Alice Umans Abramson ’50 – Sept. 4, 2018
On September 4, 2018, Alice Umans Abramson, beloved wife of the late Dr. Samuel Abramson. Survived by children, Rachel Abramson (William Dolnick), Rabbi David Abramson, and Ruth Abramson (James Lewis); by grandchildren, Bria Dolnick (Gus Coliadis), Miriam Dolnick (Daniel Hurowitz), Solomon Dolnick, Benjamin Abramson (Eden Abramson), Joseph Abramson, Piper Abramson, and Noah Lewis; and by great-grandson, Niko Coliadis. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 7, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Judean Memorial Gardens, 16225 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, MD. Interment to follow at Judean Memorial Gardens. Shiv’ah will be observed at the home of Ruth Abramson and Jim Lewis, 12412 Borges Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, on Friday, Saturday night, and Sunday. The family will receive visitors on Friday, September 7, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (service at 4 p.m.); on Saturday, September 8, after 8:30 p.m. (service at 9 p.m.); and on Sunday, September 9, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (services at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The family would appreciate memorial contributions to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404, IONA Senior Service, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016, or the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Arrangements through Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, under the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee Contract.
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.
Patsy P. 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, four 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.
Lt. Col. Don H. Hall ’51 – May 2, 2018
Don Hopper Hall (Lt. Col. Ret.) passed away on May 2, 2018 at home after living with cancer for several years. Don was born in Cool Springs, Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina on March 10, 1927, to Ernest E. and Alberta Blanton Hall. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, Berea College in Kentucky, and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He served as a navigator and engineer in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy Spatz Hall. He was preceded in death by his two children, Sheri Lyn and Don Blanton Hall, and his parents. He is survived by a special cousin, Ivor Gayle Daniel, his sister, Juyne Parsons, and a niece and nephew, Donna Parsons Dommert and Dr. Bob Parsons. A very special thank you to Drs. Henry and Harvey Hsiang, Dr. Ming Chang, ARNP Jaime Braden, and all the wonderful nurses and staff at the Emerald Coast Cancer Center, and to Dr. Susan Guentzel. You gave us a few more years. Thank you also to Emerald Coast Hospice for their exceptional care of Don these last few weeks. Private burial be held at a later date where Don will be interred with his children at Barrancas National Cemetery. For those wishing to remember him, a memorial may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Emerald Coast Hospice. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed here.
Jean Ratcliffe Robinson ’51 – June 21, 2018
Dorcas Jeanette Ratcliff Robinson “Jean”, 89, of Ashland, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 at her son Jeff Robinson’s place of residence in Louisville, KY. Jean was born September 26, 1928, in Boggs Township, PA, the daughter of the late James Edward and Minnie Abrams Ratcliff. Jean was an active of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Kentucky for over 60 years where she held positions on committees, served as an elder, choir member and active member and supporter. She was in several book clubs and the Three Arts Club. A member of KEA, AEA and Kentucky Retired Teachers. Jean’s education included a teaching degree from Berea College and her Masters from Morehead State University. She taught at Crabbe Elementary (Ashland, KY), Hatcher Elementary (Ashland, KY), and Star Elementary (Carter County, KY). Preceded in death by her husband James F. Robinson, her son James F. Robinson II, sister Geneva Kappes, brothers Pete Ratcliff, Bill Ratcliff, Eddie Ratcliff, Bobby Ratcliff and Tony Ratcliff. Jean is survived by her sister Justine Deters, son Jeff Robinson and daughter in law Barbara Robinson of Louisville, KY; Daughter in law Natalie Robinson of Ashland; granddaughter Heather Robinson Shay and husband Kevin Shay of Northglenn, CO; great granddaughters Lorelai and Riley Shay of Northglenn, CO. The funeral will be at Noon Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Friends may visit at 11 AM, Wednesday at the church. Condolences may be sent here. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.
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.
Margaret Ray Randall ’52 – April 23, 2018
Margaret Evelyn Ray Randall Lillington Margaret Evelyn Ray Randall, 88, of Lillington, North Carolina, passed away April 23rd 2018. She entered eternity at home with the same grace and peace with which she lived her life. Margaret was born to Roberta Braswell Ray and Edward Larkin Ray in Avery County and grew up in the mountains of N.C. After attending Berea College and ASU, Margaret moved to Harnett County to work as a Home Extension Agent. She married William H. Randall Jr. and they raised two daughters, Dianne and Patricia. Margaret’s second career was as director of Harnett County Library. She served the public in this arena for 27 years. She worked diligently to move library services into the future of information services and was instrumental in the building of a new facility. After retirement she followed interests in health and nutrition as a WIC counselor. An accomplished musician and vocalist, Margaret was in the original cast of the historical drama, “Horn in the West”. She sang for countless weddings, funerals and church events. As a devoted member of Lillington Presbyterian Church since 1954, she held many offices and was honored with the Women of the Church lifetime membership. Community organizations that benefitted from her energy and organizational skills included; Four Seasons Garden Club, Tea and Topics Book Club, RSVP, Meals on Wheels, Cancer Survivors, Prime Time, Berea and ASU Alumni, and Friends of the Library. Gardening was one of Margaret’s first loves. She always maintained a beautiful yard that was enjoyed by the community during the Easter sunrise service at Peebles’ Pond. She was a certified “Master Gardener”. All of her friends, family and neighbors enjoyed her bountiful blueberries. Margaret was pre-deceased by her parents, her dear husband Bill (of 53 years) and a brother, Bob Ray. Survivors include daughters, Dianne Randall Bruton (Mark) of Wilmington, Patricia Randall Black (Donald) of the home, Granddaughters Rebecca Bruton Edwards (George), Lauren Bruton Albert (Michael), step granddaughter Candice Cockerham (James), three great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren, three step great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life and Resurrection service will be Thursday, April 26th at Lillington Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm. A visitation with family will precede the service in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00pm. Burial will follow the service at Westview Cemetery in Lillington. Memorials may be made to Lillington Presbyterian Church Building Fund, PO Box 245, Lillington, NC 27546 or the Harnett County Library Friends of the Library, 601 S. Main St., Lillington, NC 27546. Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington. Online condolences here.
Bruce Porter, Husband of Nell Porter ’52 – August 5, 2017
PORTER E. Bruce August 5, 2017 E. Bruce Porter, 84, of Rural Retreat, Va., passed away August 5, 2017. Per his wishes, all services will be private. Friends may send expressions of sympathy to the home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rural Retreat Rescue Squad, Fire Department or the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation. Lindsey Funeral Home of Rural Retreat is serving the Porter family, (276-686-5112).
Millicent Fletcher Proctor ’53 – April 18, 2018
Millicent Velda Proctor 20 December , 1929 – 18 April , 2018 Millicent Velda Proctor of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on April 18, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Southside, Jacksonville, FL. She was born on December 20, 1929 and spent most of her younger years in Lewisburg, West Virginia. She graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with a B.S. Degree in Dietetics. She completed one year internship in clinical dietetics and food management at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Several years were spent in Dietetic Management in Toronto, Hawaii and New Jersey. She also taught one year in food cost and management at the University of Hawaii. She was a registered clinical dietitian at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia and retired after 25 years of service. While there, she received several outstanding employee awards and the “Hands and Heart” award. She was a member of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Huntington, West Virginia for over 50 years. The last several years she attended the Mandarin United Methodist Church here in Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ruth Fletcher, three brothers, Herschel, Estil Lee and Rondel Fletcher all of Lewisburg, West Virginia. She is survived by her son, John Stephen Proctor of Jacksonville, Florida. Other survivors are a sister, Evelyn Inette Ferens of Toronto, Canada; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita Ann and Dr. William P. Marley of Barboursville, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Carletta Fletcher of Williamsburg, West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2pm, Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Oaklawn Cemetery with Reverend Jeff St. Clair officiating. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ruth Fletcher, three brothers, Herschel, Estil Lee and Rondel Fletcher all of Lewisburg, West Virginia. She is survived by her son, John Stephen Proctor of Jacksonville, Florida. Other survivors are a sister, Evelyn Inette Ferens of Toronto, Canada; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita Ann and Dr. William P. Marley of Barboursville, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Carletta Fletcher of Williamsburg, West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
Deborah M. Owens, wife of James E. Owens ’54 – November 30, 2016
Deborah Owens passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS. Deborah Owes, nee Deborah Mae Foushee, born in Tulsa, OK on August 12, 1932, to Charles and Elsie Foushee. She had one sister Barbara Jane (Foushee) Harris and one brother, Charles Lee Foushee II, who both preceded her in passing.
Deborah cherished her family: her devoted and loving husband of 58 years James (Jim) Owens; her three children, Jane Hayes (Jeff) of Merriam KS, Millie Mastromattei (Robert) of Granite Bay CA, and Dan Owens of Kansas City MO; five grandchildren, Sarah (Kyle) Dugan, Samuel Holder, Spencer Hayes, Tyler Mastromattei and Nick Mastromattei; two great-grandsons, Conrad and Oliver Dugan; and her many nieces and nephews.
A 1950 graduate of Will Rogers High School in Tulsa OK, Deborah went on to get her Bachelors of Arts in Education at Oklahoma State University. Because women were not admitted to the University of Virginia until 1952, she and her husband were later the first married couple to graduate from the University of Virginia (UVA). They received their Master’s Degrees from UVA in 1963.
In her 31-year teaching career, Deborah touched the lives of many children and colleagues. Most of her career was spent working as a librarian at Brookridge Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District.
Deborah was an active member of the Merriam Christian Church for 51 years. The many areas of her Christian service included teaching Sunday school classes, working with the Christian Women’s Groups, serving as church elder, and volunteering on mission trips to Jamaica where she helped fit people for eyeglasses.
Deborah’s community service activities included 30 years of service with the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. She was an active member of American Association for University Women (AAUW) for 51 years, a member of the Merriam Homemakers, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Deborah also enjoyed her bridge groups, book groups, creative writing classes, crossword puzzles, Maj Jong, and other games. Reading was a lifelong passion that she enjoyed sharing with others. Deborah and Jim were members of the Kansas City German American Club and performed together with the German Folk Dancers.
Deborah was an eager traveler and enjoyed many trips with Jim and friends throughout the United States, including several trips to Hawaii and Alaska. She found enjoyment in many European countries, Turkey, Greece, and especially an extended trip to the Holy Lands. Her travels also took her to China, Australia, New Zealand, and a trip to study women’s issues in the Soviet Union. Highlights of her retirement travels were cruises through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and around South America.
Deborah Owens’ greatest joy was found spending time with family and friends.
Lenore Harris Browitt ’54
Jean Case Dixon ’54 – January 6, 2018
Garry E. Irwin Fd ’54 – April 18, 2018
Garry Irwin, 82, of Berea, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a Portsmouth, Ohio native born October 12, 1935, son of the late James and Lorraine Lowe Irwin. A Civil Engineer, his passions outside of work included his volunteer work within Berea Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and as Chairman of the Property and Space Committee and dearly loved serving as a food bank volunteer there. A past member of Rotary International and the Lexington Singers, he loved fly fishing, restoring old MG and Mercedes Benz automobiles, and most of all, biking together with his wife Irene. Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Irene Blanton Irwin; 2 children, Laura Frantz (Randy), Chris Irwin (Nicia); six grandchildren, Andrew, Joshua, Wyatt, Daniel, Paul and Kaylea; as well as his Church family. Private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions suggested to Berea Baptist Church Food Bank. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.
Betty Jo Wiblin Warthen ’54 – May 21, 2018
Betty Jo Warthen Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen, of Spartanburg, SC, died May 21st, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM at age 85. She was born on June 30, 1932 in Trout, West Virginia, to the late Roxie Nelia McClung Wiblin and the late Joseph Bryant Wiblin. Betty graduated from Williamsburg High School (Greenbrier County, WV) in 1949 and taught in a one-room school near Richwood, WV. She then attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She taught briefly in Hebron, Ohio. Betty was the loving wife of the late William Perry Warthen. They were married in Newark, OH in 1954, and moved to Spartanburg in 1960. One of Betty’s great joys was playing tennis. She was an original member of the Westside Club (WSC) in Spartanburg. She has been a supporter of the WSC, playing tennis and taking lessons and clinics at the club on a regular basis over the years. She was a ‘tennis icon’ in the Spartanburg area, and was well-known by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern, USTA South Carolina and local folks for her history in tennis. She played in and won many tournaments around the south and in SC, where she had the #1 ranking in the 1980s. Betty played Senior Cup for South Carolina and has played on many USTA League Tennis teams. Betty was also a part owner of the ‘Drop Shop’ (tennis apparel shop) at the Westside Club. A court was dedicated in Betty’s honor on her 80th birthday. She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Leonard Wiblin, Carman Eugene Wiblin, and Harold Franklin Wiblin; sister, Bonnie Jane Wiblin Stack; and niece, Nikki Portanova. Betty is survived by her son, Barry Warthen, his wife Karen, and their daughter Valerie of Los Alamos, NM; and her son Bruce Warthen, his wife Melissa, and their son, Michael of Holland, MI; brother, James Wiblin (Jo Ann) of Newark, OH; sister, Beth Ann Portanova of Sun City Center, FL; 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and her dear friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, or your favorite charity. A celebration of life will be held in Spartanburg at a later date.
Leona Dobbins Hutchins ’54 – June 4, 2018
Leona Hutchins Cary, NC Leona Hutchins, 85, of Cary, NC passed away on June 4, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.Leona was born in Morganton, NC to Clyde and Rosalie Pascal Dobbins on January 8, 1933. She went to school at Cool Springs High School in Forest City, NC. She married Marvin Hutchins on December 18, 1955 at the Presbyterian Church in Rutherfordton, NC. She graduated from Berea College in Kentucky.Leona worked as an elementary school teacher . Her most cherished roles were are as a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, and friend. She was lovingly and consistently devoted to her family.She was involved in her church at Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, MD serving in various roles. She was a volunteer at Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, MD as well.Leona is preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Rosalie Pascal Dobbins; her husband, Marvin Hutchins, and her daughter, Melanie Jane Brimer.Leona is survived by her children, Kevin Hutchins of Centreville, MD, Grant Hutchins of McLean, VA, Amy Chrest and husband, David Chrest of Cary, NC; her son-in-law, Jeffrey Brimer of Ellicott City, MD; her sister, Carolyn Keeter of Charleston, SC; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Memorials may be given to The Waldensian Heritage Museum in Valdese, NC and Berea College in Kentucky. The family of Leona Hutchins wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the individuals who provided loving care and support to our mother. We would like to give special thanks to Transitions Life Hospice of Wake County nurses Leslie and Veronica and Transitions Hospice Home nurses Robin and Mitzi as well as Chaplain Brent.Funeral services and burial will be held at a later time at Brittain Presbyterian Church in Rutherford County, NC.
Nancy Biddix McKinnis ’54 – June 14, 2018
LAKELAND, Fla. On June 14, 2018, Nancy Hennessee Biddix McKinnis passed away under hospice care at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla., as a result of complications from orthopedic surgery. A native of McDowell County, Nancy was born Feb. 26, 1932, at home in Pleasant Gardens, to the late George Edwin Biddix Sr. and Pansy Hennessee Biddix. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara McKinnis; sister, Pansy Biddix Read; and brother, Carl Biddix. Nancy, a lifelong educator, started her 38-year teaching career at Pleasant Gardens School in Marion, and later taught in the Mecklenburg and Union County School Systems, where she was twice named Teacher of the Year. She received her undergraduate degree at Berea College in Kentucky and her master’s degree at UNC Charlotte. Through her spirit of determination, optimistic approach to life and genuine concern for others, Nancy was beloved by her students, a loyal friend to many and devoted to her family. She had a friendly smile and had an unusual ability to remember the names of everyone she met. When not taking care of her family and being a full-time teacher, she was involved in many community activities. She was a Girl Scout leader, church youth leader, a square dancer, and an avid reader, who enjoyed china painting and other crafts. After retirement, she and her husband, Bill, spent many happy years traveling in their motor home throughout the U.S. and many parts of Canada and Mexico. In her later years, she and her husband lived in Lakeland, Fla., where she continued to make friends and be involved in social and charitable activities. Though her final years were spent enduring countless surgeries, she kept a cheerful, can-do attitude and was supported unwaveringly by her husband through her multiple hospitalizations and rehabilitations. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 62 years, William McKinnis; and two loving daughters, Elizabeth McKinnis Poston, husband, Alfred, and their son, Eason and Carolyn McKinnis, who all reside in Charlotte; and two brothers, Edwin Biddix Jr. and wife, Reva, of Rutherfordton, and John Biddix, and loving companion, Pat, of Pleasant Gardens. Also surviving are her sisters-in-law, Jeanette Graves and Ann Hunter of Winter Haven, Fla. She will be missed by many friends and family both in Florida and North Carolina. A private service will be held Friday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m., at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Matthews. Heritage Funeral Home of Matthews is serving the McKinnis family.
Panzie M. Miller Stevens ’56 – July 11, 2018
Panzie Miller Stevens Charlotte, North Carolina Panzie Merilyn Miller Stevens, 83, passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2018 at her home. She was born October 4, 1934 in Paint Lick, KY, the youngest child and only daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Edna Mae (nee Sparks) Miller. Mrs. Stevens graduated from the Foundation School at Berea and attended Berea College for Voice and Piano performance, later transferring to Georgetown College earning a Sociology BA. Receiving her teaching certificate shortly thereafter, she began a 40-year career with a focus on grade school special needs children. Later, as part of her continuing interest in grade school education, she completed a Master’s Degree in Special Education from University of Toledo. During her working career she was very active in the churches she attended and typically volunteered as the Minister of Music, singing in the choir, or playing the piano and organ for services. After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Stevens spent several years earning a Divinity Diploma from Duke University and receiving an appointment as a local Pastor in the United Methodist Church of Western North Carolina. Retiring from the United Methodist Church, she spent her time helping raise two incredible granddaughters until finally retiring into a quiet life in Charlotte, NC. In addition to church music, Mrs. Stevens also loved to quilt, crochet and needlepoint, and make her own clothes. Left to cherish her memories are her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Cleveland and Nella (nee Summey) Stevens of Charlotte, NC; granddaughters, Elizabeth Merilyn Stevens of Charlotte and Katherine Rebecca Stevens of Greenville, SC and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her older brothers, Jimmy, Kenneth and Wayne Miller. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, Wednesday, July 18th at McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont. A funeral service will immediately follow in the Bumgardner Chapel with Rev. Holly Evensen officiating. Condolence messages may be sent online here. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Stevens family.
Dr. William Barlow Newbolt ’56 – Aug. 27, 2018
Barlow Newbolt, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Dies at 83
Newbolt taught at W&L from 1962 to 2000.
Barlow Newbolt, professor of physics emeritus, who taught from 1962 until his retirement in 2000, died Aug. 27, 2018 in Lexington. He was 83.
“I understand that when Barlow joined W&L, he helped move the physics department from its home in Reid Hall to its new headquarters in Parmly Hall,” said President Will Dudley. “He also modernized the laboratory equipment and experiments for the modern nuclear physics courses, which he did with a grant from the Atomic Energy Commission.”
Barlow was born on Sept. 29, 1934, in Berea, Kentucky. He graduated from Berea College in 1956 with a B.A. in physics. He earned his M.S. (1960) and Ph.D. (1964) in physics from Vanderbilt University.
He joined the W&L faculty in 1962 as an instructor of physics. His research interests included a broad range of topics in atomic and nuclear physics, and he received fellowships to conduct research at the Marshall Space Flight Center for NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Arnold Air Development Center for the Air Force Office of Special Research. In 1968, with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, Barlow spent a year at the Nobel Institute for Physics in Stockholm, Sweden.
While at W&L, Barlow served a five-year term as department chair. He belonged to Phi Kappa Pi and Sigma Xi, an honor society for scientists and engineers.
The university extends deepest condolences to his wife, Enna Mae; children Bill and Elizabeth; and grandchildren, Taylor, Zoe, Andrew and Hannah.
There will be no funeral or memorial service.
James J. Buckley ’57 – July 17, 2018
James “Jim” Joseph Buckley III June 10, 1936 – July 17, 2018 James Joseph Buckley III (“Jim”) of Beaumont, Texas, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2018. Jim was born on June 10, 1936 in Sacramento, CA to the late James Joseph Buckley II and the late Blanche Mae Daniels Buckley. Jim’s spent his early years in California as a young boy, and then spent most of his youth in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina where his ancestors had settled hundreds of years before. After graduating from Berea College in Kentucky, Jim went to work for PPG in Pittsburgh and eventually moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where he worked in the petrochemical industry. Corpus was where he met and married the love of his life, Glenda Brown. They had two daughters, Lynette and Jennifer. The family moved to Beaumont in 1969 where Jim worked for many years in Traffic and Transportation for Houston Chemical. He later worked for Mobil’s Chemical Specialty Plant, where he was hired as Traffic and Transportation Manager. Jim was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather and great-grandfather. He was loved deeply and will be forever missed. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Glenda, and his daughters Lynette Buckley and Jennifer Patton and son in law, Tim Patton. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Josh Patton, and his wife Liliana Patton, Christine Ferguson, Lydia Gibson and her husband Trey Gibson, Daniel Patton, Joseph Pfluger and his wife Maggie Pfluger, Erica Siekman, and Grace Patton. He was blessed to have one great-grandson, Elijah Gibson, and a soon-to-be-born great-granddaughter. He will be greatly missed by his family and many close friends. Jim enjoyed helping others and was a faithful volunteer at Some Other Place in Beaumont, while he was a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church. After Westminster Presbyterian closed its doors, Jim became a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Beaumont, Texas. Jim’s family will be holding a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home at 4955 Pine St. in Beaumont. Visitation will be held immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The American Heart Association or The Parkinson’s Foundation. FAMILY Glenda Buckley , Wife Lynette Buckley, Daughter Jennifer Patton and husband Tim , Daughter Josh Patton and wife Liliana , Grandson Christine Ferguson , Granddaughter Lydia Gibson and husband Trey , Granddaughter Daniel Patton , Grandson Josh Pfluger and wife Maggie , Grandson Erica Siekman , Granddaughter Grace Patton , Granddaughter Elijah Gibson , Great Grandson Soon-To-Be-Born Great Granddaughter
Leon A. Welting ’57 – July 24, 2018
Leon Albert Welting, (age 82), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time at Piedmont Walton Hospital, Monroe, Walton County, Georgia. He was born in Berea, Madison County, Kentucky on October 17th, 1935 to Leon Otto Welting and Faye Carmen Pennington Welting at Berea College Hospital. He was preceded in death by Leon Otto on Friday, January 7th, 1983 and on by Faye Pennington Welting on July 11, 1976. He graduated Berea High School on May 24, 1953 where he lettered his Junior and Senior years in Basketball as their leading scorer. and was a master pianist able to read music and expertly play by ear as well. He attended Berea College from 1954-1956, where he was their leading scorer. He could beat anyone in Berea in basketball, tennis and ping pong at that time. He was one of the best billiards players in Berea. He enlisted in the Navy as a Yeoman 1st class from 3-26-56 to 1-6-58 where he sailed on the USS Cunningham DD752, a destroyer escort for the battlegroup. He and his ship were in port in Melbourne for the 1956 Olympic games. After his Navy tour was up he went to Biola Bible College and studied Biblical and Theological Studies at 558 Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles from 1958-1960 where he lettered in basketball and wore # 3. He met Maureen Eunice Healy at a Youth Living Christian Fellowship retreat in Malibu, California where he called her “Blondie” and married her 2 years later. He worked for Proctor and Gamble as a salesman in Orange County, California. He moved his family to Richmond, Kentucky where he was a salesman for American Can Company (now Primerica), Emerling International, and Setzer Steel buildings. He finished out his career as an Antique collector and salesman. He had extensive knowledge on antiques and their value and had a knack for sourcing them from garage and estate sales. The last 20 years of his life he spent in Walnut Grove Georgia gardening, collecting and passing wisdom to his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong student and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He never met a stranger. He was a lifelong University of Kentucky basketball fan and for at least a decade was their number one fan. He was a member of Arlington Country Club in Richmond, Greater Lexington Swim Association in Lexington, and Lakeside Swim Club in Louisville. While in Georgia he got his Auctioneer’s license. Leon was saved on the banks of the Kentucky River in 1947 and was a faithful believer in our Lord and Savior. He loved nature and went hiking and camping frequently in the State and National parks of Kentucky and Tennessee and shared this love with his family. Leon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be remembered as a passionate man who was straight-forward and always spoke his mind. He strived to be number 1 in everything he did and taught his children the same. He taught his children to give 110%, to be their very best, and to compete to be number one. He drilled into their heads that they could be or do anything in life they wanted with the power of the Lord. His greatest success was his children which all became Christians and all graduated college with swimming scholarships. He is survived by his children, Timothy Leon Welting, Laureen Kathryn Welting, Judith Esther Welting (Hudson), and Evan Albert Welting. He has 7 grandchildren, Samuel Evan Hudson, Nathaniel Jack Hudson, Sarah Ann Hudson, Heidi Kathryn Hudson, Ian Oliver Welting, Felix Elmer Welting, and Josie Grace Welting. Leon did not want a funeral or service. He just wants everyone to wear bright colors and no black at the burial and remember only his good qualities and the good times we had with him. He will return to his birth state with a US Navy burial in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356 at 10:00 am on Thursday August 2nd, 2018. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
William C. Grimsley ’57 – May 24, 2018
William Cordell “Billy” Grimsley was born on June 28, 1934 in Monterey, Tennessee to Cordell and Emogene Sampley Grimsley. He was their firstborn child and became big brother to seven children. In 1951, he graduated from Monterey High School. He went on to graduate from Berea College in Kentucky, and interestingly, serving as the football coach there while attending class full-time. It was there that he earned his B. S. in Science. His Master’s Degree was earned at Tennessee Tech, and later his Doctorate in Biological Sciences, along with a Plus 45 was attained at MTSU. Billy joined the United State Army in 1958 and served honorably until 1961. Interestingly, while at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he briefly served with Elvis Presley. Columbia Central High School is where Billy began his thirty-one year teaching career. Mr. Grimsley is affectionately remembered by many students who learned under his tutelage. While at Central, Billy only missed one day, in all of his years’ of teaching. This achievement was because he loved teaching, not just because of “duty”, even teaching summer school. He also was involved in sports, serving as the tennis coach for many years. For all thirty-one years that he taught at Central, he also kept the scoreboard for both football and basketball, and never missed a single game. In 1988 he was named TSSAA Coach of the Year. Not only did he teach at CHS, but also taught Biology at Columbia State, in addition to teaching driver’s education. He also worked with inmates at Turney Center in Only, Tennessee, helping them to work towards their G. E. D.s. Billy loved to challenge his mind outside the classroom as well, being an avid reader and crossword puzzler. He also was a Tennessee Titans and UT Football fan. Personally, Billy really came alive when his grandchildren were around. Panama City Beach was a favorite destination for the family. He loved his family dearly. He enjoyed fishing with his brother Tom and son Billy. He enjoyed visiting with friends and his retirement was as fulfilling as his career had been. Mr. Grimsley passed away after a long and rewarding life, at the age of 83, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Maury Regional Medical Center. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Vane’ssa (Kenneth) Purdom and Billy Grimsley; Phyllis Grimsley, mother of his children; grandchildren: Logan (Alexis) Purdom, Megan (Grayson) Proctor, Shelby Grimsley, Savannah (Cody) Grimsley and Samuel (Krisann) Grimsley; great-grandson: Dawson Wayne Stafford; and siblings: Tom (Frances) Grimsley, Jack (Linda) Grimsley, Robert Grimsley and Rebecca (Roy) Howard. He was preceded in death by his parents: Cordell and Imogene Grimsley; and his brothers: John and Charles Grimsley and sister: Sue Grimsley. Funeral services for Mr. Grimsley will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 12 Noon at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia. The family will visit with friends on Tuesday from 10: a.m. until service time at Noon. Megan Proctor, Tom Grimsley, Logan Purdom, Vane’ssa Purdom, and Eddie Rogers will officiate. Military honors to be provided by American Legion Post 19. Honorary pallbearers include special friends: Page Chamberlain, Tom McFarland, Janice Owens, Brenda and Mike Johnson, former and current teachers at Central High School. The family would like to give thanks to caregivers at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Columbia, caregivers at The Oaks Wing at Life Care Center of Columbia, and the staff of Hospice Compassus. Williams Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements and online condolences may be made here. Upcoming Events Visitation May 29 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Williams Funeral Home in Columbia 2517 Trotwood Ave. Columbia, TN, US
Mary Ellen Yates Miller ’57 – June 9, 2018
Bowling Green – Western Kentucky University has lost one of its most devoted teachers and most luminous presences. Professor Mary Ellen Miller died Saturday, June 9th. She was widely admired by her colleagues and friends and almost universally revered by students through her fifty-plus years as a teacher at the university: a record tenure. Miller was born January 21, 1935, in Grayson, Kentucky, the daughter of Richie Yates and Carrie Faye Ratliff Yates. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Jim Wayne Miller, siblings Frances Yates Cook, Charles Yates, Herman Yates, Janet Yates Reitter, and nephews Philip Cook and Ron Cook. She is survived by her daughter Ruth Miller (Ergin Guney) of San Francisco, and sons James Miller (Wilma Downs) of Bowling Green, and Frederic Miller (Lynne Miller) of Louisville, and their children Marietta and James Turner Miller, and niece Carrie Reitter. She met her husband-to-be, the renowned poet Jim Wayne Miller, when they were both students at Berea. In 1960, she earned her M.A. in English at the University of Kentucky. Their two sons were born in Nashville, where their father was a graduate student studying German at Vanderbilt. Their daughter, Ruth, was born after they moved to Bowling Green where both parents had taken teaching positions at WKU in 1963, she in English, he as a German teacher in Foreign Languages. When Professor Miller began teaching at Western, Creative Writing was a one-hour elective course that counted toward nothing. Over the years she played a pivotal role in helping it evolve into a minor, then a major, then a graduate emphasis within the English Department offerings. In 2015, she became a founding member of WKU’s MFA in Creative Writing Faculty. She supported incoming new programs during the seventies and eighties, like Women’s Studies, and also established the Winter Workshop, which brought in established writers from the nation at large to work with writers from within the region. She wrote and produced the award-winning “Poetry: A Beginner’s Guide,” a video that helped make poetry accessible. Prof. Miller was also a co-founder of the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU, which celebrates the work of the Kentucky native who became the nation’s first Poet Laureate. In addition, Miller served as Faculty Regent for two terms, once in the 1980s, once in the 1990s. In 1997 she created the Celebration of Writing in memory of her husband, who died the year before. This annual event brings well-known writers to the campus to present new work to the community and counsel with Western’s creative writing students. WKU Provost Dr. David Lee remarked, “the list of Mary Ellen’s efforts on behalf of poetry is seemingly endless.” In addition to her record-breaking decades of teaching and service to the university, Mary Ellen Miller continued right up to the end to write and publish her own poems. “Poetry is, for me, absolutely central to my happiness,” she said. She saw it as “life-saving.” Her volume THE POET’S WIFE SPEAKS (2011) won the Old Seventy Cress Press Prize. In her introduction Sallie Bingham commented, “biting into these crisp, delicious poems is like biting into a fresh hard apple. The sweetness is intensified by the sharpness.” In May, 2017, former WKU President Gary Ransdell called Mary Ellen Miller “a treasure” and designated her as University Poet Laureate. It was a fitting honor, capping an illustrious career. A memorial celebration of the life of Mary Ellen Miller will be held Friday, June 22, at J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel, with an open visitation beginning at noon and a commemorative service at 2:00. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mary Ellen and Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Fund in the WKU Foundation at Western Kentucky University, 292 Alumni Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101.
Doralyn Brashear Hurt ’57 – Feb. 18, 2018
Doralyn Brashear Hurt, age 81, went to be with her Lord February 18, 2018 at St Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was born in Slagel, WV and raised in McRoberts, Ky. She was a resident of Rutherford County for more than 30 years. Doralyn was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Northside Baptist Church. She received her RN Degree at the University of Kentucky and Masters in Nursing Administration at The University of Pittsburgh. Doralyn also worked as the Nursing Administrator for the VA Hospital System. Doralyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edley and Ella Mae Brashear; son, Edly Carson Hurt; brothers, Elmer and Burtis Brashear; and sister, Wanda Brashear. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Ray Hurt; son, Jonathan David Hurt of Christiana and wife Francine Isner Hurt; daughter, Cynthia Lynn Hurt of Nashville; sisters, Elaine Champagne, Julia Brashear, Nancy Calhoun and Claudella Simpson; daughter-in-law, Linda Hurt Patterson; and seven grandchildren. Visitation with the family will be 12:00 PM until time of Chapel service at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home with David Bramble officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, AL. Arrangements are under the direction of Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home and Cremation, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave online condolences here. Today’s Events Visitation Feb 24 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home 820 South Church Street Murfreesboro, TN, US, 37130
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. Share a remembrance of Pat or offer condolences to her family.
Maurice O’Keefe, Husband of Joyce O’Keefe ’58 – Dec. 30, 2017
Maurice C. O’Keefe, 85, of Paducah, Kentucky formerly of Long Beach, Mississippi passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Decemeber 30, 2017 at Aperion Care Center in Cairo, Illinois. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Maurice was a retired Computer Maintance Engineer for UNISYS Computer Company and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hyder O’Keefe of Paducah, Kentucky; brother, Dr. Danny Patrick O’Keefe of Flowood, Mississippi and several nieces and nephews. Maurice was preceded in death by his son, Brennan Maurice O’Keefe; brothers, William Hugh O’Keefe and Michael Joseph O’Keefe. His parents were Dr. Maurice Clyde O’Keefe and Jean Augusta Myers O’Keefe. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Tommy Tucker officiating. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Alsheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle here.
Vernon Lyle Underwood ’58 – June 13, 2018
Vernon Lyle Underwood of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Oakview Nursing and Rehab in Possum Trot, Kentucky. He was born Feb. 10, 1936, in Lexington, Illinois, to Verna Mae Underwood and Joseph Harrison Mullens. He and his wife Jackie were married in Berea, Kentucky, Thursday, June 14, 1956, and lived in Berea where he earned a degree and was employed in the printing department of Berea College until 1969. They moved to Murray in August 1969, where he worked as the superintendent of the printing department at Murray State University. After their son died in 1974, Lyle left Murray State and in 1975, opened his own printing company on Chestnut Street know as Creative Printers. He remained in printing until 1989, when he sold the shop and opened a lawn care business known as the Yard Doctor. In February 2014, he said “enough,” sold the business, where at one time we was taking care of 93 yards, and retired. He and his family are members of the First Christian Church, where he served three consecutive years as chairman of the board. He served as committee chairman on several occasions, taught Sunday school, sang solos, on occasion, and was president of the West Kentucky Christian Church Association in 1972 and 1973. In 1975, he and his wife provided the carillons that play at their church as a memorial to their son Stephen. During his 45 years in Murray, he was a charter member of both the Murray Bass Club and the Blood River Bass Masters, where he had the opportunity to serve both as president. In 1971, he joined the Murray Moose Lodge where he was a member for 23 years, serving as governor of the lodge on three different occasions and received his fellowship degree for his service in the mid-1980s. If this wasn’t enough, he also received his Master Mason in Good Standing of Lodge #105 for his support in the Kentucky Free and Accepted Masons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen; and a sister, Virginia Ann.
Mr. Underwood is survived by his wife Geraldine “Jackie” Edwards; one son, Robert Lee; two granddaughters, Rochelle Underwood of San Lorenzo, California, and Chelsea Underwood of Hazel Green, Alabama; and two great-granddaughters, Sara Underwood and Kriley Underwood, both of Hazel Green. At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral service or visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date at First Christian Church. Burial was at Murray City Cemetery, where he was joined with his deceased son, Stephen Michael. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101-9908, or to First Christian Church, 111 N. Fifth St., Murray, KY 42071. Online condolences may be left here.
The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Kesner ’58 – July 27, 2018
Joyce Sheffield Kesner, age 81, of Berea, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Joyce was born in Waynesville, North Carolina to the late Weaver and Wanda Pipes Sheffield. She was a graduate of Berea College school of Nursing. She was a former member of the Berea Lioness Club and the Younger Woman’s Club of Berea. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Douglas Massey and Dr. Carl Kesner, one grandson, Christopher Michael Head, and one sister Janet Kirk. She is survived by her daughters, Leah Epling and Amy Chasteen(Jonathan); four grandchildren, Lauren Epling, Lyndsey Epling, Amber Hepp (John), Sean Chasteen, great grandchildren Isaac Chasteen, Adelaide and Hannah Hepp, sisters Norma Cole, Linda Williams (Earl), Wanda Mead ( Dennis). Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev Allen Livingood officiating. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until 1pm at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be Douglas Hazelwood, Sean Chasteen, Jonathan Chasteen, Roy Gene Todd, Sam McConnell, John Stephenson. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Robert Long, Earl Williams, Dennis Mead, Ernie Hunt, Anthony Chasteen, Randy Osborne. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Richmond Hospice Compassionate Center Richmond KY.
Carolyn Brasel Enright ’58 – Apr. 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.
Geraldine Dunigan Morgan ’59 – Jan. 11, 2018
Geraldine Dunigan Morgan, age 81, of Sebring, FL, passed away on January 11, 2018. She was born August 18, 1936 in Ida May, Kentucky to Clay and LaDonna (Newman) Dunigan. She was an educator in Kentucky for over forty years. Geraldine was a graduate of Oneida Baptist Institute and Berea College. Geraldine was a member of First Baptist Church of Sebring, FL and has been a resident of Sebring, FL since 1990, coming from Kentucky. She is survived by her Husband – Edward L. Morgan of Sebring, FL; Daughters – Michele Morgan DeVane (Morgan) of Sebring, FL; Melanie Morgan Jackson (Wade) of Avon Park, FL; Brother – Randall Dunigan (Susie) of Lexington, KY; Sister – Betrecia Mobley Goforth of Lexington, KY; Grandchildren – Andrew; Micaela; Juliana; Morgan; Jocelyn; and Jordan. She is preceded in death by her Parents, Brother – Shelby K. Dunigan, and Granddaughter, Allyson Adams. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 18 at Newman Funeral Home in Beattyville, KY. Visitation is at 10:00 and the service is at 11:00. Gravesite burial will follow after the service. She will be laid to rest in Dunaway Cemetery in Beattyville, KY.
Shirley Johnson Deaton ’59 – July 13, 2018
Shirley Belle Johnson Deaton, 83, of Berea died Friday, July 13, 2018 at Baptist Health Lexington. She was a life-long resident of Madison County born September 27, 1934, daughter of the late Ray and Tommye Hudson Johnson, retired postmaster of the Big Hill Post Office and member of Pilot Knob Baptist Church. Shirley was an accomplished seamstress, outstanding gardener, flower gardener, and very dedicated to her church where she served as Sunday School teacher and member of WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union) . Survivors include 3 children, Steve Deaton (Kaye), Renee Deaton, Regayle Deaton; grandson, Robert Deaton; sisters, Jean Gilliam (Delbert), Marilyn Brackett; sister-in-law, Emma Johnson; as well as a host of relatives, friends, and church family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Deaton; son, Gary Deaton; and brother, Russell Johnson. Funeral Service 11:00 AM, Monday, July 16, 2018 at Pilot Knob Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Calico officiating. Burial will follow in the Deaton Cemetery. Visitation 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday at the church. Ladies Adult Sunday School Class will be Honorary Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may take the form of contributions to the Pilot Knob Baptist Church Building Fund. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.
Phillip Wayne Roberts ’59 – July 10, 2018
Phillip W. Roberts, age 80, of Cherry Valley, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Andover, Ohio. He was born August 30, 1937, in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, the son of Phil Roberts and Minnie (Ballinger) Roberts. Carol J. Roberts, age 81, of Cherry Valley, Ohio, died Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Penn. She was born March 30, 1937, in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Arthur A. Jones and Lillian M. (Phillips) Jones. Residents of Cherry Valley since 1963, Mr. & Mrs. Roberts were formerly of Newark, Ohio. They were married November 14, 1958. He was a 1955 graduate of Broadhead High School in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, and went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky. He retired from COBA Select Sires in 1993 after 33 years of employment and went on to drive truck for Spellman Trucking for over 10 years. Most of all he enjoyed owning and operating his farm in Cherry Valley. Mr. Roberts attended the Scaffold Cane Baptist church while growing up in Kentucky and later attended the Leon United Methodist Church in Richmond, Ohio. He was a Mason and a member of the Farm Bureau. She was a 1955 graduate of Newark High School in Newark, Ohio. Mrs. Roberts helped her husband on the family farm in Cherry Valley for many years. She was a member of the Mother’s Club in Andover. Mrs. Roberts was an avid Cleveland Indians and Cavs fan, and she enjoyed doing puzzles and crocheting. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts are survived by their two sons, David W. (Hyon Suk) Roberts of Phoenix, Arizona, and John A. Roberts of Cherry Valley Ohio; three granddaughters, Kendra Roberts, Kylee Roberts, and Karri (Miguel) Juarez; and one great granddaughter, Gabriela. Mrs. Roberts is also survived by two brothers, Robert A. Jones of Newark, Ohio and Roger W. (Hiroko) Jones of Gilbert, Arizona; two sisters, Linda S. Prouty of Newark, Ohio and Martha J. (Allen) Lane of Newark, Ohio. They are both preceded in death by their parents; and a grandson, Albert A. Roberts. Mr. Roberts is also preceded by a half-brother, William Bullins and half-sister, Pearl Bullins. Mrs. Roberts is also preceded by a brother, Richard Jones; and brother-in-law, Fred Prouty. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2:00PM at the First United Methodist Church of Andover, 181 S. Main Street, Andover, with Pastor Pat Fischer officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Leon UMC, C/O Ramona Johnson, 5093 Leon Rd. Andover, OH 44003. Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service of Andover handled arrangements. Share a fond memory or condolence. Today’s Events Service Aug 04 2:00 PM First United Methodist Church of Andover 181 S. Main St. Andover, OH, US, 44003