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Ellington L. Adams
Class of 2014
Memoriam
Ellington Lloyd Adams It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Ellington Lloyd Adams (Marietta, Georgia), who passed away at the age of 27, on July 27, 2019. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Ellington Lloyd Adams to show support. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Southern Cremations and Funerals Columbarium (1861 Dallas Hwy, Marietta, GA). A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 at 4:00 PM at the same location.
Alice Leeth Adamson
Class of 1967
Notes
Alice Leeth Adamson '67 and husband, Dr. Doug Adamson, from Tucson, were traveling though Maryville for a family reunion and to meet up with some old friends! Alice used to live in Willard House with other female students and Dean Frances Massey, the Dean of Women from 1953-1968. Alice enjoyed looking around the house and remembering how it used to look when she lived here. Interesting fact: Alice and Doug met in Ethiopia as Peace Corps Volunteers!
Judy V. Anderson
Class of 1966
Memoriam
Judith Virginia Anderson was born on April 20, 1944 and passed away on April 15, 2019.
Nancy Metcalf Anderson
Class of 1948
Memoriam
Nancy Anne Metcalf Age 93, died peacefully at Bethany Village in Centerville after two years of declining health. She was predeceased in 1999 by her beloved husband of 53 years, Jarold G. Anderson. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Nancy attended Maryville College and Wright State University. She and Jerry moved to Kettering in 1960. After his death, Nancy moved to Bethany Village, where she became a Stephen minister and resident representative. Nancy's life centered on faith, family, and friends. A member of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church in Kettering for nearly 60 years, she was an elder, trustee, Sunday School teacher, leader of Presbyterian Women, and all-around volunteer. Nancy was also active in P.T.A, scouting programs, American Field Service, and T.O.P.S. She worked at the Middletown Presbyterian Church, Children's House Nursery School in Centerville, and several businesses in Kettering and Centerville. Nancy loved being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Stephen Anderson of Knoxville, Fred Anderson (Marsha Bare Anderson) formerly of Atlanta, the Reverend Dr. Barbara Anderson (the Reverend Dr. Mark Smutny) of Seattle, and Debra Anderson Gold (Thomas Gold) of Springboro; AFS student, Rose Noel Andrew of South Africa; grandchildren, Nathaniel Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, Christopher Smutny (Brett Smutny Adler), Kenneth Smutny (Reagan Smutny), Matthew Gold, and Jennifer Gold Mynchenberg (Parker Mynchenberg); great-grandchildren, Kylie Smutny, Avery Smutny, Kaelyn Smutny, and Cora Smutny. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staffs of both Bethany Lutheran Village and , who not only provided care for Nancy, but a community of love and support. The services will be held at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church at 4417 Bigger Road, Kettering Ohio 45440 at 11:00 AM on Friday November 15, 2019. A light lunch will be served by the Women's Association following the service. The family asks that donations in Nancy's memory be made to Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church or . Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 3, 2019
James M. Baird
Class of 1950
Memoriam
James McKenzie Baird, Jr. Brandon - "Dear People…." If James McKenzie Baird, Jr., was delivering his obituary, that is how he would begin. Many will recognize the familiar opening to his sermons, and the powerful voice that helped lead friends and family to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jim went to be with his Heavenly Father on January 31, at age 91. He lived a remarkable life, marked with service, humility and a sense of purpose. Born in 1928 to Scottish immigrant parents in New Jersey, his family moved to Chicago when he was 10. Following high school graduation, Jim traveled south to Maryville College in Tennessee to play football. It was there that he met the love of his life, Jane McMillan, on a blind date. A Southern belle from North Georgia, Jane remarked that it was the first time she had ever seen a young man in an overcoat. After college, Jim was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War. In 1952 he married Jane and began work for the New York Life Insurance Company. At the age of 28, Jim became a Christian and was called to his life's work of full-time ministry. In 1957, he graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. Jim's ministry spanned almost 40 years in Presbyterian churches across the Southeast: he shepherded congregations in Clinton, MS, Brewton, AL, Gadsden, AL, Macon, GA, and Coral Gables, FL, before retiring after 12 years as the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, in 1995. He was a "Preacher of the People," with a ministry accentuated by personal relationships and his anecdotal teaching. He was a Founding Father of his beloved denomination, The Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), founded in 1973. He served as the 12th moderator of the PCA. He was gifted with a clear vision and a strong work ethic, and even after retirement he was an able preacher of the Word. He continued to spread the Gospel - in homes, in churches, and at Bible, mission and marriage conferences across the world - and in one year alone, at the age of 75, he delivered over 100 sermons throughout the North American continent. Dr. Baird preached his last homily at age 91 at The Orchard, a retirement home where he shared monthly duties for the last five years. Jim believed in the importance of Christian education. During his ministry, he was involved in Christian schools in Gadsden, AL, Macon, GA, and Jackson, MS - and we're sure many will remember his Sunday night "children's sermons" and the humorous stick figures that accompanied them. Dr. Baird also served on the board of Reformed Theological Seminary, Belhaven University and African Bible Colleges. Additionally, he worked closely with pastors and laymen to help form Mission Mississippi, an organization formed to encourage and demonstrate grace in the Body of Christ across racial lines. He and his beloved wife Jane loved to travel the world, especially after retirement, and were purposeful in encouraging missionaries and pastors along the way. They visited six continents, and never left a country without sending a postcard to the family back home. His greatest earthly joy, next to his relationship with the Lord, was his marriage and his family. He leaves his adored wife of 67 years, Jane, and their four sons, Jim Baird III (Susan), Knox Baird (Debra), David Baird (Pat) and Mark Baird (Rhonda); and his 11 grandchildren Megan, Andrew (Anna), and Grayson Baird; Alexandria, Knox and Hannah Jane Baird; Grace and Mac Baird; Macey B. Benton (Matt), Betsy B. Gardner (Seth), and Richard Baird. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Christina Baird, his older sister, Ina Arnold, and his infant son Daniel. Family gatherings were always a reason to thank God for His Son, for Jim's beloved America, and for his family. The Baird clan will especially remember his legacy of rich storytelling, his devotion to and admiration for his wife, and his leave-taking of them in their adult lives: "I'm proud of you, girl," or "I'm proud of you, son," would carry them for days. "Papa Jim" will be remembered as a man of great integrity - as well as for his homemade birthday and Valentine's cards, the love of his New York Yankees, his prowess on the golf course, his weakness for ice cream, and particularly for his favorite benediction: (Jude 1:24-25) "Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, to Him who is able, at your death, to present you blameless before His throne of grace with exceeding great joy. To the only wise God, our Savior, let there be glory, majesty, dominion and power, now and forever more. AMEN." A private family burial will be followed by a Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, on Tuesday, February 4. There will be no formal visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to African Bible Colleges, Belhaven University, French Camp Academy and Reformed Theological Seminary. "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."
John P. Baptist
Class of 1942
Memoriam
John P. Baptist, 100, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 26­, 2019, at his home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Gethsemane Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Patrick Whaley. Mr. Baptist proudly served our country in the United States Army where he earned numerous commendations. He was a longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church and in his later years, he enjoyed playing in the senior games with his friends. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Moran and husband Philip of Morehead City; sons, Garry Baptist and wife Cathy of New Bern, David Baptist and wife Susan of Swansboro; grandchildren, Phillip Moran, Matthew Moran; great-grandchildren, Sidney, Sarah, Kelsey and Matthew; many loving nieces and nephews; and longtime furry friend, Bogey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy G. Baptist; parents, Donato and Catherina Baptist; sister, Lillian Flannelly; and brothers, Anthony Baptist and Frank Baptist. A special thanks to Christine Matthews and his dedicated caregivers. Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at 8180 Greensboro Dr., Ste. 400, McLean, VA 22102.
Carol Barnett Bell
Class of 1952
Memoriam
Carol Helen Bell BURLESON--Carol H. Bell, 89, of Burleson, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Laurel Land Chapel of Chimes. Carol was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 16, 1930, and was married to Robert R Bell on Aug. 15, 1954, in Decatur, Ill. She graduated from Maryville College with a music degree had a passion for playing the piano and organ. SURVIVORS: Carol is survived by daughters, Kathy O'Dillon, Diana Blain, and Virginia Fisher; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two brothers.
Eric L. Bergman
Class of 1966
Memoriam
Eric Llewellyn Bergman formerly of Bethlehem, PA passed away at home on May 16, 2019. He had suffered from Parkinson's Disease since being diagnosed in 2011. He was the husband of Sylvia Sue Bergman with whom he shared almost 53 years of marriage. Born in Bloomington, Illinois to Kathleen and Allen Bergman on July 25, 1944, he was raised in Champaign, Illinois. He graduated from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee in 1966 and received a MA in history from the University of Tennessee in 1971. Eric and Sue moved to Pennsylvania in 1972 and raised their five children in Bethlehem. Eric retired from the Commonwealth of PA Department of Public Welfare in 2002 and continued working as a teacher's aide in Southern Lehigh School District and at Stabler Arena as an usher. A 2005 convert to Catholicism, Eric was a founding member of St. Thomas More Parish in Scranton.SURVIVORS: In addition to his wife, Eric is survived by his children Christine Duryea (Robert), Eric II (Kristina), Rebecca Huffman (Philip), David (Jane), Sarah Kaczor, thirty-six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth (Champaign, IL) and James (Louisville, KY). He was pre-deceased by his parents and brothers, Kenneth Eric, Carl, and David.SERVICES: A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered at 9 A.M. on Saturday May 25, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 116 Theodore Street, Scranton, PA 18508. Calling hours will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and also on Saturday morning from 8:30 A.M. until time of the Mass in the church. Burial will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem. A memory tribute may be placed at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com.CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
Daniel R. Besch
Class of 1965
Memoriam
Daniel R. Besch Daniel R. Besch, age 76, formerly of Bellefonte and State College died on April 1, 2019, at Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion in North Carolina after a long stretch of declining health. He was born August 19, 1942 in Yeagertown, PA a son of the late Mabel A. (Reese) and John W. Besch. He married Mary "Frosty" Kent Besch in 1965 with whom he had two sons, Duffy and Doug. His second wife of close to 27 years, JoAnn McKnett Rozelle Besch, survives at home. Dan was a star athlete at Chief Logan High School where he played football and basketball. He attended Maryville College in Tennessee and later transferred to Georgetown College in Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He played college football all four years and later earned a Master's and a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He believed strongly in education and his mantra was always that a college education was an investment of "Four for forty"; representing four years of sacrifice for forty years of success. Dan enjoyed a life-long career in public education. He began as a ninth grade social studies teacher at Pulaski Academy and Central School, Pulaski, NY and then taught elementary physical education at Bald Eagle Area Schools, William Penn in Harrisburg, PA, and finally in Bellefonte Area School District. Dan coached football at each of his stops and finished after several years coaching at Bellefonte. He began a career in administration in 1971 as an elementary principal and progressed through the years as a high school principal, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Curriculum Instruction & Personnel, and Interim Superintendent. He also served in retirement as a part-time administrative mentor in the Bald Eagle Area School District. He was dedicated to the Bellefonte Area School District and cherished the memories of working with professional and support staff colleagues. He was an effective school administrator, not because of his education, but because of his practical experiences and his ability to work with and respect people. He was task-oriented and instilled a strong work-ethic in everyone he touched. Dan also served the Bellefonte community as a former Representative to United Way, past Board member of the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce and Historical Bellefonte, Inc., former member of Kiwanis and CETA Advisory Board, and past Board Director of the American Red Cross and Bellefonte YMCA. He was a former member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1094 and the Undine Fire Company. He touched many lives during his career and although known to be physically and mentally tough, he was always viewed as treating people fairly. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and his interests included cooking, reading, professional and college football, hunting, fishing, and thoroughbred horse racing. Dan often expressed that he was blessed to have the parents he had growing up; to have the family that he had with Frosty and later with Jo and her children in his life. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel R. Besch Jr., and his wife, Susan of Bellefonte; a son, Douglas K. Besch, and his wife, Angela of New York, New York; a stepson, Joseph A. Rozelle, and his wife, Jennifer of Houston, TX; a stepdaughter, Nan Rozelle Besch Lujan, and her husband, Scott of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren, Catharine, John Daniel, and Colby Besch all of Bellefonte, Logan and Connor Lujan of Durham, James and Clara Rozelle of Houston; a sister, Debra R. Sheibley, and her husband, James of New Bloomfield, PA; a half-sister, Joyce M. Hertzler of Burnham, PA; and a half-brother, Robert L. Kohler Jr. of New Cumberland, PA. A private memorial and inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the either the Centre County YMCA Backpack Program, which is part of the Anti-Hunger Program of the YMCA of Centre County, or to the Bellefonte Area School District for the Rogers' Stadium Project. YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY, Attn: Mel Curtis, Branch Manager, P.O. Box 426, Philipsburg, PA 16866 Bellefonte Area School District, Attn: Ken Bean, 318 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Frankie B. Black
Class of 1993
Memoriam
Frankie Boshears Black passed away peacefully Monday August 26, 2019 at age 78 surrounded by her family. Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Stephen H. Black, her kitty cat Mr. B. and her parents Guy and Marie Boshears of Harriman TN. Survived by her daughters Stephanie O'Brien and her husband Michael O'Brien and Cynthia Ellison and her husband Tim Ellison, her brother Joseph Boshears and his wife Charlotte, her sisters Norma Jean Boshears, and Betty McClure, a host of nieces and nephews and her granddaughters by choice - Emma, GeriAnn, Sarah, Catherine Kelly and Jessica, and her treasured neighborhood daughters from Farr Dr. Frankie worked her entire career in nursing at Fort Sanders Hospital and after 45 years retired in 2007. Frankie will be remembered by her love of reading, her love of her kitty cats, her many years of being a UT fan - GO VOLS!, will lovingly be remembered for burning all biscuits or bread she ever attempted to bake, for making the best chipped beef gravy ever, her support of Tennessee Artist Association, for always being ready with a cup of cocoa and her passion for nursing and the love for all those she cared for throughout her life. Memorials in Frankie's name may be made to Young-Williams Animal Village 6400 Kingston Pike #4833 or Concord United Methodists Church (Food Pantry Services) 11020 Roane Dr. Knoxville TN 37934. The family will receive friends at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel located at 6200 Kingston Pike on Thursday August 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A service for Frankie will follow at 6:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather at 10:45 am on Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service. Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com
Anna Smith Bolden
Class of 2017
Birth
Anna and Marshall welcomed their daughter, Lillian Demar Bolden on October 5, 2019. She is the first grandchild and great grandchild for Anna's side of the family.
Richard W. Boyd
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Dr. Richard W. Boyd passed away on April 3, 2016.
Carl Boyer
Class of 1959
Memoriam
Former Mayor Carl Boyer III, teacher, genealogist, historian, author, philanthropist and City of Santa Clarita founding father, died Wednesday morning. He was 81. Boyer had been in declining health and most recently was in hospice in Saugus, not far from his residence there. "Our father is the best man we've ever known," Boyer's three daughters, Michèle, Denise and Danielle, said in a joint statement Wednesday afternoon. "He has been steadfast in all of his endeavors and has never wavered. His life goal was simple and profound: He wanted to be a useful member of society. There is no better role model than our father, Carl Boyer." Boyer and his wife Chris moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in the 1960s to raise their family but soon concluded that Los Angeles County politicians in faraway downtown L.A. were less than responsive when it came to issues affecting the SCV. By decade's end, he was pushing his SCV neighbors to break away from L.A. County by forming a new county whose leaders would be more local. The bid to form Canyon County in 1976 and again in 1978 won voter approval within the Santa Clarita Valley but needed the support of voters across the county, which didn't come. Undaunted, Boyer pushed for cityhood instead and became the first chairman of the City of Santa Clarita Formation Committee in late 1986. He guided the process that resulted in Santa Clarita's incorporation as a city on December 15, 1987, won a seat on the first Santa Clarita City Council, and served two terms as mayor before he retired from office in 1998. Boyer documented the route to cityhood in his acclaimed book, "Santa Clarita: The Formation and Organization of the Largest Newly Incorporated City in the History of Humankind," first published in 2005, with a second edition published in 2015. According to the book's "About the Author" introduction, Boyer was born in Philadelphia in 1937, was educated at Nether Providence High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Maryville College in Tennessee, The Edinburgh University in Scotland, Trinity University in Texas (B.A. in history), the University of Cincinnati (M.Ed. in secondary education), and other graduate schools. Boyer married Chris Kruse in 1962, and they had three children: Michèle Boyer, Denise (married first to the late Scotty Plummer, then to Russ Johnson, and mother of Kylen Plummer), and Danielle (mother of Riana and Aidan Vermillion). Wife Chris predeceased him last year. Boyer taught 40 years in public schools in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and California, including 35 years at San Fernando High School (1963-1998). In 1969, as a result of serving on the Del Prado condominium owners association, he became interested in forming a local government. It was not easy for a small population in what was then a rural area to communicate with the staff of the largest county in the world. Boyer served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clarita Community College District from 1973 to 1981 (president, 1979-1981) and as a director of the former Castaic Lake Water Agency from 1982 to 1984. Boyer was also a noted genealogist who authored more than a dozen popular books on the family genealogy. During the 1960s, he was encouraged by his mother-in-law and her family to research and publish "Slade-Babcock Genealogy," the first of about a dozen distinct titles in the field. All were self-published and profitable. As he is descended from Count Boso IV of Arles, Boyer could say with a straight face that he is from "a long line of Bosos." He spoke at a number of genealogical seminars throughout the western United States, and was the American Key Speaker at the World Mayors' Conference in Jaipur, India, in 1998. The Boyers were involved in hosting the first group of Soviet high school students visiting Southern California in 1990, and arranging college scholarships for some of them. At that time he was one of the founders of the Santa Clarita Valley International Program. With his wife Chris, who did much of the work, he was active in caring for children brought to the United States for donated medical treatment by Healing the Children. Kids from Colombia, Guatemala, Russia, Mexico and Ecuador have recuperated from open-heart surgery and other operations in the Boyers' home before being reunited with their families. In addition, he served as a gofer for an open-heart surgery team in Ecuador, and for a team that traveled repeatedly to Estelí, Nicaragua, to perform eye surgeries. Since his retirement in 1998, Boyer continued to push to get Santa Clarita more involved in the world. He visited more than 140 countries (many of them as a chaperone of student groups) and both of Santa Clarita's sister cities, Tena in Ecuador and Sariaya in the Philippines. He also served as a volunteer consultant to Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bandung Regency, Indonesia. Boyer remained convinced that many governments are too big for us to manage. "Had I not been fearful of losing a few hundred dollars that my wife Chris and I had invested in buying our first home, I might never have become involved in community affairs and politics," he wrote in the book's foreword. Yet Boyer would not overstate his role in Santa Clarita's cityhood: "In any event, the City of Santa Clarita would have been born roughly when it was, but I would not have been involved and I would probably have spent the last few years working on another book on family history." Tribute from Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita City Council member "Carl was the most gracious, determined man I think I ever met," said Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste, who was Boyer's appointee as Parks Commissioner for nearly his entire tenure on the City Council, from 1988-1998. "He had a way of strongly pushing forward with what he believed in, but he was always gracious about it," she said. "There were just things Carl knew we had to do, and he firmly believed that we had the talent, the drive, and the will to create a very strong and healthy city and have everything that the public here wanted and deserved, and I commend him for his extreme and extraordinary efforts," Weste said. "He went to Sacramento and worked really hard to create Canyon County," she said of Boyer's 1970s secession bids. "He was aware of the planning and work we needed to do to remain a very special community, and that we had to have a different and closer form of government. I think everyone was devastated when that effort failed. "But after that, Carl was very strongly an advocate in creating a city," Weste said. "He literally helped put the city of Santa Clarita together. He believed in self-governance, and that as a community with our own government, we would be able to do what couldn't be done any other way. He was so committed to this community, and there are so many things as a city founder that he made sure we got. He did great things. I strongly believe he made a tremendous difference in our valley." Boyer, in fact, encouraged Weste to apply for the city's Parks Commission in 1988. She was appointed and served for a decade until she was elected to the City Council in 1998 - after he encouraged her to run. "Carl said, 'You have to do this,'" Weste said. "'If you value the system of creating a natural environment out there and open spaces, if you care about our history, old town, trails, beautiful parks,' he said, 'you have to keep working to keep it going.' "He loved nature and was committed to having the best of the best for this community," she said. "Carl helped stop the huge landfill that was going in Towsley Canyon, where we now have Ed Davis Park. He supported me in working with Senator Ed Davis to create the Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, which is wonderful because he knew that we had to do that. "Open space, the trails - all those things I've worked on all the way through since then were things that Carl supported," Weste said. "I deeply appreciate that he allowed me to continue to work on all of the things he believed in and that I think are some of the best parts of our community." Not all of Boyer's visions for Santa Clarita would get past the envisioning stage, though. "The only thing I ever teased him about was when he wanted to renumber all the houses in Santa Clarita, so we wouldn't have these long L.A. County numbers," Weste said. "He thought we ought to have a simpler numbering system, like 624 Main, instead of these numbers that start from Downtown L.A.," she said, similar to Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. "It was cute because Carl says, 'Well, it'll just be classy.' He was right, but people don't want to change their addresses, so it didn't happen." Boyer's four decades of teaching school and his later philanthropic work on behalf of international students and disabled children exemplified his love for young people, Weste said. "He loved kids - he was a teacher and really did work to mentor," she said. "That makes such a difference in children's lives. I helped Carl work on (fundraising for) the Santa Clarita Valley International Program to save children and bring children here from other countries. He and his wife worked very hard on that. "They brought children here who were badly incapacitated and would care for them to get them to surgeries and things that wouldn't happen in other countries," Weste said. "These children were basically just castaways, but he and Chris just gave their love and hearts and support, and helped save children." Memorial services are in the planning stages for the weekend of June 22-23.
Ellen Collins Brahams
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Maryville, TN - On Monday, December 23, 2019, Ellen Brahams, loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother passed away at the age of 91. Ellen Collins Brahams was born February 12, 1928 in Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated from Maryville College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education. She was a dedicated educator, teaching for thirty two years. Ellen was an outstanding member of New Providence Presbyterian Church and was dedicated to serving her community. She was an avid quilter - making quilts galore including one for each of her grandchildren. You would never find Ellen without her paper mate pencil and crossword puzzle...until her ipad replaced her newspaper. An independent woman who loved to travel, golf and eat chocolate. She will be greatly missed. Ellen was preceded in death 38 years ago by her husband Raymond "Brick" Brahams. Survivors include sister and brother in law, Emily & Pat O'Hara of Moorehead City, NC, son David and wife Teri Brahams of Alcoa, TN, granddaughter Caryn and husband Gary Ellis of Johnson City, TN, daughter Leigh, her husband David Westcott of Atlanta, GA and her grandchildren, Collins with wife Lindsay and Carly Westcott, great grandchildren Syndey and Carter Westcott. A memorial service will be held at New Providence Presbyterian Church (703 W Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37801) on December 27, 2019 at 3:00pm. Receiving of family and friends immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family ask that gifts be made to Maryville College (www.maryvillecollege.edu/giving/give-today/) or New Providence Presbyterian Church (newprovidencepres.org/donate/)
Don Brakebill
Class of 1953
Memoriam
Don Brakebill, born October, 1931, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, June 9th, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Haynes Brakebill and Myrtle Ingle Brakebill. Don was a leader in our local music community contributing to many lives through his teachings. He was reared on a farm in Rockford where he developed a love for horses, tractors, the Little River and the land. His love of music, with a focus on the voice, provided opportunities throughout his life that would be honored for years to come. Don received his BA in Music at Maryville College and a Master's degree in voice and conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. He served as choir director at First Baptist Church in Maryville, Trinity Methodist Church in Knoxville and New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. He served as a Cantor at Temple Beth El in Knoxville for several years. Don taught vocal music in the Alcoa school system and also organized the Chilhowee Singers, which he directed for 3 years. Throughout his professional career, Don also performed as a soloist in Oratorio and Opera performances at the University of Tennessee, Maryville College and Knoxville Opera while maintaining a full-time roster of private voice training. As a musician, Don had an unwavering belief that everyone could sing, whether they believed it or not. He taught every student with a unique approach suited best to his or her temperament and level of skill, drawing upon his knack for creating analogies related to his own upbringing on his farm in Rockford. Fence posts, birds landing on power lines, and a running favorite, "it's like singing in a silo"... embedded in all of these images were valuable insights on how to sing, and his joy in expressing them was contagious. It was this mixture of refined Princeton education and simple Rockford wisdom that distinguished Don as a truly unique and gifted voice teacher and choir director. He had many hobbies including woodworking in his later years, but never stopped singing and spending time on the farm. He had a legendary sense of humor and love of people, but also never had a bad meal. He loved good food and was always gracious and complimentary both of every meal as well as to whomever had prepared it whether it be a simple sandwich or a holiday feast, especially if followed by dessert. Don is survived by his wife of 37 years, Charlotte Barker Brakebill, son Greg Brakebill (Linda), daughter Traci Topham (Tim), step-son Michael Kull and step daughter Christine Vossler (Christian). He enjoyed his grandchildren Emily Sweetland (David), Drew Brakebill (Miranda), Sydney Topham and enjoyed a special relationship with his last grandchild, Bailey Cummings. Don also had 3 great-grandchildren, Dawson and Ella Sweetland and Gracie Sue Brakebill. Special thanks to the entire staff at Brookdale Memory Care, Sandy Springs facility, for their wonderful care and community they provided for our family. Don's life was honored on Tuesday, June 18th at First United Methodist Church, Maryville with receiving of friends at 4 p.m. and service at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or the charity of your choice.
Elizabeth McGill Brooks
Class of 2017
Marriage
Elizabeth McGill Brooks '17 married Justin Brooks '16 on June 15, 2019.
Lois Johanson Cale
Class of 1951
Memoriam
Lois Johanson Cale passed away on April 27, 2012.
Mary Grubb Calloway
Class of 1942
Memoriam
Mary Alice Grubb Calloway passed away on March 22, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona.
Dwight H. Campbell
Class of 1966
Memoriam
ROSE HILL, Va. - Dwight Campbell, 76, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 after an extended illness. Dwight was a long-time resident of Rose Hill, VA. He was a graduate of Thomas Walker High School and he received his Bachelor Degree from Maryville College and his Master's Degree from Union College. He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Dwight taught History and Government for 35 years at Thomas Walker High School and Lee High School. He was a member of the St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, KY. He was a member of the Maryville College Choir, the Concert Choir at Lincoln Memorial University and the Chancellery Choir at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Dwight was preceded in death by his mother and father, Emma and Ralph Campbell. He is survived by his cousins, Anna Kate Baines of Kingsport, TN, Thelma Smith of Kingsport and Rita Denton of Morristown, TN. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at Lee Memorial Gardens in Pennington Gap, VA, with Rev. Preston Mitchell and Rev. Ray Moore officiating. A memorial service will also be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, KY with Rev. Aelred Dean officiating. Online condolences may be sent by visiting, www.RobinetteFuneralHomes.com. Robinette Funeral Home of Jonesville, VA is serving the Campbell family.
Margaret "Peggy" Cummings Campbell
Class of 1950
Memoriam
We are sad to announce that on December 23, 2019, at the age of 91, Margaret Cummings Campbell (Maryville, Tennessee), born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania passed away. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. She was predeceased by : her parents, Margaret Cummings and John Cummings; her siblings-in-law, Jim Campbell, Jerry Campbell and Janice Campbell. She is survived by : her husband David Campbell; her sons, John (Laurel) of Bozeman, MT and Thom (Rachel) of Centreville, VA; her grandchildren, Julie, Stephanie, David, Sarah and Ben Campbell; her siblings, Janet Martin (Jim) and James Cummings (Marilyn); her sister-in-law Charlotte Campbell. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, December 29th 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Highland Presbyterian Church (721 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the John W. and Margaret M. Cummings Endowment Scholarship Fund at Maryville College.