In Memoriam

Ruth A. Bryant '45

Ruth Alyne Bryant, age 99, died on April 21, 2023 due to complications from pneumonia. Ruth was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 12, 1924 to James Walter Bryant and Leola Edgar Bryant. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school senior class. After graduation, Ruth attended Southwestern College at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and later graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey where she was a member of the faculty for five years. Ruth was associated with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis her entire banking career, having started in the Fiscal Agency Department at the Memphis Branch. Ruth moved to St. Louis in 1973 when she was promoted to Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; she became the first woman Vice President in the Federal Reserve System. In this position, she had responsibility for public information and coordinated those activities for the seven-state area comprising the Eighth Federal Reserve District until she retired from the Bank in 1990. While working for the Federal Reserve in Memphis, Ruth served as President of the National Association of Bank Women in 1970-71. In this capacity, she was one of six women invited by the French government for a visit to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two countries. After moving to St. Louis, Ruth joined the English-Speaking Union of St. Louis and became active at the St. Louis Mercantile Library. She later served as President and on the Executive Committee of the English-Speaking Union. Her service in this organization earned her the title of President Emerita for her work spearheading the British University Summer School program and the ESU Shakespeare Competition. The ESU Board also honored Ruth in 2016 by setting up the Ruth A. Bryant Education Fund and presenting her with "A Proclamation from the Mayor of St. Louis" honoring her many professional and cultural achievements. Ruth also served as the President of The St. Louis Mercantile Library Association Board of Direction for multiple pivotal years in the 1990's and early 2000's during which she helped secure the future of this great research library by helping it affiliate with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where it now resides. Ruth treasured her association and leadership at The Mercantile. She was honored by that institution with the title President Emerita, a portrait displayed at the Mercantile, and a Study Room named in her honor. As John Hoover, Executive Director of The Mercantile Library, wrote to friends of that organization at Ruth's passing, "We have lost one of our legendary leaders, but Ruth Bryant's legacy of service, generosity and spirit will be with all of us who love the Mercantile forever."Ruth was also active for years in the Alliance Francaise de St. Louis and the Center for French Colonial Studies, both of which organizations she served as President of their respective Boards of Directors. Ruth was active at various times with the Archeological Society of St. Louis, the St. Louis Literary Award board, the Development Board of the University of Missouri Press, and in fund-raising for such charitable organizations as the Salvation Army. She was one of four women inducted into the Rotary Club of St. Louis in 1989, breaking a 78-year tradition of male-only membership. She was for many years a parishioner at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and St. George.Ruth was a long-time member of the Chancellor's Council of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and served three years as its chair. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from that university in 1990 and a Presidential Citation for University Service in 1988. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Ruth was a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial in Fulton, MO. She was also a Commander in the Order of St. John, a serving order of chivalry under the British Crown. She was selected in 1997 for the St. Louis Women of Achievement Award in the area of Civic Preservation. In 2012, Ruth received the honor of being given the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes academiques by the French government .As witnessed by the above tributes and her many areas of service and honors, Ruth was truly a pioneer woman leader and mentor to many both in the field of banking and in the cultural and charitable life of St. Louis. She also managed to be throughout her busy life, a caring and attentive daughter, sister and aunt who was in turn treasured and loved by her family. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers and their spouses, Russell Edward Bryant (Marjoree) and Aubrey Ray Bryant (Hattie). She is survived by her six nieces and nephews: Russell's children, Douglas Edward Bryant and his wife, Rebecca, of Fort Worth, Texas; Thomas Russell Bryant and his wife, Carolyn, of Austin, Texas; and Emily Bryant Ponder and her husband, Paul, of Plano, Texas; and Ray's children, Martha Kay Bryant and husband Ted Wardlaw of Austin, TX; Walter Lee Bryant and wife Rita of Elizabeth, CO; and Eden Lynn Bryant and wife Lisa Davis of Castle Rock, CO. She is also survived by five great nieces, six great nephews and nine great-great nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff, nurses, and assistants at Allegro Senior Living in St. Louis for the wonderful care provided during Ruth's residence there since June 2020. 

Mary Frances Lynch Walker ’45

 Walker Mary Frances Walker Mary Frances Walker died peacefully in her sleep on April 3, 2023 at the age of 99, at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland. She graduated valedictorian of Collierville High School class of 1941 and earned her BS degree in Math from Rhodes College in 1945. Mary Frances, nicknamed Lynne, was married for 61 years to John P. Walker, Jr. She lived a full and rewarding life, raising two sons, John P. Walker III (Bonita Albright) and James L. Walker (Mary Sim). She had two grandchildren, Bethany L. Walker and Jonathan L. Walker, Sr. and two great grandchildren, Sidonie S. Walker-Conway and Jonathan L. Walker, Jr. She had one niece and many nephews. She was preceded in death by her younger sister, Kathryn Lynch Broderick. After her husband's eyesight deteriorated, Mary Frances' keen mind was put to good use, as she read to John for hours from highly technical publications so that he could carry on his work as a physicist. They continued an active lifestyle cruising on the Chesapeake Bay, skiing in Alta, UT and traveling with the Penn State Alumni. Mary Frances obtained a USCG Captain's license, which enabled her to be Captain of their beloved sailboat, "Gusto." They were members for many years of the Southern Maryland Sailing Association and the US Power Squadron. She and John circumnavigated the world on Gusto, as well as sailed the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Following retirement, Mary Frances and John built their home on St. Inigoes Creek in Southern Maryland. 

William E. Long ’48

William Eugene Long M.D. passed away peacefully on September 12, 2023 at the age of 95, three weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He was born on October 4, 1927, in Memphis, Tennessee at Methodist Hospital to Howell Eugene Long and Mary Berry Bentley Long. Bill will be most remembered for his dedication to his community as a member of innumerable charitable organizations, his skill as a physician who grew a small practice into a thriving radiology group, his passion for music, and most of all his deep love of his wife, Sissy and his family. A lifelong resident of Memphis, Bill began his Memphis journey on South Auburndale. The land of his childhood family home would eventually become the site of the Sunday school building at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, leaving behind the burial site of his beloved dog Topsy in the churchyard to this day. He would later serve this same church as a deacon, elder, and President of the TK Young Class. On his educational journey, Bill attended Idlewild Elementary, Fairview Junior High, and then Central High School where he graduated in 1945. He then enrolled in Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College) and, with great determination, graduated in 3 years with honors with a B.S. in Biology. Bill was a member of the Chi Beta Phi Science Fraternity, Alpha Theta Phi Scholastic Honor Society, Phil Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa national honorary fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In the Fall of 1948, Bill entered the medical profession. He first completed his medical education at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, then underwent his residency training in the burgeoning field of radiology at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, and finally, in 1954 served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force as a radiologist at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. At the conclusion of his service in 1956, Bill returned to Memphis where he worked as a staff radiologist for the University of Tennessee. He would go on to enter private practice in the 1960s and would grow the small Heacock-King Radiology group into the Memphis Radiological Professional Corporation (MRPC) in the 1980s. Always a keen businessman, he organized additional corporations to aid in billing for his and other medical practices at Methodist Hospital. Outside of work, Bill enjoyed reading several newspapers each day. He loved working the crossword puzzles and often amazed his children and grandchildren with his knowledge of pop culture. Bill and Sissy loved traveling especially to Destin, Florida. Bill was a longtime owner and board member at Silver Dunes, this is where Bill and Sissy gathered with their children and grandchildren every year. He was a proud member of the Egyptians and the English-Speaking Union (a recipient of the Hugh Dixon Award). Beyond his academic endeavors, charitable work, and social involvement with his beloved Memphis, Bill was an incredibly talented and passionate pianist. At 12 years old, he started lessons at the Deshazo College of Music in Memphis and later went on to play regular gigs at the Memphis Country Club and other Memphis venues. Even as a busy radiologist, he would practice his love of Jazz by playing his piano with the Memphis Doctors Band for many yearsThe most important part of Bill's life started in 1958 when he met Jean "Sissy" Morris, a schoolteacher from Keo, AR on a blind date. Their courtship was fostered by a shared love of piano, and Bill and Sissy were married on July 11, 1959. As a testament to their passion for music, their home would always have two pianos that they could play together. Sissy and Bill grew their family from their early days together on Eastland Drive, then to Sweetbriar Cove, and then the Evergreens. In retirement, they would enjoy many years at Trezevant Manor before moving to Atlanta, GA to be closer to family these past 2 years. Bill is survived by his wife, Sissy, their 3 children Bill (Suzanne), Bentley (Catherine), Mary (David) and 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. His family lives all over the country from Seattle, WA, Wichita, KS, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, and Virginia Beach, VA. They carry Bill's love of music and dedication to family with them throughout our country. The family would like to thank Bill's caregivers in Atlanta, Constance, Euleen, Lisa, and Desby for their care and friendship. 

Marjorie Leak Brennan ’49

 Marjorie (Marge) Grace Leak Brennan, born May 8, 1928, passed away peacefully at LifeCare Center of Morgan County in Wartburg Saturday, May 6, 2023. Marge was born in Lamar, Mississippi, and was the oldest of 5 children born to Kenneth & Nina Leak. As a young girl, she went to live with her Uncle Joe & Aunt Grace Leak Bass who lived nearby. She met her future husband Bill while attending college at Southwestern at Memphis (now known as Rhodes College). She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1948.She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, William (Bill) Brennan; daughter, Grace Brennan; grand-daughter Jennifer Grace Cross; parents, Kenneth D. Leak & Nina Treadwell Leak; 2 sisters, Frances Leak and Alice Leak, and 2 brothers, Kenneth Leak, Jr., and Robert (Bobby) Leak. She is survived by her daughter Judy Cross and husband Royce; grandsons Bryan Cross and wife Amanda in Oakdale, Kevin Cross and wife Amanda in Nashville, Michael Cross and wife Amanda in Mossy Grove; four great-grandchildren: Tyler, Kaylin, Sadie, and Mason Cross; and numerous Leak relatives from her home state of Mississippi. 

Joy Upshaw Murphy ’49 

 Joy Upshaw Murphy, formerly of Memphis; Houston, Miss.; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died July 12 in Miami after a short illness, age 96.She lived in Chapel Hill from 1971 to 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired UNC Law School Professor William P. Murphy, in 2007, and by a son, Stephen U. Murphy, in 2018. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1927, graduated from Central High School there, and from Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, where she majored in music. She taught piano to numerous pupils in Chapel Hill, and for many years was a member of the Durham Civic Choral Society, and of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Many people commented that her name Joy was entirely in keeping with her joyous nature. Survivors include a son, Robert H. Murphy, of Miami; son Wm. Patrick Murphy, Jr. of Vilnius, Lithuania; and grandson K.P. Murphy of Springfield, Virginia. 

Margaret "Peggy" Marshall Crutcher ’49 

A matriarch has died. Margaret Marshall Crutcher of Ripley, Tennessee, died September 3, 2023, at home with her devoted daughters by her side. She was 95. Her life was rich and full and well lived. Born in Memphis to Dr. and Mrs. Clement Marshall, Peggy was a graduate of Miss Hutchison's School for Girls and Southwestern at Memphis, where she was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society. At Southwestern, she was an AOPi and was the lead soprano of the Southwestern Singers. "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess was her signature aria, and she was frequently accompanied by her mother, Clara Marshall, a concert pianist. She taught high school English, Shakespeare, and directed many plays at Ripley High School for more than 20 years. Peggy was an avid tennis player, fabulous cook, and most active music club member. She was a true and dedicated Episcopalian, where she was a cornerstone of Immanuel Episcopal Church for over seven decades. She enjoyed travel, watched every US Open and Wimbledon match, and loved dark chocolate. She was quick with a crossword puzzle and quicker to pour a drink at her treasured tea time with friends. But her greatest love was her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Crutcher, brother, John Clement Marshall, and daughter, Virginia Minnaclair Crutcher. She touched the lives of many through her devotion to her students and community. Her sharp wit, commitment to family and church, and appreciation of great conversation will be carried on by her daughters, Sally, Margie, and Nancy; her adoring 7 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Peggy is also survived by a host of cherished friends including Bette Anthony, who has been her best friend since 1949. The angels have gained a soprano, and now their song is much sweeter.

June Beasley Mann '51

 June Beasley Mann, a trailblazer, inventor, globetrotter and lifelong learner, passed away peacefully in her home overlooking the Mississippi River at age 93 on June 22, 2023. June was born in Memphis, Tenn., to Treadwell and Ruth Allen Beasley on November 5, 1929, one week after The Great Crash. She and her twin sisters, Ruth '54 and Rebecca '54, created much of their own fun, growing up out in the "country" of Germantown, Tenn., with chickens, cows, and ample woodworking tools. She attended Hutchison and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) with a degree in political science and dreams of becoming a political correspondent in Europe for Voice of America. She married a farmer from Arkansas, Lon Mann, and they raised their four free-range children, June, Louie, Burkley, and Bill in Marianna in a home full of wonder and possibilities, complete with a rolling seesaw, treehouses, and a bicycle built for two. Not bound by gender roles, June was an avid woodworker with a well outfitted shop in the basement. She patented an invention for keeping car seats stable, learned to fly an airplane, was elected Justice of the Peace, earned her real estate license, and was a partner at Mixon Mann Real Estate. She traveled to six continents in her lifetime, at age 82 riding a camel in India. and at age 87 walking along the peaks of Machu Picchu. A lifelong learner with a deep concern for the world's problems and how to fix them, she loved history and read multiple newspapers daily. While homebound during COVID, she still found the discipline to walk a mile each day, traveling the halls of her downtown Memphis apartment and using a system of pennies in her pocket to keep track of her progress. Quick to laugh at herself and share her thoughts with others, her words of wisdom for the next generation were to never stop learning and to live always with awe and wonder. June was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Greenlaw Mann; sister, Ruth Beasley West '54; and daughter, Dr. June Mann Averyt. She is survived by her sister, Rebecca Beasley Burr '54; children: Louise Greenlaw Mann, Burkley Mann Allen (Newton), and William Cheairs Mann II (Mary); grandchildren: Sarah Martin (Adam), Newton Byrlen (Jacob), Mary Allen (Max), William Mann III, Catherine Mann, and John Mann; and great-grandchild, Joseph Martin. The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers who tended to her in her final days. 

Deliesseline "Dee" Birchett Adams ’51 

Deliesseline Adams, of Memphis, passed away August 7th after a brief illness. She was born May 14, 1929 in Vicksburg, MS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theo and Emily Birchett and by her husband of 66 years, Harrison Adams '50. She attended Southwestern at Memphis. She was a retired licensed realtor and for a time had her own company, Abode Realtors Dee's real passion other than her family, however, was Contract Bridge. As one of the top players in the region, she won dozens of trophies and was most proud of the fact that she earned the honor of being a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. She was a long time member of the Lightman Bridge Club and was still active in bridge playing until shortly before her death Dee is survived by three children, daughter Emily Durham of Little Rock and sons, Bill Adams (Eileen) and Mark Adams '84, both of Memphis. She leaves three grandchildren, Eric Durham of Little Rock, Will Adams (Taylor) and Caitlin Adams both of Memphis, a step great-granddaughter, Elliot, and a cousin, Deliesseline Wright of Colorado. The family would like to thank with extreme gratitude her caretaker, Rita Lawrence, and her dear friends Al and Joyce Stone for all of their help. She will be missed. 

Norma Maddox Bell ’51 

Norma Jean Maddox of Nashville, a retired homemaker, died peacefully on October 3, 2023, after an extended illness. Ms. Bell, a Memphis native, graduated in 1951 from Southwestern at Memphis (currently known as Rhodes College) where she majored in music with a focus on piano. Ms. Bell taught piano in Memphis the year following her graduation. During her time at college, she met her future husband, Gus K. Bell. In 1952, the couple married and moved to Knoxville Tennessee where her husband entered a doctorial graduate program in clinical psychology at the University of Tennessee. Following his 1956 graduation, the couple moved to Nashville where they raised their three children. Ms. Bell and her husband were charter and active members of Brookmeade Congregational Church-UCC. Ms. Bell played and composed music during much of her life. She volunteered for many years in the library at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum. She and her husband traveled extensively and enjoyed ballroom dancing. Ms. Bell is survived by her daughter, Linda Bell, and granddaughter, Christina Bell, of Franklin, and her son, Jeff Bell, (Jim) of Bellingham, Washington. Ms. Bell is preceded in death by her husband; her eldest daughter, Ellen Bell; her brothers, Harry, Warren, and William Maddox; her mother, Lena Gertrude Maddox and her father, Isaac Harry Maddox. 

Peggy S. Freund '52 

Mrs. Peggy Schuster Freund, of Dyersburg, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2023 at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital. She was born January 24, 1932 to Max & Gladys Pence. She was a graduate of both Southwestern University (later Rhodes College) and Memphis State University. She spent her career as a math teacher for Dyersburg City Schools and was dedicated to her community in many ways. She was a member of the McDowell Music Club, the Dyersburg Women's Club and was vice-president of the Dyersburg Jaycees' "Jaycettes" group. She supported her children as a volunteer Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, co-founding the Girl Scouts' Cadet Troop. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She also was a devoted supporter of the American Cancer Society. She is survived by her sons, Howard Schuster III & wife, Vicky and John Paul Schuster & wife, Glenda, her daughter, Betty Norwood & husband, Ron and her brother Mike Pence & wife, Cathy. She was lovingly known as Grandma by her five grandchildren and GG by her seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, Howard Schuster, Jr. & Henry Freund. 

Ellen Fitts Stegall '52

Ellen Fitts Stegall, of Hattiesburg, MS, passed away on June 14, 2023 after a short illness. She was 93 years old. Mrs. Stegall was born in Memphis, TN to Mary and Melvin Fitts on Jan. 8, 1930. She graduated from Martin High School in 1947, then attended Judson College, Marion, AL and transferred to Southwestern College, now Rhodes College, Memphis, TN where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. In the summer of 1950, while attending summer school at Ole Miss, she met her husband, Roby Lee Stegall. They were married Feb. 11, 1951. They moved to Forest, MS where they raised their family and she was very active in the community and member of Forest United Methodist Church. In 1978, she and her husband retired to San Diego, CA. They enjoyed traveling and having family and friends visit them in southern Calif. They moved back to Mississippi in 2011 to be closer to family. Ellen was a very active duplicate bridge player and member of several bridge groups. She was also a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Mrs. Stegall is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roby Lee Stegall, her son, Lee Stegall, a grandson, Rob Warren, and a son-in-law, Jimmy Warren. Mrs. Stegall is survived by her daughters, Susan Warren (Reggie) Holley of Oxford, MS and Stacey (Bill) Pace of Ocean Springs, MS; 3 grandchildren Lewis (Vicki) Pace, Alexis (Clay) Williams, and Courtney (Justin) Hawkins, all of Ocean Springs, MS.; and 9 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at Claiborne Independent Living, First Light Caretaker Service, Forrest General Hospice and Bedford Care all of Hattiesburg for the wonderful care given. 

Ann Turner Whitsitt '53

 On March 24 at the age of 91, Ann Turner Whitsitt's faith became sight as she met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face-to-face. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 3, 1931 to Edward Blount Turner and Ruth Crenshaw Turner. She graduated from Central High School and attended Rhodes College where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Ann grew up at Lindenwood Christian Church where she served as President of Christian Women's Fellowship, sang in the choir, and sometimes taught the Friendship class. Ann was a member of Le Bonheur Club and spent many hours in the sewing room there. She was a member of Town and Country Garden Club. Among her favorite things were the many years she enjoyed both participating in and leading Bible Study Fellowship groups. For three generations she beautifully modeled what it means to love family and friends. She was a selfless servant, loving friend and faithful caregiver. She loved her many friends at Trezevant Manor and knew the name of everyone who helped her anywhere she shopped. Ann was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Ann leaves this world and her family and friends with a great legacy. She passed on an abiding love for the Lord as well as love for others, cooking and chocolate to her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Howard "Boots" Whitsitt, and is survived by her three children: Allen Whitsitt and his wife Beth, Bob Whitsitt and his wife Laura, and Liz McEwan and her husband Dan. She also leaves 8 grandchildren: Alison Hinson (Gary), Hal Whitsitt, Camille Beilling (Pat), Hannah Knight (Will), Rob Whitsitt, Hastings McEwan, Will McEwan and Luke McEwan.; as well as 7 great grandchildren: Elizabeth and Nell Hinson, Olivia and Liam Beilling and Ruby, Millie and Jane Knight 

Zoe Theodore Futris ’53

 Zoe Theodore Futris, a beautiful accomplished lady with a kind and loving spirit died at her home surrounded by loved ones on May 9, 2023. She has now joined her loving husband of sixty-nine years Steve Charles Futris who died in December of 2022 and her son-in-law William H. Fisher III who died in 2015She was born in Goritsa, Sparta, Greece on December 18, 1930; and, because her father had served in the US Army, she became an American citizen at birth. Her parents were the late Angelo John and Venetia Theodore. She graduated from Central High School and attended Southwestern (Rhodes) where she was a member of AOPi. She was a model, a secretary and a stewardess for C&S Delta Airlines. She resigned from the airline to marry her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Dr. Steve Futris. Her beloved only child, Valerie Futris Fisher (Bill), was born at Ft. Campbell, KY where Dr. Futris served as a captain in the Dental Corps. After returning to Memphis, she worked in the Memphis Public Works Department and later became the first Head of Administration for the Memphis and Shelby County Library System. She resigned that post to complete her education at Memphis State where she received a B.A. in French and a teaching degree. She then taught at St. Mary's Episcopal School for Girls for a number of years. She loved teaching, but left when her husband needed her as his office manager. She not only supervised her husband's dental offices but decorated them as well. She also oversaw the building of roads, bridges and a lake on property the family used to own in then rural east Shelby County. She was a lifelong member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church where she taught Sunday School and was instrumental in building the sepulcher used to this day for Holy Friday services. She also compiled, edited, and printed the "Grecian Gourmet" which served as the foundation for "It's Greek to Me" still used as a fundraiser for the Church. She also enjoyed creating greeting cards for the Elpis Ladies Auxiliary. She was a lifetime member of the Alliance to the Memphis Dental Society and enjoyed traveling all over the world with her husband when he lectured and attended dental meetings. She typed and edited his publications for dental journals and translated a lecture into Greek for presentation abroad. She was a past member of the Memphis Symphony League and a longtime member of Chickasaw Country Club where she enjoyed twilight golf and bridge. She particularly enjoyed playing bridge and having lunch with old friends. She leaves her adored daughter, Valerie, and her beloved sister, Sophie Theodore, in addition to her step-grandchildren and great Grand Girls as well as many nieces and nephews. She was a good friend to many who were touched by her creativity and sensitivity. She will be sorely missed by her family, former students and her devoted caregivers Terry Allen and Eugenia Hammond. 

Mary Frances Libassi '53

Mary Frances Libassi (Steen) 91, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2023, at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center of Duncaster in Bloomfield CT. Born in Memphis Tennessee on December 21, 1931, where she resided until 1953 when she decided to attend Yale Divinity School in New Haven CT. She and Peter Libassi were married in 1954 and they moved between New York City, Albany, and Washington D.C. before settling in the Hartford area over 50 years ago. Mary Fran graduated with honors from Southwestern University in 1953 and went on to attend Yale Divinity School and Union Theological Seminary for a master's degree in religious education. While raising a family in Washington D.C. she returned to school part time to work on a masters in social work which she completed in 1973 at The University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her two major areas of interest were aging and mental health. She joined the faculty in 1980 and taught until she retired in 1994. During retirement she continued as a faculty advisor of field placement students for the university. 1951 was a pivotal year for Mary Frances, at the age of nineteen she traveled to Europe with the World Council of Churches to help with the rebuilding of Europe. She spent much of her time in France at a student work camp helping to repair buildings and roads at the College Cevenol. In her spare time she traveled to other parts of Europe, including Berlin where she met the Scroders, a family she had been sending Care packages to since the end of the war. She was impressed by the optimism and hospitality of the Europeans she met. Lifelong friendships were established on the trip, as well as the desire to learn more about the world outside of Memphis and the problems it faced. This led to an internship in Philadelphia the next summer where she met her future husband Peter, as well as the desire to go to an interdenominational seminary, she entered Yale Divinity School in 1953 and she and Peter were married at the chapel there in 1954.Upon graduating she worked in religious education, first with the Brooklyn Council of Churches and then as the director of education at Westminster Church in Albany. When they relocated to Washington D.C., she became very busy with three small children and part-time classes in pursuit of her masters in social work. After receiving her second masters Mary Frances went into case work before joining the faculty at The School of Social Work in 1980. In addition to teaching one of her greatest joys was working with graduate students one on one during their field placements at a variety of community agencies across the state. She served on various faculty committees including chairing the Casework Sequence Department and the Health Substantive Area Committee. She was involved in curriculum development of two new courses and various seminars while at the university. She wrote numerous grant proposals, one with the National Institute of Mental Health that awarded stipends to graduate students at the university. One of her most exciting projects was when as coordinator for the Council on Social Work Education she piloted a curriculum project on the use of medication with clients, this resulted in three satellite broadcasts on psychopharmacology to schools of social work across the country. While on sabbatical she worked with the Department of Mental Health to integrate behavioral health with primary care and to transition social work services from institutions to the community. She also became very active at Wheeler Clinic, both as an educator of numerous masters' level field placement students form the School of Social Work and as a member of the Board of Trustees for fourteen years. She served a total of ten years as chair of the Planning Committee during the development of the first long range plan, as well as three years as chairman of the board. While there she worked with clinic leaders to develop an education fund that not only provided stipends for social work students but provided funds for continuing education for the social work staff. Mary Frances enjoyed playing the piano, traveling, the symphony, Broadway shows, and spending time with friends, family, and, most importantly, her beloved husband and life partner, Peter. Mary Frances is survived by her three children: Thomas, Timothy, and Jennifer, her daughter-in-law Loredana Grandis, her grand-daughters and their spouses: Karina and Jarred Hutchison, Antonia and Tucker Bryan, Francesca, Isabella and Danielle Libassi, and her great-grandson Liam Hutchison. The Libassi family would like to thank the staff of Duncaster, Caleb Hitchcock and the health care aides for the excellent care they provided Mary Frances and for their friendship, love, and support. Mary Frances will be buried with her husband Peter in a private service. .

Dr. William Cleage "Bill" Threlkeld '53

Dr. William Cleage "Bill" Threlkeld, M.D. passed away peacefully on September 8, 2023, at the age of 92. He leaves behind his loving wife of 68 years, Josephine "Jo" Threlkeld, and their devoted children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Born in Memphis on March 10, 1931 to Colin Hodge Threlkeld and Anna Dumas Cleage Threlkeld, he attended Vollintine Elementary, Snowden Junior High, and Central High School. During high school, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which he always considered one of his proudest achievements. After graduating high school in 1949, he attended Southwestern (Rhodes) College where he met his future wife, Jo, on a blind date. In 2006 he was honored as Rhodes Alumnus of the Year Following his graduation in 1955 from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Bill and Jo married. While awaiting a call for military service, they lived in Parkin and Searcy Arkansas where he practiced Family Medicine. He was later drafted into the US Air Force, serving two years at Kirkland Air Force base in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a Physician, where he attained the rank of Major After his military service, Bill and Jo resettled in Memphis. He embarked on a Pediatric residency, subsequently joining his close friend James S. Brown in practice. He then partnered with William Mason and Price Stepp, establishing the respected Mason, Stepp, Threlkeld Pediatrics. On the retirement of Drs. Mason and Stepp, he co-founded Pediatrics East at Baptist East Hospital. Today, Pediatrics East remains a leading pediatric group in Memphis, with offices in Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, and Arlington Bill was dedicated to helping kids with special needs and was instrumental in the founding of Special Kids (now SRVS Kids). He held leadership roles at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, and served as an Elder and Deacon at Second Presbyterian Church. He was a popular and much loved resident by the caregivers and staff at Trezevant, known for his easy-going, friendly manner and sense of humor In a pediatrics career that spanned over 50 years, Bill dedicated himself wholeheartedly to children's healthcare. His innate humor and clever drawings and notes are still fondly remembered by the many who were lucky enough to receive them. Bill and Jo's family includes their children Ann T Garrett, Bill (Janice), Rob (Stephanie), Tim, seven grandchildren - Catherine, Taylor, Robert, Thomas, Anna, Joseph, Joshua - and two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Eleanor. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Colin Jr, Ann T. Woods, Robert "Bob", and daughter Ann T Garrett  Honoring Bill's wishes, his body was donated to the Genesis Legacy program for medical research. 

Eugenia M. Moore ’54

 Eugenia Douglass McFarland Moore December 14, 1931 April 25, 2023 Eugenia Moore, age 91 of Jackson, TN, born December 14, 1931, died April 25, 2023, daughter of Stuart Felix McFarland and Bessie Gene Douglass. She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband, Benjamin P. Moore III and is survived by children, Benjamin Porteous Moore IV, Stuart McFarland Moore, and Faith Douglass Moore, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Beloved wife, mother, community leader and volunteer. She loved her family, friends, cooking, entertaining, reading and bridge; a passionate activist and reformer for social justice and human rights. She attended Sullins Academy, Bristol, VA; Rhodes College; The Juilliard School (Bel canto opera singer); TN State University, MS: Guidance & Counseling; Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.


Arlie "Chandler" Warren Jr. ’54 

Arlie Chandler Warren, Jr., 90,  died August 14, 2023, at home in Los Angeles. Chandler was born August 20, 1932, in Natchez, the son of Mary Josephine Montgomery Warren and Arlie Chandler Warren, Sr. He attended Natchez public schools and graduated from Natchez High School. Chandler received a B.A. degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee; and a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in New York City. For 66 years, Chandler practiced law, primarily in the field of Intellectual Property, first in New York City for several decades, and then in Los Angeles for another several decades. At the same time, he pursued his avocation of writing. At age 90, shortly before the diagnosis of a brain tumor, he was continuing to serve law clients and to get inquiries from prospective clients. And he continued to write fiction and non-fiction, poetry, songs, and plays. For all of his life, Chandler enjoyed traveling; and he enjoyed equally the opportunity to share his travel stories with others. He was a natural and excellent cook who delighted many friends with his delicious meals. And for much of his life he had as a constant companion one of his many beloved Schnauzers. Although he lived all of his adult life away from his hometown Natchez, he always remembered it as home and enjoyed visiting often. Chandler recalled vividly and fondly the many friends who were important to his life as he grew up in Natchez. He was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church, and he was active in children's and youth activities during his young years. In addition to his parents, Chandler is preceded in death by a sister, Mary Josephine Warren McNerney; a nephew, Alan Montgomery Warren, Jr.; two nieces, Adrienne Warren May and Melissa Warren Good; and two close cousins, Dr. Sidney Holt Warren and Sen. Robert Montgomery Dearing. He is survived by two brothers, Alan Montgomery Warren, Sr., and his wife, Nan, of Smithville, Texas; and John Glassco Warren and his wife, Kay, of Helena, Montana; one sister, Rev. Joan Warren Gandy of Natchez; one nephew, John Prentiss Warren and his wife, Melissa, of Coppell, Texas; five nieces, Debra Warren Alley and her husband, Phil of Smithville, Texas; Sandra Warren Pickett and her husband, Marshall, of Houston, Texas; Susan Warren Cone and her husband, Chris, of Houston, Texas; Dr. Kimberley Warren Ellis and her husband, Mike, of Helena; and Nancy Chandler Rosebrock and her husband, Tim, of Asheville, North Carolina; and close cousins, Katharine Warren Garner of Natchez; and William Warren and his wife, Jeanette, of Natchez. He also is survived by numerous and beloved grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is survived by numerous dear friends, including friend and caregiver Steven Nash of Los Angeles and dear friends Sandra and Sam Joseph, also of Los Angeles.


Patricia Ann "Pat" Riegle Morehead ’54

Patricia Ann "Pat" Riegle Morehead, age 90, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2023. She was born on March 29, 1933, in Buffalo, NY, to the late Warren and Dorothy Riegle. Pat will always be remembered for her unwavering commitment to her family, her strong faith, and her dedication to community service. Patricia graduated from Treadwell High School in Memphis where she was a cheerleader, debater, and class officer. She completed her education at Southwestern at Memphis, now known as Rhodes College, graduating with honors in 1955. She loved her Kappa Delta sorority and was the sweetheart of Sigma Nu fraternity. After her studies, she taught English in Wilson, Arkansas until her calling as a loving wife and mother took precedence. Pat embraced her role as a devoted homemaker, raising her four children with endless love and care. Her selflessness and nurturing nature were truly admirable. Throughout her life, Pat was an active member of various organizations that aimed to make a positive impact on the community. Her interest in education led her to run and be elected as the first female school board member in Malden. She was honored with the title of 1987 BPW Woman of the Year for her outstanding contributions. Additionally, Pat played a significant role in the establishment of the Bootheel Children's Museum in Malden, leaving a legacy for generations to come. Patricia's faith was a cornerstone of her life. She worshipped at St. John's Episcopal Church during her formative years, where she also exchanged vows with her beloved husband, Bill. Upon moving to Malden, Pat found community at the Malden Presbyterian Church. She served on the session and taught Sunday School, exemplifying her deep-rooted faith and commitment to spiritual growth. In her leisure time, Pat enjoyed engaging in activities that brought her joy and connected her with others. She found pleasure in playing duplicate bridge with Bill as well as her bridge group, honing her golf skills, and participating in various volunteer projects. Pat's lively debates and conversations were a testament to her intellect and passion for learning. After 50 plus years in Malden Pat and Bill returned to their old hometown of Memphis and resided at Trezevant Manor. There, she was a popular and much-loved resident by the staff and caregivers known for her friendly manner and smile. Pat's life was all about relationships, family and friends. She always looked for some connection in common between people. Special thanks to Hope Hospice, the staff at Trezevant and her loving caregivers over these last few years: Della Harville, Dee Thomas, Sheila Williams, Hazel Broadie, Beth Stewart, Cynthia Gwinn, and Mary Williams. You were all blessings to our family. Patricia leaves behind a cherished legacy and will be lovingly remembered by her four children: Patricia (Larry) Kilgore, William Jr., Robert (Catherine). and Elizabeth (Martin) Hilton. She will also be deeply missed by her grandchildren: Lauren (Matthew) Dixon, Travis (Xiuming) Kilgore, Joseph (Liz) Kilgore, Turner and Henry Morehead, Hannah (Conor) Mageean, Eva and Noah Hilton, as well as her six great-grandchildren. Pat is survived by her sister-in-law, Ausra Riegle, and her extended Riegle and Morehead family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Dorothy Riegle, her beloved husband of 65 years, Dr. William Morehead, and her brother, Charles Riegle. A funeral service in honor of Pat's life will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023, at 2:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, located at 3245 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Visitation will commence at 1:00 pm in the reception hall, where friends and family can gather to offer their condolences and support. Following the service, a graveside ceremony will take place at Elmwood Cemetery, where Pat will be laid to rest. To continue sharing memories honoring Pat's legacy, friends and family are invited to gather at the home of Robert and Catherine Morehead. Detailed instructions to the cemetery and Robert's home will be provided for convenience. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to your charity of choice or to organizations that held a special place in Pat's heart. These include The Bootheel Youth Museum at Missouri State University Dr. William and Patricia Morehead Acting Scholarship at The American Heart Association at The Pat Summitt Clinic at contributions will honor Pat's memory of making a difference in the lives of others. May Patricia Ann "Pat" Riegle Morehead rest in eternal peace, her memory forever cherished by those who knew and loved her.


Kathleen H. Hodgson '55

 The Reverend Kathleen H. Hodgson died peacefully on March 5, 2023 at Methodist Hospice Residence following recent hospitalization. She first graced our world as Amanda Kathleen Hardison, born May 27, 1933 to parents Dr. Alonzo Edward and Sue Davis Hardison of Memphis, Tennessee. Kathleen graduated from Central High School and attended Southwestern (now Rhodes) College before marrying the love of her life, the late Hubert 'Hugh' Carey Hodgson, Sr. (’46) in 1952. They were married 55 years when he passed in 2008. Kathleen was a devoted wife and mother to the late Julia Ann (Hodgson) Kralis, and two surviving children, Hubert Carey Hodgson, Jr. of Edmond Oklahoma, and Carol (Hodgson) Ingram with husband Raymond of Olive Branch Mississippi. She was an avid reader, duplicate bridge player and music lover, also enjoying time spent at the beach among family and friends. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church USA, American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and Delta Delta Delta sorority. Kathleen dedicated much time to her faith through activities and memberships at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, Germantown Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Destin and last attending First Presbyterian Church of Wildwood Florida. She served those congregations in capacities including Elder, Sunday school teacher, choir member and various committee leaderships. She served as Germantown Presbyterian's Director of Christian Education for several years before attending Memphis Theological Seminary and Louisville Theological Seminary, where she graduated with her Masters of Divinity in 1988. A pioneer of her time, Kathleen was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Memphis in 1990, at which time she accepted the call to serve as Pastor to First Presbyterian Church of Brookhaven, Mississippi. In later semi-retirement, she supported supply ministry serving congregations in Diamondhead and Pass Christian Mississippi communities before officially retiring in 1998. In addition to children, she is survived by brother James Marion Hardison of Solana, Beach California; grandchildren Jason Anthony Kralis, Amanda Nicole Kralis, Brian Wade Hodgson and Kimberly Claire (Hodgson) Scrape; and, five great grandchildren, along with multiple nieces, nephews and cousins across the Hardison, Davis and Hodgson families.


Marilu Whiteside Boutwell '57

Marilu Whiteside Boutwell of Senatobia, MS passed away on June 20, 2023. Marilu was born on April 7, 1935 to the late Margaret and Robert Whiteside. Marilu grew up in her beloved Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She graduated from the University of Mississippi and later received her masters degree from the University of Memphis. She taught school for 45 years. Marilu was known for her strong character and exceptional sense of humor. Through the years she enjoyed traveling, cooking, reading, and loved to entertain her children, grandchildren, and students with her "Childhood Stories." She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert (Bobby) Whiteside; her husband of 61 years, Jerry Dean Boutwell, Sr., and her son, Jerry Dean Boutwell, Jr. Marilu is survived by her daughter, Dana Boutwell Ross (Stephen) of Senatobia, MS; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, and adored nieces and nephews. She impacted many lives and will be missed forever. 


Katherine Curry Leverette '58

 Katherine Curry Leverette, 86, passed away on November 15, 2022, in the kind and gentle care of the Ave Maria staff. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on August 8, 1936, to William and Irene Curry. With a love for English, she pursued higher education at the University of Memphis.
She successfully graduated with her Master of Education before teaching for 35+ years between Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and Auburndale now known as St Benedict at Auburndale. Then, with a deeper love for God, she spent retired years amplifying her faith. The peak of her religious journey was her two personal Pilgrimage Tours to Israel with her husband.
She is proceeded by her aforementioned husband, Charles Edward Leverette, and their two sons that were taken too soon. Mrs. Katherine now leaves one child, Kelly Sheffield (Jeff); two grandchildren, Lee and Jessica (Adam); and one great-grandson, Charles Jameson.

Suzanne "Sue" Williams Winslow '58

Suzanne Williams Winslow, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, twin sister and dear friend was born September 25, 1936, in Kokomo, Indiana to Bob and Evelyn Williams and entered eternal life with her Lord Jesus on July 4, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Steele. Suzanne grew up in Calhoun City, Mississippi, graduating from Calhoun City High School where she was a cheerleader and basketball player with her twin sister, Joanne. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She worked at Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital in Memphis. On December 22, 1957, she married James E. Winslow Jr in Calhoun City, Mississippi. She worked as a Medical Technologist supporting them as Jim completed Medical School, internship, and Orthopedic Surgery Residency. Suzanne and Jim were stationed at Keesler AFB, Mississippi during the Vietnam Conflict then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Jim begin practicing Orthopedics. They attended New Haven Methodist Church and later First Methodist Church in Tulsa. Suzanne developed ovarian cancer requiring surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Through effective prayer and high-quality medical care, against all odds, she was healed of her cancer. Suzanne was his constant helpmate as Jim embarked on the building of a Medical School at Oral Roberts University followed by the City of Faith Medical Center, now Oklahoma Surgical Hospital at CityPlex Towers. They later moved to the smaller town of Chickasha, OK as a part of Southern Plains Medical Center. Suzanne became an active part of the ministry of Epworth Methodist Church as a soloist in the choir, Sunday School teacher, teaching the Bible on television, and developing a Spiritual Direction ministry. In furtherance of that ministry, she earned a Master's Degree in Spiritual Direction from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. While her children were in college, she began horseback riding lessons culminating with owning and showing quarter horses in American Quarter Horse Association shows around the United States. Despite a late start in this hobby, she developed into a good rider showing in English and Western events and driving a harness cart. Especially pleasing to her family was her winning All Round Honors as Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Amateur Champion more than once. Determination and persistence were qualities she passed on to her children. A love of Jesus and the desire to serve Him well directed her life. To her grandchildren she was a constant prayer partner. Her Meditation Point near our cabin in the Colorado mountains serves to remind all of us of the importance of communication with God. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Jim, her children Leigh (and Rick) Anderson, James Winslow III, and Robert (and Kathy) Winslow. Her grandchildren are Katie Anderson, Kristen (and Landon) Canterbury, Jay (and Christina) Anderson, and Robbie Anderson, Lauren Winslow, Nathan Winslow and Luke Winslow. Great granddaughters are Kynleigh and Raegan Canterbury. She is also survived by her twin sister, Joanne Wilhite. 


James Donald "Don" Jones ’58 

Born July 3, 1933 in Parkin, AR, died August 21, 2023 in Tulsa, OK. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Jane Jones; children, Wes Jones (Beth) of Tulsa, and Cynthia Limeburner-Jones (John) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 8 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth and Lavern; and brother, Russell. He served in the Army during the Korean War, attended Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes) College, University of Tulsa (BS), Iona (MBA) and City College of New YorkBaruch (PhDABD).Though born in Parkin, he moved to New York City as a child, and also lived in Redondo Beach, CA; New City, NY; Tulsa, OK; Ridgefield, CT; and back to Tulsa, OK. On all of his moves with IBM, he always took the scenic route to see most of the southern 2/3 of the United States. While in the Army, he was stationed in Austria, and always spoke fondly of his time there. If you have lived in Tulsa since 1972 when Don moved here, he has touched your life in ways you might not know. He was transferred to Tulsa by IBM (his employer for 30+ years) to supervise the sale, installation and programming of the Sabre System for American Airlines. While here, he was the founder and first President of Green Country Soccer Association. He was then President of Oklahoma Soccer Association until his transfer by IBM back to New York in 1980 to supervise the installation of the first bar code systems for JC Penney and Sears. While back in New York, he got his MBA and his PhD (ABD), as he always felt that education should never stop. After retirement from IBM, he taught business courses at several colleges/universities in Kentucky, Virginia, and the New York City area. He always talked of moving back to Tulsa after this move. In 2010, after 30 years in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Don and Martha moved back to Tulsa, a place both fell in love with while living here from 1973-1980. His last years he enjoyed researching his ancestry, reading anything and everything he could get his hands on, and cookouts with friends and family. 


Judith “Judy” Gaines Cox '59

 Judith Stratton "Judy" (Gaines) Cox, 83, of Georgetown, Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021. She was born on August 7, 1937, in Lake Village, Arkansas, to the late Dixon, Sr., and Ruth (Stratton) Gaines. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Dixon T. Gaines, Jr., (Charlene) and Paul Gaines.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of almost 56 years, Philip Cox; children, Eric (Dina) Cox and Kevin (Susan) Cox; stepdaughters, Ariane Cox and Vivian Cox; grandchildren, Justin (Ashlee), Corinne, Emma, and Abigail; step-grandchildren, Toni, Amy, Anton, Sophia, Gehrid, and Bethany; and great-grandson, Luke.

Mrs. Cox belonged to several out-reach programs in the community. She was a member of Cursillo, In Heaven's Eyes, and local prayer and Bible study groups, and volunteered at St. Elizabeth Maternity Services. She was a public school teacher before her marriage and spent years as a substitute teacher after her boys were in the 8th grade. She taught 4- and 5-year-old preschool at Northside Christian Academy before her retirement.


Carolyn Mann Ronk '60

 Carolyn Mann Ronk, originally from Brownsville, TN, and a resident of Alamo, TN for most of her life, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2021 at the age of 83 after a brief illness.
Carolyn was an active member of First Baptist Church in Alamo where she showed her love for the Lord by her many acts of service.  She taught Sunday school for years, arranged beautiful bouquets of flowers from her garden for the altar, and tended the flower beds and urns that have graced the grounds of both the former and current locations of the church.  She also served as a Volunteer at the Kirkland Cancer Center as her warm smile brought comfort to many in a time of crisis.  She was a member of the Nancy Harper Sunday School Class, the WMU and the Twentieth Century Club.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Margaret Mann and her husband, Samuel Lee Ronk.  She is survived by her children, Samuel Lee Ronk, Jr. and wife Susan, Margaret Ronk Neil and husband Steven, Carlton Read Ronk and wife Marcy.  Her sisters, Peggy Korn and husband Nick, Betsy Thornton and husband Robert Earl, Blanche McMullen and husband Randy.  Her grandchildren Samuel Lee Ronk, III and wife Leah, Joseph Brandon Ronk, Margaret Stokely Jenkins and husband Drake, Mary Carolyn Layne and husband Matt, John Carlton Neil, Griffin Read Ronk and Larae Rivers Ronk.  Her Great Grandchildren Asher Ronk, Wade Ronk, Lakynn Jenkins and Sadie Jenkins.

JoLynn Palmer Allen '60 

JoLynn Palmer Allen passed away on May 18, 2023, in Winston-Salem after a brief illness. She was born on October 6, 1938, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Ruth Hurst Guthrie and the late Thomas Fryson Palmer. JoLynn is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Moore Allen, her children Jennifer Allen Faeth (William) and Geoffrey Robert Allen (Claire), her grandchildren Palmer Bowen, Virginia Bowen, Davis Allen, and Grey Allen. She is also survived by her brother Gregory Palmer (Florence), Judy Harvie, and Vicki King (James), along with many nieces and nephews. JoLynn earned her bachelor's degree in classical Greek from Southwestern (now Rhodes) College and a master's degree in classical Greek from Vanderbilt University. She and Robert made their home in Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Madrid, Spain, where they lived for a year. Upon their return, they moved to Winston-Salem. JoLynn was involved in founding two companies with Robert, the first of which was Excalibur Enterprises, Inc. Later, she worked with him for many years at their company, Allen Marketing, Advertising, and Communications, Inc. In 1972, Robert and JoLynn moved to Walnut Cove, where they built and lived in a dome house within a community of local renowned artists. JoLynn's enjoyment of film led to her establish West End Video. She also served as a docent at Reynolda House. She was a voracious reader throughout her life. After retiring, she enjoyed sharing her love of reading by volunteering at local libraries. JoLynn and Robert shared a love of travel and spent many happy times on trips abroad. 


Nelly Galloway Shearer ’60 

Nelly Shearer passed away peacefully on Friday, August 10, 2023 after a long illness. She was predeceased by her husband, James Ostrander Shearer and her parents, William Clifton and Mildred Eleanor Hale Galloway. Nelly was a graduate of Central High School and Rhodes College, both in Memphis. She was a CPA with Shearer and Galloway CPAs which became Nelly Galloway Shearer, CPA, PC. Nelly was active in Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity where she held many offices including National President and National Secretary/Treasurer. She was also very active in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where she held many offices locally and nationally one as Past National Regent. She was a member of National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and National Society of Colonial Dames of America, as well as a Life Member of the Tennessee State Society of CPAs. Nelly leaves behind nephews Bob Shearer (Anne), Charles Shearer (Katy), nieces Annette Riley (Bill), and Dr. Lucy Davidson (Jerry Wall). She leaves two cousins Robert O'Quin (Jamie) and Caroline Morley (Randy), as well as dear friends Kathy and Mike Bandy who cared for her following her retirement and during her years of declining health. The family would like to thank the staff at Quail Ridge Alzheimer's Care Unit for all they did to keep her comfortable and happy the past several years. 


Dr. John “Jack” L. Streete ’60

 John Lemuel (“Jack”) Streete, died on Friday, October 6th. Born in Memphis March 10, 1938, he grew up in Tunica, MS and Caruthersville, MO. He attended Rhodes College (then Southwestern at Memphis), graduating in 1960, going on to do graduate work in physics at the University of Florida, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1967. He had a long and distinguished career at Rhodes, teaching physics from 1966 until his retirement in 2003. He participated in several solar eclipse observations, in Alaska, Kenya, India, Hawaii, and Panama. He also spent several sabbaticals and summers working at the High Altitude Observatory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. Jack’s interests indicated his great sense of adventure and zest for life, including fly-fishing and travel throughout the world. He was a Yellow Dog Democrat who opposed racism, sexism, homophobia, and oppressive forms of religion. He also loved animals, particularly his dog, Delta, who also came from Tunica. He is preceded in death by his father, John L. Streete, his mother, Dorothy Poore Streete, his brother, James Terrance (“Ted”) Streete, and a son, James Travis (“Jim”) Streete. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Alexis Streete; his wife of 30 years, Gail (Patterson) Streete, his daughters Elizabeth M. Streete (Paul Skjoldager) and Ellen Streete Weatherly; a son, John L. Streete; and six grandchildren: Dr. Kara and Jamie Skjoldager; Sara and Alec Streete; and Aaron and Alexis Weatherly

Jerald "Jerry" M. Duncan ’61

Jerald Mark Duncan M.D., age 83, died September 5, 2023. He was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma in 1939 to Jerald Mark Duncan and Donna McDaniel Duncan. Originally from the West Tennessee area, the Duncans returned to Memphis after WWII. His graduating certificates were from Bartlett High, Rhodes College, and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1965), where he completed his Residency/Fellowship in Pediatrics/Allergy & Immunology. As a founder of Allergy and Asthma Care, he spent 55 years of dedicated care for patients. His patients were fully friends. His undergraduate English degree provided a passion for lifelong learning as well as a communicating vehicle. Priority to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Rhodes College, friends and family made his life more complete. His faith formed how he showed up in this world which was honorable, kind, trustworthy and generous. His favorite travel spots were Ireland and France. He loved chamber music, played piano by ear and was especially fond of organ music. Duncan earned his pilot's license and flew regularly to his Jonesboro medical practice and to East Tennessee where he and his wife, Martha Ann, had a cabin. They often entertained friends and family, and hiked the Appalachian Trail. He was known in the duck blind as well as on the dance floor, or in a Shakespeare reading class. Duncan was present in the lives and interests of all people. He was a devoted father and inspired his children to serve others, seek Christ in all things and pursue goals with the best of efforts. Duncan was a dedicated husband and caregiver to his departed wife and love of his life Martha Ann Chadwick Duncan. They spent 25 years of marriage as the dearest of mates, enjoying family and friends, music, cooking, with being of service to others as a life priority. He is survived by his brother Joe McDaniel Duncan and his wife Lee and son Andrew; daughter Ashley Duncan Mahaffey and her husband Mark and their children, Sara and Mark; daughter Donna Duncan and her children, Alberto and Marcus; step-daughter Courtney Shepherd and her husband James and their children, William and Caroline. 


Rev. Robert “Bob” Strickland ’61 

 Rev. Robert R. Strickland, 84, died September 27, 2023, at the Jordan River Health Campus in Collierville, Tennessee. An only child, he was born in 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ralph and Estelle Strickland. Bob graduated from East High School, 1957; Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College), 1961; and Candler School of Theology at Emory, 1964. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. For forty years he served as a United Methodist Church pastor in eleven churches in Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette counties. His first assignment was as an associate pastor at Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Memphis, and his final assignment was as pastor at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Rossville, Tennessee.  Bob was a friend not only to his parishioners but also to anyone he met. He remembered the tapestry of people’s lives — their education, professions, family ties, marriages, children, and anniversaries. He was fond of the animal world too and always had a small dog as a pet, his last being Pepper. Bob loved the spirituality of people as well as the secular creations of mankind, such as art, literature, and music. For the past two years he had attended Eads United Methodist Church on Sundays and loved singing the hymns. Bob was a man never without words. He always listened intently in a conversation and had remarkable and creative responses to anyone’s comments. Bob is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Oma Robinson Strickland of The Farms at Bailey Station, 3300 S. Houston Levee Road, Collierville, Tennessee 38017 and his first cousin, Gail Mulcare, and her family of Highland, Maryland. Being a people person, Bob also leaves a host of special friends and acquaintances. Prior to their move to The Farms at Bailey Station, Bob and Oma built a home in Eads and enjoyed living there for more than twenty years.

His body was donated to Genesis Whole Body Donation Program

David F. Gillison, Jr. ’61 

Retired District Judge David F. Gillison, Junior died peacefully at his home on October 1, 2023. He was a true southern gentleman born March 24, 1939, a lifelong resident of Lake Village, AR and had lived most recently in Little Rock, AR. He was extremely loyal to family and friends. He was predeceased by his loving wife Sandy Cook Gillison; his parents, Mildred Loyd Gillison and David F. Gillison, Sr.; and sister Diane Gillison. He is survived by his daughter Sara Gillison Logan (Chris) of Little Rock, AR; son David Loyd Gillison (Hope) of Springdale, AR; grandsons Bowen Loyd Gillison and Jaxon Burnley Gillison; step-grandson Connor Scott Logan; sister Marianne Gillison Dunn (Ronnie); cousin Stacey Gillison (Linda); several nieces and nephews; and special friend Gwen Pappas. After graduation from Lakeside High School, he attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR. He was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and an ardent Razorback fan who thoroughly enjoyed football and tailgating. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. David was proud of the duration the Gillisons resided in Lake Village. Upon being admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1963, he returned to practice law at the firm his grandfather, Judge J. C. Gillison and uncle, Jack B. Gillison established in 1903. David served his beloved community in multiple ways, always thinking of and caring for others. He worked diligently as the Lake Village District Judge for 35 years, City Attorney for 10 years and attorney for the Southeast Arkansas Levee District for 47 years. He was director of Bank of Lake Village, state vice-president of Mississippi River Flood Control Association, Memphis, TN and chairman of Lake Village Airport Commission, president of Lake Village Chamber of Commerce, owner of Gillison Abstract Company and was longtime secretary-treasurer of Island 82 Hunting Club. 

David S. Minter ’62

David Smith Minter, 83, of Austin, Texas, passed away in Garland, Texas on April 26, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on October 3, 1939, in Suzhou, China, to John and Elizabeth Minter. David was an architect and builder who developed many significant homes in the Austin area and in La Jolla, California. He was passionate and creative, and his work will remain a testament to his talent and vision. He is survived by his daughters, Audree Miller, Nicole Mack, Emily Lydick and his sons Todd Minter and David O'Dell, his brothers Fred Minter and Jack Minter and his loving companion Mary Stephenson. He was a grandfather to several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Minter. David was a family man who loved spending time on Lake Austin with his loved ones on his boat, the Lollypop. He was married to Sandra Hawkins and had two children, Audree and Todd Minter. He later married Barbara O'Dell where he was a loving father to her three children, David, Nicole and Emily. David attended Sherman High School and went on to study at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and Graduated from the University of Texas School of Architecture. He spent a year abroad studying in Rome, Italy. He was a lifelong learner and always pursued his interests with passion. 

 Susan L. Fullilove '63

 Susan was born on September 15, 1941, in Shreveport, LA and passed from this life on August 13, 2021, in West Monroe, LA at the age of 79, following a lengthy illness.

Susan, whose career spanned well over 30 years in biology and biochemistry, received her Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she published a thesis entitled, “Temporal and spatial distribution of heart inductors in the newt.” She also conducted post-doctoral research wherein she combined time-lapse imaging within electron microscopy to perform a comprehensive analysis of cellularization of the blastoderm, which was published in Developmental Biology (Fullilove and Jacobson, 1971). Following her post-graduate work, Susan became an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Omaha. She eventually returned to the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a Research Associate until her retirement.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Eugenia Fullilove.

Survivors include her wife, Annie White, of Winnsboro and one brother, John Fullilove, of West Yorkshire, England. She is also survived by many friends who will forever treasure her memory.

Dr. Harvey “Stan” S. Sanders '63


 Dr. Harvey Stanford "Stan" Sanders of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away peacefully at his residence in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 30, 2023. Dr. Sanders worked his way through Rhodes college graduating in three years with a double major. He subsequently became a well-respected Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee for 33 years at St Thomas Hospital, where he influenced many lives through his passion for surgery. After retiring, he was a generous donor to UT Medical College, as well as Children's Hospital at Erlanger. An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, some of his greatest passions were duck hunting and archeology. He's survived by his wife, Gay Sanders, his brother Franklin C. Sanders and sister Jenny Stansfield, his daughter Kelly Elizabeth Cannon and his two sons Dr. Christopher L. Sanders (Emily) and Dr. Brett S. Sanders (Mindy). He is the grandfather to twelve grandchildren, whom he adored. Having impacted the lives of many, he will be sorely missed. 

Kaye McKnight Beavers ’63 

 Kaye McKnight Beavers , 81, wife of Charles W Beavers, daughter of Woodrow and Mary Deane McKnight (both deceased), died on July 25, 2023. She attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and graduated from the Univ. of Ark at Fayetteville with a degree in psychology and sociology. After marrying Charlie and giving birth to 3 daughters, she began working in a variety of fields. She spent 5 years teaching school, 12 years owning her own catering business, and 9 years dabbling in antiques. She had been a member of the Junior League of LR, Senior Warden and chair of the Episcopal Women of St Mark's Episcopal Church. In later years, she and Charlie became members of St Andrew's Anglican Church, before returning to St. Mark's. She enjoyed bridge, Mah Jong, gardening, telling jokes, and most of all, reading. She leaves behind daughters Kristi (Mark, deceased) Pennebaker, Paige (Andy) Miller, and Blair (Scott) Evans, grandchildren Layne and Paige Pennebaker, Madeline Morehead (Tyler) and Ally Miller, and Charlie Evans. 


Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Davis ’63 e

 Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Davis, age 83, of Texarkana Texas, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023. Libby was born on January 13, 1940 in Texarkana Texas to Minor W. Davis, Sr. and Mildred Jameson Davis. She was a member of the Texarkana Cotillion and a graduate of Texas High School. She attended Hockaday school for girls in Dallas and graduated from Rhodes College. She taught school in Dallas, Texas for a short time. Her favorite things were history and politics. She loved gardening and she adored her beloved cats. Libby is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Minor Wallace "Wally" Davis, Jr. and Jerry Davis. Survivors include her nephews, Minor W. "Trey" Davis, III, and Justin Davis (Leslie); her nieces, Keri Davis Young, Ashley Hight (Andy), and Kimberly Murphey (Shawn); and her sister-in-law, Diana Davis. 


Clark "Bill" Pennington Jr. ’63 

Clark "Bill" Pennington, Jr., 82, died peacefully on August 2, 2023. He was born in Tarrytown, NY and received his bachelor's degree from Southwestern at Memphis and his master's degree from Syracuse University. He was retired from the NYS Department of Labor where he began his career as a claims examiner and then an employment counselor. Bill was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. He was a volunteer at Temple Concord Food Pantry, an avid Bridge player, and enjoyed going for a walk. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Suzanne Surmay Kraft Pennington; son, Thomas Edward Pennington; sister, Patricia Clow; and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Clark William and Eleanor Anderson Pennington and his brother, John Pennington. 

Emily Holloway Walker ’64 

 Emily Holloway Walker, 81, died July 25, 2023 surrounded by family at Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville, TN. Emily was born in Memphis on February 27, 1942 to the late Earl Thompson ’33 and Emily Lena How Holloway ’34. She grew up in Midtown Memphis with her parents, younger brother Tom, and Uncle John. Some of her favorite childhood memories were on Wahpeton Hill and the Spring River in Hardy, Arkansas, where she gained a lifelong love of nature and adventure. Always a trailblazer, Emily graduated from Hutchison School, Rhodes College, and Emory Business School, where she was the second woman to earn an MBA. She had a brilliant mind with a particular proclivity for math and music. A creative and fearless problem solver, she never shied away from a good challenge. After working at Malone & Hyde, she took an "extended" maternity leave to assume the role that she cherished the most that of wife and mother. To know Emily was to be loved by her. She had a smile that was infectious and a kind and generous spirit that was evident to everyone in her life. She shared her time and skills generously whether volunteering at the Woman's Exchange, working with her P.E.O. Sisterhood, or helping friends and family. To Emily, everyone was a friend, and she was quick to snap into action whenever she saw a need. Emily loved music and art; she loved nature and the outdoors; she loved travel and adventure; but, most of all, she loved her family and friends. She will be dearly and forever missed. She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, John Robert "Bob" Walker, III; her brother, Earl Thompson "Tom" Holloway, Jr. (Fran Greeson); children, John Robert Walker, IV (Anna) and Emily Walker Koelsch ’04 (Joe); grandchildren, Lena Walker Koelsch, Lewis Joseph Koelsch, Caroline Parris Walker, and John Robert "Jack" Walker, V; sister-in-law, Mary Edith Walker; and brother-in-law, William Martin Holloway (Tommy Carroll). Emily was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Thompson and Emily Lena How Holloway; uncle, John Hopkins How; granddaughters, Grace Thompson Walker and Catherine Parris Walker; and brother-in-law, George Lee Walker. Emily's family thanks Adell Martin for her extraordinary care, love, and support for Emily and all of the family throughout her ten-year illness. 


Franklin M. Hurst ’64 

Franklin Marion Hurst, age 80, of Hot Springs, AR died on August 8th, 2023. He was attended by his wife Alessandra and his daughter Dr. Katharine L. Hurst when he took his last breath in the family home where they shared their lives together. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas June 22nd, 1943 to William and Lille Hurst. He graduated from Hot Springs High School one year ahead of his peers as one of the Valedictorians of the class of 1960. He attended Southwestern at Memphis, now known as Rhodes College, and graduated from Henderson with a Bachelor of Science. In his Junior year, while studying abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Franklin traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, before ending in Italy. It was during the Christmas Holiday at the train station in Rome, that he met Alessandra, his future bride of 60 years. After returning to the states to complete his studies, he returned a year later to marry the love of his life. In 1962, the young couple were married in Bassano del Grappa, Italy before returning to begin their lives in America. During his life he worked as a science teacher at Southwest Junior High School and later joined his father's firm W. F. Hurst and Son Inc. He worked as a tax consultant and later owner and chief advisor of the company. Franklin pioneered a desktop computer in 1968, creating his own computer code to revolutionize the automated tax return. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and husband, and extremely dedicated to the welfare of his clients. He passed on his love of travel to his children and grandchildren by taking them to Europe and road trips around America. He encouraged and helped them to achieve their highest level of education according to their passions. He was most proud of providing opportunities for many young people, particularly those interested in classical music. Franklin is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Calvin Hurst, his sister Alice Mertz, and his daughter Rolanda. He is survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews, his sister Dorothy Ridgway, his wife Alessandra Hurst, his daughter Katharine Hurst, and his two granddaughters Sophie and Sarah Rudder. 


John R. Poolman ’64 

John Richard Poolman II finished the race and began eternity with Jesus on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023, at the age of 81. He was born April 3rd, 1942, in Des Moines, Iowa to John Richard Poolman and Beth Louise Hubbard Poolman. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 57 years, Beverly Kay Mounce Poolman '66. John grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas where he often said about himself that he was "spoiled rotten by his mother and tortured his two younger sisters growing up!" John was outgoing, relatable, and always tried to make people feel welcomed. He really had a heart to be a blessing to others in whatever way he could be. Above everything else, John loved his family, his church, and was passionate about global missions. In the late 1950's, with the coming integration of the public schools, John met to pray with other local high school students for the coming changes. Shortly after integration, the local public schools closed for the entirety of John's Junior year. John remembered it as a time of intense school violence where tanks were often present on school grounds. Due to the school closures, John took correspondence courses in 11th grade. In 12th grade with the reopening of the schools, John met with several of the high school students who were soon to be integrated. He wanted those students to know they had some friendly faces while at school. John was the second graduating class from Little Rock Hall High in 1960. After high school graduation, John attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia, AR his freshman year. The following year he transferred to Rhodes College, in TN, formerly known as Southwestern at Memphis for his sophomore year. At Southwestern he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and participated in intramural track and basketball. He ran cross country for Southwestern and by his senior year was one of the top 5 runners. Most importantly, it was here that he met his bride, Kay. In 1964, John graduated from Southwestern with a History Degree. The same year he and Kay were married while living in Memphis. They made several moves due to John's job, but after a time relocated to Prairie Village, KS where John began his career in Financial Planning. His job later moved their family to Springfield, MO where he and Kay lived for 26 years. They eventually sold their Springfield house, left their friends and beloved Second Baptist church to move back to KS to be near their stateside children and grandchildren. John enjoyed living independently in his home, continuing to work as a Financial Planner, and driving his grandkids to their events up until his passing. He was always an active church member in whatever city he and Kay resided in. He has previously served as a church deacon, choir member, and at many different times a Sunday School Teacher to children or adults. Up until his death he was an active member in the Encouragers Sunday School Class at Lenexa Baptist Church, where he enjoyed many close and dear friendships. John is survived by his three children, John Richard (Ric) Poolman III and wife Ruth of Thailand, Timothy (Tim) Charles Poolman and wife Kerry of Overland Park, KS, and Kristy Kay Poolman Webb and husband Travis of Shawnee, KS; two sisters, Mary Louise Poolman of Clarkston, GA and Polly Higgins of St. Johns, FL; 18 grandchildren, John Richard IV, Ryan, Rayanne and Richelle Poolman of Thailand, Paige Poolman Willenbring and husband Cole of Overland Park, KS and Charles Poolman of Overland Park, KS, Nathanael Webb and wife Savanah of Colorado Springs, CO, Emma Webb Gutierrez and husband Christian of Waco, TX, Micah, Savannah, Ashlyn and Faith Webb of the Kansas City metro, and Gabe, Grace, Caden, Audrey, Isabella, and Elle Webb of Shawnee, KS; six great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law; and three nieces. John, you got there first, but we will see you again! "God is faithful, his promises are true, and we will meet again in the world made new." 

Lewis M. Guess ’64

 On the morning of Tuesday, July 25th, Lewis Manuel Guess of Memphis, TN, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Diagnosed with cancer and kidney disease, he had been living at his son's family home in Nashville for the final year of his life. He suffered very little pain and discomfort in his final months. Lewis was the son of E.A.M. "Bossy" Guess, and mother Eunice Rushing Guess. He is survived by his son Alonzo, daughter-in-law Martha, granddaughter Maggie, brother Zack, sisters Emily, Catherine, and Rebecca, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, former wife Gwyn Schas Guess, and a host of long-time friends. After graduating from Kingsbury High School where he was president of the Key club, drum major and ran cross country, he attended Memphis' Southwestern College (now Rhodes College). He received his master's degree from Northern Arizona University. He was also a member of Mensa. Lewis had many interesting jobs over his years, including work with the Forest Service helping to fight fires in Northern California and Oregon. Prior to his his final career in management at FedEx, he managed the Holly Sign Company. Lewis was an avid reader and could often be found with a good book in hand while rocking in his favorite rocking chair. He enjoyed gardening, and as a young boy he would wake before dawn to help his mother tend their family garden. He was a prolific traveler, having lived 2 years in Nigeria while serving with the Peace Corps, 2 years in Vietnam with USAID, British Honduras (now Belize), and Germany, and spent time in other countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Central America. His vast love of other cultures and foreign lands served as an inspiration for his son and many of his friends who have enjoyed travel abroad. Lewis was also a talented artist, working in many different mediums including metal casting, stone carving, wood block prints and stained-glass having created many beautiful sculptures, prints, and stained-glass windows. He was an active member of Artists' Link Memphis and displayed his various artwork at Brooks and Dixon Museums in Memphis. Please visit Artists' Link if you'd like to see some of his work. Lewis was known for his legendary frugality, and was a prodigious raconteur with a talent for altering every story slightly in the retelling. His frugality enabled him to give generously to others, including many environmental causes. Celebrate Lewis's life by contributing to the Wolf River Conservancy. He was a smart guy with a huge heart and a great sense of humor. He leaves behind a great number of friends and family who will miss him dearly. The last year was a blessing to have him live with us. I love you dad!


Jane Stanley Dunn Petropoulos '65

Jane Stanley Dunn Petropoulos, 74, of Brentwood, TN passed away Feb 7, 2018 at Williamson Memorial Hospital.

Predeceased by husband William Petropoulos & parents Frances & Pete Dunn. Survived by beloved children Victor & Annetta and precious grandchild Phoebe. J. worked for a judge at the Nashville Courthouse & was an avid bridge player. She will be missed by her many friends.


Cecile G. Buehring '65

 Cecile Gregory Buehring, beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the age of 79. Cecile was born to the late Clay and Cecile (Luton) Gregory on September 18, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee. Cecile grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi where her father ran the family farm, and graduated from Clarksdale High School in 1961. After graduation she began her undergraduate studies at Randolph-Macon College and completed them at Rhodes College. She then received a double major Master's Degree in Education and Foreign Language from Duke University, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. She then continued to further her education by attending Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico where she studied Spanish Education. Cecile was a natural learner and an excellent teacher; being certified at all levels in Spanish, French. She taught ESL for many years. After teaching, she did translating/interpreting business and medical documents for the companies she worked for. In 1968, at the apartments where she was living, she met her future husband at a singles party. In 1970 they were married at St. George's Episcopal Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. They had the opportunity to travel to several countries through Ted's work, as Cecile loved to travel the world. They were later blessed with two daughters, Julie and Laura. Cecile enjoyed watching the hummingbirds visit the feeders she placed outside her windows, all things nature, and was an avid animal lover. She was an excellent cook, and loved spending time with her family. Cecile was a big fan of music, and was an accomplished organist and piano player. Cecile is preceded in death by her parents. Cecile is survived by her loving husband of fifty-two years, Howard Ted Buehring; daughters Julie Buehring, Laura Loredo and husband Javier; grandchildren Caitlin Kolarik, Isaiah Loredo, and Isabel Loredo; sister Nancy Gregory Olson and husband Bill; goddaughter Crystal Ayala and husband Alex, their children, Layla and Penelope; numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. 


Suzanne Smith Henley '65

 Suzanne Smith Henley, who lived a life of adventures, challenges, and accomplishments as an artist, teacher, administrator, and home renovator, died June 6 at Methodist Residential Hospice after a long illness. She was 80.

 Suzanne was born in Memphis to Mary Elizabeth Hollan Smith and Charles Allen Smith on January 3, 1943. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jeffrey Wellington Smith. She is survived by her husband, James P. Cole; her children, Blair Henley Wardwell (Noel) of Portland, OR, Sarah Valentine Henley (Bradley Swihart) of Chattanooga, and Walker Yates Henley (Bailey) of South Pittsburg, TN; Jim's children, Elizabeth Cole Goodrich (Michael) of Birmingham, AL, Andy Cole (Benson Wright) of Chicago, IL, and Molly Cole of Birmingham; her grandchildren, Kate and Otto Wardwell, Charles and Hollan Henley; Catherine, Gibson, and Andrew Goodrich; her sister-in-law, Margaret Ivy Smith, her nephew, Jeff Smith, and the father of her three children, Russell G. Henley, M.D.

Suzanne was a graduate of Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College), spending her junior year studying in Florence, Italy. After graduating with a B.A. degree, she returned to Europe for a year working in a factory food hall in Stuttgart, Germany, helping feed 3,000 immigrant workers twice a day, saving her earnings to travel 6,800 miles from Sicily to Wales. On returning stateside she received an M.A. in English literature from the University of Virginia, then taught high school in Charlottesville while involving herself in civil rights work.

As a single working mother of three children, Suzanne served as chair of the English department at Lausanne School and later taught English at what is now Southwest Tennessee Community College. She was on the staff of WKNO before becoming coordinator of public relations, marketing, and special events for the founding of The Children's Museum. Moving on to the Memphis Interfaith Association (MIFA), she was project manager in charge of design, fabrication, and installation of the original MIFA Starry Nights with a workforce of 35 Shelby County inmates. She later became director of development at Memphis College of Art before deciding to become a building contractor, designer, and renovator of early 20th-century Midtown Memphis houses. Resuming non-profit work alongside home renovation, she was a hospice agency director, working closely with more than 100 volunteers and hospice patients. Given her knowledge of end-of-life issues, she became a lecturer on the subject at the Rhodes College Meeman Center.

 As an artist working primarily in fused glass, copper, and ancient beads, she created more than 800 sets of ecumenical-interfaith prayer beads. She also crafted mosaics, paintings, and other artwork for corporate and non-profit institutions. Among them are the Baptist Hospital Reynolds Hospice House, the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, the Ave Maria Home, Baptist Pediatric Hospital, and the Church Health Center.

 As a writer, Suzanne was a columnist for Memphis Parent and Southern Women magazines. She was co-author and illustrator for the cookbook, Sauce for the Goose. Later her essay "Beyond This Point There Be Dragons" was a selection for Second Blooming, an anthology of women writers. Her book Bead by Bead, a history and far-ranging commentary about prayer beads covering many faith traditions, was published in 2018. A stickler for grammar and accuracy, she had a hard time forgiving the copy editor who incorrectly changed the first name of Willie Mays to "Willy." Another of her essays, "Road Trip," is being released in the anthology All Night, All Day: Life, Death & Angels.

Her community work included serving as board president of the former Memphis and Shelby County Mental Health Association and as member of the founding committee of Works of Heart, a fund-raiser benefitting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. At Calvary Episcopal Church she served as a Vestry member, Journey leader, lay eucharistic minister, lector, teacher, and organizer of the Emmaus Ministry for the Dying. Over the years she prepared roughly 90,000 eggs for the Downtown Homeless Breakfast. For the past 15 years she created gifts for Calvary's Lenten Preaching Series speakers. She also served on the Memphis City Beautiful Commission, the Foster Care Review Board, and the board of Memphis Heritage.

 Suzanne pursued her passion for fly fishing for more than 25 years, wading and fishing, by her count, 26 rivers from North Carolina to Oregon. Known for her wit, intelligence, generosity, creativity, and often too-sharp a tongue, Suzanne frequently expressed a deep and giddy sense of gratitude for the amazements of an ordinary day.

 She is now a donor to the Genesis Legacy Foundation for the advancement of scientific research.


Robbie Walker McQuiston ’65

 Robbie was gifted and creative. She learned to play the dulcimer, tried her hand at falconry, practiced and taught meditation, and smocked dresses for her daughters. She appreciated the detail and precision of icon writing and the expression of abstract art, exploring the idea of angels in particular. Her paintings grace a number of local businesses and homes. Her self-described "gift to myself" at the age of fifty was to go back to school and obtain a master's degree in art history. She then taught art history at the University of Memphis.

 This second-season career in the arts was built on a foundation of teaching and learning. She was a school teacher and librarian and then devoted her talents to the Episcopal Church. She served at the Church of the Holy Communion; first as the Christian Education director and later she was both the organizer of small group ministries and also was instrumental in the formation of an innovative Sunday night worship service. Her diverse career also included serving as the first Director of Bridge Builders.

 Robbie loved art and collected religious images including folk art, Madonna statuary, and angels. She relished being in conversation with others and was a dedicated member of multiple study groups and book clubs. She and John loved to travel, especially with friends and family. Her travels took her to Europe, especially her beloved Italy, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, and Bhutan. She hiked in the Smokies, vacationed in Maine, and spent much time in Destin.

Her most extraordinary talent was forming meaningful relationships with family and friends. She and John built a community of valued friends. Her last weeks were spent receiving visits from some of the many people who loved her and whose lives were shaped by her presence. A short while before she died, she told John that she had lived a wonderful life.

Robbie was preceded in death by her parents, Ione and Billy Walker, and her sister Molly Walker. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John McQuiston; her daughters Anna McQuiston and Katherine Bush; her grandchildren Caroline Holtzclaw, Henry Bush, and John Bush; her son-in-law Stephen Bush; son-in-heart Tod Holtzclaw; her sister Virginia Walker; and nieces Caroline Parsons, Alice Somers, and Joy Miller.


Vern E. McCarty ’66 

 Vern Edward McCarty, intown neighborhood advocate, real estate developer, and former Atlanta City Council member, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2023, with family at his side.

 Vern was born on February 18, 1944, to Hugh and Lessie McCarty of Laurel, Miss. After he graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., he spent two years in the Philippines training theology students for urban mission work. In the process, he cultivated a lifelong passion for urban community development.

 He moved to Atlanta in 1972 to work for Urban Training Organization of Atlanta, a nonprofit whose goal was to revive the city’s intown neighborhoods and prevent the demolition of their historic housing stock. As a community developer, Vern worked to create neighborhood civic associations that brought residents together to solve problems. He lived in Grant Park and was instrumental in founding the Association to Revive Grant Park, now the Grant Park Neighborhood Association.

 Vern’s interest in historic preservation led to a career rehabilitating historic properties. His major intown Atlanta projects included NuGrape Lofts, Crown Candy Lofts, and The Massellton, a garden apartment complex. He also developed the Broadway Lofts in downtown Macon.

 Special community restoration targets included Grant Park, the city’s oldest park, and Oakland Cemetery, which predates the Civil War. Both had fallen into neglect, and he was involved in their significant rehabilitation during his years as a neighborhood advocate and member of the Atlanta City Council from 1994 to 2002.

 Vern is survived by his wife, Caroline “Betsy” Lerner; brother, Davis McCarty; nephews, Rick McCarty, Patrick McCarty and Joseph Sisk, and niece, Nina Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nina Victoria Sisk and an infant sister, Evelyn Gay McCarty.


Mary Jane McCreary '67

 She died Friday, March 10, 2023 at Horizon Medical Center. For those desiring, memorials are suggested to Dickson First United Methodist Church. Mary Jane was the daughter of the late Helen Hutton McCreary and Benjamin Fletcher McCreary, Jr. She was a graduate of Dickson High School and continued her education by receiving her undergraduate degree and then her Master's Degree in Sociology from Southwestern University in Memphis. Mary Jane worked for many years as a social worker before "retiring" to assist her mother as a professional photographer in the family business, McCreary Studio in Dickson. She was a member of Dickson First United Methodist Church and attended faithfully, for as long as she was able, and continued to attend virtually, via YouTube, when she could no longer attend in person. She lived a quiet, simple life in her family home where she stayed in touch with family and friends and cared for her five cats. She is survived by her brother, Edward Fletcher "Mac" McCreary and his wife, Melinda, of Nashville; a nephew, Ben McCreary and his wife, Amanda, of Franklin; and two grand nephews, Levi and Asher McCreary.

Michael S. McLean ’68 

Dr. Michael S. McLean, 77, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, attended by loved ones. Mike was Hampton Roads' longest-serving chiropractor, practicing for almost 50 years and adjusting over 50,000 patients. He led the lobbying effort that secured chiropractic care as a benefit for U.S. active military and veterans in 1999 and later served as president of the International Chiropractors Association.Mike was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1945, the second of five children. His father was a dentist, and his mother was a homemaker who also held a master's degree in chemistry. Mike pursued undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt, Rhodes College, and UC Berkeley before earning his doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. In 1974, Mike moved to Virginia Beach and became the first chiropractor at the oceanfront. He met his wife Pat there, and she went on to pursue a doctorate of chiropractic and join Mike at Ocean LightForce Chiropractic Center in 1984. Mike and Pat designed and built their own house at the North End and raised a family, with three of their children and a son-in-law later joining them as chiropractors. Together, Mike and Pat created a gentle adjustment technique called LightForce. Chiropractors across the country sought out Mike as a mentor, and he taught doctors as far away as Sydney and Shanghai. Mike was passionate about informed choice in health care, especially childhood vaccines, and was a longtime supporter of the National Vaccine Information Center. Mike expressed warmth and concern for every person he met. Patients hailed him with smiles and waves in supermarkets, restaurants, and shops around Virginia Beach. When he inquired, "How are you doing?", he meant it, and he listened carefully to the answer. He never turned patients away for lack of resources, and he ensured everyone received care. Travel renewed Mike's spirit and was an essential part of his life. With family, he visited Europe, Asia, Australia, Egypt, New Zealand (where he hiked the grueling Milford Track), Tahiti, South America, and the Galapagos. Mike had a deep love for Maui, where he spent much of the past two decades. Mike joins his late wife Pat (May 2023) and is survived by sons Lion and Demian McLean and Mithra Green; daughters Celeste and Beth McLean; son-in-law Mark Haynes; grandchildren Chloe, Daphne, Hannah, and Emerson; and sister Harriet Spencer McLean and brothers Robert, Albert, and Newton. T

Martha Nance Howell '72

Martha Nance Howell, 72, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2023, after being diagnosed with cancer in April. She was a positive, loving and warm presence and never lost her strong spirit, always insisting that "what you need is there for you." Even in her final days she continued to say "all is well" when asked how she wasMartha was born October 1, 1950, to Sara and James Dallas Howell Jr. in Tallahassee, Fla. She moved to North Carolina as a young girl, first to Charlotte and then the family settled in Jamestown, where she attended Ragsdale High School. She was an excellent student, graduating sixth in her class and named "Most Likely to Succeed." She went on to receive a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, Tenn. She maintained friendships with many beloved friends from high school and college. In Memphis, she met and married Charles Sneed, father of her beloved children Caroline, Rachel and Adam. Together with a group of fellow Southwestern graduates, teachers and community members, Martha and Charlie founded A Learning Place (ALP) in Memphis in 1973. It took enormous personal courage to launch this radical educational experiment in such a conservative culture. ALP challenged the meaning of school and impacted the lives of its students and their families during its five years existence and in the decades since. Martha and Charlie moved in 1978 to Hendersonville, N.C., where their three children were born and raised. As a young woman, she loved painting, weaving and basket making and taught Bradley childbirth classes. Near age 40, she had several major health "adventures," leaving her hemiparetic, but still working full time and raising her young children. Martha had a long and treasured tenure at Blue Ridge Community College as the director of community enrichment. She absolutely loved her job and programming arts and culture events for the community, such as Music by the Lake, Arida Arts Symposium, Celebration of Women in the Arts and many more. She was a very active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville for decades, teaching Sunday School to the little ones and serving on the vestry. She so loved her home and garden in Hendersonville and the wonderful community of friends she built there over four decades. In 2017, in light of her increasing health needs, she moved to Seattle to be close to all three of her children and her only grandchild. It was difficult for her to say goodbye to Hendersonville but she quickly grew to love her Seattle life and found a church home at St. Clement's Episcopal Church. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, her sister Sara, brother Jim and nephew Bud. She is survived by her three children and their partners - Caroline (Dan), Rachel (Matt), Adam (Carah) and her grandchild William. Martha supported all kinds of arts and environmental organizations. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be sent to an organization that is meaningful to the giver. Some of her favorites were Heifer Project, Sierra Club, and local art and theater organizations. The family is eternally grateful to her caregivers, Sigge and Hilda, whose devoted and loving care surrounded Martha until her final breath, and also her children as they spent her final months at her bedside. T


Dr. Carl Dury II ’72 

 Dr. Carl George Dury II of Franklin, TN passed away on July 16, 2023, at the age of 73. He was born on March 12, 1950, in Nashville, TN. He worked for the family's photography and art supply business, Dury's, until he graduated from Hillsboro High School. He then furthered his education with a BS from Rhodes College and his masters and PhD from Virginia Tech. Carl was an Eagle Scout, enjoyed being in nature, traveling, and flying planes with his best friend, Ralph Stultz. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jed and Jane Dury and nephew, Logan Williams. He is survived by his sisters, Jane (Sam) McCammon, Melissa (Doug) Hite, and Amy (David) Cooper, nieces Melora Bauman, Susannah Mobley and nephew Ben Williams and many great nieces and nephews. He was a devoted brother and uncle who will be greatly missed. 


Linda Edsall Mayfield ’78

 Linda Edsall Mayfield, dear and devoted friend, died on April 25, 2023, after a brief illness. Linda's family and friends would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and hospice care staff at Prisma Baptist in Columbia, SC for their compassion. She died peacefully. Linda was predeceased by her mother Christine Sharp, father Robert J. Edsall, Sr., brother-in-law Johnny Guffee and niece Melissa Tyler. She is survived by her brother Robert J. (Bob) Edsall, Jr. and wife Lura of Asheville, NC, sister Judge Sharon Guffee of Franklin, TN, nephew Christopher Tyler of Spring Hill, TN, uncle Captain Jim Sharp and wife Meg of Camden, ME, J. Andrew (Andy) Harley and former spouse Jim Mayfield, both of Columbia. Linda was born June 21, 1956, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. Her family moved to South Carolina where Linda graduated early from Travelers Rest High School. Linda and her horse, Cricket, participated in horse shows around the Southeast. After high school, Linda moved to Camden, ME, where she worked on her uncle's Schooner Adventure and at her Mom's Maine Chowder Society Snack Bar. Linda's love of books and writing led her from Maine to Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, where she made the Dean's List. Her two favorite classes were Women Writers and The Short Story. She then visited her sister Sharon at the University of South Carolina and, man oh man, did Linda have fun! She became a lifelong Gamecock then and there. She graduated cum laude in 1978 with a BA in Journalism, with an emphasis on Advertising and Public Relations. Linda and Jim met at USC in 1978. They were married in 1982 and over the years enjoyed over 30 years of Gamecock sports, living in Elmwood Park, and annual trips with Sharon and Johnny, including to the College World Series in 2010 AND 2011 for back-to-back national championships! Linda traveled to Europe a few times, to Costa Rica, even Egypt, and the Amazon. And she made time for dozens of smooth jazz shows from Boston to Austin to Catalina Island. In retirement, Linda was a regular at jazz shows in Charlotte, Atlanta, and at Chayz Lounge in West Columbia. Linda began working at South Carolina National Bank in 1975 while at USC. She held various marketing leadership roles at SCN/Wachovia/Wells Fargo, in a career that spanned over 30 years. Linda moved to Post No Bills in Prosperity and then to State Credit Union. She made friends wherever she was. Linda turned her love for smooth jazz into a passion. She created Her website finally gave fans of the genre one place to find their favorite artists' live shows by name, venue, or date. For the rest of her life, Linda stayed involved in smooth jazz and along the way met many amazing artists and fellow enthusiasts. It was at one local show that she met Andy, and he has been her companion in jazz and in life for the past seven years. Throughout all her life stages, Linda loved her dogs, from Maggie to The B (Daisy). She liked to say 'God Dog in the Mirror.' The B was her favorite, and she helped Linda through a rough patch in her life. When B crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Linda was adopted by her newest constant companion, Blondie. Together they brought a smile to faces in and around her condo building. In typical Linda fashion, she recorded her end-of-life wishes to lessen the burden on friends and family. As she wished, Linda was cremated. Family and friends are organizing a private memorial celebration of Linda's life. There will be jazz. And dogs too. 


Martha “Ruthie” M. Cassin '79

 Martha Ruth McAfee Cassin, 65, of Memphis, passed away on March 1, 2023. A reception honoring her precious life will be held in Marian Hall at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Sunday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m. Preceding the reception will be a Holy Mass service dedicated to her memory at noon in the cathedral. Ruthie, as she was known, was born Jan. 29, 1957, in Columbus GA to the late Jo Allen Jackson Murphey and the late William Richard McAfee Sr. She was preceded in death by her sister Joanne McAfee Sorsby and two brothers, William Richard McAfee Jr. and Mark Vernon McAfee. She leaves two daughters Holly Cassin Mullins (Aaron) and Virginia Ellen Cassin, both of New Braunfels TX. She is also survived by siblings Virginia McAfee Davis (Carter), John Robert McAfee (Mary Beth) of Lakeland FL, and Christopher Bert McAfee (Christina) of Jensen Beach FL, two nieces, and three nephews.

Ruthie attended Lambuth College and graduated in 1979 with a B.A. degree in communication arts from Southwestern at Memphis, where she participated in theatre productions. Throughout her childhood, Ruthie was active in Memphis Children's Theatre.

She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She attended Immaculate Conception Elementary and Immaculate Conception High Schools for 11 years and graduated from Memphis Central High School. She retired as senior copy editor/office manager for R.S.V.P. magazine. She also taught students at both Immaculate Conception schools and worked as a legal assistant.

Ruthie was one of a kind. She was a fast friend and fiercely loyal, a tireless and fearless mother to her daughters. Ruthie kept her friends close forever. She was good to all, smart, funny, and beautiful to the end. Ruthies impact on her student's formative years will forever be felt. 

William H. Pope '89

William Henry Pope died Monday, May 15, 2023, at his residence in Vicksburg. He was 55. He was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and lived most of his life in Vicksburg where he was a jewelry craftsman. He was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis and was of the Presbyterian faith. Survivors include his son, Halston Pope; his mother, Mary M. Pope; his sister, Steffen Pope Wilson; his brother, Randall Blair Pope and numerous other relatives. 

Barbara "Jean" Fraser Jones ’93 

Barbara Jean Fraser Jones, 78, of Brevard, NC died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, August 7, 2023 after a year-long battle with cancer. Jean Jones was born January 9, 1945, in Athens, Georgia, the daughter of Jack and Carolyn (Chapman) Fraser. She grew up in Atlanta, attending the Westminster Schools. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Rhodes College of Memphis, Tennessee. Surviving are her husband, Edwin Jones; four children, Charles (Charlie) Golucke Rood Jr, Wendy Alane Rood Capper (Chad), C. Carlyle Rood, and Jack Fraser Rood (Ashlee); two stepchildren, Kathryn Jones and Christopher Jones (Crystal); two brothers, Robert Fraser (Carol) and Thomas C. Fraser (Helen); nine grandchildren, Charles (Trey) Golucke Rood III (Nikita), Wesley Carlisle Rood (Waverly), Allison Capper Falconer (Wiley), Charles (Chip) Rood Capper (Ava), Andrew Slocum Capper, Charlotte Alane Rood, Jack (Jackson) Fraser Rood Jr., Georgia Lindsay Rood, and Charles Henry Rood; and five great-grandchildren, William John Falconer IV, Luke Thomas Falconer, Matilda Alane Falconer, Charles (Charlie) Golucke Rood IV, and Lawson Fraser Rood. 


 William "Todd" Cummings '09

 William Todd Cummings passed away on Friday, June 23 in Memphis, Tennessee after a brief illness. Todd was born August 16, 1987 to William and Terry Cummings. He grew up in Memphis and loved the city. He attended Briarcrest Christian School for Elementary and Junior High, Christian Brothers (CBHS) for High School, and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Rhodes College. Todd then went on to earn a graduate degree in psychology and dedicated his time to helping others through his work with troubled youth and foster families. Todd particularly enjoyed eating steak, Caesar salad, and spicy Chinese food; spending time with friends and family; and participating in online gaming groups. He will be fondly remembered for his generous heart, his desire to help others, and yes, even his stubborn streak. Todd is survived by his parents, William and Terry Cummings of Memphis, TN; his brother, Scott Cummings of Austin, Texas; and his sisters, Rachel Cummings Flake (Kody Flake) of Eads, TN, Karrie Cummings Hendrickson (Robert Hendrickson) of Tucson, AZ, and Lisa Nothdurft (Dean Nothdurft) of St. Louis, MO. Todd was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Louisa Box, Mary Sherwood, and Leonard Cummings (Francis), and his infant sister, Kathryn Louise Cummings. 


Ronald “Ron” A. Terry

 Ronald Terry, a legend in the Memphis business, art and civic world died quietly on March 6, 2023, at Trezevant Manor at age 92. Ron Terry was a visionary who listened more than he talked. He was sought after for advice and assistance by local and national leaders including a United States president. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Terry began working at First Tennessee Bank, now First Horizon Bank, as a management trainee in 1957. He rose through the ranks and was named chief executive officer and chairman in 1973. During his 22-year leadership tenure, First Tennessee grew to become the state's largest bank holding company, and he became nationally known for his banking expertise. Terry served as president of both the Federal Advisory Board to the Federal Reserve System and the Reserve City Bankers' Association. In 1982, along with a handful of other bankers, he was summoned to the White House to discuss the national banking industry with President Ronald Reagan. When Terry retired, Ralph Horn succeeded him from 1995 to 2003. Horn said, "His were big shoes to fill. He was the one who made the decision to take First Tennessee from a Memphis bank to a statewide bank. He executed the strategy for us to become the largest bank in Tennessee in terms of deposits and market share. Ron did a tremendous amount of good for Memphis and Shelby County and seemed to always have the citizens and the community as his first priority." Today's First Horizon Chairman and CEO Bryan Jordan considered Ron Terry a mentor and friend. "Ron was a leader who was ahead of his time. He created an employee-based corporate culture that elevated the way we interact with one another. The culture he put in place is an essential part of what First Horizon is about today. While he has long since retired, the interests of the organization remained his priority well into his 80s," Jordan said. Terry was sought after in the national banking arena, but he always found time to say "yes" to local business, civic and charitable causes. He was a leader in the Memphis community, serving on numerous corporate boards including Holiday Inn, BellSouth and AutoZone. He served on the board of directors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee, Rhodes College, The Boys Club of Memphis, and Arts Appreciation, Inc. Additionally, he was president of Future Memphis, chairman of Baptist Hospital's Community Advisory Board and a member of the University of Memphis Ambassador Club. Terry was an inspirational civic leader. As chairman of the 1981 Memphis Jobs Conference, he motivated other business leaders to lead the way for a decade of the city's growth. He changed the face of downtown Memphis by joining other bankers in providing bank financing to resurrect the historic Peabody Hotel and led the movement to preserve one of the nation's largest urban parks by founding the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Terry was passionate about the arts. After the shock of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., downtown Memphis became deserted. Terry wanted to help revitalize downtown Memphis by installing a major art project, the First Tennessee Heritage Collection, in the lobby of the bank's headquarters. Today a 110-foot-long work of art by artist Ted Faiers is a visual story of Tennessee history. First Tennessee honored Terry's lifelong contributions by naming its building on Poplar Avenue in Memphis the Ron Terry Center. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Wynoka, their three daughters, Natalie (Guy) Joyner, Cindy (Jason) McCowan and Aja (Jay) Evans Longino; six grandchildren, Emily Joyner, Julie Anne Joyner, Felicia Rogers, Alexis McCowan, Colby McCowan and Bo Longino; one great-grandchild, Harper McCowan; and countless friends from all walks of life. The family would like to thank caregivers Gloria Larry, Earlean Jones, Erma Stout, Yolanda Stout and Beatrice Mason for their loving care. 


Carolyn Poling Schriber (faculty – former)


D. Carolyn Schriber passed from this life after a short stay at Methodist-Le Bonheur Hospital in Germantown. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, her husband Floyd Schriber (2015), and their only son Doug Alan Schriber (2000).  She and Floyd met as undergraduates at Kent State University and married upon her graduation in 1960.  She then taught English and Latin in a variety of public-school settings while Floyd served in the U.S. Air Force, including Vietnam.  When Floyd was assigned to Colorado Springs, Carolyn began graduate work at the University of Colorado and received her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 1988.  They moved to Memphis when Carolyn was appointed to the History Department of Rhodes College. Thus began a 15-year distinguished career at Rhodes, where she advised the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society, turned her dissertation into The Dilemma of Arnulf of Lisieux: New Ideas vs. Old Ideals (1990) and launched an annual Renaissance Fair. She had a fascination for the latest computer technology and developed an internationally popular medieval history website. 

Carolyn and Floyd devoted much time to volunteering with the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, providing free screenings, transportation, and other projects.  Carolyn served as President of Mid-South Lions in 2012-13 and was active in the Germantown club.

After retiring as Professor Emerita at Rhodes, Carolyn turned her research from 12th C. England to the South Carolina low-country, an area she and Floyd loved to visit.  She began researching Civil War sites and the effect of the Union occupation on the low-country. This project resulted in a series of books, both works of history and some historical fiction including one on the Union nurse, Nellie Chase. Fascinated by the changing world of book publishing, Carolyn founded Katzenhaus Books. She then wrote The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese to help other authors navigate self-publishing.  She also wrote and published a four-book series about a fictional young professor, Sarah Chomsky.

Carolyn became a sought-after commentator and book reviewer for the Military Writers Society and won their Author of the Year Award in 2015. Even as she lost mobility and became house-bound, Carolyn began new research into South Carolina’s Revolutionary past.  She had ten chapters finished on an as-yet-untitled historical novel.  She leaves behind many devoted friends and two rambunctious cats.


Glen Davis (staff – former)

 After living his life to its fullest, Glen Davis passed away on June 11th, 2023. He was enveloped in love until his last breath.

 Glen was born and raised in the Memphis State area. He was a proud Messick Panther for all 12 years of school. He was on the All-Memphis Team during his senior year of high school. Many friends recall him being the "bride," in the football team's Womanless Wedding and his infamous ape mask that terrorized a few Memphians back in the day. He has maintained lifelong friendships with many Messick classmates.

 Glen graduated from MSU in 1966, after which he started a teaching career that lasted over 50 years. He taught Manufacturing Engineering at MSU for 34 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award twice during his tenure. Following his retirement from U of M, he took up the position of technician in the physics department at Rhodes College, where he worked with students and faculty on various projects. Shortly before his retirement, the physics lab at Rhodes was named in his honor. Glen's passion was inspiring and coaching each student to strive for greatness and reach their potential. Through his many years as an educator, he made some deep and lasting friendships. Those dear friends continue to be an important part of his family.

Glen met the love of his life, Jo Shirley, when he was 14 years old. He was her paperboy, and he had to plan his collection rounds to end at her home, because she couldn't bear to let him go. Throughout their lives, they were rarely apart. During their 66 years together, they were blessed to raise two daughters, Dory and Kathy. Glen's daughters followed in his footsteps to become teachers.

Glen had two brothers. Walter, his older brother by a year, and Dennis, who came along ten years later. Walter married Jo's sister, Peggy, and the two couples have been one another's constant companions throughout their lives.

Dory and her husband, Geoffrey, have two daughters, Katherine (29), and Elizabeth (27). Kathy and her husband, Gary, have two sons, Zachary (17) and Joshua (15). He encouraged them to pursue the arts, and he enjoyed listening to them singing and playing music. 

At 6'6", Glen was a BIG man. His friends called him. "Big D." Big D had big hands, an infectious laugh, endless charisma, a fantastic sense of humor, and a great big heart of gold.


Bennett Wood (friend)

Bennett T. Wood , a longtime Memphis advertising executive, writer, actor, director and creative force in the local theater community, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 3, 2023. He was 91. For 37 years, Bennett excelled both as a copywriter and as an executive for a number of Memphis advertising agencies, including Greenhaw & Rush, Caldwell/Bartlett/Wood, John Malmo and Archer/Malmo. He handled a countless number of advertising accounts over the years and was known for his gift for words. A local pasta company once asked Bennett and a colleague to come up with a marketing campaign. Their solution "Ronco: That's Italian for Good Eating." Bennett's true passion, however, was the theater. Beginning in the 1950s, he acted and directed in the Memphis Shakespeare Festival and at Rhodes College, Front Street Theater and Ballet Memphis. He had a special love for Theatre Memphis. He began as a volunteer in 1952 when it was known as Memphis Little Theatre, and for nearly 70 years he was involved in every aspect of its work. He directed 23 productions and often was involved in stage management, scenery building and lighting. Bennett served for over 30 years as a Theatre Memphis Board member. He also served as editor and was one of the writers of the book commemorating Theatre Memphis' 75 th anniversary. As an actor, Bennett performed in over 120 productions in the community, including 70 at Theatre Memphis. He also appeared in a number of movies and television shows, including "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "A Real American Hero" and "The Old Forest." Rhodes College also was a beneficiary of Bennett's talent and commitment. From 1956 to 1960, he acted with and directed the Center Players. From 1986 until the late 1990s, he performed in three productions and directed four, and he also created and directed musical revue benefits that raised funds for the college's McCoy Theatre. Bennett later taught musical theater at Rhodes, and in 1998 he was the author of "Rhodes 150," a book celebrating the college's 150 th anniversary. Working with Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden, Bennett did voice-over narration for a number of documentaries. His voice can still be heard in films playing in museums in Memphis and through the Mid-South, including the Cotton Museum, the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum and the Tunica River Museum. Bennett received many awards and honors throughout his life. In 1975, he won a national award from the Festival of American Community Theaters for directing Schubert's Last Serenade . In 1993, he received the Eugart Yerian Lifetime Achievement Award from the Memphis Ostranders for his service to Memphis theater. In 2003, Memphis Callboard named him one of five people who had most impacted Memphis theater over the past two decades. And in 2011, his work earned him the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award from the American Association of Community Theatre. Bennett Taylor Wood was born July 12, 1932, in his paternal grandparents' home in Mooreville, Mississippi. His parents were Ben Tillman Wood, a streetcar driver, and Charleen Taylor Wood, a homemaker. When Bennett was a child, the family moved to Memphis. He would attend Messick School through the 12 th grade. As a boy, Bennett was an avid reader. He especially loved adventure stories Robert Louis Stevenson, the Hardy Boys and Richard Halliburton's travels. He also was a Boy Scout . And it was while Bennett was a boy that he first developed his love of cats. Throughout his life he always had a cat as a companion at home. When Bennett was in high school, the family moved to a new home on Goodman Street. There also were two surprises. A sister named Elizabeth Ann was born in 1948, followed by another sister, Linda Marie, in 1950. While at Messick, a speech teacher named Freda Kenner inspired in Bennett an appreciation for the performing arts. Alice Rogers, an English teacher, also served as a mentor to him. As a result of her encouragement and help, Bennett received a scholarship from Yale University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. Bennett returned to Memphis after college. Other than serving in the U.S. Army for a few years in the early 1950s, he would live in Memphis until December of 2022, when he moved to League City, Texas, to be close to his sister Liz. Throughout his life, Bennett maintained a close-knit circle of friends from his theater work, including Walter Smith, Jerry Chipman, Barry Fuller and Stephen Pair. They loved to travel together, especially to Canada to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Shaw Festival. Bennett also enjoyed trips to Europe. Bennett is survived by his sisters Elizabeth Hancock of League City and Linda Kleinworth of Charlotte, N.C.; by his cousins Laura Helms of Crawfordsville, Arkansas, Sue Taylor of Memphis and Allayne LaValley of Brunswick, Ga.; and by numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express its appreciation for the care, support and love provided to Bennett by his friend and attorney Lynn W. Thompson; his friend Stephen Pair; his cousin Sue Taylor and her husband Marc; Lou Lee Cobb of ElderCare in Memphis; and the staff at the Delaney at South Shore in League City. Those wishing to honor Bennett are invited to make a donation to Theatre Memphis online at or by mail at 630 Perkins Extd., Memphis, TN 38117. All his life, Bennett was a man of intelligence and talent. Most of all, he was a person of gentleness and grace. He loved Memphis. He loved Theatre Memphis and Rhodes College. He loved acting and directing and everything to do with the theater. Most of all he loved his family and friends. Bennett will be deeply missed by all who knew him.