Minnie Lea Sanders Abell, Acad. ’50 — Sept. 7, 2017
Abell, Minnie Lea, age 89, formerly of Beavercreek passed away Thursday September 7th, 2017, in Woodbridge, Virginia. She was born February 8, 1928, in Casey Creek, Kentucky. Lea was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Abell, Jr.; son, Joseph A. Abell; parents, Albert and Ruth Sanders; and brothers, Sherwood Sanders (Exzilda), Edsel Sanders, and Jay Sanders (Janet). She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Michelle Novogradac (Nicholas) of Woodbridge, VA; son, Jeffrey A. Abell (Alice) of Rochester Hills, MI; daughter-in-law Geraldine Abell of Dayton; five grandchildren, Nicholas S. Novogradac (Sharliena), Matthew D. Novogradac (Mandie), Elizabeth I. Abell, Christopher J. Abell, and James A. Abell; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law’s Alene Wolford, Mary Abell, and Nada Sanders; brother-in-law Allan Thomas Abell (Ann); as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She attended Berea College and Wright State University (B.S., 1978) and then taught at Fairborn High School until retiring in 1999. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Beavercreek for over 40 years. Lea was a loving and unselfish person who found joy with her family, friends, church and her Savior Jesus Christ.
The family will receive visitors on Friday September 15th from 4-7pm at Westbrock Funeral Home, 1712 Wayne Avenue, Dayton, OH.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Saturday September 16 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Beavercreek. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Shirley Clifford Bulla ’50 — Aug. 5, 2018
Shirley Bulla, long-time resident of Boulder, died of natural causes at her home on August 5, 2018. She was born 89 years ago in Plentywood, Montana, the second daughter of Rev. Earle and Doris Sawtelle Clifford. She spent her younger years in Montana and in Gorham, Maine, then entered Berea College in Kentucky as a student nurse. She soon transferred to the Department of Music, earning a degree in Music Education. She taught briefly in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before moving to Boulder in 1952 with her husband, Bill, newly employed at the National Bureau of Standards. In Boulder Shirley taught private piano and worked part time as a legal secretary and bookkeeper. Her home, family, friends, her UU Church of Boulder, and classical piano music were her joy until her death. Her husband of 61 years predeceased her. She is survived by her three children: Bonnie Browne of West Richland, WA.; Ellen Bulla-Irwin of Bay Point, CA.; and Will Bulla of Boulder ; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder. Online condolences for Bulla’s family may be left here.
Dorothy Taylor Chidester ’50 — Jan. 20, 2019
Dorothy (Dot) Simpson Chidester, 90, of Boones Mill, Va., went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Dot was born in Asheville, N.C., March 14, 1928. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 49 years, Donval Carl Simpson, PHD; son, D. Carl Simpson Jr.; parents, Clyde Mayo Taylor and Theodocia Ruth Gatlin; sister, Ruth Taylor Reynolds (James). She is survived by two nephews, Rev. David Reynolds (Charlotte) and J. Willam Reynolds (Becky); brother-in-law, Charles Simpson (Mickey). She was preceded in death by her second husband of 10 years, Rev. A. Benjamin Chidester Jr. and daughter, Susan B. Hill (William). She is survived by her daughter, Julia M. Caplick (Jacob); Sons, A. B. “Chip” Chidester, III (Janet), Philip L. Chidester, Thomas B. Chidester and James B. Chidester (Trish). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dot attended Greensboro College and Graduated from Berea College and Appalachian State University. She spent 34 years in Fairbanks, Alaska as a biologist for Alaska Fish and Game. Dot was an active member of Boones Mill United Methodist Church and Boones Mill Lions Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be made in her name to her beloved church, Boones Mill United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 288, Boones Mill, Va. 24065. A memorial service celebrating her life will be conducted 7 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Conner-Bowman Funeral Home with Pastors Bryan Ratliff and Jim Rodden officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service beginning at 5 p.m. until service time. Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home and Crematory, 62 VA Market Place Drive (Route 220@ Wirtz Road) Rocky Mount, VA 24151 540-334-5151. Online condolences for Chidester’s family may be left here.
William R. Gosser, FD ’50 — Feb. 25, 2019
William Ruedell (Bill) Gosser died in Bloomington, IN, on February 25, 2019, at the age of 94.
Bill was born May 10, 1924, in a one-room log home on Gosser Ridge in Russell County, Kentucky, fifteen miles from the nearest town of Russell Springs. He walked to a one-room school which was about two miles from home. The school year was 6 months long and ended in early January. School was taught sometimes by teachers who had finished only the eighth grade.
After Bill finished the eighth grade, the nearest high school was fifteen miles away and school buses were unheard of in the county. A few of his teachers had gone to Berea College, which at that time had a division designated as the Foundation School. The Foundation School was devoted to teaching people who did not have access to high school. He applied to the Berea College Foundation School which was a boarding school and accepted students who had no money. Those students had to go on the half-day plan of working four hours a day and going to classes the other half day.
Bill finished high school at Berea and went into the Navy during WWII. After Naval training at Purdue as an electrician’s mate, he served most of his Navy time at Pearl Harbor. Upon discharge from the Navy at the end of WWII, Bill returned to Berea and finished two years of college. He then transferred to Indiana University to complete his college education. Bill earned undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and settled in Bloomington.
Bill taught Journalism, Photo-Journalism, and English at Bloomington High School South and retired in 1973 after twenty-two years as a teacher. For many years, he sponsored the school newspaper, (Optimist) and the yearbook (Gothic). In retirement, Bill invested in real estate, spending his energy buying, selling, and maintaining his properties.
Bill loved ballroom dancing, exchanging stories with friends, and made friends wherever he went. He was a member of the Northside Exchange Club, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the First United Methodist Church. He continually enjoyed seeing and talking with former BHS graduates.
Bill is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ivey Nall Gosser, and her children Alan Hardy Nall (Lindie Kate Stoll Nall) and Jonathan Nall (Gretchen Louise Holtz Nall). Grandchildren include Benjamin Alan Nall, Mia Kate Nall, Luke Owen Nall, Ruth Louise Nall, and Iris Holtz Nall. Bill’s surviving siblings are Troy Leon Gosser (Lavada Russell Gosser) and Reno J. Gosser and sister in law, Bettie (Miller) Gosser.
Bill is preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Ilene Heid Gosser, his father, William McKinley Gosser, and his mother, Lula Murtle Wilson Gosser. Bill’s deceased siblings include: brother William McKinley Gosser, brother Clinton D. Gosser (Ester Saul Gosser),brother Arlo A. Gosser, sister Eula May Gosser Semich (Dr. Robert L. Simich), and J’s deceased wife, Ida Jean Baily Gosser.
Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Bloomington Northside Exchange Club, PO Box 1521, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Services will be at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E Third Street, Bloomington, IN.
Visitation will begin following the funeral services until the Masonic Service begins at 7:30 PM, all at The Funeral Chapel.
On Saturday, visitation will be at Moster Mortuary, 334 N Main St, Rushville, IN from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM with a service at 1:00 PM, with Pastor John Wall presiding. Military Rites will be performed at the Mortuary. Burial to follow at East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, IN.
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Patsy B. Hamilton ’50 — Aug. 18, 2018
Patsy Hamilton, age 92, of Somerset, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center, in Somerset.
Patsy was born on July 8th, 1926, in Somerset. She was the daughter of the late James P. Hamilton and Florida Vaught Hamilton, of Somerset.
She attended the one room school at Campground through the eighth grade and graduated from Eubank High School with honors, in 1944. She went on to graduate from Berea College in 1950, with a degree in education, and obtained her Masters degree soon after, from the University of Kentucky.
Patsy taught in several schools in the Pulaski County School system, and three years in Kingsport, Tennessee, before returning home to teach the remaining 27 years of her career in the Somerset Independent School system, at Hopkins Elementary.
Patsy’s first love was her God and church. She spent many years visiting once or twice a week with the elderly in the hospital and in nursing homes, as well as shut-ins. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Somerset, attending and supporting it as long as she was able.
She belonged to and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Delta Kappa Gamma society for teachers and the Pulaski County Retired Teachers’ Association.
Patsy was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2015, by the Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Association, and by the University of Kentucky “Teachers Who Made a Difference”, in 2012, for her devotion and influence in the lives of her students.
After retiring, she devoted more time to her visitation mission and traveled to most every state and overseas to China and Hong Kong with the Senior Friends from her church, the Eldred Taylor tours, and later with David Pendley’s groups.
Patsy loved to be with her family, entertain friends with her sister, Peggy, play bridge, attend church socials and have a large garden every year.
Patsy is survived by her twin sister, Peggy Morrison, a nephew, Scott Morrison (Luci), a niece, Jane Brooks (Brad), a great-nephew, Nicholas Bush (Ginny), all of Somerset; a great-niece, Emily Stringer (Cory), of Lexington; a great-nephew, Perry Wesley (Alana), of Louisville; a great-niece, Madison Brooks, five great-great-nieces and nephews, Olivia Bush, Alex Bush, Jeremiah Bush and Annabelle Bush, all of Somerset.
A service celebrating the life of Patsy Hamilton will be held Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company, with Ministers Dr. French Harmon and Bro. David Pendley officiating. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., until time for services. Interment will be in Science Hill Cemetery.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center c/o Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.
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Bobby L. Hart ’50 — Mar. 16, 2019
Hart Bobby Lee, age 89, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully on March 16, 2019. Bobby grew up in Berea, KY and absolutely loved his hometown. He graduated from Berea High School and received his BS in History and Business Management from Berea College in 1950. He bravely served our country as First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1950-1954. Bobby was a hard worker and spent most of his career at Parker Hannfifin, Gibson Greeting Card and the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the Berea Lions Club, Berea Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 50, an avid UK fan, loved cars and enjoyed every moment spent on Hilton Head Island. Bobby is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise. They met at Berea College and wed in Asheville, North Carolina on June 11, 1950. He is also survived by his two sons Greg (Edie) & Ken Hart, his grandchildren Melissa (Zach) Creditt & Chris Hart, his great granddaughter Audrina Hart and his niece Elaine Phillips. Bobby was the cherished son of Charlie and Ida Hart. He is preceded in death by his two sisters Maydru (Red) Wilder and Nancy Phillips, as well as his grandson Joel Hart. The Hart family would like to thank Highgrove at Tates Creek, Bluegrass Hospice Care and Baptist Health for their attentive and gracious care of our dear Bobby. A celebration of life will be held on March 22, 2019 from 5:30PM- 8:00PM at Davis& Powell Funeral Home. Online condolences for Bobby may be left here.
Margaret May Ross ’50 — Oct. 26, 2012
Margaret M Ross was born on October 8, 1926 and passed away on October 26, 2012 in Pensacola, FL. Online condolences for Ross’ family may be left here.
Peggy Moon Anderson ’51 — Aug. 26, 2018
Peggy Moon Anderson passed away peacefully, attended by friends and surrounded by the love of her family and the multitude of people she met during her years as an educator and world traveler.
Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Peggy went off to the mainland for her education, having already developed a passion to travel and experience the world. She attended Berea College in Kentucky, earned her BA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an MA from Duke University, and her teaching certificate from UC Berkely. She married Richard “Dick” Anderson in 1953. They both taught in the Bay Area. Wanting a change from the classroom, Peggy became a school librarian and was hired in that capacity at Sequim High School in 1977. The couple moved here from Orinda, California, after Dick retired from teaching art while continuing as a practicing artist. Dick preceded Peggy in death in 1991. They had no children.
In 1986, Peggy took a sabbatical from her job and traveled the world, crossing the Pacific Ocean four times and the Atlantic twice. She believed it was important not to put traveling off until retirement and said she came back feeling refreshed and with a new perspective.
Peggy took the library from the old card catalog tradition to an Information Center with video and computer equipment. She loved her job, the library and the students who gathered there. She grew the library through two fires and automation, and her gracious upbeat personality attracted many volunteers who donated time and materials. Peg will be remembered for her Thousand Cranes Peace Project, with the red origami cranes made by students throughout the school and hung on the great tree in the library.
After 39 years in education, Peggy retired in 1992 and continued to explore the world with friends and family. She loved the theater and performing arts, attending as many performances as she could all over the country. When at home, Peggy loved playing Bridge and Poker and never tired of meeting new people and entertaining her friends in her beloved home on Sequim Bay.
Peggy was predeceased by her parents and her sister Anne Chung. She is survived by her sister Elinor Najita (Tets) of Kamuela, Hawaii, and ten nieces and nephews and their families.
Peggy chose cremation and asked to have her ashes scattered in the waters of the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii and Sequim Bay. A private celebration of life for friends and family will be scheduled at a future date.
Robert Miller Cornett ’51 — April 11, 2019
Robert Miller Cornett was born to Nora (Huff) and Henry Miller Cornett, in their Sears model home in Hazard, Kentucky on November 11, 1929. He died peacefully in his home in Georgetown, Kentucky, on April 11, 2019. He was 89.
He was a graduate of Berea College, where he met his wife of 64 years Jean (Carrithers) Cornett, and went on to have 6 sons, 17 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
Bob was named Budget Director for the State of Kentucky under Governor Bert Combs at the age of 29, and served through the tenure of Governor Edward Breathitt. He went on to serve as director of both the Area Development for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Special Projects for the Council of State Governments in Lexington, and as a Consultant in the Public Service Administration.
Despite many years working in government, Bob was most proud of founding, in partnership with Jean, The Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky in 1974, and the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Camp. The “Kids Camp” was designed to encourage kids and adults to work together to learn not only the fundamentals of Bluegrass Music, but the very basics of what it means to be part of a community. He was also a co-founder of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground in Live Oak, Florida. The vision of both of these ventures endure thanks to the involvement of his kids and grandkids, for which he was most pleased.
Bob spent the last 40 years of his life as a “retired bureaucrat”, and spent decades advocating against the top-down approach of governments, educational institutions, and adults in general. A comprehensive list of Bob’s volunteer work and community impact is impossible, but he was dedicated to organizations including, but not limited to: Old Friends Farm, Quest Farm, The American Chestnut Foundation, the Georgetown Childhood Development Center, and The Kettering Foundation.
Bob was quiet and proud with an infectious passion for life and considered himself to be “no better than average”. He delighted at the site of farm animals (particularly chickens, mules, and donkeys), homegrown fruits and vegetables, groups of people having conversations, and long walks – particularly when these activities involved multiple generations.
He will be remembered as kind, generous, proud, gracious, passionate, active, and for carrying an unfailing belief that the world will be a better place if we all joined together for a common purpose and worked toward improving our world.
Bob is survived by his sisters Elna Mae Rosenberger, Hope Richards, Nancy Jo Cornett, and brother John (Charlene) Cornett, sons Roy, Robert (Linda), John (Barb), James (Robin), Charles (Vicki), and daughter in law, Patty, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Miller and Nora, his wife, Jean, and his son, Hugh.
Visitation will be Monday, April 15, at 11am at Tucker, Yocum, and Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown, KY, with a storytelling hour at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider either making a donation to The American Chestnut Foundation, or have a conversation within your community about how to make the world a better place.
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Hazel McCurry Fox ’51 — Sept. 12, 2017
Hazel Ruth McCurry Fox, 87, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at Hope Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Stephen Flynn officiating. The family of Mrs. Fox will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the church.
Mrs. Fox was born in Marion, North Carolina on November 25, 1929, to the late Woodfin and Effie Cannon McCurry. She was united in marriage for 65 years to her childhood sweetheart since the first grade, Fred Fox, who passed away June 28, 2016. Mrs. Fox was a retired school teacher.
In addition to husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph McCurry.
She is survived by her children, Joseph Fox (Brooke) of Lawrenceburg, Teresa Masters and husband Kenneth of Frankfort; a niece, Carol Ann Kelley; and a nephew, Craig Fox. She was blessed with many “furry grandchildren.”
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hope Lutheran Church, 1251 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 or the Franklin County Humane Society, 1041 Kentucky Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.
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Verna Carlson Knott ’51 — Nov. 23, 2018
Verna D. Knott, 91, of Lebanon, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg.
Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Lebanon Hall, with burial in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Verna Dorothy Carlson Knott was born on a farm near Columbia, SD, March 11, 1927. The youngest set of three sets of twins, she and her twin sister, Vera, weighed 5 pounds each. Her parents were Frank Henrick Carlson and Anna Josephina Bloomberg who emigrated from Sweden in 1919, coming through Ellis Island. Frank had a cousin in Columbia, and was sponsored by him. He and his local sweetheart, Anna, married in Aberdeen, and had seven children, six of whom were twins!
During High School, Verna, who taught herself baton twirling, twirled all over the state, even giving lessons in Gettysburg. She won a scholarship to Berea, KY College, and then returned to attend Northern State in Aberdeen, where she obtained her teaching, and art degree, her lifelong career and passion. At Berea, she learned the violin and continued to play into her later years. She loved to sing, and sang alto with a quartet, singing the old standards, and taught herself the accordion. Her first school was Daly Corners near Columbia, at the age of 19. She met the love of her life, Johnny Knott, when he came to work for his uncle Connie Hansen, near Columbia. Anna Louise Knott, and Maxine Knott, Johnny’s sisters, played matchmaker as they were around there teaching. It took seven years, because Verna was then only 16, and Johnny was helping his newly widowed mother, Emma Mikkelson Knott, at the farm at Lebanon.
Johnny and Verna married in October 1950, and Verna moved down to Blue Blanket Valley and embraced the community and land surrounding the Knott Family Farm that had been homesteaded in 1888. She taught 2 years at North Canton, a one room schoolhouse, sitting on Hwy 212, near the Tolstoy road corner. One of her 6 first graders that year, in 1958, was Margie Lee, her only child, whom had been born in 1951. Verna and Margie migrated down to the Lebanon Grade School, where Verna taught every grade of the Lebanon “Bulldogs”, served as principal, coached girls’ basketball, spoke around the state on teaching reading, and went out every recess, rain or shine, and played softball with the kids. She always said she never had a kid she didn’t like. She retired in 1990 wanting to spend time with Johnny, and on her art, and poetry.
Verna began writing poetry at the age of 7, and chose the pen name, Carlee Swann, (derived from her father’s name, Carlson, and the original family name, Swenson, which was changed at Ellis Island) publishing her first poem in the Dakota Farmer magazine, in 1934. She published and illustrated four books of verse, won the South Dakota Poet of the Year in 1977, The Grand Prix National Poetry Award in 2001, and sponsored, judged, gave workshops, and won on the state, and national level. People have loved to read her verses with her charming line drawn illustrations about the people, flora and fauna, and life on the beloved prairie.
Art came naturally to her. She taught classes, and became a well-known wildlife painter, selling her work around the country. In the last years she had converted the garage to her art studio.
In 1999, her only grandson, Yuri, was hit by a car and killed on I-94 in MT, and less than 3 years later, in 2002, Johnny was hit and killed by a drunk driver near Cresbard, SD, on Hwy 20. She acquired a broken back, and head injuries, and never was the same person. She lived alone at the ranch for 5 years, and then moved to Fort Worth, TX to live with her daughter Margie, and husband John Fisher, and two granddaughters, Claire, and Grace. She lived with the family for 8 years, returning to summer at the beloved “Hermitage.” In the summer of 2015 she was admitted to the Alzheimer’s wing at the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg, SD where she lived for three and a half years until her death. She passed away on November 23, 2018, at the age of 91, after a courageous battle with the deadly disease.
She is survived by her twin sister, Vera, 91, of Aberdeen, her brother, Stanley, 93, of Columbia, her daughter, Margie Knott Fisher and husband John Fisher and two granddaughters, Claire Christina, 30, and Grace Anna, 28.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Johnny, grandson Yuri, brothers, Herbert, Henry, and Edwin Carlson, and her sister, Lucille Carlson Collins.
Verna Knott was a great lady, one-of-a-kind, a humorist, humanitarian, poet, artist, teacher, and lover of nature and animals. She was beloved by all and will live on in her art, poems, and in our hearts.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Verna’s arrangements. Online condolences for Knott’s family may be left here.
Robert E. Miller, Husband of Rhoda Miller ’51 — Nov. 27, 2018
Robert Eugene Miller, 85, Tipton died Tuesday evening November 27, 2018 at his home.
He was born June 19, 1933 in Millheim, son of the late George Russell and Mary Matilda (Weaver) Miller.
On August 19, 1958, he married Rhoda Allen in Louisville, Kentucky.
Surviving are his wife; two children, Deborah (Wayne) Carroll of Spearsville, Louisiana and David of Tipton; a sister, Doris Hamilton of Anaheim, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; and his four- legged friends, Sandy, Zack and Cheyenne.
Bob was a graduate of Penns Valley High School and attended Lock Haven University for one year, before transferring to Penn State University to complete his education. After college, he served in the US Army and then moved to Tipton with his wife and began his teaching career.
In 1988, he retired as the Industrial Arts teacher at Bellwood-Antis High School after thirty years of service.
He had a marvelous sense of humor and delighted in making people laugh. His focus was on his family, home, garden and his pets. He was both a craftsman with wood and a builder, adding space onto his home over the years. Bob enjoyed movies and recorded over 1000 for family entertainment. He was an athlete and enjoyed many sports during his lifetime.
Bob was very much loved and will be greatly missed.
Friends will be received from 2-4pm Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc. Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 11am Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at the funeral home, Pastor Ralph Hamer officiating.
Interment at Blair Memorial Park, Antis Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Bob’s memory be made to Central PA Humane Society, Altoona.
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Dr. Dolores Noll, KH ’51 — Jan. 8, 2019
Dolores L. Noll, 88, a pioneer in gay and lesbian issues at Kent State University died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Dolores was born August 14, 1930 in Fairfield, Iowa, and raised in Berea, Ky. She was one of two children of the late Waldemere Noll and the late Nell Scovel Noll. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dolores and her partner of 37 years Pat Hatfield lived in an assisted living center in South Carolina. Dolores Noll had severe dementia. Pat remembers, and speaks fondly of her partner. To her, Dolores was a compassionate, kind and funny woman with a habit of always needing to be in charge. Dolores Noll was the first Kent State University Diversity Trailblazer Award recipient to Professor Emeritus of English. The award was presented to Dr. Noll by Dr. Lester Lefton and Kent State’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alfreda Brown in 2010.
Dolores Noll was a national pioneer in gay and lesbian issues, Noll was an early contributor to Kent State’s own history of supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies. That history goes back to 1972, when Noll became the first professor to teach a gay and lesbian issues course at Kent State. She was also a co-founder and adviser to the Kent Gay Liberation Front, now called PRIDE! Kent, one of the oldest gay rights student organizations in the country.
Her sister, Leonore Walters, preceded her in death; Dolores is survived by her partner of 37 years, Pat F. Hatfield of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and brother-in-law, Douglas Walters of Chicago, Ill.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in The Palms of Mt. Pleasant, 937 Bowman Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C. at 2 p.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.
Memorials may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, P. O. Box 20998, Charleston, SC 29413.
Online condolences for Noll’s family may be left here.
Betty Redmond Roberts ’51
Wheeler K. Bell ’52 — Nov. 1, 2018
Wheeler K. Bell, 87, passed away Thursday , November 1, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born in Clinchport, Virginia, he was the son of the late Robert and Virgie Bell, preceded in death by his daughter Sharon, brother Ronald and sister Betty Sue. Wheeler is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne Taylor Bell, son Richard (Elisabeth), daughter Susan Gallagher (Michael), grandchildren Melissa Caballlero (Lenny), Hannah Gallagher, great grandchildren Chloe, Sophia and Nicholas Caballero, along with many loved nieces and nephews.
Wheeler was a graduate of Hiltons High School, VA and Berea College, KY. He was a member of the first graduating class of University of Virginia’s Darden School in 1957. Prior to attending the Darden School, Wheeler served three years as a Communications Officer on the U.S.S. New Jersey. After Darden, Wheeler enjoyed a successful 28-year career as a personnel director at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. Wheeler was fortunate to retire at age 54 which enabled him to participate in some of his favorite activities such as golf, travel, friends and family.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 3p.m. – 5 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home Parham Chapel, 1771 N. Parham Road Richmond, Va. A graveside service will be held 10 am, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Henrico Rescue Squad. Online condolences for Bell’s family may be left here.
Dr. Henry S. Brown ’52 — Dec. 30, 2018
Henry Seawell Brown, Phd., age 88, of the North Cove Community, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC. Henry was born in the North Cove Community on March 4, 1930 to the late Rom and Phoebe Daniels Brown. He was a long time member of the Concord United Methodist Church and the Mystic Tie Lodge #237 A.F. & A.M.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 67 years, Wilda Eskew Brown of the home; five children, David Romulus Brown of Morganton, John Brown and wife Katie of Charlotte, Henry Burton Brown and wife Kathryn of Greensboro, Laurie Miles and husband Blair of North Cove, and Shelley B. Lenckus and husband Harold of Clayton; a brother, R. Jack Brown and wife Wanda of North Cove; and ten grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church in North Cove with Rev. Carroll Miller officiating. A private committal service will follow at the Brown Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe be made to Concord United Methodist Church at 8806 Linville Road, Marion, NC, 28752 or Shriners Hospitals for Children at 950 W Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences for Brown’s family may be left here.
Rev. Bert E. Clark ’52 — Nov. 30, 2018
CLARK, REV. BERT E. Of Burton, age 90, died November 30, 2018. Funeral service was held December 3, 2018. Online condolences for Clark’s family may be left here.
S. Eugene Dekich ’52 — May 15, 2018
Dekich, Sherlie Eugene age 88 of Indian Springs, Alabama passed away on May 15, 2018. Mr. Dekich was born in Madison County, AL where he grew up in Harvest. He was a graduate of Auburn University; combat veteran of the Korean War; a Retired LTC in the US Army Reserve and long-time branch manager and CLU for Provident Life Insurance. He is survived by his loving wife, Nina Kelly Dekich; son, Dr. Steven E. Dekich, daughter, Dianne Dekich McGee; grandchildren, Adam Dekich, Captain Lucian Dekich, USAF, Brenna McGee Radin, Colin McGee and Andrew McGee; 8 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home from 1:00 until 2:00pm. There will be a private burial at the Alabama National Cemetery.
Published in The Birmingham News on May 16, 2018
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Vernon E. Fisher, Husband of Susan Fisher ’52 — Jan. 8, 2018
Staunton – Vernon Everett Fisher, 94, husband of Susan (Wiseman) Fisher of 819 Lammermoor Drive went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Mr. Fisher was born on April 11, 1923 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Joseph Emmett and Edna Ruth (Sterchi) Fisher.
Vernon married his wife Susan Wiseman, of McDowell, Virginia in 1954.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, he began his career with NASA working in Cleveland, OH, later in Cape Canaveral, FL, and finally in Cambridge, MA. Leaving NASA, he relocated to Fairfax, VA and worked as a civilian with the United States Department of the Army. Upon retiring from the government, he joined the Church at Northern Virginia Whole Word Fellowship, serving as a Deacon and was also in charge of building maintenance. Mr. Fisher and his wife moved to Staunton in 1994, and became a member of the Calvary Assembly of God and served in the audio department. He was a private pilot, enjoyed model airplanes, electronics, and he was an aviation “buff.”
In addition to his parents, Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard “Buzz” Fisher and Marlan Fisher; and two sisters, Gertrude Fisher and Beverly Wolfe.
Mr. Fisher was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving in addition to his wife of sixty-three years, is a son, Douglas S. Fisher and his wife Debra of Woodbridge; a daughter, Diane F. Doggett of Mechanicsville; five grandchildren, Michael Fisher and wife Nicole, Carrie Brune and husband Aaron, Christopher Fisher, Joshua Doggett and Rachel Doggett; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of life will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 in the Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastors Kevin Persinger and Gregory Miller.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Head Waters Cemetery in Highland County, Virginia.
Active pallbearers will be Michael Fisher, Christopher Fisher, Joshua Doggett, Aaron Brune, Les Marvin and Dennis Walters.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, is in charge of his arrangements.
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Margaret S. Haun, FD ’48, ’52
Mary Harber Harris, FD ’53
Pat Johnson Martin ’52 — March 4, 2019
Patricia Johnson Martin of Columbia, MD, age 86, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2019. A native of Polk County North Carolina, her lifelong passions were her family, her career in nursing, her horses, and travel. She was a proud graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Surviving are her husband Chreston Martin of Columbia, MD, her son Frank (Nancy) Canada of Grand Rapids MI, her daughter Mary (Marty) Garrison of Goodyear, AZ, grandson Andy (Erin) Garrison of Kansas City, KS, grand- daughters Kelsey Canada of Hyattsville, MD and Jaime Canada of Grand Rapids, MI, and great granddaughter Elise Garrison of Kansas City KS.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. and Mary Foster Johnson, three sisters, Valerie London, Ruth Tezza, and Gail Barnes, and three brothers, James Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Dean Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Saturday March 9 from10:30-11:30 am at Petty Funeral Home, 124 North Trade Ave., Landrum, SC, followed by a graveside service at Pacolet Hills Baptist Church Cemetery, 3240 Red Fox Road, Columbus NC. Online condolences for Martin’s family may be left here.
Richard Franklin Duncan ’54 — Dec. 19, 2018
George S. Geyer ’54 — March 22, 2019
George “Bud” S. Geyer, 87, of Hudson, FL passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22nd, 2019. George was born in Renick, West Virginia to Russell and Susie Geyer on October 12th, 1931 and was a Christian by faith.
George graduated from Berea College in Kentucky as an Agriculture major, then joined the Army in 1954, where he served as a Food Inspector while stationed in Germany. After leaving the service, George went on to earn his master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan. He was employed by the Oakland County Health Department as a Sanitarian for many years until his retirement.
George is predeceased by his first wife, Margaret, his parents Russell and Susie (Shisler) Geyer, sisters Mary Pearl Compton and June Hill, and brothers Russell Hill Geyer and Thomas Hill Geyer. Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley Jean Geyer, children Susan Weedall (Michael) of OR, David Geyer (Carrie) of MI, Karen Blaine (David) of MI and Steven Geyer (Ban) of CA, and his sisters Betty Penrod and Patricia Tomlinson, cousins Linda Spencer, Brenda Spencer and Elizabeth Riley, nieces Rosalyn Carper, Debbie Van Pelt ,Dana Pfister, Donna Kreibel and Kimberly Hill, stepchildren Al Watson, Katherine Watson and April Jacobs, and grandchildren Scott, Ryan, Josh and Daniel, and great-grandchildren Tran and Van.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Grace Memorial Funeral Home, Hudson FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s name to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea KY 40404 or make a gift online (please check the box to “Dedicate my donation”)
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Lloyd Viars, FD ’54 — Nov. 8, 2018
Lloyd P. Viars, age 82, of Berea, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 at St. Joseph Berea Hospital.
Lloyd was born in Springfield, Ohio to the late Gertrude Powell Anderkin. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired supervisor at Dresser Industries. He loved to farm, was a graduate of Berea Foundation School and was a member of Silver Creek Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Viars and George Viars.
He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Lula Mae Burnell Viars and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1pm, Monday, November 12, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Reed officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be 12pm until 1pm on Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jason Burnell, Billy Linville, J.C. “Trig” Burnell, Will Burnell, Kevin Burnell, and William Abner. Honorary bearers are his caregivers, Anna Trent, Linda Hackworth, Lilly Hall, Rebecca Hagar, and Ashley Hackworth.
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Dr. Betty M. Burchett ’55 — April 10, 2019
Betty M. Burchett, EdD, age 84, of Demossville, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky.
She was born and raised in Johnson County, Kentucky. She was baptized and taught school in Paintsville, Kentucky. In 1997, she retired, after 42 years of teaching, ending her career at the University of Missouri-Columbia (retiring as Professor Emerita). Over the years, she was recognized for her dedication and excellence in education and received many awards including the AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award (1976), College Education Advisor of the Year (1987 & 1990), National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award (1994), and the Council for Elementary Science International Distinguished Service Award (1996). After retirement, Dr. Burchett enjoyed traveling, reading, needlework, participating in local organizations, and visiting Berea College (where she attended undergraduate school) and eventually moved back to that community.
Her parents, Eddie and Beaunie VanHoose Burchett; brother Eddie Burchett, Jr.; and infant sister, Elda Burchett; all preceded her in death. She is survived by her niece, Melissa Burchett Basham; great niece, Allison Basham Moss (Tyler); great nephew, Matthew Tyler Basham; great-great nieces, Adalynn Rose, Ellanor Grace and Amelia Jo; and sister-in-law, Janice DePriest Burchett.
A Celebration of Life service was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27th, 2019 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with James Kelly Caudill officiating. A time of Reflection and Remembrance will begin at 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Jones-Preston Funeral Home. Private burial in the Burchett Family Cemetery, Stambaugh, Kentucky.
Hope Cornett Richards ’55
Delores McCellan Anderson, FD ’56 — Dec. 31, 2018
Dr. V. Milton Boyce ’56 — Aug. 29, 2018
Virgil “Milton” Boyce, 83, of Stephens City, VA, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Mr. Boyce was born September 8, 1934 in Renick, WV; the son of the late Virgil and Jessie Fuell Boyce. He served in the US Army. He was a member of the VFW, NARFE, Friends of the Shenandoah River, Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He was an inductee of the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Milton retired from the Department of Agriculture, Extension Service, in 1989, to return to his country roots at a farm in Stephens City. Milton was loved by many; family, friends, and his “volunteers” from the 4-H club. Generously loving was his recipe for a happy life.
He married Mary Margaret Appelman, April 21, 1961 in Augusta, KY.
Along with his loving and devoted wife Margaret, he leaves behind his son, Craig Boyce and his wife Liz Levinson of Gainesville, VA; daughters, Cindy Boyce of Winchester, VA, Dawn Boyce and her husband Rich Knight of Fairfax, VA, Shirley Boyce and her husband Andri Martoncik of Stephens City; grandchildren, Alexandra Butler and her husband TJ Butler, Quirsten Martoncik, Jonathan and Corey Knight, Joshua and Luke Boyce; and great grandchildren, Carson and Aria Butler.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Nelson Boyce and sister, Sybil Reynolds.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Father Lundberg officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Friends of the Shenandoah River or Berea College. Online condolences for Boyce’s family may be left here.
Patricia T. Taylor Lester ’56 — Nov. 22, 2018
Patricia Jean Lester, nee Taylor. Age 83. Born January 9, 1935 in Springfield, WV. Former wife of George Lester. Loving mother of Julia (Julie) Lester, Kay (the late Darryl) Handcock, Brooke (Michelle) Lester and David (Marina Balan) Lester. Devoted grandmother of Max and Joshua Kornfield, Melissa (Kyle) Rhoades, Stephanie Handcock, Andrew Lester and Carina (Andrew Carr) Balan. Great-grandmother of Owen and Hannah Rhoades. Beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews. Dear sister of Jake and Anne. Preceded in death by her parents; Clarence and Inez Taylor, siblings: Eva, Peg, John, Ruth, and Mary Susan. Mrs. Lester received her RN from Berea College, Kentucky (1956) and Masters in Nursing from Roosevelt University (1991). Visitation Monday, Nov. 26, 3-8 p.m., at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy. (2 blks. S. of Touhy), Park Ridge. Memorial Service Tuesday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge or Covenant Village Benevolent Fund. Online condolences for Lester’s family may be left here.
Elizabeth Waldroup Masters ’56 — Oct. 16, 2018
Barbara Tinsley Moore ’56 — Nov. 4, 2018
What do you say about someone whose favorite saying was, “I never met a stranger”? Who always had a smile on her face? Who found joy in the smallest of things and lived life in the moment? Who put the feelings of others ahead of her own?
Simple words cannot convey our great sadness as we communicate the passing of Barbara Jo Moore, whose love of family took precedence over all. Mother to Doug and Rick; mother-in-law to Sydnie and Paula; grandmother (G-ma) to Katy, Jimmy, Duncan and Cliff and wife to Bobby – her beloved husband of 63 years whom she lost just nine months ago – she will be forever missed.
From humble beginnings in Gauley Bridge, W. Va. to studies at the highly regarded Berea College, which provides a higher education to kids from Appalachia, Barbara’s southern roots always prevailed in her warm, gracious approach to all. Her college experience was highlighted by the chance encounter on a rainy evening with the love of her life, Bobby. “I knew when I met him that I was going to marry him,” she would say in her gentle and endearing drawl.
After getting married at Berea, Barbara and Bobby built a life together that took them to San Francisco, Calif.; Lexington, Ky.; Fort Dodge, Iowa (where their boys were raised); Kansas City, Mo.; and finally, to Arizona and their beloved golf community of Sun City West, where they found their perfect retirement spot.
Barbara began her professional career as a music and pre-school teacher and later began teaching second and third grades at Corpus Christi School in Fort Dodge, where she worked for more than twenty years, touching hundreds of young lives. The consummate teacher, she was conscientious yet caring – and held
every student in the highest regard. She shared memories, wisdom, and stories about her teaching days many years after retiring.
She loved music and was gifted with the innate ability to play piano effortlessly by ear. Family times like Christmas will never be the same without gathering around as she played song after song – this was truly a talent that conveyed her gentle spirit.
Those she left behind will always remember Barbara as pure in thought and forever positive. Even as she was drained of the energies of life by cancer, she worried most about imposing on those who gathered to help her.
Our lives will be less bright in her absence, but stronger with the many sweet memories she left. Go in peace and give Bobby a hug from us.
A small private family gathering will be held in lieu of a funeral. Those who wish to send a memorial gift in Barbara’s name can donate to Berea College to enable others to start their wonderful life adventure just like Bobby and Barbara did so many years ago.
Harold G. Sturgill, Husband of Cora Sturgill ’56 — Sept. 22, 2018
Harold G. Sturgill, age 85, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio, passed away September 22, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents, Grace (Fyffe) and Gennis Sturgill, and his brother, Kenneth Sturgill. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Cora (Ball), 5 daughters, Jenny (Bill) Maslink of Midlothian, VA; Laura (Tom) Terveer of London, OH; Robin (Russ) Sanders of Hartwell, GA, Rhonda (Richard) Sturgill-Gay of Laurinburg, NC, Edie (Michael) O’Reilly of Naples, FL; 9 grandchildren, Rachel and Wes Terveer, Gene, Will, and Matthew Maslink, Kit and Ellie Sanders, Grace and Luke O’Reilly, sisters Anna Murphy and Kay (Ron) Cordle, both of Louisa, KY; sister-in-laws Wilma Sturgill, Betty Moore, and Louise Ball, and numerous nieces and nephews, dear friends and neighbors. Harold attended Mt. Sterling First United Methodist Church, was active with the Participators class, and the waffle booth. He worked 20 years with Westinghouse Electric and went on to a truck-driving career that spanned 22 years. He enjoyed being with family, fishing, growing tomatoes, birdwatching, playing cards, and volunteered 10 years with Life Care Alliance delivering Meals on Wheels. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 26th at Porter-Tidd Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling, Ohio. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27th at First United Methodist Church, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, with visitation 1 hour prior. Burial will follow at Big Plain Cemetery. Online condolences for Sturgills’ family may be left here.
H. Bradley Brown ’57 — Dec. 8, 2018
Hollis Bradley Brown, a longtime resident of Maysville, Kentucky, passed away December 8, 2018 at Wesley Village in Wilmore. He was 87.
He was born August 19, 1931, to Mattie Todd Brown and Lee Brown of Pulaski County. He was a graduate of Eubank High School, Berea College, and the University of Kentucky. He served in the US Army near Regensburg, Germany from 1954 to 1956.
He had a distinguished career with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. He was 4-H agent in Lewis County and Taylor County, prior to spending most of his career as the Area Development Specialist for the ten-county Licking River Area. For the latter position, his office was in the Fleming County courthouse until the construction of the Maysville Community College, where he was one of the original occupants in 1969. He was a welcomed guest speaker at Homemaker meetings and garden club meetings. He enjoyed his long-running live monthly chat on WFTM radio’s True to the Farm program hosted by Bill Stewart.
He was an active church member. During the years in Campbellsville, he and his wife Jill were youth group sponsors at Bethel Presbyterian Church. In Maysville, he was the founder of the audio tape ministry at Central United Methodist Church, where he held various leadership positions over a 45-year period. He was active in United Methodist Men at the local and district level. He served on the board of United Methodist Mountain Mission based in Jackson. He served as a lay speaker for United Methodist churches of the Maysville district.
He served in the leadership of the UK Agriculture Alumni organization. As an active retiree, he could be found daily walking the indoor track at the Maysville YMCA, where many considered him a friend. He was longtime secretary of the Mason County Men’s Club.
He was married in 1958 to Clara “Jill” Wolfe, originally from Parsons, West Virginia, who survives him. Jill and Bradley met in the fall of 1953 at Berea College. Other survivors include daughter Jayne Brown Zimmerman (Jeff) of Deerfield, Illinois, John Bradley Brown (Jennifer) of Lexington, and four grandchildren: Kelsey Rose Brown, Kurtis Bradley Brown, Anna Zimmerman and Ellen Zimmerman. He was preceded in death by sister Velma Brown Blankenship and brother John Barkley Brown.
A brief committal service will be held, near his boyhood home, at the Woodstock Baptist Church, 12600 KY Hwy 39, Somerset, KY 42503, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm with Bradley’s son-in-law, Rev. Jeff Zimmerman, officiating. Burial, with full military honors performed by the Caswell-Saufley American Legion Post #18, will follow in Woodstock Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Wesley Village, 1125 Lexington Road, Wilmore, in the Wilmore Senior Community Center, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm with Rev. Todd Nelson and Dr. John Oswalt officiating. Following the service, attendees are invited to a reception hosted by Wesley Village in memory of Bradley.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Central United Methodist Church, 916 East Second Street, Maysville, KY, 41056.
Barnett, Demrow & Friend Funeral Home, Waynesburg, KY, is entrusted with Bradley’s arrangements. Online condolences for Brown’s family may be left here.
H. Jack Chambers ’57 — Oct. 23, 2018
Howell “Jack” Chambers, Sr., age 85, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2018. Jack was an Industrial Arts teacher at Brooklyn High School. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Loving husband of Beverly A. Chambers; dear father of Jack Chambers, Jr. (Jill) and Wayne (Sandra); grandfather of Nicholas, Hunter, Wayne, and Carlee Chambers; brother of Josephine Hellyer; uncle of many; friend and teacher of many. He was preceded in death by brother Hugh Chambers. In lieu of flowers, please take your family to dinner in memory of Jack. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 4334 Pearl Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 on Monday, October 29th from 4-7pm. Funeral Service will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 4771 Broadview Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 on Tuesday, October 30 at 11am. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville, Ohio. 216-741-7700
Online condolences for Chambers’ family may be left here.
Patsy Back Cook ’57 — Sept. 22, 2018
COOK Patsy “Pat” Ruth, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 22, 2018 while surrounded by her children. A native of Blackey, Kentucky, Pat was born in 1935 to the late Clyde and Mabel (Bates) Back. Pat was the widow of Ted Cook as well as a former Lafayette High School guidance counselor. She was a beautiful, gracious, compassionate, intelligent, wise, perceptive, classy, calm, kind, courageous, admired, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. A graduate of Berea College and the University of Kentucky, Pat began her career as a teacher of history, then as a counselor at Dunbar Jr. High School. From there she joined Lafayette High School, retiring after over twenty years of service. An avid bridge player and golfer, Pat had a collection of trophies; one, in particular, for a hole-in-one. Pat and her husband, Ted, were true University of Kentucky sports fans. They travelled to away games and watched game replays. Pat joined the Presbyterian Church as a young woman. She was a member of Beaumont Presbyterian Church, joining shortly after the church opened in the early 1960’s. She was a faithful member which afforded her and Ted many social contacts resulting in life-long friendships. Pat leaves behind a son, Richard (Patricia) Cook; daughters, Jackie (Ron) Merrifield and Libby (Steve) Leedy; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Jesse and Bill Back as well as her sisters, Mary Lou Croucher and Beth Hunter. Pat’s children would like to thank the competent and compassionate people who were caregivers to their mom during this past year. She will be deeply missed. Family will receive friends on Thursday, September 27th from 5 pm 8 pm at Milward-Southland, located at 391 Southland Drive, Lexington. Funeral service will be at 11 am on Friday, September 28th at Beaumont Presbyterian Church located at 1070 Lane Allen Road, Lexington with Rev. Stephen Fearing officiating. In honor of Pat’s legacy and in addition to floral tributes, her family would like memorial contributions directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. Online condolences for Cook’s family may be left here.
Roebertha Harvey Taylor ’57 — Feb. 3, 2019
Roebertha (Bert) Harvey Taylor, wife of Felix Taylor of Annville, formerly of London passed away Sunday February 3, 2019 in London, Ky. She was born February 11, 1937 at Hiawatha WV. Her parents William and Gertrue Harvey preceded her in death. She is also survived by her children, Mike (Debby) Taylor of Versailles, Tammy (Greg) Sizemore of London KY, Kevin (Rita) Taylor of Lily, Phil Taylor of Lexington, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also survived by sisters Samantha Tucker, Dorothy Hodge, Wanda Faidley and Elitha Harvey (sister-in-law). Preceded in death by 3 brothers and 5 sisters. She was a 1957 graduate of the Berea College School of Nursing. She had a varied and long career in nursing, spending many years in maternity at the Corbin Hospital. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, London, where she taught Sunday School, interpreted sermons for the deaf, taught ASL and participated in church missions, including a medical mission to Russia. She was loved and will be missed by many.
Visitation will be held at London Funeral Home Wednesday, February 6, from 6pm-8pm. Funeral Thursday, February 7, at 1pm in London Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Corinth Cemetery in Corbin, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to: First Baptist Church Building Program for a youth center, 804 West 5th Street, London Kentucky, 40741.
Serving as Pallbearers are Jacob Taylor, Ethan Taylor, Ben Taylor, Nick Taylor, Shan Taylor and Aaron Iddings.
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Vada Hess Walker, FD ’57 — Dec. 12, 2017
Walker, Vada Hess entered into eternal rest on December 12, 2017. Vada was a generous person who graciously helped people in their time of need. She was head strong and independent. Vada took great pride in her home and immaculate care of her yard. She loved animals and often fed the neighborhood strays.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Walker Sr.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, John Walker II (Sheila); grandchildren, Olivia and John Walker; a few sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be Saturday, December 16th at 12:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 9:30-12:00pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Evergreen Cemetery.
Online condolences for Walker’s family may be left here.
Carolyn Brasel Enright ’58 — April 30, 2018
She departed this life comfortable on Monday morning in hospice care in Berea, Kentucky. She attended Berea College, later became a teacher in Orlando, Florida, City Schools. In life she mastered several challenging jobs along with being a mother of three children. Those surviving her are as following: sons, Michael Powell of Grand Cayman, Joel and Debbie Powell of Charlotte, North Carolina; a daughter, Paige and Andy Beichler, Berea; two sisters in Forbin, Charlynne Rogers and Connie McHargue; several grandchildren and special friends in Berea, Rita Eaton, Becky Dverson, Nancy Smith and Holly Jones. Preceding her in death area as follows: parents, Curtis and Oranell Brasel; an infant son, Marty; husband, Jim Enright; and ex-husband, Eldon Powell. She will be missed by a host of family and friends.
Online condolences for Enright’s family may be left here.
Doris Galliher Stephens ’58 — March 3, 2019
Doris Galliher Stephens passed away at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, N.C. on Wednesday, March 3, 2019. Doris was born in Washington County, Va. She worked her way through Berea College in Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, and graduated from Louisiana State University with a masters degree of Library Science. Doris was the head librarian of the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney, Ohio and then became the director of the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Tenn. She finally settled in Taylorsville, N.C. and worked 17 years as director of the Alexander County Library retiring in 2003. Doris is survived by her brother, Charles Galliher of Chilhowie, Va.; son, Jonathan Stephens of Mt. Dora, Fla., and Martin Stephens of Taylorsville, N.C.; and granddaughter, Eleanor Stephens of New South Wales, Australia. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Galliher of Glade Spring, Va.; and sister, Margaret Watts of Frederick, Md. Doris was a member of the Charlotte Friends Meeting and attended the Catawba Valley Friends Preparatory Meeting in Hickory. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, 833 5th St SE, Hickory, NC 28602, with a reception to follow at the church. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, and Wake Forest School of Medicine. Online condolences may be left for Stephens’ family here.