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Staff and Faculty
Dr. Richard Barnes – Biology professor 1962-1994 – December 4, 2017
Richard Nearn Barnes, 88, loving husband for 60 years of Mary Elizabeth Barnes, went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2017. He served Berea College as a Biology Professor for thirty two years from 1962 to 1994 and as Department Chairman from 1986 to 1992. He was the recipient of the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Phi Kappa Phi Teacher of the Year Award and the Kentucky Outstanding Teacher Award.
He was the fourth son of Wilbur and Helen Barnes. He was born on December 10, 1928 in Washington, DC. His family moved to San Bernardino, CA when he was two years old and he went on to receive the A.B. degree in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley, the M.A. and P.H.D. degrees at U.C. Davis.
While attending schools in California, he was employed for four summers by the U.S. Forest Service as part of a fire suppression team. After attending Berkeley, he served for two years in the U.S. Army. One of those years was spent in Korea. After military service, he was involved as a research assistant at U.C. Davis. Aquatic ecology (limnology) was of particular academic interest, including both freshwater and marine algae and freshwater fish.
Prior to moving to Berea in 1962, he taught at California State at Sacramento. He also taught summer courses at U.C. Davis and Donner Summit for the National Audubon Society.
Richard’s hobbies included: Hiking and nature field trips, performing amateur magic shows and he loved sharing jokes. In addition, he also learned 17 foreign languages.
Richard is survived by his wife and two daughters, Kathryn Turnbull of Berea and Marcia (Michael) McWilliams of Salvisa, KY and two grandchildren, Ariel (Tim) Miller of Frankfort, KY and Richard (Tamra Lutes) Turnbull of Covington, KY. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Brents, Bill and Bruce Barnes.
A Celebration of Life will be held December 9 at 2:00 pm at First Christian Church in Berea. With visitation and reception to follow in fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either First Christian Church 206 Chestnut Street. Berea, KY 40403 or the Richard Barnes Science Scholarship Fund at Berea College. C/O Berea College CPO 2216 Berea, KY 40404.
Edward Isaac Barnett – Woodcraft – October 17, 2017
Matilda Carledge – Biology professor 1956-1976 –December 20, 2016
Matilda Roberts Cartledge Black Mountain 96, 20-Dec-2016, Harwood Home for Funerals
Edward Fitzgerald, Hon ‘03 – International Student Advisor and Head Resident of Dana and Danforth Residence Halls 1977-1997 – October 21, 2017
FitzGerald, Edward William Joseph Jr.,On October 21, 2017, surrounded by family and enveloped in their love, Edward William Joseph FitzGerald, Jr. left this world for the next. Loving father, devoted husband, amazing brother, fascinating uncle, faithful friend, mentor and stand-in parent to many Berea College students, beat poet, political and cultural commentator, shadow puppet creator, fossil hunter, collector of plants and animals, singer of many Irish ballads, and aficionado of port wine, Ed will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. Born to Edward and Ruth FitzGerald on March 27, 1945, Ed’s childhood years were lived in Bayside, Queens, New York. After college, Ed became International Student Advisor at St. Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont, where he created a spoken-word coffeehouse in Burlington known as “The Loft.” Moving to Thailand to teach English at Krirk College and Thammasat University, Ed courted and married the love of his life, Nuchanas (Noi) Supmamak on January 9, 1972. Ed and Noi relocated to Berea, KY in 1977, where he began a 20 year career as International Student Advisor and Head Resident of Dana Dormitory and Danforth Dormitory. After retiring due to the increased physical impacts of multiple sclerosis, Ed and Noi relocated to Lexington, where they lived with daughter Marisa Aull (Chad), and granddaughter Isabella and infant grandson William, and near son Eamonn FitzGerald (Kate) and granddaughter Blythe. With the support and assistance of Chad, Eamonn, Marisa and Kate, and particularly the loving and devoted attention of Noi, Ed was able to stay at home during his final months. Ed lived to celebrate Noi becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen in September, 2017, and to welcome his grandson William to this world. While the disease took his mobility and much of his breath, his whispered words remained pithy and wise to the end. Ed will long be remembered for his love and devotion to family, to friends, and to the thousands of students to whom he was an ally, a teacher, and a friend. Small in stature, he was larger than life to those fortunate enough to have known him. He is now at peace and is reunited with his parents Ed and Ruth.Ed is survived by his wife, Noi, daughter Marisa (Chad), son Eamonn (Kate), grandchildren Isabella and William Aull, Blythe FitzGerald (and soon to arrive baby boy FitzGerald), brothers Rick and Tom, and sisters Maureen and Jane, his best friend Ralph Thompson and many nephews, nieces, and friends who will hold his memory dear. Ed will be greatly missed. The FitzGerald and Aull families wish to thank Hospice of Lexington (especially Tony) for their assistance during the final months of Ed’s life. A funeral Mass will take place on Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Berea with a celebration of his life immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Doug Widner – Marketing & Communications 2010-2017 – March 25, 2017
Douglas Widner 65, husband of Clara Hobbs Widner, passed away March 25, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born September 2, 1951 in Denver, Colorado to Dona Anderson Widner of Seattle, Washington and the late Derrell E. Widner. He worked at Berea College as the Web Communications Manager and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Colorado, class of 1977. He was a Radioman 3rd Class for the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam Era.
Along with his wife Clara of Richmond, he is survived by his daughters, Lisa Potter (Jason Potter) and Angie Yeager (Brian Yeager), grandchildren, Alexandria, Stephanie, Brandon, Jonathan, Brian Jr., Zachary, and Kelsey, great grandchildren, Ethan, Saniaa, and Zoe, sister, Willow Flint (Ken Flint) of Seattle, Washington, and special nephew, Luke Van Valkinbur. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter and father.
Please join the family for a Memorial Gathering at 11am, April 1st, 2017 at Lighthouse Apostolic Church, 529 Maryland Ave., Lexington, Kentucky.
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Ted Everett Kirk, Acad ‘27 – March 14, 1981
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Anna Walker Culver, Acad ‘33 – Dec. 5, 2016
Anne Walker Culver, 103, a resident of Jellico, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Dec. 5. She lived a long, happy life filled with family and friends whom she loved dearly.Mrs. Culver was a graduate of Cumberland College. She was an educator in Kentucky and Tennessee, with the majority of her career spent teaching elementary and special education in Jellico. A member of the First Baptist Church of Jellico, and a resident of this beloved community for over 75 years, she and her late husband Clifford, owned Economy Shoe Shop on Main Street for over 50 years. Anne had a passion for cooking and hosting family gatherings.Anne was born in Buck Creek, Ky., to the late Frank and Lucinda Walker. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clifford Culver; infant son, Charles William Culver; sisters, Maude Creekmore; Lela Pope; Letha Jones and brothers, Luke Walker and Lawrence Walker.She is survived by three daughters, Jennie (George) Wilson of Clinton; Nancy (Herman) Heath and Margaret (the late Roger) Faulkner of Jellico; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Stan) Marlow; Elizabeth Ann (Casey) Hobbs; Brian (Karen) Wilson; Jennifer (Mark) Stanley; Chad Heath; Stephanie (Chris) Anderson; Bradley (Stacey) Faulkner; thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Anne was deeply loved by her family and friends, and she touched the lives of so many in the community. Donations in memory of Anne Culver can be made to the First Baptist Church of Jellico. Services were held Dec. 10 in the Llewellyn Funeral Home Chapel. Internment was in Jellico Cemetery. Llewellyn Funeral Home of Jellico was in charge of arrangements.
Alice Weekes Hollenbeck ‘38 – Feb. 13, 2017
Alice Weekes Hollenbeck, 95, of Frankfort, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2017. She was born to the late Tad and Jessie (Angell) Weekes on August 19, 1921, in Hong Kong, China. Alice and Lee Hollenbeck were married on June 12, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Gruman; her children, Marcia (Tim) Dennison, Heidi (Sean) Walsh, Roger (Sheila) Hollenbeck and Joseph (Cate) Hollenbeck; grandchildren, Shannon, Nate and Cooper, Nathan, Levi and Ashley, Megan and Justin, Lee, Max and Simon; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Lee in 1998; her brother, Richard; and her parents. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Benzie Senior Resources, Benzie Area Christian Neighbors and Heartland Hospice. Arrangements are with Jowett Family Funeral Homes.
Dr. Phillip F. Murray, FD ‘38 – Dec. 22, 2016
Philip Foster Murray, M.D., 95 years of age and a resident of the Peninsula for over 60 years, died on Thursday, 22 December 2016. Phil was born 29 July 1921 in Larchmont, New York to Douglas Murray and Margaret Barbour Murray. He graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, medical school, and internship at the University of Virginia, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea. After leaving the Army, he completed a dermatology residency at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, New York, where he met his wife, Elizabeth. As a Board Certified dermatologist, he was in private practice in Hampton from 1955 to 1976, in addition to being on staff at the Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital. He was also a lecturer of dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and was an assistant professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. After retirement, Phil became very interested in complementary medicine and coordinated the class, “Approaches to Better Health”, at Christopher Newport University’s Lifelong Learning Society. He was instrumental in establishing the Peninsula Peace Education Center and was a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Phil is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth, and his children, Pamela Davis and husband James Michael Davis, of Midlothian, Virginia and Patricia Colonna and husband Dr. David Colonna of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and four grandchildren, Todd Davis, Ross Davis, Elizabeth Colonna, and Ann Colonna. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Murray Clifton, of Berkley, California, and her children. Phil loved music, playing the piano even in the last weeks of his life. He had an inquisitive mind, a gentle sense of humor, and a generous spirit. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Russel C. Jones, Acad ‘39 – July 16, 2017
Russel C. Jones, (age 96), of Owensboro, died July 16, 2017, at the Carmel Home. He was born June 17, 1921, in Berea, Kentucky to the late H. Clyde Jones and Elsie Williams Jones. He was predeceased in death by his first wife, Caroline Newell Phethean, his brother Robert (and Sedahlia) Jones, and Lou Alvey Jones, his wife of 42 years. Russel graduated from the University of Kentucky, receiving a B. S. Degree in Commerce and a J. D. in Law. He played saxophone in the U K Marching Band and was a member of Kappa Sigma and Phi Alpha Delta fraternities. He was on the Board of Editors of the Kentucky Law Journal. He served his country during WW II in both the European and Pacific Theaters, as a member of the US Army and the US Air Force. He was a captain in the JAG Corps, in the US Army Reserve. He has been a member of the American Legion since 1948. In 1950, after serving as Supervisor in the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, Russel began his private practice career in Owensboro KY, where he practiced law for 55 years. At the time of his retirement in 2005 he was Owensboro’s oldest practicing attorney (84). He was a lifelong member of the Owensboro Daviess County Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was included in the Who’s Who In American Law in 1993. He was also a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, an award given each year by the Daviess County Bar Association to recognize community leadership. He is a past member of the First Presbyterian Church, fulfilling the various positions of elder, deacon, secretary-treasurer. Russel was one of the 4 founding fathers of the RiverPark Center which presented him with the Arts Achievement Award in August 2013. He helped organize the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and was president for 6 yrs. He was a lifelong board member of both organizations. He was one of the principal organizers of the Owensboro Estate Planning Council. He organized the Kentucky Wesleyan College All American Club and served on its board for many years. He served 3 terms as Director of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. In addition to law and UK basketball, Russel’s passion was music and the arts. He played the piano, pipe organ, chimes, clarinet, saxophone and violin. He was an amateur photographer. He is survived by his three children Newell (Amy) Jones, Steele (Marcey) Jones, and Sarah Dailey (Tony Sweet), and his grandchildren (in same order as their parents) Avram Jones, Kristin Jones, and Rebecca (John) Wren; Drew Jones and Matthew (Kate) Jones; Nathan (Ashley) Dailey, Zachary Dailey, and Anna Dailey. He is survived by his three step children Trent Alvey, Billie Campbell, and Greg (Patty) Alvey, and his step grandchildren by Greg of Laura (John) Hagen, Emily (Matt) Hesse, and Neal Alvey. Additionally, he is survived by a total of 14 great and great-great grandchildren. The funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Christine Coy-Fohr, will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory in Owensboro KY, where visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the RiverPark Center or the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.
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Virginia McDonough Ellis ‘40 – Oct. 14, 2017
Ellis, Virginia (McDonough), 98, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. Virginia was a U.S. Navy WAVES veteran during WWII, a librarian at Seneca High School for 25 years, a graduate of Berea College and Catherine Spalding College and a member of the Louisville Genealogical Society and the Virginia Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen R. Ellis M.D. and sons, Stephen “Butch” and Michael Ellis. She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Ellis Frederick (Greg), Dr. Suzanne Ellis Synhorst (John) and Stephanie Ellis Watkins, (Greg); 12, grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Her funeral service was private with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berea College.
Evelyn Lamb Shaheen ‘42 – Nov. 1, 2017
Evelyn Ruth Lamb Shaheen, age 96, a resident of Columbus, Ohio since arriving during WWII to work as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Curtis Wright airplane plant, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. She was born in Dickenson County, Virginia on May 21, 1921, a daughter of the late Emmanuel and Rosa (Osborne) Lamb. She married Arnold Shaheen Sr. in November 1945, and served as vice-president of their company, Construction Electric, until 1984. Evelyn was valedictorian at Ervinton High School in Virginia and a graduate of Berea College in Berea, KY. She listened to the opera, a life-long activity that began by listening to the New York Metropolitan Opera on the radio in her youth in the Appalachian Mountains, enjoyed reading, and was a world traveler when world travel was uncommon. Evelyn attributed her longevity to a life-long practice of walking and enjoying the outdoors. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sibling, Evelyn is survived by her sister, Blanche Dunn; children, Arnold (Jeanne) Shaheen Jr., St. Augustine, FL, Christina Shaheen (Walter Bissex), Austin, TX and Miriam (Wesley) Weisenberger, Arroyo Grande, CA; stepdaughter, Nouhad Jensen, Lebanon, NJ; and beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth and Natalie Shaheen, Faris and Ramsey Bissex, Wesley Niklas Weisenberger, and Steve, Linda, Lisa and Scott Jensen. Besides her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Shaheen Sr., and brothers and sister Charles Lamb, Hunter Lamb, and Margaret Dennis. The family would like to thank dear friends Jeanne Nagy and Dr. Matthew Vale, and grand-niece Marie Myers for the loving care shown to Evelyn and her family. Friends may call 3-5 pm Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017 at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Evelyn Ruth Shaheen’s memory may be made to Good Samaritan Fund, c/o First Congregational Church or Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory of Evelyn Ruth Shaheen.
A. Paul Nestor ‘42 – Aug. 12, 2017
NESTOR Arthur Paul, age 98, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston, NC. He was born in Wolfpit, KY, on January 9, 1919 and spent most of his life in Kentucky. Paul was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, KY, and earned his graduate degree at the University of Kentucky. Paul married Janet White Nestor in 1941 and they were married for 70 years prior to her death in 2012. They lived primarily in Lexington, KY, where Paul worked for the University of Kentucky. They were members of Second Presbyterian Church. After moving to Kinston in 2001, they joined Rivermont Presbyterian Church. Paul was active in Kiwanis clubs from 1948 until 2016. In 2017 he was honored with a lifetime membership by the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Kinston. He served in World War II in the Army Field Artillery stationed in Italy. Upon discharge from active duty he continued his military service by serving in the National Guard and then the Army Reserves. He retired with 31 years of service. Paul is survived by two daughters, Judy Nestor Deme of Kinston and Marsha Nestor Hendrixson of Raleigh, NC; two granddaughters, Lynn Deme Ruth and husband John, and Kristy Deme Eubanks and husband Michael, all of Naples, FL. He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Owen Davis Hendrixson. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Howard-Carter Funeral Home in Kinston with Rev. Dr. Robert F. Bardin officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston. Memorial gifts may be made to Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 1752 Hwy 258 South, Kinston, NC 28504, or to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com.
William E. Christy ‘43 – Aug. 21, 2017
William E. Christy 1913 – 2017 William Enos Christy, 104 of Catlettsburg went to be with his Lord on Monday August 21, 2017 at his daughter’s home with his family at his side. Mr. Christy was born January 20, 1913 in Lewis County, KY son of the late William Ernest and Minty Conn Christy. On September 15, 1948 William married the love of his life Jessie Ann Caudill Christy who preceded him in death on May 9, 2017 after 67 years of marriage. William was a graduate of Lewis County High School and attended Berea College, served his country honorably in the US Army during WWII, being stationed in England, France and Germany, and retired in 1975 from C & O Railroad as a camp car cook. He was a VFW Life Member, a member of Lewis County Historical Society, and attended Sandy City Freewill Baptist Church. His hobbies included gardening, genealogy, and reading. William took care of his Mother for over 30 years until she died in 1981 at the age of 94. Survivors include his children, son William Michael Christy and his wife Linda Diane Kitchen Christy of Charleston, SC, daughter Linda Gail Christy Garlock and her husband Robert of Catlettsburg, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, sister-in-law Jessie M. Christy of Greenup, KY. He was also preceded in death by brothers Carl Christy, Joe Christy, Morton Christy, Earl Christy, Tony Christy, and sister Nellie Custer, sisters-in-law Manchie Christy, Esta Christy, Melcine Christy, Betty Christy and brother-in-law Leo Custer A Funeral Service to honor Mr. Christy will be at 11:00am on Thursday August 24 2017 at the Neal Funeral Home. Bro. Ray Stephens will officiate. Final resting place in Waring Cemetery, Garrison, KY. With Military Honors by Vanceburg VFW. Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY or Sandy City Freewill Baptist Church, 988 Center Street, Catlettsburg, KY 41129. Condolences may be left at: kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Lucille Christian McKinney ‘43 – Aug. 14, 2017
Lucille Christian McKinney (Lucy), widow of George Wesley McKinney, Jr., passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 in Cary, Wake County, North Carolina. Born Lida Lucille Christian on November 7, 1921, in Kentucky King, Harlan County, Kentucky, Lucille was the youngest child of James Cornelius (Neal) Christian and Lida Della Martin.
Lucy attended the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Pine Mountain, Kentucky, for her high school education. Along with her sisters, Lela and Ruth, she was a member of the Pine Mountain Octet that toured the Northeastern United States in 1936 and 1937. On those tours, she sang traditional music from the mountains and performed the Kentucky Running Set, a historic dance believed to have originated at the Pine Mountain School, at the White House for President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at a dinner they held for Admiral Richard Byrd. Together with the other members of the Octet, she performed again in Dearborn, Michigan, at a special event planned by Henry Ford and his family.
After leaving Pine Mountain, Lucy enrolled at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where she met and married her beloved husband of seventy-two years, George W. McKinney, Jr. She received her B. A. from Berea in 1943, majoring in both Drama and Economics. In her Senior year, she held the starring role as Widow Cagle in Berea’s senior play, Sun-Up.
Lucy was a dynamic, charismatic, and effective homemaker and active community member. She was a devoted mother to her 3 children, an enthusiastic grandmother of 8 grandchildren, and a loving and engaged great-grandmother of 8 great-grandchildren. Active in community affairs, she served as co-Chair with her husband for the United Way of Richmond, Virginia. As President of the Westhampton School PTA during the turbulent late 1950’s, her work was critical in keeping that school open and peaceful when it became the first public school in Richmond, Virginia, to be integrated.
Lucy embraced life with a characteristic warmth, grace, and enthusiasm that were her trademarks. A gifted athlete and musician, she loved traveling and dancing with her husband, playing golf and bridge, and sharing time with their friends in Charlottesville, VA, as well as Fearrington Village and Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC. Her love for her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and her nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins was limitless, and she expressed that love in large and small ways throughout her life.
She was predeceased by her husband George in 2015; her sisters Ruby Downs, Lela Meador, Ruth Beaumont, and Golden Edith Christian; and her half-brother Robert Phillips. She is survived by 3 loving children: George Wesley McKinney, III and his wife, Marie, of Santa Rosa, CA; ; Mary Christine Schweitzer, preceded in death by her husband, Robert, of Incline Village, NV; Ruth Ann McKinney and her husband, Ray West, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Charleston, SC; 8 grandchildren: Jeanne McKinney (Gary Held) of San Francisco, CA; Susan McKinney Oliver (Dave) of Oak Ridge, TN; Eric Schweitzer (Traci) of Davie, FL; Carolyn Schweitzer of Villa Park, IL; Bret McKinney Gerbe of Austin, TX; Lynda Christian Gerbe (Deon McCormick) of Durham, NC; Matthew West (Brandi) of Charleston, SC; Ashlie West of Durham, NC; and 8 great grandchildren: Jamison Wesley Gluyas, Ryan Edward Wilson, Elijah Oliver, and John Oliver of Oak Ridge, TN; Kendall Schweitzer and Conner Schweitzer of Davie, FL; and Matthew Howard West, Jr., and Calder Ray West of Charleston, SC.
A memorial celebration in loving honor of Lucy is planned for September 4, 2017 at the family cemetery in Ghent, West Virginia. Memorial gifts in her name may be made to the George and Lucille C. McKinney Service Award at Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, Kentucky, 40404.
Robert Burns Asher, Acad ‘44 – July 20, 2017
Robert B. Asher was born on November 18, 1921, passed away on July 20, 2017 at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, Hazard, KY. at the age of 95. Robert was born in Hyden, Kentucky, the son of the late John Asher & Rose Hoskins. Robert had a very distinguished military career having served honorably in the U.S. Navy & Merchant Marines during World War II. He was employed as a machinist & contractor during his life-time. Mr. Robert B. Asher was preceded in death by his parents, mother of his children; Ruth Morgan Asher, & three brothers; Carlo, Eugene & Johnny Asher. Mr. Robert B. Asher leaves the following relatives surviving; one beloved daughter; Polly Rosenblatt & husband, Thomas of Woodville, Mississippi, one brother; Lyell Asher & wife, Susan of Portland, Oregon, one sister; Carolyn Fromuth of Miami, Florida, four treasured grandchildren; Lindsay Rosenblatt & wife, Lauren, Mary Pace Rosenblatt, William & Myra Rosenblatt & Olivia Ruth Asher, along with a host of other treasured relatives and friends. TIME AND PLACE OF FUNERAL: A Memorial Service will be announced & conducted a future date by the Asher Family. You may @ dwaynewalkerfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Glen L. Bonsett, Navy V-12 ‘44 – Aug. 22, 2017
Glen Leo Bonsett, 93, was born in Scott County, Indiana on July 29, 1924 and left us on August 22, 2017. He died peacefully at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison, IN. A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM Monday, August 28th at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, IN. Friends may call from 1 PM until time of service at the funeral home. Dad grew up on the family farm with his brothers and attributed his values and love of the outdoors and rural living to his boyhood on that 3-generational farm. In 1942 he enrolled at Hanover College then enlisted in the Navy and attended Berea College, KY, as part of the V12 Program. He was a proud veteran with 3 ½ years of active service, continuing with the Naval Reserves, attaining the rank of Commander. He earned his BS. MS, and Doctorate from Indiana University and joined the Hanover College faculty in 1953 where he taught, coached, directed Health Services, and worked in the administration as Dean of Men and Vice President for Development through the years. He had noteworthy success as coach of Track and Field, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Known as a mentor to many, dad often used teachable moments and inspired individuals to achieve their maximum potential in all areas of their lives, as he expected of himself. He was a motivational and special events speaker, always enjoying a good story and a laugh. Dad was active in his church and community. He served on numerous boards and agencies, conducted seminars on leadership development, and enjoyed sharing his expertise about charitable gift planning. He was pre-deceased by wives Betty Jo Shuck and Melba Wilkerson Bonsett. Survivors include daughters Sandi Webster (Jack), Andrea Tarpley (Bill), Candi Gray (Marc) and stepchildren Debbie Stevens (Chuck) and Tony Wilkerson. In addition, he had 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. The family thanks all those who encouraged Dad in so many ways at the end of his life. Donations in his memory could be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 East 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201, or to a charity of your choice.
Elizabeth Caperton, wife of Hugh John Caperton, Navy V-12 ‘44 – May 26, 2017
CAPERTON, ELIZABETH LAWRENCE WOODRUFF, 88, died at home in Westwood, Massachusetts on Friday, the 26th of May, 2017. Mrs. Caperton, a native of Louisville, was educated at the Louisville Collegiate School, Abbot Academy (Phillips Academy Andover) and attended the New School for Social Research in New York (The New School). In the 1960’s she moved to Brookline, Massachusetts where she resided for many years before moving to Westwood. She was a longtime member of the River Valley Club of Louisville, the River Club of New York, the Nantucket Yacht Club, the Maria Mitchell Association, the Garden Club of Brookline and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. An avid and accomplished gardener and interior designer, she was passionate about gardening, books, and antiques and was known for her mentoring and generosity. Her keen interest in 18th Century antiques led her to open a shop, The Dropped Fox, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, specializing in 18th Century furniture and antiques. Mrs. Caperton was predeceased by her parents, Mary Allen Dabney and George Ezra Woodruff; her brothers Gordon Ezra Woodruff and Francis Gaulbert Woodruff; her sister, Louise Dabney Woodruff Scott Felde; and her son, Hugh John “Ian”, III. She is survived by her husband, Hugh John, Jr.; daughter, Daphne “Nomi” Stuart, of Boston; and sons, Alastair Malise Gordon, of Randolph, Massachusetts, Roderick Lawrence, of London, England and Christopher Gervaise Fitzhugh, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and six grandchildren. The family wishes to give special thanks to Exavier Charles, Mario LeBlanc, Lorri Mack, Andrea Murphy and Renald Princival. Additionally, the family is grateful to the caregivers from the Geriatric Resource Center and Good Shepherd Hospice for their support during her final days. A graveside service will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville on Saturday, June 10th at 11:00 am. Please meet at the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill at 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Horticulture Society, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308. Upcoming Events Service Jun 10 11:00 AM Cave Hill Cemetery 701 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY, US, 40204.
Gladys Deitz, wife of Dr. Estill N. Deitz ‘44 – Aug. 30, 2017
Dr. Albert Huggins, Navy V-12 ‘44 – Nov. 5, 2016
Huggins, Albert M., M.D., Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Sat., Nov. 5, 2016. Dear husband of the late Dorothy C. Huggins; dear father of Dan, Tom, Jim, John, Joe, Mary Temperelli & the late Nancy; dear grandfather of 17; great-grandfather of 8. Dr. Huggins was in private medical practice in south St. Louis for 40 years and on the staff of St. John’s Mercy and St. Mary’s Hospital. He was a Navy veteran. Funeral Mass Wed., Nov. 9, 10 am at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Church, 1575 N. Woodlawn Ave., Warson Woods. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital. Visitation Tues. 4-8 pm at BOPP Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood.
Lurine Booher Little ‘44 – Sept. 6, 2013
Lurine B. Little of Wahoo was born Nov, 4, 1922 in Monroe, Tenn. to Willard and Auda Mae (Wright) Booher. Lurine graduated high school from Alpine Institute in Alpine, Tenn. and received a B.S. in vocational home economics from Berea College in Berea, Ky.
Betty King Proffitt ‘44 – Sept. 24, 2013
John M. Smith, Navy V-12 ‘44 – Sept. 24, 2013
John Mac Smith passed away Tuesday morning, September 24, 2013, at his home in Longview, Texas. He was born January 2, 1924, in Hawkins, Texas, to Robert Bert Smith and Bird McGrede Smith. On August 29, 1953, he married Mary Lou Barnwell and they celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. John received a BBA degree from Baylor University and an LLB degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was licensed to practice law in 1953. He began his career with Earl Roberts Sr. and spent his entire legal career in Longview, ending with the firm of Harbour, Smith, Harris & Merritt. He also graduated from the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen School at Columbia University in New York City and received a commission as an ensign. He participated in the Okinawa invasion of World War II while stationed aboard the USS Teton. John was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Smith; his daughter, Karen and her husband, David Schwalb, of Dallas; and his son, Bruce Smith of Longview. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Stephen and his wife, Lauren Schwalb, of Dallas, Andrew Schwalb of Los Angeles, California, Emily Smith of Hyde Park, New York, and Sarah Smith of Tyler, Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Faison of Norman, Oklahoma. The family wishes to thank Faith Hospice of Longview and his loving caregivers, Pat Harvey and Kiska Caldwell. Memorial services for John Mac Smith, 89, of Longview, will be 2 p.m. today, September 26, 2013, at First Baptist Church under direction of Rader Funeral Home, with private family committal in Rosewood Park Mausoleum. The family received friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the funeral home. Those who wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers may do so to Faith Hospice Services of Longview, 4362B Hwy 259 N, Longview, TX 75605 or First Baptist Church Longview, 209 E. South Street, Longview, TX 75601. A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.
Glen H. Suiter, Navy V-12 ‘44 – May 12, 2013
Glen H. Suiter, 89, of Davenport, formerly of Princeton, Iowa, died May 12, 2013, Kahl Home, Davenport. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Princeton Presbyterian. Burial is at Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf, 10-11 a.m. Friday at church. He married Ruthann Swallum in 1944. She died in 1968. He married Jean Daut in 1971. She died in 2001. Surviving are children, Anne, Sarah, Stephen, Jane; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepchildren, D’Arcy, Marshall; a step-granddaughter.
Chester Edward Trost, Jr., BC ‘44, Navy V-12 ‘43 – Oct. 1, 2017
Chester Trost, 92, passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2017. He was the husband of Patricia for 10 years and Betty for 58 years. Born in Champaign Illinois, he lived and worked there for 30 years. He then moved his family to South Florida where he resided for 50 years. He was employed by Dade County Public Schools as a PE teacher, an administrator, and a principal. Chester served in the Navy during WWII . He belonged to Norland Methodist Church in Miami and First United Methodist Church of Melbourne. One of his favorite pastimes was golfing. He is survived by Pat, 5 children, 17 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. A Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 1:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Melbourne, 110 E. New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32901. Entombment will follow at Fountainhead Memorial Park, 7303 Babcock Street SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Promise at 3040 West New Haven Avenue, West Melbourne, Florida 32904.
Robert Benedict Dodd, Acad ‘45, KH ‘41 – May 14, 2017
Bob died peacefully May 14, 2017 in Lake Mary, Florida. He was 89.
Bob was born Nov. 25, 1927 in Beirut, Lebanon to Mary and Dr. Wilson Dodd, American medical missionaries, spending his early years growing up in Turkey. Returning stateside he attended Berea High School in Kentucky before coming to Princeton. Immediately upon graduating he set off for Shanghai with the Merchant Marines shipping cattle to China as part of a United Nations post-war relief effort.
Following a 15 month stint in the Philippines as a field surveyor with the Army Corps of Engineers Bob returned home to attend/graduate Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Hired by Gulf Oil in 1953 it was at Gulf that Bob met then married his first and only wife of 65 years Victoria DeVinny.
In 1956 and 1966, respectively, Bob joined the engineering consulting firms of Burns & Roe and Ebasco Services, both headquartered in New York City. A highlight of his tenure with Ebasco was his 1-year reassignment to Japan in 1969, followed by a whirlwind return trip home with his family that touched down in over a dozen different countries worldwide.
Bob ended his professional career with AT&T relocating with them from his longtime Colonia, NJ home in 1989, to Kissimmee, FL, where he retired in 1996.
Bob is predeceased by his mother Mary, father Wilson, stepmother Mary and sisters Dorothy Dodd, Helen Bruner, Margaret Schmidt. He is survived by his beloved wife, Victoria; four daughters Nike Bolte, Cindy, Darcy & Stacey Dodd; his son Dirk; daughter-in-law Xiao Lan Dodd and son-in-law Bud Bolte; and three grandchildren, Kelly Trop, Karen Trop and Pierson Dodd. He loved his family and friends deeply–they returned their love for him the same. He will be so dearly missed.
Carl Bruce Marshall, Navy V-12 ‘45 – Aug. 3, 2013
Virgie Mahaffey Mcintyre ‘45 – July 22, 2017
Virgie McIntyre, 94, passed away at CarolinaEast Medical Center after a brief illness on July 22, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and an educator, painter, musician, and novelist. Virgie grew up in the Gaffney/Spartanburg SC area, and lived in the Green Creek NC community from the 1940’s-2011 and then moved to New Bern to be closer to family here and gained a new family and friends at McCarthy Court and Homeplace. Virgie graduated from Chesnee High School, attended Asheville Teacher’s College, graduated from Berea College, KY., and earned a Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University and Reading Specialist standing from Syracuse University. Virgie was an active member of the Melvin Hill Church of the Brethren for 60 plus years serving as music director, pianist, Sunday school teacher, youth director, editor of the bulletin, and she worked on numerous committees. She retired from the NC public school system after 33 years, while working as a classroom teacher, Supervisor of Polk County Schools, Head Start Director, reading teacher, and member of the Western Carolina University faculty in the Education Department. While there, she held workshops all over the state in reading.Virgie is preceded in death by her husband, Bryson McIntyre; daughter, Dawn McIntyre Flory; parents Ed and Etta Mahaffey; brothers Ray and Shufford; and her sisters Meredith McSherry, Ruby (Author) Johnson, and Edna (Paul) Chioniere. She is survived by her daughter Teresa (Al) Mack; sisters Mary Lou Andrews and Wilma (Bob) Peercy; Son-in-law Phil (Ellie) Flory; brother-in-law Walter McSherry; sister-in-law’s Ann Mahaffey and Nancy Mahaffey; grandchildren Jamie (Josh) Waller, Erin (Dustin) Herrmann, Heather (Jeremy) Driver, Seth Flory, Courtney (Andy) Duffey; and great-grandchildren Emily, Abigail, Mackenzie, Reagan, Bryce, and Avery; nieces and nephews Melanie, Renee, Byron, Linda, Karen, Bert, Becky, Kathy, and Markita. Services will be held at her home church, Melvin Hill Church of the Brethren on Saturday, September 2 at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mahaffey Memorial Fund, 555 Melvin Hill, Columbus, NC 28722. Friends and family are invited to a reception following the service to celebrate Virgie’s life. Arrangements entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.
Channing Edwards Pierce, Navy V-12 ‘45 – Oct. 7, 2014
Channing E. Pierce, 91, of East Windsor, loving husband of 64 years to ‘Pat’ Harriett N. Pierce, passed away on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at Parkway Pavilion. He taught mathematics at Somers High School to many generations of local students. Channing hailed from Louisville, KY, and served his country in the Navy during WWII. After his marriage to Pat, they lived in Kentucky and Staten Island, NY, before moving to Connecticut in 1958. He was an engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft before joining Pat in the teaching profession. Channing is survived by his daughter, Melissa Pierce of Jupiter, FL; his son, Peter and his wife Dr. Kim Barrett of San Diego, CA; brother, Kentledge Pierce of Staten Island, NY; his grandchildren, Amelia and Zachary Taylor, Katherine Al-Ramahi and Maddie Pierce and his great-grandchildren Mohammed, Mazen, Montaz and Mynnah Al-Ramahi. Channing was predeceased by his wife Pat, a son, Christopher and two brothers, Henderson ‘Bud’ Pierce and Nicholas Pierce Relatives and friends may gather on Saturday (Oct 11) at 11:00 a.m. at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St., East Windsor. A service will begin at Noon. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League P.O. Box 9329, Bolton, CT 06043.
Ruth Wesley Vicini ‘45 – May 27, 2017
VICINI Ruth, formerly of Lynch, passed away in Lexington on May 27. She was preceded in death by her husband John L. Vicini, Sr. daughter Rena, grandson John L. Vicini III, parents John L. and Mayme Brooks Wesley, brothers, Roy, Earl, Guy, Fred, Jack and Eugene “Yink” Wesley. Left to cherish her memory are daughters Linda (Richard) Whitworth of Louisville, Ginny Vicini and Mary Beth Hubbard of Lexington, sons John (Wilma) of Cuba MO, Tom (Special Friend Julia) of Lynch, Jim (Kathleen) of Cumberland, Ken (Michele), of Lexington, Frank (Special Friend Theresa) of Richmond, Joe of Franklin TN, Steve (Sheila) of Coldiron, and David (Cheryl) of Lexington. Other members of Ruth’s family who mourn her loss are Sandy Vicini, Donna Vicini, Debbie Vicini, and Gary Hubbard. Also surviving are 27 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and numerous Wesley and Vicini nieces and nephews. Ruth graduated from Lynch High School in 1942 and from Berea College in 1946. After raising 12 children, Ruth was a beloved teacher in the Lynch, Benham, and Cumberland school systems for nearly 20 years. In her final days, Ruth talked about how much she has loved her life, how blessed she was to have such a large loving family and so many wonderful friends in both Lynch and Lexington. The family is grateful for the loving care she received while at Brookdale Richmond Place in Lexington. Visitation to be held at the Tri-City Funeral Home in Benham, KY from 5-9pm on Tuesday, May 30, and funeral at 11 am on Wednesday, May 31 at the Church of the Resurrection in Lynch with burial following at Monte Vista Cemetery in Cumberland. Her grandsons will serve as Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Arbor Youth Services in Lexington or to the Lynch Church of the Resurrection.
Bobbie Gary Denton ‘46 – Oct. 8, 1994
Eduardo A. J. Guevara, FD ‘47 – April 1, 2017
Eduardo A.J. Guevara passed away on April 1, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Elvira Mourthe and Ulises Guevara. Also, his son Eduardo Simon Guevara. He was a Veteran of World War II, served in the United States Navy on the USS Duncan. Mr. Guevara was the owner and founder of Concrete Controls, INC, a leading independent manufacturer of concrete admixtures since 1947. He was based in New Orleans, LA and in 2007 moved his company to Albany, LA. He worked until he was 90 years old and loved every minute. He survived by his wife Cynthia Lofaso and daughter, Andrea Monica Guevara, five grandchildren: Ian, Caitlin, & Sophia Guevara and Ava Grace & Samantha Morton. Also, many nieces and nephews and lifelong friends. Eduardo was educated at: Berea College, Berea, K.Y.; National Technological Institute, Washington, D.C.-P.E.; Universidad De Madrid, Madrid- Communication; University of ST. Thomas “Management of Objective”; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; University of Maryland, School of Engineering. He belonged to many Professional Societies including: American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)- President “Ex-Oficio”; New Orleans Society of Civil Engineers-President “Ex-Ofcio”; American Concrete Institute (ACI)-New Orleans Chapter- President “Ex-Oficio”; American Society of Civil Engineers; ASTM C-9 Commission; U.S. Academy of Sciences. He also belonged at the Sociedad Espanola and was a Master Mason, Cervantes Lodge # 5. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at noon in St. Benedicts Catholic Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Lunch Ministry, 20370 Smith Road, Covington, Louisiana70435. Bagnell & Son Funeral Home, Covington, LA in charge of arrangements. To view and sign the family guest book please visit www.bagnellfuneralhome.com.
Martha Shull Pierson ‘47 – May 1, 2017
Martha Pierson, Age 94, Will Be Held On Saturday, June 3, 2017 At 11:00 Am At First United Methodist Church. Visitation Will Be Prior To The Service From 10:00 To 11:00 Am. Survivors: Children: Paul Timothy, Architect, (Wife, Judy Smith), James Marcus, M.D., Mary Kathryn Jenkins, Mother & Artist, (Husband, Patrick), David Leon, And Rebekah Faye Pierson-Treacy, R.N., J.D., (Husband, Ed), Eight Grandchildren And Eight Great-Grandchildren, Her Sisters Mildred Ethel Elam And Wanda Faye Koch And Brother L.T. Shull.
Frisby D. Smith ‘47 – May 7, 2017
Frisby Davis Smith, 91, died at his long time residence in Wytheville on May 7, 2017, surrounded by his immediate family. He was the son of the Reverend Edwin Bittle Smith and Margaret Henderson Smith. He was a graduate of Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia. Later he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Berea College in Kentucky, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky. During World War II Smith was enrolled in the V-12 U.S. Navel College Training Program at Hampton Sydney College and later was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California. His career in education began as a classroom math and English teacher. He then transferred into administration as a principal and superintendent in Midway, Kentucky. In 1955 he joined the faculty in the School of Education at the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor. In 1961 he accepted the position of Director of Instruction in the Roanoke, Virginia Public Schools. In 1964 he moved to Wisconsin and served as the Executive Director of Elementary and Secondary Education for Milwaukee Public Schools for 21 years. His related professional activities included participation in a Fulbright Scholarship for an Educators Study Trip to China, a European Study Tour in the European Atlantic Movement, the Great Cities Educational Research Team, a participant in and Study Tour of the U.S.S.R. He also served as member of the Board of Trustees for the Milwaukee Public Museum. Upon his retirement in 1985, he moved to Wytheville with his wife, who was from Wytheville. He continued his interest in education by volunteering in the Wythe County Adult Literacy and GED programs. In 1990 he became a member of the Wytheville Community College Board and in 1994 he was selected as Chairman of the Board. As a member of the Wytheville Rotary Club, he served a term as Secretary and in 2016 he was recognized as having 27 years of perfect attendance. Smith also was active in the Wythe County Historical Society and served as president and as a guide on occasions for tourists who toured the Historical District. He was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and served as council member and president of the congregation. He was also a board member of the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. His interests were many but love of gardening, working with his roses, and watching sports with his two sons were at the top of his activities, followed by reading and traveling. He is survived by his beloved wife, Adelaide; and two sons, Tad Smith of Dixon, Calif. (a principal scientist with Bayer in West Sacramento, Calif.) and his wife, Mollie, and Steven J. Smith of Aldie, Va. (General Manager of the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.) and his wife, Patricia. He is also survived by one sister, Margaret Cochran of Moab, UT; four grandchildren, Lauren, Alex, Lindsay, and Preston Smith; two favorite sisters-in-law, Nancy Lee Jennings and Evelyn J. Taylor, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at the old St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 W. Main Street, Wytheville VA 24382, and to HOPE Ministry Center, P.O. Box 743, Wytheville VA 24382. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.highlandfuneralservice.com. Barnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Captain Virginia Brown ‘48 – June 25, 2017
Virginia (Gin) Buford Brown was born in Elliston, Virginia, to Baxter Buford and Phoebe (Hundley) Brown, on March 13, 1926, just before the Great Depression. She was the second of seven kids, and growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Virginia the Brown’s were a dirt-poor but family-rich. She graduated in 1948 with a nursing degree from the Medical College of Virginia. After graduation, she served for ten years in the US Navy and Navy Reserves. Her service included two tours in 1952-53 as a Navy Nurse (Lieutenant j.g.) aboard the USS Haven, a hospital ship stationed off Busan and Inchon during the Korean War. In 1961, she received her commission in the US Public Health Service and was assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital in Tuba City, Arizona. She served as the Director of Public Health Nursing responsible for both field health nursing and school clinic programs in nine schools on both the Navajo and Hopi reservations. As a field health nurse, she traveled much of the western side of Navajo reservation with a Navajo driver and interpreter, taking hundreds of photographs of people and places. She went back to school in 1967 and received a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She then moved in 1968 to the IHS Office of Research and Development (ORD) in Tucson, Arizona, setting up the first computerized health systems on reservations across the western US. Gin worked at various times with the Navajo, Hopi, Tohono O’odham, Akimel O’odham, Yaqui, Rosebud Lakota, and Fort Apache, San Carlos, and Jicarilla Apache tribes. She was with ORD until her retirement in 1981. Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service wear the same uniforms as the US Navy and hold ranks equivalent to those of naval officers. When she retired she held the rank of Captain, one rank below Rear Admiral. Her after-retirement activities included a move to Fort Collins, in 1999. Gin had compiled a huge collection of books, maps and other information on the Korean War, which she donated to the Bedford Museum near where she was born in southern Virginia. She also had a huge collection of photographs, books, and other information from her time on the Navajo Reservation and working with various tribes that she donated to the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff; it is call the “Virginia Brown Collection”. Gin is survived by her son, Peter Mark Brown, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Bauer, and two grandsons, Baxter Girard Brown, and Emmett Michael Brown, all of Fort Collins; an adopted son, Sam Minkler, his two children Mark and Vicky, and several great-grandchildren, in Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Brown, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, her sister, Sally Cline in Graham, North Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews, most living in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Her ashes are to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Any donations in her name should be made to High County News or to Pathways Hospice, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO. 80526.
Doris Swingle Hall ‘48, wife of Dr. O. Glen Hall ‘51 – Sept. 17, 2017
Obituary for Doris Swingle Hall Doris Swingle Hall, Age 90, beloved wife of Dr. O. Glen Hall, Dean Emeritus College of Agriculture, and Interim Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Tennessee, passed away at home surrounded by her family on September 17, 2017. She was born August 23, 1927, in Hixson, TN, the youngest daughter of the late Ralph and Zelda Swingle. She graduated with a Sociology degree from Berea College in 1948 where she met and married Glen, her husband of 69 years. Throughout her life, she exhibited a commitment to serve and nurture others. In 1965, as a member of the United Methodist church in Martin TN, she organized and taught one of the first Head Start Programs in the area. Doris and Glen joined Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN in 1967, where they faithfully taught second grade Sunday school for 26 years. She was a long-time UT Medical Center Auxiliary Volunteer, past President UT Faculty Women’s Club, a Girl Scout Leader, and an active member of the Belmont West Garden Club. She loved swimming especially with the UT Faculty Women’s group. A true nature lover, she enjoyed hiking and camping with her family in the Great Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains and took several memorable trips exploring the beauty of national parks across the country with her husband and beloved sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wilma and Bobby Williams. She was an accomplished quilter and created beautiful works of art for her family. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed preparing and sharing good food with her family, a tradition carried on by her children and grandchildren. A poet at heart, she lovingly chronicled family milestones and celebrations in her unique style. She is preceded in death by her sisters Bettye Bruce and Evelyn Avel, brothers-in-law Lenvil and Fred Hall, and son-in-law Dr. Benjamin Stinner. She is survived by her husband, Glen Hall, Knoxville, TN; sisters-in-law: Wilma Williams (Bobby), Knoxville, TN, and Mary Hall, Bowling Green, KY; children: Dr. Deborah Stinner, Smithville, OH, Martha Dickens (Paul), Richmond VA, Joel Hall (Jennifer), Hilliard, FL; grandchildren: Kristina Beichler, Dr. Jedediah Stinner, Leigha Dickens, Hailey, Alyson, and Sydney Hall; and great grandchildren: Benjamin and Lukas Beichler, and Ian Stinner; along with many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday September 22, 2017 at Church Street United Methodist Church followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Church Street United Methodist Church 900 Henley Street PO Box 1303 Knoxville, TN 37901. Click Funeral Home and Cremations – Middlebrook Chapel is serving the Hall Family. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.clickfh.com.
Mary French Kilbourne ‘48 – June 15, 2017
Mrs. Mary F. Kilbourne, 89, passed away peacefully at her home on June 15, 2017, in the arms of her loving husband, Harry, and children, Douglas and Deborah. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Ann. Mary Francis was the daughter of George and Mary (Bess) French of Narrows, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Harriet, and two brothers, Pat and William. She is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mary earned her Bachelor Degree in chemistry from Berea College in Kentucky in 1948. She and Harry were married on June 1, 1948, and lived happily together until her demise 69 years later.
She was of the Methodist faith and served as children’s Sunday school coordinator in Methodist churches in Akron, Ohio and Des Peres, Missouri. In her spare time, she loved to swim, going to the beach, reading and working puzzles.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 825 North Belair Road, Evans, Georgia, 30809. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Church Mission Fund.
Josephine Richards Haywood ‘49 – July 8, 2017
Josephine “Jo” Richards Haywood Funeral Time: Saturday, July 8th at 10:30AM HAYWOOD, Josephine “Jo” Richards, 90, died June 30, 2017, at Coronado Island Retirement Village in San Diego, CA. Born Nov. 18, 1926 in Liberty, KY, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Bessie Carmen Richards. One of her fondest childhood memories was of her grandfather’s general store on Liberty’s main square. She was a 1949 graduate of Berea College, a published playwright, and enjoyed playing the piano. Mrs. Haywood was a volunteer and fundraiser for various local arts organizations including the Lexington Musical Theatre Society, Opera House renovation, Lexington Philharmonic and KY chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters. Many of these endeavors in the arts were with several lifelong friends, including retired Lexington Philharmonic conductor Dr. George Zack, and the late Mrs. Marilyn Moosnick. She wrote numerous plays and hymns for Central Christian Church, where she was a member and friend of retired minister of music Rev. Bob Kintner. Mrs. Haywood was a longtime resident of Hilton Head Island, SC, but her heart was always in Kentucky. Survivors include four children (from prior marriage to Dr. Charles F. Haywood, retired UK professor and dean), Julia E. Haywood, Seoul, South Korea, Charles R. Haywood and his wife Rebecca Daughtry, Columbia, SC, Mary Haywood, Seattle, WA, and John Haywood, San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Julia L. Haywood, Ransom Haywood, Walker Haywood and Peter Haywood; one sister, Sarah Richards Alley, of Louisa, KY; three nieces, Elizabeth Diamond, Ange Boatwright, and Christine Larrabee; and one nephew, Lester Alley. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington, KY 40513 by Rev. Elizabeth King. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, July 8. Casket bearers will be Charles R. Haywood, John Haywood, Ransom Haywood, Walker Haywood, Ross Moosnick and Lester Alley. Memorial contributions are suggested to Berea College, 101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403.
June Moss Lovelace, Acad ‘49 – Oct. 26, 2017
Ida “June” Lovelace was born in Atlanta, GA to the late Helen McMurray and Benjamin Moss on November 30, 1930. She passed away on October 26, 2017. She graduated from Berea Academy/Foundation in 1949, and Midway Jr. College, both in Kentucky. She also attended Berea College. While working her way through college she met and married the late William Paul Lovelace in Frankfort, KY. June was the quintessential Air Force Officer’s wife; she could pack up and move whenever her husband got orders in a moments notice. She made homes in Germany to Hawaii with many state side stops in-between. They retired to Maitland Florida, with all her children attending Winter Park High School. After her children were grown, she went back out into the work force in the offices of Sears and Environmental Information to name a few. She loved her ladies clubs, the Bridge club and the Bowling league. She has worked tirelessly for the Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida by taking reservations for years. June was thankful to be able to be a stay at home Mom to her four children when her children were young. The hobby she is most proud of is her needlepoint. Her home has many of her beautiful needlepoint pieces on display. She is survived by two of their four children: Linda (Larry) LaMirande, and Randy Lovelace of Maitland, FL. Her first born son William Jr. passed in 1994 and her baby Robert passed in 2016. She is also survived by a grandson Brian (Kimberly) LaMirande; two great-grand children, Dustin and Kelsey LaMirande of Saint Cloud; a step-daughter Dorris Croasdell of Ohio; and one sister, Linda Rabe of Irving, Texas.
K. Herschel McDaniel ‘49 – Aug. 18, 2017
Kenneth Herschel McDaniel, age 89, of Lake Lure, NC, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was born June 13, 1928 in Lake Lure, NC to the late Gordon and Jesse Flynn McDaniel. Ken was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. Ken believed in serving his community and enjoyed memberships in many service organizations. He was most proud of his work as a recent board member of the Rutherford Electric Membership Corp. He was also a volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem program, the Lions Club International and a volunteer fireman for the Bills Creek Fire Department. Ken had a varied and interesting life. He was a driver for McLean and Colonial trucking companies and Christian Tours, owner of a Western Auto store and mobile home park and served as Magistrate of the 25th Judicial District of North Carolina. He may have been best known for his love of music, singing in church choirs and with the Rutherford County Chorus. He especially loved singing bass with the The Hickory Nuts, a barbershop quartet, and was a charter member and past president of the Carolina Moonlighters, a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Virginia parker McDaniel, one son Nathan Andrew McDaniel, one brother Donald McDaniel and one sister Martha McDaniel Royster. He is survived by: Two Daughters: Janet Byerly and husband Mark of Kernersville, NC Jewell Parker of Saginaw, MI One Son: Ken McDaniel and wife Rita of Gastonia, NC Two Brothers: Hal McDaniel and wife Kay of Franklin, OH Felix McDaniel and wife Jan of Hendrson, NC Seven Grandchildren: Ryan McDaniel (Jeanie) of Burleson, TX, Carson McDaniel (Carol) of Fort Mill, SC, Robin Abbott (Jamie) of Merrill, MI, Mandy Parker of Saginaw, MI, Ryan Byerly (Kendall) of Clemmons, NC, Nathan Harris of Kernersville, NC and Jordan Byerly of Albany, NY. Nine Great-Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at First united Methodist Church of Rutherfordton. The funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton at 12:00 PM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 with Keith Marion, Frank Beddell and Rev. Tim Marsh officiating. Interment will be at Bill’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Lake Lure, NC. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Nathan A. McDaniel Endowment Fund c/o Columbia International University at 7435 Monticello Rd. Columbia, SC 29230-3122. Upcoming Events Visitation Aug 22 10:30 AM 12:00 PM First United Methodist Church 264 N. Main St. Rutherfordton, NC, US, 28139.
Ileene Stanley McKeehan, Acad ‘44, BC ‘49 – April 14, 2017
Ileene McKeehan, 90, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on April 14, 2017. Daughter of the late James Stanley and Bertie Mae Garland. Wife of the late B. Harry McKeehan. Survived by her three interesting children: son Michael W. McKeehan of Crossville, TN, daughter Patricia M. Stromberg of Olney, MD, and daughter Sharon M. Henderson of Brookeville, MD. Also survived by seven lovely grandchildren: Patrick A. McKeehan of Burke, VA; Michelle M. Marziale of Basel, Switzerland; Jeffrey G. Stromberg of Rockville, MD; Caitlin Stromberg of Baltimore, MD, Michael P. Menefee of Olney, MD; Darcy H. Alt of Brookeville, MD; and Wade B. Henderson of Olney, MD. Ileene is also survived by five wonderful great-grandchildren: Keegan, Jack, and Isla Menefee; and Hayley and Colton Alt. Relatives and friends may visit on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 6PM to 8PM at the Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville, MD. Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Laytonsville, MD. Internment at Goshen Cemetery in Laytonsville, MD, will immediately follow the church service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Helen Swanson Robinson ‘49 – Nov. 2, 2017
Helen S. Robinson died on November 2, 2017 at Hospice of West Alabama. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South with Rev. Sandy Felkins officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. on November 4, 2017 in the family plot in Grove Hill Cemetery in Grove Hill, Ala. with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harriett Slaughter Swanson and Hubert Swanson; her beloved husband of 58 years, Colonel Dayton Robinson, Jr.; her infant son, John Hubert Robinson and her 20 year old son, Dayton Robinson, III. Survivors include her loving and much loved daughter, Dr. Carolyn Marino of Tuscaloosa; her sister, Carolyn Jane Woodson of Jackson, Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be nephews, Kevin and Frank Woodson, Bonner and James Lee, John Jacobs and Dr. Gerald Eure. Honorary pallbearers will be Ned Lee, Robert Berglin, John Lee, very special friend, Jane Eure, Dr. Brian Wilhite and staff, Hospice of West Alabama staff, the DCH MICU nursing staff, Angie Denmark, Amy Foster, and friend of the family, John Crowell. Also included are attorneys and family friends, Patrick Andress and Colin Barrett. Helen was born in Frisco City, Alabama on August 13, 1925. She graduated from Grove Hill High School in 1943 and worked at Brookley Field in the office of the Judge Advocate Department for two years before attending Berea College, where she attended for three years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of English degree from the University of Alabama. She was married to Dayton Robinson, Jr. on March 19, 1949. While her children were young, she was an active team mother for Cub Scouts, a Brownie den mother and active as a leader for the MYF in their church. As her husband fulfilled his duties as a career military person, she was active in the Officer’s Wives Club and worked in Navy Relief projects. She supported her husband throughout his military career while living in Hawaii and many other states. After the death of her 20 year old son, she was one of the founders of the local chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, and she served that group in many capacities for many years. In addition to her role as chapter leader and newsletter editor, she and her husband led workshops in the area of parental grief and bereavement throughout the southeast and Helen served on the National Board of Directors for six years. Together they served as Regional coordinators for Ala., Northwest Fla. and Miss. from 1982-1985. She chaired the National Historical Records committee for 11 years and diligently researched and gathered the Compassionate Friends records which were delivered to the Special Collections Library at the University of Chicago in October 1996. Helen received the 1998 Recognition and Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service at the Compassionate Friends 21st National conference in Nashville, Tenn. She attended the first International Gathering of the Compassionate Friends in Birmingham, England in 1994. Helen was a loyal member of the Druid Hills United Methodist Church until her health prevented her attendance. She and her husband were generous to the Tuscaloosa and University community. An endowed scholarship was made to The University of Alabama School of Engineering in memory of their son, Dayton Robinson, III. The Trust Room at Berea College is named in honor of Helen Swanson Robinson and made possible by a donation by her husband. The DCH Cancer Center was also a benefactor as a donation was made there in memory of Dayton Robinson, II. Helen lived out her life reaching out to others to share and divide their pain and to offer comfort and hope. Helen was lovingly cared for in the last few years by her daughter, Carolyn, who was devoted to her. She will be greatly missed by so many and leaves a legacy of service. The family suggests that memorial donations be made in her memory to the Compassionate Friends local chapter, P.O. Box 2285, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Rd, Tuscaloosa, 35404.
Dr. Lee Edwin Wickline ‘49, husband of Carolyn Clifford Wickline ‘49 – Oct. 3, 2017
WICKLINE LEE E. WICKLINE (Age 91) Educator Dr. Lee Edwin Wickline of Bowie, MD, died on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 of congestive heart failure at Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Mandrin House in Harwood, MD. Born on July 17, 1926 in Assurance, WV, he was the eldest child of Walden Emmett Wickline and Anna May (Miller) Wickline. A graduate of Greenville High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II at age 17, serving in part on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton, CV-37. The G.I. bill made it possible for Lee to enroll at Berea College in Kentucky where he graduated in 1949. While at Berea he met and married Carolyn Ethel (Clifford) Wickline, his beloved wife of 69 years. He received his teacher’s certification from Concord College in Athens, WV, in 1950 and spent the next several years teaching high school science, mathematics and physics at Tallulah Falls School in Georgia, and Brookhaven High School in Mississippi. He earned his master’s degree at West Virginia University in 1954 before returning home to teach at Union High School in Monroe County, WV, and then Allentown High School in Pennsylvania in 1958. He received his doctorate degree at Penn State University in 1964 and was awarded a fellowship to attend the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1969. Prompted by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act in 1958, which provided federal funding of higher education to promote and improve the teaching of science, mathematics, and foreign languages. As part of this nationwide initiative, Dr. Wickline worked as a state science specialist for the West Virginia Department of Education in Charleston and then the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, DC. Among his many achievements at HEW was the creation of the National Diffusion Network in 1974, which he directed for 16 years. The NDN developed a system for schools to learn about exemplary and innovative education programs that were federally funded and enabled schools to add them to their curriculum. In 1975 he served as Director of the Office of Education Refugee Assistance Task Force establishing education programs for Cambodian and Vietnamese war refugees. Accepting an invitation from the Soviet government, Lee and his wife visited Moscow in the summer of 1989 to discuss education programs to benefit Russian school children. After more than 30 years of service at HEW and the U.S. Department of Education, he retired in 1992 to Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore until returning to Bowie, MD in October 2016. Lee was a lifelong student, avid reader, and storyteller whose hobbies included 65 years as an amateur radio operator and a Morse code, electronics and radio theory instructor. He was also an accomplished and competitive sailor, racing up and down the Chesapeake Bay in his Santana 21 and later a Catalina 27, “Cool Breeze.” He served as commodore of the Maryland Capital Yacht Club in 1989. In addition to his wife, Carolyn, Lee is survived by his two sons, John Wickline of Dunkirk, MD and James Wickline (Jennifer, née Elderkin) of Maungatapere, New Zealand; three grandchildren, Hunter, Kate and Sage; brother, Wade Wickline (Glenna); and sisters, Edna Mikesell and Roxie Wickline. Among his many special friends are Ce Harrison-Wickline, Shoby Maranto and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Anna Harris. A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Berea College – Lee E. Wickline Scholarship, Berea College Alumni Relations, CPO 2203, Berea, KY 40404 (www.berea.edu/give). A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Berea College – Lee E. Wickline Scholarship, Berea College Alumni Relations, CPO 2203, Berea, KY 40404 (www.berea.edu/give).
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Helen Bias Bayuszik ‘50 – Oct. 20, 2017
Helen Louise Bayuszik, 88, Of Butler, Pennsylvania, Passed Away On October 20, 2017 At The Butler Memorial Hospital. She Was Born March 8, 1929 In Amherstdale, West Virginia To The Late James Monroe Bias And The Late Josephine Adkins Bias. In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Two Sisters, Vangie Bias Mahan, And Marie Bias Berger; And Two Brothers, Lucian Bias, And Charles Bias.She Was Also Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Edward Bayuszik, Whom She Married On October 28, 1950 And Who Passed Away On March 13, 1996.Mrs. Bayuszik Received Her Rn Degree From Berea College. She Then Worked As An Operating Room Nurse And Later A School Nurse For The Butler County School System Before Retiring In 1993. She Was A Member Of Homeacre Chapel. Helen Enjoyed Teaching Children At Good News Clubs And Served Many Years On The Board Of Child Evangelism Fellowship. She Created Hundreds Of Hand Stitched Blankets For Family And Friends. She Enjoyed Winning Rummikub And Croquet And Loved Cooking And Baking. Her Life Was Woven Together By Prayer And Bible Reading And Singing Old Hymns. She Is Survived By Her Five Daughters, Debbie (Peter) Jones Of Limassol, Cyprus, Kathie (Jerry) Soen Of Chicago, Il, Denise (Curt Neubert) Bayuszik, Md, Of Peshastin, Wa, Jane (Dan) Hartzler Of Butler, Pa, And Renay Bayuszik Of Butler, Pa; 17 Grandchildren; 19 Great Grandchildren; And Many Nieces And Nephews.Friends Will Be Received Tuesday, October 24, 2017, From 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 Pm At Thompson – Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street Butler, Pa. A Graveside Committal Service Will Take Place At The Butler County Memorial Park At 10 Am Wednesday, October 25, 2017.A Memorial Service Will Be Held On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:00 Am At The Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, 420 North Main Street Butler, Pa, With Pastor David L. Fisher Of Homeacre Chapel And Pastor Daniel Ledford Of Westminster Presbyterian Church In America, Officiating.Memorial Donations Are Suggested To Child Evangelism Fellowship Of Butler County, Po Box 1797, Butler, Pa 16003.
Dr. Logan Ray Campbell ‘50 – May 25, 2017
Dr. Logan Ray Campbell, 90, of Athens died Thursday, May 25, 2017. He was born in Liberty, Kentucky to the late Ira and Ora Campbell. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Campbell and a son, John Campbell. Dr. Campbell is survived by his two sons, Tim and Charles Campbell. He served in the United States Army and retired from the University of Georgia.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens. Burial will follow at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com
Donald E. Lainhart, Acad ‘46, BC ‘50 – June 3, 2017
Obituary for Donald Lainhart Donald Lainhart, age 93, of Hebron, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Don leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Virginia Osborn Lainhart; son, Billy Lainhart and his grandchildren Mariah, Autumn, and Jediaha; and several cousins. After attending Berea High School Don joined the United States Army Air Corps and served in WWII. Don was a proud member of the Olekia Shrine Temple, in Lexington for over 70 years and served as a Van Driver for the Children’s Hospital. He was past President of the Boonesborough Society, 8th generation grandson of Daniel Boones Family, past state President of the Woodman of the World Life Insurance Society, member of the Cincinnati Elk Lodge #5, volunteer for over 40 years at Cincinnati Veterans Hospital, Usher at Hebron Baptist Church and former Usher of Florence Baptist Church, served as President of Duke Retirees, former president of the Grant County Shrine Club, member of the Berea Masonic Lodge #617, club president of Wayfarers and a few years ago he was proud to be chosen to go on an Honor Flight. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church, 3435 Limaburg Road, Hebron, KY 41048. Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at the Florence Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Hebron is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are suggested to: Shriners Hospital 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508 or Hebron Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.stithfuneralhomes.com.
Evelyn Dillow Wood ‘50 – Oct. 3, 2017
Evelyn Wood, 91, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:00pm in Edgecombe Memorial Park Mausoleum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, USMC Retired Col. J.W. Wood formally from Tarboro, NC.
Evelyn is survived by her loving family which includes Greg Sansig, Jim Wood, II, Jeannie Yarborough, Brian Wood, Stephen Wood, Mark Wood, Kathryn Wood and David Wood; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends and other relatives at Carlisle Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00-2:00pm.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 6, 2017
Robert W. Davis ‘51 – July 10, 2017
Robert Davis, Age 87. Longtime resident of Henry Ford Village. Loving husband of the late Carol. Dear father of Jeff (Honor), Jim (Deborah) and Jane (Dave) Henry. Beloved grandfather of Ryan, Jimmy, Meghan, Sarah, Chris, Michael and Danny. Memorial service Tuesday, July 18 at Henry Ford Village 11AM.
Virginia Reed Henderson, Acad ‘51 – July 16, 2017
Mrs. Virginia Worrell Reed Henderson, 98, loving wife, aunt, and widow of Mr. Clarence Reed and Mr. Harold Henderson, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Telford Terrace Nursing Facility in Richmond, Kentucky. A native of Estill County, she was born on June 3, 1919, the daughter of the late Alex and Minnie Taylor Worrell. She lived most of her life in Dayton, Ohio. Virginia was a retired Registered Nurse, who served over 40 years in the state of Ohio. She was a member of the Madison Hills Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky. Virginia is survived by: one brother, Kenton Worrell (Margorie); and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, and husbands, she was preceded in death by: nine brothers, Thaddeus, Charlie, Stanley, Claude, Allen, Francis, Johnnie, Doug and Harold; and four sisters, Grace, Naomia, Spicie, and Christine. Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals, 224 Main St., Irvine, KY, with Bro. Martin “Marty” Frazer officiating. Burial will be at 10AM on Friday in the West Irvine Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5:00 PM Thursday, at the Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals. The family expresses their deepest appreciation to the Elders and Members of the Madison Hills Christian Church, as well as the staffs of McCready Manor and Telford Terrace for their excellent care and dedication during Virginia’s stay with them. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are suggested to the McCready-Telford Foundation, 300 Stocker Drive, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation Thursday 20 Jul 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals 224 Main Street Irvine, KY 40336.
Dr. Hugh Poston ‘51 – July 17, 2017
Hugh A. Poston, age 88, went to join the heavenly father on Sunday, July 16th 2017 in Lebanon, PA. Born near Canton, NC on May 5th, 1929, Hugh was the son of William B. and Edna Pless Poston. He is survived by his children, Mark H. Poston of Grayson, GA, Martha Jo Messer of Lebanon, PA, Phyllis McCray of Raleigh, NC, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Birdie Mugge Poston, an infant daughter, Rebecca Lou, an infant son, Scott Hugh, his sisters, Polly Matthews, Ruth Farmer and Nancy Deaver, and brothers Clarence, Aubert and Everette Poston, and a grandson, Michael Morong. Dr. Poston received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Berea College, Berea, KY and both a M.S. degree in Animal Nutrition and a PhD degree in Animal Physiology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He also attended The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY and Iowa State University, Ames, IA. He also served in the U.S. Army stationed in Honolulu, HI. He was employed as a Research Physiologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Tunison Laboratory of Fish Nutrition, Cortland, NY where he conducted fish nutritional research. As a result of his research, the economic return to the fishing industry is reported to be in the millions of dollars. He was also an adjunct professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Hugh and his wife, Birdie, traveled extensively (If you asked him he traveled to “all 51 states including the state of ignorance!”). He was actively engaged in volunteer activities involving the Lime Hollow Nature Center, scouting and Christ Presbyterian Church. He was beloved by his great grandchildren who were forever entertained by his infectious smile, hearty laugh, and multitude of animal impersonations. He will forever hold a special place in their hearts as their Pop-Pop. Memorial gifts may be given to the Berea College Alumni Fund, Berea, KY 40404. Funeral services will be Sunday 12 noon at the Christ Community Church, Tompkins St., Cortland NY. A graveside service will be Monday 9 am at the Glenwood Cemetery, Homer NY. To offer online condolences visit www.wright-beard.com.
Stella L. Ross ‘51 – July 5, 2017
Stella Louise Ross passed away on July 5th peacefully in her sleep. She was 88 years old. Stella was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1929 to Leonidas and Mary Bymakos. She grew up speaking both English and Greek and had a great love for Greek music and dancing. A member of the Class of ’47 at Lincoln High School in Cleveland, Ohio, she received awards for academic excellence and leadership.
Stella moved to Santa Monica, California in the 1950’s, attended the Santa Monica First United Methodist Church and worked for the Air Force. At the Santa Monica Church, she met and married Robert Ross. Later, they moved to Glendale, CA and she worked as the senior secretary for Dr. Kenneth Carlson, minister for the First United Methodist Church of Glendale.
In 1964, they moved to Arcadia, CA. While raising children, she was active as a room parent, a soccer coach, in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and she was a dedicated member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. She also went back to college and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles.
As her children grew, she went back to work at United Parcel Service for 23 years. When she retired, she volunteered for the Arcadia Police Department and the California Philharmonic.
She enjoyed playing bridge, singing hymns, going to concerts and the opera. She was active with the League of Women Voters and she was a devoted Dodger Fan! Affectionately called “Yaya” by her grandchildren, Stella loved her immediate and extended family and hosted family gatherings often.
She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Solberg (Jason) of Burbank, CA, her son, Stephen Ross (Cindy) of Highlands Ranch, CO and her son, Bill Ross (Jen) of Arcadia, CA. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Ryan Ross, Sarah Ross, Madison Ross, Caden Ross, Jacob Ross, Tyler Ross, and Spencer Solberg, as well as by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 23, at 12:30pm, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 W. Duarte Road in Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia, California or to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 16, 2017
Joyce Gouge Byrd ‘52 – Oct. 31, 2017
Joyce Elaine Gouge Byrd, 86, Of Morganton, Departed This Life And Went To Her Heavenly Home On October 31, 2017, After A Brief Illness. Mrs. Byrd Was Born On May 1, 1931, In Mount Airy, North Carolina, The Daughter Of Esse V. Gouge And Sadie Dixon Gouge. She Is Preceded In Death By Her Parents, Her Husband, Robert Bond “Bob” Byrd, And Her Sisters, Reba Carter, Sarah Medlin, And Jo Ann Holt.She Is Survived By Her Brother, Esse V. Gouge, Jr. And Wife, Gayle, Of Black Mountain, Sister-In-Law, Gleta H. Byrd Of Drexel, Children Robert Bond Byrd, Ii And Wife, Shirley, Dixon Duckworth Byrd And Wife, Jeanie, And Sara Lou Byrd Succop And Husband, Benjamin Succop. Her Grandchildren Are: Jamie Dara Allman, Dr. Jillian Leigh Byrd, Kathryn Joy Byrd, Caitlyn Byrd Milam And Husband, Dr. Ronald Milam, Jr., Dr. Caroline Byrd Hornburg And Husband, David Hornburg, Colston Jennings Byrd, Madison Dixon Brea Byrd, Benjamin Sterling Succop, Jr., And Sara Byrd Succop. Many Nieces And Nephews Are Also Left To Cherish Her Memory.Graduating Salutatorian And Member Of The All-State Basketball Team In 1946 From Black Mountain High School, Joy Was Afforded The Opportunity To Attend Berea College In Kentucky. Joy Met Bob While They Were Working At The Boone Tavern On Campus. When Joy And Bob Graduated, They Both Decided To Further Their Education At The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. Joy Received Her Masters In Physical Education And Began Her Career Teaching High School In Pittsboro, North Carolina While Bob Was In Law School. After Their Marriage And Bob’s Graduation, They Returned To Morganton In 1955. Joy Continued Her Teaching Career At Morganton High School And Bob Joined His Brother, Joe, To Practice Law. Their Firm Later Was Named Byrd, Byrd, And Ervin. Being The Daughter Of A Church Organist, Joy Spent A Great Deal Of Time At Church And Was Devoted To The Lord. She Had Fond Memories Of Sitting By Her Mother And Seeing Dr. Billy Graham In The Balcony. Her Last Trip Outside Of Morganton Was To The Billy Graham Library In Charlotte With Her Grandson, Benjamin. Joy Was A Member Of First United Methodist Church Of Morganton. She Served As A Sunday School Teacher For Over Thirty Years. Joy Especially Enjoyed Teaching Children And Members Of The Aldersgate Class.Joy Was A Passionate Advocate And Activist For Public Education. Joy, Bob, Reverend Willie Flemon Mcintosh, Jr, And Wife, Nettie, Supported The Integration Of The Burke County Schools. At Mountain View Elementary School, Joy Was A Volunteer And Substitute Teacher. She Implemented The Mountain View Preschool Project.As A Former President Of The Morganton Service League, Joy Served All Members Of The Community. In A November 2005 Interview, Joy Stated: “By Joining Together, We Are Able To Achieve Great Things.” Joy, Lou Deal, And Numerous Other League Members Helped With A Production “Oh Penelope.” Ed Grady, A Family Friend And Freedom High School Drama Instructor, Directed The Show. Community Service Was Of Great Significance To Joy. Besides Being President Of The American Field Service And Hosting Several Foreign Exchange Students, She Also Served As A Trustee At Brevard College And Givens Estates Retirement Community. Holidays Were A Big Event At The Byrd Home. Realizing The Importance Of Celebrating Independence Day, Joy Choreographed And Led The Synchronized Swimming Program For The Annual July Fourth Celebration At Morganton’s Recreation Department. To End The Festivities, She Dove Off The High Dive With A Lighted Torch. Joy Was Well Known For Her Passion For Golf. She Scored Two Hole-In-Ones At Mimosa Hills Country Club. She Particularly Enjoyed Playing Golf With Patsy Bowers. As A Member Of The Western League, She Traveled To Many Golf Courses In North Carolina And Always Enjoyed The Competition. She Was An Avid Follower Of Unc Basketball And Took Pride In Supporting The Program. In 1970, Joy And Bob Hosted Unc Player George Karl At Their Home In Morganton For A Unc Basketball Camp. In Fact, The Byrd Home Was Known As A Happy Gathering Place For The Entire Community. Joy Byrd’s Life Touched Many Others. Described In The Words Of Her Grandson, Benjamin:As We Walk On The Pathway Of Our Lives, We Are Occasionally Fortunate Enough To Have True Angels Walking Beside Us. I Was One Of Those Lucky Few, Because I Had My Grandmother. As Her Very Name Illustrates, She Was The Embodiment Of Joy For Our Family, A Wellspring Of Wisdom, Love, And Encouragement Coupled With A Fiery Competitiveness And Passion For Life That Inspired All Those Around Her. Whether It Was Her Dedicated Role In Helping Integrate The Public Schools Of Burke County 50 Years Ago, Her Zest For The Golf Course (In Which She Consistently Outplayed Her Children And Grandchildren), Those Intense Scrabble Games In Her Apartment That Always Seemed To Come Down To The Final Word, Or That Last Trip We Took Together To The Billy Graham Library Over The Summer, Joy Was A Shining Light For The Community, For Her Family, And For Me. Grandmommy, Even As I Grieve For Your Absence, I Celebrate The Time We Had Together. The Obituary May Show A Lifespan In Years, But The Joy You Brought To Our Lives Is Truly Timeless. Now, After This Last Journey, You’ve Finally Found My Grandfather In His Rose Garden. You Were The Only Grandparent I Ever Got To Know, But You Were The Best One I Could Ask For. I’ll Miss You. Sincere Appreciation Is Extended To: The Staff Of Grace Ridge Retirement Community, Burke Hospice And Palliative Care, Dr. David Abernathy, Dr. Ryan Miller, Dr. Leon Goudas, Dr. William Walton, Ii, Dr. Jonathan Lowry, Kay Clark, Rn, Susan Fike, Bsn, Dawn Mcgimsey, Bsn, Nancy Cummings, Lpn, Loretta Jackson, Mamie And Willie Kincaid, And Other Wonderful Caregivers And Special Friends. A Celebration Of Joy’s Life Will Be Held On Saturday, November 25, 2017, At 2:00 P.M. At First United Methodist Church, Morganton, North Carolina.May Be Made To Sossoman Funeral Home’s Website. In Lieu Of Flowers, Please Send Memorial Contributions: First United Methodist Church, “Sunday School Of Rock For Children,” 200 North King Street, Morganton, Nc 28655 Or Burke Hospice And Palliative Care, 1712 Enon Road, Valdese, Nc 28690 Or North Carolina School Of Science And Math – Morganton, Ncssm Foundation, 1219 Broad Street, Durham, Nc 27705.
Annabelle Phipps Beverly ‘52, wife of Raymond Beverly ‘51 – Sept. 14, 2017
Annabelle Beverly, 86, of Paducah passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday September 14, 2017 at Baptist Health in Paducah. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Beverly of Paducah; one daughter, Terry Harris of Paducah; one son, David Beverly of Louisville, Kentucky; two sisters, Jeanette Wallen of Valparaiso, Indiana; Martha Griffin of South Carolina; and three grandchildren, Ginny Borgia of Paducah, Nicolas Beverly and Ben Beverly both of Louisville, Kentucky. Mrs. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents Roy Phipps and Nellie Moore Phillips; and three sisters, Lucile, Alice and Juanita. Memorial service will be at 11:00am on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Lindsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Tucker officiating. Friends may visit the family from 10:00am to service hour on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family has ask for donations be made to Paducah First Baptist Church at 2890 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky 42001 or to Berea College at CPO 2216, Berea, Kentucky 40404 Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com Lindsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Daniel H. Center, Jr. ‘52 – May 24, 2017
Daniel Hayden Center, Jr., died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Westminster Oaks, Tallahassee. His body gave out due to complications from Amyloidosis. He was 86 years old and is survived by his bride of 44 years, Barbara Ann Willis Center, and his two children – daughter Brendan and son Tim (Amy) and his granddaughter and namesake, Hayden. Dan had a big heart and always had a joke to tell. He was a bright light in the lives of many and liked to make people feel good. He had a soft spot for babies and children. He was greatly loved and cherished – especially by his family including siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws whom he loved greatly. Dan was born in Campton, Kentucky, August 5, 1930. His family moved to Berea, KY after his father lost his job in the oilfields during the Great Depression. He was the fourth child, the first son of Daniel Hayden Center and Ruth Tutt Center. Their five children include Bernice Robertson, Vivian Landis, Mabel Boehm, and Luther Center. Dan graduated high school early and entered Berea College. He spent a year in the Air Force. He returned to civilian life working for the CIA in Washington, D.C., where he met his first wife, Nancy Henderson Center. After a season in Colorado working at his sister’s dude ranch, he returned to the CIA. He then enrolled in The Ohio State University where he got his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. After Ohio State, Dan joined the GTE Corporation serving in various positions at GTE Florida, GTE California and General Telephone Data Services (GTEDS) including Director of Timeshare Services and Vice President of Field Operations. After retirement, he spent time helping to develop real estate in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. While in Tampa, he met and married Barbara. Together they were founding members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket program. They were active with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where Dan served as Senior Warden. He was a charter member of ushers at The Center for Performing Arts where he volunteered for twenty years. Dan had an incredible life. At various times, he had his pilot’s license, a realtor’s license and was skilled with do-it-yourself projects being handy as a zipper. He enjoyed traveling, hiking and the outdoors. They attended many Wildflower Pilgrimages and Wilderness Weeks. It was his desire to see as many of the 59 U.S. National Parks as possible – visiting nearly 40 parks in twenty-one states. He even visited national parks in Nepal, New Zealand and Australia. They moved to Tallahassee in 2007 to be near their granddaughter. In Tallahassee, Dan served time in the Kairos Prison Ministry as he had in Tampa. He and Barbara attended St. Peter’s Anglican Church. He was a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald family room. The two also continued participating in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). And, they doted on and enjoyed spending time with Hayden picking her up from school and attending her horse shows. There will be a funeral service at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Please continue to check website for service time) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His Saints. Psalm 116:15 Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. ( www.bevisfh.com 850-385-2193) Upcoming Events Funeral Service Jun 19 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 4784 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL, US
Bill H. Dobbins ‘52 – May 23, 2017
Mr. Bill Hoover Dobbins, 88, of Statesville, passed away, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dobbins was born February 12, 1929 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Wilbur Olen Dobbins and Dorcas Lovelace Dobbins. He was a graduate of Gardner Webb University, received his BS degree in Agriculture from Berea College in Berea, KY and some post graduate classes from NC State University. In 1950, he was married to Edith Hoyle Dobbins, who survives and they were members of Wesley Memorial U.M.C. In addition to being an active member and leader of Wesley Memorial UMC, he also served the United Methodist Church as a Lay Speaker, Lay Leader of the Appalachian District and served on the Board of Laity for Western NC Conference. He was retired from FCX, Southern States and also worked for the NC Office of Administrative Hearings. Bill has served as a volunteer for Hospice of Iredell County for 26 years, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award, Yokefellow Volunteer, 5 th Street Ministries Volunteer and past president of the NC Folk Round and Square Dance Federation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne Dobbins McCollum (John) of Hamilton, OH, daughter-in-law, Sherry Johnson Dobbins Sanders (Scott) of Knoxville, TN; four grandchildren, Greg McCollum of Hamilton, OH, Elizabeth McCollum of Batavia, OH, Amanda Sorge (Korey) of Boca Raton, FL, Jennifer Dobbins of Memphis, TN and one great grandchild, Matthew Gregory Sorge of Boca Raton, FL. He was preceded in death by one son, Dr. Gregory Hoyle Dobbins. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Dr. Chris Fitzgerald officiating. The family will visit with friends following the service and at other times at the Dobbins residence. Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Bill Dobbins. Charitable donations may be made to: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 825 Wesley Dr., Statesville NC 28677 Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28677
William E. Ferguson ‘52 – Aug. 8, 2017
FERGUSON, William Edward February 16, 1928 – August 8, 2017 William (Bill) Edward Ferguson, 89 jitterbugged off to his next adventure on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on February 16, 1928 to Carrie and Hirum (Jack) Ferguson. He is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Rena James Mullins Ferguson; his brothers Bernard and Tom; and sister, Charlotte. He is survived by two daughters: Carrie L. Ferguson of Roanoke and Dr. Elizabeth Ann Ferguson (Philip Rowe) of Vicksburg, Miss. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Alex and Kara Rowe (of Vicksburg, Miss.); and several nieces and nephews that he cherished. He will be missed by a special friend, Joyce Castelli and his dog, Floyd. Bill graduated from William Fleming High School (1947), Berea College (1952) and the University of Louisville (1957) where he earned his Masters in Social Work. He served 45 years as a social worker finishing his career in 1999 at the VAMC in Salem, Va. Bill led an active lifestyle enjoying dancing (jitterbug and flat footing), hiking initially with Boy Scouts and later with his daughters’ girl scout troops. Bill also enjoyed gardening, furniture refinishing and more recently the art of chair caning and basket weaving. In Lieu of flowers Bill has requested donations to Berea College CPO 2216, Berea, Ky. 40404 Or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Va. 24015. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Zola Hatmaker McKee ‘52 – July 27, 2017
Zola Wayland Hatmaker (Hattie) McKee, 90, died July 27, 2017. She was the oldest daughter of Charles Luther and Beulah Mae Hatmaker of Campbell County, TN. She was one of eight surviving children. A sibling, Gleason Hatmaker, predeceased her in infancy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Edward McKee, and a son, Michael Edward McKee. She is survived by one son, James W. (Taronna) McKee, seven grandchildren, Amelia, Virginia, John, Sean, Jackson, Olivia, and Sophia. She is also survived by one sister, Ann (Hatmaker) Loudermilk, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and extended family, all of whom she dearly loved. She was a lifelong Christian, exemplifying a life of service, compassion, and cheerful generosity to all. She was a long time member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Berea College Nursing Program class of 1952, and was a registered nurse. Hattie retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital after 33 years of service. Many of her suggestions and efforts brought positive changes in protocols, some of which were implemented system wide throughout the V A hospitals, bringing better care to veterans. Hattie had a love for life, a call to service of others, and a special kindness for all. She was the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and commendations for her work with various Baptist church groups, the V A hospital system, and several civic organizations. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 1st from 5 – 7 pm at Milward Funeral Home on Southland Drive, Lexington, KY. There will be another visitation from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd at Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City, Tennessee with a funeral service at 7 pm. Burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Garden, Jefferson City, TN, at 11:00 am on Thursday August 3rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Berea College, Taylor Manor Nursing Home – Versailles, KY, or one’s favorite charity.
Eva Hefner Monier ‘53 – Oct. 17, 2016
Barbara Brown Barton ‘54 – July 29, 2017
Ms. Barbara Brown Barton, 84, of Fayetteville passed away on July 29, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Social Circle United Methodist Church, Social Circle, GA. Ms. Barton was born on August 18, 1932 in Asheville, NC to the late Ernest Brown and the late Onnie Burleson Brown. Barbara graduated from Berea College, Berea, KY in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 1957 she was married to Dr. James Howard Barton. They moved to Social Circle, GA in 1963, where they raised their three children. Barbara was an active member of Social Circle United Methodist Church. She was the church choir director from 1972 through 1986. She later became the choir director and member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Monroe, GA. In 1981, Barbara began teaching at Rutledge Academy in Rutledge, GA. She also served as the Headmaster for the school until it closed in the late 1990’s. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Greg and Lisa Barton of Fayetteville; son: Steve Barton of Social Circle; daughter and son-in-law: Leslie and Kent Adams of Social Circle; grandchildren: Amanda Barton of Norfolk, VA, Emily Barton of Fayetteville, Heather and Blake Braswell of Covington, and Frankie Garner of Social Circle. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Social Circle United Methodist Church, Music Ministry, P.O. Box 296, Social Circle, GA 30025. The Barton family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, GA.
Joe O. Brewer, husband of Lilly Bryan Brewer ‘54 – Feb. 11, 2015
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, attorney Joe Oliver Brewer died as he lived: happy and hard-working at his desk in his multi-generational law firm, Brewer Brewer & Sorel.
Joe was born December 26, 1931 to Gordon Justus Brewer, Sr. and Ada Grace Johnson Brewer of Moravian Falls, N.C.
Joe always had a love for music. As a youth, he studied piano and sang at church. After high school graduation, he was the recipient of a music scholarship to Catawba College. He advanced to the prestigious Detroit Conservatory of Music in Michigan to prepare for a professional singing career. He sang with The Johnny Mann Singers and appeared on television with them and with American folk-singing legend Burl Ives prior to being drafted into military service.
While serving as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Joe was asked to defend several persons in military tribunals. He discovered that he had an aptitude for that particular work and enjoyed it immensely.
Joe enrolled as an undergraduate at old Wake Forest College courtesy of the GI Bill. Upon the school’s relocation to Winston-Salem, Joe attended N.C. State University briefly before completing his degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He married the love of his life, Lillie Dean Bryan, in 1955. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1960 and obtained the Juris Doctor degree in 1962. Joe was admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1962, passing the bar exam on his first try in a year when fewer than 50% of the applicants did so (the lowest passage rate in the state’s history).
In order to support his wife, their infant son, and his school expenses, Joe worked up to three jobs simultaneously while excelling at his studies.
Joe represented Wilkes County in the N.C. General Assembly from 1964-1966. He also served on the N.C. Real Estate Licensing Board under Gov. Jim Holshouser and was County Attorney for Wilkes County from 1970-1989. The first rural water associations in Wilkes County were established and formed under his legal leadership.
In addition to the practice of law, Joe enjoyed actively serving his community through the North Wilkesboro Kiwanis Club, the Wilkes Playmakers, and the Seniors on Stage. As a member of the Wilkesboro church of Christ, he was known to be unfailingly generous, unflinchingly faithful, and an enthusiastic Bible scholar and promoter of the gospel of Christ. A favorite pastime of his was gardening, and he shared his produce with many delighted recipients.
Through the years, Joe engaged in the practice of law with several attorneys including Max Ferree, Dennis Joyce, Paul Freeman, Jason Sorel, his father-in-law T. R. Bryan, Sr., and beginning in 1988, his son, Gregory J. Brewer.
In a publication of the North Carolina State Bar Association honoring those lawyers who practiced fifty years or more consecutively, Joe wrote, “I have seen many changes in the practice of law over the years, but I remain convinced that the rule of law and justice as it is practiced in America is the best system in the world. I wouldn’t trade this career for any other. My greatest achievements, however, I consider to be my marriage to Lillie Bryan in 1955 and the two children born to us.”
Joe is survived by Lillie, their son Gregory J. Brewer (Lisa), and their daughter Tonya Brewer Osborne (Joey). In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren: Zack Brewer, David Brewer, Tanner Clifton, Karsen Osborne, Sadie Osborne, many greatly beloved nieces and nephews, and a host of very dearly loved great-nieces and great-nephews. Joe is also survived by brothers Leon Brewer (Joanne) and Richard Brewer (Elaine) and sisters Marolyn Crosswhite and Carolyn Bird.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, brothers Justus, Jr., and Charles, and sisters Emma Lee and Mary.
Joe’s life will be celebrated at a public memorial service on Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkesboro Church of Christ in Wilkesboro, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Joe Oliver Brewer & Lillie Bryan Brewer Scholarship or the Wilkesboro High School Class of 1950 Scholarship in care of the Wilkes Community College-Endowment Corporation, Miss Allison Phillips, P. O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697. Memorials may also be made to the Share Fund or the general Missions Fund at the Wilkesboro Church of Christ, P. O. Box 81, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697.
The family requests no food, please.
Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.
Sam Turner, Jr., Acad ‘54, husband of Ann Skidmore Turner ‘56 – Aug. 25, 2017
Sam Turner Jr., age 88, of Hazard, KY passed away on August 25, 2017 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center. Sam attended Berea Foundation School and Berea College where he met his wife of 62 years, Ann Skidmore Turner. Sam was a retired salesman for Perry Farm Center. He was the son of the late Sam Turner and the late Ona Wells Turner. He was also preceded in death by one sister: Rachel Turner. He is also survived by one son: Mark Alan Turner of Belize; one daughter: Lisa Turner Schikler & Dr. Kenneth Schikler of Louisville, KY; two sisters: Eula Mae Holliday of Hazard, KY & Helen Ogle of Ohio; four grandchildren: Nathan Turner, Josh Turner, Maren Schikler & Allegra Schikler; four great grandchildren: Oliver Turner, Silas Turner, Logan Turner & Daphne Turner along with a host of family & friends. Visitation will be held at the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church from 12PM-1PM Sunday Sept. 03, 2017. Memorial Service will be at 1PM Sunday Sept. 03, 2017 at the Hull Presbyterian Church with Rev. Timothy Jessen officiating. In lieu of flowers family request donations to be made to the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church
Evelyn Baise Watson ‘54 – March 18, 2017
Evelyn Watson Funeral Time: Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00AM Evelyn Baise Watson, 83, wife of Perry C. Watson, passed away March 18, 2017. She was born to G.A. Baise and Nannie Norris Baise on August 20, 1933 in Cumberland County, KY. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by her sons, Marvin (JoElla) Watson and Karl Watson; son in law, Rick Drury; and grandchildren, Scott Watson and Peri Drury. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Drury. Evelyn B. Watson was first and foremost a mother, wife, and grandmother. Her priorities were as follows: her faith in God, her family, her profession, and making the best cookies for her grandkids. She was the epitome of a true lady, kind and gentle, with a grace that is only seen in movies. Her success in her profession was driven by her success in her education, which started with her achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree at Berea College in 1954 and a Master’s degree at U.K. in 1973. She had a career of 33 plus years in both teaching and in school administration. Despite the longevity and rigor of her career, she always put family first as can be attested by any of her living relatives. Her love and devotion to her family was the glue that kept everyone together. Her quiet strength and impressive career inspired the success of her children and grandchildren. She got great enjoyment from ice cream, gardening, and jewelry, which she passed on to her daughter and granddaughter. Her kind heart, her grace, and her smile will be missed by all who were privileged to know her. The effects she had in all those she touched will live on to be seen long past her time. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Tues. at Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-10pm Mon. at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd.
James Melvin Whittaker, FD ‘54 – May 28, 2017
WHITTAKER, James “Jim” Melvin, 86, died on Sunday, May 28th peacefully at his home with his wife of 60 years and his son and brother-in-law at his side. The cause of death was simple old age. He just stopped breathing. Jim is survived by his wife, Charmaine; sons, David (Melissa), Daniel (Lisa), and James (Sharon); and two daughters, Shelia (William) and Rose Marie (Mark); as well as 10 grandchildren ranging the continent from Florida to Seattle. He was a long-time employee of Ford Motor company, proud member of the United Auto Workers Union, a founding parishioner of St. Martha Catholic Church and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 2825 Klondike Ln. with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. Expressions of sympathy and donations in memory can be made to St. Martha where his spiritual heart lies.
Mr. Delmas Ingle Dugger ‘55 – Aug. 23, 2017
Delmas I. “Doug” Dugger, 85, Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
He was a native of Old Butler in Johnson County and had resided in Washington County since 1959. He was the son of the late Daniel B. Dugger and Dessie McKinnis Dugger.
He attended Watauga Academy in Old Butler and graduated from Johnson County High School. He attended Berea College, Berea, KY, and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BS Degree in Chemistry and received a MS in Physical Chemistry. He was employed as a Physical Chemist in the Physics Research Laboratory at Beaunit Corp. in Elizabethton for eight years, and retired from Tennessee Eastman Chemical Co. as a Senior Development Chemist after 28 years of service with the company.
He was an active member of North Johnson City Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, and in several leadership capacities, such as Supt. Of Sunday School, Board of Directors, Personnel Committee, By-Laws Committee and others. He enjoyed working on his lawn and was an avid gardener for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Counter Intelligence. He was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1963. He was on the steering committee at Tri City Technical School to develop a chemistry curriculum, and later taught Analytical Chemistry during the early stages of the program.
He is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Wanda Blevins Dugger; one sister, Jacqueline Taylor, of Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Jackson.
The family of Delmas Dugger will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Morris-Baker. The funeral will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. Rick Powell and Rev. Ed Scarborough officiating. Pallbearers include: Raymond Blevins II, Robert Blevins, Daniel Jackson, David Jackson, Bill Taylor and Michael Owens. Honorary pallbearers include: Paul Blevins, Fred Duncan, Tom Palmer, Verlon Henson, Hubert Hicks, Albert Spaller, Dr. Harold Alison, Dr. Michael Grosserode, Dr. H. Jack Williams and Dr. W. Turney Williams. The committal service will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Park immediately following the funeral.
Dr. Paul C. Estes ‘55 – July 22, 2017
Paul C. Estes, 84, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, passed away at South County Hospital, in Wakefield, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Kennon Estes.
Born in Clay City, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Dillard and Grace Estes. After graduating from Berea College, Paul served in the US Army. He then went on to study veterinary medicine at Auburn University and Iowa State University, and received a doctorate in pathology from Cornell University. He lived in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, for many years while working for Pfizer as a veterinary pathologist before retiring to Rhode Island.
A lifelong animal lover, he cherished many pets throughout his life, starting from his childhood on a farm in Kentucky. His beloved border collies, Annie and Lucy, and adored cats Gunther and Jughead were among his favorites. He enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially his annual trips to Stowe, Vermont, and Mount Desert Island, Maine, with his wife Dorothy. An avid sportsman, he loved hiking, biking, fishing, racquetball, tennis, and volleyball and was a dedicated fan of college basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. He was known for his dry sense of humor, his sweet disposition, and his warm hospitality.
He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Mark Estes and Marika Erdely of Malibu, California; his daughter and son in law, Emily Estes and George Chapman of Dresden, Maine; his daughter Laurel Lefebvre of Naperville, Illinois; and his grandson Nathan Estes. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. All services will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com.
June Colvard McLane ‘56 – July 28, 2017
Dorothy June McLane, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 28, 2017. Dorothy was born in Robbinsville, NC to the late Robert and Martha Stiles Colvard. Dorothy was a graduate of Berea College, Berea, KY. She retired as a statistician from Old Dominion University. Dorothy was a faithful member and church leader of Greenbrier Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake. Left to cherish her memory is loving husband of 61 years, Richard James McLane; daughter, Cynthia S. Feser (David); son, David L. McLane (Ruth); and grandchildren, Molly Feser, Shannon McLane and Natalie McLane. Her final resting place will be Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at her church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are being cared for by Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chesapeake. Please visit www.grahamfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence to the family.
Harry L. Smith ‘56 – June 29, 2017
Gene L. Hartsell, husband of Betty Jean Gasaway Hartsell ‘57 – June 11, 2017
Obituary of Gene Hartsell Gene L. Hartsell, age 80, passed away on June 11, 2017. Born on May 10, 1937 in Phillipsburg, NJ to Mearmon and Jeanette Kenny Hartsell, Gene was raised in Pittstown, NJ, and graduated from North Hunterdon Regional High School. He served in the Air Force before entering his chosen field of microelectronics. He was the production manager of Matrix Test Equipment until his retirement in 2002. Gene loved to share stories of growing up in Hunterdon County, especially the tale of meeting his wife-to-be in the Women’s Reformatory in Clinton, NJ (where she worked). He was a member of Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church. Gene had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, beekeeping and spending time on Fontana Lake. He was a creative and talented individual who could fix anything. For many years he was a leader in the Rolling Hills Girl Scout white water canoeing program. He moved to Wesser, North Carolina in 2008 to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Smoky Mountains that he loved. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the neighbors he came to know on Wesser Creek. He was preceded in death by an infant brother and brothers, Earl and Richard. Mr. Hartsell is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Jean Gasaway Hartsell; a daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Gary Heise of West Milford, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Knoster of New Paris, PA; a daughter, Barbara (Bobbi) Hartsell of Pittstown, NJ; and 8 grandchildren: George, Megan (MJ), Nick, Fiona, Olivia, Scott, Brooke, and John, Jr (Jack). He also is survived by sister-in-law, Gertraude Hartsell and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Lung Association of the Southeast, 6852 Bellfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 32216 or to the charity of your choice.
Clyde B. Hoff ‘57 – Aug. 10, 2011
Somerset – Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff, Jr. of Alpine, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. C.B. was born August 24, 1930 to the late Clyde and Ollie Ross Hoff. He was retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, he was a Korean War Navy Veteran, a member of the Burnside Masonic Lodge, and a proud and active member of the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. C.B. leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years; Nancy Jo Hanna Hoff; five children, Rebecca Hanna (and Glenn) Wesley of Junction City, Sandra Lafaye (and Donnie) Gooch of Stanford, Michael Ross (and Kim) Hoff of Warner-Robbins, Ga., David Brian Hoff of Alpine, and Dianna Rose-Hoff Owens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the following grandchildren, Nathan, Jon and Dustin Wesley, Kevin and Eric Hoff, Chance Gooch, Melanie Hoff Sanders, Savanna Mounce, Willian Thompson, Jennifer and Jon-Michael Jenson and Don Gooch, Jr.; the following great grandchildren, Alexis Lynn Wesley, Alexis Paige Wesley, Connor Wesley, Jackson Sanders, Maddy Sanders, and Robert Gooch. He also leaves behind his sister, Gloria Monday and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and two great great nephews, cousins and his church family who mourn his passing. Funeral services for Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Neeley’s Creek Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post no. 38. The family of Mr. C.B. Hoff will receive friends at the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church after 6 p.m. today. Masonic Services will be observed for the family of Mr. Hoff at 5:30 p.m. today at the Church by the Masonic Lodge no. 634 In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Building Fund of the Neeley’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. Clyde Beckham C.B. Hoff.
Dr. Astra Urjanis Kidd ‘57 – June 19, 2017
Dr. Astra Urjanis Kidd, 82, of Riga, Latvia, and Elizabethtown, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at Richmond Place Rehabilitation & Health Center in Lexington.
Astra and her parents fell under Nazi occupation during World War II in Latvia. Her father was conscripted as a physician to administer to German soldiers. The family was liberated by an African-American soldier who was himself lost in gunfire just an hour later. Astra’s family immigrated through Canada and sponsored into the United States by then Berea College President Francis S. Hutchins. Astra attended Berea Programs.
She attended Columbia University in New York City, reciting poetry and reading in cafés in Greenwich Village for meals and the fun of it. She returned to graduate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, going on to obtain a master’s degree in public health from University of Michigan. Astra was the first female physician in Hardin County and a leader in the Hardin County Health Department for many years.
She was hesitant to enter her first board meeting at Hardin Memorial Hospital when Dr. Robert Taylor spoke to her, took her by the elbow in the hallway, and said, “Come on, let’s go.” Thereafter, he was a fond friend forever. Astra was an only child, predeceased by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Anna Urjanis. Astra became bosom friends and roommates throughout college at Berea College with Dorothy Sue Van Horn Wharton, now of Lexington, and her daughter and Astra’s goddaughter, Dr. Robin Wharton, who specializes in equine acupuncture and veterinary medicine in Lexington. Astra remembered and supported the American Latvian Association.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Monty Gleitz officiating. Burial will occur later at the Latvian Cemetery in Tannersville, New York in the Catskill Mountain area.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, and continues at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To express a condolence and light a memorial candle, go to www.dixonatwood.com.
Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Robert O’Dell ‘57 – Sept. 4, 2017
Beloved longtime American Fruit Grower Columnist Charlie O’Dell, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and the owner of Crow’s Nest Berry Farm in Blacksburg, VA, passed away recently. According to an obituary in The Roanoke (VA) Times, O’Dell died at his Blacksburg home unexpectedly and peacefully on Sept. 4. He was 82.
O’Dell earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Berea College in Kentucky in 1957, going on to earn his Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland in 1960. He was employed by the USDA before coming to Virginia Tech in 1968. Charlie retired as Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, Extension and Research, from Virginia Tech in 2001.
O’Dell was a favorite of American Fruit Grower® and Western Fruit Grower® magazine readers, as he was our expert on berries for 34 years. While he stepped aside as our full-time berry columnist in 2016, he still submitted columns from time to time. In his last column, he writes on the importance of precisely locating drip irrigation emitters.
O’Dell was approached in 1982 by then-berry columnist George McConnell to take his place as the regular berry contributor. O’Dell recalled the scene when he was presented with the National Raspberry & Blackberry Association’s 2016 Distinguishing Service Award following his presentation at the conference’s luncheon entitled “A Lifetime In Berries” on March 3 in Williamsburg, VA.
“He kindly visited me at my campus office in 1982 and asked if I would be interested in writing the berries articles for this respected national fruit industry magazine. I said ‘yes,’ and was very honored, traveled to Willoughby, OH to meet (Meister Media Worldwide Chairman Emeritus and Editor-At-Large) Richard Meister and staff and am so grateful to be able to continue doing these berries articles for the past 34 years,” O’Dell said. “I am still learning and sharing with berry growers what I learn. American Fruit Grower has provided me a voice for berries far beyond campus, way beyond Virginia, a dream come true!”
Following O’Dell’s speech, he received a standing ovation, and then the surprise presentation.
“It was a total surprise to me,” he said. “It is a beautiful plaque too that will hang in a prominent place at home!”
O’Dell loved Crow’s Nest Farm, which he and his wife of 61 years, Wilmoth Curtis Rumbaugh O’Dell, founded in 1972. The name of the farm, (CROW), is a combination of their initials. O’Dell often referred to himself as “The Ole Crow.”
American Fruit Grower Senior Editor Christina Herrick, who coordinates the magazine’s columnists and worked with Charlie for many years, says it was always a delight to talk to and to hear from O’Dell.
“Charlie would always write me a note with his column saying he wanted to retire from writing, but around the due date for his next contribution he’d send me something, remarking at how he still had plenty of advice to share,” Herrick said. “He kept this up even through this year! His enthusiasm for the berry industry and horticulture was infectious and it certainly helped fuel us to focus more on the growth of the industry.”
In addition to his wife, O’Dell is survived by his two daughters and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Amos Cordell, and Leah O’Dell Wilmoth; his five grandchildren, Jesicca Wilmoth Burgess (Mathew Burgess), Curtis Jack Lee, Meredith Jane Lee, Amanda Lee Wilmoth, and Abbagail Reide Wilmoth; and great-granddaughter, Lydia Grace Burgess.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berea College, Department of College Relations, C.P.O. 2216, Berea Kentucky 40404.
Julia Stanko Sutton ‘57 – July 21, 2017
Julia A. Sutton, 81, of Springfield, died at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.
Sally Joyce Sizemore Asher, FD ‘58 – Aug. 1, 2012
We, my sisters, brother and I, Angela Stephanie Trexler Asher, Pamela Gayle Asher, Gwenna Jere AsherKelton Grady, Fred Nance Kami and stepdaughter Tonya Renee Trexler are saddened by the loss of our mother Sally Joyce Sizemore Asher, but are blessed that she no longer suffers from her long battle with cancer since 2004.
She blessed the lives of so many by her caring touch and heart. She was given a gift from God, the ability to touch others lives when they were at their most vulnerable moment and gave them not only her caring touch, but most importantly, self-respect and dignity. Our mother, Sally, loved to work in her garden, her passion, a gift passed on by her mother, Isabel Sizemore. Through her gift she gave back to so many, fresh vegetables and juicy tomatoes. It livened up her soul to be able to work and watch her garden grow and transform into a thing of beauty. Another gift she possessed was her ability to cook home cooked country meals, another gift passed on by her mother. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t ask has she made anymore of her biscuits, in hopes that they would benefit from this tasty delight.
From her father, James Arthur Sizemore, she received the gift of wisdom and insight. When she met a stranger, she possessed the ability to befriend them, to where they would later seek her out as their confidant.
From her sister, Shelby Sizemore Warren Harold, she received the gift of laughter and stories of her lineage, some of these which consisted of the days her father, James, served in the US Army participating in the campaign to capture Poncho Villa in 1916.
Her sister Linda Sizemore Rumple Dan was her second conscience, who spoke boldly and openly of her need to remain close to God and practice his spoken word.
Besides her loving and dedicated children, she leaves to cherish many lovable memories with her grandchildren, Joseph David Trexler, Christopher Blake Trexler, Mickenzy Asher Trexler, Autumn Gayle Trexler Rico Christopher, Joshua David, Alicia Marie Trexler, JC Trexler, Trevor Ryan Trexler and Tyler Reese Trexler will continue on with the SizemoreAsher legacy with pride and honor.
Now that she is resting in Jesus arms, she is comforted and surrounded by her parents, her brothers Stanley and Robert Bobby Sizemore sister Margaret Ann Sizemore Fox Ben Trexler and her high school sweetheart Fred Asher, our father.
Sally was born in the beautiful mountains of Beverly, Kentucky, a favorite vacation spot from the time we were small children. A bath consisted of bathing in a basin. The most challenging thing was making our way to the outhouse by moonlight while looking out for bears. These mountain communities called Red Bird Mountain and Ashers Fork were a child’s haven; a playground full of adventures and discovery of nature, an insight to a life prior to the technical age that now consumes our lives. Sally will be laid to rest in Asher Cemetery at a later date.
Some of those that cannot be left unspoken for are her many friends in particular Tonya Garza Trexler, Ben Trexler and Grace Winters.
A special thanks goes to Emken Linton Funeral Home for all of their support in our time of grief.
Anita Hurst Barker ‘58 – Nov. 2, 2017
Anita Lynn Hurst Barker, 82, passed away suddenly in her home in Berea, Kentucky on November 2, 2017. Anita was born to Lillian Isaacs Hurst and Nelson Stephen Hurst at the height of the Great Depression. She spent the first years of her life on a small farm having solo-adventures that her parents all too often only learned about years later.
Anita received her B.A. in Public School Music from Berea College in 1958 where she earned membership in Phi Kappa Phi. While teaching music for three years at Silver Creek Elementary School, Anita earned an M.A. in counseling and testing from Eastern Kentucky University and joined the faculty of Berea College as Associate Director of Counseling and Testing. Over the following thirty six years, she rose to the positions of Director of Counseling Services, became Associate Dean for Student Development and Counseling and at the time of her retirement was Director of Counseling and Wellness Services. The honors that meant most to her from her years with Berea were being elected Woman of the Year by the student body, receiving the Student Association Appreciation Award and her association with the New Opportunity School for Women.
She loved travel, classical music, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Agatha Christie novels, chocolate, and heavily buttered toast. She will be missed by her children, Jerry Fish, Melanie Fish and Steve Robinson, her grandson Chuck McIntyre, the members of her extended family, whether acquired by blood or marriage, and the thousands of students she counseled, mothered, nurtured, and cajoled through to the next stage of their lives over three and a half decades at Berea. From her exuberant childhood, through decades spent navigating life and career with serene disregard for the constraints and conventions of a world built by men, her years as primary caregiver for her mother, and even through the chronic pain and physical decline of her final years, she lived her life the same way she contemplated the prospect of the next one: fearlessly.
In accordance with wishes, her remains were cremated. Visitation will be at Reppert Funeral Home at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 pm. Her children ask that donations in lieu of flowers be directed to the New Opportunity School for Women at Berea College, the Salvation Army, or the First Christian Church in Berea.
Tunis Robbins, Jr. ‘58 – Feb. 13, 2017
James T. Harril ‘59, husband of Patricia Blankenship Harrill ‘61 – Sept. 28, 2017
Dr. David R. Graham ‘59, husband of Linda Houston Graham ‘59 – July 30, 2017
Martha Zoellers Kim ‘59 – Sept. 14, 2017
Obituary of Martha Kim Martha Zoellers Kim, 90, of Abilene, passed away peacefully at home on September 14, 2017 in Abilene. A memorial service is planned at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St., in Abilene, on Tuesday September 19, at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Church. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Martha was born in Fariston, Kentucky on the farm of her grandparents on August 3, 1927. She attended school in the local one room schoolhouse through grammar school, and then attended high school in Hazard, Kentucky where she was the valedictorian of her high school class in 1945. Martha earned her bachelor’s degree at Berea College in Kentucky where she studied math and physics. Martha met her husband, Thomas K. Kim, over an ice cream freezer at a college social at Berea College. They soon married, and moved to New Orleans where Tom was beginning a doctoral program in economics at Tulane University. After completing his degree the couple moved to Ohio for Tom’s first teaching job where their first child, Lawrence Thomas Kim, was born. They traveled next to Kansas where their daughter, Catherine Ann Kim Fowlkes, was born. Soon after, they moved to Lubbock, Texas where Tom taught at Texas Tech University. In 1970, the family moved to Abilene where Tom held the position of President of McMurry University for the next 23 years. During this time, Martha’s passion and talent for cooking and taking care of people became very important. She embraced her role as hostess for countless student groups, faculty and board events at the home where she prepared and organized all the meals herself. She was famous for her bread which she loved to share with her friends and her church. She was devoted to her beloved St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she spent countless hours in the kitchen cooking for church events or working on the church garage sale. She was also a passionate bridge player which she continued until recently. Martha remained an avid sports fan, growing up on Kentucky basketball and developing a love for football after moving to Texas. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas K. Kim of Abilene; two brothers, C.A. Zoellers of Hazard, Kentucky, and Bill Zoellers of Pikeville, Kentucky; and a sister, Catherine Moseley of Madisonville, Kentucky. Martha is survived by son, Larry Kim (and wife, Nicky Kim) of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, daughter, Cathy Kim Fowlkes (and husband, Barry Fowlkes) of Abilene, and six grandchildren: Spencer Kim, Erik Kim, Phoebe Kim, Parker Fowlkes, Adrian Fowlkes and Zoe Fowlkes. Memorials may be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church, McMurry University, or the United Methodist Food Pantry.
Roland Wayne Owens ‘59 – Aug. 4, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Roland “Wayne” Owens announces his passing after a brief illness, on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the age of 78 years. Wayne was born October 12, 1938 to Earl Owens of Smithtown and Opal Rose Owens of Greenwood (both deceased). After the untimely death of his father, Wayne was raised by his mother and step father, Newman “Newt” Clark (deceased). Wayne is survived by his sister, Sheila Brennan (John), and brothers, Earl Owens, Jr. (Georgia) and GC Clark (Louise), as well as his loving companion of recent years, Mary Sexton. Although he had no biological children, Wayne loved his nieces and nephews as his own. They, along with other relatives young and old, will remember him as a loving and giving soul. He also will be fondly remembered by numerous friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched. Wayne was known by all to be a generous, kind, and caring man. People were drawn to his heart, passion for life, intelligence, and sense of humor.
Wayne was a native of Greenwood, Kentucky, a place he always returned to and the place he considered home. From an early age, Wayne was passionate about education and lifelong learning and never let his difficulties with communicating stop him from pursuing his dreams and aspirations. His drive and commitment were admired by all who knew him. After graduating from Berea College, he went on to attend several graduate programs where he earned multiple advanced degrees. He worked in the fields of chemistry and computer science throughout his adult life. After retirement, he returned to McCreary County to be near the people and land he loved. Many individuals and groups benefited from his generosity and community service throughout his life, but especially in recent years after his return to Greenwood.
At Wayne’s request, after cremation, no formal services will be held. Those wishing to pay condolences and share memories are welcome to do so at the interment of his ashes on September 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery. Donations in memoriam can be made to Berea College’s scholarship fund. Wayne always credited Berea with giving him an excellent foundation for the rest of his life and he would be pleased that his friends and family support such a wonderful institution. Send donations to: Berea College, In honor of Roland Wayne Owens, Attn: Teresa Kash Davis, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
Dr. Billy Wayne Peace ‘59, husband of Margaret Shults Peace ‘68 – Nov. 17, 2016
Dr. Billy W. Peace Dr. Billy Wayne Peace age 72, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Tidelands Waccamaw Hospital. Born in Williamsburg, KY, he was a son of the late Edgar and Ida Peace. Dr. Peace was employed with AVX Corp for 40 years. He enjoyed his work as a Chief Engineer. He received his Undergraduate degree from Berea College his Masters from Tennessee Tech and his PHD from the University of Missouri, Rolla. Dr. Peace was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Carroll; a brother, Franklin Peace and a brother in law, Charles Compton. Survivors include his daughter, Lee Peace of Surfside Beach; a son, Kenzel Peace (April) of Myrtle Beach; their mother, Louise Peace; his fiancée/companion, Linda Kuethe of Murrells Inlet; a granddaughter, Kendall Peace; a sister, Winifred Compton, brothers, Ronnie Peace (Norma) and BK Peace (Sally) and brother in law, Harry Carroll. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2:00-4:00 PM Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Ernestine Edwards Upchurch ‘59 – Aug. 31, 2017
Ernestine Edwards Upchurch passed away at the Homestead Hospice at the Haywood Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 31, at approximately 6:53 am after a brief illness. Mrs. Upchurch was blessed with 80 years of a wonderful life. A lifelong resident of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, Ernestine liked to say she “bloomed where she was planted.” Ernestine attended Maggie Elementary, Waynesville Township High School, and Berea College in Kentucky where she majored in Sociology and performed in theatrical productions, including the role of Queen Nefertiti, of which she was very proud. Upon graduation, she studied for her Masters in social work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She married Cecil Upchurch in 1957 in Maggie Valley. After a brief period away for graduate schools, Ernestine and Cecil settled in Maggie Valley, and Ernestine began her career in social work, first helping to facilitate child adoptions in Haywood and surrounding counties. After taking a few years off for her children, she began her career as a School Social Worker where she eventually became Coordinator for Student Services in Haywood County Schools, Ernestine became known throughout Haywood County as the woman who got things done. She was honored as School Social Worker of the Year during her tenure. Engaged civically, Ernestine also helped bring city water to Maggie Valley with the growth of the hotel industry and the critical importance of sanitation. Because of her years in social work, she knew all the back roads and traveled all over Haywood County to meet with families to discuss the pressing need for residents to switch to city water. Ernestine herself once it explained this way: “I knew those hollers and when the daddies came home from work too. Brenda (O’Keefe) and Shirley (Pinto) knew the hotel and restaurant owners and made inroads with them. We each did our part to bring city water to Maggie.” Ernestine retired in 1997 from social work and turned some of her interests to the history of Western North Carolina. She was a charter member of the Council on Appalachian Women, and she traveled to Scotland and Ireland to study the migration of the Scots-Irish to Appalachia. Her many interests included genealogy, quilting, several book clubs, art, and serving on the board of the Pigeon Multicultural Development Community Center. She was the former president Haywood County Friends of the Library and a great supporter of the Haywood Arts Repertory (HART) Theatre, storytelling festivals, and all aspects of local art and literature. Although not a Catholic, Ernestine was a catalyst in helping to establish the first Catholic Church in Maggie Valley, St. Margaret of Scotland. She befriended Father Michael Murphy, a layman new to the mountains in the 1950’s. Murphy built the church in 1967 with his own money and then later entered the seminary and became the oldest priest on record to be ordained at the age of 80 in 1971 and served as pastor until his death at 99. Ernestine wrote the history of St. Margaret’s, which is sealed in the church’s time capsule. An avid reader, Ernestine once introduced novelist John Ehle, known for his Appalachian fiction, at the Haywood County Friends of the Library. She regularly participated in Relay for Life, and many local fundraisers. Ernestine was also an aging advocate with the N.C. Tarheel Legislature and a county representative to the Region A Area on Aging. She dedicated her life to helping others and honoring mountain culture in all its many facets. In addition to her parents, Ernest Burton Edwards and Virgie Elizabeth Jane Campbell Edwards, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Upchurch, who passed away in 1997; a sister, Ethan Edwards and two brothers, Lemuel Edwards and Burton Edwards. Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Carmichael of Waynesville; a son, Evan Upchurch and Linda Chan of Belleview, Washington; grandchildren, Ryan Carmichael and fiancee Meghan Fontenot of Virginia Beach, VA, Lauren Carmichael of Waynesville and Katharine Carmichael of Waynesville; brothers, Kyle Edwards and his wife, Mary Sue Edwards of Maggie Valley and Verlin Edwards of Maggie Valley. A celebration of Ernestine’s remarkable life will be held at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm Friday, September 8, 2017. Reverend Richard Buff and Reverend Erma Bond will be officiating. A receiving of friends and reception will be held in the church fellowship hall following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Upchurch’s name may be made to The Shepherd’s Table or to the College Scholarship Fund at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Upchurch family.
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Mary Brooks McLemore ‘60 – June 6, 2017
Dr. George T. Blakey, Jr. ‘61 – Oct. 9, 2017
Richmond, Ind. – Dr. George T. Blakey Jr., age 78, of Richmond, Indiana, died Monday, October 9, 2017, at Friends Fellowship Community.
George was born on August 25, 1939, in Beattyville, Kentucky, to George T. and Eulela Lyons Blakey. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Berea College in Kentucky, earned a master’s degree in history and political science from Vanderbilt University, and received his Ph.D. in history and political science from Indiana University Bloomington. The Professor Emeritus of history will be long remembered as an outstanding educator. He was one of the original members of the faculty of IU East and has always been well respected for his academic work, instruction in the classroom, and community involvement. George was an avid reader and owned and operated The Olde Bookstore. He was a popular lecturer around the area.
He is survived by his sister, Bygee Gutierrez of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother-in-law, James Capobianco of New Jersey; nieces; nephews; and many friends, colleagues and former students who remember him fondly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Carolyn Smith Blakey, who passed away October 11, 2003; parents; and sister, Sally Capobianco.
A memorial service for Dr. George T. Blakey Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Vivian Auditorium located in Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374; Richmond Art Museum, P.O. Box 816, Richmond, IN 47375; Richmond Civic Theatre, 1003 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374; or Hayes Arboretum, 801 Elks Country Club Road, Richmond, IN 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Paul G. Jones ‘61, husband of Shelby Breeding Jones ‘64 – Oct. 6, 2017
Paul Gee Jones, 79 of Grayson KY formerly of Southgate MI went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 6, 2017. He was born April 8th, 1938 in Birpo KY a son of the late Tim and Icy Johnson Jones. He graduated from Berea College in KY, and retired as superintendent of the Southgate Public Schools. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanie Richards, a granddaughter, Amber Richards, two brothers, Bobby Jones and Bill Jones. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Shelby Jean Breeding Jones and one granddaughter Alissa Richards. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date at Malone Funeral Home in Grayson. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.
Judith Sharp Purcell ‘61 – Sept. 13, 2017
Judith Ann (Sharp) Purcell, 78, of Huntsville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2017. Judy embraced the changes of the seasons, so it is only fitting that she begin this next journey as summer transitions into autumn. Judy was born in Huntsville, Tennessee on July 20, 1939 to the late Joshua Jonathan (J.J.) and Erie West Sharp. She was one of eleven children. Judy graduated from Huntsville High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Berea College in 1961. Judy loved children and always wanted to teach – she started her teaching career in Harlan, Kentucky then moved to Maryland where she taught elementary school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland for 30 years. Judy married her Prince Charming, Joseph Robert Purcell, in January 1965. They had one son, Christopher Joseph Purcell. Together, Judy and Joe retired in 1992, and returned to Huntsville a short time later. Family and friends were Judy’s love and joy. She filled her home with flowers, music, light and laughter. She loved to read, travel, garden, play bridge and watch late night movies. Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Star Trek, Ireland, New Zealand and Middle-earth were some of her favorite destinations. Purcell was a Board Member of the LaFollette Housing Authority, a volunteer at the Museum of Scott County, an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville and a member of the Presbyterian Women. Judy’s blue ribbon flower arrangements at the Scott County Fair were the basis of local legend. She touched and inspired many people throughout her life. Her infectious smile, her unique sense of humor, her love of nature, and her free, independent spirt will truly be missed. Judy is survived by one son, Christopher Joseph Purcell and wife Beth Sharon; two grandsons, Zachery Joseph and Ethan Samuel; her brother, Roger Sharp and wife Shirley; two sisters, Helen Smith, and Nancy Johnson & husband Bill; and sister-in-law Linda Jeffers Sharp. She also leaves behind a lot of caring relatives and friends. Purcell is preceded in death by her parents, J.J. And Erie West Sharp; husband, Joseph Robert Purcell; brothers and sisters-in-law Jake and Dolores Sharp, Joe and Alene Sharp, James Douglas Sharp; sisters and brothers-in-law Jean and Wesley Riggins, Liz and Vernon West, Mae and Charles Chitwood, Joyce Loy. Friends may visit with the Purcell family on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 4 p.m. until time of funeral service at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, TN. Burial will follow in the Mossop Memorial Cemetery in Huntsville. Pallbearers will be: Josh Sharp, Tim West, Chuck West, Monty Burke, Warner Riggins, Delenia Wray, Nick Sharp and Cathy Jones. In lieu of flowers, Judy requested that you consider making a monetary or historical donation to the Museum of Scott County located at 400 Scott High Drive, Huntsville TN, 37756. Jones and Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Judith Ann (Sharp) Purcell.
Ollye Tine Snow Reynolds ‘61 – June 27, 2017
REYNOLDS, Ollye Tine Snow, 77, widow of Bobby Reynolds, died June 27, 2017. Survivors include two sons, Kent and Chad Reynolds. A graveside service will be held 12 pm Mon, July 3, at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 11-11:45 am Mon. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd.
John Austin Julian, FD ‘64, husband of Deanna Carstenson Julian, FD ‘54 – Oct. 27, 2017
Mr. John Austin Julian, born January 22, 1946 in Pineville, KY, went to be with his Lord and Savior October 27, 2017.John was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Warfield and Oscar L. Julian of Elk Park, NC. John is survived by his wife, Deanna Julian; son, Zachary Julian (Faith) Knoxville; sister, Lynn Green (Kenneth) Johnson City; nephews, Kent Green (Dana), Johnson City and David Dale, Ashley, OH; niece, Denise McLain (Bill) Centerburg, OH; and many other relatives and friends.John attended Berea Foundation, Berea, KY from 1961-1964. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BA in Political Science in 1968. John joined the Army National Guard in 1968 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel serving for 27 years. He was a supporter of U.K. Basketball and Football. He resided in Lexington, KY for 25 years. John and his family moved to Johnson City in 2000 and have enjoyed Boone Lake, hiking, reading and Hump Mountain in Roan Mountain, TN.Services will be conducted 3:00 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Danny Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00-3:00 pm Sunday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Lasting abundant life is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lowell Lewis Murray ‘64, husband of Peggy Baird Murray ‘66 – June 14, 2017
Lowell L. Murray, age 75, husband of Peggy Baird Murray, died Wednesday June 14, 2017 at his home. Lowell was retired from the City of Berea where he had recently retired as Chief Electrical Inspector for the Codes Office, and he was also a retired Fire Chief 1968-72, having also worked for the Berea College Fire Department, and was Director of the Civil Defense for Berea in 1972. He was a member of the National Association of Fire Chief and Electrical Inspectors, had been a teacher at the Kentucky Technical School in Garrard County, was the owner of Murray’s Electric and worked in TV and Radio repair. He was a member of the Berea Church of Christ, a Mason, and a Berea College graduate class of 1964. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Florence Lewis Murray and his sister, Penelope Murray.
Lowell is survived by his wife, Peggy Baird Murray, whom he met at Berea College, his daughters Melissa (Scott) Anderson, and Margaret Murray, and his grandchildren: Aaron (Kayla) Anderson, Madeline and Macie Merrick. Funeral services for Lowell will be Saturday June 17, 2017 at 11 am at Lakes Funeral Home with Kenny Davis, Cletus Maricle, and Steve Moss, and Ed Harber officiating. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Scott Anderson, Aaron Scott Anderson, Jeremy Bryant, Ed Harber, Christopher Hymore, John David Noe, Ronnie Hacker, and Cletus Maricle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rick Conn, Jerel Hymore, Donald Bryant, Jerome Baird, John Baird, John Stephenson, Roy Curtis, and Randy Rigsby and all members of the Berea Fire Department, past and present. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home with Masonic Rites at 8 pm. Online condolences at www.lakesfuneralhome.com.
Donald Center Robertson, FD ‘64 – Aug. 27, 2017
Donald Center Robertson, 74, of Berea, died Sunday, August 27, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital Berea. He was a Manhattan, New York native born December 3, 1942, son of the late D.B. and Bernice Center Robertson, and an Engineer for the United States Department of Defense.
Survivors include 3 children, Sean Robertson (Laura), Danielle Robertson and Kristen Caligan (Douglas); 1 sibling, Bruce Robertson (Linda); four grandchildren, Kyle Caligan, Ryan Caligan, Chase Robertson and Ella Robertson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Mary J. Robertson.
Acceptance of Friends and Gathering after 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Reppert Funeral Home. Memorial Service at 1:00 pm. Assoc. Pastor Rev. Rachel Small Stokes officiating. Burial in Berea Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations suggested to the American Cancer Association.
Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements. www.reppertfuneralhome.com.
Lt. Sky Ames Tudor ‘64 – Aug. 7, 2017
Sky Ames Tudor, 73, of Danville Rd, passed away in his home Monday, August 7, 2017. Born Thursday, August 12, 1943 in Bloomington, Indiana, he was the son of the late John Julian Tudor and Ida Louise Vanderpool Tudor. In addition he was preceded in death by his wife Priscilla Ann France Tudor. He was a current member of the Lancaster Baptist Church, a member of Southern Baptist Foundation of Alaska and Kentucky Baptist. He also had attended Calvary Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska and was very active in the Grace Works Alaska Ministry while living in Alaska. He was a decorated retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Airforce from May 1966 until January 1991, and retired FAA. He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska at time of his retirement. Survivors include sons, Sky (Brenda) Tudor of Anchorage, Alaska, and Scott Tudor of Seattle, Washington; one brother, John (Patti) Tudor, Jr. of Pennsylvania; and one sister, Sally (Glenn) Watkins of Lancaster, with one grandchild, Skylar Tudor. Sky’s wishes for cremation rites have been honored at this time. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 1-4 PM with funeral service at 4:00 PM at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home by Dr. Harold Best. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Happy Seniors Sunday School Class of Lancaster Baptist Church. Burial will take place at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Grace Works Alaska Ministry, 4149 Checkmate Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508. Friends and family may leave condolences or special memories on his tribute page at www.ramsey-young.com. Ramsey – Young Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
David M. Varney ‘64, husband of Tina May Varney ‘64 – Aug. 26, 2017
Judith Norris Dickerson ‘65 – June 17, 2017
Judy Norris Dickerson, 74, of Berea, died Saturday, June 17, 2017 at U. K. Medical Center following a short illness. She was a Knoxville, Tennessee native born September 28, 1942, daughter of the late James and Helen Bohanon Norris. Judy came to Berea College and remained a Berea resident thereafter.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Class of 1964), she obtained a teaching position with the Kentucky School System and taught until she retired from Paint Lick Elementary School in Garrard County. While teaching, Judy continued her education and received a Masters in Education from Eastern Kentucky University (Class of 1987).
She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society. After retirement she remained busy with her flower gardens, making crafts and antiquing. Through her entire life, her main concern and love was for her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her loving husband, J. C. Dickerson; 4 children, Rodney (Karen) Gabbard, Sherry (Brandon L.) McIntosh; Teresa (David) Haney, David (Gail) Dickerson; 2 siblings, Marjorie Harris and Steve (Debbie) Norris; 11 grandchildren, Lukas, Griffin, Dawson, Dustin, Stevi, Whitney, Brooklyn, Brianna, Brandy, Kayla, Aaron; 9 great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Kennedy, Mackenzie, Colten, Addison, Raelyn, Isaiah, Kirsti, Kenzie; as well as numerous relatives, friends and church family.
Funeral Service 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Pastor Joey Kayes and Pastor Allen Livingood officiating. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 9:00 pm Monday, June 19, 2017 at the church. Pallbearers will be: Lukas Gabbard, Griffin Gabbard, Dawson Gabbard, Dustin Wolfe, Aaron Dickerson, Mike Dickerson, David Haney, Brandon L. McIntosh, Wayne Dickerson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Barbara McSchooler, Nathan Sweet, Steve Norris, Granddaughters (Stevi, Whitney, Brooklyn, Brianna, Brandy, Kayla), Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and members of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Diane Lee Crane ‘66 – July 18, 2017
Diane Lee Harper Crane, 73, of Romney, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center with her family at her side.
Born on March 9, 1944 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Frank R. Harper and Mary Grace Johnson Harper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Grant Crane in 2013; and 2 sisters, Barbara Smith and Sue Richardson.
Diane worked as a nurse at Hampshire Memorial Hospital for many years, then started teaching nursing at the Hampshire Career Training Center. She graduated from Marlinton High School in Marlinton and received her nursing degree from Berea College in Kentucky. After finishing college, she went to work in Charleston where she met her husband Gary. She was a member of the Romney Presbyterian Church, and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a WVU football fan and a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan.
Surviving are 3 sons, Steven Crane of Romney, Barry Crane and wife Michele of Centerburg, Ohio, and Troy Crane and wife Tara of Augusta; 2 granddaughters, Tren and Tyla Crane; 2 grandsons, Colin and Conor Crane; 2 brothers, Wayne Harper and wife Carol of Olney, Md. and Dan Harper and wife Beth of Silver Springs, Md.; and several nieces, nephews, and family friends.
Diane requested that her body be cremated.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the South Branch Inn in Romney.
A graveside service will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 4, in Mt. View Cemetery in Marlinton.
Memorials may be sent to the Special Services Workshop, 9 Industrial Park, Romney, W.Va., 26757.
Virginia Haynes Aylen ‘67 – Feb. 13, 2017
Barbara McKaig Edwards ‘67, wife of Glenn M. Edwards ‘65 – Aug. 12, 2017
Barbara Ann McKaig Edwards, age 74, of Jonesborough died Saturday, August 12 at Four Oaks Health Care Center in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Barbara was born Barbara Ann McKaig on May 15, 1943 in Tryon, N.C. to James B. and Kate McKaig. She was the youngest of a large family. Barbara attended Berea College and earned her BS in Nursing in 1966. She worked at area hospitals and provided health care to Sullivan and Washington County, Tenn. residents for many years.
Barbara enjoyed reading, crafts, local history and nature and was devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren. She always put others before herself. She honored those that strived to manage her physical pains by making small donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers (James, Bill, Lloyd, Floyd) and three sisters (Edna Morrow, Katherine Garrett and Thelma Jean McKaig).
She is survived by her husband Glenn, children Emily Edwards Goodrich (Britt) of McAdenville, N.C. and Martin Edwards (Jennifer) of Asheville, and grandkids Beau Goodrich, Oliver Edwards and Violet Edwards. Surviving are siblings Fred McKaig (Edith) of Raleigh and Franklin McKaig (Sadie) of Tryon along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
After a long series of health complications, Barbara’s wishes were for cremation and a simple, happy celebration of her years on earth and her awakening to eternal life. A gathering for family and friends will be at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn. on August 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Robert Burlingham officiating.
Connie L. Hackney ‘67
David R. Donovan ‘68, husband of Anne Taylor Donovan ’67 – March 16, 2017
David R. Donovan of Eagle Rock, VA died Thursday, 16MAR2017, at his residence with family at his bedside. He was born 22SEP1946 in Princeton, WV, the son of the late George E. Donovan and Betty B. Donovan. He is survived by his wife of 49 ½ years, Anne Taylor Donovan; 2 daughters, Missy Donovan Fonseca(Meli, Gaby) of Gastonia, NC, Suzy Donovan Welch(Deane, Taylor) of Salem, VA and a son, Christopher D. Donovan(Nia) of Roxboro, NC. He is also survived by his brother, Steve Donovan(Judy) of Roanoke, VA and Becky D. Paule(Lane) of Anchorage, Alaska and several nieces and nephews. David served in the US Navy for 11 ½ years. He served as the pastor of Horeb Baptist Church in Millboro, VA for 14 ½ years. He also worked for the Mountain Regional Hospice for a short time. He was active in the SWVA Emmaus Community as well. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested for: Mountain Regional Hospice Volunteer Fund, PO Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422; Kairos of Virginia directed to the advisory Council of Virginia Correctional Center for Women, PO Box 2655, Midlothian, VA 23113-9998; or Kairos Outside of SWVA, PO Box 20922, Roanoke, VA 24018. Please join us as we celebrate his life Saturday, 25MAR2017, at the Clifton Forge Baptist Church, 511 McCormick Blvd, Clifton Forge, VA 24422. Visitation will be at 1200 with the service to follow at 1300. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory – Roanoke Chapel is assisting the family.
James Irvin Phelps, Jr. ‘68 – July 5, 2017
James Irvin “Jim” Phelps July 19, 1944 July 05, 2017 James Irvin “Jim” Phelps, Jr., age 72, of Hindman, KY, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center at Hazard, KY. He is survived by; three brothers, Gary Phelps, Alden Phelps and Jonathan (Kathy) Phelps; seven sisters, Linda Phelps, Jennifer (Gary) Taylor, Debbie (Donnie) Todd, Darlene (Kendall) Murphy, Sherri (Paul) Bubnick, Pam (Mike) Burdine and Barbara (Tony) DePrato, a very special aunt, Freeda Murphy; a host of nieces and nephews, and a brother-in-law, Randy Allen. He was preceded in death by; his parents, James Irvin Phelps Sr. and Elsie Marie Hall Phelps; one sister, Judy Allen; and one niece, Missi Taylor. Funeral services will be held at Pulaski Funeral Home on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM with visitation being held at the Pulaski Funeral Home, Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Phelps Family Cemetery at Somerset, Kentucky. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Hindman Settlement School and Hindman First Baptist Church. Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all local arrangements.
Ernest Joel Brinegar, FD, BC ‘69 – Aug. 11, 2017
Ernest Joel Brinegar, 70, of Elizabethtown, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 17, 1947, and graduated from Berea Foundation High School, received a bachelor of science from Berea College and a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and avid golfer. He had a strong Christian faith and attended First Christian Church and Via De Cristo. He formerly was very active with Central Hardin Baseball Boosters Club and never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lola and Glenn Brinegar; and a brother, Jim Brinegar.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Sumner Brinegar; a son, Daniel Joel (Tobi) Brinegar; a daughter, Blaire Sumner Wagoner; five grandchildren, Tanner Brinegar, Shepherd Brinegar, Sakari Wagoner, Belle Wagoner and Brailey Wagoner; three brothers, Thomas Brinegar, Jerry Brinegar and DeWayne (Carolyn) Brinegar; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial follows in North Hardin Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and continues after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Berea College Alumni Association.
Funeral Home: Brown Funeral Home, 306 College Street Elizabethtown, KY 42701, 270-765-2737
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James E. Ritchie ‘70 – Sept. 11, 2013
Jerry M. Snider ‘72 – Aug. 4, 2017
Jerry Michael Snider of Fishersville departed this earth after 67 years on Friday, August 4, 2017. He answered to many names given to him by those who loved and knew him, Daddy, Paw-Paw, Huggie, Bear, and Susie. He was born on January 6, 1950, in Waynesboro to the late Stanley S. and Flora Pettit Snider. He was a graduate of Waynesboro High School and Berea College in Kentucky. Jerry was employed by DuPont/Invista for over 40 years. In his lifetime, he enjoyed coaching his daughters’ softball teams, landscaping, gardening, a good game of cards and watching his grandkids grow. He liked music, notably Marvin Gaye, Styx and could not leave out,The Doobie Brothers. Couple the right song with a stiff drink and you might even get him to dance! He never hesitated to crack a joke or lend a helping hand. Those that knew him well throughout his life could tell you stories of his distinct sense of humor. He will be truly missed. Jerry is lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Nellie (Fisher) Snider; daughters, Lindsay Snider and husband, Aaron, Rhiannon Snider and Shianne Sizemore and husband, William; siblings, Patsy Underwood and husband, Eddie of Bassett, Jennifer Shields and husband, Tommy of Waynesboro, James “Jimmy” Snider and wife, Stephanie of Ivy; five grandchildren, whom he adored, Brayden, Emma, Brennen, Karl and Coralynn; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes with Pastor Corey Smallwood officiating. Burial to follow at Augusta Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be his coworkers of Invista, his second family, Jim Flickinger, Mark Davis, Mark Wilson, Tony Hoffman, Doug Painter, and Greg Meadows. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017, at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank Dr. William Jones, Dr. Jennifer Silber and the staff at Augusta Health for their care and kindness. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
David Henry Carbaugh ‘71 – Nov. 5, 2017
David Henry Carbaugh, 68, of Winchester, VA, died on Sunday, November 5, 2017, wrapped in God’s loving arms as He welcomed him into his eternal home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Carbaugh was born on July 11, 1949, in Winchester, the son of the late Henry Jacob and Nora (Winter) Carbaugh.
He graduated from James Wood High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Berea College in Berea, Ky., and a Master’s in Horticulture from North Carolina State University. He worked at Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Winchester for 42 years, retiring in January 2016. He was known as an area expert on fruit trees.
Mr. Carbaugh enjoyed his farming life at Knolldale Farm in the community of Bartonsville, where he grew up. He loved tending to the family garden and blessing others with its harvest. He was a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. He is remembered for his love of family and friends, his kindheartedness, and his generosity. He was a creative person and enjoyed crafting beautiful wreaths for all occasions.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne Carbaugh, and his sister-in-law Arlene Carbaugh. Surviving are his sister, Nancy Carbaugh O’Rear of Woodstock; brothers Frederick Carbaugh of Steward, Ill., and Clayton (Brenda) of Stephens City; and sister-in-law Sophie Carbaugh of Oswego, Ill. “Uncle Dave” was a loving uncle to his five nieces, Mitzi Bible, Natalie Van Waning, Amy Mantz, Melissa Gutierrez, and Rebecca Carbaugh, and to his great-nieces and great-nephews, Lydia, Jarod, and Jaxon Bible; Alexandra, Camryn, and Trynda Mantz; Mason and Kate Van Waning; and Carolyn and John Gutierrez.
He always treasured his visits with relatives in East Tennessee, who he felt very close to.
A funeral celebrating his life will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 in Phelps Funeral Chapel 311 Hope Drive Winchester officiated by Reverend David Tweet. Private burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received Thursday from 6-9:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice 333 W. Cork St. Winchester, VA 22601 & the LFCC Foundation: David Carbaugh Scholarship Fund 173 Skirmisher LN. Middletown, VA 22645
Grover Vernon Farr ‘73 – Aug. 9, 2017
Grover Farr 70, Passed Away Wednesday August 9, 2017 At His Residence In Richmond, Ky.Born In North Carolina, He Received His B.A. And M.A. In Kentucky, Where He Lived For 40 Years. He Was Passionate About Teaching And Education, Having Worked As A Counselor And Teacher Of Piano, Theory, And Voice. As A Reiki Iii Master Practitioner He Taught People About The Universal Life Force Energy. He Is Survived By His Partner, His Brother Thomas Jack Farr (Tampa, Fl) And Son Bruce Alan (Lexington). The Family Requests No Flowers, But If You Wish, Please Make A Donation To Your Favorite Charity In His Name. Cremation Has Been Chosen Respectfully By The Family.
Robert William Gudger ‘75 – June 28, 2017
Mr. Robert William Gudger of Bristol,Tennessee, departed this life on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at his residence. Robert was born on November 25, 1953, to the late Jessie C. Gudger, Sr. and Mrs. Dorothy M. Boozer. He was a native of Bristol, Tenn. and attended John Wesley United Methodist Church. He graduated from Virginia High School. He attended Berea College in Berea, Ky. He worked several years at VI College and volunteer work at the Salvation Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie C. Gudger, Sr. and Dorothy M. Boozer; three brothers, Jessie C. Gudger, Jr., Timothy D. Gudger, and John D. “Scrooge” Gudger; step brother, John “Little John” Boozer, Jr.; and two sisters, Eula M. Matthews and Joan R. Bussey. Survivors include three brothers, Donald O. Gudger and Samuel E. Gudger of Bristol, Tenn., and Octavious D. Gudger of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters, Drucilla (John) Hogans and Mattie R. Wilson of Bristol, Tenn., and Patricia E. Hubbard of Chester, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 311 Lee St., Bristol, VA 24201. Burial will follow at Eastern Heights Cemetery Bristol, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to John Wesley United Methodist Church, 311 Lee St. Bristol, VA 24201. Professional services and care of Mr Robert W. Gudger and family are entrusted to R.A Clark Funeral Service Inc 423-864-8584
Lanny Ross Phillips ‘75, husband of Brenda Conley Phillips ‘75 – April 22, 2014
Lanny Phillips Black Mountain – Lanny Ross Phillips, 61, of, Black Mountain passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Mr. Phillips was born October 1, 1952 in West Virginia and had been a resident of Black Mountain for the past 30 years. Lanny was more than an avid woodworker, artist and photographer. He was a man whose legacy was a loving family, and most importantly his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jewel Phillips and brother, John Phillips. Lanny is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Brenda Conley Phillips; daughter, Nikki Phillips Ballew and husband, Chris of Swannanoa; sons, Derek Phillips and wife, Cori of Asheville and Nathan Phillips and wife, Kitty of Quakertown, PA; sisters, Robin Flaim and April Comer; brother, Robert Phillips; and six grandchildren, Logan, Abigail, Connor, Nick, Kacey, and Lillian. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00pm in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals. The family will receive friends immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Black Mountain Home for Children, 80 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Bruce Trent, husband of Elaine L. Bishop Trent ‘75 – Feb. 10, 2013
Bruce Allen Trent, of Lexington, KY passed away at the Kindred Hospital, Louisville, KY on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Bruce was born in Middlesboro, KY to Leland and Thelma Robinson Trent. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Harry “Pud” Trent and infant brothers, John and William Trent. At age 10, Bruce accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the Mount View Baptist Church in Middlesboro, KY. At Mount View he served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Deacon. He also served on various church committees. He faithfully read and studied his Bible every day. Bruce was also a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY where he served as a Greeter with his wife. Bruce attended the Lincoln School, graduated from Middlesboro High School and Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN where he received a BA in Psychology. He also graduated from the University of Louisville where he received a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Bruce retired from the Personnel Cabinet as the Assistant EEO Coordinator for the state of Kentucky in Frankfort, KY, after 24 years of service. As a student he worked for Interfaith of Bell County, Creech Funeral Home, HUD, Middlesboro Fire Department, Middlesboro Community Development, and did substitute teaching for the Middlesboro Schools. As a graduate student, he worked for the Cabinet for Families and Children in Louisville and the Department for Education in Frankfort, KY. Bruce was the creator of the Middlesboro Tri-State Expo which was held annually to give hundreds of students career and job opportunities. At the Lexington VA Medical Center, he worked as a volunteer with Veterans. He truly enjoyed helping others. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He was a strong Christian and practiced Christianity and Southern Hospitality to all he met. Bruce will be greatly missed. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Elaine Bishop Trent, and their son, Christian Trent of Lexington, KY. He is also survived by his sisters: Melinda Thompson (Edward); Ida Trent, and Ann Trent; his brothers: Michael Trent of Louisville, KY and Rev. Arthur Trent of Georgetown, KY. He leaves to mourn a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and an uncle. Special recognition goes to his niece, Michelle Todd, Mrs. Albert Caise, church friend of Lexington, KY, and Mr. Glenn Thomas of Cincinnati, OH. Funeral Services will be held at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Middlesboro, KY on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur Trent presiding. Rev. Trent will be assisted by Rev. John Clark, Rev. Michael Ferguson, and Rev. Thomas Simmons. Burial will be at Lynch’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Fred Bishop, Toby Bishop, James Drake, Jr. Joseph Kyle, Ricky Washington, and Brian West. Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert L. Edwards, husband of Deborah Noble Edwards ‘77 – Nov. 22, 2014
CRAB ORCHARD – Robert Lee Edwards, 67 of Stanford, passed away Saturday, November 22, at Fort Logan Hospital. He was the husband of Deborah Noble Edwards whom he married on May 6, 1978. Robert was born on October 23, 1947, a son of the late Florence Ethel (Hicks) and Frank Edwards. He was a member of the Watts Chapel Baptist Church, where he has served as pianist, Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher. Robert also served on the budget committee for the Lincoln County Baptist Association. He was a former councilman for the city of Crab Orchard. He was the current chairperson of the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission. Being a graduate of Crab Orchard High School and Eastern Kentucky University, he dedicated his entire thirty-seven year career to the Kentucky Department of Transportation where he worked as a review appraiser. As active as Robert Lee was, his pride and joy was spending time with all of his family and church family. Survivors include his wife, Deborah; three children, Lisa Edwards Hensinger and husband William of Lexington, Jonathan and wife Laura Edwards of Richmond, Allison Edwards Cook and husband Grafton of Lexington; three grandchildren, Gabrielle and Noah Tolson and Graham Robert Edwards; cousins, Brenda Edwards LaFevers and Husband Dick of Crab Orchard, Janice Millikan and husband Gary of Detroit, Michigan; a host of other cousins and friends; and three very close friends, Charlie Bird, James Bauer and Dwight Hopkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother who was stillborn. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday at Watts Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Gutenson and Bro. Tony Shelton. Burial will be in Crab Orchard Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dicky Ledford, Charlie Bird, Dwight Hopkins, Carl and Craig Noble and Paul Barrett. An honorary pallbearer will be James Bauer. Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at McKnight Funeral Home Chapel and from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at Watts Chapel Baptist Church. Memorial Contributions suggested to Gideons International Bible Fund, P.O. Box 155, Stanford, KY 40484 or to the American Cancer Society.
Tony C. Jones ‘77 – Aug. 17, 2017
Tony Clyde Jones, 62, born on March 19, 1955, in Hazard, Kentucky, passed away August 4, 2017. He resided in Carlsbad, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.
Linda Queen Avery ‘79 – July 29, 2017
Linda L. (Queen) Avery, 72, of Berea passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the care of Hospice of Cincinnati in Hamilton, OH. She was born March 5, 1945, in Monaville, WV.
Linda was a 1963 graduate of Logan County High School in Logan West Virginia, and went on to graduate from Berea College and receive an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. She worked for Berea College for forty two years, taking pride in positively influencing many students throughout her career. She was an avid reader and well known for her travel adventures throughout the United States and multiple international destinations.
She is survived by her son, James T. Avery, Jr. (Christy) of Liberty Township, OH; sister, Barbara Thompson (Malcolm) of Kempner, TX; sister-in-Law, Linda Queen of Wellston, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
Acceptance of Friends and Gathering at 12:00 pm, and Memorial Service 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Reppert Funeral Home in Berea, KY with Pastor Rich Livingood officiating. Private burial in the Berea Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to: Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403 http://hospicecareplus.org/ or Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263 https://www.hospiceofcincinnati.org.
Dinah Ferrell Hughes ‘79 – Sept. 2, 2017
Dinah Lynn Ferrell Hughes of Ragland went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic after a lengthy illness. She is the daughter of Jeff and Maxine Ferrell of Ragland and was born on September 10, 1955 in Williamson, West Virginia. She is preceded in death by her father, Jeff Ferrell and a brother, Donald Ferrell. She graduated from Burch High School in 1973 where she was a member of the marching band. She attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and graduated in 1979 and received a BS degree in Nursing. She worked at Logan Regional Medical Center in various positions for 43 years. Her greatest joy was her children, and she loved traveling with them. She is survived by her mother, Maxine Ferrell of Ragland; son Ryan Hughes and a daughter Shana Hughes, both of Ragland; sisters Gail Curry (Arthur) of Verdunville and Greta Cline (Victor) of Panther, and many nieces and nephews as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will take place Friday night, September 8 between 6-9 PM at Collins Funeral Home, Switzer WV. The funeral will be held at Rockhouse Freewill Baptist Church, Ragland, WV, at 11:00 am Saturday, September 9. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made toward funeral expenses to Collins Funeral Home, P. O. Box 307, Switzer, WV 25647.
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Michael Louis Christian ‘80, husband of Mary Smith Christian ‘80 – Sept. 24, 2017
Michael L. Christian, 60, husband of Mary Christian, died on September 24, 2017. He was the son of Dorothy Shaffer Christian and the late William Christian. A family service will be held at a later date. Milward-Broadway is serving the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Lexington Humane Society
Jerry Steven Fuller ‘84 – July 14, 2017
Jerry Steven Fuller Jerry Steven Fuller, 55, of Elkview passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He graduated from Berea College, in Ky. and worked for AT&T in Charleston. Jerry enjoyed gardening, archeology, cooking and listening to music. He had a very kind heart and loved his pets. Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Archie Fuller Jr. Jerry is survived by his mother, Helen Wilhelm Fuller of Glen Daniel; partner of 30 years Bobby Hodges, Jr. of Elkview; brothers, Aaron Fuller of Beckley, Archie Fuller III, of Glen Daniel, Harry Fuller of NC, James Fuller of VA; sisters, Corinne Scurlock of Bragg, and Wilhelmina Fuller of Beckley, and Alice Marks of Alabama. He is also survived by several loving nieces, Beverly Hale, Amber Whitener, Carissa Scurlock, nephews, and niece. Service will be 11:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview. Burial will be at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. The visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net. Arrangement are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.
James Earl King ‘85 – Dec. 6, 2005
Matthew Hart ‘87 – Sept. 20, 2017
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Cynthia Louise Salyer ‘90 – Sept. 7, 2017
Cynthia (Cindy) Louise Salyer, (age 49), Hanahan, SC passed away, Thursday, September 7, 2017 as the result of an automobile accident in Orangeburg, SC.
Cindy was born in Kingsport, TN, and is the daughter of Louise Marshall Salyer of Nickelsville, VA, and Harold Salyer of Harrisonburg, VA.
Cindy leaves behind, her life partner, Edward Holton and their beloved dogs, Samantha and Holly. Cindy is preceded in death by brother-in-law, Bob Travis, and grandparents, Clyde & Victoria Marshall and Olen and Madge Salyer. Cindy also leaves behind her parents, sister Lisa Travis, Lebanon, TN, brother Gil Salyer, Louisville, KY, brother Perry Salyer and wife Melissa of Nickelsville VA, niece Amanda Salyer, Kingsport, TN, nephew Matthew Salyer, Amanda Compton, Nickelsville, VA and great nephew Bo Hudson Greene. Also left to cherish her memories are many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with the Holton family and Cindy’s extended families in the Lexington, KY, and Charleston, SC communities.
A native of Nickelsville, VA, Cindy graduated from Twin Springs High School in 1986. Cindy then attended Berea College in Berea KY where she graduated in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration. Cindy then lived in Lexington, KY where she worked at Commonwealth Technologies for twelve years. She then relocated to the Charleston, SC area, where she worked at The Bloomin’ Apple for almost 13 years, and resided until her passing. She returned often to her hometown, and to the holler in which she was raised, to spend time with her family.
As an infant, Cindy battled an often misdiagnosed, rare disease-Histiocytosis. She fought the disease for years and was eventually able to lead a healthy life. In recent years, Cindy and Edward ran over 120 races which included two ultra marathons and 10 half marathons. Cindy was a passionate advocate for running and physical fitness, the homeless, and neglected animals. She loved to serve others and these passions were opportunities to love and encourage both friends and strangers alike. A stranger to her was just a friend she did not know yet and Cindy always offered a smile to anyone she met.
In Cindy’s memory, in lieu of flowers, you may contribute to either the Charleston Animal Society (www.charlestonanimalsociety.org), or Nickelsville First Baptist Church @11606 Nickelsville Hwy., Nickelsville, VA 24271.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gate City Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Steve Collins officiating. (Address: 136 Beech Street, Gate City, VA 24251. Phone: 276-386-7033.
An online guest register is available for the Salyer family at www.gatecityfunerals.com.
Patricia Jones, wife of Leigh A. Jones ‘93 – Sept. 1, 2017
Patricia B. Jones (85) went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2017. She was born on August 28, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN and grew up in Mankato, MN. She started going “steady” with her husband to be (Leigh) when they were sophomores in high school. They were married August 8, 1954 after she completed her nurses training (RN) at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, MN and Leigh graduated from the University of Minnesota. She is survived by her husband, Leigh and 5 children; Steven(Lisa), Jeff (Deena), Cindy Pippin (Dwayne), Vicki Robinson (Dimitri) and Karen Gabbard (Rodney). 13 grandchildren, Cory Jones, Dylan Jones (Jessica), Scott Jones, Tabetha Frost (Robert), Devyn Partin (Jacob), Evan Robinson (Stephanie), Ty Robinson (Danielle), Jay Robinson (Sarah), Kim Quiles (Adam), Lukas Gabbard, Griffin Gabbard, Dawson Gabbard and Jeremiah. 9 great grandchildren. Kinley Frost, Harlow Frost, Declan Frost, Wesley Partin, Gavin Partin, Ethan Robinson, Mikah Robinson, Malachi Robinson and Evelyn Rose Robinson. Besides raising 5 children Pat worked in the maternity ward at Berea Hospital for several years and after that worked with Dr. Louise Hutchins as her nurse/driver for 18 years in bringing medical services to the women of Eastern Kentucky. Pat enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, traveling and taking ski trips with Leigh. She had a wonderful voice and sang with the Richmond Choral Society and her church choir. She taught a 6th grade Sunday School class where she was affectionately known to her students as Grandma Jones. Memorial donations may be made to Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut St., or Hospice Care Plus of Berea, 208 Kidd Dr., Berea, KY. 40403 A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 3 at 2pm at the Berea Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com.
Marc Angelo Prete ‘93 – April 11, 2017
Linda Coyle Reynolds ‘93, wife of Tommy Reynolds ‘69 – Nov. 10, 2017
Linda Ray Coyle Reynolds, age 69, wife of 48 years to Tommy Reynolds, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at Baptist Health in Lexington. She was born June 28, 1948 to Mable Benge Coyle and the late William Maurice Coyle. Linda Ray was a graduate of Berea High School and Berea College. She retired from the Public Relations department at Berea College, was of the Christian faith, loved to spend time with her grandchildren, work crossword puzzles, vintage movies and going out with her friends.
Other than her husband and mother she is survived by her children, Ricky Reynolds and his wife Laura and their son Ricky Reynolds, II., of Lexington, KY., Robyn Reynolds Fields and her husband Kevin and their daughter, Shelby of Berea, KY., her brother, Mike Coyle and his wife Linda of Berea, KY., her nephew, Toby Coyle and his wife Brandy and their children, Luke and Sarah, nieces, Alicia Kelley and her husband Chris and their children, Madison and Emma, and Amanda Coyle. An aunt and uncle Lois “Baba” Baker of Berea, KY., and Reed Benge and his wife Milbie of Austin, TX., along with many cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 14, at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Revs. Mark and Lisa Caldwell-Reiss officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery, pallbearers will be, Toby Coyle, Chris Kelley, Rick Johnson, J.C. King, Brian Linville, and Bernie Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be, Ricky Reynolds, II., and Shelby Fields. Visitation will be 4-9 PM Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions to, Hospice Care Plus 208 Kidd Drive Berea, KY. 40403 or the building fund at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 206 Chestnut Street Berea, KY. 40403. www.davisandpowellfuneralhome.com.
Christopher Selwyn Hale ‘96 – June 25, 2017
Christopher Selwyn Hale, 45, of Beckley passed away Saturday, June 25, 2017. He was born April 15, 1972 in Washington, D.C. to Bernard W. Hale and Joan Urband Hale and raised in Berea, Kentucky. He attended Brooks School in N. Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Berea Community School and then attended Berea College. He was raised in the Catholic faith. He is survived by his parents Bernard W. Hale, Beckley, WV; Joan Urband Hale of Louisville, Ky and brothers Matthew Hale (formerly of Beckley), and Augustine Hale, of Louisville, uncle Kevin B.Hale, Wood Dale, Il. and Kustan family in Florida. He was recently employed by the Beckley Newspapers. He was the Founder and Chair of Friends of Water, current Chair of the Environmental Committee and Board Member, Executive Committee for The Sierra Club of West Virginia, worked with Citizens Climate Control and West Virginia Minerals Coalition and was a volunteer group leader for Citizens Climate Lobby for Southern West Virginia and has done work that has positively affected the lives of thousands through the social media-based group he founded which has encouraged citizen action in the area of public health. He was a talented musician and had performed in Kentucky, Nashville, Louisville, St. Augustine, Savannah, Atlanta and other cities. He had previously worked in the hotel management business, in coal mine security and white water rafting related business. The response of so many people to his family is a testament to the public advocacy work in which he was involved. A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Very Rev. Paul Wharton, V.F. officiating. The family will see friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to the Chris Hale Memorial Fund c/o Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Christina Louise Jennings ‘96 – June 9, 2010
Christina Louise Jennings, 36, of Graham, formerly of Madisonville and Danville, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital emergency room in Greenville. She worked for the Kentucky Department of Health and Family Services as a family support specialist for five years. Survivors include a daughter, Amber Jennings; her parents, George Townsell and Barbara Louise Greene Corbitt; a sister, Amanda Townsell; and a stepbrother, James H. Brinkley. Services are private. Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements
Richard J. Stapleton ‘97 – Oct. 4, 2017
Richard J. “Hollywood” Stapleton, age 42 of Batesville, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his home. Born October 19, 1974 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he is the son of Martha (Nee: Edwards) and Richard G. Stapleton. A 1992 graduate of Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida, he would attend College in Berea, Kentucky. He married his soul mate Michele McCord March 1, 2002 in Versailles, Indiana. Rick worked over 20 years as a machinist and enjoyed his career.
Spending time with his family was what he loved most, whether it was playing pool, video games or just watching movies. Rick was also an avid fisherman. A member of the U.S.A. Bassin Club, he and his son Nathan were fall Division Champions in 2014, which allowed them to complete in Tennessee for scholarship money.
Rick is survived by his wife Michele; son Nathan; his father Richard Stapleton of Brooksville, Florida; mother Martha Stapleton of West Harrison, Indiana; sister Rachel Wall of Brooksville, Florida; brothers Adam (Kellie) Stapleton of Brooksville, Florida, Guy (Lori) Ollier of Hebron, Kentucky, Jason (Jessica) Ollier of Brooksville, Florida; sister-in-law Erin McCord Shepherd of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; four nieces and seven nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Paul and Clare Dameron, Jim and Ethyl Edwards and father-in-law James McCord.
Visitation is Wednesday, October 11th, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Following services, Rick’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.
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Edward FitzGerald, Hon ‘03 – Oct. 21, 2017
On October 21, 2017, surrounded by family and enveloped in their love, Edward William Joseph FitzGerald, Jr. left this world for the next. Loving father, devoted husband, amazing brother, fascinating uncle, faithful friend, mentor and stand-in parent to many Berea College students, beat poet, political and cultural commentator, shadow puppet creator, fossil hunter, collector of plants and animals, singer of many Irish ballads, and aficionado of port wine, Ed will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. Born to Edward and Ruth FitzGerald on March 27, 1945, Ed’s childhood years were lived in Bayside, Queens, New York. After college, Ed became International Student Advisor at St. Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont, where he created a spoken-word coffeehouse in Burlington known as “The Loft.” Moving to Thailand to teach English at Krirk College and Thammasat University, Ed courted and married the love of his life, Nuchanas (Noi) Supmamak on January 9, 1972. Ed and Noi relocated to Berea, KY in 1977, where he began a 20 year career as International Student Advisor and Head Resident of Dana Dormitory and Danforth Dormitory. After retiring due to the increased physical impacts of multiple sclerosis, Ed and Noi relocated to Lexington, where they lived with daughter Marisa Aull (Chad), and granddaughter Isabella and infant grandson William, and near son Eamonn FitzGerald (Kate) and granddaughter Blythe. With the support and assistance of Chad, Eamonn, Marisa and Kate, and particularly the loving and devoted attention of Noi, Ed was able to stay at home during his final months. Ed lived to celebrate Noi becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen in September, 2017, and to welcome his grandson William to this world. While the disease took his mobility and much of his breath, his whispered words remained pithy and wise to the end. Ed will long be remembered for his love and devotion to family, to friends, and to the thousands of students to whom he was an ally, a teacher, and a friend. Small in stature, he was larger than life to those fortunate enough to have known him. He is now at peace and is reunited with his parents Ed and Ruth.Ed is survived by his wife, Noi, daughter Marisa (Chad), son Eamonn (Kate), grandchildren Isabella and William Aull, Blythe FitzGerald (and soon to arrive baby boy FitzGerald), brothers Rick and Tom, and sisters Maureen and Jane, his best friend Ralph Thompson and many nephews, nieces, and friends who will hold his memory dear. Ed will be greatly missed. The FitzGerald and Aull families wish to thank Hospice of Lexington (especially Tony) for their assistance during the final months of Ed’s life. A funeral Mass will take place on Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare’s Catholic Church in Berea with a celebration of his life immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Heather Yvonne Hughes ‘05 – Oct. 16, 2017
Heather Yvonne Hughes, 34, of Louisville, formerly of Shelbyville died October 16, 2017 in Louisville. She was a graduate of Shelby County High School and attended Berea College where she studied art. She loved art and was an artist at B1ackheart Studio. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles & Mary Francis Singleton and grandfather, Ralph B. Murphy. She is survived by her parents, Danny & Carol Murphy Russell, Louisville; sons, Phoenix & Pharoah Maloney, Louisville; sister, April Brown (Brandon), Shelbyville; Doug Bailey (Stacy), Shelbyville and companion, Brian Sanford, Shelbyville. Visitation will be 1-4 P.M. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Shannon Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Heather Hughes Memorial Fund Go Fund Me Account.
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BriAnna Sandra Cowden ‘17 – Nov. 3, 2017
BriAnna Sandra Cowden, age 22, passed away at 2:10 pm Friday, November 3, 2017 at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, KY. She was born Monday, April 24, 1995 and was a lifelong resident of Lee County, VA.
BriAnna was a 2013 graduate of Lee High School and went on to graduate from Berea College in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Development. BriAnna was a Lead Teacher at Childcare Network. She was an active member of the River of Life Foursquare Church in Berea, KY.
BriAnna was preceded in death by her father Henry Cowden, a brother Troy Willis, grandmother Anna Mae Cowden and other beloved family.
She is survived by her mother Sandra “Sandy” Cowden; brothers Mike Willis and wife, Crystal, their daughter Chloe; Tom Cowden and wife, Casey, their children Stacy, Jason and Jasmine. Aunts and uncles: Kathrine “Kitten” and Eddie Johnston and family; Pam and Mark Via and family, Jane Ross and Ben Bell and family; Freal “Skip” and Kim Frazier and family; Jim Frazier and family, Glenda and Don Thomas and family, Lucy and Bill Carter and family and Linda Cowden and family. BriAnna will also be forever remembered by her numerous cousins, extended family and dear friends.
BriAnna will be remembered as a bright shining light of her faith. She was a vibrant soul that touched so many lives.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Province Funeral Home Sanctuary in Jonesville, VA with Rev. Tim Lawson officiating and Rev. Charles Roberts to perform the eulogy. Burial will follow at the Russell Chapel Cemetery in Jonesville, VA. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon Tuesday until the time of the service.
Memorials and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.provincefuneralhome.com. We are located at 29521 Wilderness Rd. Jonesville, VA 24263 Phone 276-346-3553. Province Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the family of BriAnna Sandra Cowden.
Carly Ruth Dillow ‘17 – Aug. 25, 2017
CARLY RUTH DILLOW, 21, of Westwood, Ky., daughter of Jesse James Dillow and Denise Ruth McDonie Dillow of Westwood, died Aug. 25 in the Markey Cancer Center. She worked part time at Dunnigan, Collins and Vincent PSC. There will be a celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, Fairview Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to her GoFundMe account. Steen Funeral Home, Ashland, is assisting the family. www.steenfuneralhome.com.
Enkhjin Enkhbold ‘18 – Nov. 1, 2017
Dzhoana V. Ivanova ‘18 – Oct. 27, 2017