Staff and Faculty
Margaret Ann Curtis, April 14, 2017
Margaret “Ann” Williamson Curtis, age 80, widow of Willie R. Curtis, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. She was a native of Franklin, NC, born September 22, 1936 to the late Paul and Clara McPherson Williamson. She was a longtime dental assistant for Dr. Skidmore and a receptionist at Berea College Admissions office. Ms. Curtis enjoyed yard sales, playing bridge, gardening, quilting, and crocheting. Ms. Curtis is survived by her children, Larry (Kay) Curtis of Murfreesboro, TN, and Susan (Calvin) Vaughn of Lancaster, KY, her brothers, Ned (Audrey) Williamson of Pearland, TX, and Bill (Louise) Williamson of Franklin, NC, her grandchildren, Karen Curtis, Sarah Vaughn, and Haley Vaughn. A private family memorial service will be held. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ann Smith Ford ’77, wife of C. Edward Ford ’58, April 13, 2017
Ann Smith Ford, 80, former news bureau director at Berea College, died April 13, 2017 at Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington as a result of a heart attack and pulmonary complications. She was 80 and a resident of Richmond. Born in Owensboro and reared in Paducah, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Henrietta Greif Smith of Paducah. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Paducah, attended Paducah Junior College and was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also held an education degree from Kent State University. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she also was a member and former officer of the Boonesborough Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was assistant state editor of The Lexington Herald from 1958-60 and was a media specialist during the mid-60s at Kimpton Middle School and Stow High School in Ohio. At Berea College, she developed a number of students into media careers in journalism and news photography. She also wrote copy for and edited “Body Recall, a Program of Physical Fitness for the Adult,” a 1978 manual utilized by Berea professor Dorothy Chrisman in her physical education program that has attained national prominence. Ms. Ford is survived by her husband, Ed Ford, also of Richmond and former Public Relations director at Berea College; a son, Mark E. Ford (wife Patricia) of Berea; a daughter, Jill Ford Shirley, Lexington, and three grandchildren, Brittany Ford, of Cincinnati, and Shelby and Nick Ford of Berea. Also surviving is Tibetan daughter Kalsang Yangzom, Secaucus, N.J., whom the Fords sponsored as a student at Berea. Visitation is scheduled at First Christian Church in Richmond from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, with funeral services at the church Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby Robinson, Frank Abraham, Bill Earnest, Bill Robinson, Sherman Rominger, and Jim Rous. Reppert Funeral Home of Berea entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Frances Hammack Ayers ’30, June 5, 1988
J. Walter Casey, Acad ’31
Elwyn E. Palmer, Acad ’34, ’38, January 23, 2017
Elywn Eugene “Sandy” Palmer passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017, in Knoxville, Tennessee after a wonderful life spanning 99 years. He was born on Sept. 4, 1917 in Pinson, Alabama to Claud and Annie Lou Palmer. He was a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky. After working a few years, he joined WWII in the Army Air Corps where he became a Navigator on a B-17 aircraft and flew missions over enemy territory. Upon returning from the war, he began a long career in the oil business with Pure Oil Company and eventually Union Oil Company with whom he retired in Tampa, Florida. Sandy is preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Jane Ezell. He is survived by two daughters and two sons: Elwyn Jr. (Martha), of Wilmington, NC; Alice Anderson (Mark – deceased) of Knoxville, TN; Anne Huffman (Howell) of Canton, GA; and Bill (Nancy) of Acworth, GA. There are also nine grandchildren: Kimberley, Melissa, Terri, Troy, Mark, Will, Susan, Benjamin and Brittany, plus 17 great grandchildren. Sandy never met a stranger and very quickly was your friend. He was a compassionate person and cared deeply about the feelings of others. Sandy was honest beyond belief, his word was his bond, he was a good man and truly a representative of “The Greatest Generation.” His family and many friends will sorely miss this fine man, but will keep his memory in their hearts. He was a faithful member of Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, where he enjoyed ushering, his Sunday School class and Men’s Club. Sandy enjoyed being around his family and keeping up with their travels. In his retirement years, he and Jane enjoyed traveling overseas and in the U.S. He also never stopped trying to shoot his age when playing golf with his golfing buddies. The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care Sandy received from the staff at the NHC assisted living facility where he resided. Also, gratitude goes to Sandy’s many close friends who visited him regularly at NHC as these visits gave him much joy. Family will receive friends 10-11am Friday, January 27, 2017, at Concord United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life service to immediately follow. Private family burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Concord United Methodist Church at 11020 Roane Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37934. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel is serving the family of Sandy Palmer. Condolences: Condolences may be made at www.clickfh.com.
Zella May, Acad ’39, August 5, 1994
Hazel Lloyd Mullins, Acad ’39, December 3, 2013
Mrs. Hazel O. Mullins, 95, of Wise, entered into eternity Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 from her residence. She was surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mullins was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great- grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed dancing, watching westerns and detective movies, working in her flower beds, raising a garden and canning what she had raised. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Mullins; daughters Jo Bernice Mullins, Ruthie Kilgore and Trudy Stuart; parents Buddy and Nancy (Cantrell) Mullins; sisters Rosie Kiser, Ada Boggs, Versie Mullins and Clersy Short; brother Henry Dud Mullins; six grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Survivors include daughters Bertha Smith of Wise, Nancy Whited of Bluff City, Tenn., Regina Mullins of Jonesville, Frances Mullins of Wise, Naomi Sartin of Coeburn, Rhonda Lewis of Pound and Carrie Ratliff of Coryton, Tenn.; sons Merdie Mullins of Wise, James Mullins of Pound, Cossie Mullins of Wise, Roy Mullins of Wise, Connie Mullins of Wise, Johnny Mullins of Pound, and Bill Mullins of Pound; 56 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to cherish her memory. Funeral services were conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in the Sadie Baker Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Glen Slemp officiating. The family received friends from 5 p.m. until time of services. Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at the Riley Mullins Cemetery, Pound, where grandsons served as pallbearers. Baker Funeral Home, Pound, served the family of Hazel O. Mullins.
Dr. Willard Eugene Arnett ’47, husband of Patricia Rae Arnett ’49, April 1, 2017
Monroe Jesse Mink, Acad ’40, December 28, 2001
Matt Morgan, Acad ’40, August 30, 1982
Hazel Longworth Milton, Acad ’37, ’41, November 3, 2006
Dillard N. Mynhier, Acad ’41, October 30, 1999
Eileen McDaniel Prewitt ’41, May 1, 2017
Eileen McDaniel Prewitt, 98, of Shelbyville, formerly of New Castle, died Monday, May 1, 2017 in Louisville. She was a 1941 graduate of Berea College; graduate of Library Science at Spaulding University; 50-year member of Eminence Presbyterian Church; librarian for many years at the Henry County Public Library and Green County Public Library; and a member of the Henry County Homemakers. During World War II, Eileen worked in the library at the Greenbrier Resort Army Hospital, where she delivered books daily to General Dwight Eisenhower who was a patient there at the time. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, James Thomas Prewitt; parents, Gillette and Lura Lively McDaniel; sister, Lucille Brown and brothers, Raymond McDaniel, Harold McDaniel and Vernon McDaniel. She is survived by her son, Charles E. Prewitt (Patsy), River Ridge, LA; granddaughters, Lee Kresovsky (Joseph), Louisville; Elizabeth Wells (Nathan), Chicago; great grandsons, Will Kresovsky and James Wells. After retirement, Eileen and Jim loved to travel in their Winnebago throughout the U.S. to see the wonders of nature and visit friends and colleagues. They spent winters in Arcadia, Florida for many years and loved to travel to New Orleans to spend Christmas with Chuck, Patsy and the granddaughters. Her hobbies included gathering and preserving the bounty from the family garden each year, quilting, tending her flower garden and working on family genealogy. She was a lifelong avid reader of any subject and especially enjoyed historical novels. Mamaw will be fondly remembered by her granddaughters and her many nephews and nieces as a warm, loving lady who adored sharing family stories and events with them. The family would like to thank Dr. David Wallace for his many years of exceptional concern and professional care. Gratitude is extended to the staff at The Pillars Assisted Living Community for their many kindnesses and outpouring of loving care over the past six years making Mamaw feel at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at the funeral home. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Lancaster Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Eminence Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 132, Eminence, KY 40019.
Riley M. Lambert ’42, May 13, 2017
Riley Myron Lambert , 98, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2017. Born in South Dakota on May 23, 1918, Riley moved to Berea, Kentucky to attend Berea College in 1938. This is where he met Carolyn Lucille Lavender (preceded in death on November 18, 2013) and married her on January 3, 1942. Riley enlisted in the United States Navy after Carolyn and he graduated from Berea. Riley was a World War II Veteran and upon his discharge he attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. Upon graduation in 1951, Riley became a registered pharmacist. Riley and Carolyn established Lambert’s Village Drug Store in Clarendon Hills, IL on April 1, 1962 until they closed it on Dec. 31, 1987. Many fond memories of the store are still fresh in our minds. Riley was a cherished father to Mark, Carol, Barb (Dan Rezabek) and an adoring grandfather to Scott (Katie Fleming) Bobo, Kyle Rezabek, Chris Bobo and Kevin Rezabek. Caring friends are Peter Camin, who helped to care for Pop, Angel Davis, Eboni Jackson, Chrissey Plank Ciraulo and Lois Plank. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Honor Flight Chicago in Pop’s name.
Charles Layne, Acad ’42, September 22, 2000
Eunice Garcia Holmes ’42, March 8, 2016
Frances Barr Cargill ’42, April 10, 2017
Odie McDonald, Acad ’42, June 23, 1997
Rubye Robinson Easterly ’43, February 22, 2010
Rubye Easterly, age 88, passed away Monday morning at Richmond Health and Rehab in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a Presbyterian and a Homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobert and Ola Parker Robinson; husband, Ambrose Easterly; daughter, Sandra Easterly Sweazey; brother, Thomas Hobert Robinson. Ms. Easterly is survived by four daughters, Cathy and husband Cliff Feltham of Lexington, Ky, Susan White of Renton, Washington, Anne Easterly and husband Ted Potter of Iowa City, Iowa, and Jane Easterly of Galesburg, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday February 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Donald Owens officiating with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Justin Potter Library in memory of Ms. Easterly.
Eugene C. Whiteman, Navy V-12 ’44, March 6, 2017
Eugene C. Whiteman born on oct 26, 1925 departed on Mar 6, 2017 Eugene Clarence Whiteman, of Cedar Rapids passed away at his home Monday, March 6, 2017. A gathering will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. His life will be celebrated at First Presbyterian Church, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. He was active in theater and music throughout his life as a singer, actor, and director; at schools, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, in Chicago with white guards, and locally at the Barn Theater, Theater Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Rapids Follies. He performed in his final follies at age 90. He sang in and directed church choirs in Panora, Rockwell City and Red Oak, and sang for many years in the choir at First Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids, where he was also an elder. Gene was the life of every party and had a laugh that filled the room. He was a die-hard Cubs fan and was finally able to enjoy their World Series win. He was an avid Hawkeye fan and football tailgater, always leading the Iowa fight song in the stands. A bridge player to the end, he also played tennis and softball. He touched so many people and took great pride in shaping the lives of young people, either as a teacher, a principal, or a cast member. He volunteered with the Family Service Agency and The United Way in Cedar Rapids for many years and judged speech contests for the Thursday Noon Optimist Club. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of over 60 years, Joyce of Cedar Rapids, his children; Lynn (Mark) of Milwaukee, WI, and Brad (Cindy) of Columbus, OH, his grandchildren; Elizabeth (Rich) and Cameron; his brother, Richard (Pat); brother-in-law, Don Ford, sister-in-law, Rita Whiteman and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Phillip. Gene was born to William and Grace Whiteman in Fort Madison, Iowa on October 26, 1925. He married Joyce Ford on April 7, 1955 in Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was a Navy officer and served during World War II and the Korean War. He attended Berea College and graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He later earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He had a successful career in teaching and administration beginning in Panora, Iowa and ending in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with stops in Rockwell City, Iowa and Red Oak, Iowa. After a brief stop at Mckinley Junior High School and he opened Taft Junior High as principal in 1965. He served the school (later Taft Middle School) for 25 years. During his time in Cedar Rapids he was active with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He served on numerous school evaluation teams, chairing many of them. The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice Respite Care, especially Kendra, Lisa and Sara, for their wonderful support and care over the last few months. Instead of flowers, memorials can be made to Theater Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Follies and First Presbyterian Church. Services and visitation will be held on March 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 1st Ave N.E. Cedar Rapids, IA. Service will be held on March 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.at First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids, 310 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Carolyn L. Perkins, Acad ’44, June 13, 1990
John T. Ulmer ’44, February 1, 2013
John Thomson “Jack” Ulmer was born March 1, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry J. and Anna B. Ulmer. He was a U.S. Navy combat veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, an attorney and businessman, and Oregon resident for 52 years. He and life partner Charles J. “Jerry” Liming (1933-2010) built and operated House on the Hill motel in Oceanside from 1969 to 1982. Retired in Portland, Jack died at home of natural causes at age 90 on Feb. 1, 2013. He and Jerry, together for 55 years, married in 2004 when Multnomah County enacted marriage equality, then registered as domestic partners after the county’s action was overturned. Jack and Jerry were known for warm hospitality, enjoyment of world travel and great love for family and friends. Jack is survived by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, their spouses and children; and countless friends. His life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m., Sivers Center lounge, American Plaza Towers, SW First and Lincoln, Portland. Remembrances to Oregon Community Foundation, for the Liming and Ulmer Music Scholarship Fund.”
James Rader Wey, Acad ’45, April 23, 2017
WEY, James Rader, of Kettering, OH, died peacefully at his home on April 23, surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Lynch, KY, December 21, 1927, the son of Howard Lee Wey and Minta Rader Wey. Jim graduated in 1945 from Berea High School, Berea, KY. After some time in the Navy, Jim worked as a draftsman in Dayton, where he met and married Anne. Jim went on to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed being with family; he never missed a high school or college graduation, and attended an uncountable number of events to watch his grandchildren. Jim volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne; children, Howard, James, Mary (Wey) Collins, Mark, Beth (Wey) Manns, and Julie (Wey) Heinkel; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eva J. Henry of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Christine Marie (Wey) John; and sister, Patricia H. Wey Harrison. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 124 W Apple St, Dayton, OH 45402.
Agnes Ratcliff Rudberg ’45, April 3, 2017
Maj. US Army Retired, 92, passed away on April 3, 2017 in Bradenton, FL. She was born in Iaeger, WV and the youngest of 6 sisters, all who have preceded her in death, as well as her husband, Jerome. She served during World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam. She is survived by three nieces and two nephews and a loving family. Military Honors will be at Florida National Cemetery on Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. Groover Funeral Home.
Lacy E. Cochran ’47, husband of Florence Begley Cochran ’46, March 16, 2017
Lacy E. Cochran, 95, of Mathias, went quietly into the arms of Jesus Thursday, March 16, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.
He was born June 15, 1921 in Greenbrier County, WV. He was the oldest son of the late David F. and Ada Hankins Cochran. He is survived by his wife, Florence; three sons, Wendell and wife, Faye, of Mount Jackson, Darrell and wife, Madaline, of Alexandria, and Mark and wife, Joyce, of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Dorothy Newhouse, of Baltimore. One son, David, two brothers, Joseph and Edward, and two sisters, Edith and Glenna, preceded him in death.
Lacy had a long and remarkable life. He grew up in the midst of the Depression on a small hilly, rocky farm in Greenbrier County. The lessons and discipline he learned there shaped his whole life. Inspired by a high school agriculture teacher, he became the first of his family to attend college, when he entered Berea College in Berea, KY., in the fall of 1939. He left school in 1941 to work in the war industry in Baltimore; after being drafted in 1943, he served in the United States Army Chemical Corps, including 21 months overseas in Great Britain. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant in January 1946 and returned to Berea to continue his education. He was proud of his service to his country and the fact that all four of his sons, two of his grandsons, and his great-granddaughter also served.
His first day back on campus he met a pretty, charming, and smart Kentucky girl. Six months later, on July 21, 1946, Lacy and Florence were married in the college chapel. Their love and devotion for each other was unsurpassed.
After graduation in 1947 he took his first teaching job in Greenbrier County in the fall of 1947, and moved to Moorefield High School in January 1948 in the middle of an epic blizzard. In 1952, he became the vocational agriculture and shop teacher at Mathias High School and became “Mister Cochran” to generations of students. At Mathias High, Lacy built one of the most successful Future Farmers of America programs in West Virginia. Scores of his students were designated “State Farmers.” Teams he coached won statewide land judging contests and parliamentary procedure contests. Four of his students (two at Moorefield and two at Mathias) won state public speaking contests. One pair of students won the statewide talent contest. One student was named Star Poultry Farmer of America and two won the coveted American Farmer degree. Lacy was named an Honorary State Farmer and Honorary American Farmer in recognition of the success of his students. He also taught adult farmer education programs, helping bring advances in agriculture technology and science into practice. In 1975, he became director of vocational education in Hardy County. In that role, he helped oversee the construction of a new county vocational center at Baker. He retired from Hardy County Schools in 1986, but he continued to serve for several years by managing the East Hardy High Scholarship Fund, which he helped establish.
While he was teaching he attended summer classes at West Virginia University, receiving a master’s degree in agriculture education in 1954. He was a staunch Mountaineer sports fan. As busy and successful as he was as a teacher, Lacy had several sideline pursuits, mostly to help supplement his teaching salary. He sold mail order men’s suits from the W.Z. Gibson Co. of Chicago; he sold World Book encyclopedias, and he developed a successful insurance business as an agent for Farmers Mutual of West Virginia. He also was a devoted member of the Mathias Ruritan Club, where he amassed a 50-year-plus record of perfect attendance. He served two terms as president and one year as West Virginia District Governor. Last year, the Mathias club honored him as the “Ruritan of the Year.” After moving to Mathias, he and Florence became devout members of Cove Chapel United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. His faith in the Lord carried him all along his life’s journey.
After he retired, Lacy continued to manage his insurance agency. He also spent time growing irises, gladiolus, and dahlias much to the delight of those passing by the family’s small Cove Road acreage. He loved family gatherings and especially rejoiced in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Monday at McKee Funeral Home in Baker. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at the funeral home by the Rev. Jonathan Hedrick and Pastor Heather Rogers. He will be buried in a private ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mathias.
Contributions may be made in Lacy’s honor to the East Hardy High Scholarship Fund or to other charities.
Garneta Shannon Derian ’47, April 13, 2017
Sue Austin Norwood, Fd ’48, March 27, 2017
Sue Austin Norwood departed this life on March 27, 2017. Mrs. Norwood was born in Flat Rock, AL on August 12, 1930 to Tola and Jasper Austin. She attended high school at the Foundation School of Berea College in Kentucky. She received a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama in 1952. Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Welton Norwood. Daughter-in-law Rebecca Lynn Norwood, brothers Edward, Leon, and Joe Austin and sister Annie Ruth Austin Reed also predeceased her. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Emily and Joe McNew of Fort Payne, their children and spouses Suzanne and Jon Baggett of Birmingham and Alan and Whitley McNew of Auburn; son Thomas W. Norwood of Scottsboro and his fiancee Paula Nerren; Thomas’s children and their spouses Austin and Jane Norwood of Dacula, Georgia; Laura and Sean Orlando and Jessica and Levi Sciara of Nashville, Tennessee; and daughter Sharon Norwood Chastain of Maryville, Tennessee and her daughter Teresa Arnold of Gray, Tennessee. “Granny Sue” was also the proud great-grandmother of Lillian Rose Norwood, Zoey Kate and Luke Baggett, Gianna and Anthony Orlando, and Brexley and Pippa McNew. She was looking forward to the arrival of babies Orlando and Sciara this summer. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Sue was known for her love of flowers and achieved Master Gardener status and was a member of the Scottsboro Master Gardeners and Garden Club. She received the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award this spring and several other times in the past. Sue was a member of Scottsboro First United Methodist Church, where she was active in The Friendship Circle. She was a member of American Association of University Women and Music Study Club. She received her 50-year membership award with AAUW.
Sue was known to her friends and family as a great Southern cook. She was active in her supper club over several decades. She hosted many gatherings of friends and family during her lifetime, and no one left her home hungry.
Visitation will be at Scottsboro First United Methodist Church on March 29 from 1-3 p.m., followed by the service at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Paul Stylos ’50, husband of Ramona Layne Stylos ’49, March 29, 2017
Angela L. Lang, wife of Robert Roy Lang ’49, April 4, 2011
Hildred Brandenburg Hart ’49, April 24, 2017
William D. Parris ’64, November 5, 2016
Dr. Dan Baugh Jr., Acad ’46, ’50, May 9, 2017
BAUGH, Dr. Emerson Daniel Jr., was born in Lawrenceville, Va. July 2, 1929, the son of the late Judge Emerson Daniel Baugh and Maggie Lee Matthews Baugh. He attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, graduated from The University of Virginia School of Medicine and interned at the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU School of Medicine). He began his solo practice of medicine in Kenbridge, Virginia, where he opened his office and his heart to the community in 1955. He practiced here for nearly 50 years. During that time he treated snakebites, set broken bones, and repaired open wounds, while treating the spectrum of diseases and infirmities in patients of all ages. He said that he followed patients through infancy, adulthood, and senility. House calls were the norm, and for many years he delivered babies in his office and homes. He delivered one baby on the ground in the patient’s yard and twice in the back seat of a car. Early on, he was the local dentist’s leading advocate and supporter in getting fluoride introduced to the Kenbridge water supply, a controversial concept in its day. Dr. Baugh served on the Board of Directors of Lunenburg Health Service since 1956, an organization dedicated to providing free, supportive, compassionate nursing care to people in need in Lunenburg County. He and his wife, Helen Jane, opened their home for many years, two weeks at a time, to medical students contemplating the family physician way of life in a rural community. He was honored when asked to participate in this part of a med student’s education. He shared his calling with the students willingly, and enjoyed it thoroughly. He was a Charter Fellow and Life Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a four-time Diplomate to the American Board of Family Practice. He held many offices with the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians including Office of President, and was chosen the V.A.F.P. Family Physician of the Year in 1998. While he considered this to be the highest professional honor of his life, he never claimed to be anything but “a country doctor,” the title he preferred. This was his deeply satisfying and profoundly meaningful life’s work. Dr. Baugh was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Helen Jane Beckelheimer Baugh of Fayetteville, West Virginia; and his brother, Judge Arthur Matthews Baugh (Pete) of Richmond, Virginia. He is survived by his four children, Jane Osborne Baugh Singletary (Bruce Love), Ann Carter Baugh Watts (Ed), Emerson Daniel Baugh III (Cornelia) and John Matthews Baugh (Robin); and his grandchildren in Virginia and North Carolina. Dr. Dan loved the outdoors: the land, the woods and ponds of Southside Virginia, and the wildlife residing there. He loved fishing and hunting in all of these places with his boys and his friends whenever he could. He was a deep thinker with a sweet soul and a wonderful sense of humor. He gave generously to every charity that asked and many that did not. He spoke gently, he looked out for those less fortunate, especially children and the elderly, he laughed often, made others laugh, and he worked tirelessly, always putting the needs of others before his own. His dedication to his patients and his family and his community endeared him to multiple generations in Lunenburg. Dr. Dan slipped away from us in the early morning of May 9, 2017, into a final sleep. It was time, and he needed the rest. Visitation with the family will be at Clarke Funeral Home, 110 E. Fifth Avenue, Kenbridge, Va., Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Kenbridge United Methodist Church, 201 E. Fifth Avenue, Kenbridge, Va., on Friday, May 12, at 2 p.m., with burial at Kenbridge Heights Cemetery. Refreshments following at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt “Thanks” to all of Dr. Dan’s extraordinary and loving caregivers, most especially Gloria Jean Wilson and Deborah Craven. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Dan would be honored to have a donation sent to any of the following: The Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation, Brookneal, Va. 24528, Lunenburg Health Service P.O. Box 128, Victoria, Va. 23974, Kenbridge United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 926, Kenbridge, Va. or the Kenbridge Fire Department, P.O. Box 556, Kenbridge, Va. 23944.
Dr. Grover C. Miller ’50, May 3, 2017
Dr. Grover Cleveland Miller, Jr., 90, of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at SECU Hospice House following a brief illness. Dr. Miller was born on January 23, 1927 in Jackson, Kentucky, son of Grover Miller, Sr. and Hattie McQuinn Miller. He was preceded in death by both parents and four sisters. Surviving are his children: Cindy Leslie and husband, Bill; Mark Miller and wife, Moni; Melissa Jensen and husband, Niels; Matthew Miller and wife, Susan; and seven grandchildren: Lauren Wolf (Luke), Will Leslie (Jessica), Nicole Howell (Ryne), Kyra Miller, Tyler Miller, Tenille Torres (Nelson), Devon Jensen; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving wife, Judy Coley Miller, whom he called his “alter ego,” his life partner and soulmate. Dr. Miller, a Professor of Zoology, retired from North Carolina State University in 1993 after 37 years of service. He taught over 15,000 students, both graduate and undergraduate. He published numerous articles in the field of Wildlife Parasitology. Dr. Miller is a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a Life Member in the American Legion. He served as a Past Commander, Chaplain, and Adjutant in Post 132 in Smithfield. He was also a member of La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, 40&8. Grover was an ordained Deacon and Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield. Being an avid genealogy researcher, he also volunteered at the Heritage Library in Smithfield for many years. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. The family has requested no flowers; however, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 1159, Smithfield, NC 27577, or to the Grover C. Miller Zoology Scholarship Endowment, NCSU College of Sciences, Campus Box 8201, 4216 Broughton Hall, Raleigh, NC 27695.
Mary Margaret Miller, wife of Odell Carlton Miller ’51, March 17, 2017
Lorene Parker Bow ’52, April 26, 2017
Mrs. Thelma “Lorene” Parker Bow, age 87, of Molena Ga, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at her residence. Mrs. Bow was born January 1, 1930, to the late Alton Braxton and Thelma Parker. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra K. (Don) Morris of Perryville, MD, Deborah (Mayne) Gooden of Molena, Carol Ann Bow, and Clara Lee (Joe) Lisi of Redlands CA; and sister, Iris Stanley of New York; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10-11 a.m. at Coggins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 3133 Crest Hwy, Thomaston, GA 30286.
Thomas Dickinson, husband of Ursula Dickinson, Fd ’52, February 4, 2016
Thomas “Tom” George Dickinson was born on March 5, 1937 in Park Ridge, Illinois to Agnes and Clarence Dickinson. He passed away on February 4, 2016 at his home in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 78. He grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois in a home built by his Mom’s father. Clarence died when Tom was 15, so his older brother Roger helped him out a lot with life in general. Tom attended the University of Denver on athletic scholarship in football and wrestling, and graduated in 1963. He worked for Channel 7 for 36 years as a producer/director before retiring. Tom met Ursula, the love of his life, in September 1971 at a dance. “When they started jitter bugging – that was it.” Tom proposed almost six years later during a concert at Sloan’s Lake. “He proposed when the cannon fired and I didn’t hear what he said so he had to ask me a second time.” That “shot-gun proposal” led to their wedding on October 16, 1977 at Peaceful Valley Lodge, Colorado in the Chapel built in memorial to her father. It was then that he adopted into his heart her five children: Lynda, Tom, David, Andie and Jennifer. Tom’s always contagious smile and humor allowed him to make friends wherever he went. Tom adored children, often playing Santa Claus, a role he took to naturally. As “Papa,” he adored his grandchildren Chris, Amber, Jared, Jon, Cory and Brandon and embraced being “Opa” for his great-granddaughters Abigayl and Gracelyn. He was also an amazing uncle for Christine, Theresa, Margaret, Paul, Elizabeth and Kathryn. Tom loved hunting and the outdoors. On those hunting trips, at times, he had difficulty “staying in the saddle” but that never stopped him. Tom avidly supported the arts through the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, and the Metropolitan Opera Live at the Movie Theatres. He was a devout Roman Catholic and active parishioner at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. In marriage, Tom and Ursula taught us that becoming “one” does not mean losing what makes you an individual. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife Ursula Dickinson, five step-children, six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, five nieces, one nephew and two dear cousins.
Bill H. Dobbins ’52, May 23, 2017
Mr. Bill Hoover Dobbins, 88, of Statesville, passed away, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dobbins was born February 12, 1929 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Wilbur Olen Dobbins and Dorcas Lovelace Dobbins. He was a graduate of Gardner Webb University, received his BS degree in Agriculture from Berea College in Berea, KY and some post graduate classes from North Carolina State University. In 1950, he was married to Edith Hoyle Dobbins, who survives, and they were members of Wesley Memorial UMC. In addition to being an active member and leader of Wesley Memorial UMC, he also served the United Methodist Church as a Lay Speaker, Lay Leader of the Appalachian District and served on the Board of Laity for Western NC Conference. He was retired from FCX, Southern States and also worked for the NC Office of Administrative Hearings. Bill served as a volunteer for Hospice of Iredell County for 26 years, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award, Yokefellow Volunteer, 5th Street Ministries Volunteer and past president of the NC Folk Round and Square Dance Federation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne Dobbins McCollum (John) of Hamilton, OH, daughter-in-law, Sherry Johnson Dobbins Sanders (Scott) of Knoxville, TN; four grandchildren, Greg McCollum of Hamilton, OH, Elizabeth McCollum of Batavia, OH, Amanda Sorge (Korey) of Boca Raton, FL, Jennifer Dobbins of Memphis, TN and one great grandchild, Matthew Gregory Sorge of Boca Raton, FL. He was preceded in death by one son, Dr. Gregory Hoyle Dobbins. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Dr. Chris Fitzgerald officiating. The family will visit with friends following the service and at other times at the Dobbins residence. Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com. Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Bill Dobbins. Charitable donations may be made to: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 825 Wesley Dr., Statesville NC 28677 Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28677.
Ernest Woodrow Jones ’52
Jean Dedman ’53, May 3, 2017
Kathryn Moyers Craig ’53, wife of Albert McKinley Craig ’53, April 5, 2017
Kathryn M. Craig, age 85, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was a long-time member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church in Karns, where she served as director of the nursery school until 1983. She attended Berea College and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. Kathryn loved the Smokey Mountains and enjoyed traveling across the country. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dalis Moyers of Speedwell, TN, and a brother Wade Moyers. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Albert Craig Jr. and brother Gene Moyers; children: Albert Craig III (Karen), Sharon Mills (Ken), Shannon Gilroy (Bob) and Charles Craig (Traci); 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The family will welcome friends on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Foundation, 520 W. Summitt Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902. Please visit www.berrylynnhurst.com to leave condolences for the family.
Helen C. Calico Eden ’53, April 28, 2017
Helen C. Eden, 86, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Born Saturday, November 29, 1930 in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Blanche Harold Calico. She was a former teacher in the Harlan County, Lancaster City, & Garrard County school systems. Helen was valedictorian of her graduating class at Paint Lick High School, a graduate of Berea College, and continued graduate work at UK and EKU. She was also instrumental in establishing Title I, remedial reading, and math programs in the Garrard County school system. After retirement, she was twice director of Literacy and Adult Education of Garrard County. She was a member of Church at Cedar Creek. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Forrest Calico. Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Eden, of Lancaster; a son, Edwin (Judy) Langford, of Pineville; step-daughter, Tina Abassi of Lancaster; two step-granddaughters, Madelyn Deaton, of Waynesburg and Savannah Abassi, of Lancaster; sister in-law, Dr. Patricia Calico, of Stanford; nephew, Dr. Jefferson (Cari) Calico, of Corbin; niece, Patricia Calico (Wes) Cohron, of Lexington; and six great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Helen will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Dalton, Dr. Jefferson Calico, and Bro. Aelred Dean officiating, and burial following at Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 –7 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home. Friends and family may share memories or leave condolences on her tribute wall at www.ramsey-young.com. Ramsey-Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Witold Alexander Hoja ’53, May 2, 2017
Joanne Varney Shopher ’54, wife of Kenneth Ray Shopher, Acad ’49 and Fd ’53
Dr. Samuel S. Hung ’54, December 7, 2014
Samuel Sak-Wai Hung of Cambridge Dec. 7, 2014. Beloved husband of Narl Chow Hung. Funeral service are pending. Funeral Home Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, 36 Trapelo Road Belmont , MA 02478.
Rosa Nelle Thomas ’54, January 10, 2013
Janet Bowling McLemore ’55, March 21, 2017
Jeanelle Lecky Baker ’56, wife of Charles E. Baker, Acad ’49, ’53, March 13, 2017
Jeanelle L. Baker, 83, of Strongsville, passed away peacefully March 13, 2017. Beloved wife of 64 years to Charles; loving mother of Gregory Baker (deceased), Bryan (Carol) and Garrard Baker, and Lynnelle (Rick) Puzzitiello; dear grandmother of Kaitlin and Nathan Baker, Lauren (Corey) Frazer, and Ricky and Ryland Puzzitiello; cherished sister of Virginia (James) Mason (both deceased), Anna Fay (Reginald) Dickson, Nancy (John-deceased) Chascsa, and Samuel (Virginia) Lecky. Jeanelle was always known for her shining smile and kind heart. She was a lover of nature, of people, and most of all, her family. Visitation is 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Sunset Chapel, 6245 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted, OH, where funeral services will take place at 12 noon. Interment at Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 E. 42nd St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Cemetery Details: Sunset Memorial Park, 6265 Columbia Rd. North Olmsted, OH, US, 44070
Bernd Jager ’57, March 30, 2015
Bernd Jager 1931 – 2015 It is with profound sadness that we announce to you the death of Professor Bernd Jager, on Monday March 30, 2015, at the age of 83, surrounded by his son David and some of his students . Bernd Jager was born in Groningen, the Netherlands and studied agronomy at the Royal Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Deventer. As a young student, he served as assistant to Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Lambarene, West Africa. Bernd Jager then studied psychology at the University of Groningen with Jan Hendrick van den Berg and then at the University of San Francisco. He earned his doctorate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Jager participated in the founding of the humanist psychology movement in California. He worked with Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, James Hillman and Ronald David Laing. He taught psychology at the Universities of California, Louvain, Tokyo, Rhodes and Johannesburg, and included among his most prominent colleagues, philosophers and professors Hans Georg Gaddamer, Andy Giorgi and Jacques De Visscher. He was still teaching at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His essays have been published in numerous books and journals in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Japan. The main theme of his publications is a critique of the excessive dependence of psychology on the technology and methodology of the natural sciences. He cherished the use of traditional knowledge of the human condition, present in the arts and humanities. He is survived by his son David Jager, daughter Sheila Miyoshi Jager, daughter-in-law Ruth Elizabeth Bromstein and granddaughter Kismet Shinko Elizabeth Jager. His funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m., during a Catholic Mass in the chapel of the funeral center Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal. He was predeceased by his wife, Shinko. You can also convey your condolences on www.bernd-jager.com. Release: 2015-04-07 to 2015-04-07 in La Presse.
Bernd’s parents were Hindrik Jager and Geesje Brinke from the Netherlands. He had a brother named Henk. Bernd married Shinko Sakata August 9, 1960 in San Francisco, California. Together they had two children, Sheila Miyoshi Jager (Jiyul Kim), David H Jager (Ruth Elizabeth Bronstein), and five grandchildren, Isaac H Kim, Hannah Marijke Kim, Emma Kim, Aaron Kim and Kismet Shinko Elizabeth Jager.
Harold Robert Cullop ’58, March 15, 2017
Harold R. Cullop passed away March 15, 2017 after a short illness with lung cancer. Born September 18, 1936, in Chardon, he was a Berea College graduate, a U.S. Army veteran, and worked as a financial officer at the Cleveland Ballet. After moving back from St. Petersburg, Florida, he was a favorite resident at Chardon Healthcare and enjoyed playing bridge at the Chardon Senior Center. He is survived by his niece, Leslie (Deak) Machuta (George); and nephews, George Deak (Aimee), Lewis Deak (Patty) and Brian Deak. A private memorial service was held March 29, 2017. A special thank you to Chardon Healthcare and Crossroads Hospice for their exceptional care and support.
Lucy Jones Dorris ’59, May 31, 2017
Lucy was granted her angel wings on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. She spent her final days at NHC in Cookeville, surrounded by family and friends at her side. Lucy Jones was born Nov. 29, 1940, in DeKalb County, Tenn., to Glendon Jones and Nell Medley Jones. She attended DeKalb County High School in Smithville, and later attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Lucy worked and retired after 36 years as a medical secretary/stenographer at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. She had a beautiful smile, a soft voice, and an intense care for all people and animals. Although she was so tiny and frail, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Eva Anne Jones Ligon and Ronnie Ligon of Algood; and two nieces, Sherry Ligon of Cookeville and Terry Ligon of Baxter. A special thank you to the nurses and staff at NHC of Cookeville, and all employees at Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville and to a special friend, Gail Bowling of Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Betty Click Powers ’53, March 29, 2017
C. Dale Reedy ’55, September 5, 2016
Allen D. DuRand, husband of Linda V. DuRand ’10, March 18, 2017
William Franklin Fine ’59, August 5, 2016
Margaret Freeman Norris ’59, March 28, 2017
Rosemary Brown Smith ’61, wife of Ernest L. Smith ’58, December 7, 2016
Ova Ray Petrey, Fd ’62, husband of Mary E. Marasa ’62, January 31, 2017
PETREY, Ova Ray, 80, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Born in Rockholds, KY he was a retired mailman for the USPS and an Air Force Veteran. Ray was a member of Ninth & O Baptist Church. He was also a Mason, Shriner, KY Colonel, and a member of the Kentuckiana Squares and Rounds. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys Petrey; and two brothers. He is survived by his loving wife, the former Mary Johnson; sons, Tim Petrey (Chantel) and Garnett Petrey; daughter, Elizabeth Priddy (Greg); 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Debbie Marasa; four step-grandchildren; three brothers; and four sisters. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Ninth & O Baptist Church, 4401 Breckenridge Ln. with cremation to follow. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the church.
Roger Marion Oliver ’62, May 23, 2017
A bit over a week ago, we learned that the chemo was not able to keep the leukemia at bay any longer. We switched to an at home chemo and palliative regimen to keep Daddy comfortable and allow him what he wanted: to be pain free, at home with his family, and to live his life out peacefully in his bed, slipping off while he slept, in the home he adored, surrounded by his beloved children. As always, he accomplished all his goals.
RIP, Daddy. We will miss you with all our hearts, but Mommy will be overjoyed to see you.
Dan M. Polly ’62, May 17, 2017
Dan Polly, 77, of Whitesburg, died May 17 at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine. A son of the late Add and Edna Webb Polly, he was a brother of the late Jacqueline “Jackie” Page, Rex Polly and Bobby Polly. Mr. Polly was a science teacher at Whitesburg High School, from which he retired. He was an alumnus of Berea College.
James Clyde Trammell, Fd ’62, husband of Jane Huff Trammell, Fd ’60, ’63, March 27, 2016
John Robert Blondell ’64, November 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – John R. Blondell, age 73, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013 in the Park West Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. He was born March 31, 1940, the son of the late Eugene (Pappy) Blondell and Ozella Haley Blondell. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joann Yoakum Blondell; his daughter, Tina Bright; stepson, Chris Harrell; stepdaughter, Becky Harrell; four grandchildren: Alex, Claire and Callie Bright and Cayden Harrell; two brothers: Ted (Alesia) Blondell and Jim (Barbara) Blondell; brothers-in-laws: Mack Yoakum, George (Linda) Yoakum Jr. and Debbie (Roger) Mayes; nephews: Mike, Gene, Dick, Robin and Eddie Blondell; mother-in-law, Cleo Yoakum Cowan; special friends, Jerry Frederick and Donnie Ferrell, and several cousins, grandnieces and nephews. John was a painting contractor for the last 29 years. Before that, a business owner. He started his career as a guidance counselor and teacher. He was a guidance counselor at Middlesboro High School. Funeral service will be 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Shumate Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Astor Simpson officiating. Music will be by Larry and Karen Blondell. Graveside service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Green Hills Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mike Blondell, Gene Blondell, Dick Blondell, Scott Blondell, Donnie Farrell, George Yoakum, Jr., and Mack Yoakum. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Shumate Funeral Home Chapel. Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements. Guestbook at www.shumatefuneralhome.com.
William D. Parris ’64, November 5, 2016
Glenn Edward Brashear ’65, April 21, 2017
Jerry Lee Collette ’67, husband of Mary Turner Collette ’65, May 2, 2017
Jerry L. Collette, age 73, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Memorial Hospital. An educator for 31 years, he retired from the Marysville school system, where he served his entire career as teacher, principal and coach. A 1962 graduate of Rockwood High School in Rockwood, Tennessee, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky in 1967. He was hired as an Edgewood Elementary teacher the same year by Supt. LeRoy Williams. His classroom career included social studies, physical education, mathematics and computer technology. After receiving a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton, he served as principal at East Elementary from 1976 to 1986. His coaching career included football, basketball, track and golf. He also served as the middle school athletic director for several years. For six years, he was the head track and field coach at MHS, where the Monarchs won the league track title in 1973. He was recognized by his peers and high schools as one of the best track coaches in Ohio. Known for his exceptional organizational capabilities, he was instrumental in developing numerous athletic projects and events, including the Denny Miller Relays, the junior high track and field relays, the middle school hoop tournament, middle school golf tournament, the MHS Christmas wrestling tournament and the new Monarch football stadium in 1973. He was the clock operator for Monarch football for more than 25 years and was announcer for home high school basketball games and wrestling tournaments. As a referee, he traveled the regional circuit for junior varsity basketball games. Following his retirement in 1997, he continued to work for the Marysville schools as a staff computer trainer and received the system’s “Good Apple” award in 1998. He also became an adjunct professor at Ashland University in computer training. An avid golfer and “hole-in-one” achiever, he was a part-time employee for 10 years at Liberty Hills Golf Course in Bellefontaine. In 2016, he was named as the first Honorary Inductee to the Marysville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a cornerstone in developing the Hall of Fame many years ago. His civic involvement included the Union County Health Department Advisory Board, the Union County YMCA Board and Memorial Hospital Wellness Center volunteer. Aside from golfing, his hobbies included reading and spending time at Hilton Head with the love of his life, Mary. He will mostly be remembered as a dedicated educator and friend of “many hats” who devoted his life to making everyone else’s life easier. He was born March 18, 1944 in Rockwood, Tennessee to the late Howard B. and Marjory Dickson Collette. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Annette Park; three nephews, Gregory Collette, Steve Slone and Richard Price; a brother-in-law, Doug Turner; a sister-in-law, Barbara Turner; and his mother-in-law, Dolly Turner. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary L. Turner Collette, whom he married April 9, 1966 in London, Ohio; a brother, Dick (Rebecca) Collette of Sweetwater, Tennessee; three sisters-in-law, Nicky (Bill) Triplett of Garner, Kentucky, Brenda (Wallace) Cook of St. James City, Florida and Sandra Turner of Wayland, Kentucky; three brothers-in-law, Jim (Sharon) Turner of Hueysville, Kentucky, Gary Chaffins of Lexington, Kentucky and Steve Turner of Garrett, Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Susie Price, Kathy Slone, Robert (Sheila) Turner, Melissa (Dan) Combs, Michael (Debbie) Cook; four great nephews, Skyler, Dylan, Jared and Matthew; and many loving friends. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Underwood Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends 12 noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jay Groat will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame or Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
Ronald Edward Brock ’67, April 24, 2017
Ronald “Ron” Edward Brock, of LaFayette, Ga., passed away Monday, April 24, 2017. He was 82. Ron was a 1952 graduate of LaFayette High School. Following graduation, Ron served his country during the Korean War. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Berea College in Berea, KY. Ron retired with T.V.A., where he was the personnel director over the Nuclear Power Division. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, where he was an ordained deacon and longtime Sunday school teacher. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed coaching youth football and softball, and was part of the prison ministry. He received an award from United Way for running a highly effective fundraising campaign. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, F.L. “Dink” Brock and Hazel Williams Brock; and brother, Bill Brock.
Survivors include: His loving wife of 62 years, Tommie Wilbanks Brock; daughter, Mary Jane Denton of LaFayette; two sons, Ron (Kellye) Brock of Nashville and Michael (Laura Ann) Brock of Williamson, Ga.; brother, Bob (Sue) Brock of Blue Ridge, Ga.; grandchildren, Mick Brock, Annie Laura Brock, Adam Brock, Jason Brock, Ben Brock, Nathan Denton and Jered Denton; several nieces and nephews.
Birdell Hensley Bennett ’67, wife of Dr. Charles D. Bennett Jr. ’65, March 28, 2017
Joyce Ledbetter McKenzie ’67, May 4, 2017
Boyd J. Graves ’68, husband of Joanne Smith Graves ’69, April 8, 2017
Boyd Jerome Graves, 71, of Amelia, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Hospice of Cincinnati East. He was born February 2, 1946 at his home in Sand Springs, KY, son of the late William Leonard and Lavada Kirby Graves. He was married to Joanne Smith Graves, who survives, for 46 years. Boyd honorably served in the United States Army from 1968-1970 and was in the 1st Air Cav Division in Vietnam. He retired from H.C. Nutting Company, which is now known as Terracon, where he served as Vice President of Business Development. He was an avid runner who ran the Boston Marathon as well as the Columbus and Louisville marathons. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and as a loyal friend to many who knew him. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Vickie Lynn (Bobby) Tomlinson of Murfreesboro, TN and Melissa Graves (Paul) Evans of Amelia, OH; grandson, Michael Eldon Innis of Loveland, OH; loving mother-in-law, Allene Evelyn Smith of Rawl, WV; brothers, Stanley Graves of Peru, IN, Clinton (Lynn) Graves of Springhill, FL, Raymond Graves of Somerset, KY and Dallas Graves of Mt. Vernon, KY. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two infant brothers and his sisters, Vina Lou Graves Renner and Lena Graves Gibson. Visitation will be held from 5 -7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 W. Main St. (SR 125), Amelia and from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Cox Funeral Home, 80 Maple Dr., Mt. Vernon, KY. Interment will follow at Skaggs Creek Cemetery, Rockcastle County, KY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The American Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, Clermont County Senior Services, 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103 or Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesda Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, Ohio 45263. Please sign his online tribute wall at www.ecnurre.com.
Vernon P. White ’72, June 5, 2017
Vernon “Phil” Phillip White, 68, of Morgantown, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born November 6, 1948, in Bristol, Va., a son of the late Haskell and Margaret (Leonard) White. Phil was a 1972 graduate of Berea College in Berea, Ky. and retired in 2013 as an Auditor from the Dept. of the Interior-OSMRE. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jane A. (Cox) White; nieces, Gina Lucas and her husband, Jeff and Connie Getz; great nieces, Thea and Victoria Lucas; great nephew, Robby Getz; and aunts, Jean Kestner and Lois Campbell. Phil is also survived by his beloved cat, Sassy. Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown has been entrusted with cremation arrangements. A private graveside committal service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia, PO Box 1090, Dellslow, WV 26531. Online condolences may be made at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth Ball Webb ’76, wife of Anthony Dean Webb ’81, April 8, 2017
Elizabeth Ann Webb August 8, 1955 May 3, 2017 Biography Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Ball Webb passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, KY at the age of 61. She was the wife of Anthony Dean Webb. Mrs. Webb was a member of the Dry Ridge Christian Church. She was a retired school teacher for Grant Co. Schools. She was a former teacher for Lexington, Gallatin and Kenton Co. Schools. She loved to sew, quilt, paint, pottery and to take care of her dog. In addition to her husband Dean, she is survived by two daughters, Virginia “Ginny” Webb and Catherine “Catie” Webb both of Bowling Green, brother Ivan Ball of Georgia, and sister Chyrel Privett of Pine Knot, KY. Funeral Services for Mrs. Webb will be Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10am-12 noon at the Dry Ridge Christian Church. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Rd., Lexington, KY 40504. Elliston Stanley Funeral Home of Williamstown is handling arrangements.
Ann Smith Ford ’77, wife of C. Edward Ford ’58, April 13, 2017
Ann Smith Ford, 80, former news bureau director at Berea College, died April 13, 2017 at Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington as a result of a heart attack and pulmonary complications. She was 80 and a resident of Richmond. Born in Owensboro and reared in Paducah, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Henrietta Greif Smith of Paducah. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Paducah, attended Paducah Junior College and was graduated from the University Of Kentucky in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also held an education degree from Kent State University. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she also was a member and former officer of the Boonesborough Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was assistant state editor of The Lexington Herald from 1958-60 and was a media specialist during the mid-60s at Kimpton Middle School and Stow High School in Ohio. At Berea College, she developed a number of students into media careers in journalism and news photography. She also wrote copy for and edited “Body Recall, a Program of Physical Fitness for the Adult,” a 1978 manual utilized by Berea professor Dorothy Chrisman in her physical education program that has attained national prominence. Ms. Ford is survived by her husband, Ed Ford, also of Richmond and former Public Relations director at Berea College; a son, Mark E. Ford (wife Patricia) of Berea; a daughter, Jill Ford Shirley, of Lexington, and three grandchildren, Brittany Ford, of Cincinnati, and Shelby and Nick Ford of Berea. Also surviving is Tibetan daughter Kalsang Yangzom, of Secaucus, N.J., whom the Fords sponsored as a student at Berea. Visitation is scheduled at First Christian Church in Richmond from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, with funeral services at the church Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby Robinson, Frank Abraham, Bill Earnest, Bill Robinson, Sherman Rominger, and Jim Rous. Reppert Funeral Home of Berea entrusted with funeral arrangements.
Callen Young Cheesman ’88, April 4, 2017
Timothy Dale Platt ’88, husband of Sara Shostak Platt ’92, May 24, 2017
Jeffrey Lawrence Dyer ’92, May 5, 2017
Tasha Marie Swango ’06, May 5, 2017
Sandra Ann Conley ’11, December 20, 2016