Estill Barger ’50 — June 8, 2019
Estill Barger, 90, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
He was born on July 11, 1928 in Squabble Creek, Ky., to Ance and Alpha Barger. Estill was retired from Tube Turns where he worked as a Tool and Die Maker.
He is preceded in death by his Parents and Brothers, Homer, Elmer, Amel, Chester, Ralph, and Burley Barger.
Estill is survived by his loving Wife of 52 years, Doris Jean Barger, Step-Daughter, Terri Rae Riordan, Step-Son, Phillip Edward (Nancy) Riordan, step-daughter, Laura Denise (Ronnie) Harrell, step-son, Michael Scott (Jane) Riordan, siblings, Charlie Barger and Thelma Barger Cordell, nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Elizabeth Caldwell Frost ’50 — June 6, 2019
Elizabeth (Betty) Frost, age 94, of McDonough, Ga., entered glory on June 6, 2019. Betty was born in Washington, Iowa and joined the Navy for two years prior to entering nursing school. She was very active in her church, her sewing group “Loving Hands” and loved her “Birthday Girls.” She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frost and four siblings.
She is survived by two children, Jenny and Harold Jenkins of McDonough and Jim and Leslee Frost of Johns Creek; grandchildren, Doug Jenkins, Beth Grant, Drew Jenkins and Jamie Frost; seven great-grandchildren, Sydney Grant, Sasha Grant, Sawyer Grant, Elina Jenkins, Vivi Jenkins, Josephine Jenkins, Lendy Jenkins and a brother, David Caldwell of Sumter, S.C.
Harriet Lilly Reynolds ’50 — July 9, 2019
Harriet Magdelina Lilly Reynolds, 91, of Bluefield, formerly of Spanishburg, died peacefully, Tuesday, July 10, 2019 at the Maples in Bluefield. Born March 14, 1928 in Spanishburg, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Mattie Agnes Wikle Lilly. Harriet was a loving daughter, sister and friend. She retired as a dietician at Ohio Valley Medical Center. Harriet enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Dora Elizabeth Lilly Makszuz. Left to cherish her memory are her brother, James R. “Jimmy” Lilly of Spanishburg and a foster brother, Steve Justice, of Spokane, Wash.
Charles Maurice Wesley ’51 — Aug. 13, 2019
Charles Maurice Wesley was born in Pulaski County on June 5, 1927 the second son of William Thomas and Gertrude Butt Wesley. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years Ruth Kirkpatrick Wesley, brothers Harold Wesley, Vernon Wesley and sister Helen Wesley. He is survived by two sons, Kirk Wesley, Erik (Traci) Wesley; three grandchildren, Emily Stringer, Perry Wesley, Benjamin Wesley; step grandson Josh Dye; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and church family.
Charles earned a B.A. from Berea College and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and completed studies in Counseling, Community Development and Management. President Harry S. Truman integrated the U.S. Army, and Charles was in the first 16 weeks of that landmark decision joining the 87th Infantry Training Division Company at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and was at the battle of White Horse Mountain when the Communist Chinese and North Korean Communists were stopped on their last push south before the signing of the ceasefire at Panmunjom. For his service, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, The Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.
Returning home, he taught one year at Shady Grove, a one room school in Pulaski County, English and History at Pulaski County High School, English at Somerset High School and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
In the summers of 1955 and 1956, he was in Paul Green’s Wilderness Road celebrating Berea College’s Centennial. He met his wife at the Christmas Country Dance School and they enjoyed 55 years of dancing in the New Year with their friends. At the 1958 Berea College Homecoming, he was encouraged by his Political Science Professor, Dr. Louis Smith to join the Save the Children Appalachian Program as Area Consultant with an office in Berea. He was appointed Director in 1966. At that time, Save the Children worked with over 500 one-room schools in Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee and West Virginia with a methodology of Community Development and Learning by Doing. Parents and teachers were given a budget to help them make plans for their children and school. Funds were used to purchase school supplies, wire the school for electricity, drill water wells so children did not need to carry water from springs and have safe drinking water and to purchase stoves with an automatic coal stoker so children and teachers arrived at a warm classroom and to help build playgrounds. A special fund was available for parents who wished to start a hot lunch program. Later, to help with the transition to high school, the Berea office started a Scholarship Program that provided funds for clothes, shoes and books. Five hundred to one thousand were awarded each year. To encourage gardens, potatoes and seeds were provided by way of a fund. Finally, teachers and parents were trained in fundraising to help advocate for their children and their schools.
In the summer of 1967, Charles worked in the Training Department in Connecticut, and with the Community Development Foundation on a training course for the Appalachian Program. The Berea program received training contracts from the Office of Economic Opportunity for Elliott County, East Lake Cumberland, Barren River, Athens and Nashville, Tennessee, a training contract for the State of Georgia for a Young Families Program in all of Georgia’s Appalachian counties. In addition, a training contract with the Cherokees Indian Tribe in North Carolina and with the South West Indians at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Finally, a training contract with West Virginia Head Start, and a Kentucky contract for training VISTA workers at the Lincoln Institute.
Charles also served on a team that did program evaluations in Latin America, Columbia and
Ecuador. After Hurricane Camille, he was assigned to Hattiesburg, Miss., to help with the allocation of funds from non-governmental organizations.
Charles was invited twice to the White House. President Carter invited Charles and Dallas Johnson, Director of the American Indian Program to help with the UNESCO 1979 Internal Year of the Child. Charles helped organize and plan the Appalachian Child Conference held on the Berea College Campus, and attended the American Indian Child Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. The White House Curator saw an Appalachian Cherry Pattern quilt from Save the Children Program and wanted one for one of the White House’s queen beds. Mrs. Nixon wrote that if a queen size cherry pattern quilt would be donated, she would invite 10 staff members including the two quilters, Bertha Hensley and Dolly Bowling from Owsley County for a tour of the White House and a press conference where the quilt would be shown. Later, there were cookies, coffee and tea in the Library.
The Appalachian Program received an Oprah Winfrey grant that, together with the funds from the estate of Francis Davis and a Memorial Fund for Kip French provided a grant to the Start Up Fund for the Eastern Kentucky Child Coalition, a Day Care Center in White Oak, Tenn., a Day Care Center in Whitley County, a Head Start Center in Lincoln County, W. Va., a Day Care Center in Clay County, an addition for handicapped children at the Sunshine Day Care Center in Harlan County, and a Head Start Center in Letcher County.
After retirement, Charles and Ruth went on 35 Elderhostel Programs and visited Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada and South Korea. They enjoyed taking their two sons, and later their grandchildren to plays, musical programs and historical places in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Charles loved working in the garden with lots of flowers, reading and studying at home some of the Greatest Professors in The Great Courses Program. He is a member of Union Church and an Honorary Life Deacon. He served on the Berea Hospital Board and the Policy Committee of the Christmas Country Dance School. He received the Berea College Service Award, Save the Children Service Award in 1982 and 1995. He is a life member of the American Legion, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Berea Arts Council, The Kentucky Historical Society, the American Horticultural Society, the Country Dance and Song Society, KET Fund for Excellence, a Life Member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, The Wildcat Society and the Berea College President’s and Second Century Club.
Lois Jolley Atwood ’52 — Nov. 17, 2018
Lois Atwood 1929-2018 Lois passed peacefully on Saturday, November 17, 2018. She had been surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in the mountains of North Carolina, one of nine children. She is survived by her two children, Linda Miller and Ron Atwood, and her daughter in law, Jennie Atwood and her two grandchildren, Charlie and Lainey Atwood.
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Donna White Johnson ’52 — June 25, 2019
Donna White Johnson of Tullahoma passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the age of 89. She was born January 19, 1930 in Hazard, KY to the late James and Loretta Abner White. Donne was the oldest of four children including Charles (deceased), James, and Nola (deceased). in 1952, Donna earned her degree in Nursing from Berea College. Later that same year she married Joe Johnson Jr. They enjoyed 42 years of marriage in Owensboro, KY before Joe’s passing in 1994. Immediate family survivors include son, Charles Joseph Johnson (Jennifer) of Youngston, OH; daughter Susan Johnson Vining (Charles) of Tullahoma, TN; grandsons Morgan and Reid Vining; and granddaughters Hope and Lexie Johnson, and Hannah, Megan, and Laura Vining.Not only was Donna a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, she was also a dedicated registered nurse at Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital (ODCH), She worked as a surgical, obstetrics and delivery, and nursery nurse. For ten years she taught obstetrics at the ODCH School of Nursing. She closed out her career in In-Service. Her proudest professional accomplishment was instructing 350 nursing students who later became registered nurses, and training hundreds of other caregivers including aides, orderlies, and clerks. Donna was a devoted Christian and dedicated volunteer to several churches and community organizations. She was an active member of the Central Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Churches in Owensboro, KY, and First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma. She served the Lord as a Stephen Minister, children’s and adult Sunday school teacher, Elder, committee member, adult choir member, and lifelong Bible student. She especially enjoyed studying the Bible and developing cherished friendships over the last 20 years with the FUMC Ladies Wednesday morning Bible study group. Donna also served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, KY Kidney Foundation, and Salvation Army.
James Frank Cheney ’52 — Aug. 8, 2019
James (Jim) Frank Cheney, age 89 of New Albany, Ohio died August 08, 2019 peacefully at his home with his daughter by his side. Jim was born in Berlin Germany and, at age nine, went to Shanghai with his family as refugees from the Nazis. Jim, whose last name was Stoerck at the time, was adopted at age 11 by Frank “Unc” Cheney after the death of his mother in China. Jim traveled to and lived in India with the Cheney family before coming to the United States in 1946. Jim attended Berea College, was naturalized in 1952 and proudly served as a Veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married his beautiful wife Ruth LaDell in 1957 and they spent 51 happy years together. Jim will be forever remembered by his son Steve (Terri) and daughter Linda (Jeff) as well as grandchildren Chadd, April, Katie and great-grandson Julien.
Albert McKinley Craig ’53 — May 28, 2019
Albert M. Craig, Jr., age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He attended Berea College and graduated from the University of Tennessee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a diver. He was retired from the Department of Energy where he worked as a computer systems analyst. Albert enjoyed the Smoky Mountains and spending time there in his chalet. He particularly loved traveling across the country with his wife. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ethel Craig, his brother Jackie Craig, his sister Dorothy Elliott, and his loving wife of 66 years Kathryn Moyers Craig. Survived by his children Albert Craig, III (Karen), Sharon Mills (Ken), Shannon Gilroy (Bob) and Charles Craig (Traci); 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Inez Moss May ’53 — Nov. 9, 2016
Inez Moss May, 89, of Black Mountain passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Mrs. May was born July 14, 1927 in Henderson County near the Pisgah National Forest to the late Rev. W.R. and Mrs. Lala Allen Moss. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Mrs. May is survived by her husband of 62 years, William “David” May; daughter, Lala Bowman (Jim) of Columbia, SC; brother, R.V. Moss; and grandsons, Ian and Aidan Buckley.
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Nichols ’53 — June 3, 2019
We are sad to announce that on June 3, 2019, at the age of 87, Reverend Father Nicholas Francis Nichols (Palm Harbor, Florida) passed away. He was loved and cherished by many people including: his wife Helen Nichols; his children, Karen Nichols-Gauquier and Raymond Nichols; his granddaughters, Alessandra Gauquier and Samantha Nichols; his sister Stella Bafitis.
Arlene Will Rhodes ’53 — June 24, 2018
Arlene Rhodes, beloved wife of Frank Rhodes, dear mother of Frank Rhodes and his wife Brenda and Tina Franz, cherished grandmother of Whitney Rhodes, Christopher Rhodes, Taylor Rhodes, Jacob Franz and the late Zachery Franz, loving great grandmother of Elliott, Reese, Olivia, Gunner, Daniel, Caleb and Bennett and dear sister of Mildred Everly, Bernice Garba and Katie Radebush.
Josephine Kite Roth ’53 — June 25, 2019
Evelyn Josephine “Jo” Roth, 89, passed away, June 25, 2019, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
She was born in Lafollette, Tennessee to parents Robert Guy and Zola Florence Kite. She graduated from high school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and received a bachelor’s degree from Berea College, Kentucky. Jo worked as a Registered Dietitian with the majority of her career performing consulting work for Project Heart and many community nursing homes and small hospitals in Central Oklahoma. Many hours were spent in the kitchen creating and perfecting recipes. Her family was often taste testers for her many delicious desserts. After retirement, Jo enjoyed spending time gardening and helping with her grandchildren including several families of adopted grandchildren. She also continued to cook and could always be counted on to bring a new and different recipe along with her famous pecan pie to holiday gatherings. Jo also loved to travel with her husband to many countries throughout the world as well as with relatives and colleagues. Jo was predeceased in death by her husband, Lawrence O. “Larry” Roth whom she married in 1954; her parents; sisters, Cordia Sweat, Anna Mae Medlin, Rose Kite; brothers, Cecil Kite, Basil Kite, and Kenneth Kite. She is survived by son, Richard Roth; daughter, Karen Sebring; grandchildren, Chad, Badrakh, Harrison and Robert; daughter-in-law Sara Roth, son-in-law Keven McVay; sister, Betty Ziemke, and brother John Kite, along with her loving extended family, dear friends and neighbors. Jo was loved and respected by friends and family; she will be forever and dearly missed.
Kenneth Lee Valentine ’53 — June 30, 2019
Kenneth L. Valentine (87) of Butler, KY, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at River Valley Nursing Home in Butler. Kenneth was born in Flat Lick, KY on July 19, 1931, son of the late L.T. and Rose Hammons Valentine. Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of Fairlane Baptist Church and a Federal employee of Farmer’s Home Administration for Bracken and Robertson Counties. In addition to his parents Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife Glenna Smith Valentine who he married on July 31, 1954, brother Sol Valentine, George (Delores) Valentine, sisters Gladys Mills, Bettie Jean (Charles) Lumpkins and Mary Ann Valentine. Survived by his sons Greg (Sharon) Valentine, Kevin (Gwen) Valentine, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister in law Jo Valentine and brother in law Jack Mills.
Jack Ambrose, Husband of Corenna Ambrose ’54 — June 8, 2019
Jack Franklin Ambrose passed away at Bowers Hospice House on June 8, 2019, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his two grandsons, Todd Smith, and Ty Meckstroth. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Corenna Ambrose; three daughters, Debbie (Jim) Pauley, Jackie (Rick) Meckstroth and Jamye (Jim) Elkins; a brother, Bobby (Ginger) Ambrose; grandchildren, Kristin (Chris) Heldman, Trey (Cassie) Pauley, Colin Pauley, Rikki Meckstroth, Nikki (Freddie) Wisen, and Josh Holliday and fiance’ Angel Kirk; eight great-grandchildren, Jay, Aaron, Deacon and Luke Pauley, Abby and Kaitlyn Heldman, Alex Blankenship, and Samara Holliday. Jack was born in Berea, KY on February 23, 1931. He was the son of the late Nell and Mark Ambrose. Jack will always be remembered as a food salesman in the Beckley, W. Va., area, spending his later years in food delivery at Little Debbie® snack cakes. Jack enjoyed his time as a volunteer for many years at the Helping Hands Food Pantry. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church. Jack’s body was donated to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lillie Bryan Brewer ’54 — March 7, 2019
Her tombstone reads, “Love is a verb” and the life she lived demonstrated it.
Lillie Dean Bryan Brewer passed peacefully into heaven on March 7, 2019. She had been residing at her home surrounded by those who loved her, and whom she taught to love.
She good-naturedly endured the nickname “Dinky” due to her diminutive size, but her impact on the lives of those around her was anything but small. She was a lifelong learner, attending Berea College and earning a nursing degree from Rex Hospital and an Education Specialist degree from Appalachian State University. She was a devotee of The Great Courses, enjoying them on her iPad for years. She was an Emergency Room registered nurse at Rex Hospital and was credited by many young residents for helping them learn their way around emergency medicine. She worked energetically right up until the day she delivered her son, the “miracle baby” she was not supposed to have been able to have due to her thyroid cancer. Soon after her son was born in 1958, the place where she worked became her treatment center. She survived cancer that time and lived another 60 years. Some people credited her boundless energy with the thyroid medication that she had to take every day for the rest of her life. However, her family knew that her vim and vigor pre-existed her illness. She was a reading and English teacher at Boomer Ferguson Elementary and Woodward Junior High Schools whose students fondly remember her kindness, patience, and ability to increase their reading proficiency in a positive and encouraging environment. For more than 15 years, she was a legal assistant who advocated tirelessly for the rights of Social Security disability and workers’ compensation clients, as well as medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury cases, at her family’s fourth-generation law firm. When her declining health forced her to leave that position, she did so only after diligently and enthusiastically passing along knowledge of the job to her grandson who replaced her. For more than 50 years, she taught children’s Bible classes at Wilkesboro church of Christ. As a lifelong and devoted student of the Bible, she participated in Bible Study Fellowship for several years. She served in both the Wilkesboro Women’s Club and the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary society for women educators for many years, parking cars at MerleFest much longer than her rich age should have allowed. When not parking cars, Lillie could be found in either the Traditional Tent watching Wayne Henderson and the Kruger Brothers, or at the Main Stage listening and dancing to the joyful exuberant music of Scythian (her favorite Irish/Gypsy music band). Mrs. Brewer thought hard work was important, but she thought recreation was just as important. She was the driving force behind what is now known as Cub Creek Park in Wilkesboro, NC. It was important to her that Wilkesboro have a park for everyone to walk, have picnics, play ball and play tennis with their family. She served on the Parks & Recreation Board for 52 years and recently was awarded the key to the Town of Wilkesboro. Once when she presented a program on literacy to the Kiwanis club and read aloud the children’s book, “I’ll Love You Forever,” grown men dissolved in tears. It was a favorite recollection of her husband and one that never failed to make him chuckle. Together, Joe and Lillie Brewer regularly took in people like some folks collect stamps: the more varied the backgrounds, histories, and nationalities, the better. The collection of extended family that they kept in their own home (many for years at a time) included a 102-year-old grandmother, a high school senior, a newly released felon, several young cousins, and two international exchange students including a Colombian who remained for six years. Her table was always set for family, friends and strangers, and if you could not come to her home to share a meal, she would bring it to yours. She and Joe also paid or cancelled innumerable debts of others, paid school tuition for extended family and friends, and gave rent free housing to numerous families. Lillie’s wisdom and good advice were cherished by her family. She was always planning ahead and thinking of the next project. In fact, never wanting to be a burden on her family, she planned and paid for her own funeral in 1994. She took good care of those around her. She was the impetus for building the house next door to hers where her mother, her father, and her father-in-law spent their last years in comfort, surrounded by family members and compassionate caregivers. Her circle of caring spread far and wide, extending even to those she did not know personally. When a 2014 newspaper article announced the felony arrests of five young Asians for stealing twelve ears of corn from a field beside Highway 268 West, Lillie lifted her pen in action. She wrote a passionate letter to the editor of the paper, asking if the young people had been referred to local help agencies, asking if they had been informed of North Carolina’s laws, and recounting a time from her childhood when her own father had allowed others to take food from his garden. It was not unusual for Lillie to call for compassion, forgiveness and charity as opposed to persecution. She was a member of the Friends of the Library board who initiated the annual Chocolate Extravaganza. On February 11, 2015, when her husband passed away in her arms at his law office, a grieving but determined Lillie stayed up all night at her home cooking chocolate creations for the library event the next day. One of her last acts was directing her daughter to create chocolate-covered Bugles for the Extravaganza a few short weeks ago. In truth, no one person will ever know all of the good that she did in her lifetime. Lillie was preceded in homegoing by the love of her life, Joe Oliver Brewer; her parents, T.R. Bryan, Sr., and Nell Plyler Bryan, and her brothers, Dr. T. R. Bryan, Jr. and Jackson Bryan. Cherishing her memory and inspired to try to follow her example are her son, Gregory J. Brewer (Lisa) of North Wilkesboro, NC; daughter, Tonya Brewer Osborne (Joey) of Hickory, NC; grandchildren, Joseph Zachary “Zack” Brewer, David Bryan Brewer, Tanner Paige Clifton, Karsen Elizabeth Osborne and Sadie Olivia Osborne; sisters, Rhoda Jean Billings (Don) of Lewisville, NC, Suzie Wiles (David) of Wilkesboro, NC, and brother, John Q. Bryan (Janet) of Wilmington, NC, as well as a delightful clan of nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. The family wishes to thank Lillie’s skilled, compassionate caregivers: Nena Shepherd, Donna Poole, Emily Poole, Diane Greer, and Polly Nichols.
Alice May Coppic ’54 — Sept. 28, 2019
Alice May Webb Coppic, of Summit Square in Waynesboro, died Saturday, September 28, 2019. She was born May 23, 1933, to Arthur and Gladys Webb in Powhatan, Virginia. Preceding her in death is husband, The Rev. John M. Coppic in 2009. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Coppic Clark (David) of Danville, Dorothy Coppic Goforth (Myron) of Richmond, Texas; son, John Mark Coppic (Erica) of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Rebecca Clark Johnson (Russell), Marshall Goforth (Sarah), Michael Goforth (Casey), Clara Goforth, Geoff Behal, and Cameron Behal; great-grandchildren, Colin and Ronan Johnson, Jonathan and Preston Goforth; sister, Florine Webb; brother, Wilbur Webb; and many nieces and nephews. Alice was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She attended Berea College and graduated from Western Michigan University. She taught public school in Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri for over 30 years. In addition to teaching school, she was very active in the church. She volunteered for many organizations including Summit Square, where she resided for 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, walking daily with friends, playing bridge, traveling, and cross-stitch.
Hollis R. Hall ’54 — Aug. 3, 2019
Hollis was born July 4, 1932, the son of Walter and Velva (Carpenter) Hall of Guardian, W. Va. No matter who Hollis met throughout his life, he loved to make people laugh with a good joke. You could not help but smile as he usually laughed at his own jokes.
Hollis graduated with honors from Webster Springs High School in 1950. As a member of the 4-H Club, he went to Washington, D.C. where he talked about the current state of youth in America. While there, he met President Harry S. Truman. He went on to attend Berea College in Berea Kentucky before being drafted into the Korean War. He served his country as a military policeman at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After being honorable discharged from the Army in 1955, he returned to Berea College to study agriculture.
During the summer of 1957, Hollis came to Youngstown to work in the steel mills. He met and married his wife, Ellen (Dercole) Hall on July 19, 1958 and they had three sons: Doug, Jeff and Brad. Hollis worked in the accounting department at Youngstown Sheet & Tube for 30 years and moonlighted as a vacuum cleaner and sewing machine salesman for Electro Hygiene. He worked an additional twenty years as a salesman for Cooksey Culligan Water and retired in 2008.
Hollis was a member of the Brownlee woods United Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years. He enjoyed being a head usher, deacon, elder, congregational president and teaching the men’s Sunday school Bible class over the years. He also enjoyed playing softball with his three sons in the church league. He is survived by his wife Ellen; sons Doug Hall of Youngstown, Jeff Hall of Guardian, W. Va.; brothers Roger of Nokesville, VA, Raleigh of Buckhannon, WV; sisters Carolyn Smith of Dunbar, W. Va., Patricia Cochran of Guardian, W. Va., and Marlene Williamson of Franklin, Tenn. Hollis was preceded in death by his beloved son Brad, his parents and sister Bernice Bates.
Joan Jones, Wife of Milton Jones ’54 — May 16, 2019
Jo Ann “Joan” Euper Jones, 84, of Tyler passed away on May 16, 2019 at home under hospice care. A memorial service for Joan will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Marvin United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Allison Andrews officiating. A reception will follow in the church parlor. Joan was born on June 30, 1934 in Charleston, Arkansas to Leo and Irene Euper. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Wayne and Robert Euper. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dr. H. Milton Jones; her three children, Lisa Jones and Brent Jones of Dallas, and Karen Jones Morrison and her husband, Dr. Steven Morrison; as well as her grandchildren, Collin and Claire Gwin. Joan and her husband married in California in 1961 and moved to Tyler in 1974. Joan was a vibrant, creative, loving wife, mother, and friend. Her many talents included seamstress, interior decorator, artist, and small business owner/manager. She was active in Marvin United Methodist Church, UT Tyler and Baylor Wives’ groups, and volunteered over 20 years at PATH. She was known for her sparkling personality and loving kindness to others, and will be greatly missed.
Jack C. Keeter ’54 — July 31, 2019
Jack Crawford Keeter, 88, of Salisbury, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born October 18, 1930 in Cramerton N.C., Jack was the son of the late Hedgepath and Flossie Frye Keeter. Jack was also preceded in death by younger brothers Doug, Russell, and Sam Keeter. After graduating from Cramerton High School, Jack went on to earn a B.A. from Berea College, an M.A. from Appalachian State University, and an M.S. from the University of Illinois as well as additional course work at Rutgers, Auburn, and the University of Texas. An Air Force veteran, Jack was stationed in Texas from 1954 to 1958 serving as a medic. From 1960 to 1964 he taught mathematics at Brevard College. He joined the faculty at Catawba College in 1965 where he was a mathematics professor until his retirement in 1995. Jack was a longtime member of First Baptist Church Salisbury, serving as Deacon, American Sign Language interpreter, and choir member. A lifelong pianist and vocalist, he was also a member of several other Salisbury choirs. Jack loved photography, travel, and music, but most of all, he treasured time spent with his family. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Mae Corbin Keeter; children Tammy Miller (Mark), Carolyn Burdette (Robert), and Randy Keeter (Sarah); grandchildren Pete Miller (Emily), Ben Miller, Elizabeth Keeter, David Keeter, Will Burdette, Jay Burdette, and Timothy Burdette; and great-granddaughter Brinley Miller; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Patricia Jean Smathers Konstam ‘54 — July 13, 2019
Patricia Jean Smathers Konstam, age 85, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Pat was born November 2, 1933, in Ozone, Tenn., to the Rev. Eugene Smathers and Loucile Boydston Smathers. She grew up in rural Big Lick, Tenn., attending a one-room school and winning high-level 4-H Club awards. She graduated from Cumberland County (Tenn.) High School, Berea College and Union Theological Seminary in New York, receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1959.That summer she met her future husband, Aaron Konstam, at a graduate student meeting she led as a Presbyterian campus pastor at Penn State University. After their marriage in 1961, Pat did freelance writing for religious publications while Aaron worked as a chemist and computer scientist in Haifa, Israel; Dayton, Ohio; and St. Charles, Mo. Their son, David, was born in Dayton in 1966. In 1972 they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Aaron joined the Trinity University faculty. During the 1970s, Pat worked in the women’s liberation movement as leader and volunteer with local and state National Organization for Women chapters and as an instructor in continuing education courses for women returning to the workforce. In 1980, without formal journalism training Pat transitioned from freelancing to a 21-year career as a business reporter, editor and columnist.At the San Antonio Light from 1980 until its close in 1992, she became the paper’s first business editor as local business coverage expanded. In 1983, she won the National Small Business Media Advocate of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration. After the Light closed, she was a business writer for the San Antonio Express-News until her retirement in 1999. In retirement Pat was an active volunteer at the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library’s BookCellar used book store. Pat was preceded in death by Aaron, her husband of 53 years; her parents; and infant brother, Charles. Surviving her are son, David of Elgin, Ill.; brother, Mike Smathers and his wife Judy of Big Lick, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Marvin Konstam and his wife Varda of Boston, Mass.; and four nieces and nephews.
Eva Franklin Shrewsberry ’54 — Sept. 5, 2019
Eva Franklin Shrewsberry age 90, of Paducah, KY passed away at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Stonecreek Nursing & Rehab Center. Eva was a native of North Carolina and attended Berea College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree as a Dietician. She retired from Western Baptist Hospital with over 30 years of service, where she served as Clinical Dietician. Eva was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed bookkeeping, gardening and cooking as hobbies. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Reynard Conley Shrewsberry; one brother Feltner Franklin of Chucky, TN; three sons, Gary (Carol) Shrewsberry of Cortez, CO, Steve (Diane) Shrewsberry of Paducah, KY and Byron Shrewsberry of Pea Ridge, AR; three grand-daughters, Stacey A. (Kenny) Blankenship, Paducah, KY, Tessa L. (Randy) Whitledge, Murray, KY and Dawn Boatman, Paducah , KY four great-grandchildren, Jacob Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, Kailen Boatman and Jaeden Boatman; several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were parents, Lafoy Garfield Franklin and Bell Oakley Cutshall Franklin; one sister, Thursie Shelton; two brothers, Leonard Franklin and Ed Franklin.
George L. Ball ’55 — Aug. 12, 2019
Stanislav Beran ’55 — Dec. 16, 2018
Joe William Derting ’55 — June 16, 2019
Joe William Derting, age 85, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee following a long illness. He was born in Hiltons, Virginia (Scott, Co.), a son of W.O. “Bud” Derting and Dollie Grove Derting. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his son, Robert William Derting; sister-in-law, Edith Morelock Derting; and nephews Alan, Steve, and Jake Derting. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Janet Miller Derting; son, Thomas Miller Derting (Anne Keesee Derting); grandson, William Ryland Derting; granddaughter, Allyson Kate Derting; brothers, John Franklin Derting and Claude Wallace Derting (Helena Roop Derting); nieces, Sandra Woods (Jim), Terry Derting, and Barbara Amaya (Cleo); nephews, Glenn Derting (Karen) and Patrick Little (Tina); several great-nieces and great-nephews ; and niece-in-law, Cathleen Gray. After graduating from Hiltons High School and Berea College in Kentucky, Joe spent from 1955-57 in the 3rd Armored Division of the United States Army stationed in Germany. Upon being honorably discharged, he accepted a job as assistant agricultural Extension Agent for Washington County Virginia in Abingdon. This was the perfect position for Joe, who was raised on a farm and enjoyed nearly all outdoor activities. With the exception of 3 years (2 when he was Extension Agent in Pulaski Co., Va. and the other when he was studying for his Master’s Degree at Virginia Tech), he spent all of his professional life as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Washington Co. until his retirement in 1991. Joe was a quiet, modest man of character who was known for his honesty and dependability. He was one of the first to help a friend, neighbor, or stranger, and one of the last to leave when there was work to be done. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, and went to Hiltons to help his parents on the farm nearly every weekend of his life in Abingdon. After retirement, he spent more time at the farm, but also had time to try to teach his grandchildren everything he thought a child should know. In 1991 people began urging Joe to run for the Board of Supervisors. At first, he hesitated because he was not a politician; then he accepted because he knew Washington County like the back of his hand, and had a deep love for the county and its people. He served on the Board for 12 years, and as Chairman for 8 of those years. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon, Va. The funeral will begin at 7 p.m. following the visitation, with the Rev. Clarence Dishman officiating. Music will be provided by Mrs. Rose Payne and Mrs. Nadine Culbertson. Military honors will be provided by the Virginia Army National Guard.
Richard E. Griesheimer, Husband of Barbara Griesheimer ’55 — Feb. 21, 2019
Richard Griesheimer, of Colerain Township, passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 97. He was born in Ross County, Ohio, to Arthur and Edith (nee McCollister) Griesheimer. Richard then married Barbara Patrick in 1973. At the beginning of their marriage, Richard loved to garden. He served in the U.S. Navy for 3 and a half years during World War II. After leaving the Navy, he worked at Cincinnati Inc. for 40 years until retiring in 1987. During his retirement, Richard loved to read and travel. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Barbara Griesheimer; his children: David (Sara) Griesheimer, and Ann (Ron) Hamilton; his grandchildren: Lauren & Julia Griesheimer, Tess Schuster, and Bridget Hamilton. Richard is preceded in death by his son: Thomas Arthur Griesheimer; his parents: Arthur and Edith Griesheimer; and his siblings: James Doyle Grieshemer and Betty Rogers.
Herbert S. Harrison ’55 — Sept. 16, 2018
Herbert Samuel Harrison, 86, died peacefully Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Washington D.C. on January 30, 1932 to the late Ernest Taylor Harrison and Laura Oller Wentz Harrison and leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Sandra Jo Harrison. Other survivors include his Daughter, Janice Harrison Riedl (Michael); Son, Timothy Dane Harrison (Susan); granddaughters, Julia Rose Godfroy (Ryan), Michelle Suzanne Espada (finance Kevin), Kristin Espada Hunt (Tyler); grandsons,Trevor Reed Harrison, Bryce Taylor Harrison and great-grandson, Samuel Alexander Hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only sibling, Florence.
His faith, family, and service to others throughout his life defined him.
Gwendolyn Douty Hepp ’55 — Aug. 16, 2019
Hope, as she has always been known to her family, was born only a few minutes after her twin brother Horace was delivered on June 18, 1932 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to parents Reuben Franklin Douty and Mary Flotelle Coffey Douty. She grew up on a farm just outside Lexington, Virginia, and attended Mountain View Elementary School and Fairfield High School. The summer she was fourteen, Hope determined that she would hike alone from the home farm to Cornwall, cross country, and then to White’s Gap in the Blue Ridge mountains. It took all day, but she accomplished her goal, in typical Hope style.
She worked her way through college at Radford University in Virginia and then at Berea College in Kentucky, earning herself a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Afterward, while working as a psychiatric aide at The Institute for Living in Hartford, Connecticut, she met her future husband, Robert Francis Hepp, himself a psychiatric aide.
The pair soon married, and in 1959 moved back to Hope’s hometown of Lexington, Virginia, where Bob attended Washington and Lee University and Hope was a caseworker for the Department of Social Services. It was during this time that Hope became known to friends and colleagues as Gwen, a name she used throughout her adult life, though to her family she remained Hope. While living in Lexington, Hope entered the teaching profession on the staff of Mountain View School in Rockbridge. In 1959, she and Bob moved to Alexandria VA, where they raised two sons. Hope taught part-time as a substitute and homebound teacher for Fairfax County Schools for ten years, and then became a teacher full-time for Browne Academy. She was an avid gardener and loved watching the birds that visited her yard.
In 1981, at age 49, Hope went back to school, studying computer programming at Computer Learning Center and graduating with honors. In 1982, she joined Trident Data Systems as a programmer, beginning a software engineering career that would last over two decades. As the companies employing her were acquired by other companies, she and her talents went with them, and she eventually retired in her seventies from General Dynamics.
After Bob’s death in 1996, Hope continued to live at her Alexandria home. In 2013, she moved to the Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield, Virginia. Always a voracious reader, she continued to consume a book or more per day. She also enjoyed taking walks and singing in the Greenspring Village choir. Gwendolyn Hope died of health complications on August 16, 2019, at Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, at age 87. She is survived by two sons, Robert Franklin Hepp of Buena Vista, Virginia, and John Michael Hepp of Alexandria, Virginia; by brother Horace Dale Douty and his wife Ellen of Lexington, Virginia; by sister Shirley Douty Carpenter Rion of Augusta, Georgia; and by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two older brothers, Max Weldon Douty and Stafford Winlack Douty, and by her parents.
Millicent Hedges Jackson ’55 — July 15, 2019
Millicent “Millie” Hedges Carpenter Jackson, age 89, of Little Buck Hill Rd. in Newland, NC, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Spruce Pine Hospital in Spruce Pine, N.C.
Born on May 17, 1930, in Kieffer, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Lacy Circle Hedges and Edith Frances Dietz Hedges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband: Ted Carpenter, infant Son: Nelson Carpenter and her second Husband: Willard “Bill” Jackson. Millie was a very active member of the community as a member of Walnut Grove Church where she enjoyed the fellowship of Woman of Worth. Her love of education inspired her commitment to her students, and in post-retirement her continued involvement in the North Carolina Association of Educators. She also enjoyed crafts and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Left to cherish her memories are her Son: Stanley Carpenter (Beth); Daughter: Darla Sova (Andy); Daughter: Amelia Shoupe (Jim); Grandchildren: Marie Rector (Joey), Josh Shoupe (Whitney), Lath Carpenter, Andy Sova (Lyndsey), Danielle Carvajal (Jorge) and E. Jay Shoupe (Canaan); Great grandchildren: Zeke Shoupe, Hannah Shoupe, Camille Sova and soon to be Bianca Carvajal.
Patricia Parker Brunner ’56 — July 26, 2019
Patricia Parker Brunner died peacefully on July 26, 2019 at her home in Berea, Kentucky, where she was receiving hospice care. Patricia was born to Earl and Mildred Parker on January 10, 1934, and was raised in Brevard, North Carolina.
In 1956, Patricia graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She received her Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1982. She served as a youth director at Berea Baptist Church, and Director of the Baptist Student Union at Berea College. She served on mission trips to East Saint Louis, Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; and Hawaii. She served as a missionary overseas in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, and Zimbabwe. She was ordained as a deacon of Berea Baptist Church in 1984 and ordained as a minister in 1993.
Patricia is survived by her husband of 62 years, Warren Brunner; daughters Scharme Price (Gary), Gwen Hensley (Martin) and Kara Brunner; two brothers Keith Parker (Jonlyn) and Carroll Parker (Kae); grandchildren Gerald Price (Liz Koschoreck), Lydia Kitts (Justin), Charlsa Hensley, and Wendy Price; great-grandchildren Weston and Lavinia Kitts; devoted niece Donna Alexander; caretaker Ronny Hoover; and extended family.
Patricia had a talent for drawing out beauty from neglected plants, scraps of cloth, stubborn offspring, and struggling students
Yvonda Tunnell Center ’56 — May 15, 2019
Yvonda Louise Tunnell Center, 83, of Rockcastle County died suddenly at her residence on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. She was a Baileyton, Tennessee native born May 29, 1935, daughter of the late Horace and Bertha Goodson Tunnell. Yvonda was a retired educator having taught in Trimble County, Berea Community and Roundstone Elementary School. She was a Berea College Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and member of Union Church. Yvonda was an avid quilter, enjoyed all types of needlework, wonderful cook, property owner and farmer. She was known as a “worker bee” for her ability to teach, work on the farm, raise her children, keep house and cook three square meals each day for her family. Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Luther Center; 2 sons, Luther Center, Jr., Stephen Center (Rose); 3 brothers, Carroll Tunnell (Faye), Harold Tunnell, Edd Tunnell; 4 grandchildren, Stephen, Jr., Sarah, Michael, Andrew; 4 great grandchildren, Jackson, Jacob, Sullivan, Camille. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Helen Tunnell, Donald Tunnell.
Eula Ison Gilliam ’56 — June 17, 2019
Eula E. (Ison) Gilliam, 86, devoted and self-sacrificing wife, mother, sister, and friend, went to join her Lord in Heaven on Monday, June 17th, 2019 at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia. Eula was born and raised in the Kingdom Come Creek community of Letcher County, Kentucky, the twelfth child in a proud, hard-working Appalachian family of thirteen siblings. A 1951 graduate of Whitesburg High School, she went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Elementary education from Berea College in 1956. Eula was a retired school teacher of seventeen years from the Letcher County, Kentucky and Wise County, Virginia school systems. She related beautifully to young children and loved teaching first grade. Many members of the Wise, Virginia community still recall her as their favorite teacher because of her patience and kindness. Over the years Eula attended both Beckner’s Chapel and Charity Baptist Church in Wise where she observed and practiced her deep Christian faith. She frequently noted, “The purpose of life is to prepare for eternity.” Her path was one of humility and simplicity.
Eula greatly enjoyed inspirational music, old mountain sayings, poetry, and yard sales. She delighted in sharing memories of her early family life in eastern Kentucky, often quipping, “A good laugh is healthful.” She also enjoyed chronicling the activities of her children, grandchildren, and various community members in her numerous scrapbooks and journals. Her memory was remarkable. Eula was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Silas Whetsel Gilliam of Wise; her parents, Grant and Mary (Stallard) Ison of Oscaloosa, Kentucky; and nine brothers and sisters. Surviving are her three sons, Silas Gregory Gilliam of Wise, Jeffrey Wayne Gilliam of Thomasville, North Carolina and Gary Alan Gilliam and wife Thea McDilda Gilliam of Appomattox, Virginia; three grandchildren, Jessica Gilliam VanEmburgh and husband David, Abigail Gilliam Mangum and husband Greg, and Nathan Grant Gilliam; one great granddaughter, Millie Grace Mangum; one brother, Glennon B. (Thelma) Ison; two sisters, Gracie (Pat) Boggs and Doris (Doug) Day; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ann Skidmore Turner ’56 — Sept. 5, 2019
Ann Skidmore Turner passed away peacefully on September 5, 2019 at her Louisville home. She was born December 15, 1933 in Richwood, West Virginia. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Berea College, she met her husband of 62 years, Sam Turner Jr, who passed away 2 years ago. While raising her children she worked at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hazard High School, and directed the Perry County Literacy program. True to her family legacy, Ann was both a gifted teacher and writer, having published poems and short stories. Her years of work with the adult literacy program were performed with the grace and dignity that defined her life. She truly believed in the transformative power of education, and worked to realize that in her community. She loved to sing in choirs, play piano, read, sew, and square dance with Sam. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Lisa Turner-Schikler, Dr. Ken Schikler of Louisville, her son, Mark Turner of Belize, her grandchildren: Nathan Turner, Joshua Turner, Maren Schikler, and Allegra Schikler, along with a host of family and friends.
James David Zook ’56 — April 19, 2019
James David Zook (David) was born April 25, 1935 to Lester and Elizabeth Zook in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. David spent much of his childhood in Tejupon, Oaxaca, Mexico, where his parents worked as missionaries. In 1956, David graduated with a B.S. in physics from Berea College and married Julia Agnes Barker in August the same year. Shortly after, David entered a doctorate program in physics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, while Julia taught home economics. David and Julia had their first child, David Scott in 1961 and their second, Suzanne Marie in 1963. Julia and David spent the years raising their children in Burnsville, MN. After receiving his Ph.D., David took a job as a solid-state physical engineer for Honeywell, where he worked as a research physicist from 1963 until his retirement in 1998. David authored or co-authored over 66 publications in technical journals, earned 14 US patents, and was asked to speak across the globe in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy. Julia and David divorced in 1992. David met his second wife, Laurel Larsen at Honeywell and they married July 6, 1998. David and Laurel lived in Golden Valley, MN and spent their retirement traveling, biking, hiking and enjoying their family. Laurel passed away on January 30, 2013 and Julia passed away September 10, 2014. In David’s later years, he moved to Covenant Village retirement community, where he enjoyed making new friends, participating in community activities, and continued reading, learning and enjoying his children and grandchildren. David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004. His health slowly degenerated over the last 5 years of his life and he passed away peacefully in his sleep on 04/19/2019. David donated his brain to Parkinson’s research in the hope of advancing treatment and finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
William R. Fish ’57
Burt Boyer, FD ’58 — Sept. 13, 2019
Charles “Burt” Boyer, 79 of Louisville, passed away on Friday September 13, 2019. Enrolled in the Kentucky School for the Blind at age 11 in 1951, attended the Foundation School at Berea College 1957-58, and graduated from the Virginia School for the Blind in 1959. In 1968 Burt graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in special education. In 1968 he taught 6th grade in a Virginia public school program. From 1968-72 he was a teacher and Coach at the Indiana School for the Blind. From 1972-79 he was the supervising Teacher, then Principal at the West Virginia School for the Blind. In 1973 Burt graduated from Ball State University with M.A. in Education. In 1978 Burt received Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Certification from Eastern Michigan University. He was the superintendent of the South Dakota School for the Visually Handicapped 1979-86. He was the superintendent of the California School for the Blind 1986-94 and was the Executive Director of the Lions Center for the Blind of Oakland 1995-2002. Burt served as the Early Childhood Project Director at the American Printing House for the Blind from 2002-14. Burt’s list of accomplishments include: Star wrestler in high school with a 102-6 record in Kentucky and Virginia, the President of the Council of Schools for the Blind, Chairman (twice) of the California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI), President of the Northern California Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and Recipient of the William English Leadership Award. Burt was a proud product of both his family and his Eastern Kentucky roots. He was extremely proud of his heritage and he loved the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Burt was raised by his grandmother, the greatest influence in his life, who ran boarding houses for Intermountain Coal and Lumber Company in Harlan and Leslie Counties. He never forgot Nancy Margaret Browning, his grandmother telling him, “Burton, God will judge you by how you treat people.” He lived by that! Burt had amazingly strong humanistic attributes. He truly never met a stranger. He talked with you and never forgot you — and you didn’t forget him. He loved people and people loved him. Charles Burton Boyer is survived by his sons, Bradley Boyer and William Boyer; his grandsons, Liam Boyer and Caelan Boyer; his 3 sisters, Vaughnette Boyer Koenemann, Laverne Lambdin Money and Margarette Lambdin Pennington; and many nieces and nephews.
Jimmie Lee Brookshire ’58 — April 21, 2019
James L. Brookshire, Sr. 83, of North Bloomfield, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 21, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 2, 1936 in Asheville, N.C., the son of Lloyd and Helen (Miller) Brookshire. Jim graduated in the 1954 class of Sand Hill High School, where he had many friends. He also graduated from Berea College in Kentucky in 1958 and Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1963. He was recruited to teach in the Cleveland schools and worked as a junior high teacher, counselor, and eventually principal at John Hay High School. He retired from the International Chemical Workers Union in 1997.He enjoyed family camping, scuba-diving, racquetball, pottery, planting trees, and visiting his relatives in North Carolina. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Jeanette L. Brookshire; four children: James Brookshire, Jr. (Debbie), Vicki Ackley (Bruce), Michael Brookshire (Annette), and David Brookshire (Nancy); five grandchildren: James, Joseph, Maria, Katrina, and Brandon.
Harold G. Harberson ’58 — July 3, 2019
Harold Glenn Harberson, 83, passed away Wed., July 3, 2019.
The husband of the late Nora Hammons Harberson, he was born in Hazard on March 23, 1936 to the late Mary Brandenburgh and Harold Clark Harberson. A graduate of Berea College and the University of Minnesota, he worked for the Ky. Dept. of Agriculture on the Governor’s Council on Agriculture and the Ohio University Dept. of Health. A member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as an usher for many years, he was most recently a member of the FUMC and First Christian Church’s television ministries.
Harold is survived by two daughters, Joy Harberson Hoskins (Kelly) of Lawrenceburg and Kathy Harberson of Frankfort; two sons, Glenn Harberson (Lori Hockensmith) of Lexington and David Harberson (Jennifer) of Louisville; two grandchildren, Jessica Hoskins Roberts of Frankfort and Jennifer Hoskins of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Janet and brother Albert.
Dr. Jettie Manning McWilliams ’58 — Aug. 17, 2019
Dr. Jettie Manning Crisp McWilliams, aged 91, died August 17, 2019, at Hillcrest Healthcare in Ashland City, TN. Dr. McWilliams was born May 5, 1928, to Susie Culpepper and Fletcher Manning in Autauga county, Alabama. Her beloved husband Robert Alton Crisp, Jr., of Martin, Ky, the father of her four daughters, predeceased her in 1961. In 1968, she married Wiley Everett McWilliams of Lexington, Ky, a beloved stepfather to her daughters, predeceased her in 1972. Dr. McWilliams is survived by her four daughters, Jane Rae Crisp (William Douglas O’Rear), Victoria Ann Crisp (Timothy Yeager), Kathryn Diane Crisp (David Kumatz), Yvonne Nell Crisp Jones (Robert Stephen Jones, Jr.), and by her six grandchildren, Robert Alton Crisp III (Audrey Love), Lauren Grey Yeager, Michael Timothy Yeager, Daniel Crisp Kumatz, Adam Crisp Kumatz, and Robert Stephen Jones, III (Trey). Dr. McWilliams last resided in Ashland City, and before that, in Nashville and Cookeville in Tenn., Flagstaff and Phoenix, Ariz., and Lexington, Ky.
Opal Mullins ’58 — May 27, 2019
Opal T. Mullins, 80, of LaGrange, Kentucky passed away Monday, May 27, 2019.
She was born in Harlan County, Kentucky to the late Otis and Alice Boggs Turner on August 16, 1938. Opal was a an LPN for KSR, Cedar Lake Lodge and retired from KCPC. She graduated from Pine Mountain Settlement School before attending Berea College where she earned her degree in Nursing. Opal was also a huge Elvis fan. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 54 years; Robert Mullins, and siblings; Jewell Miniard and Eldon Turner. Left to cherish the memory of Opal are her sons: Chris Mullins (Melissa) and Todd Mullins (Tammy), 5 grandchildren; Christopher Mullins (Brittany), Hannah Ogara (Dylan), Haley Mullins (Corbin Axtell), Kayla Chelf (Austin), and Lyndsey Mullins, siblings; Clayton Turner (Jean), Coburn Turner (Phyllis), Audrey Turner, and Lonnie Turner (Fran), and many extended family and friends. The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to the staff, nurses, and aides at The Richwood Nursing and Rehab for their wonderful care of Opal these last few years.
Leslie M. Skeens ’58 — March 4, 2019
Rev. Leslie Melville Skeens, age 85, died Monday, March 4, 2019, in Shamrock Nursing and Rehab Center in Dublin. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at Pine Level Free Will Baptist Church in Chester. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Rev. Skeens, was born in Leet, West Virgina. He was the son of the late Rev. Harmon Herbert “H.H.” and Effie Stratton Skeens and was preceded in death by his brothers Rev. Carl Skeens, Rev. Kenneth Skeens and Rev. Stanley Skeens and his sisters Amber Skeens, Opal Atkins, Irma Holstein, Beulah Jarrell and Marett Schultz. He earned a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Berea College in 1958 and a Master’s of Theology degree later in life. He was a former preacher, teacher, coal miner and probation officer; he had also worked in human resources and for the railroad. He spent most of his life in West Virginia and had lived in Delaware and New Mexico before settling down in Georgia in 1989. He was Baptist. Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Barbara Hunt Skeens of Dublin; his children, Melissa (Keith) Jump of Dublin and Tim Skeens of Eastman; sister, Naoma Sitton of Madison, WV; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Noland C. Stanley ’58 — July 11, 2019
Noland C. Stanley went to his heavenly home on July 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 83 years young. Noland was born to the late John and Melissa Stanley of Clintwood, VA on April 10, 1936. He attended Berea College where he met and married his lifelong love, the late Inez (Miller) Stanley. Noland’s education continued for many years, ultimately receiving two Masters degrees. Noland’s career was with the USGS as a Surveyor for 36 years. His career required extensive travel allowing him to live in and travel through 48 of the 50 states (of which he had plans for visiting Alaska “49th” the week of his illness). He really enjoyed telling his family and friends of the adventures he experienced during that time and he was very proud to have done that work. After retirement he became very active in his church, Clear Creek Baptist, his involvement with his church kept him very active and on pace with much younger men. Becoming a Deacon in the church was also something he was very proud of. He set out on a daily basis to be the best servant of God that he could be. He was a shining example for the Christian community and will be sorely missed by his family, church family and friends. Noland is survived by a son Eugene (Lydia) Stanley of Mt. Vernon. Grandchildren, Travis (Leah) Stanley of Berea, Kayla Stanley of London, and Nathan Davis of Mt. Vernon, a great granddaughter, Raelynn Brooke Stanley of Berea, a brother Shirley “Lee” Stanley (Gloria) of New Mexico and a host of nieces and nephews. Noland was preceded in death by his parents, John and Melissa Stanley of Dickenson County, VA, his wife Inez Stanley of Berea, KY; and five brothers, Archie Stanley of Ohio, Ferrell Stanley of Flint, MI, JC Stanley of Dickenson County, Va, Benny Stanley of Dickenson County, VA, and Gordon Stanley of Dickenson County, Va.
Henry Porch Stephens ’58 — Sept. 2, 2019
Henry P. Stephens, 82, passed away in Indianapolis, IN on September 2nd, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife, Elizabeth Kelly Stephens, and his 3 children, Henry, Doug, and Ann at the time of his passing. His passionate heart, witty humor and thoughtful insights, along with his commitment to helping those around him, will be missed by all who knew him.
Henry graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1954. He served in the Kentucky National Guard from 1954 to 1962 and received an Honorable Discharge. He had a diverse educational background. He attended Berea College, Cumberland College, and University of Kentucky. He went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Commerce in 1959. After graduation, he went into pharmaceutical sales with Merck, Sharp & Dohme and then into teaching Chemistry and Biology at Williamsburg High School. Throughout his life, he would talk fondly of the students that he taught at the high school and the sports teams he helped coach. Even though Henry would move away from Williamsburg for periods of his life, the City and its people would always remain near and dear to his heart.
From 1968-1970, he served as the Director of the Home Health Services Program for the State Health Department in Frankfort, Kentucky. From 1970 to 1973, he was the Catchment Administrator for Cumberland River Regional Mental Health Center in Corbin, Kentucky. He greatly enjoyed his focus on mental health education, operational delivery of services, and community building of local resources for mental and public health service delivery for the Southeastern Kentucky Region.
In 1973, Henry moved to Columbus Ohio to begin the second phase of his career as the Associate Executive Director for Columbus Area Community Mental Health Center. He would later speak of his career at Columbus Area as some of the most rewarding professional years of his life. During his time at Columbus Area he accomplished many strategic initiatives in the development and advancement of Mental Health Services for the Central Ohio region. He was a determined advocate and leader in helping Columbus Area achieve financial solvency for years to come. Throughout the rest of his life, he would often share stories of how he was able to engage “in the good fight” for creating an organizational legacy of service to the local Columbus community. While at Columbus Area, he obtained his MBA from Capital University.
In 1987, Henry moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to work alongside his dear friend and former colleague, Dr. Jack Morgenstern. Together, they formed a physician group practice named Psychiatric Management Services. In 1990, they moved the group practice to Indianapolis, IN. Henry would finish his formal career with this practice.
After retirement, Henry devoted his life to spending time with his family, his friends, and pursuing his devotion to the great outdoors. An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, Henry spent many blessed days and nights on adventures with his family and friends appreciating the majesty of God’s natural world. Wildlife and natural habitat preservation were themes that were near and dear to his heart and he could often be found filling his thoughts and days with events related to this. He also enjoyed helping his neighbors and friends in his local Williamsburg and Carmel, IN communities.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. Stephens, Mildred Siler Stephens Sheils, and Step-Father Edward Sheils, and his grandson Nathan L. Stephens, and his brother Dr. Charles L. Stephens, II. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kelly Stephens, sons Henry (DeeAnn) Stephens, Douglas Stephens, and daughter Ann Stephens Vawter (Brad); and his brother Mark S. Stephens. He is survived by his grandchildren Stewart Stephens, Lauren Stephens, Matt Stephens, Justin Stephens, and Raelyn Vawter, and his nieces and nephews.
Betty Lou Buchanan Sundermeier ’58 — Feb. 2, 2019
Betty was born in Hazel Green, Kentucky on December 27, 1935 to R.E. and Stella Buchanan. She went home to Heaven on February 2, 2019 in Fresno, California, but it was the life lived between those dates which was so important.
Betty was filled with this joy that permeated her life and bubbled over to those she knew and loved. She was a Christian, a woman of time tested faith who loved her Lord and lived to honor Him. It was her love for God that was demonstrated in the warmth she conveyed, the “Betty hugs” she freely doled out and the unconditional love she lavished. Betty joined her siblings Roger, George, Bernard and Eula Mae in the winter of 1935 and was cherished by her family. As an adult she spent many summers flying “home” to see the family she loved. Betty attended Hazel Green Academy and was one of thirteen students in the graduating class of 1953. She lived her first 22 years in Kentucky and loved to wear her “It’s hard to be humble when you’re from Kentucky” sweatshirt. She was an avid fan of her University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team and never tired of Kentucky green beans and corn bread. After graduation from high school Betty attended Berea College, also in Kentucky, where she pursued a degree in teacher education. Upon completion of her training, Betty moved to Michigan where she taught elementary school and, most importantly, met George who would become her husband. The couple was married in Louisiana and moved to Arizona to begin their married life. Daughters Margo, Michele and Melissa were all born in Arizona. Betty delighted in her role as a wife and as a mother. In 1965 the Sundermeier family moved to Fresno, California. Betty loved to reminisce that the day after the family moved into their house, they went to church down the street at Northwest Baptist. Betty and George enjoyed the friendships formed at this church, many spanning 50 years at the time of Betty’s passing.In 1968, Betty resumed her teaching career at Alice Birney Elementary in Fresno. More than just a place of employment, Birney became the place where deep friendships would begin. Betty often commented that God was around the corner before she got there. Her job at Birney was illustrative of this thought. Betty began teaching at Birney when jobs in education abounded, but in 1978 when her husband died, few jobs were available. She knew that God had provided the job and dear, dear friends before her need presented itself and she was thankful. Betty retired in 1997 and was delighted to have more time available to spend with her grandchildren and serve in her church. She was quick to help in the kitchen during Vacation Bible School, to mentor kids in the church’s outreach program, to bring a meal and encouragement to those who might need it. She was always ready to pray for the needs of family, friends and even those she did not personally know. She loved her church and all the people within it. She also appreciated the friendships made at Uncle Harry’s Bagels in Fig Garden Village; her family would joke that Betty had an “office” set up at Uncle Harry’s. She visited there most days and cherished the friends she met there for coffee and to work crossword puzzles. Betty is survived by her daughter Margo Sue and husband Kevin, daughter Michele Sundermeier, daughter Melissa Solomon and husband Jim. Additionally, she is survived by her grandchildren: Lindsey Stull and her husband Drew, Drew Solomon, Lauren Solomon, Matthew, Marin, Micah, and McKenzie Sue. She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents R.E. and Stella Buchanan and her siblings Roger Buchanan, George Buchanan, Bernard Buchanan and Eula Mae Hutchins. We are beyond thankful to have been a part of Betty’s life and heart; she was a gracious and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who encircled us with love and prayer. She left us a legacy of faith in Christ and for which we will always be grateful.
Jack E. Duckworth ’59 — May 31, 2019
Jack Edward Duckworth, 83, ran to the arms of Jesus, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Born in Haywood County on March 6, 1936, he was a son of the late Clarence and Mabel Williams Duckworth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Jean Silver; a brother, Neil Duckworth; and a sister, Kay Duckworth Corzine. Jack attended Pisgah High School and Berea College where he ran track and still holds the college record for the fastest 440 yard dash on record. Jack was an avid golfer and played at his winter residence in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Florida. During the summer, he lived in Canton and was a member at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Jack was a college sports fanatic and was a member of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Club. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, a Kentucky Colonel and an honorary citizen of New Orleans, Louisiana. Jack was one of the most generous men ever known. If you knew him, he had an impact on you! He never met a stranger which is why his 35 year career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was extremely successful. His motto for sales was “Make a Sale a Day”. He also made it a point of meeting five new people every day! Jack was inducted in Metropolitan Life’s Hall of Fame in 1993. He was only the 52nd person in MetLife’s 150 year history to achieve this honor. In Jack’s later years, he made sure you remembered him by handing out candy to all the ladies he came in contact with! He is survived by three children, Donna Diven (Jim), Larry Duckworth (Diane) and David Duckworth (Valorie); seven grandchildren, Jason, Samantha, Jack, Mitchell, Jimmy, Julia and Carson; sister-in-law, Sue Duckworth; and a brother-in-law, Bruce Corzine. Jack was blessed to know his only great-granddaughter, Nova Jaymes. He often said, “He was blessed to love two women in his life”. The last three years of his life were spent with one of the most loving, compassionate and witty ladies our family has ever met, Jean McCarthy. The family is very thankful for her and she will forever be part of our family!
Ralph E. Gochenour ’59 — Aug. 8, 2019
Ralph “Mike” Gochenour, 84, of Maurertown, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 suddenly on his farm along The Shenandoah River near Maurertown, VA.
Ralph was born January 2, 1935 in Maurertown, Va. He was the son of the late John Wilbur and Jessie Beatley Gochenour. Ralph “Mike” was a graduate of Woodstock High School, Class of 1953 and often told tales of riding his horse to school. He attended Berea College in Berea, Ky., where he lived in Guest House, was known as the champions of intramural sports and worked as a bellhop at Boone Tavern to help fund his education. Prior to graduating, Ralph returned to Shenandoah County due to his father’s poor health and ran the family’s massive farm on the north end of Woodstock. He began his 26-year career with the United States Department of Interior in 1969 as a part-time back country ranger on Skyline Drive and eventually retired from there as the supervisor of Mathews Arm Campground. During these years with The Shenandoah National Park, he continued his beef cattle farm operation and operated Native Woods Lumber Mill, providing firewood, custom lumber, and more for many local crafters, builders and furniture makers. His hobbies included milling native hardwoods, fishing, making fine crafts, picking walnut kernels and searching for Native American artifacts on his ancestral land with his grandson. He was especially proud of having sawn the timber to build his family home on Sawmill Lane. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Bryant Gochenour; and two brothers, Harold and William Gochenour.Ralph is survived by three sons, Larry Michael Gochenour (Cena Hubbell) of Toms Brook, Va., Gary Lee Gochenour (Tracie) of Manassas, Va., and Matthew Paul Gochenour of Maurertown, Va.; a daughter, Kelly Gochenour Phillips (Blake) of Woodstock, Va.; two grandchildren, Hunter Phillips of Maurertown, Va., and Meredith Phillips of Woodstock, VA; companion, Betty Jean Clifton, of Stephens City, VA; a brother, John W. Gochenour of Woodstock, VA; two sisters, Judy Shirkey (Henry) of Edinburg, Va., and Linda Wilkins (Mike) of Woodstock, VA; two sisters-in-law, Jill Gochenour of Woodstock, Va., and Dixie R. Gochenour of Jerome, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joann Hill Goodrick ’59 — April 23, 2019
Joann Hill Goodrick, 82, of Hillsboro Beach, Florida, died peacefully on April 23, 2019, after receiving care for her dementia at the Boca Raton ManorCare nursing home since 2017.
Joann was the precious wife of David Daniel Goodrick for 47 years and the beloved mother of CJ and Douglas Andrew Wilson from her first marriage to Howard Wilson. Joann and David married on May 29, 1971 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Joann was born on January 17, 1937 in Rutherfordton, the first-born child of the late James and Thelma Cole Hill. She graduated from Rutherfordton Central High School in 1955. She attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 1970. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1976.
Joann was a gifted nature photographer whose work was exhibited in a Rutherfordton gallery. Her professional experience was broad: school social worker, director of a probation diversion project, research associate, college counselor, conference coordinator, and editor. Trained as a therapist, Joann especially enjoyed working with young women and couples. In Washington, DC, she managed David’s mental health system consulting practice, where together they provided technical assistance throughout the United States and in Japan, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the Netherlands. She and David volunteered at Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Americus, Georgia for 15 months before retiring to Florida in 2001. Joann was vibrant, brilliant, compassionate, courageous, and always giving. Admired for her quick wit, indomitable and joyful spirit, and common sense, she was a gentle soul. While she was deeply loved and will be forever missed, her loving and accepting spirit will live on with her family and friends. Her siblings and their spouses are her brother James Hill, Jr. and wife Joyce of Rutherfordton, brother Fred Hill and wife Wanda of Hendersonville, sister Helen Hill Jacobs and husband Ralph (deceased) of Rutherfordton, and sister Joyce Carlton(deceased) and husband Ted of Rutherfordton. She was an adoring aunt to Linda Ayers, Angela Faulkner, Corie Weaver, Jeffrey Carlton, and Steve Carlton. Joann is survived by her husband David, son CJ and his wife Misono and daughter Faith who live in New York City, and son Douglas who resides in Pompano Beach, Florida, and whose daughter Jennifer Rose Pelter, the mother of Shea Michael Hamman, Destiny Freedom Rose Wilson, and Jayden Jay Clemens, lives in Arizona.
Joe Levi Swafford, FD ’59 — June 19, 2019
Joe Levi Swafford, age 78, husband of Shirley (Cobb) Swafford of London, Ky., passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He was the father of Kyle Swafford and wife Deanna of London, Ky.; the brother of Jeannie Rice and husband Carl Ray, and Joan Brown and husband Ray all of Manchester, Ky. He was also blessed with two grandchildren, Austin Clay Swafford and Macee Jo Swafford. He was a Member of Horse Creek Baptist Church of Manchester, Ky., where he was a Sunday School Teacher and served as a Deacon. He was preceded in death by his son, Craig Swafford; and by his parents, Walter and Hazel (Wilson) Swafford. Graveside services and burial for Joe Levi Swafford was conducted Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Cumberland Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dustin Sims officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Jean Waddle Care Center, 305 Langdon Street, Somerset, KY 42503.
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Evelyn Ritchie Wilkins ’59 — July 26, 2019
It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Evelyn Wilkins (Harrisonburg, Virginia), who passed away at the age of 81, on July 26, 2019.
She was predeceased by: her parents, Virgil Dow Ritchie and Charlotte Fitzwater Ritchie McDowell; her daughters, Lisa Wilkins and Lynne Wilkins George; her sister Viola R. Sager; her brother-in-law Preston L. Sager; her step-mother Evelyn Kinsinger Ritchie. She is survived by : her husband Thane; her step-daughter Robin W. Goble (Micheal J. Goble); her grandchildren, Adam R. Goble (Kathy), Elizabeth M. Goble, Shawn K. George and Nicole L. George; her great grandchildren, Mason George and Aedan Goble.
In lieu of flowers and food, the family asked for contributions to the Viola Ritchie Sager Scholarship Fund, presented annually by the Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc to a Broadway High School senior.