Mistake printed in Summer 2022 issue
Wes Holsapple ’58 was incorrectly deceased. He is alive and well.
Faye Barry ’16 was incorrectly deceased. She is alive and well.
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Staff and Faculty
Dr. James Dreiling
Assistant Professor of Music (2016-2022)
Aug. 19, 2022
James Andrew Dreiling passed away on Aug. 19, 2022, at the age of 47. He was born on July 17, 1975 in Salina, Kansas to the late Kenneth and Jewell Dreiling. He worked as Assistant Professor of Music at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. James received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University, a Master of Music Education degree from Wichita State University and his Doctorate of Music Arts degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
James was kind, smart, thoughtful, funny, and loving. He always had a smile on his face and a funny story. James loved to go to the movies, he liked all types of music, traveling and watching The Young & The Restless. When he got his doctorate degree, he expected his family to call him Dr. Dreiling; like that was going to happen!
As James would say, he is survived by 5 amazing sisters – Mary, wife of Evan Kolsky, Teresa, wife of Leroy Mathis, Laura. wife of Tim Vogel, Kathy. wife of Jeff Yingst and Ellen, wife of Mike Murphy. He also has many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and their families. James was proceeded in death by his parents and brother John.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 25th at Gray Auditorium, Presser Hall on the campus of Berea College at 3:30 pm.???.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Berea College Music Department.
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Helen Matthews Lewis
Director of Loyal Jones Appalachian Center (1993-1995)
Sept. 4, 2022
Helen Matthews Lewis died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Abingdon, Va., of complications following COVID. She was born October 2, 1924 in Nicholson, Georgia, oldest child of Hugh and Maurie Harris Matthews. She is survived by her sister’s children and grandchildren.
Helen spent a lifetime as a radical educator and activist, working for justice from the Deep South to Appalachia and internationally. Helen taught in colleges and prisons; went to jail for civil rights and stood on picket lines; planted gardens and wrote poetry. In all her work she connected, supported, and pushed people to work together and go a little farther to build communities and make change.
After attending Bessie Tift College, Helen graduated in 1946 from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1949 and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1970. She received honorary doctorates from Berea College and Wake Forest University.
Much of her life was spent in education, both formal and informal. She came to Southwest Virginia in 1955 to work at Clinch Valley College (now the University of Virginia’s College at Wise). There she learned from and with her students about the experiences of miners and their families. Through her speeches, community work, and numerous publications, she pioneered new interpretations of Appalachia’s history and resource exploitation that reexamined Appalachia’s role in the global economy. She taught many years at Clinch Valley College, and at East Tennessee State University, Berea College, and Appalachian State University.
Through her work at Highlander Research and Education Center she led community-based education projects in Dungannon and Ivanhoe, Virginia, and McDowell County, West Virginia; worked to build connections between mining communities in Appalachia and Wales; and worked with community educators in Nicaragua, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Working with Appalshop, she led in the production of films on the history of Appalachia. She served as President of the Appalachian Studies Association, and that organization created the Helen Lewis Community Service Award in her honor. Her pioneering work in mountain communities led her to be known as “the grandmother of Appalachian studies.”
Helen lived in a number of places across Appalachia, including Wise and Dungannon in Virginia, New Market, Tennessee, Berea, Kentucky, and Blue Ridge, Georgia. For the last years of her life she lived in the ElderSpirit community in Abingdon, Virginia. In all these places she created a warm, welcoming home where she shared fellowship and remarkable cooking. In her later years she turned to poetry and ministry, the latter informed by her lifelong understanding that “faith without works is dead.” Her life of organizing and educating, of nurturing growth in gardens and in communities, of taking care and laboring for the long arc of justice, leaves behind an interwoven network of people who loved her, admired her, and will carry on her work.
Helen will be laid to rest at the River Farm in Dungannon, Virginia. A memorial will be held at a later date. Contributions in her honor may be made to the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to support flood relief. Visit https://www.appalachianky.org/flood/ or 420 Main Street, Hazard KY 41701 (write “Crisis aid” on your check).
Mary McNeil Nash ’52
Berea College Assistant Dean of Students &
Head Resident for Pearson’s Hall (1983-1996)
Sept. 17, 2022
Mary McNeil Musser Nash, born September 13, 1930; the 6th of 9 children to Ralph Marshall and Birdie Handley Musser in Richlands, Greenbrier County, WV, passed away September 17, 2022. She is survived by two sisters, Jean White of Renick, WV and Betty White of Sylva, NC; five children, Charles David Nash Jr., Rachel Nash Law, James Marshall Nash, William Mann Nash, John Andrew Nash; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Dr. Bill Stolte
Dean & Academic Vice President (1970-1999)
Aug. 26, 2022
It is with sadness that we share the news that Dr. Bill Stolte, former Dean and Academic Vice President of Berea College, passed away August 26, 2022, at the age of 86. Dr. Stolte served at Berea College July 1, 1972, through June 30, 1986. Further arrangements are forthcoming. Please keep the Stolte family in your hearts and in your prayers during this difficult time of grief and loss.
Dr. James Yount
Technology & Applied Design (1979- 2006)
May 3, 2022
James Lewis Yount, age 89, husband of 66 years to Yuriko Fujisawa Yount, passed away Tuesday May 3, 2022, at the Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. James was born March 27, 1933, in Cincinnati, OH to the late James Niles and Daisy Kammerer Yount. James graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, OH in 1950. He briefly attended the University of Cincinnati while being employed with General Electric Company in Evandale OH. James enlisted in the US Army in 1953. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) in January 1974 after serving his country for 20 years in Japan, Korea, Germany, and the United States. He met his wife, Yuriko Fujisawa, while stationed in Japan. They married on May 14, 1956. After retiring from the military, he worked for a short period at J.C. Penney Corporate Office in Indianapolis, IN as a supervisor for computer operations. James was later employed as shift foreman at the Sheller Globe Plant in Portland, IN. While working second shift he also attended Ball State University full time during the day earning a B.S. (1976) and M.S. (1978) degrees in Industrial Arts Education. After graduating from Ball State University, he started a successful adult educational training program business with two co-workers. He left the company to begin employment at Berea College in Berea, KY as a professor. He taught for 27 years at Berea College in which time he also earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee (1988).
Other than his parents, James was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Yount.
In addition to his wife Yuriko, James is survived by one son, James William Yount (Martha) of Jackson, KY, one daughter, Christina Hackworth (Mike) of Tumwater, WA, six grandchildren Hannah Chumley (Ben), Meredith Yount, Sarah Yount (Daren Jones), Kathryn Weidman, Elisabeth Hackworth ( Tyler Dillman), Melody Hackworth, four great grandchildren, Harmony, Sky, Ephraim, Nora, one brother, William Yount (Charlene), and sister-in-law, Ruth Yount.
Funeral services will be 1:00PM Monday May 9, 2022, at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. John Bunn officiating. Live stream of the service can be viewed at www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com Burial with full military honors will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jim Yount, Mike Hackworth, Ben Chumley, Daren Jones, Tyler Dillman, and David Yount. Visitation will be 11:00AM until service time at the funeral home.
Kathleen Kincaid Shaw ’40
May 26, 2022
Mrs. Kathleen Kincaid Shaw, 107, died on Thursday, May 26, 2022. She was born on November 3,1914 in Table Rock, NC.
A native of Burke County, Mrs. Shaw was the second daughter of the late James Sylvester Kincaid and Eleanor Jaynes Kincaid of Morganton, NC. She was married to the late Charles William Shaw in 1942 and he later passed in 1955. She attended five years at Dorland Bell High School in Hot Springs, NC and later graduated from Morganton High School in 1935. Mrs. Shaw also was a graduate of Berea College School of Nursing in Berea Kentucky. Mrs. Shaw retired from Charlotte Memorial Hospital now known as Atrium Health on her 65th birthday.
Mrs. Shaw took pleasure in sewing, flower gardening and puzzles. She was a member of Loaves and Fishes.
Mrs. Shaw was preceded in death by siblings Dean Kincaid, Harry Kincaid, Marquerite K Powell, Jean Redman and Helen K. Lackey. She is survived by her sons Bernard (Paulette) Shaw and Jim Shaw; sister Angell Crisp; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 512 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC on Thursday, June 2, 2022 beginning at 12pm. Funeral Service will follow at 1pm. Interment will take place at Sharon Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region at PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247 or Calvary United Methodist Church.
Oswald J. Scott Fd ’41
Jan. 11, 2022
Oswald James Scott, age 94 of Beavercreek, OH passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He was born March 1, 1927, in Rock Castle, Kentucky to Charlie and Daisy (Rose) Scott.
James proudly served his country during World War II in the US Army during the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He retired from General Motors after 25 years and worked 25 years at NCR prior to that. James loved to garden and grew a large variety of fruits and vegetables.
Oswald is survived by his daughters, Sharon Fraley, Sheila Ruth, Sonya Krymow and Stephanie Scott; son, David Scott; grandchildren, Rachel (Andrew) Matheis and Jacob Krymow; two great grandchildren, Cheyenne and Skylar Matheis; sister, Freida Root; and other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 61 years , Dorothy Scott; daughter, Joyce Gribble; grandson, Nicholas Kellner; son in law, Mark Ruth; and several brothers and sisters.
Memorial Contributions can be made in James name to Hospice of Dayton.
William Earl Adams ’43
June 28, 2022
Earl was a longtime member of Danville Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife of 76 years Lucille Adams; sons William Earl (Madge) Adams, Jr. of Scottsdale, Arizona; Larry Scott (Joanne) Adams of Clarksville, Tennessee and a brother Keith Adams of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sister Mildred Whitaker predeceased him. Five grandchildren and several great grandchildren survive him. Important in his life were members of his extended Danville family.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. at Stith Funeral Home on Wednesday June 29 with a graveside service at 11 a.m. in Bellevue Cemetery with Scott Vifquain officiating. The online guestbook and our Hugs from Home program are available at www.stithcares.com.
Eldred Pennington Craine Acad ’40, ’44
Ruth E. Deck ’44
April 1, 2022
Ruby Napier Evans ’44
June 11, 2022
Ruby Louise Napier Evans, 100, widow of Amel Evans passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022, at The Terrace Nursing Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 27, 1921, in Hazard, KY to the late James and Mary Combs Napier. Amel and Ruby moved their family to Berea so that their children could attend Berea College. Mr. Evans operated a service station and auto repair business in Berea for many years and Mrs. Evans worked as bookkeeper for the business. She enjoyed gardening and cooking meals to feed family and friends and she was known for her wonderful zucchini bread. Mrs. Evans was faithful to her Lord and a member of the Berea Church of Christ. Other than her husband and parents she was preceded in death by, three brothers, and five sisters. Mrs. Evans is survived by, five sons, Eddie Evans of Mount Vernon, KY, Jim Evans and his wife Sandy of Somerset, KY, Charlie Evans and his wife Delorise of Berea, KY, David Evans and his wife Dorice of Richmond, KY, and Howard Evans and his wife Kelly of Berea, KY. One sister, Reda Bohannon of Louisville, KY. Six grandchildren, Michael, Brian, Levi, Austin, Andrew, and Cristina Evans, two great grandchildren, Taylor, and Catherine Evans, and two great great grandchildren, Asher, and Elijah. Graveside services will be 1:30 PM Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy, KY with Rev. Jack Hall officiating. Davis Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com
Sara Rudd Nickell ’44
Aug. 22, 2022
Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Rudd Nickell, 102, of Newnan, Georgia passed away August 22, 2022, at her home with loving family by her side. She was the oldest living member in her family.
Sara Nickell was born on May 27, 1920, in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late H. Green Rudd and Millie Rowe Rudd. Sara was a trailblazer. She was the first in her immediate family to leave her mountain home to attend a boarding school at the Hazel Green Academy in Eastern Kentucky. She graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class in 1939. Sara continued to seek and to promote education throughout her life. Not only did she teach elementary schoolchildren in one-room schools in the Kentucky mountains, she pursued educational opportunities at every turn. She attended Jackson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, and the University of Iowa, where she attained teaching certificates in nutrition and home economics. She lived in Brookings, South Dakota and Carbondale, Illinois where she participated in the university faculty communities associated with the State University of South Dakota and Southern Illinois University. In 1995, she moved to Newnan, Georgia where she made many lifelong friends. She continued to amaze her family and neighbors by working in her garden and living alone in her own home through 102 years of age. Sara Nickell remained a lifelong learner and she loved reading books about the world and American history. In her spare time, Sara Nickell enjoyed politics, family, gardening, nutritional cooking, bridge clubs, and the nature around her. She was a passionate member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O), a women’s organization that promotes and advances women in the pursuit of educational opportunities through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans. Sara Rudd Nickell was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Dr. William Everett Nickell, who died on Sept. 11, 2000. In addition, she was preceded in death by her siblings Luna Rudd, James Rollie Rudd, Anne Rudd Englert, Oliver Rudd, Cordis Rudd, and Custer Rudd (Frances); as well as Susan Nickell Carothers and Fred Nickell, and her nephew Kevin (Sylvia) Rudd.
Sara is survived by her many nieces and nephews, Lizabeth Englert (Paul Greiling), Carol Sue Englert (John Hoehn), Karen (George) Foster, Dwight (Susan) Rudd, Barry (Bonnie) Rudd, Brian (Martie) Rudd, Adrian (Heather) Rudd, Kimberly (Brian) Robinson, and Pamela (Todd) Cargal; as well as William Nickell’s nieces and nephews, including Jim (Sherrill) Carothers, Barbara Carothers. and Susan, Janice, Robert, and Paul Nickell.
The family is grateful to the Newnan First Methodist Church, which was always so faithful in their ministries to reach out to group members, the elderly, and those who are homebound. The family is forever thankful to Sara’s loyal doctors and nurses, loving neighbors, and everyone else who loved and touched her life throughout her incredible and inspirational journey.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Higgins Funeral Home Hillcrest Chapel is honored to serve the family of Sara Nickell, please visit www.hillcrestchapelcares.com to share your memories or leave a condolence message.
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Eloise Loftis Woodruff ’44
May 24, 2022
Eloise Loftis Woodruff died May 24, 2022, at her home in Fort Myers, FL. She was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Campobello, S.C. She lived most of her adult life in Greenville and Spartanburg SC counties, where she was a public school teacher for 30 years after graduating from Berea College in Kentucky. She moved to Fort Myers about 12 years ago to be near her only child, Betty Woodruff Parker. Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Woodruff Jr., her nine brothers and sisters, and her parents. She is survived by her daughter Betty Parker, son-in-law Wiley M. Parker, and numerous nieces and nephews. She passed in the care of her loving aide and guardian angel Zina Usubian, Hope Hospice, and the staff at Merrill Gardens Barkley Place assisted living. Tina and Shadow, and others at Barkley, are true heroes sent from Heaven. Arrangements are handled by Baldwin Brothers funeral and cremation society in Fort Myers. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date at Barkley Place assisted living facility. If you wish to make a memorial donation, please consider Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Lucille Holmes Gibson ’45
May 14, 2022
Lucille Holmes Gibson, Edgewood, Kentucky, age 99, slipped quietly away from this world to meet her Lord and Savior at 11:15 PM on Saturday May 14th, 2022. Alma Lucille Holmes, a native of Highland, Ohio, graduated from Berea College in 1945 and worked briefly as a dietitian at Kellogg’s Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan and at Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky. She lived the majority of her adult life in Northern Kentucky. Lucille loved the Lord and was a member of Latonia Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky, assistant Sunday School Teacher, PTA President at Simon Kenton High School and volunteer for many worthy causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Smith H. Gibson, MD, who passed in February, 2017 and her daughter Ruth Ann Gibson (Michael Lundberg) who passed in April, 2011. Lucille is survived by four children, William (Janet) Gibson of Taylor Mill, Kentucky, Nancy (Jerry) Clevenger of Advance, North Carolina, Lawrence (Rokea el Azhary) of Rochester, Minnesota and Laura (Kevin) Madden of Cummings, Georgia. Lucille’s family includes 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, who were the joy of her life.
Her family will remember her great strength, humility and constant positive attitude in all circumstances as well as for her unconditional love. She was an exemplary role model for all who knew her and was constantly encouraging others. She touched the lives of countless individuals during her lifetime. Her sweet presence will be missed by all of her family and loved ones.
The family expresses their deep appreciation to Lucille’s outstanding caregivers from Heaven Sent and Godsend who stayed with her in recent years, providing loving care and support. They would also like to thank the exceptional Hospice nurses from St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice who worked so hard to make Lucille’s final days as comfortable as possible.
Visitation at 10:30 AM, immediately followed by funeral Services at 12 Noon all at Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church Street, Covington, KY Saturday, May 21, 2022. Private burial at Centerville Cemetery in Lees Creek, Ohio.
Memorial gifts may be made to Latonia Baptist Church, PO Box 15103, Covington, KY 41015, Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404 (www.berea.edu/give) or Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (Mayoclinic.org).
SWINDLER & CURRIN FUNERAL HOME is serving the family.
Andrew Fisher Whitney Navy V-12 ’45
Jan. 27, 2017
On Jan. 27, 2017, after a prolonged illness Andrew Fisher Whitney joined his beloved wife, Audrey in Heaven and turned Heaven on its ear.
Andrew is survived by his daughters, Allison Goodwin (John) and Lesley Carroll; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.
B. Ruth Salisbury Drahota ’46
Oct. 21, 2021
Bonnie “Ruth” Drahota, age 95, of Pigeon Falls, formerly of Florida, died on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon Falls.
Ruth was born on December 28, 1925 in Garth, KY to Lackey and Lula (Allen) Salisbury. She married Joseph John Drahota on June 28, 1950 in Sarona, WI. Joseph preceded Ruth in death in 1998.
Ruth grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky in a family of nine children. Education was important to Ruth and her siblings, starting with a two room schoolhouse down the road from her home. She attended Berea College in Kentucky, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics at the age of twenty. Ruth later earned a degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Ruth’s work world included being the bookkeeper for family businesses, including potato farming and a sport shop in the Stone Lake, WI area and various Vocational Rehabilitation facilities including many years at Goodwill Industries in Florida as an evaluator.
Ruth became proficient in many crafts, art forms and needlework in addition to professional cake decorating. She was active as a 4-H leader who learned and taught projects to many members. She was a prolific reader who read all genres and encouraged others by gifting them with books. Ruth was a member of Saint John’s Catholic Church in Whitehall.
Ruth and Joseph raised five children. She is survived by three daughters, Carmen (Jeff) Johnston of Pigeon Falls, Martha (Paul) Norton of New Hope, MN and Patricia Drahota of Saginaw, MI; four grandchildren, Zach (Andrea Werlein) Johnston, Sarah (Reid Block) Johnston, Jacob Norton and Noah (Kai Saito) Norton; two sisters, Linda (Milton) Roeth of Maryland and Pearl Waddles of Kentucky; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Ward of Pigeon Falls and Marie Ann Rathband of Wyoming; many nieces and nephews and a multitude of kinfolk in Kentucky.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by two sons, David and Andrew; three brothers, Fred, Tavis and David (baby) and four sisters, Lillian, Helen, Goldie and Peggy.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sarona Cemetery in Sarona. Father Phil Juza will officiate.
Memorials to honor Ruth’s memory may be given to a library or church of your choice.
Cecil R. Jones ’46
Jan. 6, 2018
Cecil R. Jones, 91, of Louisville passed away on Jan. 6, 2018.
He was a native of Casey County, Ky. The son of the late Joseph A. and Gertrude Jones. He graduated from Foundation High School in Berea, Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
He retired from Leggett and Platt at the age of 62 as Division Comptroller.
Cecil was an active member of Beargrass Christian Church and its Round Robin Sunday School Class, a Emeritus Life Member of the Institute of Management Accounts, Kentucky Colonel, former member of Oldham County Country Club. He enjoyed golf and was an avid U of K fan, U.S. Army Veteran of WWII in which he served in the Pacific Theater in the 25th Division.
Cecil touched many people with his warmth and humor. He loved people and life. All who knew him will miss his calm influence, his wisdom, common sense, leadership and the twinkle in his blue eyes. He was a joy to know and truly a special human being. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Jones; parents and his sisters, Christine Doolin and Barbara Williams; brother, Joseph A. Jones, Jr.
He is survived by his cherished friend, Jean Crosier, his daughters Lynne Jones of Oakland, CA, Vicki Perkins and Kathy Jones of Louisville, KY, and five grandchildren Taylor, Eric, Kristin, Lindsey and Nicholas; five great grandchildren. Cecil is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Land and Jeanne Gianneschi; a niece and six nephews and a large group of extended family of friends.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, with burial to follow in Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, IN. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 9 from 4-7 at Pearson’s.
Memorials may be made to Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Ky., 40207
Joseph E. Hale ’47
June 28, 2022
Joseph Edward Hale, 95 of McDermott completed his earthly journey on June 28, 2022, and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior ringing those golden bells and singing in heaven’s angel choir. He was born May 9, 1927 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Leona (Naomi) and Washington Irving (Irv) Hale. He graduated from McDermott High School and attended college at both Berea College and the University of Rio Grande, where he played varsity football and basketball. Joe was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great, great grandfather. He retired from the Goodyear Atomic Energy Plant at Piketon after 46 years of service. He was also owner of Hale’s Furniture and Appliance in McDermott for many years. He was a life-long member of the McDermott United Methodist church and also attended Edgewood United Methodist Church in Florida for 30 years after his retirement. He had a great passion for and donated many hours at the Methodist Children’s Home in Sanford, Florida and served on the Board of Directors for many years. Joe was a 71 year member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge, was 32nd Degree Scottish Rite of the Valley of Cincinnati and very active in the Portsmouth Shrine Club. He was a big supporter of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. He was also a member of the Portsmouth Elks and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He proudly served in the US Navy in WW2 and then in the US Army where he served in the 40th infantry Division in Japan and Korea during the Korean War , achieving the rank of Sergeant. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen Ramona; his three children Joseph Lee (Flowie) Hale, William “Bill” (fiancé Jan), and Patricia (Larry) Moore. He is also survived by grandchildren Angela (Tod) Wiget, Shelly Taylor, Carmen (Brad) Smith , Nick (Tracey) Broughton, Eric Hale, and Dylan Hale; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday, July 1st from 5-7 pm at McKinley Home in Lucasville with Masonic service at 7:15. Visitation will also be held Saturday, July 2, one hour prior to the funeral service at 11:00 with Rev. Larry Moore officiating. Burial will take place at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott with graveside military service by the Wm. A Baker American Legion Post #360 of Lucasville. The family would like to thank all the staff at Hillview Wesley Village for their love and care. They would also like to thank Dr. Ken Kuhn and the SOMC Hospice nursing staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Portsmouth Shrine Club, PO Box 957, Portsmouth, OH 45662.
Mollye Lovelace McKenzie Acad ’47
June 14, 2022
Mollye Lovelace “Betts” McKenzie Obituary Mollye Lovelace “Betts” McKenzie, age 93 of Louisville, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Betts was born on February 17, 1929, in Berea, Kentucky to the late William H. and Ora Flannery Lovelace. She attended Berea Academy and Andrew Jackson Business College in Nashville, TN. She moved to Louisville in 1950 and married Paul McKenzie. Betts was a longtime member of Springdale Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; and one grandchild, Abigail Stoddard. Betts is survived by her loving children, Cindy Stuart (Gary), Susan Stoddard (Charlie) and Robert McKenzie; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends. Services will be private. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Atria Springdale and Jefferson Place for their care for Betts during the last 8 years. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.Newcomerkentuckiana.com .
Sammye Sturdivant McLean ’47
April 11, 2022
Sammye Sturdivant McLean January 10, 1927 April 11, 2022 IN THE CARE OF Johns-Ridout’s Mortuary-Elmwood Chapel & Elmwood Cemetery & Mausoleum Sammye Sturdivant McLean passed away peacefully on April 11, 2022. She was 95 years old. Sammye was born on January 10, 1927, in Hindman, Kentucky. She graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky in 1947 with a major in Business Administration and Economics and a minor in Education. Sammye first taught at Foundation High School located on the Berea College campus. Several years later, she moved to Birmingham, AL where she worked for TCI (now U.S. Steel) in the Tax Division. A co-worker, Sidney McLean, introduced her to her future husband, his brother, Laughlin Chalmers “Yank” McLean. Sammye and Yank married on March 31, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Birmingham and in March 2020 they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Sammye was an active member of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills for many years. She also volunteered at Green Valley School in Hoover and for the Hoover Baseball League. Sammye enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and traveling with Yank to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sammye instilled the importance of education and healthy choices in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Sammye is survived by her son, John McLean and his wife, Lyn, of Brentwood, TN; son, Bob McLean and his wife, Julie, of Sydney, Australia and Mountain Brook, AL; daughter, Ann McLean-Muse and her husband, Dan Muse, of Canton, MA. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and her many friends at Kirkwood by the River, her “Kirkwood Family”. Sammye was preceded in death by her loving husband, Yank, in May 2020. She grew up in Appalachia where she experienced the love and talents of many wonderful teachers, family members, and friends. She always had a special place in her heart for the wonderful work at the Hindman Settlement School, which serves the youth of Appalachia and works to preserve the history and talent of the people in that region. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Dyslexia Program, Hindman Settlement School, 51 Center Street, P.O. Box 844, Hindman, KY 41822 or by donating online at hindman.org. Her family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Kirkwood by the River and Compassus Hospice for the tender loving care provided through-out her time at Kirkwood. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.johnsridoutselmwoodchapel.com for the McLean family.
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Rita Ritchie Farley ’48
June 7, 2022
Mrs. Rita Fay Farley, 96, of Dandridge, Tenn., formerly of Elk Creek, W.Va., passed away June 7, 2022, at the Ballad Hospice House in Bristol, TN. She was born March 30, 1926 in Lunah, Breathitt County, Ky., to the late Alex and Elizabeth Davis Ritchie. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Farley, son-in-law, William (Mike) Adkins, brothers, Alvin and George Ritchie, and sisters, June Whitt and Thelma Maynard. Mrs. Farley attended Berea College and graduated from Marshall University majoring in Education. She was a third grade school teacher for 38 years. Those left behind to cherish her memory include her children, John (Debra) Farley of Grove City, Ohio, Elizabeth “Libby” Adkins of Delbarton, W. Va., and Bruce (JoAnn) Farley of Dandridge, Tenn., 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Cleo Bradford and Willa Nell Booten and Sister-in-law Nancy Ritchie. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held for family members at the Farley Cemetery at Elk Creek, W. Va., on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 1:00pm. Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton, W. Va., is proudly serving the Farley Family.
Marian Van Winkle Presnell ’48
June 27, 2022
Marian VanWinkle Presnell, a native of Berea, Ky., and a resident of Theodore, AL for 59 years, died at the Hospice House in Bowling Green, KY; after living for 2 years with her beloved niece, Carol Spinks. Marian was a loving wife and mother. She was a devoted member of Theodore United Methodist Church. She was active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the United Methodist Women’s Group. She also loved quilting, but her true passion was helping others. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Maynard Presnell and her sister Eunice Brown. Marian is survived by her sons, David Presnell (Joyce) of Orange Beach, AL and Richard Presnell, MD of Denver, Colo. Visitation will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 11:00 am until Parlor Services at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to Theodore United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 608, Theodore, AL, 36590; Hospice House, 5872 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104; or charity of your choice.
Joyce E. Reedy ’48
May 30, 2022
Joyce E. Reedy, age 94, of Madisonville, passed away 1:45 P.M. Monday, May 30, 2022, at Madisonville Health & Rehab. Joyce was born in Haysi, Virginia, and grew up in Clintwood Virginia where she graduated from Ervinton High School. She attended and graduated from Berea College, Kentucky in 1948 and furthered her education with a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1951. After graduation, she moved to Decatur, Georgia where she retired after 40 years as an educator. She was preceded in death by parents Clyde and Flora Reedy; brothers-in-law, Ed Gale and James Franklin Conley; sister-in-law, Marie Reedy. Survivors, Sisters, Ellen Conley, Troy, VA, Frances Gale, Portsmouth, VA; Brother, Floyd Reedy, Madisonville; Nieces, Rebecca Morrow, Cleveland, Sharon Ramsey, Nashville, Karen Warr, Memphis, Amanda Monahan, Portsmouth, VA; Nephews, Allen Reedy, Madisonville, James Reedy, Memphis, Frank Conley, John Conley, both of Charlottesville, VA, David Conley, Russell, KY; numerous great and great-great nieces & nephews. Funeral 1:00 P.M. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Deidra Crosby officiating. Interment Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 P.M. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.
JoAnn H. Pope ’49
July 22, 2019
JoAnn H. (Harris) Pope, 92, a resident of Quincy Village, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 in the nursing home.
Mary Alice Smith ’49
March 28, 2019
Mrs. Mary Alice Smith, age 84, of the Little Bend Community in Battletown, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at her residence. Mary Alice was a volunteer firefighter with the Wolf Creek Fire Department; and a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church.
Mary Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Walter F. and Iona Elizabeth Briles Adams; her husband, Lamar Smith; the rest of her siblings, Bill and Earl Adams, Arthur “Hoss” Conrad, Glenda Scott, and Janet Rice; and her very special friend on February 12 of this year, Rick Cissell. She is survived by her children, Francis T. (Tammie) Smith, Battletown, KY, Partricia D. (Robert) Gibson, Glasgow, KY; Rick’s children, Leona (Mike) Higbee, Leitchfield, KY, Missy (Mike) Hampton, Brandenburg, KY, Tammy (Walt) Kloeppel, Nashville, TN, Stacy (Lonnie) Brown, Jacksonville, FL; 12 grandchildren, Leighann Crean, Eric Smith, Jessica Pritchett, Joey Vibbert, Jeremy Allen, Tara Embry, Kirk and Cody Higbee, Tylar and Grace Matthews, Michael and Nicholas Brown; 12 great grandchildren, Brayden Smith, Bryce and Evelyn Crean, Sophie and Lydia Smith, Tristan and Drayden Lewellen, Michaela, Rhyan and Jayden Whelan, Ella Embry, and Kaelyn Higbee.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Parr-Frans Cemetery.
Patricia Prater Wickerham ’49
March 25, 2022
Lake Orion MI Patricia Joan Wickerham (Prater), 94, of Oxford, MI, passed away peacefully March 25, with her children by her side. Pat was born February 1, 1928, in Stephen’s Branch, Kentucky. She attended Berea College, Ky and Eastern Michigan University attaining a Master’s Degree. She moved north with her family during World War II and taught at Kelloggsville Schools for 3 decades in Wyoming, MI. Pat loved spending time with family, reading, and was interested in politics. She is survived by her two children, Joan Baughman and Ken (Karla) Wickerham, five grandchildren, Kira (Jeff) Froude, Jessica (Scott) Wetendorf, Libby (Joe) Davis, Emily (Max) Selker, and Molly (Jon) Kovalchick and nine great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held this summer. Patricia loved time with her family and she loved all the students she was lucky enough to get to know in her teaching career.
Dr. Burgin H. Wood ’49
Jan. 4, 2018
Burgin H. Wood, MD, age 93, of Jacksboro passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his home. He was a member of Jacksboro United Methodist Church, a US Navy veteran of WWII, and a lifelong farmer. He began practicing medicine in LaFollette November 11, 1958 and was joined, shortly afterwards, by his brother-in-law James D. Crutchfield forming the partnership and general surgery of Wood-Crutchfield. He was founding Director of LaFollette Medical Foundation. His passion was his family, farming, and his love for his community. He enjoyed aviation with his lifelong co-pilot, his bride, Virginia Jo Wood.
Preceded in death by parents, Meather Otto & Ola Bartley Wood; special cousins, Ruby Presley, Durward Bowman
Survivors: Wife of 69 years, Virginia Jo Crutchfield Wood; Daughter & son-in-law: Stacey Wood-Heatherly & Michael Heatherly; Sons: Scott S. Wood Stephen E. Wood & wife Ann Wood; Grandchildren: Brandon S. Wood, Stefanie Wood Sabia & husband Chris, Sarah B. Massengill & husband Robert, John S. Heatherly & wife Cheryl, Meagan Heatherly, Joshua Heatherly; Great Grandchildren: Taylor Massengill, Macy Massengill, Mac Henry Massengill, Jonathon Carroll, Kinsley Carroll, Nolen Sabia, Adelyn Sabia, Natalia Wood, Arabella Heatherly; Sisters: Jane Bartley Westbrook & husband Michael, Wilma Jonston; Sister-in-law: Jessie Crutchfield; Numerous nieces and nephews.
A time of celebrating his life will be held 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday, January 8th at Jacksboro United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
A private interment will be held in Jacksboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to LaFollette Medical Foundation, PO Box 128, Jacksboro, TN 37757 or Jacksboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 83 Jacksboro, TN 37757
Condolences may be given online at http://www.cross-smithfuneralhome.com/
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home
Pauline Deal Gammon ’50
July 26, 2022
Pauline Deal Gammon, age 93 of Forest City died Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Fairhaven Home in Bostic where she had been a resident. Polly, as she was known was born on December 27, 1928, in Bryson City, North Carolina and was a daughter of the late John and Mary Evelyn Scroggs Deal. Polly was a graduate of Berea College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree. It was at Berea that she met her future husband, Robert Gammon. Polly had served as Librarian at the former Dunbar School until she decided to become a fulltime homemaker. She was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City where she loved her Sunday School Class. She participated in many church activities and served in various roles until her health no longer allowed her to attend. Her prayer life was very important to her, and she possessed a strong faith which she shared with others. Always a gracious hostess, she enjoyed caring for her family, and her friends were always welcome in her home. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Robert Wilson Gammon who was the principal at Forest City Elementary School for many years, her sons, Robert Gordon Gammon and Carl Wilson Gammon, her brothers, Roe Deal, Gray Deal, and sisters, Pansy Deal, Edith Johnson, and Lillie Emory. Survivors include her son, John William Gammon and wife Haley of Forest City, and her beloved grandchildren, Ben Gammon, Emily Gammon, Lauren Gammon, Maeven Gammon, and Erin Gammon. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 o’clock on Saturday, July 30, 2022, in The Padgett and King Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Diane Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the chapel. Interment will be private for the family at the Cool Springs Cemetery. Memorials in her memory may be made to Fairhaven Home, Patient Activity Fund, 149 Fairhaven Drive, Bostic, North Carolina 28018. The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
Dr. W. R. Strong
Spouse of Effie Taylor Strong ’50
March 22, 2022
W.R. (Bill) Strong, 95, passed away at his home in Rockport on March 22, 2022. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Don T. Strong, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Exie Strong, as well as his brother-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Originally from Kentucky, Bill and Effie lived in several states before moving to Rockport 35 years ago when Bill retired from his career as a university professor and school administrator. During WWII, Bill served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rockport.
Earl Todd ’50
Nov. 4, 2017
Earl was the son of the late Eldon and Bernice (Potts) Todd.
He worked in several factories in the area, most recently working for Marvin Orr at Orr’s Drive Inn. He was an avid sports fan, a coin collector and Hop-A-Long Cassidy memorabilia collector.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, David Lee and Larry Allen Todd.
His memory is cherished by his daughter, Kathy; sister, Reba; niece, Susan; nephew, Mark; several cousins.
Sue Hodges Greene Fd ’51
June 8, 2022
Sue Greene, 88, of Lexington, KY passed away June 8, 2022, at home with her family present. She was born Sue Ann Hodges to the late Dr. C.O. and Jessie Hodges in Alva, KY. Sue attended high school at the Berea College Foundation School and college at Eastern Kentucky University. She married Gerald Scott Greene in 1956 and they lived together in Lexington KY from 1961 until Gerald’s death in 2014. Sue is survived by her children Mark Barrett Greene and Jennifer Sue Erena (Stephen). She is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Melanie Kjellsen (Ryles) and Meghan Erena (Ellen) and 2 great-grandchildren. Sue lived with her daughter Jennifer and her husband Stephen after the death of her husband. Her room had a great view of the backyard where birds and squirrels would play outside her windows. She enjoyed the activity of family around the house and visits from her friends from Central Baptist Church where she was a member for 60 years. She especially enjoyed visits from her granddog Anna for Sunday dinner. Family, friends, and caregivers voiced similar memories of Sue a remarkable lady, made me smile and laugh, very kind and sweet to me, her perpetual good nature in spite of a half-century of disability from Rheumatoid Arthritis. May the memories of Sue be a blessing. There will be a graveside ceremony at Lexington Cemetery on Saturday July 23 at 10:30 am where the ashes of both Sue and Gerald will be interred.
Margie Lewis Hammond ’51
July 25, 2022
Margie Lewis Hammond, age 93, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed peacefully into eternal life on Monday, July 25, 2022, at English Meadows Assisted Living in Scott Depot, West Virginia. She was born on February 17, 1929, at her maternal grandmother’s house in Richwood, West Virginia, the eldest of three children of Walter N. Lewis and Leta Barr Lewis. Her grandmother, Hanna McElwee Barr, who shared a birthday with her, assisted with the delivery with no doctor present. Due to the Great Depression and the need to find work, her parents moved several times while she was young. She lived as a child in Spring Creek, Friars Hill, East Rainelle, and finally, just north of Lewisburg. Her young life was difficult, without the comforts that would make it seem foreign even to her own children, yet she looked back with joy on a time lived without so much as running water or central heat. She excelled as a student and graduated from Lewisburg High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1947. She then attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, as the first member of her family ever to attend college. While a sophomore at Berea, she became active in Berea Baptist Church, where she met Pastor O. B. Mylum. With Rev. Mylum’s guidance, she made a profession of faith, and she lived the remainder of her life in the strong assurance of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. She graduated from Berea College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration on June 4, 1951.While a student at Berea, she met a young Army veteran and fellow student named Francis Hammond, whom she married as her forever partner on February 22, 1952. They had three sons while living in Berea following graduation from college. She began her lifelong career as a teacher in the Fall of 1951 at Mason High School in Williamstown, Kentucky. After marriage, she taught at several schools near Berea, including Kingston High School, Waco High School, and Madison Central High School. In the summer of 1964, Margie and Francis moved to Lewisburg with their young family and purchased the home on Holt Lane where they lived out their life together. In the fall of 1964, she joined the faculty at her alma mater, Lewisburg High School, where she proudly taught the first year the school was integrated. She remained at Lewisburg until Greenbrier East High School opened in the fall of 1968.She taught at Greenbrier East until she retired, and she enjoyed seeing and hearing from her former students for the rest of her days. Margie and Francis made their church home at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, where she was a member for more than 50 years. After retirement, Margie and Francis traveled widely in the United States and Canada, and she lavished attention on her grandchildren and, later, her great grandchildren. Francis left this life on April 4, 2010, and she missed him every day thereafter. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her second son, Donald Hammond, in 2016.She is survived by her son Robert Hammond and his wife Lorrie, and by her son David Hammond and his wife Jody, all of Lewisburg, as well as three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and oodles of great grandchildren, all of whom she loved with her whole heart. A celebration of her earthly and eternal life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Wallace Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, West Virginia. The Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg. Visitation will precede the funeral at 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home. The family encourages gifts in memory of Margie’s life be donated to First Baptist Church of Fairlea, 9146 Seneca Trail, Ronceverte, WV 24970. Wallace Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting: www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com
Arthur L. Haynes ’51
May 16, 2022
Arthur L. Haynes Arthur Lee “Art” Haynes of Mt. Healthy, Ohio went peacefully to be with his Lord on May 16, 2022, after suffering complications from a heart attack. Art was born in Greenwood, Kentucky to Joseph Lafayette “Fate” Haynes and Gertrude Alice “Gertie” Haynes (nee Hyden) on January 29, 1927, along with his twin sister Anna Lee. Art left McCreary County High School and joined the Navy at 17 to fight in WW II. He served aboard the destroyer USS Herndon in both the Atlantic and Pacific until the war ended. Art returned to complete his high school education and afterwards matriculated to Berea College. After graduation, Art went to work for General Electric Company in Evendale, Ohio and retired from GE with 37 years of service. While working at GE, Art took night classes at Xavier University receiving his MBA. Art met the love of his life Anna at the Stearns Kentucky County Fair in 1946. The two married in 1950, and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage together. Art and family were founding members of Brentwood Baptist Church that later merged with Wyoming Baptist Church. Art was very active with Freemasons becoming the Master of the Wyoming Lodge. Art’s hobbies included photography, boating, camping, and flying. He joined GE’s flight club obtaining his private pilot’s license. He and a friend built a two-seat KR2 aircraft in the basement. Art is preceded in death by his beloved wife Anna; his youngest son Gregory Scott Haynes; by his parents Fate & Gertie; and his five sisters & five brothers. He is survived by his son Glenn A. Haynes (Brenda) & daughter Rebecca “Becky” A. Fetzer (Bruce); his grandchildren Brenton Haynes (Amy), Beth Haynes, Ryan Haynes, Justin Haynes (Michelle), Jennifer Fetzer, & Kevin Fetzer; his great-grandchildren Thomas Haynes, Melissa Morris (Ashtin), Hunter Haynes, & Lillian Haynes; his great-great-grandchildren Jasper Morris, Tobias Morris, & Scarlett Morris; and many beloved nieces, nephews & their families. A visitation for Art will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 12:30pm at Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (2155 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231; follow the BLUE line). A funeral service will follow at 1:30pm. Following the funeral, Art will be laid to rest by his wife Anna in the Masonic Garden. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society , St. Jude Hospital , or a charity of your choice. Map to the Garden of Masonic Arthur L. Haynes Arthur Lee “Art” Haynes of Mt. Healthy, Ohio went peacefully to be with his Lord on May 16, 2022, after suffering complications from a heart attack. Art was born in Greenwood, Kentucky to Joseph Lafayette “Fate” Haynes and Gertrude Alice “Gertie” Haynes (nee Hyden) on January 29, 1927, along with his twin sister Anna Lee. Art left McCreary County High School and joined the Navy at 17 to fight in WW II. He served aboard the destroyer USS Herndon in both the Atlantic and Pacific until the war ended. Art returned to complete his high school education and afterwards matriculated to Berea College. After graduation, Art went to work for General Electric Company in Evendale, Ohio and retired from GE with 37 years of service. While working at GE, Art took night classes at Xavier University receiving his MBA. Art met the love of his life Anna at the Stearns Kentucky County Fair in 1946. The two married in 1950, and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage together. Art and family were founding members of Brentwood Baptist Church that later merged with Wyoming Baptist Church. Art was very active with Freemasons becoming the Master of the Wyoming Lodge. Art’s hobbies included photography, boating, camping, and flying. He joined GE’s flight club obtaining his private pilot’s license. He and a friend built a two-seat KR2 aircraft in the basement. Art is preceded in death by his beloved wife Anna; his youngest son Gregory Scott Haynes; by his parents Fate & Gertie; and his five sisters & five brothers. He is survived by his son Glenn A. Haynes (Brenda) & daughter Rebecca “Becky” A. Fetzer (Bruce); his grandchildren Brenton Haynes (Amy), Beth Haynes, Ryan Haynes, Justin Haynes (Michelle), Jennifer Fetzer, & Kevin Fetzer; his great-grandchildren Thomas Haynes, Melissa Morris (Ashtin), Hunter Haynes, & Lillian Haynes; his great-great-grandchildren Jasper Morris, Tobias Morris, & Scarlett Morris; and many beloved nieces, nephews & their families. A visitation for Art will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 12:30pm at Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (2155 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231; follow the BLUE line). A funeral service will follow at 1:30pm. Following the funeral, Art will be laid to rest by his wife Anna in the Masonic Garden. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society , St. Jude Hospital , or a charity of your choice. Map to the Garden of Masonic
Nell Jean Lusk McDarris ’51
Aug. 10, 2022
Nell Jean Lusk McDarris ASHEVILLE Nell Jean Lusk McDarris of Asheville passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in Jacksonville, Florida. A native of Transylvania County, she was the daughter of Mickler Russell Lusk and Lola Owen Lusk. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene McDarris and brother, Charles R. Lusk. She attended elementary and high school in Transylvania County. At the end of her senior year in high school, she was chosen to represent her county as Miss Transylvania. In the Fall of 1947, she enrolled as a student at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. She always remembered many memorable experiences at Berea, living as a freshman in James Hall, working in the college library, being a member of the May Court, and meeting the love of her life, her husband, Robert. At Berea, she earned a B.S. degree in science and completed an intermediate teaching certificate in mathematics. She taught at Weaverville Middle School for thirty years and three years with Buncombe County Special Services before retiring. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville since 1956. She served as Sunday School teacher, church librarian, circle chairman, and on the women’s council. As a charter member of Alpha Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International for fifty years, she presided as president from 1974 to 1976. A member of the Wednesday Study Club since the early 1960s, she served as secretary and president. Through the years, she has been a volunteer for The Literacy Council, Red Cross, Senior Meal Site, and Asheville Symphony. As a hobby, she and her husband, Robert, collected and restored antique cars, violins, and furniture. She is survived by a son, Charles Russell McDarris and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Gardner-McDarris of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She is also survived by three nieces, Brenda Hollis, Cindy Cook and Linda Lusk; three nephews, Charles F. McDarris, Mark Buckner and Robert Lusk; her church family; and many dear friends and former students. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 15, 2022, at West Memorial Park, 40 Roberts Street, Weaverville. Mrs. McDarris will be available for viewing from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2022 at West Funeral Home. The family will not be present. A Celebration of Life will be held, after the graveside, at 2:00 p.m., in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 30 Alabama Avenue, Weaverville. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the Celebration. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville, PO Box 257, Weaverville, NC 28787. For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. McDarris’ obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Dr. Ted Smith ’51
July 4, 2022
Ted Smith, of Tiger, Georgia, passed away on July 4, 2022, at the age of 94. Ted was born June 28, 1928 in Weaverville, NC to Jesse Theodore Smith and Novelle Blankenship Smith and raised in and around the Asheville, NC area. In 1946 he left home for Berea College in Berea, KY, where he met his future wife Mae Watts. They married in June of 1951, and soon after, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After an honorable discharge, he began teaching school in Clarkston, GA in 1953, and in October of 1954 had his first of two sons. Ted became a DeKalb County elementary school principal soon after and remained in that position serving at several schools: Terry Mill, Kelly Lake, Columbia, Dunaire and Murphey Candler until his retirement in 1985In 1999, Ted and Mae left their home in South DeKalb County and built a home in Tiger, GA, where most of Mae’s family still lived. They remained there until 2012Ted’s beloved wife Mae passed away in 2016, and he moved into an independent living facility, where he remained for five years. Ted always enjoyed cars, and over the years he bought and sold quite a few antiques and classics. Notable were several 1956 Cadillacs (his all-time favorite car), ’30, ’36, ’40 and ’55 Fords, a ’69 Chevrolet Caprice Classic convertible and a ’65 Mustang High Performance. Three of the old Fords are still in the family, though most he only kept for a while to enjoy, always buying and trading with his principal buddies. At one point, he traded a car for two ’56 Cadillacs and a huge box of golf balls. His family never stopped laughing about that one! Ted was never materialistic or greedy with his possessions. On several occasions, when he saw someone in need of transportation, he simply gave them one of his cars, though a few took advantage of his generosity. Once, he gave a car to a neighbor whose car had been repossessed. The next week we saw that very same car at the school Halloween carnival as a “basher,” where people bought tickets to take a swing at it with a sledge hammer. Ted earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion, with a minor in Physical Education from Berea College, a Master’s degree in Education from Emory University and also a PhD degree. After retirement, he enjoyed reading and writing, and he often put together collections of his writings and musings and gave them out to family and friends. He always stayed in good shape physically. He was a runner from early on, competing in track and field events in high school and college, and later he began running the Peachtree Road Race each year. In fact, the last time he ran the race was with his son and grandson in 2016, when he was 88. Out of 50,000 runners, fewer than ten his age completed the race. Ted’s father was Jesse Theodore, and he was named after him, though his birth certificate shows only “Ted Smith.” He often humorously referred to himself as “Ted N.M.I. Smith” (no middle initial). Ted is preceded in death by his brother David Leon Smith (d. 1987), brother Robert Wiley Smith (d. 2003), son Ted Daniel Smith (d. 2010) and wife Bertha Mae Watts Smith (d. 2016). He is survived by his brother David’s wife Joan Davis, son Jonathan Richard Smith and wife Kim of Toccoa, GA and daughter Dianne Smith Rice and husband Tim of Acworth, GASeven grandchildren, Angela Dianne Dye (James), Jonathan Michael Smith (Kelly), Alyssa Veith Palermo (Neil), Matthew Timothy Rice (Heather), Melissa Erleen Harlan (Brent), Kathryn Anne White (Jason) and Christin Patsy Rice. Eleven great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Mae Ford, Dylan Michael White, Jackson Neil Palermo, Elliana Grace Dye, Kyla Rose Palermo, Austin Joseph White, Adelaide Olivia Harlan, Ansley Novelle Rice, Madelyn Faith Dye and Lucas Flint and Eric Brix Harlan. Funeral Services will be Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Rocky Grove Baptist Church, 6900 Bridge Creek Rd, Tiger, GA 30576, with visitation 1-2:00 at the church. Officiating are Rev. Kyle Watts, Pastor of Rocky Grove, and Dr. Alan D. Smith, Pastor of The Church at Decatur Heights in Decatur, GA. The family is at their respective residences. An on-line register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com
Dr. Edsel T. Godbey ’52
June 15, 2022
Edsel Taylor Godbey died on June 15, 2022, at the age of 93. He maintained his elegance, intelligence, athleticism and wit until his final days.
He had 10 brothers and sisters, all born in rural Casey County, Ky., to parents who valued education. His height and athletic talent combined to turn him into that vaunted of all Kentucky youth – a high school basketball star. Off the court, his intellectual prowess proved more impressive. He earned a full academic scholarship to Berea College, where he served as president of the student body.
He was wise and not just smart, so he understood that his greatest collegiate triumph was winning the hand in marriage of fellow scholarship student and all around dynamo Lois “Sue” Carroll. They were married – and held hands – for more than 70 years. The only event rude enough to stop them was her death, just a few months ago. Exactly no one was surprised when he quickly followed.
After college, the U.S. Army called Edsel to France where, among other duties, he taught military law. Upon their return, the newlyweds completed their advanced degrees at the University of Kentucky. Edsel’s Ph.D. dissertation was published and remained in print for many years. At the age of 28, he became the first president of what is now known as Southeast Kentucky College in Cumberland, Ky.
Edsel and Sue never forgot their roots nor their obligation to pay their scholarships forward. They funded creation of the Godbey Appalachian Center at the college and endowed a scholarship to train teachers intent on teaching in Appalachian schools.
In the 1960s, Edsel moved his family to Atlanta to focus on civil rights in education. He was the inaugural Director of the Education Improvement Program of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. His mission was to help obtain and maintain accreditation for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). A gifted public speaker, he delivered the commencement address at multiple HBCUs and received honorary degrees from three.
He was a man of splendid contrasts: a lifelong teetotaler who mixed signature mint juleps for his friends, a voracious reader of nonfiction fond of telling tall tales with perfect comedic timing. He never left Kentucky until adulthood, but later filled four passports. His intellectual and athletic gifts enabled him to balance a dedication to professionalism during the workweek, with enthusiastic pursuit of hobbies on the weekends. On Friday nights, his nickname at the poker table was “Shark.” An effortless card counter, he enjoyed predictably favorable results. He was eventually banned from the neighborhood trivia games. Even after trying “Edsel versus the field,” it quickly became clear that the field didn’t stand a chance. His favorite pastime was golf. He was most proud of two stats: three years in a row, he shot below his age (74, 75 and 76) and six magical times he carded a hole-in-one. What was more important yet impossible to count were all the jokes on all the holes on all the Saturdays enjoyed with all his fellow raconteurs.
Above all, he adored his family. Survivors include, as he was fond of referring to them, “his prize children and grandchildren,” son, Patrick Edsel Taylor Godbey, M.D. (Donna); daughter, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood (Richard), all of St. Simons Island; grandchildren, Elizabeth Godbey, M.D., of Richmond, Va., as well as twins Katherine and Lachlan Wood of Athens, Ga. Surviving, too, are his beloved “baby” sisters, Shirley Vaught and Barbara Cox of Kentucky and (as might be expected of a man with 10 siblings) many, many, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service is planned at the family’s Bethelridge, Ky., graveyard. Those wishing to send remembrances are invited to make a contribution to the “Sue Godbey Scholarship Fund” c/o Southeast Education Foundation, 700 College Road, Cumberland, KY 40823.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Helen Hartenstein of BrightStar and the staff at Vitality for their professional and loving care.
Published by The Brunswick News on Jun. 18, 2022.
Nadene Wade May Fd ’48, ’52
April 24, 2022
Nadene Wade May, 94, of Danville peacefully passed away April 24, 2022. Born in Russell County, Ky in 1927 to the late Wheeler and Ollie Foley Wade, she was reared on the family farm near Goose Creek in Decatur, Kentucky and was the eldest of six children. Nadene was a proud graduate of Berea Foundation School and Berea College where she met and later married her beloved husband Bernard May. Following college, Nadene worked as a librarian at the Kentucky School for the Deaf for many years. She continued her dedication to the deaf community acting as an interpreter at her church, The First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She remained active in several programs and services in her church and community, always willing to offer her help where it was needed. Nadene was preceded in death by her husband Bernard May, her parents, Wheeler and Ollie Foley Wade, and siblings Ralph, Allene, and Cy Wade. Nadene is survived by her children, David (Lynn Weaver) May, Karen (Ronnie) Beckman, and Mike (Elena) May, grandchildren Joseph (Vera) Beckman, Sarah Beckman, Rachel (Josh) Atkins, and Mickey May, great grandchildren Emily and Jamie Beckman, Kaylee, Huner and Luka Atkins, sisters Fern (Dewey) Carter, and Nina (Ronald) Butler, sister-in-law Judy Wade and many nieces and nephews. Burial services will be held at Belleview Cemetery for a graveside service on April 26 at 3:00 PM where family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Nadene May officiated by Dr. Mickey Anders. A memorial service and celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Pallbearers will be David, Mike, and Mickey May, Sarah and Joseph Beckman, and Rachel Atkins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Christian Church, Danville, KY, Heritage Hospice, the Danville Boyle County Humane Society, or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff of Morning Pointe for the loving and compassionate care provided to Nadene during her stay.
Mary McNeil Nash ’52
Sept. 17, 2022
Mary McNeil Musser Nash, born September 13, 1930; the 6th of 9 children to Ralph Marshall and Birdie Handley Musser in Richlands, Greenbrier County, WV, passed away September 17, 2022. She is survived by two sisters, Jean White of Renick, WV and Betty White of Sylva, NC; five children, Charles David Nash Jr., Rachel Nash Law, James Marshall Nash, William Mann Nash, John Andrew Nash; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Mary and her husband, Charles David Nash, Sr. raised their children on a farm outside of Alderson, WV and later moved to Berea, KY. She worked for Berea College until her retirement as assistant dean of students and head resident of Pearson’s Hall, Berea College, where she mentored young women from around the world. She was a giving person, stalwart in her faith, loved community involvement, gardening and family gatherings.
Mary was known in Abingdon for her charity work and support of local services. She knitted hundreds of winter hats for donation to children and the homeless. She regularly baked cookies for the Abingdon Police Department, Washington County Public Library, and Abingdon Public Works. Her gardening skills provided fresh produce and flowers for neighbors and family members. Her favorite times of the year were Spring when the flowers bloomed and Fall when the trees showed their colors. Mary loved to put on her apron and be in the middle of kitchen activities. She would not remove it until everyone was fed and the kitchen was properly cleaned and ready for the next meal.
Memorial service will be at Farris Funeral Home, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA, on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 pm.
Spouse of Ruth Brantley Conn ’53
June 22, 2022
Glenn H. Conn, age 90 of Maryville, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at his home. He was born to Myrell and Iolene Conn on February 7, 1932. Glenn belonged to the Baptist church in Peters Creek, IL. He graduated with a degree in physics from Southern Illinois University. Glenn is survived by his wife, Ruth Brantley Conn; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margie Birch, Carole Douglas; brothers, Jack, Bill, Eddie and Donald. Viewing from 12:00 until 1:00 PM. Family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
Edward Ray Dowdy ’53
June 23, 2017
Edward Ray Dowdy, 86, of Fairfield Glade, TN, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Wyndridge Health & Rehab Center in Crossville.
He was born May 22, 1931, in Princeton, WV, son of Glenn Dowdy and Clara (Weaver) Dowdy.
Edward graduated from Greenville High School in 1949 and then graduated from Brea College in 1953. After college, he joined the Army where he proudly served during the Korean War. Thereafter, he went to Germany and then came back to Michigan where he enrolled in Michigan State University and earned his master’s degree in agriculture.
In 1957, Edward met and married Barbara Elisabeth Miller Dowdy. In addition to his wife, Edward is survived by his son, John Dowdy, Jamestown, TN; daughters, Judy Hale of Crossville and Jean Norton and Heather Criscione of Florida; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and brothers, Alfred Dowdy of Nashville and James Dowdy of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Dowdy; mother, Clara (Weaver) Dowdy; and brother, Harold Dowdy.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Fairfield Glade on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Leonard Markham officiating. Interment in Crossville City Cemetery.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Shirley Wheeler Einem ’53
June 18, 2022
Born on Feb. 25, 1932 in Framingham, Massachusetts Departed June 18, 2022 in Palm Bay, Florida Shirley Elizabeth Einem, 90, passed away in the early hours of June 18th, 2022 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida. Shirley was born on Feb. 25, 1932 in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was the eldest of four children, born to Kenneth and Evelyn Wheeler. Shirley had a Master’s degree in education and taught in Montgomery County Schools in Columbia, Md., and Melbourne High School. She was an educator for many years. Shirley and her husband Gerald met in Melbourne, Florida, and married on December 21, 1972. They lived in Columbia, Maryland for many years and eventually moved to Brownsville, Texas where they published a CD about the Birds of Texas and conducted numerous bird-watching tours. They also shared Shirley’s family home in Tiverton, Nova Scotia for many summers running a bed and breakfast, where she enjoyed baking blueberry muffins and other treats for their guests. After many years of traveling, they found a place in LaPenita de Jaltemba Bay, Mexico where they lived for six months out of the year. Shirley organized the business while visitors enjoyed the area and accompanied Jerry on bird and butterfly tours. During the Summer they would return to their home in Gainesville, Florida. They later moved to Riverview Senior Resort in Palm Bay, Florida during which time she lost her beloved husband, Gerald Einem. They were a devoted couple and were married for 46 years. They loved to travel and explore different parts of the world. Shirley loved to listen to classical music, watch old classical movies, play bridge and other card games. She also enjoyed watching the birds and dolphins from the Riverview dining area. Shirley had two children, Tim and Laurie Case. Tim (deceased) had one son Allan Case, with his wife Linda Case (nee Gottschall). Allan has two children, Charlotte and Oliver, with his wife Sarah Case (nee Mitzner). Laurie has one daughter, Kathlyn, with her partner Matthew Moralis. Kathlyn has two children, Allegra and Leonardo, with her husband, Daniel Trozzi. Shirley also had three stepchildren, Deborah Jorgensen, Leslie Fleischmann and Mark Einem. There will be no memorial service. Please make all donations to The Nature Conservancy or William Childs Hospice House: The Nature Conservancy William Childs Hospice House
Leona Sutherland Finch ’53
Aug. 5, 2022
Leona Sutherland Finch Leona Iris Sutherland Finch, 92, of Charleston, SC entered into eternal rest on Friday, August 5, 2022. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2022 in the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston SC 29412, at 11 AM with Rev. Charles E. Jenkins officiating. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel. Leona was born July 21, 1930, in Wilcoe, WV. Daughter of the late Hollin Milton Sutherland and Inez Boyd Sutherland. Her academic schooling included Honaker High School, VA; Berea College, Berea KY; and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Her work history included the Pentagon Building, Washington D.C., Passport division and Building Commandants Office. Leona was a licensed real estate broker. As part of a husband-and-wife team in the Episcopal Dioceses of NC, Western N.C., Atlanta and SC, she was an ardent and active participant in church and civic activities wherever she was. Leona served on the Board of Directors for the Florence Crittendon Home in Charleston, SC. She was on the Board of Governors of the Appleton Family Ministries in Macon, GA. She was President of the Doctors Hospital Auxiliary in Columbus, GA and the Prison ministry in Columbus, GA. She also served on the auxiliary of the Springer Opera House which is Georgia’s official state opera. Leona has volunteered at hospitals, American Red Cross, the Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis, H.E.L.P. and Girl Scouts of America. She has been on the staff of Camp Shantituck (Girl Scouts), Camp Kanuga and Camp Henry. She has been president of the Episcopal Church Women, a delegate to diocesan conventions and an Episcopal Church Women member in multiple locations. Leona was a woman of many talents and humbly proud of the fact that as a diocesan representative to Panama and Colombia, she was the first woman to operate the levers that opened the locks on the Panama Canal. She is survived by two sons: Floyd William Finch, III (Carole) of Bonneau, SC; James Milton Finch (Audrey) of Moncks Corner, SC; and daughter Theresa F. Roberts (Chris) of Shelby, NC. She had 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Leona was predeceased by her loving husband, The Reverend Floyd William Finch, Jr. and her daughter, Karen Elizabeth F. Gadsden George. Brothers: Craig Sutherland, Leland Sutherland, Paul Sutherland and Boyd Sutherland; Sisters: Rebecca S. Mullins, Faye S. Drennan and Irene S. Thompson. Memorials may be made to the Residents Assistance Fund, at 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com .
Dr. Billy W. Friar ’53
Sarah Anderson Helton ’53
Feb. 2, 2022
Sarah Anderson Helton of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully at her home on February 2, 2022, with her two devoted children by her side. She was 90 years old.
The eldest of four children, Sarah was born in Mars Hill, NC, where she spent her youth on her family’s dairy farm.
With a great mind and tenacious determination, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1953 with a master’s degree in mathematics. In 1970, her love for math brought her to Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, where she steadfastly taught for 20 years. Upon her retirement in 1990, the mountains beckoned, and she returned to her childhood home in Mars Hill. In 2012, Sarah relocated to Raleigh to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Educated and intelligent, Sarah was the true definition of humility. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Sarah. She loved to watch golf but never played. In her retirement, she enjoyed sitting peacefully on her front porch, enjoying the stunning mountain views, enthusiastically counting the number of cars that passed (statistically determining that white is the most popular), and there wasn’t a crossword puzzle she couldn’t solve.
Sarah is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Carter Anderson and Mary Alta Carter Anderson, and her brother Franklin Anderson.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her sisters, Carolyn Gore of Orange City, FL and Frances Woosley of Charlotte, NC; children Rhonda Terry and Steven Helton of Raleigh, NC; son-in-law Michael Terry, daughter-in-law, Sherry Helton; her grandchildren, Andrew Terry, and Madison Helton; along with a host of close friends, former students, and anyone lucky enough to have spent just an afternoon with her.
Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made in Sarah Helton’s name to Mars Hill University.
A service of Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, Wake Forest (919-556-7400)
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Albert VanHorn ’53
May 9, 2018
Albert M. VanHorn, 86, of Coldwater, MS passed away at his home on May 9, 2018. He was a 32nd Degree Free Mason and former Professor at the State University of New York in Delhi, NY where he taught 22 different subjects during his career. He is survived by his wife Shirley Ann Keel VanHorn
(1) Daughter, Theresa Jones of Ridgeland, MS
(2) Sons, Guy VanHorn McLain and his wife Riki of Kirkwood, New York and Jay VanHorn of Bangor, Pennsylvania
(2) Step-Sons, David Jones and his wife Isella of Coldwater, MS and Eugene Jones of Conroe, Texas
He also leaves several Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home
Wilda Wilson Wilson ’53
May 22, 2022
Wilda Florence Wilson Wilson, of Columbia, passed into the presence of her Lord on May 22, 2022. She was 90. Mrs. Wilson was born in Galax, Virginia to Walter Glenn Wilson and Eula Florence Melton Wilson, the fourth of six children. She was the wife of the late Roswell C. Wilson, Sr. DDS. She attended Berea College from 1950 to 1953, and graduated with a Diploma Degree in Nursing. During her nursing career, she worked on the Spinal Cord Injury Ward at the VA Hospital in Richmond, VA., and also as a public health nurse caring for tuberculosis patients. She met her husband, Roswell, at the First Baptist Church in Richmond where they later married. Mrs. Wilson helped her husband in his dental practice. She also supported her husband’s calling to the foreign mission field. She washed and folded hundreds of baby clothes over the years to be distributed to those in need during his trips. She was a member of Northeast Presbyterian Church in Columbia. She was involved in many Bible studies across town where she had many friends. She was also a member of a Ladies’ circle at church. She loved her grandchildren who called her, “Gaga.” She dedicated much of her life and time caring for and loving them. She was predeceased by her husband, Roswell, and sisters Colleen Wilson and Wanda Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her children: Karen Sammons, Roswell Wilson, Jr., and Keith Wilson; grandchildren: John Coward (Megan), Melissa Coward, and Michael Coward and 2 great grandchildren; brothers Ohlen Wilson, Roger Wilson, and sister Barbara(Susie) McMasters. The family would like to thank the many friends, family, caregivers and pastors that have provided support over the years. A private service will be held at a later date with burial at Northeast Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northeast Presbyterian Church to support missions.
William Lyn Claybrook ’54
June 12, 2022
William Lyn, 90, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2022, in Gloucester, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years and mother of his children, Alwayne McClure Claybrook; his second wife Dorothy “Dot” Ryland Garber Claybrook; and son-in-law, William Otis “Billy” Healy. He is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Haigis of Howe, Texas; four children, Karen Hatton and husband, Michael, Steve Claybrook and wife, Dixie, Kathy Healy and Anita Slagle and husband, Dave; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Lyn was born October 24, 1931, in Bolivar, Tennessee to Reverend Lynden and Annie Claybrook. He attended Oneida Baptist Institute in Oneida, Kentucky before matriculating, first to Cumberland College, then graduating with a B.S. from Berea College in Berea, Ky., lettering on the tennis team. It was there he met and married Alwayne McClure of Waynesville, North Carolina. Following military service, Lyn and Alwayne settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked in the restaurant business. Better employment opportunities soon followed in Va. with Va. Electric Power Company (VEPCO), later known as Dominion Resources, which propelled the Claybrook family over the course of Lyn’s very successful career to various locales in Va., including stints in Charlottesville (Crozet), Petersburg (Hopewell), Gloucester and finally to Richmond, where Lyn retired in 1992. Lyn and Alwayne developed cherished and longstanding friendships in each community they lived in. Lyn loved to play tennis and golf and was quite a ping-pong player. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and he enjoyed taking his young family on camping trips. Lyn and Alwayne spent quality time in retirement in Mathews County and Williamsburg, Va. and Waynesville, N.C. After Alwayne’s passing, he moved back to Gloucester, where he met and married Dot Garber. In their 10 years together, Lyn and Dot were big promoters and patrons of the live music scene in Gloucester and the greater Tidewater area. Lyn and Dot were active members of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gloucester Courthouse, where Lyn sang in the choir. Lyn was active in the Baptist church throughout his life. He was an enthusiastic choir member and a deacon in each church he and his family attended and was the volunteer music minister at Crozet Baptist Church. Two private graveside services will be held, one at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, N.C. where Alwayne is laid to rest, and another at Dot’s grave at Bruington Baptist Church in King & Queen County, Va. In memory of Lyn, memorial contributions may be made in Lyn’s name to Berea College at 101 Chestnut Street, Berea, Ky. 40404, or at the following website: https://berea.salsalabs.org/give/index.html. Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory.
Corine Alley Hegwer ’54
Aug. 22, 2022
Corine Hegwer of Duncanville passed away August 22, 2022 due to complications from a fall. Corine was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight (48) years Francis (Sig) Hegwer in 2005.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Gary of Midlothian, her son, Paul and daughter in-law Vicki of Mansfield, her son Karl and daughter in-law Erin of Grand Prairie, and her daughter Jennifer of Duncanville. She was preceded in death by her sisters Gene Copley of Visalia, California and Nell Hite of Anaheim, California.
She is survived by her sister Walda Remler of Carlsbad, New Mexico and her sister Dixie and brother in-law Wayne Robinson of Visalia, California. She had three grandchildren she loved dearly, Megan Gary and Clare and Kate Hegwer.
She was born Esther Corine Alley on August 01, 1934 to John and Ethel Alley near Borderland, Kentucky. Corine grew up along the Tug River dividing Kentucky and West Virginia. Her father worked in the coal mines and farmed to support the family. She graduated from High School at fifteen (15) as class valedictorian having skipped two grades due to lack of students in the grade.
Just after her sixteenth birthday she entered Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and earned a four year bachelor’s degree in office management before turning twenty (20). From there she went to work in Louisville, Kentucky. Corine met her future husband at a boarding house dinner table in Louisville in 1955. Sig and Corine were married on February 02, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
They moved to Mexico, Missouri in 1958 and had all four of their children in Mexico before moving to Longview, Texas in 1969. In 1974 they moved to Duncanville where she lived out the rest of her years. Corine was a partner in life with her husband and they both enjoyed traveling and golf together. She worked at the family business, the House of Parts in Dallas, for many years alongside her husband and then her son Karl and her daughter Jennifer.
Corine was an avid bridge player and very much enjoyed her bridge club friends. She also was very active for many years in the Texas Women’s Golf Association where she made many friends. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. Donations can be made to Berea College at www.berea.edu in lieu of flowers. There will be a get together after the service at Thorntree Country Club in DeSoto.
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Dr. Kenneth D. Israel ’54
May 14, 2022
Kenneth Davidson Israel, PhD, 92, of Candler passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at his home with his son Tim, his “Angel” Ann, and his granddaughter Emily.
Born June 15, 1929 in Asheville, NC, he was a son of the late Lewis Watson Israel and Mary Mable Davidson.
In 1954, he received a B.A. from Berea College in Kentucky where he also met his wife to be, Jewel May Baldock Israel. This was the same year that he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the 322 Signal Battalion in Darmstandt, Germany during the Korean War.
In 1959, he continued his academic career and received a M.A. from George Peabody College for Teachers, and in 1970 he received his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. He had an extensive career in education as he taught in Brevard, NC, San Diego, CA, Dade City, FL, and finally in Jacksonville, FL before retiring in 1990.
He was also a published author for his works such as “The Children of Israel” in 1981, “Joshua Jones of the Misty Blue Mountains” in 2003, and “Stompin’ Around These Here Parts” which he wrote with his late wife and lifelong friend, Chester Hill.
He was a member of Piney Mountain Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Mary-Kate, Frances Irene, and Rosie; brothers, John and Lewis, Jr.; and other special friends and loved ones.
Surviving are his brother, Donald and his wife, Janie; son, Timothy and his wife, Ann and their children, David, Alicia and her husband, Michael, Michael, Justin, Emily and her husband, Corey, Timmy, Blake, Julie, and L.J.; daughter, Susan and her daughter, Betsy; great-grandchildren, Inman, Harley, Sawyer, Mayleigh, Piper, Autumn, Jordan, Sophia, Cassie, Elena, Conner, McKenzi, and Khylar; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including his nephew, Danny Randall.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at: www.penlandfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Penland Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Israel family with arrangements.
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Nancy Hull Kalfsbeek Fd ’54
Aug. 2, 2022
Nancy was born in Berea, Kentucky on September 16, 1936 to Mary and Herschel Hull. She is survived by her daughter Charlyne Parker, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Willie, Anna, Joe, Jayme, Rachel, Kendra, Jenna, Andrea and Edward, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd, parents Mary and Herschel, and children Don, Wayne, and Lynn. The family extends special thanks to loving caregivers Cheryl Villegas and Paula Tapanila. Nancy had a generous giving heart, volunteering at Red Cross for many years typing CPR and First Aid cards and helping with activities at Brookhaven, serving as librarian at Our Redeemer Lutheran School and helping in the library at West Shore Lutheran School and Tanglewood. She taught a senior water exercise class for Orchard View and was a preschool aide at Our Redeemer Lutheran School. She loved to read and play cards. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for decades, transitioning to Trinity Lutheran when Our Redeemer closed. Nancy will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. Arrangements by The Sytsema Chapel of Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, 737 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon, MI 49442. Please feel free share a memory with the family online at www.sytsemafh.com .
Geraldine McGuire Fd ’54
April 2, 2020
Geraldine McGUIRE, 87, of Middletown, Ohio passed away on April 2, 2020. She was born in Middletown, Ohio on March 5, 1933 to Asa Ratliff and Lenora (Nickell) Ratliff. Geraldine attended First Presbyterian Church in Middletown. Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lynn Boyd McGuire in 1996. She is survived by her sons, Scott McGuire and Steve McGuire; grandchildren, Maria, Amanda Christopher, and Megan; and three great grandchildren, Logan, Ethan, and Devin; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Geneva Quinlan, Imogene Short, Juanita Ashcraft; and brothers, Ray, Eugene, Cecil, Asa, and Marlin Ratliff. Family would like to thank Arlington Pointe, Queen City Hospice, Carebridge Palliative Care and Atrium Medical Center. Memorial contributions can be made to a preferred Cancer Research Organization or Queen City Hospice. Funeral Services will be private. Please visit breitenbach-anderson.com to leave online condolence.
Margaret Ann Meeks’54
June 10, 2017
Meeks, Margaret “Maggie” A. (Henderson), passed away on June 10, 2017 after a long illness. She was 81 years old.
The viewing will be held at Memorial Gardens West Funeral Home, 4400 Dixie Highway in Louisville on Sunday, June 18, 2017, 1-6 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, June 19, with interment at 2 p.m.
Maggie is predeceased by her husband, Harold Meeks, Sr., parents Dorsie and Elsie Henderson, and siblings Geneva Thomas, Drusilla Robinson, William “Bill” Henderson, and Freddy Henderson. She is survived by her children, Harold Meeks, Jr. (Dell Boone Meeks), Jerry Meeks, and Darla Meeks, her granddaughter, Melanie Elizabeth Hancock (Kellen Hancock), as well as siblings Helen Bennett, Ruby Caffee, Martin Henderson and Carolyn McFadden.
Man-Chong Wong ’54
May 13, 2022
On May 4, 2022, John Wong unexpectedly passed away peacefully at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Hong Kong on July 31, 1929, one of many siblings. He emigrated to the United States to further his higher education. John received his BS at Berea College, and his PhD from Purdue University. He was an engineer and physicist at IBM for more than 30 years and held several patents. He took early retirement to enjoy life to its fullest.
John was 92 years young. Throughout his life he remained amazingly active and enjoyed traveling with his family. He was an accomplished tennis, golf, and table tennis player. Energetic, big-hearted, and giving, his sunny disposition was infectious. He always had a smile on his face and a wonderful sense of humor. John cared deeply for all those around him, always willing to help. He was beloved by all who knew him, especially by his daughter. He will be greatly missed.
John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Linda Wong, his daughter Beatrice Wong, and her partner Dr. Herschel Lessin, all of Poughkeepsie, along with a multitude of nieces, nephews, and their children, living in the USA, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Calling hours will be held on May 18, 2022, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie followed by interment at the family plot at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in John’s name to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be posted at www.wgmfuneralhome.com
Posted online on May 13, 2022
Betty Parker Johnston ’55
May 13, 2022
Betty L. Parker Johnston, age 90, made the transition to another level of existence on May 13th, 2022. Betty was born in Wilkes County on Parker Farm Rd, to Leslie Spurgeon and Sarah Beatrice Anderson Parker.
She graduated Wilkesboro High in 1950, she then attended Berea College in KY (where she sang Handel’s Messiah for five Christmas’ and an Easter) and got a BA in 1955. After college she moved to Oak Park, IL, where she shared an apartment with her sister-in-law’s mother. She was employed at Oak Park Public Library and while working there obtained a Master’s degree in Library Science at Rosary College in River Forest. In 1958, she moved to Riverside, CA, and worked at Riverside Public Library. She married Delmar Ronk, then became widowed. Later she met and married widower, Bob Johnson, who was in the Air Force stationed at Marchfield and became an instant mother to his 3 children ages 6, 8, and 11. She worked as a social worker. After Bob’s retirement, they moved to Santa Barbara, where she worked as a social worker for disabled clients. In 1977, they moved back to Riverside where she worked in Child Protection Services. In 1989, Betty was chosen to develop a foster parent training program as a pilot project for the state of CA. She prepared a program for foster care licensed applications which she taught for five years. In 1995, she retired, and she and Bob moved to Statesville, NC, where he worked in real estate becoming President of the 900 member group in Riverside. They both loved to travel, and cruised to the Caribbean and Hawaii.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Spurgeon and Sara Beatrice Anderson Parker; brothers, Edward Wayne and William Edsel Parker; husbands: Delmar Burdell Ronk and Robert Johnston, Jr.; and son, Robert G. Johnston III.
A visitation will be held, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 5-5:30 pm at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, with a funeral service to follow at 5:30 pm to honor her life, in the funeral home chapel.
On Thursday, an 11 am funeral service will be held at Fishing Creek Baptist Church, in Wilkesboro, N.C., with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
Bunch-Johnson is honored to be serving the Johnston family.
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Dr. Ernest P. Lane ’55
June 3, 2022
Professor, scholar, traveler, farmer, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather Ernest Paul Lane passed away on June 3, 2022 in Boone, NC. Cared for by family and dedicated staff from Home Instead and Medi Home Health and Hospice, he was able to spend his last weeks in his much-loved home.
Born in Greene County, Tennessee on November 14, 1933 to Fergus and Mabel Lane, Ernest was a direct descendent of Tidence Lane, founder of the first church in what would become the state of Tennessee. His father died while Ernest was still an infant. He was raised by his mother, a school teacher, and an extended family of uncles and aunts.
After graduating from McDonald High School, Ernest attended Berea College where, following the inspiration of his uncle Ernest Preston Lane, he pursued studies in Mathematics. He received his BS from Berea and an MS in Statistics from University of Tennessee.
After completing basic training in the Marine Corps, Ernest returned to Berea as a math teacher where he met his loving wife of 61 years, Shelby. He earned his PhD in Topology from Purdue University. Ernest taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute before joining the faculty of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University in 1970. He retired in 2004 after inspiring over three decades of students.
An avid explorer, Ernest travelled extensively. He taught for a year at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada through a faculty exchange program. He also spent a year teaching at Northeast University in Shenyang, China through ASU’s program. He and his wife were active in welcoming Chinese faculty and students to Boone and ASU for many years after. They sponsored a student from China to come to the USA. Li soon adopted Ernest and Shelby as her “American parents.”
Ernest served on several boards in the area, was a volunteer “drug runner” at the hospital pharmacy at Watauga Medical Center, and an active participant at the Boone United Methodist Church where for many years he served as an usher and baked the communion bread.
He loved spending time at his garden in Cove Creek where every summer he raised bumper crops of beans, corn, potatoes, and tomatoes. He was a hiker and loved the outdoors. Passionate about both US and Chinese history, he could be found reading about his favorite subjects or exploring battlefields and historical landmarks.
Ernest was preceded in death by his father, mother, and his sister, Joan Davis.
He is survived by his wife, his sons, Keith and wife Shelly of Banner Elk, and Preston of Greensboro, Li and husband Jim Hoffman of Yorktown, VA, four grandsons, five great grandchildren, and two nephews.
On Saturday, June 11, the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. prior to a 2 p.m. memorial service at Boone United Methodist Church. The family will gather for an interment at a later date at the Conley Ridge Cemetery in Penland, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jimmy Smith/Bill Paul Endowment at Appalachian State University for Mathematics Education c/o Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc. Advancement Services, Appalachian State University, Box 32014, Boone, NC 28608-2014. Please include endowment fund name on your check.
Eugene Lovely ’55
April 27, 2022
S. Eugene Lovely, 89, of Brevard, passed away April 27, 2022, after a period of declining health.
He was born in LaFollette, Tenn., to G.H. and Mae Lovely. After serving in the United States Navy and attending Berea College, ETSU and UNC-Greensboro, he devoted his career to education. He spent eight years as a teacher and principal in the Virginia Public School System and retired in 1996 after serving as a professor of history for 26 years at Brevard College.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and took great pride in supporting the various interests and educational pursuits of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed following the current political climate, the Carolina Panthers and a good professional wrestling match.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, and by Louise Lovely, his former wife, friend and mother of his children.
He is survived by his three daughters, Darlene Griffin (Dale), Linda Helms (Brent), and Carol Johnston; and three grandchildren, Ben Johnston, Larke Blanton (Jamie), and Claire Griffin. He is also survived by his niece, Emma McCarty (and family); nephew, Thomas Hofstatter (Teresa); and dear friend, esteemed colleague, and morning coffee buddy, Ray Fisher.
Rubynelle Waldrop Thyne ’56
Dr. Harry Ruff White ’56
June 26, 2022
Harry Ruff White, 88, died Sunday afternoon, June 26, in his home surrounded by family. Harry was an Economics Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University where he taught from 1968 until he retired in 1995. He was a Master Gardener through the Jackson County Extension Office. He was active on the Farm Bureau Board where he served as president for many years. And he was a longtime Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Sylva. Harry grew up in Greenbriar County W.V. the fifth child of seven children of the late Robert Chockley White and Anna Blanche Scott White. He graduated from Berea College in Berea, KY in 1956 and served 2 years in the Army in Panama. He later earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Harry is survived by his wife of 62 years Betty Musser White and four children Laura Rust (Les) of Knoxville, TN. Rodger White of Boston, MA. Stephen White of Franklin, NC, and Allen White (Ginny) of Weaverville, NC. Six grandchildren, two brothers Frank White (Sharon) of Lewisburg W.V., David White (Mary) of Richmond VA. and numerous other family members. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Sylva 2:00 p.m. on Friday July 1, 2022. Officiating will be Rev. Blake Daniel, Rev. Dr. Leslie Rust and Rev. Maggie Rust. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Sylva PO Box 2152, Sylva NC 28779. The family would like to thank Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde for taking care of Harry Ruff White. The online register is available at www.smokymountaincremations.com.
Doris Kirk Bailes ’57
April 7, 2022
Doris Ann Kirk Bailes, age 86 passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Dewitt Place in Morristown, Tenn.
Arrangements are pending at this time.
Arrangements by Alder Funeral Home.
Jean Janes ’57
March 28, 2021
Jean Carol Bell Janes, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among American Affinity Peoples in Chile, died March 28, 2021. She was 87.
Janes was born June 4, 1933, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Harry Warner and Mary Nell Thomas Bell. She graduated from Owensboro (Kentucky) Senior High School and received the Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown (Kentucky) College and the Master of Arts from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
She wrote when seeking missionary appointment that she felt drawn to church as a young child and professed faith in Christ as a preteen. As a teen she surrendered to God’s call to full-time Christian service, thinking it might be foreign missions.
While in college, she served as a summer missionary in Alabama and Maryland, experiences that reinforced her calling. The summer before her junior year, she attended student week at Ridgecrest Baptist conference center, where she met Grundy Janes, a ministerial student at Georgetown. Their relationship grew at school and while she taught in Tipp City, Ohio. They were married at Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1956.
Jean taught in Lexington and in Jefferson County, Kentucky, while she and Grundy completed their educational preparation for mission service. The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed them missionaries to Chile in 1966.
The Janeses served as educators at Colegio Bautista in Temuco, Chile, for 30 years. There Jean taught English and was head of the English department. According to Grundy, Jean often said she was happier in a classroom than anywhere else. That God allowed to teach in Chile, meant she was able to live her ideal life, he said.
In Temuco, Jean also worked at First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, teaching Sunday School and working especially with the Young Women’s Auxiliary (now Acteens and Women on Mission). In that role, he said, she became a mentor to many young women in Chile.
The Janeses served there about 30 years before retiring and returning to the United States, living in Louisville, Kentucky, and more recently in Saint Augustine, Florida.
At Highland Baptist Church, where the Janeses were members, the Jean Janes Global Women Group is named for Jean.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Grundy, of Saint Augustine; two sons, Robert Grundy Janes (Benny) of Saint Augustine and Thomas Warner Janes (Amanda) of Leesburg, Va.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Judith M. Parrish
Spouse of Gerald Parrish ’57
Nov. 1, 2020
Dr. Richard Kelley Bowling ’58
June 18, 2022
Richard Kelley Bowling, DDS, of Virginia Beach, VA, who was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on June 18, 2022 at 85 years of age. He was the son of the late Arthur M. and Adelaide Bowling of Logan, WV. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Gail Bowling, and daughter, Leigh Anne Bowling, JD, LLM, both of whom live in Virginia Beach, VA; his son, Scott Matthew Bowling of Fletcher, NC; his son, James Ethan Bowling, together with his wife, Kimberly Mays Bowling, and their children, Lauren Elise and Maddox Bowling; and a dear cousin, Linda Croff, of St. Augustine, FL. Dr. Bowling attended Logan High School in Logan, WV and Berea College in Berea, KY before he became the first graduate of the first dental school class of the West Virginia University Dental School in Morgantown, WV in 1961. After marrying in 1961 he spent 4 years in the Air Force as a dentist serving border radar sites in North Dakota and Montana before earning the rank of Captain at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Missouri. In 1965 Dr. Bowling joined the late Dr. Leonard Barber in a joint dental practice in Hendersonville, NC and later established his own dental practice there on Fleming Street where he served his community until his retirement in 1999. He took much pride in his dental practice and truly valued his patient and professional relationships. Dr. Bowling was an active member of Hendersonville’s First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, a bass vocalist in the Worship Choir and the Singing Saints, and a member of the Tom Wilson Bible Fellowship Class. He sang in the church’s well-known production of Handel’s “Messiah” for over 30 years. He also helped to establish a Weight-Lifting Program at First Baptist Family Life Center in the 1970’s. Dr. Bowling joined other church members on mission trips to Scotland, Mexico, and Kentucky. He was a member of the Rotary Club for several years and a volunteer at the Hendersonville Free Dental Clinics. Dr. Bowling was an avid outdoorsman who spent time hunting, fishing, and hiking. Dr. Bowling and his wife moved to the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach in 2017 due to his health issues, and he was admitted to the Arden Courts memory facility in 2020 where he resided until his passing. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11:00am at Hendersonville’s First Baptist Church. Memorial donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for research related to the cure of Parkinson’s Disease or to the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic at www.brfdc.org . To leave a condolence for the family of Dr. Bowling, please click on “Post a Condolence” below this obituary.
Edwina Ward Burton ’58
April 8, 2022
Obituary of Rev. Edwina Madison Burton My Life in My Words Edwina Madison Ward BurtonIf you are reading this, it means that you have outlived me and are attending my funeral or have been given a copy of my funeral program. I have always liked to do things my way and though it is different, I have decided to write my own obituary. Bear with me and I promise not to take too much poetic license or make myself look too good. I was born March 19, 1937 (the day before Daddy’s birthday), in Welch, WV, the second child of Edward Madison Ward, Jr. and Grace Josephine (Armstead) Ward. My sister, Joyce, was 23 months old and my parents were hoping for a boy to be named Edward III, instead I was named Edwina Madison Ward. An inquisitive child, my first word was probably “why.” Intuitively, I knew that reading would help me find answers. After always going to different family members asking that they read to me, my mother finally taught me to read when I was five years old, hence igniting my love for reading. My schools were Welch Dunbar Jr. High (grades 1 through 9) and Kimball High. While a good student and usually at the head of my class, I often irritated my teachers as my favorite word continued to be “why.” Nevertheless, my drive and desire to learn led me to graduating as valedictorian from both junior and senior high schools. I attended Berea College in Berea, KY where we had about 15 Blacks in a student body of 1500. There, I was exposed to persons of other races who had been raised with different values than my own. After three years at Berea, I made the decision to leave and went to Columbus, OH where I began work at a military installation. There I met George Burton (Burt) and after six months of dating we married on September 6, 1958. Two years later our daughter, Paula Ann, was born. In 1963, Burt was transferred from Ft Hayes, OH to Hawaii. With this journey we had several firsts -our first time to drive to the west coast, our first time to sleep in hotels, our first time on a ship, our first time living in and learning a new culture. I loved being a military wife! From Hawaii we went to Ft Huachuca, AZ, which is about 60 miles from the Mexican border. After four years we went to Okinawa and were again living in a new culture. I can still see the laundry man laughing when he came by my house to get our laundry, because I always had the Japanese/English dictionary in my hands trying to communicate with him. I recall the day I was lost at the local bakery and the relief I felt when I saw the US Military Police drive up, as it would be tragic to be both lost and hungry. While in Okinawa, Burt had a stroke, and we were air evacuated back to the states. I was barely 34 years old, and my days were spent with people suffering from injuries or sickness and having conversations with their families. Once it had been determined that Burt was to be medically discharged from the service, we decided to settle in Denver and started the adjustment to civilian life. The years passed and we became accustomed to Burt’s being in a wheelchair. One night I looked at him and knew something was wrong. I took him to Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and a week later he fell into a coma for six months and two days before passing on September 27, 1984. I can only say that it was the most difficult time of my life. I felt as though I had been married three times: the young man in my wedding, the man in the wheelchair and the man in a coma. For the next two years I remembered my desire to be a minister when I was 16. I called my mother about going into the ministry, and after 30 plus years of thinking about it, I quit my job in September 1986 and started the path to ordination. At the Iliff School of Theology, I earned a Master of Divinity Degree. After many years, I learned what it was like to be last. I was the last person in my class to be given an appointment. I knew it was because I was a woman and Black. Upon being asked by the Bishop and District Superintendent how I would handle a cross racial appointment, I told them that I was not going alone. God would be with me!! For 10 years, I served in full-time ministry at Niwot United Methodist Church (UMC) thus becoming the first African American (AA) woman pastor in a cross-racial appointment and the first AA woman to be ordained an elder in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the UMC. I have many fond memories of my parishioners and our journey together as followers of Christ. It was a match made in heaven! After retiring I moved from Boulder back to Littleton to be near my daughter and granddaughter, Edwina. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” is how I felt about my granddaughter. She and I would have “Edwina” days. I’d take her to the grocery store and show her how to select fruits and vegetables but more importantly, how to determine when a sale was really a sale. The one thing I wanted was to live to see her graduate from high school. Not only did I do that, but I saw her graduate from college too! After she graduated, I returned to and enjoyed the life of a retiree. I did water walking until getting sick in 2016. I recovered but had to slow down on my activities. I still walked (or as Ann said “staked out”) in Walmart every day for an hour to get some exercise but at a slower pace. I continued to enjoy reading, writing, singing, traveling and watching old Western shows. Above all else I enjoyed being with family and friends. Whether you are a family or friend, you held an important place in my life. For that I am thankful, and I love each of you. Edwina Madison Ward Burton died April 8, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Burton; her parents, Edward and Grace Ward; and sister, Joyce Mills. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Ann Burton; granddaughter, Edwina Burton (Jessi); sister, Carolyn Pace; nephew, Edward Mills, Sr (Renee); niece, Victoria Thompson (Alec); great-nephews, Edward Mills, Jr (Kara), Evan Mills, and a host of cousins and friends. To the family or plant a tree in memory of Rev. Edwina Burton, please visit Tribute Store
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Jewell Lee Cardwell Field ’58
June 11, 2022
Jewell Cardwell Field December 29, 1935 June 11, 2022In tribute to a gifted scholar, devoted wife, exceptional homemaker and mother, inspiring Classics and Latin teacher, generous philanthropist, great lover of nature, and a true and honest friend, we fondly remember the life and accomplishments of Jewell C. Field. Jewell was preceded in death by spouse, Paul E. Field; father, James Cardwell; mother, Rutha Cardwell; brother, Arville Cardwell; and great-grandson, Theodore Garland. Jewell is survived by sisters, Iva Griffith and Diane Herrell; brother, James Cardwell; children, Sylvia Biondich, Paul (Randy) Field, and Thomas Field; children-in-law, Pete Biondich, Angie Field and Kelly Field; and grandchildren, Karen Garland, Joe Biondich, Brittney Kouskouris, Gunner Nelson, Zachary Nelson, and Megan Nelson.” The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” CiceroIn lieu of flowers, Jewell has requested donations to Shawsville Rescue Squad, PO Box 14, Shawsville, VA 24162 or Elliston Fire Department, 5001 Enterprise Dr., Elliston, VA 24087
William T. Gilpin ’58
Aug. 4, 2019
William Thomas Gilpin age 85, of Liberty, KY passed away on Sunday August 4th, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Gilpin, KY on October 29th, 1933 a son of the late William Clyde Gilpin and Mattie Frances Gilpin.
William was a Retired U.S. Postal Worker, a Retired Kentucky Air National Guardsman and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
William was the widower of Kathryn Atwood Gilpin who passed away on February 9th, 2010.
Survivors include: Two Sons: Jonathan and (Holly) Gilpin of Lexington, KY and Stuart and (Sarah) Clements of Liberty, One Daughter: Melissa Dudley of Liberty, Three Grandchildren: Grace Clements-Ray, Molly Dudley and Clara Gilpin and One Sister: Emogene Brummitt of Florida.
Preceding him in death besides his parents and spouse was One Brother: Gerald S. Gilpin.
Visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday August 6th, 2019 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday August 6th, 2019 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Homer Hecht officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery with Military Rites performed by the Casey County Honor Guard.
Ernest L. Smith ’58
Sept. 13, 2019
Ernest Leroy Smith, 83, of Corbin (formerly of Lakewood, Colorado), passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at Baptist Health Lexington.
Born September 24, 1935, in Corbin, he was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Smith. In 1953, Ernest graduated from Corbin High School. He later served in the U.S. Army. Most of his working career was with the Western Area Power Administration as a geologist.
He attended Steele’s Chapel Christian Church.
In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary.
He leaves behind his son, Ernie Smith and wife, Jane; grandson, Tyler Smith; and brother, Bill Smith and wife Shirley. He is also survived by several cousins, other relatives, and numerous friends, in both Corbin and Colorado. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andrew Darden officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Steele’s Chapel Christian Church 2376 Fifth Street RD Corbin, KY 40701.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.hartfhcorbin.com.
Published on September 16, 2019
Mary Francis Denton ’59
Aug. 17, 2018
Mary Francis Cox Denton, age 80 of Elmira, NY was born July 28, 1938 in Dandridge, TN. She was the daughter of Lenial Cox and Inis (Haynes) Cox. She passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was predeceased by her loving and devoted husband of 54 years, Harold Denton. She was also predeceased by her brother, Lenial Cox. Mary is survived by her sister, Trudie (Bob) DeSanto, Fountain Hills, AZ; sister, Judy (Jarrett) Lawson, Russellville, TN; brother-in-law, Leonard (Vicki) Knickerbocker, Nelson, PA; sister-in-law, Victoria (Joel) Cumberledge, Knoxville, PA; along with several nieces and nephews. Mary and Harold were devoted to their family and friends, always there for them whenever possible, even if it meant driving many miles to support them. Mary was an Army veteran. She also worked for many years for Sears at the Arnot Mall, Big Flats. She was an active member of the following groups: Rebekah Lodge, Red Hats, and Eastern Star. Mary was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church in Elmira, NY. She also enjoyed the Elmira Pioneers, and seldom missed a game prior to her passing.
Weldon Haddix ’59
Nov. 13, 2021
Mr. John Weldon Haddix age 85 of Albany, Kentucky passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at The Medical Center of Albany, in Albany, Kentucky. He was an Army Veteran, owner of Haddix Gas and Electric, and also Weldon Haddix Funeral Home.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Pryse Roberts and Lola (Campbell) Haddix, son, John Roberts “Rob” Haddix, brother, Walton Ray “Chip” Haddix, nephew, Patrick Haddix.
He is survived by his daughter, Lora Elizabeth Haddix of Berea, Kentucky, sister-in-law, Lala (Beaty) Haddix, nephews, Barry (& Charlotte) Haddix of Somerset, Kentucky, Kevin Haddix of Albany, Kentucky, great-nephew, Steven (& Brandi) Haddix, great-niece, Taryn L. Haddix.
Bro. Phillip Nevius will be officiating with help from Alan Gibson, Barry Haddix, and Sheriff Jeff Vincent.
Mr. Haddix had chose cremation and his remains will be buried in the Craig Cemetery at a later date.
Bonnie F. Smith Keith Fd ’59
Sept. 27, 2019
Bonnie Faye Keith, age 78, of Owenton, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Born December 29, 1940 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Bud and Mae Burton Smith and preceded by several brothers and sisters. Bonnie loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as ‘Grandma’ and ‘Gaga’. She was an avid UK Fan, especially basketball and enjoyed playing cards.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Steve (Kim) Hawkins, Vicki Hawkins Melford, Chris Keith and Doyle (Teresa) Keith; her grandchildren, Ashley Roberts, Nathaniel Keith, Brittany, Daniel, and Lindsey Melford and Carson and Chloe Keith; her great grandchildren, Claxton, Audrey, Ava, Jade and Kinsley and her siblings, Marie Smith Hall and Paul Smith.
McDonald & New Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements. Family will receive friends at the Main Street location on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 11 am until 2 pm. Funeral services will follow at 2 pm with burial in New Columbus Cemetery.
Nancy Due Johnson ’60
July 4, 2022
Nancy Johnson passed away peacefully in her home after a long battle with cancer on July 4th,2022. Nancy was born March 2, 1938 in Covington, Ky and the daughter of William and Viola Due. Nancy is now reunited with her parents and sisters Charlotte Kay (Due) Brandt and Marion Carol Due in our Lords home. Nancy was a 1955 graduate of Beechwood High School and a 1960 graduate of Berea College. She was married to Robert T. Johnson in 1962 and they were married for 45 years until his death in 2007. She was an Executive Secretary for the majority of her working career but her favorite job was working at Disney with her husband when they lived in Florida. She was an avid reader, loved working in her flower garden and watching the birds outside her window. She was also a true dog lover and supported many shelters in the local area, one of which she found her best 4 legged friend, BoBoNancy is survived by her son Robert Scott Johnson of Raleigh, N.C, her sister, JoAnn Cox of Edgewood, Ky, nieces Marion Bertke and Shannon Cox and nephew Shawn Cox. Great nephews Josh and Jacob Bertke and great niece Kaitlyn CoxA Memorial will be held on Monday, July 11,2022 at Highlands Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Ky at 2:30pm in the Chapel. All family and friends are welcome to join. In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations in memory of Nancy be sent to the Boone County Animal Shelter( 5643 Idlewild Rd. Burlington, Ky 41005) or the American Cancer Society ( 297 Buttermilk Pike Ft. Mitchell, Ky 41017).
J. Ellen Presnell Fd ’60
Feb. 29, 2020
Mrs. Julia Ellen Presnell McGrew, age 78 of Banner Elk, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ellen was born in Banner Elk, N.C. on December 6, 1941, to the late Edd and Nettie Hicks Presnell. She lived the majority of her life in the beautiful mountains of Watauga County. She attended high school at Berea Foundation School in Berea, KY. In the early 1960’s, she worked at Camp Yonahlossee where she taught weaving.
Ellen met and married Bill on July 14, 1962. She and Bill moved their family to southern Indiana in the early 1980’s for two years where they made many life-long friends. They returned to Watauga County in 1982.
Ellen was a member of Presnell’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She worked a few small jobs, but was primarily a homemaker, raising her four daughters.
She was preceded in death this year by her husband, Billy Wayne McGrew. Also she was preceded in death by her sister Lucille McGrew and her brother Baxter Presnell.
She is survived by four daughters; Billie Proctor and husband Ed of Tarboro, Melinda Whitmire and husband Scott of Easley, S.C., Reita Pearson and husband Johnny of Banner Elk, and Susie Hepler and husband Raymond of Lexington, N.C. She is also survived by grandchildren Aaron and Cameron Effoe of Lexington, KY., Silas and Joanna Whitmire of Easley, S.C., Calvin and Ellie Hepler of Lexington, N.C., and Noah Pearson of Banner Elk. She is survived by one sister, Marthana Ward of Banner Elk, and number of nieces and nephews also survive her including a very special niece, Deanne Atwood and husband Kevin.
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Ellen Presnell McGrew will be conducted Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Presnells Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Elder John Jackson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Presnell Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, one hour prior to the services from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Presnell’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in c/o Elder John Jackson, 1103 Tom Jackson Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McGrew family.
Julia Hale Tolliver ’60
Dec. 18, 2020
On Dec. 18, 2020 Julia Hale Tolliver, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 82. Julia was born in Jenkins, Kentucky on August 23, 1938 to Jesse and Sophie Hale. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Berea College in Kentucky. Julia was married to James E. Tolliver on May 5, 1962 and moved to Fairborn where they raised two daughters. Julia was a teacher for 30 years at Tecumseh High School where she taught classes in sewing, cooking, marriage and family. Julia was an extremely talented seamstress and enjoyed expressing her creativity through crafting and gardening. She loved her flowers, and they loved her. She was strong in her faith and steadfast in her belief in the Lord. Her family was her passion. She found immeasurable joy just being with her grandchildren and counted it as the most precious blessing in her life. She was strong and funny and always found a way to lift up others when they needed it. She was simply an amazing person. Julia was survived by her daughters, Jenny Tolliver Boney (Doug Boney) and Jessica Tolliver Smith, as well as her grandchildren, Shelby MacGregor, Rees Williams, Sierra Boney and Kayla Smith. Julia was preceded in death by her husband James E. Tolliver. Family will receive friends 11:00-1:00 Wednesday December 23 , 2020 at Morris Sons Funeral Home , 104 W Main St
Fairborn . Graveside services 1:30pm at Byron Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to morris-sons.com
Robert B. Bennette ’61
Nov. 8, 2021
Gibsonville Robert “Bob” Bruce Bennette, 82 went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 8, 2021. He was a native of Lanham, Maryland, and the son of the late Chester Bruce Bennette and Margaret Gibson Bennette. He was the husband of over 60 years to Carol Greene Bennette who survives. Bob joined the US Army, the week after he and his wife got married and continued to serve in the Army Reserve. He was a dedicated and active member of Apple’s Chapel since 1974, when they moved to Gibsonville, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and in other leadership roles. He retired from Lucent Technologies after 35 years of working as a purchasing agent. He was a volunteer fireman with Fire District 28, where he also served on the board of directors for over 42 years. He served as part of the Gideons International for over 25 years as well as was a member of the American Legion. Bob was a generous contributor to many charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, CBN Christian Broadcasting Networking and many more. Bob enjoyed spending time at car shows, showing off his 1947 Ford Truck, boating, but most importantly being with his family and beloved pets. He is survived by his wife, Carol Bennette; twin daughters, Darla Sprague and husband, Jeff; Marla Hurley and husband, Glen; grandchildren, Austin Sprague, Caleb Sprague and Wesley Hurley; sisters-in-law, Carol Ann Bennette and Shirley Jane Ulaki, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, James Bennette and John Furey. The memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 2:00pm Friday, November 12, 2021 at Apple’s Chapel by Rev. Dave Johnson and Rev. C. Allen Myers III. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:45pm at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bob’s honor to either: Apples Chapel, Gideons International or your local volunteer fire department.
Rev. Charles L. Bowyer ’61
May 5, 2022
Pauline Hunt Flores ’61
March 4, 2018
Pauline Hunt Flores, 79, of Groveland, FL passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018. She was born on December 1, 1938 in Sunshine, NC, daughter of Zeno Moten and Nancy (nee Hennessee) Hunt. She was a resident of Groveland for the past 17 years, previously living in W. Monroe, LA. She was a school teacher and member of First United Methodist Church, Clermont.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ernest; daughter, Deborah D. Cooper; son, David Alan Daniel; step-daughters, Jennifer Matteson, Carla Flores and Sara Aminzadeh; grandchildren, Alexandria Cooper and Sydney Cooper; niece, Yvonne Hayes and great niece, Kim.
Elizabeth Holthaus Fd ’57, ’61
Nov. 28, 2020
Liz was born April 29, 1938 in Tallassee, AL to Rudaer & Lillian (Peacock) Nelson. She married Tom Holthaus on October 24, 1970 in Lexington, KY and the couple traveled around the United States until residing in the St. Cloud area for the past 30 years. Liz worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in Lexington, KY, and then for a travel agency for many years. She was a very active member of Beta Sigma Phi. Liz enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling, gardening and watching the Twins and Vikings. She was an avid card player and was the queen of smear! Liz had a quiet way about her, yet you always knew what was on her mind as she never minced words, she told it as she saw it. She enjoyed entertaining, especially her annual Kentucky Derby Parties, they were a huge hit with neighbors, friends and family. She enjoyed watching the many types of birds frequenting her many bird feeders. She loved animals (especially dogs) and the beautiful sunsets on the river during her winters spent in Orange Beach, AL.
Survivors include her husband, Tom of Sauk Rapids; daughter, Diane (Clark) McKinley of Franklin, AL; granddaughter, Ann McKinley of Franklin, AL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ralph and Bill; sisters, Lois and Mary Nelson.
Thelma Miller Klich ’61
Aug. 13, 2022
Thelma Kilch, unexpectedly departed this world from the home she loved to be with her savior, Jesus Christ on August 13, 2022.
Thelma was born in Appalachia in North Carolina. She used to say she was poor but didn’t know it because everyone there was poor. Back to school shopping often consisted of picking out the seed sack that her mom would stitch into a dress.
Her grandmother had an ice house she used to sneak into in the summer. Family dinner was every Sunday on the farm where the large family would eat and sing together. After she moved away she said Sundays without family get-togethers were the loneliest times of the week.
Despite the challenges, she was a good student. Her teachers recognized this and recommended her to Berea College, where she graduated with a full scholarship. She moved to Hampton, where she taught sixth grade.
She met her future husband Jerry on a blind date. At the time, she decided she wasn’t going to go out with him again because he abandoned her to watch the big game with a friend. Then he wisely sent her a Valentine’s Day card and won her over. They married on Boxing Day, 1964.
They had two boys, Brent and Brock.
She was a dedicated stay-home mom in the ’70s. That’s when grocery shopping meant clipping coupons from every grocery store in town. Finding the best price was a lifelong sport. Dinner hit the table every night at 5 p.m. Jerry ate leftovers for lunch. Every. Single. Day.
For years, they shuttled the boys to soccer games all over Virginia with never a complaint. When they were in high school, the family started a Christmas tree lot to save for college. She used her craft skills to make popular wreathes and garland from broken limbs. As in life, waste was always discouraged.
Jesus always came first for her. She loved her church family. She spent many days playing her piano and singing the hymnal cover to cover.
She never feared COVID because she said she just left it in the Lord’s hands. It was fitting that the sheet music for “Jesus is Calling Me Home” was on the piano when she died.
Among the last words Jerry said before he died were “Thelma is the most perfect person he had ever met.” Few who knew her would disagree.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church, 11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, Va. 23114, on August 21, at 1:30 p.m.
Please send donations in lieu of flowers in her memory to St. Mark’s.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Aug. 18, 2022.
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Barbara Kathleen Prince ’61
Aug. 19, 2022
Barbara Kathleen King Prince, age 84 of Draper passed away Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Radford Health and Rehab Center. Born May 25, 1938 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Oscar King and Lucille Hale King. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lawrence Prince and one brother, Elwood “Woody” King. She was a member of the Max Creek Baptist Church in Draper, Virginia. She was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and received her double master’s degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Mrs. Prince was a retired schoolteacher with Atholton Elementary in Howard County, Maryland. She is survived by Son Terry Charles (Sara Margaret) Prince Draper Daughter Tammy Teresa Osborn Mooresville, NC Grandchildren Charles Lawrence Prince, II, and Vann Tyler Prince Sisters Dorothy Sutton, Sylvia Long and Wanda Ulmer Funeral Services will be held Saturday, 12:00 noon., August 27, 2022 at the Max Creek Baptist Church, Draper. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 am until the service begins at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in the Max Creek Church Cemetery, Draper. To sign her online guestbook, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family
Alice Caswell Statham ’61
Aug. 18, 2022
Alice E. Caswell Statham passed away on August 18, 2022 in Galesburg, Illinois. She was born to Willard and Esther Caswell on July 15, 1938 in Gray, Maine. She attended school in Gray, Maine and graduated from Pennell Institute in 1957. Alice went on to further her education at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. On August 8, 1959, she married the love of her life, Dr. Hershel W. Statham in Gray, Maine. Together they had two sons, H. Wayne Statham of Galesburg, Illinois and Bradford C. Statham of Champaign, Illinois. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Stearns Caswell, Charles Caswell, and Robert Caswell. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dr. Hershel W. Statham; her sons, H. Wayne Statham (and Luan) and Bradford C. Statham; her grandchildren, Zachary W. Statham and Natalie M. (and Kevin) Aschbrenner; one great-grandson; a brother, Claude Caswell; and her sister, Catherine Hickson. Alice spent her years being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and was extremely proud to wear all of those titles. She will be greatly missed by her devoted family and friends. Cremation will be accorded. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to DD Homes Network. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com .
Bobbie Asher Baker ’62
June 8, 2020
Bobbie Jean (Asher) Baker, age 78, of Greenfield, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. She was born in Harland County, Kentucky on July 3, 1941 to Carl M. and Lillian O. (Sippel) Asher. She graduated from high school in 1958 and received her associates from Berea College in Kentucky. She married Norman E. Baker on August 12, 1960 in Indianapolis.
She was a real estate agent for many years. Bobbie was a charter member of Inpaws and a member of the Navy Wives Club. She was the past president of Glen Oakes Flower and Henry County Homemakers Club. She won grand champion ribbon for her stargazer lily in the Glen Oaks Flower Show. Bobbie was also a Brownie Scout Leader. She enjoyed poetry, music, and gardening.
Bobbie is survived by her husband, Norman Baker; daughter, Amie Elizabeth (Baker) Oakes and her husband, Mark E. Oakes; grandchildren, Jeremy E. Oakes and Rachel N. Allison; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Oakes, Carter Allison, and Lila Allison; and brothers, Carl L. Asher and James R. Asher. She was preceded in death by her parents, aunts and uncles.
Dr. Carl H. Boatright ’62
Peggy Wilkerson Boatright ’62
Jan. 28, 2021
Peggy Justine Boatright was born on April 9, 1939 and passed away on January 28, 2021 and is under the care of Fairhaven Memorial Services.
Ernest Clyde Bourne, Jr. Fd ’59, ’62
Jan. 5, 2022
Ernest Clyde Bourne died on Jan. 5, 2022, from complications due to COVID-19, cutting short a life blessed by family and faith. He was 80 and lived a wonderful life.
Ernie, the son of Ernest Clyde Bourne and Helen Bailey Stowers, was born on April 10, 1941, in Princeton, W.Va. Ernie lost his father at age 16 and quickly had to navigate life as the man of the house. He put himself through school and graduated from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. He then forged a successful career in three areas – investment banking, pharmaceuticals and finally real estate. He began his career as an investment banker working for Reynolds & Co. in New York before setting out on his own by founding a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm, Bourne & Co. Following the sale of Bourne & Co., he served on the board and as President of King Pharmaceuticals International (now a subsidiary of Pfizer), where he made memories traveling the world and doing what he truly loved – making deals.
While living in Charlotte, N.C., he was a devoted member of Calvary Church. Given his love of the water, boating and warm weather, he relocated to Palm Beach, Florida, in 2001, where he was an active real estate investor on the island. Ernie had a tight-knit group of lifelong friends from all walks of life. Some of his best friends were people he met casually at a restaurant, job site or church. He had endless energy, a sharp wit and was never one to pass up an airport pickup of a “Northern” visitor friend to the island. Ernie always had a story to tell, a deal to structurally ponder and a hand to lend. Three weeks before his passing, he was out with friends at dinner at the Sailfish Club followed by his usual meeting spot for an early prayer breakfast at TooJays Deli.
Ernie filled his life with meaning and fun – family, his church, friends, and many good times.
Faith and good were at the heart of Ernie’s life. He was an active member of The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and founding member of the Bourne Foundation. He traveled to Guatemala, Africa, India, Colombia, Israel and the Middle East on mission trips to serve those in need.
Ernie is survived by two sons – Banks Bourne and his wife, Molly Whitehurst Bourne, and Benjamin Bourne, all of Charlotte; and two grandchildren (Banks’ and Molly’s kids), Fairbanks and Mary Pope, both of Charlotte; and his beloved niece and nephew, Julie Penturff Gelb and Pepper Penturff, of Leesburg, Fla.
A private service to celebrate his life will be held at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, 141 South County Road, Palm Beach, when his Church and family deem it safe for all who wish to attend. A reception will follow at the Sailfish Club.
The family is deeply grateful for the care and kindness shown by all his caregivers, particularly those in his final days at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla.
Dr. Emanuel H. Rader ’62
May 25, 2022
Emanuel H. (Doc) Rader of Pineville passed away peacefully May 25, 2022, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Clay Rader and Martha Fields Rader; sisters, Mary Susan Spencer, Martha Frances Duncan, and Cora Duncan; brothers Abraham Rader and Bill Rader; and son Gregory Neil (Greg) Rader. Emanuel was born October 30, 1937 in Duck Fork, Owsley County, Kentucky. He excelled in school, winning a bible for memorizing over 300 New Testament verses, and deciding in elementary school that he wanted to be a doctor, after seeing his brother come home with a shiny cast and a sucker after breaking his leg. He graduated high school at age 16. (He would have graduated at 15, but he went back a year when he couldn’t figure out how to work his high school locker.) Despite his young age, he managed to join the army, where he served for three years, before being accepted to Berea College, where he worked as a barber and in the dairy to finance his education. Emanuel was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky Medical School, graduating in 1967, only after taking a semester off to run moonshine, to pay for his father’s cancer surgery. He used the money from the Army GI Bill to build his parents a house. After medical school he completed his internship at St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville. Doc set up practice in Pineville, July 1, 1968 as a family physician, treating patients from birth to grave. He delivered countless babies and saw thousands of patients, only missing one day of work in 40 years of practice. Emanuel was active in his community, serving as the long-time chair of the Bell County Republican Party, Trustee and Executive Committee member with the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), President of the Bell County Medical Society, member of the Kentucky Educational Medical Political Action Committee (KEMPAC), various roles on the board of Pineville Community Hospital and Chief of Staff, and as Chairman of the Bell County Health Board, where he helped secure funding for the new Health Department. He established the Frakes Clinic and the school nurse program, which placed one RN in every school in Bell County. Doc also served as a faculty member for the University of Kentucky Family Practice and Allied Health Professions and an instructor for their Physicians Assistant Program. He was awarded the Pineville Rotary Club’s Man of the Year in 1999. Doc had a passion for sports, coaching men’s, women’s and Little League Softball, from the Raiders, to the Raiderettes, to Doc’s Girls, to the Peaches, and he enjoyed thoroughbred racing and handicapping, owning stake in several horses. He loved serving as team doctor for both Pineville and Bell County, but was especially proud of his Bobcat State Championship ring. After a long and busy career, Doc retired in 2008 and spent most of his time at his favorite getaway, Norris Lake, where he spent well-earned quality time with family, playing cards and beating everyone in Rummy and Rook. He was brought great joy in his final years by his three youngest grandchildren, his “Sugarpoppy” Carrigan Tulloss, his namesake Keene Emanuel Wilson, and his Princess Lakelynn Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sherwin (Williams) Rader; children, Stephen (Steve) Rader, Celena Tulloss (Scott), and Tasia Wilson (Joey); nine grandchildren; brother, Henry Clay Rader (Gloria); and sisters, Lucy M. Sharp, Leeova Barrow, and Cathy Phipps. The Rader family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Shawn Fugate, Sarah Mills PA, and the entire staff of Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center. Memorial donations are appreciated and can be made payable to Bell County Little League, in care of Kristy Burnett at First State Financial of Pineville, or mailed to PO Box 1395, Pineville, KY, 40977. Funeral services will be at 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the First Baptist Church in Pineville with Rev. Todd Miracle and Coach Dudley Hilton presiding. Music will be provided by Shari Woods Knuckles. Private burial will follow at a later date in the Pineville Memorial Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his Pineville Community Hospital colleagues, Dr. Steven Morgan, Dr. Talmadge Hayes, Dr. Jerry Woolum, John Nunn, Bruce Nunn, Derek Jones, and his nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:30 PM until the funeral hour at the First Baptist Church. Arnett Steele Funeral Home and Cremation Center is honored to serve the Rader Family. of remembrance and sign the guest register at www.arnettsteele.com.
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David B. Bobbitt ’63
May 11, 2022
David Bobbitt’s passing on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 has been publicly announced by Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium in Batesburg-Leesville, SC.
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Mary Rose Deaton Fd ’63
Feb. 25, 2022
Judith Myers Rose ’63
July 17, 2022
Judith Gail Rose, 81 years of age, passed early on Sunday, July 17th at Tennova Healthcare Turkey Creek Medical Center.
Judy was born March 28, 1941, in Williamson, West Virginia, to the late Hazel Louise Newman and Thomas Willis Myer, the fourth of five children, two of whom proceeded her in death. Judy completed Belfry High School as Salutatorian, was the first in her family to achieve higher education, where she supported herself through college and became a licensed dietician following her education from Berea College in Kentucky.
Judy married the love of her life and partner in love, Roger Wayne Rose, in 1965 and progressed to live a life filled with love for her family and the Lord. Judy retired from Indiana State Board of Health as the Director of Community Nutrition for the state of Indiana in 2004. She and Wayne moved to East Tennessee in 2006 where they joined Kingston United Methodist Church. She loved working in the church and cherished praising the Lord and helping others by working with Angel Food deliveries and the Clothes Closet.
Judy was very active as a Master Gardener, quilting aficionado, horse enthusiast, and personal cook, always providing food for family and friends in need. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, and friend, always thinking of others first. To know her was to be impressed with how generous a person could truly be.
Judy leaves to cherish her loving memory her devoted husband Wayne, 2 sisters Drema (Don) Morris of Lenoir City and Loretta Trout of Sunbury, Ohio, multiple nieces, nephew, grand nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be Sunday, July 31, at 4 p.m. at Kingston United Methodist Church with visitation and a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, and at Judy’s request, memorials may be sent to Kingston United Methodist Church, PO Box 248, Kingston, TN 37763, or to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404. Kyker Funeral Home of Kingston is serving the Rose Family.
Carl Emerson Wilson ’64
Nov. 27, 2021
Carl Emerson Wilson, 78, passed away from this life Saturday, November 27, 2021, at his home in Fuquay-Varina, NC. A Celebration of Life will be held on December 18,2021 at 1:00 PM at the home.
Carl was born March 18, 1943, to George and Gladys Wilson of Williamson, WV. Carl attended Berea College in Kentucky, and Marietta College in Ohio where he earned a degree in chemistry. Carl retired as the Section Manager of Polymerization Optimization at GE Plastics in Washington, WV after more than 30 years of work. He was a member of East Williamson Baptist Church, Williamson, WV.
Carl is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara (Keck) Wilson, their children: Carol (Becky) Wilson, Kevin (Gwen) Wilson, and Kathy (Eric) Seymour. One brother, Roy (Pat) Wilson; seven grandchildren who he adored: Holly, Shane and Josey Wilson and Jacquelyn, Victoria, Mark, and Timothy Seymour; and Aunt Florida. He loved and was loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials in his name may be made to Harnett Food Pantry, P.O. Box 2084, Lillington, NC 27546.
Ruth Anne Hopkins Zajdel Fd ’64
Aug. 18, 2022
Ruth Ann (“Ruthie”) Hopkins Zajdel, 75, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022, at her residence in Nashville, TN, after more than a year with glioblastoma. She was born September 29, 1946, in Fredville, KY to the late Harlan and Leora Vanderpool Hopkins. She attended Salyersville High School and graduated in 1964 from the Berea College Foundation School. Ruth earned her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in 1968 and her master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. She taught at Southeastern High School prior to teaching for several years as a tenured faculty member at Ohio University Chillicothe. Ruth was a dedicated wife and mother. Family, students, friends, and neighbors knew her for her kindness and generosity. She loved to read and enjoyed spending time with family. Ruth is survived by her husband of 57 years, John A. Zajdel, as well as sons John H. Zajdel and Dr. Joseph Zajdel, all of Nashville, TN. Also surviving are an older sister, Evelyn Hall of Germantown, OH; an aunt, Phyllis Arnett of Englewood, OH; an aunt, Inez Hopkins of Chelsea, MI; as well as nieces, nephews, and several cousins. There is no scheduled visitation. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 26, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Franklin, TN with the Rev. Tien Tran as celebrant. The Mass will also livestream on bit.ly/smccyoutube at 11:00 a.m. CT (12:00 p.m. EST). Interment is private.
Sgt. W. Doug Howard Fd ’65
April 5, 2022
Ret. CMSGT Wallace Douglas Doug Howard, 75, passed away on April 5, 2022. Doug was born on March 10, 1947 in Pikeville, KY to the late Leonard Howard and Shirley (Sturgill) Syck. He attended Berea Foundation School and later Raceland High School, leaving early to join the Air Force in 1965. He served in the Vietnam War, returning stateside in 1969, and married his former classmate Connie (Mitchell). He and Connie had many duty stations overseas and throughout the US. He was promoted to prestigious rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 1989. Doug served a total of 30 years in the Air Force with the last 16 years of his career in recruiting, retiring in San Antonio, TX in 1995. During his time in the Air Force, Doug had multiple decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal, with multiple oak leaf clusters. Upon retiring, he became a Director of Recruitment for ITT Tech. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Wayland Baptist University in 2004. He retired from ITT in 2014 after 19 years. Throughout his life, Doug cherished the time he spent talking to and reminiscing with his friends. He was an avid golfer during his time in the Air Force. He was a devout Baptist and shared his faith with his family and those around him. Doug loved nothing more than his family and dedicated all his free time to his wife, kids, and later his grandchildren. Doug was steadfast in his desire to help those around him. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a jovial man who loved making jokes and could do a spot-on Donald Duck impression, filling any room he occupied with boisterous laughter. Doug is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Connie, his daughters Nikki and Amy, son in-law Vu, grandchildren Youssef, Adam, Scott, Davis, and Paige, several cousins, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Scott, and his brother, Quentin. In accordance with Doug’s wishes, there will be no services planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leon Valley Baptist Church where Doug was a member.
Barbara Cranford Rhymes ’65
March 13, 2020
Barbara Anne Rhymes was born on September 13, 1944 and passed away on March 13, 2020 and is under the care of Forest Park – The Woodlands Funeral Home.
Curtis N. Rowe ’65
July 1, 2022
Curtis Nelson Rowe Curtis Nelson Rowe, 78, of Lexington, KY passed away Friday, July 1, 2022 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Lexington. Born August 22, 1943 in Eastern Kentucky, he was the son of the late Homer and Gladys Lockhart Rowe. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dorsey Rowe and James Virgil Rowe and an infant sister. Curtis was a graduate of Belfry High School, Berea College and received his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Curtis worked most of his career for Appalachian Regional Healthcare. He completed his career working for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort. He was most proud of his work on the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program for new or expectant parents. He was also proud of his work on programs to ensure access to Mammograms and Colon Cancer screening. Curtis was a decades long member of the Pug Dog Club of America. He bred, exhibited, and shared many wonderful dogs. Those left to cherish his memory include his sister-in-law, Marydea (McCoy) Rowe of Forest Hills, KY, his nieces, Tammy (Sam) Yates of Wise, VA, Tonia (Travis) Lequire of Pinsonfork, KY, Rebecca Rowe. Special friends Dr. Christine Dresser DVM and Jim O’Bryan. A memorial service is planned at a later date. Kerr Brothers Harrodsburg Road is in charge of the arrangements.
James R. Shaw ’65
April 13, 2022
James (Jim) Russell Shaw, 78, of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed away peacefully on April 13th, 2022, surrounded by his family. Jim otherwise known as Jimmy, grew up in Shelbyville, Kentucky, a town he loved and always held a special place in his heart. He worked on the family farm, attended Cropper Elementary School and Cropper Baptist Church. He played baseball and basketball at Bagdad High School for 3 years and was a part of the first graduating class of Shelby County High School in 1961. The starting second baseman and starting guard went with his basketball team to the quarter finals of the State tournament. He left to follow his scientific passion at Berea College where he received his Undergraduate degree. Jim went on to get his PH.D. in Chemistry at the University of Utah which propelled him into a noble teaching profession at the University of Washington and Olympic College. Jim made a career at Weyerhaeuser for 36 years applying his love of research and science to creating wood product treatments that were used to avoid decay and create fire retardants. Jim enjoyed wood working, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Quintin Shaw, and mother, Vivian Elizabeth Shaw. He is survived by his wife, Gay Shaw of Washington, his brother, Rick (Tammy) Shaw, sister Joyce (Jim) Hall of Shelbyville. Sons, Ryan (Andi) Jakeman of Utah, Ryan (Jodie) Shaw, daughter Nicole (Kirk) McDonald of Washington, step brothers, Stephen C. Ellis of Louisville, Steven Wayne (Melissa) Ellis of Oklahoma, Jeff (Melodye) Ellis of Georgia and step sister, Mary Helen (Gerald) Frazier of Indiana and along with 10 grandchildren. Jim will be dearly missed and always remembered. Visitation will be Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 12:30 at Christiansburg Baptist Church (1037 Frys-Oldburg Rd. Bagdad, KY 40003) with a memorial service to follow beginning at 2:00pm. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Clarence W. Adkins ’66
April 10, 2022
Clarence Wayne Adkins, age 77, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, went to be with the Lord on April 10, 2022. Clarence was the son of the late Henry Adkins and the late Onie Hayes Adkins. Clarence was an extremely devoted son and had a strong sense of responsibility. While attending Berea College, he was contacted by Harvard University and offered a free scholarship to attend graduate school there. He turned down this opportunity in order to return home to care for his widowed mother and to serve as an educator in his local community. Clarence was an educator at heart. He was an elementary teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary. He was also the principal at Star Elementary, Hitchins Elementary, and Elliott County High School. He spent the majority of his career as a school administrator serving as Director of Pupil Personnel, Special Education Director, School Health Coordinator, and Food Service Coordinator. He truly cared about the well-being of all the students he served, and he believed that every child deserves the chance to succeed. Clarence was a Mason for over fifty years and a past Master of Hepburn Lodge 576 F & AM. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior and said he was ready to go to his heavenly home. Clarence was devoted to his family. He loved his immediate and extended family, and he told stories about his ancestors to his children. Clarence was married to the love of his life, Betty Ruth Ison Adkins, for over fifty years. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary on June 12, 2021. He was a loving and supportive father and father-in-law to Brian Adkins and Miranda Hill Adkins and Angela Adkins Campbell and Mark Campbell. His pride and joy came from being a grandfather to Michael Gage Campbell, Kate Elizabeth Adkins, and Claire Ann Adkins. He truly admired and respected his older brothers and always looked up to them. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ralph Adkins, Owen Adkins, Charles Adkins and sister-in-law Jean Stinson Adkins. He is survived by his brother Lawrence Adkins and sisters-in-law Barbara Peters Adkins and Jean Booth Adkins. He was a proud uncle to many nieces and nephews and always looked forward to their visits. The family would like to thank Doctor Henry Adkins, the University of Kentucky doctors and staff, and St. Claire Home Health for their outstanding care. Pallbearers are all of his beloved nieces, nephews, and his faithful friends from over the years. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home with Matthew Mofield officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM with the funeral beginning at 1:00 pm. Burial service will follow at the Elliott County Memory Gardens at Sandy Hook, KY 41171.
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Dr. Ira James Bates ’66
Aug. 2, 2022
Ira Bates,78, of Berea, KY passed away August 2, 2022. He was born in Hazard, KY on June 16, 1944. Ira is proceeded in death by his parents, brother, and four sisters. He is survived by his Dora Bates and one sister. Memorial service will be held in Hazard, KY. Care Cremation and Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with final care.
John G. Moore ’66
May 20, 2022
John Gordon Moore, age 78, husband of Kathy Davis Moore of Stonecrest Court, Pacolet, passed away, Friday, May 20, 2022 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Moore was born in Murphy, NC, November 17, 1943, a son of the late Bergan and Ethel Evan Moore. He received his bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky and a master’s degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. Mr. Moore formerly taught Psychology at Wisconsin State University and served as Assistant Director of Western Regional Little League Baseball. He was a loving husband and brother who will be greatly missed by his family.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a brother, Gerald Moore and wife Jackie of Union and several cousins, nieces, and a nephew.
The family will schedule a memorial service for a later date.
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Peggy Baird Murray ’66
June 15, 2022
We are sad to announce that on June 15, 2022, at the age of 79, Peggy Sue Murray (Berea, Kentucky) passed away. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
She was predeceased by : her husband Lowell Murray; her parents, Herbert Baird and Katherine Harber Baird; and her sister Carroll Baird Hymore. She is survived by : her daughters, Melissa Murray Anderson (Scott) and Margaret Murray Burnell (Troy); her grandchildren, Aaron Anderson (Kayla), Madeline Ann Merrick and Macie Carroll Merrick; her great grandchild Ona Eilene Anderson; and her siblings, Jerome Baird (Daphne), John Baird and Janey Bryant (Don).
Visitation was held on Saturday, June 18th 2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Lakes Funeral Home (203 N Dogwood Dr, Berea, KY 40403). A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 18th 2022 at 1:00 PM at the same location.
Donations can be made to Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Memory of Peggy Murray, 350 Issacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.
Laura McIntosh Deck ’67
May 3, 2022
Be kind wherever possible.
It is always possible.
The 14th Dalai Lama
Simple words. Powerful words. Words to reflect upon. Words to live by.
Laura Deck lived them, she lived them well, and true to her nature, she lived them without fanfare or pretense.
Understated kindness, it seemed, was part of Laura’s DNA. She took time for others, she listened intently, she offered counsel when asked, she measured her words, she asked nothing in return, and in so doing, she lightened the burden of those whose paths crossed hers and made their days better.
So it was with Laura, who taught Middle School science at Collegiate from 1989 until her retirement filled with inquiry and adventure in 2009.
Our friend and colleague passed away May 3, several months after her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Through her many challenges, she remained positive, upbeat, uncomplaining and resolute, even as the disease took its toll. In her toughest times, if you called or stopped by to cheer her up, she cheered you up. She smiled when she could smile, which was often. She cried when she had to cry. She was courageous to the very end.
“She was definitely one of a kind,” said her son Andy, a 1999 Collegiate graduate who works as a physical therapist in Virginia Beach and lives in Chesapeake with his wife Michelle and their two-year-old son Axton.
“A lot of people near and far will miss her. She had a unique way of being able to interact with a broad spectrum of people. She would always go out of her way to help them, no matter what. It wasn’t like she was keeping score. If somebody needed help, she felt it was her duty to help them.”
Laura’s daughter Sarah, Collegiate class of 2000 and senior virtual design and construction manager for a commercial general contractor in Raleigh, was her mother’s primary caregiver.
“My Mom was selfless and kind and loving and thoughtful and empathetic,” Sarah said. “Family was her highest priority. She always did what was right. She was an achiever. She was tenacious, responsible, and reliable. She was really smart and practical and organized. She always read the newspaper. She did the crossword puzzle and Sudoku. She loved mystery novels. She was in two book clubs. She loved being out in nature. She was an early adapter of technology. Before there was Google Search, there was my Mom. But what I think about most is that everybody loved her.”
What follows are thoughts and reflections of several of Laura’s friends, former colleagues all, who shared the journey with this humble, caring, adventurous lifelong learner and woman for all seasons.
Laura was the best partner you could have when it came to designing and implementing our 8th grade science course. She was a joy to work with. We collaborated on many of the ideas on how to teach the course, and she had great ideas on how it should be done. She was patient and pleasant and always so helpful with computer issues. She always had such a positive attitude. ~Jim Hickey
Laura was unassuming, but she was also full of fun. She was a woman of many interests. She got me out doing different adventures. We hiked. We went kayaking on the James River one time. We did yoga together. She got me involved in a book club. She included me in shopping trips to the Williamsburg Mall. We even went whale watching. We did things I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Laura was very generous with her time and her talents, but she was quiet about it. She had strength and wherewithal and shared what she had with anybody. She was a special person. ~Ellen Clore
Laura knew a lot about a lot of things. There were several times when we traveled together to conferences. She was one of the easiest people to be with that I’ve ever known. She was a genuinely deep-down, nice human being. She was a rock-solid friend. If there was anything I needed a brain for, it was Laura’s I sought. ~Nancy Reed
Laura was one amazing lady. She was a terrific teacher and great role model for the kids and cared about them enormously. She did everything she could to help them succeed. She had a huge heart, and she gave from the heart, and it was all for somebody else. Laura was a very, very strong person. She faced a lot of hardships in her life. The biggest one was the one that took her in the end, but she was brave and always had a smile, even when she was in pain. She didn’t let the tough times get her down. She always tried to make things better for people around her. I just treasure every day that I had with her. She was a dear, dear friend. ~Kris Koebler
Laura was a master of chemistry, biology, and math. She was also an excellent seamstress, knitter, chef, and baker. She could read music. She appreciated the beauty of flowers, birds, the river, and falling snow. She taught herself computer skills so well that Collegiate asked her to return as a consultant and as a computer guru. She knew it all. I quickly learned that she was smart as a whip, but it was her kindness. She was so generous with her time and always willing to change her schedule to fit ours. Laura was as genuine as they come. She was so giving of herself. If you walked into her room and you had a problem – whether it was computer or “I can’t get the printer going” or anything else, she would put down her pencil, get up, and spend as much time as it took. She was just that kind of person. My life was blessed over and over because of my friendship with Laura Deck. ~Sharon Charles
(Friends and family will gather Thursday, May 26, at 3 p.m. at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at 10300 Pridesville Road in Amelia, VA, where Laura will be interred with Jim, her husband of 43 years who passed away in 2019.)
Carolyn Jackson Ferguson ’68
June 28, 2022
Carolyn Jackson Ferguson, 76, of Greenville, SC passed away at her home on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
Carol was a native of Henderson County NC and was preceded in death by her parents, Kelly L. and Helen Hill Jackson, a sister Beatrice Kerr, and a brother Tommy Jackson.
She graduated in 1964 from Edneyville High School, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1968 from Berea College in Kentucky and earned a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971, and was a Certified Management Accountant. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina in 2010 after serving for nearly 40 years.
She is survived by her husband of more than 55 years, Jim Ferguson of Greenville, SC; a sister, Evelyn J. Splawn and husband Aubrey of Edneyville; a brother, Roger Jackson and wife Micki of Edneyville; a sister-in-law Stella C. Jackson of Hendersonville and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Mountain Home Baptist Church Cemetery, 21 Little Creek Rd. Hendersonville, NC. Reverend Grover Putnam will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, Greenville, SC or to Berea College, Berea, Kentucky.
Condolence cards may be sent to the Ferguson family by visiting; www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or by mailing to: c/o Jackson Funeral Service1101 Greenville Hwy Hendersonville, NC 28792.
The Ferguson family has entrusted Jackson Funeral Service with the arrangements.
Terry L. Lindsey ’68
Feb. 21, 2021
Steve M. Stewart ’68
July 16, 2022
Steve M. Stewart, 76, of Russell, KY, passed away July 16, 2022, surrounded by his family. Mr. Stewart was born July 10, 1946, in Ashland, KY, to the late William ‘Glen’ and Lyda ‘Esther’ Middleton Stewart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Phillip Roger Stewart, and one sister, Glenna Faye Stewart. Steve retired as a purchaser from Ashland Oil in 1999 after many years of employment. He served in the United States Army, and fought in the Vietnam War, and was a graduate of Berea College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business. Steve enjoyed hobbies such as gardening, cooking, traveling to the beach, playing cards, and fishing at the ‘gravel pit’, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Phyllis Coffee Stewart; one son, Chris (Melissa) Stewart; brothers Daniel (Gladys) Stewart, Joel (Jo-Ann) Stewart, Mark (Kimberly) Stewart; sisters, Janice Stewart, Mary (John) Hughes, Carolyn McCoy, Anita Osborne; two grandchildren, Ben and Kate Stewart; as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends that will miss his dearly. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Carman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at McGuire Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to carmanfuneral.com.
Annette C. Boles
Spouse of Col. Wayne Reece Boles ’69
March 3, 2022
Annette Carter Boles, 73 of Lacey’s Spring passed away Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Crestwood Medical Center. Annette was born November 25, 1948, in Guntersville the youngest child of John R. Carter and Geneva Daugette Carter. She married the love of her life Wayne Boles on June 8, 1969 and was a cosmetologist until her first child was born, then she became a full-time mom and wife. Her husband was in the Air Force and her along with the children traveled many places during his 28-year career in the military creating many cherished memories. She was also a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She is survived by her Husband of 52 years Wayne Boles, Daughter: Barbie (Jon) Garner, Son: Sean (Yadi) Boles, Grandchildren: Amelia Boles and Sydney Garner, Sister: Betty Hutchinson, Sister-in-law: Mickie Carter, Host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her Parents: John and Geneva Carter, Brother: John Ray Carter and Brother-in-law: Robert Hutchinson. Funeral Service was held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Brother Bryan Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation was 2:00 p.m. until service time at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Pallbearers: Keith Hutchinson, Sr, Keith Hutchinson, Jr., Mike Carter, Lyle Carter, John Michael Boles and John Michael Carter.
Luther Davidson ’69
April 5, 2022
Maurice Luther Davidson, 80, died Tuesday, April 5th, 2022, at his home in Berea. He was born in Berea, KY to the late Luther and Louona Sexton Davidson. Maurice was a retired carpenter with Facilities Management at Berea College. After his retirement, he enjoyed working part-time as a maintenance technician for Mountain Association. Maurice was a US Air Force veteran and a member of the First Christian Church. He was also a Berea College alumnus, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts. Maurice loved spending time with his family, doing carpenter projects whenever needed, and building projects with his youngest grandson Brandon. He was an avid UK Wildcats fan. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sweetheart and wife of almost 32 years, Diane Davidson and his sister, Betty Sue Halbritter. He is survived by his son, Eric (Cortnie) Davidson, his grandchildren, Sara Kay Shearer of Knoxville, Tennessee, Grace, Avery and Brandon Davidson all of Berea. His nieces, Sheri (Mark) Watson of Marysville, Ohio, Tina (Chad) Van Etten of Dublin, Ohio, Nicole (Michael) Minak of Winder, Georgia, his nephew, Robert (Jodee) Stanton of New Port Richey, Florida; one brother, Robert Davidson of Lexington, Kentucky; and many other family and friends whom he loved dearly. Funeral services will be 1 pm, Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Caldwell-Reiss and Rev. Rick Fulton officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Eric Davidson, Avery Davidson, Mark Watson, Isaac Watson, Jim Beaver, J.B. Hillard, and Tony DeGregorio. Honorary bearers will be Brandon Davidson, Jimmy Wagers, Jerry Powell, Christopher Lewis, and the Berea Police Department Services will be livestreamed at www.lakesfuneralhome.com
Mary Adkins Roman ’72
July 23, 2022
Mary Elizabeth Roman, 72, of Ashland, Kentucky, wife of John A. Roman, died Saturday morning, July 23rd, in Kings Daughters Medical Center following a sudden illness. Mary was born June 21, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Wayne County High School in 1968 and Berea College in Berea, KY in 1972. She was a retired analytical chemist with Marathon Petroleum. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma St. Clair, and her father, Thomas Adkins. Surviving, in addition to her husband, include a son, John D. Roman of West Hollywood, California; a daughter, Joy Roman of Royal Oak, Michigan; two brothers, John Adkins of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Jerry St. Clair of Wayne Co., West Virginia; and a sister, Sarah Elkins of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. No memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (AARF 12365 Kevin Ave., Ashland, KY 41102). Arrangements are under the direction of PRESTON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.
Anndrena Belcher ’73
Date of death unknown
Long before the now-notable buy/sell/trade groups on social media platforms even existed, a radio show dedicated to the same idea was on the air in East Tennessee. It essentially gave listeners the scoop on a few fantastic deals on a variety of incredible items, which could be retained, restored, and then kept or resold for a profit. This airwave production actually still prospers, which is why Netflix even created a reality series by the same name — ‘Swap Shop‘ — to explore its every aspect. However, we’ll be honest, the mention of Anndrena Belcher in season 2 caught our attention the most, so now, let’s find out all there’s to know about her, shall we?
Born in Pike County, Kentucky, in 1951, Anndrena Belcher was a storyteller, singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress who always ensured that her tales were as interactive as they were thought-provoking. After all, whenever the Appalachian performed her original writing, she brought out every single facet of her roots into the spotlight. Anndrena had migrated with her family to uptown Chicago from her home state when she was pretty young, meaning that it was there she learned what “hillbilly” meant.
Gradually, though, amid the holidays spent beside her grandparents and the bustle of the lively city, Anndrena discovered who she really was as a true child of the mountains. It had always been old folk stories and songs that had guided Anndrena whenever she felt unsure; thus, it came as no surprise that she chose to focus her education, along with her career, on her origins as well.
Following a year at Berea College in Kentucky, she returned to enroll at Northeastern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English before pursuing a Master’s in Social Sciences. Her major, though, was Appalachian Studies and Rural in-migration, driving her to get a better understanding of her background as well as her professional aspirations.
In 1976, Anndrena went back to the mountains, which is where she began her journey as an artist and managed to attain incredible success through sheer honesty, passion, and determination. In fact, she rose to the point that she could not only perform for an audience but also conduct workshops at schools, libraries, festivals, and countless other public events throughout the nation. From Kentucky to Virginia and from Illinois to Tennessee, Anndrena showcased her signature interactive elegance everywhere, establishing that nothing is a mistake in her workshops/art.
Anndrena Belcher continued to develop her craft until the end, signifying that the veteran yet forever enthusiastic storyteller broke stereotypes and directly helped others feel proud about their own selves until 2020. From what we can tell, with no cause of death having been made public, it’s possible that she, in her late 60s, passed away of natural causes in the early fall of that year. Even though she might’ve passed on, the impact she had on her community as an outspoken and bubbly star will likely never fade — that’s part of the reason Anndrena was called “a national treasure” by Chicago writer Studs Terkel.
Juanita Curry McNew ’74
July 27, 2022
Juanita Curry McNew died Wednesday, July 27, 2022. She was 70 years old. Juanita was born February 9, 1952, and lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina, with her father and mother, George and Thelma Curry of Roaring River, and her brothers Gil, Bryant, and Dwight Curry and sisters Elaine and Lydia Curry. She attended Berea College and married Oscar McNew of Conway, Kentucky, in 1971. As Oscar was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, over the years they lived in North Carolina, Texas, Washington State, California, and Indiana. She is survived by Oscar; her daughter Cindy, son-in-law Jeff Kehler, and grandson Christopher Vaught; her daughter Joy, son-in-law Brian Hardy, and grandchildren Lily and Ben Hardy; and her daughter Beatrice and son-in-law Michael Wessel; as well as her brother Gil and sister-in-law Paula Curry; her brother Bryant and sister-in-law Goldie Curry; her sister Elaine and brother-in-law Bob Silva; her sister Lydia Tilley; and her brother Dwight and sister-in-law Sandra Curry. She is remembered also by her many nieces and nephews: Leigh and Pam Curry, Heather O’Brien, Angie and Mike Earnhardt, Mitchell Curry, Vesta Silva and Jon Wiebel, April Silva, Amy and Matt Strickland, Jodi and Kenny Province, Scott and Jessica Tilley, Justin and Candace Curry, and Ben and Holli Curry. Juanita loved and followed Christ throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, raising vegetables and flowers. A plant had only to be in her house or garden to grow and flourish. She canned tomatoes and peaches, made jelly and jam, and fed her family with the bounty throughout the year. She had only to add a little of this and that to a pot to make the best food you can imagine. Her passion for caring for her family was the greatest motivator in her life. She was generous, loving, kind, and hospitable to all. Her beautiful voice was raised in singing with her church and with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She worked for many years as a tutor and teacher’s aide, helping young children to read, learn, and grow. She loved identifying plants and flowers and feeding animals and birds. She was funny, with a good sense of humor. She loved long drives and ice cream. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, wife, and daughter. Her spirit and smile will be greatly missed. A funeral service will be conducted Monday, August 1, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at Brier Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Alvin Johnson and Rev. Kenny Pardue officiating. Burial will follow the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm 4:00 pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be made to the Brier Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, attn: Nancy Mickel, 348 Bullard Blvd, Ronda, NC, 28670 and to Heifer International, https://www.heifer.org/ .
John William Godby ’75
June 20, 2022
Service Location Date Time Visitation Spring Grove Funeral Homes 4389 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45332 July 29, 2022 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Memorial Service Spring Grove Funeral Homes 4389 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45332 July 29, 2022 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Obituary John W. Godby of Cincinnati John, age 69, of Cincinnati passed away on June 20, 2022. He was born on November 14, 1952 in Lexington, KY to the late Charles Edward Godby and Ruby Marie Godby. He was a dedicated son and had a love for his dogs, Gabby and Bailey. John is survived by cousins, friends, and co-workers. John had a passion to help and uplift people through his job. He was a business manager at Vero RN until his passing. Everyone he worked with loved him for his dedication, passion and drive to help others. John loved nature. He adored his animals and all animals. John valued education and was an avid reader and took pride in graduating from Berea College and their philosophy. Memorial contributions may be made out to Northside SPCA (a no kill shelter) or Berea College in honor of John. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 1pm until the time of the Memorial Service at 2pm at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223. www.springgrove.org Additional Links Northside SPCA Berea College Add a Tribute Name Relationship
Juanita Spratling Hawkins ’77
Aug. 9, 2022
Juanita Spratling Hawkins, the daughter of the late Emmett Mahone and Sarah Mae Spratling Barnett was born on February 21, 1955, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Juanita went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2022. Having grown up in the Scarboro community, she attended the Scarboro Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, and is a 1973 graduate of Oak Ridge High. After graduation, she attended Berea College and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977. Soon after graduation, she relocated to Detroit, Michigan. She went on to receive her master’s at Central Michigan in June 1999. Juanita accepted Christ at an early age and was former member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, under the pastorate of the late Rev. C. C. Fuller. She served in several capacities, but she loved teaching Sunday School. She was united in holy marriage to Norman Hawkins, whom she affectionately called “Honey”, on September 1, 1982. They were together for 38 years until his passing in September of 2021. Juanita was an active member of Word of Faith Christian Center in Southfield, Michigan. She loved the Lord regularly attending “United Conference of Women” Christian conferences in various cities, and Rev. Gloria Pruitt’s “Relaxing with Jesus” weekend conferences, among others. She worked for various companies, the last was with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network, where she worked there in various positions including Grievance Coordinator and Business Administration until her early retirement in June of 2014. She enjoyed traveling throughout the country with her long-time friend Belinda. Her last known trip was to the island of Maui in Hawaii. Juanita was a fashionista who loved to dress, especially in her favorite color “purple “. Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Lila Ripley and Kate Shepherd, her uncles, Overton, Robert Charles, and Lewis Spratling, Larry and Denise Shepherd, and her sister, Mary Lee Barnett, niece, Jennifer Spratling, and brother-in-law, Lincoln Ross. She leaves to cherish her memory, her brother Kenneth Spratling, sisters Janice Spratling and Gwendolyn Ross; nieces, Gwenicka (Larry) Holmes and Satarah Schofield; nephews, Kenneth and Omar Spratling; uncle, Rufus (Georgia) Shepherd; aunts, Mary Bohanon and Linda Williams; cousins, Anthony (Gloria) Spratling, Shirley Guinn, Deborah Long, Johnny (Lori) Spratling, Christopher Spratling; and a host of other relatives and friends. Thursday, August 18, 2022, family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN. A funeral service will follow with Elder D.W. Waters as the eulogist. Interment will immediately follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, where a white dove release will conclude the service. Social distancing and face masks are required. Flowers may be delivered to the church during this time. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com
David Dennon Crandall ’79
July 16, 2022
David Dennon Crandall, 70, of Baltimore, MD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He spent his last week in a joyful house full of family at Kure Beach, enjoying life to the fullest.
David was born in Mobile, Alabama on February 17, 1952, to Dorothy and Mace Crandall. The family moved to Iowa for several years before settling in Berea, Kentucky. There he began his musical explorations, including taking up French Horn at the ripe age of 12. He was also introduced to the Appalachian music and culture that continued to infuse his work for the rest of his life. He graduated from Berea College, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. After moving to Baltimore, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Imaging, Media, and Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. David became a crucial figure in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore theater and arts community, especially in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which he helped to establish.
Often described as a Renaissance man, David was a gifted musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, computer whiz, voracious reader, and innovative cook. Known for his wry sense of humor, he was also a loving brother, uncle and great uncle, and proud liberal. He was generous with his knowledge, time, and talents, and was a musical inspiration to many, whether playing classical, folk or jazz. David will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
David is survived by his sister, Cora Wise (Stewart) of Greensboro, North Carolina; brothers Ross Blount (Lorena) of Allerton, Iowa, and Bill Blount (Deb) of Prescott, Arizona; six nieces, seven nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, and his faithful 1992 Ford Festiva. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mace and Dorothy Crandall, and siblings Robert Crandall and Susan Janet Baker.
Aquamation services were provided by Tranquility Cremation. A celebration of David’s life will be held in Baltimore (date TBD), and he will be interred near his mother in Mobile, Alabama.
Ted Bolt ’81
Oct. 12, 2020
Ted Bolt, 61, of Auxier, KY went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 12, 2020. Ted was born April 11, 1959 in Louisa, KY to the late Charles and Doris (Cooksey) Bolt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Rosemary Burke. Survivors include his sister Donna McGranahan; brothers Paul Bolt, Phillip Bolt, and James Bolt; Aunt Jewel Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. Young Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Bolt and his family.
Published by Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 15, 2020.
John Schultz ’83
June 23, 2021
John M. Schultz, 67, of Port St. Lucie, Florida passed away at his home on June 23, 2021 with his family. John was born on May 29, 1954 in Tecumseh, Nebraska to Martin and Anne Schultz. After high school he joined the United States Navy and then transferred to the Navy Reserves. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. John would use his degree to be an educator within the Florida School System. On July 5, 1989, he married Norma Worthington in Kissimmee, Florida. John, known by his family and friends as Johnny B. Fishin’ affectionately, loved fishing and sports fishing, as well as Web Design and Video Games. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include, beloved wife, Norma Schultz of Port St. Lucie, FL; sons, Joshua Schultz of Weymouth, MA and Jacob Schultz of Quincy MA; sister, Christy Doty of Council Bluffs, IA; granddaughters, Mia Schultz of Weymouth, MA and Everly Schultz of Quincy, MA; stepdaughters, Joy McNeely of Port St. Lucie, FL and Sherri Bolton of Bell Brook, OH. He was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Anne Schultz; brother, Gale Schultz and sister, Marsha Simmons. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 12PM to 2PM at the Haisley Tribute Center 2041 SW Bayshore Blvd Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.
John Paul Stone ’83
May 21, 2022
John Paul Stone, III, 61 of Blacksburg, VA, formerly of Pearisburg, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. John was born on March 6, 1961, in Pearisburg and was a son of the late John Paul Stone, Jr. and Patricia (Pat) Ellen Ratcliffe Stone. John was a 1979 graduate of Giles High School, he received a Bachelor of Philosophy and Religion Degree at Berea Collage in Kentucky, a Bachelor’s Degree in IT from Roanoke College and continued his education working on his Master’s and Doctor’s degree in IT. John had an early interest in the Sciences from watching Star Trek at an early age and then watching Star Wars. He loved reading and gathering with family and friends sharing meals together. He is survived by his brother, Gregory L. Stone, Sr. (Tabitha) of Radford, nephew, Gregory L. Stone, Jr., of Radford, 2 nieces, Cosbi Stone of Hickory, NC, Ashly Stone of Charlotte, NC, 3 great nieces, Issabella Mauck, Ebie Poarch, Lilly Leland and 1 great nephew, Clayton Partin and numerous other family members. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
John Humphries ’84
July 10, 2019
John Joseph Paugstat ’90
April 8, 2022
John Joseph Paugstat, age 54, 602 Cutler Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750, died at home after a brief time in hospice care, on 8 April 2022.
Born Oct. 4, 1967 in Troy, Ohio. Adopted at age 10 months, by E. Darlene Hinaman Paugstat and John Frederick Paugstat. Raised on a large farm in Senecaville, Ohio, with three older sisters and one younger brother; where he had many adventures that added to his storytelling repertoire and grew his keen sense of humor and love of nature.
Crowned Guernsey County, Ohio, 4H Fair King in 1985, after 10 years in 4H. Built two, 1953 MG automobiles from kits, in 1985.1986 Graduate of Meadowbrook High School, Cambridge, Ohio; pole vaulter in track & field, and cross country athlete. Studied at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, 1986-1987.Worked for Cintas Company from 1989-2000.Master Mason, American Union Lodge #1, Free & Accepted Masons Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge City of Marietta, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair, 2012-2022 John Joseph was renowned as a brilliant man and skilled master carpenter.
In 2000, he founded and was sole proprietor of J & J Woodworms, Builder of Heirloom Quality Furniture; his carpentry and contracting company. John was an exceptional student of life; daily saying, “guess what I learned today?” He remembered that information and applied it to every aspect of his life.
Married Julia Louise McFrederick, 8 July 1995, Marietta, Ohio. John Joseph was a great husband to Julia and an excellent Dad to Louisa Anne, 12 September 2000 and Olivia Joy, 3 July 2003.They became a close-knit family of best friends. He loved music! You could always hear John singing a song; answering a question with lyrics of a song; or laughing at himself, saying, “Way to go, Johnny! “He loved life and always smiled wide, shouting, “Well, I made ME laugh!!”John Joseph enjoyed participating in the home-schooling of his daughters by introducing fun science experiments; teaching more about the Earth, nature; instructing in “how things work, and how to build.” He also enjoyed teaching critical thinking skills, holding discussions, listening for facts and logic; while encouraging his family to discover truths.
John Joseph Paugstat is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Julia Louise McFrederick Paugstat and his wonderful daughters, Louisa Anne Paugstat and Olivia Joy Paugstat, all of Marietta, Ohio. His parents: John Frederick Paugstat and E. Darlene Paugstat of Georgetown, KY. His siblings: Sister, Paula Paugstat Magnus (James Magnus) of AZ; Sister, Carol Paugstat Musser (Scot Musser) of Spain; Sister, Greta Paugstat Nichols (Ray Nichols) of KY; Brother, Benjamin B. Paugstat (Christine Paugstat) of KY. And many nieces and nephews.
As was his last request….Memorial donations may be made to John’s Family to help complete his Daughters’ College Educations. Thank you for all the gifts and support you’ve already wrapped around us!!!
Memorial Services will be held Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2:00 to 6:00 pm, at The Historic Lafayette Hotel grand ballroom, 101 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750.
Judy Gail Ball ’92
Feb. 20, 2020
Judy Gail Ball was born June 18, 1956 in Jackson County and departed this life Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 63 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Chester & Pauline (Cody) Kerby.
Judy is survived by her husband, Freddie Ball of McKee, and by a son Danny Ball (Ronda) of McKee. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Parrett (Marvin) of Annville and by two brothers, Kenny Kerby (Pauline) of Annville and Doug Kerby (Mattie) of Annville. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Kyra Ball, Hunter Ball, Kendra Ball, Hannah Ball, Matthew Ball and Adalyn Ball.
In addition to her parents, Judy was also preceded in death by a son David Ball.
Judy was a member of the Egypt Pentecostal Church.
Kevin Bruster ’95
Nov. 29, 2018
Mr. Kevin Bruster, 45, of Greenville, passed on Thursday November 29, 2018, at Greenville Health System. He was a son of Seefer Bruster and Phyllis Simpson Bruster.
Surviving: along with his parents, his wife, Sandi Landreth Bruster of the home, two daughters, Elesia Alston of Greenville and Victoria Bruster of Taylors; two stepdaughters, Kaitlyn Fowler of Pickens and Kourtney Fowler of Easley; three sons, Joshua Bruster of Florida, Jonathan Vance of Greenville and Michael Bruster of Taylors; two sisters, Patricia Bruster of Greenville and Dee (David) Stoddard of Fountain Inn; two brothers, Reggie Bruster of Greenville and Keith Bruster of Simpsonville; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Tracy Stoner Curry ’95
Sept. 18, 2018
Tracy Curry was born May 10, 1970 and departed this life Tuesday, September 18, 2018 reaching the age of 48 years. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Ginny (Green) Stoner.
She married Will Curry, whom survives; to this union four children were born.
She is survived by: her children, Megan, Morgan, Tyler “T.J.”, and Justin Curry; and grandchildren, Braxton and Mallory Sizemore. She is also survived by: one brother, Troy (Jennifer) Stoner; nieces and nephews, Taylor, Aidenn, and Serenity Stoner; and special friends, James Smith and Delora McGuire; along with a host of family and friends who mourn her passing.
In addition to her parents, Harry and Ginny Stoner, she was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Virgil and Eleanor Green.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 20, 2018 between 5 pm – 8 pm in the chapel of the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10 am at the Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Madison Memorial Gardens, 210 W. Rice Lane, Richmond, KY.
Robert G. Andrews ’99
May 20, 2017
Robert G. Andrews, 76 of Britton, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Marshall County Healthcare Center in Britton.
A private family committal service is being planned. The Price Funeral Chapel of Britton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Gene “Bob” Andrews was born January 15, 1941 to Harry Albert and Muriel Emogene (Dyste) Andrews. He grew up in Claremont and graduated from Claremont High School. After graduation he attended college in Wahpeton, ND where he studied welding and machine shop. After completing his course of study, he moved to Cleveland, OH and took courses at Lincoln Electric Welding School. He worked in Minneapolis MN for Standard Wire and Iron for a short term.
He returned to the Britton area and went to work with his dad, Harry and brother, Roger at Andrews Welding. Bob and Roger continued to run Andrews Welding together after Harry’s death in 1963. In 1976 the brothers parted ways and Bob took a job with Telelect in Huron and later with Dakotah in Webster.
In 1961 Bob married Carolyn Satrang, and they became parents of two children, David and Susan. Bob and Carolyn divorced in 1981 at which time Bob moved to Arizona. A short time later, in 1982, he moved to Connecticut and went to work as a welding inspector for a nuclear plant. This job took him to several different cities and states over the next few years.
In the mid 1990’s, Bob moved to Kentucky and attended college to become a welding instructor. His health began to fail at that time. Unfortunately, he was not able pursue a career as a welding instructor. In the early 2000’s Bob moved back to South Dakota and made his home in Aberdeen. As his health continued to decline, he eventually became a resident of Wheatcrest Hills in Britton.
Bob went to his heavenly home on May 20, 2017. He is survived by his two children, David (Brenda) Andrews and Susan (Mike) Smith; his grandchildren: Mandy (Mike) Brown, Amber (Josh) Bowen, Dustin Andrews, Angie (Alex) Hannasch, Tucker Smith, Turner Smith; his great grandchildren: Brenden Bowen, Spencer Brown, Wyatt Hannasch, Hunter Hannasch; his siblings: Roger (Judy) Andrews, Nyla LaMee, Julene (Pat) LaMee, Greg Andrews; his nieces and nephews: Scott (Millie) Andrews, Chad (Jaimie) Andrews, Mike (Noelle) LaMee, April (Terry) Meyer, Shantell (Eric) Olson, Clay Andrews, Samantha Andrews and Tony Andrews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, an infant brother David Dyste Andrews, several aunts, uncles and a niece Melissa (LaMee) Kannabrocki.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Susan Smith – 42848 108th Street – Britton, SD 57430.
Sonny Nathan James Lewis ’99
Jan. 9, 2021
Sonny Nathan James Lewis
BIRTH 13 Aug 1971
DEATH 9 Jan 2021 (aged 49)
Double Springs Cemetery
Waynesburg, Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA
Jason Woodard Oden ’02
Nov. 29, 2021
Graveside Service for Jason Oden 11:00 a m Saturday December 4, 2021 at G. W. Carver Memorial Gardens 1020 Minor Pkwy B’ham, AL. Public Visitation Friday 2-6:00 p.m. Earnest Johnson Funeral Home. Inc. Face Mask and Social Distancing required. Earnest Johnson Funeral Home Inc. directing.
Published by The Birmingham News from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2021.
Rachel Anne Turnage ’02
June 29, 2018
Turnage, Rachel, age 37 years, of Maumee, OH, passed away June 29, 2018. Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, Toledo, OH. As published in The Blade
Richard Mark Curtis, Jr. ’05
Feb. 23, 2022
RICHARD MARK CURTIS JR., 38, of Scottown, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at the Four Seasons Elizabeth Hospice House in Flat Rock, N.C. Mark was born on September 23, 1983, in Louisville, Ky. Mark is survived by his wife of ten years, Stephanie Evanich-Curtis; his daughters, Korin Evanich (Scottown, Ohio), Jordann Stroud and Whitney Curtis (both of Hendersonville, N.C.); his parents, Beverly “Bonita” Freeman of Brevard, N.C., and Richard “Mark” Curtis (Teresa) of Rosman, N.C.; his brother, Matthew Curtis (Lindsey) of Lake Toxaway, N.C.; his nieces and nephews, Samuel, Addison, Keelie Curtis, Rory, Jana, Francis, Drazen, Cassy Evanich, Hunter, Kaylyn, Emmilee Evanich, Sky, Bella, Ashley Evanich; and so many other loved ones. Mark was preceded in death by his son, Kameron Edward Evanich-Curtis; maternal grandparents, Sam and Jewell Freeman; paternal grandparents, Richard O. and Barbara J. Curtis; paternal great-grandparents, Papaw Ed and Grandma Nettie; and cousin, Joshua Freeman. Funeral Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio. Burial will follow the service at Good Hope Cemetery, Crown City, Ohio, with brother-in-law, Clayton Evanich, officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2022, at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio. Ohio Valley Masonic Lodge No. 536 F&M will conduct Masonic Rites for Mark at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc. in Mark and Kameron’s names. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall or www.ehallfuneralhome.com.
Andrew Milburn Hall ’05
May 13, 2022
Andrew Milburn Hall, 40, of Pedro, OH passed away at Daytona Beach, FL on May 13, 2022. He was born in Ashland, KY on May 5, 1982 to Donna Sue Hall who preceded him in death. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandmother Margaret Hall and an uncle Kenneth R. Hall. He was graduate of Raceland High School, Berea College and Ohio State Pharmacy School where he received his Doctorate of Pharmacology. Andrew has worked as a pharmacist at UK, Walgreens and SOMC. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Russell, KY where he was a Sunday school teacher and deacon. Andrew also loved to sing and was a great vocalist. He is survived by his aunts Betty J. May (Frank Allen) of Argillite, KY and Mary Ann Spillman and husband Doug of Flatwoods, KY, several cousins and great cousins and many many friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Russell, 901 Ashland Drive, Russell, KY with Pastor Ken Gowen officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Friends make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, Kentucky Region, 333 Guthrie Street, Suite 207, Louisville, KY 40202 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1221-A Ohio Avenue, PO Box 1115, Dunbar, WV 25064. Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhome.com
Janey Lynn Boehm ’06
Dec. 31, 2020
Janey Lynn Welch, 38, died Thursday, December 31, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center. A private family service will be 11 am Thursday, January 7th at Iles Westover Chapel with a live stream available. Please visit Janey’s obituary page on our website www.IlesCares.com for a link 10 minutes prior to the service. We encourage friends and extended family to share their sympathies with Janey’s family using online condolences available on our website. Livestream link can be found here https://youtu.be/gVLRLsPqQqs or at the bottom of this page.
Survivors include her husband, Merle; parents: Mark and Diane Boehm of Urbandale; siblings: Beth (Adam) Clark, Nate Boehm and Kim Boehm; niece, Lilly Clark; step daughters: Grace (Skyler) Kvidera and Hannah Welch. Janey was preceded in death by her grandparents: Kenneth and Dorothy Boehm, Larry and Harriett Pearson; niece, June Ann.
Janey was born October 22, 1982 in Des Moines to Mark and Diane (Pearson) Boehm. She graduated from Urbandale High School in 2000 and obtained a B.S. in Marketing from Berea College in Kentucky in 2004. Janey and Merle were married September 9th, 2017 in Des Moines and lived in Ankeny. In recent years, Janey was employed at Hy-Vee and taught English as a second language to kids in China with VIP Kid. Janey had a big heart and love for children, which manifested in her connection to neighborhood kids that became like family to her. Janey had a strong faith in her Lord that carried over into her love of family. Two of her greatest loves were her dog, Lucy, and cat, Malcolm. Janey had a very unique sense of humor and perspective in life. She was such a delight in our lives because of her ability to make her family and friends laugh. It is hard to put into words – she was just our Janey.
Janey, you have left this Earth too soon, but you leave us with so many cherished memories that will stay with us forever. You lived life for the moment and with such a passion. Jesus said, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” You embraced these words to the fullest and saw the good in even the most flawed and broken people. Your death teaches us that, even in sorrow, love enables us to embrace the needs of others. Thus, even though we have lost you, your memories will be with us forever, and your death will be a gift of life to others through organ donation. Janey, we are saddened that your time on this Earth is over, and that you have given all you have to give, but your lifetime of memories will give us joy and you will live on through this ultimate sacrifice. May you forever rest in peace. Love, Your Family.