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Barbara Faye Cummins
Child and Family Studies (1989-2004)
June 27, 2021
Barbara Faye Cummins, age 86, passed away Sunday, June 27, at Baptist Health in Richmond, KY. She was born Jan. 21, 1935, at home, in Mt. Vernon, KY to the late Myrtie Harmon Towery and John Harmon. The youngest and only daughter with seven older brothers, Faye quickly learned the endearing lessons of being raised by a widowed mother in the importance of family and the values found in hard work. During her teenage years, Faye waitressed at the Renfro Valley Lodge alongside what would be her future husband, Vernon Cummins. After relocating to Berea in 1963, she later worked at Gibson Greeting Cards, Motor Wheel, Foley’s Florist, and later retired from Berea College. Additionally, she and her husband were co-owners of several restaurants for many years. More than anything, Faye’s love of others, especially her family, shone through every aspect of her life. Having never met a stranger, she had the incredible ability to make everyone feel welcome and valued as her friend. Her love, support and unending devotion to her family was powerful and is such a beautiful aspect of each of their lives. Faye was of the Southern Baptist faith and spent her entire life working and serving in the Church. She began teaching Sunday School as a pre-teen and continued for the next 70 years of her life! She also loved singing in the choir, where you could hear her beautiful alto voice for many years!
Other than her parents and each of her brothers, Faye was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Vernon Cummins. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly (and the late Tommy) Harkleroad, Belinda (Steve) Riddle, and Tina (Tom) Fritz, all of Berea, KY, as well as her grandchildren Bunky Harkleroad, Angela (HD) Prewitt, Larinda (Andy) Agee, Tatton Jacob, Taryn (Lee) Lockhart, and Chase Riddle. Numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandson as well as many dear church members who were dear to her heart also survive.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, July 1 at West Side Baptist Church with Bro. Allen Livingood officiating. You may view the service livestream on our website www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com Entombment will follow in the Berea Cemetery Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Andy Agee, Tatton Jacob, Lee Lockhart, Brayden Prewitt, HD Prewitt, and Chase Riddle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tom Arnold, Steve Cornelius, Bunky Harkleroad, Tory Harkleroad, Ty Harkleroad, Greg Penn, Cade Prewitt, Cameron Prewitt and Paul Reynolds. Visitation will be 6-9 PM Wednesday at the Church.
Memorial contributions suggested to the West Side Baptist Church Memorial Garden, 699 Prince Royal Drive, Berea, KY 40403.
Davis & Powell Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
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Facilities Management (1978-2010)
Aug. 27, 2021
Roy Raymond Himes, age 72, husband to Kay Himes, passed away suddenly on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at St. Joseph Berea Hospital.
Roy was born in Madison County to the late Luther and Mary Montgomery Himes. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a Kentucky Colonel, a retiree of Berea College, where he dedicated 32 years of service, and a minister of the Gospel for 37 years. He had pastored New Zion Baptist Church in McKee, Kentucky and Lighthouse Baptist Church in Berea.
In addition to his loving wife, of 47 years, Kay, he is also survived by two sons, Jason Himes, Joshua Himes, a daughter-in-law Angie Himes, and his granddaughter, Cadence Himes, who was his pride and joy. He is also survived by one brother Lewis Himes and his wife Joann. Many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and nine siblings, Sissy Ann Hounshell, Mildred Banks, Laura Lunsford, John Himes, Harold Himes, Ronald Himes, Robert Himes, Russell Himes, and Stanley Himes.
Funeral services were at 1 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Red Lick Baptist Church with Pastor Kris Isaacs and Bro. Jeff Himes officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Tuesday evening from 5- 9 pm at Red Lick Baptist Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.lakesfuneralhome.com. Active pallbearers will be Ray Phillips, Larry Phillips, Nathaniel Mullins, Matt Lake, Fred Cox, and Jim Preston. Honorary bearers will be Andrew Ogg, his Home Health nurse, and the Monday Night Prayer Group.
Mr. Roy Deaton ’30
Donna Corns Geagley ’37
July 28, 2016
Donna Irene Corns Geagley, 99, of Tollesboro, Ky., died Thursday, July 28, 2016 at her home. She was the widow of Everett Byron Geagley who died Oct. 8, 1992. Mrs. Geagley was a member of the Tollesboro Christian Church and she was a retired schoolteacher with the Lewis County Board of Education. She began her career teaching in a two room schoolhouse and at her retirement she was a second grade teacher for Tollesboro Elementary School. She was born in Lewis County, Kentucky on Aug. 27, 1916 the daughter of the late Joe and Myrnie Gillespie Corns. Survivors include her two sons, Jeffrey Byron Geagley and Gordon Jay Geagley (Judy) both of Tollesboro, KY; three grandchildren, Michael Jay Geagley (Marlene), Jody Lynn Paver (Bruce) and Robin Marie Hutchison (Lane) and three great grandchildren, Michael Everett Geagley, Coy Dylan Paver and Xavier Joseph Paver. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur William Corns and Scott Scoville Corns. Funeral services for Donna Geagley will be held at the Barbour and Son Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 31, 2016 with Rev. Layne Wagner officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM.
Carl I. Crabtree Acad ’41
July 25, 2021
Carlton Ivory Crabtree died on July 25, 2021, at the age of 101. He was “born on a mountaintop in Tennessee” (Chitwood Mountain to be precise). The middle child of 13, he grew up on the land his Appalachian ancestors settled in the late 16th Century. His father died when Carl had just entered adolescence, and was sent to Berea Academy and College as a boarding student. During his tenure at Berea, Carl worked nearly every job available to a student; the first-arriving breakfast prep cook, to a fireman in the town’s only fire brigade. He was on the swimming and diving team and worked the newspaper printing presses, among many other college obligations. Berea helped formed Carl’s lifelong dedication to work, learning, and character.
While attending Berea, on summer break in the late 1930s, Carl met the love of his life, Doris Pierce at a summer resort where they both worked. Due to their diving skills, management paired them up to perform for guests as pool-side entertainment in a “Brother-and-Sister” diving act.
Carl and Dori eloped to Tennessee on New Year’s Day 1940, then moved to Detroit where Carl worked as a Typesetter for the Detroit Free Press. During World War II, while he was an Officer in the U.S. Maritime Service, they moved to Dori’s hometown of New London, CT. In 1943 their son Carlton Pierce was born. In 1948, their daughter Carolyn was born. Five weeks later, they moved to Miami, where Carl began a career with Standard Oil. He rose through the ranks, working and living in San Francisco, Tennessee, and then Kentucky where he presided over the Merger of Standard Oil of Kentucky (KYSO) and Chevron as a Division Manager.
In 1976, after surviving a major heart attack, he retired from Chevron, and he and Dori moved to St. Augustine, where they lived for the next 45 years. Carl was an avid golfer and one of the first members of Marsh Creek Country Club, and eventually earned the title of “oldest active member”.
All who knew Carl: family, friends, and business associates, greatly admired him for his truly memorable gifts. He was a man of impeccable comedic timing, boundless charisma, a beautiful singing voice, sapphire blue eyes, broad shoulders, and seemingly infinite patience and kindness.
His beloved best friend and wife Dori died in October 2015, the year of their 75th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Jackson and Emma Crabtree; his siblings: Ruby, Paul, John, Ted, Ernest, Ethel, Juanita, Lucille, Andy, Delora, Duane, and Bill. He is survived by his son Carlton Pierce Crabtree of St. Augustine, Florida, and daughter Carolyn Crabtree Garvin (Tom) of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren Carlton Crabtree (Erin), Christy Sinkey (David), and Travis Garvin (Erin); great grandchildren Georgia Sinkey, Carly Sinkey, Julia Sinkey, Renee Garvin, and Paul Garvin, who all loved and treasured him beyond description.
Carl Crabtree was a truly successful man. But with all the depths and heights he experienced, none compared to what his family meant to him. From childhood to his last breath, the most valued gifts he’d been given were his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren – his greatest joy.
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Mary Sanlin Miller ’41
Aug. 17, 2016
Mary Dean Miller, 96, of Middletown, Ohio, died Aug.17, 2016. She was born March 16 ,1920 to Joe & Emma (Hacker) Sandlin in Gay’s Creek, Kentucky. Mary Dean was a member of First Baptist Church, she worked as a cafeteria manager in the Middletown City Schools and worked as a clerk at Dillard’s. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James G. Miller; four sisters, Eula Mae Duff, Nancy Click, Flossie Smith, Jean Ray; brother, Tolbert Sandlin. Mary Dean is survived by two daughters, Joni Jones of Middletown, Ohio and Debbie and husband (Dr. David) Sebastian of Anderson, Indiana; three grandchildren, Julie (Colin) Short, Amy (Jon) McLaughlin and Ashley Jones; four great grandchildren, Mary Kate Short, Matthew Wesley Short, Luca Dean McLaughlin and Liv Harlow McLaughlin; brother, James (Nancy) Sandlin of Frankfort, KY and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 22, 2016 at 2pm at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home with Dr. David Sebastian officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-2pm prior to the service. Memorial contributions can be made Hospice Care of Middletown or Alzheimer’s Research. Please visit www.breitenbach-anderson.com to leave online condolence.
Lydia Mae Roberts ’41
March 20, 2019
Lydia Mae Roberts, age 101, of Harold, KY, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at her residence. She was born February 5, 1918 in Harold, KY, a daughter of the late BF and Maude Sturgill Roberts. She was a retired Boeing Aircraft employee and a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by one sister: Winnie Byrne of Lexington, KY. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers: Ranel, Millard, Margin, Guy, Glenn and Rell Roberts and two sisters; Earlan Sturgill and Ruby Young.
Audrey Louise Dodd Bales ’42
July 16, 2021
Audrey Louise Dodd Bales, 100, died on July 16, 2021. She was born in Boaz, Ala., on March 1, 1921, one of nine children of the late David Edward and Maude Smith Dodd. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and her son Duane.
Audrey graduated in 1942 from Berea College in Kentucky, where she met Clarence. She received her master’s degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University in 1969. After the family moved to Monroe in 1961, she became the first librarian at Sun Valley High School. She later worked as the Media Director of Union Country Public Schools.
Audrey was a member of First Baptist Church of Monroe for 60 years. She helped with the church library and was an active member of WMU and Tapestries Bible Fellowship class. She held leadership positions in Alpha Delta Kappa honorary society for retired teachers, Rock Rest Extension and Community Association and Union County Retired School Personnel.
She enjoyed reading, traveling, and gardening. She and Clarence visited all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico. The entire family took many trips all over the United States and especially enjoyed exploring national parks in the western states.
A memorial service for Audrey will be held at 2:00PM Aug. 14, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Monroe, 109 W. Morrow Ave. Monroe, NC 28112. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00PM to 1:50PM, and following the service.
Audrey is survived by her son Stephen Bales (Virginia) of Midland MI and her daughter Susan Bales of Monroe; her grandsons Aaron Bales of Lansing MI and Jason Bales (Maureen) of Durham NC; her great-grandchildren William, Kaedyn and Nora. She is also survived by a brother Keith Dodd (Iris) and sisters-in-law Helen Dodd and Anne Bales.
The family would like to give special thanks to Robin Mundie and the caring staff at Avendelle Assisted Living in Wingate NC, to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and also to Lisa Crook for her love and care of Audrey over many months.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Monroe, 109 Morrow Avenue, Monroe NC 28112 or to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408 Charlotte, NC 28247.
Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com
Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave. Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Bales family.
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Hazel Hughey Canon ’42
April 5, 2021
Hazel Hughey Canon died peacefully in her sleep on April 5, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. She was born on Oct. 14, 1920 in Topeka, Kansas to Roy and Nell Hughey and moved at age 5 to Asheville, N.C., where she grew up and attended high school. After earning her nursing degree at Berea College in 1941, she studied Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill, later working for the Shelby County Health Department and running the South Memphis Clinic until her retirement. She was pre-deceased by her husbands James Skeen and Phillip McNeill and was married to Cham Canon until his death in 2015. A long-time member of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, in recent years she became a member of Germantown Presbyterian Church. Ms. Canon traveled extensively with the Elder Hostel program and traveled to Mexico to assist Dr. John Freeman in cataract surgery. She loved to dance and was an active member of singing and dancing groups at Kirby Pines, where she lived until her death. A kind and loving friend to many, she gave of herself without expecting anything in return. Mrs. Canon is survived by her sons Michael Skeen and Stephen Skeen and her daughter Sandra Williamson, as well as her grandchildren Aric and Ariel Skeen, Ashley Long-Hewgley, Jorma Skeen, Adriann Skeen, Meg Williamson, Shannon Williamson, and Laura Williamson, and her great grandchildren Janie Kathryn Skeen, Jack and Leo Postlethwait, and Sophie Williamson. Details of a memorial service to be announced.
Eliza Hamilton Heinsen ’42
May 24, 2020
Eliza Heinsen has changed addresses, she has gone to be with our Lord in Heaven. She passed away on May 24, 2020 due to complications from a fall. Eliza was born on August 23, 1920 to John and Mallie Hamilton in Frew, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Heinsen; parents, John and Mallie Hamilton; siblings, May, Carl, Mollie, Dan, Will, Anne, Jim, Howard, Harriet, Bob, and Clifford; Son, Marvin; Daughters, Joy and Jill; Granddaughter, Amanda; Nephew, Donnie; and 3 nieces, Susan, Annie and Ruth as well as countless friends. She is survived by her daughter, Ginger Trujillo (Johnny); and her son, Larry Heinsen (Jenette). She was able to watch her 9 grandchildren grow up to adults: Marie, Amanda (Joey), Howie, Kenneth (Eve), Kelly (Cody), Michelle (Noah), Tisha (Patrick), Robbie, and Jeff (Kara). She enjoyed 11 great-grandchildren: Janet, Tasha and Bella, Hannah, Westley and Wyatt, Aiden and Madysen, and Alex, Jenna, and Mallory. In 1945, she moved to Flagstaff, Arizona and met and married Harold Heinsen. Harold gave her the nickname “Sally” and she went by that name for the rest of her life. In Kentucky though, she was still “Eliza.” In 1946, she and Harold moved to Harold’s hometown of Hettinger, North Dakota. They lived on the ranch with Harold’s brother, “Happy” and had 5 children there. In 1958, because of Harold’s health concerns, the family moved to New Mexico and Harold worked as a rancher at the Alamo in the winters and the Valle Grande in the summers. After 18 wonderful years together with Sally, Harold passed away in 1962. Sally and her 5 kids moved to Jemez Springs where she got a job at the ranger station and worked there until retiring in 1985. She then moved to Albuquerque where she lived alone until age 97 before moving in with Ginger & Johnny in Placitas, NM. She was an amazingly wonderful, generous, forgiving, and honest person. Lots of people say they have never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was strong and independent and never wanted to be a burden. She was always more concerned with others than herself. She was a loyal member of Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church. She served as treasurer and elder back in the 60’s. Her favorite pastimes were reading her Bible, crocheting dishcloths, and writing personal notes and greeting cards to the people that she loved. She loved to get out and walk on the back patio where she would sit on the swing and would enjoy the birds, bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks. She loved to bake cinnamon rolls, carrot cakes, cookies, and pies. She loved traveling and was blessed to make many trips in her lifetime to England, Alaska, Hawaii, and most of the United States. She saw many changes in her almost 100 years of life. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed everything and everyone. Thank God that she was healthy with a strong body, mind, and soul. Up until her last days, she was still able to enjoy beautiful drives to Jemez and playing cards. She loved watching the great grandkids play sports, even throwing the ball and batting with Mallory. Her celebration of life event is tentatively being planned for August 23, 2020, which would have been her 100th birthday. We will be spreading the word once we have all of the details.
Bernice Clark Hall ’46
Sept. 11, 2021
Eula “Bernice” Hall, 96, of Morgantown, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Sundale Nursing Home. She was born on Oct. 21, 1924, in Blockton, daughter of the late Claude and Jewell (Kendrick) Clark.
Throughout her life, Bernice resided Boulder, Colo., Huntington, Wheeling, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Englewood, Fla. and, the latter part of her life, she resided in The Village at Heritage Point in Morgantown. She was known as a beloved mother, neighbor, teacher, and friend, at times simultaneously.
Bernice received her M.S. in family resources at WVU and B.S. in home economics at Berea College. Her working career, listing most recent to earliest, include retiring from the extension service as a home economics agent in Belmont County, Ohio, Cabell County Extension Service and a home economics teacher in public schools in West Virginia and Colorado.
Throughout her career, she received many awards, appointments and memberships, including a National Service Award for her work in the Belmont County Extension Service, her service on the Ohio State 4-H Foundation Board and also as a member of PEO.
Bernice also was an active member of Wheeling Christian Church and Englewood Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Stephen K. Hall and wife, Martha Hall; daughter, Jennifer Hall Boggess and husband, Lynn H. Boggess; grandson, Evan Boggess and wife, Kayla; and great-grandchildren, Isabel, and Henry Boggess.
In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by her loving husband, Homer W. Hall, of
73 years, and brother, Everett Clark, who passed away during childhood.
Hastings Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements and a graveside committal service will be held at East Oak Grove Cemetery, beginning at noon, Thursday, Sept. 16, with Pastor Mike Estep officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Bernice at Doctors Without Borders, Attn: Donor Services, 40 Rector St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10006; UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038; or Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
William James Morgan KH ’46
Sept. 25, 2020
William James Morgan William James Morgan died on September 25, 2020. Born in 1929, he grew up in Berea, Kentucky and was retired after a lengthy career at UT. Among his many jobs was serving as the University’s first Director of Public Occasions, in which he planned and supervised numerous events of all kinds all across the state. He also spent a decade as manager of University Concerts, during which he produced the first Elvis Concerts ever in Tennessee, two sold out performances at old Stokley Athletics Center. In addition, he managed Hunter Hills Theater’s first years after the Gatlinburg facility was gifted to UT. Another assignment was as travel manager for the UT Singers, mostly during the time the performers were directed by Dr. Guy Bockman, and he took the group abroad to perform seven times. He also served as UT liaison to the Tennessee Press Association and supervised the annual UT/TPA contests that honored excellence by the state newspapers. As a USAF veteran of the Korean conflict and a long-time general aviation pilot, he flew Civil Air Patrol aircraft during a number of search and rescue operations in East Tennessee. Among other activities he created a bird sanctuary wherever he lived and displayed owls at the Knoxville Zoo. He also restored two antique cars and was a model railroader. A longtime member of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and a two-time president of that congregation, he sang in the choir for several years. Predeceased by his first wife, Lillian, he is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nanne, his children, Bill Jr., Jayne Morgan, Carol (Michael) McElroy, and grandson, Jesse Morgan. He is also survived by his stepchildren Tamela Wells and Rucker Wells and step grandchildren Rachel and Gretchen Laity. Due to Covid-19 a Goodbye Observance will be held at TVUUC at a later date.
Sara Crain Randall Fd ’46
Aug. 3, 2021
Sara C. Randall, age 93, of New Albany, IN, passed away August 3, 2021.
Born to the late Chase and Helen Crain, Sara is survived by her adoring husband of over 65 years, Dr. Mark C. Randall; their children, Mark B. Randall (Marcia), Stephen A. Randall (Linda), and John C. Randall (Tammy); grandchildren, Lucas G. Randall (Detra), Jackson P. Randall (Alexis), and Matt Randall (Brooke); great-grandchildren, Miles A. Randall and Olivia C. Randall; and one great-grandbaby on the way.
Sara graduated from Berea High School and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture from the University of Kentucky. She was also a member of the Tri Kappa Sorority while attending U of K. Sara loved to tend to her flowers and held her family very close to her heart. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.
Visitation will be Monday, August 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. A funeral service in Sara’s honor will take place at 2 p.m. at the funeral home and she will be laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the Floyd County Humane Society or Rauch Inc of New Albany, Indiana.
Published on August 4, 2021
Martha Hutcherson Cochran Fd ’47
April 12, 2021
Martha Hutcherson Cochran, 91, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 12, 2021, in her home in Greensboro, Ga. Martha was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in Berea, KY, and was the daughter of William Robert Hutcherson and Sally May Grainger. Martha met the love of her life, Gene, in 1948 on the tennis courts at the University of Florida; that’s where their love story began. They married in 1952 and had 65 wonderful years together. They had four children Donna, Sharon, Bob, and Marcia and tennis became an important fabric of the Cochran family. Martha went on to become one of the top tennis players in Boca Raton, Fla., for seven years, and she was ranked #4 in the state of Florida. She and Gene were avid motorcycle enthusiasts, and one of their most notable trips was when they rode to Alaska and back in 1991; they traveled 15,000 miles in 62 days. They traveled by motorcycle to every state in the Union (except Hawaii) and all the provinces in Canada. Academics and fitness had always been Martha’s passions. She began her collegiate career at Oberlin College, Ohio (Freshman yr), Northwestern State, LA (Sophomore yr) where she played on the all-star basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. She eventually transferred to the University of Florida and completed her bachelor’s degree in mathematics (Cum Laude) and physical education. Her academic success even dated back to her high school days where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1947 at Berea Foundation High School. After graduating college, she taught 8th-grade math and PE in Tampa, Fla. Martha was very active in her community, as she was a member of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and the Chapel of St. Andrew Episcopal Church where she served on St. Andrews Auxiliary Guild for decades. In 2016, Martha joined the hospitality team at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and was blessed by unlimited love and encouragement. Martha dedicated her life to God and family; she was known as the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Culpepper Cochran and sister Sarah Hutcherson Wing. She is survived by her brother W. R. Hutcherson, Jr. (Vittie) of Sacramento, Calf.; four children: Donna Lynn Cochran McNaughton (Ron) of Johns Creek, Ga.; Sharon Cochran Gorman (Joe) of Greensboro, GA; Marcia Cochran Kulterman (Ron) of Austin, Texas; and Robert Ward Cochran (Ruby) of Coppell, Texas; seven grandchildren: Christopher Kulterman, Lindsay Kulterman, William Gorman, Russell Gorman, Julie Gorman Kramer, Jennifer McNaughton, Lori McNaughton Matthews and seven great-grandchildren: Carli Kennedy, Kylie Kramer, Christopher Matthews, Jacob Matthews, Smith Gorman, and Harrison Gorman. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Palm Beach Memorial Park (3691 North Seacrest Blvd. Lantana, FL 33462). The burial will follow immediately after the chapel service. To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are following all guidelines set by local, state and CDC officials. If you are planning on attending a service, please contact the family in advance, so that they can plan accordingly. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one or more of the following: The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (P.O. Box 93, Greensboro, GA 30642) St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation (1230 Baxter Street, Athens GA 30606) Chapel of St. Andrew (3900 Jog Road, Building 13, Boca Raton, FL 33434) Upcoming Events Memorial Service May 23. 10:00 AM 10:00 AM (EDT) Palm Beach Memorial Park 3691 Seacrest Blvd. Lantana, FL 33462
Ruth Steinberg Geis ’47
Joseph M. Couch Fd ’48
Dec. 29, 2017
Joseph Marion Couch, a carpenter and builder, contractor, inventor, and poet, age 87 of Morristown, formerly of Rogersville and New York, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare Systems. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.G. and Lucille Couch. He was dearly loved by his children, David Herzstein Couch (Nancy Shaw Halloran), Ruth Helen Couch, Mylissa Couch, Ian Raphael Couch (Junko Hemmi), Michael Ricardo Couch, and Daniel Edward Couch; 2 grandchildren, Charlotte Rivka Halloran-Couch and Julian Hemmi Couch; several cousins and extended family and a few good friends. At his request, Mr. Couch will be cremated and services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Alder Funeral Home
Billie Sue Davis Cornelius ’48
Jan. 31, 2021
Billie Sue Davis Cornelius, age 93, of Stanford, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at Stanford Care & Rehabilitation. Born Monday, Aug. 29, 1927 in Candler, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Reeves & Frances Ketner Davis. Billie Sue was the widow of the late Russell Fred Cornelius, who preceded her in death Friday, Aug. 22, 1980. Billie Sue worked for the Lincoln County Office of Health & Family Services, where she was Branch Manager, for many years. She was a member of Stanford Baptist Church, where she previously taught Sunday School and was an active member of the church choir. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing. Billie Sue leaves behind two sons, David Cornelius (Jessica McGuffey) of Stanford, and Jim Cornelius (Nikole) of Orlando, Florida; two grandchildren, Carrie Cornelius Barnard (Jonathan) and Chris Cornelius (Dana) both of Danville, Kentucky; and six great-grandchildren, Cruise Wilson, Merrik Cornelius, Maverick Cornelius, Paxton Barnard, Pierson Barnard, and Addison-Paige Barnard. In addition to her husband and parents, Billie Sue was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Reeves Davis, Jr. A Private Graveside Service & Burial will take place Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at Buffalo Springs Cemetery. Bro. Vola Brown will officiate the service. Dan Barnett, David Downey, Paul Long, Scott Ferguson, Ronnie Hester, and Charlie Hester will serve as Active Pallbearers. PLEASE NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, face coverings will be required by anyone attending the Private Graveside Service; and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Memorial Contributions suggested to Stanford Baptist Church, c/o Adult Choir Fund, 204 Church Street, Stanford, KY 40484. Fox & Friend Funeral Home, Stanford, is entrusted with Billie Sue’s arrangements at www.friendfuneralhomes.com.
Robert Morrison Knox Fd ’48
June 8, 2021
We are sad to announce that on June 8, 2021, we had to say goodbye to Robert Knox of Bedford, Texas, born in Miller, South Dakota. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Robert Knox.
He was predeceased by his parents, Rev. Gaylord Knox, and Lela Knox (Shearer); his former wife Mary Elizabeth Zeek; his siblings, Gaylord Knox, Helen Murphy, and Jean Jackson; and his granddaughter Lela Knox.
He is survived by his wife Ann Havilon Haber, and his children, William Knox, David Knox of La Porte, Texas, and Marsha Knox Parris.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the Forest Ridge Funeral Home Memorial Park Chapel (8525 Mid Cities Blvd, North Richland Hills, TX 76182).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to http://www.houstonaudubon.org.
Beverly M. Chapman
Spouse of Dr. Frederick Lamar Chapman ’49
Oct. 20, 2020
Mahala Smith Edwards Fd ’49
July 8, 2021
Mahala Jean Edwards, 91, a long-time resident of Monroe, died Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Wellspring Health Care Center in Cincinnati. She was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Barbourville, Kentucky, the daughter of Grover C. and Ellen Frances (Gilbert) Smith. Mahala graduated from Berea College High School, Berea, Kentucky, where she met her loving husband, Arnold Edwards. She was employed for many years as a Merchandise Manager for women’s fashions at the J.C. Penney department store in the Dayton Mall. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Schroer (husband, Jim), Debra Edwards, Beth Edwards (husband, David Deegan); two granddaughters, Susan Ostreicher (husband, David) and Emily Welcker (husband, Chris); one grandson, Michael Schroer (wife, Aubrie); and six great-grandchildren, Rosalind, Georgia and Abram Schroer; and Solomon, Esther and Morris Ostreicher. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters, Ora Clark, Ada Bradley and Marie Wilson; and three brothers, Ed Smith, Grover C. Smith, Jr., and Earl Smith. Funeral services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at the Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 South Sutphin St., Middletown, OH 45044, with Dr. Dan Flory officiating. Visitation will be from 1 pm |until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Grace Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Queen City Hospice, 4605 Duke Dr., Suite 220, Mason, OH 45040. A guestbook is available at www.breitenbach-anderson.com.
David W. Gilreath ’50
April 15, 2017
David Wesley Gilreath of Monroe, Ga., died peacefully on April 15, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jean Clarkson Gilreath. David was born on January 6, 1926 in Williamsburg, KY. He grew up in Corbin, KY; after which he joined the US Navy. World War II took him to the South Pacific where he took part in the invasion of Okinawa. He is survived by his children CMSgt Steven W. Gilreath, USAF (ret) (Lauren); Eileen Gilreath Cozens; David Mark Gilreath (Alice); eight grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. After 35 years, he retired from Prudential Insurance Company in Real Estate Investments. His greatest passion for thirty years, was running college basketball courts as a referee; another 20 years was spent assigning men and women as referees in college basketball conferences such as SEC, ACC, NCAA, TACC, and NJCAA. The funeral to celebrate David’s life will be at A. S. Turners in Decatur, GA on April 22, 2017 at 3 PM, followed by a graveside service at Decatur Cemetery. The pallbearers are Gary Gilreath, Alex Cozens, Reed Cozens, Luke Gilreath, Doug Cloud, and Carla Fountain. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 PM on April 22nd at A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be made at www.asturner.com.
Stokes Royal Pearson ’51
April 10, 2021
Stokes Royal Pearson, 96, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday April 14, 2021 at Wilkesboro Baptist Church with Dr. Chris Hefner officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall. COVID guidelines will be followed. A private family burial service will be held at Mountlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The service will be recorded and shown on Facebook at a later date to be announced. Mr. Pearson was born Friday May 2, 1924 in Moravian Falls to Ernest Sparks Pearson and Bessie Lee Walsh Pearson. He graduated from Wilkesboro High School in 1941. After four years in the Navy (1941-1945) he enrolled in Berea College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education. He received his teaching certificate from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. In 1968 he received his Master of Industrial Arts degree from Appalachian State University. He also did additional graduate work at N.C. State University. He began his teaching career at Wilkesboro High School and was involved with the consolidation of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and Ferguson High Schools into what became Wilkes Central High School. He is the only individual to attend Wilkesboro High School, North Wilkesboro High School, and then teach in both schools and later teach in the consolidated school. One of the highlights of his agriculture teaching career was during the summer of 1960 when he took his son and several FFA members on a 15-day tour of the northeastern states, and also Ontario and Montreal, Canada. He left teaching in 1963 and worked as Breeder Flock Manager for Holly Farms Poultry until 1966. Dr. Howard Thompson, with whom he had worked for nine years at Wilkes Central asked him to return to the field of education when Wilkes Community College first accepted students in 1966. He began work at WCC as Extension Director and then became Vocational Director followed by Continuing Education Director and was later promoted to Dean of Continuing Education. Following his retirement from WCC in 1984, he taught Woodworking Shop for WCC at the Wilkes Senior Center part time for 19 years. He retired a second time on his 80th birthday. Counting full time and part time he worked for 50 years in the field of education. Mr. Pearson served on numerous committees over the years including Appalachian Law Enforcement Academy, Advisory Board at Wilkes Vocational Workshop, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Educator Advisory Board for the Navy, Second Century Club Executive Committee for Berea College, Wilkes Senior Center / Respite Care Board of Directors, Wilkes Senior Citizens Council (29 years as Chairman), and a life member of NC CC Adult Education Association. Mr. Pearson joined Wilkesboro Baptist Church October 4, 1953 and was an active member serving as a deacon, assistant Sunday School teacher, Adult Department Director, and was secretary/treasurer of the Triplett Sunday School Class for over 40 years. He was elected Deacon Emeritus in 2001. He was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife of almost 72 years Carolyn Linney Pearson; one sister, Josie Pearson Zimmerman, one infant brother Joe Pearson; and infant daughter, Sylvia Pearson. Mr. Pearson is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Pearson Lane of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Robyn Pearson Berry and Husband Bob, of Wilkesboro, one son, Ron Pearson and wife Cindy of Wilkesboro, a sister Ethel Ambrose of Little Rock, AK, two grandsons Brandon Berry and Jordan Berry and one step grandson, Jonathan Barnes, wife Kayla and daughters Lyndsay and Kaleigh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilkesboro Baptist Church P.O. Box 61, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.
Sheila Strunk Pyle Fd ’48, ’51
Aug. 30, 2021
Sheila S. Pyle, 90, died Aug. 30, 2021, in Madison County, Kentucky. Her late parents were Theodore Strunk and Theda Wilson Strunk of Berea, Kentucky. Sheila grew up in Madison County, attending Kirksville Elementary and High School and graduating from Berea Foundation School in 1948 and from Berea College in 1951 at the age of 19.
Sheila was especially proud of two Firsts she received in her life: she was the first recipient of the new master’s degree in English-speech-dramatic arts from the University of Kentucky in 1953. Years later, when the Episcopal Diocese of Louisville began allowing laity to assist in the mass, Sheila was named its first lay Chalice Bearer.
At UK, Sheila had roles in Guignol Theatre productions including “Death of a Salesman” and “The Marriage of Figaro”. Moving to Louisville in 1957, she reviewed books and wrote freelance articles for The Courier Journal and appeared in plays at the Little Theater of the University of Louisville and at Actors Theatre and at Carriage House Players. She taught four years at Barret Junior High and some 15 years as an adjunct instructor in speech at Jefferson Community College and Indiana University Southeast.
Sheila and her husband, Kenneth Pyle, operated restaurant-bars in Louisville, “The Storefront Congregation” and “The Rudyard Kipling”, which featured Kentucky recipes and presented Bluegrass music as well as theatre and concerts, from 1967 until 2016. Sheila composed and sang many songs, words to which are included in her book published in 2015 “Sweet Evening Breeze and Other Kentuckians”
Survivors include husband Kenneth Ogden Pyle of New Albany, Indiana, a son, Theodore Thomas Harlan of Louisville, Kentucky, a teacher of guitar building and a performer of Bluegrass guitar and mandolin, a daughter, Sheila Megan Harlan of Madison County, Kentucky, a Certified Nurse Midwife, and Kenneth Andrew Pyle, an actor, narrator, and builder, of New Albany, Indiana. Her beloved grandchildren are Theda Joyce Griffith, Wren Harlan Pyle, Augden Joseph Pyle, and Myra Hazel Martin Pyle. Her Brother, William Theodore Strunk resides in Lexington, Ky.
Glenna Sawyer Rice ’51
Feb. 9, 2021
Glenna Sawyer Rice, of West Chester and formerly Berea, Kentucky, died on Feb. 9, 2021, just shy of her 91st birthday. Born in 1930 and raised in rural southeastern Kentucky near the town of Corbin, Glenna was the first in her family to attend college, graduating Berea College in 1951 before marrying classmate Oliver W. Rice, Jr., in 1954. She and Oliver raised four children in such far-flung places as Bangkok, Thailand, before settling in West Chester in 1972. Glenna was a long-time teacher in the West Chester Area School District, where as a reading specialist she established an innovative middle school remedial reading lab. Helping students improve their reading skills was her professional passion and she received numerous commendations for her work in this area. She continued educating after her retirement in 1986, bringing both expertise and financial resources to rural reading programs in her native Kentucky. Another rewarding post-retirement experience involved teaching English at Southwest China Teachers’ College in Sichuan Province. An avid horticulturalist, Glenna enjoyed taking certificate-level courses at Longwood Gardens, and loved tending her expansive home gardens. She was also a skilled bird watcher and enjoyed this hobby connecting her to nature wherever she traveled. In retirement and after Oliver died in 1991, she returned to Berea where she was active in various civic roles and Appalachian folk art preservation activities. She toured internationally with the Berea College Alumni Country Dancers performing folk dances of English, Danish and Appalachian mountain traditions. She was a talented visual artist, mainly in charcoal pencil and oil, and displayed many of her works in her residences and retirement communities. Glenna is survived by her four children, David (Exton), Mavis (Minneapolis), Mark (St. Louis) and Kevin (Malvern). She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial celebration is planned for the summer of 2021 at Reppert Funeral Home in Berea, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, much needed contributions may be made to Pine Mountain Settlement School (note: Glenna Rice Reading Camp Fund), 36 Hwy 510, Pine Mountain, KY 40810-8289.
Cora Dixon Campbell ’52
Feb. 16, 2016
Cora Campbell, 98, of Rio Vista, entered Heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at the Harlan App. Reg. Hospital after a brief illness. Born June 2, 1917 in Carcassonne, KY, she was a member of the Loyall First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School there for several years. She was a teacher in the Harlan County School System where she and her husband, Gerna administered the Title 1 program for the county schools. After her retirement she served her church and was a volunteer at the Harlan Public Library. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerna Campbell her parents; and one son-in-law, Bill McCoy. Cora is survived by her daughter, Barbara McCoy, Rio Vista; grandchildren, Melissa Stuck and husband, Sean, Beloit, Wisconsin; Theresa Piccirillo and husband, Anthony, Munster, Indiana; adopted granddaughter, Linda Noodwang, Oak Lawn, Illinois and great-grandchildren, Devon Harris, Zander McCoy, Jayden McCoy, Sage Stuck, Gavin Stuck and Ashlyn Weick. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016, with funeral services starting at 7 p.m. at the Loyall First Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Whitter and Glenn Durham officiating. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Resthaven Cemetery with Deacons of the church serving as pallbearers. Loyall Funeral Home is in charge of her arrangements.
Ross E. Duncan
Spouse of Marilyn Arend Duncan ’52
June 16, 2021
LTC U.S. Army Retired Ross E. Duncan, 90, of Stafford County passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at his home with his wife of 69 years, Marilyn, at his side. He was born on May 16, 1931 in Ashland County, Ohio.
Ross was a graduate of Ohio University, BSEd (Comprehensive Science) and George Washington University, MAE (adult Education) and EdD (human resource development). After a twenty year career in the U.S. Army, his lifelong interest in education caused him to enter the field of education. He was employed in various capacities at George Washington University, Ashland College, and Bluefield College. As late as 2018 he taught online courses for Bluefield College. Ross also worked in Egypt, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia in education related fields. He and Marilyn took advantage of living abroad by traveling extensively, which they continued to do after retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; son David (Sandra) of Powhatan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James G. and Edna T. Duncan, and his infant son, Mark.
Ross was many things to many people. He was a soldier, an educator, a friend, a neighbor, a world traveler, a husband, a father, but most of all he was a kind and gentle man.
The family would like to thank dear friends and neighbors Margie and Jimmy Franklin, who have stood by them for many years, MWHC Hospice nurse, Mark, CNA Bertie, social worker, Jennifer, and private caregiver, Cindy Sadler.
All services will be private.
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Dr. Charles E. Baker Acad ’49, ’53
Aug. 4, 2021
Charles Edward “Big Time” Baker, formerly of Berea, passed away peacefully Aug. 4, 2021. He was the devoted husband of 64 years to his wife, Jeanelle who passed in 2017. Charles was the son of Jennings Bryan Baker and Nelle Garrard Baker (nee Lyttle) (both deceased). Charles was the loving father of Gregory N. Baker (deceased), J. Bryan Baker (Carol), Garrard E. Baker, and Lynnelle B. Puzzitiello (Rick Jr.). The proud grandfather of Kaitlin R. Bath (Nick), Nathan J. Baker, Lauren E. Frazer (Corey), Richard N. Puzzitiello, and Ryland A. Puzzitiello. He was the great grandfather of Ella Lynn Frazer and C. Vinson Frazer II. Charles spent his career at NASA as a scientist specializing in jet propulsion. He loved basketball and was the starting center at Berea College in KY. He enjoyed golfing and bowling in the various NASA leagues. He shared his love of golf by teaching his family to golf. He shared his affection, humor, and radiance with his spontaneous songs. Jazz always brought him joy. Charles was proud of his children and his grandchildren. He was quoted, “What is there in life to do but get married and raise a family?” The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 10 AM12 PM in the Westwood Abbey Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park, 6245 Columbia Rd. North Olmsted, where the Funeral Service will begin at 12 PM. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23215 Commerce Park Suite 300 Beachwood, OH 44122. Cemetery Details Sunset Cemetery 6265 Columbia Road PO Box 729 North Olmsted, OH 44070 https://www.sunsetfuneralandcemetery.com
Louise Johnson Brown ’53
Aug. 7, 2021
Louise Johnson Brown of Vienna, W.Va., died on Aug. 7, 2021. She was born in Greeneville, Tenn., on Nov. 27, 1932, the daughter of Robert P. and Martha K. Weems Johnson. She is survived by her husband of 71 years Harold Brown, daughter Patricia McClure of Parkersburg; son Steven Brown of Cape Coral, Florida; granddaughter Abby Brown of New Bedford, MA; grandsons Derek Brown of Houston, Texas and Zachary Brown of Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving are sister Mary Leming of Columbus, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded by sisters Katherine Ellenberg, Nell Woolsey, and Charlotte Doty and brothers Powell and Hubert Johnson all of Greene County, Tenn.
Louise was graduated from Greeneville High School in 1949, attended Berea College where she and Harold met, earned a BS Degree from West Virginia State University and an MEd degree from Temple University. She was a first-grade teacher and subsequently reading specialist in Putnam and Wood Counties, West Virginia and in Hopedale, Massachusetts, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Louise was an active and longtime member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary international teacher’s organization, and the National Education Association, a professional teacher’s organization.
Louise grew up in a Methodist family, where her strong faith was learned and developed. While teaching Sunday School children she discovered her love of children and their response to her efforts, which lead to her career in elementary education. She and her family were always active church members in the four states in which they resided. Because of several professional relocations, they have been members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church three times during the years 1967 and the present. Louise was an avid reader and especially loved her family. She was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, leader of United Methodist Women, and a variety of other Christian activities.
Services will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, W.Va., with Pastor Bryan Daugherty officiating.
Burial will follow at Paradise Cemetery in Putnam County, W.Va.
Visitation will be Tuesday 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
Donations may be made in Louise’s memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 219 11th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com
Peggy Mask Lowdermilk ’53
Dec. 15, 2020
Peggy Lowdermilk, age 85, of Granite Falls, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, Hudson. She was born May 5, 1935, daughter of the late John Clarence and Emma Page Mask.
Ms. Lowdermilk was retired from the Caldwell County School System where she served as a teacher and a principal. She loved gardening, reading, and playing golf.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband Albert Lowdermilk.
Those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Jeffrey Lowdermilk (Susan) of Bradenton, FL, and Todd Lowdermilk of Sawmills; two sisters, Hazel Pecora of Baltimore, MD, and Billie Kaye Holland (Greg) of Acworth, GA; three grandchildren, Ashley Lowdermilk of Bradenton, FL, Brandon Lowdermilk (Janet) of Graham, NC, and Brandy Lowdermilk of Sawmills; four great-grandchildren, Abbie Lowdermilk, Anderson Lowdermilk, Trae Robinette and Daigen Dula.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
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Dr. William W. Marion ’53
June 11, 2021
William Walter Marion was born to Lela M. and William H. Marion in the verdant foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Bill grew up in the love of an extended family. He absorbed its lessons of resourcefulness and self-sufficiency, and embraced its emphasis on family and community, commitment to hard work and thrift, and the primacy of kindness and generosity. From his earliest years, his strong religious faith was central to the man he became.
Spurred by his mother’s fierce belief in education, Bill succeeded in school. Convinced of its value by two years of demanding labor in a local furniture factory and a brief stint teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, he attended Milligan College, graduated from Berea College, and earned his doctorate from Purdue University.
At Berea, Bill fell in love with the extraordinary Beverly Pierson, who became his wife of 61 years (now deceased). Together they settled in Ames, Iowa, where Bill–the first member of his family to attend college–made a 26-year career as professor, researcher, and administrator in Iowa State University’s Poultry Science and Food Technology Departments, and where Bill and Bev raised their four daughters.
Conferences and faculty exchanges in Europe and South America as well as hundreds of international students introduced Bill to a variety of rich cultures and fostered an itch to travel. Bill and Bev loved the serendipitous discoveries they made, whether on the back roads of Nova Scotia, a host family visit in Japan, or the coral reefs off Australia.
Bill’s gregarious nature, long collaboration with university and local farming communities, active service to his church, and his family’s weekend catering business set him up well for a new venture: real estate. He knew everyone in town (and well beyond), owned an enviable collection of well-cut suits, and loved to show off his adopted hometown. He was highly respected in the realtor community over his sixteen years in the field and known as a gentle, hardworking professional.
Music played a special role in Bill’s life, starting with the bluegrass music and Southern Baptist hymns of his childhood. The music scene at ISU gave Bill an education in classical music, and he became particularly committed to The Des Moines Metro Opera: its wonderful summer festivals, access to young artists, and companionship he found in the Ames chapter of the opera guild. He was equally inspired by the young musicians trained at the music school owned by daughter Melita and son-in-law Al–especially their daughter Naomi. Bill never missed Naomi’s regular gig at Chocolaterie Stam in Ames. Her piano playing and singing were among his greatest pleasures. During the last months of his life, weekly singalongs held over Zoom allowed Bill’s family to stay connected through his beloved music.
While there was virtually no home repair project he couldn’t tackle, Bill felt most at home in his wood shop, where he crafted everything from tables to trellises. Along with Bev’s mastery of textile arts and cooking, their home showcased their skills–and his family came to understand that the best gift was one made with one’s own hands.
Everything that Bill did was for his family—to provide for them, to pass along his work ethic and skills, and to show them how to live in the world. His four daughters found in him a man who loved deeply, took a risk to help those in need, and understood the power of the bonds of community. He was, at root, kindred spirit of the narrator in Sam Walter Foss’s once well-known poem: “Let me live in a house by the side of the road / And be a friend to man.”
William is survived by his four daughters Karen, Rene (Ryk Ekedal), Melita (Al Biela) and Nancy; his beloved grandchildren, Naomi Biela and Zachary Marion; and siblings Lucille Evans and James Edsel Marion.
A service in his memory will take place at Bethesda Lutheran Church on July 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, The Harrison Barnes Reading Academy, or The William and Lela Marion Scholarship in Agriculture at Berea College.
Dr. Rosemary Maxie Weddington ’53
Sept. 6, 2021
Rosemary Maxie Weddington, age 91, passed away on Sept. 6, 2021, at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, Kentucky. She was born in Harlan County on July 4, 1930, as the first daughter of Chester and Marie Maxie.
She attended public school in Harlan, Ky., and graduated from Hall High School. After graduation she enrolled in Berea College earning her undergraduate degree. While at Berea she met her future husband, Herbert Weddington.
After graduating, she began a teaching career that spanned the better part of 50 years. Most of her teaching career was in the Franklin County School system teaching Spanish.
While at Franklin County High School, she was the cheerleading sponsor and also promoted and organized several trips for her students to Mexico City and Spain. During her teaching career, she obtained her MA and Rank 1 from Eastern University and later an Ed D from the University of the Cumberlands.
Among her many awards, the ones that meant the most to her were being selected as Kentucky Teacher of the Year in 1987 and National Secondary Spanish Teacher of the Year in 1988. She was an active member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority and a member of Kappa Gamma Sorority.
After retiring from the public schools, she taught classes at Berea College, Eastern University, and Kentucky State University. She also worked at the State Department of Education. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Rosemary is survived by a sister, Rebecca Joan Johnston (Jay), and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Weddington; her parents, Chester, and Marie Maxie; and a sister, Phyllis Ann Everett (HM).
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road. Private graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, September 9, 2021, with Rev. Todd Lester officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, Kentucky. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ClarkLegacyCenter.com.
Everett Gray ’54
April 5, 2020
Everett Gray, 88, husband of Betty Gray, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020. He was born in McKee, KY on February 5, 1932 to the late Silas and Ethel Steele Gray. He retired from the Department of Transportation as a Geologist and was a Veteran of the US Army. Everett was a member of First United Methodist Church and was the president and teacher at the Chapel Sunday School Class for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Mitzi Gray, Frankfort; his sister, Opal Hurst, McKee; his brother, Elmer Gray, Bowling Green; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman, and Charlie Gray.
Services will be private. Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Philip M. Hampton ’54
July 24, 2021
Philip Michael Hampton, age 88, of Clarkston, passed away July 24, 2021. He was born in Ashville, N.C., on Sept. 5, 1932, to parents Boyd and Helen Hampton (nee Smith). Beloved husband of the late Wilma “Christine” Hampton (nee Gross); survived by his 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. Philip was owned and operated Hampton Engineering and was of the Waterford School Board. A funeral service will take place Friday, July 30, 2021, at 12 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME – WATERFORD (3141 Sashabaw Rd). A visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the service starts. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery. In honor of Philip, family requests donation be made to Berea College via https://www.berea.edu/give/
Elna Cornett Rosenberger ’54
Aug. 4, 2021
Elna Cornett Rosenberger, 89, of Cahokia, IL, born January 5, 1932 in Hazard, KY, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 at her daughter Janet’s residence in Augusta, GA. Mrs. Rosenberger was retired from the Eastside Health District and Centreville Township Hospital as a registered nurse. She attended Berea College in Berea, KY, and was a graduate of Belleville Area College as an RN. She was a charter member and very active member of Bethel United Church of Christ in Cahokia, IL and served as the Chairman of the Mission Committee for many years as well as singing in the choir, teaching, and visiting shut-ins. She was also very active in the community; volunteering at the Early Learning Facility, Kinder Cottage, Cahokia Library, the Belleville Shelter Shop, Hospice, The Food Pantry, Salvation Army , Compassion Fund Painters Group, Community Health Fair, Habitat for Humanity; Charter member of the Cahokia Kiwanis Club, tutoring various ages of children and adults, helped to bring Southeast Asian refugees to the U.S. She represented the UCC Church in mission to Equador, and sponsored an orphan in Jerusalem. Elna was a member of Cahokia T.O.P.S. and the Cahokia YMCA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Graham Rosenberger; her parents, Miller Cornett and Nora Huff Cornett, and brother Robert Cornett. Surviving are her son, Donald Rosenberger of Millstadt, IL, and daughters Janet (Saleem) Salaymeh, of Augusta, GA, Ellen (Billy) Dunham of St. Jacob, IL, and Martha Churchill of O’Fallon, IL; brother, John (Charlene) Cornett of Lexington, KY, and sisters Hope Richards of Louisville, KY, and Nancy Jo Cornett of Hyden, KY; 6 grandchildren, Jamil (Sumaya) Salaymeh and Majed Salaymeh, of Columbia, S.C., Amber (Abdul-Muiz) Salaymeh, of Tampa, FL, Jonathan (Amber) Provance of San Diego, Calif., Jessie (Felix) Churchill of Pontoon Beach, IL, and Sarah (James) Cole of O’Fallon, IL, and 15 great grandchildren. Condolences may be expressed online at braunfh.com . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethel United Church of Christ, 2200 Camp Jackson Rd., Cahokia, IL or to any Kiwanis Chapter. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Braun Family Funeral Home, Columbia, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Garnet Perry VanHorn ’54
Sept. 3, 2021
Garnet Perry Van Horn, originally from Robinson, Illinois, died at Primrose Retirement Community in Newburgh, Indiana on Sept. 3, 2021. Born February 26, 1929, in Mingo County, W.Va., Garnet was the daughter of Uley Perry and Hallie Cline Perry. While at Berea College she met, and in 1948 married Clifford Layne Van Horn of Louisa, Kentucky, who preceded her in death on May 30, 2000. Also preceding her in death were brothers Mervil Perry and Thurman Perry, a sister Betty Perry, and a sister-in-law Dorothy Sue Wharton. Garnet graduated from Berea with majors in English and Social Studies and also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University. Garnet enjoyed teaching very much and was qualified to teach grades six through twelve. She taught high school in Olney and Hutsonville and finished her career at Nuttall Middle School where she taught English for seventeen years. Garnet had many dear friends with whom she shared many activities. She loved to read and for ten years was leader of the book club sponsored by the Robinson Public Library. She was also active in various bridge clubs throughout the years. Garnet was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and looked forward to the start of each new season. Friends and family knew better than to call her during a game. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Rosanna and Ken Fitts and Michele and Stan Baird, both of Evansville, Indiana, and by her grandchildren Sara Fitts, Eric Fitts, and Zachary Baird. She is also survived by brothers Dr. Simon Perry (Francis), Huey Perry (Jill), Winston Perry (Joyce) and by sisters Drema Ferrell (Carl) and Kathleen Punturi and by her sister-in-law Dreama Perry as well as many nieces and nephews. A time of visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11th at Goodwine Funeral Home in Robinson. Burial is in Alexander Memorial Park, Evansville, Indiana, with private service at Heritage Chapel Mausoleum. Donations in Garnets name can be made to the “Robinson Public Library”, 606 N. Jefferson St., Robinson, IL 62454. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A wonderful family, good friends, a most satisfying career, and living in Robinson were some of the things she considered blessings. She had all of these.
Frances Dotson Lane Fd ’55
John Newcomer ’55
Aug. 19, 2021
John Paul Newcomer, 87, husband of Elsie Renalds Newcomer, entered the loving arms of his Savior gently and peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was surrounded both physically and virtually by his loving wife, children, and most of his grandchildren. He was the most godly, genuine, kind, and selfless husband and father, and his unwavering faith in God gives his family a peace and hope that surpasses all understanding.
John was born on December 4, 1933, in Del Rio, Texas, to John Gilson and Grace Hope Newcomer. He was the sixth of ten children.
John spent most of his early years in Florida. He attended high school in Mountain City, Tenn., which is undoubtedly where he gained his love for the mountains. After high school, John earned his A.B. in Physics at Berea College in Berea, KY. He then earned an M.A. in Mathematics at Peabody Teacher’s College in Nashville, Tenn., followed by an M.S. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Tennessee in 1966. He taught college physics and mathematics for eight years. He also loved poetry and his wife describes him as being her dictionary and editor.
In 1957, while serving his two-year term in the army, John came to believe “that I was one of the sinners for whom Christ died, and claimed His gift of salvation.” He was faithful to his Lord throughout his life as a Sunday school teacher, an elder, a deacon, and a prayer warrior. His children remember hearing him quote Scripture while exercising every morning and seeing him read his well-worn and well-marked Bible.
He found his niche in life after attending a summer institute introducing him to computers. In 1967 John was hired by the Virginia Department of Highways as an engineering programmer working on an IBM 1620. John loved computers so much that in 1976 he bought a computer kit and spent three months soldering 20,000 connections to construct the computer — and it worked! He retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation in 1999.
A farmer at heart, John had a garden for many years, and also kept a cow named Sassy at his home in Montpelier, Va. He taught his children, by example, the value of hard work. He helped homeschool the younger two children and was constantly busy holding the house together with wire and duct tape. He kept the wood stove warm in winter and helped hang up clothes to dry until moving to South Carolina seven years ago.
He loved classical music and the old hymns of the faith. He treasured the opportunities he had to sing in Handel’s Messiah on six occasions and felt that singing those Scriptures contributed to his decision to follow Christ. He would tell his children that he would do the dishes for them if they would play the piano. What better way to get a child to practice?! He was a man of few words, but those few words were worth hearing, and we valued them. He had a great sense of humor, and his family loved to see him enjoy a good joke.
In addition to his loving wife of 52 years, he is survived by his children Grace (Stan) Shelton, Ruth (Stephen) Schaub, Joel (Brittany) Newcomer, Anna (Trey) Bobo, and Mark (Katherine) Newcomer; 18 grandchildren Kaleb, Lukas, Micah, James and Kirsten Shelton; Andrew, Joy, Esther, Nathan, Rose, Lydia and Daniel Schaub; Hannah, Noah, Breeleigh and Britlyn Newcomer; and Jack and Lillian Bobo; his sister Mary (Glen) Wiedenhaupt; and brothers Joseph (Patricia), Tom (Janet), and David (Beverly) Newcomer.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Grace Newcomer; his siblings Loranna Wright, James Newcomer, Charlotte Newcomer, Jessie Auer, and Charlee Jackson; and grandson Job Michael Newcomer.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 500 W. Lee Road, Taylors, SC, with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gospel Fellowship Association Missions, 1809 Wade Hampton Blvd Ste 110, Greenville, SC 29609, or to Hidden Treasure Christian School, 500 W Lee Rd, Taylors, SC 29687.
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Rosa Israel Stallard ’55
April 14, 2021
Rosa Lee “Rosie” Israel Stallard, age 87, passed away on April 14, 2021 in Pass Christian, MS. She was born Nov. 23, 1933, in Fletcher, N.C., to Lewis Watson Israel, Sr. and Mary Mabel Davidson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her son, Phillip; her daughter, Paula Stallard Whitehead, her parents; two sisters, Mary Kate, and Irene; her brother John, and other friends and loved ones. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Bob Ramsak and Heather and David Anderson; grandchildren Melissa (Evans) and Justin Davidson, Katie (Anderson) and Brent Charles Alexander, Carrie, Landrum, and Brendan Anderson; step-grandchildren and their spouses, Rob, Ronda, Derek, Rachel, Seth, Kelly, Matt and Wendy Ramsak and Megan and Shane Dickerson; several step-great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews; Israel and Stallard family members; special friends Robert Steele and Steve Rowland; and other extended family and friends. After graduating from Candler High school, Rosie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Berea College, where she met her beloved husband of 60 years, Paul Clay Stallard. She also earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Houston. Rosie taught regular and special education in Texas, Kentucky, and Louisiana, retiring in 1992 from Orleans Parish Schools. She was a strong supporter of and advocate for her students, who could often be found at the table in the family’s New Orleans home, receiving extra help from “Mrs. Stallard.” Rosie was sharp-witted and liked to have a good time. She loved to read and fostered a love of reading and learning in her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed crosswords and other puzzles and was a phenomenal Scrabble player. Her favorite activities were those shared with family. She spent many hours supporting her family’s interests, from Boy and Girl Scouts and youth group to painting and gingerbread houses. Among the many skills she taught her family were making Christmas cookies, catching Mardi Gras beads and doubloons, crabbing, and snagging a table at Cafe Du Monde. She was talented at arts, crafts, and sewing. Her family will always treasure the many beautiful quilts she made for them. Upon retirement, Rosie and Paul moved to Asheville, North Carolina and spent many happy years traveling, visiting with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the mountains. The family wishes to thank the staff of Pass Christian Health and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a library or literacy charity of your choice. RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, is serving the family. An online obituary may be viewed and memories shared at www.riemannfamily.com
Franklin H. Welder
Spouse of Delma Parker Welder ’55
Jan. 25, 2020
Franklin Hayes Welder, Sr. (87) was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. A longtime resident of Kingsport, Tenn., and native of Monroe County, W.Va., Frank was an avid outdoorsman, sports enthusiast, and dedicated family man. He was a proud graduate of Potomac State and West Virginia University, where he obtained his chemical engineering degree. He traveled the world as a project engineer for Olin Chemicals and retired from Ecusta Paper in Brevard, N.C. Frank was born on Dec. 30, 1932, the fourth of nine children of the late Rodney William Welder and Edith Virginia Bell Cody Welder. A large, loving family dedicated to each other, education and their community and country. Frank believed in the importance of an education and that family should always support and strengthen each other. Frank married Delma Jean Parker Welder, with whom he had been married for 59 years at the time of his passing. The couple were inseparable for most of their lives and best friends. They were long time members of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. They raised a daughter, Lynette Thomas (Jeff) and two sons, Bill Welder and Franklin H. Welder, Jr. (Cathy). Frank was most proud of his grandchildren, Tanner Thomas, Kaysey Thomas, Luke Welder and Ethan Welder. He was honorary uncle, great-uncle and grandfather to many, many relatives of the Welder and Parker clans. No greater sports supporter has ever lived, and he was delighted to watch and hear the efforts of athletes and coaches alike. Per his wishes, Frank will be traveling to his homeplace for burial. Services will be held at the Greenville United Methodist Church in Greenville, WV, at 12:30 pm, Saturday, February 1st. Lifelong supporters of the United Methodist Church, the family ask in lieu of flowers, that donations, if desired, be made to the Greenville United Methodist Church, Greenville, WV Franklin Welder Memorial Fund c/o Randall Young, 323 Deep Valley Road, Lindside, WV 24951.
Beverly Ring Wesley ’55
June 3, 2021
Beverly Ring Wesley, 87 of Narrows, Va., passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at her home surrounded by her children. Beverly was born on Oct. 8, 1933, in Narrows, Va., and was a daughter of the late Leo Winston Ring and Katheryn Bane Ring. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Brooks Wesley, Sr., two sisters and one brother. Beverly graduated from Narrows High School and then received her B.A. from Berea College in Berea, Ky. She spent most of her working years as a director of an inpatient substance abuse treatment center. Beverly touched many lives in her career. She is survived by one son, Eugene Brooks Wesley, Jr. of Narrows, one daughter, Amy Katheryn Wesley of Charlotte, N.C., and one sister, Fran Lefrancois of Garner, N.C. Beverly will be cremated, and a service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Givens Riffe Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at www.riffefuneralservice.com.
Billy D. Bruce ’56
April 17, 2020
Arthur Vernon Flynn Jr. ’56
May 7, 2021
Arthur Vernon Flynn, Jr. died May 7, 2021. He was born in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., on Aug. 7, 1934 to Arthur and Nell Flynn. He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Revis of Asheville.
Vernon retired from the Federal Government after 30 years of service in 1988. During that time, he was an administrative officer with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Army. He also retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of active reserve time. He served as Chairman of the Awards Committee for the North Carolina Employer Support for Guard and Reserve with the Department of Defense. The Flynns served as foster parents to 38 different children over an 11 year period.
After retirement, Vernon served as a volunteer in the Better Business Bureau Arbitration program and was selected as Arbitrator of the Year in 1997. He also served with the AARP Tax Aide Program as an instructor and tax preparer. Vernon was also Chief Judge at his Election Precinct.
Vernon graduated from Berea College in 1956 and served on the Alumni Council for five years.
Vernon is survived by his loving wife Barbara of 43 years. Children Mark (Renee’), Natalie, Nadine Smith (Brian) and Kris (Susan). Vernon had six grandchildren, Sam and Andy Flynn, Megan and Melissa Smith and Liam and Evan Flynn.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to Berea College, CPO 2343, Berea KY 40404 https://www.berea.edu/give/ or Thompson Child and Family Focus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105
Margaret Bevins Harkleroad ’56
March 20, 2020
Wanda Jean Feltner Fd ’53, ’57
Jan. 23, 2021
Janet Cook St. Clair ’57
April 28, 2021
Janet Cook St. Clair, 85, of Owensboro, Ky., passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. She was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Crittenden County to the late Ira Walker Cook Sr. and Harpye Herrin Cook. Janet retired from teaching in the business department of Daviess County High School. She graduated from Crittenden County High School, Berea College and received a master’s degree and Rank 1 from Western Kentucky University in business education. Janet served as treasurer and was an active member of the Owensboro Younger Women’s Club for many years and has volunteered at the Riverpark Center for the Arts from its opening. She also enjoyed reading, needlework, numerous card games, music, artwork and cooking for her family and friends. Janet was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lena Ruth Wittman and Louise Weldon; and two brothers, Austin Cook and Ira Walker Cook Jr. Surviving are her daughter, Marjorie St. Clair of Owensboro; two sisters, Doris Brantley of Marion and Martha Kirk of Dawson Springs; two brothers, Percy Cook of Marion and Joe Cook of Vincennes, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Janet will be private, and burial at a later date will be in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion. Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301 or to the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at www.glenncares.com.
Bob Morgan ’58
Aug. 10, 2021
Robert “Bob” Morgan, 85, of Rock Hill, S.C., passed away on Aug. 10, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Bob was born on July 4, 1936, in Franklin, N.C., to Robert and Helen (Dalton) Morgan. Bob grew up in Macon County, N.C., and attended Franklin High School before setting off for Berea College in Ky. In 1958 he joined the Air Force and served at numerous bases along the west coast. After his service, Bob attended the University of Georgia in Athens where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 1963, he began his career in accounting by joining the firm Main LaFrentz, in Atlanta. He met his wife of 54 years, Kay Franks Morgan in Atlanta. They were married at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Savannah, Ga. A loving husband and father, Bob and Kay raised their family in Marietta, GA where they were active in their church, their neighborhood, and the Wheeler High School booster club. Bob continued his accounting career as an audit Partner with the firm that eventually became KPMG until 1989. He then joined the Rock Hill Telephone Company, now known as Comporium. This brought Bob and Kay to Rock Hill, S.C., where they enjoyed being active members in the community and developed dear friends. Bob served as the VP of Accounting at Comporium until his retirement in 2007. In retirement, Bob loved keeping up with the news, and playing golf; but mostly enjoyed the time with good friends he developed from those rounds. He relaxed by spending time on his garden or laughing with his grandchildren. An avid reader and lifelong Atlanta Braves fan he lovingly answered to Bob, Dad, and Pops throughout his life. Bob was known for his calm and steady demeanor, integrity, humor, and his kind and generous heart. Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife, Kay Franks Morgan, daughter Jayne Morgan Watson, son Jim Morgan, daughter-in-law, Cynthia (Meyer) Morgan and son-in-law, Brian Watson. Also, by grandchildren Harrison Morgan, Nate Morgan, Bennett Watson, and Morgan Watson. His niece Jill (Morgan) Bell and husband Ralph Bell, great nephew, and great nieces, as well as brother-in-law, Dimitri Franks and wife, Pat Franks, and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Helen Morgan, his brother Dale Morgan, and his sister-in-law, Blanche ( Smith ) Morgan. The funeral will be on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, N.C. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731 or Children’s Attention Home, PO Box 2912, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.
Luther Whitaker ’58
April 25, 2017
Luther Charles Whitaker, 82, Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Broadmore Assisted Living. Luther was born in Diablock, Ky., to the late Edward and Etta Catron Whitaker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1961-1963. Luther worked as a federal employee as a County Agent in East Tennessee for the Department of Agriculture. Amongst his many talents, he was a builder, a square dance caller, a teacher, an avid fisherman, and went on many missions to Mexico and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. In addition to his parents, Luther was preceded in death by: his wife, Dori Whitaker; two sisters, Maxine Flinchum and Pauline Shelton; three brothers, Claude Whitaker, Herbert Whitaker and Robert Whitaker. Survivors include: one brother, Manual Whitaker, of Fresno, CA; one sister-in-law, Louise Whitaker, of Louisville, KY; and multiple nieces and nephews who grieve the loss of their wonderful, loving Uncle Luther. A committal service will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Monte Vista Memorial Park in the mausoleum chapel. Family and friends are asked to meet there at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate.
Marvin E. Carroll ’59
May 28, 2021
Marvin Eugene Carroll, 87 of Sharpsburg, Ky., passed away peacefully Friday afternoon May 28, 2021, at the home of his daughter in Sharpsburg. He was born May 31, 1933, at Grahn, Ky., to the late Dennis and Ida Middleton Carroll. Marvin was a United States Air Force veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Berea College with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a member of the Flemingsburg Christian Church where he served as a deacon. He came to Flemingsburg and worked as manager of the Southern States store and later was employed by the Peoples Bank where worked as the Executive Vice President. In his early years, he taught school in a one room schoolhouse. Marvin was well known throughout the area as a fiddle player. He performed at numerous events though the years the most notable were performing before the Emperor of Japan, the Governor of Kentucky and at the Ryman Auditorium with Homer Ledford in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a founder and past president of the Fleming County Country Club, a former member of the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion. Marvin enjoyed golf, fishing, cooking, and playing music with his friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle Belle Leach Carroll and his first wife Anna Jean Carroll. Also, two brothers and two sisters; John Carroll, Larry Carroll, Essie Mullins, and Louise Stevens. Survivors include two daughters; Angela (Bobby) Leach of Sharpsburg, Kentucky, and Michelle (Paul) Dickison of Fleming Island, Florida Two brothers; Lewis Carroll and James Carroll both of Grahn, Kentucky. Grandchildren; Paul Dickison, III, Luke Carroll, Delaney Dickison, Debra Anne Dawson and Doug Leach. Also, six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the chapel of the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Flemingsburg with Rev. Harley Sexton, Jr. and Larry Glascock officiating. Burial will follow in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Sharpsburg, Kentucky Full military rites will be conducted. Visitation at the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Flemingsburg is after 5:00 pm Tuesday. Pall bearers will be Luke Carroll, Paul Dickison, III, Doug Leach, Brian Dawson, Colton Dawson and Shannon Manley. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to St. Claire Hospice or the Flemingsburg Christian Church. The Michael R. Gray Funeral Home, 405 South Main Cross Street, Flemingsburg, Kentucky 41041 is caring for all arrangements for Marvin Eugene Carroll.
Paul Conley Comstock ’59
Aug. 9, 2021
Paul C. Comstock, 84, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed into his eternal home Monday, Aug. 9, after a period of declining health following a heart attack he suffered in May. Paul was a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather who exemplified a true commitment to his faith and family. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched. Among his many passions were reading and studying his Bible, travelling with his family, fishing, watching UT football and basketball and playing cards, particularly pinochle. He was born March 10, 1937, in Lyons, NY to C. Clayton Comstock and Iva Conley Comstock, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Berea College (KY) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 and received a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in social work. He worked for over 50 years in the mental health field, serving primarily as the director of the Charlotte Taylor Center in Elizabethton. He was a longtime member of Mountain View Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, teaching Men’s Bible study classes and singing in the choir, which he dearly loved. Among those left behind to treasure their memories of Paul is the love of his life, Emily Tillery Comstock, to whom he was married for over 62 years. Survivors also include the couples’ three children, daughter Jeni Crabtree of John’s Island, SC and her husband Joe, son Chuck Comstock of Penn Yan, NY and his wife Sarah, and daughter Joy Haga of Johnson City and her husband Jerry. Paul is additionally survived by his brother, Stanley Comstock, also of Penn Yan, NY, and his wife Betsey, two nephews who were very special to him, Mark and Carl Comstock, 12 grandchildren ranging in age from 36 to 2 and two great-grandchildren. The family will be holding a graveside service at noon Saturday, August 14, which will be held at Washington County Memory Gardens, and will be open to all who wish to pay their respects to Paul. Pallbearers will be selected from among Paul’s children, grandchildren and many friends. Due to Covid-19 concerns, the family requests that those in attendance please wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, Paul requested that memorial donations be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, Johnson City.
Albert Francis LaPalme ’59
Jan. 28, 2021
Reba Salyers McClanan ’59
Aug. 29, 2021
“Blessed are those who plants trees under whose shade they will never sit.” If there was ever a person who blessed this world with a life planting shade trees it was Reba McClanan. Former City Council Member 1980-92 & 1996-2008 and Vice Mayor of Virginia Beach 1984-86 Reba McClanan passed away on Aug. 29, 2021, after a protracted battle with heart disease. Her decades of civic leadership no doubt left Virginia with thousands of trees whose shade improves the lives of hundreds of thousands of citizens who will never know her name. Reba was a true “coal miner’s daughter” as the oldest daughter of seven children of Hudson and Goldie Salyers from Eastern, Ky. As the daughter of a heart-of-gold miner, Reba’s passions for learning and music kept her at the top of her class and ultimately forged a path for her to go to complete high school in Tennessee which opened the door for college. She attended Berea College, known for its commitment to giving Appalachian children of modest means a path to a good education. There she made lifelong friends who introduced her to an interesting international exchange program run by 4H for rural young adults. She spent nearly a year living on farms in both Northern and Southern Ireland and visiting Paris and London for the first of many times. This formative experience catalyzed lifelong passions for travel, Irish music & pretty much all things Irish. Upon her return to Kentucky, she began teaching. Another 4H foreign exchange alumnus craftily used his program directory to give Reba a call when he was passing through town, and soon Glenn McClanan had charmed Reba Salyers into coming with him back to Virginia, where he was attending UVA law school. Reba continued her teaching career in Waynesboro, Va. You know where this led. They married and soon (1964) they made their way back to his hometown of Virginia Beach where they landed on North Landing Road, then Barcelona Lane and then Burnt Mill Road for nearly 50 years. She taught at Virginia Beach High and Kellam High School. Glenn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1972. Reba, seeing the impact that a committed public servant can make, was the first woman to run for office in Virginia Beach. After not winning in her first attempt, she built a base of support through civic involvement that led to her election in 1980. She was the epitome of an engaged citizen. The full list of her civic involvement would run the inkwell dry, but here are few of her civic involvements: Virginia Beach Council of Garden Clubs: Past President Virginia Beach Friends of the Library: Past President League of Women Voters: Past President Virginia Urban Forest Council, Past President Founder Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission Plaza Civic League and Garden Club: Past Officer League of Women Voters, Past Executive Committee MemberIt was not just about policy; it was how she got things done. Reba was fearless and determined. She was resolute in her convictions that the city could both grow and do it with standards. Her ideology was not a partisan one. It was about a more engaged and livable community. Trees, landscaping, education and well-planned communities were paramount to politics. Many real estate developers eventually realized that “Reba’s way” was both a necessary and ultimately a better way to build after initially viewing it otherwise. She was so honored in 2008 when the city council chose to create the Reba S. McClanan Fragrance Garden at Red Wing after her retirement. She lived as an example encouraging so many get involved in their community and working to serve all her constituents. She was called the “Voice of the Underdog” many times in public forums for these efforts. She was frequently seen at the courthouse educating thousands of high schoolers as a Virginia Beach Court docent. Personally, Reba’s life was filled with a wide range of interests. She could always be found in a jewel-toned dress or suit driving a brightly colored convertible. She loved long lunches with friends trying to solve the world’s problems. A night owl, she often kept her slightly nerdy kids up while she listened to country or Irish folk music until well after midnight. She was a voracious reader, devouring 5 newspapers a day and a few books a month. Her Home Economics background made her a great cook, including a special gift for making any pie that contained pecans. She was the only person ever to wear out a land line phone from excessive use; an ironic twist since she didn’t speak on her first phone until college. Reba loved to plan wonderful family trips to ever more adventurous places. Starting with Florida, then the Grand Canyon, then Alaska and The Yukon, then India, Nepal, Australia, Southern Africa, the Amazon, Colombia, China, Egypt, Russia, most of Europe and Central America and the Caribbean. Exposing the children to such an array of destinations, Reba and Glenn passed on their wanderlust to their children. She was like a positivity weather system. Reba’s “colorful cloud” gave her attention and praise to everyone. She made people feel like they are the most interesting person in the world, be they a governor or president, or a cab driver in New Delhi. She wanted to know about them and always found something to compliment them about and almost always ended with a smile or a laugh. Reba is survived by her 3 children: Martin McClanan (Portland, OR), Anne McClanan (Portland, OR) & Glenn McClanan (New York, NY) and 5 grandchildren Ian McClanan, Katie McClanan, Benjamin Hadad, Isabella McClanan and Luisa McClanan. Her sister Velinda Salyers and brothers Colby Salyers and Keith Salyers also survive their older sister. There will be a service celebrating her life on October 23, 2021, at 1PM, at the Holloman-Brown Funeral Home 3445 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colors in to celebrate her on what would have been her 84th birthday weekend. Condolences may be offered at hollomon-brown.com . In lieu of flowers, Reba asked that you support any community or environmental organization of your choosing. Some the causes she supported were: Scenic Virginia https://scenicvirginia.org/ Whitehurst-Buffington House https://www.wbhouse.org/
Virginia Beach Beautification Commission: P. O. Box 1052, Va. Beach, VA 23451Garden Clubs of VA Beach, c/o Dennie Kelley, 2316 Mariner’s Way #303, VA Beach 23451
Geraldine Burdine Mize ’59
May 18, 2021
Geraldine Mize, an enchanting lady who dressed like every day was a special occasion, right down to her polished fingernails, died of a stroke on May 18, 2021, in Lexington, Ky. She was 83. Born on the Fourth of July to the late James C. Burdine and Olga Decker Burdine in Squib, Kentucky, Geraldine came by her firecracker persona honest. Though short in stature, she was a mighty presence. Leaning on a lifetime of faith, Geraldine cherished and unwaveringly served the Lord. A Christian, she was a witness to the power and love offered to all by Christ her Savior. She was a member of David’s Fork Baptist Church, active in the choir, and served as a Sunday school teacher in previous years. Preceded in death by Calvin Mize, husband of 44 years, the two created a loving and hospitable home in Cincinnati where Geraldine served as librarian at St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School. Like all good southerners, they retired back home in 1988 where they were active in the community. Geraldine served as a charter member of the Rockcastle Kiwanis Club, a Pulaski County victim’s advocate, and as a librarian at Shopville Elementary where she retired for a second time. She was a proud graduate of Berea College and continued to obtain her master’s degree from Xavier University. Along with her parents and husband, Geraldine is preceded in death by brothers James O. Burdine and Charles O. “Kip” Burdine; sisters Bethel Grace Burdine and Mary Gathlyn “Toots” Eldridge; brother-in-law Conley Eugene Mize; and nephews Michael Eldridge, Tim Burdine, and Ronnie Mize. She leaves behind sons Jeffery Todd (Jennifer) Mize of Lebanon, OH and Gregory Stuart Mize of Indianapolis, IN; daughter Laura Beth Mize of Lexington, KY; brother David C. (Judy) Burdine of Somerset, KY, sister Aundra “Sis” (CL) Whitaker of Somerset, KY; grandson Garett Michael Mize of Crestview, FL; sisters-in-law Judy (Kip) Burdine of Somerset, KY, and Donna Sue (Jim) Burdine of Somerset, KY; and her sister-at-heart and lifetime best friend, Janice Crabtree Wilson of Xenia, OH. A host of nieces and nephews are also among her cherished fold. While those listed above were blessed by blood to call her mother, sister, auntie, and grandma, she held those designations from others who did not acquire the connection by birth, but by her love for them. She was Mom, Auntie Deane, and Grandma Deane to many more some she probably never even realized. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with service to begin at 1:00 PM with Reverend Sally Iseral-Shepherd officiating. A gathering will occur for anyone wishing to attend following the service at The Villas in Bronston, Kentucky. Food will be provided and all are welcome. In memory donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Bluegrass Care Navigators or David’s Fork Baptist Church, both in Lexington, Kentucky (link and addresses below). Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Geraldine Mize.
George Allen Simmons ’59
March 15, 2021
George was born in Headwaters, Va, the first child of Clyde and Mary Evelyn Simmons. The family ran a sawmill, where George began working at age 10.
George attended Berea College in Kentucky, majoring in education. It was at Berea that he met Margaret De Hart, who he married. The couple moved to Lorain, where George became an elementary school teacher. He completed his Master’s Degree in education at Kent State University. The couple then moved to Chicago, where he worked in educational publishing. He worked on a series of books for young readers written in phonetics and Space Age Spelling, which came complete with a set of puppets.
They moved back to Ohio where George took a job teaching speed reading at the new Lorain County Community College (LCCC). George went on to become the Director of Developmental Education at LCCC. He strongly believed that students who lacked basic reading or math skills could still complete college with the right course work. George was perhaps most proud of teaching reading to a man with cerebral palsy, who had not had the benefit of a regular K-12 education. That man went on to graduate from LCCC. George’s responsibilities were eventually expanded to include heading the education and physical education departments. He was known for “reining in spending”.
An avid (if only rarely successful) hunter, George took a group of friends from LCCC to his childhood home in Headwaters for a week-long deer hunt for many years at Thanksgiving. He also developed an interest in aviation and learned to pilot a glider in his 40s.
George and Margaret divorced in 1982. George married Pat in 1983 and loved her until the day he died. George and Pat were a great team. They worked during retirement renovating and managing residential properties. They enjoyed touring in their motor home and antiquing. The shared their home with Bristol Motor Speedway fans before AirBNB was even a thing! The attended church together regularly through the years.
George was a member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton, where he had served as the Adult Men’s Class Sunday School teacher on a monthly rotation with Bill Armstrong, Carroll Broome and Don Tetrick. He had also served on the church’s administrative counsel.
Those left to continue his legacy include his daughter, Cynthia Simmons; his two sons, Daniel Simmons and wife Catherine and Mark Simmons and wife Jen; his stepson, Paul Meyers and wife Rhonda; one sister, Janice Warner; and two brothers, Robert L. Simmons and Roger Simmons. Several nieces and nephews and many grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.
A service to celebrate and honor the life of George Allen Simmons will be conducted at 1:30 PM on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton with Reverend Raymond Amos, Sr. officiating.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to First United Methodist Church, 325 East E. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
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Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com. Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is honored to serve the Simmons family. Office phone (423) 542-2232; obituary/ service information line- (423) 543-4917.
Bobby N. Batie ’60
Sept. 23, 2020
James C. Coomer ’60
July 27, 2021
James Claudus Coomer, 82, died on July 27, 2021, at the T J Samson Hospital in Glasgow. He was born Nov. 29, 1938, in Adair County to the late Brack and Lucy (Sneed) Coomer. He attended a one-room school for the first eight years of his education and was graduated from Adair County High School in 1956. He attended Berea College and was graduated in 1960 with a degree in Agriculture. He went on to earn a MS in Vocational Agriculture Education from the University of Kentucky and a Rank 1 certification in School Administration, all levels, from Western Kentucky University
Mr. Coomer began his education career at Brodhead School in Rockcastle County then came to Barren County in 1964 to teach Vocational Agriculture at Temple Hill School. He later worked as principal at Hiseville School and at Temple Hill School. When the new Barren County High School opened in 1973, James Coomer was the first principal; he remained there 14 years before accepting the position of Assistant Superintendent of Barren County Schools. Upon leaving the high school, Mr. Coomer resigned his positions of leadership which he held on the state and national levels of the National Beta Club. He retired from education in 1994 and devoted his time to his farm in Temple Hill and to his herd of Simmental cattle, which he enjoyed. As a Simmental breeder, he held various positions of leadership in the Kentucky Simmental Association.
Mr. Coomer was very active in his community. He was a lifetime member of the Temple Hill Lions Club and Lions International. Working with the local club, he encouraged young people to work with livestock, especially beef cattle, and he helped to organize the herd Handler 4-H club for those who wanted to exhibit their animals. He was a Mason, a member of both Scottish and York Rites and a Shriner. He was also active with the Glasgow Camp of Gideons International.
James Claudus began his spiritual journey at the Jones Chapel Methodist Church in Adair County, and was a longtime member of the Temple Hill Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and the teacher of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School class.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a niece, Mary Ann Wolford, and a brother-in-law, Wilburn (Geary) Wolford. He is survived by a sister, Frances Wolford of Columbia, his wife of 61 years, Joan; a daughter, Sharon Mattingly (Richard) of Etoile, a son James (Sarah) of DeWitt, Iowa, and a son Jeff (Darcy) of Glasgow. In addition, there are 7 grandchildren; Stephanie Mattingly Dillon (Kelly) and Jonathan Mattingly of Etoile; Kristen and Kyle Coomer of DeWitt, Iowa; Chase, Bryce and Reece Coomer of Glasgow, as well as 3 great granddaughters: Brooklyn Anderson of DeWitt, Iowa; McKinley Mattingly and Sasha Dillon of Etoile.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Gideons International P.O. Box 69 Glasgow, Kentucky 42142-0069, Temple Hill Baptist Church Building Fund 8427 Tompkinsville Road Glasgow, Kentucky 42141, Jones Chapel Cemetery Fund c/o Chad Parnell or Sharon Mattingly, or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life for Mr. Coomer will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, August 7th at A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Jones Chapel Cemetery in Adair County. A graveside service will be held 12:00 PM at the Jones Chapel Cemetery for those unable to attend the Celebration of Life. Visitation will be Friday, August 6th from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday morning until time for the service at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held 6:00 PM Friday, August 6th at the funeral home.
A. F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted in the care of Mr. Coomer. Please share your condolences with the family at www.crowfuneralhome.com.
J. Ron Williams
Spouse of Susan Hall Williams ’60
Gene Haywood Campbell ’61
Aug. 8, 2021
Gene H. Campbell of Lincoln, Neb., passed away on Aug. 8, 2021. Gene was born in Nelson County, Va., on Aug. 27, 1937, to Russell and Virginia Campbell. Gene met his wife, E. Ruth Whited, while attending Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Gene and Ruth were to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary in September 2021. Gene spent his early career as a pharmaceutical representative for Lederle Laboratories. An opportunity to work for Motorola brought him to Grand Island, Neb., in 1972. Throughout his life, Gene loved to fish, was an avid tennis player, voracious reader and keen traveler.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ruth Campbell, his three daughters and sons-in-law: Carol (Mike) Keenan, Castle Rock, Colo.; Lisa Jo (Don) Pollard, Omaha, Neb.; and Leslie (Dan) Levy, Lincoln Neb.; his six grandchildren Zachary (fiancée Caitlin Donahue) Pollard, Jacob (fiancée Lindsey Fey) Pollard and Adam (Leah) Pollard; Sarah Nester and husband, Rob Kester; William Levy and Andrew Levy; three great-granddaughters and a great-grandson; brothers Calvin (Barbara) Campbell, Buchanan, VA; Robert Hatter, Blue Ridge, Va.; and Billy (Jean) Hatter, Troutville, V., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be missed.
Gene is preceded in death by his father, Russell Campbell; mother Virginia Hatter; step-father Walter Hatter, and brother Fredrick Campbell.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, at 3:00 PM in the Chapel, First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Neb. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you please consider a memorial to one of Gene’s designated organizations: First-Plymouth Church’s Music Ministry, Nebraska Public Media or the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries.
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Published by Lincoln Journal Star on Aug. 15, 2021.
Doris Burton Hail ’61
July 6, 2021
Doris Burton Hail, born Doris Ann Burton, was born on Feb. 3, 1939. She passed away from this life on July 6, 2021. She was the daughter of Joseph Clark and Beatrice Denham Burton, and she was born in Somerset, Kentucky; she had four siblings: Lawrence, Howard, Jean, and Margie. She married Mark Duane Hail on Sept. 1, 1961, and they had one child, Michael Wayne Hail. Aside from her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings Lawrence, Howard, and Jean, as well as her husband Mark and her son Michael. She is survived by her sister Margie and her daughter in law Charlotte Hail, as well as her two grandchildren Michael Allen Charles and Sarah Ann Hail. She is an alum of Berea College. For most of her career, she was an elementary school teacher at various elementary schools in the Somerset Independent school system, including Memorial Elementary, Parker Elementary, and Hopkins Elementary. She was passionate about reading and deeply loved sharing that passion with children. In her later career, that passion led her to being a librarian at Pulaski County Public Library. Outside of her career, Doris was a skilled piano player who loved playing hymns. Her faith was important to her, and she attended a variety of Baptist churches around Pulaski County. Her husband Mark was a pastor, and they attended both Eden Baptist and Mount Victory Baptist for a number of years. Her most recent church was Duke Memorial Baptist. She will be remembered as a loving sister, mother, and grandmother. Her gentleness and immense kindness was something admired by her family, her church community, and her students. She touched many people’s lives and truly embodied the spirit of the Lord. Her love of reading, piano, puzzles, and Elvis will be dearly missed by her family who can no longer share them with her. Her funeral will be at 10:30 AM on Monday, July 12, at Pulaski County Funeral Home. Those who would like to attend are welcome to.
James B. Hickman ’61
July 24, 2021
James Bertram (Jim) Hickman, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Ten Mile Lake, Hackensack, Minn.. on Friday, July 23, 2021. Jim was born Nov. 29, 1939 in Glasgow, Ky., the only child of A.C. (Jack) and Nova Hickman. He grew up in Albany, Ky., and graduated from Berea College in Berea, Ky.. He got his Master’s degree from the U. of M. and received his CPA license in 1965. Jim worked in Minneapolis and St. Paul for both small and large accounting firms, including Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross. He also was controller for a few years for GMW, a trucking company in St. Paul, Minn. The last 30 years he was self-employed doing tax returns for friends and family, and did accounting work for a few companies. He retired in 2020. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Leahnell (Leah), son Jeffrey Hickman of Phoenix, Ariz., and daughter, Stephanie (Jason) Williams of Cottage Grove, Minn.; three grandchildren, Austin Williams, Ava Williams, and Jaya Hickman. Jim loved the outdoors and his favorite pastime was fishing, but also enjoyed hunting in years past. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at the lake, loving the view and sunsets, and relaxing at his winter home in Peoria, AZ. A private service will be held for family only. Jim’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Bertram Hickman, please visit our floral store.
Helen Shepherd Klingler ’61
May 17, 2021
Helen Marie Shepherd Klingler, 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 17, 2021 at her home in Rexburg, Idaho. She was born Nov. 28, 1938 in Pyramid, Kentucky to Gold Shepherd and Gracie Layne.
Helen graduated from Salyersville Kentucky High School in 1957 and attended Berea College graduating in 1961. She was a high school history teacher in Evarts, Kentucky when she met LDS Missionary Blaine D. Klingler.
After Blaine returned home to Rexburg, and after 6 months of correspondence, he invited Helen to spend her Christmas school break in Idaho. They decided to get married on Christmas Day 1962. Blaine and Helen were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple June 4, 1964.
Helen helped Blaine on the family farm in the Newdale area. She also worked for ARTCO Printing, JC Penneys, and at the Ricks College Hart Building Ladies Locker Room. In the late 1980’s, Helen updated her Idaho teaching certificate and was back to her true love of being a history teacher at the Madison Junior High School from 1989 to 1991.
As a member of the LDS Church, Helen served in many callings in the Primary, Cub Scouts, and Relief Society. She helped her 3 sons all become Eagle Scouts.
Helen was a founding member of the Tell a Tale book club and enjoyed discussing books with her friends and neighbors. Helen had a special friendship and love for her daughter who cared for her and Blaine until each of their passing.
Helen is survived by her sons-David (Jackie), Gary (Alene), Delwyn (Wendy), daughter Eileen, 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild all of Rexburg, and Sisters Ethel Potter of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Trimble of Salyersville, Kentucky, Juanita (Bill) Williamson of Morehead, Kentucky, and Sister-In-Law Charity Shepherd of Gunlock, Kentucky along with many family members and a host of friends both in Kentucky and Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Blaine, and Brothers Harold Shepherd and Frank Shepherd.
Family will receive friends, Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00am at Fielding Memorial Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Condolences may be submitted online via, www.flammfh.com.
Dr. Robert S. Adkins ’62
June 8, 2016
Robert Sherrard Adkins, D.M.D., 76, died June 8, 2016 at his residence in Lexington, Ky. Born in Clintwood, Va., he was the son of the late Robert Kern and Elsie May Ramsey Adkins. He was a graduate of Cumberland College and the inaugural graduating class at the University of Kentucky Dental School. He was a member of the Kentucky Dental Association, a member of the Beattyville Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Member of the Beattyville Medical Scholarship Fund. Dr. Adkins practiced dentistry for the last 50 years in Lexington and rural Kentucky. He was loved by many and affectionately known as TD “Tooth Doctor”. He enjoyed racquetball and was inducted in the KY Racquetball Hall of Fame in 1994. Survivors include three children, Amy Jo Adkins Parham; Robert Sherrard Adkins Jr., and Julia Ann Adkins; two grandchildren, Andrew Henry and Oliva Dane; one nephew, Chris Adkins and family; one niece, Heather Brockman and family; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Adkins; and other extended family. A Memorial Service will be held 7pm Sat, June 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Rev. Dennis Knight. Visitation will be 4pm Sat. until the service time.
Freeman Hughes ’62
May 3, 2021
Freeman Hughes aka Charles Freeman Hughes passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 after turning 87 years old on March 28.
This loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor and friend was born March 28, 1934, in Martin, Ky., to Robert Joseph Hughes and Maza Rebecca Crisp Hughes. He is survived by his wife Geneva Caudill Hughes, daughter Cheryl Satariano (Tony Satariano), son David Hughes (Jon Boston), grandchildren Anthony Satariano (Aubrey), Caitlin Satariano, great-grandson Charlie Satariano, and brother William Russell Hughes of Auxier, Ky.. Freeman was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Magdalene, Ernest Lewis, James, Hager, Joan, and Philemon.
Freeman graduated from Martin High School, worked two years in Michigan doing factory work, then entered the Air Force in 1954 where he served until 1958. He decided to attend Berea College and it was there he met Geneva. They married on September 2, 1961 before their senior year. After Freeman and Geneva graduated from Berea in 1962, Freeman taught school for 2 years at Laurelville High School. They lived in Circleville and Geneva worked at Berger Hospital. He decided to change jobs and started working at WPAFB, moved to Fairborn and later Beavercreek. After 30 years of government service, Freeman retired from WPAFB in 1990.
Freeman enjoyed his kids’ and later his grandchildrens’ activities. He loved the UK Wildcats, was a KY Colonel, and kept his love of the Kentucky mountains. Freeman and Geneva attended Kirkmont Presbyterian Church for many years which is where his visitation and service will be held. He and Geneva loved travel, had been to all 50 states, and greatly enjoyed the many national parks they visited. He loved birds and nature walks, many in the Beavercreek Wetlands.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beavercreek Wetlands Association at Beaver Creek Wetlands Association P.O. Box 42 Alpha, Ohio 45301-0042.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Kirkmont Presbyterian Church, 3377 Shakertown Road, Beavercreek, Ohio 45434 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. with the Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM. with Pastor Dan Borgelt officiating. Burial will follow at Byron Cemetery, 3256 Trebein Road, Fairborn, Ohio 45324
Dr. Anne Cole Keast ’62
Aug. 13, 2021
Dr. Anne C. Keast, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 13, 2021, following a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. Anne was recuperating from surgery and being cared for at the Life Care Center of Reno when she succumbed to her illness, comforted by the many prayers, visits and well wishes from relatives, friends, and neighbors who showed such loving support throughout her diagnosis and treatment. Anne was born in Asheville, North Carolina. She received her B.S. in Home Economics from Berea College, M.S. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. At OSU, she was assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Safety Project which, in effect, enabled her to obtain her doctorate. Wondering how this assignment fit in logically with her home economics degree, Anne was actually highly successful in the role and her motto became “Never say no to an opportunity because you never know where it will take you.” Later working at the University of Arizona, she met and married husband, Bob Keast, and moved to Corvallis, Oregon. She taught at Oregon State University, served as State President of the Oregon Vocational Association; was a school administrator in Bend, Oregon, and eventually transitioned to Las Vegas where Anne worked for nine years as a trainer at the Nevada Test Site. In 1990, the family moved to Carson City where Anne was employed at Western Nevada Community College and the Department of Education. They came to call Carson City “home.” Anne enjoyed volunteer work which included serving on the National Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges of Technical Education. Beginning in 2007, she chaired the 9-1-1 Advisory Committee which earned her the Volunteer of the Year Award. Anne found a special and lifelong passion when she became a member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) in Carson City in 2001. She served tirelessly in positions culminating in Presidency of the Nevada chapter. Along with husband, Bob, who shared her enthusiasm, in their passing, together they have established a P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship in support of ongoing scholarships for deserving young women seeking higher education. Anne and Bob’s interests have always included travel, camping, river and ocean cruises and cultural events. They especially enjoyed vacations spent volunteering as caretakers at lighthouses along the Pacific coast. Anne is survived by daughter Stacey Hayes; nieces Karen Krisher Blair and Ellen Cole; nephews Mark Krisher and George Cole; sister-in-law Pat Floyd and husband Steve; niece Becky Carver; and nephew Chip Fortune. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Keast (Bob); her parents, G. Furman and Beulah Shook Cole; sister Melba Cole Krisher, brother F. Edwin Cole and wife, Ada. Anne and Bob will be buried together in a beautiful hillside family setting at Grace United Methodist Church, 876 Newfound Road, Leicester, North Carolina on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 at 2:00pm Eastern time, the occasion of their 46th wedding anniversary. Forever a meticulous planner, Anne has requested and prepared a casual graveside service for those in attendance to enjoy. Anne was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Carson City, where there will be a Celebration of Life service planned with date and time to be determined. Groce Funeral Home, Patton Ave, West Asheville, North Carolina will oversee arrangements in Asheville. Walton’s Funeral Home, 1281 N. Roop St., Carson City, Nevada will coordinate in Carson City. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to designate a gift in Anne’s honor or memory, please consider the P.E.O. Foundation Scholarship (Robert and Anne Keast Foundation, c/o 2333 Avery Road, Carson City, NV 89706) or the First United Methodist Church (400 West King Street, Suite 100, Carson City, NV 89703 and please identify as for Anne Keast).
Joseph T. Price ’62
Nov. 14, 2017
Joseph Theodore Price, 77, of Bardstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at his residence. He was born July 19, 1940, in Bardstown to the late Alma Ritchie Price Hutchins.
Besides his mother he was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jean Burchett Price; and two sisters, LaVerne Price and Catherine Shipp.
He is survived by one daughter, Gwynn (Bosco) Gant of Cox’s Creek; one son, Joe Price of Springfield; one brother, Nolan (Brenda) Hutchins of Bardstown; and two grandsons, Lucas Gant and Jared Gant, both of Cox’s Creek.
Ruby Ann Wong Lelea ’63
July 3, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruby Ann Lele’a, who went to meet her heavenly Father on July 3, 2021. Born on July 8, 1941, Ani (as she was known by all who loved her) was raised in San Francisco, spent her early childhood in foster care and her teen years with her biological family in San Francisco Chinatown. After graduating from high school in 1959 and despite being discouraged by her counselor, Ani attended undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson Junior College in North Carolina, then continued on to Berea College in Kentucky, where she graduated in 1963 with a degree in Liberal Arts. Ani worked for the Synod of the Pacific (PCUSA) for 54 years (1964-2018), and was forced to retire as Synod Treasurer, due to medical conditions. Her farewell plaque was engraved with a fitting typo “Synod Treasure.” Even after retiring, her counsel was sought because of her historical knowledge of the inner workings of the PCUSA. She was known nationwide and made innumerable professional and personal connections during her time there. Ani is survived by her children: her cat Ziggy (her favorite child), her daughter Leanne, and her son Jeff. She was a devoted mother who gave selflessly and sacrificially to her children. She was our biggest cheerleader, support, and the very definition of unconditional love. She was also a loving sister and aunt, and always took an opportunity to reach out and connect with family. Her devotion to her family was her true happy place. Ani never knew a stranger, and there were many people she considered family, regardless of being related by blood. Mom’s joy came in giving of her time, service and heart. Ani was also a very loyal churchgoer. She joined Redwoods Presbyterian Church of Larkspur, CA in the mid-sixties and went every Sunday she could go. She was a pillar of her church and loved her church family very deeply. The loss of Ani in this physical world will be felt deeply, but we know her legacy will carry on through all people who loved and knew her. Please join us for an outdoor Celebration of Life for Ani Lelea on Aug. 21, 2021 at Redwoods Presbyterian Church, located at 110 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939. Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to Cameron House in memory of Ani Lelea. Donations can be made online: https://cameronhouse.org/give/%20donate/
John A. Pennycuff ’63
July 31, 2021
Service Location Date Time Visitation Winton Woods High School Aug. 12, 2021 7:00 pm 10:00 pm Visitation Spring Grove Funeral Homes Aug. 13, 2021 2:00 pm 3:00 pm Memorial Service Spring Grove Funeral Homes Aug. 13, 2021 3:00 pm Obituary John Allen Pennycuff, age 80, a resident of Cincinnati, passed away on July 31, 2021. A visitation will be held at the new Winton Woods High School Aug. 12, 7-10 pm with additional parking at Kemper Meadows Park. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 13th at 3:00 pm, at Spring Grove Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati. The service will be preceded by a gathering beginning at 2:00 pm. John was born in Berea, Ky., to the late Ruth Allen and Henry Graden Pennycuff. He is survived by his daughter Laura (Sander) Pennycuff of Vienna, Va.; son Kevin (Gina) Pennycuff of Maineville, OH; grandchildren Maren, Ethan & Aidan Pennycuff and Nina Glick; and sisters Betty (Steve) Robinson of Blue Ash, OH and Janet Maerz of Richmond, Va. He was predeceased by Mary Tudor Pennycuff, the love of his life and wife of 57 years. John grew up in Stanton, Ky., attending the school across the road where his father was principal and one of his teachers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Berea College in 1964. John entered the U.S. Air Force and graduated with distinction from Officer Training School. He then served six years on active duty in Texas, California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and England. He resigned his commission from the Air Force in 1971 as a Captain. In 1971, John began his career as a manager with the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati that would last until his retirement in 1999. John held a wide variety of management positions of increasing responsibility, primarily in the Engineering, Paper Products, and Management Systems Divisions. After growing up in small rural towns, John and Mary decided to find an integrated community in which to raise their family. They ultimately settled in Forest Park, Ohio-an intentionally integrated community-while John worked at P&G. Supporting world-class public education was one of the highest priorities in his life. John served on the Board of Education of the Winton Woods School District for 26 years starting in 1989. He was re-elected six times, serving as its President for ten years and Vice-President for nine. He was a persistent advocate of adding a global focus to all courses and was a leader of the successful effort in 2011 to create the Academy of Global Studies as a unique school within the Winton Woods High School. In 2006, John helped establish the Winton Woods Educational Foundation and most recently served as its Treasurer. Through the WWEF, he particularly enjoyed assisting students in obtaining college scholarships. Through his schoolwork, John was President of the Ohio School Boards Association in 2010 where he was part of the team that wrote Ohio’s first standards for school superintendents. He also served on the Federal Relations Network of the National School Boards Association; the Executive Committee of the Southwest Region of the Ohio School Boards Association (serving as region president in 2006); the Board of Directors of High Schools That Work-Southwest Ohio; and the Board of Directors of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. In 2015, he was honored by SW OSBA as a “Distinguished Educator” and “Friend of the Southwest.” His time with the Air Force gave he and Mary the travel bug and they enjoyed travelling frequently until recent years. John also loved spending time with family, vegetable gardening, researching the history of his family in Appalachia and beyond, and faithfully supporting school arts and sporting events. Always attributing his wife with the artistic talents of the family, he took up gourds as a canvas for art in the last 20 years, self-teaching himself various decorative techniques. He was also a long-time member of the Greenhills/Forest Park Kiwanis Club and the Forest Chapel United Methodist Church. John will be remembered as a gentle, steadfast man, a loving and supportive father and grandfather, and a friend to many in the community. Memorials may be made to the Winton Woods Educational Foundation, https://wintonwoodsfoundation.org/other-ways-to-give/ . Online condolences and memories of John may be shared with his family by visiting www.springgrove.org. Arrangements by Spring Grove Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati.
Wayne Reid ’63
June 20, 2021
Wayne Reid, age 80 of Somerset Ky., passed from this life on June 20th, 2021. He was born June 13th, 1941, in Bakersville, N.C., to the late Jay and Lottie DeGroat Reid. Wayne served proudly in the Air Force, was a member of City Council, was a Kentucky Colonel and graduated from Berea College. He is retired from NHA as Regional Director and Long Term Care Director. He was active in little league and a Babe Ruth coach. He enjoyed watching professional sports, playing golf, loved fishing, cooking, traveling, and enjoyed entertaining at his beach home. Friends called him the “Cruise Director” because he was always in charge of entertaining. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Lottie Reid; and his sister, Helen Taylor of Marion N.C. Wayne is survived by his wife, Deanna Reid; his sons, James Reid (Glenda) of Glasgow, Bruce (Maribeth) Loveless of Lexington; daughter, Vicki (Tom) Hall of Somerset; grandchildren, Mason and Griffin Reid of Glasgow, Rebecca (Keith) Spradling, Beth Jennie Major of Somerset, Teresa (Colin) Pemberton of Lexington, Syndey Loveless of Georgia, Connor Loveless of Brunswick, Ga.; great grandchildren, Hayden Vaught, and Caleb Pemberton; aunt, Doris Ledford of N.C.; brother in law, Robert Taylor of WV; and along with a host of other friends and family. A special thanks to Hospice of Lake Cumberland and Intrepid At Wayne’s request there will be no services. In lieu of expressions for sympathy, may take the form of donations to Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery, C/O Kathleen Edwards 745 HWY 39 Somerset, KY 42503
Ginny Jones Small ’63
Aug. 7, 2021
Virginia “Ginny” Small, age 80, of Hendersonville, N.C., departed to be with the Lord on the night of Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. The daughter of the late Dale and Tela Jones, she was born in Walker County, Alabama on June 22, 1941. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jon-Michael Webster, and her sister, Mary Dale Sanford. Ginny was born in Jasper, Alabama. She graduated from Berea College in Kentucky with a degree in mathematics. She met her husband Gordon while at Berea. Gordon worked with the federal Forest Service, and they moved around the country with their three daughters. Ginny loved to volunteer and serve in many capacities. She volunteered with church youth groups in Wisconsin and Maryland. She served as Troop Leader and on the Blue Heron Girl Scout Council in Wisconsin. While in Maryland, she volunteered with the Smithsonian Institute and loved to share stories of all the people she met as she worked at the information desk. Ginny developed an interest in libraries and began serving as church librarian in Maryland. After Gordon’s retirement, they moved to Balsam Gap in Haywood County, North Carolina and enjoyed 20 years living next to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ginny continued to be very active with church and community needs including 15 years as the Media Center Director at First Baptist of Waynesville, North Carolina. She also volunteered with Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse for many years and Hospice care for 9 years while in Waynesville. Four years ago, they moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina. Ginny loved sharing hospitality with those she could. She made any guest feel right at home. She often opened her home to those in need, whether it be international travelers in need of a home away from home, a family member needing end of life care, or a second chance. She had an adventurous spirit and loved to try new things. Perhaps she is best known as a woman who loved the Lord. She was an avid studier of the scriptures, and it was her deep faith which led her to step out of her comfort zones and share the love of God in so many tangible ways and to so many individuals. Ginny is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Gordon Small; three daughters, Jennifer Deetjen (Don) of Jackson, Wisconsin, Kathy Webster (Alex) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Heather Blasingame (Ben) of Mobile, Alabama: six grandchildren, Walter Huf, Emily Huf, Mina Webster, Sam Webster, Maggie Blasingame and Abby Blasingame; one brother, Perry Jones; and one sister, Joann Byram; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville on Wednesday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m. with a short memorial service to follow at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be in Walker Country, Alabama to be determined at a later date.
Gary Ray Bonner ’64
March 19, 2021
Gary Ray Bonner, 79, of Beach Island, S.C., and formerly of Jefferson County, Ind., died Friday, March 19, 2021, at his home.
He was born on April 3, 1941, in Vanceburg, Ky., to Elmer and Effie McCleese Bonner. He was raised by his grandmother, Amanda Flanders, in Vanceburg and graduated school there. He attended Berea College in Kentucky and was inducted into the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam Era. He resided 11 years in Brooksburg, Indiana, and worked for Dow Corning in Carrollton, Ky. He had resided in South Carolina the past 20 years and was retired from Unimin Corporation, a global mining company. He loved his many dogs.
Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth Anne Bonner Gullion of Madison, Indiana; his step great grandchild, Dakota Morrison; his brother, Denny Bonner of Lexington, Ky.; and several nieces and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother who raised him; his former wife and mother of his daughter, Margaret Miles Bonner, on Dec. 28, 2016; and a brother, James Bonner.
Cremation was chosen and the family will hold their own service in his memory.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.
Doris Nevels Wilson ’64
Feb. 7, 2021
Doris Nevels Wilson, age 80 years, 1 month, and 15 days, passed away Feb. 7, 2021, at Baptist Health in Corbin, Ky. Funeral services were held Friday, February 12, 2021, at 12:00 pm at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Nichols and Bro. Mike Gregory officiating. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery. She was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Nevelsville, Ky., to CD Nevels and Dovie Ballou Nevels. Doris worked as a nurse for the Lake Cumberland District Health Department early in her career but decided to stay home and raise her children until they were ready for school. While working with the health department she worked in the community providing prenatal and postnatal care in the homes and was profiled in an article in the Courier Journal. After returning to the work force, she worked as a school nurse for the McCreary County School District and later taught Health Occupations at McCreary Central. During her time with HOSA, she was proud to have a student win in state competition and compete at the national level. Doris was a member of the Whitley City United Methodist Church where she had served as Sunday School Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoyed basket weaving, quilting, crocheting, and painting. Doris was an excellent cook and loved cooking for her family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, and a grandson, David Keith Wilson. Survivors include the love of her life, Gerald Wilson, whom she married November 24, 1965, two sons, Michael Wilson, and wife, Jennifer, of Stearns, and Douglas Wilson, and wife, Maribell, of Randolph, New Jersey, a brother, Ralph Nevels, two sisters, Alma Faye Sexton, and her husband, Landon, of Pine Knot, and Patricia Neil McCracken, and her husband, William, of Fountaintown, Indiana and four grandchildren Kara, Emma, Erin, and EvanHickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Doris Nevels Wilson.
Dr. Arnold R. Frazier ’65
June 1, 2021
Arnold R. Frazier, MD passed away June 1, 2021 at the age of 77. Dr. Frazier lived a vibrant life filled with travel, hard work, wine, and his Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. He enjoyed good jokes and good music, particularly country and bluegrass, and read multiple newspapers daily. Above all else, Dr. Frazier valued his faith, church, and family. He loved skiing with his wife and sons (both water and snow), jet skiing, attending his sons’ sporting events, and family dinners, where he always shared delicious wine discoveries. He doted on his four granddaughters, donning hats for tea-parties, boating with them on Lake Norman, creating silly characters and stories, swimming and shelling in Sanibel, Florida, and creating Christmas traditions. His energy, devotion to family, huge heart, sage advice, and “Arnoldisms” will be greatly missed. He was born October 17, 1943, in Hotspot, Kentucky to James and Viola Frazier, the fifth of six children. Dr. Frazier attended Berea College, where he met his wife, Dyanne, graduating in 1965. Dr. Frazier graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, completed his residency at Ochner Clinic, and further trained at the Carolinas Medical Center and the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Frazier was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Mecklenburg Medical Society. Dr. Frazier practiced medicine for almost 40 years, beginning at the Nalle Clinic and then the Carolinas Medical Center. An avid and life-long learner and excellent teacher, Dr. Frazier relished in caring for his patients, training residents and investing in his and their professional development. Dr. Frazier is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Dyanne, his sons Jamie, Brian, and Jonathan (CDR USNR), his daughters-in-law Cindy and Kelly, his granddaughters Sophie, Charlotte, Holden and Bridget, his brother Charles, sisters Shannon and Linda, sister-in-law Barbara, brother-in-law Jim, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 5 11:00 AM at Davidson United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a cause or charity of your choice . James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family.
Leo S. Arnold ’66
May 1, 2021
Leo Scott Arnold, 78, of St. Albans, W.Va., formerly from Foster, W.Va., died May 1, 2021, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He graduated from Clear Fork High School (Raleigh County). He graduated from Warren Wilson College, N.C., and Berea College in Kentucky then went on to get two master’s degrees from Marshall University. He taught for Boone County Schools for 46 years. He also helped bring Southern Community College to Boone County, which he was their first adjutant. He taught extension classes for WVU, Marshall and Concord colleges. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church of Danville, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Garnet Milam Arnold; sister, Eloise Arnold Browning; brothers: Ed, Roger, and Leon Arnold. Surviving is his wife, Joan Flowers Arnold; daughter, Lara Arnold Elkins (Tom) of St. Albans, W.Va.; son, Chris Arnold (Rebecca) of Ashford, W.Va.; four wonderful grandsons he adored with all his heart: Tyler Elkins, Corey Arnold, Brandon Elkins and Caleb Arnold; lots of nieces and nephews; like a granddaughter, Sara Chambers; and many special friends. Pallbearers will be Tyler Elkins, Corey Arnold, Brandon Elkins and Caleb Arnold. Services will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2 p.m., with viewing two hours prior with the Rev. Dan Gates and Pastor Rick Peters officiating at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va. Burial will be at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, W.Va. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines will be observed, with mask and social distancing encouraged. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Doris Watts Godbey ’66
July 16, 2021
Here is Doris J. Godbey’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Doris J. Godbey of Daytona Beach, Florida, who passed away on July 16, 2021, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Cay Watts and Goldie Watts (Baker); and her husband Dr. Ruel Godbey, Sr. (Daytona Beach). She is survived by her children, Rhonda, David Ritch, Clifton Ritch, Ruel Jr. (Kevin) and Tiffany Godbey; her grandchildren, Rebecca, Stephen Ori, Joseph Ritch, Shane Bagwell, Derek Jensen, Malachi Jensen, Lauren Godbey and Elijah Godbey; and her siblings, Brenda Smith, Charles Watts and Fred Watts. She is also survived by many other cousins, friends.
A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 3:30 PM at the Spruce Creek Baptist Church (1952 Taylor Rd, Port Orange, FL 32137).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris’s honor can be made to Berea College or Bethune Cookman University.
Mr. Michael D. Hurley
Spouse of Mary Caponite Hurley ’67
Jan. 23, 2021
On Jan. 23, 2021, an incredibly bright, genuinely kind, and truly warm soul left our lives. Michael Douglas Hurley, aged 73, was born Dec. 5, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He was the son of Lyman Hurley, an accountant, and Louise Coyer, a schoolteacher. When Mike left home for college, he ventured to Athens, Ohio, attending Ohio University where he studied chemistry and received a B.S. degree. From there, he moved on to Iowa State University to focus his studies on physical chemistry and received his Master’s Degree. It was during his time in Athens, where he met his future wife, Mary Jane Caponite. With Ohio University’s campus closed due to the Kent State riots, Mike used the opportunity to ask Mary out, leading to a relationship that lasted into a 47-year marriage. After their wedding, Mike and Mary moved to Michigan, where Mike had accepted a job offer with Ford Motor Company as a Research Scientist. Settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mike and Mary had two sons, Joshua and Isaac, and a daughter, Jessica. Mike enjoyed a 36-year career at Ford, becoming a published, award-winning scientist. Apart from his work and his family, Mike was a dog-lover, enjoyed researching ancient samurai culture, and was particularly interested in chronicles of Americana, including the history of baseball and Appalachian culture. If you find yourself struggling with the loss of Mike, as a scientist, he may encourage you to consider these certainties: As humans, our matter and psychological processes thoughts, emotions, beliefs are composed of energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed or transferred from one form to another. Energy remains constant. Knowing this, rest assured that Mike will remain with us, always, in one form or another. Private cremation services have taken place. Please visit www.niefuneralhomes.com to share a memory of Michael.
Judith McElrath Hobson ’68
April 15, 2021
Judith (Judi) G. McElrath Hobson of Ivoryton Conn., 75, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday April 15, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones. Judi was born in Whitefield, NH. The youngest of six children (all of whom predeceased her), Edward McElrath, Ann McElrath Casey, Barbara McElrath Warren, William Earl McElrath, Jr and Howard McElrath, the family moved to Asheville, N.C., when Judi was 3. She attended Woodfin Elementary School and graduated from Clyde A Irwin High School in 1964. An enthusiastic student, she was very active in the Beta club, the future teachers of America club, the women’s basketball team, and was President of her class and voted Most Witty both in her senior year. Judi earned a BA in both Elementary Education and Physical Education from Berea College in 1968. As an overachieving wonder woman, in 1969 Judi earned her MA in Elementary school physical education from NYU while also working full time as a nanny for the five beautiful children of Hazie and Ernie Tracy. Judi began her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, staying for 2 years before relocating to Alaska. She remained in Alaska for 19 years, raising her two daughters Tracy and Christina, teaching PE at Nenana Public School and future teachers at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and coaching her jump rope team, the Jazzy Jumpers! Although she loved taking advantage of the adventures that Alaska has to offer – whitewater canoeing, rafting down the Nenana river, small airplane travel to go berry picking and picnicking on high mountains, sailing, and spending time at the family cabin on Wein Lake – the highlight of her time in AK was the many treasured friends she made there. In June 1992, Judi and her daughters drove across the country to relocate to Connecticut, where she returned to her career as a nanny. Working with the Politos and the Jaynes, she helped raise 6 boys who remained close to her as part of her family. It was also here that Judi met her wife, Rennette Dufour. Judi loved spending time with Rennette, Tracy and Christina, and cherished her “beautiful family full of love”. Judi is survived by her wife, Rennette D Dufour of Ivoryton, Conn., her daughter Tracy L Hobson of Westfield, Mass., and her daughter Christina G Hobson of Verona, NJ. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including Stephanie, Mary Francis, Becky, Roxi, Sherille, Barbara, Debi, Bill, Karen, Stephen and Jane. Judi was known to break out in song at any given moment and loved to dance her “bus stop.” Her ultimate joy was teaching and you could often hear her asking someone to show her a “moving sentence.” She hoped there would be celebrations of life by the water everywhere! In her own words: “Singing and dancing is a must! Don’t forget to sway those hips and move those arms! Sunrises and sunsets are recommended! I will be there with you for sure!” In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following organizations in honor of Judi. Middlesex Health Hospice https://middlesexhealth.org/donate/make-a-gift The Center for Anti-Violence Education https://www.caeny.org/donate Essex Ambulance Association https://essexems.org/donate CT Food Bank https://www.ctfoodbank.org/
Thresa C. Robinson ’68
May 31, 2021
Thresa C. Robinson was born on Dec. 22, 1945, in Norton, Va., the youngest of 10children born to Joseph H. Robinson and Flora (Meade) Robinson.
Thresa grew up in the Appalachian Mountains with her beloved (and extensive) Robinson family and teachers who fostered and encouraged her love of literature and life-long learning. Third in her high school class, Thresa went on to be graduated from Berea College with a double major in English and Religion.
While at Berea, she met Bill Van Pelt, her husband of 21 years. They have one daughter, Andrea (Van Pelt) Karr. Andi and Chad Karr live in Florida, have three adult children, and miss their Dear Momma/Granny T with all their hearts.
Thresa was a graduate of Earlham School of Religion with a Master of Divinity Degree in Spirituality and Religion. In addition to teaching high school English and drama for years, Thresa also taught religious courses at Ashland Community College; was an oblate at Mt. Tabor Benedictine Monastery, taught inmates at Otter Creek Prison; was a tutor and spiritual counselor; and served as a chaplain at Cabell Huntingon Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital.
Thresa was an avid student, learning as well as teaching, throughout her entire life. She loved to read and write. She enjoyed nature, animals, telling and listening to great stories, giving loved ones treasured nicknames, laughing and celebrating all of life’s blessings, and supporting others in whatever way she could. She loved her friends and family completely and without restraint, and God and Jesus most of all.
Her daughter, Robinson family and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews in all states, and adopted family including Jarena, Amber, Kelli and Sean, Lee, Brian, Linda and Dane, “Fave” and sisters, Richard and Angie, Nancy and Mike, the Diamonds, Ohio 7, and many, many more express their gratitude you all your love, care, and fellowship.
Andi requests that you share your fondest memories of Thresa with her at TCRobin0@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Thresa to the following: Pound Virginia Fire and Rescue or to the Van Pelt Leadership Scholarship Fund at Berea College, CPO 2216; Berea, KY 40404.
All are invited to take part in the memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastors Frank Ruffatto and Jim Legg, officiating.
The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Roger Dale Benge ’69
Sept. 4, 2021
Mr. Roger Dale Benge, age 73 of Nicholasville, Ky., and formerly of Brodhead, Ky., passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at his residence after a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). He was born on Jan. 3, 1948 in Berea, Ky., a son of the late Syrus Casper and Irene Debord Benge. He had been employed at Bruce Wholesale Flooring as a Sales Rep. Roger served his country in the U.S. Air Forces. He found great joy in painting, drawing and fishing and was an advocate of early detection of pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Those left to celebrate his life are his three daughters: Jennifer Hager and Mac of Nicholasville, Ky; and Kara Sayles and Chris of Lexington, Ky. and Jaymie Begley of London, Ky; his grandchildren: Lain and Brynn Hager, Cyrus Benge and Lucy Sayles. His sisters: Janie Robbins and Chester of Brodhead, Ky; Kathy Denney and Jerry of Brodhead, Ky; Rita Brumett of Gray Hawk, Ky; and Vicki Benge of Frankfort, Ky; as well as a host of nieces/nephews, friends and neighbors. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Reggie and Tim Benge; and a sister: May Etta Vanhook. Cremation has been chosen with a memorial service to be scheduled at a later date. Memorial may be made in Rogers honor to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Condolences to the family may be made at www.marvineowensfuneralhome.com.
Frank Hudson ’70
June 10, 2021
We are sad to announce that on June 10, 2021, at the age of 76, Frank Hudson Jr. of Berea, Ky., born in Clay, Ky., passed away. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Frank Hudson Jr. to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Frank Hudson Jr.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank Hudson and Helen Hudson, and his sister Norma Jean Whitaker. He is survived by his wife Judith Ritchie Hudson; his daughters, Ashley Hudson and Brittany Hudson Trent (Joshua); his grandson Declan Trent; and his siblings, Vernon Hudson, Lucille Vonstein and Euma Roark. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, June 13th, 2021, at 4:00 PM at the Cowan Chapel at Union Church (200 Prospect St, Berea, KY 40403).
Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to, Kitty Inc., 421 Christmas Ridge Rd., Berea, KY 40403, c/o Pam Corley or Balis W. and Abbiegail Hall Ritchie Trust, c/o Susie Ritchie, 205 Pine Valley, Berea, KY 40403.
Allen E. Williams ’70
Aug. 5, 2021
It is with deep sadness the Williams Family announces the passing of Allen Eugene Williams, 73, on Aug. 5, 2021. Allen was born in Loudon, Tennessee, and graduated from Loudon High School in 1966. He then attained his B.S. from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, in 1970 and his M.S. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1976. At Berea College, he met his wife, Vicki, and they were married at the college’s historic Danforth Chapel. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for four years. He always reflected on his time in Germany with pride and happiness. Allen went on to have a distinguished career at Union Carbide and Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and later as a business manager at USEC in Paducah, Kentucky. He was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah. After retirement, he spent his leisure time doing the pastimes he loved most: golfing, hunting, reading his favorite fiction authors and, of course, spending time with family and friends. Allen was a devoted and loving son, husband, father and brother. He is preceded by his father, Arthur Eugene Williams; and mother, Dorothy “Dot” Mae Akins. He is survived by his wife, Marie Victoria “Vicki” Williams; his daughter, Emily Victoria Williams Miller (and spouse Zach); son, Eric Allen Williams (and spouse Leigh); granddaughter, Sylvie Victoria Miller; sister, Sharon DeFord (and spouse Franklin); brother Gary Williams (and spouse Betty); brother, Richard Williams (and spouse Nancy); nephews Michael Williams, Ryan Lund, Michael Klar, Matthew Klar and Mark Klar; nieces, Holly DeFord Harris, Christie Coker, Melissa Hensley, Erika Lund Wyant and Marie Klar Stroud; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. To plant a tree in memory of Allen Williams as a living tribute, please visit Tribute Store.
Dexter Collett ’71
Aug. 25, 2021
Mr. Dexter Collett born July 24, 1949 departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Ky. He was 72 years old. Dexter was born at Asher, Ky., the son of the late Emanuel Collett and Edna Mosley Collett. Dexter received his Bachelor’s degree from Berea College, a master degree of fine arts from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and pursued his doctorate degree at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, Ky . He had a very distinguished literary career and in education. Dexter was a professor at the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Ky., & in the University of Ky. Community College System. He taught at Hazard Community College, Somerset Community College and Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Ky. He was the author of several books, which were published. Dexter enjoyed writing and was a skilled stone mason. Mr. Dexter Collett was preceded in death by his parents; Emanuel Collett and Edna Mosley Collett, three infant brothers & one treasured, niece, Angela Collett Feltner. Mr. Dexter Collett leaves the following relatives surviving: two beloved brothers; Edmond Collett and wife, Edith of Asher, Ky., Alfred Collett and wife, Nila of Asher, Ky., cherished nieces; Mary Elizabeth Collett Hackworth, Francy Collett, Amy Collett, Mary Magdalene Collett, cherished nephews; Emanuel Collett, Jericho Sarador Collett & a host of other relatives and friends. TIME AND PLACE OF FUNERAL: 1:00 p.m. Sunday August 29, 2021 at the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home Chapel, Hyden, KY OFFICIATING MINISTER: Rev. Patrick Morgan, Lonnie Fee & Larry Sizemore reading the obituary. TIME AND PLACE OF VISITATION: 12:00 Noon until the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. at the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home, Hyden, Ky PLACE OF INTERMENT: Pleasant Lee Collett Cemetery, (Ford Parker Rd.), Asher, Ky. PALLBEARERS: James Hackworth, Jericho Collett, Lonnie Fee, Denver Collett, Dwayne Collett and Larry Sizemore. You may @dwaynewalkerfuneralhome.com
Sharon A. Osolnik ’71
Dec. 13, 2020
It is with profound sadness that the Osolnik family announces the passing of our sister, Sharon Ann Osolnik. Sharon died Dec. 13 of a heart attack at her home in West Hollywood, Calif. Her death was completely unexpected.
Sharon was a very talented craft artist. She had worked in the theatre world since college. She focused on costumes and puppets. After graduating from Berea College, she worked in costumes at Wilderness Road an outdoor historical drama at Berea. She earned a graduate degree in costuming at the University of Texas which had a highly regarded Costume program. She was well versed in all the technical aspects of costuming. It was her passion. She started her career with Hanna Barbera, working in Cincinnati. When HB moved to Hollywood, she did to. She spent the last several decades before retiring with Breymer Studio. She was the person who worked directly with Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop. She made all of Lamb Chop’s costumes and she and Ms. Lewis were great friends. Her work also appeared in ads, on television shows and other venues.
Sharon did a lot of traveling. When our parents spent a year in Europe, she was enrolled in Rosenberg , a private school in Switzerland. She went with school friends to Africa and other places. Her last big trip was a return to Europe for a school reunion that included a Viking cruise on the Rhine and other side trips, Greenland, Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Canada and Newfoundland. She and her longtime friend Barbara Baker of Berea had a wonderful time.
Sharon was born May 6, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois. She was the daughter of Daphne and Rude Osolnik. She grew up in Berea, KY and graduated from Berea College. She was very active in the Old Tab and all things theatre. She is survived by her siblings, Maureen, Michael, Joseph and David. She is terribly missed by all of us.
James Burton Wolford ’71
Dec. 23, 2016
James Burton “Jim” Wolford, age 68, of Wytheville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. He was the son of the late Walker L. Wolford. He was a member of Galilee Christian Church. Jim was a well-known auctioneer and a member of the Virginia Sheep Breeders Association. He is survived by his mother, Hazel Smelser Wolford of Wytheville; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Ann and Richard Puckett of Bristol, Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Joyce Wolford and Robert and Leslie Wolford, all of Wytheville; nieces and nephews, Heath and Terrie Wolford, Jeremy Wolford, Jessica and Anthony Nolan, and Carrie Lynne Wolford; and several great nieces and great nephews. A funeral service was held 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Reverend Preston Sartelle and the Reverend Tommy Addison, interment followed at the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time or at the home, 1005 Grayson Rd. Wytheville, VA 24382, any time. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Doris Daugherty, 865 N. 20th St., Wytheville, VA 24382. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.grubbfuneralhome.com
Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (Source: http://www.swvatoday.com/obituaries/article_b6614b55-cb56-55ce-9a19-60544cbbee1b.html)
Cortland “Corky” Cox
Spouse of Emma Fultz Cox ’72
Dec. 19, 2019
Cortland “Corky” CoxHodgenville Cortland “Corky” Kelly Cox, age 88, of Hodgenville, passed away, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.He was a 1950 graduate of Valley High School in Louisville, played baseball and basketball for the University of Louisville from 1951-1954 and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After service to his country, he moved to Hodgenville where he spent his career as a beloved teacher, coach and principal. Corky was inducted into the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame, Valley High School Hall of Fame and LaRue County Hall of Fame. He was an avid golfer, never met a stranger and was loved by all. He is survived by his wife, Emma Cox; a son, Steve (Beth) Cox of Hodgenville; three daughters, Kim Humkey, Terri (Andy) Stone and Kelly (Ched) Ferrell all of Bardstown; his mother-in-law, Ruth Fultz; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Sunday, December 22, at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 8 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 1:30 PM Sunday at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville. The family request that donations in his memory be made to First Baptist Church Living Strong Relay For Life Team.
Nancy (June) Barbare Castle ’73
March 2, 2021
Nancy June Castle, age 70, of Owenton, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Born Feb. 3, 1951, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Myrtice Weisner Barbare. Mrs. Castle was also preceded in death by her brother, Allen Barbare. She was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church of Owenton and devoted 33 years to the Owen County School Systems as a third grade teacher. She was an avid reader who enjoyed cooking, sewing, and raising flowers. Most of all she enjoyed caring for her family and being “Gammy” to her nine grandchildren. She will be missed by her husband of nearly 48 years, Delmas Castle; her daughters, Susan (Joshua) Samples, Julie (Brian) Smoot, and Mandy (Matt) Parker; her grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan, and Maggie Samples, Easton, Houston, and Braxton Smoot, Lyla and Talon Wilson, and Hattie Parker. She is also survived by her sister, Patti (Geoff) Walker and a host of extended family and friends. McDonald & New Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements. Family will receive friends at the Seminary Street location on Friday, March 5, 2020 from 11 am until 2 pm for a pass-thru visitation. Masks and social distancing are required. Funeral services, with limited seating, will follow at 2 pm with Rev. Richard Miles presiding. Burial will be in the Owenton Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church of Owenton.
Lonnie Estep ’73
Aug. 9. 2021
Lonnie Dale Estep, age 71, husband to Patricia Slusher Estep, passed away Monday Aug. 9, 2021, at his residence in Berea, Ky. He was born April 16, 1950, in Delbarton W.Va. to the late Herbert and Daphne Mollett Estep. Lonnie was employed as an engineer with Dresser Industries for many years and later retired as Maintenance Supervisor with the Artisan Center. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing and was always fixing something. Lonnie loved to work In addition to his parents, Lonnie was preceded in death by one brother Roger Estep. Other than his wife, Lonnie is survived by two sons, Tony Estep and his wife Missy of Lexington, KY, Jason Estep and his wife Kirsten of Berea, KY, one daughter Tricia Anderson and her husband Nathaniel, two brothers, Jim Estepp and his wife Elaine, Jerry Estep and his wife Jackie, one sister, Leatha Caudill, mother-in-law, Juanita Slusher, one sister-in-law, Hazel Estep, seven grandchildren, Ashley, Trenton, Reece, Adria, Ashlan, Ava, Cooper, one great grandchild, Raelee, and numerous nieces, nephews cousins and friends. Visitation will be 12:00PM 2:00PM Friday with possible comments from family and friends. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tony, Jason, Nate, Trenton, Clifford, Joe, and James. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Estepp, Jerry Estep, and former co-workers. Davis Powell Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com
Vicky Davis ’74
May 18, 2021
Vicky Jo Seals Davis, 68, wife of the late Michael Lee Davis, passed away May 18, 2021. Born Aug. 4, 1952 in Berea, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Bluford Seals and Dessie Evelyn Thomas Seals. A member of the Sand Spring Baptist Church, Vicky retired as the office manager for Future Insulation Systems Inc. Survivors include her sons, Joshua Davis and his wife Beth of Louisville and Caleb Davis and his wife Kristina of Lexington; five grandchildren, Beatrice, Foster, Eliza Mae, Asa Katherine, and Margaret Ford; a brother, Wayne Seals of Berea; and three sisters, Marcia Snyder of Berea, Donna (husband Dennis) Chasteen of Monticello, and Debbie (husband Garmon) Wheeler of Richmond. Visitation will be 11 am 1 pm on Friday followed by the service beginning at 1:00 pm Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home. Dr. Mike Hamrick will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the Sand Spring Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Joshua Davis, Caleb Davis, Foster Davis, Wayne Seals, Dennis Chasteen, Garmon Wheeler, and Carroll Davis. Memorials in memory of Vicky Davis are suggested to Gideon’s International, c/o Anderson County Camp, P.O. Box 61, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ritchieandpeach.com . To abide by the regulations set forth by the State of Kentucky all persons attending a visitation or funeral (public or private) will be required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Sixty percent (60%) capacity at the funeral home/church will be in practice. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Donna Sturgill Pruitt ’75
July 15, 2021
Donna Jo Sturgill Pruitt, age 67, of Rosedale, Virginia passed away at her home on Thursday, July 15, 2021, following a lengthy illness.
Donna was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on Aug. 11, 1953, and was the daughter of the late, Lovel Sturgill and Gracie Joan Herron Sturgill. Donna grew up as an army brat and traveled to places such as Germany, France, Washington state, and Fort Knox, and anywhere else her father was stationed. She had graduated from Pennington Gap High School, Class of 1971. She graduated from Berea College with a BSN degree and later worked as a Professor of Nursing at SVCC. Donna was a loving wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Christian Church in Lebanon, Virginia, and had lived most of her life in the surrounding areas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Curtis Sturgill.
Those that remain to carry on her loving spirit are her: Loving husband, Larry Dale Pruitt, Sr. or Rosedale, VA.
Daughters: Charity Jo Price and husband, Stephen of Cedar Bluff, VA; Jo Beth Gobble and husband, Adam of Vilas, N.C. Son, Larry Dale Pruitt, Jr of Lebanon, VA. Sister, Bobbie Lee Brickner, and husband, Thomas of Elkton, MD. Brother, Edward D. Sturgill, and wife, Ranae of Spencer, Iowa. Grandchildren, Jolene Gobble, Jocelynn Gobble, Branden Price, Olivia Price.
The funeral service for Donna Jo Pruitt will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2017, at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Kenny Pruitt and Rev. Danny Short officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, VA and pallbearers will be relatives and friends. Friends may call at 1:00 pm on Saturday until the time of service.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Richlands, Virginia has submitted arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy may do so online at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com
Published on July 15, 2021
Anna Joyce Umber Mapp ’76
June 20, 2021
Anna Joyce Mapp, 66, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021. She was born in Williamsburg, Ky., on Dec. 13, 1954, to the late Hobert and Etta Melvina Upton Umber.
She was the Supervisor for Record Checks for the Kentucky State Police and was a member of Elm Street Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Ky. As a small child, she was gifted piano player and played for the Church.
She graduated from Williamsburg City High School and Berea College. She believed in God and was a professed Christian. Anna prayed and loved being a mother to her children.
She is survived by her daughter, Yolonda Mapp, Frankfort; her sons, Derrek (Dixie) Mapp, Harrodsburg, Darek Mapp, Frankfort, and Nathan Mapp, Frankfort; her sisters, Emily Beatrice (Robert) Greenlee, OH, and Nellie E. (Jim) Williams, OH; her brother, Richard A. (Lauren) Umber, OH; her grandchildren, Lavon Dre’ Bowen, Kaeshawn Bowen, Lucian, Amaya, Derrek Jr., Savannah, Jackson, Jasmine, Cornelius, and James David; as well as her great-grandchildren, Kingston and Kyrionna.
Celebration of Anna’s Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ClarkLegacyCenter.com.
James L. Rowlette ’76
July 11, 2021
James Lucien Rowlette, age 67, of Adams Street in Berea, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.
James was born in Berea, Kentucky to the late Lucien and Peggy Payne Rowlette. He was a former teacher and a member of the Berea Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother Kenny Rowlette.
He is survived by sisters, Glenna (Joe) Price, Colette (Gil) Ingram, and Melinda Rowlette Rayburn; one sister-in-law, Ann Rowlette and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services with Bro. Arthur Allen officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donation in James’ memory may be made to Berea Baptist Church Food Closet, 310 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403. Condolences for the family may be left at www.lakesfuneralhome.com
Hilda Marcum Brown ’77
March 22, 2018
Hilda Berniece Marcum Brown, age 63, of Louisa, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Mrs. Brown was born April 5, 1954 in Louisa, KY. She is the daughter of Imogene and the late James Marcum.
Mrs. Brown was a retired teacher with the Lawrence County school system, a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church and member of the Kentucky Teachers Association.
She is survived by her loving husband Donald Lee Brown and one daughter, Courtney Brown Menshouse and husband Cecil of Louisa.
In addition to her mother, her husband and daughter Hilda leaves behind two beautiful granddaughters; Chloe Faith and Cecilee Joy Menshouse.
Also surviving Mrs. Brown are her sisters; Stella Smith, Patty Wilson, Sheila Hayes and Becky Lemaster; a brother Jimmy Marcum and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Dr. Gary Robin Phillips ’78
June 30, 2021
William “Bill” Lee Hamilton ’79
Aug. 3, 2021
William Lee “Bill” Hamilton, age 64, of Somerset, KY, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville. Bill was born on July 24, 1957 in Somerset, KY to the late Glen Robert Hamilton and Betty Faye Shelley Hamilton. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Somerset. Bill was known as a high school and college athlete, in both baseball and soccer. In 1974, he was part of Somerset High School’s baseball team that won the school’s first State Championship in the modern era. Bill was a former SHS and PCHS Head Soccer coach and former Somersport Soccer coach. In 2003, he led the girls’ soccer team to four consecutive winning seasons. He helped start the swimming (Hurricanes) and archery program at SHS. He was one of the greatest cheer dads of his time. More importantly, he raised two great kids as a single father and was always willing to help people when he could and did without any wanted recognition. He would try and help support all three schools in a variety of ways, helping their clubs or organizations. Bill was a true philanthropist in Pulaski County. He may not have always agreed with you but he was always honest. He is survived by a son, William Samuel Hamilton and his wife, Samantha, and their son, Cody of Portsmouth, VA; a daughter, Tesa Gabrielle Hamilton of Louisville; a nephew, Lucas Hamilton and his wife, Caroline of Knoxville, TN; one great-niece, Mary Stewart Hamilton; a great-nephew, Hank Hamilton; and a special friend who was like a daughter, Angie Davis of Somerset; Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents; and one brother, Robert “Bobby” Hamilton and a sister, Glenda Faye Hamilton. Visitation will be on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm at First Baptist Church. A Memorial service will follow on Saturday at 6:00pm at First Baptist Church. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at The Bridge of the church following the service. A memorial has been established in Bill’s name to the Bethany House or Hospice of Lake Cumberland in c/o Lake Cumberland Funeral Home P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502. You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Bill Hamilton.
Premilla Perera Dassenaiki ’80
Dec. 4, 2016
Rebecca A. White ’82
July 20, 2019
Rebecca Adrian “Becky” White, of Louisville, passed away July 20, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. A scholar, a teacher, a lawyer, an animal lover, a compassionate friend, and a beloved family member, Becky leaves behind a legacy of courage and inspiration. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Herr White and brother, Jody White. Becky is survived by her father, Joseph L. White (Mary); sister, Marian White (Larry Davidson); brother, Mike (Hope); nieces, Cassi and Kylie White; nephews, Alex and Ben Davidson; Jake, Josh and Quentin White and her loving cats, Percy and Sasha. A celebration of Becky’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Tashi Gomang Dharma Center, 411 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, 40207. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Humane Society of Kentucky. Upcoming Events A Celebration of Life will be held Jul 24. 1:00 PM (EDT) Tashi Gomang Dharma Center 411 N. Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY, 40207
Stephen Wyatt Gunkler ’87
April 14, 2021
Stephen W. Gunkler died unexpectedly at his home on April 14, 2021; he was 56 years old. He was born April 25, 1964 in Lexington, Ky., the son of Robert A. Gunkler and Alice Faye LeMaster. Steve graduated from Franklin County High School in 1982. Following High School, he attended Kentucky State University and Berea College. He later attained a Certification of Advanced Locksmithing. He spent the last 10 years working checkout at Kroger. Steve was predeceased by his mother, Alice Faye LeMaster (Nameth). Survivors include: his father, Robert Gunkler and his wife Patt of Lexington; his son, Ian Gunkler and his wife Andrea of Lexington; three grandchildren Zoe, Malcolm, and Foster Gunkler; one sister Lisa Leah George and her husband, Randy of Lawrenceburg, KY; brothers Jason Gunkler and his wife Tammy of Mount Washington, KY, and Alex LeMaster; and several loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Steve had the heart of an artist and the mind of a tinkerer. He had big dreams but lived very simply. The impressions he made varied wildly: some remember him as laid-back, kind, stubborn, and ambitious. To others he was a guide, an eccentric, an adventurer, and a mystic. He was a series of contradictions and he embodied all of them with ease. He loved his grandchildren and delighted in their company, but also spent much time alone with his projects. A private family service will be held at a later date. Those who wish to remember Steve in a special way are encouraged to donate to themselves, making the time to reconnect with someone they love.
Teresa Paulina Ramey ’89
Dec. 26, 2020
Teresa Paulina Ramey, age 54, of Olympia, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26. She was born on May 13, 1966 in Mt. Sterling, Ky., to the late Glen Thomas Ramey and Melissa Vanover Ramey. Teresa graduated Bath County in 1984. She studied music education at Berea College where she graduated with a BA in 1989. She later received her Masters from Eastern Kentucky University in 1996. She was a former teacher in Powell County from 1997 2010. Teresa taught at Fleming County schools from August 2010 until present. She was a person whose talent spanned decades of students and students’ children, impacting their lives and providing much needed solace and comfort, in sometimes troubled times using music as a tool to import love of the arts. Her kids were her life to the end. She was well loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. A light has dimmed and faded away but her memory will forever be in our hearts. RIP Sissy. She is survived by four brothers, Henry Williams, Fred Williams (Charlotte), John Ramey (Lee Ann), and Edward Ramey; two sisters, Mary Anne Curd and Dorothy Manning (Danny). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother in law, Billy J. Curd. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Richardson Funeral Home is caring for all arrangements.
Emily Anne Saderholm ’89
Aug. 5, 2021
Emily Ann Saderholm, age 53 of Versailles, passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN after a lengthy illness. She was born in Hinsdale, Ill., on Dec. 1, 1967, the daughter of Ronald Saderholm of Somerset, KY and the late Ann Nichols Saderholm. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Berea College and her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Emily was a Librarian at the Woodford County Public Library and a Yoga instructor. She will be remembered as a kind and compassionate person who stayed active and was loved in her community. Emily enjoyed crocheting as well as hiking, reading, listening to music, and bird watching. She was an active outdoor enthusiast who loved animals and being one with nature. Besides her father, she is survived by two sons, Colin Teague, and Aidan Teague, both of Versailles; fiancé’, Mike McIntosh; three brothers, Mark (Kelly) Saderholm of Somerset, Jon (Kim) Saderholm of Berea, and Matt (Angela) Saderholm of Berea; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held in the fall. Memorials are suggested to teamemily.us. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Harrodsburg Road is in charge of final arrangement details.
Eric Lyn Baker ’90
Sept. 20, 2021
Eric Lyn Baker, 53, of Waco, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 at Baptist Health Richmond. He was a life-long resident of Madison County born April 26, 1968, Estill County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources and member of Hays Fork Baptist Church where he served as song leader. Eric was a member of KACAA, NACAA, Estill County Cattlemens Association, a fruit tree grafting authority, an avid gardener and enjoyed anything outdoors. He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his loving wife Karen Moore Baker; four children Allen Eric Baker, Gentry Elizabeth Baker, Ethan Andrew Baker, Riley Anne Baker; his mother Margie Gentry Baker; siblings Wendell Baker (Sue), David Baker (Janet), Brent Baker (Angela); mother-in-law Dainna Ball Moore; as well as numerous friends, relatives, work associates and church family. He was preceded in death by his father Willard Baker and his father-in-law Don Moore. Funeral 1:00 PM Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Hays Fork Baptist Church with Pastor Samuel Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Gentry Family Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 9:00 PM Thursday at the church. Friends and relatives will serve as Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Hays Fork Baptist Church Building Fund, Gideon’s International or Eric Baker Scholarship Fund with Estill County Cattlemens Association. Leave condolences for the family, share a memory, light a memorial candle or plant a tree in Eric’s memory at www.reppertfuneralhome.com Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.
John “Bam” Mitchell Carney ’91
July 17, 2021
John Mitchel Owen “Bam” Carney September 30, 1969 July 17, 2021 Memorial Donation John Mitchel Owen “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville, son of June Gabehart Carney and the late Ronnie “Don” Carney, was born Sept. 30, 1969 in Taylor County, Kentucky. He died at 7:02 A.M., Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Lexington . Age: 51 He professed faith in Christ and was a member of 3 Trees Church. Bam was an educator, having taught and coached at Taylor County, Campbellsville Independent, and Washington County School Systems. He was elected in 2009 as a State Representative in the 51st District where he served until his passing. Bam is survived by two sons: Chase Carney of Seattle, Washington and Ethan Carney of Campbellsville, his mother, June Carney of Campbellsville; four brothers and sisters: LaDonna Willis and husband, Tony of Columbia, Shane Carney and wife, Pam of Casey Creek, Mark Carney and wife, Kelly, and Amy Farmer and husband, Mark of Campbellsville; seven nieces and nephews: Keri Burton and husband, Ryan, Kyle Willis, Shanna Carney, Daniel Carney, Shelby Hinton and husband, Jordan, Mackenzie Carney, and Kylee Farmer; several aunts and uncles and many other relatives and friends. ______________ VISITATION: 5:00 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Taylor County High School Gymnasium FUNERAL SERVICES: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Taylor County High School Gymnasium by Rev. John Chowning and Pastor Eric Gilbert BURIAL: Eastridge Cemetery PALLBEARERS : Daniel Carney Jeff Hoover John Morris Stephen Rudy Jamie Russell Rodney Turpin Kyle Willis Troy Young HONORARY PALLBEARERS : Nieces and Nephews Former Coaching Colleagues State Legislators & Other Government Officials EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY REQUESTED TO BE DONATIONS TO GIDEON BIBLES OR THE BAM CARNEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND AND MAY BE MADE THROUGH PARROTT & RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME PARROTT & RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS
Joy Heather Richardson ’92
June 21, 2021
Joy Heather Richardson passed from this life on June 21, 2021. Friends are invited to gather at Union Church on Saturday, July 3 at 2 PM for a memorial service.
Heather will be remembered for her healing touch as a massage therapist for many years in Berea with Berea’s Ways Meet. She also worked with the Berea Arts Council. Heather’s most recent work was with Arts Connect Eastern Kentucky, a collaboration among several artists who make arts-making opportunities available to people incarcerated in Knox County Detention Center, in Recovery Cells at the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center, and to women recovering at Sky Hope Recovery Center for Women in Somerset. Gifts in Heather’s name in the form of financial donations can be sent to ASPI, 50 Lair Street, Mt. Vernon, KY, 40456 marked for ACEky, or left at a donation table after the memorial service.
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Tim Lam ’93
May 14, 2021
Margaret E. Ricketts ’93
May 8, 2021
Margaret Elizabeth Ricketts, 51, of Berea died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Joseph Hospital Main in Lexington. She was a Lansing, Michigan native born August 13, 1969 and had been a resident of Berea since 1986. Margaret was a writer and published author, former columnist for the Madison County Chronicle and member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Survivors include her mother Martina Myers Ricketts; sister Robin Powell (Alex); niece Kiaya (Reed); nephews Kyle, Kaleb (Chapin). She was preceded in death by her father Arthur Ricketts. No public service scheduled at this time. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements. Leave condolences for the family, share a memory, light a memorial candle or plant a tree in Margaret’s memory at www.reppertfuneralhome.com
Charles “Chuck” Eldon Morgan ’94
Aug. 17, 2021
Chuck Morgan, age 49, passed from this world Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at his home in Berea, KY. He was surrounded by loved ones and friends. He is survived by three daughters, Mikaela, Katie and Lesley; his special person and partner, Stephanie Moore; his parents, Chuck and Jean; his former spouse, Debra; his brother and sister-in-law, J. and Sara; and his niece, Kyra, and nephew, Quenten.
Chuck was born March 6, 1972 in Varel, Germany, but lived most of his life in Berea. He was a proud alumnus of Berea Community High School (1990) and of Berea College (1994). He went on to have a successful career in accounting serving as the Chief Financial Officer of White House Clinics and the Kentucky Primary Care Association. Throughout his career, he was best known for going far beyond his financial role. Always willing to roll up his sleeves to do anything from maintaining the facilities to clearing sidewalks to ensure patient safety.
At the center of his life were his children who he supported in every way. When one daughter’s class needed a place to build a float, his garage and bevy of tools were ready. When the girls needed a swim coach, he stepped up to lead the high school team. Nothing gave him greater joy than family vacations at Disney World.
Chuck loved playing golf with friends, telling stories and do-it-yourself projects. For his service to his community, he received the 2018 Linda Taylor Alumni Award and the 2021 Melanie Turner Heart of the Dolphins Award.
Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Churchill’s on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 with Memorial services beginning at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Berea Dolphins Swim Team (PayPal user name BereaDolphins@gmail.com) or the Berea Community Swim Team (contact firstname.lastname@example.org) are suggested.
Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Peggy A. Pollard ’96
April 24, 2021
Peggy Allen Pollard Jan. 13, 1938 April 24, 2021 Richmond, Ky., Peggy Allen Pollard, 83, formerly of Maytown (Langley) Kentucky, peacefully passed away Saturday, April 24, 2021 at home in Richmond, Ky. She attended the University of Kentucky for three years, Berea College where she received her bachelor’s degree and Eastern Kentucky University where she received her master’s degree. After she retired from several different jobs, she enjoyed serving as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations, including Hospice. Ms. Pollard was preceded in death by her parents, George Edward and Jennie Elmeta Allen. She is survived by her four children, Mary Pollard, Ann Moore, Steven Neal, Bhana Deaver, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her brother, Steve Allen, one niece, and a special friend, George Lunceford. A Celebration of Life will be held at Union Church in Berea, Kentucky on June 12, 2021, at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to a no kill animal shelter or Hospice would be appreciated.
Anthony Lamont Coleman ’97
Sept. 3, 2019
Anthony L. Coleman 46, went to eternal rest on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at New Covenant Baptist Church, 1190 South 40th Street. Visitation with family and friends will be from 11-1 PM Monday also at the Church. Burial will be in Louisville Cemetery.
Billy R. Spicer ’97
April 24, 2020
Obituary of Billy Ray Spicer, Billy Ray,48, of Elsmere, Ky. passed away on April 24,2020. Billy was a Dispatcher for Best Way. He is preceded in death by his Father; John Porter Spicer Sr. Billy is survived by Mother; Joyce Spicer, Brothers; John P. Spicer Jr., Mark M. Spicer. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Elsmere assisting the family.
Sonya Comfort Ofunne ’05
Sept. 11, 2021
Blake K. Crowe ’14
May 9, 2021
Blake Kristopher Crowe, age 28, of South Winn Avenue in Irvine, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital. He was born August 27, 1992 in Madison County and was the son of Brian Keith and Kristi Lynn Wolfinbarger Crowe. He was a teacher with the Estill County School System and was the Head Coach of the Estill County High School Baseball Team. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Christian Church and had lived in Estill County all his life. Survivors in addition to his parents include:
His wife: Rebecca Jordyn Honchell Crowe; two sons: Braxton Karter Crowe and Rhys Jacob Crowe; His brother: Caleb Tanner (Meredith) Crowe; His grandparents: Harry & Tina Crowe; Judy Wolfinbarger; His father & mother-in-law: Larry & Barsha Honchell; His brother-in-law: Steve Honchell; His nephew: Blake Honchell
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wilgus “Wigg” Wolfinbarger
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 PM and Thursday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Estill County High School Gym. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, 1 PM, by Bro. Mark Pearson and Bro. Greg Humpert at the ECHS Gym. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. The Warren F. Toler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers: Cade Berryman, Blake Sullivan, Kyle Tibbs, Blayne Rutherford, Zach Withers and Josh England
Honorary Pallbearers: ECHS Baseball Team, Coach Todd Morris, Coach Todd Weaver and Coach Ryan Hess
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the memorial fund c/o Jordyn Crowe at the Citizens Guaranty Bank.
Edwin Lemus Silva ’19
Aug. 14, 2021
Edwin Lemus Silva, age 24, of Burnsville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 at his home. A native of Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, he was a son of Jorge Lemus Sanchez and Adriana Silva Molinero. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Giberto Silva. Edwin was a very intelligent young man who enjoyed running, volunteering at the animal shelter, working on computers and cell phones. He loved playing with kids and was a big hugger.
Surviving in addition to his mother and father are two sisters: Evelyn Lemus Silva and Jamie Lemus Silva both of Burnsville; grandmother, Adela Molinero of Mexico; three aunts: Grace Silva Molinero, Pat Silva Molinero and Gaby Silva Molinero; two uncles: Gilberto Silva Molinero and Javier Escamilla and cousins: Kenia, Paco, Kary, Chris, Sharie, Gil, Jazmin, Abril and Misael.
Funeral services will be announced.
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