Jennifer Sylvester and her husband Scott, stepdaughter Susan Hinkle and her husband Jeff, grandchildren Christopher, Jessica, and Samantha, and great-granddaughters, Avery, Madison, and Reagan.

Since 1968 Jim lived in Virginia. Jim enjoyed his beach house in Avon N.C., his friends the “Brady Bunch” of Eaker Street, the flyers of the Round Table, and his Corgis.

Jim will be missed and always remembered for his many Naval aviation stories (once landing in a French vineyard!), his love of fine Kentucky Bourbon, and for his mint juleps to be enjoyed while watching the Kentucky Derby.

A memorial service will be held on Monday October 24 at 2 p.m. at the Falcon’s Landing Chapel. Internment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published by The Washington Post on Oct. 13, 2022.

Dr. E. Keith Brake ’43
April 17, 2022

Asheville – Dr. Elmer Keith Brake, born July 9, 1922 in Petersburg, WV to Elmer Clee Brake and Dora Hiser Brake, passed away on April 17, 2022 after brief illness. After growing up in Petersburg, he attended Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, VA for two years. He then attended Berea College, Berea, KY, where he met Ruth Holder. After graduation the two married and moved to St. Louis, MO where Keith attended Washington University Dental School. After he graduated from Washington University, the couple moved to Black Mountain, NC where he practiced dentistry for forty six years. Keith served in the U.S. Navy stationed at Camp Lejeune. Throughout his life he loved and was involved in many sports. Keith played basketball while in high school, at Bridgewater College, and for Washington University. When he moved to NC he played for the Asheville Bombers. He was also an avid golfer and bowler most of his adult life. Keith was faithful member Groce United Methodist Church where he regularly attended Sunday School and Worship Services. He was loved by all who knew him for his gentle nature and sense of humor.

“Doc” was preceded in death by wife, Ruth. He is survived by his four children, Jerry R. Brake (wife Diane) of Asheville, NC, Toni L. Brake (husband Bob Lindt) of Asheville, NC, Nicki Brake Wall (husband Richard) of Shelbyville, TN, and Jeffrey K. Brake (wife Elizabeth) of Jackson, GA; and grandchildren, Robbie Brake (wife Kina), Tracy W. Wilkinson, Rebecca Brake Colangelo (husband David), Jackie Brake, Dewayne Brake (wife Kelli), and Jennifer Brake, and six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

A private funeral service for the family will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Veterans Cemetery.

He was a Charter Member of Groce United Methodist Church and a Founding Member of Botanical Gardens at UNC-Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family. You may share condolences at

Mary Kate Carter Barclay ’44
Sept. 11, 2022

Mrs. Mary Kate Carter Barclay, age 97 was born June 15, 1925 in Section, Alabama to John Breckenridge and Ethel Nix Carter. Mary Kate graduated from Jackson County High School in 1942 and later attended Berea College. She worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the Secret City Era. She went on to teach in Jackson County Schools during which time she married the love of her life, J.O. Barclay. Afterwards she started and setup the Medical Records Department at Jackson County Hospital, now Highlands Medical Center . She retired from TVA and worked part time with the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.

Her volunteer work included establishing the VFW Auxiliary and served as its first President. She was a founding member of the Three Arts Club and also served as President. She volunteered with 1st Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for decades. She also served as one of the first women jurors in Jackson County.

One of her favorite pastimes was making boiled custard for ill friends and family. She was admired for her compassion and strength of conviction. She was also a strong patriot due to her family members who served our country in combat. These included her husband, her brother, her son, 2 grandsons and the two husbands of granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel Carter, her brother, John B. Carter Jr., her sister, Barbara Carter Nichols and her beloved husband, James Oliver Barclay, Jr. (J.O).

She is survived by her 3 children, Becky Drummond Kellenberger (John), Beverly Bell (John), and James Oliver Barclay III (Debbie Karrh); eight grandchildren, Will Drummond, Claire Drummond Stroud, Mary Margaret Barclay Purdy, James Oliver Barclay IV, William Karrh Barclay, Lauren Bell Fowler, Emily Bell Smith and Jamie Bell LeBeau. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren, Jackson, Addison, Lily Kate, Quenton, Cooper, Emerson, Oliver, James, Eleanor, Amelia, Collins and Mary Barclay.

Visitation will be held at Scottsboro Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 3 p.m. Pallbearers are her grandsons, Will Drummond, Jackson Purdy, Jae Barclay, Cooper Purdy, Quenton Barclay, Bill Barclay and Oliver Purdy. Honorary Pallbearers, Jerry king and Pat Presley

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Robert Louis Green Navy V-12 ’44
Nov. 25, 2011
Obituary Unavailable

Alice Refo Xiques Acad ’44
Nov. 8, 2022

While watching the sun rise over her cherished Smoky Mountains on October 20, Alice Xiques finished her hike of more than 95 years on Earth. She lived a remarkable life and taught us to see the beauty in nature, friends, books, and family. Alice Antoinette Refo Xiques was born May 15, 1927 in China, the oldest of four daughters of Henry and Sarah Alice Refo. Working for the Presbyterian Board of Missions, her parents taught chemistry and reading until the Japanese army invaded during WWII and the family was imprisoned with other Americans and British. Later freed in a prisoner exchange, Alice came to the US at 15 and attended Berea College, Swarthmore College, and University of Tennessee. In 1951, she married Prof. Richard Xiques. They had four children. When Richard died suddenly, many doubted the children would survive Alice’s laissez faire parenting. They were wrong. Alice was never interested in material possessions; instead, she treasured time hiking, collecting wildflowers and native plants, and the restless ocean of Cape Hatteras.

Sara Joyce Casey Hopper Acad ’47
Nov. 7, 1999
Obituary Unavailable

Eva Fothergill Howard ’47
Dec. 15, 2022

Eva Lee Fothergill Howard, age 94, passed away December 15, 2022, at her home in Canterfield of Oak Ridge. She was born in Berea, Kentucky in 1927 and has been a resident of Oak Ridge since 1951. Eva was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge which she loved attending. She enjoyed being with her family who she loved very much. Eva loved dancing, singing, walking, hiking, gardening, music, teaching, and to laugh and have fun. She sang with the Sweet Adelines and taught at both the Daniel Arthur Center and at First United Methodist Church. Eva was preceded in death by loving husband, Olin H. Howard; daughters, Brenda Moore and Lori Cunningham; grandson, Josh Poche; parents, Edward & Mona Fothergill; brothers, Sam, David, Bob, Harry, and Joe Fothergill; sister, Nora Jacobs; and special friend, Jack Young. Survivors include grandchildren, Dawn Barker & husband, Darrell, Heather Poole & husband, Eddie, Shane Moore & wife, Edee, Dustin Brodeur, and Derek Brodeur; granddaughter-in-law, Kim Poche; sister-in-law, Reba Fothergill; 18 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives & loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge of The family will receive friends 11 am to 12 pm Wednesday December 21, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge. Funeral Services will follow at 12 pm with Rev. Rory Naeve officiating. Interment will be held at 1 pm at Oak Ridge memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at

Gloria Pfalzer Wanland ’47
Dec. 16, 2022

Gloria Wanland was called home to her Lord Jesus on December 16,2022. She was 96 years old. Gloria was born December 11, 1926, in Paducah, Kentucky to Al and Nell Pfalzer. She graduated from Berea College School of Nursing in Berea, Kentucky where she met her soul mate Jim Wanland, who was in the Navy V12 at the college. They married in 1946. They would eventually settle in California where they raised their family. They later retired to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Mom and Dad went without a lot in order to take vacations with their kids – traveling to National Parks, off-roading in an old Willys Jeep, dry camping under the stars in the Mohave Desert and boating on Lake Havasu. Mom later lived with her daughter and son in-law, relocating with them to Albuquerque in 2005.

Mom had an appreciation for life that made her a joy to be with. She made friends easily and maintained many dear friendships until she simply outlived them.

Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her son, Rex; and her son in-law, Jim Hewett. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Barbara Wanland; grandchildren, Jesica, RaeAnn, and Erika; and great-grandchildren, Paizley, Wyatt, Canyon, Colter, Logan, and Matthew.

She is also survived by her daughter, Sue Hewett, with whom she lived and who was her caregiver throughout her last years.

Thank you to dear friends Idalia and Margaret whose love and support were unfailing. Thank you to neighbors Louise and Jack who were always available to help in any way. Thank you to our wonderful church family at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church. And thank you to Dr. Sarah Pirio-Richardson, mom’s gifted neurologist, who was a constant in mom’s care to the end.

Mom was there for my first breath, and I was there for her last. When I was a child, she showed me what it was to sacrifice for those whom you love. I tried to return to her the same grace given to me, as Parkinson’s and Cerebellar Ataxia ravaged her body and made her dependent for all care. But what these terrible diseases could never steal were her twinkly blue eyes.

We are grateful that she is now free from all her suffering and comforted knowing we are bound by a tapestry of love and memory that remains forever.

Hazel Reynolds Hale ’48
Obituary Unavailable

Nell Davis Smith ’48
Oct. 24, 2022

Nell was born in 1925 in Sale Creek, Tn., on the McDonald Farm which her parents owned at the time. She was the daughter of the late Hulda and Daniel Davis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Anderson Smith, and later her dear friend Jack Hudgins; siblings, Polly Davis, Mildred Davis, Thomas Davis, Daniel Davis, Wilsie Ray, Katherine Ray, and Ruth Elliott.

She is survived by sister-in-law Mary Jane Davis and brother-in-law Gene Elliott; her daughters Kathy Vinyard, Becky Stulce and her husband Arnold Stulce, and Emily Rodgers and her husband Bill Rodgers. She will always be remembered by her beloved grandchildren Bill Rodgers, Jr., Kellie Rampelli, Beth Soontraratn, Emily Stulce Buttrey, John Vinyard, Ryan Vinyard, and Andrew Stulce. They thought she was the best grandmother in the whole wide world. She also had great-grandchildren Jack and Matt Rodgers, Adrianna Mosqueda, Luke Rampelli, Joshua and Lora Soontiraratn, and Vivian Stulce. She had several treasured nieces and nephews.

Nell was a graduate of Sale Creek High School. She attended Berea College in Berea, Ky., and loved the school and its people all her life. She later graduated from the University of Chattanooga. Her first teaching assignment was at Sale Creek School. Later in her 30-year teaching career she taught at John Allen School and Soddy Elementary. She loved her second graders. After retirement Nell volunteered at Memorial Hospital Hixson for 35 years. Nell was a dedicated Christian and a member of Soddy United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and a general all around encourager.

As a child of the Great Depression coming of age during World War II, she greatly admired President Franklin Roosevelt. Always a strong, independent woman, Nell traveled the world, enjoyed dance lessons, and read extensively after she was widowed at age 51. She was a feminist before we knew what that was, and she set an example for her daughters and granddaughters to succeed on their own.

The family would like to thank Gracie Coulter, Heather Slatton, Marie Stuart, Brenda Stuart, Jeanette Worley, Brenda Sims, and the staff at Dominion Senior Living for their loving care of Nell.

The funeral will be on Friday, Oct. 28, at Soddy United Methodist Church at 12 p.m.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nell’s memory to Soddy United Methodist Church, 255 Depot Street, Soddy Daisy, Tn. 37379.

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Arrangements are by Williamson and Sons Funeral Home, 8852 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, Tn. 37379.

Jessie Downs Cabe ’49
Sept. 11, 2022

Jessie Lea Downs Cabe, 95, passed away on September 11, 2022. Born June 28, 1927, in the Rose Creek Community in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Rosa Houston Downs. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1945 and attended Berea College, where she graduated in 1949 with a degree in Home Economics. She married Leon Cabe, a childhood neighbor in 1950. They returned to the Rose Creek Community soon afterwards and lived the remainder of their lives there. Leon passed away in 2010. Jessie worked in the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Macon County, retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service. In her work she was dedicated to serving Macon County helping to organize programs including, 4-H clubs, Extension Homemakers groups, the Macon County Fair and Maco Crafts among others. For her efforts she was named as a Macon Matriarch by the Women’s History Trail in March 2022 in recognition of her many contributions to the community. She was a long-time member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, UMW president and working tirelessly to support the church. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd, Troy and Leroy Downs. She is survived by daughters Peggy Kuppers and husband Bob of Franklin; Susan McCaskill and husband Kenneth of Franklin, and Jan Inman and husband Brian of Maryville, TN. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Amanda Kuppers, Lauren Hickman and husband Josh, Susannah Kuppers, Brett McCaskill and wife Morgan, Harrison Inman and Victoria Inman; and three great-grandchildren Alora and Charlie Hickman, and Sadie Catherine McCaskill. A private graveside service will be held for the family. A memorial service for family and friends will be held 2:00pm Saturday October 1, 2022 at Snow Hill United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Snow Hill UMC Cemetery Fund c/o Kenneth McCaskill, 2031 Rose Creek Road, Franklin, NC 28734 Bryant Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cabe family. Online condolences can be made at

Dr. Emogene Hogg Hartman ’49
Oct. 5, 2022

Dr. Emogene Moore Hogg-Hartman, 91, of Berea passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.  She was born February 2, 1931 in Hunter KY, daughter of the late Ellis and Josie Lykins Moore. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jim Hartman, her son Ellis Ray Hogg, her late husband who was the father of her children Dr. Edd C. Hogg, brother George Clement Moore and sister Shirley Horn.

Emogene was a dedicated and faithful member of Berea Baptist Church where she served as Deacon to the congregation and Sunday School teacher for the Philathea Sunday School Class. She was recognized for continuous, faithful Sunday School attendance for the last 57 years. She was a 1949 graduate of Betsy Lane High School (Floyd County), graduate of Berea College with B.S. in Business Education, Master’s Degree in Business Education from Eastern Kentucky University and attained her Doctorate from the University of Tennessee. She was a retired professor at Eastern Kentucky University where she taught in the College of Business with 34 years of service.

Her passion was her beloved Berea. She was appointed to the Berea Housing Authority Board of Directors in 1995. She received numerous outstanding awards for community service including the Woman of the Year Award from Berea Chamber of Commerce and the Red Tie Award from Mayor Clifford Kerby in 2001. She was instrumental in bringing the Boys and Girls Club of America to Madison County and creating the Berea Skate Park. She partnered with others to open the Berea Health Ministry clinic, and was a strong supporter and fundraiser for Hospice Care Plus and the Spoonbread Festival.

Emogene is survived by her son Bill Hogg and wife Ellen; daughter-in-law Jeanie Hogg; step-daughters Arminda Herzog (Chris), Heidi Randall (Randy), Sherina Hartman; sisters Palma Elkins, Tina McDowell; six grandchildren, Edd Easton-Hogg (Rebekah), Matthew Hogg (Jenny), Michelle Raney (Brian), Jennifer Fowler (Greg), Ryan Hogg (Brittany), Brittany Hogg (David); step- grandchildren Haley, Shelby, Matthew, Kinsey and Kamryn; 15 great grandchildren. In addition she is survived by numerous relatives, friends and church family.

Visitation 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Berea Baptist Church.  Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday at the church with Pastor Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Edd Easton-Hogg, Matthew Hogg, Brian Raney, Greg Fowler, Ryan Hogg, David Canada. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Justice, Dan Ball; the Philathea Sunday School Class Members Opal Leffer, Pauline Oliver, Heidi Randall, Michelle Rowse, Ruth Rowse, Glenna Barger, Virginia Farmer, Reba Fothergill, Linda Leek, Susie Kilburn; Hospice Fundraiser Team Members Donna Angel, Teresa Centers, Lonnie Reppert.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403 or Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403

Charles L. Metcalf ’49
Oct. 3, 2022

Mr. Metcalf was born on September 21, 1925, in Madison County, Kentucky, the son of the late Wade Hampton and Mattie Bush Metcalf. He served during World War II in the United States Army, where he was stationed in the Pacific. Following his military service he enrolled and received a degree from Berea College. He furthered his education at The University of Kentucky where he received a degree in Agriculture and attained his Rank 1 in education.

Mr. Metcalf had a distinguished career in education. He served as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher at Madison Central High School where he taught several generations of students. Also he served as an Advisor to the FFA. His love for agriculture and for farming was known not only in Madison County, but throughout the state and the nation. He was respected by his students and his peers for his expert knowledge of Soil Judging. During his tenure at Madison Central, he led 7 teams to win the National Championship Title. Additionally there were several teams that received the National runner-up title. The times his teams won the regional and state championship titles would be too numerous to mention. In 1976 he was an honoree of the National Land Pasture Range Judging Contest and most recently he was inducted into the Kentucky Agriculture Hall of Fame.

In addition to his teaching career, Mr. Metcalf was the founder of Metcalf Metal Company, a company that his family owned and operated from 1969 to 2018. He was also involved in his local community. He had served on various boards and committees through the years. One of which he was most proud, was his involvement of The Flatwoods Cemetery Association Board of Directors. He was a member of The First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ where he had served as an Elder and was a member of The Turley Bible Class.

Survivors include his wife Jean; three children: Patricia Metcalf Farmer (Rex), Mark Metcalf (Myra) and Susan Metcalf Wheeler and two grandchildren: Lauren Cody Martin (Zach) and Cassidy Morgan Wheeler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: Joseph Scott Metcalf as well as seven siblings.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, October 6, 2022, at The First Christian Church, 412 West Main Street, with Rev. Patrick Messer and Dr. Glenn Birkett officiating.

The family will receive visitors from 4-6 PM Thursday afternoon prior to the service.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Billy Glenn Turpin, Tommy Congleton, Joe Koger, Andy Cain, Mose Bush Hill, Dillard Hill, Doug Jackson, Gene Reed and the members of The Turley Bible Class.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The First Christian Church, P.O. Box 216, Richmond, Kentucky 40476 or The Flatwoods Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 187, Waco, Kentucky 40385.

The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Elaine Charles Moore ’49
Aug. 18, 2021
Obituary Unavailable

Beverly C. Mullins ’49
Oct. 11, 2022

Beverly (Bev) began his banking career with First National Exchange Bank (Wells Fargo today) retiring as Vice President and Trust Officer in 1982. Bev was a graduate of Berea College, BS, and Indiana University where he received his MBA. Bev was a World War II Navy Veteran, proudly serving his country. Bev was active in numerous civic organizations during his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Butler and Pearl Colley Mullins; his former wife, Virginia G. Mullins; and six brothers and sisters.

Beverly is survived by his wife of 42 years, Josephine (Jodi) Metts Mullins; two daughters and three sons, Robert Butler Mullins, Ellen Virginia Presley (Jerry), Fred Bev Mullins (Robin), Gordon P. Martin (Linda), Angela M. Hayth (Lyn); six grandchildren, Jennifer Presley, Stephen Presley (Barbara), Spencer Mullins (Brittany), Colton Mullins, Mary Katherine Stahl (Trevor), Dylan L. Hayth; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Eugene Mullins, Don Raines and Jerry Raines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per Bev’s wishes, a Celebration of His Life will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution, please consider Feeding Southwest Virginia.

Dora Campbell Pakulski ’49
Sept. 8, 2022

Dora Lou Pakulski died on Sept. 8, 2022, in Portland, Maine. She was born in Landisburg, West Virginia, on Sept. 19, 1927, to her parents, Dave and Kittie Campbell. She graduated from Nuttall High School, Lookout, West Virginia, in 1944, valedictorian of her class. In 1948, she graduated from Berea College in Kentucky earning a double major in zoology and chemistry. She worked in several laboratories prior to her marriage to Fran Pakulski in July 1954 in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fran and Dora Lou moved to Livermore Falls, Maine where they lived for the next eleven years before moving to their Canton Mountain home in Jay in 1965 and raising their five children. She resided there until May 2015 when she moved to Portland. Her love for math, the biological and physical sciences, art, music, and theater greatly influenced the careers and interests of her children. She had a myriad of interests, but her family was the center of her life. Her husband, Fran, predeceased her in 2005. She is survived by her loving children, Dean, Scott, Alex and his wife Mardi, Todd, Andrea and her husband Bill Haigney. She is survived by her wonderful grandchildren, Liam, Nolan, Emily, Patrick and Michael Pakulski, Jimmy and Katie Haigney, Zack and Maria Reinstein, and Candice Fiorini. She was blessed with great-grandchildren Eleni Reinstein, AJ and Nicholas Terrell, and Charlotte and Ben Fiorini. She is survived by several cherished cousins and nieces and her special friends Honey Pomerleau and Lynn Fournier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 1 Church Street, Jay, Maine. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine. The family requests no flowers and no contributions. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street, Livermore Falls, Maine.

Josef B. Wilson ’49
Oct. 29, 2022

Josef B. Wilson passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, he was 98 years old.

He was born on June 25, 1924 to Robert and Eunice Wilson in Burnsville, North Carolina.

Joe had a happy childhood living in the mountains, and as a high school student, he drove the school bus for younger students. Joe served in WWII as a radio operator aboard a Naval Surveillance plane on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. Joe developed a lifelong woodworking skill while he was a student at Berea, and with the help of his dad and brothers, built their prominent home, of wood and stone from the family farm, that is still in use today. He met the love of his life Dale at Berea College while he studied Business Administration.

Joe spent several years as a pharmaceutical rep for many Tennessee and North Carolina cities before moving to Nashville in 1962. Upon moving to Nashville, He joined the Tennessee Department of Child Health Services for the Upper Cumberland region. During this time he received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree.

In 1991, Joe retired and traveled in Europe prior to dedicating many years to volunteering at the Buchanan Log House in Donelson. Twenty three years ago he founded the on-going annual fundraising Fish Fry. Joe was a talented carpenter and completed numerous home and lawncare projects over the years. He was a tennis player and dedicated walker. Josef was a lover of the Nashville Symphony and held season tickets for decades. He was also State President of the APTA for several years, well into his 80’s.

Joe never met a stranger. He was gregarious, yet modest and unpretentious. He was a dedicated family man, loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years Dale Dedman Wilson; older brother Robert (Francis); younger brother Martin, grandson Lee Moody, son-in-law Gary Moody and brother-in-law Kenneth Hubbard.

He is survived by his loving children, Phoebe Moody of Franklin, Keith Wilson (Renee’ Scholtz) of Easton, PA; sister Frances W. Hubbard of Seattle, WA; loving grandson Paul Moody of Spring Hill, TN; sister-in-law Thelma Wilson of Fresno, CA; thirteen dear nieces and nephews from all over the U.S.

The family wishes to convey admiration and gratitude to Josef’s caregivers Tonya Dinkel, Denise Thomas, Lessie Murray, Diandria Santana, Wanda Morris, Deresa Lee, Angie and Shania Lee, Asia Brown and Alive Hospice.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Buchanan Log House in Donelson and Alive Hospice.


Pauline Pettit Bracht ’50
Dec. 11, 2022

Clara Pauline Bracht, 96, beloved mother and grandmother, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Dec. 11, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born on Aug. 21, 1926, to George M. and Cecil Eleanor (Warren) Pettit in Puxico, Missouri. Pauline grew up on a farm and in 1945 graduated from Puxico High School, where she was valedictorian. Eager to expand her horizons from rural life, she headed to Berea College in Kentucky, where she graduated in 1950. After college she went to live with an aunt and uncle in New Castle, Indiana, before finding work at the Department of Public Welfare in Elkhart, Indiana, as a welfare visitor. At a square dance she met the love of her life, Ralph William Bracht. They were wed on Christmas Day in 1951. They made their first home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Ralph was a public-school teacher. The couple later returned to Indiana and finally settled in Fort Wayne, Ralph’s hometown. There they raised their family and enjoyed gardening in the backyard of their first and only house. Many happy camping trips were spent at state parks in Michigan and Indiana. They were active in St. John’s United Church of Christ, and after a merger of congregations, Grace St. John’s UCC. Pauline went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Saint Francis before beginning her 20-year career as a teacher-therapist at Park Center. Helping children was meaningful to Pauline. She enjoyed reading (especially inspirational books), games, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, flowers, walking, volunteering and going to church. After Ralph and Pauline retired, they took many trips to visit their son in Montana and their daughters in Oklahoma. Ralph was an aviation enthusiast, and they annually drove to the famed Oshkosh Air Show in Wisconsin. When Ralph died on Jan. 17, 2013, Pauline moved to the University Village retirement community in Tulsa to be close to her daughters and their families. In her final home at the Grove of Midtown, she took her last breath around 3:58 a.m. on Dec. 11 with caring staff members at her bedside. Pauline is survived by her twin sisters, Carolyn (Jerry) Heart and Kathryn Edwards of Kansas; her children, Victor (Catherine) Bracht of Tulsa, Deb (Brad) Niccum of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Linda (Daniel) Kleefeld of Tulsa; and grandchildren, Sandy, Erica, Corissa, Samuel, Joshua, Lisa and Courtney. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; three brothers; and one sister. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park beside her beloved husband in Fort Wayne. A celebration of life memorial service will be on December 26, 2022 at 11 a.m. at New Prairie Church, 21436 Keck Road, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, 72761. Memorial contributions may be sent to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.

Martha Gibson Deveneau ’50
Sept. 10, 2022

Martha Gibson Deveneau, age 93, educator, gardener, lover of cats and longtime NM resident, died in the comfort of her home on Saturday, September 10, 2022, beside loving family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Martha was born in Springhill, Alabama. She graduated from Troy High School in Troy, Alabama, and attended Troy State Teachers College before graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, in 1950. She then moved to Albuquerque and two years later married John

Deveneau, originally from New York. They were married for 67 years before his death in 2019.

She taught elementary school for many years with Albuquerque Public

Schools and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority (Alpha Iota chapter). She was a lifelong, avid iris gardener and member of the Albuquerque Iris Society. She was a world traveler and took several trips abroad. She enjoyed playing bridge, working jigsaw puzzles, reading, and learning. She loved life, her family, caring for cats, tending to her gardens, the Land of Enchantment, tomato sandwiches and anything coconut. She loved animals and donated to several animal charities helping cats, dogs, donkeys, and wildlife.

She is survived by her children, Lloyd, Susan and Clark and his wife Lori; her granddaughter, Chelsea, and her husband Sean; three great-grandchildren; as well as many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother Annie Pearl; father, Clarence, and stepmother Grace; brothers Ferrell, Clark, and Samuel; sister Nell and lifelong friend Carolyn.

Heartfelt thanks to Hospice of New Mexico who cared for her for almost 2 years. Love and thanks to Elicia, Tasha, Dottie, Kim M., Imelda, Joanna, April, Chasie, and Elena.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 1:00 pm at FRENCH-Wyoming.

Jacky Hopper Shadowen ’50
Sept. 23, 2022

Jacky Hopper Shadowen, age 92, of Bowling Green, Kentucky died September 23, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb, of 65 years in 2016, her parents Alpha Mae Stansberry and Tilford B. Hopper, sister, Rose Ann Lankford (Joe) and daughter-in-law Dr. Rebecca Shadowen.

A Memorial Service will be held, at a later date, at First Baptist Church where she was a member for 61 years. She was a member of Faith Sunday School Class, a deacon and a Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by three sons Dr. Michael Shadowen (Rose) and their sons, Dr. Paul Shadowen and Dr. John Shadowen (Brooke), Rev. Jeffrey Shadowen (Mary) and their children Sarah (Kris Van Bogelen) and Micah, Dr David Shadowen and his children Kathryn and Jesse, two great-granddaughters, Maddalen and Emery Van Bogelen, one sister, Vicky Owens (Bob) and one brother, John Stansberry (Kathy) as well as several brother-inlaws, sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews.

She was a homemaker, a graduate of Berea College and earned a M.A. degree from the University of Kentucky.

A special thank you to Home Instead caregivers, Pat, Lindsey and Sarah.

Cremation was chosen. J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel have been entrusted with arrangements.

Any expressions of sympathy may be given to First Baptist Church or Berea College.

R. Eugene Bowling ’51
Oct. 10, 2022

Dr. Ralph Eugene Bowling September 25, 1930 October 10, 2022 Entries Dr. Ralph Eugene Bowling, 92, of Richmond, KY passed away early Monday morning at his home. Eugene was born in Wildcat, Kentucky, to the late Ray D. and Audrey Bowling. He attended Oneida Baptist Institute, Berea College, and Tulane Medical School. Eugene served a stint in the US Army in the late 50s and the second just prior to his 57th birthday In Brussels, Belgium, reaching the rank of Major. For 30 years in between, he practiced as a Certified Family Practice Physician in Richmond, and raised five children with his first wife Sophia Stivers Bowling. As well as raising horses and Hereford cattle on the family farm. He delivered over 5,000 babies and welcomed many guests to the family farm over the decades to ride horses, play tennis, have a cocktail on the porch, or admire those fine cattle. He loved to travel and loved a good Sunday drive. Eugene is preceded in death by his first wife Sophia Stivers, a brother, Jim Bowling (BG), and sister, Janet McLemore (Eugene) and his second wife Virginia Jenkins Bowling, and a step grandson Clinton Weitkamp. He is survived by a brother, Paul Bowling (Martha), five children, Suzanne Nichols (Pat Hynes) Corydon IN, Dan Bowling (Nancy), Nicholasville KY, Gina Elliott (Mike), Louisville KY, Ralph Bowling (Sandy), Louisville KY, Jonathan Bowling (Claire Morgan) Greenville NC, two stepsons, Darrell Weitkamp (Laura), Richmond KY, and Donnie Weitkamp (LaDonna), Richmond KY. Three grandchildren, Daniel Bowling, Simon Bowling, and Caroline Bowling, two step granddaughters, Chase Daniel (Jacob) Harvest AL, Grace Weitkamp, Birmingham AL, and two step great-grandsons, Xander and Ellis Daniel as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Oldham, Roberts, & Powell Funeral Home in Richmond on Friday, October 28th from 4 to 8pm with a short service to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Berea College or Oneida Baptist Institute.

Hazel Watson Cantrell ’51
Jan. 11, 2020

Hazel Veatress Watson Cantrell, age 89 of Gatlinburg, Tennessee passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Hazel was a member of Glades Lebanon Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Berea College, was a retired teacher for Sevier County Schools and was inducted into the Sevier County Education Hall of Fame. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School, studying the Holy Bible, spending time with family, creating various arts and crafts, collecting decorative glassware and folk dancing.

Hazel was preceded in death by her Mother, Martha Alice Huskey Watson; Father, Rev. Richard Henry Watson; Brothers, Clayton Watson and Richard Watson, Jr.; Daughter, Linda Cantrell McCarter; and Grandson, Charles M. Cantrell; brother-in-law David Pressley.

Survivors include her Husband: Glenn L. Cantrell; Sons and daughters-in-law: Allan and Dianne Cantrell, Bruce & Donna Cantrell, Charles and Teresa Cantrell; Daughters and sons-in-law: Stanley Ken McCarter, Kara and Paul Hall, Mary Cantrell, Kristi Cantrell; Grandchildren: Stephen and Jennifer Huskey, Julia Shultz, Cheryl and Kevin Spanjersberg, Scott and Megan Cantrell, Kurt Cantrell, Nathan and Kristian Cantrell, Emily Hall, Ethan Hall; Great Grandchildren: Reese Huskey, Jackson Huskey, Natali Shultz, Alexa Shultz, Adalyn Shultz, Jade Spanjersberg, Draiman Spanjersberg, Colton Cantrell, Hunter Cantrell; Sister-in-law: Freda Watson; Brothers and sisters-in-law: Clellon and Peggy Watson, Don Ray and Carol Ann Watson, sister-in-law: Carolyn Hayes; Sisters and brother-in-law: Velma Pressley, Frankie and David Priddy; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glades Lebanon Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends 4-6:45 PM Friday with funeral service to follow at 7 PM in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Watson will officiate. Family and friends will meet at 10 AM Saturday in Ogle Cemetery for graveside service and interment.

John Franklin Derting ’51
Oct. 2, 2022

John F. Derting, aged 92, died Sunday, October 2, at the home of his daughter Terry in Murray, Kentucky. He was born May 15, 1930 in Hiltons, Virginia. Named after his great grandfather, his parents were William Oliver “Bud” and Dollie Hazel Grove Derting. John was class valedictorian and pitched baseball at Hiltons High and Berea College. He was married to Edith Morelock of Baileyton, Tennessee for 65 years prior to her death. After graduating from Berea with a degree in Agriculture he worked for Virginia Tech in several counties in Virginia. Most of his career he worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization with lengthy assignments in British Guiana, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. He retired to Bluff City, Tennessee where he and Edith enjoyed many years gardening, hosting family and friends, and participating in the activities and care of Emmanuel Episcopalian Church in Bristol, VA. After Edith’s death John moved to Murray, KY where he lived for 8 years. Most of his life in Murray centered around the Murray Calloway Co. Senior Citizens Center where he enjoyed talking with friends, a variety of exercise classes, and lunches. Reading was his main past-time, especially when sitting on the porch at Terry’s home. John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Edith, son Alan, and brother Joe. Surviving him are his three daughters, Sandra (Jim) Woods of Cooksville, MD, Terry Derting of Murray, KY, Barbara (Cleo) Amaya of Felton, DE, brother Claude (Helena) of Hiltons, VA, and Patsy (Douglas) Pinkston, of Hendersonville, NC., grandchildren Shane and Will Woods, Mary, George, John, Peter, Patience, Elijah, Valiant, and Andrew Derting, and Desiree Amaya. John spent his last few weeks at his home with wonderful care from Kim, Rose, Krystal, Annette, and the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Hospice. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Murray Calloway Co. Senior Citizens or St. John’s Episcopal Church in Murray, KY. Please join family and friends in honoring the life of John Derting by visiting and posting your tributes and memories.

Helen Baker Purkey Fd ’51
Nov. 21, 2022

Mrs. Helen Baker Purkey, 91 the widow of Charles Edwin “Eddie ” Purkey, passed away Monday evening, November 21, 2022. Helen was born on May 29, 1931, in Leslie County, Kentucky the daughter of the late Ozial Bledsoe Baker and Sarah Jane Hoskins Baker. She was a graduate of Berea Foundation and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Helen was a member of The First Baptist Church of Richmond as well as the Dorcas-Bethany-Gleaners Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker and the retired owner of Chateau Gifts in Berea. She is survived by one son: John William Purkey (Laurie) of Richmond; several nieces, nephews, family members and friends. In addition to her husband and her parents, Helen was preceded in death by one son: Robert Louis Purkey, one daughter: Kimberly Ann Purkey and three brothers. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday and continue until the time of Service. Pallbearers are Benny Roop, Mike Parke, Keith Flowers, Roger Bartley, James Sutton and Jonathan Sutton. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of The Dorcas-Bethany-Gleaners Sunday School Class and The Friendship Sunday School Class. Donations may be made to The First Baptist Church Missions Fund 425 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY 40475 or a charity of your choice.

Leah Ann Alley Kidd ’52
Nov. 25, 2022

Leah Ann Alley Kidd April 9, 1929 – November 25, 2022 Folkston Leah Ann was born April 9, 1929, in Kenova, WV to the late Starling Kessler “SK” Alley and Anna Lee Burton Alley. She was a graduate of Cumberland Mountain High School, Crab Orchard, TN, and Berea College, Berea KY. She was an educator who had a long and successful career at Charlton County High School in Folkston GA. Survivors include her daughter Diane Vanzant (Buster) of Keystone Heights FL, daughter Susan Brantley of Folkston GA, son Steven Kidd (Sue) of Bonaire GA, daughter Lynda Southwell (Sidney) of Folkston GA, Brother Kessler “Kess” Alley of Philadelphia PA, sister Fay Larsen (Dick) of West Jordan, UT, sister Ruth Tracy (Rick) of Rocklin, CA, sister Edith Sedlak of McDonough GA, sister Margaret Johnson of Fishers, IN, and brother Kenneth Alley (Elizabeth) of Crab Orchard TN, brother-in-law Kenneth Kidd (Frances) of Afton, VA. Grandchildren: Kellie (Russell) Mills, Jason Brantley (Jessica), Beau (Lindsay) Southwell, Leah (Wes) Bland, Christie (Jeremy) Galton, and Rebecca Kidd. Great-Grandchildren: Kaitlyn Henry, Mason Bland, Sarah & Charlie Southwell and numerous nieces and nephews also daughters and sons adopted by heart. She was preceded in death by her husband Irvine Harvey Kidd and son David Alan Kidd. Memorialization will be by cremation. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Burial will be at Crab Orchard Cemetery in Crab Orchard, TN at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to GHC Hospice Foundation, Gloucester St, Suite 303, Brunswick, GA 31520. Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at . Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, 526 Oakwood Street, Folkston, Georgia 31537. To the family in memory of Leah Ann Alley Kidd, please visit our flower store.

Howard Kuhl, Jr. ’52
Feb. 27. 2022

Howard Kuhl, 92, of Tecumseh, formerly of Saline, Michigan, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2022. Howard’s family and friends will gather Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 3:00 8:00 PM at Eineder Funeral Homes Manchester Chapel. His funeral service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM with family and friends gathering at 10:00 AM until the time of service at Community Bible Church, 8400 Sharon Hollow Rd, Manchester. Burial will take place at 3:00 PM at Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh. Pastor Ron Clark will serve as celebrant. He was born on January 22, 1930, in Richwood, West Virginia to Howard and Elenora (Gregory) Kuhl. Howard married the love of his life, Ruby Morrow, on December 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Howard served as Corporal in the Marine Corps, then earned his degree in Architecture, retiring from Daniels and Zermack Architects of Ann Arbor. Howard was devoted to his family and his faith. He was an active member of Community Bible Church. When he wasn’t spending time outdoors, he enjoyed using his hands, painting with watercolors or working with stained glass. Howard will be missed by his wife of 69 years, Ruby; his children, Gregory (Joyce) Kuhl of Saline, David (Diana) Kuhl of Saline and Jean (Richard) Entrup of Tecumseh; sisters, Mable Andrick and Jeanette Kuhl, brother-in-law Robert Knopf all of St. Albans, West Virginia; grandchildren Chad (Pam) Stephens, Alex (Ana) Stephens, Katherine (John) Hull, Lauren (David) Zink, Kristine (Sean) Gilbertson, Amy Kuhl, Beth Kuhl, Andrew Entrup, Rachel Entrup and Jennifer Entrup; great grandchildren Aubree and Grayson Stephens, Emma Stephens, Joseph Howard Herndon-Hull, Mia Hull, Sadie and Lacey Zink, Caleb and Micah Gilbertson. He is preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Tressie (Godfrey) Kuhl, infant twin brothers, Donald and Ronald Kuhl and sister Mary Jane Kuhl Knopf. Memorial contributions are suggested to Community Bible Church of Manchester. Please leave a message of comfort for Howard’s family or sign his guestbook at

Anna Planck McNeill ’52
Nov. 26, 2022

Anna Lou Planck McNeill, 92, of Flemingsburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Pioneer Trace Nursing Facility with a daughter and close family friend by her side. She was born March 16, 1930, in Flemingsburg, Ky. to Lillian Loraine Carpenter Planck, an educator, and Samuel Forman Planck, a USPS carrier, who died when Anna Lou was 13. Her mother later married Richard Applegate and she became part of a happily blended family. Anna Lou graduated from Fleming County High School in 1948 and was first runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Pageant a year later. She majored in music at Berea College where she met Peter T. McNeill. They were married in June 1950 when she paused her education and soon became a busy and loving farm wife and mother. After the children were in school, she taught music in five elementary schools in Fleming County while resuming her education at Morehead State University. She graduated in 1964 with a BA in Music and a minor in organ in the same ceremony as her mother who had also returned to school later in life. Church work and community service were important to the McNeills and she held leadership positions in the PTA, the Homemakers Club, the Rural Electrification Auxiliary, as well as the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church, which she attended from childhood and later served as the church’s choir director and organist. At one point she served as supply organist for three Flemingsburg churches simultaneously. They traveled extensively throughout Pete’s career living in Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, as well as extended stays in Bolivia, Romania, Croatia, Brazil, and Ukraine, where he worked with various agricultural cooperatives. While living overseas Anna Lou understood that music is truly a universal language. She was a gifted soprano, pianist, and organist and was active in many choral groups who sang for a wide range of dignitaries including the King of Thailand in Bangkok and President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda in the Philippines. She also sang with the Asia Minors, an international group of women who performed throughout the Philippines. When she wasn’t absorbing local art and culture, she occasionally taught English as a second language. After returning to Flemingsburg from Pete’s international work, Anna Lou founded and initially directed The Golden Chords, a choral group that has provided musical enjoyment in Fleming and surrounding Counties since the 1980s. She was honored by the Fleming County chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a social sorority, when they named her Lady of the Year in 1995. Anna Lou is survived by four of her five children, Dr. Sam (Helen) McNeill of Paducah, Ky., Dr. Judy Linger (Joe Weissman) of High Bridge, N.J., Martha McNeill of Washington, D.C., and Rev. Andrew “Drew” (Mary Ellen) McNeill of Morehead, Ky.; two of her sisters, Jane Applegate Northup and Julia (Jim) Applegate Prater; one of her brothers, Don Applegate; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Pete in 2012; her parents; her oldest daughter, Marsha McCartney; her son-in-law, Frank McCartney, two of her brothers, Sam Planck and Richard Applegate; and her sister, Margaret Hall Stokes. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Flemingsburg First United Methodist Church followed immediately by her Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the United Methodist Memorial Funds in Flemingsburg and/or Morehead (117 West Main Street, Flemingsburg KY 41041 and/or 227 West Main Street, Morehead, KY 40351), Morehead State University Wesley Foundation, (304 University Blvd, Morehead, KY 40351), and/or The Peter T. McNeill Forestry Stewardship Scholarship at the University of Kentucky (UK CAFE Philanthropy Office; ATTN: P.T. McNeill Forestry Scholarship, 1451 University Dr., Lexington, KY 40503). Our extended family was blessed by the outpouring of kindnesses and prayers during her illness and our bereavement. Friends may offer online condolences at

Ida D. Miller ’52
Oct. 26, 2022

Ida Deane Miller, age 91, died peacefully on Oct.26, 2022, at the home of her daughter, Ellen van Treuren Richards, Henderson, NV. She was the daughter of the late Darrell E. Wright & Estalena E. (Dryman) Wright, of Candler, NC. Deane was preceded in death by her first husband of 20 years, William A.Van Treuren, father of her three children, who died in 1973; and second husband of 30 years, Neal F. Miller, who died in 2009, with whom she helped raise 3 daughters & 1 son. Two brothers also preceded her in death, baby David E.Wright and Willis B.Wright (Bette)She is survived by a brother, Robert E. Wright (Evelyn), of Elkin, NC; daughters Ellen E. van Treuren Richards (George)of Henderson, NV, & Carol M. van Treuren Corey (Douglas) & of Parma, OH; son Philip D. van Treuren (Jeanne) of Los Angeles, CA; as well as many, well-loved grand & great-grandchildren Deane was a 1952 graduate of Berea College School of Nursing and retired after 40 years as a Registered Nurse in Ohio, eventually returning to the mountains of NC. She and husband Neal were proud, early members of Asheville’s First Congregational United Church of Christ. Deane loved gardening, knitting, and reading, even learning, at age 80, how to browse the Internet and use email, Facebook, and E-books No services are scheduled and her interment was at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC Memorial donations can be made to www.uccasheville.orgRememberances can be shared online at Asheville Citizen Times, North Carolina Sunday publish Kraft-Sussman Funeral Home 3975 S Durango Dr Ste 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147 Phone: (702) 208-9633

Mary Musser Nash ’52
Sept. 17, 2022

Mary McNeil Musser Nash, born September 13, 1930; the 6th of 9 children to Ralph Marshall and Birdie Handley Musser in Richlands, Greenbrier County, WV, passed away September 17, 2022. She is survived by two sisters, Jean White of Renick, WV and Betty White of Sylva, NC; five children, Charles David Nash Jr., Rachel Nash Law, James Marshall Nash, William Mann Nash, John Andrew Nash; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Mary and her husband, Charles David Nash, Sr. raised their children on a farm outside of Alderson, WV and later moved to Berea, KY. She worked for Berea College until her retirement as assistant dean of students and head resident of Pearson’s Hall, Berea College, where she mentored young women from around the world. She was a giving person, stalwart in her faith, loved community involvement, gardening and family gatherings.

Mary was known in Abingdon for her charity work and support of local services. She knitted hundreds of winter hats for donation to children and the homeless. She regularly baked cookies for the Abingdon Police Department, Washington County Public Library, and Abingdon Public Works. Her gardening skills provided fresh produce and flowers for neighbors and family members. Her favorite times of the year were Spring when the flowers bloomed and Fall when the trees showed their colors. Mary loved to put on her apron and be in the middle of kitchen activities. She would not remove it until everyone was fed and the kitchen was properly cleaned and ready for the next meal.

Memorial service will be at Farris Funeral Home, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA, on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 pm.

Ignacio Torres Cruz ’53
Nov. 10, 2022

Ignacio “Iggy “Torres Cruz, 92, of Newport News, VA went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2022…

…Born on October 20, 1930, Iggy lived on his Guam during World War II. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Berea College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the College of William and Mary. He also received several designations/certifications, including those as a Professional Engineer and as a Kentucky Colonel. He served for 4 years in the Kentucky National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves (Field Artillery and Guided Missiles). Iggy spent most of his professional career in the engineering and safety fields, working as a Civil Engineer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as the Safety Director for the Naval Weapons Station (Yorktown, VA), and as a member of the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB, The Pentagon). After retirement from federal government civilian service, he opened a technical services contracting company, Cruz Associates, Inc., through which he taught explosives safety classes for his government customers.

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Reba Blevins Cornett ’54
Oct. 28, 2022

Reba Blevins Cornett, age 91, loving daughter, sister and aunt, passed away October 28, 2022 in Port Angeles, WA. Reba was born in Big Laurel, KY to Lawrence & Mary Jane Blevins. She attended Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kingdom Come High School and later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and then earned a master’s degree from Peabody College, a part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She taught in a rural part of KY for a few years then the remainder of her career she taught in the Port Angeles School System. Throughout her career she taught grades 1-8 at the elementary level and was a reading teacher for grades K to 5th grade. She at one time wrote the reading curriculum for the elementary schools in the district. She enjoyed traveling and was a lifelong learner. She once said travel guidebooks were like Bibles. She loved the planning of trips and enjoyed discovering new things. She took joy in the small things that most people would not notice. She also enjoyed nature and passed that love onto those she met and her family. She was very active in the Retired Teacher’s Association for Clallam Co., chaired several scholarship committees and was an active member of her local church, First Baptist. She is preceded in death by her husband Estill Cornett, parents Lawrence and Mary Jane Blevins, brother Rufus Blevins, brother Curtis Blevins, sister Louellen Blevins Osment, brother in law Ray Decker, sister in law Bessie Blevins, niece Annette Blevins Lowe, and nephew Jeffery Osment. She is survived by her sister Mabel Blevins Smith , brother in law Aaron Smith, brother in law Bratton Osment, brother Billy Ray Blevins, sister Betty Blevins Decker. She also has nieces and nephews Pam Blevins Stamper, Randy Blevins, Karen Blevins Edwards, Kim Blevins Kelsay, Lynn Smith Spatz, Stacey Smith Fitzgerald, Tim Osment, Sandra Osment Meyers, Michael Osment, Lisa Decker-Chupa, Linda Blevins Gibbs and Christy Blevins and multiple great nieces and nephews. A burial ceremony will be held at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Nashville, TN. Reverend Brian Spatz (great nephew) will be officiating. The family would like to thank her dear neighbors Jay & Yvette Cline and Fritz & Shana Clemens for their loving kindness to our sweet Reba (and Estill) over the years. Also, we would like to recognize the dedicated care and guidance from Attorney Stephen Moriarty and his wife Deborah.

Mary Ballard Denney ’54
Oct. 2, 2022

Mary Elizabeth Ballard Denney, age 97, widow of Sterling “Jack” Denney, passed away Sunday, October 2nd, 2022, at Saint Joseph Berea. She was born May 19th, 1925, in Berea, KY to the late Roosevelt and Glendon Reynolds Ballard, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Walker White, Sr. She accepted Christ at an early age at First Baptist Church of Berea at Middletown. A graduate of Richmond High School and was the first African American to attend Berea College when the Day Law was repealed. She worked at the College Bakery, was a cook at Middletown School, and held several other jobs but retired from Dresser Industries.

Elizabeth loved her church and was a member of many church organizations, as well as Church Clerk and pianist until her health prevented. She was an excellent cook and loved baking pastries just to give away to family and friends, she was also an excellent seamstress, loved to crochet and read novels. She was a gentle woman, soft spoken, with a kind and giving heart.

Other than her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, Walker, Jr., George, Monte, and Kenneth White and one sister, Delores Rice.

Elizabeth leaves to mourn her passing three sisters, Juanita Huguely and her husband Lucian of Berea, KY, Shirley Jackson and her husband Jack of Dayton, OH, Jacqueline Walker and husband John S. Jr., of Berea, KY, sister-in-law Ella White widow of George and devoted sister-in-law Cecilia Faye White widow of Kenneth of Berea, KY, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and special young friend Robbie Neeley.

Visitation will be 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM Saturday, October 8th, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Berea at Middletown. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM at the church with Rev. J.K. Cunningham, and Rev. Robert R. Blythe officiating. You may view the service live on our website at Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery, Pallbearers will be, Tony Chenault, Larry White, Greg Kennedy, Roger Hinton, Clint Jackson, Dwayne Mack, and Marc White. Honorary pallbearers will be, George Rothwell, Alfonzo White, Jimmie Tevis, Burnard Denny, and Thomas Turley.

Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Joanne Carr DeWitt ’54
Nov. 1, 2022

Joanne Carr DeWitt, age 89, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Crestview Healthcare & Rehab in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Mrs. DeWitt was born on November 9, 1932, “on the night Franklin Roosevelt was elected the first time” she was quick to let you know. She was one of three daughters born to the late Marvin and Gladys Henry Carr.

She was the widow of William R. “Bill” DeWitt, whom she married on June 10, 1956, and was also preceded in death by her sisters, Jeannette Carr and Becky Cassity.

Mrs. DeWitt was a lifelong learner who never missed an opportunity to consult a reference volume. She was a graduate of Ezel High School, received her Bachelors of Education from Berea College, and went on to obtain her Masters and Specialist in Education from the University of Kentucky. She began her career teaching high school English and retired from the junior high where she changed many lives teaching remedial reading.

Elwood N. Harper ’54
Sept. 15, 2022

Commander Elwood Nicholas Harper Oct. 25, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2022 Commander Elwood Nicholas Harper, USN (Ret), 90 of Sallisaw, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 in Vian. He was born on Oct. 25, 1931 in Franklin, W.V., to Margie Ella (Teter) Harper and Wilbur W. Harper. Cremation is under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc. in Sallisaw. A memorial and military burial service will be held at the family cemetery, near Franklin, W.V. in November. He graduated from Berea College, Berea, Ky., in 1954; immediately entered the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet and received his Navy pilot wings and commission as Ensign in September 1955. During the Vietnam War, he was the flight deck officer on the USS Intrepid, responsible for landing countless air strikes over Vietnam. His last Navy Duty Station was commanding officer at the Naval Torpedo Station in Lualualei, Hawaii. He retired from the Navy in 1981, with 27 years of service and the rank of Commander. He immediately started a second career as a jet flight simulator instructor for Lockheed Martin for 22 years at NAS Corpus Christie, Texas and NAS Pensacola, Fla.  Survivors are one daughter, Valarie and husband Av of Cos Cob, Conn.; one granddaughter; stepsons, Greg Haas, Jeff Haas and wife Deidre of Sallisaw; stepdaughter, Deborah Somer of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Louise Harper; parents; four sisters, Marylee, Christine, Freida and Janet; and five brothers, Kenneth, George, Paul, Bud and Wilbur Jr.

Published by Vian Tenkiller News from Sep. 20 to Sep. 27, 2022.

Bessie Hagy Koehn ’54
Sept. 26, 2022

Bessie Lou (Hagy) Koehn, 90 of Rockford, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 7, 1932, in Vansant, Virginia, the daughter of Stewart V. and M. Pearl (Nickels) Hagy. Bess grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and graduated from Berea College in Kentucky with a degree in Home Economics Education. A teaching job took her to Scales Mound, IL where she met and married James H. Koehn on June 4, 1955. After Jim completed his master’s degree in DeKalb, Illinois, they moved to Rockford, Illinois where they raised three daughters and lived out their lives. One of their daughters, Kathy had special needs and Bess’s hard work, and dedication provided her with a great quality of life. When Kathy started school, Bess volunteered countless hours to assist many children in special education programs. Bess is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Brenda Borkenhagen) Koehn and Sandra (Mark) Green, her two granddaughters, Rosalie and Evelyn Green, sisters-in-law Verneal (late John) Korn of Rockford, IL, Juanita (late Jerry) Hagy of Boiling Springs, SC, Diann (late Ralph Hagy) Blankenship of Grundy, VA, Violet (late James) Hagy of Knoxville, TN, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Bess was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Kathy, and infant son David. She was also preceded in death by all her siblings, Lena (Luther) Keen, Bernice (Dallas) Conner, Rosa Lee (Fred) Smith, James Hagy, Jerry Hagy, and Ralph Hagy. Funeral service will be Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, Il 61103, at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the church until the time of the service. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Milestone, Inc. 4060 McFarland Rd., Rockford, Il 61111. To express condolences online please visit

Vernon L. Williams ’54
July 14, 2022

Vernon Lynn Williams, 91, of Miami, Okla., went to be with the Lord July 14, 2022, and he left this life with the same zest that he lived it. During his nine decades, he was a soldier, farmer, investor, rancher, teacher, counselor and friend to many. Family, students, fellow soldiers and neighbors will remember him as a hard-charging, hard-working man of compassion.  

He was born in the Twin Oaks Community of Putnam County, on April 23, 1931, and his family moved to nearby Warren County when he was in his early teens. He attended Twin Oaks Elementary School and graduated from Wilhite Elementary School in Putnam County and Central High School in Warren County. After attending Berea College for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and saw action as a combat engineer with the 65th Engineer Battalion in Korea (1951-1952) at Heartbreak Ridge, Kumhwa Hill 1062, and in the Punch Bowl battles.  

Following his military service, he attended Murray College in Kentucky, and then-Middle Tennessee State College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry and Forage; later, he earned his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. 

During the next several years, he taught at Irving College School in Warren County until accepting an administrative position in the Tennessee government in the mid and late 1960s. He later returned to Warren County where he worked at various positions in the school system until his retirement and his move to Oklahoma.

In the late 1970s, he bought a ranch in Oklahoma; there he met and married the love of his life, June McFerron Stone, who predeceased him.

Vernon also was predeceased by his beloved parents Toy and Ida (Martin) Williams and sister Mary Ellen (Williams) Cook, also of Warren County, and special parents Roy and Louise (Thaxton) Allison.  

He is survived by his brother James C. Williams, sister-in-law Sue Harrell Williams, nephew Darrell C. Cook, niece Gennean (Cook) Black, special niece Melissa Jennings, special neighbors Ginny and Steve Cline and other extended and adopted family.  

Vernon requested no public memorial service be held.  His remains were cremated.  Portions of his ashes were scattered at various places that were dear to him throughout his life with the remainder interred at Bascom Cemetery where a Veterans Marker will be placed in the family plot.

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Joe Cable ’55
Sept. 28, 2022

Joe Cable Funeral Time: Tuesday, October 4th at 12:00PM Joe Cable, loving husband of Betty Cable and father of two children, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the age of 91. “Smilin’ Joe” (as some of his friends knew him) had a warm, loving, and humorous spirit, but above all a strong faith in the Lord evidenced by his marriage of 68 years, readiness to share the gospel with anyone, the raising of his children, and teaching. Joe received his bachelor’s from Berea College and his Master’s from Marshall University. He taught high school chemistry for 34 years, spending the majority of his career at Henry Clay High School. Joe was dedicated to educating others. Not only did he teach high school, but he also taught in prisons, the veteran’s hospital, and many through the GED program. He was honored with the Science Teacher of the Year award and was inducted into the Henry Clay Teachers’ Hall of Fame in 2004. After his retirement, he volunteered at his grandchildren’s elementary schools doing science demonstrations and was affectionately called Granddaddy by many of the students there. Joe was a friend to everyone and was willing to help anyone he could. He also had a passion for gardening and just couldn’t start his tomato seeds early enough. He was known for the size of his garden, the variety of fruits & vegetables he grew, but most of all for his generosity with his gardening knowledge, plants, and produce. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Betty Cable, daughter-in-law Pat Cable, son-in-law Richard Jones, Grandchildren Brian Cable, Sarah (Jonathan) Moore, and Stuart (Miranda) Jones, and two great grandchildren, Jayden and Katherine, unofficially adopted son Richard Penny, as well as one brother Dave, and four sisters Jettie Lee, Lexie, Goldie, and Jane and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father Charlie Cable, Mother Bessie (Estep) Cable, his children Phillip Cable, and Onna Jones, his Granddaughter Selena Cable, and siblings Elizabeth, Bertha, Dixie, Hoover, Cory, Jessie, Charlie, and John. Joe was a member of Woodford Church of Christ at the time of his death. A funeral service will be held 12pm Tuesday October 4, 2022 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home Main Street. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4-7pm and Tuesday from 11am until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Sacred Selections in memory of Joe Cable (Lexington Fundraiser) at, or Teach for America’s work in Appalachia in memory of Joe Cable at

David Russell ’55
Nov. 20, 2022

David Russell, 92, died in his home in Bowie, MD on Sunday, November 20, 2022, surrounded by family and cloaked in love. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Cecily (Gary), Cynthia (Edward), and Tom (Christine); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. David was born in Dedham, MA on January 23, 1930, to John L. Russell and Alice B. Russell (Safford). He was the youngest of five children. He met his wife of 67 years when he attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where his older brother, Jim, was a professor. The two met in the music “listening room” (where Maxine worked) and bonded over their love of classical music, a passion that remained at the forefront of their relationship. Married in 1955, David and Maxine remained in Kentucky after graduating from Berea, moving to Louisville where they welcomed their first child, Cecily. They moved to Lincoln, Illinois in 1957 for David’s job as a professor of English at Lincoln College, where he taught for 10 years. Their other two children, Cynthia and Tom, were born in Lincoln before the family moved to Bowie, MD in 1967. David taught mathematics at Prince George’s Community College for 27 years and lived the remainder of his life in Bowie. David was a true Renaissance Man, with passions ranging from science and mathematics to literature, music, history, and gardening. An avid reader and playgoer, he was known among family and friends for his uncanny ability to relate a Shakespeare quote to just about any situation. He had that same uncanny ability for identifying classical music. He also recalled countless varieties of flowers and trees and species of birds in an instant. Some of his children’s and grandchildren’s fondest memories of him include searching for fossils along riverbanks, fishing, and spending time together on their annual family trip to Canaan Valley, WV. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. David was loved beyond measure and will be greatly missed.

R. Douglas Taylor Fd. ’55
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Dorothy Lee Wing ’55
Nov. 11, 2022

Wing Dorothy Chi-Ching Lee Wing On November 11, 2022, Dorothy Chi-Ching Lee Wing, beloved wife of James (deceased); loving mother of Kim (Trang) and Jonathan (Elise); cherished grandmother of Natalie, Joshua, and Jolee; and dear sister of Ellen, C.K., and Margaret, passed away at the age of 90. She graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Home Economics in 1955. She worked as a dietitian at local area nursing homes and at Suburban Hospital. She was an active member of the Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, DC., where she sang in the choir and participated in the Cantonese Bible Study group. She also loved playing the piano. A memorial service will be held in the San Francisco, CA area some time in 2023. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Betty Perkins Eller Fd. ’51, ’56
Sept. 24, 2022

Betty J. Eller, 89, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Betty was born Friday, June 30, 1933 to the late Roy and Gladys (Morgan) Perkins and lived in the Akron area most of her life. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Berea College in Kentucky. After college she married her husband, Robert Eller. She then went on to teach Home Economics at Manchester High School. Betty was a faithful member of Community Church of Portage Lakes where she enjoyed attending women’s Bible studies, teaching Sunday School, and spent many years leading the youth group. Betty and Bob took the youth group on many mission trips. She had a heart for helping people and building relationships, but her greatest joy was leading others to the Lord. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Eller. She is survived by her children, Debbie (Jeff) Allen and Jeff (Ericka) Eller; grandchildren, Caitlin (Cody), Jordan (John), Mattie, Spencer (Casie), Robert, Hope (Alex), Lexie, Bryson, and Cooper; great-grandchildren, Nate, Gabe, Nora, Emerson, Cora, and Oliver; and many other loving family and friends. The funeral service will be at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Community Church of Portage Lakes, 3260 Cormany Rd., Akron, Ohio 44319, with Pastors Michael Rybka and Gary Meeks officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (two hours before the service time). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Church of Portage Lakes. Please visit to view Betty’s tribute wall and her share memories. To plant memorial trees or to the family in memory of Betty Eller, please visit our flower store .

Marshall D. Campbell ’57
Sept. 28, 2022

Marshall Campbell, 86 years old, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2022 with his loving wife by his side. Marshall was born on March 19, 1936 and grew up in Greer, South Carolina.

Marshall is survived by Connie Radford Campbell, his devoted wife of 65 years. Lovingly remembered by his children: Cheryl (Steve), Bryan (Lorraine), Denise (Dave), and Tonya (Frank), his fifteen grandchildren, and his one great-granddaughter.

Marshall began working in a cotton mill during high school. He then attended Brea College in Kentucky and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Mathematics. Marshall spent most of his career in the computer science industry. He was a self-made man, and built his own company – Distributor Computer Systems Inc. He started out in Ohio, then NJ, California, back to North Jersey, then finally settled down in Moorestown.

Marshall loved to travel for work and pleasure. He has been to five continents and more countries than one can list. He wasn’t afraid to try any cuisine, enjoyed all foods, and loved attending Chaine dinners. Marshall was larger than life, and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation to advance Parkinson’s research at

The Family will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 29 from 12-4 at 445 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057. Feel free to stop by to share memories of Marshall.

Written condolences may be offered to the family at

Ray W. Rose ’57
Aug. 31, 2022

Ray Wilson Rose, “Coach Rose,” 91, of Lexington, KY, (formerly of Bowling Green), loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on 8/31/22. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Eversole Rose, and his sister Nancy Rose Latham and is survived by his loving wife, Mary Rose, daughters Patti Rose (Jared Eaton) and Nancy Rose James (David), grandchildren Josh James and Carmen James, as well as brother Wil “Dub” Rose and niece Sandy Rose. Ray was born on 9/21/30 in Clark County, KY, married Mary in 1952 and served in the US Air Force. He attended Berea College, taught PE in Louisville, KY and at Western Kentucky University, where he earned his master’s degree and also coached gymnastics and tennis. A well-loved teacher and coach, he was a positive influence on many students’ lives. Many friends and colleagues, students and former students were frequent customers of his racquet stringing business, Ray’s Pro Shop. He also taught girls gymnastics through his Southern Kentucky Gymnastics program. In 2016, he was inducted into the KY Gymnastics Hall of Fame in recognition of and appreciation for his dedication and contributions to the sport. Ray and Mary were longtime members of Christ United Methodist Church and the Emmaus Community. They also enjoyed working many summers at Camp Loucon Training and Retreat Center, with Patti and Nancy greatly enjoying the run of the camp in their childhood. Ray loved sports and excelled at many, especially tennis, which he continued to play into his mid 80’s. A kind, sweet and gentle man, he was devoted to his wife, daughters and grandchildren, who all loved and adored him beyond measure. Donations in his honor may be made to the Ray Rose Scholarship Fund at Western Kentucky University (specify his scholarship through the College Heights Foundation, 270 745 4597 or at, Camp Loucon Training & Retreat Center, or the Ray & Mary Rose Loucon Scholarship Fund through Christ United Methodist Church. Messages to the family may be posted at A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. Care Cremation and Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with final care.

Sophia Stivers ’57
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Billie Barnette Taylor Fd. ’57
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Judy Hacker Kirby Fd. ’58
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Irene Lamb ’58
Nov. 28, 2022

Irene Marie Lamb, child of God, born in Devil’s Fork, Tennessee, on January 2, 1937 to young parents Walter and Flora Mae Cutshall Lamb, passed peacefully from this world to her joyous reunions in the next on November 28, 2022 at home, from complications of advanced age.

She will join on the farside bank her parents, her three brothers, Harvey, Jancer, and Quinton, and her beloved grandmother Jersey Shelton Lamb and grandfather Bill Lamb.

She leaves behind her daughter Cathleen, her sister Alice and Wally Brown, and many dear nieces and nephews and cousins, especially Barbara Ann, Nina Sue and Clifton, and a special niece Rebecca.

Irene graduated from Berea College, where she co-led the Berea Country Dancers, and earned her MBA from Suffolk University while part of a select group at Massachusetts General Hospital putting together the bond issue for a major expansion of the facility. Here in Greeneville, when she was able, she attended St. James Episcopal Church and participated in Youth Builders.

There will be no service at this time; a mountainside interment will be later.

Edna J. Sherrill Murphy ’58
Aug. 24, 2022
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Wilma Mahaffey Peercy ’58
Oct. 3, 2022

Wilma Gertrude Mahaffey Peercy, 86, of La Palma, CA, died Monday, October 3, 2022, at Sunrise of La Palma. She was the daughter of the late Ed Lasson and Etta Rebecca Jones Mahaffey. Wilma was born in Chesnee, SC. She attended Berea College in KY where she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) L. Peercy, Jr. Wilma was a gifted schoolteacher and an active member of the Bellflower Brethren Church where she worked tirelessly with the youth and the women’s ministries. Wilma had a heart of hospitality and served as the 2nd mom to numerous tweens and teens. She was instrumental in helping them chart a life path of meaning, service, and impact. Wilma is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Etta Mahaffey; brothers Ray and Shufford; and her sisters Virgie McIntyre, Meredith McSherry, Ruby Johnson, Edna Chioniere, and Mary Lou Andrews. Wilma is survived by her husband, Bob Peercy of La Palma, CA; sister-in-laws Ann Mahaffey, Nancy Mahaffey, Cathy Peercy, Sharlett Peercy, Betty Givan, and Barbara Ross; brother-in-law Larry Peercy, Raymond Ross; nieces Markita Rogers, Renee Camp, Melanie Greenway, Teresa Mack, Linda Melhorn, Karen Robinson, Rebecca Drannon, Kathy Caufield, Darolyn Emerson, Whitney Hale, Chelsea Adkins, Lynn Siegfried, Lisa Lewandowski; and nephews Byron Choinere, Bert Mahaffey, Mike Peercy, Philip Peercy, Jerry Peercy, and Mark Peercy. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Bellflower Brethren Church, 9405 Flower Street, Bellflower, CA 90706, with the Rev. Tom Hocking officiating. Burial will take place at Melvin Hill Church in Columbus, N.C. at a later date.

O. Wendell White ’58
Sept. 15, 2022

Oliver Wendell White, 90, of Wilmington, NC, died September 15, 2022, in Bradley Creek Health Center, near Wrightsville beach. Born February 3, 1932, in Charleston, West Virginia, he was a long-time resident of Hampton, Virginia, and later, Charlotte, North Carolina. O. Wendell White started his career as City Manager in Grundy Virginia, from 1959-1961. He then worked in Hampton for 20 years, 14 as Assistant City Manager and six as City Manager. He worked closely with Ann Kilgore, first woman mayor of Hampton, whom he greatly admired for her wisdom, wit and conviction. During his tenure, the City of Hampton built the Hampton Coliseum, the new City Hall and police station. He left Hampton for the Charlotte City Manager post in 1981.Of his many accomplishments in Charlotte, Wendell facilitated economic development opportunities in the Performing Arts Center, Discovery Place, the new Charlotte Convention Center, City Hall, the Charlotte Coliseum, the Transit Center and the Carolina Panthers Stadium. During his tenure, the Charlotte Hornets basketball team was established. He developed the City-Within-A-City and award-winning housing programs with one of the most aggressive low-income housing programs in the country. He was admired for his business-like manner, sense of humor and dignity that he displayed during his 15 years as Charlotte City Manager. In 1996, Wendell worked for the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, in a mentoring program for future generations of city managers. He retired from public service in 1997, and moved to Glade Valley, NC, where he spent 15 years residing in a home in the mountains along the Blue Ridge parkway, with his wife Ruth (Neely) White. He moved to Wilmington in 2008. Wendell served with the United States Army from 1955-1956. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from Berea College and his Master of Arts in public administration from University of Syracuse. He ran the Virginia Beach Marathon, NYC Marathon, and one at the age of 73 in Berlin. He will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor, positive joy for life and his endless energy. He was an avid runner, camper and hiker. But his greatest love was spending time with his family and grandkids in the mountains and at the beach. Wendell White is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth, four children, James White (Sara) of Alexandria, VA; Kathleen Cohen (Jeff) of Greensboro, NC; Elizabeth Vago (Mark) of Alexandria, VA; and Wendy Carter (Mark) of Wilmington, NC, and thirteen grandchildren, Nicholas (Molly) White, Cole Carter, Madeline White, Katie Carter, Savannah Carter, Wendell Vago, Alexander White, Jack Vago, Melanie Cohen, Mia Vago, Jacob Cohen, Jeremy (JJ) Vago and Oliver Fisher Carter. O. Wendell White’s celebration of life service will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, Berea College in Berea, Kentucky or Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, are appreciated. Share online condolences with the family, here, in the guestbook.

Emma Schink Terpening ’59
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Marilyn Nixon-Bridges ’60
Sept. 19, 2022

Marilyn Cook Nixon Bridges, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Saturday, September 17 at the age of eighty-five. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Bridges, son David Nixon, daughter Melanie Critelli (husband Rick Critelli), stepson Star Bridges (wife Lisa Bridges), stepson-in-law Mitch Lay (wife Shannon Bridges Lay, deceased), and grandchildren Garnette White (husband Matthew White), Mendi Lay, and Drew Lay. She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Cook and Virginia Cook, brother Gary Cook, and her first husband John Nixon.

Marilyn worked as a registered nurse and a homemaker, but her true passion in life was her faith and ministry. She was an active member of every church she attended, including most recently the First Baptist Church of Commerce where she sang in the choir. She also served in the evangelism and discipleship ministries of Stonecroft Christian Women’s Ministry for over four decades, serving as a prayer leader and coordinator, bible study leader and coordinator, and in various other leadership positions. Words cannot describe Marilyn’s unshakeable faith and the impact that she had on every life she touched. To quote one of her dearest friends, “She loved Jesus with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loved others as herself. She fulfilled the greatest commandment.”

Funeral services will be at 2 PM, Sunday, September 25 at First Baptist Church of Commerce with Rev. Larry Davidson and Rev. Philip Vestal officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2 to 4 PM.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Radford Campbell Fd. ’56, ’60
Oct. 28, 2022

Connie Sue Campbell, 83 years old, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2022. Connie was born on November 29, 1938 and grew up in Berea, Kentucky. Connie was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Marshall Campbell. Lovingly remembered by her children: Cheryl (Steve), Bryan (Lorraine), Denise (Dave), and Tonya (Frank), her twenty grandchildren, and her one great-granddaughter. Connie graduated from the Foundation High School, an extension school of Berea College where she met Marshall at a dance. Later in life she returned to college to get her degree in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Child Psychology. She graduated from Rutgers University and became a teacher and school administrator. Connie acquired her Montessori Education Certificate. She owned the Montessori Children’s House of Moorestown before recently passing the torch to her daughter, Denise. For many years, she ran the afterschool program for the Moorestown School System. As such, she has met and educated thousands of children from the Moorestown area. During these years she continued her own education in an effort to serve the uniquely abled and she learned American Sign Language and trained as a volunteer with an Aides Support hotline. She traveled extensively with her husband and has been to five continents and more countries than one can list. She was honored to be chosen to participate in the “People to People” program where she traveled to Russia and South Africa to meet with numerous Early Childhood Educators to share and learn about different cultures and educational techniques. Her life can be defined by her love for all the children of the world. She impacted all who surrounded her and she will forever be loved. Services will be held at the Givnish Funeral Home in Maple Shade, New Jersey on November the 29, 2022 at 7pm. All are welcome and the family will be receiving visitors starting at 6pm. A burial of the cremains will be held in Berea Kentucky in April of 2023. Mom loved flowers, however; if you prefer a donation can be made in her name to NJCCR the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Rev. Vance P. Davis, Ph.D. ’61
Oct. 24, 2022

Reverend Dr. Vance Penley Davis passed away at the age of 84 Monday, October 24, 2022, due to complications after quadruple bypass surgery. Born in Asheville, NC on July 6, 1938 and raised by his parents, Ila Virginia (Plummer) Davis and Harry Clifton Davis.

Vance spent his early years in Swannanoa, NC, where he attended Owen High School graduating with honors. He earned his B.S. at Berea College majoring in Math and Physics. Vance served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy (1961-66) as the officer in charge of an Under-Water Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Diving Team. After military service, he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion and was an ordained Baptist Minister. Vance served for 40 plus years as a hospital Chaplain, Chaplaincy Trainer (CPE) and Counselor in Mental Health and Veterans Administration Hospitals in the State of Tennessee.

Vance, his wife Elizabeth (Liz) and his 3 boys travelled the US and many countries around the world enjoying his lifelong passion for hiking and camping. He loved the outdoors and experiencing the different cultures and religions that touched his life. He passed this love for nature and people of different cultures and beliefs on to his family, friends and co-workers. He was a student of life and a teacher of many.

Vance was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Elizabeth (Tester) Davis, RN (d. 10/19/19) and survived by his 3 sons Jeffrey Neil Davis, 61 (Billie), Gregory Litton Davis, 57 and Thadd Alan Davis, 55 (Kelley), his sister-in-law, Frankie Anne Tester. Vance was also blessed with (5) grandchildren, Caitlin and her daughter Aya, William, Darius, Nina and Izzy.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday November 13, 2022, from 3-6pm at First Baptist Church, 503 Park Street, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

In Lieu of flowers please contribute to Alzheimer’s research:, the support of Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans Home:

Kathleen King Prince ’61
Aug. 19, 2022

Barbara Kathleen King Prince, age 84 of Draper passed away Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Radford Health and Rehab Center.

Born May 25, 1938 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Oscar King and Lucille Hale King. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lawrence Prince and one brother, Elwood “Woody” King.

She was a member of the Max Creek Baptist Church in Draper, Virginia. She was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and received her double master’s degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Mrs. Prince was a retired schoolteacher with Atholton Elementary in Howard County, Maryland.

She is survived by:

Son: Terry Charles (Sara Margaret) Prince – Draper

Daughter: Tammy Teresa Osborn – Mooresville, NC

Grandchildren: Charles Lawrence Prince, II, and Vann Tyler Prince

Sisters: Dorothy Sutton, Sylvia Long and Wanda Ulmer

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, 12:00 noon., August 27, 2022 at the Max Creek Baptist Church, Draper.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 am until the service begins at 12:00 noon.

Interment will follow in the Max Creek Church Cemetery, Draper.

To sign her online guestbook, visit

Shirley F. Swift ’61
Oct. 17, 2022

Shirley Fay Swift, 83, of Kingsport, went to be with Lord on Monday, October 17, 2022. Shirley was born on March 17, 1939, in Hawkins County to the late George and Anna Hughes Swift. She was a faithful member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church and of the Keepers of the Flames Sunday school class. Shirley was a 1959 graduate of Holston High and a 1963 graduate of Berea College, and she worked as a secretary and a realtor for many years. She was an avid reader and loved camping. In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Banner Gene Childress; and brother-in-law, Walter Kirby. Left to cherish Shirley’s memory are her sisters, Pat Kirby and Helen Lewis (Glenn); niece, Karen Wine (George); nephew, Jason Wheeler (Kim). The family will receive friends from 1:30 2:30 pm, Thursday, October 20, 2022, in the Fireside Room at Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services. The family and friends will process to the Garden of Meditation in Oak Hill Memorial Park for a Graveside Service with Pastor Dan and Pastor Lesley Cheevers officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s honor to First Broad Street United Methodist Church or a charity of choice. The family would like to thank the staff of The Village at Allandale for the care and compassion provided to Shirley and the family. To share memories and condolences with the family please visit The care of Shirley Fay Swift and her family has been entrusted to the staff of Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services.

Gerald D Tomberlin ’61
Sept. 8, 2022

There can never be any doubt that Gerald Dean Tomberlin Sr., 84, cherished four things deeply community, faith, athletic competition, and his family. The son of Luther Tomberlin and Maymee Drake, he was born in the Beech Glen community on August 1, 1938 and transitioned into eternity on September 8, 2022. He was lovingly raised by his mother and grandmother until Maymee married Jake Drake. Gerald was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Maymee and Jake Drake, his father Luther Tomberlin, and an infant brother. Left to cherish his memory and example are his beloved wife of 64 years Nora Sue Flanery Tomberlin; nine children Dean (Renee) Tomberlin of Burnsville; Bill (Sherrie) Tomberlin of Asheville; Sue (Christopher) Parrett of Rigby, Idaho; Cindy Whitt of Mars Hill; Tom (Meredith) Tomberlin of Apex; Ross (Michaela) Tomberlin of Anderson, SC; Chris (Ronnie) Cutshall of Mars Hill; Jon (Kahea) Tomberlin of Suwanee, GA; and Heidi (Shane) Allison of Marshall; twenty-six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; his sister Sharon (Roger) Jackson of Drexel; and numerous extended family and friends. Gerald’s family will receive friends at Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service on Sunday, September 11 from 4-7pm. His funeral service will be held Monday, September 12 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 91 Monticello Road, Weaverville at 12 noon. Burial will follow at the family cemetery. Flowers are welcome or memorials in Gerald’s honor may be made to Madison High School Men’s Basketball team, 5740 US Hwy 25/70, Marshall, NC 28753Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Sherrena Jones Forester ’62
Nov. 22, 2022

Sherrena Sheena Jones Forester (Age 82) of Springfield, VA, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Donald W. Forester. She is survived by her two daughters Julia Stapor (Kurt) and Laura Hunt; grandchildren Jennifer Sanders (Cody), Abigail Weikert, Alexander Weikert, Nicholas Weikert, and Sebastian Weikert; sister Jennilyn Lester; sisters-in-law Carolyn Dodson and Sandra Moore; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church in Springfield, VA. In Knoxville, TN on Saturday, December 17, 2022 a Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Bridges Funeral Home, followed by interment beside her beloved husband Don, at Greenwood Cemetery at 1 p.m. Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA. See link for further details,

Published by The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2022.

Barbara Terry
Spouse of James R. Terry ’62
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Harry M. Wheeler ’62
Oct. 17, 2022

Harry Marvin Wheeler, 85, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2022 at the Woodlands at Furman Arboretum in Greenville, SC. Mr. Wheeler was the loving husband of the late Shirley Ann (Hay) Wheeler for 65 years prior to her death in 2021.

Born in Charleston, WV in 1936, Mr. Wheeler was the son of Rutherford Clay and Carrie Ellen Wheeler. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1954, completing his Bachelor’s degree with majors in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Berea College in 1962. Mr. Wheeler worked at Armco Steel Corporation in Ashland, KY as the Training Supervisor in the Human Resources Department and subsequent related capacities for over 30 years prior to retiring in 1994.

While a resident of Ashland and later Flatwoods, KY, Mr. Wheeler was a member of Unity Baptist Church and later the First Baptist Church of Russell, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for the Adult Couples Class for over 20 years. After moving to South Carolina in 1995, Harry continued to serve as an exceptional teacher, leading the Nurturing Class of the Adult Sunday School program at Augusta Road Baptist Church with wife Shirley.

Mr. Wheeler enjoyed numerous athletic hobbies including running, hiking and backpacking, completing most of the Appalachian Trail with hiking partner Rev. Jim McKenzie. He also loved automobiles, music, travel and spending time with family, and was an accomplished amateur photographer. Harry will be lovingly remembered for his remarkable devotion to family, exceptional intellect, sharp wit, and compassionate Christian service.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his son Dr. John Wheeler and his wife Dr. Sandy Wheeler of Greenville, and was predeceased by his son, Dr. David Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler is also survived by half-sisters Ms. Sue Ann Arthurs (Westerville, OH) and Ms. Betty Jo Selkow (Bluffton, SC) and four grandchildren, Sally, Samuel, Jonathan (JJ) and Jessica (Jessie) Wheeler.

A Celebration of Life service honoring Mr. Wheeler and his wife Shirley is being planned for Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 pm at the Steen Funeral Home, Central Avenue, in Ashland, KY, with livestreaming. It is the family’s desire that in lieu of flowers, remembrances honoring Mr. Wheeler be provided to the Church Ministries of Augusta Road Baptist Church, Greenville, SC.

Ollie May Taulbee McGuire ’63
Nov. 26, 2022

Ollie May Taulbee McGuire, 82, of Lexington, our much-loved Meme, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Ollie May was born in Ezel, Kentucky on February 10, 1940 to the late Harlan and Cora Lawson Ross Taulbee. She was a 1959 graduate of Ezel High School and attended Berea College. On December 25, 1959 she married Paul McGuire. They raised two daughters, Paula and Donna. She was a dedicated homemaker, who loved making her daughters’ clothes, quilting, cooking and, most of all, tending to the grandsons she loved so much. She enjoyed following them in all of their pursuits school, baseball, marching band, and concerts. Ollie May was preceded in death by her father, Harlan, and her mother, Cora, brothers Elsberry Taulbee, Russell Taulbee, Lawrence Taulbee, Jesse Taulbee, Luther Taulbee, Charlie Ross, Lonnie Taulbee, and her twin brother Rollie Taulbee, sisters Thelma Manning, Wilma McGarvin, Goldie Manning, Lucille Masters, and Rebecca Frances Taulbee. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul, her daughters, Paula (Mike) Hudson and Donna (John) Goodrich, her grandsons, Aaron Hudson, Joshua Goodrich, and Matthew Goodrich, all of Lexington, her brother Bill Taulbee of Ezel, Ky, sister-in-law Caroldene McGuire of Ezel, Ky, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Funeral service 1 pm Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Potter Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY, with Rev. Mark Randle officiating. Burial to follow at the Ezel Cemetery, Ezel, KY. Visitation from 11 am 1 pm Thursday, at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Bluegrass Care Navigators or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Pallbearers: Grandsons & Sons-in-Law. Honorary Pallbearers: Nephews.

Willard Ratliff, Jr. ’63
Aug. 22, 2022
Obituary unavailable

Claire Anne Hamrick Crawford ’64
Oct. 16, 2022

Claire Anne Hamrick Crawford, 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2022, after an extended illness. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home in Perry, Georgia, and the Funeral will be immediately following at 2:00 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022, in Caney Branch Cemetery, Highway KY-96, Albany, Kentucky, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and family. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Heart of Georgia Hospice 103 Westridge Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088, or Berea College, 101 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

Anne was born in Cherokee County, South Carolina, to the late James Hatcher Hamrick, Sr., and the late Johnnie Greene Hamrick. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Berea College in Kentucky, and later completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Fort Valley State University. Anne lived in Middle Georgia for over forty years and taught with the Houston County, Georgia, school system, from where she retired. She loved butterflies and enjoyed word search puzzles. Anne collected Fenton glassware and was always delighted to find a new piece, especially at a bargain price. She was a long-time member of Rehoboth Baptist Church and always enjoyed teaching Sunday School. Anne was a very thoughtful lady with a giving heart. She was known for sending greeting cards to others for various occasions and particularly for doing things for other people.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents; her loving and devoted husband of forty-eight years, Joe Franklin Crawford; her brother, John Mark Hamrick; and her sisters-in-law, Roberta Wilson and Geneta Butler; and her mother-in-law, Lena Crawford.

Left to cherish the memories they made with Anne are her daughter and son-in-law, Saleha and Nick Wowaka of Perry, GA; her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Kristin Crawford of Davenport, Iowa; her bonus son-in-law and daughter-in-law, David Svoboda and Tena Padgett of Perry; her brother, Jim Hamrick (Joyce) of Kathleen, GA; her sister, Jama Wilson of Chester, Virginia; her grandchildren, Amanda Svoboda, Taylor Svoboda (Julia Benson), and Sarah Svoboda (Nate Hughes), Elizabeth Wowaka, Tamara Wowaka, Jack Crawford, Sophie Crawford, and Henry Crawford; her bonus grandchildren, Shaylee Smith and Matty Padgett; her great-grandchildren, Ethan Picanso and Stella Grace Svoboda; along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and her special caregivers/friends, Shameka McGhee and Gloria Curgil. Family is not always defined by blood, but those who adopt us into their hearts and lives are family, too.

Condolences for the family may be left in the online guestbook at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Dr. Willard R. Duckett ’64
Sept. 23, 2022

Willard Ray Duckett, 85, of Bloomington passed away on Friday September 23, 2022 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. Willard was born September 28, 1936 in Walhalla, S.C. and was the son of the late Elam A. and Florence I. Addis Duckett. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Milton J. Duckett and nephew Stephen Ray Duckett. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mollie Watts Duckett; one niece Sharon L. Duckett; one half brother, Lonnie Duckett (Bonnie); 2 half sisters, Glenda Ragsdale (Jim) and Trudy Thompson.

Willard was a graduate of Walhalla high School class of 1955. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, earning a B.A. in Philosophy. He continued his studies at Indiana University where he earned an M.A. in Religious Studies, and a PH.D in History and Philosophy of Education. He retired from Phi Delta Kappa International after 26 years of service.

Willard enjoyed camping, fishing, birding, and photography. His favorite vacation place was along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In his later years, listening to country music classics was a favorite past time.

Visitation will be 11 am until 1 pm Wednesday September 28, 2022 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. Bloomington.

Private entombment services will be held at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Click here to view Willard’s Tribute DVD.

Donald Bruce Slusher ’64
Nov. 18, 2022

Donald Bruce ” Donnie” Slusher passed from this life and entered his eternal home into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 18, 2022 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Blacksnake Ky, the son of the late Gilbert Slusher and Seretta Hobbs Slusher. Donnie was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Glenna Slusher Noe and Donna Sue Green. Brother John Gilbert “Johnny” Slusher. Nephews John Wesley Slusher and Rodney Slusher. Donnie attended Blackstar School where he was a stand out basketball player, averaging 34 pts per game. He then transferred to Bell County High School from which he graduated in 1961. He failed his physical to enter the Army during the Vietnam War and lived with the regret of that for the rest of his life. He then enrolled at Berea College where he majored in education and Math. Although he’d seen Thelma Simpson and fell in love with her years before, they officially met at a Christmas party in 1964. He would beg his sister Sue for her allowance money so he could come home and see the beautiful red head who had stolen his heart. He then transferred to LMU so he could be closer to home, but it wasn’t close enough. With only one semester of college left, they married on September 5, 1965 and moved to Cincinnati Ohio shortly after where he began working for GE. In 1971, they welcomed their first child, Karen. In 1973, his lifelong friend Don Arnett had won the Jailer position and called and offered Donnie a job as well as a home in the apartment in the jail, so in December of 1973, they came home to Pineville. They lived there until 1977 and then moved into their forever home on Laurel Street. Dad was the Assistant Bell County Jailer from 1973-1981, when he ran for office against his boss and was fired for it. He lost the race that year and went into business owning and operating Slusher’s Grocery on Hwy 119 in the Blackmont area with his brother Johnny. In 1982, they welcomed their second daughter, Kimberly. In 1985, he once again ran for Jailer and was elected for the first of 3 terms. He worked a total of 20 years there and retired from the State of Kentucky in 1998. He believed in being kind and trying to help everyone and had helped many who came through those doors turn their lives around. He was so kind, caring and compassionate and was loved by many. He couldn’t stand for the inmates to not have anything for Christmas, so every year, he would buy cases of fruit, nuts and candy and line the kitchen floor with brown paper bags and as a family, we all pitched in to make treat bags for every inmate. Once retired, he began woodworking and sold many items to Levi Jackson State Park for them to sell in their gift shop. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved our beautiful mountains and everything in them. He loved to deer hunt and judging by his many trophies, he was very good at it. He also enjoyed turkey hunting, squirrel hunting, grouse hunting and fishing, especially with all of his family. He loved to teach others, including his girls, how to hunt, fish and what plants, berries and other things they could survive on if ever the need. He has planted thousands of pecan, oak, chestnut, walnut, beech and apple trees throughout the mountains in and around Bell County. He wanted the animals to have plentiful food, especially in areas that had been logged or mined. He wanted his children and grandchildren, future generations, to have good hunting areas. He built hundreds of bird houses and duck nests and hung them all over Mountain Drive. He also used his own money and stocked what is now called “the catfish pond” near the new Boone’s Ridge Building is going, as well as a couple of other ponds on Mountain Drive with catfish. He would also drive and throw out sunflower seeds and other flower seeds for the bees and birds. In late summer, the yellow flowers on Mountain Drive that seem to blanket the mountain top, came from him. He was a humble, kind, caring, compassionate, loving man, who loved his wife, his daughters, and grandchildren fiercely yet tenderly, always helping, always teaching, always there. His absence has left a hole that nothing could fill not only for his immediate family, but his extended family, friends and community. He was humble, and would often say, do not let the left hand know what the right is doing as he donated to many organizations for many years. He would even donate his state income tax back to the State of Ky Fish and Wildlife Department. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation since the early 80’s and he’d researched how elk were native to our area and began writing letters to them about restocking them in Eastern Ky. The whole elk restoration effort could have been his idea and he loved nothing more than to see a majestic bull close to home. His last trip to Mountain Drive he was blessed to see 2 large bulls sparring and another looking on accompanied by a beautiful sunset lighting the beautiful Autumn leaves. He was a firm believer in Jesus Christ and The Golden Rule. He had attended Wassiota Baptist Church and was Baptized there, along with his wife, in October of 2001. He will be deeply missed by many, but in these mountains and in the hearts of his family and all who knew and loved him, he will live on forever. Left to mourn his passing is the love of his life, best friend and partner in everything for nearly 58 years, Thelma Simpson Slusher, Daughters Karen Slusher and Kimberly Slusher Day and husband Daniel, grand children Emily Potts Tolliver and husband Chase, Mylee Schaefer, Davin Day and Driver Day. Sister Betty Woodcock of Deerpark Ohio, Brother Bob Slusher of Pathfork, Ky. Sisters in law Erleta Simpson Bingham of Hances Creek Ky, Donna Centers Slusher of Blacksnake, Ky. Brother in law Charles Simpson of Hances Creek, Ky. And a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Per his wishes, he was cremated by Brooks-Durham Funeral Home, Pineville. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The Brooks-Durham funeral home is honored to be serving the Slusher family and ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Geraldine Cain Ellison ’65
Aug. 18, 2021
Obituary unavailable

Mary Seneker Kissel ’65
Nov. 6, 2022

Mary Seneker Kissel March 28, 1943   November 6, 2022 IN THE CARE OF Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services Mary Seneker Kissel passed away on Sunday evening, November 6. Her husband and daughters were by her side. Mary was born in March 1943 on a small tobacco farm in a beautiful corner of the Appalachian foothills near Bristol, Tennessee. There, Mary and her six siblings had a childhood tuned to the rhythms of planting and harvest, and were raised by parents who encouraged them towards education and a different life. Mary’s education began in a one-room schoolhouse on Reedy Creek Road in Sullivan County. An early and lifelong love of learning and books led her to Berea College in Kentucky where she studied English and Art. While at Berea, Mary’s growing awareness of inequality and poverty led her to volunteer for Father Beiting’s inclusive service organization, Christian Appalachian Project, where she worked on poverty alleviation and literacy. Service work in rural Kentucky led her to meet and marry David Kissel, then a PhD graduate student at the University of Kentucky. Together they raised three children across four states: Kentucky, Texas, Kansas and Georgia. When their son Eric’s premature birth in 1967 led to developmental disabilities, they refused their family doctor’s advice to place him in an institution, the first step in Mary’s life-long crusade for humane care, nondiscrimination, inclusion, education, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. As Mary and her family moved from Kentucky to Texas she continued to study art and make paintings ands. In Kansas she pursued graduate study in literature, wrote and published poetry, taught composition as a member of the adjunct faculty at Kansas State University, and earned an MA in English Literature. She also continued her advocacy for underrepresented people at Kansas State in her work for the Affirmative Action Office. During this decade, Mary made lasting friendships that were influential in her life and work, and that she deeply cherished. In 1988 Mary moved to Athens, Georgia where she and son Eric, who had then aged out of the educational system, encountered under-resourced social services and segregated living. To build an inclusive life for him, Mary networked with parents, allies, and activists to introduce and build supported living in northeast Georgia. Together in 1991 they founded Georgia Options, an organization that supports adults with disabilities to live in their own homes and achieve normative life experiences. Mary’s many years of active leadership and service to Georgia Options included several years as its Executive Director. For almost two decades, she was a force as she advocated alongside many Georgians striving for disability justice and full inclusion. She would be the first to say that there is much more work to be done. In the face of so much human struggle and suffering, Mary upheld the possibility of radical hope. Towards the end of her life, Mary continued to write poetry shared with friends and built a home filled with art and music, books and lively conversations. Here Mary, in her role as “Grandmary” to Amelia Dell Harper and Elias John Harper, also found great joy in encouraging her grandchildren to embrace art, music and ideas, appreciate beauty, and have a great deal of fun. Mary worked hard and with conviction to bring about a more just world. She cultivated beauty through a deep appreciation for words, art, and music. All who knew and met her were indelibly marked by her intelligence, graciousness, and humor. Mary is preceded in death by her son, Eric Andrew Kissel, and by her brother Stan Seneker and is survived by five siblings: Jean (Dick) Ferrando of Nashville, Tennessee; Bill (Peggy) Seneker of Aiken, South Carolina; Linda (Charles) Sanford of Loudon, Tennessee; and Betty (George) Heiney of Palm City, Florida, and James (Judy) Seneker of Jupiter, Florida. Mary is also survived by her husband David Kissel of Athens, Georgia; Laura Kissel of Columbia, South Carolina; and Anne Kissel Harper and husband Joe Dan Harper of Fredonia, New York; and her grandchildren, Amelia and Elias. We cannot find the words to express how deeply we miss her, and how profoundly grateful we are to have been part of her life. Arrangements are pending. Flowers are gratefully accepted. If you would like to make a donation in Mary’s memory, please direct gifts to The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia, P.O. Box 49309, Athens, Georgia 30604,; or to Georgia Options, Inc. in Athens, Georgia, Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Albert Conley ’66
Jan. 3, 2023

Ronald Albert Conley, age 78, of Parrottsville, entered into the arms of His Lord on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 for his final rest.

He was a retired Professor at Tusculum College after 30 years and was an avid farmer. Captain Conley was a U. S. Marine Corps Pilot.

Ronald was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church where he taught the Adult Sunday School Class and was the song leader.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Ferguson Conley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn (Michele) Conley and Albert (Kerri) Conley; two daughters and a son-in-law, Myra Conley and Michaela (David) Gandy; grandchildren, Tori, Tyler, Travis, Nathaniel, and Katerina Conley. Also surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry (Eddie) West and Donna (Eddie) Adams; one brother and sister-in-law, Darrel (Margie) Conley. Also brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Danny (Patricia) Ferguson, Libby Miller, Susie (Roger) Huskins and Barbara (Chris) Ferguson-Robinson; as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was the son of the late Albert (Buster, Buck) and Ruth Myra Brown Conley of Andrews, North Carolina.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 4 pm in the Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Danny Ellis and Rev. Bill Hall officiating.

A private interment service will be held in North Carolina.

Pallbearers are Bob Davis, Dan Barnett, and the men of Fellowship Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Fellowship Baptist Church Missionaries on 120 State Street, Greeneville, Tennessee 37743.

Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Kiser Rose Hill Funeral Home

125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN, 37743

Carolyn Hart Sizemore ’66
Aug. 16, 2022

Carolyn Hart Sizemore, born Doris Carolyn Hart, age 78, of La Verne (previously Hemet), California, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in West Covina, California. She was born on March 6, 1944 in Lenoir, North Carolina as the 6th of 7 children and grew up cooking for the whole family on a wood stove. Carolyn graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1962 in Lenoir, NC then obtained her nursing degree in 1966 from Berea College in Kentucky, the famous work-study college for poor Appalachian kids. Carolyn loved God and felt called to missions work for Christ and began serving all over the world even before obtaining her nursing degree: Spanish Harlem, New York; a summer camp in New Hampshire; a Sioux Reservation in Montana; and then as a nurse from 1967-1969 at the Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip. When Carolyn returned to the States, on December 27, 1969, she married the love of her life, David A. Sizemore, Jr., who she had met at Berea College. As the family relocated while David practiced as a surgeon, Carolyn continued nursing in West Virginia, Massachusetts and California. Carolyn and David moved their family to the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley in California 40 years ago where Carolyn raised their three children and worked part-time as a nurse in David’s surgical office and other medical offices. Carolyn was active at Hemet Valley Baptist Church (now Hope In The Valley Baptist Church), which in 1990 started meeting in her and her husband’s backyard and baptizing in the family spa. In 1987, David and Carolyn took their entire family to the Gaza Strip where David volunteered his surgical specialties for a month at the same Baptist Hospital where Carolyn had nursed 20 years before. Carolyn also took other medical missions trips, often with her surgeon husband, to volunteer in Columbia, Thailand and Mozambique, Africa. After David passed in 2019, Carolyn moved to La Verne to be closer to her children and grandchildren and was diagnosed with dementia, which had unknowingly limited her physically and socially in recent years, and eventually pancreatic cancer. In addition to Carolyn’s strong heart for missions work, she also loved music. She played piano when she was younger, sang in church choirs for years, was a part-time church pianist at times, and encouraged all her children to learn at least one instrument. Carolyn’s history and humble upbringings strengthened her strong will. She inspired in her children hard work and high achievement by pointing to her history and others’ success against difficult challenges and asked “If they can do it, why can’t you?” Although Carolyn is mourned by her family, they know that they will see her again in Heaven. She is survived by her daughter Tanya Sizemore Hehir (Jeffrey); sons Scott Sizemore (Carissa) and Darin Sizemore; sister Barbara Hart Mills (Thad) and brothers Donald Hart (Mary Jane), and Felix Hart (Geneva) (sister Wanda Hart Haga and brothers David and Clarence Hart preceded her in death); and four grandchildren, Justin, Marissa, Kaia and Zoe. Services will be at Hope In The Valley Baptist Church, located at 1480 N. Kirby St., Hemet CA 92545 on September 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the church’s missions fund in honor of Carolyn’s life-long service to missions.

Rosemary Evans Stinson ’66
Nov. 16, 2022

Rosemary Evans Stinson February 8, 1944 November 16, 2022 Rosemary Evans Stinson of Ashland, Ky born February 8, 1944 in Carter Co., Ky, age 78 died at home from complications of degenerative spinal disease. Daughter of the late Willard and Edna Evans from Carter Co., Ky. She attended Ashland public schools, Berea College, and she graduated from the University of South Florida. She had one son Mark Evans Stinson of Flatwoods, Ky. She traveled to England, Hawaii, Caribbean, and other places of interest. Her hobbies were sewing, painting, and dancing. She will miss her four grandchildren Matthew, April, Evan, and Charity Stinson. She was predeceased by her sister Jo Ann Irvine and her mother and father Edna and Willard Evans. In lieu of flowers Rosemary asks for donations to the Shelter of Hope, 2944 Winchester Ave, Ashland, Ky, 41101. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Ky, by Pastor William Pollock, Monday, December 19, 2022 at 11 A.M. with a visitation one hour prior at the church. Lazear Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to have been entrusted with the care of Mrs. Stinson.

Laura McIntosh Deck ’67
May 3, 2022

Be kind wherever possible.

It is always possible.
–The 14th Dalai Lama

Simple words. Powerful words. Words to reflect upon. Words to live by.

Laura Deck lived them, she lived them well, and true to her nature, she lived them without fanfare or pretense.

Understated kindness, it seemed, was part of Laura’s DNA. She took time for others, she listened intently, she offered counsel when asked, she measured her words, she asked nothing in return, and in so doing, she lightened the burden of those whose paths crossed hers and made their days better.

So it was with Laura, who taught Middle School science at Collegiate from 1989 until her retirement filled with inquiry and adventure in 2009.

Our friend and colleague passed away May 3, several months after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Through her many challenges, she remained positive, upbeat, uncomplaining and resolute, even as the disease took its toll. In her toughest times, if you called or stopped by to cheer her up, she cheered you up. She smiled when she could smile, which was often. She cried when she had to cry. She was courageous to the very end.

“She was definitely one of a kind,” said her son Andy, a 1999 Collegiate graduate who works as a physical therapist in Virginia Beach and lives in Chesapeake with his wife Michelle and their two-year-old son Axton.

“A lot of people near and far will miss her. She had a unique way of being able to interact with a broad spectrum of people. She would always go out of her way to help them, no matter what. It wasn’t like she was keeping score. If somebody needed help, she felt it was her duty to help them.”

Laura’s daughter Sarah, Collegiate class of 2000 and senior virtual design and construction manager for a commercial general contractor in Raleigh, was her mother’s primary caregiver.

“My Mom was selfless and kind and loving and thoughtful and empathetic,” Sarah said. “Family was her highest priority. She always did what was right. She was an achiever. She was tenacious, responsible, and reliable. She was really smart and practical and organized. She always read the newspaper. She did the crossword puzzle and Sudoku. She loved mystery novels. She was in two book clubs. She loved being out in nature. She was an early adapter of technology. Before there was Google Search, there was my Mom. But what I think about most is that everybody loved her.”

What follows are thoughts and reflections of several of Laura’s friends, former colleagues all, who shared the journey with this humble, caring, adventurous lifelong learner and woman for all seasons.

Laura was the best partner you could have when it came to designing and implementing our 8th grade science course.  She was a joy to work with. We collaborated on many of the ideas on how to teach the course, and she had great ideas on how it should be done.  She was patient and pleasant and always so helpful with computer issues. She always had such a positive attitude. ~Jim Hickey

Laura was unassuming, but she was also full of fun. She was a woman of many interests. She got me out doing different adventures. We hiked. We went kayaking on the James River one time. We did yoga together. She got me involved in a book club. She included me in shopping trips to the Williamsburg Mall. We even went whale watching. We did things I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Laura was very generous with her time and her talents, but she was quiet about it. She had strength and wherewithal and shared what she had with anybody. She was a special person. ~Ellen Clore

Laura knew a lot about a lot of things. There were several times when we traveled together to conferences. She was one of the easiest people to be with that I’ve ever known. She was a genuinely deep-down, nice human being. She was a rock-solid friend. If there was anything I needed a brain for, it was Laura’s I sought. ~Nancy Reed

Laura was one amazing lady. She was a terrific teacher and great role model for the kids and cared about them enormously. She did everything she could to help them succeed. She had a huge heart, and she gave from the heart, and it was all for somebody else. Laura was a very, very strong person. She faced a lot of hardships in her life. The biggest one was the one that took her in the end, but she was brave and always had a smile, even when she was in pain. She didn’t let the tough times get her down. She always tried to make things better for people around her. I just treasure every day that I had with her. She was a dear, dear friend.  ~Kris Koebler

Laura was a master of chemistry, biology, and math. She was also an excellent seamstress, knitter, chef, and baker. She could read music. She appreciated the beauty of flowers, birds, the river, and falling snow. She taught herself computer skills so well that Collegiate asked her to return as a consultant and as a computer guru. She knew it all. I quickly learned that she was smart as a whip, but it was her kindness. She was so generous with her time and always willing to change her schedule to fit ours. Laura was as genuine as they come. She was so giving of herself. If you walked into her room and you had a problem – whether it was computer or “I can’t get the printer going” or anything else, she would put down her pencil, get up, and spend as much time as it took. She was just that kind of person. My life was blessed over and over because of my friendship with Laura Deck. ~Sharon Charles

~Weldon Bradshaw

(Friends and family will gather Thursday, May 26, at 3 p.m. at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at 10300 Pridesville Road in Amelia, VA, where Laura will be interred with Jim, her husband of 43 years who passed away in 2019.)

Linda Waters Hershberger ’67
Dec. 11, 2022

Moore, SC Linda Gay Hershberger, 78, wife of David M. Hershberger, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. Born April 21, 1944 in Purlear, NC, Linda was a daughter of the late Agnes Allgood Waters and Travis W. Waters. She was a graduate of Berea College, class of 1967, where she obtained her degree in education. Linda’s first teaching job was a combined class of fifty 4th and 5th graders in rural Kentucky and she later taught 5th grade in Reynoldsburg, OH for many years. Linda and David were members of First Baptist Church Spartanburg where they were members of the Early Fellowship Class. Linda’s outgoing personality and nurturing heart acquired her many friendships over the years and she enjoyed writing notes of support and making calls to those who were alone or suffering. In addition to her husband, David, she is survived by her son, Kyle Hershberger and his wife, Alaine, of Concord, NH; her sister, Carolyn Schmidt, of West Jefferson, NC; three grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. Linda battled Multiple Sclerosis and it’s complications for many years but remained cheerful, upbeat and firm in her faith to the end. Memorial services will be held at a later date in January. In remembrance of Linda, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Boon T. Lee ’67
Sept. 29, 2022

Dr. Boon Tzao Lee, 89, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 29, 2022.

A native of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Boon was the husband of 51 years to Barbara Ritter Lee and the son of Tee Hua Lee and Geok Liang Yap Lee, both deceased.

He was a reporter for the Sarawak Tribune from July 1957 to December, 1962. During the time he served on staff for the Tribune, he also wrote lyrical essays in Chinese which were published in the Literary Life, a Chinese literary monthly that he helped to launch. Later he selected 36 pieces of his writing to publish in a book entitled The Footprints of Life, published in Hong Kong.

In 1963, he came to the United States to attend Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. He received his BA from Berea College (KY), two master’s degrees from Peabody College (TN), and a doctorate of education from UNC-Greensboro. He became a US citizen in 1973, and worked 25 years for the Winston-Salem State University Library.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughters, Amy Hoffman and husband, Matthew of Hardeeville, SC, and Wendy Mendenhall and husband, Ryan of Winston-Salem, NC; son, Collin Lee of Roxbury, MA; grandchildren, Zoe Hoffman, and Luke, Ethan, and Adam Mendenhall; brother, Lee Boon Woon; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Boon was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Grace and Gabe Hoffman; sister Lee Mui Eng; and brother, Lee Boon Choo.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Kernersville Chapel. The family will greet friends immediately follow the service, at the funeral home.

Friends and family may view, and sign the guestbook at

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 1308 Davie Ave., Statesville, NC 28677.

Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services

213 W. Mountain St., Kernersville, NC 27284

Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Oct. 2, 2022.

Matthew L. McEnnerney ’67
Jan. 27, 2022

Matthew Leo McEnnerney, 79, of Westminister Community, died Monday, January 24, 2022.

He was the son of the late Leo and Rosaleen McEnnerney. Matthew was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and served for 50 years as Director of the Rutherford County Arts Council.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Watson McEnnerney; his sons, Devin McEnnerney and his wife Billie, of Westminster, and Brendan McEnnerney and his wife Heather, of Rutherfordton; his sister, Sheila Moller and her husband Jeffrey, of Livermore, CA; his brother, Patrick McEnnerney and his wife Patricia, of Phoenix, AZ; and Matthew’s grandchildren, George, Leo, Liam, Arthur, Rosaleen, John, Aidan, William, and Josephine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Herbert Burke and Deacon Andy Cilone will officiate. Burial will follow in the Brittain Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Devin McEnnerney, Brendan McEnnerney, Chuck Watson, Patrick Moss, Desmond Moller, and Ben Limehouse.

A Visitation will be held from 1pm until 2 pm Thursday in the church narthex prior to the service.

Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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Grayson L. Deel ’68
March 17, 2022

Grayson L. Deel of Somerset, KY passed away on March 17, 2022 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after an extended illness, with his wife at his side. Grayson was born on January 15, 1942 in Harmon, VA. to Christopher C. Deel and Flornie R. Deel. He graduated from Grundy (Virgina) High School. After graduation he served in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of E4, Airman First Class. After he was discharged from the Air Force he enrolled in Berea College where he received his BS degree in business and Spanish. It was while at Berea he met his future wife, Myrna McWilliams Deel. He also went on to receive a MS in business education from Eastren Kentucky University. After graduation he worked for six years as a business management specialist at the Berea Forest Experiment Station. After leaving that job, he was the administrative office at the Pine Knot, KY Job Corps Center until retirement. Grayson knew Jesus as his savior and was a member of East Somerset Baptist Church. He was also a member of American Legion Post # 38, and a charter member of Amvets post 125 where enjoyed visiting with fellow veterans. In life he enjoyed hunting, gardening, and fishing which he did very well and found relaxing. He very much enjoyed spending time with dear family and good friends. Grayson is survived by his mother; Flornie R. Deel of Somerset; his wife of many years Myrna (McWilliams) Deel; one daughter; Melanie L. Bradley and her husband Seth of Lexington, KY, two grandsons, Grant Lockwood of Somerset, KY. Kyle Lockwood of Dallas, GA., and a great grandson who brightened his life for the past six years, Oliver Lockwood. He was preceded in death by his father; Christopher C. Deel, and his sister; Eloise Deel. In lieu of flowers the family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the East Somerset Baptist Church Building Fund or the Gideon Memorial Bible Fund. A visitation will be held from 1:30 Sunday March 20, 2022 followed by a funeral service at 3:00 PM. Burial will be at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, HWY 328, in north Pulaski County on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11:30 AM. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #38. The Family of Mr. Deel would like to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of Lake Cumberland regional Hospital for their excellent care of Mr. Deel. Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Grayson Deel.


Edsel J. Massey ’72
Obituary Unavailable

Karen Christine Guthrie ’73
May 5, 2018
Obituary Unavailable

L. Thomas Horton ’73
Oct. 8, 2022
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Carolyn Lewis ’73
Oct. 23, 2018

Carolyn June Lewis of Elkins passed away on October 23 in Ruby Memorial Hospital due to a head injury suffered in a fall the previous day. She was born April 23, 1951, in Durbin, West Virginia to Avin and Mabel Lewis who preceded her in death.

She is survived by one brother, Roger (Mary) Lewis of Beverly and three sisters, Dianna Bosley (Jim) of Akron, Ohio, Debbie Dalton (Rick) of Lexington, Kentucky, Jennifer (Jim) Moats of Philippi and an honorary sister, Joyce Church. In addition, she is survived by six nieces and nephews, Melissa Bosley Swain, Scott Bosley, Chris Lewis, Leslie Lewis Behrens, Ashley Moats Morrison, and Shana Dalton Tetterton; nine great nieces and great nephews along with many other close family members and friends who will greatly miss her. Carolyn will also be missed by her beloved dog, Buddy, who was her fierce protector for 13 years.

Carolyn graduated from Elkins High School, attended Berea College and graduated from Fairmont State College with an Elementary Education Degree. She also earned master’s degrees from Marshall University and West Virginia University. Carolyn had a distinguished 40-year career, teaching and encouraging students, much of that time as a reading specialist in Randolph County and the Winfield area where she resided for 20 years.

Those who knew her were inspired by Carolyn’s courage and determination to lead an active lifestyle despite having Multiple Sclerosis. She had fun driving the Corvettes she owned throughout the years, attending drag races, vacationing at the beach, and visiting family and friends. For the last several years Carolyn belonged to the Elkins Purple Majesties chapter of the Red Hats of which she recently had been named a Queen Mother. She enjoyed many happy times with her Red Hat group.

Carolyn’s request to be cremated has been honored. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the MS Society, P. O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or to the American Humane Society or a charity of your choice. View more information.

Paul T. Renner ’76
Dec. 5, 2022

Paul was born on May 22, 1953 and passed away on December 5, 2022 at the age of 69.

Paul Thomas Renner, age 69, of the Flag Branch community, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday.

Paul was a 1971 graduate of South Greene High School. He was a proud veteran of the Marines. He graduated from Berea College where he received his bachelor’s degree. Paul retired from the Pittson Coal Company.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Yvonne Waddell Renner; two loving daughters that he was proud of, Chelsea Renner and Kylie & Caleb Shaw; two Special Grandsons, who he loved spending time with; Case Shaw and Coye Shaw; Brother & Sister in Law: Jeff & Penny Renner of Greeneville; one Sister: Tami Yager of Knoxville; Mother in Law: Shirley Waddell; two Brothers in Law & Sisters in Law:  Jeff & Rebecca Waddell and Dale Brown. Sister in Law: Amy Renner; Several nieces, nephews, and extended family. Special friends: Wayne Phillips, Randy Pless, Rex Haney, Stephen Gregg, and a host of others

He is preceded in death by his parents; Kyle Renner & Joyce Renner Jones; Brothers: Steve Renner and Jerry Renner; one sister: Rebecca Brown

Paul loved all of his family. To know Paul was to love him. He never met a stranger and loved nature. Above all, he loved his Lord and Savior.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to River Hill Cemetery where he was the longtime cemetery caretaker.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 12-3 PM at Jeffers Funeral Service downtown. Following the visitation, the family will go in procession to River Hill Cemetery for a graveside service. Rev. Jim Fillers, Rev. Ralph Shipley, Rev. Sam Chaffin will officiate. Caleb Shaw, Jeff Waddell, Jason Renner, Jon Renner, Tyler Renner, Randy Baxley, will serve as pallbearers and Rex Haney an honorary pallbearer.

Nyla D. Utterback ’77
Oct. 4, 2022

Augusta-Nyla Dean Utterback Herrera, 68, died on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Bracken Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, KY. She was born in Huntington, WV on April 18, 1954, to the late John Buren and Norma Dean France Utterback. She was a graduate of Berea College and was a member of New Beginnings Family Worship Center. She is survived by her siblings, Willa Barbara Utterback Manning, Lyle Butler Utterback, and John Anthony (Tammy) Utterback, all of Fleming County, KY. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Steven Utterback. No services will be held at this time. Condolences may be sent to

William F. Richards ’78
Aug. 30, 2022

William Frederick Richards Jr. also known as “Silver B.” to the public and “Billy” to his family, was a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was born to the union of William Frederick Richards Sr. and Ruth Ellen McCockran, Billy was the second born of their two children; of these two his sister Marva Lynn Richards Corbin is his surviving heir. Billy enjoyed many hobbies such as martial arts, roller skating, deejaying, and working in the entertainment industry. He grew up with his sister Marva in the care his grandparents Henry A. and Beatrice (Houston) Richards and Grandma Hazel McCochran on weekends. When Billy was little he used to go to the radio station WJER 1450 AM with his grandmother Beatrice “Mammaw” Richards, for her cleaning shifts. While there Billy and Marva would help her clean the radio station. The DJ would let Billy in the booth and began to teach him about running a radio show and using turntables. Billy graduated from South Philadelphia High School, in Philadelphia Pa where he was the President, World Affairs Club, Vice-Chairman, Human Relations Club and the President, Fellowship Club. After high school graduation he entered Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. While there he was disc jockey on the radio station, wrote a book, poetry and recorded an album with the Berea Black Ensemble; in which he recorded a solo song on the same album. He also wrote, performed in and directed plays. Berea College is where he met his former wife Emily Jones. Billy later received a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Cheney College.

 After graduation from Berea College, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio to be with his father. Billy initially began working as a social worker providing services to youth. He was a social worker for many years before he became a communityolitical activist and mentor. He did this while hosting his own radio show where he coined the term “In the Mix Mix Mix, if you didn’t hear it here; you didn’t hear it”. His radio shows began to focus on problems concerning middle school and high school students; academic excellence, and of course finding Cleveland’s talent. It was during this time period he became known as “Silver B. Richards” Billy credited Rubie J. McCullough at Harvard Community Center as his inspiration to join the entertainment world. Silver B was passionate about the power of positive music and was well known as a DJ. Billy went on to become a member of the 21st Congressional Black Caucus later known as the 11th District Congressional Black Caucus. It was during this time period that he came under the tutelage of late honorable Congressman Louis Stokes, where he became his protege. In 1986 he was given a proclamation from the 21st Congressional Black Caucus, from the late honorable Congressman Louis Stokes, in a proclamation that commissioned him to become the Cuyahoga County Entertainment Czar. Affording him the ability to speak to entertainers of all statures regarding anyone associated within the industry. Which included but not limited to everyone from : Queen Latifah, N.W.A, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Levar Burton, Robin Williams, Keith Sweat, The Debarge Family and The King of Pop Michael Jackson (he had a personal friendship with the King of Pop and the Jackson family) etc. His heart was in guiding and mentoring homegrown Cleveland artists: included but not limited to Gerald Levert, Men at Large, Rude Boys, and many other uprising talents. He also was a hit factory maker for radio stations such as 88.7 WUJC, 89.3 WCSB, 108 WDMT, 1300 AM WERE, and 93.1FM WZAK. Many know Billy “Silver B” as the “King of the Summer Festivals” ( Glenville, Luke Easter Park, Lee-Harvard, Woodhill, Buckeye, Euclid-Lee; Party in the Hood, Drug Free Festival, Labor Day Festival, Ward 6 festival and others) of which he considered the Glenville Festival a highlight. He was also a member of the “Hip Hop Committee” for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where he consulted in the development of programming and student outreach events. The entertainment industry filled his heart while the political arena allow to share his love with community. Billy was host to various dignitaries from all areas of the political arena. He was an integral part of working with such politicians as: former President Barack Obama and 1st Lady Michelle Obama, Rainbow Coalition leader Jesse Jackson, the late General Colin Powell, Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King III., and former president Bill Clinton. He was an active spokesperson for 100 Black Men. During his involvement in politics he became one of the strongest pioneers for voting rights in the county. He made sure that black families were fully aware of the importance of and their right to vote. His many acts of service afforded him recognition by the previous mayor of Cleveland, Ohio; the Honorable Frank G. Jackson. Mayor Jackson gave Billy The Key to the City of Cleveland. Most recently he received honorable mentions from the current Congresswoman Shontell Brown and current Cleveland, Ohio mayor Justin Bibb. His work career included positions at Glenbeigh, East Cleveland Straight Talk, Parmadale, Harvard Community Services Center, East Cleveland Neighborhood Center and Cleveland Treatment Center. As a broadcast veteran and entertainment industry legend, he continued to host a weekly radio broadcast. His passions included supporting public health testing, sports, intergenerational programs, and violence prevention programs. Mr. Richards is an ardent supporter of the Black Studies Program at Cleveland State University. Each year at the school’s annual Kuumba Arts Festival, the Black Studies Program gives an award in honor of “Silver B” to an individual whose vocation and/or activism has benefited the Cleveland community. Before going home to be with The Creator, Billy continued to serve his family and community through mentoring, community and political activism, in addition to his beloved radio show. Billy’s transition to an ancestor was preceded by his father William Frederick Richards Sr. , his mother Ruth Ellen McCockran, Brother Edward E Jordan, brother Stanley Richards, nephew’s Cory J Richards, Azariah B Adkins, and great niece Blessing M Corbin. He is survived by siblings in Philadelphia, Pa: Marva Richards Corbin (Allen), Michelle Jordan, Elwood Jordan, Ellen C Jordan, Kevin C. Jordan (Lisa), Melissa Jordan, Fredericksburg Va: Denise Jordan Thomas (Donald), Siblings in Canton, Oh: Moresette Richards Smart (William), Charlene Richards, Siblings in Columbus, Oh: Beatrice Richards, Kathy Richards Berry, Joan Richards Triggs; Aunts: Roberta Walker, Marlene Barbee, Carol McGuire; Uncle: David Richards. To to the family or plant a tree in memory of William “SILVER B” Richards Jr., please visit our floral store. A Memorial Tree was planted for William We are deeply sorry for your loss the staff at Maple Heights Location. Join in honoring their life plant a memorial tree ?

Richard W. Smith ’79
Oct. 25, 2022

Richard Wayne Smith, 66, entered peacefully into Heaven’s Gates on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Point Pleasant, W.Va., the son of Robert Eugene Smith and Joyce Kinard Smith.

Rick, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Hurricane High School in Hurricane, W.Va. He later graduated from Berea College in Berea, Ky., with a Bachelor of Science degree. He had a successful teaching career and was retired from Glynn County Board of Education. One of his life’s greatest joys was mentoring children and helping them accomplish their goals in life.

He had resided in Brunswick since 1985, and was an active member of Northside Baptist Church. He also loved classic cars and enjoyed working on his 1959 Chevy. He also enjoyed woodworking and building things with his hands. Rick had a big heart and loved to care for others. He enjoyed cooking and carrying his dishes to the homeless at The Well. He also loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Robert Eugene Smith; and a brother, Bobby Smith. Left to cherish his many memories are his wife of 38 years, Janet Smith; his mother, Joyce Kinard Smith; two brothers, Mike Smith (Cindy) and Charles Smith; a sister, Sandy Thompson; and a sister-in-law, Terri Smith. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends between 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, at Northside Baptist Church, with Pastor Bo Hutchens officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s memory to Northside Baptist Church and/or the American Heart Association.

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David Halsted Huber ’83
Nov. 3, 2022

David  Halsted  Huber, age 71, of Townsend, died Thursday, November 3, 2022 at the family home. 

David was private and reserved but underneath was a talented artisan, skilled in pottery and woodworking.   He was a Mayflower descendant and enjoyed traveling.   He loved his family and had tragedies in life, but he persevered through them all. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Sam Huber; twin brother, Paul Huber; parents, Robert and Carolyn Huber; beloved dog, Punkin.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Huber;  daughters, Sarah (Nick) Huber, Jessica (Scott) Hussey; grandchildren, Henry Huber, Cora Hussey; brother, Richard Huber; sister, Roberta Yurcina.

No ceremonies are scheduled at the present time.  Cremation Done Properly TM under the care of Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood.  (865-984-5959)  Online condolences –

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Willis D. Weatherford, III ’83
Dec. 9, 2022

Willis Duke Weatherford III, of Black Mountain, NC, passed away the first week of December 2022. He ended his life after a long struggle with mental illness. Born April 12, 1960, he was 62 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Duke Weatherford Jr. and Anne Weatherford. He is survived by siblings Edith, Julia, Susan, and Alice, as well as his former wife, Jane Turnbull Weatherford, and their children Taylor (Millie) Weatherford, Willis (Mary) Weatherford IV, and Susanna (Paul) Adams, and eight grandchildren.

Will is remembered with love by his family for his faith in Jesus Christ, compassion for the hurting, and loving service to his family, neighbors, and church. Born in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, he was a longtime resident of Madison County, KY. Will obtained degrees in Agriculture and Chemistry at Berea College in Berea, KY. He was a longtime member and past deacon and elder at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY. He was a skilled craftsman and photographer, and an outdoorsman who truly loved God’s creation. Will impacted many lives as a deacon and shepherding elder of the church. An eagle scout himself, Will was a scoutmaster of Troop 226 for many years, and a neighbor who never shrank from hard work in service of another.

A Memorial service will be held at 3pm on Saturday, December 17th, at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Drive in Lexington, KY. Donations in Will’s honor can be made to Lexington Rescue Mission or 2nd Chance Clinic in Lexington, KY

Regina Russell Martin ’86
Oct. 23, 2022

Regina Gail (Russell) Martin, 58, of Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of Berea, Kentucky, passed away October 23, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born August 17, 1964, in Berea, Kentucky, the daughter of Noel “Tex” Russell and Wanda (Miller) Russell. She was the oldest of two daughters. On July 1, 1984, she married Jeffrey D. Martin at Liberty Avenue Baptist Church in Berea, Kentucky.

She was a 1982 graduate of Rockcastle County Highschool. Regina graduated from Berea College in 1986. She was one class away from completing her master’s program at Grantham University. She volunteered many years as a youth soccer coach at both the recreational and club soccer levels, as well as coaching at both Foley and Clark-Moores middle schools. She served on the MUSA soccer board for several years then would go on to volunteer at Kentucky Youth Soccer Association for 11 years, serving as both Vice President and President. She also served as Age Group Commissioner for Kentucky Select Soccer for numerous years. She was an Academic Team Advisor and participated in Site Biased Decision Making and PTO boards in Madison County. She loved to travel and was an avid reader. She visited a total of 30 countries and 45 states. Her proudest accomplishment was being her grandson’s “Neno.”

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Martin; daughters, Tynisha and Kelsey (Kalen Massenburg) Martin; grandson, Jahlil Mayes; mother, Wanda Russell; father, Noel (Mary Jo) Russell; one sister, Tammy (Jason) Powell; nephews Dylan, Luc and Dayne Powell, and Matthew Martin; niece Megan Martin; mother-in-law, Linda Martin, brother-in-law, Gene (Becky) Martin. She is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends whom she loved.

Regina was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Glenn Martin, and dear friend, Gina McGraw.

In remembrance of Regina, a memorial service will be held at a future date. The family has asked that any donations be made to Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida. (27200 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs, FL 34135)

Jerry W. Deaton ’89
Feb. 25, 2020
Obituary Unavailable


Hank E. Williams ’90
Oct. 10, 2022

Nicole Dowdy Chapman ’91
Oct. 10, 2022

Nicole Rene’ Denise Chapman, Age 52, of Fenton passed away October 10, 2022. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 14 at 4:00 pm at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm until the time of service. Nicole was born November 11, 1969 in Flint, the daughter of Joyce Dowdy Harrison and Joe W. Dowdy (deceased). She graduated from Berea College in Kentucky with a BA in Theater and was a very accomplished actor. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College. Nicole was passionate about education and her students. She had taught children for 30 years impacting countless lives. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Nicole is survived by her husband, Rick; son, Ian; daughter, Monroe; mother, Joyce Harrison; siblings, Chris (Tarita) Dowdy and Joelle (Patrick) Kolody; nephews Nicolas (Megan) Dowdy, Sean and Parker Kolody; father-in-law Richard (Chris) Chapman; mother-in-law Ruth (Carl) Perigo. Those desiring may make contributions to Adopt-A-Pet of Fenton. She embraced life and loved people with a passion and will be missed by many. She was our bright and shining star.

Susan Louise Buckenmyer Loughlin ’92
Nov. 18, 2017

Susan L. Loughlin, age 80, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau.

She was born March 6, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of William and Bernadette Martin Loughlin. She married Dr. James A. Buckenmyer.

Loving survivors include four children, Marci Freeborg of Jackson, James Buckenmyer of Friendsville, Tennessee, Dan (Terra) Buckenmyer of Jackson, and Regina Buckenmyer of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Jenna), Rebecca (Albert), William, Jane, Jenna, Alissa and Nature; and three great-grandchildren, Amelia, Greyson and Max.

Also surviving are four siblings, John (Mary Lou) Loughlin of Indianapolis, IN, Barbara Loughlin Martin of Travelers Rest, SC, Kathryn Jones of Grand Junction, CO, and Terri Loughlin of Littleton, CO; and her former husband, Dr. James A. Buckenmyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, James, Francis, and Robert Loughlin, Margaret Ibrahim and Marie Waters.

Burial will be held 10 am Saturday, November 25, in South Bend Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Chateau Girardeau Employees Fund, 3120 Independence St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 (preferably by December 11, 2017).

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Amy Lynette Brandum ’94
July 22, 2022

Amy Lynette Brandum Smith, age 50, passed away on July 22, 2022 at her home in Woodlawn, TN.

Amy is survived by her parents, Charles and Christine Smith of Greenfield, OH; her three sons: Wyatt, Colton, and Chase Wheeler of Woodlawn; and her husband, William T. Brandum.

Amy had degrees from McClain High School, Berea College, Western Carolina University, and EKU. A former Special Education teacher, she was also an artist known for her paintings, weavings, and jewelry.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

Sara Elizabeth Catron ’94
Nov. 13, 2022

Sara Elizabeth Catron, age 50, of Lexington, formerly of Berea, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022, at UK Medical Center after a battle with cancer.

Sara was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Meral Dean and the late Virgil V. Catron. She was employed by Home Depot and was a member of the Berea United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of BCHS, Berea College, and Eastern Kentucky University.

Deborah D. Lovern ’96
Nov. 15, 2022

Deborah D. Lovern, age 66, of Jackson County, formerly of Berea, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Debbie was born in Berea to Joe and Edna Lengfellner Lake. She was a devoted wife to her husband Billy and a loving mother to their four children; Brynn, Tara, John, and Danielle who were the greatest joy of her life. Debbie and Billy were married at Phelps Stokes Chapel in 1978 and recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Debbie loved being a grandmother to her two grandchildren, Laney and Will. She never knew a stranger. Everyone who knew her loved her.

She is survived by her husband, William Marion Lovern, Jr., her children, Brynn Lovern, Tara (B.J.) Lovern O’Donnell, John (Tiffany) Kelly Lovern, Danielle Click Lovern; her parents, Joe and Edna Lake; her siblings, Joey Lake, Pat (Elizabeth) Lake, David Lake, and Lora (Dave) Lake Graziosi; her two grandchildren, Laney Grayce O’Donnell, and William Henry-Nelson O’Donnell; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Funeral services will be at 11 am, Monday, November 21, 2022, at Berea Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will follow in the Lovern Family Cemetery in Jackson County. Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm at Berea Baptist Church on Sunday evening. Condolences may be left at

Pallbearers will be Brynn Lovern, John Lovern, B. J. O’Donnell, Joey Lake, Pat Lake, and David Lake.


Brian Keith Taylor ’07
Oct. 24, 2021

Brian Keith Taylor, age 38, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021, in Cincinnati, Ohio.   He was born December 2, 1982, in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Visitation is from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Corinthian Baptist Church  – Tennessee Ave., 1920 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati  (45237).   The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow at Vine Street Hill Cemetery, 3701 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.


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george hoskins
11 months ago

Is it possible to search for all obituaries for my entire graduating class, which was 1966.

Abbie Darst
11 months ago
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Oh goodness – George, I’m not sure the website can do that since they are all in different posts by magazine. However, the alumni office prints a deceased list for Summer Reunion and Homecoming each year, so they may be able to pull a specific list for the class of 1966. I’ll send them your email address and ask if they can do this and send it to you!

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