Helen Bias Bayuszik ’50 – Oct. 20, 2017
Helen Louise Bayuszik, 88, Of Butler, Pennsylvania, Passed Away On October 20, 2017 At The Butler Memorial Hospital. She Was Born March 8, 1929 In Amherstdale, West Virginia To The Late James Monroe Bias And The Late Josephine Adkins Bias. In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Two Sisters, Vangie Bias Mahan, And Marie Bias Berger; And Two Brothers, Lucian Bias, And Charles Bias.She Was Also Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Edward Bayuszik, Whom She Married On October 28, 1950 And Who Passed Away On March 13, 1996.Mrs. Bayuszik Received Her Rn Degree From Berea College. She Then Worked As An Operating Room Nurse And Later A School Nurse For The Butler County School System Before Retiring In 1993. She Was A Member Of Homeacre Chapel. Helen Enjoyed Teaching Children At Good News Clubs And Served Many Years On The Board Of Child Evangelism Fellowship. She Created Hundreds Of Hand Stitched Blankets For Family And Friends. She Enjoyed Winning Rummikub And Croquet And Loved Cooking And Baking. Her Life Was Woven Together By Prayer And Bible Reading And Singing Old Hymns. She Is Survived By Her Five Daughters, Debbie (Peter) Jones Of Limassol, Cyprus, Kathie (Jerry) Soen Of Chicago, Il, Denise (Curt Neubert) Bayuszik, Md, Of Peshastin, Wa, Jane (Dan) Hartzler Of Butler, Pa, And Renay Bayuszik Of Butler, Pa; 17 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; And Many Nieces And Nephews. Friends Will Be Received Tuesday, October 24, 2017, From 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 Pm At Thompson – Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street Butler, Pa. A Graveside Committal Service Will Take Place At The Butler County Memorial Park At 10 Am Wednesday, October 25, 2017. A Memorial Service Will Be Held On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:00 Am At The Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, 420 North Main Street Butler, Pa, With Pastor David L. Fisher Of Homeacre Chapel And Pastor Daniel Ledford Of Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, Officiating. Memorial Donations Are Suggested To Child Evangelism Fellowship Of Butler County, Po Box 1797, Butler, Pa 16003.
Virginia Dale Kyer Hutsell ’50 – Jan. 21, 2018
Virginia Dale Hutsell, 93, of Louisville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 with her beloved husband by her side.
She was born February 17, 1924 just outside Camden on Gauley, West Virginia. Virginia was a daughter to the late Dotsy Fitzhugh Kyer and Minerva Spencer Kyer.
She attended and graduated high school in West Virginia and went onto Berea College, where she received a Bachelors in Arts and Theology. Virginia received a special scholarship and studied for a year at Harvard in Boston. Soon after returning from Boston, she moved to Louisville, to care for her ill sister and got a job in Bullitt County, KY where she took a job with Shepherdsville High School as a teacher and librarian.
Virginia recorded taped books for the Kentucky School for the Blind on Frankfort Avenue. She worked at the Louisville Free Public Library downtown, reading and telling stories to the children during children story hour. She and her husband, Thomas met at the University of Louisville’s International Club where they were both members. Virginia was an active member of the Unitarian Church and that is where she and Thomas were united in marriage on August 30, 1958.
Virginia loved to travel. She and her husband traveled all 50 states and visited the National Parks in the United States and visited Europe. She was also a proud member of Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Besides her parents, Virginia is preceded in death by, two brothers, Gerald and Charles Kyer, and a sister, Lois Lively.
Virginia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Dr. Thomas S. Hutsell, a daughter, Twyla Purcell and nephews, Greg and Marc Lively and several great nieces and nephews.
Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road “in St. Matthews” is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, sympathy donations can be made in Virginia’s honor to your charity of choice.
Leila M. Cain McReynolds, FD ’46, BC ’50 – Feb. 19, 2018
Leila Mae Cain McReynolds, 89, of Louisville, KY passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY. The Artemus, KY native was a registered nurse having worked at Holley Carburetor, Bowling Green Hospital, Central State Hospital and the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources. She attended Berea High School and College until she was old enough to enter Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating May of 1950. She was a daughter of the late Homer and Margaret Beams Cain. After being orphaned at age 13, she lived with Lucian and Elsie White the parents of her best friends, Cassie and Charlie. She was married to John Arnold McReynolds on December 22, 1950 and were married for 34 years until his passing November 30, 1984. ?She is survived by her children: Nancy and Al Tomassetti, Jeffrey and Debbie Mc Reynolds, Marilyn and Doug Moore and Melinda and Stephen Swinney; Her grandchildren: Carrie and Gregory Peterson, Catherine Tomassetti and Chris Sims, Brent Justice, Kimberly Justice and Steven Fitzner, Benjamin and Laura Tomassetti, Alan Tomassetti, Amanda Swinney and John Moore; Her great grandchildren: Noah Peterson, Raegan Peterson, Aubrey Evans, Bradon Black, Kylee Black, Phoenix Fitzner and Cole Sims; ?Her sisters-in-law: Cornelia Jackson, Scottsville, KY; Dorothy Cain, Barbourville, KY and Sally Taggart, Nicholasville, KY; ?All of her Cain and McReynolds nieces and nephews and many others who lovingly called her “Mama Mac.” Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday at Goad Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Goad Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations may be made at Goad Funeral Home.
Patricia Bradley Colley, FD ’50 – March 8, 2018
Patricia Rae (Bradley) Colley, 85, died on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Sellersburg, Indiana. Mrs. Colley was a native of West Virginia. She was a long time member of the Methodist faith. Pat was born on September 10, 1932 in Logan, West Virginia to the late Charles & Opal Myers Bradley. Survivors are her son, Andrew Colley (Marsha); daughter, Melissa Colley Desmond; daughter, Sarah Colley Summers (Ron); sister, Beverly Bradley Murphy (Don); 4 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Old Capital United Methodist Church (141 W Heidelberg Rd, Corydon, IN 47112). Cremation was chosen following Pat’s wishes. Her final resting place will be at the Bradley Family Cemetery in Peytona, West Virginia. Memorial contributions in Pat’s memory can be made to the Bradley Cemetery Fund (854 Creekstone Ridge, South Charlestown, WV 25309), Old Capitol United Methodist Church, or the Berea College Alumni Fund (101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404).
Leonore Noll Walters, FD ’46 – Feb. 13, 2018
Leonore Noll Walters was the daughter of Dr. Waldemar Noll, chairman of the Physics Department at Berea College, and Nell Scovel Noll, who taught at Knapp Hall and the Foundation School. She attended Knapp Hall, Foundation School and then Berea College for two years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1950. She taught high school English in Kentucky and Ohio before receiving her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Leonore taught at Youngstown State University (Ohio), worked for the Modern Language Association in New York City and was a professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York) until her retirement. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Walters, of Chicago, Ill.
Felix Engle, Husband of Irene Engle, FD ’51 – Feb. 15, 2018
ENGLE, Felix Age 86, of Middletown, passed away Thursday February 15, 2018 in Middletown, Ohio. He was born in Daley, Kentucky on April 17, 1931 to Tressie (York) and Filmore Engle. Felix was a businessman and entrepreneur, owner of A & T Reproductions which was an Antique Auto Parts Co. He also previously worked at Aeronca for 18 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Maxine Hamilton. Felix is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene Wells Engle, three daughters, Charlene (Tim) Callahan, Teresa Engle and Anita Ketchum; a grandson, Michael Groves; three granddaughters, Rachel (Curt) Campbell, Alethia (Joe) Beck and Lauren (Ben) Williams; three brothers, Roger, Arlis, and John Engle; also, three sisters, Viola Shepherd, Betty Jo Campbell and Lucille Cox. Funeral services are 1:00 pm Monday February 19, 2018 at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until time of service. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery. Please visit Anderson Funeral Home’s website to send an online condolence.
Blanche M. Shamma, Wife of Maurice Shamma ’51
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Maurice Shamma ’51 – Feb. 24, 2018
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Dr. Unabelle R. Boggs ’52 – Jan. 22, 2018
Unabelle Rebecca Boggs, 88, of Akron, OH, passed away January 22, 2018, at the Cleveland Clinic / Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center.
She was born August 5, 1929, in Looneyville, WV, the daughter of Ralph C. and Rebecca L. Boggs. She grew up on a farm in the beautiful foothills of WV and attended Spencer High School.
After graduation, Unabelle went on to further her education and contribute to science research. She received a B.A. from Berea College, Berea, KY, in Biology and Chemistry, 1952; M.A. from Columbia University, NY, in Human Anatomy, 1956; a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in nutrition, 1958.
She was a teacher, lecturer and tutored, as well as a researcher in course development for Remedial Chemistry at the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. She did research and was assistant professor at The Ohio State University, The University of Maryland, and Columbia University. She was a U.S. Public Health Pre-Doctorate Research Fellow at the University of Maryland, 1955-57. In 1973, Unabelle began a private orthomolecular nutritional consulting business involving various nutritional deficiencies pertaining to health and disease with a focus on mental disorders and learning disabilities.
Unabelle received numerous grants for research and was a member of several professional societies and was listed in Who’s Who in American Women among other national recognitions. She was published in a number of professional journals, including the Miller Pharm. Symposium for Physicians and the U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Health, 1974.
Even though Unabelle left her home in WV to pursue a career in science, her love for the farm she grew up on remained strong. After years of struggling with Alzheimer’s and her failing memory, whenever taken back to visit the farm she would look around for several moments and then reply, “I’m home!”
After retirement, Unabelle enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening but her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her grandchildren.
Unabelle was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harry Boggs and sister Effie Creamer. She is survived by her two children, Ralph Clay Blackwood of Akron, OH, and Susie Cahlik (Jim) of Wadsworth, OH, and grandchildren, Rachel Hopp (David), Vince Reddish, James and Alyssia Blackwood. She is also survived by two sisters, Marion Mace and Gail Popp.
Visiting hours with the family will be at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, WV, on Friday, January 26, at 11 to 11:45 a.m. and memorial service immediately following with Rev. Robert Holland officiating. Burial will be in Clover Cemetery. A reception will follow at St. John’s Methodist Church in Spencer.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift maybe given to The Cleveland Clinic / Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center or to Alzheimer’s Research of your choice.
Gloria G. Vanwinkle ’52 – Feb. 13, 2018
Dearest Church Family and Friends,
With great sadness I share with you the death of one of our longest serving members, Gloria Van Winkle. She passed away last night at the Terrace at the age of 88 and after several years of declining memory and health.
Gloria joined Union Church as a Berea College student at the age of 18 in 1948 and since then was never been a member of any other congregation: 70 years of faith, service, friendship, and love which she shared with unstinting generosity of spirit. After 2 years of college she married and left school. After raising 5 children she returned to Berea College to finish her degree and went on to complete her Master’s in Education. She then worked at Berea in the Dean of Student’s office forming a life-long friendship with Ruth Butwell, Mary Nash and so many others.
Possessed of a fierce independence and impish good humor, Gloria was a tireless presence at church, and a feisty, committed friend. She served the church in nearly every capacity I can remember, singing, serving on boards, always building up the bazaar or cleaning up after a potluck. In recent years when dementia began to take its toll she was less and less able to participate in the church she loved. Her bright smile, however, and her love of music and singing was undiminished and shone through right until the end.
Our prayers are with all her family as they and we have to re-imagine the world without Gloria. For her, though, we give thanks that the suffering and frustration her illness caused her is finally at an end. That she is at peace is a blessing, even at the cost of our sorrow.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, as soon as family arrangements can be made. We will certainly let everyone know when that celebration of her life will be and also how we might support her children and grandchildren during the pain of her loss. In all this, I hope we can be the church she loved for 7 decades, mirroring the love and service she always offered to others. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” She will be sorely missed.
Levi Cox ’52 – March 9, 2018
Levi was born January 17, 1930, in Madison County, Kentucky, to Walton and Virgie (Wilder) Cox. He graduated from Kirksville High School in 1948 and Berea College in 1952. He married the former Mary Lillian Brown in 1950. They resided in Berea during their marriage and had four daughters. He was pre-deceased in death by his wife, Mary Lillian, a daughter, Mary Lynn, and son-in-law George (Patsy) Smith. He was a devoted father and will be greatly missed by daughters Patsy Smith (Doug Miller), Englewood, FL, Sheryl (John) Huysman, Moore Haven, FL, and Jeanie (Mac) Prewitt, Tampa, FL. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren’s accomplishments and faith in Christ; Brynn Huysman, Gainesville, FL, Tanner (Caitlin) Huysman, Davie, FL, and Cassidy Prewitt, Tampa, FL.
After graduating from College, Levi started work for Kentucky Artificial Association and milked cows for Berea College. He later worked at Parker Seal, co-owned Somerset Coin Laundry, and also owned I-75 Gulf Service Station at the Berea exit. He farmed 450 acres where he raised tobacco and cattle.
Levi is also survived by his wife Joyce (Wilson) of Richmond, KY, her four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They lived together in Berea and later became full-time residents of Englewood, FL where Levi was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Levi was renowned for his love of gardening and the vegetables he provided to many friends and neighbors. He enjoyed fishing, Bluegrass music, and never met anyone he couldn’t strike up a conversation with. His value of education was instilled in his children and grandchildren and his ministry included being a caregiver for many family members throughout the years.
A celebration of life service in memory of Levi will be held on Friday, March 16 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakes Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Levi’s memory may be made to Wallaceton Baptist Church, 3121 Guynn Road, Paint Lick, KY, 40461.
Ralph A. Morris ’52 – March 18, 2018
Ralph Aldon Morris, 89 Of Elizabethtown, Died Sunday, March 18, 2018 At Hardin Memorial Hospital. He Was Born May 16, 1928 in Breckinridge County to Herbert And Eudoxia Ruth Marr Morris. He Graduated from Howevalley High School, Attended Berea College and Graduated from Western Kentucky University. He Attended Citadel Military Academy, Served in The U.S. Air Force During the Korean War and Was A Member of Northside Baptist Church Where He Was Active in The Outreach Ministry. He Was A Teacher for One Year at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and Retired from The Social Security Administration. He Was A Very Compassionate Person, And Did A Lot Through the Church with The Shut-Ins. He Was Preceded in Death by His Sister, Ruth Ann Thompson. He Is Survived By His Wife Of 61 Years, Loetta Gray Morris; Two Sons, Herbert Williams Morris (Debbie) Of Upton And David Michael Morris (Yolanda) Of Mocksville, Nc; One Daughter, Ellen Renee Gorbea (Dale) Of Winston-Salem, Nc; One Brother, Kenneth Morris (Juanita) Of Cecilia; Brother-In-Law, Dalphon Thompson Of South Carolina; Six Grandchildren, Christian Petty, Brandi Graham (Samson), Brandon Morris, Clancy Morris, Sennet Morris And Mabyn Morris And Four Great Grandchildren, Aspen Graham, Arli Graham, Kathryn Petty, And Skylar Adams. The Funeral Will Be Wednesday at 11 A.M. At Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Roberts Officiating. Burial Will Follow in Constantine United Methodist Church Cemetery in Breckinridge County. Visitation Will Be From 4-8 P.M. Tuesday And Continue After 10 A.M. Wednesday At the Funeral Home. Visitation:Tuesday, March 20, 2018 From 4:00 Pm To 8:00 Pm Brown Funeral Homeservice:Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Starting At 11:00 Ambrown Funeral Home.
Joanne Dingus Wheeler ’52 – Dec. 27, 2014
TUXEDO-Joanne Wheeler, 83, of Tuxedo, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Life Care Center of Hendersonville. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Bradford Wheeler, or Keg Wheeler as he was more commonly known, who died on September 10, 2011. She was a member of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, NC. Joanne had been employed as Assistant Director of Camp Glen Arden, in Arden and Tuxedo, NC, and also as an English and History teacher at Flat Rock Jr. High School. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Bradford Wheeler, Jr. (Tad) of Hendersonville, NC; daughter, Cynthia Ann Wheeler (Cindy) of Loomis, CA; grandchildren, Jessica Ann Wheeler (Jessie) of Burlington, NC, Sally Virginia Lee of Rennes, France, and William Patrick Lee (Willy) of Asheville, NC. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 2, 2015 at St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, which is located at 1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Reverend Alex Viola will officiate, and a coffee reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Glen Arden Director’s Fund, a scholarship program for camp. P.O. Box 7 Tuxedo, NC 28784. An online guestbook is available by visiting Forest Lawn Funeral Home’s website.
Mr. K.B. Wheeler, Husband of Joanne Wheeler ’52 – Dec. 27, 2014
Kenneth Bradford Wheeler ZIRCONIA – Kenneth B. (“”Keg””) Wheeler, 91, of Zirconia, NC, died at Elizabeth House, Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock on Monday, September 10, 2012. He served many productive years as director of physical education for the school children of Henderson County, Head Counselor of Camp Arrowhead for Boys, Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea, wilderness instructor with Outward Bound, and a living example of fitness and health. Keg was born on May 19, 1921, in Wilmington, NC, the fourth child of the late Rev. William Hardin and Lula Richter Dowe Wheeler. In his infancy the family moved to Charlotte where his father served the next 18 years as Superintendent of Thompson’s Orphanage. A gifted athlete, Keg played football for Central High School and was selected for the 1941 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game. He volunteered for the Marines after Pearl Harbor, completed bombardier training, and served in combat with a long-range photographic reconnaissance squadron in the South Pacific. Returning home to Charlotte in 1945, Keg played football one year at Wake Forest, studied veterinary science at South Georgia College, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate and master’s degrees in physical education. Recalled to active duty as a Marine Gunnery Sergeant during the Korean War, Keg trained recruits for combat at Camp Lejeune, NC until receiving his honorable discharge. On August 26, 1952, Keg married Jo Anne Dingus, whom he met during a picnic for the counselors of Camp Arrowhead and Camp Glen Arden for Girls. For the next 14 years, Keg taught physical education and coached various sports at Auburn University and Clinch Valley College, in Wise, Virginia. While in his 40s, Keg won the “”caber tossing”” competition three times at the annual Grandfather Mountain Highlands Game. In 1965 the Wheelers returned to the mountains of North Carolina, and Keg accepted the new position of director of physical education training for the elementary school students of Henderson County. He created landmark, inexpensive elementary PE and outdoor-education programs that became state and national models. He adapted PE for the handicapped. Later, he was invited by the leading educational publisher Prentice Hall to compile his teaching methods and activities in a textbook for elementary school teachers. Published in 1991 with co-author Otto Spilker, Physical Education Curriculum Activities Kit for Grades K-6 described and illustrated more than 500 fitness, dance, and sports activities. The book was widely used throughout the state and beyond. In 2003 Keg was inducted into the Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame. During his many summers as Head Counselor at Camp Arrowhead, Keg initiated memorable traditions like the infamous “”Pot Hole Award,”” earned by submerging oneself at daybreak in an icy, waterfall sinkhole on five consecutive mornings. In the 1970s he became a counselor for North Carolina Outward Bound, guiding seniors through self-discovery courses in the wilderness. Later he taught physical education techniques to PE teachers at UNC Asheville. Keg was an active member of St. Johns in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock for nearly 50 years, serving on the Vestry as the Junior Warden, and organizing the Men’s Breakfast Club, and developing the Lay Eucharistic Ministry to deliver Holy Communion sacraments to homebound parishioners. Keg was preceded in death by his sisters, Sarah (Sally) Wheeler Alexander and Jean Wheeler Pharr, and his brother, William Hardin Wheeler, Jr. He is survived by Jo Anne, his wife of 60 years; their daughter Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Wheeler of Auburn, CA, and son, Kenneth (Tad) Bradford Wheeler, Jr. of Bat Cave, NC; three grand-children, Sally Virginia Lee in Rome, Italy, Jessica Anne Wheeler of Forest City, NC, and William Patrick Lee, of Asheville, NC; and seven nieces and nephews: William B. Wheeler of Southport, NC, Edward B. Wheeler of Morganton, NC, James Hardin Wheeler of Auckland, New Zealand, Jeannie Pharr Gilland and Henry N. Pharr of Charlotte, NC, William T. Alexander of Hagerstown, MD, and Joseph H. Alexander of Asheville. Keg loved school children, dogs, wildflowers, teaching, whittling, rafting, boxing, hiking the mountains around his ridge-top home, and life itself. A Memorial Service will be held on September 13th at 10AM at St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, with the Rev. John Morton and the Rev. Alex Viola officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of the Henderson County Education Foundation “”Keg Wheeler Outdoor Education Fund,”” PO Box 1267, Hendersonville, NC 28793. The family is grateful for the care and comfort provided by the staff at Elizabeth House and the clergy and congregation of St Johns in the Wilderness Church.
Harriet Cline Goble ’52 – Jan. 24, 2018
Harriet Cline Goble, 90, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at The Barrington of Oakley in Cincinnati, OH, after living for 32 years in Bowling Green, KY. Harriet lived an accomplished life of service to family and community.
She was the only daughter among five children born to Ira P. Cline and Martha Chambers Cline of Weirton, WV.
As a youngster, she learned the art of gardening on the family farm. She maintained gardens of various sizes in all her homes. At the age of 89, she reluctantly gave up her garden.
Growing up in Weirton, she was an active 4-H member. She graduated from Weir High School in 1945 and worked part time for the Weirton Steel Co. prior to going to college.
She enrolled at Berea College in 1946 and belonged to the YWCA and was on the women’s field hockey team. She served as president of the college Women’s Association. Harriet met her future husband Corban at Berea College.
In 1952, she graduated from Berea College with a degree in sociology. She accepted a position as an executive field director for the Licking Valley Girl Scouts in Newport, KY. Harriet and Corban were married at Berea’s Danforth Chapel on Nov. 11, 1953.
The family began with Martha’s 1955 birth and the Gobles returned to Berea, KY, to start a new life. Two more children joined the family, Jane in 1959 and Bob in 1963. It was important to Harriet to provide a nurturing home for her children. Harriet continued working in volunteer positions for the local Girl Scouts and at Union Church. She also advocated for the new Berea Community School which opened in 1969. She worked as circulation manager for Berea Citizen, and at the Kentucky Press Association, followed by Berea College Preschool.
They moved to Bloomington, IN, in 1971 where Corban studied at Indiana University. She supported the family with many jobs including factory line work at RCA television, United Ministry in Higher Education, the program director in Christian Center, the Married Student Newsletter, and as a program organizer at Camp Miniwanca in Michigan in the summers.
They moved to Victoria BC, Canada in 1976, then in 1979 returned to Berea. In 1985, she and Corban moved to Western Kentucky University where he began teaching Journalism. While in Bowling Green she enjoyed many cultural, physical and nature related activities, as well as travel after Corban’s retirement. In 2011 they moved to Village Manor where they became involved in Rock Steady Boxing for her Parkinson’s. In 2017 they moved to Barrington of Oakley in Cincinnati.
Harriet is survived by her husband of 64 years, Corban Goble, their children: Martha (Graham Burck) Goble-Burck, Jane (Bill) Clabaugh, and Bob (Eileen) Goble, and their grandchildren Sam & Esther Clabaugh, Makayla (Davy) Haase, Eric, Stephanie & Tricia Goble and sister-in-law Eleanor Cline. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Wayne, Ira P. JR and Walter Eugene Cline. Memorial services will be held at Rockfield United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 17, beginning at 10:30, with a luncheon to follow. The family invites all to attend and to wear bright colors to honor her love of nature.
Robert Keen, Husband of Georgia Keen ’53 – June 18, 2018
Keen, Robert KEEN Robert, 79, widow of Georgia Ivey Keen, died Wed, June 18, 2008 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. Born in Buckhorn, KY, he was the son of the late Crit and Osha Begley Keen. Mr. Keen was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he attained his Bachelors and Master’s Degree. Mr. Keen was the Dean of Business Affairs at Elizabethtown Community College, the principal at both Henry County High School in New Castle, KY and Pleasureville High School in Pleasureville, KY, and taught at Butler High School in Louisville, KY. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and the Lions Club. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Jean Keen (Gary S.) Minton; a granddaughter, Kathryn Minton, both of Lexington, KY; a sister, Jean Wooten, Buckhorn, KY; a sister-in-law, Aileen Keen, Hamilton, OH; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Quentin, Leon, and Edwin Keen. Funeral services will be 2:30pm Sat at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Rev. Darla Blatnik and Rev. Walter C. Sutton, H.R. Visitation will be noon Sat until the time of the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1065 Dove Run Rd., Lex., KY 40502, Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veteran Dr., Lex., KY 40390, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lex., KY 40504
Mary Zuerner Lesher ’53 – Nov. 22, 2017
Mary Ann Lesher, age 85, passed away on November 22, 2017, surrounded by family. She was born on March 5, 1932, in Jeffersonville, Indiana to Leona and Edwin Zuerner. Mary Ann graduated from Jeffersonville High School, attended Berea College, and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Music. She married Theron Stephen Lesher with whom she had two daughters, Melody and Holly. Mary Ann dedicated her life to service through music. She taught music for numerous years in Greater Clark County Schools. A gifted pianist and organist, Mary Ann played for Wall Street United Methodist Church and Westminster Retirement Village, among others. She is survived by her daughters Melody (John) and Holly (Don), grandchildren Elise, Colin, and Max Medley, and Hope, Graeme, and Claire Bettler, a brother, Bryan Zuerner (Rita), cousins Peggy Vester and Diane Applegate, as well as her dear friends at Westminster Village where she lived following the death of her husband in 2010. A memorial service to commemorate Mary Ann’s life was held in Clarksville, IN at Westminster Retirement Village on Sunday, November 26. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Louisville School of Music or Wall Street United Methodist Church.
Dr. Max Wheeler, Husband of Helen Wheeler ’53 – Dec. 12, 2017
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Florence Pittman Smith ’53 – March 7, 2018
Florence Pittman Smith “Flo” passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 7, 2018, and went home to be with her Lord. She is survived by her husband, Henry Hobson Smith of 62 years in marriage; and her sister, Katherine Eure of Wilmington, N.C. She was born on March 12, 1933, in Greenwood, Va. Flo was the daughter of the late Avis Jackson Pittman and the late Julia Dale Pittman. Flo was a proud graduate of Berea College class of 1953. Also, she enjoyed her career as a business woman in the city of Lynchburg for many years specializing in sales and bookkeeping. Additionally, she taught those same skills to many women in the city at night school. In particular she worked at Burris Company. She was an avid gardener and pet lover. She and Hank loved many long walks together and enjoyed conversations with their neighbors along the way. Many thanks to the neighbors that she considered extended family who looked out after them. Would also like to thank the many caregivers from Centra Hospice and Home Instead who helped out in her last days. A gathering to honor Flo’s life and to share stories will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, 220 Breezewood Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Student Assistance Program at Berea College, 209 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403, or Lynchburg Humane Society, 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.
Lillie Parsons McCoy ’53 – Mar. 4, 2017
For some, you may be the candle But for me, you are the light That showed me how to handle Even the daunting without fright For some, your eyes may be warm But for me, they are bright They showed me the right platform Leading me to a greater height For some, you may be spring But for me, you are the flowers That groomed me little wings To fly higher than the towers For some, you may be a teacher But for me, you are an angel And angel whom I’ll never forget But for now, it is ‘farewell.’
James Bryant, Husband of D. Sue Bryant ’53 – Sept. 22, 2017
James Edward Bryant, 87, of Spanishburg, WV died Sept. 22, 2017, in the hospice care unit of the Beckley Veteran’s Hospital with family keeping vigil. Born in Corinne, WV on October 13, 1929, James was the son of the late William and Myrtle Brown and the grandson of the late Rush and Julia Brown who raised him as one of their own. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Sue Lilly Bryant, daughter Julia Ann and husband State Senator Michael Woelfel of Huntington, WV, and son James Edward Jr and wife Tina Odle Bryant of Spanishburg, WV; grandsons Matthew James Woelfel and wife Stacie of Huntington, Michael Jacob Woelfel of Huntington, WV and Trevor James Bryant of Huntington, WV; Granddaughter Bethany Noel Bryant of Morgantown, WV; Great grandsons Colin Woelfel and Carter Woelfel of Huntington, WV and Great granddaughter Madelyn Woelfel of Ona, WV. Also surviving are his sisters Irene Nestor and Ruth Stinson both of Princeton, WV and many nieces and nephews. James was a 1949 graduate of Spanishburg High School, an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, and a retired Conductor for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad after 36 years of service. He was a member of the Spanishburg United Methodist Church. Where he served the church as trustee and treasurer. James was supportive of the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department contributing to many of its projects. He was a charter member of the Spanishburg Ruritan Club and served as president and committee chairperson of the Pancake Breakfast and Adopt a Highway programs. James also supported the Bluestone Valley Fair at Spanishburg and the Mercer County Fair at Spanishburg and PikeView Schools. James was an avid sports fan of Marshall and WVU basketball and football teams and of local middle and high school teams. In addition, he was president of the first PikeView Sports Boosters. He was a member of the Thornwood Hunting Lodge in Thornwood, WV. Hunting with his friends and their dogs was among one of James favorite activities. He had many stories that he shared about their adventures. He loved gardening and took a lot of pride in his lawn. Services to celebrate the life of James will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Monday September 25, 2017 at the Spanishburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Gerald Kincaid Officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 P.M. until the service hour Pallbearers are Freddie Conner, Tim Farley, Richard Godfrey, Bill Hatcher, Robert Lambert, Gary Lilly, Robert Lusk, and John Allen Scott, Jr. with J.W. Bowling as an Honorary Pallbearer. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, it is the family’s wishes that donations be made to The Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department-P.O. Box 71, Spanishburg, WV 25922 and/or The Spanishburg United Methodist Church-P.O. Box 98 Spanishburg, WV 25922. The Bryant family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Edna Cornelius Banks ’54 – Nov. 24, 2017
Obituary for Edna Belle Banks Edna Belle Banks was born June 27, 1932 in Laurel County and departed this life Friday, November 24, 2017 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 85 years of age. She was the son of the late Nathan & Maggie Belle Cornelius. Edna is survived by two children, Mike (Angie) Banks of Berea and Pamela (Grover) Harrison of Richmond. She is also survived by a sister, Sarah (Homer) Bowling of London. Edna was blessed with three grandsons, Andrew Tipton Banks, Christopher Harrison and Nathaniel Harrison and by a special friend Owen Harrison. In addition to her parents, Edna was also preceded in death by her husband, Z.T. Banks and by the following siblings, Fairy, Harold, Russell, Robert, James L. and Charles Cornelius. Edna was a member of the Richmond House of Prayer and also an Eastern Star of the Annville Chapter. Funeral service 11:00 AM Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Owen Moody officiating. Burial followed in the Banks Cemetery. Lakes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lee W. Ricketts ’54 – Dec. 9, 2017
Lee William Ricketts, 85, of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Lee was born April 17, 1932 in Manchester, Ky. to the late Clarence T. and Daisy (Wagers) Ricketts. He graduated from Clay County High School and then Berea College. He married Lois Van Hook on June 5, 1960 and later went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. After working briefly at Rosemont Pharmacy in Lexington, he went on to own and operate Corner Drug Store in Winchester, KY for the remainder of his career. His pharmacy was known for its personal service as well as its hamburgers. It’s hard to meet someone originally from Winchester that had not frequented the Corner Drug and remarked about how great the hamburgers and milkshakes were. In addition to running his pharmacy, he enjoyed fishing and attending basketball and football games at UK. He was a Master Mason and also served as a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only sibling Clarence C. Ricketts (Lake Worth, FL). He is survived by his wife Lois of 57 years, his son Lee II and daughter Lisa. A celebration of his life will be from 12 until 2 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Milward Funeral Directors on Southland Drive in Lexington, KY. Funeral services will immediately follow with burial in the Lexington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Oleika Shrine Temple of Lexington. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” for the excellent care provided at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.
Jolene Hager Luth ’54 – Jan. 17, 2018
Jolene Hager Luth, of Deerfield, 85 years young, passed into eternity on January 17, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Wonderful mother of Michael (Tammy), Robert, Charlene (Kevin), Janet, and Margaret. Treasured grandmother to nine. Mom was a lovely, joyful woman whose quiet strength never wavered. Memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield on Monday, January 22.
Paul F. Garrison ’54 – Feb. 2, 2018
Paul Franklin Garrison, 88, of Hoover, AL went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 2, 2018. Paul was born on August 12, 1929 in Black Mountain, NC. He was one of 11 children. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Marines after the 10th grade of high school. He served his country in Puerto Rico as an MP. He was honorably discharged three years later. Following his time in the service, he returned to Black Mountain to finish high school. It was there he met the love of his life, Joyce Silvers. Thanks to the GI bill, Paul attended Berea College in Kentucky, while Joyce went to Wake Forest. Three years later they married and transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Paul headed north to Michigan State for his Masters. His professional career began in 1957 when he worked for the Kroger Food Company in Atlanta, GA. For the next 11 years, Paul was promoted and eventually ended up in Birmingham, AL. In 1971, he took the chance on a small grocery store chain as Vice President. That company was Bruno’s. During his tenure at Bruno’s, they acquired Piggly Wiggly in southern Georgia, based in Vidalia. He was made president of that division. Paul returned to Birmingham and in 1991 he became president and chief operations officer of Bruno’s Inc. He retired in 1996. Paul was a long-time member of Green Valley Baptist Church in Hoover, AL. When he wasn’t working, Paul escaped with Joyce to one of his favorite places, Black Mountain, where they had their second home. He loved golfing, vegetable gardening, and after retirement his weekly meetings at Waffle House with his friends from Bruno’s. But his greatest joy was spending time with his sweetheart, Joyce, his children, and grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his father, William Garfield Garrison; his mother, Ellen Mitchell Burgin; brothers, Barrett, Horace, Fred, Robert, Donald, and Johnny; and sisters, Eva Mae, Gladys, Aszalee, and Marie. Paul is survived by his wife, Joyce Silvers Garrison; sons, Phillip Garrison (Jackie) of Black Mountain, NC, and Jim Garrison (Kaye) of Vestavia Hills, AL; grandchildren, Miranda Garrison of New York, NY, Paul Garrison of Baton Rouge, LA, and Bradley Garrison (Alexandra) of Charleston, SC; step-grandchildren, Blake Campbell (Dena) of Marietta, GA, and Scott Campbell of Hoover, AL; great-grandchild, Millie Campbell; and a host of nieces and nephews who loved and adored their uncle. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, immediately followed by the funeral service at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Chapel, Pelham. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Salvation Army.
Norma Calder ’54 – Feb. 6, 2018
Norma Calder passed away on February 6, 2018. She was born in Lily, Kentucky on February 5, 1933. She was predeceased by her parents Reba and Leo Black; her son, Brian Calder; siblings Edward Black and Betty Reams. Norma is survived by her daughter, Belinda Calder Metzger (Lee), Granddaughter’s, Heather Calder (Baptiste Chisesi), and Rachel Metzger Gomel (Von); Great Grandchildren; Lucy and Olivia Chisesi, and, Gwen and Walter Gomel. Norma first attended Berea College and, after moving to Mobile, was a graduate of the first class of the University of South Alabama. She later completed her Master of Education degree from USA and enjoyed a long career as a teacher with the Mobile County Public School system followed by a second career as a community volunteer. She strongly believed everyone should volunteer to the benefit of their community and she did so with RSVP, Mobile Museum of Art, History Museum of Mobile and the American Red Cross among others. She was associated with AAUW and the League of Woman Voters for many years. She was a woman of great faith and an enthusiastic participant in First Christian Church then Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. Norma was a strong, beautiful woman who quietly enhanced many lives. Memorial services will be held at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, 10 Westminster Way, Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, February 9th at 10 am. A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Mobile Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, volunteer a few hours with a local charity or, make a donation to Save A Stray 3488 Spring Hill Ave. Mobile AL 36608.
Harvey Rae Lane ’54 – April 10, 2018
Harvey Ray Lane June 21, 1932 April 10, 2018 Knoxville TN – Harvey Ray Lane, 85 Harvey Ray Lane, age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, April 10 th at Parkwest Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born in Scott County, Virginia and graduated from Hilton High School in 1950. He attended Berea College in Kentucky, graduated with a bachelor’s in business from East Tennessee State University, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee. Harvey served as a paratrooper in the United States Army 11 th Airborne Division. After service, he began his business career in human resources with the Kingsport News, then later with Foote Mineral in Duffield, Virginia which transferred Harvey and his wife to their headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as their industrial relations director. In 1963, they moved to Knoxville, where Harvey became established in the business community. Over the years, Harvey owned Myers-Whaley Company, Rayboyd Enterprises, Tech-Fab, Inc. and Central Park franchise. In retirement, he pursued his passion of writing poetry and short stories that became booklets he shared with his friends and shut in’s. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, William Trigg Lane and Hettie Mae Davidson Lane; brothers Rev. William H. Lane and Robert Emerson Lane; and sisters Nancy Blalock and June Rose. Harvey is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vickie McConnell Lane; daughter, Leanna (Jeremy) Surrett; grandchildren, Tyler and Nykki Surrett; great-grandchild, Addilyn Mitchell; and sister, Ruby Johnson (Lionel), also numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City, Virginia on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 to 2 pm, followed by graveside services at Holston View Cemetery with Rev. David Lane officiating. Military honors provided by American Legion Post #3/265. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children at Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607. Online condolences may be made to the Lane family by visiting our website at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, VA is honored to serve the family of Harvey Ray Lane.
Rev. Edward L. Henderline ’54 – April 22, 2018
Rev. Edward L HenderliteSalem Reverend Edward L. “Ed” Henderlite, 86, passed away from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) on early Sunday morning, April 22, 2018. Ed was born on January 13, 1932, to Jerry and Memphis Henderlite in Atkins, Virginia. He was the third of four children. Ed was the first in his family to graduate from college when he earned his BA in psychology from Berea College in 1954. He then attended Union Theological Seminary, where he met his future wife Nancy Zellman, a fellow student. He graduated with MA in Theology and was ordained as a United Church of Christ (UCC) minister 1958. After graduation, Ed became the associate pastor at Avon Lake United Church of Christ in Avon Lake, Ohio. A year later, Ed and Nancy were married. In 1961, Ed and Nancy moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Ed became the associate pastor and later senior pastor at Albuquerque First Congregational Church. Ed and Nancy’s sons, Stephen and Christopher were born in Albuquerque. In 1971, Ed and the family moved to Salem, Oregon, where he became the senior pastor at the First Congregational Church, a position he loved and held until he retired in 1997. Ed was active in peace and social justice issues throughout his life. He served in leadership roles for the Ohio Conference, the Southwest Conference and the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ, as well as serving in national leadership roles for the UCC. Closer to home he was involved in founding the Pastoral Counseling Center in Salem, Oregon, was involved in ecumenical activities, and was a member of Rotary. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his two sons, Stephen and Christopher, and his granddaughter, Colby E. Dorssey. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 3:00 pm.
Helen Parrish Southards ’55 – Nov. 30, 2017
Helen Parrish Southards, age 85 went home to be with the Lord on November 30, 2017. We shall miss her sweet smile and giving of herself to make others happy. She was a loving wife and mother, loved children and they loved her. She was a great cook and housekeeper. Helen grew up in Bryson City, NC; graduated from Swain County High School and Berea College. She taught in Elementary Schools in Haywood County, NC, Raleigh, NC and in Thackston School in Knoxville, TN. She was a devoted member of West Knoxville Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ and First Baptist Church of Maryville where she sang in the choir, worked with children, assisted with beginning string classes and participated in mission activities. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude T. and Eulah Parrish, sister, Nell Rickman (Carr) and her brother, Wayne (Ellen) Parrish. She is survived by her husband, Carroll Southards; son & daughter-in-law, Richard & Susan Southards of Pickerington, OH; son, Les Southards of Knoxville, TN; daughter & son-in-law, Lisa & Paul Brown of Morristown; grandchildren, Brandi Lee & husband, Andrew Lee, Brad Southards and Alisa Brown; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Noah and Evie Thoms, Brecken & Harper Lee; sisters & brothers-in-law, Louise & Charles Murray, Doris & Jack Hazlewood; brother & sister-in-law, Claude “Pete” & Lou Parrish; numerous nieces & nephews. The family will receive friends from 5:30pm until 7:30pm Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Smith Trinity Chapel with Rev. Charles Ballard and Dr. Bill Booth officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Maryville, UT Cancer Institute or to a favorite charity of your choice. A special thank you to Dr. Wahid T. Hanna and his staff for their compassionate care and to the nurses and other doctors at UT Medical Center who took such good care of our mother. Funeral arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000.
Doris V. Ball, Wife of George L. Ball ’55 – Nov. 9, 2011
Doris Valma Marie LeClerc was born in Sault Saint Marie, Ontario. She passed away last Wednesday evening in La Jolla, California due to complications from pneumonia, surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband George Ball in Rancho Bernardo CA and her two sons, Timothy Sams of Irvine (and his wife Lari Wenzel) and Eric Ball of Menlo Park (and his wife Sheryl Axline); her siblings Raymond LeClerc, Marie LeClerc, Jacqueline LeClerc; and three grandchildren, Leah, Spencer, and Carter. Her daughter Deborah passed away in 1971. Doris moved to Michigan in 1939 and lived primarily in Farmington Hills and Troy until 1993. She started college as a working parent, earning her bachelors degree at Wayne State University and masters in education (University of Michigan) and psychology (Oakland University), and later her doctorate in psychology at Wayne State University. She taught in the Birmingham school district at Seaholm High School for more than 20 years and practiced as a psychologist in Birmingham for several years. She also served on the staff of William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan as Director of Behavioral Services. She and her husband George moved to San Diego in 1993. She recently authored a book ôRevolutionizing Education in Americaö. Her family, friends, students, patients, and all whose lives she touched will miss her. She will be remembered as a seeker of truth, an educator, and an extraordinary and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. There will be no formal memorial service, but an informal remembrance ceremony is planned for Sunday November 20th at 3:00 pm at the Community Center of Bernardo Heights. Service Details * Date: November 20, 2011 * Time: 3:00pm * Location: Community Center of Bernardo Heights * Address: 16150 Bernardo Heights Parkway San Diego, CA 92128.
Alice Sprinkle Baker, FD ’52, BC ’56 – Jan. 17, 2018
The traditions of Appalachia and Berea College have always been intertwined for alumna Alice Sprinkle Baker ’56, of Lee County, Virginia. The youngest of five children, Alice grew up in the heart of Appalachian coal country. When a mining accident took the life of her father when she was 12, Alice and her family moved to Berea, Kentucky. Inspired by the welcome the College provided them in the wake of tragedy, many years later, Alice founded the Sprinkle Family Scholarship. The scholarship has, as first preference, students from Lee County, Virginia, and those from coal-mining families. Scholarship guidelines are set up so any Berea student may receive the scholarship if none from Lee County or coal mining-families are studying at Berea.
“I hope the fund will grow some,” Alice said, “and some family and friends may donate to the College.”
Alice and several of her siblings attended Berea’s Foundation School and College, and her mother spent years working at the College bakery. These deep family connections to Berea and its mission, as well as her desire to help students of today and beyond, led Alice to establish the endowed scholarship, which will benefit Berea students in perpetuity. Providing for students who share her background allows Alice to honor her father, who, she says, was insistent upon education for his children.
“He did get to see my sister graduate, but not me,” Alice said. “The proudest I ever saw him was the day my sister graduated from Berea College. I was 10 years old, but I still remember that very clearly.
Alice fondly remembers her own time at Berea. As a town student living off campus with her mother, Alice was able to spend only one year living in a dormitory. Living with the other women of Anna Smith Hall, she says, was an incredible experience and contributed to her future career as an assistant dean and dean of women at both Capital University and Kansas State University, and later as a school counselor.
“That’s the one I treasure the most,” she said of her year in Anna Smith.
Alice said she is grateful for all Berea has meant to her family, and for the incredible friends she made along the way. People, she said, are what she enjoys most about her Berea family.
“What Berea stands for has meant everything in my life, and this scholarship is a way to keep that going,” she said.
Dr. Bobby Owen Moore ’55 – Feb. 5, 2018
No obituary available
Juanita Horton Franks ’55 – Feb. 20, 2018
Funeral services for Juanita Horton Franks, 85, of Lexington, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel with interment in Woodridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Juanita was born to the late John M. Horton and Opha Swafford Horton on November 10, 1932 in Hyden, KY. She passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and especially enjoyed entertaining, sewing and retirement life with her husband Ken. She had the sweetest smile that captured your heart. She was a graduate of Berea College with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Radford College. She taught school for many years but her greatest joy came from being a wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her daughter, Joanna Franks Miller (Lee) of Lexington; grandchildren, Trent, Christi and Jason Miller; brothers, Bill Horton (Janice) and Johnny Horton both of Hyden, KY. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Dr. Robert Kenneth “Ken” Franks and son, Robert Franks, Jr. Memorials may be made to University of the Cumberland’s or Berea College.
Bronelle Skaggs ’55 – March 17, 2018
Bronelle Skaggs of Buckner, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the age of 85. Bronelle loved many things in his earthly life but we know that none could compare to the joy he is now feeling being in the presence of God. Bronelle loved the Lord with all his heart, his soul and mind. Baptist by faith he attended Crestwood Baptist Church. He was an avid Wildcats fan and a gardener that grew the most beautiful roses. He also enjoyed watching Fox News. He rarely passed up an opportunity to share “the wheel of life” to anyone interested. One of the biggest joys to Bronelle was his family. He truly enjoyed spending time with the people he loved. It frequently was over a meal at Cracker Barrel where he always insisted on paying the check. Bronelle was a gentle and kind soul that always saw the best in people and was always there to offer a helping hand where it was needed. Bronelle was born and raised in Barn Rock just outside Paintsville, Kentucky. He was the second child to Lexie & Lafe Skaggs. After graduating from high school Bronelle attended Berea College where he met his future wife Lucille Metcalf. Shortly after graduating from Berea with a degree in agriculture he joined the army and was stationed in Germany. Lucille made the long trip to Germany to join Bronelle where they spent the first year of their marriage. Upon returning to the States, Bronelle and Lucille settled in Paintsville. He began his career as an agriculture teacher. Eventually he moved into vocational education and became the regional director over several vocational schools. After retiring Bronelle and Lucille moved to Shelby, North Carolina to be near their daughter and son-in-law and help raise their first grandchild. They spent many years in Shelby where they made some good friends and were active in Westview Baptist Church. A year and a half ago they returned back to Kentucky to be closer to their son and his family. Bronelle leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Lucille (Metcalf) Skaggs, his daughter Karen Arrowood of Shelby, North Carolina, son Steve and daughter in law Tange’ of LaGrange, Kentucky and four grandchildren, Alex, Eli, Addison and Kennedy. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018 in the First Baptist Church, Paintsville, Kentucky. Friend may visit the First Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Skaggs Town Cemetery. There will be a fellowship meal at Bob Evans after the burial. Jones-Preston Funeral Home is both Honored and Privileged to be Entrusted with all funeral arrangements for Mr. Bronelle Skaggs.
Carlton W. Hsu, Husband of Irene Hoong-Chiung Ch Hsu ’56
No obituary available
Dr. William M. Leach ’56 – Feb. 26, 2018
Bill Leach, scientist and patron of the arts, died on Monday, February 26, 2018. Bill was a radiation biologist with FDA for many years, served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, and supported many musical and Appalachian causes throughout his life. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 50 years, Marion Drew Leach, in 2007. As well as a large extended family and friends who were like family, Bill is survived by three children and their partners/spouses, Jennifer Leach and Scott Bridgewater, Washington, DC, Marc Leach and Jeannine Hurst, West Bloomfield, MI and Steve and Monica Leach, Keene, NH; and two grandchildren, Chloe Leach and Noah Milad. His siblings, Paul Leach, Boston, KY, Rachel Thomas, Tuscaloosa, AL and George Robert Leach, Lexington, KY, also survive. A musical celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016. The family requests that contributions in Bill’s memory go to a musical or Appalachian organization that he loved: Pine Mountain Settlement School, 36 State Hwy 510, Bledsoe, KY 40801; Thomas Circle Singers , 1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005; Berea College , CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404; or the Marion Drew Leach Endowment, Cathedral Choral Society , 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
Dr. Sam L. Grider ’56
No obituary available
Kathleen Mullins Rasnick ’56 – Dec. 19, 2016
Kathleen Mullins Rasnick, 84, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of Dickenson County and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Tilden B. Rasnick and her grandson, Connor Smith. Survivors include two daughters; Amy Rasnick and Selena (James) Smith both of Kingsport, Tenn.; one brother, Elbert Ray (Mary Lois) Mullins of Clintwood; six grandchildren: Isabella Smith of Charleston, S.C., Isaac Smith, Gabriel Smith, Chloe Smith, Seth Smith, and Eden Smith, all of Kingsport, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Phipps Memorial Cemetery. Mullins Funeral Home and Staff are serving the Rasnick Family.
Silas W. Gilliam ’57 – March 5, 2018
Silas Whetsel Gilliam, 85, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and devoted and generous friend to many, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.
He was born in Scott County, Virginia and raised in Wise, Virginia in the Dotson Creek area. A 1952 graduate of Wise High School, he was class Salutatorian. Silas attended Berea College and Lincoln Memorial University for his bachelor’s degree and then obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia. He was a retired school teacher of 34 years from the Wise County School System. He was a member of the Wise Lion’s Club in which he was a past Treasurer and a two time Lion of the Year. Silas was an avid farmer and was known for his extensive collection of heirloom bean and tomato seeds. He also was known as a local genealogist and a natural-born storyteller. Everyone enjoyed his wit and humor.
Silas was preceded in death by his parents, Whetsel Blair and Vernie Lee Mullins Gilliam; a sister, Joyce Allene Gilliam Byrd; and a brother, Clarence Eugene Gilliam.
Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Eula Ison Gilliam; three sons, Silas Gregory Gilliam of Wise, Jeffrey Wayne Gilliam of Thomasville, NC, and Gary Alan Gilliam and wife Thea McDilda Gilliam of Appomattox, VA; three grandchildren, Jessica Gilliam VanEmburgh and husband David, Abigail Gilliam and fiancé Greg Mangum, and Nathan Gilliam; a brother, Emory Martin Gilliam; two sisters, Shirley June Gilliam Willis and Bethel Joan Gilliam Young; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Silas Whetsel Gilliam will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, VA with Rev. Billy Hibbitts and Rev. Larry Owens officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. that evening until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 P.M. Graveside committal services and burial will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Smith-Gilliam Cemetery in Wise, VA. Family and friends will meet at 12:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home to go to the cemetery in procession.
In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to Wise County Historical Society.
Please visit Sturgill Funeral Home’s website to leave online condolences for the family.
Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Rd SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.
Winifred Hughes Booth ’57 – March 27, 2018
Winifred Booth, known to friends and family as “Win,” passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018, at the age of 84 years. Born on August 21, 1933, and a native of Berea, KY, Win briefly attended Berea College, where her father Jerome W. Hughes taught English for many years. After marrying J. Rex Reynolds of Kodak, KY the couple moved to Houston, TX. In Texas, Win raised four children: Robert, Kathy, Gary, and Steven, and built a career as a legal secretary. When the marriage ended in divorce, Win married Bob Booth of Mathiston, MS who preceded her in death. When her health started to fail, Win was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Kathy in Hawaii for over 10 years. While there, she spent many peaceful days entertaining her bevy of cats and visiting favorite beaches. Win spent her final years in Colorado to be near her son Robert and his family. During this time, she made her residence at Spring Ridge Park where she received very compassionate and devoted care. She became known there for both her stamina and her feisty spirit. Her days were occupied in artistic pursuits, sing-a-longs, and family outings. Win is survived by her sister, Jeraldine Hughes Hammond, daughter Kathryn (Kat) Reynolds, son Steven H. Reynolds, son Robert (Bob) W. Reynolds (Annette), and grandchildren Austin and Madelyn Reynolds. She was preceded in death by her son Gary.
John E. Martin, Husband of Maxine Martin ’58 – Dec. 7, 2017
John Elmer Martin, Sr. (85) died on December 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. He is survived by his loving wife Maxine Whiteside Martin; son John E. Martin, Jr. of Lexington; daughters Renee (William) Summerlin of Lexington and Michelle Martin of Palm Beach, Florida; sister Jean Martin Harkleroad of Lexington; grandchildren William Summerlin, Robert Summerlin, and Elizabeth Summerlin (Tyler) Sisk and great grandchildren Marley Summerlin and Madison Summerlin all of Lexington. Mr. Martin was a graduate of Berea High School and Eastern Kentucky University. After service in the United States Army, he began his career with IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, then moving to Lexington. He was later a partner in Lee’s Famous Recipe among other business ventures. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Mr. Martin was also a member of Oleika Shrine Temple being a 32nd degree Mason, The Royal Order of Jesters, and the Oleika Temple Motor Patrol. He will be missed by an extensive network of friends. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 noon on Monday, December 11 at W. R. Milward’s, North Broadway followed by a brief memorial service. A private committal service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sally Blakey Capobianco ’59 – Oct. 1, 2017
Sally G. Capobianco Upsala College librarian, Meals on Wheels volunteer Sally G. Capobianco passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2017. She was 80. Born in Kentucky she lived many years in Kearny, N.J., before moving to Newton, N.J., in 1977. Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Visiting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. in The Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 48 Tranquility Road (Rte. 517), Andover, N.J. 07821. Mass will begin at 12 noon and private cremation will follow. Sally held a master’s in library science and retired as librarian of Upsala College. She volunteered for many years for Meals on Wheels and was active with Friend to Friend, a group of compassionate citizens who give their time visiting and assisting people who are often alone and usually housebound. She had volunteered at The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice where she ultimately received amazing care during her last days. Sally is survived by her devoted husband, Jim Capobianco, and by her loving children, Jim (Holly), John (Corenne), Nancy (Tony Colon) and Guy (Melissa). She was the sister of Bygee Guttierez and George Blakey, and is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Andrew, Skyler, Linnea, and Colin. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Ave Care, 85 1/2 Trinity St., Newton, N.J. 07860.
Dr. Robert Hayes ’59 – March 24, 2018
82, died Sat March 24. Service 1 PM Wed at Bowling Funeral Home. Visitation 6 PM Tue at the funeral home.
Cohen L. Sharpe ’59 – April 21, 2018
Cohen Lee Sharpe, age 80, of West Main Street, Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Baptist Health in Lexington. He was born on January 22, 1938 in Williamsburg, Kentucky to the late Clifford and Dora (Lovett) Sharpe. He is survived by his sister Virginia Sharpe Arnette and her husband Barry of Lexington; and a host of friends to mourn his passing. All services will be private. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials may be made to Berea College, 101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404
Robert Edward Cabe ’59 – Feb. 4, 2018
Robert “Bob” Edward Cabe, 81, of Middlesex, North Carolina, passed away on February 4, 2018. Bob was born in Brevard, NC on December 28, 1936. He graduated from Brevard High School and continued on to receive a degree in Business Administration from Berea College. Bob worked as a salesman and retired from Day Corporation. He enjoyed refereeing high school football, gardening, reading, attending Whitley Methodist church, spending time with his friends and family. Affectionately known as “Daddy Bob”, and the infamous “Booger” by everyone.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents James and Nettie Cabe; and his brother, Jerry Cabe. He is survived by his brother Thomas Cabe & Wife Ann Dergara of Brevard, NC; sister-in-law Pooh Cabe of Brevard, NC, children Robert “Robb” Cabe II of Frankfort KY, Renee Cabe and husband Paul Ziolek of High Point, NC, Rodney Cabe and wife Rebecca Cabe of Pine Level, NC, Scott Cabe of Garner, NC; grandsons, James “Denny” Cabe, Christopher Cabe, Zachary Cabe; step grandchildren, Alex Green and wife Janie, Ashley Nordan and husband Ben, and many loving nieces, nephews, step-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Whitley United Methodist Church, 300 Wilson’s Mills Road, Smithfield, NC 27577, or Berea College, Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
The family of Robert Cabe wishes to thank the Parrish Funeral Home for their assistance and support.
Mary Francisco Kidd ’59 – March 1, 2018
Mary Kathleen “Katie” Francisco Kidd was born in Bradshaw, on February 2, 1937. She was the daughter of George Eldridge and Virginia Evelyn Blake Francisco. She was active in Beckley Methodist Temple. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and Berea College in Berea, Ky., with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Indianapolis Public Schools for four years, then returned to Beckley to serve as the Education Director at Beckley Methodist Temple. She married the Reverend H. Randolph Kidd and had two sons, Kevin Andrew and Brian Edward. She taught in McDowell, Greenbrier, Mercer, Logan and Kanawha counties throughout her teaching career.
Upon retirement, Katie volunteered with the Cabell County Literacy Council, the Barboursville Library, as a WV Read Aloud Representative at Martha Elementary School. She was active in Cross Roads United Methodist Church in Huntington and The United Methodist Women.
She is survived by son Kevin Kidd and wife Jenifer Hammon Kidd of Charleston, and son Brian Kidd and wife Jennifer Piercy of Cross Lanes; and three grandsons, Maxwell Kidd of Abilene, Texas, and Jackson Igo and Carter Igo of Cross Lanes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Cross Roads United Methodist Church, Huntington, by Rev. John C. Ward Jr. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at later date in Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 3146 Saltwell Road, Huntington, WV 25705 or to the Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th Street, Huntington, WV 25701.