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Mary Beth Adams Bevins ’69

Seabury Center (1977-2009)

March 17, 2021

Mary Beth Bevins, age 73, passed away at home after an extended illness on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

She was born in Danville, Kentucky to the late John Cecil and Mary Elizabeth Dillon Adams. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Berea and a member/treasurer of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mary Beth Bevins graduated from Berea College in 1969 with a B.A. degree in Mathematics. She earned an M.S. degree in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University the following year and, in 1975, Mary Beth joined the Berea College staff. Although she only stayed for a year in her part-time position in the Development office, she returned to College and had held various faculty and staff positions for 32 years. During her long service, she was an instructor, a coach, an office manager, an equipment director, and a program assistant for the physical education department. She also taught a wide variety of courses and coached women’s field hockey, tennis, and a co-ed cheerleading squad. She held the position of secretary for the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference and tournament director for several KWIC tournaments. During this time, she also served the College as head resident for Pearson Dorm for two years, as the Secretary for the Director of Seabury Center and Dance Programs, as the Pool and Program Manager for Physical Education, Health, Athletics, and Dance; and, most recently, as the Director of Seabury Center and Aquatics from 1999-2008. It was as the director that she was able to incorporate her many years of experience into the complex management of a multi-faceted facility and its many programs.

Mary Beth was, of course, best known for her work in Aquatics. She had Red Cross certifications from basic level to Instructor Trainer and the majority of her professional career was devoted to teaching swim classes and certifying lifeguards. Mary Beth’s many years of work with the swim screening process was about a great deal more than helping students meet the requirement for graduation – it was about having a passion for her work and having a true conviction to ensure that all Berea College students would know how to swim upon leaving Berea.

Besides her work at the College, Mary Beth was actively involved in 4-H for over 22 years, serving as a 4-H leader and in both the Vice-President and President roles for the Madison County 4-H Council. In addition, she was a Red Cross volunteer for 31 years and served on the Red Cross Board for 11 of those years.

Mary Beth Bevins was a dedicated instructor, administrator, mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mary Beth is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Bob Bevins; her two daughters, Amy Lynne (Keith) Pinson of Berea and Julie Anne (Ryan Weir) Bevins of Easton, PA; her two granddaughters, Chloe, and Addison Pinson; five half-brothers, John, Lew, Orv, Brent and the late Darrel Adams.

Funeral services will be 11 am, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Livingood officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday evening at the funeral home from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Per state mandates, facial coverings and social distancing will be observed. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Beth Bevins (Adams), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Bert Gabbard

Facilities (1961-1997)

March 2, 2021

Bert Gabbard, 88, of Mt. Vernon died Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was a Berea native born April 8, 1932 son of the late James and Mary Powell Gabbard, a retired Heat and Power Division employee of Berea College, member of Scaffold Cane Baptist Church and had been a resident of the Berea area all his life. In his spare time Bert enjoyed being outside, farming, watching television and playing video games.

Survivors include 3 children Ronnie (Betty) Gabbard, Kenny (Zelma) Gabbard, Eddie (Tammy) Gabbard; 1 sister Clara Gabbard; 5 grandchildren, Brandon, Stacie, Sylvia, Tanya, Rodney; 16 great grandchildren, Cassidy, E.J., David, Zaden, Zander, Avery, Arlie, Cora, Payton, Tyler, Temperance, Trinity, Astrid, Aaron, Jasper, Ryan; 1 great-great-grandson Lucas; as well as numerous relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife Sylvia Thacker Gabbard; 3 children, Stephen, Tammy, Douglas; 1 grandchild, Steven; 5 siblings Seldon, Mike, Bill, Anna Bell, Ruth.

Funeral Service 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Scaffold Cane Baptist Church with Bro. James Hardin officiating. Pallbearers will be Ricky Gabbard, James Thomas, Ronald Powell, Brandon Gabbard, J.C. Clark, Glenn Graham. A walk through visitation will be from 11:00 AM until service time.

In accordance with the state mandate facial mask and social distancing will be required at all services.

Leave condolences for the family, share a memory, light a memorial candle or plant a tree in Bert’s memory at www.reppertfuneralhome.com

Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.


Phyllis Douglass Abbott ’41

March 1, 2021

Phyllis “Phyl” Douglass Abbott, 100, born March 17, 1920 and died March 1, 2021, in Thomasville, NC.

She was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1920, in Alexander, Kan., to Clarence O. Douglass and Catherine (Alford) Douglass. Her family later moved to Athens, Tenn., where her father was a professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College. After graduating from high school, Phyllis attended Tennessee Wesleyan for two years. She then put herself through her remaining years of college, transferring to Berea College in Berea, Ky., where she received her B.A. in English Literature in 1941. She taught in Tennessee schools for three years then went back to college, attending George Peabody College (Vanderbilt) receiving a degree in Library Sciences.

Phyl accepted a position as a periodical librarian at the University of New Hampshire in 1946. She was introduced to her husband, Luther, by his sister, Helen, also a librarian at UNH. Phyl and Luther were married on Sept. 1, 1950. They lived in Auburn for 34 years where Phyl was active in many organizations including the High Street Congregational Church, the Women’s Hospital Association, the Auburn School Board and the Maine State School Board. Phyl and Luther moved to North Carolina in 1984, making their home in Chapel Hill for 12 years and then Piedmont Crossing Retirement Community in Thomasville in 1996.

Phyl enjoyed many activities over the years including tennis, sailing, bridge, sewing, gardening, cooking, needlework, classical music, reading and travel. She had a genuine appreciation and interest in the people and the experiences at hand. Whether witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany or a string quartet visiting Piedmont Crossing in North Carolina, she was equally enthusiastic. Her positive attitude, love of people and inner-strength became even more evident as she became older. She was one classy and dignified lady. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Phyl was predeceased by her husband, Luther, and four sisters, Jean Trombly, Catherine Davis, Elizabeth Levi and Barbara Blaskovich. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Abbott and her husband, Albert Li, of Chicago, Ill., and Barb Nicholl and her husband, Andy, of St. Charles, Mo. She had two grandsons, Conor (Jenny) and Jack Nicholl; and two granddaughters, Harper and Haleyna Nicholl.

Mary Helen Roberts Moore Acad ’38, ’42

April 3, 2021

Mary Helen Roberts Moore passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by husband of 50 years, Carlos Edward, and brother, William Walter Roberts, Jr. Mary Helen was dearly loved by her family who survives, her children, Jane Bruno and Edward (Melissa) Moore, grandchildren Todd (Chris) Bruno, Mary (Paul) Engola, and Olivia Moore, and five great-grandchildren.

Born April 12, 1920, in Antioch, near Burnside, Kentucky, to William Walter Roberts and Eddie Earl Taylor Roberts, Mary Helen loved farm life and her many pets. She attended schools in Pulaski County and Somerset, but graduated high school from The Berea Academy where she met her future husband, Ed. Graduating from Berea College in 1942, she then received a full scholarship to Western Reserve University where she received her Masters in Social Work in 1944. She was employed by Child Protective Services in Cleveland until returning to Kentucky to marry Ed in June 1946. Mary Helen worked as a Social Worker for the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, Leestown Road, Lexington, while Ed finished his Engineering Degree. She resigned from the VA and moved to Frankfort in 1948, but in 1960 returned to the work she loved at the VA, retiring in 1986. After retiring, she traveled extensively and continued to enjoy gardening, crossword puzzles, and time with friends and family.

Mary Helen was a member of First Christian Church, Frankfort, since 1953. She also resided in ‘Old’ Cloverdale for over 65 years. She stayed connected to many current and former neighbors and church members who were all very important to her. Known as a kind and loving person with a smile for everyone, she always practiced what she called her “One Bucket, Daddy” philosophy, whereby she tried to help others whenever possible even though carrying her own load.

Special thanks to the aides and staff of Morning Pointe East in Lexington for their loving care of Mary Helen and support to the family.

Public visitation will be held at Rogers Funeral Home from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, and the family will hold a private service. A committal service will be held in the Richmond Cemetery at 2 p.m., and all friends and family are welcome to attend.

An online tribute is available at rogersfrankfort.com. Donations may be made to First Christian Church, 316 Ann St., Frankfort, Ky. 40601, or to Berea College, Class of 1942 Awards, CPO 2216, Berea, Ky. 40404.

Ruth Wilson Caldwell ’43

Oct. 30, 2020

Ms. Ruth Pauline Wilson Caldwell, 98 passed away Friday Oct. 30, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Yancey County on October 12, 1922. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold W. Caldwell, son Randy Caldwell, and a grandson Jesse Caldwell. Ruth retired from Fayetteville City Schools in 1980 ending her career at Reid Ross High School, where she taught French and English. She was a dedicated member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held Saturday Nov. 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at New Hope Baptist Church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required and social distancing will be encouraged. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Wayne Bone; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Elizabeth Caldwell; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three sisters Beryl King, Jan Laughridge, Margaret Young; and two brothers Ron Wilson and Deane Wilson. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 202 Hope Mills Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28304. Online condolences may be made at www.jerniganwarren.com Services are entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC 28301.

Dr. William R. Ledford ’47

Jan. 3, 2021

Dr. William Ransom Ledford (Bill), 97, of Greensboro, North Carolina, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021 after a long-fulfilled life and a courageous battle with blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma. He died peacefully at Beacon Place in Greensboro after several weeks of loving care from family and friends. Bill was a widow of 43 years, father of two daughters Colette and Janeen, grandfather of Leah, Mark, Chris, and Jenner, great-grandfather of Kira and Leo. His religious affiliations were with Methodist and Quaker churches, yet he had an appreciation for all world religions, as he was a world traveler and a fluent speaker of French, Spanish, and Italian”Papa” as he was known by his Greensboro family was an international traveler, lover of languages, and devoted to his family. He enjoyed reading, gardening, investigating his ancestry, and travel shows. He was pleased that his great-grandson received his middle name of Ransom Bill Ledford was born in Macon County (Franklin N.C) on May 28, 1923 to George Ransom Ledford and Lola Haseltine Gillespie. He was one of ten children, four brothers (Charles, Alex, Monroe, and Carl) who worked as mountain farmers and carpenters near the old home place. His four sisters (Nannie, Irene, Mary and Mozelle) migrated to the states of Washington and California where numerous nieces and nephews currently live. Burdell, his sister and husband remained in Franklin and obtained the family homeplace, built in 1900Bill graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 with academic honors in French and History. He enrolled in Rabun Gap Jr. College, Rabun County, Georgia where he met his wife, Kate Marie O’Shields Ledford. The following year he enrolled in Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, receiving a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish in 1947After Bill’s graduation and marriage, he enrolled in the University of Iowa, Iowa City and obtained his master’s degree in romance languages. He and Kate moved to Red Oak, Iowa where he taught French and Spanish at a Junior College and high school and welcomed their first child, Colette. Two years later they moved to Roxboro, North Carolina and taught in a high school and their second child, Janeen, was born. Next, Bill accepted a position as faculty professor at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC and taught either French or Spanish for thirty-five years, rising from instructor to full professor and then chairman of the department. He obtained his doctorate degree in modern languages from UNC-Chapel Hill. Bill was professionally active in state, national, and international organizations including NC State French/Spanish Organizations in which he served as President. In addition, he was active in the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and the National Organizations of French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Bill Ledford was honored twice as a recipient of the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship, traveling to Bogota, Columbia, and several places in India. He developed and wrote a contrastive study of Spanish and Indian farming methods. After Bill’s retirement from Meredith College, he continued teaching at Wake Technical Community College and tutored at NC State University. He moved to Greensboro in 2003 and continued his interest in languages and gardening. He began studying Italian at the age of 79 and was a regular participant in the Greensboro Italian Club composed of active and retired educators of area colleges and universities. After moving to Greensboro, Bill became an Associate Member of First Friends Meeting, joining his family there. Although a life-long Methodist, with almost a half century of membership at Highland Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, he agreed with the Quaker tenets of Christian service to the community and world, and its focused stand against all forms of war. Bill leaves behind his daughter Colette Edwards, of Greensboro, NC and deceased daughter Janeen Ledford of Denver, Colorado as well as four grandchildren, Leah Edwards, Mark Edwards and wife Abby of Greensboro, Jenner Buckner of Chapel Hill, NC and Chris Buckner and partner Aldon who live in Brooklyn, New York. There are two great-grandchildren, Kira and Leo and their mother, Samantha Edwards who also live in Greensboro. Additionally, he leaves behind many relatives in Franklin, NC. Funeral arrangements were made by Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home and a small, private service will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, January 9 at 1:00. Bill will be buried alongside of his late wife, Kate. A virtual celebration of Bill’s life will be conducted by First Friends Meeting at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Friends Meeting of Greensboro, 2100 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27403Online donations can be sent to GivePlus Church Mobile app for a one-time gift or recurring donations.

Helen Barnes Connelly ’48

Feb. 21, 2021

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Helen Barnes Connelly of Berea, Kentucky, who passed away at the age of 96, on February 21, 2021. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Helen Barnes Connelly to show support.

She was predeceased by : her parents, William H. Barnes and Theodosia Lewis Barnes; and her husband Ervin L. Connelly. She is survived by : her children, Steven Connelly (Thana), Clark Connelly (Pebble) and Sarah Vaughn (David); her grandchildren, Reid Connelly (Mandy), Ethan Connelly (Haylee), Anne Marie Grisanti (Nick), Elaine Hall (Wes), Eric Connelly (Lauren), Lela Connelly (Chris Warren) and James Connelly; and her great grandchildren, Landon, Francis, Sallie and Emma.

In lieu of flowers. Memorial Contributions suggested to Hospice Care Plus or Kitty, Inc. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.

Dr. John D. Haun ’48

Aug. 8, 2020

Obituary Unavailable

Ora Lee Beck Skeen Acad ’43, ’49

Feb. 16, 2021

Ora Lee (Beck) Skeen, 97, passed away peacefully at Lexington Country Place on February 16, 2021. Ora Lee was born on December 13, 1923 in Murl in Wayne County, Kentucky and graduated in 1946 from Berea College with a degree in Mathematics. There she met the love of her life, her husband Earl, who preceded her in death in in 1974. She is survived by her son, J. Fritz Skeen and his wife Helen of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Hobart and Rosa Lee Beck and by all of her siblings, sisters, Olga, Ovaline and Josephine and brothers Joseph and Hershel. Graveside services will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Ora Lee to Central Christian Church, 205 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507. www.clarklegacycenter.com


Elizabeth Casto Frye ’50

Jan. 8, 2021

Elizabeth Casto Frye, long time resident of Wardensville, WV, died on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Lake Mary, Florida. She was 93. Elizabeth was born on November 25, 1927 in Given, WV to George Wintford Casto and Ella (Hopkins) Casto. She met Benjamin Link Frye, a veteran returned from WWII, when they were attending Berea College, and they began their 60-year marriage in a small ceremony on that campus on December 18, 1948 as he was graduating and she was finishing her junior year. They moved to Ben’s hometown in Wardensville, WV where they started Ben’s career as the town’s Postmaster. Elizabeth and Ben built their home on a small farm near Wardensville where they raised two sons, Bill (William Miller) and Rod (Rodney Benjamin). As her youngest approached school age, Elizabeth completed her college degree at Shephard College and started her 29-year teaching career at Wardensville High School in the fall of 1958. She taught English and Home Economics, and sponsored the Future Homemakers of America club. Many of her students remember the life skills that she taught so effectively, and some followed her into teaching careers. She was a dedicated wife and mother, a wonderful cook, and active in the community. She was a member of St Peters Lutheran Church and the Wardensville Lions Club. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; son Bill; her parents; twin sisters Lola Warner and Nola Fisher; and brother Denver Casto. She is survived by her son, Rod, his wife Lynn, and their children Charles Bryan (wife, Jessica) and Benjamin Robert; son Bill’s widow, Barbara Frye, and their children William Benjamin Frye and Emily Garton (husband, Lee). There are five great-grandchildren: William Benjamin’s daughter, Mallory Jane Frye; Emily’s children, Esther Elizabeth Garton, Benjamin Link Garton, and Charles Thomas Garton; and Bryan’s daughter, Aven Taliesen Frye. Due to the COVID Pandemic, a celebration of life in Wardensville will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to: The Lewis County 4-H Youth Foundation, Inc 104 Center Avenue Weston, WV 26452 or Wardensville Scholarship Fund PO Box 532 Wardensville, WV 26851-0532. The family wishes to thank the staff and management at Oakmonte Siena Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Lake Mary for their kind and dedicated care for Elizabeth over her last years in Florida.

Dr. Shirley Baker Meece KH ’50

March 28, 2021

Dr. Shirley B. Meece was born in Berea, Kentucky, October 2, 1929. She passed away March 28, 2021 in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Dr. Meece was married to Dr. Drewry Meece, April 24, 1965. He preceded her in death. Shirley was the daughter of Taylor P. Baker and Marie Gay Baker. She is survived by two special friends, Cheryl Chandler and Edwina Rowell and many friends. Shirley received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky. She enjoyed a teaching career at Campbellsville University. Shirley loved to travel, visiting many states and countries. For 17 summers she taught English in China. Shirley is remembered as helpful, kind and a dedicated Christian.

VISITATION: 11:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville by Rev. J. Alvin Hardy & Rev. Dave Walters BURIAL: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Russell Springs, Kentucky. Expressions of sympathy requested to be donations to the general scholarship fund at Campbellsville University and may be made at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home

Sue Evelyn Storm Vidro ’50

March 17, 2018

Sue Evelyn Storm Vidro,89, was predeceased by her husband, Edward F. Vidro Jr. and brother, Richard Storm. Sue is survived by her children, Marysue Vidro and William E. (Laurie) Vidro; grandchildren, Brandon and Allison Vidro. Sue was a proud member of the Genesee Valley and Henrietta Quilt Clubs.

Friends are invited to call at Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, 1704 Penfield Road, Saturday March 24th from 2-4 PM where Service will follow at 4 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Rochester Foodlink, Lollypop Farm in Sue’s memory.

Kathryn Henderson White Acad ’50

June 12, 2018

Kathryn Henderson White, 85, died peacefully in her home on June 12, 2018 after a brief illness. Kathryn was born in Estill County and was the daughter of Elmer L. and Estella Alexander Henderson. She earned a nursing diploma from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Kathryn was the beloved wife of Henry D. White and will be remembered fondly by many people in the thoroughbred industry as the quintessential hostess. For over 40 years she and Henry entertained many friends, family and clients in their home on Plum Lane Farm. She was a True Blue fan whose passions also included golfing, yoga and bowling. Kathryn is predeceased by her parents and husband. She leaves behind her children, Kitty White, Jean (Bob) Williams and Hank (Andrea) White. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Randy (Renee) Guffey, Ross Guffey, Ashley Williams and step grandchildren, Carrie Roe and Andrew Cropper. She is also survived by siblings Jessie Drake, Helen (Bob) Edwards, Willis (Rose) Henderson, Tommy (Shirlene) Henderson and Sue (Phillip) Collins. A Memorial Service will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Milward – Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd, Lexington, KY. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Bluegrass Care Navigators or a charity of your choice. www.milwardfuneral.com

Charles W. LeMaster ’51

Nov. 22, 2020

Charles Weldon LeMaster, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2020. He was surrounded by his family and the loving owners and staff of The Cottage in Springs Branch where he lived the past year. He was 92 years of age. Chuck is survived by his loving wife Roberta, brother Howard, son Garth, his wife Chantal, and his granddaughter Cleo. He had one other son, Charles Tennyson, also deceased. Chuck was one of 6 children born in Barnetts Creek Kentucky on the 5th of February 1928, to Alfred and Jincie LeMaster. Theirs was a working-class family, with Chuck recalling Christmas gifts being an apple and the day off. Chuck completed early schooling in Johnson County, and was in his first year at Berea College when he was drafted into the Army. Prior to his 1947 discharge, he served as a Sergeant at General MacArthur’s headquarters during the occupation of Japan. ` After service, Chuck returned to Berea where he finished his studies while being Captain of the Volunteer Fire Department. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in business. Seeking a better life and warmer climate, Chuck migrated to Houston and began work in a CPA firm, then climbed the ladders of several energy companies, finally retiring in the early 90’s from Phibro Energy. During this time Chuck met Roberta Joan Webb, and after a brief courtship they married on May 7, 1955. At the time of his passing, they’d been married 65 years. Chuck’s greatest passion was tennis, and he was heavily involved in the Texas tennis scene. As a tournament player he earned numerous championships in both singles and doubles. For 20 years he and Roberta directed the LeMaster Husband and Wife Tournament. Chuck also umpired professional matches, co-founded the Houston Tennis Umpire’s Association, and in 2007 was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Chuck also enjoyed cooking and his Christmas catfish fry for friends and relatives was a favorite. The family would like to thank all those who supported Chuck on his journey, in particular Mary Portwood and his tennis/Costco dining partner Craig Townsend. (Here’s to chili dogs with a Mocha Freeze). A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Odell Carlton Miller ’51

Jan 13, 2021

Odell C. Miller, of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away from natural causes on January 13, 2021 at the age of 91. Miller grew up in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky at the age of 20. He later obtained a master’s degree in agronomy from The Ohio State University. He also completed additional graduate courses at Oklahoma State University. Miller spent much of his career teaching vocational agriculture at the high school level and advising the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters at those schools. He taught in Winchester, Virginia, where he met his wife; at Northwestern High School in Raymond, Ohio; and then at Marysville High School in Marysville, Ohio. Later in his career, he taught agriculture education students at The Ohio State University, from which he retired. After their respective retirements, he and his wife moved to her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia. A variety of Mr. Miller’s students earned the American Farmer degree, one of the highest honors in the FFA. He was elected president of the FFA Alumni, and he also was elected as a national vice president of the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (NVATA). Mr. Miller was an avid woodworker, and he gave many wooden pieces to his family, friends and colleagues. When living in Ohio, he was an active member of the Raymond United Methodist Church. After moving to West Virginia, he was an active member of the Spruce Street United Methodist Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a long-time member of the Methodist Men organization there. In Ohio, he was also a member of the local Kiwanis Club, while in Morgantown he was a member of the local Lions Club. His wife, Mary Margaret Hastings Miller, died in March of 2017. Miller is survived by his son, Mark C. Miller, of Worcester, Massachusetts and his son, Lynn H. Miller, of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Wendi Miller, and his grandchildren, Aubrie, Hope, Virginia, and Melody Miller, all of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Kyle L. Miller, of Stanley, Virginia. Cremation services were performed by the Hastings Funeral Home/Omega Crematory in Morgantown, WV. A memorial service will be scheduled at some point in the future. Donations in his honor may be made to the Spruce Street United Methodist Church, 386 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505.Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com

Sakiko Miyashiro ’51

March 10, 2021

Sakiko Miyashiro passed away on March 10, 2021, at the age of 91, in Kapa’a. She was born on July 6, 1929, in Wailua Homesteads. She was preceded in death by parents Teiji and Yoshiko Miyashiro, and siblings Kiyoto Miyashiro and Michiko Brace. She is survived by brother Jack Miyashiro, sister Marion Harris, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers and koden (monetary gifts), donations may be mailed to Kaua’i Hospice, 4457 Pahe’e Street, Lihu’e, HI 96766. Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wayne T. Tipton Fd ’51

Nov. 23, 2020

Wayne Taulbee Tipton, 91, of Springfield, passed away on 11/23/2020. He was born on February 2, 1929, in Clay City, Kentucky. Wayne was the first child of Weeden and Weeda Tipton. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Faye after 63 years of marriage. Wayne studied to be a high school business education teacher at Berea College and Eastern Kentucky State University. He received his BS degree in 1955. He met the love of his life at Berea College in 1949 after his service in the Air Force. He and Faye were married in 1950 and started their college years together. Their love and marriage grew as they gave their life to their two boys, David and Daniel. They were blessed with four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Wayne moved his family to Springfield when he took the job of principal at Southeastern High School. He finished his career as Supervisor at the Joint Vocational School. His wife finished her career at Clark State. Visitation will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Monday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday in the funeral home with Pastor Kenneth Woode officiating. Face masks will be required. Burial will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.jkzfh.com

Doris Parrish Hazlewood ’52

Feb. 25, 2021

Doris J. Hazlewood, age 91, of Greensboro, N.C. passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service at 12:00 PM. A private family burial will be held at Swain Memorial Park in Bryson City, NC.

Doris was born in Bryson City, graduated from Swain County High School, Berea College and the Medical College of Virginia majoring in Physical Therapy. She came to Greensboro in 1954 to work in the Central Convalescent (Polio) Hospital, she continued her career at Moses Cone Hospital and Greensboro Hospital. She was a preschool teacher at Lawndale Baptist Church for many years. Her passions were gardening, traveling, helping others and spending time with her granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude T. and Eula Morgan Parrish, brother Wayne (Ellen) Parrish, and sisters Nell (Carr) Rickman and Helen (Carroll) Southards. She is survived by her husband Jack R. Hazlewood, daughters Beth H. Salmon and husband (Charles) and Cheryl (Lynn) H. Cooper and husband (David), granddaughter Kinley E. Cooper and brother & sister in law Claude (Pete) and Lou Parrish, Louise Murray and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lawndale Baptist Church children’s ministries. Forbis and Dick Funeral Service North Elm Street chapel is serving the Hazelwood family.

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Fay Ramey Miller ’52

Feb. 16, 2021

Julia Fay (Ramey) Miller passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2021. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and teacher who cherished family and friends. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Reid and Jane Harris Miller of Forest Hill, MD, and daughters, Mary Ann Miller and Martha Susan Miller of the home, and her two grandsons, Andrew Miller of Los Angeles, CA and Benjamin Miller of Ocala, FL. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Horace Friedman, and sister-in-law, Nell Bare. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Grissom Miller, her brother, Joe Ernest Ramey, and her sisters, Nita Kilgore, Mary Lawson, Edith Ramey, June Wolfe, Eloise Friedman, and Nancy Ahearn. Fay was born in Coeburn, VA on April 3rd, 1929. In August of 1944, Fay, her sister Nancy, and their parents moved to Tennessee where her father began a new job at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a new school, Fay found her teachers and fellow students had come from many states and academic standards were high. With much studying and burning the midnight oil, Fay excelled and was tapped into the Honor Society before graduating in 1947. She worked a year before entering Berea College in Berea, KY. In the beginning her studies were focused on science. Then her classmate, Dorothy Alexander, turned Fay’s interests to teaching. She would earn a B.A. in Education. She met her future husband, Gerald Grissom Miller, her senior year. They were married in December 1952 and had three children. Fay began teaching in 1965 and retired from Welcome Elementary School in December 1991. During her retirement years, Fay belonged to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church where she enjoyed helping with the Altar Guild. Fay enjoyed being a volunteer at Lexington Hospital and making quilts which she shared with her family. She also kept perennial gardens. Neighbors would stop by to enjoy her flowers and if lucky, get some of her plantings. Fay was happy to share any gardening secrets she had always the teacher. Fay travelled a lot and enjoyed frequent trips to Maryland to visit her son’s family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC, 27292 or to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 1119, Welcome, NC, 27374. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth

Dr. Donald Lloyd Crawford ’53

Dec. 19, 2020

Dr. Donald L. Crawford, 88, of Louisville, originally of Broadhead, Kentucky, passed from this world to his Heavenly Home on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Donald earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Berea College, a M.B.A. from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia State University. He was a Professor of Business at the University of West Georgia and valued lifelong learning, the operations of business and teaching many students over his career. Don was preceded by his parents Henry and Lillian Cox Crawford. He is survived by his sister, Colleen Evans; niece LaDonna Bemus (Doug) and great nephew, Evan Bemus (Katie). Funeral services for Don will be celebrated 12 noon at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Cemetery in Broadhead, Kentucky. Visitation will be prior to funeral services from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Christine Gross Hampton ’54

Nov. 28, 2020

Christine Hampton, a child of the coal-rich hills of Kentucky and Virginia, Depression era Appalachia, eldest daughter of a coal miner and his enterprising wife, first child in her family to attend and graduate from college, and who pursued a wide range of interests in her life with great enthusiasm and commitment, died on November 28, 2020 at age 88. Wilma Christine Gross was born on August 16, 1932 in Bonny Blue, Virginia to parents Reba May Gross (nee Cox) and Henry Jackson Gross. Both parents were members of the Baptist Church. There were eventually three daughters: Mary Lynn, who died on Christmas Eve 1994, and Ruth Ann, who died suddenly in infancy. After graduation from high school, Christine (who always preferred her middle name) was accepted as a freshman at Berea College, in Berea, Kentucky. She married Philip Michael Hampton, a fellow freshman at Berea College, on July 7, 1951. Their first child, a son, was born the following year. The task of caring for Philip Michael Hampton Jr. halted, for a time, Christine’s college education. When her husband’s education was completed in the spring of 1954, Christine and her family moved to Pontiac, Michigan. They were to live in that area permanently. Their second child, a daughter, Deborah Lynn Hampton, was born on September 7, 1954. A second son, Gregg Ashley Hampton, was born on March 6, 1957. Christine was truly captivated by small children, and found real joy in all of their ways. Her life at this time was focused on the happiness of her young family. Over the next few decades, she would succeed at a number of careers and projects. She was an executive secretary for nearly ten years, she opened two plant and gift shops and ran them for fifteen years, and she invested in the stock market with a savvy that certainly surprised her children. Her love of flowers and growing plants found expression in a greenhouse next to her home, and through the Waterford Garden Club, where she formed close friendships that lasted the rest of her life. Christine died at her daughter’s home in Clarkston on November 28, at age 88. Her husband, her three children, and grandchildren were with her in her final days. Christine is survived by her husband Philip, her three children Philip Jr., Deborah and Gregg, grandsons Maxwell Hampton and Ian Clark, granddaughters Emily Dufrane, Claire Pernar and Lindsay Hampton, and great-grandchildren Avery Dufrane, Payson Dufrane and Cora Pernar. Services were private with family. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family on the Coats Funeral Home website:

Guinevere Crase Ison ’54

Dec. 25, 2020

Guinevere (Gwen) Theodosia Crase Ison, 84, Somerset, KY passed away peacefully at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital on December 25, 2020. Gwen was born in Roxana, KY to Ted and Ida Coots Crase on May 16, 1936. She was the oldest of five children. Gwen graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1954. She attended Berea College for one year. Gwen was the retired General Manager of Raintree Inn in Bronston, KY. She was a long-time member of Langdon Street Baptist Church and was very active in her church as long as her health allowed. Since moving to Woodstock four years ago, she had been attending Bethel Baptist Church. Gwen loved sewing, cooking, visiting with family and friends. She was also an avid reader. She especially loved family gatherings. Gwen is survived by her two children, Randall Keith (Janie) Ison and Deanna Lynn Ison, Somerset, KY. She is also survived by her brother Ken (Sue) Crase, South Carolina, sisters-in-law Sedahlia Crase, Iowa, Amelia Bone, Campbellsville, KY, Florene Smith, Whitesburg, KY, Laura Meek, Illinois, brother-in-law Glenn Ison, Frankfort, KY, a host of nieces and nephews, and a special four-legged companion, Sunnie. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her former husband Robert Douglas Ison, her brothers James D. Crase, Isaac (Ike) Crase, sister Martha Elaine Crase, sisters-in-law Jan Crase, Glendora Ison and brothers-in-law Bill Bone and Herb Smith. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Pulaski Funeral Home. Her funeral will follow the visitation on Wednesday at 1:00 PM at the Chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home with Dr. James Floyd officiating. Burial will be at Lakeside Memorial Gardens. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Melinda and Lydia of Hospice, also Shelley and Wendy of Lifeline Home Health. The funeral service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of Pulaski Funeral Home starting at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Mrs. Gwen Ison. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Guinevere “Gwen” Ison

Doris Mullins Southerlin ’54

Jan. 13, 2021

Doris Mullins Southerlin, 88, loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Doris was preceded in death by her beloved husband of fifty-seven years, Sloan, her parents, a brother, Clyde Mullins, and a sister, Jean Compton. Mrs. Southerlin is survived by her daughter, Paige, and husband Gale of Abingdon; grandson Adam and wife Casey of Danville, granddaughter Bethany and husband CJ of Abingdon; four precious great-grandchildren, Laci, Lincoln, Harper, and Coleman, all who were her sunshine; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her South Carolina family. She was born on beautiful Caney Ridge in Dickenson County, Virginia, to Francis and Cecile Mullins. She graduated from Ervington High School, then went to Berea College where she met Sloan. She graduated from Emory and Henry College where she was President of Women Students. Doris taught school for thirty-one years. Most of her teaching career was spent at Abingdon High School in Washington County. At the time of retirement, she was the Chairperson of the English department. She sponsored the National Honor Society for nineteen years. Mrs. Southerlin touched the lives of many students, and they in turn, have positively affected their communities. Doris was a longtime member of Abingdon Baptist Church. She was the church librarian and taught Sunday school class until she dedicated her time to care for Sloan. She was involved in the Virginia Highlands Festival Antiques Market. One of her favorite hobbies was operating a small antique shop. She also was a hospice volunteer. Doris leaves behind a legacy of putting others before oneself, kindness, and helping others. As an English teacher she loved literature and did her best to pass that love to others. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Thompson, Allyn Southerlin, Roan Southerlin, CJ Lewis, Bo Love, and Jason Love. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon. Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan will officiate. In accordance with Covid restrictions, social distancing practices will be implemented and face masks will be required for attendance. The family would like to express appreciation to Home Health Nursing of Southwest Virginia, Caris Healthcare, Dr. John Mann, numerous medical professionals, Home Instead Senior Care, and other caregivers who have become part of our family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Abingdon Baptist Church at 361 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 or Faith in Action, located at 798 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. Those wishing to share memories or send “Hugs from Home” may do so by visiting. The family of Doris Southerlin is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory Forest Hills Chapel, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. (276) 623-2700.

Betty Ledford Stiles Fd ’49, ’54

Feb. 13, 2019

Betty L. Stiles, 87, of Anderson SC, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Hospice of the Upstate. Born in Franklin, NC, on December 18, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Henry Monroe and Buena Donaldson Ledford. Betty left home at 16 years old to attend boarding school in Berea, Kentucky; she then attended Berea College and received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education. After teaching home economics for several years, she returned to Western North Carolina and became an extension agent for Haywood County. She left that job to start a family. In 1967, she started teaching elementary school and taught until 1972 when she moved to South Carolina. In Pendleton, she became a substitute teacher for many years. In 1984, she started working at Interiors, Inc and worked in interior design until retirement in 1992. In 1992, she moved in with her daughter to help care for her 3 granddaughters and became their third parent. She is survived by her daughter: Janis S. Hopkins (Holt); grandchildren: Jordan Hopkins (David), Brooke Hopkins and Alexandra Jones (RJ); great-grandchild: Jonathan Jorgensen. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by a son: Keith A. Stiles; brothers: Jim Setser, Wade Setser, Don Ledford and a sister: Annie Lee Rhodarmer. A Celebration of Life will be held at Pendleton Theater Cox Hall, 214 S Mechanic Street, Pendleton SC, on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2pm with Rev. Jack Arnold officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd, Anderson SC 29621. The family will be at the home of Betty’s daughter, Janis Hopkins. The Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory South Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Frieda Meade Wierda ’54

March 6, 2021

Frieda Wierda, 87, Sioux Center, died Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Sioux Center Health. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Jesse Henkle officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Frieda Wierda was born March 23, 1933, in Berea, KY, to her late parents, Robert G. and Wilma Anne (Brenda) Meade. Her early schooling was in Kentucky. Her father was a teacher and later joined the Boy Scouts of America in West Virginia so Frieda had schooling in West Virginia. She later went to Berea College where she graduated. Frieda worked as a secretary in the Insurance business. Her employment led her to Chicago where she met her husband to be, Bernard Wierda. They were married July 2, 1955, in Ashland, KY. She and Bernard lived and worked in the Chicago area their entire professional careers. Upon retirement in 1989, they moved back to Bernard’s hometown, Sioux Center. During their marriage they found time to travel enjoying trips to Europe and Alaska as well as many other places. Along with sharing her husband’s passion for horses, Frieda enjoyed gardening and various forms of painting both on canvas and on porcelain and china. She was a member of the Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Peggy Wierda of Arkansas and Myrtle Kiel of Orange City, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Frieda was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Wilma Meade; husband, Bernard; and sister, Frances Carol Meade.

Betty Kimbler Hill Fd ’55

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Russ Lloyd Sammons ’55

March 19, 2021

In the presence of his loving family, Russell Sammons passed away at home on March 19, 2021 at the age of 87. Russell is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Margaret, and his sisters Arlene Sammons and Geraldine Stantz as well as his children Mark (Heather), Beth (David) Oliverio, and Eric (Suzan). He will be fondly remembered also by his grandchildren Anna Sammons, Rachel Oliverio, Lucy Sammons, Derek Oliverio, Maria Sammons, Peter Russell Sammons, Luke Oliverio, Hope Sammons, Madeline Sammons, and Lydia Sammons. Russell graduated from Berea College in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army for two years, including a deployment in Italy. He earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati and went on to dedicate his professional career to Northwest Local School District as a teacher, principal, personnel director and, finally, superintendent from 1981 1995Russell was a 58-year member of Groesbeck United Methodist Church, where his visitation and funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 27. Visitation begins at 9:30 with the funeral service following at 10:30.

Bernice B. Beavin ’56

March 25, 2021

Bernice Beryl Beavin, 87, of Westminster, MD and formerly of Hanover, entered into God’s eternal care on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the Dove House of Carroll Hospice in Westminster. Born on Monday, November 20, 1933, in Cullowhee, N.C., she was a daughter of the late James B. and Laura Taylor Pressley and wife of Paul Beavin, Jr., her husband of 62 years, who died in 2021. The oldest of seven siblings, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Pressley; and a brother, Herbert Pressley. Bernice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Berea (KY) College. While working as a chemist for the Food and Drug Administration in Cincinnati, OH, she met her future husband, Paul. She continued to work for the FDA for many years, but took time from her job to be a full time mother in Michigan and later Maryland, rearing their boys in the 1960’s and 70’s, returning briefly to the FDA in the late 1980’s. She was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover. Bernice dabbled in photography and donated many pictures to the Hanover Arts Guild, of which she was a member. She loved to garden and make her home the center of family gatherings. Survivors include three sons, Phil Beavin and his wife, Crystal, of Lewisville, TX, Jeff Beavin and his wife, Linda, of Finksburg, MD, and Tom Beavin and his wife, Kelli, of Thurmont, MD; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers, Densil Pressley, of Glen Burnie, and Ronald Pressley and his wife, Carol, of Cullowhee, NC; two sisters, Marjorie Moody and her husband, Dan, of Cullowhee, NC, and Geneva Wilson, of Asheville, NC; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 1PM on April 10, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover by The Rev. Msgr. James M. Lyons. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover. In compliance with health and public safety directives, those attending will be required to wear masks and be socially distanced. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5055 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA 17331. Upcoming Events Memorial Mass Apr 10. 1:00 PM (EST) St. Joseph Catholic Church 5125 Grandview Road Hanover, PA 17331

Dr. Hwei-Hsien “HH” Cheng ’56

Jan. 24, 2021

Hwei-Hsien (HH) Cheng, devoted and loving husband to Jo, passed away after a brief illness in St Paul, MN on January 24, 2021 at the age of 88, with Jo at his side. He is preceded in death by his parents Chi-Pao and Anna, and a brother George. In addition to his sons Edwin and Tony and their respective families, he is survived by his brothers Francois Cheng (Paris, France) and David Cheng (Cupertino, CA) and their families.

HH lived an epic, full life. He was born in Shanghai, China, and spent his formative years during World War II in Chongqing, Sichuan Province. He left China with his family in 1949, attended high school in Oxford, England, graduated from Berea College, KY in 1956 and received his PhD in Agronomy at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1962.

It was in Urbana where he met and married the great love of his life Jo, a classical voice soprano and choir director. Together they spent a year in Ghent, Belgium on a Fulbright scholarship, moved to Ames IA for a post-doctoral fellowship and eventually settled in Pullman WA, where HH began his academic career as a professor of soil science at Washington State University. While in Pullman, he and Jo raised their sons Edwin and Tony, and on Sundays HH sang bass in the choir at Simpson Methodist Church where Jo was the music director.

After 25 years in Pullman, HH moved to St Paul MN to become professor and head of the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota. In St. Paul, Jo and HH were welcomed by numerous new friends in the Twin Cities. Their activities included participating in a local Chinese choir where HH sang bass and Jo was director.

HH’s research interests, academic experience and consulting expertise took him and his family all over the world during a 40+ year career, culminating with being awarded an honorary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004.

In his post-retirement years HH and Jo continued to travel the world, and he took special enjoyment in hosting family and friends for winter vacations in California and Florida. He and Jo also spent time in Colorado with Tony and his wife Christine, and in the Bay Area visiting Edwin and Ai and he could be seen documenting the growth and development of each of his four grandchildren Jasmine (15), Leo (14), Miya (13), and Emma (11) with an ever present video camera.

His final three years were contentedly spent at Gable Pines in Vadnais Heights where he made more new friends, and, again, sang bass in the resident’s choir directed by Jo. His cherished morning routine was a hearty breakfast, reading the paper by the fireplace and taking inside and outside walks around the building.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, HH will be remembered most fondly by his family and friends for his ready smile and easy going personality, his hobby of photographing his meals, and finally, for his unwavering devotion to and love of singing for his wife of 59 years, Jo.

Michaela Gabbard Cox Fd ’56

Feb. 19, 2021

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JoAnn Overton Dawson ’56

March 20, 2021

Joann Overton Dawson, 86, of Charleston, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 after a short illness. JoAnn was born on April 2, 1934 in Lone Mountain, TN. She attended Berea College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Upon earning her degree, she taught school at Emma Willard in Troy, N.Y., she then moved to Charleston, WV., where she worked at the Union Carbide Institute Plant for 20 years. Throughout her life she enjoyed spending time with her friends, especially playing bridge, and gardening. She was very proud to earn the designation as a West Virginia Master Gardener, and her home garden was a source of pride and joy. She enjoyed traveling and had spanned the globe with friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents Henley and Ida Overton, her brothers Tyne and Clarence, and her sisters Cornelia Overton, Irene Scott, Mildred Collacott, and Ruth Suffrage, and is survived by her sisters Grace Buis and Betty Venable. She is also survived by her children Kathrine (Mark) Von Handorf and Thomas (Tanya) Dawson, as well as her grandchildren, Kyle (Christina), Keith, and Kevin and great-grandchild, Conrad. As per her wish, she will be cremated. Due to COVID, there will be a small, private service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to First Presbyterian Church (16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301), Manna Meal (1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301), or Berea College (give.berea.edu). Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Thelma Splawn Judd ’56

March 26, 2021

Thelma was born at home November 18, 1931 between Melvin Hill and Fingerville in the northern piedmont of South Carolina. She was the 2nd of 7 children born to Joseph Theodore Splawn and Pearlie Mae Hunsinger Splawn. Three brothers – Alvin Dupree Splawn, Leon Cleatis Splawn, and Dewitt Talmadge Splawn preceded her in death. She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Ann Gilmer and Peggy Joyce Campbell, one brother, Donald Wayne Splawn, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Thelma majored in English at Berea College in Kentucky, graduating in June 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The following summer she completed additional course-work at Wofford College in Spartanburg SC to become certified to teach English. Before marrying she taught English in Louisiana and Florida for several years. In 1976 she graduated from Valdosta State College with a Masters of Education degree and was certified in Georgia as a Reading Specialist. She then taught English and remedial reading in the Lowndes County and Valdosta City schools for 11 years.

Thelma was married to Joe Bernard Judd (born in Nashville TN) November 5th, 1960 at Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville FL. In 1962 the couple moved to Valdosta where sons Bruce Judd of Charlotte NC and Charles Judd of Valdosta were born in 1963 and 1968 respectively. Charles is married to Mary Evelyn Ray Judd and they have two children – Leslie and Philip. Bernard died February 27, 2010.

Thelma was baptized at age 15, and thereafter joined Campobello (SC) Baptist Church. Thelma and Bernard and their sons were members of Lee Street Baptist Church in Valdosta. We the children are grateful for the steadfast dedication to family and faith that Thelma and Bernard exhibited in their effort to raise us “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. We give praise and glory to God in triune for His blessings and protection through the seasons of Thelma’s life. Yet greater is our gratitude to Jesus Christ for his saving work in which Thelma believed and about which she testified. In all these things, blessed be the name of the Lord.

At 10 am Wednesday, March 31, a graveside service will be held at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens (Valdosta) where the body will be interred beside her husband’s grave. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online www.mclanecares.com.

Maj. Gallie Moore Jr., USA Ret. ’56

Dec. 7, 2020

Gallie Moore Jr, 83, of Sierra Vista passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Gallie was born on February 11, 1937 in Pilgrim, Kentucky to Edna and Gallie Moore Sr. He graduated from Berea High School in Berea, Kentucky in 1956. After his high school graduation. Gallie joined the Army where he was sworn in by his father and served three years as a teletype repairman. He was honorably discharged and moved to Southern California to live with his father, his brother Mac, and sister, Janice, and to attend college. While attending Bell Baptist Church with his father, he met the love of his life Thelma Sparks whom he married on April 28, 1961. They raised two children, a daughter, Susan, and a son, David. Gallie graduated from Los Angeles State College in 1964, and he returned to the Army on a direct commission. He served in the United States Army for 17 more years retiring as a Major. He took great pride in his military service and being a Vietnam Veteran. His awards include: a Bronze Star, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Korean Service Medal. He also served 22 years as a Department of the Army Civilian where he was assigned to the United States Army Signal Command and retired from Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca, Arizona with over 42 years of federal service. During his civil service career, he planned the modernization of the worldwide Department of Defense Communication Systems. He was known by friends and co-workers as a giant among men with a caring and kind heart. Gallie enjoyed watching sports, especially the University of Kentucky basketball team, and old westerns. What he enjoyed the most was watching and coaching his children and watching his grandson play sports. Gallie is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Susan, and his sister Janice. Gallie is survived by his wife Thelma, of 59 years; his son, David and his wife Leslie; his grandchildren Corey, Andrew, and Addison; and his brother, Mac. In memory of Gallie, please give to your favorite charity. No service is scheduled at this time. One with full Military Honors will be held at a later date.

Renée Dow Toy ’56

Nov. 13, 2020

Renée Genevieve Dow Toy, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died at the age of 85 after struggling with dementia for six years. Renée was born in Raeford, NC, grew up in Greenville, SC, and graduated from Berea College in Kentucky. Over the years she lived in Champaign-Urbana, Il; Louisiana (Lake Charles, New Orleans); Calgary, Canada; and Texas (Houston, Dallas). Renée was a dedicated competitive duplicate bridge player, and was happiest when surrounded by her family. Mrs. Toy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Billy R. Toy, her three children, Stephen (Diane), Leslie and Michael (Mónica), and her five grandchildren, Karina, Magalí, Benjamin, Dominique and Gabriel. She was dear sister to Lorice Black, Amal Dow (Lib), and the late Lillian Vaughn, and is remembered by her many nieces, nephews and cousins. Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held when allowed in the future. Donations in memory of Renée may be made to either The Alzheimer’s Association, or The American Brain Foundation.

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Ernie J. Holt ’57

March 18, 2021

Ernie J. Holt was born January 26, 1935 in Jackson County and departed this life Thursday, March 18, 2021 at his residence in Harrodsburg, being 86 years of age. He was the son of the late Ernest Dorothy (Bowles) Holt. Ernie is survived by his wife of sixty one years, Judy (Sandlin) Holt of Harrodsburg; by a brother, Oscar (Linda) Holt of Berea and a niece, Kristi (Tom) Bertrand of Berea. He is also survived by special family members who were his caregiver for the last four months, Thomas Hager of Harrodsburg, Todd Sara Bisher of Lancaster and Tiffany Stivers of Lexington. Ernie loved Jackson County Basketball. He was the school keeper for thirty five years. He was inducted into the Jackson County High School Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Flat Top Church of Christ and was a district officer in the Lions Club. Funeral service 3:00 PM Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Neeley and Bro. Roger Bowling officiating. Burial to follow in the Sandlin Cemetery. Pallbearers: Thomas Hager, Todd Bisher, Tom Bertrand, Marty Sandlin, Brian Sandlin and Keith Sandlin. Honorary pallbearers: Mitchell Parrett, Ron Hays, Maynard Byrd and Keith Sandlin and Dallas Cox. Lakes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Frazier Hurst ’57

March 17, 2021

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Dr. Hershel G. Sawyer ’57

March 10, 2021

H.G. Sawyer Jr., DDS, 85, of Mystic died March 10, 2021, at Fairview in Groton. His family was by his side. He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Ethel, W.Va., to Hershel G. Sawyer and Erna Mitchell Sawyer. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his three children, Stephen of Mystic, Stephanie (Jamie Ames) Sawyer-Ames of Watertown, Mass. and Arthur (Kathleen) of Los Angeles, Calif.; and his dearly cherished granddaughters, Olivia and Sawyer Ames of Watertown. He is also survived by his brother James (Lisa) Sawyer of Newport, Ky.; and his sister-in-law Susan Weaver of Simpsonville, S.C.
“Little boy stories” were a daily bedtime request when his children were young. He regaled them with his death-defying exploits – biking down the West Virginia mountains without any brakes, eating tobacco leaves and starting a small avalanche by pushing a boulder down the hill. Luckily, he survived childhood and matriculated at Berea College in Kentucky. At Berea, he met Barbara Weaver of Indiana, who introduced him to Scrabble; and thus began over 60 years of hard-fought games between them. In spite of some early Scrabble losses, he married Barbara June 9, 1959. The game was perfectly suited for his love of words. He read the dictionary as one would a favorite book and loved to introduce new words into his vocabulary.
After earning his doctorate from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, he entered the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. His postings were mainly in the northern portion of the Eastern Seaboard, but he also spent time in Puerto Rico and Morocco. H.G. retired from the Navy in January 1983, and opened an office in Groton, where he saw patients until he retired for the second time in spring of 2013. Patients could count on an earful of classical music and his thoughts on the state of the world. They could also count on him to come in at a moment’s notice.
He was a lifelong lover of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. He was finally able to get to the Globe Theatre in London, where he found that his own signature was on display thanks to his family. For his 70th birthday, his granddaughters put on an eerie, evening production of the three witches’ scene in “Macbeth.” He imagined that all the world’s a stage and was always happy to entertain or debate – whether it was a lengthy discussion with the conductor on a train from London to Edinburgh or speaking German with an Amish farmer at a 4-H county fair in Goshen, Ind. He never shied away from voicing his opinion and did not conform for his audience.
He was famed for his peanut brittle. It was an industrial-sized operation when the temperature was below freezing and the air deemed dry enough for brittle success. Barbara’s job was to package and ship batch after batch to friends and relatives across the globe. He was a scientist in the kitchen who constantly tweaked his recipes for even the smallest improvements. Diners rarely got the same buttermilk biscuits twice. His family was always required to acclaim the latest batch as his “best yet.” Perfectionism was often paired with procrastination for his handcrafted gifts. “If I just had one more day,” was a well-known refrain at holidays as he came upstairs from his basement workshop. Glue might still need to dry or earrings wrapped, but the jewelry and furniture were much prized by his family. Barbara, their children and grandchildren will always feel fortunate to have had so many “one more days” with him.
His family is immensely appreciative of the loving, caring attention he received from each Fairview staff member.
There will be no service. For those wishing to honor his memory with a donation, please consider Berea College, College Post Office 2216, Berea, KY, 40404; Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd. S #4B, Southington, CT 06489; or ACLU, 125 Broad St., New York, NY 10004.

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Donald E. Kilbourne ’58

Feb. 6, 2021

Donald Eugene Kilbourne, 84, passed away on February 6, 2021 after a brief illness. Even though an illness took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beam of light for all in his family and community. Don was a member and held various positions at Holston View United Methodist Church in Weber City, Virginia.

Don graduated from Shoemaker High School, Gate City, Virginia, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. He was a veteran and served in the US Navy Reserve. Don was an entrepreneur and retired as a contractor.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara Kilbourne. He was a caring and devoted father to his son, David Kilbourne, and daughter, DeRhonda Moen, granddaughter, Marissa Kilbourne, and grandson, Ezra Moen.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Kilbourne and Matilda Snodgrass Kilbourne; sister, Juanita Dickerson; brothers Clifford, William (Bill), Lee, Carl, and Robert Kilbourne. Survivors are Charles Kilbourne, Jim Kilbourne, and sister Betty Kilbourne Kelly.

A celebration of life ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.

Memorial gifts may be made to Holston View United Methodist Church, Weber City, VA.

Joyce Hyder O’Keefe Fd ’54, ’58

Jan. 24, 2021

Joyce “Joy” Hyder O’Keefe, 84, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital.

Born on March 28, 1936 in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, Joy grew up there until moving to Brandon, Mississippi in 1950. She graduated high school from Berea Foundation School in 1954 and from Berea College in 1958.

Moving back to Mississippi after college, Joy went to work for the Mississippi Cooperative Home Extension Service from 1958 to 1996, finishing her career as an area director.

She married Maurice C. O’Keefe, December 26, 1959, in Brandon, Mississippi, and they had one son, Brennan Maurice O’Keefe, in February 1970.

While working full-time and being a wife and mother, Joy went on to get her Masters and Doctorate degrees in adult education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Upon retiring in 1996, Joy took up quilting full-time and enjoyed gifting a wide array of family and friends with her treasures. Because of her love of quilting, she and Maurice moved to Paducah KY in 2006. Joy belonged to quilting clubs in Long Beach, Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Paducah, Kentucky. She also enjoyed genealogical research, tracing the Hyder side of the family back to their arrival in the then British Colonies in 1729, and traveling. Joy and Maurice kept a large world map on the wall, marked with all the places they had been and where they hoped to go someday.

She is survived by her brother, James E. Hyder, of Los Alamos, New Mexico; her sister, Gloria Richards, of Albion, Michigan; numerous nieces and nephews scattered around the country; and lots of cousins in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle R. Hyder and Edward S. Hyder; her son, Brennan and husband, Maurice, both in 2017.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Tommy Tucker officiating.

We appreciate your help in maintaining state mandated Covid restrictions. This includes wearing a mask and maintaining the minimum six feet of distancing within our facility at all times.

During this difficult time of Covid, you may show your support by joining the “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support. Please go to www.milnerandorr.com to send a hug.

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Dr. J. Ray Israel ’59

Feb. 15, 2021

James Ray Israel was born on Dec. 4, 1936 in Asheville, the only child of Frank Ray and Evelyn Wilson Israel. He passed away on Feb. 15, 2021. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Barbara McLain Israel.

Ray and Barbara met while both attending Berea College. They enjoyed travel and entertaining , but their greatest joy came from family.

Ray, or J. Ray, as he was known to many, graduated from Berea College in 1959 and Bowman Gray Medical School in 1963. After medical school he completed an internship year in Roanoke, Virginia. After a one-year stint at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina, he entered the general practice of medicine with Kenneth Williford in Lillington. During this time, he was also in the Army Reserve. He left the Reserves with the rank of major. After eight years, he returned to Bowman Gray to complete a residency in psychiatry. He was on faculty at Wake Forest for several years before leaving to enter the private practice of psychiatry in Winston-Salem. The practice of medicine gave him great satisfaction.

During his retirement he enjoyed good food, playing golf, working with the flowers in his yard, being with family and travel. Ray and Barbara had four grandsons who gave them tremendous joy. They loved taking them on trips. Sebastian, Florida, was a favorite destination. They also took them to Alaska, Iceland and Canada.

He and Barbara were members of the Fraternity Church of the Brethren. There they made friends and the fellowship there was a source of comfort to them.

In 2019, although he was sad to leave his home, Ray moved to Homestead Hills. The family is grateful for the caring professionals at Homestead Hills and Live Long Well Care.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn McCall, and her husband Vaughn McCall of Augusta, Georgia; his son, Mitchell Ray Israel and his wife Alice Christian of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He is also survived his four grandsons, William Israel McCall and his wife Liz Krewson McCall, Zachary Ray Israel, James Vaughn McCall and his wife Anna Powel McCall, John (Jack) McLain McCall and his wife Jordan Dopp, and Zachary’s mother Lisa Hundley Israel. Ray leaves behind brother and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the pandemic, services will be private with immediate family only. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests Berea College, The Wake Forest Medical School Student Scholarship fund or Fraternity Church of the Brethren.


Yvonne Cantrell ’60

March 16, 2021

“Yvonne” Cantrell, age 83, of Kingsport (Bloomingdale area) went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at home with her family by her side. Born and raised in Kingsport, she was a graduate of Ketron High School, Berea College and E.T.S.U. Yvonne was a 1st grade teacher in Sullivan County for 30 years with most of her career spent teaching at Brookside Elementary, where she was honored as the “Teacher of the Year” in 1990. She was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church where she continued her love of teaching with “Kingsley Kids.” She was preceded in death by her late husband of 50 years, Orville “Ardy” Cantrell, Jr; parents, Gordon and Edith Blakely; step-mother, Lucille Blakely; sister, Phyllis Foulk; and brother-in-law, Tom Roach. She is survived by 2 daughters, Tammy Stanley and husband, Tim, of Elizabethton, and Sammie Wagner and husband, Steve, of Kingsport; 4 grandchildren, R.J. Haywood, Matthew Stanley, Paul Wagner and wife, Latisa, and Amanda Wagner; 4 great-grandchildren, Taryn Haywood, Amaya Haywood, Nova Stanley and Kinsley Wagner; twin sister, Uneva Graves and husband, Gene; sister, Sandra Roach; brother, Tommy Blakely and wife, Margaret; brother-in-law, Roy Foulk and wife, Faye; step-sister, Wilma Pyle and husband, Dickie; step-brother, Charles Anderson; several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Yvonne will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Imagination Library or Kingsley United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Amedysis Hospice for their loving care and support for Yvonne during her time of declining health. Carter-Trent Funeral Home of downtown Kingsport is proudly serving the Cantrell family. To the family or plant a tree in memory of Yvonne Cantrell, please visit Tribute Store

Lucille Napier Creech Fd ’60

March 9, 2021

Lucille Creech, age 79, of London, Kentucky passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. She leaves behind her loving husband of 58 years, Gene Creech; one daughter, Eugenia “Gena” Irvin of London, KY; one sister, Florene Gadd of Berea, KY, two grandsons, Nicholas Irvin and Andrew Irvin, both of London, KY, plus a host of other family and friends to mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Artho Napier and Martha Feltner Napier; and by five siblings. Lucille was a homemaker, and she attended Laurel River Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter III for over 50 years. Funeral services for Lucille Creech will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of House-Rawlings Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at the A. R. Dyche Memorial Park in London, Kentucky. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 11, 2021 beginning at 12:00 p.m. until the funeral hour also at the funeral home. The family has entrusted House-Rawlings Funeral Home with the arrangements.

W. Ben Culbertson ’60

Jan. 30, 2021

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend William Benjamin Culbertson passed away on January 30, 2021 in Louisville, KY. Ben graduated from Berea College in 1960 with a B.S. in chemistry, studied at UK, taught chemistry in the UK Community College System, and worked for the USPS for many years, retiring as postmaster at Mt Vernon, KY in 2001. Ben was an avid canoeist, outdoorsman and photographer. Along with his loving wife Xenia, he is survived by his sister Teena, sons Ben, John and Michael, and seven grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held in the spring. Ben was loved, admired, and will be very much missed by all.

Kenneth Ray Bray ’61

Jan. 8, 2021

Kenneth “Beaver” Ray Ken was born on December 15, 1938 in Cawood, Kentucky to Edna and Elvin Bray. At the age of nine following the death of his parents from TB, he and his siblings were raised at the Odd Fellows Home in Lexington, Kentucky. He passed away in Austin, Texas on January 8, 2021 due to complications of COVID. Ken “Beaver” attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington and Berea College. He retired from IBM in 1992. Ken and family were members of Bethany Methodist Church were he enjoyed working 11 years with House of Friends, an Alzheimer’s respite program. Some of his best times, best friends, and favorite memories were made at Balcones Country Club where he was a member for 50 years. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Denver and Roscoe Bray, brother-in-law Steve Terhune, and his devoted in-laws Lillie and Bill Terhune. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Marlene Bray, Austin, TX, his children Ken Bray Jr., Austin, TX, Lisa and Jay Whitaker, Austin, TX, sister Sue Schlegel, Lexington, KY, and very best brother-in-law Neal and wife Linda Terhune, Woodland Hills, CA. He is also survived by grandchildren Kaylan Bray, Kelsey Calhoun, Clay Whitaker, Madison Gardner, and great grandchildren Zoey and Presley Whitaker and Oliver Gardner. And finally, by all the many cousins, nieces, and nephews that he kept dear to his heart and made up his Kentucky roots. No memorial services scheduled at this time due to COVID. Memorial donations may be made to either House of Friends, Bethany Methodist Church 10010 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750 or Berea College Memorial, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404. We know that he is dancing up in Heaven.

Charles L. Flanary ’61

Aug. 30, 2020

Charles Lester Flanary Charles Lester Flanary, 80, of Weber City, Virginia, left this earth and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 30, 2020. Charles was born in Scott County, Virginia. He was known to be a loving and patient person who would give anyone help who needed it. He taught English and Spanish in Sullivan County, Tennessee, and Scott County, Virginia, for several years. He then switched careers and worked in the insurance industry for 22 years, retiring from Virginia Farm Bureau. Charles loved to pick old timey music and attend fiddlers conventions with his friends, and he loved to ride horses and spend time “at the horse barn” with his horse riding buddies. He was an avid reader. Charles attended Holston View United Methodist Church, and was very active in HVUMC’s drama productions that were well known to this area in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Flanary and Elsie Harris Flanary; and his brothers, Cecil Flanary and James Flanary. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carletta Frazier Flanary; two sons, Robert “Bob” Flanary and wife Becky of Kingsport and Ronald “Ronnie” Flanary and wife Pam of Gate City; daughter Carla Flanary Clements and husband Chuck of Huntersville NC; grandchildren, Alexis Flanary, Avery Flanary, Zack Clements, and Ben Clements; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside committal service for Charles Lester Flanary will be conducted at 2 pm Thursday, September 3, 2020, in the Holston View Cemetery with Pastor Chuck Griffin officiating. Active pallbearers will be Charlie Green, Ron Bush, Roger Sampson, Jeff Casteel, John Howard and Chuck Clements. Minister, family and friends are requested to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 pm Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holston View United Methodist Church, 174 Church Street, Weber City VA 24290. To the family or plant a tree in memory of Charles Flanary, please visit Tribute Store

Dorothy Chandler Nieter ’61

Feb. 7, 2021

Dorothy Mae Nieter, was born and raised in Charleston, W. Va. and passed away at Soin Medical Center on Sunday, February 7, 2021. She graduated from Berea College in 1961 with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. She met Ralph while taking courses at the University of Cincinnati where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. After graduation, she started her nursing career at General Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia while continuing to date Ralph. After a year at General Hospital, she moved to Cincinnati to be closer to Ralph and took a nursing position at the VA Hospital. This move brought them closer together and their love flourished. Ralph and Dorothy were married on June 26, 1965. After their marriage, they settled in the Dayton area as Ralph began his career at WPAFB. Dorothy took a position working for a private practice for Dr. Moody who was the family physician for decades. In 1968, with their first son on the way, Dorothy decided to focus on raising their family and they moved to their current home in Beavercreek. When their oldest was a teenager, Dorothy returned to her nursing career by working at Crestview Nursing Home. Then came her final stage of her career, as a school nurse. Her first school nurse position was at St. Luke’s Catholic in Beavercreek, but most of her final career was in the Dayton Public Schools at the Cleveland Elementary in downtown Dayton. She retired in 2000. In retirement, Dorothy enjoyed gardening at home and was a member of the Saville Hilltoppers Garden Club. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandkids. Dorothy is survived by husband Ralph, three loving sons; Chad Warren, Chet Patrick, and Chris Edward as well as daughter in laws Michele L (Chad) and Lori R (Chet) as well as two grandchildren, Nora (Chet) and Cole (Chad). Sisters Mary Casto and Mildred Yahya-Hart (Alan), sister-in-law Nancy Kerschner (Don). Also, special mention to dear friends Ray & Rebecca Trimmer, Tim & Sue Towner, Grace Ramos, Inga Knowles and Donna Da Costa Gomez. Special thanks to niece Lisa Yahya for taking care of Ralph and Dorothy over the last year.

A Private Service for family only will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 11, 2021. A public viewing will begin at approximately 10:45 AM after the private service is complete and will last until 11:30 AM. The family will understand if you are not comfortable with attending due to the pandemic. The family is planning a graveside ceremony for the interment of Dorothy’s ashes in the spring along with a reception at their residence in Beavercreek. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Joe E. Wright ’61

Dec. 4, 2020

Joe ‘Grey Eagle’ Wright, MSgt USAR (Ret), 86 of Bargersville, Indiana went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2020. He was born January 8, 1934 in Blue Diamond, Kentucky. He married the love of his life, Linda S. (Chandler) Wright on July 25, 1964 at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Nabb, Indiana. He met his beloved Linda on a blind date and spent 56 wonderful years together. Joe was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War from 1950-1954 and served in the United States Army Reserves until his retirement in 1994. Joe received his undergraduate degree in Business from Berea College in Kentucky. As part of his work study program, Joe was a lumbar jack in Missoula Montana and eventually became a Smokejumper. Earning his jump wings, he made over 50 jumps putting out forest fires in the upper Northwest. During his time in the Northwest he befriended the Nez Perce, spending time with the Nimiipuu on the reservation he became an ‘honorary member’. After graduation, Joe earned his teaching certificate and taught 6th grade English at Peru and coached basketball. Joe also taught at Indianapolis PS 16. Joe went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Indiana University. He was a consultant for the Indiana Department of Public Instruction where he wrote and implemented programs such as Outdoor Education, Aerospace and NASA space camp for students across Indiana. He actively facilitated outdoor education workshops with teachers and students. Besides military honors, Joe is a recipient of the prestigious Indiana State Governor’s Sagamore of the Wabash award, Kentucky Colonel bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Distinguished Service Medal awarded by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his commitment and sacrifice to his country, state, and years of military service. Joe’s heritage includes connections with East Band Cherokee Nation. Joe started Native American Workshops in elementary schools across Indiana. Because of his commitment on educating youth, Joe became an honorary member of the Potawatomi people and was celebrated by elders who presented Joe with a drum symbolizing his dedication to preservation of Native American culture. Joe continued to do workshops in schools until he was 84 when he retired the programs. Survivors include his wife Linda S. (Chandler) Wright of Bargersville, IN, his daughter Jennifer Wright Bargersville, IN and grandchildren Emily and Owen Assenmacher both of Bargersville, IN, his brother Fred Wright of California and sister Carmen Van Duren of Jeffersonville, IN. Joe is preceded in death by his father Alex Wright, his mother Myrtle Johnson, his brothers Don Wright and Saul Wright and step-father Harry Johnson. Joe loved his family, he was very close to his mother-in-law Norma Cheatham, his sisters-in-law Jeannette Wright and Carol Chandler and Linda’s brother Alan Chandler. Joe is remembered by his many nieces and nephews who he greatly loved. Joe was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather and loved his family dearly. He had a passion for life and he lived each day as a gift; he loved adventure and traveled the world. He cherished the outdoors, hiking over 300 miles of the Appalachian trail. An avid runner, Joe represented the Air Force track team. He continued running and exercise throughout his life. He competed in triathlons, biathlons, running half and full marathons. He would spend one week each summer bicycling over 500 miles with Army buddies. Joe was a published author of books, poems and a songwriter. He was a mentor and friend to many and never knew a stranger. Joe was a brave man, a true hero. He was loyal, kind, giving and will be greatly missed. Until our paths cross again, fly high Grey Eagle. Due to COVID-19 Mandates, a private family service will be live-streamed on Wednesday December 9, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at www.swartzmortuary.com/obituary/joe-wright . Please use Firefox Internet or Google Chrome for optimal viewing. A public visitation will take place on Tuesday December 8, 2020 from 5PM until 8PM at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, IN. Strict guidelines of 50 people or less at one time will be required, along with facial coverings or mask to be worn by those attending. The family request those who are attending make their visit brief so everyone can be accommodated. A family graveside service will follow on Wednesday at Crown Hill Cemetery in New Washington, IN with military honors. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com. Information 317-738-0202. In lieu of flowers, please leave a card or note with your fondest memory with Joe.

Brenda Nichols Bloom ’62

March 13, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Brenda (Penny) Bloom (Berea, Kentucky), who passed away on March 13, 2021, at the age of 80, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Brenda (Penny) Bloom or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.

She was loved and cherished by many people including : her husband David Bloom; her sons, Phil Skidmore (Shawna), Mike Skidmore (Kif) and John Skidmore (Sharon Neace); her step-daughter Priscilla Bloom (Debra Orona); her grandchildren, Dustin, Jack Tyler, Payton, Ally Rose and Luke; her great grandchildren, Ashtyn and Finn; her brother Nick Nichols; and her nephews, Chris and Cary Nichols.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 20th 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Lakes Funeral Home (203 N Dogwood Dr, Berea, KY 40403). A prayer will be held on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 3:00 PM at the same location.

Joan Barbara Curtis ’62

March 21, 2021

Ms. Joan Barbara Curtis, age 81, of Railroad Street, Adairsville, passed away peacefully  Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Floyd Medical Center.

She was born September 7, 1939, in Adairsville, Georgia, to the late Rev. Elihue Curtis and Bertha Lucille Adams Curtis. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, L.C. Curtis; sister, Oteel Curtis Higginbotham; and nephew, Ambrose McDow.

Ms. Curtis was a faithful member of Grays Chapel AME Church, Adairsville, Georgia. She enjoyed singing in the choir at church. She started elementary school in Adairsville and graduated from the historic Summer Hill High School in Cartersville, Georgia. She attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where she received her bachelor’s of science degree. Later on, she furthered her education at West Georgia College, receiving her master’s degree in science education. She taught science at Adairsville Middle/High School for over 30 years before retiring from the Bartow County School System. Her legacy will live on through the stories told from her teachings in science class. After retiring, she worked with the after school program sponsored by Etowah Housing Authority for several years. Ms. Curtis thrived on educating the minds of young people. She had the ability to make learning fun and touched the hearts of many students.

She is survived by her nieces, Miriam Henderson, Beverly Johnson, Retiblist Curtis, and Mary McDow;  nephew,  Elihue Curtis and wife, Hilda; great-nieces and -nephews, Alfreda Sullivan (Joe), Brian Arnold, Norman Johnson (Eva), Santhia Curtis, Monique Whipple (Jermaine), Marcus McDow, Byron Curtis (Tamara) and Lendl Curtis; a host of great-great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Friday, March 26, 2021, at 3:00 PM from the chapel of Barton Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Poplar Springs Cemetery, Adairsville. Pallbearers will be selected along with flower girls.

The family will receive family and friends Friday, March 26, 2021, from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Barton Funeral Home.

Family and friends attending services will be required to wear face mask and observe social distancing.

Sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.BartonFuneralHome.net.

R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of funeral arrangements for Mrs. Joan Barbara Curtis.

John Frederick Carnes ’63

Nov. 21, 2020

John Frederick Carnes, 79, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020. He was born on October 30, 1941 in Mount Washington, Kentucky to the late Robert and Nancy (Whitehouse) Carnes. He is also preceded in death by his sisters Nancy Cornell, Bertha Moore and brother Robert Carnes. John was a graduate of Mount Washington High School class of 1959, he then attended Berea College where he played basketball. He transferred to Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a teaching degree. His career as an educator began in 1965 with Bullitt County Schools as a teacher and basketball coach at Mount Washington High School. His first administrative position was Principal in Lebanon Junction. In 1976, he returned to his hometown to be Principal of Mount Washington Elementary School and ended his career with administrative positions at the board of education. He had a very satisfying career that spanned over 30 years in the Bullitt County Public Schools. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife, his daughters and grandchildren. John and Becky traveled to many interesting places, and he treasured the experiences. John was a lifelong learner and natural nurturer who loved people. He spent many hours on his porch swing and in rocking chairs reading to his grandchildren. He was a master gardener and landscaper who created beautiful gardens at his own home and the homes of his daughters. He was an intelligent and creative man who instilled the love of cooking, entertaining and music in his daughters and grandchildren. He and his wife hosted warm and wonderful gatherings with friends and family at their home. He was blessed with a beautiful way with words that he used to support and encourage and share love with so many over his lifetime. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rebecca Ashby Carnes, daughters, Laura Carnes Kane, Allyson Bagley (Paul), three grandchildren Connor Kane, John Paul “JP” Bagley and Paige Bagley. He is also survived by his sisters Wanda Lowther and Myra Williams (John) and a host of nieces and nephews Due to the Covid19 restrictions all services will be private and he will be laid to rest at Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington, Kentucky. The family requests that contributions in John’s memory be made to Dreams With Wings of Louisville, Kentucky by visiting www.dreamswithwings.org.

Robert Ray McCormick ’63

Nov. 19, 2020

Robert “Bob” R. McCormick Sr., 80, beloved husband of Eleanor (Wright) McCormick, passed away on Thursday, November 19th, 2020. He was born September 6th, 1940 in Berea, Kentucky, son of the late Oliver P. and Ruby (Simpson) McCormick. Bob was a graduate of Berea College and had taught mathematics in Powell County and was a retired insurance agent. He was a member of Safe Harbor Baptist Fellowship and attended Penn Memorial Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed fishing and was an avid baseball fan. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his two sons, Robert R. ( Jennie) McCormick Jr. and Andrew S. (Stephanie Herron) McCormick; two grandchildren, Kennedy McCormick and Alexandra Herron. Due to the current regulations set forth by the state, Bob’s services will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to Safe Harbor Baptist Fellowship, 519 Gano Avenue, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324, Penn Memorial Baptist Church, 3311 Main Street, Stamping Ground, Kentucky 40379 or Second Baptist Church, 720 West 7th Street, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240.

Sylvia Phelps Jones ’65

Nov. 20, 2020

Sylvia Phelps Jones, age 77, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in her hometown of Somerset, KY.  She was born August 17, 1943, to the late Elza Lee Phelps and Lois Dean Phelps of Somerset.  Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband Walter Baskerville Jones.

Sylvia graduated from Somerset High School, Berea College, and Appalachian State University where she received a master’s degree in English.  Her students were her lifelong inspiration, and she is remembered fondly as an English instructor at both Wake Forest-Rolesville and Louisburg High Schools, at Truett McConnell College, and at Louisburg College where she also served as Dean of Women in the early 1970s.

After she retired, she enjoyed many years of coastal living at Emerald Isle, NC, before her recent return to Kentucky.  Over the past year, virtual Sunday services at Louisburg United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Somerset were a great comfort, and she rarely missed one.

She is survived by her daughter Jamie Eller Patrick (Jason) and grandson Noah of Louisburg, NC; stepdaughter Jennifer Harrill (Dixon) of South Carolina; stepson Peter Jones of Virginia; sisters Jenny Epperson (Rob) of Danville, KY, and Mary Deane Speaks (Conway) of Somerset, KY; brother Bill Phelps (Kim) of Somerset, KY; and several beloved stepgrandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She will be inurned in the Louisburg United Methodist Church memorial garden columbarium.

Memorial gifts may be made to Louisburg College, 501 North Main Street, Louisburg, NC 27549, to Louisburg United Methodist Church, 402 North Main Street, Louisburg, NC 27549, or to The COPD Foundation at www.copdfoundation.org.

Vernon L. Mechalske ’65

Nov. 29, 2020

Vernon Leo Mechalske, 78, of Brandy Station, VA passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at home surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Harrisonburg on November 5, 1942, and was a son of the late Millard John and Myrtle Marie (Webster) Mechalske. Vernon was a retired claims adjuster for Kemper Insurance and CNA Insurance. He was a member of Arlington Church of the Brethren in Arlington, VA. He received his Bachelors of Economics from Berea College, class of 1965. Vernon loved softball and baseball, and was an all-star catcher for Bridgewater. He was united in marriage to Nita Jean (Collins) Mechalske for 53 years. Surviving in addition to his wife are his two daughters, Vickie Lynn Tamariz and husband Art, of Centreville, VA and Rebecca Ann Moody and husband Chris, of Brandy Station, VA; two brothers, John Mechalske and wife Sue, of Locust Grove, VA and Richard Mechalske and wife Sandy, of Bracey, VA. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michele Moody, Savannah Tamariz, Justin Tamariz, and Cole Moody, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater with Pastor Mark Stump officiating. It will be live streamed from Vernon’s obituary page at www.johnsonfs.com. Burial will follow at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM to 12:50 PM at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 19, Brandy Station, VA 22714. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

Frances Smith Moore ’65

March 12, 2021

Janalee Justice Felty ’66

Feb. 25, 2021

Janalee Felty, age 76, of Berea, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Baptist Health in Richmond. Janalee was born in Williamson, West Virginia to the late Jerry and Cecil Justice. She retired from Dresser Industries and was a member of Liberty Avenue Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Victor Justice, and Jerome Justice, and a grandchild, Skyler Felty.  She is survived by her loving husband, Billy Felty; her children, Jeremy Felty, Tammy Felty, and Sherry Aboite; her siblings, Wayne Justice, Norma Tincher and Vivian Justice; and seven grandchildren, Megan Elam, Amber Bristow, Austin Aboite, Hailey Felty, Jeremy Felty, Jr., Tyler Felty, and Harper FeltyFuneral services will be 12 pm, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Liberty Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Felty officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 am to 12 pm at the church. Active pallbearers will be Conrad King, Greg King, Paul Edward Felty, Kristopher Felty, Alfredo Aboite, and Austin Aboite.

Anthony Clay Small Fd ’66

Feb. 18, 2021

Born February 9, 1949 in Collinsville, Alabama, Anthony Clay Small was the second of three children born to Janie Lee and Andrew Anthony Clay Small. He began his education at Gregory High School and continued it at Berea College Foundation School, Selma University and Alabama A & M College. It was at Gregory High that he first experienced the joy of playing music with his schoolmates in the high school band. This was the beginning of his love of music and the camaraderie of other musicians, an endeavor that he enjoyed his entire life. He learned to play multiple instruments including the trumpet, guitar, tuba and organ in various bands and churches. Most of his work life was in the employ of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. On leaving Goodyear, he went on to work at Southeastern and Cagle’s Poultry. In all these enterprises, he formed fast friendships and made many lifelong friends. Anthony loved the Lord, and he loved people. He joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at an early age and went on to serve as church organist, choir director and deacon. He served as chairman of several church programs and implemented a youth enrichment group focused on character building, Christian values and life skills with Deacon Tommie Jones. During his free time, he could be found gardening, fishing, barbecuing and proudly sharing the results of these hobbies with friends and family. In 1972, he was joined in matrimony to Wanda Ann Stubbs, and together they were loving parents to their five children until her death on August 18, 2003. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, brother, and son. In 2007, he married Natalie Sharline Jones, and together they enjoyed the benefits of a life filled with church, family and friends. He departed this life peacefully on February 18, 2021. Anthony is survived by his devoted wife, Natalie Jones Small; three sons: Christopher (Cassandra) Small of Tuscaloosa, AL, Derrick Small and Anthony Shawn Small of Collinsville, AL; two daughters: Candace (Corey) Sanders of Birmingham, AL and Juanita Dawn Small of Collinsville, AL. He also leaves to mourn his passing one sister: Gwendolyn (William) Johnson of Greenville, SC and one brother: Marvin (Maggie) Small of Huntsville, AL. Counted, too, among those who will dearly miss him are his beloved grandchildren: Chantaye Davis, Martika (Josh) Foxworth, Markela Garcia, Corderra Dupree, Terrica Justice, Xavier Small, Jett Justice, Deklon Sanders, Saniya Sanders, and twelve great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his passing a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends: Willard D. Hart, Tommie Jones, Theodis Shaheed Rahmaan, and Melton Stollenwreck, Kara Dupree Gallegos Corona, and Desiree Justice, a chosen son, David Briggs, a chosen sister, Delmetrice Stubbs, and a chosen brother, Robert E. Stubbs.

Bonnie Hicks Walters ’68

Jan. 28, 2021

Bonnie Sue Hicks Walters, age 87, of Somerset, a retired teacher of the Somerset School System and widow of the late Robert Lee “Bob” Walters passed from this life on Thursday, January 28, 2021. She was able to make her peaceful transition in the privacy of her own home.

She was born on December 28, 1933 in Knox County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Fannie Stewart Foley. Bonnie was Valedictorian of her graduating class from Knox Central High School. She was a graduate of Berea College and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree and Rank 1 Teaching Certificate at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Bonnie was a compassionate, kind and conscientious teacher who dedicated most of her life to educating children. She won the respect and admiration of many of her students. She taught the 6th grade at Central Jr. High and in 1972, she began teaching 3rd grade at Porter Hopkins Elementary for a total of 27 years before retiring. She was a member of the Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association. Bonnie was an avid University of Kentucky Basketball fan, enjoyed traveling, especially to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and sites out west and especially the mountains. She enjoyed playing bridge, card games, gardening and “digging in the dirt”. Bonnie was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the First Baptist Church of Somerset where she was a member of Women’s Missionary Union and was enthusiastic about spending time with her “Hand and Foot” card-game friends. She had a genuine passion for helping others and coordinated the first Annual Community Christmas Party at First Baptist. Bonnie was a loving, kindhearted and generous person and will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her Husband; Robert Lee “Bob” Walters, whom she married on August 25, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her siblings; Lt. Colonel Jimmie Allen Hicks, Ruby Stewart and Robert Lee Stewart and his wife Sally.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two sons; Robert L. (Rita) Walters of Lexington and Michael (Cami) Walters of Peru, Indiana, two daughters; Lynda Walters Thompson and her husband (Tim) of Brandon, Florida and Kathy Walters Clay and her husband (John) of Somerset, Kentucky, a sister; Reva Carter Hicks of Woodbridge, Virginia, twelve grandchildren; Robin Thompson Hernandez and her husband (Matt), Keith Daniel Walters, Travis Michael Walters, Sara Thompson Woods and her husband (Doug), Matthew Scott Thompson and his wife (Sarah) John Daniel “Chip” Clay, Jr., Caroline Bonnie Clay, Eric Robert Walters, Jenna Marie Walters Garcia and her husband (Miquel), Kyle Arthur Lloyd Walters and his wife (Heather), Elsie Rose Walters and Eli Robert Walters, 7 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Somerset. The Funeral Services will be at 2:00 pm at the Church with Bro. David Pendley officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

Her Grandsons; Keith Walters, Kyle Walters, Travis Walters, Eli Walters, Eric Walters, “Chip” Clay, Matthew Thompson will proudly serve as Active Pallbearers.

A heartfelt expression of gratitude is extended to her Special Caregivers, Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Project 58:10 at First Baptist Church. You may offer condolences and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com.

Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Bonnie Sue Walters.

Published on January 29, 2021

Mary Beth Adams Bevins ’69

March 17, 2021

Mary Beth Bevins, age 73, passed away at home after an extended illness on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

She was born in Danville, Kentucky to the late John Cecil and Mary Elizabeth Dillon Adams. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Berea and a member/treasurer of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mary Beth Bevins graduated from Berea College in 1969 with a B.A. degree in Mathematics. She earned an M.S. degree in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University the following year and, in 1975, Mary Beth joined the Berea College staff. Although she only stayed for a year in her part-time position in the Development office, she returned to College and had held various faculty and staff positions for 32 years. During her long service, she was an instructor, a coach, an office manager, an equipment director, and a program assistant for the physical education department. She also taught a wide variety of courses and coached women’s field hockey, tennis, and a co-ed cheerleading squad. She held the position of secretary for the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference and tournament director for several KWIC tournaments. During this time, she also served the College as head resident for Pearson Dorm for two years, as the Secretary for the Director of Seabury Center and Dance Programs, as the Pool and Program Manager for Physical Education, Health, Athletics, and Dance; and, most recently, as the Director of Seabury Center and Aquatics from 1999-2008. It was as the director that she was able to incorporate her many years of experience into the complex management of a multi-faceted facility and its many programs.

Mary Beth was, of course, best known for her work in Aquatics. She had Red Cross certifications from basic level to Instructor Trainer and the majority of her professional career was devoted to teaching swim classes and certifying lifeguards. Mary Beth’s many years of work with the swim screening process was about a great deal more than helping students meet the requirement for graduation – it was about having a passion for her work and having a true conviction to ensure that all Berea College students would know how to swim upon leaving Berea.

Besides her work at the College, Mary Beth was actively involved in 4-H for over 22 years, serving as a 4-H leader and in both the Vice-President and President roles for the Madison County 4-H Council. In addition, she was a Red Cross volunteer for 31 years and served on the Red Cross Board for 11 of those years.

Mary Beth Bevins was a dedicated instructor, administrator, mentor and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mary Beth is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Bob Bevins; her two daughters, Amy Lynne (Keith) Pinson of Berea and Julie Anne (Ryan Weir) Bevins of Easton, PA; her two granddaughters, Chloe, and Addison Pinson; five half-brothers, John, Lew, Orv, Brent and the late Darrel Adams.

Funeral services will be 11 am, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Livingood officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday evening at the funeral home from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Per state mandates, facial coverings and social distancing will be observed.

Christine Conway Collier Fd ’65, ’69

May 2, 2010

Christine M. Conway, age 62 years, of Raritan Township, NJ, died on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Born in Knoxville, TN, May 31, 1947, daughter of the late Errett Milton and Esther Anna Cunahan Conway, she had resided in Raritan Township since 2008, having formerly lived in Bridgewater, NJ and Media, PA. She was formerly a Nurse employed by the Hunterdon Care Center, Raritan Township, NJ. Surviving are a son, Matthew Collier of Spotsylvania, VA; a daughter, Jennifer Peru of Bridgewater, NJ; a brother, William Conway of Brewster, MA; two sisters, Martha Williamson of Lyons, CO, and Kate Gilbert of Richmond, KY; and four grandchildren, Zachary and Adam Peru and Nicholas and Julia Collier. Funeral Services and Interment will be private under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Please visit www.holcombefisher.com for further information or to send condolences. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Two Princess Road, Suite D, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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Ottis J. Reed ’70

Nov. 18, 2020

Ottis J. Reed Crittenden Ottis J. Reed, 72, of Crittenden, passed Nov. 18, 2020. He was the son of the late Joe Schneider and Jean Amburgey Reed. Ott is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sandra Lee Kinmon Reed; a daughter: Carrie Shufflebarger (Eric) of Union; a son: Jeremy Richerson (Leslie) of Murfreesboro, TN; a brother: John Reed (Phyllis) of Williamstown; a sister: Carole Perry (Jim) of Florence; and 4 Grandchildren: Elliott and Jack Shufflebarger and Savannah and Emma Richerson. Ott retired as the Agency Manager of Kentucky Farm Bureau in Grant County and was a member of the Crittenden Christian Church. He was also a former member of Kiwanis, Good Guys Club, Grant Co. Jaycees and the Masonic Lodge in Crittenden. One of his greatest passions was youth sports and served the Grant County community through the years as a Little League Baseball Coach and as the Grant County High School Girls Fastpitch Softball Coach. He also enjoyed playing and coaching fastpitch softball with the Grant County Merchants Fastpitch Softball team. He was a member of the Grant County High School Athletic Hall of Fame and recently had the GCHS Girls softball field named in his honor. Funeral services will be private for the immediate family and burial will follow in the Crittenden Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date once restrictions from COVID19 have been lifted. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crittenden Christian Church, 106 N. Main St., Crittenden, KY 41030; Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org ; Leukemia And Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org

Samuel M. Horne ’71

Dec. 30, 2020

Samuel Michael Horne of Seven Mile Ford passed away December 30 th . Mike was born March 1, 1949, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Bessie Bourne Horne and his parents, Samuel Roy Horne and Carolyn Blevins Horne. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Boardwine Horne and a son, Michael Horne. He is also survived by his brother, Jim Horne, and sisters, Susan Horne Lafon and Marilyn Horne Cook (Dennis), and nephew Shane Horne. He is also survived by special friends Jack Cooper and Chris Woods. After graduation from Sugar Grove High School and Berea College he served in various capacities as a social worker in Smyth and Wythe Counties. Mike was very kind and caring and took quiet joy in his family and friends, and possessed a quirky grin along with a keen sense of humor. He was always attentive and caring and a special joy to his mother during her 35 years as a widow. He enjoyed spending time with Jim on the family farm in later years. In lieu of memorial donations to charities, Mike would want us to extend kindness to one another in his memory. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, VA is serving the Horne family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.highlandfuneralservice.com To send a flower arrangement to the family of Samuel Michael Horne, Sr.

Jeff S. Burr Fd ’68, ’72

Feb. 27, 2021

Jeffrey Stuart Burr, 69, of Rainelle, WV passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. Born September 28, 1951 in Gassaway, WV he was the son of the late Lester Eugene and Alma Elizabeth Haynes Burr. Jeffrey was an artist in pottery. He is preceded in death by son, Ryland Burr. Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife, Jodi Lynn French-Burr; daughter, Lily Hope Burr; sister, Carol Woods; and brother, Anthony Burr. In keeping with Jeffrey’s wishes he will be cremated. Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were made by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Douglas Wayne Stamm ’72

Jan. 21, 2021

Stamm, 70, of Frenchburg, Kentucky passed away at his residence, surrounded by his family and friends, on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born September 10, 1950, to the late Estill and Edna Crawford Stamm. Doug was a former Menifee County extension agent, a Menifee County High School science and agriculture teacher, a real estate agent and an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vonda Gabehart Stamm; two sons, Brent (Heather) Stamm of Georgetown, KY and Brandon (Christa) Stamm of Winchester, KY; five grandchildren, Mason (Lindsey), Katie, Baylen, Sayde and Emye. Doug is also survived by one brother, Jim (Brenna) Stamm; two sisters, Shirley Stamm of Berea, KY and Stephanie Stamm of Atlanta, GA; along with a host of other family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by two sisters, Melvina Wagner and Carol Stamm. Doug never met a stranger and loved spending time with family and friends. He was blessed with a sharp mind and quick wit. Even throughout his illness, Doug maintained his sense of humor and love of good music. A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Taul Funeral Home Chapel in Frenchburg. Friends may visit Saturday from 12 Noon 2 pm at the Taul Funeral Home in Frenchburg. Please come with your favorite “Doug story” to share with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or to your favorite charity. *Covid restrictions of masks and social distancing to be practiced due to family request. To send a flower arrangement to the family of Douglas Stamm

Kenneth Artrip ’74

May 6, 2020

Kenneth Wayne Artrip, age 68, of Duffield, VA was born October 24, 1951 in Big Stone Gap, VA and passed away May 6, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. He had worked for the department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. He loved his family and his canine companions. He was an avid farmer and loved the land.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emmitt and Geraldine Artrip.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 45 years Debra Artrip of the home; one daughter Jessica Christian and husband, Christopher of Norton, VA; his beloved grandchildren Grady, Clay and Charlotte Christian; one brother Darrell Artrip and wife, Sharon of Keokee, VA; four sisters Nina Woods and husband, Eugene of Dryden, VA, Teresa Ward and husband, Charles of Big Stone Gap, VA, Regina Machell Massengill and husband, Bill of Keokee, VA and Pamela Hilton and Rob Estep of Kingsport, TN.

Friends and family may drop by from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Province Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, VA. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers make a donation in his honor to the American Cancer Society or to your local Humane Society.

Memorials and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.provincefuneralhome.com, located at 42098 E. Morgan Ave. Pennington Gap, VA 24277 Phone 276-546-2456

Jereial B. Fletcher ’76

March 8, 2021

Jereial Byron Fletcher died on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at home with his family, after a diagnosis of metastatic cancer. The life of this extraordinary man began at his parents’ home in Nickelsville, Virginia, on December 28, 1953. Educated in Scott County, Virginia public schools, he was an honors graduate from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, a double major in English and Education. Throughout his 45-year-long career in higher education, he carried forward the mission statement of Berea: “To offer a high-quality liberal arts education that engages students as they pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals.” He was proud of Berea’s history as the first integrated Southern coeducational institution of higher learning, where all students worked and studied and served their community.

Fluent in Appalachian studies and every discipline of English language and literature, Jereial taught at Virginia Tech during his Master’s degree program and worked as a counselor for Upward Bound. After graduating from Tech, he and his wife Ramona, a fellow graduate student, moved to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he completed all the coursework for the Ph.D. in English.

A resident of Bluefield since 1980, Jereial completed later graduate studies in Higher Education at Virginia Tech for the Ed.D. coursework and exams, culminating in the CAGSE. All of these went into the wide-ranging expertise that enriched his teaching, first at Bluefield College for four years, and then at Southwest Virginia Community College since 1984, his service there lasting 37 years. Many thousands of students passed through his courses, and they were enriched and inspired by him. His mentoring of new faculty and his service as Chair of Humanities and Dean at SWCC ensured that his comprehensive knowledge and devotion to the ideals of service will continue long afterward. His innovation and dedication to VCCS and to regional, statewide, and national organizations made his impact even greater.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Byron Fletcher, and his mother, Rebecca Lucas Fletcher, his uncle Cecil Dwight Fletcher and aunt Lula Foster Fletcher, his cousin Clarion Fletcher, and many Addington and Fletcher and Lucas relations whose genealogy lines were carefully documented going back centuries. He was a fount of knowledge on Scott County, Southwest Virginia, and East Tennessee history, culture, and geography. He was a keen paddler of rivers and a farmer and protector of the land that was his birthright.

Jereial Byron Fletcher was a poet. He loved folklore and stories and jokes and linguistic puzzles. An advocate for Appalachian Studies, he was a member of the founding committee that created the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium, a key force in the VCCS New Horizons annual conferences, Editor and board member of the VCCS community college journal Inquiry. He hosted many writers who visited SWCC, including James Still, author of River of Earth. He was a James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, a Chancellor’s Fellow in the VCCS, and mentor to professionals seeking Virginia teaching credentials in the Career Switchers program.

He read Old and Middle English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. He introduced friends and students to Gurney Norman and James Still and many other mountain and southern writers. He loved Geoffrey Chaucer and the British Romantic poets, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, and Robert Penn Warren and had an encyclopedic knowledge of British and American literature.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Ramona Semones Fletcher, and his daughter Rachel Colleen Fletcher. He loved his family and was loved by them. No words can speak to their loss. Survivors include his sister Beatrice Fletcher Dingus (Wayne), brothers-in-law Michael Semones (Helen), Andy Semones, Vincent Semones (Karen), Joe Semones (Jill), Danny Semones (Anita), and sister-in-law Nancy Semones Knox, as well as mother-in-law Anna McMillan Semones, fellow kayaker and traveller and gardener and lover of nature. He leaves behind many cousins and nieces and nephews. He also leaves many friends and colleagues, former students, everyone fortunate enough to spend time in his company: you know who you are and how much you meant to him. His “first officer” and friend Tammy Austin, valued Division Administrative Assistant at SWCC, kept him organized and punctual; together, they knew or could find the answers to questions all and sundry.

The voice of Alpha Baldridge, in James Still’s novel River of Earth, could speak for Jereial Fletcher, when she said, “Forever I’ve wanted to set us down in a lone spot, a place certain and enduring, with room to swing arm and elbow, a garden-piece for fresh victuals …. I’m longing to set me down shorely and raise my chaps proper.”

Jereial believed in the essential truths of poetry, going again and again to William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus”: I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

His family is grateful to Amedisys Hospice for compassionate care in the final hours and for the excellent services of Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, WV. A celebration of Jereial’s life will be held when it is safe to do so. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory may contribute to the SWCC Educational Foundation or to The Clinch River Valley Initiative/Nature Conservancy partnership working to create a Clinch River State Park in Virginia.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Betty Wannamaker Lokuji ’76

Feb. 14, 2020

Mrs. Lokuji was born April 23, 1952 to the late Lester and Bessie Mae Wannamaker. She was the wife of Alfred Sebit Lokuji. Betty graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School, Class of 1972. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Berea College. Mrs. Lokuji retired as a Nurse from Spartanburg Regional Hospital after more than twenty-five years of service. Left to cherish fond and loving memories are: her son, Loro Robert Lokuji (Mistie Pearson); her grandchildren, Kambra Bonilla, Alaina and Novaleigh Lokuji; her siblings, Sarah Hazel Wannamaker, Corrie Lessico Wannamaker and Rosie Wannamaker; her special friend, Marshall Stephens; her dear nieces and nephews, Camillia Wannamaker, Lester Wannamaker, Jacob McCollum and Melinda Wannamaker; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by: her sister, Martha U. McCollum and Geraldine Thomas; and her brother, Lester Wannamaker, Jr. A Celebration of the Life of Betty Carol Wannamaker Lokuji will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The John Stinson Woodward Memorial Chapel, 602 Howard St., Spartanburg, SC. Live Stream services will be available on Facebook on the TEEFERGUSONREPORT. to the service of Betty Carol Wannamaker Lokuji

Charla Godfrey ’77

Feb. 27, 2021

On Saturday, February 27, 2021, Charla Victoria Godfrey transitioned from her earthly home to a home of comfort and peace. Charla was born on June 1, 1955 to Raymond J and Ruth Godfrey who have predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Rose and brother-in-law, Greg Yakubek as well as many cousins and friends who continue to love and cherish her memory. Charla was a 1977 Business Management graduate of Berea College. Charla lived and was employed by Turman Construction Company in Huntington WV from 1977-1994. Charla greatly enjoyed 70’s music, watching TMC movies, and preparing and hosting dinners. According to her wishes, Charla was cremated in the care of Mounts Funeral Home and a private memorial service will be held a later date. Charla’s beautiful soul and spirit will continue to be in the hearts of those she met and touched.

William Hazen Presley ’77

Jan. 3. 2021

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Lowell Furman Fowler ’87

June 17, 2020

Lowell passed in his family’s home surrounded by his loved ones after a six month battle with cancer. Lowell was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina and loved his mountains. He referred to them as the “real ones.” Lowell will be remembered as a lover of Jesus, his family, and friends. He was a graduate of Berea College and the University of Tennessee, where he gained the knowledge he used to inspire so many to appreciate God’s gift of nature. Lowell was a big believer that broken people are never beyond repair and spent a large portion of his life speaking God’s love and truth into broken lives. He also found joy in making broken things into things of beauty, and the family is overjoyed to know that his broken body has been made new. Lowell is survived by his former wife and best friend, Angie Fowler; children, Anna Fowler McAfee (Justin), Lauren Fowler, Anderson Fowler, Lyndsey Fowler Passiales (Paul), and Avellina Fowler; grandchildren, Avery McAfee, Brooklyn McAfee, Sullivan McAfee, and baby Passiales, due in November; and his siblings, Lee Fowler, Lynn Fowler, and Lisa Fowler Van IJendoorn. Philippians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” There will be a special celebration of life for Lowell during the peak of the autumn colors in the fall, on his 60th birthday. Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to be serving the family.


Charles P. Pearson ’93

Feb. 20, 2021

Charles “Chuck” Preston Pearson July 2nd, 1966 February 20th, 2021 Charles “Chuck” Preston Pearson, age 54, lived in Tyner Kentucky. He passed away surrounded by family around 1 PM at Saint Joseph London Hospital, Saturday February 20th, 2021. Charles Chuck Pearson was born July 2nd, 1966 in Berea. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy for 4 years. He met his wife Vicki (Parrett) Pearson at the age of 23, married her August 4th, 1990 and they had twins, a boy and girl, June 29th, 1994. He spent his life working in the medical field at various places such as Jackson County EMS, Laurel County EMS, Pattie A. Clay Hospital and, most recently, Saint Joseph London. He was well known as an Artist by most and was a big part of the community in the medical field as well as a story-teller. He was proud of the fact that it was he who designed the current logo for The Jackson County Sun. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Pearson, 2 children; Haley Pearson and Matthew (Courtney) Pearson, Mother-in-law, Barbara (Hisel) Parrett; his parents, Sudie (Dave) Isaacs, GP (Barbara) Pearson; his brother, Roger (Patricia) Pearson; his sister, Rachel Pearson; his niece, Rebekah Pearson Garcia and his nephews, Joseph, Joshua and Noah. He was preceded in death by his Father-in law Isaac Parrett Jr. Charles “Chuck” Pearson’s visitation will be Friday February 26th at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee at 12:00 p.m. Funeral will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Monroe Pearson officiating. He will be laid to rest at the Parrett Cemetery on Adkinstown Road, McKee, Kentucky. Pallbearers: Matthew Pearson, Haley Pearson, Roger Pearson, Jim Parrett, Jim Cooper and Clifford England.


Lisa Newberry Brennan ’00

Feb. 4. 2021

Lisa N. Brennan, 43, of South Abington Township, PA, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 at The Gardens of Easton. Born July 17, 1977 in Grundy, VA, she was the daughter of Debra (Stacy) Newberry, of Phoenix, AZ, and the late William Newberry. She and her husband, Sean P. Brennan, celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on August 9, 2020. Lisa was a 1995 graduate of David Crockett High School, Jonesborough, TN. She received a B.A. in German and Philosophy and a B.S. in Physics from Berea College, KY in 2000. She received a M.A. in German in 2002 from the University of Kentucky. She was last employed by Deer Park Lumber, Tunkhannock, PA. Lisa loved music especially the Eagles, Alan Jackson and Roy Orbison. She enjoyed swimming, collecting and repairing watches, and had a fascination for mysteries. She was a member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Scranton. Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two brothers, William “Billy” Newberry, and Sean Newberry and his wife Renee, all of Phoenix; a niece, Aurora; and her dogs that she loved, Max and Lily. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a brother, Matthew Newberry. A memorial liturgy will be held at 11am Thursday, February 18, 2021 in St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 N. 7th Avenue, Scranton. The Strunk Funeral Home., Inc., Easton, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at www.strunkfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.


Morgan P. Graves ’16

March 6, 2021

Miss Morgan Priscilla Graves showed the respect of being a friend towards everyone she met during her brief life. Morgan had an outgoing personality, a kind, generous spirit, a great sense of humor, and a boisterous laugh. The lovely, lasting impression that Morgan made on her dearest family and friends will live on in their cherished memories of her. On August 9, 1994, Morgan was born to mother Ginger (Griffin) Graves and father Gary Brennan Graves. She grew up in Franklin, Kentucky. A tragic vehicle accident abruptly ended this earthly life for Morgan on March 6, 2021. Morgan was a lively, delightful child and established many lifelong friendships with classmates. She was a Girl Scout, played softball in the community league, played on the high school volleyball team, and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Morgan learned to play piano and enjoyed singing in the school chorus and church choirs. As a school student, Morgan received honors as a Good Citizen and accepted various leadership roles. Morgan participated in high school theater and chorus performances and Franklin Simpson Community Arts theater productions. She also received a nomination to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. After high school graduation Morgan continued her education at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Here she perfected her singing voice as a member of the Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Her acting talent led her to pursue training and education in the Theater Department. Morgan appeared in multiple campus stage performances and musicals. The experience at Berea College helped Morgan mature into a confident young woman and gave her opportunities for an internship and stage performance at Venice Theater in Florida. Vivaciousness combined with musical training and a Theater degree led Morgan to entertain several audiences who had the good fortune of seeing her sing and act live on stage. Some notable performances include her starring role of Mama Rose in Gypsy and the tap-dancing Miss Shields in A Christmas Story: the Musical. Morgan filled dual character roles in a production of Peter Pan. She authentically portrayed the affectionate Mrs. Darling, as well as the zany first mate Mr. Smee which highlighted her natural, comedic timing. And in 2018, Morgan performed as Flora in 27 Wagons of Cotton and earned the title of Best Supporting Actress at the Florida Theatre Conference. Most recently, Morgan began her ascent in a new career. She discovered satisfying work in direct retail sales and customer service. Once again, her talent for impromptu and engaging conversation made this type of job easy for Morgan. Her plans included gaining the necessary experience in sales and operations to manage a business. An ultimate goal was to become a Chief Executive Officer of a large corporation. All who had the benefit of knowing Morgan can imagine she would have fervently reached that pinnacle. Morgan is preceded in death by her grandfather, Eugene Maurice Griffin, III. Surviving close family members to Morgan include her parents Ginger Graves and Brennan Graves, her younger sister Melina Rhiann Graves, her favorite dog Scout, grandparents Judy and Gary Graves, uncle Gene Griffin and aunt Sherry Griffin and her grandmother Linda Brown. Other close family survivors include Julie and Nickey Traughber, Brenda and Russell Forshee, Lindsey and Maverick Brown, Eli Traughber, Shelley, and Jim Buckner, Bailey Buckner, Blake Buckner, Judy, and Alton Goodwin, and Sharon Goodwin. Additional aunts, uncles, and cousins, too numerous to list, will also mourn the sudden loss of their dear family member. Morgan had a deep gratitude for the debt-free, high-quality education and experience she received from Berea College. In lieu of flowers or collectibles, the family asks that donations in memory of Morgan go to Berea College. You may specify your support towards the Concert Choir or Theater Department. Donate to Berea College Morgan will rest in peace in a natural burial site in Larkspur Conservation in Middle Tennessee. The graveside service and burial will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Larkspur Conservation at Taylor Hollow, 155 Bear Carr Road, Westmoreland, TN. Hiking attire welcomed. Memorial contributions may also be made to Larkspur Conservation. Donations will support planting native trees in memory of the authentic, fun, and loving spirit who once graced the earth, Miss Morgan Priscilla Graves. Memorial Contributions – Larkspur Conservation: Tennessee’s Conservation and Natural Burial.


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