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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.
Barbara McCarter Bloy
Class of 1964
Memoriam
Barbara Jean McCarter Bloy died April 18, 2016, in Knoxville from dementia at age 73. Born in Philadelphia to Robert McCarter, a Presbyterian minister, and Ruth Julia Luckins McCarter, a lifelong educator and homemaker, Barbara was mother to two boys and an accomplished teacher of English literature. Like her mother and sister before her, Barbara graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, earning a scholarship to Maryville College. At Maryville Barbara completed a degree in English in 1964 and met and married James Bloy, a music professor, who fathered her two sons. She went on to earn a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, part of a cadre of Maryville alumnae who were among the first generation of women earning higher degrees in Humanistic research. Her scholarly interests were naturally informed by her feminism, but outside the classroom as well she was a fierce advocate of equal rights and pay for women, for women who suffered domestic violence, and an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood. Barbara's teaching career had already begun at UT, and after her doctoral hooding she took up a tenure-track position at Castleton State College in Vermont in 1977. Three years later, she embarked on a preparatory school teaching career in Connecticut in order to provide a first-rate education to her two sons, first at Saint Margaret's-McTernan School (now Chase Collegiate) in Waterbury and then at the Taft School in Watertown. After both boys were off to college, she decided to live by the beach, and took a job as Chair of the English department at Ransom Everglades School in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, Florida. Dr. Bloy, as she was universally known to her students, sent a whole generation on to Ivy League success by dint of her rigor in honing their writing. Nearly a decade into her tenure at Ransom, Barbara spent an entire school year recovering from a rare lung disorder; her compromised immune system convinced her not long afterwards to leave prep school teaching behind and begin an active semi-retirement. She continued to walk the beaches and paddle the mangrove swamps of south Florida in her sea kayak. She continued to add her professional contralto voice to the choirs of her Episcopal churches. She also continued to teach writing at the university level, and started a new career as a textbook writer. She first wrote a skill book designed to be used with the Advanced Placement English curriculum at prep schools, then companion volumes to the four great Shakespearean tragedies for use in prep schools and colleges. Barbara is survived by her sister Dorothy, her sons Greg and Dylan, and her grandchildren Dorian, Julia, and Max (expected any day). She specified two epitaphs to be told to her grandchildren. First "I am content. I have had music" and second, "and gladly would she learn and gladly teach." A memorial service in Barbara's honor will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee or to the regional chapter of your choice.
Katie Saxe Bolling
Class of 2008
Marriage
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.
Nick B. Bradford
Class of 2006
Notes
Nick Bradford '06 hired as Hardin Valley soccer coach: See more here<http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/high-school/patient-nick-bradford-hired-as-hardin-valley-soccer-coach-34b4b1a3-dc09-6f7e-e053-0100007fd523-382163751.html>
Autumn S. Brown
Class of 2015
Autumn Brown is completing the MAcc (Masters of Accountancy) Program at UT Knoxville in August 2016.
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.
Jennifer LeBar Caenepeel
Class of 2003
Birth
a son, Jack Christopher, April 2016.
Chris D. Carlisle
Class of 1964
Notes
Rev. Dr. Carlisle continues as President of mannapublications.org. Manna offers free downloads of easy to read Bible commentaries and children's Christian coloring books in many languages. Chris continues his interim ministry at Lake Waccamaw, NC and he and Linda will soon have their eleventh grandchild. They plan on a 50th wedding anniversary celebration the week of July 9, 2016.
Marie Fawcett Carper
Class of 1941
Memoriam
Marie F. Carper, 90, of Washington, died Wednesday, December 9, 2009. She was born November 6, 1919, in Peters Township, a daughter of the Rev. James E. and Helen Linn Fawcett. Mrs. Carper graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. For 20 years, she worked as a regional accountant for JCPenney. She attended Peters Creek Presbyterian Church and most recently Laboratory Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Carper was a member of Eastern Star. On July 7, 1944, she married Fred David Carper Sr., who died April 18, 1987. Surviving are three sons, Fred D. (Donna) Carper Jr. of Washington, James (Teresa) Carper of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kirk (Lisa) Carper of McMurray; a daughter, Bonnie (Frank) Lushen of Washington; 10 grandchildren, William A. Wilson III, Michelle Henderson, Marcie Lushen, Angela Lanahan, Brandon Carper, Ryan Carper, Marshal Carper, Cara Carper, Cayla Carper and Casey Carper; and five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Jacob and Dylan Wilson and Logan and Tanner Henderson. Deceased are a daughter, Linda Wilson, and a brother, who died as an infant.
Cat Carter Carter-Stiles
Class of 1981
Notes
writes in to say that she lost her husband April 30th, 2016 after a 15 year battle with Parkinson's and dementia. Her husband was John Stiles who worked for 33 years at the Knoxville News Sentinel. He covered a lot Blount County stories, many involving Maryville College, especially the Mtn. Challenge Program. Catherine is looking forward to going on with her life now that her care giving duties are over. She plans to do some traveling, volunteer work, and will still make stained glass and pottery items to sell online on her Etsy site.
Harry H. Caviston
Class of 1949
Memoriam
Harry Howard Caviston of New Hampshire passed away on January 18, 2007.
Bill H. Chalker
Class of 1950
Memoriam
William Houston Chalker passed away peacefully in his home in Sonoma on June 4, 2016. He was the loving husband of the late Grace Ellen Chalker; stepfather of Bruce Pentz (Leslie) and Mary Jenkins (Tim); dear brother of Samuel Chalker; grandfather of Cameron Buckley (Yolanda), Shawn Buckley (Rachel), Laura Pentz, Shannon Oakley (Brittan); and great-grandfather of Izeiah, Landen, Anthony, Caleb and Zach. William was a veteran of the US Navy. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy from Duke University and a Bachelor degree from Divinity McCormick Seminary. He was Professor Emeritus of the College of Idaho for 20 years. Bill volunteered for FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping) and Programs for Street People. He taught adult bible classes in various churches and conferences. He was a 12-year resident of Sonoma and a native of Birmingham, Alabama. A private inurnment will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to FISH, P.O. Box 507, Sonoma, CA 95476, or Make a Wish Foundation.
Linda McNair Cohen
Class of 1968
Notes
has a new book co-authored with her late friend and mentor Virginia Pounds Brown, that was published this spring. She will always credit Maryville College with teaching her how to conduct and organize research. "There was indeed something special about "special studies" that has stayed with me for almost fifty years!" The book has been published in paperback and eBook by NewSouth Books. Drawing by Stealth: John Trumbull and the Creek Indians is a brief account of the events in 1790 when a party of Creek Indians went to New York to meet with President George Washington and by chance had their images sketched by the President's portrait artist John Trumbull. In their research the authors discovered and corrected a mistaken theory that one of the images is that of Alexander McGillivray, the powerful Creek leader who made his home in the area that is present-day Wetumpka, Alabama. www.newsouthbooks.com/drawingbystealth <http://www.newsouthbooks.com/drawingbystealth>
Mary Cooper Corbett-Canida
Class of 1941
Memoriam
Mary Cooper Corbett-Canida, 92, Indianapolis, died July 12, 2012. Arrangements were private.
Norris L. Counts
Class of 1954
Memoriam
Dr. Norris L. Counts, DDS; age 85 of Maryville, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016, at U.T. Medical Center. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Maryville and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis. Dr. Counts served in the United States Air Force as a Dental Assistant in England during the Korean War. He was also a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, past member of American Society for Preventative Dentistry, and past member and past Vice President of East Tennessee Dental Practice Administration Society. Dr. Counts practiced dentistry in Maryville for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and May Buckner Counts; brother, Lynn Counts. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Alice Lowe Counts; daughter, Donna Counts; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Tracy Counts; grandchildren, Jessica Lane (Chad), Joshua, and Callie Counts ;great-grandson, Levi Lane: sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Kenneth Brown; sister-in-law, Katrina Counts; several nieces and nephews. Memorial services: Monday, July 25th at 7:00 P.M. Monday at First Baptist Church of Maryville with Rev. Charles Ballard officiating. Receiving of friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Maryville 202 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37801.
Tillman G. Crane
Class of 1978
Notes
Tillman Crane '78 is being inducted into the inaugural class of Alabama Center of the Arts Hall of Fame on November 16, 2016. He joins other celebrated Alabamians including Wes Chapman, dance; Emmylou Harris, music; Nall Hollis, mixed media; the late Dean Jones, theater; Bruce Larsen, sculpting; quilters of Gee's Bend, textiles; the late Mildred Nungester Wolfe, paint; the late Richard Zoellner, paint. Through theater, textiles, music, dance, photographs and paint, these artists influenced the world regionally, nationally and globally. Noted as one of the nation's most well-known large format photographers, Crane published four photography books and taught the craft in China, Mexico, Scotland, England and throughout the United States. His work has hung in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and Brigham Young University Museum of Fine Art in Utah. "This is what I love," Crane said when conducting a workshop in north Alabama in 2014. "I am an introvert by nature. This is the way I understand the world. Nothing replenishes my energy more than setting up the camera and waiting for that perfect moment." The Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame has been established to recognize Alabama natives and residents who have achieved preeminence in their respective fields of artistic expression. The Hall of Fame furthers the Center's mission of providing all Alabamians with access to the highest caliber of artistic instruction and cultural awareness. The Center will continue to serve as a statewide catalyst for artistic education and appreciation, while also promoting a culture of creativity throughout Alabama. From <http://www.decaturdaily.com/life/entertainment/hall-of-fame-bound-inaugural-class-of-alabama-center-of/article_d4017e0a-595c-5271-8e31-aa653e1fd5b7.html>
Tillman G. Crane
Class of 1978
Notes