Helen Bias Bayuszik ‘50 – Oct. 20, 2017
Helen Louise Bayuszik, 88, Of Butler, Pennsylvania, Passed Away On October 20, 2017 At The Butler Memorial Hospital. She Was Born March 8, 1929 In Amherstdale, West Virginia To The Late James Monroe Bias And The Late Josephine Adkins Bias. In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Two Sisters, Vangie Bias Mahan, And Marie Bias Berger; And Two Brothers, Lucian Bias, And Charles Bias.She Was Also Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Edward Bayuszik, Whom She Married On October 28, 1950 And Who Passed Away On March 13, 1996.Mrs. Bayuszik Received Her Rn Degree From Berea College. She Then Worked As An Operating Room Nurse And Later A School Nurse For The Butler County School System Before Retiring In 1993. She Was A Member Of Homeacre Chapel. Helen Enjoyed Teaching Children At Good News Clubs And Served Many Years On The Board Of Child Evangelism Fellowship. She Created Hundreds Of Hand Stitched Blankets For Family And Friends. She Enjoyed Winning Rummikub And Croquet And Loved Cooking And Baking. Her Life Was Woven Together By Prayer And Bible Reading And Singing Old Hymns. She Is Survived By Her Five Daughters, Debbie (Peter) Jones Of Limassol, Cyprus, Kathie (Jerry) Soen Of Chicago, Il, Denise (Curt Neubert) Bayuszik, Md, Of Peshastin, Wa, Jane (Dan) Hartzler Of Butler, Pa, And Renay Bayuszik Of Butler, Pa; 17 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; And Many Nieces And Nephews.Friends Will Be Received Tuesday, October 24, 2017, From 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 Pm At Thompson – Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street Butler, Pa. A Graveside Committal Service Will Take Place At The Butler County Memorial Park At 10 Am Wednesday, October 25, 2017.A Memorial Service Will Be Held On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:00 Am At The Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, 420 North Main Street Butler, Pa, With Pastor David L. Fisher Of Homeacre Chapel And Pastor Daniel Ledford Of Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, Officiating.Memorial Donations Are Suggested To Child Evangelism Fellowship Of Butler County, Po Box 1797, Butler, Pa 16003.
Dr. Logan Ray Campbell ‘50 – May 25, 2017
Dr. Logan Ray Campbell, 90, of Athens died Thursday, May 25, 2017. He was born in Liberty, Kentucky to the late Ira and Ora Campbell. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Campbell and a son, John Campbell. Dr. Campbell is survived by his two sons, Tim and Charles Campbell. He served in the United States Army and retired from the University of Georgia.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens. Burial will follow at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
Donald E. Lainhart, Acad ‘46, BC ‘50 – June 3, 2017
Obituary for Donald Lainhart Donald Lainhart, age 93, of Hebron, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Don leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia Osborn Lainhart; son, Billy Lainhart and his grandchildren Mariah, Autumn, and Jediaha; and several cousins. After attending Berea High School Don joined the United States Army Air Corps and served in WWII. Don was a proud member of the Olekia Shrine Temple, in Lexington for over 70 years and served as a Van Driver for the Children’s Hospital. He was past President of the Boonesborough Society, 8th generation grandson of Daniel Boones Family, past state President of the Woodman of the World Life Insurance Society, member of the Cincinnati Elk Lodge #5, volunteer for over 40 years at Cincinnati Veterans Hospital, Usher at Hebron Baptist Church and former Usher of Florence Baptist Church, served as President of Duke Retirees, former president of the Grant County Shrine Club, member of the Berea Masonic Lodge #617, club president of Wayfarers and a few years ago he was proud to be chosen to go on an Honor Flight. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church, 3435 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048. Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at the Florence Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Hebron is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to: Shriners Hospital 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508 or Hebron Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.stithfuneralhomes.com.
Evelyn Dillow Wood ‘50 – Oct. 3, 2017
Evelyn Wood, 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:00pm in Edgecombe Memorial Park Mausoleum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, USMC Retired Col. J.W. Wood formally from Tarboro, NC.
Evelyn is survived by her loving family which includes Greg Sansig, Jim Wood, II, Jeannie Yarborough, Brian Wood, Stephen Wood, Mark Wood, Kathryn Wood and David Wood; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends and other relatives at Carlisle Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00-2:00pm.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 6, 2017
Robert W. Davis ‘51 – July 10, 2017
Robert Davis, Age 87. Longtime resident of Henry Ford Village. Loving husband of the late Carol. Dear father of Jeff (Honor), Jim (Deborah) and Jane (Dave) Henry. Beloved grandfather of Ryan, Jimmy, Meghan, Sarah, Chris, Michael and Danny. Memorial service Tuesday, July 18 at Henry Ford Village 11AM.
Virginia Reed Henderson, Acad ‘51 – July 16, 2017
Mrs. Virginia Worrell Reed Henderson, 98, loving wife, aunt, and widow of Mr. Clarence Reed and Mr. Harold Henderson, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Telford Terrace Nursing Facility in Richmond, Kentucky. A native of Estill County, she was born on June 3, 1919, the daughter of the late Alex and Minnie Taylor Worrell. She lived most of her life in Dayton, Ohio. Virginia was a retired Registered Nurse, who served over 40 years in the state of Ohio. She was a member of the Madison Hills Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky. Virginia is survived by: one brother, Kenton Worrell (Margorie); and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, and husbands, she was preceded in death by: nine brothers, Thaddeus, Charlie, Stanley, Claude, Allen, Francis, Johnnie, Doug and Harold; and four sisters, Grace, Naomia, Spicie, and Christine. Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals, 224 Main St., Irvine, KY, with Bro. Martin “Marty” Frazer officiating. Burial will be at 10AM on Friday in the West Irvine Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5:00 PM Thursday, at the Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the Elders and Members of the Madison Hills Christian Church, as well as the staffs of McCready Manor and Telford Terrace for their excellent care and dedication during Virginia’s stay with them. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are suggested to the McCready-Telford Foundation, 300 Stocker Drive, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation Thursday 20 Jul 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals 224 Main Street Irvine, KY 40336.
Dr. Hugh Poston ‘51 – July 17, 2017
Hugh A. Poston, age 88, went to join the heavenly father on Sunday, July 16th 2017 in Lebanon, PA. Born near Canton, NC on May 5th, 1929, Hugh was the son of William B. and Edna Pless Poston. He is survived by his children, Mark H. Poston of Grayson, GA, Martha Jo Messer of Lebanon, PA, Phyllis McCray of Raleigh, NC, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Birdie Mugge Poston, an infant daughter, Rebecca Lou, an infant son, Scott Hugh, his sisters, Polly Matthews, Ruth Farmer and Nancy Deaver, and brothers Clarence, Aubert and Everette Poston, and a grandson, Michael Morong. Dr. Poston received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Berea College, Berea, KY and both a M.S. degree in Animal Nutrition and a PhD degree in Animal Physiology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He also attended The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and Iowa State University, Ames, IA. He also served in the U.S. Army stationed in Honolulu, HI. He was employed as a Research Physiologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Tunison Laboratory of Fish Nutrition, Cortland, NY where he conducted fish nutritional research. As a result of his research, the economic return to the fishing industry is reported to be in the millions of dollars. He was also an adjunct professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Hugh and his wife, Birdie, traveled extensively (If you asked him he traveled to “all 51 states including the state of ignorance!”). He was actively engaged in volunteer activities involving the Lime Hollow Nature Center, scouting and Christ Presbyterian Church. He was beloved by his great grandchildren who were forever entertained by his infectious smile, hearty laugh, and multitude of animal impersonations. He will forever hold a special place in their hearts as their Pop-Pop. Memorial gifts may be given to the Berea College Alumni Fund, Berea, KY 40404. Funeral services will be Sunday 12 noon at the Christ Community Church, Tompkins St., Cortland NY. A graveside service will be Monday 9 am at the Glenwood Cemetery, Homer NY. To offer online condolences visit www.wright-beard.com.
Stella L. Ross ‘51 – July 5, 2017
Stella Louise Ross passed away on July 5th peacefully in her sleep. She was 88 years old. Stella was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1929 to Leonidas and Mary Bymakos. She grew up speaking both English and Greek and had a great love for Greek music and dancing. A member of the Class of ’47 at Lincoln High School in Cleveland, Ohio, she received awards for academic excellence and leadership.
Stella moved to Santa Monica, California in the 1950’s, attended the Santa Monica First United Methodist Church and worked for the Air Force. At the Santa Monica Church, she met and married Robert Ross. Later, they moved to Glendale, CA and she worked as the senior secretary for Dr. Kenneth Carlson, minister for the First United Methodist Church of Glendale.
In 1964, they moved to Arcadia, CA. While raising children, she was active as a room parent, a soccer coach, in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and she was a dedicated member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. She also went back to college and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles.
As her children grew, she went back to work at United Parcel Service for 23 years. When she retired, she volunteered for the Arcadia Police Department and the California Philharmonic.
She enjoyed playing bridge, singing hymns, going to concerts and the opera. She was active with the League of Women Voters and she was a devoted Dodger Fan! Affectionately called “Yaya” by her grandchildren, Stella loved her immediate and extended family and hosted family gatherings often.
She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Solberg (Jason) of Burbank, CA, her son, Stephen Ross (Cindy) of Highlands Ranch, CO and her son, Bill Ross (Jen) of Arcadia, CA. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Ryan Ross, Sarah Ross, Madison Ross, Caden Ross, Jacob Ross, Tyler Ross, and Spencer Solberg, as well as by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 23, at 12:30pm, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 W. Duarte Road in Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia, California or to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 16, 2017
Joyce Gouge Byrd ‘52 – Oct. 31, 2017
Joyce Elaine Gouge Byrd, 86, Of Morganton, Departed This Life And Went To Her Heavenly Home On October 31, 2017, After A Brief Illness. Mrs. Byrd Was Born On May 1, 1931, In Mount Airy, North Carolina, The Daughter Of Esse V. Gouge And Sadie Dixon Gouge. She Is Preceded In Death By Her Parents, Her Husband, Robert Bond “Bob” Byrd, And Her Sisters, Reba Carter, Sarah Medlin, And Jo Ann Holt.She Is Survived By Her Brother, Esse V. Gouge, Jr. And Wife, Gayle, Of Black Mountain, Sister-In-Law, Gleta H. Byrd Of Drexel, Children Robert Bond Byrd, Ii And Wife, Shirley, Dixon Duckworth Byrd And Wife, Jeanie, And Sara Lou Byrd Succop And Husband, Benjamin Succop. Her Grandchildren Are: Jamie Dara Allman, Dr. Jillian Leigh Byrd, Kathryn Joy Byrd, Caitlyn Byrd Milam And Husband, Dr. Ronald Milam, Jr., Dr. Caroline Byrd Hornburg And Husband, David Hornburg, Colston Jennings Byrd, Madison Dixon Brea Byrd, Benjamin Sterling Succop, Jr., And Sara Byrd Succop. Many Nieces And Nephews Are Also Left To Cherish Her Memory.Graduating Salutatorian And Member Of The All-State Basketball Team In 1946 From Black Mountain High School, Joy Was Afforded The Opportunity To Attend Berea College In Kentucky. Joy Met Bob While They Were Working At The Boone Tavern On Campus. When Joy And Bob Graduated, They Both Decided To Further Their Education At The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. Joy Received Her Masters In Physical Education And Began Her Career Teaching High School In Pittsboro, North Carolina While Bob Was In Law School. After Their Marriage And Bob’s Graduation, They Returned To Morganton In 1955. Joy Continued Her Teaching Career At Morganton High School And Bob Joined His Brother, Joe, To Practice Law. Their Firm Later Was Named Byrd, Byrd, And Ervin. Being The Daughter Of A Church Organist, Joy Spent A Great Deal Of Time At Church And Was Devoted To The Lord. She Had Fond Memories Of Sitting By Her Mother And Seeing Dr. Billy Graham In The Balcony. Her Last Trip Outside Of Morganton Was To The Billy Graham Library In Charlotte With Her Grandson, Benjamin. Joy Was A Member Of First United Methodist Church Of Morganton. She Served As A Sunday School Teacher For Over Thirty Years. Joy Especially Enjoyed Teaching Children And Members Of The Aldersgate Class.Joy Was A Passionate Advocate And Activist For Public Education. Joy, Bob, Reverend Willie Flemon Mcintosh, Jr, And Wife, Nettie, Supported The Integration Of The Burke County Schools. At Mountain View Elementary School, Joy Was A Volunteer And Substitute Teacher. She Implemented The Mountain View Preschool Project.As A Former President Of The Morganton Service League, Joy Served All Members Of The Community. In A November 2005 Interview, Joy Stated: “By Joining Together, We Are Able To Achieve Great Things.” Joy, Lou Deal, And Numerous Other League Members Helped With A Production “Oh Penelope.” Ed Grady, A Family Friend And Freedom High School Drama Instructor, Directed The Show. Community Service Was Of Great Significance To Joy. Besides Being President Of The American Field Service And Hosting Several Foreign Exchange Students, She Also Served As A Trustee At Brevard College And Givens Estates Retirement Community. Holidays Were A Big Event At The Byrd Home. Realizing The Importance Of Celebrating Independence Day, Joy Choreographed And Led The Synchronized Swimming Program For The Annual July Fourth Celebration At Morganton’s Recreation Department. To End The Festivities, She Dove Off The High Dive With A Lighted Torch. Joy Was Well Known For Her Passion For Golf. She Scored Two Hole-In-Ones At Mimosa Hills Country Club. She Particularly Enjoyed Playing Golf With Patsy Bowers. As A Member Of The Western League, She Traveled To Many Golf Courses In North Carolina And Always Enjoyed The Competition. She Was An Avid Follower Of Unc Basketball And Took Pride In Supporting The Program. In 1970, Joy And Bob Hosted Unc Player George Karl At Their Home In Morganton For A Unc Basketball Camp. In Fact, The Byrd Home Was Known As A Happy Gathering Place For The Entire Community. Joy Byrd’s Life Touched Many Others. Described In The Words Of Her Grandson, Benjamin:As We Walk On The Pathway Of Our Lives, We Are Occasionally Fortunate Enough To Have True Angels Walking Beside Us. I Was One Of Those Lucky Few, Because I Had My Grandmother. As Her Very Name Illustrates, She Was The Embodiment Of Joy For Our Family, A Wellspring Of Wisdom, Love, And Encouragement Coupled With A Fiery Competitiveness And Passion For Life That Inspired All Those Around Her. Whether It Was Her Dedicated Role In Helping Integrate The Public Schools Of Burke County 50 Years Ago, Her Zest For The Golf Course (In Which She Consistently Outplayed Her Children And Grandchildren), Those Intense Scrabble Games In Her Apartment That Always Seemed To Come Down To The Final Word, Or That Last Trip We Took Together To The Billy Graham Library Over The Summer, Joy Was A Shining Light For The Community, For Her Family, And For Me. Grandmommy, Even As I Grieve For Your Absence, I Celebrate The Time We Had Together. The Obituary May Show A Lifespan In Years, But The Joy You Brought To Our Lives Is Truly Timeless. Now, After This Last Journey, You’ve Finally Found My Grandfather In His Rose Garden. You Were The Only Grandparent I Ever Got To Know, But You Were The Best One I Could Ask For. I’ll Miss You. Sincere Appreciation Is Extended To: The Staff Of Grace Ridge Retirement Community, Burke Hospice And Palliative Care, Dr. David Abernathy, Dr. Ryan Miller, Dr. Leon Goudas, Dr. William Walton, Ii, Dr. Jonathan Lowry, Kay Clark, Rn, Susan Fike, Bsn, Dawn Mcgimsey, Bsn, Nancy Cummings, Lpn, Loretta Jackson, Mamie And Willie Kincaid, And Other Wonderful Caregivers And Special Friends. A Celebration Of Joy’s Life Will Be Held On Saturday, November 25, 2017, At 2:00 P.M. At First United Methodist Church, Morganton, North Carolina.May Be Made To Sossoman Funeral Home’s Website. In Lieu Of Flowers, Please Send Memorial Contributions: First United Methodist Church, “Sunday School Of Rock For Children,” 200 North King Street, Morganton, Nc 28655 Or Burke Hospice And Palliative Care, 1712 Enon Road, Valdese, Nc 28690 Or North Carolina School Of Science And Math – Morganton, Ncssm Foundation, 1219 Broad Street, Durham, Nc 27705.
Annabelle Phipps Beverly ‘52, wife of Raymond Beverly ‘51 – Sept. 14, 2017
Annabelle Beverly, 86, of Paducah passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday September 14, 2017 at Baptist Health in Paducah. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Beverly of Paducah; one daughter, Terry Harris of Paducah; one son, David Beverly of Louisville, Kentucky; two sisters, Jeanette Wallen of Valparaiso, Indiana; Martha Griffin of South Carolina; and three grandchildren, Ginny Borgia of Paducah, Nicolas Beverly and Ben Beverly both of Louisville, Kentucky. Mrs. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents Roy Phipps and Nellie Moore Phillips; and three sisters, Lucile, Alice and Juanita. Memorial service will be at 11:00am on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Lindsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Tucker officiating. Friends may visit the family from 10:00am to service hour on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family has ask for donations be made to Paducah First Baptist Church at 2890 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky 42001 or to Berea College at CPO 2216, Berea, Kentucky 40404 Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com Lindsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Daniel H. Center, Jr. ‘52 – May 24, 2017
Daniel Hayden Center, Jr., died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Westminster Oaks, Tallahassee. His body gave out due to complications from Amyloidosis. He was 86 years old and is survived by his bride of 44 years, Barbara Ann Willis Center, and his two children – daughter Brendan and son Tim (Amy) and his granddaughter and namesake, Hayden. Dan had a big heart and always had a joke to tell. He was a bright light in the lives of many and liked to make people feel good. He had a soft spot for babies and children. He was greatly loved and cherished – especially by his family including siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws whom he loved greatly. Dan was born in Campton, Kentucky, August 5, 1930. His family moved to Berea, KY after his father lost his job in the oilfields during the Great Depression. He was the fourth child, the first son of Daniel Hayden Center and Ruth Tutt Center. Their five children include Bernice Robertson, Vivian Landis, Mabel Boehm, and Luther Center. Dan graduated high school early and entered Berea College. He spent a year in the Air Force. He returned to civilian life working for the CIA in Washington, D.C., where he met his first wife, Nancy Henderson Center. After a season in Colorado working at his sister’s dude ranch, he returned to the CIA. He then enrolled in The Ohio State University where he got his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. After Ohio State, Dan joined the GTE Corporation serving in various positions at GTE Florida, GTE California and General Telephone Data Services (GTEDS) including Director of Timeshare Services and Vice President of Field Operations. After retirement, he spent time helping to develop real estate in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. While in Tampa, he met and married Barbara. Together they were founding members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket program. They were active with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where Dan served as Senior Warden. He was a charter member of ushers at The Center for Performing Arts where he volunteered for twenty years. Dan had an incredible life. At various times, he had his pilot’s license, a realtor’s license and was skilled with do-it-yourself projects being handy as a zipper. He enjoyed traveling, hiking and the outdoors. They attended many Wildflower Pilgrimages and Wilderness Weeks. It was his desire to see as many of the 59 U.S. National Parks as possible – visiting nearly 40 parks in twenty-one states. He even visited national parks in Nepal, New Zealand and Australia. They moved to Tallahassee in 2007 to be near their granddaughter. In Tallahassee, Dan served time in the Kairos Prison Ministry as he had in Tampa. He and Barbara attended St. Peter’s Anglican Church. He was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald family room. The two also continued participating in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). And, they doted on and enjoyed spending time with Hayden picking her up from school and attending her horse shows. There will be a funeral service at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Please continue to check website for service time) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His Saints. Psalm 116:15 Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. ( www.bevisfh.com 850-385-2193) Upcoming Events Funeral Service Jun 19 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 4784 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL, US
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 NC State University. In 1950, he was married to Edith Hoyle Dobbins, who survives and they were members of Wesley Memorial U.M.C. 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 has served as a volunteer for Hospice of Iredell County for 26 years, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award, Yokefellow Volunteer, 5 th 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 2:00 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
William E. Ferguson ‘52 – Aug. 8, 2017
FERGUSON, William Edward February 16, 1928 – August 8, 2017 William (Bill) Edward Ferguson, 89 jitterbugged off to his next adventure on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on February 16, 1928 to Carrie and Hirum (Jack) Ferguson. He is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Rena James Mullins Ferguson; his brothers Bernard and Tom; and sister, Charlotte. He is survived by two daughters: Carrie L. Ferguson of Roanoke and Dr. Elizabeth Ann Ferguson (Philip Rowe) of Vicksburg, Miss. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Alex and Kara Rowe (of Vicksburg, Miss.); and several nieces and nephews that he cherished. He will be missed by a special friend, Joyce Castelli and his dog, Floyd. Bill graduated from William Fleming High School (1947), Berea College (1952) and the University of Louisville (1957) where he earned his Masters in Social Work. He served 45 years as a social worker finishing his career in 1999 at the VAMC in Salem, Va. Bill led an active lifestyle enjoying dancing (jitterbug and flat footing), hiking initially with Boy Scouts and later with his daughters’ girl scout troops. Bill also enjoyed gardening, furniture refinishing and more recently the art of chair caning and basket weaving. In Lieu of flowers Bill has requested donations to Berea College CPO 2216, Berea, Ky. 40404 Or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Va. 24015. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Zola Hatmaker McKee ‘52 – July 27, 2017
Zola Wayland Hatmaker (Hattie) McKee, 90, died July 27, 2017. She was the oldest daughter of Charles Luther and Beulah Mae Hatmaker of Campbell County, TN. She was one of eight surviving children. A sibling, Gleason Hatmaker, predeceased her in infancy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Edward McKee, and a son, Michael Edward McKee. She is survived by one son, James W. (Taronna) McKee, seven grandchildren, Amelia, Virginia, John, Sean, Jackson, Olivia, and Sophia. She is also survived by one sister, Ann (Hatmaker) Loudermilk, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and extended family, all of whom she dearly loved. She was a lifelong Christian, exemplifying a life of service, compassion, and cheerful generosity to all. She was a long time member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Berea College Nursing Program class of 1952, and was a registered nurse. Hattie retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital after 33 years of service. Many of her suggestions and efforts brought positive changes in protocols, some of which were implemented system wide throughout the V A hospitals, bringing better care to veterans. Hattie had a love for life, a call to service of others, and a special kindness for all. She was the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and commendations for her work with various Baptist church groups, the V A hospital system, and several civic organizations. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 1st from 5 – 7 pm at Milward Funeral Home on Southland Drive, Lexington, KY. There will be another visitation from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd at Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City, Tennessee with a funeral service at 7 pm. Burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Garden, Jefferson City, TN, at 11:00 am on Thursday August 3rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Berea College, Taylor Manor Nursing Home – Versailles, KY, or one’s favorite charity.
Eva Hefner Monier ‘53 – Oct. 17, 2016
Barbara Brown Barton ‘54 – July 29, 2017
Ms. Barbara Brown Barton, 84, of Fayetteville passed away on July 29, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Social Circle United Methodist Church, Social Circle, GA. Ms. Barton was born on August 18, 1932 in Asheville, NC to the late Ernest Brown and the late Onnie Burleson Brown. Barbara graduated from Berea College, Berea, KY in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 1957 she was married to Dr. James Howard Barton. They moved to Social Circle, GA in 1963, where they raised their three children. Barbara was an active member of Social Circle United Methodist Church. She was the church choir director from 1972 through 1986. She later became the choir director and member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Monroe, GA. In 1981, Barbara began teaching at Rutledge Academy in Rutledge, GA. She also served as the Headmaster for the school until it closed in the late 1990’s. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Greg and Lisa Barton of Fayetteville; son: Steve Barton of Social Circle; daughter and son-in-law: Leslie and Kent Adams of Social Circle; grandchildren: Amanda Barton of Norfolk, VA, Emily Barton of Fayetteville, Heather and Blake Braswell of Covington, and Frankie Garner of Social Circle. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Social Circle United Methodist Church, Music Ministry, P.O. Box 296, Social Circle, GA 30025. The Barton family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, GA.
Joe O. Brewer, husband of Lilly Bryan Brewer ‘54 – Feb. 11, 2015
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, attorney Joe Oliver Brewer died as he lived: happy and hard-working at his desk in his multi-generational law firm, Brewer Brewer & Sorel.
Joe was born December 26, 1931 to Gordon Justus Brewer, Sr. and Ada Grace Johnson Brewer of Moravian Falls, N.C.
Joe always had a love for music. As a youth, he studied piano and sang at church. After high school graduation, he was the recipient of a music scholarship to Catawba College. He advanced to the prestigious Detroit Conservatory of Music in Michigan to prepare for a professional singing career. He sang with The Johnny Mann Singers and appeared on television with them and with American folk-singing legend Burl Ives prior to being drafted into military service.
While serving as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Joe was asked to defend several persons in military tribunals. He discovered that he had an aptitude for that particular work and enjoyed it immensely.
Joe enrolled as an undergraduate at old Wake Forest College courtesy of the GI Bill. Upon the school’s relocation to Winston-Salem, Joe attended N.C. State University briefly before completing his degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He married the love of his life, Lillie Dean Bryan, in 1955. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1960 and obtained the Juris Doctor degree in 1962. Joe was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1962, passing the bar exam on his first try in a year when fewer than 50% of the applicants did so (the lowest passage rate in the state’s history).
In order to support his wife, their infant son, and his school expenses, Joe worked up to three jobs simultaneously while excelling at his studies.
Joe represented Wilkes County in the N.C. General Assembly from 1964-1966. He also served on the N.C. Real Estate Licensing Board under Gov. Jim Holshouser and was County Attorney for Wilkes County from 1970-1989. The first rural water associations in Wilkes County were established and formed under his legal leadership.
In addition to the practice of law, Joe enjoyed actively serving his community through the North Wilkesboro Kiwanis Club, the Wilkes Playmakers, and the Seniors on Stage. As a member of the Wilkesboro church of Christ, he was known to be unfailingly generous, unflinchingly faithful, and an enthusiastic Bible scholar and promoter of the gospel of Christ. A favorite pastime of his was gardening, and he shared his produce with many delighted recipients.
Through the years, Joe engaged in the practice of law with several attorneys including Max Ferree, Dennis Joyce, Paul Freeman, Jason Sorel, his father-in-law T. R. Bryan, Sr., and beginning in 1988, his son, Gregory J. Brewer.
In a publication of the North Carolina State Bar Association honoring those lawyers who practiced fifty years or more consecutively, Joe wrote, “I have seen many changes in the practice of law over the years, but I remain convinced that the rule of law and justice as it is practiced in America is the best system in the world. I wouldn’t trade this career for any other. My greatest achievements, however, I consider to be my marriage to Lillie Bryan in 1955 and the two children born to us.”
Joe is survived by Lillie, their son Gregory J. Brewer (Lisa), and their daughter Tonya Brewer Osborne (Joey). In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren: Zack Brewer, David Brewer, Tanner Clifton, Karsen Osborne, Sadie Osborne, many greatly beloved nieces and nephews, and a host of very dearly loved great-nieces and great-nephews. Joe is also survived by brothers Leon Brewer (Joanne) and Richard Brewer (Elaine) and sisters Marolyn Crosswhite and Carolyn Bird.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, brothers Justus, Jr., and Charles, and sisters Emma Lee and Mary.
Joe’s life will be celebrated at a public memorial service on Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkesboro Church of Christ in Wilkesboro, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Joe Oliver Brewer & Lillie Bryan Brewer Scholarship or the Wilkesboro High School Class of 1950 Scholarship in care of the Wilkes Community College-Endowment Corporation, Miss Allison Phillips, P. O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697. Memorials may also be made to the Share Fund or the general Missions Fund at the Wilkesboro Church of Christ, P. O. Box 81, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697.
The family requests no food, please.
Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.
Sam Turner, Jr., Acad ‘54, husband of Ann Skidmore Turner ‘56 – Aug. 25, 2017
Sam Turner Jr., age 88, of Hazard, KY passed away on August 25, 2017 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center. Sam attended Berea Foundation School and Berea College where he met his wife of 62 years, Ann Skidmore Turner. Sam was a retired salesman for Perry Farm Center. He was the son of the late Sam Turner and the late Ona Wells Turner. He was also preceded in death by one sister: Rachel Turner. He is also survived by one son: Mark Alan Turner of Belize; one daughter: Lisa Turner Schikler & Dr. Kenneth Schikler of Louisville, KY; two sisters: Eula Mae Holliday of Hazard, KY & Helen Ogle of Ohio; four grandchildren: Nathan Turner, Josh Turner, Maren Schikler & Allegra Schikler; four great grandchildren: Oliver Turner, Silas Turner, Logan Turner & Daphne Turner along with a host of family & friends. Visitation will be held at the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church from 12PM-1PM Sunday Sept. 03, 2017. Memorial Service will be at 1PM Sunday Sept. 03, 2017 at the Hull Presbyterian Church with Rev. Timothy Jessen officiating. In lieu of flowers family request donations to be made to the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church
Evelyn Baise Watson ‘54 – March 18, 2017
Evelyn Watson Funeral Time: Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00AM Evelyn Baise Watson, 83, wife of Perry C. Watson, passed away March 18, 2017. She was born to G.A. Baise and Nannie Norris Baise on August 20, 1933 in Cumberland County, KY. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by her sons, Marvin (JoElla) Watson and Karl Watson; son in law, Rick Drury; and grandchildren, Scott Watson and Peri Drury. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Drury. Evelyn B. Watson was first and foremost a mother, wife, and grandmother. Her priorities were as follows: her faith in God, her family, her profession, and making the best cookies for her grandkids. She was the epitome of a true lady, kind and gentle, with a grace that is only seen in movies. Her success in her profession was driven by her success in her education, which started with her achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree at Berea College in 1954 and a Master’s degree at U.K. in 1973. She had a career of 33 plus years in both teaching and in school administration. Despite the longevity and rigor of her career, she always put family first as can be attested by any of her living relatives. Her love and devotion to her family was the glue that kept everyone together. Her quiet strength and impressive career inspired the success of her children and grandchildren. She got great enjoyment from ice cream, gardening, and jewelry, which she passed on to her daughter and granddaughter. Her kind heart, her grace, and her smile will be missed by all who were privileged to know her. The effects she had in all those she touched will live on to be seen long past her time. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Tues. at Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-10pm Mon. at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd.
James Melvin Whittaker, FD ‘54 – May 28, 2017
WHITTAKER, James “Jim” Melvin, 86, died on Sunday, May 28th peacefully at his home with his wife of 60 years and his son and brother-in-law at his side. The cause of death was simple old age. He just stopped breathing. Jim is survived by his wife, Charmaine; sons, David (Melissa), Daniel (Lisa), and James (Sharon); and two daughters, Shelia (William) and Rose Marie (Mark); as well as 10 grandchildren ranging the continent from Florida to Seattle. He was a long-time employee of Ford Motor company, proud member of the United Auto Workers Union, a founding parishioner of St. Martha Catholic Church and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 2825 Klondike Ln. with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. Expressions of sympathy and donations in memory can be made to St. Martha where his spiritual heart lies.
Mr. Delmas Ingle Dugger ‘55 – Aug. 23, 2017
Delmas I. “Doug” Dugger, 85, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
He was a native of Old Butler in Johnson County and had resided in Washington County since 1959. He was the son of the late Daniel B. Dugger and Dessie McKinnis Dugger.
He attended Watauga Academy in Old Butler and graduated from Johnson County High School. He attended Berea College, Berea, KY, and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS Degree in Chemistry and received a MS in Physical Chemistry. He was employed as a Physical Chemist in the Physics Research Laboratory at Beaunit Corp. in Elizabethton for eight years, and retired from Tennessee Eastman Chemical Co. as a Senior Development Chemist after 28 years of service with the company.
He was an active member of North Johnson City Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, and in several leadership capacities, such as Supt. Of Sunday School, Board of Directors, Personnel Committee, By-Laws Committee and others. He enjoyed working on his lawn and was an avid gardener for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Counter Intelligence. He was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1963. He was on the steering committee at Tri City Technical School to develop a chemistry curriculum, and later taught Analytical Chemistry during the early stages of the program.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Wanda Blevins Dugger; one sister, Jacqueline Taylor, of Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Jackson.
The family of Delmas Dugger will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Morris-Baker. The funeral will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. Rick Powell and Rev. Ed Scarborough officiating. Pallbearers include: Raymond Blevins II, Robert Blevins, Daniel Jackson, David Jackson, Bill Taylor and Michael Owens. Honorary pallbearers include: Paul Blevins, Fred Duncan, Tom Palmer, Verlon Henson, Hubert Hicks, Albert Spaller, Dr. Harold Alison, Dr. Michael Grosserode, Dr. H. Jack Williams and Dr. W. Turney Williams. The committal service will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Park immediately following the funeral.
Dr. Paul C. Estes ‘55 – July 22, 2017
Paul C. Estes, 84, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, passed away at South County Hospital, in Wakefield, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Kennon Estes.
Born in Clay City, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Dillard and Grace Estes. After graduating from Berea College, Paul served in the US Army. He then went on to study veterinary medicine at Auburn University and Iowa State University, and received a doctorate in pathology from Cornell University. He lived in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, for many years while working for Pfizer as a veterinary pathologist before retiring to Rhode Island.
A lifelong animal lover, he cherished many pets throughout his life, starting from his childhood on a farm in Kentucky. His beloved border collies, Annie and Lucy, and adored cats Gunther and Jughead were among his favorites. He enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially his annual trips to Stowe, Vermont, and Mount Desert Island, Maine, with his wife Dorothy. An avid sportsman, he loved hiking, biking, fishing, racquetball, tennis, and volleyball and was a dedicated fan of college basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. He was known for his dry sense of humor, his sweet disposition, and his warm hospitality.
He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Mark Estes and Marika Erdely of Malibu, California; his daughter and son in law, Emily Estes and George Chapman of Dresden, Maine; his daughter Laurel Lefebvre of Naperville, Illinois; and his grandson Nathan Estes. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. All services will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com.
June Colvard McLane ‘56 – July 28, 2017
Dorothy June McLane, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 28, 2017. Dorothy was born in Robbinsville, NC to the late Robert and Martha Stiles Colvard. Dorothy was a graduate of Berea College, Berea, KY. She retired as a statistician from Old Dominion University. Dorothy was a faithful member and church leader of Greenbrier Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake. Left to cherish her memory is loving husband of 61 years, Richard James McLane; daughter, Cynthia S. Feser (David); son, David L. McLane (Ruth); and grandchildren, Molly Feser, Shannon McLane and Natalie McLane. Her final resting place will be Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at her church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are being cared for by Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chesapeake. Please visit www.grahamfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence to the family.
Harry L. Smith ‘56 – June 29, 2017
Gene L. Hartsell, husband of Betty Jean Gasaway Hartsell ‘57 – June 11, 2017
Obituary of Gene Hartsell Gene L. Hartsell, age 80, passed away on June 11, 2017. Born on May 10, 1937 in Phillipsburg, NJ to Mearmon and Jeanette Kenny Hartsell, Gene was raised in Pittstown, NJ, and graduated from North Hunterdon Regional High School. He served in the Air Force before entering his chosen field of microelectronics. He was the production manager of Matrix Test Equipment until his retirement in 2002. Gene loved to share stories of growing up in Hunterdon County, especially the tale of meeting his wife-to-be in the Women’s Reformatory in Clinton, NJ (where she worked). He was a member of Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church. Gene had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, beekeeping and spending time on Fontana Lake. He was a creative and talented individual who could fix anything. For many years he was a leader in the Rolling Hills Girl Scout white water canoeing program. He moved to Wesser, North Carolina in 2008 to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Smoky Mountains that he loved. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the neighbors he came to know on Wesser Creek. He was preceded in death by an infant brother and brothers, Earl and Richard. Mr. Hartsell is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Jean Gasaway Hartsell; a daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Gary Heise of West Milford, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Knoster of New Paris, PA; a daughter, Barbara (Bobbi) Hartsell of Pittstown, NJ; and 8 grandchildren: George, Megan (MJ), Nick, Fiona, Olivia, Scott, Brooke, and John, Jr (Jack). He also is survived by sister-in-law, Gertraude Hartsell and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Lung Association of the Southeast, 6852 Bellfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 32216 or to the charity of your choice.
Clyde B. Hoff ‘57 – Aug. 10, 2011
Somerset – Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff, Jr. of Alpine, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. C.B. was born August 24, 1930 to the late Clyde and Ollie Ross Hoff. He was retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, he was a Korean War Navy Veteran, a member of the Burnside Masonic Lodge, and a proud and active member of the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. C.B. leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years; Nancy Jo Hanna Hoff; five children, Rebecca Hanna (and Glenn) Wesley of Junction City, Sandra Lafaye (and Donnie) Gooch of Stanford, Michael Ross (and Kim) Hoff of Warner-Robbins, Ga., David Brian Hoff of Alpine, and Dianna Rose-Hoff Owens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the following grandchildren, Nathan, Jon and Dustin Wesley, Kevin and Eric Hoff, Chance Gooch, Melanie Hoff Sanders, Savanna Mounce, Willian Thompson, Jennifer and Jon-Michael Jenson and Don Gooch, Jr.; the following great grandchildren, Alexis Lynn Wesley, Alexis Paige Wesley, Connor Wesley, Jackson Sanders, Maddy Sanders, and Robert Gooch. He also leaves behind his sister, Gloria Monday and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and two great great nephews, cousins and his church family who mourn his passing. Funeral services for Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Neeley’s Creek Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post no. 38. The family of Mr. C.B. Hoff will receive friends at the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church after 6 p.m. today. Masonic Services will be observed for the family of Mr. Hoff at 5:30 p.m. today at the Church by the Masonic Lodge no. 634 In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Building Fund of the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff.
Dr. Astra Urjanis Kidd ‘57 – June 19, 2017
Dr. Astra Urjanis Kidd, 82, of Riga, Latvia, and Elizabethtown, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at Richmond Place Rehabilitation & Health Center in Lexington.
Astra and her parents fell under Nazi occupation during World War II in Latvia. Her father was conscripted as a physician to administer to German soldiers. The family was liberated by an African-American soldier who was himself lost in gunfire just an hour later. Astra’s family immigrated through Canada and sponsored into the United States by then Berea College President Francis S. Hutchins. Astra attended Berea Programs.
She attended Columbia University in New York City, reciting poetry and reading in cafés in Greenwich Village for meals and the fun of it. She returned to graduate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, going on to obtain a master’s degree in public health from University of Michigan. Astra was the first female physician in Hardin County and a leader in the Hardin County Health Department for many years.
She was hesitant to enter her first board meeting at Hardin Memorial Hospital when Dr. Robert Taylor spoke to her, took her by the elbow in the hallway, and said, “Come on, let’s go.” Thereafter, he was a fond friend forever. Astra was an only child, predeceased by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Anna Urjanis. Astra became bosom friends and roommates throughout college at Berea College with Dorothy Sue Van Horn Wharton, now of Lexington, and her daughter and Astra’s goddaughter, Dr. Robin Wharton, who specializes in equine acupuncture and veterinary medicine in Lexington. Astra remembered and supported the American Latvian Association.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Monty Gleitz officiating. Burial will occur later at the Latvian Cemetery in Tannersville, New York in the Catskill Mountain area.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, and continues at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To express a condolence and light a memorial candle, go to www.dixonatwood.com.
Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Robert O’Dell ‘57 – Sept. 4, 2017
Beloved longtime American Fruit Grower Columnist Charlie O’Dell, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and the owner of Crow’s Nest Berry Farm in Blacksburg, VA, passed away recently. According to an obituary in The Roanoke (VA) Times, O’Dell died at his Blacksburg home unexpectedly and peacefully on Sept. 4. He was 82.
O’Dell earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Berea College in Kentucky in 1957, going on to earn his Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland in 1960. He was employed by the USDA before coming to Virginia Tech in 1968. Charlie retired as Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, Extension and Research, from Virginia Tech in 2001.
O’Dell was a favorite of American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazine readers, as he was our expert on berries for 34 years. While he stepped aside as our full-time berry columnist in 2016, he still submitted columns from time to time. In his last column, he writes on the importance of precisely locating drip irrigation emitters.
O’Dell was approached in 1982 by then-berry columnist George McConnell to take his place as the regular berry contributor. O’Dell recalled the scene when he was presented with the National Raspberry & Blackberry Association’s 2016 Distinguishing Service Award following his presentation at the conference’s luncheon entitled “A Lifetime In Berries” on March 3 in Williamsburg, VA.
“He kindly visited me at my campus office in 1982 and asked if I would be interested in writing the berries articles for this respected national fruit industry magazine. I said ‘yes,’ and was very honored, traveled to Willoughby, OH to meet (Meister Media Worldwide Chairman Emeritus and Editor-At-Large) Richard Meister and staff and am so grateful to be able to continue doing these berries articles for the past 34 years,” O’Dell said. “I am still learning and sharing with berry growers what I learn. American Fruit Grower has provided me a voice for berries far beyond campus, way beyond Virginia, a dream come true!”
Following O’Dell’s speech, he received a standing ovation, and then the surprise presentation.
“It was a total surprise to me,” he said. “It is a beautiful plaque too that will hang in a prominent place at home!”
O’Dell loved Crow’s Nest Farm, which he and his wife of 61 years, Wilmoth Curtis Rumbaugh O’Dell, founded in 1972. The name of the farm, (CROW), is a combination of their initials. O’Dell often referred to himself as “The Ole Crow.”
American Fruit Grower Senior Editor Christina Herrick, who coordinates the magazine’s columnists and worked with Charlie for many years, says it was always a delight to talk to and to hear from O’Dell.
“Charlie would always write me a note with his column saying he wanted to retire from writing, but around the due date for his next contribution he’d send me something, remarking at how he still had plenty of advice to share,” Herrick said. “He kept this up even through this year! His enthusiasm for the berry industry and horticulture was infectious and it certainly helped fuel us to focus more on the growth of the industry.”
In addition to his wife, O’Dell is survived by his two daughters and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Amos Cordell, and Leah O’Dell Wilmoth; his five grandchildren, Jesicca Wilmoth Burgess (Mathew Burgess), Curtis Jack Lee, Meredith Jane Lee, Amanda Lee Wilmoth, and Abbagail Reide Wilmoth; and great-granddaughter, Lydia Grace Burgess.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berea College, Department of College Relations, C.P.O. 2216, Berea Kentucky 40404.
Julia Stanko Sutton ‘57 – July 21, 2017
Julia A. Sutton, 81, of Springfield, died at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.
Sally Joyce Sizemore Asher, FD ‘58 – Aug. 1, 2012
We, my sisters, brother and I, Angela Stephanie Trexler Asher, Pamela Gayle Asher, Gwenna Jere AsherKelton Grady, Fred Nance Kami and stepdaughter Tonya Renee Trexler are saddened by the loss of our mother Sally Joyce Sizemore Asher, but are blessed that she no longer suffers from her long battle with cancer since 2004.
She blessed the lives of so many by her caring touch and heart. She was given a gift from God, the ability to touch others lives when they were at their most vulnerable moment and gave them not only her caring touch, but most importantly, self-respect and dignity. Our mother, Sally, loved to work in her garden, her passion, a gift passed on by her mother, Isabel Sizemore. Through her gift she gave back to so many, fresh vegetables and juicy tomatoes. It livened up her soul to be able to work and watch her garden grow and transform into a thing of beauty. Another gift she possessed was her ability to cook home cooked country meals, another gift passed on by her mother. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t ask has she made anymore of her biscuits, in hopes that they would benefit from this tasty delight.
From her father, James Arthur Sizemore, she received the gift of wisdom and insight. When she met a stranger, she possessed the ability to befriend them, to where they would later seek her out as their confidant.
From her sister, Shelby Sizemore Warren Harold, she received the gift of laughter and stories of her lineage, some of these which consisted of the days her father, James, served in the US Army participating in the campaign to capture Poncho Villa in 1916.
Her sister Linda Sizemore Rumple Dan was her second conscience, who spoke boldly and openly of her need to remain close to God and practice his spoken word.
Besides her loving and dedicated children, she leaves to cherish many lovable memories with her grandchildren, Joseph David Trexler, Christopher Blake Trexler, Mickenzy Asher Trexler, Autumn Gayle Trexler Rico Christopher, Joshua David, Alicia Marie Trexler, JC Trexler, Trevor Ryan Trexler and Tyler Reese Trexler will continue on with the SizemoreAsher legacy with pride and honor.
Now that she is resting in Jesus arms, she is comforted and surrounded by her parents, her brothers Stanley and Robert Bobby Sizemore sister Margaret Ann Sizemore Fox Ben Trexler and her high school sweetheart Fred Asher, our father.
Sally was born in the beautiful mountains of Beverly, Kentucky, a favorite vacation spot from the time we were small children. A bath consisted of bathing in a basin. The most challenging thing was making our way to the outhouse by moonlight while looking out for bears. These mountain communities called Red Bird Mountain and Ashers Fork were a child’s haven; a playground full of adventures and discovery of nature, an insight to a life prior to the technical age that now consumes our lives. Sally will be laid to rest in Asher Cemetery at a later date.
Some of those that cannot be left unspoken for are her many friends in particular Tonya Garza Trexler, Ben Trexler and Grace Winters.
A special thanks goes to Emken Linton Funeral Home for all of their support in our time of grief.
Anita Hurst Barker ‘58 – Nov. 2, 2017
Anita Lynn Hurst Barker, 82, passed away suddenly in her home in Berea, Kentucky on November 2, 2017. Anita was born to Lillian Isaacs Hurst and Nelson Stephen Hurst at the height of the Great Depression. She spent the first years of her life on a small farm having solo-adventures that her parents all too often only learned about years later.
Anita received her B.A. in Public School Music from Berea College in 1958 where she earned membership in Phi Kappa Phi. While teaching music for three years at Silver Creek Elementary School, Anita earned an M.A. in counseling and testing from Eastern Kentucky University and joined the faculty of Berea College as Associate Director of Counseling and Testing. Over the following thirty six years, she rose to the positions of Director of Counseling Services, became Associate Dean for Student Development and Counseling and at the time of her retirement was Director of Counseling and Wellness Services. The honors that meant most to her from her years with Berea were being elected Woman of the Year by the student body, receiving the Student Association Appreciation Award and her association with the New Opportunity School for Women.
She loved travel, classical music, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Agatha Christie novels, chocolate, and heavily buttered toast. She will be missed by her children, Jerry Fish, Melanie Fish and Steve Robinson, her grandson Chuck McIntyre, the members of her extended family, whether acquired by blood or marriage, and the thousands of students she counseled, mothered, nurtured, and cajoled through to the next stage of their lives over three and a half decades at Berea. From her exuberant childhood, through decades spent navigating life and career with serene disregard for the constraints and conventions of a world built by men, her years as primary caregiver for her mother, and even through the chronic pain and physical decline of her final years, she lived her life the same way she contemplated the prospect of the next one: fearlessly.
In accordance with wishes, her remains were cremated. Visitation will be at Reppert Funeral Home at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 pm. Her children ask that donations in lieu of flowers be directed to the New Opportunity School for Women at Berea College, the Salvation Army, or the First Christian Church in Berea.
Tunis Robbins, Jr. ‘58 – Feb. 13, 2017
James T. Harril ‘59, husband of Patricia Blankenship Harrill ‘61 – Sept. 28, 2017
Dr. David R. Graham ‘59, husband of Linda Houston Graham ‘59 – July 30, 2017
Martha Zoellers Kim ‘59 – Sept. 14, 2017
Obituary of Martha Kim Martha Zoellers Kim, 90, of Abilene, passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2017 in Abilene. A memorial service is planned at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St., in Abilene, on Tuesday September 19, at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Church. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Martha was born in Fariston, Kentucky on the farm of her grandparents on August 3, 1927. She attended school in the local one room schoolhouse through grammar school, and then attended high school in Hazard, Kentucky where she was the valedictorian of her high school class in 1945. Martha earned her bachelor’s degree at Berea College in Kentucky where she studied math and physics. Martha met her husband, Thomas K. Kim, over an ice cream freezer at a college social at Berea College. They soon married, and moved to New Orleans where Tom was beginning a doctoral program in economics at Tulane University. After completing his degree the couple moved to Ohio for Tom’s first teaching job where their first child, Lawrence Thomas Kim, was born. They traveled next to Kansas where their daughter, Catherine Ann Kim Fowlkes, was born. Soon after, they moved to Lubbock, Texas where Tom taught at Texas Tech University. In 1970, the family moved to Abilene where Tom held the position of President of McMurry University for the next 23 years. During this time, Martha’s passion and talent for cooking and taking care of people became very important. She embraced her role as hostess for countless student groups, faculty and board events at the home where she prepared and organized all the meals herself. She was famous for her bread which she loved to share with her friends and her church. She was devoted to her beloved St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she spent countless hours in the kitchen cooking for church events or working on the church garage sale. She was also a passionate bridge player which she continued until recently. Martha remained an avid sports fan, growing up on Kentucky basketball and developing a love for football after moving to Texas. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas K. Kim of Abilene; two brothers, C.A. Zoellers of Hazard, Kentucky, and Bill Zoellers of Pikeville, Kentucky; and a sister, Catherine Moseley of Madisonville, Kentucky. Martha is survived by son, Larry Kim (and wife, Nicky Kim) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, daughter, Cathy Kim Fowlkes (and husband, Barry Fowlkes) of Abilene, and six grandchildren: Spencer Kim, Erik Kim, Phoebe Kim, Parker Fowlkes, Adrian Fowlkes and Zoe Fowlkes. Memorials may be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church, McMurry University, or the United Methodist Food Pantry.
Roland Wayne Owens ‘59 – Aug. 4, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Roland “Wayne” Owens announces his passing after a brief illness, on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the age of 78 years. Wayne was born October 12, 1938 to Earl Owens of Smithtown and Opal Rose Owens of Greenwood (both deceased). After the untimely death of his father, Wayne was raised by his mother and step father, Newman “Newt” Clark (deceased). Wayne is survived by his sister, Sheila Brennan (John), and brothers, Earl Owens, Jr. (Georgia) and GC Clark (Louise), as well as his loving companion of recent years, Mary Sexton. Although he had no biological children, Wayne loved his nieces and nephews as his own. They, along with other relatives young and old, will remember him as a loving and giving soul. He also will be fondly remembered by numerous friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched. Wayne was known by all to be a generous, kind, and caring man. People were drawn to his heart, passion for life, intelligence, and sense of humor.
Wayne was a native of Greenwood, Kentucky, a place he always returned to and the place he considered home. From an early age, Wayne was passionate about education and lifelong learning and never let his difficulties with communicating stop him from pursuing his dreams and aspirations. His drive and commitment were admired by all who knew him. After graduating from Berea College, he went on to attend several graduate programs where he earned multiple advanced degrees. He worked in the fields of chemistry and computer science throughout his adult life. After retirement, he returned to McCreary County to be near the people and land he loved. Many individuals and groups benefited from his generosity and community service throughout his life, but especially in recent years after his return to Greenwood.
At Wayne’s request, after cremation, no formal services will be held. Those wishing to pay condolences and share memories are welcome to do so at the interment of his ashes on September 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in memoriam can be made to Berea College’s scholarship fund. Wayne always credited Berea with giving him an excellent foundation for the rest of his life and he would be pleased that his friends and family support such a wonderful institution. Send donations to: Berea College, In honor of Roland Wayne Owens, Attn: Teresa Kash Davis, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
Dr. Billy Wayne Peace ‘59, husband of Margaret Shults Peace ‘68 – Nov. 17, 2016
Dr. Billy W. Peace Dr. Billy Wayne Peace age 72, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Tidelands Waccamaw Hospital. Born in Williamsburg, KY, he was a son of the late Edgar and Ida Peace. Dr. Peace was employed with AVX Corp for 40 years. He enjoyed his work as a Chief Engineer. He received his Undergraduate degree from Berea College his Masters from Tennessee Tech and his PHD from the University of Missouri, Rolla. Dr. Peace was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Carroll; a brother, Franklin Peace and a brother in law, Charles Compton. Survivors include his daughter, Lee Peace of Surfside Beach; a son, Kenzel Peace (April) of Myrtle Beach; their mother, Louise Peace; his fiancée/companion, Linda Kuethe of Murrells Inlet; a granddaughter, Kendall Peace; a sister, Winifred Compton, brothers, Ronnie Peace (Norma) and BK Peace (Sally) and brother in law, Harry Carroll. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2:00-4:00 PM Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Ernestine Edwards Upchurch ‘59 – Aug. 31, 2017
Ernestine Edwards Upchurch passed away at the Homestead Hospice at the Haywood Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 31, at approximately 6:53 am after a brief illness. Mrs. Upchurch was blessed with 80 years of a wonderful life. A lifelong resident of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, Ernestine liked to say she “bloomed where she was planted.” Ernestine attended Maggie Elementary, Waynesville Township High School, and Berea College in Kentucky where she majored in Sociology and performed in theatrical productions, including the role of Queen Nefertiti, of which she was very proud. Upon graduation, she studied for her Masters in social work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She married Cecil Upchurch in 1957 in Maggie Valley. After a brief period away for graduate schools, Ernestine and Cecil settled in Maggie Valley, and Ernestine began her career in social work, first helping to facilitate child adoptions in Haywood and surrounding counties. After taking a few years off for her children, she began her career as a School Social Worker where she eventually became Coordinator for Student Services in Haywood County Schools, Ernestine became known throughout Haywood County as the woman who got things done. She was honored as School Social Worker of the Year during her tenure. Engaged civically, Ernestine also helped bring city water to Maggie Valley with the growth of the hotel industry and the critical importance of sanitation. Because of her years in social work, she knew all the back roads and traveled all over Haywood County to meet with families to discuss the pressing need for residents to switch to city water. Ernestine herself once it explained this way: “I knew those hollers and when the daddies came home from work too. Brenda (O’Keefe) and Shirley (Pinto) knew the hotel and restaurant owners and made inroads with them. We each did our part to bring city water to Maggie.” Ernestine retired in 1997 from social work and turned some of her interests to the history of Western North Carolina. She was a charter member of the Council on Appalachian Women, and she traveled to Scotland and Ireland to study the migration of the Scots-Irish to Appalachia. Her many interests included genealogy, quilting, several book clubs, art, and serving on the board of the Pigeon Multicultural Development Community Center. She was the former president Haywood County Friends of the Library and a great supporter of the Haywood Arts Repertory (HART) Theatre, storytelling festivals, and all aspects of local art and literature. Although not a Catholic, Ernestine was a catalyst in helping to establish the first Catholic Church in Maggie Valley, St. Margaret of Scotland. She befriended Father Michael Murphy, a layman new to the mountains in the 1950’s. Murphy built the church in 1967 with his own money and then later entered the seminary and became the oldest priest on record to be ordained at the age of 80 in 1971 and served as pastor until his death at 99. Ernestine wrote the history of St. Margaret’s, which is sealed in the church’s time capsule. An avid reader, Ernestine once introduced novelist John Ehle, known for his Appalachian fiction, at the Haywood County Friends of the Library. She regularly participated in Relay for Life, and many local fundraisers. Ernestine was also an aging advocate with the N.C. Tarheel Legislature and a county representative to the Region A Area on Aging. She dedicated her life to helping others and honoring mountain culture in all its many facets. In addition to her parents, Ernest Burton Edwards and Virgie Elizabeth Jane Campbell Edwards, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Upchurch, who passed away in 1997; a sister, Ethan Edwards and two brothers, Lemuel Edwards and Burton Edwards. Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Carmichael of Waynesville; a son, Evan Upchurch and Linda Chan of Belleview, Washington; grandchildren, Ryan Carmichael and fiancee Meghan Fontenot of Virginia Beach, VA, Lauren Carmichael of Waynesville and Katharine Carmichael of Waynesville; brothers, Kyle Edwards and his wife, Mary Sue Edwards of Maggie Valley and Verlin Edwards of Maggie Valley. A celebration of Ernestine’s remarkable life will be held at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm Friday, September 8, 2017. Reverend Richard Buff and Reverend Erma Bond will be officiating. A receiving of friends and reception will be held in the church fellowship hall following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Upchurch’s name may be made to The Shepherd’s Table or to the College Scholarship Fund at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Upchurch family.