[alert type=”danger” close=”false” heading=”Correction”] Two errors appeared in Passages in the Summer 2018 magazine issue. The errors have been corrected below. We apologize for any alarm or confusion these errors caused. The following individuals are not deceased:
- Tammy Coffee Buettner ’91
- Theodore Robert Deppe ’78
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Staff and Faculty
Jeff Blake – Major Gift Officer (2004-2010) – April 23, 2018
BLAKE Jeff , GA, died April 23, 2018. He is survived by his son Stephen (Bridgett) Blake ; and his daughters Catherine (Cash) Blake, and Emily (Shawn) Edwards. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren as well as many friends including Michael Cartledge, two sisters: Brenda (Jim) Reece, AL and Sherry Lee, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Doris Blake, AL and a sister, Pam Aro, GA. Mr. Blake was an administrator with Goodwill Industries in Lexington, KY; Augusta, GA; and Richmond, VA. He was a long-time Major Gift Officer at Berea College and LaGrange College. He is the author of several books with a focus on grace and the love of God for all people. Graveside services will be conducted by the Reverend Mike Albertson, Mr. Blake’s long-time friend, at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens on Sat, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.
Leigh A. Jones – Vice President of Business and Finance (1964-1996) – April 25, 2018
Leigh A. Jones (86) went home to be with the Lord on April 25th 2018. He was born on April 15, 1932 in Mankato, MN. He started going “steady” with his wife to be (Pat) when they were sophomores in high school. They were married August 8, 1954 after he graduated from the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his 5 children; Steven (Lisa), Jeff (Deena), Cindy Pippin (Dwayne), Vicki Robinson (Dmitri) and Karen Gabbard (Rodney). 13 grandchildren; Cory Jones, Dylan Jones (Jessica), Scott Jones, Tabetha Frost (Robert), Devyn Partin (Jacob), Evan Robinson (Stephanie), Ty Robinson (Danielle), Jay Robinson (Sarah), Kim Quiles (Adam), Lukas Gabbard, Griffin Gabbard, Dawson Gabbard and Jeremiah Pippin and 9 great grandchildren; Kinley Frost, Harlow Frost, Declan Frost, Wesley Partin, Gavin Partin, Ethan Robinson, Mikah Robinson, Malachi Robinson and Evelyn Rose Robinson. Leigh moved his family to Berea in 1964 when he accepted a position as Controller at Berea College. After working there for 32 years, he retired in 1996 as Vice President of Business and Finance. Leigh lived a very full and active life which included many trips to Hilton Head Island with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball and snow skiing. He was a man of strong faith and a member at Berea Baptist Church for 20 years. While a member there, he served on the Financial Committee and volunteered in the Food Closet. Memorial Donations may be made to Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut St., or Hospice Care of Berea, 208 Kidd Dr. Berea, Ky, 40403. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Janet C. Kreider, Hon ’91 – Director of Public Relations (1974-1984) – April 15, 2018
Janet Elizabeth Callahan Kreider, 97, died in Cincinnati on 4/15/18. Janet is survived by daughters Anne and Carol (George) Lisensky, granddaughters Laura, Diana and Rachel “Tova,” and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas Kreider. Janet was born in Tulsa, OK, raised in Tulsa and Cincinnati, OH, spent her adult years in Berea, KY, and her retirement at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati. Janet graduated from Wellesley College and Columbia University School of Journalism. She worked at the Cincinnati Post and for Berea College as a teacher, faculty advisor to the Pinnacle, and at the Public Relations Office. Janet was very active in the League of Women Voters. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Berea College.
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Martha Lampkin Colvard ’34 – Jan. 4, 2018
Martha Lampkin Colvard died January 4, 2018 at the age of 104. Her husband, Dean W. Colvard, chancellor emeritus of UNC-Charlotte, preceded her in death after more than 50 years of marriage. She moved a dozen times, organized over 300 functions, taught cake decorating and travelled the world with her husband. A genealogy researcher, she was a member of the Osage Missouri Historical Society, the Clan Baird Society and the Manakin Huguenot Society. She volunteered in the Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary and at Covenant Presbyterian Church, and she supported Wing Haven. A member of the Mint Museum Auxiliary, she pioneered a survey of contemporary artists and worked on the project for over 30 years. She attended Charlotte Symphony concerts until age 100. Descendants include children Carol Cason (Ben), Lynda Opdyke, and Dean Wallace Colvard, Jr. (Carlos); grandchildren Jill Billings (Mike), Laura Gutknecht (Dennis), David Cason, Alexander Cason, and Raphael Garcia (Lauren); and great grandchildren Dean Gutknecht, Graham Gutknecht, Dean Cason, Wyatt Cason, Beryl Garcia and Phoebe Garcia. Visitation will be held at the Cypress Clubhouse on Saturday January 6 from 2-4 pm. Interment will be private. Memorials can be made to her alma mater, Berea College (CPO 2216 Berea Ky 40404); Covenant Presbyterian Church (1000 E. Morehead St Charlotte 28204) the Mint Museum (2730 Randolph Rd Charlotte 28207); the Colvard Merit Scholarship Fund (UNC-Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte 28223) or the Colvard 4-H Leadership Endowment (Box 7645, Raleigh 27695).
Elsie Cooper Butcher ’36 – March 13, 2018
Elsie Jane Cooper Butcher, 101, born May 23, 1916, in Bronston, Kentucky, passed away on March 13, 2018. She was preceded in death, twenty-eight years ago, by her husband, William Earl Butcher. Both were educators and active in civic organizations in Lincoln County, Kentucky. They were tobacco and beef cattle farmers at Blue Lick Farm on Hustonville Road. Elsie lived on the farm for 57 years. She is survived by one brother Esthel (Sue) Cooper of Hustonville, Kentucky and two daughters; Jane Marie Coleman (Bill) and Rosanne Hack (Rick) both Florida residents. There are four grandchildren, Brett Coleman (Amy) of Columbus, Ohio, Elizabeth Todd (Brad) of Alexandria, Virginia, Jay Hack (Ansley) of Seattle, Washington, and Rebecca Young (Brandon) of Brambleton, Virginia. Additionally, there are eight great-grandchildren; Emma, Zoe, Blair, Coleman, Allyson, Eleanor, Victoria, Reilley, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Elsie attended Berea College in 1932 and received a BS from the University of Kentucky in Education with graduate honors in reading in the 1960’s. She was an educator in the Stanford Independent School District and the Lincoln County School District for twenty-seven years as a teacher and remedial reading coordinator, receiving an Outstanding American Educator award in 1968. Memberships: Harris Memorial Methodist Church for fifty years, Stanford Presbyterian Church for twenty years, Ladies Tuesday Circle, Wednesday Bridge Club, Stanford Garden Club, Farm Bureau Director, Logan Whitley DAR, Buffalo Springs Cemetery Board, Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member Hustonville Book Club, Charter Member Delta Kappa Gamma, Lincoln County Historical Society, Lincoln County Democrat Women. She donated many hours to community service and won the Lincoln County Outstanding Citizen Award in 2004. Funeral will take place at Spurlin Funeral Home, 411 West Main St., Stanford, Kentucky. Visitation will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Celebration of Life will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Jay Mumper and Bro. Jim Erwin officiating. A graveside service will follow the funeral at Buffalo Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers: Earl Cooper, Larry Brown, Jess Correll, Jerry Gooch, David Campbell, Buddy Pence, Curt Correll, and Shea Lair. Honorary Pallbearers: Bettye Long, Gracie Gilbert, Nell Davis, Shirley White, Joan Bright, Martha Martin, Judy Jones, Lucy Embry, Joan Hafley, Wilma Gooch, and J.R. Hamm Guestbook Attendees: JoAnn Cooper and Joan Smith.
Ms. G. R. Peterson ’36 – Dec. 13, 2017
Peterson, Wilma Walters Creed, age 102, of Knoxville, previous resident of Lafollette, TN, Naples, FL and Boone, NC passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 following a short period of hospitalization. She was a member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church. Wilma was born on August 20, 1915 in Anderson County, TN. She was reared in the Karns community and graduated from Karns High School. She earned her permanent teaching certificate following two years of study at Berea College. She returned to the Knoxville area and started her teaching career. Later she attended the University of Tennessee and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University at age 55 while also teaching full time. In 1939 Wilma relocated to North Carolina when she married Joseph Creed. They reared their three children in Boone, NC while owning and operating Creed’s restaurant. Wilma returned to Knoxville in 1962 and began teaching in Special Education. She continued teaching until 1979 when she retired from Powell Elementary. She is remembered as a mentor to student teachers, friend to coworkers and as an advocate for her students. Wilma had many interests including boating, fishing, line dancing, needle crafts and traveling. She was a sports fan and on game days took pride in wearing her “colors”. She especially liked spending time with her three sisters. The many adventures of “the sisters” would make a great sitcom. Over the last few years she was slowed with some physical declines but her mental sharpness was intact. She enjoyed a network of friendships represented by many age groups. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Mittie Belle Walters, brother Boyd Walters, sisters Gladys Leinart, Elmo Chesney and Mary Ruth Boring. Preceded also by Joseph Creed and her husband of over forty years, George Peterson.
Survived by children, Jack Creed and wife Sherrill, Jilda Creed Kettel and husband Bob, Tom Creed and wife Jane; step children, Mark Peterson and wife Carol, Miles Peterson and wife Lynette, Malcolm Peterson and wife Wendy, Melanie Ann Pruesser and husband Don, and Jorjan Peterson; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Thanks to the caregivers from Senior Citizens Home Assistant Service. Also special caregiver Judy Lewis. The family also thanks the staff at Atria Weston Assisted Living where Wilma was a resident for the last year and a half. Special thanks to the SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network) volunteers for their faithful visits to the Petersons.
The family will receive friends from 12:00p-1p on Thursday December 21, 2017 with a memorial service at 1pm in the Berry Lynnhurst Chapel with the Pastor Ronnie Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers consider donations to Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church 7753 Oak Ridge Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37931. Arrangements by Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. Condolences may be offered here.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 17, 2017
Ernestine Mann Russell ’37 – Dec. 29, 2017
Ernestine Mann Russell died December 29, 2017 at her home, The Cedars, in Stevenson, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her husband of near 70 years, Israel Pickens Russell III and son-in-law Johnnie W. Campbell. She is survived by daughters: Mary Lucille Allphin (Robert) of Marietta, GA and Emily Russell Campbell of Stevenson. Grandchildren are Merideth Allphin Pehler (David) and Mark Russell Allphin (Pam) all of Atlanta, GA. She had 4 great-grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. She was 101 years old and had lived in or near Stevenson her entire life. Mrs. Russell was a homemaker, teacher of English grammar and American literature in several schools of Jackson County and was active in her community. She was a member of Stevenson First United Methodist Church and was involved in every aspect of community life and service in Stevenson through church, schools, charities and other organizations. She was an avid reader, bridge player and member of the Democratic Party.
Ernestine Mann’s earliest roots were tied to the railroad scene in Stevenson, through the old Stevenson Hotel which her father owned and operated. After graduating from Stevenson High School at the age of fifteen, she attended Berea College in Kentucky and was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in French in 1937. She then taught school for four years in Scottsboro and Bridgeport.
She married Pickens Russell in June of 1941. After their daughters were of school age, Ernestine returned to work, teaching sixteen years at Stevenson High School. She served as a sponsor for the Beta (Honors) Club and class activities such as the Junior Play and Junior-Senior Banquet. She was an active member of PTA and Band Boosters. Outside of school, Ernestine participated for years in the Meals on Wheels program, the Red Cross and in the North Jackson Hospital Auxiliary. She was one of two Stevenson volunteers for United Way for many years. In recent times, she has supported the Stevenson Library and the Depot Museum activities. In 2001, she and Mr. Russell were Co-Grand Marshals of the Stevenson Depot Days Parade, the town’s highest honor. Always interested in the town and its people, she was a familiar sight at every Depot Days Festival. One of her last acts was to cast her absentee vote from a hospital bed in the recent Alabama Special Senate Election.
Mrs. Russell was a tolerant, open-minded woman who believed deeply in the power of education to advance lives, especially those of her fellow citizens in Jackson County. She believed in and lived out the meaning of the scripture, “to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required”. In that spirit, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts be given to Pacer Packs, Stevenson’s weekend feeding program for elementary and middle school children. Memorial donations are accepted at www.gofundme.com/pacerpacks or by check mailed to Stevenson Elementary School, 930 Old Mt. Carmel Rd., Stevenson, AL 35772.
Rudder Funeral Home, Stevenson, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may visit the family there on Wednesday evening, January 3, from 6:00 -8:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Stevenson, at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 4.
Lillian Shorte Black, Acad ’38 – July 1, 2002
Lillian Rae Black, 81, Haiti Road, retired teacher, sister of Garnett Short, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Lakes Funeral Home. Visitation 6-9 p.m. today. Contributions suggested to Hospice Care Plus or People Living With Parkinson’s, P.O. Box 23510, Rochester, N.Y. 14625-0310.
Elinor Kundert Denney ’38 – March 19, 2018
Four days prior to her 102nd birthday, Elinor Elizabeth Kundert Denney of Lexington departed this life on March 19, 2018, at the age of 101.
A descendent of early settlers to the Dakota Territory, she was born March 23, 1916, in Akaska, S.D., to Karl John Kundert and Magdalene Kayser Kundert and was one of four sisters, all of whom predeceased her.
Reared in Parkston and Bowdle, she attended Dakota Wesleyan University, where she was on the tennis team and sang in an a cappella choir. Transferring to Berea College in Kentucky during the Great Depression, Mrs. Denney worked her way through school while completing her studies, majoring in English and German and graduating in 1938. Upon graduation, she accepted a position in the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service office in Rockcastle County and met attorney Edwin R. Denney, whom she married after having moved on to work at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.
After her marriage, Kentucky became Mrs. Denney’s home. There, in Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County, Mrs. Denney was devoted to supporting her husband in his role as circuit court judge and minority floor leader of the Kentucky legislature. She also became loving mother to Suzanne Denney Carmichael, now of Lexington, and the late Joseph Edwin Denney, formerly of Mt. Airy, N.C. Mrs. Denney and Judge Denney spent much of their free time devoted to the mission program of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, especially the small county mission at Chestnut Ridge.
In 1953, upon Judge Denney’s appointment as United States District Attorney, Mrs. Denney moved with her family to Lexington, Ky., where she became a highly respected community leader. An active member of the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, she also served as president of the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky. For many years she taught adult Bible classes at Calvary Baptist Church and was on the boards of the Lexington YWCA and the Arnett Pritchett Home for senior ladies. A tireless advocate of historic preservation, she was instrumental in the restoration of the Dr. Ephraim McDowell House in Danville, Ky., and the Northborough, Mass., home of Luther Rice, founder of Columbian College, now George Washington University.
Throughout her life Mrs. Denney treasured all forms of artistic expression. She was a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters and especially enjoyed promoting the work of young artists. As a Donovan Scholar at The University of Kentucky, she studied creative writing. Her short stories and poems, some published in local literary magazines, are cherished by her family. Her grandchildren proudly display her original oil paintings in their homes, and her beautiful hand-stitched quilts grace their beds. Many a family gathering was enriched by Mrs. Denney’s vivid imagination. Her granddaughters still recall waiting up to see if her collection of porcelain and hand-sewn dolls truly had a midnight tea party.
In addition, Mrs. Denney loved entertaining with luncheons and teas, both in her home on Queensway and at Idle Hour Country Club. Her Kentucky residence and the family’s winter home on Sanibel Island in Florida were gathering places where friends and family knew they would find delicious homemade food, stories rich in humor, and always warm acceptance.
In 2000, 14 years after her husband’s death, Mrs. Denney joined her daughter and son-in-law in Virginia, where she made her home at Kendal at Lexington Retirement Community. There, Mrs. Denney didn’t miss a beat. She brought her piano and auto harp and was soon performing with the Kendal Singers. She joined the poetry, needlework and weekly Bible study groups. Early Kendal employees remember her each week decorating the tables in the dining hall with fresh flowers from the garden she planted on the Kendal grounds. In the wider Lexington community, the friendships she developed through the Lexington Woman’s Club and Manly Memorial Baptist Church became a special joy. And, when she was well into her 90s, Mrs. Denney wrote and published a family history and personal memoir entitled, “From the Black Sea to the Blue Ridge.”
Mrs. Denney is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Denney Carmichael, and son-in-law, Col. H. St. G. T. Carmichael III, of Lexington; her daughter-in-law, Linda Deyton Denney, of Mt. Airy, N.C.; five grandchildren and their spouses, H. St. G. T. Carmichael IV and wife, Alicia, of Bowling Green, Ky., Anne Carmichael Wilkie and husband, David, of Atlanta, Sarah Denney Young and husband, Paul, of Winston Salem, N.C., Melissa Denney Snow and husband, Tom, of Raleigh, N.C., and Joseph Ryan Denney and wife, Benita, of Durham, N.C.; as well as eight great-grandchildren and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service and Christian burial will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello, Ky.
The family especially wishes to express appreciation to the kind and dedicated nursing staffs of Kendal at Lexington’s Webster Assisted Living Center and Benjamin Borden Health Center, as well as Rockbridge Area Hospice.
For those wishing to make memorial gifts, the family suggests Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450, or Kendal at Lexington Employee Appreciation Fund, 160 Kendal Drive, Lexington, VA 24450.
Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Lexington and Hickey and Son Funeral Home in Monticello, Ky.
William Chrisman Washburn, Acad ’38 – Sept. 7, 2017
William “Bill” Chrisman Washburn, 96, departed this life from Bland, Virginia, enroute to his Eternal Home on September 7, 2017. Born in the Belgian Congo on March 8, 1921, to pioneer Presbyterian (PCUS) missionaries, he spent his childhood on the Congo mission field. After completing his studies at Austin College, Sherman, Texas, Bill served his country during World War II on the European front, as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. Honorably discharged at the end of the war, he returned to Texas, married his college sweetheart, Jessie Mildred Avery, and continued his studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas, preparing to become a Presbyterian minister and missionary. Sent by the Presbyterian Church to the Congo in 1948, Bill and Mildred continued their missionary work for 43 years. Bill was a builder, carpenter, gardener, an avid reader, and a perpetual student. During his years in the Congo he itinerated to preach and baptize congregants and build churches and schools. He considered teaching Congolese pastors and church leaders to be the most important aspect of his ministry. Able to communicate with the Congolese people he met during his daily ministry, he was fluent in Tshiluba and French, and conversant in Lingala and Swahili. His life was spent in service to others, even after retirement. Never a “Bible thumper,” Bill lived what he believed, always a shining example to others. He is remembered for his sense of humor, his gentle teasing nature, and his respect and kindness to all. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Hezekiah M. Washburn and Lillie Cuthbert Chrisman Washburn; his infant brother, Miles Dixon Washburn; his sister, Abbie Margaret W. Washburn; his first wife, Jessie Mildred Avery Washburn; and his son, William Avery Washburn. Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his beloved wife, Annette Kriner Washburn; daughters, Rebecca Ann Washburn Scott (Becky) and Jane Danielle Washburn (Dani); son-in-law, Thomas Scott; daughters-in-law, Kimberley Erin Wright, Marilyn Roberts Washburn, and Michelle Yost Washburn; as well as seven grandchildren and spouses, William R. Washburn (Shannan), James S. Washburn (Rachel), John D. Washburn (Jennifer), Jacob N. Scott (Jessica), Katie E. Scott Swearengen (husband Kenneth), Emily R. Washburn Friend (husband Justin), Alexandra D.(Sasha) Washburn (fiance Aaron Wolfe), ten great-grandchildren, Bryssan Washburn, Willow Washburn, Isabel Washburn, Sydney Washburn, Macy Washburn, Eliza Washburn, Dylan Scott, Logan Scott, Eliza Swearengen, and Serena Friend, as well as a nephew, William N. Washburn, two nieces, Morning Washburn and Helen Dodd, a host of friends from the Congo Mission family, Bill’s and Annette’s church family, and many other friends who have touched Bill’s life and been touched by his. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Wytheville Presbyterian Church, Wytheville, VA on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Wytheville Presbyterian Church for the Evangelism in Africa Fund.
Lucille Lewallen Phillips ’39 – Jan. 10, 2017
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Jean C. Richard, Wife of Walden E. Richard ’39
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Oma Salyer Childress ’40 – March 23, 2018
Oma was born on March 23, 1919 and passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Oma was a resident of Clintwood, Virginia at the time of passing.
Born on March 23, 1919 in Caney Ridge, Dickenson County, Virginia, to Abraham and Lettie Salyer, she was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Berea College in 1940 with a degree in English Literature.
The Oma Salyer Childress Family Fund
Purpose: To keep alive the spirit of continuous learning and the value of education as an uplifting and life-changing experience, the Oma Salyer Childress Family Fund will annually help provide the cost of attendance, including tuition and other educational expenses, of a female Berea College student in good academic standing from southwestern Virginia. Preference will be given to a student studying English, English Literature, and/or Creative Writing.
Sylvia Lackey, wife of Dr. Leon A. Lackey ’41 – Aug. 9, 2004
Sylvia Christine Halladay Lackey, 83, of 1314 Root Trail, Martinsville, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at her home.
She was born in Battleboro, Vt., on Aug. 9, 1920, to Walter C. Halladay and Ola Turner Halladay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lackey; and two sisters, Dorothy Crimmins and Eleanor Dane.
A graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing and Green Mountain College, she was a registered nurse at the Visiting Nurse Service in New York prior to coming to Martinsville.
A longtime Martinsville resident, she was a former president of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, a member of Mountain View Garden Club and of First Baptist Church of Martinsville, a volunteer nurse for the Red Cross and a bridge player.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Leon A. Lackey of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth Lackey Hodges of Nebo, N.C.; two sons, Leon “Chip” Lackey Jr. of Martinsville and Charles Lackey of Clinton, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Martinsville with the Revs. Thomas Reynolds and John Fulcher officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.
Visitation will be held at the church for an hour before the funeral Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 524, Martinsville, Va. 24114; Charity League of Martinsville, P.O. Box 3613, Martinsville, Va. 24115; or First Baptist Church of Martinsville, 23 Starling Ave., Martinsville, Va. 24112
Violet Gregory Adams ’41 – Dec. 9, 2012
October 3, 1919-December 9, 2012 (age 93)
Violet Adams passed away Sunday December 9, 2012 at the Casey County Hospital. She was 93. Born October 3, 1919 in Wayne County, KY, she is the daughter of the late Hilary Gregory and Vina Koger Gregory. She was a homemaker and member of Liberty first Baptist Church. She is the widow of Dr. Kearney R. Adams, who passed away on September 25, 1987. Survivors include son, Kearney R. Adams, Jr. of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Shirley (David) Morgan of Liberty; a grandchild, David (Alisha) Morgan, Jr.; and one great-grandchild, Jacob Thomas Morgan. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Gregory. Funeral services are 1:00 P.M Wednesday December 12, 2012 at McKinney-Brown Funeral home with Bro. Jimmy Brown officiating. Burial is in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until funeral service.
Barbara Hammond Kimball, Acad ’41 – Jan. 26, 2018
Barbara H. Kimball, 38-year resident of Feeding Hills and 29-year resident of Westfield, Massachusetts, died at home, January 26, 2018. She was born in 1919, in Putnam, CT, one of four children of Walter E. Hammond and Ethel B. (Van Zandt) Hammond, of Stonington, CT, and Blawenburg, NJ. She attended Berea College in Kentucky, graduated from Keene Teachers College in 1942, and began her life-long career in education teaching grades 5 thru 8 in a two-room school house in Union, NH. She moved to Western Massachusetts following her marriage, and when her children were of early school age, opened the Feeding Hills Cooperative Kindergarten in 1955. In 1957, when public kindergarten became mandatory, she became a first grade teacher for thirteen years and remedial reading teacher for six years at Agawam’s South Elementary (now James Clark) School. Attaining her principal’s certification and Master’s Degree in reading at Columbia University and Westfield State College in 1974, she became principal of Agawam’s Danahy School from 1976 until it closed in 1981. After a partial year as Chapter 1 reading teacher at Robinson Park School, she became principal at Pierce School until it closed in 1983. She was an overseer of Agawam’s Project S.E.E. for gifted children, a school liaison with the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum’s children’s program, a strong believer in classrooms for special needs children in the schools, and a proponent that principals continue to teach to know first-hand the changing societal issues children are dealing with and the challenges teachers face. In retirement, she was President of the Westfield Women’s Club, 1989 – 1991, involved in book clubs, gardening, and passionate about her investors’ group. Of all her capacities, her greatest love was teaching children to read. She was a free-spirit with a sense of wonder and adventure all her life. Getting her master’s at age 55, accruing her flight hours for a pilot’s license at 60, manning the ropes of a working schooner at 70, or seeing Cape Cod from the backseat of her son-in-law’s motorcycle at 80, she touched countless lives, changed many, and lives on in all of them. She is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Wallace O. Kimball, and survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hammond, of CA, brother-in-law, George Elliott, of MI, son Philip and Kathi Kimball of Agawam, daughter Margo Van Zandt of CA, daughter Karen and Mark Hull of Agawam, 5 nieces, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren scattered about in MA, CT, NY, NC, MI, and CA. Calling hours are 4 – 7 pm, Thursday, February 1st, at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main Street, Agawam with Words of Remembrance to be shared at 7 PM. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., Agawam.
Geneva Franklin Mohr ’41 – July 13, 2017
Geneva M. Mohr, age 96, of Crossnore, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.
She was born on September 12, 1920 in Avery Co. County, North Carolina, a daughter of J. Arlan Franklin and Mamie Johnson Franklin.
Geneva was a 1937 graduate of Altamont Consolidated High School of Crossnore, NC and a 1942 graduate of Grace Hospital School of Nursing where she received her RN degree. She worked at Cannon Hospital in Banner Elk and for Dr. Shelby Vance. Geneva also taught nursing at Lees-McRae College.
She was preceded in death by her Father, J. Arlan Franklin; Mother, Mamie L. Franklin; Husband, C.C Mohr; Three Brothers, Carroll Franklin, James Franklin, Thomas Franklin; Two Sisters, Frances Franklin, Annabelle Franklin; Granddaughter, Sarah M Ollis.
Geneva leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Daughter, Margaret Ollis of Newland, NC, Daughter, Shirley M Ice of Atlanta, GA, Son, Clay F Mohr of Crossnore, NC, Daughter, Martha M Boone of Roan Mountain, TN, Grandchildren, Carol Gay, Elaine Ollis, Derek Mohr, Chan Martin, Chad Ice, Jackie Vance and Marshall Vance. Great-Grandchildren, Brian Gay, Laura Scott, Sophia Mohr, Isabella Mohr, Lucas Vance, Skyler Carver, Calvin Ice, Elaine Martin and Elizabeth Martin; Great-Great Grandchild, Turner Scott
Services for Geneva M. Mohr will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm from the Crossnore First Baptist Church with Rev. Lander Hefner and Dr. Phil Murdock officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday at Crossnore Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the John Johnson Cemetery Sunday July 16, 2017 at 2:00 in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Habitat for Humanity or the Gideon’s.
The care of Geneva and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.
M. Geneva Wesley St. Claire ’42 – Nov. 26, 2017
Mary Geneva St. Claire, 97 of Westfield, IN passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017. Mary was born October 25, 1920 in Eubank, KY to William Wesley and Rhoda Ashely Wesley. Mary graduated from Berea College School of Nursing, and then served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp during WWII, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Following honorable discharge from the Army, she served in many clinical capacities in the healthcare field before retiring as a nurse from the Delaware County Tuberculosis Society in 1987.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 2 at Flanner Buchanan-Hamilton Memorial Park, where family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to the service. Additional visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday at Pulaski Funeral Home in Somerset, KY. Burial will be at 11:00 am Monday at Science Hill Cemetery in Science Hill, KY.
Mary was the widow of Robert Joseph St. Claire. She is survived by her sons, Robert W. (wife, Jill) and David J. (wife, Margaret) St. Claire; grandchildren, Mallory and Joseph St. Claire, Rob and Abby St. Claire. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Delmer Wesley, Gertrude Pleasant, and Thelma Frank.
In lieu of floral arrangements, memorial contributions are welcome and may be made to Berea College and Parkinson’s Research. Please visit Flanner Buchannan’s website to sign the online guest register.
Patricia Lee Mink Holland, Acad. ’42 – Jan. 16, 2018
Mrs. Patricia Lee Holland age 97, of Mt.Vernon, KY passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018 at the Terrace Nursing Home in Berea. She was born on February 24, 1920 in Rockcastle County the daughter of the late Jesse and Bertie Robinson Mink. She was retired from Dresser Industries having worked for 27 years, she enjoyed vegetable & flower gardening, loved her grandchildren, & great grandchildren, and was a member of the Central Baptist Church.
Ann Beth Phillips ’42 – Jan. 1, 2017
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Gladys Robinett Workman ’43 – Dec. 21, 2017
Gladys Robinett Workman,95, of Wayne, WV, wife of the late Leslie H. Workman, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at The Woodlands in Huntington, WV. She and her husband were blessed with 50 years together. She was born January 6, 1922 at Fort Gay, WV the daughter of the late Mike J. and Eliza Robinett, and was the daughter-in-law of the late Edgar and Nettie Workman. Gladys was a 1939 graduate of Wayne High School. She attended Berea College for three years and was an honor graduate of West Virginia University, and received a master’s degree in English from Northwestern University. She was a teacher by profession, having taught English and Latin at the old Wayne High School on the hill, and also at Waverly High School, Waverly, Ohio. She also worked with grammatics and journalism at the schools. Gladys retired as librarian at Wayne High School after 40 years in education. Locally she was a charter member of Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Capita Sorority, International Honor Society for women educators, and was a member of the American Book Club. She was a loyal member of the Wayne Baptist Church through the years and was active in teaching, the choir, and the American Baptist Women. She enjoyed Sunday lunches with her friends who called themselves ” The Lunch Bunch”. Gladys identified with the ideas expressed in the poems written by Alfred Lord Tennyson: “I am a part of all I have met”, and “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”. Also preceding her in death were her brothers Leonard Robinett of Bluefield, WV and Max J. Robinett of Rochester, MN, and brothers-in-law, Harold Workman of Bristol, PA and Rudolph Jackson of Fairfield, Ohio. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Workman Carico and her husband Gregory Alan Carico, both in the medical field, her sister Helen Robinett Jackson, formerly of Fairfield, OH, now living at the Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, WV; three sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Robinett of Bluefield, WV, Lorene Hardwick Robinett of Rochester, MN, and Betty Jean Workman Thompson of Lexington, KY, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV, with Pastors Devin Olachea, Jake Steele, and Fred Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington, WV. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Wayne Baptist Church, 510 River Street, Wayne, WV 25570, or to the building fund of the Wayne United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 246, Wayne, WV 25570, or to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709.
Anita Pearson Harris ’43 – Jan. 7, 2018
Mrs. Anita Floyd Pearson Harris, 90, the widow of James William Harris, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018. Born on January 12, 1927, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Sudie Kelley Pearson. She was a homemaker, a graduate of Waco High School and attended Berea College. Mrs. Harris was a member of the Union City Christian Church and the Union City Ruritan Club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and bingo. She is survived by three children: Avonda Noe (Bobby), Sue E. Breeding (Billy) and Gene Harris (Kathy); one sister: LeDell Curry; ten grandchildren: Nancy Carpenter (John), Bill Noe, Tommy Noe (Tara), Mary G. Zollner (Chris), William H. Breeding (Taylor), Matthew Harris, Andrew Harris, Isaiah Strickler, Jason Jones (Annie) and Emily Blackwell; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Jean Fortney (Jep), Sue Long and Evelyn Harris as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at The Union City Christian Church with Bro. Chip Denief officiating. Burial will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM Wednesday, prior to the funeral service at the church. Pallbearers are: Bill Noe, Tommy Noe, William Breeding, Matthew Harris, Andrew Harris, Isaiah Strickler, John Carpenter and Chris Zollner. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Harris can be made to the Union City Christian Church Building Fund. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. www Visitation Wednesday 10 Jan 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Union City Christian Church 2473 Union City Road Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Hugh John Caperton, Navy V-12 ’44 – Feb. 12, 2018
CAPERTON, Hugh John Jr. 92, died at home in Westwood, Massachusetts, on Monday, the 12th of February 2018. Mr. Caperton, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, was the son of Dorothy Whedon Bonnie and Hugh John Caperton of Louisville. He was graduated from The Hill School and Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics. Prior to enrolling at Harvard College, Mr. Caperton enrolled in the V-12 Officer’s Program of the U.S. Navy which took him to Berea College and the University of North Carolina. In 1949, after a brief period as a securities analysis trainee at Central Hanover Bank & Trust in New York, Mr. Caperton returned to Louisville and married Elizabeth Lawrence Woodruff. Soon thereafter he purchased Ravensfield, a dairy farm in Shelbyville, where he also raised livestock and grew tobacco and other crops. Additional accomplishments included breeding and racing thoroughbred horses. As a registered horse breeder, he sold at Keeneland and Saratoga. In 1964, Mr. Caperton and his family moved to Massachusetts to begin a new career in the brokerage industry, ultimately founding the municipal bond trading department at Harris Upham & Company in Boston after convincing the Harris brothers that they could not pass on the opportunity to hire a farmer from Kentucky to husband their bond department. Thus began a career that spanned 45 years during which he ran the New England municipal trading desks for Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. and Alex Brown & Sons, Inc. (Vice President) and established municipal trading departments at H.C. Wainwright & Co., Inc. (Managing Director) and Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc. (Managing Director). He resided for many years in Brookline, Massachusetts before moving to Westwood. Mr. Caperton was a longtime member of the River Valley Club of Louisville, the River Club of New York and the Nantucket Yacht Club, and a former member of the Louisville Country Club. He loved the outdoors, gardening, especially alpine plants, hiking and fishing, and he loved to travel with Elizabeth beginning with their honeymoon in Spain in 1949. A constant throughout his life was his passion for horses and horse racing. Truly reflective of his wonderful sense of humor, one of his horses was named “Too Late Baby” in anticipation of very entertaining race calls. He was a warm and loving husband and father and beloved by his colleagues. He will be missed by all. Mr. Caperton was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Lawrence Woodruff Caperton; his son, Hugh John “Ian”, III; his brothers John Hayes Caperton, II and Lawrence Allen Caperton; and his sister, Dorothy Bonnie Caperton Kingsley. He is survived by daughter, Daphne “Nomi” Stuart, of Boston; and sons, Alastair Malise Gordon, of Randolph, MA, Roderick Lawrence, of London, England and Christopher Gervaise Fitzhugh, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; six grandchildren; and his dog, Pippi. The family wishes to give special thanks to Exavier Charles, Nancy Engen, Mario LeBlanc and Renald Princivil. Additionally, the family is grateful to The Good Shepherd Hospice for their support during his final months. A graveside service will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 am. Pearson Funeral Home of Louisville has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the Berea College Alumni Fund, Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY, 40404. A celebration-of-life will be held at Trinity Church in Boston at a later date.
Virgie L. Wright Bloomer ’44 – Jan. 6, 2018
BLOOMER, Virgie Lorene Wright, 96, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018. Born in Rockholds, KY, she was a retired Registered Nurse for the Rex Robey Veteran’s Hospital. She was a graduate of Berea College School of Nursing and was a member of Melbourne Heights Baptist Church.
Dr. Estill N. Deitz ‘44 — Jan. 6, 2018
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 7th 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace on the Terrace Level (press “T” in the elevator) located at 1400 NE 2nd Avenue in NE Portland 503-894-7659. Donations may be made in his name to the Cascade AIDS Project and/or the PFLAG Portland Chapter.
Fred H. Myers, Navy V-12 ’44 – Dec. 17, 2017
Fred H. Myers, 92, of Metamora, IL, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Snyder Village in Metamora. He was born on November 11, 1925, in St. Louis, MO, to Wilbur and Josephine (Adrian) Myers. He married Janice E. Wimer in St. Louis, MO, on June 7, 1950. She survives.Also surviving are her daughters, Joan (Blair) Hartnett of Metamora, Shirley Myers Olman of Highlands, NJ, and Chris Myers of Moab, UT; six grandchildren, Megan (Matt) Hutchison, Emily (Ahkeem) Simmons, Kaitlyn Hartnett, Kara Hartnett, Jacob Ratliff and Charley Olman; and three great-grandchildren, Mia, Dane and Emersyn Hutchison. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.Fred was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. He worked at AT&T as an electrical engineer, where he earned several company awards for his involvement with technology. He worked in early fiber optics and was on the cutting edge for developing video phones, a project that was instrumental in the creation of modern day cell phones. Fred was a self-taught expert in finance and investment as a result of his love for reading financial reports. During his retirement, he worked as an accountant for HTI Automotive, his son-in-law’s automotive repair business, and the Navy Marine Club in Peoria Heights.Beyond his professional life, Fred was dedicated to his family. For 57 years, he traveled the country with his wife, Janice, to square dance with the Caterpillar Belles and Bows, the Morton Rollaways and the New Jersey Ramblers. He loved to play cards, be with family and hike, especially at the Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming. Fred was a member of Willow Hills United Methodist Church in Germantown Hills.Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel, with the Reverends Dave Bultemeier and Ken Hogren officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded after his service. Burial of ashes will be in Camp Butler in Springfield, IL, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Snyder Village Residence in Need Fund, 1200 East Partridge Street, Metamora, IL 61548. Online condolences at Mason Funeral Homes’ website.
Marion S. Hines, Navy V-12 ’44 – Dec. 13, 2017
Marion Spencer Hines, 96, passed away December 13, 2017 with his family at his side. Born in Paducah, Kentucky to Robert and Marie Faulkner Hines, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, assigned to the USS Simpson, performing convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He was a civil engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey and also a Graduate of Georgia Tech.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hines; children, Marilyn Hines (Rodney Gascon) of Plaquemine, Louisiana, and Gail Hines (Martin Freeman) of Brooklyn, New York; grandchildren, Spencer Egros (Jenifer), Edward Egros, Anne-Marie Frischhertz (Paul), Asher Freeman and Katie Freeman; stepchildren, Danette Post (Keith), Jeff Hyde (Mary), Janna Crandall and Sharon Pflieger (Kevin); step-grandchildren, Keri Post, Kathryn Sue Post, Ann-Marie Post, Clay Crandall, Chad Crandall, Whit Hyde, Mary Kathryn Hyde, Owen Pflieger and Kate Pflieger, Kelli Lambert (Chuck) and Brandi Gascon (Tim Soileau); and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Leone Starks Hines, and brothers, Robert Hines, Jr. and Eugene Hines.
Services will be held on Monday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, officiated by Rev. Danny Schieffler. A reception will follow. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or to the Humane Society of Pulaski County.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., (501)224-2200. Mr. Hines’ online guestbook may be signed at Little Rock Funeral Home’s website.
Robert G. Dyck, FD ’45 – Jan. 16, 2017
Grassroots and global thinker, humanist, world traveler, and lover of life, Robert Gilkey Dyck, 86, of Birmingham, AL, passed away on January 16, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Blacksburg, Virginia on November 2, 1930, to the late Prof. Paul Benjamin Dyck and Cornella Jane Gilkey Dyck, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Franciska Kertesz Dyck, and their daughters, Henrika Dyck Taylor (Andy) of Jackson Heights, New York, and Sara Jane Dyck Taylor (Logan) of Birmingham, Alabama; granddaughters Lily Huimei Taylor (Jackson Heights), Ava Sinclair Taylor and Madeleine Jane Taylor (Birmingham). He is also survived by his sisters, Nancy Jane Dyck Boney of Bedminster, New Jersey, and Polly Annette Dyck Carroll (Allan) of Oberlin, Ohio, his sisters’ children and their families, as well as his first cousins, Tom Gregg (Ann Rypstra) of Oxford, Ohio, and Sonje Hinich of Austin, Texas, and their families. Bob graduated as Valedictorian from Blacksburg High School in 1948. He graduated from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1952, as a Pre-Architecture major, and earned his Bachelor of Architecture from M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass in 1955. Bob met Franciska Kertesz, originally from Hungary, in Philadelphia in the spring of 1958, and they were married in New York on June 25, 1960. In 1959, Bob earned his second professional degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. After practicing architecture in New York for six years, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Planning at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, and became the Acting Director of Research and Development in 1968. In 1970, Bob was awarded his Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in the program of Environmental Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He then returned to his roots as Associate Professor to the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. He was named Full Professor in 1975, and later served as Tech’s Director of International Programs for nearly a decade. This position afforded him lasting friendships with students around the world, and his teachings and research emphasized unconventional ideas regarding global economics, housing, and international development. In 1973, Bob was a Fulbright Research awardee and his family accompanied him to live in Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana. He participated in a Fulbright Study Tour of India, and formed a collaborative relationship with the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Bob was awarded the University of Maribor’s highest award, the Document of Honor, in recognition of his teachings and research efforts from 1984-99. He shared his unique global perspective on economic and developmental sustainability in many published books and papers. After 31 years of service at VA Tech, where he impacted the lives of thousands of students and colleagues, Bob retired in 2001 and was honored by the Board of Visitors with the title “Professor Emeritus of Urban Affairs and Planning.” In 2006, he and his wife moved to Birmingham, AL to be closer to their grandchildren. They joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham (UUCB) where Bob continued his lifelong mission of creating social and economic justice for all. He chaired the church’s Justice Committee from 2007 until his passing and garnered much respect for his forward-thinking ideas. When not occupied by writing, research, teaching, and travel, Bob’s greatest diversion was playing the piano. His Schimmel Parlor Grand was his most prized possession and nothing pleased him more than playing for his granddaughters as they danced around him. Bob’s wonderful life and accomplishments will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham (UUCB). Details to follow shortly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the UUCB Justice Committee in Bob’s name for furthering his vision of a more just and socially responsible society.
Thomas Lee Wuerdeman, Navy V-12 ’45 – Dec. 7, 2017
Thomas Lee (Tom) Wuerdeman, 91, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Community Hospice Care Center . He was born August 24, 1926, in Ashland, Kentucky, son of the late Lee Adam and Jeannette Sebald Wuerdeman. He was graduated from Ashland Senior High School and served two years in the Navy Air Corps in World War II. He graduated from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Tom was employed by Armco Steel Corp. (now AK Steel Co.) in the Metal Products Division from which he retired as senior sales engineer in 1986. From 1986 to 1990 he was sales representative for Contech Construction Products. He was a member of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Transportation Committee. He served also on the Uni-gov Committee whose purpose was to combine city and county government. During the Cuban missile crisis he was a member of the Civil Defense Organization. He served many years on the Advisory Council of the Fivco Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. A third generation member of Calvary Episcopal Church, he held the positions of Junior Warden, Senior Warden, superintendent of Sunday School and served on many committees. He is survived by his loving wife, Pauline (Penny) Weight Wuerdeman of Ashland: his son, Thomas Adam Wuerdeman and wife Brenda of Florida; his daughter, Anne Wuerdeman Pulley and husband Marc of Florida; granddaughter, Emily Wuerdeman Rupe and husband Charles of Florida ; two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Lorna Rupe; and a sister, Gretchen Wuerdeman Reaves (Charles) of Memphis, TN. Private memorial to be at arranged at a future date. Condolences may be sent at Steen Funeral Home’s website.
Harding Coffey, Acad ’41, BC ’45 – Nov. 27, 2016
Harding “H.H” Howard Coffey, 96 of Washington Court House passed away on November 27, 2016 at St. Catherine’s Manor . He was born October14,1920 in Salyersville, KY to the late Mort and Poca Howard Coffey. “H.H.” was married to Bernadine Howard Coffey for 68 years, and served our country in the army during WWII in India and was discharged Honorably as a Sergeant with the US army. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Bernadine Coffey, by a brother Hargis and sister Zelma Coffey. “H.H” is survived by one daughter Linda (Charles) Turner of Columbus; one brother-in-law Kenny (Dorothy) Holmes of Wheelersburg and one sister-in-law Eileen Zornes of South Webster and several nieces and nephews. The Coffey family would like to thank Hospice of Fayette County for their excellent care and compassion. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Washington Cemetery with Jeff Davis officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Fayette County, 222 N. Oakland Ave. Washington C.H. Ohio 43160 Arrangements by Morrow Funeral Home Washington C.H.
Yvonne Covilli Dellinger ’45 – March 18, 2018
Maria Yvonne Covilli Dellinger, 95, passed away Saturday night surrounded by family and caregivers.
Yvonne was born June 10, 1922, in Castagneto, Italy, and she immigrated to America in 1929 at age 7 on a transatlantic voyage with her parents aboard the SS Île de France. In 1945, she was graduated from Berea College in Kentucky where she had met Lenoir Eugene Dellinger. They were married later that year after he returned from service with the Army Air Corps in England during World War II. She had many talents, was a great cook, spoke several languages, taught Spanish and English, served on the library board, and worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for his business. They lived in Jackson for 16 years before moving to Newbern, Tennessee. He predeceased her in 2009 after 63 years of marriage. Her grandchildren adored her and affectionately called her Nanny. She liked nothing better than family get-togethers with everyone on hand especially if it involved a big meal.
She leaves four children and five grandchildren: Deborah Dellinger Ray (Barham) of Memphis and their children Barham and Beverley; Dr. Sharon Dellinger Hopkins (John) of Jackson; Barbara Gene Dellinger Jackson (Gene) of Cincinnati; and, Edward Covilli Dellinger (Janet) of Memphis and their children Elaine, Carolyn, and William.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Morningside of Jackson for their gracious care and attention over the past eight years.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern with the burial to follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials be directed to the City of Newbern Library Building Fund, 220 East Main Street, Newbern, Tennessee 38059.
William W. Stephenson Jr., Navy V-12 ’45
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Van Shutt Duff ’45 – Feb. 14, 2018
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Samuel V. Bell ’46 – Feb. 24, 2018
Samuel V. Bell, Jr. Ph.D. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 24, 2018. He was 92. He was born on December 27, 1925 in Liberty, KY to Samuel V. Bell, Sr. and Ruth Krauss Bell. After graduating from Casey County High School in 1942, he attended Berea College and then joined the Navy V-12 Program at the University of Louisville in 1943. He proudly served 21 years of active duty in the Navy retiring in 1964 as a Lieutenant Commander. During his time in the Navy, he saw combat in Korea and served on many ships: including the USS Tarawa, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, USS Zellars, and the USS Norton Sound. After retiring from the military, he began a new career in education. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, respectively. He was a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department at Speed School for 31 years. During that time, he also served as the Director of Technology Programs, and Associate Chairman of the EE Department. He was dedicated to his students and served as a mentor or faculty advisor to many. He collaborated on many innovative projects while at UofL including one that established the communications system used by Louisville EMS. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Woolery Bell, his brother, Lewis Bell and his sister, Bertha Seal. He is survived by children, Benjamin F. Bell, Christopher A. Bell, Whitney Vale (William McCoy), and Susan C. Bell; grandchildren, Lisa L. Bell (James Sneed) and Michael A. Bell; great-grandchildren, Summer and Casey Sneed, Forest Thompson-Bell, and Jade and Rocco Bell; and second wife, Nydia DaSilva. He was an avid fisherman and Louisville Cardinal fan. He was a long time member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church and attended Ascension Catholic Church, as well. He was a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi and Etta Kappa Nu. Visitation will be at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Rd. on Thursday, March 1st, from 2-8PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2nd, at Noon at Ratterman’s. Interment to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Casey County Alumni Association or the American Stroke Association. Today’s Events Funeral Service Mar 02 12:00 PM Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home St Matthews 3711 Lexington Rd. Louisville, KY, US, 40207
Emogene Maney Longmire ’46 – March 21, 2018
Emogene Maney Longmire, 93, Of Henderson, Nc Died Wednesday, March 21, 2018 At A Local Nursing Home. Born In Yancey County, She Was The Daughter Of The Late Charlie Cleveland And Mae Ball Maney. She Was The Widow Of Robert Chandler Longmire. Mrs. Longmire Graduated From Berea College In Berea, Ky. She Was A Retired Teacher Of Thirty-One Years With Vance County Schools. She Was A Member Of Dexter Baptist Church And The Adult Sunday School Class.Funeral Services Will Be Held Saturday, March 24, 2018 At 11:00 A.M. At Flowers Funeral Chapel, Conducted By Rev. Wayne Clark. A Private Burial Will Follow In Sunset Gardens.Surviving Are A Brother, Claude Maney Of Anchorage, Ak, And Several Nieces And Nephews. In Addition To Her Husband, She Was Preceded In Death By Three Sisters, Ethel Maney, Alice M. Mcswiggin, And Pearl M. Day; And Three Brothers, Oliver Maney, Hunter Maney, And Kenny Maney. The Family Will Be At The Home Of Wade And Carolyn Moss, 104 Fernwood Creek Court, Henderson.Flowers Will Be Accepted, Or Memorials May Be Made To Dexter Baptist Church, 4549 Chewning Road, Oxford, Nc 27565. The Family Wishes To Extend A Special Thank You To Wade And Carolyn Moss Who Were Mrs. Longmires Caregivers. Arrangements Are By Flowers Funeral Home.
Mary Jones Speaks ’46 – April 13, 2018
Mary Elizabeth Speaks, 92, of Albemarle, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Bethany Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle. Mrs.Speaks was born July 23, 1925 in West Virginia to the late Robert Lee Jones and the late Ida Mills Ball. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers, John Paul Jones, Vernon Carol Jones, and sisters, Pearl Jones, Nancy Margaret Jones, and Lois Jean Jones. Mary graduated valedictorian of her high school class to later go on to Berea College, where she majored in chemistry. The family will receive friends from 2:30 3:00 pm, Monday, April 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Oakboro, 322 N. Main St. Oakboro. The funeral service will be at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary, officiated by Chip Alsobrooks. Burial will follow at the Oakboro Cemetery located at 1397 North Main Street, Oakboro. Survivors include: daughter, Peggy Carpenter and husband Dan; grandchildren, Lisa Coone, Melinda Allen; great-grandchildren, Dustin Coone, Cecily LuQuire, Jordan Coone, Drew Carpenter, Jackson Yandle, Weston Allen, Emma Yandle; great-great grandson, Mason LuQuire. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Oakboro Youth, P.O. Box 10, Oakboro, NC. 28129. Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Speaks family. Online condolences may be made at the Hartsell Funeral Home website.
Mabel Center Boehm, Acad ’41, BC ’46 – Feb. 11, 2018
Mabel Agnes Center Boehm was born in Gosneyville, Kentucky on July 22, 1923 to Daniel Center, Sr. and Allie Ruth Tutt Center. She died in Boulder, Colorado on February 11, 2018 at Morning Star Assisted Living and Memory Care of Boulder. Mabel is survived by one brother Luther Center (wife Yvonne), three children: Kathie Quinones (husband William), Paul Boehm (wife Delores), and Debbie Eubanks, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Karlheinz (Karl) Boehm, daughter Barbara, sister Bernice Center Robertson, sister Vivian Center Landis, and brother Daniel Center Jr. Mabel was a caring, generous person who always tried to meet other people’s needs above her own needs. Her kindness touched 100’s of people and her legendary cooking touched thousands. She grew up in Berea, KY where she met her husband Karl and graduated from Berea College with degrees in home economics and sociology. After WW2 they served with the US state department in Europe more than five years, and then moved to Colorado to begin building Peaceful Valley Guest Lodge and Dude Ranch that would become a favorite family vacation destination for 100’s of families for over 41+ years. Her family-style meals were renowned to all their thousands of guests. Most of her time was spent preparing meals for 100-200 guests weekly and 50 or so staff members every summer. During the early years she taught the school at Ward during the winter months with as many as 12 grade levels at a time. After her husband Karl died in 1993, she continued to run the Lodge with the help of her daughter Debbie and her son-in-law Randy. In 1998 she moved to Longmont where she became involved in the senior bell-ringing choir at church. After several years in assisted-living homes, she passed peacefully from this world to a more glorious life. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am Friday March 9, 2018at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel 326 Terry St. Longmont, 80501. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to benefit Berea College in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit Ahlberg Funeral Chapel’s website to share condolences.
Ruth VanCleve Anderson, KH ’47 – Nov. 20, 2017
Ruth Ann VanCleve Anderson, 87, of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Monday, November 20, 2017. She was born on February 11, 1930, in Savannah, Georgia, to John Henry and Faye Ray VanCleve. She graduated from high school at Berea College in Kentucky, and was a nursing student at Louisville General Hospital, where she met her husband, Dr. John Powell Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roy Ray VanCleve; and her son, Glenn Powell Anderson. Ruth spent her life as a shining example of generosity and family. She was profoundly loved and respected by her husband, children, friends, and many others in the community. She cared continually for a busy household with six children and other family members while serving as the backbone of her husband’s successful family medicine practice for many years. She was a wellspring of grace, strength, and love to all who knew her. She was a devout member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Her life and community contributions were recently honored when the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) dedicated their shelter to her and named it The Ruth VanCleve Anderson WARM House for Women & Children. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, officiated by the Reverend Anthony Andres. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John Powell Anderson; and a large and loving family including Donald and Carol, Stephen, Gregory and Susan, Kathy, Van, and Rodney and Linda, and their families; ten grandchildren Kathryn and Shawn, Anna and Brett, Elizabeth and Jason, Lizzie and Ed, Jenny and Niti, Rachel and Matt, Matthew and Kelly, Lauren and Braden, Christopher, and Jonathan; and eight great-grandchildren, Nev, Kate, Drew, Sam, Ari, Olivia, Atlas, and Lyla. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Winnie and her husband, Dess; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews. Donations can be made in memory and honor of Ruth at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 473 S. Wayne Ave., P.O. Box 945, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or to WARM House Waynesboro, 1035 Fairfax Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980. McDow Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Vivian Clarkston Martin, Acad ’47 – May 9, 2006
Vivian C. Martin age 78 of Central Ave., passed away Tuesday May 9, 2006 at the Berea Health Care Center. Vivian was born in Clay County to the late Filmore and Alice Bowman Clarkston. She retired from Dresser Industries in 1993 and was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Quarter Century Club at Dresser. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Alvin E. Martin Jr. and one sister Ruby Foley. She is survived by her children D. Fred (Susan) Martin and Janet L. Martin all of Berea, and one grandson Jason Brooks Martin. Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday May 12, 2006 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Rev. Lee Hubbard and Rev. Valerie Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home. Active pallbearers Charles Bertrand, Ken Griffith, Paul Schrader, Alvin Milford Martin, George Paul Bowman, and Don Poynter. Honorary bearers will be Lloyd Viars, Dr. Everett Schaffer, Dr. George Schloemer and Maurice Coyle.
Esther Spence Sherman ’47 – March 19, 2018
Mrs. Esther Laura Spence Phillips Sherman, 92, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, March 19, 2018, following two years of declining health.
Esther was born on July 4, 1925, to the late Robert Finley and Mary Mahulda Clagett Spence. Educated from kindergarten through college years by Berea College, Esther completed her education in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She enjoyed teaching music and English. She was an inspiration to many young students.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert F. Spence, Jr.; her sister, Helen Frances Spence Scruggs and her first husband, Clyde Phillips.
She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, the Reverend William W. Sherman, Jr.; sons, Charles F. Phillips (Myra) of Aberdeen and Stephen M. Phillips of Biscoe and the children of her husband, William W. Sherman, III (Cathy) of Greenville, D. Bruce Sherman (Sharon) of Walnut Grove and Deborah S. Fields (Stuart) of Whispering Pines. Her Grandchildren include, Michele Maness Hicks (Justin) of Asheboro, Bryan A. Fields (Lesley) of Charlotte, David B. Sherman, Jr. (Meredith), of Charlotte, Nicholas Phillips of Troy, Patrick T. Fields of Raleigh, Lauren E. Sherman of Greenville, Paige Horne of Aberdeen, George W. Sherman and Jonathan L. Sherman of Greenville. Her great-grandchildren are Zachery K. Cheek and Zander L. Cheek of Asheboro, Liliana P. Sherman of Greenville and Campbell A. Fields of Charlotte. Mrs. Sherman also has two nephews, two great-nephews, and three great-nieces.
Services of Death and Resurrection will be held at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church on Friday at 11 AM, along with a service at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern at 3 PM, followed by her committal in the church columbarium. Visitation in Greenville will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 PM in the Brown Auditorium Cypress Glen, and in New Bern following the committal service in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Cypress Glen Benevolent Care Fund, 100 Hickory St, Greenville, NC 27858; Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church in Greenville, 510 S Washington St, Greenville, NC 27858; Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St, New Bern, NC 28560; or to a charity of your choice.
For those that would like to read more about Esther, those who provided excellent care over the years, or would like to leave a comment about her life or an online condolence, please visit the online website.
June Dawson ’47 – Feb. 16, 2018
Obituary for June Stanley Dawson June Stanley Dawson, 92, of Versailles, passed away on February 16, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a native of Pond Creek , Kentucky and the widow of Charles O. Dawson. June was a graduate of Belfry High School and Berea College. She was a retired teacher who taught many years at Belfry High School. After moving to Versailles, June was active in First Christian Church, Woodford Hospital Auxiliary and the American Cancer Society. She had many lifelong friends from her activities and involvement in both Pike and Woodford Counties. In addition to her husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Elsa Mae “Fannie” Stanley, her sisters, Odessa Snyder and Merle Clemons, and nephew, Gil Clemons. She is survived by her son, Stan (Ellen) of Louisville, grandchildren, Connor and Olivia Dawson, nieces, Vikki Clemons, Susan Mobley, Beth (Thomas) Graham, Judy Clemons, nephews, John (Gina) Clemons, Nick (Mimi) Snyder and many special and beloved family members and friends. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home in Versailles, Kentucky. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 11:00 am. Burial will follow the service at Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles, Kentucky. Pallbearers will be Caleb Clemons, Jason Clemons, John Clemons, Joshua Clemons Jim DeBold, Billy Hurrigan, Michael Kunjoo , David Landrum and Steven Mobley. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church 160 Lexington St., Versailles, KY 40383, American Cancer Society 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502, Louisville Wizards Special Olympics Team c/o Tracey Roach, 2205 Bell Tavern Court, Louisville, KY 40207.
Betty Jo Sergent Bowman, FD ’48 – Aug. 12, 2003
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Charles E. Brown, Husband of Helen Smith Brown, Acad ’44, BC ’48 – Aug. 13, 2017
CHARLES E. BROWN, 84, of Huntington, passed away peacefully August 13, after a short illness. Charlie is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; their three boys, Mark (Kathy and son Nathan) of Huntington, Gene (Michele and children Aidan and Lilly) of Versailles, Ky., and Charlie (Monica and children Evan and Claire) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Also cousins, Susie Ziegenfus (Kutztown, Pa.) and Kathy Bromer (Davidson, N.C.) Charlie was born and raised in Columbia, Pa. He was with the Air Force in Geneva, N.Y., when he met Helen, briefly courted her by mail, then announced he was driving to Indianapolis, Ind., to help her move. His plan worked, and they soon married. After stints in Texas, New York and Lexington, Ky., they put down roots in Huntington. His work as an industrial engineer and later as head of facilities at Marshall didn’t define him; he fell into the “work to live” category. His passion for woodworking began in the 1960s. Charlie’s thimbles, weed pots and bowls were sold nationwide; he won numerous awards and demonstrated his craft at Tamarack Arts Center and across the Southeastern USA. Volunteer work at Faith in Action and digitizing the vault archives at Huntington Museum of Art (and as their Santa with a real white beard) was a joy. He and Helen spent most afternoons sipping coffee and holding court at Java Joint and more recently River & Rail Bakery. As his neighbor said last week, “You don’t see many 84-year-olds in West Virginia with an Equality bumper sticker.” The last paragraph of dad’s memoirs put it simply: “My childhood in Columbia gave me a deep appreciation of people from all walks of life. My father’s family were German Catholics. My mother’s side were Mennonite and Jewish. Our neighbors were Orthodox Jews and we lived in a large Amish area. I learned all people are the same no matter their background. The older I am, the more I believe this.” A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. September 30 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 469 Norway Ave., Huntington, WV 25705, followed by a 4 p.m. reception at River and Rail Bakery, 210 11th St. downtown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntington Museum or Art. From his entire family, thank you, everyone, who loved Charlie and enriched his life we’re sure he did the same for you.
Lois Rowe, ’48 – Feb. 10, 2018
Lois M. Rowe, 92, of Little Rock, Ark., and formerly of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, died February 10, 2018. She was born on September 30, 1926, the daughter of late John H. and Liza C. Rowe. She received her undergraduate degree from Berea College and a master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University and held a Library position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Berea College. She was a member of Little Rock First Baptist Church. She is survived by her sister, Kathleen R. Bearden of Little Rock, by special cousins, Bill Hickey, Carl Hickey, and Gwendolyn H. Wayson (deceased), all of the Baltimore area. She was laid to rest at Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky by Cox Funeral Home.
Mr. Everett Grant, Husband of Mary Ruth Grant ’49 – Sept. 27, 2016
GRANT, Everett Renegar, age 93 of Winchester, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Lakeside Manor. He was born on June 8, 1923, to Hubert Oscar and Mary Ellen Renegar Grant of Winchester. Everett served his country in World War II in the United States Army. He retired from Home Beneficial Insurance Company. His hobby in life was visiting with other people. Everett was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Winchester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Smith Grant; twin brother, Elbert Grant; brothers, Errol Grant, Jack Grant, S.J. Grant, Oscar Grant and Raymond Grant; sisters, Alliene Lipsey and Margaret Scoville; and nephew, Hubert Grant. Everett will be missed by many nieces and nephews including Bonnie (Fred) Shadow of Winchester, Tommy (Kay) Grant of Winchester, Bill (Janis) Scoville of Chattanooga, Peggy (Stuart) Bonnington of Clarksville, Ann (Buddy) Miller of Murfreesboro, Gary (Kim) Tubb of Mountain Home, Ark., Jenny (John) Buchel of Franklin and Peggy Horne of Murfreesboro; and great- nieces and great-nephews Clint Harrell, Jeff Harrell, Brad Grant, Kristi Grant, Brian Grant, Leslie Miller, Brad Miller, Maggie Shermer, Jennie Smith, Cayce Smith, David Grant, Abby Dodson, Carrie Buchel, Grant Buchel, Robert Tubb, and John Tubb. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Winchester City Cemetery with Pastor Gary Tubb officiating. A special thanks to Sissy Hawkersmith and her employees at Lakeside Manor for all their wonderful loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Winchester. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave. N.W., Winchester, TN 37398 in charge of local arrangements, 967-2222. Send online condolences to Moore-Cortner’s website.
Published in Herald Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2016
Dr. Dwight L. Blackburn ’49 – Jan. 12, 2018
Dr. Dwight L. Blackburn, “Dr. B”, 88, died peacefully at the Episcopal Church Home on Friday January 12, 2018. He was a highly respected physician and community leader. Dr. B was born October 10, 1929 in Newark, Ohio and moved with his family to Berea, Kentucky at the age of 2. He was preceded in death by his parents William C. and Ruth Blackburn, two sisters, Rose Wheeler and Dorothy Golden, three brothers, David, William, and Virgil Blackburn.
Dr. Blackburn was a proud graduate of Berea College. He graduated in 1955 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. B served as a captain in the US Army in Okinawa. Upon completion of his service, he went into private practice in Berea, Kentucky for 25 years.
While living in Berea Dr. B assumed many leadership roles. He served as Chief of Staff of Berea Hospital and was instrumental in fund raising for a major hospital expansion, improvements in technology and increased services. He was a long time chairman of the Berea Board of Education and oversaw the building of a new community school. He also served as a Berea bank board chair and chair of the Berea Country Club. He was awarded “Man of the Year” by the Berea Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Blackburn was a very active member of the Kentucky Medical Association for many years. He served in various roles culminating as the President of KMA. He was also presented a Lifetime Achievement award by KMA. He was a member of various medical societies in Madison County and Louisville. Dr. B served on the boards of KMIC and Kentucky Telco.
Dr. B relocated to Louisville in 1984 to assume a position in medical review for Anthem and retired from there in 1995. He provided consulting services for several years and worked in a substance abuse facility finally stopping work at the age of 80.
Dr. Blackburn was a long time member of Wildwood Country Club and served multiple terms on their board and as President. His favorite hobbies were fishing and golf.
Survivors include his wife Paula, three sons, Donald (Marylynn); Dennis (Leona) of Berea; Douglas (Alexis) of Richmond; a daughter, Deena (Jeff) Jones of Georgetown, KY.; and one stepdaughter Stacey Fields of Louisville. He is also survived by brother- in- law Ronnie (Sharon) Meade of Prestonsburg, KY and sister- in- law Pat Blackburn of Westminster, Colorado. There are twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren surviving. He is also survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Dorothy Blackburn of Berea.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the loving staff of the Episcopal Church Home. A special thanks goes to the excellent care and compassion provided by Dr. Jane Cornett.
Services in Louisville will be at the Ratterman Funeral Home, East Louisville, 12900 Shelbyville Road, 40243, on Saturday, January 20. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 with the service following at 12:00. A service will be held in Berea on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 206 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Episcopal Church Home or Berea College.
Verna Hall Bulman ’49 – March 14, 2018
Verna Hall Bulman, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Kobacker House surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 12, 1925 to John Hall and Annie Mary Scott in Ashington, Northumberland, England. She attended Berea College in the class of 1947, majoring in business and married Lt. Warren Eugene Bulman, a classmate at Berea, May 31, 1945 at Sedalia AFB in Missouri. At the time of their marriage she was circulation manager for The Automotive News in Detroit, Michigan. She was active in the United Methodist Church, and most recently was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, where she participated in women’s circles and visitation of shut-ins, as well as a being a member of administrative boards and several committees. Verna was active in many civic groups, including being a member of a support group for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She was active in the Whitehall, OH PTA, was a leader in the passing of school levies and was nominated for Columbus Woman of the Year in 1971. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Warren E. Bulman; son, Gary (Kathleen) Bulman; daughter, Linda (John) Iben; grandchildren, Joanna Iben, James Iben, Jennifer (Josh) Goodwin; and great grandchildren, Jackson, Jace, and Jianna Goodwin; sister, Brenda Hall Cole. Verna is preceded in death by parents John Hall and Annie Mary Scott, sister Annie Mary Gardner. Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 18, from 1-5 p.m. at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018. Interment to follow at Union Cemetery. Memorial contribution may be made to Berea College or to a charity of your choice in her memory. To share a special memory of Verna, please visit Shoedinger Northwest Chapel’s website.
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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.
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Russell E. Coop ’60 – Jan. 16, 2018
Russell was born on August 23, 1937 and passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Russell was a resident of Redwood City, California at the time of passing. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a Past Master of the Peninsula Lodge No.168 F. & A.M., and a retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist from Sequoia Hospital and a member of Peninsula Covenant Church He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughters, Julia and Cynthia, grandchildren Brandon, Joshua, Melanie, Tyler, Logan, and Madison, and great-grandchildren Lucy, Brooklyn, and Emily.
Harriet Evans Keyes, FD ’61 – Jan. 27, 2018
Nashville – Harriett Evans Keyes died at home January 27, 2018 following a brief illness. Born July 17, 1943 in Big Pine California to the late William Glenn “Tex” and Mary Ellen Mayes Evans. She spent her early years living in California, Oahu Hawaii, Texas, Arizona, and Kentucky then settled permanently in Nashville, Tennessee in 1978. She is survived by brothers John (Wanda) Evans, and James Evans, and sister Betty (Michael Brown) Evans, daughters Mary (Henry) Watson, and Laura (David) Zika, and beloved grandsons Henry, Robert, and Jack.
Harriett was proud to be a Vanderbilt nurse working in the department of Orthopedics and following her retirement met with the retired nurses group. She was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and participated in numerous study, volunteer, and service opportunities. Harriett also gave generously of her time in many volunteer positions throughout the Nashville community. She was a member of Soroptimist International of Nashville and a board member emeritus of the Appalachia Service Project. Her love for all people and for social justice led her to be a lifelong Democrat.
A visitation will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 10th at 12:00 pm with services to follow at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to The Pastor’s Fund, Calvary UMC 3701 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, Tn 37215.
Published in Tennessean on Feb. 2, 2018
Charlotte Elizabeth Curtis ’62 – Nov. 20, 2017
Charlotte Elizabeth Curtis of Knoxville died on Monday November 20th, 2017. She was born in Maryville, TN on Mach 23rd 1939 to the late Lowell Merlin Curtis and Sara Isabel Curtis. Charlotte was a long time active member of Church of the Savior UCC where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Charlotte attended Berea College and taught in KY before returning to Knoxville to attend University of Tennessee where she received a Master’s degree in music education. Charlotte taught in the Knoxville school system until she retired. Preceding Charlotte in death were two brothers, Lowell and Bobby Curtis. She is survived by two brothers John Thomas Curtis of Maryville and Kenneth Curtis (Connie) of Baltimore, MD and niece Gwen Breeden (Charles) and nephews Daryl and Timmy Curtis and special friend R.J. Seale. Charlotte took great joy in her friends, church, music and she loved her cats. She played bridge for many years. A memorial service will be held at Church of the Savior on Tuesday, November 28th at 3:30 PM. Memorial gifts can be made to Church of the Savior, 934 N. Weisgarber Road. Knoxville TN 37909 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Click Funeral Home and Cremations is serving the family of Charlotte Curtis.
Eric Dave Emory ’62 – Jan. 31, 2018
Eric Dave Emory, age 78, of Weaverville, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018 after a brief illness. Mr. Emory was born May 1, 1939 in Stocksville, NC and was a resident of Buncombe County for most of his life. He was a graduate of North Buncombe High School and Berea College. Eric retired from the Buncombe County Health Department in 1994 after 30 years of service. He was a hard worker his entire life, building houses, farming tobacco, making molasses with his brothers, built beautiful stone walls and chimneys, and raised a productive garden for many years. He was a longtime member of the North Buncombe Optimist Club, co-owned a drive-in restaurant in Woodfin for a time, and enjoyed birdwatching in his yard. He enjoyed genealogy and civil war history, publishing books on both, as well as taking a major role in establishing the Buncombe County Civil War Memorial located behind the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville. Preceding him in death are his parents, Jeff and Essie Myers Emory; brothers, Clarence, Jerry and L.J. Emory; sisters, Magdalene Emory, Dorothy Brown, Willie Mae Hawkins and Mildred Metcalf. Surviving are his daughters, Erika Emory, and Evonna Myers and husband Joe; grandsons, Eric J. and Alex Myers; sister, Juanita Hill and husband Preston; brother, Reverend Worth Emory and wife Marie; very special nephew, Ronnie Lovin and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home with Reverend Worth Emory officiating. Burial will be in West Memorial Park, Weaverville. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018 at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC 28787. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider: Ivy Hill Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 9 Emory Woods Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787.
Gayle Ray Kelly ’62 – March 12, 2018
Mrs. Vera Gayle Ray Kelly, of Frederick, died Monday, March 12, 2018. Arrangements are by Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick.
James W. Stultz, Husband of Carolyn Stultz ’62 – April 19, 2016
James Willis Stultz, 75, of Powder Springs passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church in Powder Springs. Mr. Stultz is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Stultz; son, John W. Stultz; sisters, Mary Jo Langford and Libby Burr; brother, Robert Stultz; 2 grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.
Sue Martin, Wife of H. Bruce Martin ’62 – Dec. 1, 2015
MARTIN Sue Ella Toy, 75, widow of Harold Bruce Martin, died Tue, Dec 1, 2015, at Prince George Healthcare Center in Georgetown. Mrs. Martin was born in Bath County, KY, on Oct 1, 1940, a daughter of the late Robert Toy and Nettie Mae Thomas Toy. She graduated high school and attended college in KY. Mrs. Martin was a member of Saint Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. She lived in Pawleys Island for over thirty years. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Martin was predeceased by: a son, Matthew Robert Martin and a brother, William A. “Billy” Toy. Surviving are: A daughter-in-law, Julie Long (Ryan) of Georgetown, six grandchildren; Skyla, Madison, Carley, Jack, Luke, and Quin, a brother-in-law; Jimmie Martin (Nell) and a cousin; Jimmy Toy. Memorial services will be two o’clock, Friday afternoon, Dec 11, 2015 at Saint Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church Columbarium. Officiating will be the Rev. Scott Efird and the Rev. Dr. Ted Sherril.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Dec. 3, 2015
Norman Castle Sr., Husband of Brenda Castle ’63
No obituary available.
William Keith Collins ’63 – Nov. 12, 2017
Collins, William Keith, 76, of Mt. Washington, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Baptist Health. Keith was a retired educator for over 27 years, an alumni of Berea College and the University of Louisville, and served as the assistant principal and athletic director at Bullitt East High School. He was preceded in death by his father, William King Collins. Keith is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Donna Knoop Collins; daughter, Jennifer Leigh Collins; son, Scott Collins (Amy); his mother, Jessie Collins; niece, Julie Kessler ( Shawn); great nephew, Bryant Miles; special niece, Amy Brafford; sisters-in-law, Julia Woodrome and Sabrina Knoop; and brother-in-law, Robert Knoop. A celebration of Keith’s life will be 12 p.m. Wednesday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with burial in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday. Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Hosparus of Louisville.
William H. Suters Jr., Husband of Margaret Suters ’63 – Jan. 11, 2018
William Henry Suters, Jr. “Bill”, age 79, died January 11, 2018. Bill was born in Utica, NY, and grew up in Waterville, NY. He served 3 years as a percussionist in the West Point Military Academy Band, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
After graduating from Utica College Bill moved to Berea and worked as a Health Educator for the Council of the Southern Mountains. Later he served as director of the Mountain Maternal Heath League. Continuing his interest in the people of the Appalachian… area, he then worked as an Assistant to the President of Alice Lloyd College and later the University of the Cumberlands.
Bill was an active member of White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church and had served and an elder.
Bill was a founding member of the Berea Volunteer Fire Department and served many years as a volunteer fireman. He also gave many years of community service on the Berea Sewer Commission.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Willian Henry Suters and Clara Belle Whitcombe Suters and a brother, Philip Suters.
Bill will be missed by Margaret “Meg”, his wife of 54 years, his children Henry and his wife Leslie of Knoxville, TN, and Ellen Suters of Richmond, KY, his grandchildren Beth, Clare and Will and many relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held a White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 20th at 11AM with inurnment to follow in the Berea Cemetery at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7 PM and again Saturday at 10AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY 41844 and the missions and outreach programs of White’s Memorial Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 237 Berea, KY 40403
Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dr. A. Charles Sabo ’64 – Jan. 24, 2018
SABO, DMD Alexander C. 77, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Born in Wheelwright, KY, in 1940, son of a coal miner, he moved to Louisville after attending Berea College, and attended UofL School of Dentistry. He became part of a rotation of several brothers and sisters, brought to Louisville, one at a time for advanced education, each helping the other while working part time until all were educated accountants, nurses, dentists, teachers, ad infinitum. His service to the community spanned 50 years and his commitment to help others never wavered. His generous, conscientious service to the profession of dentistry and his patients will be missed by any and all who knew him. He was a 50 year member of the Louisville Dental Society and the Kentucky Dental Association and was a master woodcarver, particularly focused on Western figures. He was preceded in death by brothers, Joe and Mike Kohler; sister, Mildred Sabo; and stepdaughter, Jennifer Vissing. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Brannon Sabo; children, Alex Sabo, Jr., Brian Sabo, Laura Sabo; stepdaughter, Jan Hunter; sisters, Thelma Conway and Vickie Robinson; brothers, Albert, Bill and Thomas Sabo; and three grandchildren. In lieu of services, cremation was chosen. Highlands Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to American Heart Association.
Ann Cooper Shaw ’64 – Nov. 11, 2017
No obituary available.
Carolyn Blanton Abney FD ’65 – March 26, 2018
Carolyn Abney, 73, of Kokomo passed away at 2:55 PM Monday March 27, 2018 at Community Howard Regional Hospital. Born October 10, 1944 in Whitesburg, KY, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Grace Blanton. She was a 1964 graduate of Berea High School in Berea, KY On December 18, 1965, in Wabash, Indiana she married Preston Dolie Abney. She is survived by one daughter Gwendolyn (Thomas) Abney-Cunningham of Kalamazoo, Michigan; sisters Opal Abney and Anna Sue Florek, and brother Charles Blanton. She is also survived by one grandchild, William Abney Cunningham, and several nieces and nephews. Carolyn worked as a Baker for many years, and helped her husband with daily activities with operating their business, Abney Masonry. She retired from Wendy’s in 2008 after 15 years of service. She enjoyed traveling, playing Rook, going to the Casino, being outdoors, and spending time with her grandson William, who was her “Pride and Joy.” Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jerry Blanton and Alton Short, and sister Lea Gooley. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, March 30, 2018 at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel. Pastor Dave Osborne will officiate. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery, Howard County. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Friday at the mortuary. Share condolences and memories at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel’s website.
Bobby R. Singleton ’66 – Oct. 25, 2017
No obituary available.
Okey Sillon Jackson ’66 – Dec. 4, 2017
Okey Sillon Jackson, age 74, of Jacksboro, passed away peacefully Dec. 4, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after an extended illness.
Born in Gad, West Virginia on Feb. 10, 1943, Okey was the son of Wilmer and Beulah Jackson who along with his sister, Mertie and one nephew, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Marsh Jackson whom he married July 16, 1965, he is also survived by two sons, Rustin of LaFollette, and Morgan of Jacksboro, and three grandsons, Tyler (and Destiny) of Jacksboro, Garrett of Chapmanville, W.Va. and Evan of Jacksboro.
He is also survived by his siblings, Wilmer Eugene, Charles (and Sandy), Janie, (and Denver Danberry) and Eva (and LeRoy Henshaw), nine nephews, three nieces, and a host of relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Okey received a Bachelor of Industrial Technology from Berea College, Berea, Ky. in June of 1966 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. in June of 1968.
Okey taught at Santa Barbara Art Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., and after leaving California, owned and operated Conjun Laboratory, Inc., a water and soil lab in Prestonsburg, Ky. While working for Mountain Comprehensive Care in Prestonsburg, Ky., Okey set up a sheltered workshop for special needs adults.
He and Carolyn achieved the Emerald level of distributorship in Amway.
In Jacksboro they bought lakefront property and a sawmill and Okey designed and built their home and a guest house.
They operated Canaan, a group home/therapeutic foster home for adolescent boys in Jacksboro, for eleven years.
Among the many boys from Canaan who continue to call Okey Dad, are Brian Martain, Barry Dile, Ralph Varvaro Nathan Holder, Casey Harvey, Chris Stamey, Chris Thomas and Isiah Williams.
Many years ago, Okey made the decision to have his body donated to science. In accordance with his wishes his body was delivered to Anatomy Gifts Registry in Hanover, Md.
Okey’s family would like to invite his friends and family to join them for a Celebration of Okey’s Life at the LaFollette Church of God, 1906 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette, on Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Leading the Celebration of Life for Okey Jackson will be longtime Pastor and friend, Greg Causey from Strawberry Plains, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, Okey’s family would appreciate a written memory of Okey and ask that you join them in the Life Center of the church after the celebration.
This obituary is a courtesy of Martin-Wilson Funeral Home of LaFollette.
Thomas Bowman, Husband of Lou Ella Bowman ’67 – June 22, 2016
Thomas David Bowman, 68 of Shelbyville passed peacefully June 22, 2016. Tommy was born in Anmoore, WV on May 29, 1948. He was one of nine children born to Zella and Howard Bowman. He was a Vietnam Veteran serving 22 years in the Army. He was a member of VFW Post # 1179 and a former Commander. Tommy was a beloved member of Graefenburg Baptist Church for 42 years. He was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class, Sanctuary Choir and Grace Notes. Preceded in death by: wife, Lou Ella Bowman; parents; sisters, Louise Perkins and Mary Lee Fry; brothers, Charles, Billy and Jimmy Bowman. Survivors include: his beloved dogs, George and Lily; son, Howard Thomas “H.T.” Bowman (Lisa); grandchildren, Izabella-Lou, Ella Marie, Aidan, Reagan, Mikaela and Ashlyn; brothers, Paul and Donnie Bowman; sister; Dottie ; nieces, Henrietta and Becky. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 25, 2016 at Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Philip Meade officiating . Burial will follow in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday until the funeral hour at Shannon Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at Shannon Funeral Home’s website.
Jack H. Horn ’67 – March 18, 2018
Jack Harry Horn, born December 8, 1944, with his twin sister, Anna Laura Horn, passed into God’s grace after a brief illness on March 18, 2018. Jack was a resident of Inez, Martin County, Kentucky for his entire life. He is survived by his wife Gladys Copley Horn, and two children, Jackie Leigh Horn, Esq. (C. Andrew Stephens) of Nicholasville, and Dr. Todd Lindsey Horn (Melinda) of Somerset. Jack and Gladys were high school sweethearts who married on August 10, 1968 and enjoyed 49 years of marriage. Also surviving Jack are his five wonderful grandchildren, Andrew William Holt, Allison Leigh Holt, Ashton Blake Holt, Jackson Chase Horn and Lindsey Caroline Horn along with three siblings, Anna Parsley, Everette Horn Jr. and Beuford Horn. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Everette and Clara Mills Horn and two siblings, Euladean Jennings and Ella Mae Mollette. Jack graduated from Inez High School in 1963, Berea College in 1967, and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1970. After graduating from Law School, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Polk, Louisiana. He became and awarded Drill Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1974. After his army service, Jack returned to Inez to open his law practice. Jack served his community over a 46 year period in many capacities – in private practice, as Trial Commissioner, Domestic Relations Commissioner, Assistant County Attorney, and lastly as the elected Circuit Court Clerk of Martin County until his retirement in December 2016. Jack was proud to walk to work each and every day and greeted his friends on the streets of Inez with a smile and a happy, upbeat, positive manner. Jack never knew a stranger. Jack was an active member of the Marion Hale Masonic Lodge #672 in 1971. Jack represented the Lodge as the Pass Master. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Murfield Lodge #882 and a member of The Ted Adams Lodge of Research, #998. He was also a Shriner at El Hasha Shriners in Ashland, Kentucky. Jack had a quiet, respectful nature and as he commanded his troops in the army with a reserve authority, he never had a bad word to speak to anyone. Jack worshipped Jackie and Todd and his five grandchildren. He was the perfect grandparent; he loved them, guided them, took care of them and participated in their upbringing on a daily basis. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Jack was a patriot and an American, a husband, father, grandfather and a simply decent soul who will be missed by all. Funeral services will be held at the Callaham Funeral Home in Inez, Kentucky on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 1:00pm with Kevin Davis officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Louisa, Kentucky. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Callaham Funeral Home, Inez, KY. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Marion Hale Masonic Lodge #672, P.O. Box 508, Inez, KY 41224 or the Kentucky order of the Eastern Star #389.
Don R. King ’68 – July 5, 2017
Don Reece King, 71, of Maurertown, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock.A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11 at Lebanon Lutheran Church with the Rev. J.D. Cutlip officiating. Burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery.Mr. King was born June 25, 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of the late Alfred Maurice and Ellon Lavon Hanson King. He was a member of Lebanon Lutheran Church and was a retired Industrial Arts teacher having taught 29 years in Fairfax and one year in Frederick County. He was also a member of North Shenandoah Ruritan Club.Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Lucy Mae Artz King; three sons, Jon Travis King and wife Julie of Winchester, Edward Andrew King and wife Jennifer of Red River, Oregon and Benjamin Reece King and wife Deanna of Strasburg; five grandchildren, Jamie, Ryan, Jayden, Catherine and Adelynne King; and two sisters, Sharon Schoonmaker of North Carolina and Anita Tatum of Montgomery, Alabama. He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha King.Pallbearers will be members of the North Shenandoah Ruritan Club. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Lebanon Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at Lebanon Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be made to Compassion Cupboard, 537 Burgess St., Strasburg, VA 22657; Luke’s Backpack, c/o Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, P.O. Box 132, Toms Brook, VA 22660; or Family Promise of Shenandoah County, P.O. Box 733, Woodstock, VA 22664.Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. Strasburg is serving the King family.
James P. Hutchinson Jr. ’69 – March 8, 2018
James Peter Hutchinson Jr., husband of Lynn Davis Hutchinson passed away Thursday, March 8th after a brief illness. Jay, “J.P.”, was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on April 22, 1947, son of Harriett Moss Hutchinson and the late James Hutchinson. Baptized at age 9 at Westmoreland Baptist Church, Jay was a committed servant at First Baptist Church of Ashland. He served First Baptist in various capacities as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Trustee, as well as a small group leader and Shepherd. He was also actively involved in the Upward Basketball ministry for over 10 years and loved singing in the choir. He was a graduate of Vinson High School, Berea College, and received his Masters of Education at Marshall University and Principal Certificate at Morehead State University. Jay was an educator at both Boyd County Schools and Ashland Independent Schools. He was a coach and teacher at Cooper Elementary, assistant principal and principal at Boyd County High School, principal at Paul Blazer High School, and teacher and assistant principal at Verity Middle School. He was an avid volunteer for the Ashland community. Jay was a member of the Ashland Breakfast Kiwanis Club, serving as president and board member. One of his favorite programs with Kiwanis was the “BUG” program in four different elementary schools. . In addition Jay volunteered for the Youth Education Series program at the Paramount Arts Center where he enjoyed greeting the children as they exited their buses. He enjoyed touching the lives of children not only through his educational positions but also through his community volunteer service He also volunteered for various organizations such as CASA. Jay enjoyed meeting with his R.O.M.E.O. group that met every Friday at various restaurants where they discussed how to solve the problems of the world. Although a native West Virginian and graduate of Berea College, he also became an avid University of Kentucky basketball and football fan. Jay is survived by two sons, Jason Hutchinson (Jennifer) of Cincinnati , Ohio and Andrew Bowling (Ondine) of Lexington, and one daughter, Julie Kale (Paul) of Taylorsville, North Carolina, and six grandsons; Hunter Kale, Ryan Smith, Peyton, Landon, Camdon, and Jon Asher Hutchinson; and a host of extended family and friends. Besides his children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends, he is survived by his mother, Harriett Hutchinson of Huntington, West Virginia. He will also be missed by his four-legged family; Gracie, the cat, Duffner and Lucy, the dogs. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Ashland with words of comfort provided by Rev. Dr. Steve Willis, Rev. Dr. Jason Hutchinson and Rev. Adam Smith. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Barboursville, Wva. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Monday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Ashland. Condolences may be sent to Steen Funeral Home’s website.
Susan Oliver ’69 – Aug. 21, 2017
No obituary available.
Jearold C. Taylor, Husband of Diana L. Taylor ’69 – May 20, 2014
JEAROLD CLAUDE TAYLOR, 69, of Grundy, passed away May 20, at his home following an extended illness. Born in Grundy, he was the son of the late Edgar Taylor and Edith Ratliff Taylor. Jearold graduated from Grundy High School in 1963 and received a B.A. from ETSU in 1968. He was employed as a teacher from 1968 until 1973, where after he returned to Grundy to become co-owner, with his brother, of Taylor Auto Parts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther Taylor and Edgar Taylor, Jr. Survivors include his wife Diana Adkins Taylor, Grundy, Virginia, one son Dr. Jason Taylor and wife Marianne of Charleston, South Carolina, one brother, Eugene H. Taylor and wife Linda of Abingdon, VA, and one grandson, Sullivan Taylor. Funeral Services for JEAROLD CLAUDE TAYLOR will be conducted Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Little Prater Church of Christ with Evg. Jon Searle and Evg. Howie Spears officiating with burial to follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, VA. Friends may call at the Little Prater Church of Christ Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. Active Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Little Prater Church of Christ, 1299 Little Prater Road, Grundy, VA 24614. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Grundy Funeral Home’s website. Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, VA, is honored to serve the family of Jearold Claude Taylor.
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Robert E. Neville ’70 – Dec. 26, 2017
Robert Eugene Neville, 71, passed from this life on Dec. 26, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on Dec. 10, 1946 in West Palm Beach, FL. Arrangements under the direction of Legends Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas.
Harold L. Blayney ’70 – April 5, 2018
No obituary available.
Rebecca Montgomery Colliver ’71 – Nov. 27, 2017
Rebecca “Becky” Ruth Montgomery Colliver, 68, of Nicholasville, KY joined the God she loved and served as she passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home November 27, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Born September 7th, 1949, in Lexington, KY, she was the daughter of the late W.C. “Jerry” and Jennie (Caudill) Montgomery of Lexington.
Becky was a retired school counselor for the Jessamine County School District. She served in the Fayette and Jessamine County School Districts for 27 years as an elementary school teacher and junior high and middle school counselor. She never met a stranger and she was a hostess to many. After retiring from her service there, she continued to serve her community in hospitality roles and as a “Flocker” with her home church, Central Baptist Church, as well as being the “Chow Woman” for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky’s annual Extreme Build. She enjoyed serving with the UK Women’s Club and serving with her professional organizations Kentucky School Counselor Association and Kentucky Counseling Association, the latter of which she was President. She also loved spending time in her winter retreat at Panama City Beach, Florida.
She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Don, as well as her children, Jeremy (Laura) Colliver of Snellville, GA, and Jason (Naomi) Colliver of Alexandria, KY; her four grandchildren, Blaine, Molly, Lucy, and Colt, and expecting another grandson, Liam, in December; as well as two nieces and two nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Ellen Montgomery Holder; brother-in-law, LTC Neville E. M. Holder; and sister-in-law, Lois Davis Colliver.
Visitation will be held at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Rd., Lexington, KY 40517 on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Saturday at 10:00 AM before the Memorial Celebration. Her Memorial Celebration will be held at Central Baptist Church on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM with interment to follow in the Lexington Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the Rebecca Ruth Montgomery Colliver Scholarship Fund with Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, 400 East College Street, Box 358, Georgetown, KY 40324.
Timothy R. Murphy ’75 – April 13, 2018
Murphy, age 66 of Griffin passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at his residence
Tim was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 12, 1951. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard Dennis Murphy and Frances Juanita Blazier Murphy. He received his BS from Berea College in 1975, his MS and his PhD in 1979 and 1985, respectively, from Clemson University. Dr. Murphy was a Professor Emeritus and Extension Agronomist at the UGA Griffin Campus and retired after 28 years of service.
Dr. Murphy enjoyed spending time with his family, including his UGA family. Tim will be fondly remembered by family and friends for the endless hours of service to his church, First Baptist Griffin, Habitat for Humanity, and his endless support for anyone he met. He will be most missed for his wit, charm, and the ability to make a joke about anything.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite J. Murphy; daughter, Molly Murphy; sisters, Alice Murphy Garrison, Helen Murphy Payton, Jeanie Murphy Hogg; brothers, Michael Murphy, Jim Murphy; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Tim Murphy will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 106 W. Taylor Street, Griffin. Following the services, the family will receive friends in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to First Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 908, Griffin, Georgia 30224 or to Griffin Habitat for Humanity in memory of Dr. Murphy.
Carl David Marcum ’78 – April 8, 2018
Carl David Marcum, 62, of Fort Gay, WV, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Medical Center of Ashland, KY. Mr. Marcum was born November 3, 1955 in Jonesville, VA, the son of the late Pete and Fern Burke Marcum. He was a graduate of Berea College and Marshall University. He was a member of the Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church and a retired agent with the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service where he served Wayne County for 33 years. Carl leaves behind his wife of almost 35 years, Marsha Webb Marcum; a daughter, Bethany Marcum of Fort Gay, WV; one son, Ben Marcum and wife Ashley of Catlettsburg, KY; and two beautiful granddaughters that he cherished, Rosie and Rylee Marcum. Carl also leaves behind two sisters, Phyllis Hurd of Jonesville, VA and Rita Asbury of East Lynn, WV, and two brothers, Bill Marcum of Greenville, SC and Pete Marcum of Abingdon, VA. A visitation will be held at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa, KY on Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church in Prichard, WV with Rev. Randy Ratcliffe officiating. A visitation will also be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Robinette Funeral Home in Jonesville, VA. Graveside services will immediately follow in the Bledsoe Cemetery in the Wallen’s Creek Community with Billy Marcum officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church, Building Fund, Big Hurricane Creek, Prichard, WV, 25555.
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William D. Payne ’80 – Jan. 30, 2015
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Leslie O. Scoggin ’82
Mr. Leslie Owen Scoggin, 70, of Spindale, passed away Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, while being cared for at The Charles George Veterans Medical Center in Asheville, NC. A native of Rutherford County, he was born to the late Hullan Paul Scoggin and Mattie Lee Barnes Scoggin. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel, 118 US Hwy 74A Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Interment will be in the Spindale City Cemetery with military honors provided by The Rutherford County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Online condolences may be made at Crowe’s Mortuary.
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Janet C. Kreider, Hon ’91 – April 15, 2018
Janet Elizabeth Callahan Kreider, 97, died in Cincinnati on 4/15/18. Janet is survived by daughters Anne and Carol (George) Lisensky, granddaughters Laura, Diana and Rachel Tova, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Thomas Kreider. Janet was born in Tulsa, OK, raised in Tulsa and Cincinnati, OH, spent her adult years in Berea, KY, and her retirement at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati. Janet graduated from Wellesley College and Columbia University School of Journalism. She worked at the Cincinnati Post and for Berea College as a teacher, faculty advisor to the Pinnacle, and at the Public Relations Office. Janet was very active in the League of Women Voters. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Berea College.
Leigh A. Jones ’92 – April 25, 2018
Leigh A. Jones (86) went home to be with the Lord on April 25th 2018. He was born on April 15, 1932 in Mankato, MN. He started going ?steady? with his wife to be (Pat) when they were sophomores in high school. They were married August 8, 1954 after he graduated from the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his 5 children; Steven (Lisa), Jeff (Deena), Cindy Pippin (Dwayne), Vicki Robinson (Dmitri) and Karen Gabbard (Rodney). 13 grandchildren; Cory Jones, Dylan Jones (Jessica), Scott Jones, Tabetha Frost (Robert), Devyn Partin (Jacob), Evan Robinson (Stephanie), Ty Robinson (Danielle), Jay Robinson (Sarah), Kim Quiles (Adam), Lukas Gabbard, Griffin Gabbard, Dawson Gabbard and Jeremiah Pippin and 9 great grandchildren; Kinley Frost, Harlow Frost, Declan Frost, Wesley Partin, Gavin Partin, Ethan Robinson, Mikah Robinson, Malachi Robinson and Evelyn Rose Robinson. Leigh moved his family to Berea in 1964 when he accepted a position as Controller at Berea College. After working there for 32 years, he retired in 1996 as Vice President of Business and Finance. Leigh lived a very full and active life which included many trips to Hilton Head Island with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball and snow skiing. He was a man of strong faith and a member at Berea Baptist Church for 20 years. While a member there, he served on the Financial Committee and volunteered in the Food Closet. Memorial Donations may be made to Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut St., or Hospice Care of Berea, 208 Kidd Dr. Berea, Ky, 40403. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Glenda Maxine Ntamo ’94 – Jan. 3, 2014
Glenda Ntamo age 64 of Lexington, passed away Friday January 3, 2013 in Lexington. Glenda was born in Tennessee to the late Harshall Glenn Cline and Margaret Cline. She was a member of the Baha’i faith. Glenda is survived by her brothers Phil Cline and Ta Cline. Graveside services will be 1:30 pm Tuesday January 7, 2013 at Berea Cemetery. Lakes Funeral Home in charge of these services.
Lydia D. Morgan ’95 – Nov. 28, 2017
Life Celebration is 11:00 Monday at Faith Chapel Christian Center, 800 Quebec Drive, Birmingham 35224. Inhumation follows at Highland. This leaf on our family tree, that stemmed from Jerry and Mary Jones Morgan, was vibrant, colorful and compassionate. With her whole heart, she conquered all. She lifted her voice with the Praise Team at Faith Chapel and rendered care as a Dialysis Technician with Fresenius. She completed McAdory High School 1991 and attended Berea College and UAB. Survivors: son, Christian Howard; siblings, Martha Peoples, Jerry, Jr. (Quintella) and Ralph Morgan, Olivia (Larry) Kennard and Paula Burton. Calling Hours at Johnson Memorial, Bessemer, Sunday Noon until 9:00. To God Be the Glory!
Donaliya Kaira-Porter ’96
No obituary available
Lisa Becker Halverson ’98 – March 5, 2018
A Celebration of Life for Lisa M. Halverson of Baudette, Minn., will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Helgeson Funeral Home in Baudette.
Lisa Marie Halverson, 43, of Baudette, Minn., died on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks N.D., due to complications related to Influenza B and pneumonia.
Lisa Marie Halverson was born on Feb. 28, 1975, to Jim and Darlene Halverson in Homer, Alaska. Lisa grew up in Anchor Point, Alaska. As a child she enjoyed all kinds of sports, but most of all swimming. She competitively swam for her high school team. She graduated from Homer High in 1993. The following year Lisa attended Berea College in Kentucky. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Lisa pursued a degree in nursing. Using her nursing degree, Lisa became a traveling nurse, which brought her to many different areas of the U.S. such as San Francisco, Calif.; New York; and Los Angeles, Calif. Presently Lisa was a Flight Medic Nurse for Life Med out of Alaska. She was also pursuing a Nurse Practitioner program to further her career in the medical field and help others.
Lisa dedicated her life to others, both professionally and personally. Her mission work in Guatemala and Uganda were a testament to this. Lisa loved life and the outdoors. She really enjoyed traveling to new places and experiencing new adventures.
She is survived by her parents, Jim and Darlene of Anchor Point; brother, Russell and nephew Sage of Hawaii; her life partner, Brent Hanson of Baudette, and his family, Kent and Cynthia Hanson of Baudette, and Chas, Afton and Elle Farasyn of Loveland, Colo.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Mae Hamilton Daughtery ’04 – Jan. 25, 2018
Mae Leslie Daugherty, age 37, of Brandenburg, KY, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, KY. Leslie was born January 22, 1981 in Elkton, MD to Wayne L. and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Pyle Hamilton. Leslie graduated from North Hardin High School in 1999. She then graduated from both St. Catherine College in 2001 and Berea College in 2003 and played softball at both schools. Leslie coached freshman softball at North Hardin High School from 2004-2008 and was a member of the Kentucky Ballers Military Softball team from 2009-present. Leslie was employed by the Hardin County Water District 1 and was also a Kentucky Colonel. She is survived by her loving husband, Kevin Daugherty; sons, Easton and Beau Daugherty; parents, Wayne and Mary Hamilton; sister, Crystal (BJ) Crowley; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Lois Daugherty; brother and sister-in-law, Amanda (Dave) Warren; half-brother, Wayne Hamilton, Jr.; nephew, Cole Warren; and niece, Evelyn Warren. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST from the Chapel of Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home with burial to follow in Cap Anderson Cemetery in Brandenburg. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Wednesday after 9:00 AM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Fort Knox Federal Credit Union in the name of Easton and Beau Daugherty.