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Mary Estes Akes
Class of 1948
Memoriam
Mary Estes Akes, 83, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. She was born in Tennessee, the daughter of the late Laurence Bradford Estes Jr. and Lidy Kate King Estes. Ms. Akes was a bookkeeper for Napa Motor Parts before retiring. She is survived by a daughter, Amy Kay Simmons of Savannah; a sister; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Earl Alton Akes Sr.; a son, Earl Alton Akes Jr.; three brothers, Laurence Bradford Estes Jr., Warner Moore Estes, and Thomas Bradford Estes.
Dorothy Bass Alexander
Class of 1938
Memoriam
Dorothy Bass Alexander, 99, of 210 Edgedale Dr., High Point, NC passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016. She was born in Rice, Virginia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gates Bass. She graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, TN and received her Masters of Education from UNC Greensboro. She worked as a teacher and guidance counselor for High Point City Schools. She was active in First Presbyterian Church of High Point. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Bruce Alexander Sr. and a daughter, Suzanne Alexander Ragan. She is survived by a son T. Bruce Alexander Jr. and two grandchildren, Herbert T. Ragan III, and Beth Ragan Inman, and many beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the family plot in Rice, Virginia at Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, on Friday December, 16, Rev. Dr. Ken Broman-Fulks of First Presbyterian Church in High Point conducted the service. Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point was honored to serve the Alexander Family. Online condolences may be made at sechrestfunerals.com
Lynn Allen
Class of 1953
Memoriam
Dr. R. Lynn Allen, age 86, of Maryville, TN, passed away Saturday, July 08, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada & Pearl Allen; brother, Ed Allen & wife Gloria, and brother-in-law, Bob Hollingshead. He is survived by Jo, his wife of 53 years; his son, Mark; his brother, Don (Sadie); sister, Mary Evelyn Hollingshead; brother-in-law, Bob Bralley (Lib); and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Maryville First Baptist Church. Over the course of his life, he served as a church Minister of Education, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and a Member of the Nominating Committee. He received his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and earned his Ed.D in Educational Psychology and Guidance from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. An avid, lifelong Vols fan, he cheered on the orange at football, basketball, and baseball games. He was a professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, and Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, and also served UT, Knoxville, as a recruiter of outstanding high school students. He believed that God called him to be a parent, and he cherished every minute he spent being a dad. At every career change, he considered the amount of time he would have with his family, especially as a dad. He greatly admired the late John Wooden, who coached basketball at UCLA; and he shared Wooden's priorities - God, family, and career in that order. Tender, loving care is eternal. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Maryville First Baptist Church will be appropriate. Family received friends on July 15, 2017, at Smith Trinity Chapel. Celebration of Life will followed. Everyone who wished was invited to wear something orange.
Robbie L. Allen
Class of 2000
Notes
Robertson Allen married his partner of 11 years, Dorothy Cheng, in May 2016 at a wedding on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. Rob's book, based on his doctoral research and titled America's Digital Army: Games at Work and War, is scheduled to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in July, 2017.
Charles B. Alsmeyer
Class of 1975
Memoriam
Charles Charles Bennett Alsmeyer, 62, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University and worked in the computer programming field. Charles is survived by wife Sharon, son Dylan, step-daughter Alexandra Magnus; brother David (wife Jan) in England; sister Ann Kellett (husband Michael) in Bryan/College Station, TX; aunt Doris Sills in Florence, SC; Uncle Ray Alsmeyer (wife Jean) in Houston, TX; nieces, nephews and cousins; and numerous in-laws. A casual open house celebration of his life was held at the residence 460 Cambria Lane SW, Lilburn, GA, on Saturday, March 12. The family wishes expressions of sympathy to be made as contributions to Heartland Hospice Fund.
Alex Anderson
Class of 2012
Notes
During the international Reebok CrossFit Games Aug. 3-6 in Madison, Wis., Alex finished in ninth place after coming in 11th in 2016 and 13th in 2015. As a professional CrossFit athlete, he trains by doing multiple workout sessions a day in this discipline that involves everything from training with weights, to physical endurance, to gymnastics-like exercises. Read more here: http://trueviralnews.com/meet-tennessees-fittest-man/
Meriam McGaha Anderson
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Meriam Reva McGaha Anderson, age 94 of Fountain City passed away on October 7, 2017. Meriam was born December 13, 1922 in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. Parents were Lauvinia Fisher and Dr. William Edgar McGaha. Meriam graduated from Maryville College in 1944. After graduation, she was employed by Bureau of Mines, Norris, TN and later Union Carbide at K25, Oak Ridge as a chemist before beginning her family. She was a member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and a past board member of historic Ramsey House (APTA). Meriam enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, water color painting, and spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Preceded in death by parents, husband of 53 years, Harold L. Anderson; brothers Cecil and Dudley McGaha and sisters Lena Brake and Devida King. Survivors include daughter Susan Anderson Pannell; son, James Anderson (Debbie); grandchildren: Anne Pannell Rodman (John), Nathan Anderson (Carrie), William Pannell (Zora Beth); great grandchildren: Whit, Charlie and Reynolds Anderson and Katie and Jack Rodman, and many nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in the chapel of Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, with the Funeral Service at after with Pastor Gradye Parson, officiating. Burial at Lynnhurst Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Meriams's memory.
Kat Atchley Arbogast
Class of 2001
Birth
Son, Wallace Reid Arbogast, born on September 22, 2016. Wallace was 9lb, 1 oz, 20.25 inches.
Susannah Lupton Austin
Class of 1939
Memoriam
Susannah Margaret Lupton Austin was born in Detroit, Michigan in August of 1917. At the age of five, her parents, Harry Holmes and Mary Haner Lupton, returned to Gallipolis, OH to care for her aged grandmother. Susannah attended Lincoln Elementary School and Gallia Academy High School, graduating in 1934. She received her BA from Maryville College, Maryville, TN in June, 1939. Between 1939 and 1940 she attended Ohio University where she received her BS degree in Education. Subsequently, for three years, she taught English, French, and Home Economics at Midvale Consolidated H.S. in Midvale, OH. She completed an M.A. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1972. On August 1, 1942 Susannah was married to Harold Garwood Austin in Lincoln, NE. by Dr. Leland, Clergy Emeritus of the University of Nebraska. The wedding brunch was hosted by Mrs. Morning, widow of the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. It was the first wedding of a serviceman in Lincoln. In June 1943 Harold was assigned to an Army Air Base in England where he would remain for the next 3 1/2 years. Susannah moved to Chicago where she was employed as Assistant to the Comptroller of George Williams College. Harold rejoined Susannah in December of 1946. After a short period with Chicago Biological Supply, she gave birth to her first son John Harold, and three years later to James Garwood. As a member of United Church of Hyde Park, she was active in the Mother's Club, acting as President prior to moving to Crerar Presbyterian on the South Side. In August of 1956, Julie Ann joined her brothers. Two years later, the family moved to LaGrange. As a member of First Presbyterian Church in La Grange, she served as a deacon, elder, choir mother, and leader of the Junior High Sunday School. For twenty-three years she taught sixth grade at Spring Avenue School. She retired in 1983 and began volunteering at La Grange Memorial Hospital in 1984 for more than 20 years. Susannah was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping current with world news each day. She passed away peacefully in December 2016. Susannah is survived by her three children, John, Jim, and Julie; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. God has blessed our family with the ability to give each other strength, and so much of our strength has come from all who have known us and shared their love and support over the years. The family will have a private gathering for remembrance and reflection. Interment will take place in Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside
Jeanne Howell Baccarat
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Jeanne Howell Baccarat passed away on May 21, 2013.
Barbara Pettigrew Bacon
Class of 1965
Memoriam
Barbara Pettigrew Bacon, 73, of Fort Myers, FL passed away peacefully at home on March 24, 2017 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family. Barbara was born in New York, NY on July 7, 1943 to John and Edith Pettigrew. She grew up in Morris Plains, NJ and graduated from Maryville College in 1965. After college, she joined the American Red Cross Clubmobile program (the Donut Dollies) where she presented education programs for off-duty American Servicemen. She served at Camp Pelham, South Korea and then at the ASCOM base in Seoul. After serving with the American Red Cross she lived briefly in Boston, Lansing, and Baton Rouge before moving to Nassau, Bahamas where she met and married Alan Bacon. They moved to London, England where their daughter Amanda was born. Barbara was an accomplished teacher who was loved by many students and staff during her 30 years at The Canterbury School in Fort Myers. While at Canterbury, Barbara passed on her enthusiasm and love for learning to her students through her geography and history classes as well as theater productions in the early years; she was a champion of her students and a loyal supporter of her colleagues' interests and efforts throughout the years. Barbara was also a long-time volunteer at the Alliance of the Arts and an avid nature lover and conservationist; she also served on several boards of local non-profit organizations, focusing on ones involving preservation of natural resources. Barbara loved to travel, had a thirst for learning and wanted to experience all the world had to offer. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Bacon Lillis and son-in-law Joe Lillis of Boston, MA; her siblings Mary Ellen Ferraro of Bridgewater, NJ, Kathie Zunich of Fort Myers, FL, Walter and Laurie Pettigrew of Cedarville, NJ, David Pettigrew of Fort Myers, FL; nieces and nephews, Stacey Ferraro and Craig Cascio, Kevin and Nicole Ferraro, Lisa Zunich, John Pettigrew and Brianna Marinitti; and great nephews and nieces, Griffin, Logan, Abigail, and Peyton. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, John and Edith Pettigrew. A private service will be held for family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers or The Carter Center of Atlanta.
Evelyn Boughton Baker
Class of 1954
Notes
In 2016 Evelyn and Gareth (both from the Class of 1954) were asked to form and chair a committee in Bristol Village to raise funds from Bristol Village residents to help build a new Pike County Public Library in Waverly, Ohio. Bristol Village is a retirement community in Waverly, Ohio and they have in their own independent house for 18 years. The couple is still in good health and are very active in their church and community. They realized this was a historical undertaking and would benefit all ages of people in Pike County for the next 100 years. It was predicted the building will cost over $3,500,000 and it would take at least five years to raise the necessary funds and to build. Gareth and Evelyn gathered a committee and together they set a goal of $250,000 just for Bristol Village residents. That goal was exceeded in cash and pledges in just over six months. On June 29, 2017 the Pike County Rotary Club honored the couple for their community service along with another couple who worked closely with them. Currently, $259,653 has been raised from BV residents.
Gary Baker
Class of 1954
Notes
In 2016 Evelyn and Gareth (both from the Class of 1954) were asked to form and chair a committee in Bristol Village to raise funds from Bristol Village residents to help build a new Pike County Public Library in Waverly, Ohio. Bristol Village is a retirement community in Waverly, Ohio and they have in their own independent house for 18 years. The couple is still in good health and are very active in their church and community. They realized this was a historical undertaking and would benefit all ages of people in Pike County for the next 100 years. It was predicted the building will cost over $3,500,000 and it would take at least five years to raise the necessary funds and to build. Gareth and Evelyn gathered a committee and together they set a goal of $250,000 just for Bristol Village residents. That goal was exceeded in cash and pledges in just over six months. On June 29, 2017 the Pike County Rotary Club honored the couple for their community service along with another couple who worked closely with them. Currently, $259,653 has been raised from BV residents.
Ann Haygood Bauman
Class of 1947
Memoriam
Ann E. (Haygood) Bauman, 92, formerly of Natrona Heights, PA, died on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Greensburg, PA. Ann was born on Tuesday, November 25, 1924 in Chicago, IL to the late James and Hazel (Henry) Haygood. Ann graduated from Mount Lebanon High School Class of 1942 and later Westminster College where she earned a BA in Business and went on to work as a teacher's aide at Wood Street Elementary in Natrona. Ann was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, loved animals, and enjoyed reading, playing piano, sewing, and doing genealogy. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her two daughters, Kathy Bauman of Latrobe and Gale Bauman of Alameda, CA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Bauman on November 23, 2013.
Karson Leitch Beaty
Class of 1998
Memoriam
The family of Karson Leitch Beaty (nee Karson Shea Leitch) regretfully reports her passing in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 4, 2017 at the age of 41. Karson grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, attending Stone Mountain High School where she acted in several school plays as an active member of the drama program. Beginning her life-long interest in community service, Karson volunteered for the Appalachia Service Project throughout high school and continued as a staff member during her college years until 1997, when she completed her service as a Center Director. She continued her interest in acting at Maryville College in Tennessee while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Sign Language, with a minor in Theater. While at Maryville she founded the college's chapter of Habitat for Humanity and was nominated upon graduation for Outstanding Sociology Student. Karson was subsequently awarded a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After graduation from UT, Karson was hired as a social worker for TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention System). She then worked for East Tennessee Children's Hospital as a social worker in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department. These positions were perfect fits because of her love for children. In 2007 Karson was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and in 2009 her condition progressed to Stage IV metastatic. Throughout all of her difficult treatments she maintained her characteristic smile, positive attitude and desire to help others. She inspired many by never giving up hope for recovery. She never believed that she "lost a battle" with cancer. Instead, she always rose above it, even in her final days. Karson is survived by her mother Leigh Essex Walker, stepfather Jeff Walker, father David Leitch, and stepmother, Janice Leitch. She is also survived by her brother Kirk Leitch, sister-in-law Lindsey Leitch, niece Harper Leitch, brother Marty Tomlinson, sister Rachael Shook, brother-in-law Cody Shook, brother Connor Leitch, and sister Jordan Leitch. Karson was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Knoxville. Donations in memory of Karson may be made to Wind River Cancer Wellness Programs, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782, www.windriverservices.org/donate. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Roswell, Georgia. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee in September.
Janie Mitchell Bell
Class of 1958
Memoriam
Janie Beatrice Mitchell Bell, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2017 at Blount Memorial Hospital. She was born in Maryville on June 14, 1937 to parents Cecil and Ruby (Teffeteller) Mitchell. She was a 1959 graduate of the East Tennessee Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and a 1985 graduate of Maryville College. She proudly served as a Registered Nurse at Blount Memorial her full nursing career. She is preceded in death by infant son, Stephen Bell and is survived by husband, Howard C. Bell, Jr.; son and daughter in law, Mike and Donna (Ross) Bell of Elkins, West Virginia; grandchildren, Stephen Ross Bell of Lakeland, Florida and Carlyn Marie Bell of Middleburg, Florida; siblings, Barbara (Mitchell) Tipton of Maryville, Douglas Bobby Mitchell of Mesa, Arizona and James and Anna Ray (Franklin) Mitchell of St. Louis, MO; brother and sister in law, Doug and Priscilla Bell of Alcoa. She enjoyed traveling and cheering for University of Tennessee sports and was a lover of animals. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to PPAW Spay & Neuter Clinic, P.O. Box 68 , Greenback TN 37742. Graveside service and interment was 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Grandview Cemetery. Family received friends at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville, (865) 982-6041, www.millerfuneralhome.org
Sue Haldeman Bergman
Class of 1966
Notes
Eric and Sue (Haldeman) Bergman are enjoying their new, one story home in Allentown, PA, after moving from their home of 38 years in Bethlehem. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their 36th grandchild (a boy, Louis) in March and two great-grandchildren, due in January (a boy, Matthias) and July, 2017. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August with a Mass celebrated by their son, Fr. Eric at their church, St. Thomas More Parish in Scranton, a member church of the Personal Ordinariate of St. Peter, and a party with friends and family.
Lynn Lambert Berrong
Class of 1953
Memoriam
Lynn Lambert Berrong, age 84, of Maryville, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at home with her loving family. Mrs. Berrong was a longtime member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Maryville 1st Baptist for many years. She was an owner of Lambert Acres Golf Club and was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Berrong; parents, Lee and Ethel Lambert; brothers, Robert "Bob" Lambert and Lee Vern Lambert; sisters, Ann Waters and Martha Smith; and sister-in-law, Shirley Lambert. She is survived by her sons, James Lee Berrong and Nick Berrong; daughter-in-law, Gale Berrong; grandchildren, Chad and Brandie Berrong, and Caroline Berrong; great-granddaughter, Camden Lynn Berrong; several nieces, nephews and other family also survive. A private family service will be held at the Berrong Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parks & Recreation Leon Berrong Scholarship Fund or to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 983-1000.
Matthew T. Bertrand
Class of 2009
Notes
Matt and Myranda Bertrand '09, a baby girl, Lydia Caroline, September 16, 2017.
Myranda Austin Bertrand
Class of 2009
Notes
Myranda Bertrand was recently promoted to Senior Talent Manager II at the Sam's Club Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas. In this role she will have oversight and responsibility for talent and succession planning, performance metrics, talent programming and culture and diversity initiatives.