’45 Mary Ann Banning Frazier of Memphis, Tennessee, March 25, 2022. She was the widow of Thomas Winthrop Frazier who died in 1993. Mary Ann was born on October 22, 1923, to Clarence and Mary Hamer Banning, who both predeceased her. She graduated from Central High School and Southwestern College (now Rhodes) in Memphis, TN where she was "Miss Southwestern," the first woman president of the student body and president of Chi Omega Sorority. She met the love of her life "Tommy," and they were married in 1946 when he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis. She was a member of First Evangelical Church since 1953 where she loved teaching the Bible in Sunday school for many years in the primary department, and to high school girls, and she especially enjoyed Vacation Bible School. She taught Good News Clubs for many years throughout the city with Child Evangelism. She was instrumental in bringing Bible Study Fellowship to Memphis and taught it for twenty years. She enjoyed her years in "Our Home and Garden Club" and loved being with the Shepherd's Flock of Single Moms as well as the He Cares Ministry to the home bound at her church.
Mary Ann often asked to be remembered as one who loved the Lord Jesus Christ and every member of her family with all her heart. She leaves five sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas, Jr. (Sandra), Timothy (Debbie), Daniel (Lee Ann), Jonathan (Jayne), David (Vicki) and 14 grandchildren: Jennifer, Alice (Garrett), David, Tim, Jr. (Valerie), Will (Kristin), Mary Claire (Benjamin), Daniel, Katherine (C.J.), Abigail (Taylor), Mary Ann, Lauren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Emily, and 11 great grandchildren. She truly loved her Lord Jesus, and from the time she first knew He was coming back, she has looked for Him every day! Her life was a testimony of Philippians 1:21 "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
’46 Frances Marie Hay of Memphis, Tennessee, June 16, 2022. Marie was a true lady in every sense of the word, gracious and kind to all, and usually smiling and happy with her lot in life no matter her circumstance. She was born on February 16, 1925, the only child of Frances Terry Gooch and Alexander Norman Gooch, Jr. Her father's job with Gulf Oil Company required the family to move frequently, giving Marie a life-long Interest in travel and adventure. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Millsaps College before transferring and graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She married Dr. Cyril Leon Hay on June 28, 1946; he preceded her in death in 1995.
A devoted wife and mother, she is survived by their two sons, Patrick Norman Hay (Mollie) and Douglas Oliver Hay (Melissa), five grandchildren: Steven Hay, Lindsay Hay Davis, Catherine Hay Graves, Scott Hay, Rachel Hay Chapman, and 14 great-grandchildren. An accomplished and talented artist, Marie painted in oil and watercolors, completing graduate work at the Memphis College of Art and Memphis State (University of Memphis), where she studied under Paul Penczner and Cecelia Lin. Her works were exhibited at the Woman's Exchange of Memphis and numerous local art shows. She was a member of Holy Communion Church, Les Passees, The Josephine Circle, and Memphis/Germantown Art League.
’46 Warrene Buford Ivy of Greenville, Mississippi, June 10, 2022. he died Friday, June 10, 2022, at Delta Health-The Medical Center. She was reared on Trinidad Plantation in Madison Parish, LA. She graduated from Tallulah High School and Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority.
In 1946 she was married to Hugh Walker Ivy who had farming interests in Hollandale in Washington County. She was a member of the Hollandale Presbyterian Church, the Deer Creek DAR, the Hollandale Garden Club, and the Colonial Dames of America. After Mr. Ivy's death in 1991, she moved to Greenville where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville.
She is survived by two daughters, Meg Ivy Crews (Mrs. John) and Amy Ivy Parkinson (Mrs. John); three grandchildren, Margaret Crews Bond (Mrs. Sam), John Goodloe Crews (Jean) and Elizabeth Ivy Parkinson; four great grandchildren, Elizabeth Ivy Bond, Samuel Walker Bond, John Buford Crews and Josephine Sarah Crews and a sister, Janet Givens.
’47 Marjorie “Marje” Radford Andrews of Memphis, Tennesse, September 17, 2022. Marjorie Radford Andrews, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the age of 96. "Marje" was born October 7, 1925 in Eureka, California to Chuck and Berta Radford. Just three years later, Chuck died in a tragic airplane accident, and Berta returned to her childhood home in Memphis, where her parents, Mr. Jimmy and Patty Brown, helped her to raise Marje and her two sisters. Marje attended Central High School where she served as president of the student body, graduating in 1943. She then attended Southwestern (now Rhodes) College until 1944, when she married William Farr "Chubby" Andrews, also of Memphis. Marje and Chubby, a general surgeon, would spend the rest of their lives in the Memphis area, surrounded by a large and beloved network of family and friends.
Marje was a woman of deep and abiding Christian faith. She loved the Lord Jesus from the time she was a young girl until the day she died. In high school, she and her best friend Peggy Jemison helped to start what was then only the second Young Life club in the United States, under the leadership of Jim Rayburn who founded Young Life in Texas. In 1968 she and Chubby served for a year at Africa Inland Mission Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya a life-changing experience for their entire family. A member of First Evangelical Church for more than 70 years, Marje loved reading and studying scripture. She led women in Bible studies throughout her lifetime, and at her 95th birthday she distributed to her descendants verses, which she called "Life Changers" from her years of Bible study. Wherever she went, Marje's faith in Christ overflowed into the lives of those whom she knew and loved.
Marje was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Farr "Chubby" Andrews, her parents, Berta and Chuck Radford, her sister, Patti Radford Ozier (Whitney), and her grandson, Jay Hatchett Holcomb. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Berta and James Laney. She also is survived by her five children and their spouses: Leeba (John) Curlin, Bill (Janice Warmath) Andrews, Rad (Maureen Cobb) Andrews, Nancy (Hamp) Holcomb, and Steve (Paula Erickson) Andrews. By the time of her death, Marje was beloved "Grandmarje" to 28 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren, all of whom she held, cherished, and prayed for unceasingly. She spent countless hours and days blessing and delighting all of her children (and their spouses), as well as her nieces and nephews "numbered by the dozens," with visits, letters, phone calls, and gifts. People were Marje's passion. Her love extended to and embraced countless distant relatives and friends, young and old.
’47 Mary Frances McDearman Daley of Forth Worth, Texas, April 2, 2021. Born November 25, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the second of four children of James A. and Margaret (Moore) McDearman, Mary lived all over the United States and spent the past ten years in Fort Worth with her daughter’s family.
A fearless adventurer from when she was small, Mary would rip the bows from her hair, squeeze into her little brother’s jeans, and race out the door to play baseball or climb her favorite tree when a storm was coming, just so she could put her ear to the trunk and listen to it creak as it swayed in the wind.
She took voice lessons in secret at 15 and surprised her parents with a full scholarship to Southwest at Memphis (now Rhodes College), where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice before moving to New York with two friends to work and enjoy the city.
Mary married Bradley L. Daley, Sr. in September of 1948 following his graduation from the US Naval Academy, and together they raised a loving family of five children -- Bradley Lee, Jr., William Boardman, Mary Lynn, Jane Ashfield, and Sarah Ann.
She learned to snow ski at 50, about the same time she embarked on a new career as a programmer analyst for a software company and loved to travel with her husband in their 59 years together before his death in 2007.
Mary is survived by her daughters Mary Lynn Daley, Jane Ashfield (Daley) Duke, and Sarah Ann (Daley) Meller, and by her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, who live all over the place in two countries and five different states.
’49 Doris Fenton Blew of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 20, 2022. Because of her strong faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we know she woke up in His arms.
Dot, as she was always known, was born in French Camp, Mississippi, to H.G. Fenton and Lyl Thompson Fenton on January 17, 1929. She went to school in Rolling Fork, MS, was active in music and sports, and graduated when she was just 16. Because of her young age, her parents required her to go to an all-girls' school, Belhaven College, in Jackson, MS. For her junior year, she was allowed to transfer to Southwestern at Memphis, a small co-ed Presbyterian college in Memphis, TN. After graduation with a piano major, she moved to Shaw, MS, where she taught piano. Soon she became a civilian dispatcher at the USAF primary pilot training base in Greenville, MS, where she met the love of her life, William B. Blew, Jr. They married on March 29, 1952. They had three children and a wonderful marriage until Bill passed away unexpectedly on December 9, 1992. She became grandmother and grandfather for the rest of her life.
She was a 20-year member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa and from 2009 until her death, a faithful member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in OKC, even to attending the service the Sunday before she passed. She also belonged to PEO and volunteered in many settings.
Dot was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, John Young Fenton, her husband, her son David Fenton Blew, and her grandson, Samuel McClain Blew. She is survived by her son Bill Blew and wife Lori; her daughter Marian Roberson and husband Todd; her grandchildren Bryan Blew, wife Jennifer, and children Mia, William, Elliot, and Carys; her granddaughter Molly Blew, wife Stacy, and children Jones and Evan; her grandson Fenton Blew, wife Melissa, and children Makenzie, Keira, and Lincoln; her granddaughter Whitney Blew and son Jack; her granddaughter Katie Edmiston, husband Kyle, and daughter Quinlan; grandson David Roberson; sister-in-law Julia Fenton and nephew Kyle Fenton; and former daughter-in-law Julie Slentz Blew.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, which she loved for their wonderful care of her great-grandson Sam.
Dot was a woman who was beloved by all who met her and the strongest prayer warrior we have ever known. We will miss you, Mom/Dom, but rejoice that you have finished your race and won the prize.
’49 Mercer Reith Gewin of St. Joseph, Missouri, May 29, 2022. Born in Dekalb, Mississippi, on May 14, 1925, the only child of Mercer L. Gewin and Lillian L. (Jones) Gewin, passed away at the hospital on May 29, 2022.
Reith enlisted in the US Coast Guard during the early years of WWII. He served as Petty Officer 2nd Class, working as a Radio Technician.
After the war, he attended Southwestern at Memphis, Tennessee. There he met the love of his life, Mary Catherine Hurt '51, in the college choir. After graduation, he attended Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and Cathy '51 married in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 11, 1951, just prior to his graduation from seminary. He served as pastor to several small churches in Mississippi and Kentucky, after receiving his Master of Divinity.
He and Cathy '51 relocated to Pleasant Hill, Missouri, where Reith served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church for several years. During his pastorate, Cathy '51 gave birth to their only child, Ian Mark Gewin.
In 1960, he, Cathy and Ian moved to St. Joseph, where he served as pastor at 2nd Presbyterian Church for 30 years. During that time, he and his dear friend, Dr. John Watson, attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where he earned his Doctor of Ministry in 1982.
He rejoiced at the birth of his two grandchildren, Shawnna Marie (Gewin) Kroeger and Joseph Ian Gewin. They were baptized by their grandfather into the Presbyterian Church. His time in St. Joseph was his favorite time in life. His love for his congregation was unmatched. Shortly after retirement, he received the honor of Pastor Emeritus.
Reith and Cathy '51 relocated to Toomsuba, Mississippi to care for his aging parents. While there, he served as pastor for the Presbyterian Church of Toomsuba. After the death of his parents, he and Cathy '51 returned to St. Joseph to be near family. He served as interim pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Hiawatha, Kansas.
In 2002, a terrible car accident took the life of his wife, Cathy '51 and left Reith near death. After nine months of hospitalization/rehabilitation, he returned to his home where he lived for the next 20 years.
Those 20 years were quite active for Reith. He performed wedding ceremonies for both of his grandchildren. He enjoyed the birth of four great-grandchildren that he adored. During that time, he also conducted bible studies at his home and at Hope United Church of Christ in Cosby, Missouri, where he lead the adult Sunday School Class. He often said it was his reason to keep going. His favorite activity in his last years was attending what he affectionately called "Old Goats Club". A group of retired pastors and friends that met for breakfast each Friday.
Reith lived his life in love and service. He loved his God, his family and his fellowman. He had great passion for music, art and humor. He will be missed by many.
Reith was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine Gewin '51.
He is survived by: his son, Ian Gewin (Jolene) of Cosby, Missouri; cousin, James O Harris (Judy) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren, Shawnna Kroeger (Justin) of Liberty, Missouri, and Joseph Gewin (Jennifer) of Cosby, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Madelynne, Eleanor and Hudson, Kroeger and Jules Gewin; and many cousins.
’50 Sara Burnette of Memphis, TN, August 17, 2022.
Sara was born on December 9, 1928 in Memphis, TN, to Robert Luther Cooper and Gladys Breeden Cooper.
She was a graduate of Rhodes College, a member of the Herb Society of Memphis, master gardener and an artist specializing in oil painting.
Sara is survived by her sons, David (Kay) Burnette, Gary (Roseanna) Burnette, grandson, Alan Burnette, great-grandchildren Jaydon and Lily Burnette.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joseph Burnette.
’50 Ann Barrier Nelson of Fairhope, Alabama, May 15, 2021. Ann was born on March 1, 1928, to Alexandria and Benjamin Jay Barrier in Yazoo City. On November 1, 1950, she married William (Billy) Miller Nelson, Jr. They raised their three children together, Lexie, Bill, and Lisa.
Ann taught school for many years and then was a real estate agent with Golden Triangle Realty in West Point, MS. She was devoted to family and spent many hours doing charity work and helping with Bible Studies.
Ann is preceded in death by her husband Billy, and her great-grandson William Morgan.
She is survived by her children, Lexie Jones (Allen '72) of Fairhope, AL; Bill Nelson of Columbus, MS; Lisa Suttle (Sam) of Louisville, MS; her grandchildren, Anje Morgan (Jason) of Louisville, MS; Courtney Silvernail (Vaughan) of Fairhope, AL; Sandy Ewert (Frank) of Fort Langley, BC; Sam Suttle, Jr. of Louisville, MS; BJay Nelson (Elizabeth) of Columbus, MS; Liz Kinney (Rob) of Memphis, TN; and 8 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way).
’50 Patricia "Patty" Weaver Lawrence of Jackson, Tennessee, May 5, 2022. Patty was born on March 8, 1928 to Walter McDonald Weaver and Elizabeth Watt Weaver. She graduated from Jackson High School and attended Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern University) for two years. In 1952, she married the love of her life, William Stewart Lawrence. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Patty was active in Presbyterian Women, Jackson Service League, PEO, Mutual Improvement Club, Bal Masque, Quid Nunc Book Club, and Mary Anna Ashby Milk Fund. She was recently acknowledged on 75 years of membership in Chi Omega Fraternity. Patty was a founding member of Old Hickory Academy Mothers’ Club (currently University School of Jackson).
Patty was committed to First Presbyterian Church. She joined the church at age 10, making her the longest active member until her death.
Patty had many gifts and blessings which she generously shared with everyone she encountered. She is most remembered by those who knew her for her gifts of graciousness and Southern hospitality. But above all, her deep Christian faith has touched and influenced countless lives.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Walter McDonald Weaver, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, and her four daughters Lynn (Jimmy) East of Bells, Lucy Taylor of Knoxville, Sally Jones of Jackson, Mississippi, and Amy (Charles) Walton of Mobile, Alabama.
She will be remembered as “Nonny” by her seven grandchildren: Elizabeth (Adam) Nunley, Allison (Drew) Moore, Will (Shelby) East, Caitlin (Ben) Littlejohn, Rachel Walton '12, Emma Walton, and Luke Walton. She was also a proud great-mother of eight: Miller, Lucy Kate, Walter, Ayden, Wesley, Anna Craig, Smith, Wallace and another great-grandson due in July.
’50 Paul Stallings Mostert of Lexington, Kentucky, May 6, 2022. Born to Johannes Frederick Theobald and Lucy (Stallings) on November 27, 1927 in Morrilton, Arkansas. He and his siblings spent life with their mother traveling in their car during the great depression. His childhood years were spent in Kentucky, after spending time in the south and Midwest he returned to Lexington in the early 1980’s.
Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (DeMarcus) Mostert and siblings, John F.T. (Jack) Mostert, Roberta Mostert Soyers, and Mary Mostert as well as his half-brother, Dirk Mostert.
Paul is survived by his half-brother, Nico Mostert, South Africa; children, Theodore Mostert (Zandi), Baton Rouge, LA, Richard Mostert, New Orleans, LA; Kathleen Baker (Ben), Ft. Myer, FL; Kristina Rivotto (Tony) Shawnee, KS ; stepchildren, Cynthia Manson (Ken), Baton Rouge, LA and Lisa DeMarcus, Lexington, KY, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren
Prior to embarking on his educational and professional journey, Paul served in the U.S. Navy until end of WWII. Paul received his B.A. in Mathematics from Rhodes College in 1950, followed by M.S in Mathematics from University of Chicago (1951) and received his Ph.D from Purdue University (1953). Paul was inducted into Rhodes College Bellingrath Society.
Paul taught mathematics in various positions over the years from research instructor to professor at Purdue, Professor and Chairman at Tulane and University of Kansas; University of Tübingen (Germany), Institute for advanced Study at Princeton and during retirement serving as visiting professor at University of Kentucky.
As co-founder of The Semigroup Forum he served in multiple roles between 1969-1987 and spoke at a myriad of conferences and symposia meetings. He contributed to numerous written articles and publications, such as the Journal of Equine Veterinary Sciences, the American Journal of mathematics, the Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal and the College Mathematics Journal. Paul directed several doctoral dissertations and received worldwide recognition for his work including Who’s Who of America; Who’s Who of the World of Mathematics; Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Paul became interested in horses when his daughters were involved in showing hunter/jumpers. This led to his desire to figure out what makes a horse run fast and how to build a better racehorse. This passion led to the development of 14 software programs using mathematical models of the biomechanics of racehorses which produced the breeding of two Kentucky Derby winners and numerous champions and Grade-I or Group-I winners in America, Britain, Europe and South Africa. Much of the technology developed was further applied to other animal applications, such as tracking wildlife as well as human sports and medical practices for 3D video camera control for motion and non-contact eye recognition systems. The technology has been applied to the US Olympic training center for athletes to view form for performance improvement as well as for sports replay and more efficient design for artificial limbs and medical braces. Paul received a Small Business Research Grant from the National Science Foundation and presented many grants from the Ford Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Tulane University and University of Kentucky.
Paul held positions with a variety of other organizations and institutions. Serving as a co-principal investigator and scientific director with i2i Technologies from 2009 to 2010, he was previously president of the EQUIX Research Corporation from 1985 to 2003 and EQUIX Biomechanics from 1989 to 1997 and as consultant with the Mostert Group, Mostert Seales Research Company, LLC, and EquiMost.
Paul had a love of writing poetry and would share specially written notes to family members for special occasions. Paul enjoyed traveling, hiking – especially to see waterfalls and kayaking. Dance was another passion and he and his wife Barbara (d. July 2021) performed as the grandfather and grandmother in the Nutcracker with the Lexington Ballet as well as wining several dance awards and danced into their 90’s.
’50 Ann Barrier Nelson, of Fairhope, Alabama, May 15, 2021. Ann was born on March 1, 1928, to Alexandria and Benjamin Jay Barrier in Yazoo City. On November 1, 1950, she married William (Billy) Miller Nelson, Jr. They raised their three children together, Lexie, Bill, and Lisa.
Ann taught school for many years and then was a real estate agent with Golden Triangle Realty in West Point, MS. She was devoted to family and spent many hours doing charity work and helping with Bible Studies.
Ann is preceded in death by her husband Billy, and her great-grandson William Morgan.
She is survived by her children, Lexie Jones (Allen) of Fairhope, AL; Bill Nelson of Columbus, MS; Lisa Suttle (Sam) of Louisville, MS; her grandchildren, Anje Morgan (Jason) of Louisville, MS; Courtney Silvernail (Vaughan) of Fairhope, AL; Sandy Ewert (Frank) of Fort Langley, BC; Sam Suttle, Jr. of Louisville, MS; BJay Nelson (Elizabeth) of Columbus, MS; Liz Kinney (Rob) of Memphis, TN; and 8 great-grandchildren (with two more on the way).
’51 John Dudley Reese III of Dothan, Alabama, March 23, 2022. Born on May 14, 1929, John Dudley Reese III went to be with his Lord with his wife, children, and grandson praying by his side.
As the stock market crashed in 1929, his parents rejoiced in their gift from God since they had been told they would not have a child. John D, as he was known to all, grew up in Montgomery in a loving home where his parents, John Dudley Reese Jr. and Mary Pharr Reese, set a godly example for him and taught him to set his sights on things that have lasting value. This would characterize his life focused on serving and loving His Lord Jesus Christ and others.
A wonderful preacher and gifted storyteller, John D loved being raised in central Alabama with his brother, Samuel Pharr Reese, and sister, Mary Louise McDowell. He delighted in recounting memories of his beloved chicken, Miss Speckle, who was given to him at birth and lived to be 18. His conversation and preaching were filled with tales of eating watermelons from a cold stream at his grandfather’s farm in North Carolina, putting snakes in the women’s outhouse at church, attending racially integrated Christian gatherings in the 1930s and watching his mother pray all night on her knees and his father serve as clerk of the session at First Presbyterian Church. He had lifelong memories of his parents and their teaching and examples including evening devotions led by his father.
After graduating from Montgomery’s Lanier High School, he attended The University of Alabama and Rhodes College in Memphis graduating with a BA in Philosophy followed by a Bachelor of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He enjoyed his seminary days and his weekly preaching in five small churches in rural western Kentucky. In 1954, he was chosen to do doctoral work at the citadel of Presbyterianism in Edinburgh, Scotland and in God’s providence was allowed to commence his doctoral work at the Waldensian Seminary in Rome, Italy. After language study in Florence, he arrived in Rome where he would meet a Waldensian pastor’s daughter on a memorable winter evening while dining at the seminary. That night he wrote to his brother that he had met the girl he was going to marry and a year and a half later, he would board an ocean liner with his bride Gemma, to take Italy’s greatest export to Ozark, Alabama. He loved her more than life itself and their marriage would serve as an example of Christian marriage for multiple generations to follow.
Warmly welcomed in Ozark, he saw the Presbyterian Church of Ozark grow steadily over his 17 years of ministry affecting hundreds of lives across the world as the church experienced steady turnover due to the nearby Fort Rucker military base. In addition to the Ozark Church, he pastored the historic Union Presbyterian Church in rural Dale County where he preached in the afternoons on Sunday. In 1972, he moved to Dothan where he founded New Covenant Christian Fellowship a church rooted in the Reformed tradition and theology with charismatic worship and ministry. His ministry flourished and he was a regular conference speaker and mentor to pastors and congregations throughout the southeastern United States. His home and table would be a regular stop and a place of ministry for thousands who would often stay the night while enjoying a lovingly prepared meal and welcome.
His priorities in life were his great Redeemer Jesus Christ whom he served faithfully with all his strength; his beloved family in whom he invested his love and resources; and the church where His Lord called him to serve and minister. His great passion for his four children was that they would know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. A marvelous father and shepherd in the faith, he challenged each of them to walk together with him and their mother as partners and co-laborers in the Gospel.
John D lived a rich whole life filled with interesting experiences as a chicken farmer, door to door salesman, elementary school teacher and author as well as more than seven decades as a minister of the Gospel. He served effectively as an officer and director of numerous community and non-profit organizations. An avid and lifelong student, he read constantly and enjoyed travel throughout Europe and the Middle East and across the United States. He fulfilled the Great Commission on a daily basis, sharing the Gospel with whomever he encountered.
No one who met John D could forget him since he had a genuine interest in and caring heart for people. His empathy for and love for those he met led them to confide in him and give him information that would rarely be imparted to anyone else. Throughout his life there were hosts of people who considered him to be their best friend, the father they never had, and the only person who truly cared for them. Those in need knew that he would not refuse them as he generously gave of his time and resources to those who were in want. The outcast, the misfit, the friendless, the stranger and the unfortunate always found a place at his table and in his heart. Those facing a crisis called him first, often late at night from the hospital or the police station. Frequently, those calling were not members of the church he was pastoring. He loved in the way that he was taught by His Savior, freely giving from his resources. He was truly a pastor’s pastor and a shepherd who willingly laid down his life for both the sheep entrusted to his care and for those who needed a friend.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother and sister. He is survived by the marvelous love of his life and bride of 65 years, Gemma Coisson Reese; his four greatly beloved children and their spouses each of whom he considered as his own child, John Dudley Reese IV and his wife Julie, Gemma Reese Fowler and her husband Mark, Mary Virginia Reese Sommer and her husband Ron, and Paola Reese Bass and her husband Stanley; seventeen grandchildren; ten greatgrandchildren; and hundreds of sons and daughters in the faith whom he has had the privilege to serve.
’52 Betty Tatum Harris of Shelby, North Carolina, December 31, 2020. Betty was born on February 18, 1929 in Union City, Tennesse to Omar Jackson Tatum and Ruth Carlton Tatum. She married T.R. Harris on July 16, 1949. She and “Bill” lived in Shelby for 58 years making it their home. Betty was very involved with the community having roles in: Central United Methodist Church, Shelby Junior Charity League, Cleveland Country Club and many more. She believed in supporting Shelby through numerous contributions to various organizations including the Earl Scruggs Center, Children’s Home of Cleveland County, the police associations, Shelby Library as well as many others. Her greatest contribution was in supporting her husband T.R. Harris so that he could thrive in the medical field.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Thomas Reginald Harris. She is survived by her children Jackson J Harris and daughter Julie H Bledsoe (Tony). She is also survived by her grandchildren Shela H McCracken (Devin) and Dylan T Harris. Great grandchild Owen McCracken. Additionally, she leaves four nephews: Larry Harris, Martin Harris, Hal Harris, Reggie Harris and their families.
The family of Betty Harris would like to thank her caregivers for the past year: Cynthia Littlejohn, Betty Jones, Felicia Robertson and Rose Mitchell as well as the staff of Helping Hands Nursing Referral Service.
’52 Carroll Tuthill Minor of Knoxville, Tennessee, May 23, 2022. She received her Bachelor's degree from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and her Master's from Columbia University in New York City, where she met her husband Al on a blind date. It was a good match, as they were married for 63 years before Al's death in 2019! Her career was spent as a music educator, and she was retired from Knox County Schools where she taught primarily at Norwood Elementary School. She was active member of St. James Episcopal Church, and served as a mentor in the Stephen Ministry Program.
Carroll was preceded in death by her loving husband, The Rev. Albert N Minor, and son, Stephen Phillip Minor. She is survived by daughters Deborah Williamson (Warren), Michelle Rule (Tony) and son David Minor. She was also a loving grandmother to Rachel Williamson Smith, Emily Williamson Smith, Colin Williamson, Jeremy Rule and Hannah Rule, and great-grandmother to five beautiful girls.
’53 Eleanor Brown Weaver of Jackson, Mississippi, July 23, 2022. Eleanor was born on September 3, 1931 to Eleanor Crenshaw Brown and Robert Grattan Brown, Sr. She graduated high school from Miss Hutchison's School for Girls and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern at Memphis. Eleanor was a member of the Chi Omega fraternity and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in recognition of her high academic achievement. After college Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper in Memphis. She married Robert Hamilton Weaver (Bob) in 1960 and moved to Jackson, Mississippi. Bob and Eleanor joined the Christian Fellowship class at Galloway United Methodist Church. The Christian Fellowship class had a strong focus on social justice, and Bob and Eleanor felt encouraged to be active and visible in support of civil rights and improved race relations.
In the 1960's, Eleanor served on the Panel of American Women. This diverse group of women (Black, White, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic) held discussions on civil rights and improved race relations in churches, schools and civic groups. In 1969, Jackson Public Schools embarked upon court ordered racial desegregation. Bob and Eleanor decided to send their children to the public schools, and Eleanor began her sojourn as a PTA volunteer and leader, working towards racially integrated schools that would provide a good education for all of Jackson's children. She also served as a volunteer bookkeeper for Operation Shoestring, an interfaith ministry for children and families. Eleanor's community service did not end when her children graduated from school. She then went on to help coordinate Galloway's Meals on Wheels program for the next 30 years.
Eleanor and Bob were married for 55 years until Bob's death in 2015. They created many happy memories while raising their three children, enjoying wonderful friendships, and traveling. Eleanor was an avid reader, an accomplished gardener and an ace at the daily crossword puzzle. She was an enthusiastic grandmother who spent endless hours reading children's books and playing Candyland with her six grandchildren. She was universally acknowledged as sweet and kind but she had a razor-sharp wit. Her life was full of family, friends, and service to the community.
Eleanor is survived by her three children: Rob (Susan) Weaver; Julia (Robert Wiygul) Weaver '85; and John (Ginger) Weaver. She is also survived by her grandchildren Robert, Katie, Davis, Barbara Lynn, Amelia and Caroline and one great granddaughter, Charlotte. She is also survived by her brother Robert Grattan Brown, Jr. and his wife Suzy, a niece, Katherine Brown and nephew, Grattan Taylor Brown. The family would like to thank Sharica Ross, Mynisha Willis, Lan Caldwell, Stacy Clark, April Riley, and Aaliyah Ross for their loving care of Eleanor during her last years. Covenant Caregivers and AccentCare hospice also provided excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Galloway United Methodist Church or to the Bob and Eleanor Weaver Fund at the MS Community Foundation. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 12:00 noon 2:00 pm in the Gathering Place at Galloway United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 pm in the Chapel.
’55 Mary Vernon Ware Eades of Nashville, Tennessee, August 11, 2022. She was a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. She was born May 13, 1934 in Jackson, MS to the late Marvin Brister and Anna Hagaman Ware. Vernon is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joe Eades, her son David Eades (Christe), her daughter Susan Eades Mackey (Ed), her grandchildren Sarah Eades Oliva (Ben), Elizabeth Eades Coughlin (Billy), Hannah Mackey, Edward “Mac” Mackey and John “Jack” Eades and her great grandson, James Oliva. She is also survived by her brother Brister Ware (Marian) and her sisters Lee Jones (Read) and Anna Fortner (Tim). Vernon grew up in Jackson and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1955. After her marriage to Joe in 1956, the couple lived in Tennessee for six years before moving to Carbondale, IL, where they lived for ten years before moving their young family to Nashville in 1972. After rearing her family, she worked as an administrative assistant (and unofficial counselor and mother figure) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville. Vernon was an exuberant, positive and “other-directed” person all her life. Unfailingly kind, she was an exemplary Christian wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She served as a revered role model and advisor to the young women in her church. “Gram” had a unique, close relationship with each of her grandchildren. They drew strength and encouragement from her many calls and notes - but especially from the knowledge that she kept each of them continuously “covered in prayer.”
’55 Robert David Kaylor of Black Mountain, North Carolina, April 20, 2022. Robert David Kaylor, retired Davidson College professor, Presbyterian Minister, and resident of Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC died surrounded by his family on April 20, 2022. Born on October 1, 1933 in New Market, Alabama to Reverend Lemuel Jefferson and Johnnie Hanson Kaylor, he grew up the youngest of eleven children. Faith, family, and community anchored his youth, inspiring a lifetime of scholarship, ministry and social action. Kaylor dedicated himself to teaching religion, becoming the James Sprunt Professor of Religion at Davidson College where he taught for 35 years. He earned an A.B. from Southwestern at Memphis and a Bachelor of Divinity from Louisville Seminary, then served as a pastor in Montevallo, Alabama. He joined the faculty of Davidson College after completing a Ph.D. at Duke University in 1964.
A fearless and vocal activist, Kaylor worked to right the economic and political wrongs of society. As a young pastor in Alabama David allied himself with the Civil Rights Movement, beginning a lifetime of social engagement. From anti-Vietnam War protests to nuclear arms opposition, to human right activism he pursued peace and justice worldwide. He encouraged others to speak truth to power, championing the rights of minorities and women. Locally, David co-founded Davidson's Habitat for Humanity chapter. As he put it to his family, revolution is often destructive; he preferred to build a better world one home at a time. As a teacher and scholar, Kaylor inspired students to engage the world. He moved beyond standard interpretations of scripture, responding to Jesus's and the Apostle Paul's calls to challenge injustice and advocate for the poor. He stressed the crucial role that faith plays in motivating political and social change. He viewed Jesus as a provocateur of justice, a balm to the downtrodden and questioner of worldly powers. His books focused on Christ's hopeful message of a better world grounded in loving community.
Kaylor led his personal life focused on family, friends and home. Never one to sit still, he took joy in sports and physical labor. He completed his family's home, raised a vegetable garden, played lots of tennis, and crafted wooden furniture and vessels. David played games, made ridiculous puns and to his last breath, had twinkle in his eye. Kaylor was preceded in death in 2018 by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Marion (nee Henning) Kaylor. The two are survived by their five children and eight grandchildren: Marilyn Kaylor (Steve Hale) , of Black Mountain, NC; Cathryn Harbor (David) of Lexington, VA, and their children Erin, Kaia, and Thomas; David William Kaylor (Jennifer), of Asheville, NC, and their sons Asa and Hanson; Charles Kaylor (Laura Johnson) of Garrett Park, MD and their children Haven Kaylor and Erin Hurst; and Marion Owen (Judd) of Decatur, GA, and their children, Dorothy and Issac.
’57 Jane Johnson Barton of Memphis, Tennessee, May 27, 2022. Carolyn Jane Johnson Barton was born September 5, 1935 in Memphis, TN to Dr. Harry and Merle Phipps Johnson and passed away at her home on May 27th at the age of 86. A lifelong Memphian, Jane graduated from The Hutchison School, and attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). It was there that the young beauty caught the eye of Frank Barton, Jr. '55. They married when Jane was still a teenager and were married for 48 years. Together they reared three sons.
Jane enjoyed entertaining and travel. She spent many happy weeks at the beach, trips to Aspen, Colorado, and enjoyed many cruises through the Caribbean. She particularly enjoyed her pictorial safari to Africa, often wishing she could go back again.
Interestingly, Jane was as at home in a dove field (and occasionally a duck blind) as she was in more elegant surroundings. On one particular dove hunt Jane outshot Frank, prompting him to schedule a shooting lesson immediately.
She also exhibited a love for volunteer work. She was an active member of The Junior League of Memphis, and served as its President in 1973-74. Her love of cooking led her to volunteer in the Waffle Shop kitchen at Calvary Church during the Lenten season for over 50 years. She famously made the mayonnaise there, a dollop of which garnished nearly every savory dish on the menu. Jane was also a dedicated volunteer at The Woman’s Exchange.
A known excellent cook, Jane entertained often. She particularly enjoyed Monday Night Sports dinners at home with Frank and the many friends who would gather with them. The sporting event always took a back seat to whatever delicacy Jane prepared. Perhaps her greatest happiness came by way of her beloved Monteagle Sunday School Assembly cottage. There, she entertained friends, family, and friends of friends and family. Everyone was welcome on her porch and around her table. She hosted “Camp Grandmother” for eight weeks every summer. Her grandchildren delighted in the games, friendships and freedom that a summer in Monteagle afforded them. After his first week at camp grandmother her younger grandson happily informed his parents, “I’m never coming home.” Jane was a beloved figure in Monteagle, cruising the grounds in her golf cart, always a beloved dog riding shotgun.
She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, The Memphis Country Club and The Junior League of Memphis.
Jane was predeceased by her parents, her brother Harry Johnson, and her husband Franklin Gustavous Barton, Jr. '55. She is survived by her sons: Franklin Gustavous Barton, III '78 (Lynn '80), Keithley Johnson Barton (Julie), and Clarke Phipps Barton (Amy). She leaves her grandchildren: Franklin Gustavous Barton, IV (Tara), Rachael Barton Ruud (Sheldon), Keithley Johnson Barton, Jr. (Carolyn), Grace Anne Barton and Katherine Louise Barton, and great-grandsons Franklin Bradley Barton and Nolan Coe Ruud.
’57 Jane Crutcher Williamson of Frechmans Bayou, Arkansas, December 19, 2021. Ms. Williamson was born on June 28, 1935, in Memphis, TN to Mr. Edward Brent Crutcher and Mrs. Roxy Addie Pence Crutcher.
Jane was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, AR where she was active in the Chancel Choir, Hand bell Choir, The Seekers and Servers Sunday School class, Sisters in Christ Circle, Chapter O of the PEO and The Mississippi County Historical Society. Hobbies included Church, Traveling, Grandchildren, Bunco, and her Bunco friends.
She is survived by two sons, Andy Williamson (Sheena) Beebe, AR ;Tim Williamson ( Kathy)Marion, AR; Three grandchildren, Katie Burleson (Joel) West Memphis, AR; Zack Williamson Englewood, CO: Jake Williamson Jonesboro, AR; great granddaughter Hallie Burleson; six cousins Betty East (Bobby) Cordova, TN: Odas Parsons Arkadelphia, AR; Paula Howerton Cabot, AR; Kerri King Pocahontas, AR; Terry Pence (Nancy) Lakeland, TN; and Kelli Copper Lewis Clinton, AR.
Preceding her in death were her parents, and two cousins Bobby Pence and Warren Pence and numerous friends.
’56 Margaret “Peggy” Bennett Ross Templeton of Memphis, Tennessee, July 12th, 2022. She leaves her daughter Margaret (Margo) Templeton Columbus, husband Daniel and their son Stephen; her son Loyd Clayton (Clay) Templeton III, wife Karla and their son Loyd IV '23 and Daughter Marjorie Ann.
A fourth-generation Memphian, Peggy was the only child of the late Louise and James L. Ross. From early childhood on, she excelled in academics, in athletics, and in lasting friendships. She was valedictorian of her graduating class of Miss Hutchison’s School, attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Southwestern At Memphis, now Rhodes College. Always a voracious reader, she maintained an on-going supply of books to be read when she finished the one in hand. This penchant for “backups,” as she called them, extended to shelving at least two duplicate CDs for each one she treasured and storing in the attic an extra small electrical appliance for each one that might go bad.
It wasn’t until her 30’s that this English major, who had to be tutored in math, discovered her love of accounting. Excelling in course after course, she was soon to become treasurer for every organization of which she was a member: the Junior League Thrift Shop, the Symphony Ball, and the Women of the Church for St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. There followed part-time working positions as bookkeeper for St. John’s Methodist Church for 17-years and for Evergreen Presbyterian Church for 6-years. In 2002 she returned to volunteer status as bookkeeper for St. Mary’s Cathedral’s Episcopal Bookshop, for her a heavenly mix of books to keep, books to be read and music to savor.
Peggy loved her family, her friends, her Cathedral church, and, of course, her dogs for whom she played music every evening ranging from Baez to Bizet. She also treasured family summers on Block Island and later on England, a land she and Loyd '56 would return to as often as they could.
Over the years she never forgot conversations with her Dad on “moral honesty,” a “this above all to thine own self be true” sort of code. And above all, that she was.
’57 Ruby Youngblood Fowinkle of Nashville, Tennessee, June 23, 2022. Ruby was born September 13, 1935, in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She was predeceased by her parents, John Prentiss and Ruby Evans Youngblood and by her beloved husband, Eugene Wesley Fowinkle, M.D., M.P.H. ’56. She is survived by her daughters, Greta Louise Fowinkle ‘81, Birmingham, AL; Frieda Fowinkle Warner ‘85, St. Simons Island, GA; and Brenda Fowinkle Adcock, Franklin, TN; five grandchildren, Deryl Hart Warner, Jr., Eliza Warner Ours (Luke), Jackson Wesley Warner, Eva Joy Adcock and Trace Aaron Adcock; and her sister, Martha Ellen Youngblood Smith, Memphis, TN.
Ruby spent her childhood and early adult years in Memphis, TN. Beginning at a young age, it was evident that Ruby had a passionate desire to learn which continued her entire life. At Whitehaven High School, she excelled in many subjects earning a scholarship to Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). She transferred and then graduated from University of Tennessee (Memphis) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1956. Her career as a Med Tech was concentrated during the time her young husband was in Medical School.
In high school, Ruby met the love of her life, Eugene Fowinkle. The two matriculated to Southwestern at Memphis, and then they married on November 24, 1956, shortly before Eugene entered Medical School at UT Memphis. As Ruby supported Eugene in his medical career, she volunteered at their churches, the children’s schools and their community. In 1992, Ruby was recognized as an Honoree of the Mary Catherine Strobel Award which is presented to Middle Tennessee’s “unsung heroes” who quietly and selflessly give to others.
All of her life, Ruby was an active Methodist, first as a member of Whitehaven United Methodist Church, then Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, and after moving to Nashville in 1985, a member of West End United Methodist. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and singing in the church choirs. In their retirement years, Ruby and Eugene enjoyed traveling the world often with the West End Church Choir.
Ruby volunteered for 15 plus years as a docent at Cheekwood, Estate and Gardens, where she enjoyed her love for God’s creation and her appreciation for art and history. She was honored to receive the Catherine van Eys award (2009) presented to a Cheekwood volunteer who exhibited exceptional service and a passion for lifelong learning. Ruby spent her last month’s being cared for by the wonderful staff at Belmont Village Senior Living in Green Hills, Nashville, TN.
’57 Jane Burns Hosay of Virginia Beach, VA, July 8, 2022. Jane graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College. She received her Master's in English from Old Dominion University. She was a star basketball player in high school, again in college, and most proud of her hook shot. She taught English and served as Chairman of the English Department at Norview High School. Jane helped develop and promote the Tech Prep Program at Norview High School and promoted it statewide. Jane married her high school sweetheart "Charlie," was married for 67 years, and raised sons Andrew, James and John. She was the first female Deacon at Freemason Baptist Church. She was a member of the choir and was an accomplished piano player. She loved family gatherings, fresh flowers and special occasions.
’58 William "Tim" Latimer Moseley of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, July 29, 2022. Tim Moseley, was born to Alice Latimer and William Jones Moseley in Birmingham, AL on December 14, 1936 and always described himself as somewhat of a loner and an introvert who developed a lot of social skills over the course of his life, but down deep, lived much of that life inside a mind that was turned inward and was always enjoying the thoughts, eccentricities and creativity that filled his head.
He was a graduate of Whitehaven High School in Memphis and Rhodes College, formerly known as Southwestern at Memphis. Tim graduated in the class of 1958. After college, he attended Officer Candidate School in the U.S. navy and later became the supply and disbursing officer at the USS Furse, DDR 882. After leaving the Navy he was an officer at the First Tennessee Bank in Memphis before becoming a real estate broker and home builder in Hernando, MS. In the 1970's, he began collecting and dealing in antiques and antique collecting became a lifetime hobby for him. At age 40, he began a second career as a Marriage and Family Therapist after getting his Master's degree at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, TX. In 1993, Tim moved to Bay St. Louis, MS to the home of his mother, national claimed idyllic folk artist Alice Latimer Moseley and later founded the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum located in the historic Bay St. Louis Train Depot. Tim later founded Alice and W.J. Moseley Foundation in honor of both his parents.
Tim always considered himself an existentialist and tried to live his life in a way that did some good for other people and a life that, at its end, made him pleased to have lived it. Tim requested that he be cremated with no funeral or memorial service, but that those who want to honor him do so by making an extra effort to be kind to their canine and human friends and acquaintances. Preceding Tim in death were his parents, Alice and W.J. Moseley; brother, Henderson Earl Moseley; former wife, Patsy Hill and his special buddies, Taffy, Mackie, Spooky, Dee Dee, Elle and Harry.
’58 Susan Adelaide Robinson of Spanish Fort Alabama, July 15, 2022. Sue married William H. "Billy" McLean '56 on June 7, 1958 at First Presbyterian Church-Franklin, TN. Immediately, she became supportive Navy Wife living in Newport, RI & later New Orleans. In 1962, they went to Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis. 2 years later it was on to Richmond, VA for Seminary. In 1968, she became a very supportive Minister's Wife when Billy '56 took the family to Drewry's Bluff Presbyterian Church-Richmond, VA. From there, it was to Covington TN-First Presbyterian, and then to Fairhope and the Presbytery of Mobile Churches before going to Cottage Hill Presbyterian Church. Mobile became home for 30 years where they lived in the family home.
In 2015, they moved to Westminster Village where Sue is remembered for having helped the early residents. Sue was pre-deceased by her parents, Thomas Michael and Mary Lyon Robinson of Franklin, TN. and is survived by Billy '56, her husband of 64 years, their 3 children, and 4 grandchildren: Elizabeth Stuart McLean '82 of Atlanta, GA, Susan McLean Haws '85 of Montreat, NC, and Nolan Stuart McLean '89, III & his wife, Ashley. Their 4 grandchildren are: Claud Arthur Haws, Jr, McLean Haws, Hendley Haws, & Harper McLean. As the 3rd of 4 Siblings, she was pre-deceased by an older sister and brother-in-law, Mary Anne and John R. Fowler, Sr. and a brother and sister-in-law Thomas M. and Lou Robinson, Jr. She is survived by her younger brother, Steve Robinson and sister-in-law Karen & nieces and nephews. Having grown up on the family farm south of Franklin, TN, they shared their love of farm life and The Farm home with family and friends over the years.
Sue was educated in Franklin and at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) where she met Billy '56 and received a BA(Sociology). Prior to Title IX, she excelled in athletics and was inducted into the Franklin High School Sports Hall of Fame for her basketball skills. There she was Homecoming Queen and a Cheerleader. In college, she sang in the Southwestern Singers, was recognized for her inspired leadership and citizenship on campus by Who's Who and Very special to her was being a member and president of Tri-Delta Sorority and as well as having all 3 of her children graduate from Rhodes. A person of deep faith and commitment, she was a life-long Presbyterian and a Deacon & an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She excelled in nurturing and feeding the family and hosting many friends. This was especially so with her children and Billy throughout his ministry.
Over 60 years, she sang in choirs in the churches where she was a member: First-Franklin, Idlewild-Memphis, Drewry's Bluff-Richmond, First-Covington TN, Trinity-Fairhope, Cottage Hill-Mobile, & Spring Hill-Mobile. Sue valued her friendships and was a beloved member of Alabama's Chapter C of P.E.O., an international philanthropic organization providing scholarships and loans to assist women in meeting their educational goals. Professionally, she placed primary importance in being a Housewife-Homemaker. After the children were in school, she taught Pre-School; and, as a Real Estate Broker, served her customers at Earle, McMillan, & Niemeyer, Westminster Village, Gordon Oaks, and Roberts Brothers (26 years).
Her family has deep appreciation for the Dementia Friendly, Loving Care of both Residents and Staff at Westminster Village. We especially appreciate the care of many sitters and especially having had Sue Vermeulen and the Kindred Hospice Team.
’60 Sandra Bain Fink of Baltimore, Maryland, July 9, 2022. Among those who grieve are her husband Roger, sister Pamela Ward, daughters Halle von Kessler, Emily Little and Carrie Gaut and a large extended family.
’60 Karen Boyce Logan of Gilliam, Louisiana, August 18, 2022. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022, Belcher Presbyterian Church, 508 Gray Street, Belcher, LA, beginning at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Bryan McDowell and Jacob Dickson. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the home of Stephen '90 & Jann Logan in Gilliam, LA to greet family and friends.
Karen was born in Memphis, TN to Dr. Edward G. Boyce and Marie S. Boyce. Karen spent her early years in various small Mississippi towns, including Macon, French Camp, and Port Gibson, where Dr. Boyce worked as an educator. Karen attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and was chosen as the sweetheart of Sigma Nu fraternity. She remained involved as a life-long member of the Shreveport Tri Delta Alumnae group. Most importantly, Southwestern is where she met Dan P. Logan, Jr. '59 After graduation, Danny and Karen married in Port Gibson, Mississippi in 1960. Once married, they moved back to Danny’s hometown of Gilliam, LA where they have lived and farmed for over 60 years.
Karen was a very active member of Belcher Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. Over the years, she served as an elder, the clerk of session, treasurer and many other vital roles in the church. One of Karen’s many passions was the community Bible school in Belcher which was staffed and operated by the Ferncliff Presbyterian camp. This camp was open to all children in the North Caddo area at no cost to the families. In the larger church roles, Karen served as a commissioner to the Presbyterian General Assembly, chairman of Presbyterian Women for the Presbytery, and moderator of the Presbytery of the Pines.
Karen’s desire to grow, learn, and serve others never faltered. Later in life, Karen acquired a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and was a prolific reader of all subjects. Karen also attained her pilot’s license in 1982.
However, Karen is best known as a community volunteer, having founded and supported many charities and non-profits. No matter the circumstance, Karen was always eager to assist anyone needing a helping hand. Countless families have benefited from her unwavering support. She was instrumental in the founding of the McDade House in Shreveport as well as the rebuilding the public library in Gilliam. She also served an integral role in building the David Raines Community Health Center in Gilliam which provides affordable rural health care for residents of north Caddo Parish. Karen was also a dedicated public servant having served continuously as Village Alderman for over 30 years. For 40 years, Karen served Community Renewal International (CRI) as a board member and coordinator. She was an accomplished grant writer, she helped CRI and many other organizations raise money which continue to have positive impacts today. When Karen recognized the need for a Meals on Wheels service in her small community she actively organized, in conjunction with the help of local churches, and delivered hot meals every week to older citizens in the Gilliam community.
Karen also recognized the need to highlight and preserve the history of the area of north Caddo Parish. To further promote the local heritage and bring awareness to the community, she organized the Red River Crossroads Historical and Cultural Association which focuses on promoting and introducing the community to a larger audience. From this group, the Sunflower Festival emerged which just celebrated their 20th anniversary and attracts thousands to the northern part of the parish. In addition, the Fall Heritage Tour evolved to highlight historical homes during each harvest season for the farming community.
In 2006, Karen attended a school in Oxford, Mississippi to learn about installing pure, clean water to people in Haiti. She and many other Presbyterians made many trips to Haiti during the next 10 years installing clean water systems for hundreds of people impacted by poverty, poor government, and storm damage. Karen and Danny led 1 -2 trips per year and taught the leaders of each village to run the system successfully.
Karen also loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed their annual Grand Isle fishing trip with the family which began on their honeymoon in June of 1960.
Karen was a quiet hero and fiercely determined to help everyone who needed a helping hand. As a friend, role model, and enthusiastic cheerleader for her family, friends and community, she will be missed by everyone.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Dr. Bill Boyce '51 and wife Elsa. Karen is survived by her husband, Dan Logan '59, married 62 years; children, Susan Huffman '83 and husband, John; Beth Woods and husband, Ben, Stephen Logan '90 and wife, Jann; her grandchildren, Caldwell '19 and John Walker Huffman, Tanner, Michael, and Logan Woods, and Taylor, and Emily Logan.
’60 Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Lowe of Madison, Wisconsin, March 20, 2019. She was born on Dec. 9, 1938, in Arkansas, and was the only child of Margaret Kimbaugh and Schuyler Lowe who preceded her in death. Soon after her birth, her father, a prominent financial planner, moved his family to Washington DC where he worked as a city manager. Betty moved to Madison to take a position as librarian with the State of Wisconsin. Though she adapted well to her Midwest home with its northern winters, she never lost her “southern bell” charm, always decked out and adorned with jewelry, painted fingernails, but always sensible midwestern shoes.
Betty was a proud member of OA (Overeaters Anonymous) and managed to enjoy more than a 150 pound weight loss that she maintained for many years. She lived the 12 steps carrying her message of recovery from both alcohol (AA, Alcoholics Anonymous) and over eating. She sponsored many newcomers to AA and OA, and attended meetings in Madison, Monona and Fitchburg for many years. Betty is survived by her cousins, Mary Leming Connor of New York, Loris Butterfield of Washington D.C., and Elaine Jones of Iowa.
’60 Janice McTyier of Memphis, Tennessee, April 15, 2022. Janice, a lifelong Memphian, was born on December 26, 1947 to Harry and Dorothy Leviton. She graduated from Central High School and attended Southwestern at Memphis, where she graduated with Distinction and was active with Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She earned a Masters of Education from Memphis State University. She taught French, English, and Spanish in the Memphis City School System for many years and was a special education teacher at the Bodine School for over twenty years. In addition to her classroom teaching, she also provided private tutoring for forty years. Janice married Douglas McTyier in June of 1969, and they had two children, Jessica of Memphis, TN and Derek, of Vancouver WA.
She was an active member of Colonial Park United Methodist Church, where she served as the President of the UMW and participated in many Bible studies. She particularly enjoyed spending time with her family, participating in church activities, meeting with her luncheon groups, and reading. She was well known for her vibrant sense of humor and her love for animals.
Janice is survived by her husband Doug, sister Marsha Cox (Mike), daughter Jessica Walters (Marc), son Derek McTyier (Gabriela), and grandsons Caleb Walters, Luke Walters, Desmond McTyier, and Paxton McTyier.
’60 Jerald Francis Robinson Sr. of passed away at home following a fight with kidney cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Arelia Elizabeth Jackson and Francis Byron Robinson. Jerry leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Anne Catherine Ford Robinson '60 (his college sweetheart) of Blacksburg, Va.; his son, Jerald (Rob) Robinson Jr. and spouse, Amanda Lyvette Robinson; and two grandchildren, Nigel Dalton Robinson and Roxanne Tara Robinson all of Roanoke, Va.
In high school, Jerry was editor of Southside High School Newspaper, business manager of the yearbook, school photographer and voted "Mr. Southside". He was an Eagle Scout. Jerry later graduated from what is now known as Rhodes College in three years with a degree in Economics. He received a M.S. degree from Duke University and obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois.
Jerry and Anne '60 married in December of 1960. His teaching career included Furman University, University of Missouri, and 37 years at Virginia Tech where he received teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was President of the Faculty Senate for two terms and chaired the committee to plan the curriculum at the University's Steger European Studies Center in Switzerland where he taught for thirteen full sessions. Jerry loved his students so much that he and Anne '60 took groups on Study Abroad Trips for many years. Jerry held honorary positions at several Chinese and European universities and received a Silver Medal from the University of Maribor Slovenia.
In the local community, Jerry served eight years at the Montgomery County School Board – two as chairman. He was a member and past President of Blacksburg Rotary Club. Jerry also helped found the "Fun 143 Trailer Ministry", served on the boards of the Wesley Foundation, VT YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and served as chair of the Board of the Interfaith Food Pantry. Jerry certainly lived by a motto of Rotary, "Service Above Self".
Saturday mornings were always set aside for his donut and coffee group. These guys were to him the brothers he never had as an only child.
’61 Geraldine Knight White of Mahomet, Illinois, April 23, 2022.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 21, 1939, Geraldine was the first daughter of Mildred McKee and Ira Lynn Knight. Gerry grew up in Old Hickory, Tenn., graduating from Dupont High School in 1957. She earned a bachelor of arts from Southern at Memphis, now known as Rhodes College, in 1960.
She married Thomas H Patton Jr., and they moved to Champaign, where she started her teaching career with the fifth-grade class at White Heath School. Thomas H. Patton III was born in May 1968, and the family returned to Tennessee, where she taught at Mt. Juliet schools. While working and parenting, Geraldine earned her master's in education in 1977 and specialist in education in 1981 from Middle Tennessee State College in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
She married James E. White in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., on Aug. 4, 1984, and they returned to rural Seymour, where she again taught in the Monticello school district, until retiring in 1994. They moved to Mahomet in 2014, where she continued to support public libraries and had more than a passing interest in politics.
Wherever she lived, Geraldine was active in her church, Cook’s UMC in Mt. Juliet and Mahomet UMC. For many years, she coordinated the preparation of funeral dinners.
She leaves behind her husband, James; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Joy Patton; and beloved granddaughter, Karis Patton, all of Mt. Juliet; and sister, Josephine, and brother-in-law, Charles Hirschman, of Seattle.
’62 Robert L. Barret of Charlotte, North Carolina, June 25, 2022. after a challenging struggle with dementia. He is survived by his daughters: Ashley Barret of Greensboro, NC; Mandy Eckhardt of Idaho Falls, ID; and Laura Page of Dayton, OH. He also leaves behind thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bob earned degrees from Rhodes College, Vanderbilt University and Georgia State University with a focus on counseling/psychology. He was a professor, psychologist, and writer in Charlotte, NC, and taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Counseling for twenty-nine years, retiring in 2008. Bob's publications dealt with parenting, issues of grief and loss, and clinical services to the sexual minority community. His books include Counseling Gay Men and Lesbians and Gay Fathers. He was highly active in promoting social justice in Charlotte and with the American Counseling Association. His research also dealt with workaholism and its effects on families and children. He was a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to a licensed practicing counselor.
In 2007, Bob spoke on the National Public Radio program. This, I believe, reading a personal account of his life which described his own struggles accepting his gay identity and how he came to accept his true self. A firm believer in change and challenging one's self, in 2013 at the age of seventy-three, he hiked and completed El Camino de Santiago, a 500+ mile network of pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. In 2014, he gave a fascinating interview about his life and the events that shaped who he was.
’63 Natalie Holt Wilson of Memphis, Tennessee, June 17, 2022. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 16th, 1940 to Mr. and Mrs. William Edwin Holt (Grace Weisiger). Natalie grew up in Memphis, where she attended Hutchison School, graduating in 1958. She enjoyed many years of friendship with the alumnae community. After high school, she attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. The time away from the love of her life and soon to be husband of 47 years, James Edward Wilson, Jr., M.D., called her back to Memphis where she attended Southwestern University (Rhodes College). Natalie and Jim enjoyed early years of marriage in Charleston, South Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning home to Memphis.
Natalie was first and foremost a mother of four children but found time to serve the community as a member of the Junior League of Memphis and as a volunteer with the Dyslexia Foundation of Memphis. Later in life, Natalie moved to the Wicklow community in Germantown, Tennessee where she enjoyed sharing recipes, cooking meals and spending time with friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, and her sister, June Grace Hall. Her faith was the center of her life which she lived with love, gratitude, and service, especially to her children: Grace Uhlhorn (Gil), Curry Luttrell (John), Jim Wilson (Ann), and Drew Wilson (Anne). She loved her grandchildren to whom she was affectionately known as Ganmommy: Natalie Danielson (Chad), Sara Allen (Daniel), Jorja Smith (Taylor), Wilson Luttrell (Mary), Sophie Swaney, Griffin Wilson, Curry Wilson, and Edward Wilson. She was blessed with many great grandchildren: Garner, James, Lawson, Drew, and Peyton.
Natalie demonstrated unconditional love, support, and encouragement to her family, friends, and community. We were blessed by our time with her and will look back with gratitude on each moment and every day. We take great comfort in knowing she is healed and whole, watching over each of us as our guardian angel. Her influence over our lives will never be lost. "Well done, good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21
’63 Susan Jane Smith of Chesterfield, Missouri, April 10, 2022. She was born in Chicago, IL to Althine & William Smith and was the youngest of three children; her parents and siblings predeceased her. Susan attended Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, IL (the same high school that the actor Harrison Ford attended, in a different year), studied elementary education at Southwestern-at-Memphis (now Rhodes College) and graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO.
She started teaching in 1964, devoting her career to teaching elementary school and taught for 16 years in the Rockwood school district, retiring in 1996. Teaching was her calling and she taught 4th grade for many years. She co-owned the Classic Classrooms educational supply store on Manchester Road and after retiring was an active substitute teacher, school librarian and volunteer primarily at Wild Horse and Woerther Elementary schools through March 2020. Her mother was also an educator as were various other relatives. Sue loved teaching children, watching them learn, and had incredible classroom management skills. She was a mentor to many junior teachers, teacher's aides, and future members of administration. Teaching was Sue's calling in life; she made a difference in the lives of countless young people and sometimes taught their children during her long career.
After retiring, she traveled to Northern Ireland with a church group, to Bali and Panama with long-time friends, and visited family members out of state. Sue's hobbies and interests included: gardening, reading, stitchery, genealogy, stained-glass stepping stones, giraffes and volunteering. Sue was a pet lover, in particular the Weimaraner dog breed and owned 5 over the years. She was very active and loved walking, and would be seen most every day in Chesterfield in the early morning walking her dog. She was a devout Christian whose faith was both a cornerstone of and comfort in her life.
She had a beautiful singing voice, sung in the choir as a young girl and attended church (Bonhomme Presbyterian, St. Mark's Presbyterian, Lord of Life Lutheran Church) regularly, enjoying bible study groups and church fellowship dinners. She volunteered for The Crossing Church's annual Backpack Attack school supply drive, St. Mark's Presbyterian church rummage sales, Circle of Concern, and Rockwood school activities.
She was one of the early Trustees of the Highcroft Estates subdivision in Chesterfield. Sue was an avid crossword puzzler and a master jigsaw puzzler. Like her mother, Sue was an accomplished gardener and her hostas and perennial garden were exceptionally beautiful; she loved to share plant cuttings with friends, and always felt at peace in the garden. She was very handy around the house and enjoyed wallpapering, painting and furniture refinishing. For many years, her license plate referred to her love of counted cross stitch needlework, she also enjoyed needlepoint and was an accomplished knitter and seamstress. Sue enjoyed dancing, piano playing, and 50's music; she attended a variety of concerts including the brass band holiday concert and Pops in the Park. She enjoyed cooking, especially baking and canning; she was a great pie baker her strawberry pie recipe won first prize at a county strawberry festival in 1974 and still gets raves from everyone who tastes it! Sue was enchanted with giraffes and loved visiting them at the St. Louis Zoo, and collected various giraffe figurines and art. The Butterfly House at Faust Park was a special place to her where she enjoyed the beauty and peacefulness, and particularly the blue butterflies.
She is survived by her daughter Heather Stewart and a grandson who live in the San Francisco Bay Area; son Bradley Stewart who works abroad and is based in Texas; and son Craig Stewart, wife Nikki, and granddaughter who live in Lawrence, Kansas.
5 words describing Sue: Survivor, Teacher, Gardener, Mother, Friend. Finally, she found special meaning in this quote from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet: "Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."
’64 Ann Taylor Adams of Memphis Tennessee, April 7, 2022. Loyal. Independent. Resilient. Honest. These are just a few words that describe the life of Ann Taylor Adams. Born to Dr. and Mrs. William Milton Adams, the third of four children on May 22, 1942, Ann lived a life of dedication to her family. Having grown up in Hein Park in Memphis, TN, Ann maintained her residence in Midtown during her formidable years. As a child, she enjoyed playing with her siblings and a fondness for animals. Ann attended Central High School and graduated from Rhodes College (Southwestern at Memphis) where she was president of Kappa Delta sorority. Her life would never be the same after the birth of her beloved daughter, Lynn, who she adored and raised with great pride. As devoted as she was as a mother, her care for her own mother was unwavering. She applied the same commitment to her professional career. Upon earning her Masters in Education, she was a dedicated teacher in the Memphis City Schools. Afterwards, following in her family’s footsteps, Ann worked in the medical field and was known for her organizational skills. Ann (with daughter Lynn) lived in Colorado for ten years and enjoyed the mountains, desert, and wine country. Back in Memphis for her last chapter, Ann loved living at the Fairway Towers and we are grateful for her friends there and the caring workers that treated her like family. Ann enjoyed several hobbies including hiking, fishing, crafts, but mostly tennis. Always independent in thought, Ann was forthcoming in her opinions, which over the years grew to be an incredibly endearing trait.
At 79, Ann passed away peacefully on April 7 with family at her side, after a recurrence of pneumonia.
Ann is survived by her brother, Dr. William Milton Adams, Jr., of Memphis, TN; her sister, Sue Adams Pittman, of Milan, TN, her daughter, Catherine Lynn Horton, of Hardy, AR; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine Taylor and William Milton Adams, Sr. and her brother, Dr. Robert Franklin Adams.
’64 Margaret Anne Denny Hicks of Shelby, North Carolina, July 14, 2022. Born in Danville, Kentucky, November 16, 1942, the daughter of Charles Franklin Denny, II and Ruth Hopper Denny, she attended Danville High School, Rhodes College in Memphis, and Centre College in Danville where she studied art. She met Larry Hicks, her husband of 44 years, while working as summer staff at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.
One of Margaret's gifts that became her life's work was her effectiveness with children. She enjoyed a 40-plus-year career as an elementary school teacher with Shelby City Schools in Shelby. Margaret's life was centered around the church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, attended Bible study, and, occasionally, directed the children's choir. She was, most recently, a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, where she enjoyed singing in the women's choir.
She loved helping people, and she made friends quickly and easily, wherever she was. She was a generous giver, caring for members of her family and community, volunteering and supporting her church and other charitable interests.
She is survived by her children, Catherine Hicks of Charlotte and Elizabeth Greene of Shelby, her son-in-law Mark Greene, her grandchildren, Charlie Greene, and Susan Greene Miller, her grandson-in-law, Dan Miller, and two great grandchildren, Grace and Andrew Miller, all of Shelby. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Glenda Denny of Sumter, SC.
’64 Judith "Judy" Crow McColgan of Schreveport, Louisiana, May 31, 2022. Judy was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on May 13, 1942 to David and Gretchen Crow and passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Judy lived her entire life in Shreveport. She attended Southfield School and later attended C.E. Byrd High School before attending and graduating from The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas in 1960. She then attended Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, graduating in 1964, where she a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Judy excelled in everything she became involved in. She was an outstanding pilot and loved aerobatic flight, which she mastered and excelled in. For many years, she performed in the Holiday in Dixie Airshow at Shreveport's Downtown Airport. In fact, it is reported that she possibly had more hours flying upside down in her airplane than most pilots had flying straight and level. She loved to fish and could fly-fish as well as, if not better than most. She was an excellent shot with a shotgun and could easily hold her own in any duck blind. She was a Master Gardener and loved springtime, most of all when new life sprang forth. She had the most beautiful and prolific asparagus garden anywhere, as well as her beautiful flower garden at her home.
Most of all, she loved Goldpoint Island where she and her husband, Bill '64, lived for many happy years. They both loved their saddle horses, and she loved riding all over her island. She also enjoyed riding her bicycle, and it was not unusual for her to ride 15 to 20 miles a day. Judy was widely traveled, from viewing the Monarch Butterflies wintering in Mexico, to lions in Kenya, to Grizzly Bears in Alaska or weddings in Scotland. She loved it all. She was a staunch supporter of the Shreveport Community Foundation and all the local arts. She supported, loved and attended the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Opera. She served many years on the Board of Directors of Shreveport Opera and held numerous positions as an officer of that organization. Judy was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Shreveport. She was a member of the Belcher Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents and her son, David Saunders Quinn. She is survived by her husband, Dr. William L. McColgan, Jr. '64; her son, Dr. John Vaden Quinn and wife, Kristin of Charleston, South Carolina; her daughter, Blair Quinn Purgerson and husband, Jim of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; her brother, John David Crow and wife, Linda of Tyler, Texas; five wonderful grandchildren; four nephews; numerous beloved cousins and her Border Collie, Skye.
’64 John C. Mehrling of Waynesville, North Carolina, June 11, 2022.
’65 Margaret “Anne” Partee Lorenz of Sewanee, Tennessee, August 29, 2020. She was born August 6, 1943, in Nashville, Tennessee, the oldest daughter of artists McCullough Partee and Betty (Mary Elizabeth Shemwell) Partee. Anne was pre-deceased by both parents; her brother, Walter Patterson Partee; and her husband, Philip (Jack) Lorenz, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth McCullough Partee; her stepchildren, Philip J. Lorenz, III, and Brenna Lorenz; and a host of cousins in the Partee and Shemwell families.
Anne was a 1961 graduate of West High School in Nashville. She earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University). Her career as a special education/learning disabilities tutor in Sewanee spanned 51 years, teaching young people over several generations. One of her proudest accomplishments was to be the founding principal and teacher of the Sewanee Learning Center, which operated for 10 years on the campus of The University of the South. There she met her husband, Jack Lorenz, Jr., who was a professor of physics and astronomy. Their home, Onteora, was a very special meeting place for family, friends, and students, who loved seeing the family cats there, as well as raccoons, ducks, geese, deer, foxes, and other wildlife Anne and Jack fed or rehabilitated.
Anne was very active in Cowan Fellowship Church, where she helped teach the youth Sunday School class, kept weekly prayer requests for Sunday services, and much more. She was also active in several organizations, most recently EQB, Sewanee Woman’s Club, Porchers, and the West Lunch Bunch.
’66 Thomas Fontaine Gaines III of Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 24, 2022. Tom was born in New York City on October 10, 1944. He graduated from Rhodes College in 1966 then received an MBA from the University of Memphis. He then married the love of his life, Layne Beaumont, in 1968. A proud member of Hixson United Methodist church for more than 40 years, Tom served many years as an usher, worked with the Finance committee and was a member and chair of the Stewardship Team.
Tom spent most of his career in the Chattanooga credit union industry. He was president of the State Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation/ Mutual Guaranty Corporation for thirteen years. The last twenty-four years of his career were spent as president of the Tennessee Credit Union League. Tom was one of the founders of Vol Corporate Credit Union and represented southeast credit unions on the board of directors of the Credit Union National Association in Washington, DC. Tom is survived by his wife Layne, two daughters, Robin Mootz (Jurgen) and Fontaine Tate (Ben), and two grandsons Fisher and Woody Tate. He is also survived by his brother Austin Gaines (Catherine) and three nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and Thomas Gaines. We will miss his dry sense of humor and all his Tom"isms". We love him and he will never be forgotten. We know he is now at peace with the Lord that he has always steadfastly loved.
’66 Charles Griffith "Griff" Keyes of Little Rock, Arkansas, June 10, 2022. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and a Christian.
Griff was born February 14, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark. He grew up in Scott, Ark., spending many days in and on Old River. He attended Forest Heights Junior High and graduated from Hall High School in 1962. He lettered in football and track, specializing in shotput and discus, while in college. He attended the University of Arkansas where he pledged SAE. Griff graduated from Southwestern (now Rhodes) in Memphis. After graduation, he began a career in finance and worked for A.G. Edwards & Sons for many years. Griff was an avid fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman.
Griff was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Marjorie Rainwater Keyes Thalheimer Smith; and father Stanley M. Keyes; two admired stepfathers, Bruce Thalheimer and Douglas Smith; grandmother, Lula Burrow Graves; and grandfather Cloud Night Rainwater.
Griff is survived by his wife, Kenan Jones Keyes; two children, Mary Margaret and Morgan (Jennifer); his two grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne and McCall; his brother, Cloud Keyes (Nancy); his niece, Kristin; and nephews Night and John.
’67 Albert A. Burk, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee, September 7, 2022. Albert is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Augustus Burk, Sr., and Mary Frances Stein Burk. He is survived by his brother, Stephen Prentiss Burk (Debbie-Jo) of Olathe, KS, and his sister, Carol Ann Angel (Charlie) of Fernandina Beach, FL. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Ashley Burk Wood (Seth) of Bartlett; Hunter Burk of Atlanta, GA; Taylor Burk of Portland, OR; Katie-Grace Burk of Harlem, NY; Darby Burk of Charleston, SC; great-niece, Madison Wood of Bartlett; and great-nephew, Jackson Wood of Bartlett.
Albert began playing for church services when he was 10 years old at Chelsea Avenue Methodist Church. At 16, he became the organist for Schoolfield Methodist Church. After graduating from Frayser High School as Valedictorian, he accepted the organist's position at McLean Baptist Church and studied sacred music at Sourhwestern at Memphis (Rhodes) where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction. At Southwestern, he studied organ under the direction of Dr. Adolph Steuterman. Albert continued his studies at Union Theological Seminary. His career in music included positions as Music Director at First Presbyterian Church, Church of the Incarnation (Collierville), and St. Louis Catholic Church. He also substituted as organist at many other churches in the Memphis area and played the organ for graduations at Ellis Auditorium.
Albert was an active member of the American Guild of Organists. His dedication to church music was evident in his every day life, working to support the liturgy of the church with appropriately selected sacred music. He touched many people with his church work while also playing for weddings, funerals, and events with his very sweet and kind disposition. He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church in his later years and played there on occasion.
’68 Martha Elaine Rhodes of Penney Farms, Florida, April 12, 2022. Elaine Rhodes was born in Durham NC on November 20, 1946. She was the first child of Daniel Durham Rhodes and Ethel Truscott Rhodes. She graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 1964 and from Southwestern (now Rhodes College) in 1968 with a BA in English Language and Literature. She did her graduate work at Union Theological Seminary, earning a Masters of Divinity in 1974 and a Doctorate of Ministry in Theology and Pastoral Care in 1976. Hers was the first graduating class of doctoral students at Union that included women. She later earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Cenacle.
Elaine was a Minister, a Pastoral Counselor, and a Spiritual Director. As her primary calling in the Presbyterian Church she chose interim ministry and spent twenty-five years serving various churches in Texas, West Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, and New York. She followed a long line of ministers and missionaries on both sides of her family. Like her maternal grandparents before her, Elaine retired to Penney Farms Retirement Community near Jacksonville, Florida. A celebration of her life was held at the retirement community and she was laid to rest beside her grandparents, as she requested. It was a fitting and inspiring end to her journey.
Elaine is preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Truscott Rhodes, her parents, Daniel and Ethel Rhodes, maternal grandparents, Basil and Annie Truscott, and paternal grandparents, Arnold and Lessie Rhodes. She is survived by her brother, Robin Francis Rhodes, her sister, Noelle Rhodes Scott (Edward), as well as by her nieces and nephews, Houston Daniel Truscott Rhodes (Stacey), Annie Cecilia Marie Rhodes, Lessie Ann Hidalgo-Scott (Carolina), and Richard Chisolm Scott.
’69 Susanne "Sue" Bunch of Tallahassee, Florida, August 16, 2022. She was born May 4, 1947, in Ames, Iowa to Robert and Virginia Brown. Sue obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She married Morgan Bunch '69 in 1970. After serving in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in South Florida, she and Morgan moved to Tallahassee in 1974.
Sue was dedicated to her profession of social work. She worked in the Department of Children and Families and retired as a supervisor who oversaw the eligibility process for elder care and nursing homes. Sue always held herself to the same expectation as those she supervised: to apply the rules and regulations of the Department in a fair and caring way. Family, church and music were the three supporting pillars of Sue's life. She especially enjoyed spending time with her immediate family, but her families were never limited to blood or legal connections. She had many families in her church, in her singing circles, and in her heart. Sue was a provider of time and energy to her church, the United Church in Tallahassee, and a recipient of the blessings and support from the church. Some of the roles that she played were: member of the Board of Stewards, a leader and participant in a number of women's groups, member on various committees and alto singer in the choir.
Music, especially singing, was central to Sue's life. In addition to the church choir, she sang with the Tallahassee Community Chorus, the Civic Chorale and sang and promoted Sacred Harp singing (a cappella community singing) in Tallahassee, Florida, and surrounding states. Sue was a peacemaker, always attempting to find ways to decrease harmful conflict in our community. She was a gardener and a nature lover, especially of the birds that sang to her as she ate breakfast on the deck or on early morning walks through the neighborhood.
She was predeceased by her father, Robert Brown; and a brother, Richard Brown. She is survived by her husband, Morgan '69; her mother, Virginia; daughters, Erin Wade (Shaun Streetman) and Katrina Sun (Eugene); grandchildren, Tayla, Jaylon, and Malik Wade, Kenji, Kami, and Kai Sun; a brother, William Brown (Susan); and sisters, Judy Cells (Darryle) and Kay Ruehlen (Gary).
’69 Dr. Kenneth Phelps Jr. Of Lewisburg, Tennessee, July 29, 2022. Dr. Kenneth was a native of Lewisburg and the son of the late Dr. Jack Phelps and Jimmie Ruth Phelps. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Debbie Phelps. He was preceded in death by a son, Ross Brown.
Dr. Kenneth was born on March 13, 1947. He was a loving husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather, and a doctor to everyone he knew. Besides spending time with his family and friends, his greatest love was gardening and his flowers.
He is survived by his children: Ken Phelps III, Leah Brown Cook (Michael), Jessica Tant Brown, Kate Phelps Atchison (Knowles), Alex Phelps, Robbie Baxter (Stephanie), and Natalie Lazarowicz (Jim).
Grandchildren: Jenna Grace Hill, Josie Brown, Eli Phelps, Reid Brown, Knowles Atchison III, Margaret Atchison, Sawyer Phelps, and Liam Phelps.
Sisters: Anne Reed (Kenneth) and Becky Baxter; many nieces, nephews, and cousins
Dr. Kenneth graduated from BGA in 1965, Rhodes College (Southwestern) in 1969, and University of Tennessee College of Medicine in December 1972. After completing his education and fellowships, he returned to Lewisburg in 1976 to practice with his father at Phelps Clinic until his father retired in 1989. He then became the owner and renamed the clinic, Kenneth Phelps and Associates. While working full-time at his practice, Dr. Phelps was on staff at Lewisburg Community Hospital now Marshall Medical Center for over 45 years serving in many capacities such as Medical Chief of Staff and emergency room doctor. He also served as the Medical Director of the Marshall County EMS, Marshall County Coroner, and Medical Director of the NHC nursing homes.
Dr. Kenneth was a lifelong member of Lewisburg First UMC and an active participant at Church Street Church of Christ. He was a member of the Lewisburg Elks Club and the Lewisburg Kiwanis Club. Dr. Phelps was a staunch supporter of the community. He championed the Dixie Theater, the Marshall County Library, and the Marshall County Schools. His impact was far-reaching and will be missed in this community.
’71 Donna Kay Fisher of Memphis, Tennesse, August 14, 2022. She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and graduated cum laude. She was also a member of the 1971 Motar Board and Rhodes student government.
’71 Bouldin A. Marley Jr. of Clarksdale, Mississippi, April 28, 2022. Bo Marley, beloved obstetrician-gynecologist doctor at The Woman's Clinic in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and faithful servant of our Lord, Jesus Christ, passed peacefully with his devoted wife and loving daughter by his side on April 28, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bo was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, godfather, doctor and friend to all who knew him. The lives his gentle soul touched are numerous and he will be sorely missed. We will not long forget Bo's playful nature, which was infectious to all whose paths were intertwined with his. Bo loved his family, his patients, his co-workers, his friends, and complete strangers. He truly lived the life of a servant of God, loving Him with all his heart and soul and mind, and loving others as himself. He leaned mightily on The Lord's Prayer.
Dr. Marley, as so many knew and called him, worked as an OB-GYN at The Woman's Clinic in Clarksdale, Mississippi, for more than 32 years, where he delivered over 10,000 babies. He retired in 2011. Bo was born in Clarksdale and raised in Sumner, Mississippi by his parents, whom he cherished and adored, calling their names up to his final days. Bo accepted Christ at an early age. He first attended St. George's Episcopal Church in Clarksdale but grew up worshiping in the special church his parents were instrumental in founding, Episcopal Church of the Advent in Sumner, Mississippi. Upon his return to Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta after medical school, Bo raised his own family while worshiping at St. George's. Upon his retirement, Bo returned to his home church at The Advent and continued there until his illness prevented him from commuting from his home in Helena, Arkansas. He found much solace in his final church home, St. John's Episcopal Church, in Helena, and began a friendship with his empathetic priest, Reverend Ray Brown.
Bo received his undergraduate degree from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), where he was an active SAE. After college, he attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson in 1971. He joined The Woman's Clinic in 1979 after his residency at the University of Southern Alabama. Bo retired from The Woman's Clinic in 2011 having seen many of the same patients for over 25+ years and, as mentioned before, delivered thousands of newborns. Bo was an excellent doctor, leaving an indelible impression on numerous families over the years. Bo was a consummate sportsman, sharing his love of golf, tennis and all-things Ole Miss football with his father, family and friends. A gifted musician, he was his high school's soloist trombonist all four years. A faithful Episcopalian, he was an attendant in church life, first as an acolyte and later as an attendant and vestry member. Along with his father, Bo was an Eagle Scout, further cementing the following long-held Marley family values and basic-life Truths: 1. Life is not fair. 2. Be patient. 3. Seek the Truth. 4. Live in the present. 5. Question extremes. 6. Keep an even keel. 7. Love God and Love others. Since retiring, Bo has enjoyed traveling with his faithful wife, LeAnne, including spending much time with his precious daughter, Minette, and his three darling granddaughters, and spending time with rescue dogs Sadie and Charlie working in his yard.
Bo's paternal grandparents were Frank Christian Marley and his wife, Florence Bouldin Marley, of Clarksdale. Bo's maternal grandparents were Phillip Henry Thornton, Jr. and his wife, Madge Saunders Thornton, of Charleston, Mississippi. Bo's parents were Bouldin Alcorn Marley Sr. ("Boby") and wife, Tonya Thornton Marley ("Tootsie") who both predeceased him. He leaves behind his wife LeAnne Wallace Huff Marley of Helena, Arkansas, and daughter Minette Marley Townsend (Bo) of Knoxville, Tennessee, and three granddaughters, Marley Grace Townsend, Emory Katherine Townsend, and Reed Lauren Townsend. Bo had three stepdaughters, Robi Johnson (Gabriel) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Sarah Huff Cepeda (Christian) of Cleveland, Mississippi, and Rachel Lee Huff of Memphis, Tennessee. He also had four step grandchildren, Dylan, Dawsen, Sophia, and Matteo. Bo had two siblings, Christian Thornton Marley (Cheri) of Clarksdale, and Madge Marley Vance Howell (Billy) of Coahoma, Mississippi. He was an uncle to Christian Thornton Marley, Jr. (Madelyn) of Clarksdale, Anna Pfeifer Marley Lampton (Walt) of Jackson, Tony Clay Marley (Kalynn) of Clarksdale, and Corinne Vance Fikes (Bryan) of Oxford, Mississippi. He was a great uncle to Leyton Thornton Marley, Hunter Bouldin Marley, Anna Margaret Frances Marley, Henry Christian Marley, and Harrison Saunders Marley of Clarksdale; Marley Oakes Lampton of Jackson; and Lomax Lawson Fikes and Bouldin Bryan Fikes of Oxford.
’72 Nancy Doris Ann Chadick Dale of Columbia, Tennessee, October 1, 2022. Nancy was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, graduated cum laude and phi beta kappa. Nancy, a retired CPA for Deloitte LLP and resident of Columbia, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Maury Regional Medical Center after experiencing severe side effects from cancer medication.
Born September 14, 1950 in Tyler, Texas, Mrs. Dale was the daughter of the late Judge Terrell Claude (T.C.) Chadick and the late Doris Adeline Scruggs Chadick. She was a 1968 graduate of Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, where she was Valedictorian. She then attended Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, where she met her husband. She earned a BA from Rhodes College and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1972. She later completed accounting classes and earned a CPA designation. Mrs. Dale was a member of First Prebyterian Church, previously serving as Treasurer. She was also a member of the James K. Polk Memorial Association, Columbia Garden Club, and a highly dedicated CASA volunteer.
She treasured friendships and activities with her longtime book club and bridge club. Mrs. Dale was among the nicest and politest ladies you will ever meet. She greatly enjoyed decorating with bunny and bird themes, Christmas decorations regardless of the season, as well as bird watching and collecting seashells. She loved shopping for baby and children's clothes and spending time with her family, especially her delightful young grandsons. She will be dearly missed by numerous family and friends.
Survivors include her beloved husband, whom she was married to for 50 wonderful years, William H. Dale, Jr. '70 of Columbia; daughter, Caroline Dale '03 (Christopher) Simpson of Bethesda, Maryland; sister, Susan Chadick (Jerry Miller) of Arlington, Virginia; grandchildren, Tyler Dale Simpson and James Dale Simpson both of Bethesda, Maryland; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who live across the country. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her aunt and uncle, Rachel and Quentin Scruggs, who were a close and loving part of her life. A special thank you is extended to the dedicated and compassionate staff with the Critical Care Unit at Maury Regional Medical Center and especially Andrea Hopwood who provided outstanding care for her in the days leading up to her passing.
’74 Elisabeth "Betsy" Gernert Rosenblatt of Jackson, Mississippi, August 7, 2022, with her husband by her side. Betsy was born on June 27, 1952, to Richard T. Gernert and Eveline Mowry Gernert in Memphis, TN. She spent her early years in Corinth, MS before moving to Cleveland, MS. Betsy was quite the athlete, particularly in basketball, tennis and golf. She graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Southwestern (now Rhodes) College her freshman year before transferring to Mississippi State University. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority, where she served as pledge trainer. The summer after her sophomore year in college, Betsy worked at Camp Desoto in Mentone, Alabama, where she met her future husband, Steve, who was a counselor at Alpine Camp for Boys just down the road. After finishing college, Betsy taught in Memphis. She and Steve were married in the spring of 1975 and then moved to Jackson, where he practiced law.
She taught English at Jackson Preparatory School before becoming a full-time mother and homemaker. But Betsy never quit teaching whether it was teaching her three daughters at home, leading small group Bible studies at church, tutoring at Neighborhood Christian Center, or volunteering at VBS. Betsy loved people and was loved by them her family, her church family, her friends, and her husband's law firm community. She loved going to the beach each spring, visiting with the "Hillview ladies," and just sitting on the back porch with friends. Betsy invested her time and energies in each of these circles of friends and enhanced the lives of the people around her. Betsy was fully immersed in her faith, family, and friends.
In 2009, Betsy was diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic with a rare neurodegenerative disorder of the autonomic nervous system called "pure autonomic failure" (PAF). Betsy did not like the word "failure," so she had her physicians call it her "disorder." There is no cure for PAF; it can only be managed. And manage it she did in her own way privately and quietly. She kept on keeping on, even though it limited her activities and interaction with her friends and family.
Betsy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Stephen W. Rosenblatt, daughters Katherine Weaver (William) of Waco, TX, Emily Tober (Alistair) of Franklin, TN, and Nancy Rosenblatt of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Cynthia, Ellen, and Robert Weaver, and Miller and Callie Tober. Betsy is also survived by her twin brother, Richard T. Gernert, Jr. (Anne) of Nashville, TN, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents.
’75 Ira Harrison “Harry” Moore, of Austin, TX, July 4, 2022. He was sixty-nine years old. Dr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Ben J. Moore and Frances Legge Moore and an older brother Mr. Robert (Bobby) Warren Moore, (Caroline Moore, Horn Lake, MS) all of Batesville, Mississippi. He is survived by his spouse of forty-five years Joanne Owen Moore (Clinton, MS), his six children: Alison (Doug) English, Atlanta, GA, Lauren (Matt) Brownfield, Austin, TX, Sarah (Rob) Lee, Katy, TX, Owen (Mary Catherine) Moore, Hoover, AL, Melissa Moore of Austin, TX, Emily (Chris) Espinosa of Manor, TX, and thirteen grandchildren.
Dr. Moore attended South Panola High School in Batesville, MS, where he played as offensive guard and kicker for the 1970 Delta Valley championship football team. He graduated in 1971. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology with honors and distinction from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee (1975), he went on to study medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, MS, where he met his wife Joanne. They were married on December 18,1976 in the Old Chapel on the Mississippi College campus. Dr. Moore graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine in 1979, and completed the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1979-1982).
One of his cherished memories was being on the sidelines as one of the team doctors for Coach Bear Bryant's 315th career win, forever solidifying his loyalty to the University of Alabama's football team. Roll Tide! The summer of 1982, Dr. Moore moved his growing family to Atmore, Alabama, where he practiced family medicine for twenty-six years for Physicians Associates, which he eventually bought and changed the name to Moore Clinic for Wholeness & Health (1982-2008). His commitment to serving his patients with a holistic approach to medicine led him in 2009 to Austin, Texas, to pursue a full time Functional Medicine practice, eventually owning his own clinic, Austin Complete Health, which he sold to Forum Health, Austin where he continued to practice medicine until his health declined.
Dr. Moore was a man of deep and abiding faith. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church during his time in Atmore, Alabama, an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and a member of All Saints Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. His faith led him and his wife to home educate their six children where he took an active role in their instruction by teaching them on his day off, as well as, reading Scripture and praying with them every morning. His practice of morning prayer continued until the end of his life, each day praying for his adult children, their spouses and all thirteen grandchildren. Dr. Moore enjoyed beekeeping and many of his friends and neighbors in Atmore benefited from his yearly honey harvest. Always an avid learner, during more recent years, he dabbled with a large salt water fish aquarium, portrait painting, and playing the cello.
His most recent means of relaxation he obtained by joining the Nautical Boat Club where he spent many afternoons piloting family and friends around Lake Austin. However, nothing topped his joy of Alabama football. An alumnus of the Sigma Nu Fraternity (Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN), Dr. Moore was also a board-certified member of the American Academy of Family Practice (1982-2022), certified by the Institute in Functional Medicine, a former Board Member of Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, FL, a former Medical Director of Atmore Nursing Care Center, Atmore, AL, a member and past president of the medical staff at Atmore Community Hospital, as well as, a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
’78 Janice Rene Greer of Las Vegas, Nevada, September 10, 2022. Ms. Janice R Greer was born on June 28, 1956, in Memphis, TN to the late J.W. and Alois Greer. Janice graduated from St. Agnes High School and Rhodes College, then later received an International Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. A deeply committed learner, Janice was fluent in French and studied abroad in Madagascar to understand and improve their banking system. Janice began her banking career at First Tennessee Bank, where she spent twelve years as Vice President of the National Department and International Department. Her banking career then took her to Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent eight years at Citi Bank as Vice President of Relationship Management, Economic Development and Business Development. She later became an Executive Director for a non-profit organization.
Throughout her life, Janice was a dedicated and loving friend, always genuine and sincere. Outgoing, brilliant and kind, Janice was willing to help anyone in need. Though she spent the last twenty years calling Las Vegas home, Janice loved spending time with her family in Memphis and never missed celebrating a birthday, baptism or holiday with them. Janice loved her family deeply, and they loved her back. Janice R. Greer departed this life on September 10, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.
Janice leaves to cherish her loving memory and legacy her brother, Jarvis Greer (Emily); niece, McKenzie Nash (Karon); nephew, JJ Greer (Stephanie); two great nieces, Isla and Lennon Greer; four great nephews, KJ Nash, James Nash, Theodore Greer and Roe Greer; aunt Jewel Fagiens; cousins Monique Fagiens, Debra Shaw Toombs, Kenneth Shaw, Cedric Brownlee; great cousins Tiffani Toombs and Chelsi Ford, Jamie Brownlee, Brian Brownlee and Joi Brownlee; and a host of extended family and dear friends.
’80 Stephen Guerry Leonard of Decatur Alabama, March 28, 2021. Born on April 26, 1958 to Stephen and Jessie Petermann Leonard in Decatur, Alabama. Died peacefully in his sleep on March 28, 2021 in Decatur, Alabama. Guerry graduated from Rhodes College (Southwestern at Memphis) in 1980 and then received his Master Fine Arts in art from University of Memphis (Memphis State) in 1982. He retired from his job with the State of Tennessee where he spent many years helping others in need.
Guerry was a very gifted artist, musician, and cook. He made beautiful jewelry for friends and Family and loved cooking-especially barbeque. He always had the best stereo equipment so he could listen to his favorite records. He lived most of his adult life in Memphis, TN, where he attended school, and loved that city very much, only moving back to Decatur when poor health required him to do so for his final 3 years.
Guerry was preceded in death by his father, Stephen V. Leonard who was a decorated combat fighter pilot veteran of WWII, and his mother Jessie Petermann Leonard, a dedicated teacher who loved to travel. He is survived by his sisters Kathy, (Phil) Peterson, Nancy Holzwanger, Cindy (Tom) Montgomery and many nieces and nephews.
’83 Lewis K. Kalmbach of Shreveport, Louisiana, July 17, 2022. He was born July 22, 1961, as the son of Susan Forrester Roberts and the late Francis Terrell Kalmbach. Lewis grew up in Shreveport and graduated from First Baptist High School. After earning his BFA in 1983 from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, he embarked on a career that took many forms, each creative and successful. He co-founded Louie/Lewis, an advertising agency in Shreveport shortly after college. The business became Kalmbach Advertising and then Kalmbach Smith Meadows, which still operates today. Lewis continued to work as an advertising and media consultant throughout life, built a floral design business when living in St. Louis, MO, and was most recently flipping houses in various areas of the country where he and his family resided.
He was a talented artist and an arbiter of good taste. Within his family, Lewis was the go-to for all decorating and design matters. He was the driving force in creating Artport, a recurring exhibition of regional artists at Shreveport Regional Airport. Lewis was also an inveterate traveler. Prior to expanding their family, he and his husband Greg took several months to travel around the world. He had a special fondness for his visits to South America and Asia – Thailand and India, in particular. He also loved Navarre Beach, FL, and trips there with family and friends brought him a special peace. Upon moving back to Shreveport in 2020, Lewis renovated a building in downtown Shreveport to be Big Sun Studios. His vision was that it showcase regional artists’ work, serve as a venue for community events, and house his nephew Julian Tizian’s growing video production business. Lewis was a generous patron of many charitable causes, including funding scholarships to Southfield School in Shreveport. He was also a strong supporter of Shreveport’s Philadelphia Center from its inception.
Lewis is survived by his partner of 30 years and beloved husband, Gregory Alan Ott, as well as the light of their lives, son, Jasper Kalmbach Ott, who never failed to make Lewis smile. He leaves behind three siblings, Francis T. (Terry) Kalmbach, Jr. and wife, Lynne, of Mandeville, LA, Ellen Kalmbach Tizian and husband, Karl-Heinz, and Samuel A. Kalmbach and wife, Leslie, both of Shreveport; and eleven nieces and nephews. Lewis is also survived by his biological daughter, Pia Nesbitt Sternad; and her parents, Tanya Herrera and Amy Sternad, of Davis, California; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and even more wonderful friends. The family wishes to recognize and thank Ruby Jenkins and Sheldon Snow for their support.
’83 Clayton Caldwell Singleton of Memphis, Tennessee, September 28, 2022. Clayton was a member of Rhodes Student Government. Clayton leaves behind his wife Annette Singleton and children Keegan (Jennifer), Evan (Ivy), Abigail, Garran and grandchildren Lillian, Logan, Amelia and Alexandria. He also leaves his mother, Roberta Singleton, sisters Elise Singleton and Justin (Brad) Pitts. He was preceded in death by his father William Singleton. He was a graduate of Evangelical Christian School, Southwestern at Memphis and Colorado School Trades. He was a member of St. James Anglican Church.
’86 Michelle M. Henkel of Atlanta, Georgia, May 3, 2022. She was 58 years of age. Michelle is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jeffrey Pennell; her brothers Michael Henkel (Frances) both Class of '79, Tim Henkel (Monica) Class of '81, and Keith Henkel (Linda) both Class of '83. In addition, she is survived by a nephew, Andrew Henkel, and nieces Sarah (Henkel) Volgas, Class of '10, Anna Henkel Steiner, and Claire Henkel.
After obtaining her law degree at Emory University, Michelle entered private practice before joining Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in a legal role. As a tribute to her passion and dedication, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is embarking upon a dedicated home build in memory of Michelle.
’90 Michael S. Safly of Little Rock, Arkansas, April 1, 2022. He was born and raised in Little Rock, graduated from Catholic High School in 1986, and attended Rhodes College. Michael had worked in Information Technology for many years at CISCO in San Jose, Calif., and Washington, DC. He returned to Little Rock about ten years ago and worked as an IT Consultant until his health declined. He is survived by his two sons, Luke Safly and Ben Safly, and his Mother, Judith Safly Rickard.
’92 John Patrick Gamble of Memphis, Tennesse, April 22, 2022. Pat was born on November 24, 1969, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the youngest of three sons born to Charles Philip Gamble and Sally Holbrook Gamble. Pat attended high school at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia and returned home for his senior year at West Charlotte High School with the “storied” class of 1988. Pat graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992.
Pat worked as a food broker for several years before embarking on a 26-year career in commercial real estate, nearly all of which was spent at CBRE representing tenants in office leasing. Pat was a multi-year winner of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Pinnacle Award and was named Broker of the Year for Office Leasing in 2005 and again from 2011-2013. Pat was also a member of the 2008 Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Pat was well-respected by his peers, and his involvement throughout the Memphis community was valued and expansive.
Pat enjoyed learning, reading, and listening to music of all genres. Pat was a Boy Scout, and his enthusiasm for hunting and fishing only increased as he matured. He was passionate about food and cooking, and he loved perfecting new dishes in his outdoor kitchen.
Pat is survived by his wife, Anne, and their children, Charlie and Caroline. He is also survived by his mother Sally, his brothers Keith and Eric, his nephews Reese, Oliver, Jack, Michael and Will, and his nieces Claudia, Elizabeth, Ginger and Cate. He was preceded in death by his father Phil.
’92 Jane Ann Lampton Moore, MD of Jackson, Mississippi, April 1, 2022. The only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. D. (Bob) Lampton, she was born March 10, 1970 in Jackson at the old Baptist Hospital. She was the youngest of their five children and grew up on Kings Highway in Jackson, attending Jackson Academy, where she formed life-long friendships. As a senior there, she was selected Most Beautiful in her class. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, where she studied art. After two years, she decided to pursue medicine and transferred to Mississippi College, later graduating from the University of Mississippi. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson in 1999 and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where she served as Chief Resident.
She married Dr. Alan Moore in 1999. Her greatest joy was her husband and three children Olivia, Lampton, and Lytle. She loved her hometown of Jackson, especially the Belhaven neighborhood and her supper club. She was an engaged mother in the lives of her children at First Presbyterian Day School and Jackson Preparatory School, supporting their involvement in academics and sports. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and cherished her Thursday morning Bible study and Stewards Sunday school class.
In her youth, she was a competitive swimmer for River Hills Swim Team, holding several city records, and later coached the club team (the River Rats) for many years with her brother Luke, winning several city championships. She was also a competitive tennis player who won state championships in high school and played varsity tennis at Mississippi College. She was a skilled artist in various formats, especially watercolors and oils. She was a student of Sam Gore and Wyatt Waters, whose teaching and work inspired her style and art. She won several art awards, including top prize at Duke University’s Faculty Art Competition. While a medical student, one of her watercolors and one of her oil paintings were selected as winners in the Frank Netter National Art contest. These works were featured in two issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1999. Her artwork also graced two covers of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. A lithograph she created of Eudora Welty, which Welty admired, was exhibited at the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson and remains part of their permanent collection.
She practiced Family Medicine at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, and served as a Family Medicine consultant at Duke University Medical Center there. After her return to Mississippi, she practiced family medicine with her brother Luke at Magnolia Clinic in Magnolia, serving on its board of directors and as a family physician. Her patients remember her kindness and caring touch. Her fellow staff remember her grace and integrity. Her joy of life and inherent professionalism infused her work as a family physician.
She is survived by her husband Alan; daughter Olivia; and sons Lampton and Lytle, all of Jackson. She is also survived by her mother, Sara Lea Lott Lampton of Magnolia; four brothers: Ted Lampton of Flowood; Dr. Brett Lampton and wife Chancie of Oxford; Dr. Luke Lampton and his wife Louise of Magnolia; Mark Lampton and his wife Nicole of Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father in 1998.
’92 Tracy Castleberry Tilson of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, February 11, 2022. Tracy was a positive, energetic, and compassionate teacher, mother, wife, and sister. Tracy discovered in college that she wanted to be a French person in every way- Her ten years spent in Paris allowed her to hone her language skills, immerse herself in French history, and teach English as a foreign language, all aspects that instilled in her a passion for teaching. Tracy was a tireless cheerleader and number one fan to family, friends and especially her students. Tracy was generous to any and all, always with a smile and a gracious, giving heart. Countless friends and family were so blessed by the love she had for everyone.
Tracy lived for education, teaching in corporations, in public schools, and in Sunday School--anywhere that she could find a place to help people learn. She lived for seeing the "a-ha!" in her students' eyes. She had landed her dream job, teaching at Oak Ridge High School. Though her tenure there was short, she burned brightly and inspired many. Tracy is an active member at St. Anne Orthodox Church, earnestly seeking out any way to serve, including singing in the choir, coordinating wedding receptions, teaching Sunday school and running the church cleaning rota. Her savory cheesecakes at Pascha were legendairy. Tracy was an avid crocheter, making stuffed animals, scarves, and other crafts as gifts for many people. She will be missed by her many godchildren, her students, her family, her colleagues, and countless friends in America, France, England, and throughout the world, but most especially by her children and her husband. Tracy united herself to Christ, seeking and serving Him in all she met, and living her life in the hope of the resurrection.
Tracy was preceded in death by grandparents, Robert Sr. & Claire Castleberry and Charles & Verla Myers. Survivors include loving husband, James G. Tilson, Jr.; children, Nina and Jonas Tilson; parents, Dr. Bob & Becky Castleberry; sister, Dr. Kelly Goldsmith; nephew, William Goldsmith; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maj. (USA Ret.) and Mrs. James Glenn & Carol M. Tilson; brother-in-law and family, Mr. Steven L. & Natalie M. Tilson and niece Rachel; numerous godsons and goddaughters, in America and in France; and many other friends and loved ones.