Staff and Faculty

Janet Ellen Ensign Bromley, 91, former music professor at Berea College, September 10, 2016.

Janet Ellen Ensign Bromley, of Huntington, WV passed on September 10, 2016, at the age of 91 after an extended period of decline. Janet is survived by her sons Darwin P. Bromley (wife Trella) of Jacksonville, FL, David B. Bromley (wife Julie) of Glenview, IL, and William H. Bromley (wife Nancy) of Morton Grove, IL, and by her beloved grandchildren, Miriam and Claire Bromley of Morton Grove, IL, and Elizabeth, M. Paul, Janet and Daniel Bromley of Jacksonville, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents, Darwin Abbott and Janet Etta Parsons Ensign of Huntington, WV, by her son, Peter Yarwood Bromley of Jacksonville, FL, and by her former husband and lifelong friend, N. Paul Bromley. Janet is also survived by Norma Bromley (widow of Paul Bromley), a family presence and dear friend. Janet E. Bromley was born on January 31, 1925, in Huntington, WV, to Darwin and Janet Ensign. She graduated from Marshall College Laboratory School in 1943, then attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1947 with degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education. After graduation Janet taught at Berea College before returning to Huntington. There she met and married Norman Paul Bromley August 5, 1949. Together they had four sons from 1950 to 1956. Janet initially subordinated her music career to the nurturing and care of her family. She supported her sons in their varied activities, acting as den mother, driver, art teacher, music coach, tour director, referee and ever-present mom. With Paul and her parents, she passed to her sons a love of games that strongly influenced their lives. She continued until all had graduated from university. During this family-focused time, she performed her violin for the sons and their friends, in church (particularly First Church UCC), in local orchestras and on special occasions. Once her sons had established their own lives and careers, Janet returned to her great love of performance and sharing her love of music. For over 50 years she played her violin and viola for thousands in and around Huntington. Janet performed in many varied venues, from formal concerts with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Huntington Chamber Orchestra, Marshall University Symphony Orchestra and the Huntington Pops Orchestra, to many less formal events – recitals, weddings, receptions, dinners, private performances, pit orchestras and even the occasional car dealership opening. She and her friends often performed as the Baroque Chamber Ensemble, and together they shared their virtuosity and love of music and acted as ambassadors of fine music to the Huntington community for many years. By coordinating Cabell County Schools, music performance ensembles, and state and local funding agencies, thousands of school children were exposed to the joy and positive experiences of musical performances through the EFFORT program that she established and led. With the collaboration of many, she created the On Line, In Rhythm program at the Huntington Museum of Art to introduce the arts – music, dance and visual- to local school children. For this work and the many other instances in which she gave her leadership, virtuosity and financial support, Janet was considered by many as Huntington’s “Matriarch of Music” and honored by city and state and by the communities that she loved. Away from her music, Janet led a private life. She was a lifelong (from birth) congregant of First Congregational United Church of Christ, where she played regularly and was an active leader and supporter. She loved gardening, particularly roses, and “Janet’s Jungle” was a place of relaxation and repose during her busy life. Janet enjoyed travel, particularly to visit family and to make new friends. Janet was an able financial leader for her family and community, having learned from her father and relying on the help of good friends like Robert Astorg and Ann Stamm. Janet was active on the boards of First Church, the Huntington Symphony, the Huntington Museum of Art, Service Machine Company, Mayfair Games Inc. and others. Janet provided financial support to several endeavors, including Mayfair Games (founded by Darwin and Peter). She was generous in supporting the music community and her church. The family suggests that memorials in Janet’s name be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and the Huntington Museum of Art. The family would particularly like to thank Treva Sullivan and her fellow companions who cared for and supported Janet during the final years of her life.

Nancy Marema, the wife of Jack Marema, Hon ’94, October, 26, 2016.

No obituary available.



Louise Sutherland ’36, December 10, 2016.

Louise Virginia Sutherland, 101, passed away December 10, 2016 at the family home.  She was born November 17, 1915 in Clintwood to the late Simpson Holliday Sutherland, and Pearl Rush Sutherland.  Her early life was spent in Dickenson County. She was graduated from Berea College, and received a Master Degree in Library Science from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt).  She began her career teaching in Dickenson County coaching girls’ basketball, and directing the girls’ Glee Club.  She later moved to Giles County where she worked as County Librarian, in 1960 she began work at the Department of Education in Richmond, Virginia.  Her final position was with the Office of Education in Washington D.C., retiring from there in 1985. Louise was an avid bridge player, a bridge teacher, a sports fan (go Redskins), a sponsor of the Johnnie B. Deel Library, a member of the local DAR Chapter, and the Dickenson County Historical Society. She is survived by her brothers, William L. Sutherland of Abingdon, VA; Fred G. Sutherland of Sandston, VA; sister, Jane S. Lyon of Richmond, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Louise Virginia Sutherland will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Clintwood United Methodist Church, with burial following the service in the family plot in the Phipps Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Holliday Carico, Joe Simpson Carico, Douglas Fulton Sutherland, Earl Rush Sutherland, and Donald Steven Toth.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the Clintwood Funeral Home Chapel

Lois Peters Blair, Acad ’39, October 31, 2016.

Lois Marie Peters Blair, age 95, died Monday, October 31, 2016 at Hearth at The Crossings in Greenwood, Indiana. Mrs. Blair was a native of Owsley County, Kentucky born to the late Fred G. and Martha Chadwell Peters. She received both her BA and Masters in Special Education from South East Missouri State College and was a retired educator. She also enjoyed homemaking, art and quilting and was of the Methodist faith. Other than her parents Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William Blair, a brother, Orin Peters, a sister, Verna Edwards and a grandson, Michael Price. She is survived by, her daughter, Jean (Joe) Blair Robertson of Saint Louis, Missouri, her son, Jim (Karoline) Blair of Greenwood, Indiana, a sister, Mildred Carter of Hermitage, Tennessee and one granddaughter, Pamela Price of Bend, Oregon Funeral services will be 2:00pm Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home, with Rev. Phil Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the service.

Mary Huff Jennings ’39, November 27, 2016.

Mary Elisabeth Huff Jennings, age 99 years old, a musician, wife, mother, and grandmother died Sunday, November 27, 2016. She follows her husband of sixty two years in death. She will be buried in the Berea City Cemetery in Berea, Kentucky next to her husband. A memorial service will be held later in December. Mrs. Jennings was the daughter of Grant and Sudie Lowen Huff and was born in Berea, Kentucky on November 10, 1917. She attended Knapp Hall Elementary School which was associated with Berea College. During these early years Grant Huff offered his daughter a piano if she would promise to practice every day. It was at that time that Mary began her love affair with the piano. Later, Mrs. Jennings attended Berea High School in Berea and would later receive a BA degree from Berea College majoring in piano. One summer during college, in the evening, Mary boarded a Greyhound bus going to Chicago. Her goal was to study at the Conservatory…her plan was to arrive in Chicago in the morning so that she could make her way to the YWCA to make boarding arrangements. Mrs. Jennings completed an Oxford course in teaching piano in Chicago that summer and returned to Berea College in the fall.At the age of forty, having raised two daughters, Mary returned to her music. She enrolled back in Berea College to begin her study of the organ. In 1964, Mary and Gilbert moved to Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Jennings would pursue his real estate development and Mary would enroll in Florida State University to continue her new love of the organ. While in Berea, Mrs. Jennings founded the Younger Woman’s Club. In Tallahassee, she was a member of the Woman’s Club and Music Guild. Mrs. Jennings was a member of the First Baptist Church and later East Hill Baptist Church. Her joy of piano and organ continued to be an important part of her life as she played for events all over Tallahassee. Her strong faith was ever present in her life until her death. Mr. and Mrs. Jennings were longtime supporters of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. They moved from Betton Hills to Westminster Oaks Retirement Community in 2000. Mrs. Jennings is survived by her two daughters, Gail Jennings Mosley and Caroline Jennings Harris. She is also survived by Caroline’s husband, Ray G. Harris. She leaves five grandchildren: Patrick, Page, Frank, Beth, and Brian. To them, Mrs. Jennings will always be known as “Ma”.

Hattie Giles Morris ’39, October 13, 2016.

Hattie Giles Morris went to her heavenly home on October 13, 2016. Hattie was born on October 10, 1918 in Polk County, North Carolina the fifth daughter of Nathaniel Giles and Addie Lee Walker. Hattie wrote down her thoughts about how she wanted to be remembered and this is what she wanted everyone to know. First and foremost, she was thankful to have been a part of the Cherokee community and the Cherokee Baptist Church for 60 years. She became a Christian at age 12 and was a graduate of Berea College in 1939. During her adult life Hattie had many jobs including Sunday school teacher, training union teacher, School Teacher Lake Lure 1939-1941, U.S. Government worker, Washington D.C. 1941-1943, Air Force Rest Center, Lake Lure, NC 1943-1945, teacher Edneyville High School 1946, Gift Shop owner Chimney Rock 1947 to early 1950’s, school teacher at the old Cherokee High School in the early 1960’s, Gift shop owner Cherokee from 1950’s till 2009. Hattie was a trustee at Southwestern Community College in the 1980’s. Hattie was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband James Logan Morris Junior, son’s Robert Lee and James Logan Morris III. Surviving family include her beloved daughter in law Carolyn Morris (Jimmy), granddaughters Teri Lynn Morris of Cherokee and Melissa Morris Ogle (Scott) of Whittier. Grandchildren Logan Scott Ogle (Carson) and Emily Ann Ogle. Great-great granddaughter Caroline Ogle. Many nieces and nephews that she loved. Special friends Martha and Les McGuire. Services will be held Monday October 17, 2016 at Cherokee Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm till 7:00pm. The funeral service will begin at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cherokee Baptist Church, Cherokee Boys Club or Chimney Rock Baptist Church Cemetery fund.


Willard Edwin Swinford, Acad ’40, December 13, 2016.

Willard Edwin Swinford, 95, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his home. He was born April 9, 1921, in Disputanta, Kentucky, in Rockcastle County to John Sherman and Daisy Smith Swinford, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a retired professor for the Department of Industrial Technology at Eastern Kentucky University and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII where he served in the Pacific Theatre. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Redmon Swinford and a newborn son, David Swinford, and is survived by one son, Michael Lee Swinford (Bobbi) of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter, Sylvia Davis (William E.) of Richmond; three grandchildren, Jennifer Avery (Todd), Jessica Cruse (Anthony) and Melanie Rivera (Anthony); five great-grandchildren, Sam Eye, Makayla Cruse, Kassi Eye, Tanner Cruse, and Jackson Rivera, as well as his special Maltese companion, Gem. A special Thanks to his caregivers, Lisa Short, Elmer Perkins, Sherry Shaw, Teresa Foster, and Mary Shepard. Visitation will be from 6 – 9 PM Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM Friday at the Berea Cemetery, with James Masterson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Ed Swinford Scholarship Fund, Eastern Kentucky University, Office of Development, Coates CPO 19, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475

Annie Lance Fox ’42, May 24, 2014.

Annie L. Fox Bryson City – Annie L. Fox, 92, of Bryson City went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 24, 2014. She taught High School English for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Fox. She is survived by two daughters, Jamie F. Grimsley and husband Robert, Sherry F. Ginn and husband Richard; four grandchildren, Laura Kleinman and husband Brad, Natalie Grimsley, Effrem Creasman and wife Cheryl and Lance Creasman; and three great grandchildren, Hailey Creasman, Austin Creasman, and Diamond Mason. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Rev. Wayner Dickert will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:30 – 11:00 am Wednesday at the church. Crisp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bryson City United Methodist Church, 76 Main Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

Peter D. Guadagno, Acad ’42, August 22, 2015.

Obituary not available

Retha Mae Crase Herbert, Acad ’38, ’42, November 21, 2016.

Retha Herbert, age 98, died November 21, 2016 at her residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2016 at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Long officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Herbert; father, John Henry Crase; mother, Lila Elam Crase; brothers, Thelman Crase, Elmer Crase, Chaldon Crase, Cigal Crase, Kenneth Crase, Omer Wages, Chester Wages; sisters, Ressie Dickey and Olean Wages. Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Herbert Parker of North Little Rock, AR; son, Geoffrey S. Herbert; sister, Tina Flinchum (Roger); grandchildren, Lance Vail of Oklahoma City, OK, Levon Parker of North Little Rock, AR; and great-grandchildren, Anthony Vail, Ella Parker and Cora Parker. Retha was born to tobacco farmer in Wheel Rim, a small Appalachian community in Southeastern Kentucky. She graduated high school and then attained her bachelor’s degree in Berea, Kentucky, following which she landed her first teaching job in a one room schoolhouse in Beattyville, Kentucky. She wed her husband of 50 years in 1948 and his career led them to Cincinnati, OH, where their children were born. From there they moved to St. Louis, MO, Long Island, NY, Woodbury Heights, NJ and finally to Tuscaloosa, where her husband eventually retired from Hunt Oil Company. Following their retirement, she loved out her life in Coker in the home she and her husband built together. Our mom loved meeting and visiting people, but none more than her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and always placed our needs above her own. She enjoyed simple pleasures like a bridge game, a coffee klatsch, or sharing a home-cooked meal with friends. She loved the Lord, was a lifelong student of The Bible and enjoyed serving in the church. She will be deeply missed her family. We can never express our gratitude for the privilege of enjoying the love and laughter she brought us during her long and fruitful life. Pallbearers will be Tim Paris, Levon Parker, Anthony Vaile and Lance Vail.

George W. Lockin, Acad ’42, November 14, 2016.

George W. Lockin, August 28, 1923 – November 14, 2016

Visitation: Saturday, December 3, 2016 Memorial Service: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cemetery Service: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Long-time Benton resident, George W. “Bill” Lockin, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2016 after a brief illness. Bill was living in Brentwood, TN at the time of his death. A native of Berea, KY, born on August 28, 1923 to Earl Wyman and Mary Jane Lockin. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Earl Wyman Lockin, Jr. and his wife of 67 years, Elwanda Dalton Lockin. After serving his country for five years, Bill returned to the University of Kentucky to complete his education, graduating with a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering. Upon graduation, Bill was hired by Inland Steel Coal Company in Wheelwright, KY where he worked for 31 years. In 1966, Inland moved operations to Southern Illinois where Bill held several management positions at the Sesser and McLeansboro mines. He retired in 1982 as the Mine Manager of Inland Steel #2 in McLeansboro. Bill and his wife, Wanda, enjoyed camping in their Airstream camper and were members of the Wally Byam Airstream Caravan Club in Southern Illinois. He was also an active member of the Lion’s Club International, Methodist Men, Benton Booster Club, Benton American Legion, and an active amateur radio operator. An incredible and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, Bill was loved and adored by his children, David William Lockin (wife Jennifer Ryan Lockin) of Lilburn, GA, daughter Karen Lockin Bachus of Rome, GA, and daughter Jane Lockin Hutson (husband John Hutson) of Brentwood, TN , grandchildren Matthew Lockin (wife Melissa Lockin) of Phoenix, AZ, Jonathan Lockin of Lilburn, GA, Avery Bachus of Marietta, GA, Madelyn Hutson of Providence, RI, and Kathryn Hutson of Brentwood, TN. A memorial service will be held at Benton First United Methodist Church, 203 Church St. Benton, IL at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. The eulogy will be given by Jim Muir and the service will be officiated by Mark Minor. Visitation with the family will be held that morning from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a military internment at Masonic- Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Funeral arrangements are through Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Bill proudly served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit

Blanche Marie Wood Compton, Acad ’43, November 24, 2009.

COMPTON, BLANCHE M. (WOOD), 85, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at Signature Health Care. She was a member of CBI Basha and the Masonic Home Kids. She is survived by her children; James Jr., and Ray “”Buzz”” Compton Sr., (Becky), Kathy Jordon and Sheila Kenny; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A celebration of Mrs. Compton’s life will be held noon Saturday at Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home and Cremations Services, 3601 Taylor Blvd., with burial to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation is noon-8 p.m. Friday.

Robert Paul Porter, Acad ’43, July 13, 2007.

Bob Porter, 83, of High Point, North Carolina, was promoted to Heaven on Friday, July 13, 2007 from the Hospice Home of High Point. He was born November 13, 1923 in Heidelberg, Ky., the son of the Lucian R. Porter and Edna Pendleton Porter. In 1988, he retired as an accountant with American Bakeries and was employed by the City of High Point. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army. He was a member of the Faith Missionary Alliance Church and an active Gideon. On April 20, 1946 he married Sylvia Watson and she preceded him in death on September 12, 1999. Surviving are two daughters, Cyndi L. (and Jim) Price, of High Point, NC; Rebecca Ann (and Walter) Bess, of Fairfax, Calif.; two grandchildren, Eric J. (and Jennifer) Price and Matthew J. Price. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Faith Missionary Alliance Church in Argyle, Ky. by the Pastor Mike Gates. Interment will be in the Valley Oak Cemetery in Argyle. The family received friends at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point, NC, Saturday, July 21 from 7 to 8:30pm. Arrangements in Argyle are being handled by Somerset Undertaking Company. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 5275, High Point, NC 27262.

William Friedlander, Navy V-12 ’44, December 16, 2015.

William Friedlander passed quietly Wednesday night. He lived a very full 90 years. He was a man of passion who loved many things. First and foremost he loved his wife Mitzi. They were married over 60 years. He was enthralled by her beauty and talent as she was a singer and actress of prodigious talent. He loved going out to arts events (orchestra, theater, ballet, opera and the meals after the events). He was an original Board Member of Actors Theater and President of an influential local arts performance and support group known as the Arts Club. He loved liberal politics and often put himself out there for the causes he held dear. He and Mitzi participated in the Open Housing marches in Louisville and the March on Frankfort in 1964 (he and Mitzi attended the 50th commemoration last year). He was a part of the anti-war movement marching against the Vietnam War. He was an early member of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, interfaith Paths to Peace and has supported equal rights movements his entire life. He loved education and received his PhD in Urban Planning 50 years after he was awarded his law degree. He loved the Episcopal Church (Christ Church Cathedral specifically) and the Diocese of Kentucky, and was very active in this community through the Cursillo movement and other governing bodies and Conventions. He loved good local and national policy and was a founder of several neighborhood associations (Butchertown, Cherokee Triangle and Bonnycastle). He helped start the Neighborhood Development Corporation, served on the Board of the Portland Museum. He loved politics and served as a House member in the Kentucky General Assembly (’51-’53). He was a strong Union supporter and worked for the State AFL-CIO and developed many projects to supply low income housing for the elderly. He also represented the American Federation of Teachers. He loved his sisters (Fadel and Suzanne and their children) deeply and picked up the habit of reading all signs while driving because he read them to his sisters to encourage them to be inquisitive. He loved his daughter Fadel and his son Eric. He also loved a good party! The annual Friedlander Christmas party will go on this year as a celebration of his life. It was only in the last few months that his health prevented him from doing all the things he loved. We hope his rest is sweet – it is certainly well deserved.

John Joseph Woods, Jr., Navy V-12 ’44, November 30, 2016.

Obituary not available

Margaret Bowman Peterson ’45, November 30, 2016.

Margaret Bowman Peterson, age 92, passed away peacefully at Peachtree Creek Senior Living Facility on November 30, 2016. Margaret was born March 11, 1924 in Louisville, KY and raised in Berea, KY. She was a lifelong devoted lover of her beautiful home state. She was predeceased by her father, Robert O. Bowman, mother, Ann McGuire Bowman, sister, Edith “Mickey” Evans, and brothers, Howard Linville and David O. Bowman. Margaret is survived by her husband of 64 years, Eugene H. Peterson, sons Timothy A. Peterson, C. Mark Peterson (Cindy), daughter Margaret Ann Martin (Don), 4 granddaughters – Emily Peterson, Anna Armstrong (Daniel), Angela Fiedler (Brock), Rachel Peterson –and 3 great grandchildren, Valerie and Claire Fiedler and Eli Armstrong. Margaret was valedictorian of her Berea High School graduating class. After high school, she attended Berea College then went on to receive her R.N. degree from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She practiced nursing for many years, first as a pediatric nurse then as Head Nurse of General Electric Company in Louisville. Later she served 20+ years as an ER nurse at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. After her retirement from nursing, she served as President of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Atlanta and as a Stephen Minister at her church, Mt. Paran Church of God. Margaret was also an active member of the DAR, Cherokee Chapter, in Atlanta and a member of the UDC, Atlanta 18. Always a student of the Bible, she participated actively in many Bible studies over the years. Margaret was utterly devoted to her Lord and to her family – the consummate loving wife, mother and grandmother. We will carry her legacy of love forever. Our deepest thanks go out to the wonderful caregivers at Peachtree Creek who cared for her with such love and compassion. Similarly, heartfelt thanks go to those at Agape Hospice who mercifully helped make her final days comfortable. Margaret will be remembered at a memorial service at Mt. Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta, 30327, on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The family will greet friends before the service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at National Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Paran Church of God Missions or the Salvation Army.

Leila Smith Stewart ’45, December 2, 2016.

Leila M. Stewart passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016 at the age of 97. Born 7/30/1919. She was a loving mother, smart and hard-working and kind. A Kentucky native, she graduated from Berea College and taught elementary school for many years. Leila also obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee. She enjoyed needlepoint, couponing, and time with family. Leila was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Burton Stewart, Jr.; parents, Alec and Phena Smith; brothers, Chester Morgan, Denver Estell, and Virgil; sisters, Beatrice, and Ida. She is survived and will be deeply missed by her devoted son, Alexander Stewart; special friend and neighbor Mrs. King; and other extended family and friends. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, December 8th at 1 pm at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, with Rev. Dr. Alan Smith officiating.

Rena Glenn Yount Dyer ’46, September 12, 2016.

Rena Glenn Yount Dyer, 92, Of Morganton, NC Died Monday, September 12, 2016. Born in Richmond, VA On February 23, 1924, She was the daughter of the late Glenn O. Yount and Mary May Yount. Mrs. Dyer was a 1946 graduate of Berea College in Berea, KY. Following her graduation, she married Dr. John Dyer of Petersburg, WV. After being a military couple and working in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, Mississippi, and Missouri, they settled in Rochester, MN, where her husband was on the Staff of the Mayo Clinic. Rena was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Rochester where she served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, and was President of The Women’s Association. She was an active member and officer of The Alice Mayo Society, and she was active in the Rochester Figure Skating Club and the Eastwood Women’s Golf Club. In 2009, the couple moved to Morganton, NC to be near family. Rena is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Kath and her Husband, Dr. Philip Kath, of Morganton; A son, David Dyer and his wife, Nina, of Vila Velha, Brazil; A grandson, John Dyer and his wife, Priscilla, of Vila Velha; Granddaughters, Lydia Dyer of Newcastle, United Kingdom and Katie Boyd and her husband, Malcolm, of Winston-Salem, NC; And a sister, Betty Gregory of Southern Pines, NC. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at Grace Ridge Retirement Center at 10 A.M., Monday, September 19, 2016. A private family burial will be held at Burke Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke United Christian Ministries, 305 W Union St. # B, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Richard Lee Gentry ’46, July 1, 2014.

Richard Lee Gentry, 88, a veteran of World War II, a member of the Richmond Church of Christ, and a resident of the Saint Andrews Retirement Community, died on Tuesday, July 1. Lee was born on February 12, 1926, at Level Green (Rockcastle County), Kentucky, the son of the late Richard and Maude Gentry. After graduating from high school, he attended Berea College and then joined the Army Air Corps just before World War II ended. Upon his discharge, he attended Eastern Kentucky University where he earned his B.S. degree in 1948 with a double major in mathematics and physical education. While at Eastern, he met Arevia Hannah Weddle, whom he later married on June 28, 1946. He went on to receive his M.S. in Physical Education from Eastern and the Ed.D. from the University of Kentucky. Lee’s teaching career, all in Kentucky, began at Livingston, where he also coached basketball. From Livingston he moved to East Bernstadt and then to Marion as superintendent of schools. In 1956, the family moved to Frankfort where Lee served as State Supervisor of Health, Safety, and Physical Education for eight years. In 1964, President Robert R. Martin recruited him to teach at Eastern Kentucky University. There he primarily supervised student teachers of physical education. While at Eastern, Lee was an active member of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, serving as secretary/treasurer and president of this organization. He received a Life Membership Award in 1964 and the W. H. Mustaine Award in 1974. During his 19 years at Eastern, Lee served as the Faculty Representative on the Board of Regents and served on the Arlington Board of Directors. He chaired the Department of Physical Education from 1980 until his retirement in 1983. The College of Education inducted Lee Gentry into its Wall of Honor in 2009. Lee took a leadership role in community affairs before and after his retirement. He spent eighteen years on the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board and also helped organize a Senior League for golf at Arlington. A long-time member of the Richmond Church of Christ, he served as an elder and started the Elderberries program for seniors. Lee Gentry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hannah Weddle Gentry; two daughters, Carol (John) Williams of McKinney, Texas, and Ellen Rini of Richmond; five grandchildren, Gavin (Megan) Williams of Plano, Texas, Zane (Jodi) Williams of McKinney, Texas, Sarah (Philip) Rini Gump of Richmond, Lucy Rini of Frankfort, and Woody Rini of Richmond; two great-grandchildren, Buck and Gentry Williams of McKinney, Texas; a sister, Nina Kline of Cincinnati, Ohio; and special friends Earl and Lucille Adams of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Maude Gentry, and five siblings, Billy Gentry, Bobby Gentry, Norma Stevens, Norene Manis, and Nellie Ratley. Pallbearers will be Woody Rini, Gavin Williams, Philip Gump, Chris Collins, Zack Gentry and Ben Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Titus Black, Larry Bond, Tom Brown, Mike Grimes, Jack Hall, Shirley Kearns, Joe Koger, Ron Lawson, Al Morris, Odell Phillips, Byno Rhodes, and Jim Stull. Visitation will be at the Oldham, Roberts, and Powell Funeral Home on Friday, July 4, 12:00-4:00. The funeral will be at the Richmond Church of Christ on Saturday, July 5, at 12:30. Visitation at the church building will precede the funeral at 11:00. Burial will follow the funeral at the Richmond City Cemetery. Remembrances in lieu of flowers can be made to the Richmond Church of Christ Vision Fund at 1500 Lancaster Road, Richmond, KY 40475 or the McCready Telford Foundation at 300 Stocker Drive, Richmond, KY 40475.

Roger E. Joest, Navy V-12 ’46, September 20, 2016.

Roger Earl Joest. Jan. 12, 1927 Sept. 20, 2016

Salinas “The last whistle has been blown. The last flag has been thrown”. “Coach Joest” has gone to the Great Athletic Field in the Sky. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a true friend to many. Coach passed away peacefully Tuesday evening Sept. 20, 2016, of complications from Renal Failure. Coach Joest was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Milford, UT. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Huntington Park. This is where his passion for sports began as an All City Basketball player in high school. In 1944, Coach enlisted in the United States Navy. He spent time at the Naval Air Technical Training (V-12) facility in Memphis, TN., Berea College in Kentucky and Bucknell University of Pennsylvania. He then went through the Naval Aviation Preparatory Program (V-5) at the University of Pennsylvania, and finished his training at the Naval Air Station in San Diego. In 1945, he was appointed as a candidate to West Point. As WW II ended, he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy. Coach finished his military service, attending college at Pepperdine University in Malibu. His love of sports hit a high when he made “All League” playing basketball for the “Bluewaves”. It was at Pepperdine University that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Betty) Lancastor. He and Betty were married in 1948. Coach graduated in 1950, and they moved to Salinas, to start his coaching career. Coach began teaching at Washington Junior High School in 1950. He was instrumental in initiating the colored shorts program for Athletic Achievement and building the military style obstacle course so many students ran through over his 35 years as a coach. He was always positive, fair, and supportive of his students. They loved him and his wonderful sense of humor. During his teaching career, Coach tried to figure out the game of golf, refereeing Basketball, Football and playing City League Softball and Basketball, until he began to be called the “Old Man”, by his younger counterparts in those later days. Coach retired in 1985. He knew it was time to retire when the kids would say, “My Dad had you as his coach when he attended school at WJH”. If he wasn’t on the Fairways with his cronies, he would enjoy spending time refining his craft at “Pine Needle Basket Weaving”. He took many “Best of Show” and “First Place” awards at the Monterey County Fair. He was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed playing Cribbage with his friends. He spent his later years holding Betty’s hand, which he called “O.F.S”, (Old folk’s sex), watching sports on TV and complaining how they didn’t play it like he did back in his day. If you were lucky enough to be a former student or one of his buddies, you knew what a great friend you had in Coach Joest. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Karen Joest Cortez. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Betty; his sons, Bill and Philip Joest, both of Salinas; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Maryanne Joest of Chandler, AZ. As per his wishes, there will be no service. His former students will remember in that smelly old gymnasium, hung a sign with Coaches favorite quote that read: “Don’t Say I Can’t, Say I’ll Try”. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 182 El Dorado, Monterey, CA 93940 or the Alzheimer’s Day Program Centers VNA, 45 Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA 93901.

Nellie Matheny Waddle ’46, wife of Lewis E. Waddle ’47, October 26, 2011.

KINGSPORT – Nell Waddle, 87, entered into rest Oct. 26, 2011. Born in Alleghany, Va., Nell was a long-time resident of Kingsport. She was a former Administrative Assistant at ETSU, and a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Lewis Waddle; two sons, Fred and wife, Ann Waddle of Raleigh, N.C., Jerry Waddle of Hendersonville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Rob, Ryan and fiancé, Lynsey, Lindsay, Jason, and Logan; one great-granddaughter, Paisley Waddle; two brothers, Walter Matheny and Harry Matheny; and one sister, Shirley Case. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Holston Manor with burial to follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.


Jean Easterling, Acad ’47, . Deceased date unknown.

Obituary not available.


Lorraine Salyer Furbee ’47, February 13, 2014.

Obituary not available.


Hazel Graff Little, Fd ’47, September 18, 2016.

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Lewis E. Waddle ’47, husband of Nellie Matheny Waddle ’46, September 7, 2016.

Lewis E. Waddle Jr., age 94, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Holston Manor in Kingsport, Tennessee. Lewis was born in Somerset, Kentucky, on May 13, 1922 to parents Lewis E. Waddle Sr., and Anna Prather Waddle. He graduated from Berea College in Berea, KY, and served honorably in the Army Air Corp as a pilot during World War II flying troops and supplies to Europe, Africa, South America, and back to the states. After returning from duty, he met and married Nell Matheny, and settled in Kingsport. The majority of his working life was spent as an accountant for Holston Army Defense which was a contractor through Tennessee Eastman. After his retirement, he continued to stay busy delivering furniture for a local company, helping neighbors with light construction projects, cutting firewood, and building things in his workshop, including toys for his grandchildren. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Raymond and John, and his sister Anne Killinger. He is survived by his sister Mary Virginia Henry, sons Jerome Waddle, Fred Waddle and his wife Ann, grandchildren Lindsay, Jason, Robert and his wife Casey, Ryan and his wife Lynsey, and Logan and his wife Rebecca, great grandchildren Lena, Jake, Maggie, Paisley, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service is scheduled at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 4997 Memorial Blvd. Kingsport, Tennessee, at 3:00 pm on Tuesday September 13, 2016. A reception will follow at East Lawn Funeral Home.


James Roy Edwards ’48, husband of June Settle Edwards ’47, August 29, 2016.

Waynesville, James Roy “Jim” Edwards, 92, entered into eternal life on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Autumn Care of Waynesville following a long illness. He was born in Barnardsville, Buncombe County, North Carolina on September 29, 1923, the son of Barnard Lee and Cleopatra Cleveland Bartlett Edwards. After graduating from Barnardsville High School in 1941, he entered Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, to pursue an agricultural curriculum. James’ college career was interrupted by the United States’ entry into the Second World War. He was called to active duty in early 1943 and underwent training to become an air gunner and radio operator on B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. His crew was deployed to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and assigned to the 717th Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 15th Army Air Force. Flying from a base at Grottaglie, Italy, he participated in air strikes against the Axis war machine in Italy, France, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Balkans. He was wounded by anti-aircraft fire during one of the last American raids on the oil refineries at Ploiesti, Romania in August of 1944, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to duty and finished his mission quota, receiving the Air Medal with three bronze Oak Leaves and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five battle stars. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, James returned to Berea to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, which was awarded in 1948. There he met June Settle of West Virginia, to whom he married on August 10, 1947. Following a brief stint of teaching veteran’s school in his hometown, he enrolled at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, from which he received the degree of Master of Science in Animal Science. In 1953, James began work as a supervisor of the dairy at the Mountain Experiment Station (now the Mountain Research Station, but still known locally as the “Test Farm”). Ten years later, he was promoted to Superintendent of the Station, in which capacity he served for twenty-five years. His tenure there was among the factors that led to his induction into the Western North Carolina Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2002. He was active for decades in the Waynesville Lions Club, where he served in several official capacities, including its presidency. Following his retirement in 1988, he remained active in a number of pursuits, including wildflower photography and the construction of a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Haywood-Jackson County line. He served for several years as a member of the board of the Waynesville Housing Authority. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, and served for several years on its Administrative Board. James was preceded in death by his parents and by an infant son, Douglas. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, June Elise Settle Edwards; a son, Samuel Edwards (Kay) of Waynesville; a daughter, Katharine (Pete) Lowery, of Bostic; a brother, Robert Edwards (Dorothy) of Clemson, South Carolina; three grandsons; David Edwards, Cory Lowery and Joel Lowery; one granddaughter, Rachel Edwards; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday September 2, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville with Reverend Sanford L. Giles, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial gifts be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 838, Waynesville, NC 28786; Berea College, 101 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky 40403; Haywood Healthcare Foundation, (Hospice in memo line of check to apply funds to Hospice) c/o The Homestead, 127 Sunset Ridge Road, Clyde, NC 28721 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Service First United Methodist Church of Waynesville First United Methodist Church of Waynesville 566 South Haywood Street Waynesville, NC 28786



Robert Lee Jones, Fd ’48, September 30, 2008.

Robert L. Jones, age 78 of Nancy, Ky., passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was born on August 31, 1930 in Berea, Ky., the son of the late Clyde and Elsie William Jones. After graduation from the Kentucky Military Institute, he attended the Bowling Green Business College. He enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served eight years in service. Mr. Jones was a retired toy manager for the K-Mart in Lexington, Ky. He was a Kentucky Colonel and member of the Union Church in Berea, Ky. Mr. Jones married Sedahlia Maxine Wood Jones on June 12, 1966 in Nancy, Ky. They lived in Lexington, Ky., for 26 years and then returned to their home in Nancy, Ky. on their farm in 1992. Survivors include his wife; a brother, Russell C. (and Lou) Jones of Owensboro, Ky.; a brother-in-law, Winfrey (and Peggy) Wood of Nancy, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Wanda Wood of Nancy, Ky.; four nephews, Newell C. (and Amy) Jones of Mt. Vernon, KY, Steele (and Marcy) Jones of Chattanooga, Tenn., Scott (and Kathy) Wood of Nancy, Ky., and Todd (and Jeannie) Wood of Somerset, Ky.; five nieces, Sara Dudley Jones Dailey of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sheila (and Marshall) Todd of Nancy, Ky., Vickii (and Robert) Drake of Nancy, Ky., Jennifrey (and Darrell) Jones of Nancy, Ky., and Mitzi (and Darren) Sears of Nancy, Ky.; and several great nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother-in-law, Maynard Wood; and a sister-in-law, Gladys Wood. Visitation for Robert L. Jones will be after 6 p.m. today at the Lake Cumberland Funeral Home, then Thursday, October 2 after 10 a.m. at the White Oak Baptist Church, Nancy, Ky. Funeral service will be Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m. at the White Oak Baptist Church in Nancy, Ky. with Bro. John East officiating. Burial will follow in the White Oak Cemetery. The American Legion Post no. 38 Honor Guard will conduct full military honors for Mr. Jones. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the White Oak Baptist Church and/or White Oak Cemetery Fund.


Elsie Coffey England ’48, October 25, 2016.

ENGLAND, Elsie C. Age 91, of Pickerington, formerly of Huber Heights, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her residence. Elsie graduated from Berea College in Berea, KY and was a retired teacher from Huber Heights City Schools; she was a member of Third Street Baptist Church and presently a member of Violet Baptist Church in Pickerington, OES Victory Chapter #594 Dayton, Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association and Huber Heights Senior Citizens. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene E. in 2013 and son, David England in 2008. Elsie is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Janet & Tim Ryan of Pickerington; brothers & sisters-in-law, George & Maxine Coffey and Donald & Zita Coffey all of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Erik & Julianne England; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral Service 12:00 Noon Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike with Pastor Rob Wackerman officiating. Interment Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 AM until service time. If desired memorial contributions may be made to Kindred at Home Hospice, 540 Office Center Place, Gahanna, OH 43230 in Elsie’s memory.


Elizabeth Stepp Adams ’49, July 27, 2016.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Stepp Adams, widow of Grey Adams, passed away at her home July 27, 2016. Libby, as she was known by friends and family, was born in Marion, NC December 3, 1927, a daughter of the late John and Florence Pendergrass Stepp. She attended Winthrop College and came to Clemson to work for J.P. Stevens. While in Clemson she met Grey Adams who was an ROTC Instructor for the college. After marrying, they spent many years in the USAF and traveled extensively. Upon retirement they made their home in Columbia. Libby became involved with Workshop Theater of S.C. and made many lasting friendships. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and remained active as long as she was able, but never lost her excitement for life. Libby was predeceased by her husband, a son, Steven and two brothers, Dr. James Stepp and Dr. Hubert Stepp. The last member of her immediate family, she is survived by her nephews Jim Stepp of Union, John Stepp of Clemson, Ken Stepp of Kentucky and Ben Stepp of Greer and her many workshop friends. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a gift in memory of Libby are encouraged to donate to The Workshop Theater of S.C.



William L. Barbour ’49, November 19, 2016.

BARBOUR, William Lewis, 92, born in Roanoke, Va. on February 4, 1924, son of the late William Daniel Barbour and Susie Lewis Barbour, died peacefully at home on November 19, 2016, with his loving wife of 53 years, Jessie Speas Barbour, at his side. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Wilson Barbour. He was called Lewis by his family until college days, when he became William or “Bill”. Bill served his country well during World War II, enlisting in December 1942 and served in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific until December 1945. He returned to Berea College and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Business. He was employed as a salesman in the power transmission business, later forming his own company, The William L. Barbour Company, which he sold in 1984, but continued with the buyer until he retired in 1986. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Belmont Ward, where his funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22. His family will receive friends one hour before the funeral at the church located at 3541 Cogbill Rd. in Chesterfield County. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 26, at Dale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center, 4601 N. Bailey Bridge Rd., Midlothian, Va. 23112.


Lavaun Halsey Callison ’49, November 14, 2016.

CALLISON, Lavaun H. of Tucson, AZ, passed away on November 14, 2016 at The Villas at La Canada in Tucson. She was born in Mouth of Wilson, VA, to Neal and Emma Halsey on May 22, 1926. Lavaun attended Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson and was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, as was her late husband Gilmer W. Callison. Lavaun received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. She taught school with unbounded energy and positive enthusiasm for 24 years in the Tucson Unified School District, retiring in 1986. Lavaun was an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church, and was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Tucson League of Women Voters, and the Berea College and Oak Hill Academy Alumni Associations. Lavaun was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt. She was an avid Arizona Wildcat basketball fan and a gracious hostess. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Hash of Virginia; her daughters, Alice Callison (John Richardson) of Tucson and Ann Callison of Williams Bay, Wisconsin; her four grandchildren, Andrea, David, James and Trevor, and a considerable number of nephews and nieces and their families. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL.



Joan M. Dowdy, wife of Dr. James M. Dowdy ’49, September 19, 2016.

Joan M. Dowdy, age 87, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family Monday, September 19, 2016. She is preceded in death by parents; J Haynes and Anna Miller, and a new-born baby daughter. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years; Dr. James M. Dowdy, children; James II (Sue), Jon (Jackie), Bill (Elizabeth) Dowdy, and Anne (Lance) Kesterson. Grandchildren: Adam, Jonathan, Joshua, Chris (Heather), Joe (Minde), Wade, Mason, and Elyse, as well as eight loving great-grandchildren. After graduating as valedictorian of Fayetteville High School (W. Va.), Joan attended Virginia Intermont College, graduating with a liberal arts diploma. Two years later she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education. Joan briefly taught high school science before marrying and becoming a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Among her many passions in life: Joan was an accomplished pianist, an avid flower gardener, and enjoyed numerous memberships in women’s social organizations in her neighborhood and church. Those who knew Joan saw a champion for young people to succeed in education and learning. Above all she loved the Lord and shared her faith continuously with her children. A visitation will be held at North Baptist Church, 76 Charleston Ave, Columbus, OH 43214, Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:00am with a celebration of Joan’s life directly following at North Baptist Church. Internment at Kingwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to North Baptist Church in memory of Joan Dowdy.


Joanne Gouge Holt ’49, October 27, 2011.

Obituary not available.


Norma Holder Small ’49, November 15, 2016.

Norma Faye Small, 88, of Pinehurst, NC passed away Tuesday November 15th, 2016 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. She was born on February 10th, 1928 in Jamestown, Kentucky to Arnold and Letha Holder. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Edwin Small, her first husband, Richard Crell Petitt, and her eldest daughter Patricia Ann. Norma was an active member of Community Presbyterian Church. She was an avid golfer and member of Pinehurst Country Club. Norma was a member of the Silver Foils Service Organization previously serving as President. Norma enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends. Favorites included her chocolate cream and coconut pies, and there was always a tin of chocolate chip cookies in the house. Her hobbies included playing bridge with her friends and traveling the world. She is survived by a daughter Cheryl Lynn Petitt and husband Frank Story of Johns Creek, Georgia; two sons, Ronald Lee Petitt and wife Diana of Vancouver, Washington and Robert Edward Petitt and Maureen of Rescue, California; step-son Charles Small and wife Leslie of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Sunday November 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jim Ewing officiating. There will be a reception immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Given Memorial Library at P.O. Box 159 Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Louise Wardrep Vasquez, Acad ’49, September 17, 2015.

Mrs. Louise W. Vasquez, born November 30, 1927, departed this life peacefully, surrounded by close family, at her home on Monday, August 17, 2015. She fought a long, hard battle and is now at rest. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Genevieve C. and Raymond L. Allen; husband G. C. ‘Bill’ Vasquez, and daughter Christina Crowder. She is survived by her daughter Sharon Cox, very special granddaughter Christine ‘Betsy’ (Bobby) Cody, her great-grandsons Joseph and Daniel; granddaughter Genevieve (Bobby) Perry and her children Kelsea and Caleb; son Michael L. Vasquez and grandson Michael Troy Vasquez; granddaughter Aubrie Crowder and her children Loki and Isabella; son Bill (Pam) Vasquez and their children Billy, Daniel, Cody, and Kayla. Additional survivors include very special caregivers from Amedisys Hospice, Darlene Foster and Amy Trent, and Chaplain Don Price. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, in Ray’s Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015, at Manes Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the guest register online at




Edward K. Cook, Jr., Acad ’46, ’50, husband of Evelyn McQueen Cook ’49, October 4, 2016.

Edward K. Cook Jr., age 89, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He was born on July 19, 1927 the son of the late Edward K. Cook and Myrtle Farley Cook of Pulaski County, Kentucky. Mr. Cook was a graduate of Berea College. He earned a Masters degree in education from East Tennessee State University, attended the Munich, Germany branch of Boston University, and accrued hours toward a doctorate in education from the Karlsruhe, Germany branch of the University of Southern California. Mr. Cook was principal of Shouns Elementary and Mountain City Grammar Schools before accepting a position with the United States Dependent Schools, European Area (USDESEA). While overseas for 20 years, Mr. Cook served as the youngest of the five superintendents who oversaw American schools stretching from Pakistan to England. At one time, he had the unique position of simultaneously overseeing schools on three continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa) with schools in Greece, Crete, Libya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Turkey. He was also variously stationed in England, Germany, and France. While in France, he supervised the closing of the American schools there as a result of the President Charles de Gaulle’s decree that all American bases be closed. Mr. Cook was a member of the Frist United Methodist Church, where he served as Superintendent of Sunday School prior to going overseas. In recent years, he served on the Board of Trustees. He served as publicity chair for the Johnson County Community Theater for several years. He was an enthusiastic horseman and raised Tennessee Walking Horses for 25 years. An expert gardener, he won Southeastern awards for giant pumpkins and squash. His latest challenge was giant watermelons. He was an active promoter of the Johnson County Pumpkin Festival. Mr. Cook served on the Johnson County Bank Board of Directors for 25 years. In his later years, he was an avid reader and turned to writing with his first book, The Long Trail, followed by its sequel, The Trail’s End. Mr. Cook was a Mason, and was one of the few surviving veterans of WWII in Johnson County, having served in the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn McQueen Cook, his daughter, Stephanie L. Cook (and her husband, Dr. Masaru Okabe), grandson Kye L. Okabe, the families of various beloved nieces and nephews, and numerous friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Mountain City. Graveside Service and Inurnment with Military Honors will follow at the church columbarium wall. Military honors will be accorded by the Johnson County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Cook-Everett Fund at Heritage Hall, PO Box 86, Mountain City, TN 37683 or Johnson County (JAM)”Junior Appalachian Musicians”, P.O. Box 272, Mountain City, TN 37683 At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 253 N. Church Street, Mountain City, TN. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Yvonne Perkins Garner ’50, July 21, 2013.

Yvonne Garner, 85, of Chatsworth, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Regency Park Health Care Center in Dalton. She was born in Oakwood, Va., and raised in Bradshaw W.Va. She graduated from college in Berea, Ky. Mrs. Garner was a member of First Baptist Church of Chatsworth where she was a member of the Sanctuary Choir and the Senior Adult Choir. She taught music and chorus in the Murray County School System for 28 years. She was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Jones, and brother, L.K. Perkins. She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Garner of Chatsworth; sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Fatima Fields of Eatonton and Mike and Tracy Fields of Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Kenneth Odum of Eton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Sue Perkins of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Bill and Joyce Perkins of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. from the chapel of Jones Funeral Home with her grandson Matthew Odum officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Garner to First Baptist Church of Chatsworth, 121 W. Market St., Chatsworth, GA 30705 Online condolences may be offered at Jones Funeral Home of Chatsworth is in charge of arrangements.


Bessie Looney Hedgecock ’51, October 9, 2016.

Bessie “Betsy” Looney Hedgecock, age 87, passed away on October 9, 2016, at Guggenheimer Nursing Home-Hospice Unit. She was married to the late A. Carter Hedgecock for 57 years. Born February 4, 1929, in the Grapefield community of Bland County, Va, she was the daughter of the late James and Linnie Kidd Looney. She attended a one-room school in Grapefield, graduated from Rocky Gap High School, and received a degree from Berea College. She was the first on either side of her family to graduate from college. As a schoolteacher she taught in Pulaski; Camp Hill, Pa; and Lynchburg. The last 17 years of her teaching career were at Sandusky Elementary. During the Sandusky tenure she completed the work for a Master’s in Education from Lynchburg College. A member of Chestnut Hill Baptist Church since 1960, she was actively involved teaching Sunday School, working in the mission organizations, and serving on several committees. She tackled the challenge of the red clay in the family yard and became an avid gardener. She loved to plant trees and grow African violets. She learned to hand quilt when she was 60 and made numerous quilts – many for family members. Family was the core of her being. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Lewis and husband Kenneth of Concord; and her grandson, Kenneth Lewis, Jr. of Bent Mountain. Also surviving are a sister Barbara Stinson and husband Earl of Gainesville; a brother Irvin Looney and wife Wacuba of London, Ky; a brother-in-law, James Hedgecock and wife Becky of Southport, N.C; a sister-in-law, Lucille Hedgecock of Mooresville, N.C; several nieces and nephews; and close family friends James and Kathy Kidd of Grapefield. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory with the Rev. Randy Bower officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Private interment will be at the Fort Hill Memorial Park following the funeral.


Carolyn Pearson, wife of Stokes Royal Pearson ‘51, April 1, 2016.

Carolyn Sue Linney Pearson, age 93, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, April 4, 2016 at Wilkesboro Baptist Church with Rev. Al Andrews and Dr. Chris Hefner officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall. A private family burial service will be held at Mountlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Pearson was born Thursday March 22, 1923 in Wilkesboro to Rev. William Ernest Linney and Florence Poole Linney. She graduated from Wilkesboro High School in 1941 and attended Mars Hill College. She was a retired kindergarten teacher. She was a member of Wilkesboro Baptist Church for 79 years where she sang in the choir, served in WMU and many committees, and was a member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She sang with Seniors on Stage, was a talented artist, seamstress, and loved to crochet. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters; Pauline Wall, Madge Sturdivant, Helen Cashion, Lillian Foster, and Betty Waugh and six brothers; Ernest and Edgar Linney (twins), Douglas and Donald Linney (twins), Joe Linney, Dan Linney and one infant daughter, Sylvia Pearson. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Stokes Pearson, two daughters; Rebecca Pearson Lane of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Robyn Pearson Berry and husband Bob of Wilkesboro; one son; Ron Pearson and wife Cindy of Wilkesboro, and two grandsons; Brandon Berry and Jordan Berry and wife Erica. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilkesboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 61, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Funeral Home: Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, 270 Armory Road North Wilkesboro, NC US 28659. Visitation: Wilkesboro Baptist Church, Woodland Blvd Wilkesboro, NC 28697


  1. Bruce Pittman ’51, October 20, 2016.

Thomas Bruce Pittman died October 20, 2016. His funeral will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 24, in the Smith & Buckner Chapel, Siler City, NC with Rev. Tony Capehart officiating. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Bruce was a member of First Baptist Church. Born in Avery County, NC, Bruce was the son of Clarence and Nola Pittman. He was preceded in death by four siblings: Clay, Ford, Fran and Mary. There are many cousins, nieces and nephews to be remembered also. After graduating from Berea College, Berea, Ky., he worked with Siler City Mills for nearly 40 years. He served as an army specialist in the Korean War from 1954-56. Bruce is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Newsome Pittman; two sons: Gregory Pittman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Robin Pittman and wife, Vicky of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren: Ryan, Allison and Alexandra. Bruce was a sports enthusiast; pitching in the local softball league and playing many rounds of golf with friends in Siler City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 314 N. Second Avenue, Siler City, NC 27344. Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


Edith Lou Bradley Clendennen ’52, October 29, 2016.

Edith Lou Bradley Clendennen, 85 passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016. Visitation will be all day Friday, November 4, 2016 at Shaffer Funeral Home, 1939 Sherwood Way, San Angelo with family present 6-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Lake View Bible Church, 321 W 49th Street, off Grape Creek Road, across from the Coliseum in San Angelo. Graveside service will follow in the Robert Lee Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. Edith Lou was born on December 12, 1930 to Pearl Elizabeth Lambert Bradley and John Morgan Bradley in the mountains above Bryson City, North Carolina. After graduating from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky as a registered nurse, Edith and her best friend Rosemary Pennington decided to follow Horace Greeley’s advice and moved out west “to where the men were” and landed in San Angelo. Here she met and married the love of her life, Harold Clendennen. Edith and Harold enjoyed 60 years of devotion to each other and had four children. The fourth of five children, she is preceded in death by her brother Cecil and sisters Clarinda and Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Harold; son, Darrell and wife Janice of Justin, Texas; daughter, Dana Keena of San Angelo; son, David of San Angelo; and son, Dwayne and wife Raine; and grandsons Dane Andrew and Luke Riley of Buda, Texas; brother, H. J. Bradley and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to the Hospice of San Angelo in lieu of flowers.


Gaylyn Price Cumming ’52, September 27, 2016.

Gaylyn Irene PRICE CUMMING of Downers Grove, IL died on Tuesday September 27, 2016 while visiting family in Dunedin, FL. Gaylyn was born in Johnson City, TN May 29, 1931, as one of eight children to Hazel Mae (Calvert) and Galen Royer Price. She is survived by her loving husband William Stoner Cumming and their three children: Ann Calvert (Cumming) DiGregorio, Marie Elizabeth (Cumming) Kirby and husband Michael, and David Price Cumming plus five grandchildren: Emily Kathryne Kirby, Anthony Joseph DiGregorio IV, Monica Bryn Kirby, Thomas James Kirby, and Allison Cumming DiGregorio. Of her seven siblings she is survived by Judith Ariel (Price) Johnson, Keith Everett Price, Muriel Alice (Price) Broyles, and Larry Douglas Price and predeceased by Bernice Lucille (Price) Beasley, Pauline Pearl (Price) Elliott, and Carroll Alvin Price. Gaylyn is also survived by countless extended family members and friends. Gaylyn graduated at the top of her class at Mary Hughes High School in Piney Flats, TN. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics from Berea College in Kentucky. Gaylyn worked in the records library of the FBI in Washington D.C. and met William through mutual friends while he was in the United States Air Force. They married on August 24, 1957 at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in D.C. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA and soon settled in the Chicago, IL area. She was an extremely considerate and kind woman who not only made a genuine effort to get to know people but also kept in touch with hand written notes, thoughtful gifts, and caring service to others. Gaylyn participated as a member of the Rush Memorial University Memory and Aging Project Study until her death, in hopes that the research could benefit others. Her love of family, travel, camping, sports, Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, cards, crossword puzzles, and collecting paperweights is now carried on by her loving children and grandchildren. Although Gaylyn worked as a patient contact dietician and a bank account auditor she is remembered more for her valued leadership and volunteer support throughout her life in many church, school, and community organizations. (First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, PTO, New Comers Club, Salt Creek Campers, Investment Club, Camp Fire Girls, Oak Trace – A Lifespace Community ) Per her wishes, Gaylyn was cremated. A Memorial Service will be at 11am on Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 1320 Main Street, Dunedin, Florida 34698. A future Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, IL 60525 where her ashes will be placed in the Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choosing.


Dr. James T. Gillespie ’52, September 25, 2016.

Dr. James T. Gillespie Sr. Memorial for James Trigg Gillespie Sr., MD Born in Lebanon, Virginia on May 21, 1930 Departed on Sep. 25, 2016 and resided in Oak Ridge, TN. Visitation: Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Service: Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016 7:00 pm Cemetery: Oak Ridge Memorial Park James Trigg Gillespie, Sr., MD, 86, passed away Sunday September 25, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Dr. Gillespie grew up in Lebanon, Virginia, and in 1952 graduated from Berea College at Berea, Kentucky. While at Berea, he met and married Sara Ann Boyd, a native of Oak Ridge. From Berea, they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he attended University of Virginia School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree, the family moved to Boston Massachusetts where he completed his internship at Chelsey Naval Hospital. He was a Navy Flight Surgeon at Pensacola Naval Air Station and while there became an avid golfer. Eventually the family moved to Oak Ridge, where Dr. Gillespie practiced family medicine for 34 years. He was loved by his patients. While his children were in school, he and his wife, Sara accompanied the Oak Ridge High School Band on trips to South America and Europe. Dr. Gillespie was active in the Oak Ridge Country Club and enjoyed playing golf. He and Sara supported the Civic Ballet. He enjoyed classical musical and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. He was an avid reader and had a wonderful sense of humor. He and Sara loved entertaining friends and being with family. He was preceded in death by parents, Peery Brittain Gillespie and Annie Lee Jackson of Lebanon, Virginia, by brother Joseph Peery Gillespie, and sister, Mary Lynn Keller, and his wife Sara Boyd Gillespie. Jim Sr. would be pleased to know that he passed on the same day as Arnold Palmer, his idol. Survivors include his children James T. Gillespie, Jr., MD and wife Peggy, John Gillespie and wife Pam, Tom Gillespie, Laura Gillespie Jones and husband Bud; eight grandchildren, Katie Gillespie Rambish, Colleen Gillespie Nyeggen, Shelley Gillespie, Tyler, Andy and Sam Gillespie, and Sara and Jamie Jones; beloved sisters-in-law and spouses, nieces and nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 5 – 7pm at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral will follow at 7pm with the Rev. David Allred officiating. Family and friends will meet on Thursday at 10am for a graveside service at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. An on-line can be signed at


Robert Paul Jones, husband of Ramona Davidson Jones ’52, July 31, 2016.

Obituary not available.


Mabel Meeks Mull ’52, November 18, 2016.

MORGANTON – Mable Berniece Meeks Mull, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Grace Ridge in Morganton. Born Feb. 13, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Eula Gregory Meeks. Mable grew up in Swannanoa and graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky where she met her husband of 62 years, B. Rondal Mull. Mable worked as a dietician at Broughton Hospital and as a high school science teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. She retired with 30 years of state service. Mable and Rondal were lifelong residents of Burke County where they were active in the Drexel and Morganton communities. Together they enjoyed traveling, golfing, genealogy and the publishing of the Mull, Gregory and McNeely family histories. In her later years, Mable enjoyed her time with her Grace Ridge friends, playing bridge, mahjong and reading. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than following her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives through social media. She was their “Mommay”. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, Rondal Mull. She is survived by daughter, Lynne McCarthy and husband, Mike of Roswell, Ga., and their children, Ben Allen, Caitlin McCarthy and Brian McCarthy; daughter, Susan Ellis and husband, Dr. DeWitt Ellis of High Point, and their children, Dr. Chase Ellis and his wife, Jessica, and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Logan Ellis; Dr. Stuart Ellis and Dr. Spencer Ellis; daughter, Janet Crump and husband, Ronnie of Morganton, and their son, Casey Crump. She is also survived by her sisters, Ruth Bringman of Mt. Dora, Fla., and Annette Baber and husband, Larry of Hendersonville; sister-in-law, Mickey Cook; and brother-in-law, Bill K. Mull. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Morganton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., in the church sanctuary with the Revs. Dr. John Fowler and Charlotte Brendel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. King St, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Burke County History Museum, PO Box 416, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


Patty Frasher Wallace ’52, November 20, 2016.

Patty Frasher Wallace (April 5, 1930–November 20, 2016) was the daughter of Charles Lace Frasher and Myrtle Portis Frasher of Fort Gay, West Virginia. In 1948, she was the Valedictorian of Fort Gay High School and graduated with a degree in Home Economics from her beloved alma mater, Berea College in 1952. Always athletic, she was able to pursue sports at Berea. She pitched for the softball team, was a guard on the basketball team and competed in synchronized swimming. Two hours after graduating, she married Virgil C. Wallace of Louisa, Kentucky in the Berea College Chapel. Besides homemaking and raising four children, she was active in Girl Scouts, community projects, DAR, the Louisa United Methodist Church and environmental causes. Many years were spent working on the environmental concerns of eastern Kentucky including mountain top removal. For over twenty years, Mrs. Wallace was very involved with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth serving as the chairperson from 1988-1990. Her environmental activism gained national attention in the 1990’s when she was featured in articles in Modern Maturity, Audubon magazine and on television’s “Earth Journal”, Tom Brokaw’s “Expose’ ” and “Investigative Reporter”. Both Governors Brereton Jones and Paul Patton appointed her to the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission. She was recognized many times for her environmental work including the recent honor of being one of the dedicatees of Wendell Berry’s book of essays, “Our Only World.” Her parents, her older brother Dr. Jack Lester Frasher, and her son Bradley Frasher Wallace preceded Patty in death. She will be missed by her husband Virgil C. Wallace, her brother Charles Portis Frasher (Joyce), daughters Rebecca Wallace Pugh (Scott), Sara Wallace Henry (Joe), Amy Wallace Whelan (Jerry), six grandchildren Ethan Berg, Will Henry, Dove Henry, Josie Whelan, Wesley Whelan, Annie Whelan, two step-grandchildren Lauren Vick and Ross Pugh, two step great-granddaughters Payton and Grayson Vick, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 4:00pm on Saturday, November 26th, at the Louisa United Methodist Church in Louisa, Kentucky under the direction of Young Funeral Home. The service will be preceded by a visitation at 3:00pm. Donations may be made in her memory to Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Berea College or an environmental organization of your choice. Young Funeral Home in charge of final arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Forrest G. McGlone ’53, December 11, 2016.

MCGLONE, Forrest Gale, born April 30, 1930 in Hindman, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, December 11. Forrest had relocated recently to Rome, Georgia, to be near extended family, but is returning “home” to Lexington, Kentucky to rest beside his beloved wife, Anne Powell McGlone. He is survived by their children, Nell Newton and her husband, Gary, Loren McGlone, Jim Hunter, Allison Brooks and her husband, Jeff; grandchildren Kevin, Allyson, Kendall, Hunter, Shea and Derek; sisters Loraine, Alice Jean, and Betsy; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 21 at Milward-Man O’ War with services following at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery immediately following the service with military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berea College.


Donald G. Westall, husband of Elizabeth Hall Westall ’53, February 12, 2016.

Obituary not available


Lt. Conner F. Chaney ’54, Deceased date unknown.

Obituary not available.


Bethena Shaw Gibson ’54, January 17, 2016.

Bethena Gibson, age 83, passed away January 17, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Ronald W. Gibson; loving mother of Anne Whitney, Margaret Borrelli (Wayne), John Gibson (Lisa) and Jeanne Gibson; dearest grandmother of Rebecca Borrelli, Tara Clifford (Ryan), Emma Borrelli, Lauren Whitney Hulse, Rachel Miller (Maxwell) and Joseph Gibson; great grandmother of Elliott Clifford and Joseph Hulse. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016, from 1 – 2 PM, at West Park United Church of Christ, 3909 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111 where memorial services will commence at 2 PM. Following memorial services, additional visitation will be held for friends and family from 3 – 5 PM. Private inurnment will take place in Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the WPUCC Memorial Fund.


Betty Jo Jasper Gray ’54, February 20, 2009.

Betty Jo Jasper Gray, 75, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. She was born Jan. 12, 1934, in Covington, Ky., to Marvin and Ruby Jasper. She was a registered nurse who retired from Southwest Health Center of Methodist Hospital.  Her husband, James E. Gray, preceded her in death. Survivors include children, Carol Gray, Donna McCoy, Bev (Ron) Magness, and David Gray; grandchildren Heidi (Jon) Spencer, Alyssa Magness, and Jared Magness; and great grandchildren Tyler McKinney, Jayden Spencer, and Halle Spencer. Services were held February 23, 2009.


William Ronald Holloway, husband of Roemelle Holloway ’54, June 30, 2016.

MONROE, GA: William Ronald Holloway, “Ron” was born on February 6, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Dr. Judson B. Holloway and Thelma Shelton Holloway. He died June 30, 2016 after a long illness. He was a graduate of Harding High School in Marion, OH, Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. After college he served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He earned a Masters Degree in Religious Education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he met his future wife. He served Southern Baptist churches as Minister of Education for 28 years and then served 13 years as Assoc. Dir. of Missionary Personnel at the Home Mission Board in Atlanta of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, golfing and being with family. He is predeceased by his parents, step-mother Doris Stansbury Holloway, brother Arthur S. Holloway (Ruth), sister June Holloway Sanders (Harold) and son John Arthur Holloway, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roemelle S. Holloway, Monroe, GA; daughter Ronda F. Holloway, Monroe, GA; daughter-in-law Elena Holloway Lamar (Al); granddaughter Gloria Holloway, grandson John Arthur Holloway, Jr. all from Thomson, GA: step-granddaughter Amber Lamar Ezzyk (Eric) and step-great-grandson Ethan Ezzyk, Grovetown, GA; and step-granddaughter Nikki Lamar, Thomson, GA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Missions Fund of First Baptist Church, PO Box 351, Monroe, GA, 30655.



General Croucher, Jr. ’55, December 4, 2016.

Croucher, General Jr., 82, of Beavercreek, passed away Sunday at Miami Valley Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents General and Thelma (Whitaker) Croucher, brother Carroll Croucher and sisters Corsie Collins and Jean Cornett. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Beverly Croucher of Beavercreek; children Linda (John) Travillian, Steve Croucher and Mike Croucher, all of Beavercreek; brother Sam (Mary) Croucher of Lexington, KY; sister Joyce (Bill) Bishoff of Beavercreek; grandchildren Lauren Travillian, Kelly Travillian, Ethan Croucher, Claire Croucher and Sam Croucher; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He graduated from Stuart Robinson School as Valedictorian of his class, graduated from Berea College, Class of 1955, and received his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University. He was a veteran of the US Army. General retired from WPAFB and worked at Knollwood Garden Center for 20 years following his retirement. He was a member of the Greene County Fish and Game Club and a longtime member of Kirkmont Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder. Funeral Services will be held 6 PM Friday, December 9, 2016 at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall Rd. Family will receive friends from 4-6 PM Friday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Beaver Cemetery. The family would like to extend a thank you to the caring staff at Miami Valley Hospital for their loving care.

David O. Welch ’55, husband of Joyce Loy Welch ’54, October 29, 2016.

David O. Welch, 82, lifelong resident of Ashland, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was born September 5, 1934, in Ashland one of 8 children to the late John Leslie Welch and Mary Elizabeth Hammond Welch. David was a graduate of Ashland High School, Berea College and Harvard Law School. He practiced law for 58 years. David was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of Berea College and currently served as an Honorary Trustee. He served as Corporation Counsel for the city of Ashland and then went on to serve as Mayor from 1976-1980. He was a founding member of the Ashland Human Rights Commission. He served as chair and was a longtime member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and was later inducted into the inaugural class of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame. He was a current member of the Committee of Equal Opportunities of the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce Ann Loy Welch of Ashland; sons, Scott Welch and wife, Laura of Charleston, WV, and Kevin Welch of Frankfort, KY; daughter, Cathy Welch Culbertson and husband, Robert of Georgetown, KY; grandchildren, Cam Culbertson (Serena), Will Culbertson (Katherine), Cate Culbertson Mart (Matthew), John Culbertson; and four great grandchildren.

A time of remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made In Memory of David Welch to Berea College, CPO 2203, Berea, KY 40404.


Wilma Haley Brewer ’56, October 8, 2016.

God has led home His good and faithful servant, Wilma Haley Brewer, age 81, of 1335 Down Cutshin Road, Wooton, Kentucky.  She passed away, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the home of her daughter, Cindi Wimsatt, in Springfield, Kentucky, after a long and brave battle. She started her journey on this earth on September 11, 1935.  Wilma was born to the union of Charlie and Bessie Chadwell Haley.  As a coalminer’s daughter, she grew up in Bulan, Kentucky in Perry County.  She attended school at Robinson Elementary and M.C. Napier High School.  She cherished her many childhood friendships and looked forward to school reunions every year.  She attended Berea College and returned to Perry County.  She worked at Mount Mary Hospital, Hazard ARH, and Hazard Nursing Home.  She married Charles Barton “Bud” Brewer on October 24, 1958.  They were married until his death on January 16, 1977.  She was retired from Hazard Nursing Home. Wilma was a member of Community United Wooton Presbyterian Church.  She loved watching birds and was an avid reader of Christian fiction and the Bible.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, brother and sister and her many friends and neighbors, and her beloved dog, Trixie.  Wilma also loved to watch game shows. Wilma was preceded in death by her Father – Charlie Haley, Mother – Bessie Chadwell Haley, Father-in-law – Charlie Brewer, Mother – in – law – Oma Creech Brewer, Husband – Charles Barton Brewer, Brother – Billy Ray Haley, Nephew – Hubert Lee Williams and  Nephew – Barry Williams. Wilma is survived by her children: Darlene Campbell and Kelly of Wooton, KY,  Charles Ray Brewer and Elaine of Hyden, KY,  James Albert Brewer and Tami of Jacksonville, FL, Gary Wayne Brewer and Renee, Margaret Hatfield and McKenzie of Wooton, KY,  and Cynthia Lee Wimsatt and Patrick of Springfield, KY,  She leaves her adored grandchildren: Charles Dirk Brewer and  Ashley, Robert Barton Brewer, Katie Mae Brewer, Tess Elizabeth Brewer, Benjamin Wayne Brewer, Gwen Alyssa Brewer, Charley Katarina Brewer and Sarah Elizabeth Brewer, Sister – Alice Faye Haley Pennington and John, Sister – in – law – Beatrice Baker Haley. Nephews: Johnny Lee Pennington, Christopher Ray Haley, Gregory Barton Haley and her furry companion, Trixie, who was by her side at her passing. Wilma is also survived by a host of many brothers and sisters in Christ, family and many friends. Memorial donations may be made to Community United Wooton Presbyterian Church -P.O. Box 255 Wooton, KY 41776 or The Lord’s House Church-P.O. Box 311 Hyden, KY 41749. Special thanks to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Dr. Navin Kaini,  Dr. Amy Braden, Dr. Niall Harty,  Dr. John F. Gilbert and nurse, Vicky. You may send your condolences to the Brewer Family at FUNERAL SERVICES: 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at the Community United Wooton Presbyterian Church at Wooton, KY. OFFICIATING MINISTERS: Rev. Merle Caudill., Rev. Greg Whitaker, and Rev. Doug Caldwell. VISITATION: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2106 at the Dwayne Walker Funeral Home at Hyden, KY. IN TERMENT: Brewer Cemetery at Wooton, KY PALLBEARERS: Danny Campbell, Ken Melton, Eddie Deaton, Scott Melton, George Sizemore and David Napier


Tommy S. Camper ’56, December 3, 2016.

Tommy Camper December 3, 2016 Obituary Condolences (1) Tommy Samuel Camper, age 86, of Marysville, formerly of Dublin, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital following complications from Parkinson’s Disease.  He retired from Ashland Chemical Company in Dublin where he was an associate for 35 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Berea College and was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War. He was proud in being one of four brothers who served in the armed forces. He was a member of the Vineyard Church in Marysville. Tommy enjoyed “getting a good sweat” by running a few miles after work or the weekend. He also ran in “Corporate Challenge” events for his employer.  He was very fond of the movie, “Chariots of Fire”. Tommy also enjoyed the many years he played in the Ashland golf league. During his younger years in Kentucky, he coached his son’s little league baseball team and was a Boy Scout leader for troop.  He also taught Sunday school for many years. He will be remembered as devoted dad, a loving husband and a hard-working provider.  He was born on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1930 in Buchanan, Virginia to the late Morris and Daisy Harlow Camper. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Camper; and two sisters-in-law, Patsy Camper and Virginia Flint Powell.  He is survived by his wife of 62, years, Beaulah Mae Flint Camper, whom he married May 29, 1954; his children, Steven (Jenny) Camper of Columbus and Vicki (Nick) Primavera of California; two brothers, Sammy (Joyce) Camper and Kerry (June) Camper; a sister, Peggy (Boyd) Shaver; a brother-in-law, Sam Powell; a sister-in-law, Betsy Camper; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. A Celebration of Life memorial service with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville, where the family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Steve Wood will officiate.  Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Church, 913 West Fifth Street, Marysville or to Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan, Virginia 42066.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Beecher J. Hines ’57, husband of Ruby Landrum Hines ’55, November 14, 2016.

BEECHER J. HINES, age 84, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at home on his farm. Born in Poplarville, Kentucky March 3, 1932 to the late Vola and Delphia Phelps Hines, he was a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service and was a 40-year member at Leesburg Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Landrum Hines; two sons, Douglas (Sara) Hines and Daryl (Brooke) Hines; a daughter, Deborah (Jeffery) Brock; a brother, Bob (Frances) Edwards, Lexington and nine grandchildren, Amy Crossfield, Logan Hines, Keenan Hines, Connor Brock, Mason Brock, Annabel Brock, Lena Hines, Lukas Hines and Coraline Hines. Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at Leesburg Christian Church by Sammy Harris with visitation at 5:00 P.M. A graveside service will be held 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Wesley Chapel in Pulaski County. Memorial contributions may be made to Leesburg Christian Church or Wesley Chapel Cemetery Fund.


Clifton Hamilton Marshall ’57, June 20, 2016.

ROANOKE — Clifton Marshall, 88, also known as Buddy, passed away in Roanoke on June 20, 2016 after several years of diminishing health. He was born May 13, 1928 to Mary Bess Hamilton and Harry “Jack” Marshall at home, “across the river” from Williamsville. The family later moved north along the Bullpasture Gorge where he and his sisters, Thelma Vincent and Betsy Faircloth, attended school in Williamsville and McDowell. He went on to Berea College in Kentucky and ignited his love of world travel and flying while serving in the Air Force. He met his first wife, Helen, in college and they raised three children, Victor, Susan and Kelli, in suburban Chicago, where Mr. Marshall’s career in retail management landed them. His love of flying was renewed as a hobby the family enjoyed as they often flew east to visit his parents near Williamsville. Another passion in his life was Marshall Logs, the rustic cabins that his father built along the Bullpasture during the Depression. Mr. Marshall and his second wife, Inara, retired in Roanoke, an easy drive to the Gorge that he so loved. Between traveling the world on World Wildlife Fund’s eco-adventures, he built a new cabin and upgraded several others at Marshall Logs, spending long stretches in his slice of heaven, with the generations of cabin folk he so cared for. His solid, loving presence and easy smile will be missed by family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at Williamsville Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m.


James A. Waddell ’57, August 30, 2016.

Obituary not available.


Sidney William Fox ’58, August 13, 2016.

SIDNEY WILLIAM FOX ’58 of Donalsonville, Georgia, passed away August 13, 2016. Following graduation from Berea and graduate studies at Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota, he began his professional career in the Agricultural Extension Service at North Carolina State University. Later he worked as a research chemist with Uniroyal Chemical, Cargill Foods, Bestfoods and Hormel Food Company. He also served two years in the U.S. Army. After retirement, he devoted his time to his farm in Donalsonville, where he specialized in raising cattle and growing pecans, cotton and peanuts. More recently he developed an interest in solar energy and worked as a consultant for a major solar farms company. Sidney was a native of Mars Hill, North Carolina, and enjoyed spending his summers there. He was active in the Donalsonville community and was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Donalsonville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Fox and a son, Gregory Fox.


Andrew Charles Saxlehner ’58, January 27, 2016.

SAXLEHNER, ANDREW CHARLES “AndySax”, 81, passed away at his home in Coral Gables, Florida on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from heart failure. Originally from Hungary, AndySax was born to Alice Mayerberg and Lajos Saxlehner on November 1, 1934. He had a happy childhood surrounded by his parents and grandparents until the onset of World War II. During 1941, he was sent away to a Budapest boarding school. During the winter of 1944-45, under heavy bombardment and the Russian army approaching Hungary, he was rescued by his aunt Edith. He remained extremely close with Aunt Edith and family until his passing. AndySax and Aunt Edith returned to their hometown of Keszthely where he completed elementary school and then received his High School diploma from Keszthely Academic High School (“Gymnasium”) in 1953. Due to AndySax’s high scores on his graduation exam, he was accepted to the University of Economic Studies in Budapest. To pay for his studies, he played piano at various venues including a circus. Piano was always a life-long passion for him. He loved music, especially jazz. AndySax participated in the protests and preliminary fights of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He was present at the invasion of the House of the Communist Party. When the Soviet army entered Hungary with military tanks, AndySax fled to the West. He first entered a refugee camp in Austria and then boarded a military ship for the United States. Once in the States, Lutheran Refugee Services helped him with basic necessities along with a full scholarship to Berea University in Kentucky where he graduated with his degree in Economic Studies in 1958. He continued his studies at NYU, where he received his Masters in Business Administration in1961. AndySax went on to get his CPA certification. He worked in public accounting, working for NBC studios and New York public accounting firms. He was also a harness race horse handicapper with his own radio jingle ad, “Go to Rosecroft and relax, you will go home a winner with AndySax. ” In 1983 after several years in public accounting, AndySax started his own company, the SEC Institute, Inc., which specialized in providing workshops and seminars on SEC regulations (RSW, AAW IPO’s) for CPA’s and attorneys. In the beginning, AndySax wrote, taught and did all of the administration as well as all of the marketing. The SEC Institute was a very successful company for over 30 years. AndySax sold the company in January 2014. Along with being an accomplished pianist and a master storyteller, he was also an accomplished scuba diver and underwater photographer. He dove in over 1,000 places during his lifetime. AndySax enjoyed traveling and would return home to Hungary often to visit friends and family. AndySax will be remembered for his great love of animals and most of all, his love for people, friends and family. AndySax is survived by his four children, Andrea, Gary, Anna, Sarah, three (3) grandchildren (Drew, Patrick and Maddie) and his sister, Gladys de Barcza of Makaha, Oahu, HI and younger brother, Stephen R. de Bence of Temecula, CA. A Celebration of Life service will be held October 8, 2016 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church Miami Springs, 254 Curtis Parkway, Miami Springs, FL 33166 (305) 888-2871. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 230-2700 in Andrew Saxlehner’s name.


Dora Lou May Shearer, Fd ’58, October 27, 2016.

Dora Lou May Shearer, 81, widow of Walter L. Shearer, passed away Thursday evening, October 27, 2016 at The St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. She was born on October 4, 1935 in Magoffin County, the daughter of the late Samuel Earl and Hortense Taylor May. She was a retired human resource clerk for Westinghouse – North American Phillips Companies, and was a self-employed tax consultant. She was a member of the Union Church in Berea. Survivors include three sons: Dempsey Louis Shearer (Tamara), Daniel Clay Shearer (Sharon) and Craig Freling Shearer (Amy); two daughters: Vola May Shearer Estes (Harry Jr.) and Victoria Lynn Shearer Blevins (Mike Roark); grandchildren: Dempsey Alan Shearer (Debra), Jamie Ledet (Gary), Shane Michael Shearer (Laura), Chelsea Nicole Shearer, Charles Jon Estes (Teresa), Samuel Scott Estes, Tyler James Estes, Tony Bryant Blevins, Samantha Rawlins, Samuel Justin Shearer and Molly Lynn Shearer; sixteen great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son: Samuel Bruce Shearer; two sisters and one grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 29, 2016 at The Shearer Family Cemetery at Brassfield. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM Saturday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Family members will serve as pallbearers.


Ralph Summers, husband of Elizabeth Guffey Summers ’58, April 20, 2016.

Obituary not available.


Rev. C. Blaine Tucker ’58, husband of Sarah Roberts Tucker ’59, October 11, 2016.

Tucker, Cephas Blaine, was eighty years of age when he went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at his home. Born Nov. 30, 1935 to the late Gilbert Tucker & Emma Koger Tucker in Hilltop, KY. Attended and graduated from Berea College, then the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For 60+ years he was active in ministry serving God and people. Led pastorates in Kentucky (Payneville & Henderson), Indiana (Brownsburg), North Carolina (Asheville) and Georgia (Doraville), and was an elder for many years at Church of Life in Madisonville. Taught or administrated in schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and Tennessee. Served the last years of his career in Monroe County where he was dearly loved and students. Loyal, faithful, funny, witty, caring, gentle and a true nobleman, in times when those are scarce, describe Blaine Tucker. He exemplified God’s love and will be dearly missed by family and friends. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 54:13 “All my children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children”. Survivors, wife of 58 years, Sarah Roberts Tucker, Daughter, Wendy Tucker Hughes (husband Rick), Cleveland, Sons, Brent Lockwood Tucker (wife Christana), Georgetown, TN, Jonathan Luke Tucker (wife Nanette), Mt. Juliet, 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, Sisters, Genevieve Kingsolver (husband Bob), Kokomo, IN, Ann Nevels (husband Nathan), Whitley City, KY, Brothers, James Kenneth Tucker (wife Polly), Eaton, IN, Gary Wayne Tucker (wife Vicki), Muncie, IN, Sister-in-law, Helen Sales (husband Dr. Paul Sales), Bryson City, NC, Many nieces & nephews. Funeral 2 P.M. Friday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Dr. Joe Brown, Dr. Tony Crisp & Minister Cliff Boggs officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons International ( Family will receive friends 1-2 P.M. Friday at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.


Rhonda Williamson Higgins ’59, wife of Melvin Higgins ’48, October 17, 2016.

Rhonda Carol Williamson Higgins, age 78, wife of Melvin Higgins died Monday, October 17, 2016 in Lexington, KY. Mrs. Higgins was born in Middlesboro, KY, to the late Richard Douglas & Nany Leona Dotson Williamson. She retired from Berea Community Schools after 25 years as the Elementary Librarian. After retirement she spent 9 years as a Realtor with Pennington Realty. She also worked as an Assistant Circulation Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University. Mrs. Higgins attended the Berea Baptist Church. In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Scot Troy (Vicky) Higgins of Cumming, GA, Jane Carol (Richard Hopgood) Higgins of Jessamine County, KY, one brother, Richard Douglas “Ted” (Linda) Williamson, Jr., of Berea, KY, one sister, Judith Kay LeFevre of Lexington, KY, three grandchildren, Kimberly Renee Higgins (Jeff) Condra of Winchester, KY, Travis Higgins of Cumming, GA and Samantha Elaine Sipple of Saint Louis, MO. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 28th, 2016 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home. The internment will take place at the Berea Cemetery on Saturday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. Contributions suggested to Hospice Care Plus and Hospice of the Bluegrass and to the Madison County Public Library.

Troy Lee Watson ’59, husband of Lou Ellen Warner Watson ’60, August 28, 2016.

Troy Lee Watson, age 79, was carried into the arms of Jesus, while surrounded by his family, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Troy was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, and faithfully served as a building trades teacher (Ed.D) at South Doyle High School, for 27 years. Troy was a craftsman and an adventurer. He built his farm as a legacy for his family. He climbed glaciers in Alaska, canoed in the BWCA wilderness, explored national parks, camped in Colorado, and spent many summers at Edisto Beach. His wife, children and grandchildren were the light of his life. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Lou Warner Watson, whom he met at Berea College; and three children and their spouses, Brad and Camille Watson (Knoxville), Keith and Karen Lee Watson Stump (Knoxville), and Todd and Michelle Watson (Portland, Oregon); and six grandchildren, Bryce and Amber Watson, Mariah Watson, McKenzie, Keegan, and Konnor Stump, and Kaelyn Watson. Receiving of friends and family will be on Sunday, September 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service at 4:00 p.m., with Dennie Humphreys and Ashley Helton officiating. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 7535 Maynardville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37938. Arrangements by East TN Mortuary, Svc., 9024 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923. 865-539-2458.



Mattie Roberts Hale ’61, November 23, 2016.

Mattie Ruth Roberts, 78 of Old Eller Ford Rd. Weaverville passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. She was the daughter of Byron and Ruth Capps Roberts. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Paul Reuben Roberts, daughter-in-law, Emma Jean Stanton Hale, sister-in-law Amelia Roberts and nephew-in-law, Tommy Pike. Ms. Roberts was born in Madison County and a lifelong member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated North Buncombe High School in 1956, earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Berea College, KY in 1961, Masters in Education in Cleveland State University, OH in 1981 and Post Graduate in 1986. Ms. Roberts was a teacher of typing, short-hand and vocational business education in the Lorain City School System of Ohio for 26 years at Admiral King and Lorain High Schools. She retired in 1995. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Hale of the home; son, Scott Hale of Sheffield Village, OH; grandson, Nathan Hale (Danielle) of North Ridgeville, OH; granddaughter, LeeAnn Hale of Sheffield Village, OH: great grandchildren, Maxwell, Ellie, Emma. She is also survived by a brother, William (Bill) Roberts, sister-in-law Juanita Roberts; and her friend, caregiver, and niece, Pam Tweed; including other nieces and nephews of her family along with her faithful 4-legged companion “Leo”. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Phillip Parker will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6pm – 8pm Saturday in the Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Dr. Paul S. Peercy ’61, October 20, 2016.

Paul Stuart Peercy, 75, of Madison passed away peacefully October 20, 2016, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg after a lengthy illness. Paul was born November 26, 1940, in Monticello, Kentucky, the third of six children of Robert and Ernest (Bell) Peercy. Raised on a farm, Paul graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and received his MS and PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Paul was a researcher, manager, leader, educator, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Paul married Cathy Christen of Dodgeville in 1965. His career took him to Bell Labs in New Jersey before 27 years at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, where he and Cathy raised sons Michael and Mark. In 1995 Paul became president of the semiconductor manufacturing supplier consortium SEMI/SEMATECH in Austin, Texas. Paul returned to Madison in 1999 as the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, retiring from that position with Emeritus Status in 2013. Paul served as member and officer in numerous science, engineering, and educational organizations. Paul was a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). A well-respected advisor, Paul served on the Board of Directors of Bemis Company, Inc., Sonic Foundry, Inc., Mason Wells, Meriter Hospital, and Thrive. Devoted to service, he also held many positions of leadership in the churches he attended. Paul is survived by his wife Cathy, children Michael (Suzanne Kuo) and Mark (Shellie), grandchildren Nathan, Brendan, Aaron, Kevin, and Jaden, his brothers Bob (Wilma) and Larry (Sharlett), his sisters Barbara (Raymond) and Betty, his brother-in-law Jerry Congleton, and his sister-in-law Carolyn Christen. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Helen, sister Virginia, brothers-in-law Rick Givan, Roger Christen, and Roland Christen, and sister-in-law Connie Christen. A private burial will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery outside Dodgeville. Announcement of a public memorial service is forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, gifts to Agrace HospiceCare, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Peercy Undergraduate Tutoring Scholarship (UW Foundation), or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.


James D. Anderson ’62, April 19, 2013.

ANDERSON JAMES DOUGLAS age 74, of New Hudson, Michigan and formerly of Livonia, Michigan passed peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Paul T. Dear Dad of Paul (Colleen) and Jamie (Dave) Perrine. Papa of Isabel and Hannah Perrine, and Dylan and Ryan (baby on the way) Anderson. Brother of Herb (Jane), Charles (Suzie) and the late Gary and Garland. Best bud to the family dogs, Charlie and Coty. Born in West Virginia on March 18, 1939, Jim was the son of the late Benjamin and Louise Anderson. Memorial Visitation Friday 1p.m. followed by 5p.m. Celebration at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Rd., Garden City (Between Ford Rd. and Cherry Hill). Family suggests memorials to the ALS Association.


Lawson Beckley, husband of Anna Stewart Beckley ’62, January 17, 2014.

BECKLEY, Lawson David, 74, of N. Chesterfield, passed on Friday, January 17, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Anna Stewart Beckley; daughter, Elizabeth; son, David; grandson, Channing. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma Research, 4240 Park Place, Glen Allen, Va. 23060


James Franklin Miracle ’62, September 9, 2016.

Mr. James “Jim” Franklin Miracle, age 77, of Carrollton, Georgia died Friday, September 9, 2016. He leaves a large loving family including his wife, Patricia Cook Miracle; brother Bobby Dale Miracle and wife Beverly; son Greg Miracle and wife Barbara; son Doug Miracle and wife Pamela; son Kevin Miracle and fiancé Jennifer; stepson Monty Crouse and wife Nancy and sons Ceth & Cooper; stepdaughter Mary Ann Crouse Casstevens and husband Dean and daughters Augusta & Hunter; stepdaughter Amanda Wagoner and husband Rodney and son Tyler and daughters Meghan & Lindsey; granddaughters Madison Miracle, Megan Miracle, Sydney Miracle, Hannah Miracle, and Christie Miracle; mother of his children Iris Cole Miracle; nephew James David Miracle; and five great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Bobby Hayes. Born in Red Lick, Kentucky on November 30, 1938, Mr. Miracle was the son of the late Carl James Miracle and Jessie Hayes Miracle. He was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Mr. Miracle was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. He was a retired hotel executive after spending a long and successful career with the Sheraton Hotel Corporation and various other hotel companies. He was also a member of the Hotel Association of America, and is listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. A memorial service will be held in Berea, Kentucky on November 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 am until service time on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Dr. Jerry L. Austin ’63, September 23, 2015.

DAYHOIT – Dr. Jerry L. Austin, age 74 of Dayhoit, Kentucky, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at the Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cumberland, Kentucky. He was born February 20, 1941, unto the union of the late Elmer, SR & Hettie Lockhart Austin in Independence, VA. Dr. Austin was a lifelong educator who loved learning, his students, and his colleagues. He held a doctorate and law degree & served as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and professor throughout his accomplished career. Jerry was the longtime superintendent of Mecklenburg County, Virginia and Harlan Independent Schools, Kentucky before retiring as a college professor from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Austin was a wonderful steward of the lamp of knowledge. He is preceded in death by sisters: Elly & Doris Austin and brother, Elmer Gene Austin, JR. Survivors include his wife, Sandra French of Dayhoit, KY, sons, Barry Austin of Port Deposit, MD, Richard Austin of Brentwood, TN, Stacey Austin of Crozier, VA, step-son, Christopher French of Dayhoit, KY, step-daughters, Shana Brock of Danville, KY and Cristy Minshew of Chesapeake, VA, brother, Jim Austin of Galax, VA and ten grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held on October 3rd at 11:00 at Walnut Hall on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. In lieu of flowers, please find a school close to your heart, and find a small way to support education to honor Jerry’s commitment to life-long learning. Cumberland Valley Funeral Home Cumberland, Kentucky Entrusted with Arrangements.


  1. Robin Whittington ’64, husband of Shirley Morris Whittington ’66, August 17, 2016.

Claude Robin Whittington, age 74, of Woodlawn, Virginia passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in the Golden Living Health & Rehab Center. Mr. Whittington was born on November 4, 1941 in Carroll County, Virginia to James Noel and Carrie Shockley Whittington. He is survived by his wife Shirley M. Whittington of Woodlawn, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law James R. (Jimmy) and Amanda Whittington of Woodlawn, Virginia; grandchildren Jasmyn Whittington; Cameron Whittington and Alexia Whittington. The funeral service will be held Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Woodlawn United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dina Clower and the Rev. Gloria Lancaster Rhudy officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from six until eight at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.


Rebecca Ann (Holbrook) Conley, wife of William R. Conley ’65, May 17, 2016.

Rebecca Ann (Holbrook) Conley, 68, of Luray, passed away May 17, 2016 at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rileyville Baptist Church. Burial will be in Beahmas Chapel Cemetery, in Luray. Arrangements are being handled by The Bradley Funeral Home, Inc., Luray.

Jean Lamb ’65, October 23, 2016.

Obituary not available.


Sharon Broadwater ’66, December 8, 2016.

Sharon Gayle Thompson Broadwater, 72, passed away peacefully in Williamsburg on December 8, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Sharon was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on November 26, 1944, to Herbert and Mildred (Hendrickson) Thompson. Sharon loved learning and was an outstanding student. She attended Berea College and the University of Kentucky where in 1966 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. That same year she married John Broadwater, whom she had been dating since high school. After college, Sharon and John lived in various locations, including a two-year assignment in the Marshall Islands of Micronesia, where they both became avid scuba divers. Sharon taught middle school and high school science in several locations until 1978, when the family moved to Williamsburg, where she entered graduate school at the College of William and Mary. In 1984, she received her Ph.D. and began teaching science in WJCC schools. In 1988, Sharon joined the faculty at William and Mary, where she remained until her retirement in 2007 as Associate Professor of Biology. Sharon had a zest for life and knowledge, and studied all aspects of biology as well as more esoteric subjects such as chaos theory and human perception. However, the real focus of her attention and love was her family. She was devoted to her husband, two daughters and, eventually, her four grandsons. Sharon is survived by her husband, John, of Williamsburg, VA, daughter Jennifer Noelle Miller, her husband Todd, and their sons, Noah, Lucas, and Gabriel, of Williamsburg, VA; daughter April Renee Clark, her husband Rob, and their son, Ayres, of Knoxville, TN; brother Gary Thompson of Ringling, OK; brother Michael Thompson of Cedar Hill, TX; and sister Elizabeth Pickering of Duncanville, TX. Sharon’s life will be celebrated at a memorial and reception to be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 17, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the “Sharon Broadwater Memorial Fund,” c/o Alzheimer’s Association (1-800-272-3900) or 213A McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185.


Helen M Keener ’67, April 3, 2008.

Helen Wirth Keck Keener, 96, a deeply religious person who expressed her faith through prayerful caring for others, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Hoffman Estates. She was born Feb. 26, 1912, in Chicago. She was compassionate in her caring about children as a private and public kindergarten teacher, beginning in Fox River Grove. This love of children expanded to several preschool programs in Palatine and other United Methodist churches in northern Illinois. Additionally, she started what was known as a “Keenergarten” in Berea, Ky. Music and education were her passions in the Fox River Grove Community Methodist Church for many years. She, along with Christian friends Larry Olsen and Ray Kostner, brought their gifts of music to area nursing homes for more than five years. At age 13, she played the piano for a church wedding and ended her music career by teaching organ at age 93 while in a nursing home. While serving in many positions of leadership, her musical talents were used for the Job’s Daughters and Eastern Star. For more than 15 years, she was a “nanny” for many families in the area, especially in Waukegan and Barrington. In the seventh and eighth decades of her life, she traveled to Evanston to care for an elderly person as her companion, friend and helper several times a week, while living with her grandchildren in Algonquin. She traveled with her family to all the states of the United States except Hawaii, and also traveled to Europe several times with her lifelong friend of 82 years. While her 15 grandchildren were growing up, she was privileged to interact with their life experiences. Linda Cordle, Ann Diaz, Andrew Keck, Matthew Keck, Christopher Goetze, Lacinda Souer, James, John, Stephen Manock and Mary Woodward-Kreitz, Timothy, Jon, Merri, Paul and Kandy Manock all have been blessed with her love for them. In addition, she could claim some 30 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. From her second marriage, she acquired 23 more wonderful people and grandchildren to love. She is survived by her son, the Rev. Donald C. (Sue) Keck, and her daughter, Doris Manock. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Wirth and Katherine (Ernst); her first husband, Charles R. Keck; her second husband, Orrin L. Keener; her brothers, John and Clarence Wirth; and two sons-in-law, Lorenz Goetze and Lyle Manock. The memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Fox River Grove United Methodist Church, 400 Opatrny Drive, Fox River Grove. For information, call Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services in Palatine at 847-358-7411.


Margaret Carlene Judy ’68, December 12, 2016.

Margaret Carlene Judy, died peacefully at Forsyth Medical Center on Monday, December 12, 2016. Carlene was born in Asheville, NC on September 10, 1946, the daughter of the late Reverend Dr. Carl W. Judy and Margaret Brannan Judy, United Methodist missionaries to Korea, She spent the majority of her childhood in Korea, graduating from Seoul Foreign High School. She attended Berea College, but before her senior year, she was in an accident which left her quadriplegic. After 2 years in rehabilitation and recovery, she lived independently for 47 years. She graduated from the University of California at Riverside, receiving the Chancellor’s award and becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a Master’s from UNC-CH. She lived in Riverside, CA working at UC-R, in Hickory, NC working at IHF, in Charleston, SC working at the Port Authority, in Salisbury, NC working at Food Lion and Winston-Salem working at Wachovia (First Union), from which she retired. She was a resident of Arbor Acres and a member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brother, K. Wesley Judy and his wife, Paula; her sisters, Joy Joss and her husband, Kirby, and Esther Underwood and her husband, Bill Underwood; four nephews, Joshua Judy, Kyle Joss, Matthew Joss, Will Underwood and two nieces, Tabitha Judy and Heather Strickler. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM on December 15, 2016 at Arbor Acres, Fellowship Hall, with Rev. Wesley Judy officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to: Arbor Acres Resident Assistance Fund. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chapel 2110 Veasley Street Greensboro NC 27407.


Lissi Plambech Oland ’68, November 13, 2016.

Obituary not available.



Robin Paul Neal ’70, Deceased date unknown.

Obituary not available.


Jeraline Cole, wife of William David Cole ’71, May 30, 2016.

Jeraline (Jerri) Stroupe Cole, 76, of Jonesborough, TN, passed away at home on Monday, May 30, 2016. She was born in Morganton, NC and was the daughter of the late Gerald Glenn and Katie Elizabeth Stroupe. She was a graduate of Salem High School and Texas Tech University. She also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jerri’s faith in Christ and her family and friends were very important in her life. Because of her health problems, she welcomed “going home.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Carmie Gene Stroupe. Jerri is survived by her husband of 55 years, William David Cole; Brothers, Charles Vernon Stroupe and his wife, Judy, and James Clinton Stroupe and his wife, Frances, both of Morganton. The family will receive friends from 2:00pm -3:00pm, Friday, June 3, 2016 at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The Service will be at 3:00pm in the Colonial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Jerry Gamble and Rev. Joe Edwards officiating. Burial will follow the service at Burke Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Chad Cole Scholarship Fund, 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton, NC 28655, or Mt. Home Baptist Church, C/O Graceful Giving, 2272 Mt. Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 99, Jonesborough, TN 37659. Sossoman Funeral Home And Crematory Center Is Assisting The Family With The Arrangements.


Dale E. Greenawalt ’71, Deceased date unknown.

Obituary not available.


Ronald L. Morgan ’71, January 8, 2014.

CARTER CITY – Ronald Lewis Morgan, 64, of Carter City, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at his residence after a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1949, in Portsmouth, Ohio, a son of the late Lewis and Thelma Bush Morgan. He was employed by the Carter County School District for 41 years, 36 of which were at Carter Elementary as a teacher, basketball coach and principal. He truly loved working with children. Ron greatly enjoyed deer hunting, UK basketball, spending time with family and friends and church activities. He was a member of Iron Hill Church of Christ, where he was the adult lesson teacher. He is survived by his wife, whom he married Sept. 5, 1969, Joann Ramey Morgan; two sons, James (Angela) Ronald Morgan and Paul (Marcie) Vernon Morgan, both of Grayson; two grandchildren, Mallory Morgan and Trevor Lewis Morgan; two step-grandchildren, Darren and Brandon Walker; three brothers, Dale Morgan, Gale (Joletta) Morgan and Doug Morgan, all of Olive Hill; and a sister, Margaret (Troy) Roark of Olive Hill. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at Malone Funeral Home in Grayson by Bobby Bond and Doug Menix. Burial will be in Horsley Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Ramey, Johnny Ramey, Vernon Ramey, Doug Menix, Kelley Carter and Allen Roe. The family suggests contributions to the Carter City School Archery Club, Attn: Jo Ashworth, 13321 Ky. 2, Grayson, KY 41143. Condolences may be sent to


Foster N. Mullins, Jr. ’71, December 17, 2014.

Obituary not available.


Richard Crutchfield ’74, February 25, 2012.

Obituary not available.


Jesse Cohen Moore ’74, April 30, 2013.

Obituary not available.


Dennis K. Smelcer ’74, March 22, 2007.

Obituary not available.


Randal Lee Ward ’75, October 7, 2008.

Obituary not available.


Timothy L. Phillips ’75, November 29, 2010.

Obituary not available.


Jones Oluwafeni Ogagun ’76, July 21, 2009.

Larry Penick ’77, July 4, 2010.

Obituary not available.


Rodney Allan Liebhart ’78, husband of Le Jane Bandy Liebhart ’85, September 10, 2016.

Rodney Allan Liebhart, 60, of Berea, died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. He was a Bellefountaine, Ohio native born April 16, 1956, son of the late George and Audrey Kisemore Liebhart. Rodney held a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Berea College, Class of 1978, was a process engineer with Okonite Company and had been a resident of Madison County most of his life. Survivors include his loving wife, Le Jane Bandy Liebhart; 3 siblings, Robert Liebhart, Marie Taylor, and Patricia Swindle. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Jimmy Liebhart and Linda Dearth. In following Rodney’s wishes, he was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.


Janet Cole Brooks ’79, November 23, 2016.

Janet Cole Brooks, 73, of Berea, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the Hospice Care Center of the Bluegrass in Lexington of complications following a stroke. She was a Berea native born January 23, 1943, daughter of the late Charles and Grace Todd Cole, former Berea College employee and retired HVAC company bookkeeper. She held as Associate Degree in Business and attended Bethel Baptist Church. Survivors include two children, Beth Ann (Tony) Agee, Charles (Candice) Brooks; 2 sisters, Barbara Lake, Marjorie Linville; 2 grandchildren, Candice Agee, Maggie Brooks; step-granddaughter, Haleigh Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Daisy Agee; as well as numerous relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Earnest Brooks and one sister, Linda Cole. Funeral Service 11:00 am, Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Reppert Funeral Home with Bro. Randy McFerron officiating. Burial will follow in Scaffold Cane Cemetery (Rockcastle County). Visitation 6:00 – 9:00 pm Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tony Agee, Tracy Cole, Chris Witt, Michael Lake, Danny Rose, Chris Thorne. Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.




Jean Cooper Stark ’85, August 27, 2016.

Jean Cooper Stark, of 200 East Jackson Street, died Aug. 27, 2016.She was the daughter of Charles A. and M. Louise Cooper. She was an honors graduate from Berea College, a retired artist, weaver and teacher and an exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for more than 30 years. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Bill Stark of Georgetown, two daughters Jon Elizabeth (Tony) Hortenbury of Georgetown, and Venessa (Tony) Haden of Louisville. Mrs. Stark bequeathed her remains to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Body Bequeathal Program for use in the furtherance of medical science and education. There will be no services. Memorial gifts suggested to UK College of Medicine Body Bequeathal Program, UK Medical Center MN 150, Lexington, Ky 40536-0298 or to Sanders-Brown Center On Aging and Alzheimer’s Center, 800 South Limestone, Lexington, Ky 40536.




Larry Dean Bratcher ’90, August 18, 2007.

Obituary not available.


Thomas Joseph Large ’92, husband of Angela Persinger Large ’91, January 31, 2014.

Obituary not available.

James Randall Mather ’92, December 12, 2015.

Obituary not available.

Morris Dwane White ’92, April 1, 2012.

Obituary not available.

Nancy Marema, the wife of Jack Marema, Hon ’94, October, 26, 2016.

Obituary not available.


Rebecca Butler Lewis ’00, October 20, 2016.

Cara Anne Gardner Roecker ’00, November 30, 2016.

Anne Roecker, 40, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2016 in Au Train, Michigan. Anne had bravely dealt with chronic pain for many years after suffering a broken neck in a car accident several years ago. The last year of her short life was spent writing about and advocating for the rights of people suffering from chronic pain. Anne was a 2000 graduate of Berea College where she majored in English and Music. She loved music, opera, movies, traveling, scuba diving and reading. Her favorite author was Jane Austen. Anne also competed regionally and nationally on the AAU and USAKF (karate) competition circuits. She taught and coached younger dojo members, who have competed and won regional and national competitions. Anne was a 2nd Degree Black Belt, AAU National Championship All-American and AAU National, Regional, State Champion. In 2005, Anne graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law. After graduation she was hired by the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman where she worked as an attorney for several years. She won several awards while employed by Katten and especially enjoyed her pro bono work for the firm. Surviving are Anne’s husband, Lee E. Roecker (Au Train, Michigan), mother and stepfather, Melissa and Randy Osborne (Berea, Kentucky), stepson, Sam Roecker (Des Moines, Iowa) and many extended family members including her three cats, Taylor, Danielle and Lewis. Private family services will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials in honor of Anne are suggested to The Randy and Melissa Osborne Emergency Fund for Students and Families, Berea College – CPO Box 2216, Berea, Kentucky 40404 or a charity of one’s choice.


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