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Lois Miller Bishop
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Lois Corinthia (Miller) Bishop (1928 - 2016) After having struggled with Alzheimer's for several years and a recent massive stroke, Lois Bishop died in the Mesilla Valley Hospice on September 21st, 2016. Lois was born in Knoxville Tennessee on September 3rd, 1928 to Fred Miller and Eva Goin Miller. Her father had recently returned from service in the U.S. army from the First World War in Europe. He found employment as an accountant for a shoe company in Knoxville. He married and had two children, Lois the eldest. When the shoe company went bankrupt, he lost his job; but as a war veteran he was hired as an accountant for the Blue Diamond Coal Company. He then moved his young family to Morley, TN; the company's mining camp. Lois attended school in a one-room schoolhouse from 1st grade through 8th grade. She then attended the Jellico Tennessee High School, 30 miles from her home in Morley. Lois and her brother had to hike up a mountain in order to catch a school bus for an hour-long ride through the mountains to school everyday. During her high school years she was active in the Spanish Club and played on the Women's Basketball Team. After graduation from high school in 1946 she enrolled in Maryville College in nearby Maryville, Tennessee, a Presbyterian related college that her mother had also attended. Lois became engaged in 1946 to a ministerial student, Jay Bishop, a senior at Maryville College. She finished 3 years at Maryville College in 1949. Throughout that time she played soccer and basketball while majoring in Sociology and Psychology. She married Jay Bishop on May 24th, 1949 at the First Methodist Church in Maryville. They went on a honeymoon for a week and returned to Chicago where Jay was a senior at McCormick Theological Seminary. She got a job in a bank in Pierceton, Indiana and later worked as a cashier at The Children's Hospital in Chicago. After Jay's ordination into the ministry in 1950, they moved to Crescent City Florida where Jay became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1952 Jay Bishop Jr., their first child, was born. In 1955 they moved to Toledo Ohio where Jay was the pastor of the Rosewood Avenue Presbyterian Church. Their second child, Rebecca Sue Bishop was born in 1955. Six weeks later, Lois was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was admitted to the county T.B. Hospital for 9 months, where they were able to successfully cure her. Over the years Lois served as the minister's wife at First Presbyterian Church of Niles Ohio; First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and First Presbyterian Church of Visalia, California. During those years of service, Lois was very active in the women's association; she taught Sunday school; and often provided musical support by playing the piano during Sunday school and other church related events. In all of the churches they served in, the most loved person was not the pastor, but the pastor's wife. In 1987 Lois and her husband retired to their home in Las Cruces where they happily lived for twenty-six years. They sold their home and moved into the Good Samaritan Village of Las Cruses, NM in 2015. Lois had struggled with Alzheimer's/Dementia for several years. On August 21st, Lois had a massive stroke, was hospitalized for two weeks and in hospice for another two weeks before she passed away on September 21st. Lois had celebrated her 88th birthday two weeks before passing. Lois's greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved animals (especially her Labradors,) music, old classic films, gardening, traveling around the world, shopping, dancing, sewing, playing the piano, and being a part of the church. She was fortunate enough to be married to the love of her life for 67 wonder years. She is survived by her husband Jay; her son Dr. Jay and wife Sue of Roswell, NM; her daughter Rebecca and partner David of Annapolis, MD; granddaughter Adriel Hill and husband Jeremiah of Clinton, MS; her grandson Sam and wife Anne of Long Island NY; grandson Matthew of Albuquerque, NM; grandson Nathan of Albuquerque, NM; grandson Ian of Roswell, NM; great-grandsons Judah, Levi, Simeon and great-granddaughter Naomie of Clinton, MS; her brother Jerome Miller of Mason, Ohio; and her niece Mary Ann Miller of Morrow, Ohio. Cremation has been chosen and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces, with Pastor Norm Storey officiating. Arrangements are being made by Baca Funeral Services. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the sanctuary renovations of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces.
Una Easter Black
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Una Evelyn Black passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Born September 24, 1920, she was the daughter of Charles and Anna Jean Easter, Loudon, Tennessee. Una attended Maryville College, then Peabody College and served in the US Navy during World War II. She was a member of Northside Presbyterian Church and had served as deacon and as a Presbyterian Women officer and Circle member. She was a charter member of Stuart Heights Garden Club and a decades-long election worker for Stuart Heights precinct. Una was a reader, gardener and bird watcher. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers. She was the widow of the late James Elworth Black. Una is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Paul Robertson and Brenda and Jim Hooper, granddaughter, Evelyn Elise Hooper, nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Chattanooga National Cemetery. A reception followed at Northside Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Book of Remembrance, Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405. Arrangements are held by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com <http://www.chattanooganorthchapel.com>
Charles R. Blackburn
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Charles Roy Blackburn, age 85 of Maryville, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Morning View. He was born in Maryville, attended Maryville City Schools, Maryville College and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He served in the U. S. Navy as a pilot from 1953-55. Charles owned Quick-Way Homes Real Estate Company. He served on Blount County Real Estate Board, Maryville Planning and Zoning Committees, Maryville Historic District, and an officer of American Society of Appraisers. He was a life long member of New Providence Presbyterian Church where he was a member of the choir and former Trustee. Charles was a Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow and member of Jaycee organization. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice Blackburn; sister, Alice Marie Blackburn Ayres; brother, Jim Blackburn. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Liz Blackburn '58; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Cindy Blackburn, Tim and Jean Blackburn; grandchildren, Gracie Blackburn of Charlotte, NC, Joe Blackburn (Rachel) of Kirkland, WA, Jordis Blackburn, Audrey Blackburn; great grandchildren, Virginia Blackburn, Luke Blackburn; brother-in-law, David Ayres of Howey, FL; sister-in-law, Fern Blackburn of Knoxville. A memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at New Providence Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Emily Anderson officiating. A private entombment will be at Grandview Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Providence Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, 703 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801 or to Maryville College, attn: Advancement, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804.
Shelton Blair
Class of 1942
Memoriam
Elaine Shelton Blair age 96 of Goodlettsville, TN passed away February 7, 2016. Born in 1919 in Fayetteville, TN, she was a retired school teacher and a 60 year member of Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Preceded in death by her husband, James Blair. She is survived by her son, Michael Blair (Diane) of Knoxville, TN; daughter, Melody Blair Hollins (Elvis) of Athens, AL; grandchildren, James Blair (Jamie); Jill Hollins, Tiffany Hollins and Lindsey Hollins Poppe (Nick); great-grandchildren, Elise Morrell and Dakota Poppe. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday 2pm with Pastor Jeff Townsley officiating at Lincoln Cemetery in Lincoln County, TN.
Leah Mueller Blaisdell
Class of 1988
Memoriam
Leah Mueller Blaisdell 50, of Tarpon Springs, died Nov. 15, 2016 after a brief illness. Survived by daughter, Rachael Blaisdell; parents, Ken and Ellen Mueller; sister, Heidi Mueller; brothers, Randy (Leslie), Kyle (Julie), and Adam (Monica) Mueller. Leah loved her alma mater Maryville College, theatre, gardening, Tarpon Springs Soccer, Sunset Beach, and entertaining her nieces and nephews, Cecelia, Casey, Riley, Clarissa, Connor, Brian, Finn, Taylor, Emma, and Lauren. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Elisasgreatestwishes.org Visitation will be 11 am-12 pm, with a service at 12 pm, all Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Faith Chapel of First United Methodist Church. Burial to follow at Anclote Cemetery. Vinson Funeral Home, (727) 937-6111
Elspeth Robertson Blakeman
Class of 1978
Memoriam
Elspeth Jean Robertson Blakeman, born June 30, 1955, in Alexandria, Virginia, lost her battle with cancer on February 3, 2017. She graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1973, from Sullins College in 1976, and from Maryville College in 1978. In the fall of 1978, she became a candidate for the Master of Library Science degree at George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University) and received her MLS in May of 1980. While there, she met her future husband, Randolph Blakeman, who was also a candidate for MLS. On Easter Sunday, April 15, 1979, he proposed and she accepted, and they married at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Saturday, June 14, 1980. She is preceded in death by her parents, Randall McGavock Robertson (1911-1993) and Florence Dunbar Robertson (1915-2000); aunt, Virginia Keith Robertson (1908-1999); and brother, Hugh Dunbar Robertson (1943-2005). She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Randolph Blakeman of Cleveland, Mississippi; sister, Holly Taylor Mitchell (Jim); sister-in-law, Janet Abernathy Robertson; two nephews, Andrew Robertson (Kate) and Michael Robertson (Katie); two nieces, Carrie Teal Chalmers and Sarah Chalmers Simmons (Godfrey); one great-niece, Morgan Robertson; two great-nephews, Connor Robertson and Sam Simmons; and a host of friends whose lives she touched in so many ways. Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Cleveland, Mississippi. Celebration of Life Services was on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Calvary Episcopal Church with the Reverend Tim Starnes and Reverend Sylvia Czarnetzky co-officiating. A memorial service will also be held at a later date at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to the American Cancer Society and/or Earmarked Ovarian Cancer Society . Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland, Mississippi, is in charge of the arrangements. To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.rayfuneralhome.net
Eva Blake Blazer
Class of 1942
Memoriam
Jean Blake Blazer, 95, died Monday, November 16, 2015, at her home, in Maryville, Tennessee. Mrs. Blazer was born in Erwin, Tennessee, on January 17, 1920, to H. E. and Dora Blake and raised in Spartanburg, SC. Jean was a devout Christian who practiced her faith daily. She attended Maryville College and worked in the office of the First United Methodist Church, in Maryville, for 22 years. She was a loving and devoted mother to four children, a wonderful cook, and an accomplished gardener. She and her husband, C. L. "Toots" Blazer traveled to Europe and the Holy Land several times. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. L. "Toots" Blazer, her son, William H. "Bill" Blazer, and her brother, Dr. Hu Al Blake. She is survived by two sons, Hu L. "Bud" Blazer (Maryville) and Winston J. Blazer and his wife Cris (Knoxville), a daughter, Jill B. Rollins and her husband John (Maryville), and grandchildren Katherine Blazer and Brady Isbill. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider donations to the Donna Landgren Community Food connection, at P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701 (865-977-4400); or the Habitat for Humanity Fund or the Children's Department, both through the First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Road, Maryville, TN 37803 (865-982-1273). Receiving of friends was at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home and burial was at Caledonia Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
Katie Saxe Bolling
Class of 2008
Marriage
Kathryn Smith Boruff
Class of 2004
Birth
has had a third baby boy she says has made their family complete! Dane Alan-Edward was born on July 23, 2016.
Lilybel Gunn Bounds
Class of 1947
Memoriam
Lilybel Gunn Bounds, 89, of Chatom, passed away June 26, 2016 at the Washington County Nursing Home. She was born August 23, 1926 to R.H. and Thelma Lee Gunn. A veteran educator with the Washington County Board of Education, she served for 47 years, 37 of those as principal at Chatom Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis E. Bounds; her parents; siblings, Beatrice Gunn Kinard, Jimmy Gunn, Harvey (Eileen) Gunn and niece, Cindy Thompson Aucoin and nephews, Steve Thompson and Jerry Gunn. She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Bounds Laurie-Arnold of Mandeville, LA; grandchildren, Jennifer Laurie (Keith) Lambert of Chatom, Rachel Laurie (Rob) Riddle of Prattville; great-grandchildren, Joseph Britton Lambert of Chatom, Samuel Wilkins Riddle of Prattville; siblings, Thelma Gunn Thompson of Meridian, MS, Carolyn Gunn Shelton of Phoenix City, Judge William "Bill" (Elaine) Gunn of Meridian, MS; nieces, Jena Thompson Abrams, Tracy Thompson Bourgeois, Deborah Gunn Mallard, Cathy Kinard Miles, Marsha Gunn Cook, Kim Gunn Rainer; nephews, Mike Gunn, Martin Gunn, Scotty Gunn, Robert Thompson, Richard Kinard, Bruce Kinard, Gregg Kinard, Keith Moore, Brad Moore, Kevin Gunn; 28 great-nieces and nephews and 29 great, great nieces and nephews.
June Browne Bovill
Class of 1944
Memoriam
June Loraine Browne Bovill of Town & Country, Missouri passed away peacefully August 29, 2016. Born in Denver, Colorado March 16, 1922 to William Perry and Jessie Vivian Browne, the Browne family returned to St. Louis in 1926 where June graduated from University City High School in 1939. Dedicating herself to a life of learning, she began her college education at Maryville College in Maryville Tennessee, and continuing at Washington University in St. Louis where she met Dr. John Bovill. After marrying in 1942, the couple moved to California where she completed her undergraduate and Master's Degree at UCLA. She moved to Dallas, Texas in 1963 and began a career serving the medical industry, retiring from the University of Texas Southwest Medical School in 1997 as office administrator to Dr. George Race. She loved her time, home and friends in University Park, Texas for 51 years before returning to St. Louis. She is survived by her brothers Neal Browne (Penny) and Donald Brown (Caroline), sister Edna May Bryan and numerous nieces and nephews. Services: Memorial services will be held at Fenton Baptist Church Fenton, MO Saturday September 10th, 1pm and Highland Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX September 11th.
Adlai Boyd
Class of 1957
Notes
writes going strong at 81 and counting! Howie!
Megan Kolb Brooks
Class of 2016
Marriage
Joseph Mitchell Brooks '15 and Megan Elyse Kolb '16 were married on April 8, 2017 in Maryville, TN. Joe and Megan met at Maryville College and dated for three and half years before getting married. Joe even proposed to Megan by sending her on an easter egg hunt around the Maryville College campus!
Ed Brubaker
Class of 1938
Memoriam
Rev. Dr. Charles Edward Brubaker, age 99, of Kennett Square, PA, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Kendal at Longwood Community in Kennett Square. He was the husband of Doris Jane King Brubaker, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. Born in Birmingham, AL, he was the son of the late Lauren E. and the late Nora (Drake) Brubaker. He earned a BA from Maryville College in 1938, a BD (Bachelor's of Divinity) from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1941 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Maryville College. After graduating from Princeton, he entered the pastorate at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, New York, 1941-43. After Pearl Harbor he became a Chaplain in the US Marine Corps, 1943-46. His service there included the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and the occupation of Nagasaki. He was awarded the Bronze star. Ed and Doris J. King were married in 1946 and have shared in the ministry ever since, serving four more pastorates: Central Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, AK, 1948-53; Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, 1953-60; First Presbyterian Church, Englewood, NJ, 1960- 69; and First Presbyterian Church, Wichita, KS, 1969-79.He was the Synod Executive of the Synod of Mid-America (Kansas and Missouri) 1979 -85. Soon after retirement they offered to be Volunteers in Mission for the Presbyterian Church, USA, and served in that capacity in Trinidad, West Indies 1986-88, where they were assigned four churches. He served on the Board of Directors of Maryville College, Maryville, TN, 1959-82; Princeton Seminary Board of Trustees, 1959-62, Presbyterian Dept. of Chaplain & Service Personnel as Chairman, 1963-69; Wichita, Ks Rotary Club, 1969-79; and Wichita, KS Symphony Board, 1974-78. The Brubakers have lived in the Kendal Continuing Care Community, Kennett Square, PA, since 1995. They have been active in and led many different interest groups including the Kendal Residence Association, which manages the life of the community. Doris served on the board and Ed became president. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Wendy Osher, Scott Brubaker, Lynn Brubaker and Laurie Davis; and eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Jacob, Isaac, Ryan, Daphne, Mo, Emily and Hannah. A memorial service was held on February 27, 2017 at Kendal At Longwood Auditorium, 1109 East Baltimore Pike Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment was held that afternoon at First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, N.J. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Presbyterian Mission Agency, online: https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/E132192/ or by mail to Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),100 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY 40202-1396. Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. 610-444-4116 of Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com
Marjorie Prall Brubaker
Class of 1949
Memoriam
Marjorie Prall Brubaker, 81, formerly of Ashland and most recently of Canton died Monday morning, Dec. 11, 2006, at Altercare of Canton, following a lingering illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Franklin, Pa., the daughter of Carl and Ida Wetjen Prall. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Maryville College in Tennessee and received a master's degree in Christian education from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. On Oct. 14, 1950, she married the Rev. Donald Wayne Brubaker, who preceded her in death June 6, 1984. Being the wife of a minister, the family moved several times and lived in Ashland from 1962 to 1963. While in Ashland for that year, Mrs. Brubaker worked as the librarian for the Ashland Theological Seminary. The family then moved to Tucson, Ariz., but returned to Ashland in 1964. At that time, Mrs. Brubaker began to volunteer at First Presbyterian Church and became the church librarian from 1986 to 2000. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland where she was an ordained Elder. She enjoyed gardening and was known for rescuing animals. She is survived by her daughter, Gretta (Michael) Workman of North Canton; three grandchildren, Meagan Workman, David (Meredith) Workman and Chris Workman; and one sister, Dolores McCracken of Mesa, Ariz.
Heather Mathis Bryan
Class of 2006
Birth
a daughter, Mazie Lynn Bryan born April 18, 2016.
Jackie Kendall Burnett
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Louise Jacquelene Burnett, 83, passed away Wednesday, Sept 16, 2015 from complications due to Alzheimer's Disease. Louise is survived by her children Richard M. (Regina M.) Burnett, Judith M. Burnett, Laura A. Burnett and Joseph W. (Lara J.) Burnett; grandson Simon P. Burnett; sister to Marvin G. Kendall, Frank S. Duncan, and the late Phyllis Poehler, Rachel Kendall and Wanda Kendall. Louise, known as Jackie to friends and family, was many things to many people in her eighty-three year life. Jackie was first a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She was a loyal and loving friend. She was a volunteer for many organizations: Girl Scouts of the USA,, League of Women Voters, Meals on Wheels and more. Jackie was a passionate and creative teacher, adviser and mentor to generations of students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She was a blending of a Renaissance Woman and Depression Baby. Her life experiences and education shaped her to be adept at many skills. She could demonstrate how to build a campfire in the wilderness with her Girl Scout Troop on a weekend camping trip, fix a kitchen faucet for a neighbor, and write a research paper for publication. Her strong communication skills were demonstrated in her magical letters from Santa to her young children, and her constructive performance appraisals of her students. We who know and love Jackie Burnett will remember she had a much better sense of humor than of sense of direction when driving. Her laugh was loud...very loud. She didn't mind if you laughed as hard at her laugh as at her joke or prank. Jackie's family is confident that she needed to be guided to heaven by her mother and sisters. Now in heaven, Jackie has already managed to organize a few things and make everyone laugh in the process. Soon, she will be teaching the angels her campfire songs. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Spaulding Bursey
Class of 1951
Memoriam
June Elaine Bursey, 85, of West Palm Beach passed away on August 6, 2013 under the care of Hospice of Palm Beach County. She was a life long resident of this area and had been a teacher witht he Palm Beach County School Board. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and two sons; Dean Charles and Curtis Lee.
Kent Buser
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Kent Buser, 79, passed away Aug. 20, 2010 in Freemantle, Australia. He was born Jan. 9, 1931. He graduated from Connersville High School where he was involved in literary and theater/radio activities. He lettered in many sports but favored tennis. Early in life, he served the church as Presbyterian minister and campus minister. He subsequently pursued the path of educator and counselor both in the United States and in Australia. In his later years, he retired to Fremantle, Australia where he enjoyed running, swimming, televised tennis matches, listening to classical music and jaunts to the local library. He is survived by two daughters, Diana Buser and Melora Cox (David); a brother, Carl Buser (Ann); seven nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Buser Mattern; his mother, Carolyn Buser Deeds; his stepfather, John Deeds; and his father, A. Carl Buser. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the local library or the Alzheimer's Association.
Heather Hendricks Byrd
Class of 2002
Notes
Prospect Elementary teacher Heather Byrd '02 will become the assistant principal at Eagleton Elementary School. She succeeds Chad Tipton, who was named principal at Rockford Elementary last month. A graduate of Heritage High School, she earned a bachelor's degree from Maryville College, and master's and education specialist's degrees from Tennessee Technological University. Byrd currently is working on her doctorate. She just completed her 15th year in education, nine as an elementary school teacher. Byrd taught for eight years in Murray County, Ga., and the past school year was a second-grade teacher at Prospect Elementary. In between, she was an elementary instructional coach for five years and an English language arts coordinator in Bradley County before she and her husband decided to move back home to Blount County.