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Betty Boone Best
Class of 1959
Notes
Betty has published a book that is a pictorial history on her home community, Happy Valley, Blount County, Tennessee. See more here: http://www.thedailytimes.com/entertainment/sharing-history-happy-valley-book-now-available/article_62b369fa-4e64-55b4-a845-9d67b8c83d2e.html
Perry N. Bigham
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Perry Bigham, 87 was born Sunday, Nov. 7, 1920, in Marion, Ky., the son of William and Grace Clement Bigham. He married Evelyn Berry Nov. 9, 1950, at West Monroe, La., and worked 20 years as a certified public accountant for Shering-Plough. Mr. Bigham was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in the Philippines. He lived in Mountain Home for 21 years, moving from Brick, N.J. Perry was a member of B.P.O.E. Mountain Home Lodge 1714, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma. He was a great family historian who learned from his father, a Presbyterian minister, to be meek and kind. Mr. Bigham is survived by his wife, Evelyn Bigham; sons Rod (Jean) Bigham of Concord, Calif., and Chris Bigham of Memphis, Tenn.; brother William M. Bigham of Morehead, Ky.; sister Barbara Bigham Simons of Murray, Ky.; and James, Doug and Jessica Bigham, his loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Carroll R. Bigham. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
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.
Sue Binnion Bork
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Sue Binnion Bork entered Eternal Life with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born in Paris, Texas, graduated from Maryville College and lived many years in Chattanooga after marrying Dr. Harry V. Bork in June 1959. She was preceded in death by parents Irma and Jason Binnion, brother David Binnion and husband Harry V. Bork . Sue taught at Bess T. Shepherd School and earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from UTC. Later she taught at Little Ms Mag Child Care Center. Although Sue and Harry had no children, Sue birthed her students with the discovery of learning, wonder of nature and goodness shared from her beautiful heart. After retirement Sue and Harry moved to a farm at Powell's Crossroads. Sue embraced country living, gardening, sharing fresh vegetables, canning, tending beehives, caring for numerous beloved pets, farm animals and enjoyed her many dear Crossroads friends. All who know her agree Sue was a one of a kind delight and have many "Sue stories" to tell. Sue was a member of Sulfur Springs United Methodist Church in Whitwell. In 2001 after Dr. Bork's death, Sue returned to Wichita Falls, TX to care for her mother and be with family there. She became a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Wichita Falls. Survivors include brother, Barry Binnion and wife Yolda of Wichita Falls, nephews, Adrian, Kristian, Ethan Binnion, David Bork, Joe Johnson ; nieces, Dana and Laura Binnion, Janet Bork and Kelly Johnson. Special thanks to Wichita Falls Nursing Students and Hospice for their loving care. A graveside service was held at Chattanooga National Cemetery on March 23. It was Sue's wish to be buried here with Harry. Love never dies. Let us praise the Lord! Please share your memories of Sue with the family at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 S. Moore Rd., East Ridge, TN 37412
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.
Olive Dupuy Boyer
Class of 1943
Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Olive D. Boyer, passed away on September 18, 2014 in Edgewater, Florida, leaving to mourn family and friends.
Lois Layton Boynton
Class of 1952
Memoriam
Lois Marie Boynton, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. A native of New York, she was born February 1, 1931 to the late William Gerald and Mary Agusta Wheeler Layton. On September 3, 1960, Marie wed the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Boynton in Lengriese, Germany, where she was working in the Special Services Division of the US Army. They would later have 2 children together, and ultimately a grandson. Marie was known as a very kind woman; always placing other's needs in front of her own. She was a devoted wife and mother, sewing her family's clothes, she was always sure to provide dinner for her family every Sunday (even after she was unable to cook), and genuinely interested in everyone's daily lives. Marie was a librarian, a very smart and artistic woman; she played the piano and enjoyed playing the organ at church, as well as teaching Sunday school. She loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. Marie was a gardener, often having more plants in the house than outside and had a soft heart for stray animals, domestic or wild. In addition to her husband of 57 years, Marie leaves behind her daughter, Bonnie Sue Boynton, Lexington; son, Andrew James (Maureen) Boynton, Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Helen (Albert P. Stauderman) McKenzie, Washington, D.C.; brother, William John Layton, Lexington; and grandson, McKail James David Boynton, CO. A Memorial Service was held January 13, 2018 at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing.
Gwendolyn Greenlee Bradsher
Class of 1948
Memoriam
Margaret Gwendolyn (Gwen) Greenlee Bradsher of Old Fort, NC passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 at Rose Hill Retirement Community in Marion, NC. She was born July 20, 1926 to Thomas James Greenlee and Margaret Kern Greenlee at the W. H. Greenlee home place in McDowell County. She was the great niece of Mary, Ruth and Nina Greenlee and the great, great, great, great granddaughter of James Greenlee, (American Revolution solider) and Mary McDowell Greenlee and a former member of the Greenlee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Gwen grew up in McDowell County, graduated from Pleasant Gardens School, Maryville College and Kansas City General Hospital School of Medical Technology. On September 2, 1951 she married Hugh Tate Bradsher and they had four daughters. In 1960 she began her career with NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC as a Research Assistant & Certified Microbiologist Specialist for the National Institute of Health. In 1963 she began working as a Med Tech in the hospital's Microbiology lab and as a Clinical Microbiology Instructor at the hospital's School of Medical Technology. In 1993, after a 33 year career, she retired from NC Baptist Hospital and returned to McDowell County to fulfill her dream of restoring the original Greenlee home place - Grove Hill. During these years she enjoyed tending to her flower & vegetable gardens and growing blueberries. One of the greatest pleasures during her retirement was her bridge club, her church and reconnecting with all her extended family and high school classmates. She is predeceased by her brother Robert Greenlee and sister Mary Jo Enloe. She is survived by her daughters, Leslie Tate Bradsher of Old Fort; Carol Bradsher (George), Mary Tew (David), Nina Barker (Charlie); grandchildren, Adam & Christopher Tew, Ben & Thomas Barker; her brothers James K. Greenlee of Atlanta, GA and Harvey Daniel Greenlee of Houston, TX; several nieces and nephews, Greenlee, Tate and Kern cousins as well as her beloved friend and caregiver, Donna Gwaltney. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Donna Gwaltney, Brenda Freeman, the staff of Rose Hill Retirement Community and Hospice of Rutherford County who loving cared for her during her final years and days. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm at Siloam Presbyterian Church, Old Fort, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Siloam Presbyterian Church, Hospice of Rutherford County, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Healing Hearts Animal Rescue
Brasfield
Class of 1946
Memoriam
Margaret Helen Brasfield 97 of Quinton, Alabama passed away peacefully at her home after a long illness on Aug 31, 2014. She was born in 1917 to Flora and Ferris Keys in Haleyville Alabama. Surviving her are 3 nieces; Bonnie Ellis Evans and Elizabeth (Betsy) Ellis Ormond of Birmingham, Kristie Sandver Perez of Camby Oregon. On the Brasfield side 2 nieces, Nancy Brasfield Jordon and Mary Ann Ingram of AL and 4 nephews; Jim & John Brasfield of AL, Raul de la Vega of NC and Ron de la Vega of TN, along with many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews on both sides. She was a lifelong member of Quintown Church of Christ. Having no biological children of her own, she was a wonderful inspiration of her love for Christ to her family and friends. She frequently spoke of adults who had been in her Sunday school classes through the years. She loved all children and they all loved her in return. She graduated from West Jefferson High School and went on to fill in as a part time substitute teacher for several years. She was always interested in her church, home and community. A special thanks and gratitude to her cousin Mary Isom Reynolds who was there for her until the end, her friend Finley Tuggle and to her care givers Linda Lanier, Betty Leslie and Joyce Adelman and to all the UMWA health care doctors and providers. Interment is at Quintown Church of Christ Cemetery.
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!
Lois Ratliff Brown
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Lois Ratliff Brown passed away on April 8, 2016, in Cape May, NJ, at the age of 95.
Eddie Bryant
Class of 1998
Memoriam
Charles Edward Bryant, age 62, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was born October 23, 1954, to Leroy and Allene Bryant in Maryville, Tennessee. "Eddie" was a graduate of Alcoa High School, Class of 1972. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He was a faithful member of Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Finding his true love and soulmate in his later years, he married Tina Mae Dixson on August 15, 2015. Preceded in death by his father; brothers, Leroy and Jeffery Bryant; and father-in-law, Elder A.C. Dixson. Survived by his wife, Tina Bryant; sons, Edward (India) McDowell, Jason (Erin) Bryant, Jeffery Bryant, Curtis Jordan and Isaiah Ervin; daughters, Whitley Bryant and Tramaine Robinson; thirteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Constance Jean Bryant-Berry; brother, Alan Jerome Bryant; brother-in-law, C. Clay Berry; sister-in-law, Jennifer Bryant; mother-in-law, Ida Dixson; aunt, Anne Herion (Greenlawn, NY); devoted niece, Tiffany Ashleigh Johnson (Brooklyn, NY); devoted cousins: Korey Gaines, Deborah Bright, Phyllis McDermott, Carolyn Leverett and Maria Williams; a host of other family and friends to include the Dixson family and devoted friends: Larry Irving, Cleo Ellis, Terry Logan, Doug Scott and friend/brother-in-law, Arthur Dixson, Jr. Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2017
Theron H. Burchfield
Class of 1953
Memoriam
Theron Hubert Burchfield, age 92 of Gallatin, TN and formerly of Maryville passed away March 3, 2018. Mr. Burchfield was born in Maryville, TN on July 12, 1925 to the late Luther and Ruby Burchfield. After graduating from Everett High School, he joined the United States Navy and served proudly during World War II. Following his military service, he enrolled and graduated from Maryville College with a degree in engineering; he was a true believer in higher education. He retired from National South Wire Aluminum with many years of service. Mr. Burchfield was a member of SpringView Baptist Church in Maryville, had served as a deacon at two previous churches while living in Kentucky and most recently attended First Baptist Church Gallatin. An avid sports fan, he always cheered for the University of Tennessee in football, Kentucky in Basketball and the Atlanta Braves, he was passionate about these teams and also about his love of honey buns and root beer. His children best described him as a great father and a wonderful role model; he will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Burchfield. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane Burchfield; sons, Daniel Burchfield, Jeffrey Burchfield (Tammy) and Paul Burchfield (Laura); 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, siblings, Barbara Campbell (Bill) and Richard Burchfield (Kris). A graveside service was held, March 7, 2018 in the Grandview Cemetery, Maryville, Tennessee. There was Military Honors at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SpringView Baptist Church, 4220 U.S. Highway 411 South, Maryville, TN 37801. Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, TN 37066 (615)452-1943 www.crestviewfh.com
Angie Bowman Burke
Class of 1998
Birth
Adopted a son, Theodore Rexford Burke, born April 19, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK.
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.
Doris Somerville Calhoun
Class of 1952
Memoriam
Doris Somerville Calhoun, 85, passed away peacefully on November 17, 3014, at her residence in Reston, VA. Doris was born to the late Karl and Gladys Somerville on April 19, 1929, in Erie, PA. She graduated from East High School in Erie in 1947 and received a BA in English literature from Maryville College in Tennessee in 1952. Doris wed the late Richard J. Calhoun in 1954. The couple lived in Chapel Hill and Davidson, NC, before settling in Clemson, SC, in 1961, where Richard was employed as an English professor for 33 years. They also resided in the former Yugoslavia, Denmark, and Austria, where Richard served as U.S. Department of State Fulbright scholar. The couple retired to Chapel Hill in 1995, where they remained until Richard's death in 2004. Doris relocated to Northern Virginia in 2005. Doris worked as a librarian for the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library at Clemson University from 1971 until her retirement in 1994. She played the cello in high school and college and especially enjoyed listening to and attending classical music and opera performances with her husband. She also enjoyed art, literature, travel in Europe, and keeping up with news about the countries in which the couple lived. Doris is survived by two children, Carolyn Culhane of Vienna, VA, and Martin Calhoun of Herndon, VA; four grandchildren, Alena and Alex Hillman of Charleston, SC; Megan Calhoun of Herndon, VA; and Gillian Culhane of Vienna, VA; a sister, Virginia Sherman of Mentor, OH; and a brother, Ronald Somerville of Columbia, MD. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 2004 and a daughter, Rebecca Hillman, in 1995. A Memorial service was held at St Ann's Episcopal Church in Reston, VA. In remembrance of Doris, those who wish to may make contributions to: Center for Dementia Research Nathan Kline Institute 140 Old Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 ATTN: Ralph Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.