Spring 2022 Alumni Memorials
’42 James Arthur Cogswell of Houston, Texas, November 29, 1922. Jim attended Rhodes College from 1938 to 1942, graduating as a pre-ministerial student with Honors in Greek. He is survived by his four children,
Margaret Cogswell-Kolb ’69, James A. Cogswell, Jr. ’71, Sara L. Cogswell ’73, Daniel H. Cogswell ’79.
’42 Celeste Elizabeth Taylor Conn of Memphis, TN, August 4, 1920. She enrolled at Rhodes College in 1938, and she excelled as President of Women's Panhellenic, member of the Student Government Committee, Pi Honorary Society, President and Treasurer of Tri Delta Sorority Delta Psi Chapter, Rush Chair, Sou'wester newspaper staff, Basketball team, Southwestern Choir, Southwestern Singers, Southwestern Players, President of Women's Undergraduate Society, YWCA Cabinet, 1940 Football Sponsor and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Celeste graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts degree Majoring in Math and Minoring in Music.
’43 Mary Maxine Bozeman Salmon of Nashville, TN, October 8, 2021.
’43 Archer Ayres Postlethwaite of Hope, AR, February 21, 2022. While at Rhodes, Archer majored in literature and was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.
’48 Martha Elizabeth Blackman of Stanford, CA, November 17, 2021.
’48 Dorothy Mae Brown Kennedy of Memphis, TN, September 20, 2021.
’48 Harriet Causey Kuykendall of Jackson, MS, January 1, 2022. She is survived by her two children, including Herman B. DeCell, Jr. ’76
’49 Jane Clay Cash of Memphis, TN, January 2, 2022. Jane attended Queen's College in Charlotte and Rhodes College, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She is survived by her brother, James N. Clay, III ’51; her three daughters, her three grandchildren, including Evelyn Plumb Bush ’08.
’50 Helen J. McGee Dacus of Searcy, AR, October 17, 2021. She was born December 17, 1927 to Henry Larrymore McGee and Eunice Martha McGee. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Pi Interfraternity and Daughters of the American Revolution. She married Dr. Robert J. Dacus on August 2, 1951, and moved to Searcy, Arkansas where he practiced. To this union two sons were born, Dr. Robert M. Dacus and Jeffrey Scott Dacus.
She is predeceased by her parents, son, and her husband of 48 years. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons, one step-granddaughter, and 7 great-grandchildren.
’50 Jean Douglas Bagby Ezzell of Lexington, KY, December 1, 2021. Jean passed peacefully in her sleep after a life filled with love and rich experiences. Her life began in Paducah, KY, on January 25, 1928. She was the long-awaited and only child of Mabel and Douglas Bagby. Most of her formal education was obtained in Paducah during and after the Depression and WWII era. She studied at Lindenwood and Rhodes College. She met her beloved Bill on a blind date on Christmas night, 1947, and married six months later. Jean earned her PHD-level degree by rearing their children, supporting Bill in his extensive career and life, serving the church and community, traveling the world, and reading cozy mystery novels- all while lovingly and selflessly making a home for us all.
Being of Scottish descent, she was a Presbyterian through and through. She devoted her time and resources generously serving the Lord and her church, First Presbyterian. Much to her surprise and honor, she was elected the first woman Deacon to serve in the church. The Golden Rule was the tenet for her life. She quietly made a huge difference in so many ways and places. The example she set for her children and all who knew her is a powerful legacy. Jean lived as she taught us every day in every way. She was spiritually and physically elegant to the core---feathers never ruffled and poised at all times. She was a gift to this world.
Jean is survived by her son and youngest daughter. Her grief was ongoing for her dearly loved husband (d.1997) and middle child, who passed away in 2016. Jean also leaves her beloved sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. She was blessed with seven adoring grandchildren who fondly call her "Deanie," the nickname her father gave her. Her additional joy: seven greatgrandchildren. Jean included her God-daughter and grand God-daughter, along with a "chosen" daughter and grandson as important additions to her family. Forever she will be known for her commitment and support of animal rescues. She "walked the walk" and took in countless "dog children" over the years. The latest and most adoring four-legged child is Buddy, whom she rescued after being hit by a car. He will continue to be spoiled rotten by his family.
’50 Betty Boisblanc Bell of Jacksonville, FL, February 24, 2022. Betty was born on June 15, 1928 to Irene and Alvin Boisblanc, in Memphis, TN. After graduating from Central High, she went on to Southwestern University and then later Memphis State University. In the late 1940's, Betty met Joe Crim, and they wed in 1949, in Memphis, TN. They went on to have two children, Connie and Cathy. Betty dedicated her life to being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She excelled at propping up her family and supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives.
Betty was fun, free-spirited, and never met a stranger. She would always greet you with a big smile and often a "How do you do" to go along with it. She loved to sing, dance and write. Betty was very creative. She made numerous crafty gifts, such as wreaths and floral arrangements, and she loved to decorate and redecorate. Betty is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren, as well as five great grandchildren. Betty was loved by many and will truly be missed by her family and friends.
’53 Jeanne Simmons Allen of Memphis, TN, December 20, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward Allen Sr., and her grandchild, Daniel Logan Allen. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sandra Allen Gabel (Douglas Wayne Gabel); son, Dr. Joseph E. Allen II (Elizabeth A. Casteel); sister, Virginia Simmons Abernathy; four grandchildren, Brienne Meredith Allen Schaeffer, Rachel Elizabeth Nollmann, Steven Douglas Gabel, Matthew Wayne Gabel; and one great grandchild, Caleb Logan Boswell.
’53 Martha Jane Pullen Tibbs of Memphis, TN, October 15, 2021. She was born February 12, 1932, in Memphis, the daughter of John Thomas Pullen, Jr. and Martha Frances Gragg Pullen. She was a sixth-generation Shelby Countian and a descendant of one of the original surveyors of Memphis, John Ralston. Her ancestor, Colonel William Clement McDaniel, served in the Revolutionary War and was at Yorktown for the British surrender. Her family's rich heritage in Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas sparked a lifelong love of history and genealogy. She served on the Shelby County Historical Commission for many years and led work to mark and preserve numerous historical sites linked to the early days of Memphis. These efforts suited her sharp mind and talent for research. She also served as a Shelby County election judge, an officer in the Nineteenth Century Club, and was a benefactor of the Eastland Presbyterian Church near her childhood home. She expressed her artistic side through photography, painting, dancing, sewing, and cake decorating.
She excelled at mathematics, which she taught in the 1950’s at St. Mary's Episcopal School, Presbyterian Day School, and Lausanne Collegiate School. She had a sweet, kind, sunny, and endearing personality and was always eager to help anyone she thought was in need. As busy as she was, she always put family first. She was a devoted mother to her children, an adoring grandmother, and took loving care of her husband and her parents in the final years of their lives. Martha Jane cherished the friends she made and history she learned through her genealogical work and became a member-and often an officer or leader of-countless historical and genealogical groups.
She was a member of the Alpha Omega Pi Sorority and was a former member of the University Club of Memphis, the Racquet Club, and the Nineteenth Century Club. She was regularly listed in Who's Who. Martha Jane earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1953 and master's in education from the University of Memphis in 1958. She also attended Stephens College and Rhodes College. Martha Jane is survived by her two children, and her six grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and brother.
’53 Dr. Helen Swartsfager Ridley of Kennesaw GA, January 7, 2022. Dr. Ridley received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Rhodes College, where she was president of her AOII Sorority. She then attended Emory University and received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science as a Constitutional Scholar.
Dr. Ridley's long academic career centered around Kennesaw State University where she began teaching in 1974 until she retired in 2006. During her long career at KSU, she served as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. She was also Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Working with her colleagues, she developed and built a very successful Model UN program that has been active at KSU for over 30 years. The Model UN program, along with the Mock Trial and the Model Arab Nation programs, received the Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. One of Dr. Ridley's most significant contributions to the University was the leadership she provided in developing unique programs in Conflict Management. Mediation and dispute resolution fit perfectly with her background in Constitutional law, and her vision started with an Undergraduate Certificate Program and led to the establishment of the Conflict Management Center and Master's program in 1996, which won the Board of Regents Program Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. KSU now offers a PhD. in International Conflict Management. Her innovation and strive for excellence greatly expanded the educational opportunities for KSU students, and the awards the students have received from these programs are too many to list here.
She served on the State Commission representing the state of Georgia at the United States Commission ceremony at the Bicentennial of the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1987. She stood alongside George H. Bush, and her introduction for her speech was given by none other than James Earl Jones. Another commission that is noteworthy is her involvement with the Women and the Constitution in 1988, which she worked closely with the Carter Center, Roselyn Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon and Betty Ford. One of the most memorable aspects of her time there was after the final meeting, she sat on a piano bench and sang gospel songs with Coretta Scott King while Ms. King played the piano at Betty Talmadge's farm in Love Joy, GA. Over her many academic years, she touched the lives of thousands of college students, faculty and colleagues in a positive and meaningful way. She supported, mentored and was a role model beyond what can be expressed by mere words. This is exemplified by many cards, letters and recognitions she received both personally and professionally. Along with her professional achievements, she had many personal successes as well. She raised a wonderful family, along with Charlotte, they created a beautiful loving home and her devotion to others and her zest for life were easily seen in her day-to-day living. She loved to entertain and was an impeccable host. She could be described by friends and family as a great storyteller, a real conversationalist, kind, considerate, generous, and loving in all aspects of her life as well.
Helen loved reading and was an avid reader, enjoyed her flowers, traveling, and activities on or around the water. She loved her College Football, and could analyze the game stats, bad calls and wrong plays with the best of them. Quick witted and funny, she was a pleasure to be around. One of her many passions was the conservation and preservation of animals. She donated to many organizations and supported animal rights in numerous ways. She was especially smitten with her two dachshunds Little Lady Love and Mister Pericles. They loved the hours of attention, accolades and treats she bestowed upon them. She was a long-time member of the Allatoona Yacht Club where fun times were spent on their houseboat with colleagues, family and friends.
Dr. Ridley was proceeded in death by her first grandson. She is survived by her partner of forty-six years, four sons, six grandsons, one granddaughter, nine great grandchildren, and two daughters-in-law. Many cherished colleagues and friends, new and old across generations were very important in her life.
’53 Ann Humphreys Tronsor of Williford, AR, December 24, 2021. Ann faced her illness the same way she lived her life, with incredible courage and grace and inspiring those who knew and loved her. Her indomitable, cheerful, and loving spirit made everyone who encountered her feel special. Ann was born March 26, 1931, to Benton Edward (Chief) Humphreys and Ruth Archer (Mouse) Humphreys in Memphis, and delighted in being a sister to her loving brother, Thomas Edward Humphreys (deceased).
Ann attended Central High School and Rhodes College. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church. Ann married the love of her life, Edward Patrick Tronsor in 1957 (deceased) and had four children. She loved her children fiercely and was the greatest supporter to each of them. She is survived by her four children, five grandchildren, including Margaret Tronsor ’18, a nephew and two nieces. Ann spent the majority of her life, first visiting and then living, in Williford and was an avid river enthusiast. She was mother to all and informally adopted her children's friends during their innumerable visits to "The Cabin" for canoe/kayak/tube trips, many of which Ann joyously joined. She was as at home on a river surrounded by nature as she was in a library surrounded by books.
After retiring as a Librarian for the Memphis Library system, Ann relocated to Williford, AR to care for her mother. Ann worked part-time for the U.S. Commerce Department until she was 83. She was actively engaged in the community as a Volunteer Firefighter and emergency first responder with the Williford Fire Department, a member of local animal rescue and welfare groups, a volunteer Librarian at the Sharp County Library, a singer in the local community chorus, a performer with the Cherokee Village Players, and a longtime member of The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club of Cherokee Village.
Ann will be remembered as being a faithful friend, a musician, an avid outdoorsman, a voracious reader, and a lover of horses, cats, and chickens. Family and friends alike will reminisce fondly about their times with Ann on her beloved Spring River while canoeing, kayaking, and fishing and about the adventures on the Current, Jacks Fork, and Eleven Point Rivers.
’54 Martha Magruder Dulin of Madison, MS, January 19, 2022. Martha was born on May 4, 1932, to Freeland Harris and Adele (Critz) Magruder in Memphis, TN. She was a proud native of Itta Bena and spent most of her childhood and adult years on the banks of Roebuck Lake. She always said Itta Bena was the perfect place to grow up and reminisced often about her youth in the Delta and her many childhood friends. Martha attended Leflore County High School through the 10th grade and completed her high school years at Gulf Park College in Gulfport, MS. She went on to attend Rhodes College where, she became a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She also briefly attended the University of Mississippi.
At one of the many dances, she loved to attend in the Delta, a childhood friend introduced her to George Dulin, a young southern gentleman from Greenwood, who would later become her lifetime dance partner. George and Martha were married in March of 1963, and after living briefly in Gulfport, they settled down back in her beloved Itta Bena, where George practiced law in Greenwood and Martha dedicated her life to making a happy home and raising their family. She had an enduring love for all living things, especially plants and any and all critters that needed help; flowers and animals just made her happy. Her family was her greatest joy, and she instilled her strong faith, her high ideals, and her love of her beautiful hometown in both of her girls.
Martha is survived by her two daughters, two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Martha was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, her parents, and her brother.
’55 Mary Margaret Storck Johnston of Houston, TX, November 20, 2021. Mary Margaret was born in Memphis, TN to John Philip and Mary Margaret Storck. After a childhood in Greenhills, OH, she returned to Memphis to attend Rhodes College where she graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation she married Will Johnston ’55 and they spent 56 loving years together before his death.
Mary Margaret continued her education receiving her master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a graduate certificate in library science from Louisiana Tech University. In her career as an educator, she taught high school English in Tennessee and Maryland and was an instructor in the College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
She and Will spent 20 years in Salisbury, MD where they enjoyed gardening together and leading the Delmarva Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Mary Margaret was also a docent at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. In 2003 Mary Margaret and Will retired to Houston and became active members of the Terrace at West University (now Brookdale). For their last nine years together, Mary Margaret supported Will in his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Following Will’s death she remained in the community, and was known as a cheerful dining companion, caring friend, and the deliverer of late-night birthday cards.
A devout Episcopalian, she was a member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross and attended St. Stephens Church, Houston. She is survived by her son and his wife, her daughter and her husband, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
’55 Louise McMillan Aikin Russell of Signal Mountain, TN, November 13, 2021. Her parents were Ella Louise McMillan and John Gaston Aikin III, from Stockton and Mobile, AL. She graduated at age 17 from Murphy High School in Mobile and went on to graduate from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. Louise was the President of the Alpha Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority while in college. Louise met her future husband, Don Russell, on a blind date while she was in college, and he was in medical school. They dated throughout college and married on Dec. 21, 1954, at Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile. Louise and Don moved to Signal Mountain in 1963, after Don finished his medical residency and served in the Navy.
Louise was such a vibrant soul. She poured her creativity into gardening and landscaping, and the results were always beautiful. She was in the Signal Mtn. Garden Club, the Wild Ones native gardening group, and the Sierra Club. Louise was an early proponent of recycling and helped establish the Signal Mtn. Recycling Center. She enjoyed volunteering at Reflection Riding, and hiking and canoeing with friends and family. She was passionate about helping others. She was a founding member of the Volunteer Community Preschool. She participated in most of First Christian Church's outreach programs such as Room at the Inn. In addition, she served as both Deacon and Elder at First Christian.
Louise did her part to contribute to world peace by getting to know individuals from other cultures over the years. For instance, a German girl, Dorothee, stayed with the Russell’s in the 1970s through an exchange program. Dorothee and Louise shared similar world views and interests, and they cultivated their friendship over the years. Louise traveled to Bavaria and Dorothee, later with her children, returned to visit the USA. She loved teaching in many capacities, as a Girl Scout leader, a Sunday School teacher, and teaching us all about her love of nature. She was a life-long learner and an avid reader. She gave her love easily and frequently, and had many, many friends. They gathered in church, bridge groups, wine tasting groups, the Nifty Nomads over-50 adventure group, and her summer swimming buddies.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother, her daughter-in-law, and a niece. Louise joins her late husband in bequeathing her body to the University of Tennessee Medical school. She is survived by her three children, including Ann Darrington Russell Crane ’79, two sisters, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
’55 Vallie Jo Witmer Bell of Memphis, TN, March 10, 2022. She graduated from The Hutchison School and then attended Randolph Macon and Rhodes College before marrying William Milton Bell (Bill) in 1959. Vallie Jo had an incomparable joie de vivre, possessing a magnetic personality drawing people to her, and she to them. She loved the joyful gatherings with her "Lunch Bunch" and laughed uproariously with her bridge group. Beyond this, she was blessed with many social graces and was the quintessential hostess. Vallie Jo and Bill served as Co-Chairman, along with John and Blanche Millard, of the Memphis Symphony League Ball. They hosted the enormous fundraising ball at the Bell family home, complete with a band and large dance floor. Vallie Jo was a lifelong member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, The Memphis Country Club, and a former member of the Memphis Ikebana International, Heart Association, and Junior League organizations.
When Vallie Jo lost her beloved husband in 1978, she took up the helm of his commercial real estate and development business, a bold move in an industry with very few women. She took night classes in real estate and leaned closely on trusted family attorney John Dunlap to learn the ropes. With no professional work experience, and in an industry dominated by men, she single-handedly began managing a portfolio of properties all while raising five young children. Thanks to her, the business continues to flourish today under the leadership of her sons.
Vallie Jo Witmer Bell was predeceased by her husband, William Milton Bell, and is survived by her brother and sister-in-law; her five doting children; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She will be remembered for living her life voraciously, with a deep passion for life, and a great love of people-particularly her loving children, grandchildren, and beloved friends.
’55 Diana Cade Gibney of Gloucester, MA, March 10, 2022. She is survived by her beloved children and family caregivers; her close friend; and her adoring niece. Diana was preceded in death by her parents, Navy Lt. Commander Harry Folsom Cade and Nettie Davis Cade; first husband Stuart Hamilton Cleveland; second husband Richard M. Gibney; and her beloved brother. Born in Waban, MA on October 28, 1933 during the Great Depression, Diana attended Rhodes College and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in French Languages and Literature. After college she sailed with her brother and best friend to Paris for a summer, where she studied at the Sorbonne.
She later moved to Boston and worked at Houghton Mifflin Company where she met and married Stuart Hamilton Cleveland, a sociology editor, in 1958. Tragically, he died suddenly in 1963, leaving Diana to care for their two young children. Her husband's colleagues taught her the skills she needed to become an expert freelance copy editor and proofreader for the next 50 years. A self-confessed introvert, Diana was an avid reader of all subjects, especially obscure authors and biographies of writers and poets. She loved the New York Times' acrostics puzzles, sampling foods of all kinds, drawing and watching or reading murder mysteries. Above all she loved spending time with her children.
After her initial ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment in 1999, Diana enjoyed many happy years of remission until a reoccurrence in 2015, when she generously participated in two clinical research trials at Mass General Hospital. Always gifted with a dry wit and great sense of humor, her oncologist Dr. Penson described Diana as "having a marvelous joie de vivre, a delightful sense of the absurd, and the most resilient spirit." Her nurse practitioner, Jenny, remembers Diana's "infectious smile and demeanor; she always brought a smile to my face. Incredibly strong, she was not defined by her illness. A favorite memory is when we sung her Happy Birthday via Zoom and she was dancing in her hospital bed."
’56 James Harper Davis of Louisville, KY, November 10, 2021. Born in Shelbyville on the 13th day of March 1934, he was the son of the late Albert Earl and Mary Nell Harper Davis. He attended Rhodes College, and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a member and president of the Kappa Alpha Order.
In 1956, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving until 1959. A top-performing sales representative in the furniture industry, he represented several companies, including Simmons Mattress, Western Stickley, Singer, and Vaughn Bassett. He was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Louisville where he formerly sang in the choir and was active in the Men's Bible Study. "Tough as nails" and a natural born leader, he was formerly active in the Kappa Alpha Alumni, the Habitat for Humanity program, and the Sunshine East Rotary Club. Woodworking and playing the stock market were two of his hobbies.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was always the "life of the party." In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife. His survivors include his wife, his two sons, his daughter, his two stepdaughters, his five grandchildren, his four step-grandchildren, and his three great-grandchildren.
’56 John Wayland Carlisle of Dixie, LA, November 12, 2021. After several months of declining health, Wayland died peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Genevieve and their children by his side. It was fitting that his life began and ended in Dixie, the town he loved so much. Wayland was born in Dixie on October 15, 1934, to John Buford Carlisle and Carrie D Jenkins Carlisle. Wayland attended Belcher High School where he met Genevieve Reeves ’57, the love of his life. After completing college at Rhodes College, they married and moved to Dixie to begin a career of cotton and cattle farming while raising a family.
Wayland’s love for his family was evident by the way he spent his time. Community and church activities with friends were numerous. His faith was something that he instilled in each of his boys, and he held it as a high priority throughout his life. He also passed on his love for horses. Together he and his five boys enjoyed riding and showing horses, later raising registered Welsh ponies through the establishment of the Heart O’ Dixie Pony Farm. Water skiing and camping were also regular family activities.
Wayland was known for his frugality. He had a reputation for buying things at a bargain and using his talents to restore and maintain them. He would likely own a tractor, hay press, cotton picker, boat, or camper needing some work, yet it seemed nothing was beyond his ability to repair. Wayland took great pride in his 11 grandchildren who spent their days running in and out of his house while they played and made memories together. He loved playing games with them, with his favorite being dominoes. He had fond memories of taking each of his grandchildren to Disney World, and he took them on annual trips to the “Holidome.”
After retirement, Wayland and Genevieve spent many years enjoying dancing at Promenade Hall. From ballroom dancing to line dancing, square dancing, round dancing, and Cajun dancing, they did it all together. They made many friends and were always on the go, often with matching outfits to fit any given theme. Wayland leaves behind a legacy of faith, family, and farming – values that continue to influence each of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Wayland was preceded in death by his parents, and by his son. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, five sons, eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister, and other special family members and friends.
’56 Reverend Dr. Robert Clement Dickey, Jr. of Port Haywood, VA, January 12, 2022. "Clem" was a beloved husband, father, "2nd father", and friend to so many. Born December 4, 1934, in San Antonio, TX, he grew up in Kerrville, TX, graduated from Rhodes College, and received his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Seminary and Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Seminary. He served for the Presbyterian Church in South TX, and was called in 1976 to serve as the Executive for Norfolk Presbytery, Presbyterian Church USA, which was the regional governing body for 65 churches, based in Norfolk, VA. He retired in 1990, and moved to Mathews, VA full time with his wife Pat, and went on to run his own small business, Clergy Tax Services for nearly 20 years.
Clem loved life and loved to laugh! Devoted to his faith, he would still end a sermon early if it meant that the Dallas Cowboys were playing an early game on Sunday. He also loved playing board games, cards and dominoes, food and travel, and did not shy away from learning about other cultures. A bit of a bookworm and history buff, he was the guy you wanted on your Trivial Pursuit team when you needed extra help with categories of history and geography. He was always embracing the idea of extended family and didn't hesitate to welcome all into his heart and home. He was a wonderful support to his family, encouraging his wife to live her dream of becoming an attorney, and supported his children so that they would be the best versions of themselves as well as good stewards of the earth and community. He enjoyed parties with friends, and his share of bourbon and scotch. He could eat fresh oysters or Texas BBQ all day long.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 58 years, two children, and first cousin.
’56 Sandra Ruth Ellis Henson of Memphis, TN, February 23, 2022. Sandra, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, judge, singer, trivia buff, Chair of Creativity, chocolate lover, and world traveler, who always managed to make it back to her native Memphis, was born on February 5, 1934 to Wallace Gillespie Ellis and Ruth Bowe Ellis. She was the third of seven children. Sandra graduated from Capleville Elementary School and Whitehaven High School where she was a class officer. She earned a B.A. from Rhodes College, where she sang in the Southwestern Singers and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
During her summers, she worked as a ranger in Memphis' Audubon Park. She also earned a Master’s from the University of Memphis. After college graduation, she married Jimmy and began her long career in education. She enjoyed working with students of all abilities and taught dozens of children to read in Knoxville, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, where her husband earned his degrees. Upon returning to Memphis, Sandra accepted a fifth-grade social studies position at Hutchison. Her fifth-grade students fondly remember crowning her as Miss Bicentennial in 1976 during a play that she produced. She was named the first Chair of the Ruthie and Bliss Bowlin Endowment for Creativity at Hutchison in 1996. Sandra also was Director of the Learning Center. She retired from Hutchison in 2000 after 23 years. A true educator, one of her many achievements was bringing Odyssey of the Mind to Tennessee. She led her teams to many regional, state, and world championships, and was State Director of Odyssey of the Mind for many years. Knowing how transformative such activities can be, she was also active in the groups Future Problem Solving and Destination Imagination.
A devout United Methodist, Sandra and Jimmy joined Emmanuel United Methodist Church (EUMC) in the early 70s when they returned to Memphis. There she sang in the choir, served as chair of Ida Virginia Circle, President of United Methodist Women, and was the Lay Leader of EUMC. Sandra was an avid bridge player, cross word puzzler, NPR listener, line dancer, reader, member of the Red Hat Club, and president of the Kirby Woods Garden Club. Building on her experience on her high school school's Quiz 'Em on the Air team, Sandra was a terrific trivia player. Jeopardy was daily must-see TV accompanied by Knowledge Bowl on Saturday mornings. On cruises, fellow travelers quickly recognized her trivia prowess and lobbied to join her team. She always welcomed them. Sandra's wit was world-renowned.
She found a willing abettor for her word play and travel in her husband. Sandra and Jimmy loved to travel, be it by planes, trains, or automobiles. They especially enjoyed boats, taking 42 cruises, including an epic around-the-world excursion. In their 67 years together, they visited all 50 states and 87 countries. They visited every continent except Antarctica, but always returned home to Memphis. What was her secret for their long and happy marriage? Love, laughter, and not taking anything too seriously. She was always up for any game. In her late 70s, her physician asked how she had injured her leg. She bashfully admitted that she sprained it while sliding down the pole at the Memphis Fire Museum while playing with her grandchildren. Sandra, Mom, Grandmother, Grandmudder, GanGan, GGM, GiGi, saw the good in every person. We always wanted to be the person who she saw us to be.
Her life's philosophy is found in Micah 6:8: to live God's love through our actions. "Do justice. Live Humbly. Walk humbly with the Lord.” Sandra will be greatly missed by her husband of 67 years, James C. "Jimmy" Henson of Memphis; her three children; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her five siblings; and numerous other family and friends.
’57 Diana Warren Risher of Laurel, MS, August 30, 2020. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents, and her brother. She is survived by two sons, two grandsons, and four great grandchildren.
Diana was born in Prenter, WV, on August 29, 1935. She graduated from Sherman High School in Seth, WV, and continued her education at Rhodes College, where she majored in music education and Bible. She studied at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. Her first employment was as Director of Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MS, where she met her husband of thirty-six years. Upon moving to his hometown of Heidelberg, she became employed by Heidelberg Public School as teacher of 6th grade and music. In 1970, she became a 5th grade teacher, elementary and high school music teacher, and Bible teacher at Heidelberg Academy. She retired in 1990.
Diana was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at Heidelberg Presbyterian Church. At one time she served as choir director and pianist. Ever the student, in 1994-1996 she studied and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. In addition to teaching Sunday School, she taught weekly Bible studies in Heidelberg, Lake Eddins, and at Northpointe Presbyterian Church in Meridian, MS. She has had two small books published, but God and The Trees of the Bible Speak to Us Today. She has also served as speaker for various women's groups.
’57 John B. Maxwell, Jr. of Memphis, TN, January 22, 2022. John was a former member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and senior partner of the law firm, Apperson, Crump & Maxwell. John was born in Dyersburg in 1933. He was graduated from Rhodes College, where he played varsity basketball, and the School of Law of Vanderbilt University.
In addition to the four years he served in the Tennessee Legislature in the 1960s, John also served on the Shelby County Quarterly Court, known today as the Shelby County Commission. He also was chairman of the board of the Memphis Park Commission, president of the Rhodes Alumni Association, a member of the Rhodes Board of Trustees, and an elder of Idlewild Presbyterian Church. He also was a member of Memphis Country Club. During his 40 years of law practice he was named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" for 15 consecutive years. Mr. Maxwell also received the Sam Myar Memorial Award in 1963, which is given annually to a young attorney in Memphis for outstanding service to the community and the legal profession.
John is survived by his wife, Jo Hall Maxwell; a son, Jay (Sara) Maxwell of Watersound, FL; a daughter, Elizabeth Arnoult of Jonesboro, AR; seven grandchildren, Jack, India, Mary Adair and Gracey Maxwell, Blake, Taylor and Hallie Arnoult; and his brother, Howard Stonewell (Lynda) Maxwell ’58 of Columbia, MD.
’58 Bettie Watson Golwen of Memphis, TN, January 29, 2022. Bettie was born September 29, 1936, in Memphis. She was preceded by her parents, and sister. Bettie graduated from Messick High School, attended Rhodes College, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where she was introduced to her future husband, Howard, at the officers' club at Ft. Carson. They married in 1959 in a military ceremony and resided in New York City for one year.
They returned to Memphis, where they shared a beautiful marriage for 63 years and enjoyed a wonderful life with family and friends, who fondly remember "Sweet Bettie" and "Ole Howard" dancing the evening away at the University Club and singing in the piano bar at Chickasaw Country Club. For many years Bettie was an active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, where she served as president of the Episcopal Church Women, St. Augustine Guild, and Episcopal Book Store. She served on the board of directors of Father Don Mowery's Youth Service and was a member of the Woman's Exchange and Josephine Circle. Bettie was an avid bridge player and passionate fan of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bettie is survived by her husband, daughter, son, and three grandsons.
’59 Joseph Albert Sullivan of Memphis, TN, December 23, 2021. Joe was born to Charles and Martha Sullivan on March 13, 1937, in Memphis. Joe graduated from Central High School and Rhodes College. He then went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee medical school in Memphis. He completed his residency in New Orleans, LA, and he was proud to serve as a doctor in the Navy for two years, stationed aboard ships traveling the world.
Joe returned to Memphis and began his Internal Medicine practice affiliated with Methodist Hospital. He married Judy Schulz and had two sons, Josh and Peter. He later met and married Terry Burrows and welcomed her four daughters, Missy, Joslyn, Stephanie, and Michelle into the family. As Joe and his partners' practice expanded, they opened a second office in East Memphis. His love of the outdoors, which stayed with him from childhood, led him to seek out multiple African safaris, hunting trips, and fishing trips to Costa Rica with his brother and friends. Joe and Terry enjoyed attending Calvary Episcopal Church, The University Club, and Patrick's Restaurant. They went on international cruises and watched their grandchildren grow!
After Joe's retirement, he was able to immerse himself in his favorite hobby, photography. He joined the Memphis Camera Club in 2007, won many competitions, and helped the club with coordinating their exhibits. He loved creating photo books for his grandchildren, and he had several photography books published! Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, two brothers, and a stepdaughter. He is survived by his brother, two children, three stepdaughters, four grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.
’59 Truly Brown Mount of Danville, KY, February 3, 2022. Truly was born on September 9, 1937, in Natchez, MS, to Sidney Ellis Brown and Thelma Truly. She grew up in Fayette, MS, a small town where she was nurtured by a large extended family. Her grandfather, Jeff Truly, a state legislator, Mississippi supreme court justice, and founder of the Jefferson County Bank and Fayette Presbyterian Church, inspired her interest in politics and civic life. Each day after school, Truly went to the home of her grandmother, Mattie Whitney Truly, who taught her to read and ignited her passion for reading. Truly’s father was a builder and a Presbyterian elder. Her mother worked at the family-owned bank and served as a Sunday School teacher. Truly attended high school in Fayette and became an accomplished pianist. A highlight of her childhood was going on the Mississippi Youth Tour, which took her all over the eastern United States and parts of Canada, broadening her horizons.
Truly excelled as a student and, in 1958, she enrolled at Rhodes College. There, she met Eric Mount, a fellow Southwestern student from Cape Girardeau, MO. By the end of her first year, the two had fallen in love. Truly and Eric married in May 1958, with Truly finishing college in three years and graduating one week after the wedding. While in college, Truly discovered her passion and ability for the French language and graduated with distinction with a B.A. in French. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
In the early years of their marriage, Truly and Eric lived in Richmond, VA, Crossett, AR, New Haven, CT, and Durham, NC, as Eric completed his education, and the couple started a family. Their first child, Allison, died of leukemia at the age of 14 months. They went on to have four more daughters. In 1966, Truly and Eric moved to Danville, KY, where Eric joined the faculty at Centre College. They remained in Danville until October 2020, when they moved to Masonic Homes, a retirement community in Louisville, KY.
Throughout her life, Truly continued to pursue her interest in French language and culture. She completed a master’s degree in French literature at the University of Kentucky in 1980 and had a long career teaching French at Centre College and Danville High School. She also taught at Boyle County High School, UK, Transylvania University, and Midway College. Truly and Eric led Centre’s semester-long program in Strasbourg, France three times, as well as a January term program in Strasbourg and Geneva, Switzerland. Truly retired from teaching at Centre in 2001.
Truly made a total of 29 trips to France. Her first trip was in 1974, when the family of four children, ages 3, 5, 10, and 13, lived in Paris on Eric’s sabbatical leave. Ten years later, Truly and four friends spent a month in France. Truly and Eric led Centre alumnae on five trips to France and Scotland. One of Truly’s projects was to make sure all ten of her grandchildren traveled to France. She and Eric acted as tour guides and introduced the grandchildren and children to their favorite spots. Truly was a lifelong Presbyterian and served as an elder, a Sunday school teacher, and committee chair. She served as coordinator of Meals on Wheels and ministered to those experiencing loss as a volunteer for the Stephen Ministry. Truly and Eric were part of a mission trip to Mexico with Living Waters for the World.
Truly made numerous contributions to the Danville community. She was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Soups on Us, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), and the Bluegrass Community Arts Center. She served as a nursing home ombudsman for Boyle County. She and Eric served as co-presidents of the Danville High School PTO. Truly was a member of the Pipeline Committee, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and the NAACP. Truly and Eric were patrons and regular attendees at Norton Center events. Truly especially loved to hear symphony performances.
From childhood, Truly was a lover of animals, especially dogs. She had a soft spot for all animals and donated to countless animal welfare groups. Another source of enjoyment for Truly was books. She founded two book groups in Danville, both of which continue to meet. One of Truly’s favorite destinations was Sunset Beach, NC, where the family vacationed for many years. During retirement, she and Eric also enjoyed snow birding at St. Simons Island, GA. Anywhere she went, Truly loved sampling new restaurants.
Truly was a devoted wife to Eric for 63 years. She was a devoted mother, daughter, grandmother, dog parent, and friend as well as a devoted Presbyterian, Democrat, Francophile, and volunteer.
Truly is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Allison. She is survived by her husband, Eric Mount ’57, her daughters, Diane Lander Mount Nisbet ’83, Nashville, TN; Laura Truly Mount Grimes ’85 (Steve), Louisville, KY; Marcia Whitney Mount Shoop (John), Asheville, NC; and Mary Faith Mount-Cors (Tom), Carrboro, NC. Truly is also survived by ten grandchildren.
’60 Marilynn Smith Ames of Jackson, TN, September 17, 2021. She is survived by four children and four grandchildren. Marilynn was born on June 14, 1938 in Holly Grove, AR. She was an exceptional student and valedictorian of her graduating class thus receiving a full scholarship to Rhodes Colleg,e where she met and married the love of her life, Dr. Charles Tilton Ames, III ’59 of Holly Springs, MS on July 2, 1961 and were married until his death on December 9, 2020. Theirs was a great love story until the end and a walking testament to what God intended marriage to be. Charles and Marilynn moved to Holly Springs, MS for several years before settling in Jackson 54 years ago.
Marilynn was TV Spokesperson, Advertising Model, Entrepreneur and CEO of the Ames household. As the mother of four very active children, her talents and responsibilities were endless. To list all the activities, committees, leadership roles she played at Old Hickory Academy, The First Presbyterian Church or in the community would fill an entire page, however, Selection Committee, Feeding the 5,000, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School are just a few. Many adults today remember Miss Marilynn.
Marilynn was a believer and never stopped learning and leaning on her faith. What her children will remember most is that she was a woman of faith and if you work hard, you can do anything. To say that Marilynn got things done is an understatement. Her warmth, charm, genuine caring and fun personality while doing all this was extraordinary. She blessed so many people throughout her life and work all very clear to give God the glory.
’60 Ann Myers Redus of Canton, MS, March 13, 2022. She was born in Canton in 1938 to Albert and Grace Myers. While attending Rhodes College, Ann met Jerry Redus and moved with him to Huntsville, AL, after they were married. After working for a few years as a teacher, Ann changed her career to be a stay-at-home mother, where she invested her time and energy in taking care of her family and friends.
As a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Ann initiated a lay pastor program and enjoyed singing in the choir. She also dedicated time to volunteering in several Huntsville charitable organizations and at her children's schools. She loved the outdoors and, over the course of twenty years, hiked much of the Appalachian Trail with friends. In retirement, she and Jerry enjoyed traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Following the death of Jerry in 2015, Ann moved to a retirement community in Gainesville, GA so she could be closer to her daughters and their families. She was blessed to spend her final hours engaged in her favorite endeavors, participating in a church service and spending time with her family.
Ann is survived by her son and two daughters; five grandsons; one great-grandson; her brother, his children, and his grandchildren; and the children and grandchildren of her late sister, Mary Myers McMillan ’53.
’61 John Bernard Frazer, Jr. of Warren, AR, November 5, 2021. He was born Thursday, February 2, 1939 in Little Rock. AR, a son of the late John Bernard Frazer, Sr., and Marion Meek Frazer. Educated in the Warren Public Schools and Rhodes College, where he was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, he graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where he served as President of his class, he returned to Warren, AR, as the second-generation owner and operator of the Frazer's Funeral Home, he served as a director of Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company and third-generation banker of the Warren Bank and Trust Company where he was Chairman of the Board.
For 12 years, John served as Mayor of Warren and played significant behind-the-scenes roles in statewide and national politics. His resolve was tested three months into his first term when a devastating tornado struck the town on Good Friday 1975. He immediately took action convincing Potlatch to rebuild the destroyed mill complex and lobbied the Arkansas Congressional delegation for millions of dollars in federal disaster relief in order to rebuild the city and save jobs. During his three terms in office, John modernized the city government including the Police, Sanitation and Fire Departments as well as led the 278-bypass construction resulting in significant economic development. In 1975, John received the first Bradley County Citizen of the Year award. He was a Rotarian, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow recipient and demonstrated a life devoted to service. John's drive to make Warren and Bradley County a better place and raise a family dovetailed into his career.
Outside Warren, John served as Chairman of the Arkansas State Burial Commission, Board Member for the Potlatch Educational Foundation, and a major supporter of the Donald W Reynolds YMCA. Above his commitments to the community, John enjoyed family fishing trips, duck and quail hunting but most of all, flying his airplane (N53Fox Trot), a passion he developed in his teenage years. He also was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church.
He is preceded in death by one son. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Maribeth Moore Frazer ’63 two sons, and seven grandchildren.
’61 Sue Dalton Dowdy of Greenville, MS, December 21, 2021. Sue was born near Hayti, MI, on May 15, 1939. Raised in Hayti, Sue met the love of her life, Billy Gene (B.G.) Dowdy ’60, and married at the young age of 16 and was married until his death in 1997.
A graduate of Rhodes College, Sue taught school until moving to Greenville in 1971. She was a devoted wife and mother and was known to all as “Sue Sue.” Sue was an active member of the community and especially in her church, First Baptist Church of Greenville. For many years, Sue led the Community Bible Study and still was requested to come back even after she stepped down as leader. Her family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers in Sue's life. You were all "family" to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, and her parents. Sue is survived by two sons, brother, four grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two nieces.
’62 Elaine Kinghorn Ettman of Sunnyvale, CA, July 12, 2021. She was predeceased by her parents, stepmother, and her brother. She is survived by her brother and five nieces. Elaine grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and Memphis, TN, where she graduated from White Station High School. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis and was a sister of the Beta Sigma chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She transferred to and graduated from Texas Christian University. She then completed her medical technology training and certification in cytotechnology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
She moved to California to begin her tenure with the Veterans’ Administration Palo Alto Hospital in the medical laboratory in 1965, where she remained as a valued technologist, friend, and mentor for over 55 years until her death. After her move, Elaine took up figure skating and a particular interest in ice dance. She became a United States Figure Skating Certified Judge and served for over 40 years, judging at competitions throughout the western United States. She was a member of the Peninsula Skating Club of San Jose. She traveled the world with her friends, visiting China, Japan, Russia, Eastern and Western Europe and Israel. Both in her vocation and avocations, Elaine was a mentor and source of support to her skating family and work family throughout the years. She was a true lover of her family of dogs over the years, and was survived by her beloved Cairn Terriers, Curry, and Riley.
’62 June Johnston Hungarland of Danville, KY, November 4, 2021. She was born April 17, 1940, in Knoxville, TN, the daughter of the late Earle Lavelle and Madelyn (Seeger) Johnston.
She is survived by her husband, John Durrett Hungarland ’61; her son, Dr. John David (Wendy) Hungarland of Danville, VA; her daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Hauser (Michael) of Holden Beach, NC; her sister, Janice Johnston Elliott ’66 (Bob); her grandchildren, Blake Hauser (John) of Boston, MA; Benjamin Hauser of Salt Lake City, UT; Lily Hungarland of Richmond, VA; Charlie Hungarland of Danville, VA; and Thomas Hungarland of Danville, VA; and many loved nieces and nephews.
June graduated from Sheffield High in Sheffield, AL, and obtained a BA in Business with Honors from Rhodes College. June was a doting mother and grandmother. She was an avid sewer and knitter, contributing to the Knitting Angels of her home church, Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta, GA. She was a founding volunteer for Camp Hope and kidz2leaders, ministries to children of incarcerated parents.
’62 Dr. Pat Sharkey Burke of Clarksdale, MS, December 3, 2021. Doc, as he was known to many, was the first of three children born to Dennis Rule Burke, Sr. and Louise Dudley Sharkey in Ruleville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers. He graduated from Ruleville High School in 1958, and then earned a degree in biology from Rhodes College in 1962. While at Rhodes, he was a dual sport athlete playing both football (cornerback and fullback) and baseball (outfield). His baseball team won the 1961 National Collegiate Baseball Championship. After Rhodes, Doc enrolled in the University of Mississippi Medical School and in 1966, he married Carmen Melanie (Meg) Wells. He graduated with an MD degree in 1967. He enlisted in the United States Air Force for his internship and residency and worked at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio.
The Burke family, which had grown with the birth of Melanie and Sharkey, relocated back to the Delta in 1973 to begin practicing medicine in Clarksdale as a doctor of internal medicine. The same year, they welcomed their youngest child, Genie. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Mississippi Medical Association. Being a "Delta boy" and an Eagle Scout, Doc never outgrew his love of all things outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He cared deeply about his community and practiced medicine in Clarksdale for over forty years, even after retirement. He faithfully participated in the Rotary Club and helped many people for good and God.
Doc genuinely loved Meg, with whom he had enjoyed 54 years of marriage, his three children, and thirteen grandchildren. But Doc's great passion went far beyond sports, community, and family to what mattered most-- Jesus. Pat Burke loved his Lord and Savior. He was a great student of the Bible which overflowed into teaching of the men's Sunday school class at Riverside Baptist Church, and every Monday night you could find him leading a men's community Bible study. He wanted everyone he met to know Jesus and relentlessly shared the gospel of Jesus in word, song, and deed. Goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life and he now dwells in the house of the Lord forever.
’62 Genevieve Scott Johnston Clay of Richmond, KY, January 17, 2022. She was born on February 5, 1940 in Kingsport, TN, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Marion Johnston and Catherine Genevieve Scott. The family lived in Rogersville, TN, and then Atlanta, GA, before coming to Lexington, KY, in 1949. She is survived by her brother, her two nieces, her nephew, several great-nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents. Genevieve attended school in Atlanta, GA, and then Lexington, KY, where her father was pastor of the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1958. Also in 1958, she played viola in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra which played for a national string teacher's convention in Carnegie Hall, New York City, on April 13, 1958.
She went on to graduate from Rhodes College in 1962, where she received an BA degree with a major in Bible. In her first summer home from college, a family friend suggested she apply for a job as a clerk in the University of Kentucky's Margaret I. King Library. How fortuitous this was! This was the beginning of her library career; she never had any other kind of job. Moreover, she married a librarian, and when he died, she married a college professor! She married Larry Jacob Pope of Brooksville, KY on July 10, 1965. She and Larry moved to Richmond, KY, in August 1966 where each of them took positions in Eastern Kentucky University's Crabbe Library. Upon Larry's untimely death, she married Dr. William Wilson Hume Clay of Winchester, KY, on December 22, 1975. Genevieve earned a M.S. in L.S Degree from UK in 1969 and another AB degree in voice performance from Eastern in 1986. She held various positions in Eastern's library, from which she retired as a librarian emeritus in 2002.
A cradle Presbyterian, she was a 50-year-member of Richmond's First Presbyterian Church, where she was at various times a Deacon, an Elder and Clerk of the Session for eight years. She also actively participated in the church's chancel and hand bell choirs as long as her health allowed. In later years she enjoyed attending the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, where she appreciated the liturgy and new friendships formed there.
’63 Rev. Lewis E. Bratton of Memphis, TN, November 28, 2021. Born in Memphis, TN, Bro. Bratton was the son of the late Katie Louise Carter Bratton and Lewis E. Bratton, Sr. He received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, and he earned his master's degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bro. Bratton served in several churches before coming to First Baptist in Dickson as Minister of Education in the middle 1990s. He also served as Minister of Visitation and Pastoral Care. Bro. Bratton exemplified his Christian calling in all aspects of his life and was known and loved by all who knew him as a kind, caring, and compassionate ambassador for Christ. He loved people in general and was quick to offer spiritual encouragement to all he met. He loved spending time with his family (and especially his grandchildren!) He was an avid reader and studied what he read. He continued to teach a Sunday School Class until his health prevented him from doing so. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Shirley, his daughter, his brother, three granddaughters, two nephews, and three nieces.
’63 Patience Moore Rall of Canton, MS, February 27, 2022. Patience was born in Canton, MS on June 24, 1941 to Joseph Samuel Moore and Malvina McCool Moore. Patience grew up on Choctaw Lake in Ackerman, MS. In 1959, she graduated from Ackerman High School, attended Rhodes College completing a B.A. in Music. Patience followed in the footsteps of her mother and pledged Delta Delta Delta sorority so she would be allowed home during the holidays.
Patience had an expansive and eclectic work life with a sweep through teaching music, banking, secretarial work, bookstore managing, and owning a bed and breakfast. Through the years, she was often asked by friends and family to help them arrange furniture, hang pictures, and organize closets. She had a particular gift for taking a house full of things and creating a vibrant space that reflected the personality and character of each inhabitant. Energized by these opportunities, she decided to follow her bliss and started her decorating business, Have Patience, and shared this talent far and wide.
A life-long Episcopalian, Patience was baptized, raised, and confirmed at Church of the Resurrection in Starkville. Whether she was fresh out of college and singing in the choir at St. Mary's Cathedral in Memphis or directing the children's choir at St. David's in Nashville, church was always central to her life. After moving back to Mississippi in 1974, a newly single mother of two, Patience found community and a fresh start at St. Philip's Church in Jackson. The church was less than a mile from where she had purchased her very first home on Sunnyvale Drive, also known as Anglican Acres by many. For decades, she sang in the choir, was a member of the altar guild, and served as a lay eucharistic minister. With a passion for Christian formation, Patience completed the three-year course, Education for Ministry, and was part of the first team trained as facilitators for the Disciples of Christ in Community course used throughout the Episcopal Church. In the early nineties she served as the parish administrator to help support formation programs like DOCC, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, parish weekends, and Bible study groups. In the larger church, Patience served at Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, Camp Bratton-Green both as camper and staff, and regularly attended Diocesan events. Where Patience left her biggest mark in parish life was her profound gift of hospitality. There were often celebrations to be hosted, or meals for pastoral care to be delivered. Patience was at the ready to help prepare a beautiful feast to build up the community of faith and give us all a little glimpse of the Kingdom of God.
Knowing that Patience always liked to have the last word, it seems only fitting to end by quoting what she wrote to friends at a reunion: "Through these years, the friends I've had, the love I've known, and the pain of 'growing up' have been bountiful! Though this is not the script I originally wrote for my life, it is what it is. Even with divorces, floods, deaths, cancer, and broken bones, life is God's gift to the willing. You were all part of that ride, and I thank you for sharing."
Patience is survived by two daughters, a sister, Susan Clark, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
’63 John Calhoun “Jack” Rice III of Braden, TN, March 3, 2022. He was born in Brownsville, TN, on December 8, 1940, delivered by his grandfather, Dr. John C. Rice, to Charleen Jackson Rice and John C. Rice, Jr. Jack grew up in Braden on the family farm started by Dr. Rice in the early 1900s. He graduated from Fayette County High School ’58, Rhodes College ’63 and the United States Navy Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI ’64. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War as a Lt. (j.g.) on the staff of the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the cruiser USS Oklahoma City, home port Yokosuka, Japan. He married his high school sweetheart, Betsy Thompson, in 1965 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Tokyo. Jack was the last Chairman of Fayette County's Quarterly County Court, serving in that role 1972-78. The position included the duties of probate and juvenile court judge, and he was affectionately known as "Judge Jack."
He was a lifelong cattleman and a member of the Fayette County Cattlemen's Association. The cows appreciated his kind and gentle nature, but his extensive vocabulary was lost on them. Jack was a wonderful storyteller with an infectious laugh and a mischievous look in his bright blue eyes. He was an avid reader and loved all kinds of music. He enjoyed traveling, particularly to any destination where he could look at farmland and cattle. Jack was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church at Mason, TN.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Elizabeth “Betsy” Thompson Rice, his daughter Alix Thompson Rice, his son John Craig Rice, two aunts, and several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Callis Rice.
’64 Ann Clark Quinlen Harris of Memphis, TN, February 20, 2022. She was the daughter of William L. Quinlen, Jr., and Ann Clark Miller Quinlen. Born and raised in Memphis, Ann Clark spent most of her life there. She graduated from The Hutchison School in 1960. She then attended Mary Baldwin College in VA and ultimately graduated from Rhodes College where she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. After college, Ann Clark remained in Memphis where she met and married William C. Harris, Jr. Their son, William C. Harris III, survives both his mother and father. Ann Clark spent her many years involved in numerous Memphis civic staples such as The Mystic Society of the Memphis, where she was a Duchess; LeBonheur Children's Hospital, Les Passees, The Woman's Exchange, The Junior League, and the infamous Lunch Bunch.
Beyond her family, Ann Clark's greatest joy was her large circle of friends to whom she was fiercely loyal, and for whom she provided unstinting support in their times of trouble or pain. In addition to her son, Ann Clark is survived by her brother, sister, and five nieces and nephews.
’65 Pamela Polete Boggs of Beachwood, OH, January 7, 2020. Pam was a beloved and devoted partner to David I. Glaser. Cherished stepmother of Eileen Glaser and Russell Glaser.
’65 Bruce Emerson Herron of Jackson, TN, January 26, 2022. Bruce was born October 15, 1943 in Jackson, TN, son of physician and Jackson Clinic founder, Henry Harrison Herron, and Lucille Duncan Herron. Bruce attended Jackson High School, where he served as valedictorian before attending Rice University and graduating from Rhodes College in 1965. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, in 1969 and then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He returned to Jackson in 1975 to join the Eye Clinic, where he practiced until his retirement in 2014. He was active in professional organizations and served a term as president of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology. Bruce was a longtime and treasured member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, where he served as elder, choir member, and dear friend to many, including Pastor John White. He was kind, gentle, and generous. These qualities served him well in medicine. Bruce found great satisfaction in helping his patients with problems small and large, from new glasses to surgery.
From a young age, he was fascinated by cars, motorcycles, and trains. He was often found tinkering with an old roadster in the garage, attending a Formula 1 race, or adding a new line to his model train set. He also loved to travel to destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe with family, friends, and especially his wife, Judy. He was a beloved doctor, mentor, philanthropist, and friend, and will be dearly missed. Bruce was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, his sister, sister-in-law, son, his three daughters, and his nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother and his grandson.
’66 Walter B. Howell, Jr. of Memphis, TN, October 20, 2021. Walter was born May 11, 1944, in Clarksdale, MS, to Clara and Walter Howell, Sr. He graduated as valedictorian from Clarksdale High School, where he played football and played saxophone in the band. Walter graduated from Rhodes College majoring in economics, where he directed the Pep Band and was president of ODK. While at Rhodes, Walter met Nancy C. Howell ’67, his wife of 54 years. He received his MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia.
Returning to Memphis, Walter worked for National Bank of Commerce for 27 years, where he retired as the Chief Financial Officer. Afterwards, he and his wife briefly ran a small business before retiring again in 2000. Walter and Nancy's shared loved of classical music led them to build a summer home in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where they immersed themselves in Tanglewood and the many artistic venues of that area, for the next 20 years. Walter and Nancy loved to travel, and together, explored many parts of the world. Walter was an avid supporter of the arts in Memphis, serving on the boards of Opera Memphis, Concerts International, and the Memphis Youth Symphony and was a reliable presence at local musical events. He was an active member of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as an Elder.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cox Howell ’67; two sons, Walter Howell, III (Jennifer) and Lowry Howell (Laura); sister, Ann Howell (Denise); and three grandchildren, Hannah Grace Howell, Emmett Howell, and Rhys Howell. He was preceded in death by his parents. Walter was a doting grandfather and loved his grandchildren immensely.
’66 Vince O’Connell Kouns of Houston, TX, December 26, 2021. He lived life as a loving, faithful Catholic husband, father, brother, and friend. A man could not have left a better legacy. Diane S Kouns faithfully stood at his side from high school to this sad but beautiful ending. Married for more than 55 years, Diane often told people, to know Vince, is to love him. Together they created a wonderful and loving family that produced Vincent O.Connell Kouns Jr, Kathleen Morris, Megan Suermann, and Andrew Kouns. Additionally, they were blessed with 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (so far).
An extraordinary athlete, Vincent earned the Julius Lewis award for top student/athlete at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN. He was team captain for three high school state champion teams. Vince attended Notre Dame University with a baseball scholarship. He later graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis on an athletic scholarship for both football and baseball. He continued organized league basketball well into his thirties. Additionally, he was often awarded the Longest Drive at most of the golf events throughout his business career.
Vincent's greatest accomplishment was his marriage to Diane for over half a century and the family born from it. Known as Dancing Bear during numerous years of Indian Guides and Princesses, no horse was too small to ride and no fish too small to catch. Known as coach for many baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. Best known as Daddy and the grandfatherly epithet Da-da-da. His ongoing love and support of his wife and family was exemplary. Vincent set the standard for all his children.
’66 Tina Beatty McWhorter of Memphis, TN, December 28, 2021. Tina was born on February 8, 1943 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Troy Beatty, Jr. in Memphis. Other than a short period of time spent in Huntsville, AL, she was a lifelong resident of Memphis.
Tina was active in sports and music in her formative years and excelled in mathematics throughout high school. She majored in economics at her alma mater, Rhodes College, and later received a master's degree in teaching from the University of Memphis. Tina worked first at IBM, but will be remembered most fondly by her many students for the years spent teaching mathematics and computer sciences at Grace-St. Luke's School, St. Mary's School and Hutchison School.
Following her marriage to the late, John L. McWhorter, she and John traveled extensively in the United States and Europe during which time they both developed a keen interest in the decorative arts. They were skilled collectors of early American furniture. This interest ultimately led to Tina's being an active supporter of the Brooks Museum to which they donated many pieces over the years. In addition to being an enthusiastic cheerleader for Trezevant Manor where she moved following the sale of her home, Tina was a generous donor, talented quilt maker, devout Memphis Tigers basketball fan, lifelong dog lover, skilled gardener, and an avid student of the stock market.
Tina was preceded in death by her brother, and is survived by her sister, and nephew. Tina expressed unbounding joy in October of 2020 at the birth of her great nephew, Rowan Reid Price.
’67 James “Jim” Carter Whittington of Memphis, TN, November 5, 2021. Jim was born on March 13, 1945, in Memphis, TN. His parents were the late Paul Brady and Margaret Carter Whittington. He spent his early childhood in Marked Tree, AR, before the family moved to Selmer, TN. Jim was a 1963 graduate of Selmer High School and received a Political Science degree from Rhodes College. After graduating from college, he served his country in the United States Air Force as a medical technician for four years.
On May 24, 1969 he married Annette Grissom Whittington and they have cherished 52 years together. After his discharge from the service in 1971, Jim and his family returned home to Selmer. Jim worked for his father at City Lumber Company as the manager for 25 years. Jim was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He coached Little League baseball and football and was an avid MCHS Bobcats football fan. For many years he would be on the sidelines on Friday nights carrying the chains. Jim was involved in his church and community all his adult life. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Selmer, where he served on the administrative board and various other committees. He served as the Disaster Relief Response Coordinator for UMCOR following Hurricane Katrina. He and Annette were members of the West Tennessee Emmaus Community and served on many leadership teams. Jim held a position on the McNairy County Commission and Selmer Board of Aldermen before being elected Mayor of Selmer in 1991, a position he held for 14 years. During his years as Mayor, he became a West Star Graduate and a member of the Delta Leadership 21st Century Organization as well as the Tennessee Municipal League. Jim could be described best as a servant leader. He surrounded himself with people who had the expertise to write grants, to influence others, and to get things done.
Following his tenure as Mayor, Jim was able to use his gifts of administration as cofounder of Jesus Cares. He also found time to enjoy his passion as a tour guide at Shiloh National Military Park. Jim was a University of Tennessee football fan and he found great pleasure in watching the games every Saturday. He and Annette spent much time each summer playing golf and traveling. They travelled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Jim departed this life on November 5, 2021 at his home in Selmer at the age of 76 years, 7 months, and 23 days. Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by two sons, James Bradley and Robert Kevin Whittington.
He is survived by his wife, his two grandsons, grandsons’ mother, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, four nephews, and a niece.
’68 Rev. Aaron Andrew Carland of Oklahoma City, OK, January 25, 2021.
’68 William M. Jackson III of Memphis, TN, December 29, 2021. William died suddenly while happily wintering on his beloved island of Sanibel, Florida.
’69 James Dixon Roper of Memphis, TN, January 20, 2022. Born in Memphis, TN, on June 15th, 1947, he was polite enough to wait until after the Sunday evening service to come into the world. He was the only child of Franklin Brentwood and Dorothy M. Dixon Roper. Being the only child, to say that he was doted on would be a supreme understatement. By his own admission, he didn't have to walk until he was almost two because someone was always there to carry him.
He was a lover of learning, especially through reading and languages. His favorite subject in high school was debate (something he passed on to 3/4 of his children; the fourth one just thinks she is always right anyway). He graduated from White Station High School in 1965 then went on to attend and graduate from Rhodes College in 1969 with a degree in classics. He was awarded Phi Beta Kappa and was extremely proud to be part of the oldest academic honor society in the US. From there, he attended Memphis Theological Seminary, gaining a Master’s in Divinity. Achieving his goal of the title Reverend Doctor James D. Roper, he graduated with his Doctorate from Anderson Theological Seminary.
He was a lifelong teacher, a United Methodist Minister for 27 years, and held various other jobs along the way. He loved people! He never met a stranger, whether it was in the pews of his church or a bench at Walmart; a trait he passed on to his kids. He was a storyteller and man did he tell them! Stories of history and people, like Elvis before the fence around Graceland went up. Or even important people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with whom he marched during the garbage strike in Memphis. But to him, nothing was more important than telling everyone about Jesus. Those were his best stories. Those were the stories he wanted people to hear above all else. And he loved his people: his wife and his four children. And he was blessed to see his six grandchildren. He passed his love of reading on to most of them, whether it is the back of the cereal box or a 500-page novel. He made sure our house was filled with music of all genres and eras, puns galore, and jokes. Horrible dad jokes such as “a man Goes to the doctor and says Doc, one night I dream I'm a wigwam, one night I dream I'm a Teepee. I don't know what's wrong with me. The Doc says That's easy, you're two tents.” We loved him and we knew he loved us. With sincerest love, tongs for the memories!
’69 Mary Weaver Scudder of Carrollton, GA, February 16, 2022. She was born in Nashville, TN and was the daughter of Thomas Weaver and Elizabeth Moore Weaver. She attended Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, graduating in 1965, and Rhodes College, graduating in 1969. She later earned post-graduate degrees in Library Science and Adaptive Physical Education for the Disabled.
After her marriage to Charles A Scudder, she moved to Carrollton and taught for many years in Carroll County Schools and at West Georgia State College. Charles Scudder preceded her in death. She is survived by two stepdaughters, a sister, and a brother. She is also survived by two grandchildren, five nieces and nephews, and fifteen great nieces and nephews. Mary was a wonderful example of kindness and thoughtfulness that she offered to everyone she knew. She was a loving and attentive friend to many who will dearly miss her.
’74 Phillip McKinley Parker of Memphis, TN, November 16, 2021. Phillip was born on February 12, 1953, to Nanell and Owen McKinley Parker in Memphis, TN. After Phil graduated from Central High school, he attended Rhodes College, pursing a degree in biology. He could often be found in the Frazier Jelke building, learning from his beloved professors. Phil was a lifelong photographer who took every opportunity to capture a beautiful moment among people, animals, and nature. Phillip loved what he did for a living, and treasured the relationships he formed, stories he shared, and lives he touched from behind the lens.
His proudest achievement was being a father and grandfather. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, and a cousin. He is survived by his daughter, granddaughter, girlfriend, and three cousins.
’76 David D. Jervey of Independence, MO, May 2, 2020. He was a gentle and generous person. David attended Radford High School, Rhodes College (B.S.) and Radford University (M.B.A.). He worked at the Radford Arsenal for many years and retired from ATK this past winter. David loved traveling throughout the world, playing cards, going to movies, and especially reading sci-fi novels.
He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, two brothers, a nephew, and two nieces.
’76 Jeffrey A. Strack of Chicago, IL, September 28, 2021. Born to Miller and Jeanetta Strack, he came to Rhodes College in 1972, where he proceeded to make many lifelong friends. He majored in Theology and was the editor of The Sou'wester student newspaper, where his sense of humor became abundantly clear. After graduating in 1976, Jeff made stops of varying durations in Syracuse, NY, Seattle and Wenatchee, WA, and Raleigh, NC, before settling in Atlanta around 1980.
His journalism background led him first to typesetting and data processing for Georgia State University, DataCopi, ImTech, and Spire. He then took those information technology skills to the insurance industry, working for Aon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most recently IAT Insurance. He particularly enjoyed traveling with Aon to London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, and many other cities around the world. Jeff will be remembered for his ready laugh, his generosity, and his easy-going temperament. Music gave him great pleasure, with his tastes ranging from Beethoven, Chopin and Mahler to Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Joni Mitchell.
He also loved science fiction, David Hockney, the PBS Masterpiece series, and his Wheaten terriers. He is survived by husband Rick, one brother (Bill), and his "extra family" Laurie Key Lee ’76, Amy Nease ’77, and Don Donnelly.
’76 Lisa York Gill of South Bend, IN, January 25, 2022. Lisa was born on October 27, 1953, to Raymond Gill and Seta (York) Gill, who both preceded her in death. Lisa attended Rhodes College, where she received her bachelor's degree. She worked as a buyer for Y&R Advertising in New York. Lisa and her loving husband, Jeff Clark, lived all over the south (Memphis, TN, Charleston, SC, and Huntsville, AL). She loved traveling all over Europe. Lisa enjoyed Folly Beach in Charleston with her husband: Sitting on beach chairs with a cocktail; watching the stars and their beloved Border Collie, Sophi, chasing other dogs on the beach. She was a wonderful cook and the life of the party. She lit up any room she walked into.
Lisa is survived by her loving husband, stepson, sister, brother, and two cousins.
’77 Dr. William Hayes "Bill" Matthews, Jr. of Muskogee, OK, December 19, 2021. He was born on July 4, 1955 to William Hayes Matthews, Sr. and Cornelia (Williams) Matthews in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy, attended Rhodes College for his bachelor’s degree, and later obtained his doctorate degree in Dentistry from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Bill ran his own dental practice in Nashville, TN, for many years, and later worked for SeniorDent, specializing in assisted living facilities.
He gave much of his free time to volunteering for the Bridges Out of Poverty foundation, providing free denture work for those in need. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hiking, Cajun food, and traveling with his family. He was incredibly kind and had a warm heart when anyone needed it. He was a respected father, friend, and professional. He is loved and will be missed dearly by many that knew him. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son, daughter, their mother, five cousins, and many other family members and friends.
’78 David R. McWilliams of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, December 17, 2021. He had recently celebrated his 65th birthday on November 10th with characteristic joie de vivre alongside his beloved wife Laurie.
David enjoyed a rewarding and successful 40-year career in the financial services industry beginning as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch following his graduation from Rhodes College. He was quickly recognized for his natural leadership skills and inspirational mentoring abilities and moved into various management positions, including overseas postings in Australia and Japan. He retired from his corporate career at UBS as the aptly titled, Head of Wealth Management Transformation. There was simply no one more capable of completing such a challenging role than David.
He had the most gracious gift of empowering people to embrace and adapt to life's changes in a way that contributed to the greater good of all involved. He was renowned and universally respected for his motivational leadership, professional accomplishments, and skills. He always replied with a cheerful "sure" when asked if he had a minute. That minute was never limited or rushed as he would listen carefully and then gently impart perspective and wisdom.
David also shared his energy and leadership with genuine pleasure in service to his community. He was a Founding Trustee of Camillus House, focused on humanitarian services for the poor and homeless; Trustee for over a decade at Rhodes College, his alma mater; Trustee at Ransom Everglades, his children's school; Board and Legacy Circle Member for Florida Foster Care Review and Co-Chair with wife, Laurie, of Vassar Parents’ Council at Vassar College where his daughter, Ivy, attends.
His smile was quick and cheeky. His laugh was warm and infectious. His patience and generosity were legendary. He was both interested and interesting and never failed to remember and inquire about whatever you might have discussed most recently. He was the consummate host who always made you feel special and most welcome. To know him truly was to love him.
His love of wine, travel and being out on the golf course was surpassed only by his devotion to his most beloved family. He cherished Laurie, his adoring wife of 30 years, with a steadfast and loyal devotion. Theirs was a rare and wonderful love story, fully evident to anyone who knew them. He treasured his four amazing, bright, and loving children - Allison, Reid, Cole and Ivy. They brought him immeasurable pride and joy, each in their own unique way. Being a father was undoubtedly David’s proudest accomplishment. He and Laurie were happiest when they were all together, whether at a simple family dinner or on an adventurous vacation. His family was his universe.
David was a giant among men, and not just because of his impressive stature. His sheer strength of character, razor sharp wit, intelligence and genuine kindness of heart set him apart. He only saw the very best in people and called everyone a friend. He leaves us all a bright, shining example of a life well lived - overflowing with authenticity, gratitude, joy and bountiful love. The legacy of this remarkable and charismatic gentleman will be closely held in the hearts and minds of the many, many lives he touched but nowhere more lovingly sustained than by his family.
’78 Sarah “Sally” Ruth Broadwater of Alexandria, VA, March 19, 2022. She was a communications consultant, writer and former journalist who had called Northern Virginia home for nearly four decades. After gaining experience in regional reporting and writing in Kentucky, Sarah moved to the Washington, DC area in the mid-1980s to work on Capitol Hill. After serving as press secretary for several members of Congress, including Rep. Richard Boucher (D-VA), who represented her father's native Southwest Virginia, and current House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), she established a communications practice in the 1990s focusing on strategic planning and writing for non-profits, trade associations and political campaigns.
Sarah, known as Sally in her youth, was a graduate of the Kentucky Country Day School of Louisville. She attended Rhodes College and received a BA from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of Chi Omega, and she earned an MA in journalism with a minor in business from Indiana University.
Sarah was involved in her community and active in Virginia Democratic politics. She served on the Board of the Arlington and Alexandria City League of Women Voters, was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter in Alexandria, VA, as well as several journalism organizations. In addition to her career endeavors, Sarah was a devoted aunt, sister, and friend. With her keen intellect, strong powers of observation and experience with life's challenges, she was always willing to lend a sympathetic ear and provide advice to others across a range of topics with humor, irony, and tact – depending on what the situation required. She will be remembered fondly, by her nephews who also have her intelligence and desire to help people, and her sister and brother-in-law who treasure friends and family as dearly.
’81 Edward “Ted” O'Brien of Memphis, TN, November 1, 2021. Born December 17, 1958 the son of San Stewart O'Brien and Joseph Orgill O'Brien, Ted attended Presbyterian Day School, later graduating from Memphis University school class of ’77. He then attended Rhodes College before joining Chickasaw Cotton Company.
Ted lived a life of two halves. Early on as an energetic, free-spirited youngster, Ted found his natural calling in the bountiful woods and bayous of the Mid-South. Along the way he became a champion duck caller, a crack shot, and a passionate naturalist. While developing his career in the cotton business, he married and welcomed his two sons, Gil and Gant O'Brien, now of Birmingham and Nashville respectively; he also leaves his precious granddaughter, Olivia O'Brien. At age 30, Ted was sent on assignment to Australia by his cotton employer. While there he endured a terrible auto accident in the Outback which severed his spinal cord leaving him paralyzed.
He returned home on a Federal Express jet to begin the second half of his life’s journey. While the accident robbed Ted of his physical abilities, it was no match for his courage, character, and faith. He arrived at King’s Daughters facility and began immediately reaching out to friends and family. By use of computer and voice technology, he was able to stay in touch with his many friends and did so consistently with energy and care. In the second half of his life, Ted made a celebration of his family, his many friends, and especially his renewed faith in Jesus Christ.
Outfitted with his trusty van, often piloted by Jimmy Taylor, he attended the events, birthdays, weddings, and funerals, dove hunts as well as other important events in his friend’s lives. Ted spent the balance of his ‘van’ life in the celebration and support of his many friends always prompt and at his best. His friends and family became his flock and now we rejoice in the gift that was his remarkable life.
’82 Hunter McAlpine Hodge of Nashville, TN, February 16, 2022. A gifted creative professional who produced a spectrum of award-winning marketing campaigns and music videos during his 30-year career, Hunter was a creative fixture in Nashville – known for his self-effacing warmth, quick wit and contagious laugh and for his ability to bring fresh perspective to any project or pursuit.
A native of Nashville, Hunter was the youngest of four sons of James Lee Hodge, Jr. and Stella Mae Fleming Hodge. After graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from Rhodes College and a Master’s in Human Developmental Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Hunter interned and later worked for health and wellness expert Dr. Martin Katahn before venturing into advertising, which led to his extensive career developing captivating creative work.
Hunter’s artistic strength was his deep emotional intelligence. His first priority was understanding the goals and dreams of others and then wielding his uncommon perspective to achieve them. A copywriter, director, graphic designer, video producer, and book and set designer, Hunter alternated between disciplines with ease.
In addition to founding and running his own agency – Hootzenputer – his career also included stints at marketing agencies A. Richard Johnson & Associates and Seigenthaler Public Relations, Inc.; and at film production company Pecos Films. During his time at Pecos, when the popularity of music videos was at its height, Hunter produced a host of imaginative works for artists including Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, and Terri Clark and he was integral to the production of Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America”, the 2002 Music Video of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music.
Deeply committed to the Nashville community, Hunter also supported dozens of nonprofit organizations by creating inspired and heartfelt campaigns, events and fundraising materials. He was particularly devoted to Walden’s Puddle and Nashville Cares and served on their boards of directors.
Hunter’s greatest gift was his willingness to use his many talents to move mountains for family, friends, or anyone in need. No request was too large or daunting for Hunter. He brought his all and made the process fun and unforgettable -executing complex artistic feats, usually at the very last possible moment with a twinkle in his eye and a hilarious story about something that had happened along the way. His family and friends will forever remember that everything Hunter created, he created with love.
Hunter was preceded in death by his father and brother. He is survived by his mother, his close friend, Scott Sosna, two brothers, a niece and three nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
’83 Timothy Edward Carter of Macon, GA, December 24, 2021. Son of the late Frank Edward and Geneva Legene Elliott Carter, Timothy was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his BS in Biology at Rhodes College, his M.D from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and did his residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center. He worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a biochemistry lab technician from 1983-1985 and as a physician/partner at Macon GYN/OB Associates from 1993 until present.
Tinothy was a member of the Board Certified-American College of OB/GYN, Medical Association of Georgia, Bibb County Medical Society, American Medical Association, and South Atlantic OB/GYN Society. His appointments included Department Vice-Chairman OB/GYN Coliseum Medical Center, Member at Large Medical Executive Committee, Coliseum Medical Center, Department Chairman OB/GYN Coliseum Medical Center, OB/GYN Peer Review Committee Coliseum Medical Center, and OB/GYN Peer Review Committee Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Timothy was a member of the Social Shooters of Georgia, Ocmulgee River Gun Club, The Meadows Gun Club, and National Sporting Clays Association. Dr. Carter is survived by his wife of 31 years, Annitta Carter, a sister, a brother, two uncles, and two nieces.
’83 David Charles Allen of Nashville, TN, December 12, 2021. He is predeceased in death by his father and brother. He is survived by his mother, wife Lissa W. Allen, his son, his daughter, his sister, his mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. Other surviving family members include an aunt, three nieces, a nephew, several cousins, and great nieces and nephews.
David graduated from Hillsboro High School where he received the outstanding faculty award and was president of the student body, and a graduate of Rhodes College. He first worked in Austin, TX, then later joined his father, Charles Allen, as a buyer of decor for TGI Friday’s. Through this work, he developed his love for auctions and antiques. He is a graduate of Tennessee School of Auctioneers, was elected to their Tennessee Auctioneer Wall of Fame in 2018, and he owned the Music City Auction Company. David loved sports, especially playing basketball at Westminster Church and the Green Hills YMCA. He never met a stranger and he welcomed all with kindness and grace. His favorite times were being with his family and friends, being at the beach, listening to the Beatles, and being an auctioneer. His smile was large and he had a rare gift of gab and ability to listen, which made him a true leader and a true friend. He adored his kids and cared only to make their lives as great as he possibly could.
David cherished his family and talked proudly to others about good family times and wonderful memories. He shared his interest in music, sports and world events with Jack and Cate. Currently, Jack is a junior at Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music and Cate is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, studying sociology and history.
’83 Robert "Bo" L. Richardson III of Paris, TN, March 2, 2022. Affectionately known as “Dr. Bo,” he retired in December, 2021, after a life-long career of practicing medicine. He lived a full life of accomplishments and was dedicated to teaching healthcare professionals and serving his patients. Dr. Bo loved spending as much time with his family as possible. He also enjoyed attending movies, playing video games, and cooking entirely too much food to share with as many people as he could crowd around a table. His sense of humor and gregarious outgoing nature, coupled with his infectious laughter, will be remembered forever by everyone who met him.
Dr. Bo was a 1979 graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN, where he was a four-year member of the All-State Band playing trombone. He studied undergraduate at Rhodes College in Memphis, took a sabbatical to work as a scrub assistant in cardio-thoracic surgery, then returned to the University of Memphis where he graduated with a degree in biology in 1986. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine in 1991. He served his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis from 1991-1994 and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine from 1994-1995. He was first certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1995.
He served on the Executive Committee at Henry County Medical Center for five years and was Chief of Staff 2016-2017. During his time in Paris, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Plus Endowment and the Board of Directors for the Specific Perceptual Motor Difficulties organization. Dr. Bo was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Paris, where he enjoyed singing in the choir whenever his schedule allowed.
He was married August 4, 1984, to his wife of 37 years Dawn Brewer Richardson, who survives in Paris. Along with his wife and father, he is survived by two daughters; one son; two brothers; two sisters; two step-brothers; eleven nieces and nephews; one great-niece; and one great-nephew.
’86 Harold Philip Hubbard of Williamsburg, KY, January 16, 2022. He was born on December 24, 1963, in Corbin, KY to Harold Hubbard and Virginia (Corey) Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his mother and sister-in-law. He was a graduate of Williamsburg High School and a National Merit Scholar. A graduate of Rhodes College and Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Psychology, he was a member of Mensa and Triple Nine Society. He is survived by his father, brother, niece, great niece, and many special friends and family.
’92 Carlos “Carl” Randall of Vestavia, AL, October 20, 2021. Carlos (Carl) Stanford Randall was born June 29, 1970, in Mobile, AL. He is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife and his two daughters. Carl passed quietly at home with his wife by his side after a battle with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Carl graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Political Science and from University of Alabama Law School.
Carl chose a career as a prosecutor in 1995 and never wavered in his commitment to that career. For twenty-five years, he protected the people of Jefferson County and gave voice to the victims of crime. He held the line over which violent criminals could not cross without accountability. He did so with grace, dignity, and vigor. He married Lisa in 2001 and they were blessed with daughters Caroline and Bailey Randall. Carl's greatest delight and joy was in being a father to them and watching them play soccer over the years. He was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. He loved Alabama football, travel, all sports except hockey, and all things Disney.
’94 Samuel Adam Woods of Porter, TX, December 1, 2021. Upon being welcomed into heaven with open arms on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, Samuel Adam Woods was overheard telling St. Peter, "I'm crazy, but I ain't stupid," the punchline to an age-old story shared within the Bodie and Jo Woods home in Ruston, LA.
After checking in to his new home, Sam was caught smiling from ear to ear when he came around the corner to see a wall full of guitars and an endless library of books, a fitting addition considering Sam loved reading, learning, and discovering since early in his childhood. Speaking of childhood, you would get a kick out of his sister, Jill, who would later go on to marry Steve Goates. Together, they welcomed Grant, Gregory, and Grayden and would make their home in Tyler, TX.
Shifting gears, Sam was caught telling the angels all about the origins of the furniture in his room and insisted that if they did not buy the floor model, then they paid too much. This was his way of life. After all, he did grow up in Bodie's Furniture, the furniture store that his parents successfully owned for 46 years. This knowledge, of course, grew to be a part of Sam's DNA.
He set his sights high when he left the family business. He ignited his career when he franchised a Mattress Firm in Indianapolis, IN, with his high school sweetheart and wife Elizabeth Anne Blakeney Woods, the daughter of Jay Gordon Sr. and Evelyn Blakeney, who are also the parents of twins Jay Gordon Jr., who would later marry Lane, and their daughter, Mary Catherine, who married Alejandro Ogata.
After he sold his franchise, Sam climbed the ranks of "MFRM" and helped build what would become one of the world's largest mattress retailers. That journey took Sam all over the world and he built something even bigger than the business: a network of friendships that would rival any other. After almost two decades working for the mattress retailer, Sam found himself working at Vua Nệm, where he used his previous experience in the mattress field to create one of the largest mattress retailers in Vietnam (sound familiar?)
Finally, Sam entered an industry that he was completely new to: motorcycle parts along with related clothing and accessories. Comoto Holdings, based in California and Philadelphia, allowed Sam to reconnect to his childhood where he spent his time riding dirt bikes with his friends.
Satisfied with the quality of his new quarters, Sam was ready to explore the streets of gold he had heard about his entire life. He set out on his dream motorcycle, a KTM adventure bike, and quickly found himself running into a few notable figures in Heaven. Surrounded by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, he was quick to compliment them on their storytelling in the Bible, but they were caught off guard when he started to review their conversion numbers and discussed his strategy to get more people into heaven.
Continuing on with his first day in Heaven, Sam met for dinner with some of his buddies, including Steve Burdge, a former colleague and friend, and they had a great time catching up. Sam was elated to learn that a few of his favorites – Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, and Tom Petty – would be playing a concert that evening. To no one’s surprise, Sam was busted backstage playing a guitar with the musicians and proudly telling them about his son, Harrison Elijah Woods, and his band, the Electric Sundaes. Sam didn't take no for an answer when he explained why they must agree to let Eli's band open for them one day.
Completing Sam's first day in Heaven, he crawled into his big new bed, grabbed the photo of Liz, Eli, Woody, and Thurber (their two miniature dachshunds) from his nightstand, looked at it with a smile, and whispered, "I love you, sweet love. I love you, son." He softly heard, "I love you, sweet dove. I love you, dad." Then quickly, and frankly quite loudly, drifted into his first "Papa Bear" hibernation of eternity.
'00 Mark Meyer of Memphis, TN, January 6, 2022. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, two beautiful daughters, as well as his parents and his sister, Lisa Meyer Culpepper ’02.
After graduating from Rhodes College, Mark began his career as a Senior Product Manager at Cummins Inc. where he met his lovely wife, Dhe. Continuing his educational pursuits, Mark went on to get his MBA from the University of Memphis. After receiving his MBA, Mark completed a PMP designation and became a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Mark had over 20 years of diverse international business experience in Marketing and Business Strategy. The second half of Mark's career was focused on helping Fortune 500 companies implement strategies to optimize revenue and cut costs. He managed multiple teams for several companies to ultimately grow their revenues over $200M while reducing costs by over $100M. On top of helping companies improve their bottom lines, Mark was tasked to enhance quality in both service and manufacturing for the companies he worked for.
Mark leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his stories and impressed by his vast knowledge and generosity. Mark loved to learn and had many interests and hobbies. He was a photographer, chef, scuba diver, cyclist, master brewer, and outdoorsman. Mark mastered all that he devoted himself to but the role he cherished the most was being a devoted husband and loving father. He was a man of God, a dedicated husband and a wonderful father and faithful friend. Mark walked through life with dignity, humor, and kindness he was a light of life for his family and all those who knew him. He is at peace in heaven but will be deeply missed here on earth.
’07 Ashley Ann Tarver of Vestavia Hills, AL, January 19, 2022. Ashley was born on October 12, 1983, to parents Patricia Finn Tarver and Phillips Russell Tarver, both of whom survive her. She is also survived by her younger brother, and her most loyal dog. She is preceded in death by her grandparents. Ashley graduated from Rhodes College in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. She also attended Oxford University in England, where she studied Greek and Roman Studies and Philosophy. After graduating from college, Ashley found one of her true passions when she attended culinary school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she developed her expertise in savory and pastry culinary arts and wine. Her love for worldly cuisine ultimately led her to work in three Michelin starred restaurants in San Sebastian, Spain, and three James Beard Award-winning restaurants in Birmingham, AL and Portland, OR. Always the entrepreneur, Ashley also founded her own infused olive oil business and could regularly be seen at Birmingham's Farmer's Market at Pepper Place.
She also enjoyed being a member of Les Dames d' Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of high achieving women in the fields of food, fine beverages, and hospitality. In addition to culinary arts, Ashley had a deep passion for travel, which started when her maternal grandmother, "Mimi," took her on her first trip abroad with a group of retirees from Sylacauga. She saw the Eiffel Tower and had the time of her life. Ashley's curiosity and adventurous spirit led her to travel to more than 30 countries worldwide, where she met new friends, learned about other cultures, and collected unique treasures. Eventually, her Southern roots called her back to Birmingham, where she deeply loved her family and friends. One of her favorite traditions was to spend quiet Sunday afternoons with her Daddy and dog Bleu. A loyal daughter and true friend, she will be missed by so many.
’08 Lauren Alyssa Dill of Austin, TX, November 10, 2021. Lauren is survived by her husband, Joey Miller ’08; her parents; and her four younger siblings Caroline, Chris, Taylor ’18, and Ashley Dill ’17; and numerous other relatives, godparents, and friends. A beloved wife, teacher, sister, and daughter, she will be missed by many. Lauren was born April 6, 1986, in Tifton, GA. She attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin from elementary through high school and returned there as a Latin teacher in 2008.
Lauren is an alumna of Rhodes College, where she studied Greek and Roman Studies/Classics and where she met her husband, Joey. She was an active member of the Rhodes community, participating in the Rhodes Singers and the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In her 13-year career as a teacher, Lauren touched the lives of many. She taught Latin and history at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She was also a freshman advisor and dedicated her spare time to assisting with extracurricular activities including softball, the school musicals, and choir programs. Incredibly capable, Lauren saw every challenge as an opportunity and encouraged others to overcome their own challenges. Her deep passion for learning, ability to connect with her students, and respect for every person with whom she came into contact made her a remarkable educator and colleague. She will be remembered as a committed, compassionate teacher and mentor who cared deeply about the growth and wellbeing of her students.
From a young age, Lauren became involved and served in the National Junior Classical League (NJCL), a youth organization that encourages the study of the ancient world. Lauren won many accolades and continued her involvement post-high school by chaperoning events and encouraging others in their studies. Most recently, she was a member of the NJCL Certamen staff and held the State Chair position for Texas for the past five years. In the summer of 2021, she was recognized with the Silver Bowl Award at the NJCL Convention in recognition of her long-time dedication to the organization.
A woman of many strengths, talents, and passions, she especially loved music, languages, and travel. She was known for her beautiful singing voice, sang in a community choir, and attended various concerts and music festivals. She enjoyed international travel throughout her life. After studying in Italy in high school and college, she introduced countless students to Italy through the trips that she led. She was a fun-loving and spirited young woman who frequented local Austin events. Above all, her favorite activity was spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Lauren was a bright, dedicated individual who cared deeply for those around her. She was passionate about social justice and was a caring mentor and older sister. Lauren, always genuine and authentic, was a special person who created space without judgement for other people to be comfortable showing their true selves. Her generosity will continue as an organ donor and her legacy will be honored by the scholarship fund established in her name at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
Ann Kendall Ray of Memphis, TN, March 3, 2020. The daughter of Curtis Kendall and Marion Douglas, Ann was born in Mobile on October 13, 1942. Ann lived out her passion for music as an accomplished cellist and musicologist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University and Master's Degree from Indiana University. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda.
She came to Memphis in 1966 to teach at Rhodes College and to play in the Memphis Symphony. She was also a member of the Jackson (TN) symphony and served as principal cellist of the Germantown Symphony for over 20 years. An active member of the Viola da Gamba Society, participant in early music workshops, and chamber music lover, she lived out her passion and God given talent for music to all she came to know.
Ann was also an active member in the Memphis community serving as president of the East Parkway Neighborhood Association as well as member of the local Mensa chapter. She always looked for ways to serve local leaders, care for animals, and contribute to organizations with needs. A long-time communicant of St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Ann was in recent years a member of Grace-St. Luke's in Memphis where she sang in the choir, served in various roles, and enjoyed the community.