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Compiled by Ashley Ball (ABJ ’08) and DeShaun Harris (ABJ ’08)

 

Faculty

Dorothy Daniel McCullough (AB ’42) of Athens died on Jan. 4. While attending UGA, McCullough was president of the Phi Mu Sorority and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also became an excellent horsewoman and received many awards in the sport. During World War II, she joined the American Red Cross and spent several years in Europe. Upon her return, she married John McCullough, whom she had met at UGA. She later taught in the English Department at UGA and was among the faculty members who taught honors courses. Robert J. Hill (BLA ’54, MLA ’64) of Athens died on Aug. 2. He was a beloved and respected teacher of landscape architecture and design at UGA for over 30 years. Hill won the outstanding teacher award on numerous occasions and was an authority on plants in the Southeast.

 

State Normal School

Rachel de Rosette Hicks Newberry (SNS ’27) of Lizella died on Jan. 1 in the house she was born in 99 years ago. An accomplished pianist, Newberry studied at Wesleyan Conservatory. She was a retired educator who gave her services to Pearl Stephen School, Clisby School and Redding School. As a lifelong member of Lizella United Methodist Church, Newberry taught the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class for almost 70 years.

 

1930s

Marguerite P. Mills (BSCH ’33) of Eugene, Ore., died on Dec. 10. She was a homemaker who is survived by many loved ones. Martha Elizabeth Moseman (BSHE ’33) of Decatur, formerly of Athens, died Nov. 14. After 22 years of service in the Army Medical Specialist Corp., Moseman retired as a lieutenant colonel. She served as chief food services officer at several Army stations and received many accolades for her dedicated work with student dietetic interns. Moseman continued practicing her profession after retirement. She also volunteered as a host at Fernbank Museum, Dekalb Historical Society and other community oriented services. Moseman was a longtime member of Epworth United Methodist Church at Candler Park. Gwendolyn Jones Brannon (BS ’34) of Columbus died on Oct. 29. Brannon was formerly employed as display decorator at Kirven’s Department Store and as interior decorator at Hinson Galleries in Columbus. While residing in Phenix City, Ala., she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class. She was a member of Pittsview United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Retired Officers Association Auxiliary, the Columbus Artist Association and the Phenix City Arts Council. Rebecca B. Bryan (BSHE ’34, MSHE ’44) of Atlanta died on Sept. 13. She was a longtime professor at the University of North Carolina in the department of public health. Frances S. Irwin (BSHE ’34) of Darien died on Jan. 12. She was a teacher for many years at the Fritz Orr School in Atlanta and the Ashley Park School in Chamblee. When she retired, Irwin moved to Darien where she became a devout member of the Darien United Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s Parish Chapter of the DAR. Irwin was an avid bridge player and enjoyed traveling. Alvin Barron Cochran (BSA ’38) of Hazlehurst died on July 29. W.A. “Bill” Curry (BSC ’39) of Athens died on Oct. 5. He entered the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant during World War II and served with distinction as the architect of strength and conditioning programs for infantry troops. After coaching at Georgia Military Academy, he became national merchandising manager for Diversified Products, a barbell and strength equipment manufacturer. When Curry retired, he opened a gym in his garage, where he trained hundreds of people in his patented strength methods. Curry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor, and many loved ones. When asked his greatest accomplishments, Curry always pointed to Eleanor. Their marriage served as a model for all who knew them through the years. Earl M. Lee (M ’39) of Statesboro died on Sept. 25. A true Southern gentleman, Lee served as captain in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He taught school for a short time in Long and Bryan counties, followed by a stint as a staff member for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Lee is best known professionally for his many years of service as founder of Lee Insurance Agency. As a lifelong member of Statesboro’s First United Methodist Church, Lee was a greeter and member of Crusader’s Sunday School Class. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and held charter memberships in the Statesboro Optimist Club, Forest Heights Country Club and Statesboro Elks Lodge #1788.  Lee also enjoyed his daily ramblings with Snooky’s Coffee Club. Dorothy Harris Matthews (ABJ ’39) of Augusta died on Sept. 19.

 

1940s

Laura S. Candler (BSHE ’40) of Kissimmee, Fla., died on Sept. 19, 2006. She was a homemaker who dedicated her life to serving her church and Lord. Candler was active in the Junior League, Chi Omega and Silver Spurs. She was a member of Pine Castle United Methodist Church where she helped start the kindergarten program. Harvey R. Clark (BSA ’40) of Jacksonville, Fla., died on June 4, 2007. Before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Clark worked as a farm security advisor. Once discharged from the military, he was appointed Georgia State Exterminator. In 1951, Clark moved his family to Jacksonville, where he established Clark Pest Control. He was a recognized leader in pest control and received many state and national awards. Clark was a member of Main Street Baptist Church, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Sons of the American Revolution, Washington Family Descendents and past commander of the American Legion Post #4 in Milledgeville. He is remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, and caring friend to all who knew him. Clark is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy, and many loved ones. Frank F. Crane Sr. (M ’40) of Valdosta died on Oct. 27. Crane was a lifelong member and supporter of the Big YMCA in Tallulah Falls and Athens. He and his sons helped build the chapel at Pine Tops Boy Camp outside Athens. An active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Valdosta, Crane served as deacon and was a volunteer with the Break Bread Together (Meals on Wheels) Program. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Crane invested 20 years in the Army Reserves. He and his brother-in-law opened Martin & Crane Construction, building homes in Valdosta for many years. John T. Lindsey (BSA ’40) of Tifton died on Jan. 9. He retired as the clerk of the Superior Court of Tift County. As a member of Tifton’s First Baptist Church, Lindsey was a lifetime deacon. Lindsey was also a member of Gideons International and the Tifton Kiwanis Club. W. R. Mercier (BSA ’40) of Blue Ridge died on Sept. 14. After college, Mercier was employed by the Farmers Security Agency in North Georgia.  He and his wife moved to Fannin County and in 1943, Mercier purchased a local apple orchard. While developing the orchard, he was employed as the Southeast property manager of the Tennessee Copper Co. Using his knowledge of soils, Mercier was successful in designing a reforestation plan that planted 300,000 pine trees each year for several years. The fertilizer pellet he developed is still in use today. After retiring, Mercier and his family expanded the orchard. Mercier Orchards Inc. is now the largest, privately owned apple orchard in Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Adele, and many loved ones. William E. Odom Jr. (ABJ ’40) of Salisbury, Md., died on Dec. 6. During World War II Odom served with the Army Reserves, where his unit was involved in the North African Campaign, Italy and the invasion of southern France. After securing a law degree, he continued to serve in the Reserves, specializing in civil affairs. Until retiring, Odom served in the Office of Public Affairs and Department of Defense. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth, and many loved ones. Geraldine M. Scarborough (BSHE ’40) of Rome died on Oct. 7. Edith Baxter (BSC ’41) of Atlanta died on Jan. 12. While attending UGA, Baxter was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and president of her sorority, Chi Omega. She was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and the Tea Olive Garden Club. Baxter was a founding member of the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. A longtime member of the Egleston Hospital Auxiliary, she served as its president in 1965. She was a lifelong fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and an enthusiastic supporter of the University. Dorothy E. Maginnis (BFA ’41) of Winder died on Jan. 6. Francis Arnold McGee (BSEd ’41) of St. Simons Island, formerly of Hogansville and Shelbyville, Tenn., died on Oct. 10. While attending UGA, she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. McGee was very active in Girl Scouts and served many years as director in Hogansville for the Pine Mountain Girl Scout Council. She was an accomplished artist and an avid gardener.  Josephine Johnson Starnes (BSHE ’41) of Reidsville, N.C., died on Dec. 24. Before meeting her husband, Starnes worked as a home economist for the federal government, as a home extension agent in Pickett County, Ga., and as an extension agent in Silva. When her children entered school, Starnes returned to work as a teacher for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and then for the Wake County School System. Starnes retired to travel with her husband. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the North Carolina Sate University Faculty Women, the Home Economists in Homemaking in Raleigh, N.C., and the Junior Women’s Club of Raleigh. John W. Wayland Jr. (BSPH ’41) of Tallahassee, Fla., died on Nov. 11. After graduating, Wayland served in the Georgia National Guard and the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he was stationed at Dale Mabry Field Hospital in charge of pharmacy. He was a manager at Independent Community Pharmacy before opening White’s Pharmacy in Tallahassee, which he ran for 28 years. Wayland was a former president of the Leon County Pharmaceutical Association and the National Association of Retail Druggists. In 1960, he was named Pharmacist of the Month in the Southeastern Drug Journal. He also served on committees and boards of various pharmaceutical associations. Wayland was a very patriotic man who took great pride in his country. James A. Wright (LLB ’41) of Kerrville, Texas, died on Jan. 11. During World War II, Wright served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He worked for many years for Anderson Clayton. Charles Kingsbury Ewing (BS ’42) of West Dennis, Maine, died on Oct. 12. Ewing was a professor of biology at Georgia Southwestern State University, a unit in the university system, for 34 years. He was credited with setting up the first college nursing program in Georgia. The board of regents named him professor emeritus of biology in 1987. Ewing also enjoyed outdoor activities such as boating and fishing. For over 40 years, he was an amateur radio operator. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Francis, and many loved ones. William Loyd Florence Jr. (M ’42) of Athens died on Oct. 2. Earning his pilot’s license at the age of 15, Florence’s life was marked by a passion for aviation. Florence was a Pioneer Flight Officer for the Pan American Airways. In 1945, he flew the first commercial flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa. After transferring to the U.S. Navy, Florence received the North African and European campaign medals. In the early 1950s, he served as president of Athens Aviation, which operated the Athens Airport. While managing company aircraft at Fowler Products, he also was president of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Athens. He had a keen business mind and a love for the stock market and real estate. A week before his death, Florence was working on the functional, certified flight simulator used for training pilots that he built and maintained in the basement of his home. Florence was a deacon and charter member of Beech Haven Baptist Church Advisory Board. His true legacy is his faith in Christ and his passion for family, youth and giving back to his community. He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Ann Florence, and many loved ones. Kate H. Henry (BSEd ’42) of Tampa, Fla., died on July 25. She was an active member of Manhattan Avenue United Methodist Church. Sylvia Slotin Marks (AB ’42) of Atlanta died on Jan. 4. She and her husband founded Marks Fabrics in Augusta, which later became a national company, Carole Fabrics. A charitable person, Marks supplemented her business endeavors with community service in which she was active, both in Augusta and in Atlanta. Stanley E. James Jonathan Barron Jr. (BSA ’43) of Macon died on Nov. 28. He served with honor in the U.S. Navy during World War II and taught gunnery at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Barron retired from the Soil Conservation Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A lifelong resident of Bibb and Jones Counties, he was a member of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, the Moose Club and the American Legion Post 3. Stanley Erwin Caswell (BSA ’43, BSAE ’79) of Newnan died on Aug. 8. Mary L. Childs (BBA ’43, MEd ’51, MBA ’63, EdS ’71) of Thomasville died on Dec. 27. During the early years of World War II, Childs worked for the U.S. Navy in Brunswick. For over 35 years, she taught in public schools and junior colleges in Thomasville. Throughout her teaching career, Childs provided an excellent role model and mentor for her students. She was designated Mrs. Georgia Homemaker, Georgia CVAE Vocational Teacher of the Year and was chosen twice as Georgia’s Outstanding Business Teacher of the Year. Childs was a lifelong missionary Baptist. In her 35 years as a member of the First Baptist Church of Thomasville, Childs taught Sunday school, Baptist Training Union and Vacation Bible School classes. For over 20 years, she served as director of the Church’s Women’s Missionary Union. She was past president of the Women’s Club of Thomasville and a charter docent at Pebble Hill Plantation. Margaret Landers Young (M ’43) of Atlanta died on Sept. 20. While attending UGA, Young was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was active in numerous charitable organizations and was former president of Young Matrons Circle for Tallulah Falls School. Young and her late husband were founding members of Cherokee Town & Country Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. She loved animals and children. Henry C. Howard (M ’44) of Safety Harbor, Fla., died on Sept. 27, 2006. Retiring from the Air Force as a colonel, Howard was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and of Skycrest Baptist Church of Clearwater, Fla. Howard was an avid golfer and sportsman. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Burma, and many loved ones. Larose Adkins (BSHE ’45) of Thomson died on Dec. 1. For many years, Adkins taught at Dearing Elementary and Thomson High School. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority, the Camellia Garden Club and several bridge groups. Adkins was a member of Thomson First United Methodist Church, where she was formerly a member of a Sunday school class. Nora N. Stone (BSHE ’46, MSHE ’50) of Statesboro died on Oct. 15. Stone retired from the Bulloch County Board of Education after 21 years of service. Her innovative teaching methods and forceful personality positively impacted many students. She especially had a passion for special needs children. Williegeorge Hice McCorkle (BSEd ’47) of Rome died on Oct. 14. Before moving to Rome, McCorkle and her husband lived in Oregon, Mississippi and Augusta, Ga. She was an avid golfer and longtime volunteer at Floyd Medical Center. Until 1990, McCorkle was the founding first lady of Floyd College. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, David, and many loved ones. Thomas A. Nutt Jr. (BBA ’47) of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., died on Dec. 28. Nutt enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, becoming a naval aviator and commissioned officer in 1944. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UGA and with distinctions from the Naval War College. Nutt had a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Navy as an aviator and later as a naval intelligence officer, where he served in the Pentagon as commandant of the Sixth Naval District. Robert L. Taylor (AB ’47) of Augusta died on Aug. 18. After operating his family’s dairy farm for a number of years, Taylor resumed his college education in pursuit of becoming a full-time Methodist minister. He began his ministry as pastor of Mize Memorial United Methodist Church in Augusta in 1942. During his many years as a minister, Taylor served as district superintendent of the Augusta and LaGrange districts. In addition to Mize Memorial, he served at three other Augusta churches and many more North Georgia Conference churches. Taylor was elected to serve as a delegate to the general conference and the jurisdictional conference of the United Methodist Church. Throughout his long official retirement, Taylor continued to serve as interim pastor on a volunteer basis wherever he was needed. This included his home church in Hephzibah, Liberty UMC, which is the oldest Methodist church in Georgia and third oldest in the U.S. While volunteering, Taylor led an authentic restoration of the building and succeeded in having Liberty placed on the national register of historic places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. As an associate member of Hill UMC, Taylor taught a Sunday school class until early 2007. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ethel, and many loved ones. Alvis Morrison Weatherly Jr. (BBA ’47) of Atlanta died on Sept. 23. With an encouraging smile and upbeat attitude, Weatherly embodied his own personal motto, “Service to others is the greatest gift to humanity.” While serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he embarked on missions over Central and South America. Upon his honorable discharge, Weatherly was given the Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Medal and Victory Medal. At UGA, he was a member of numerous campus organizations and various military, service and business fraternities. For 33 years, he was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company, where he served as treasury cashier and became a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Never too busy to continue serving others, Weatherly volunteered with Junior Achievement and the Georgia Jaycees. His active involvement in Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America earned him several awards of recognition. While in the Buckhead Rotary, Weatherly was noted for 20 years of perfect attendance, which led to his presidency. Weatherly’s extensive community involvement over the years led him to be named Who’s Who in America and the World. Later in life, he developed a passion for discovering his family’s history. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Elizabeth, and many loved ones. Francis W. Allen (JD ’48) of Statesboro died on Sept. 23. For over 50 years he practiced law in Statesboro and served as judge of the State Court of Bullock County for 24 years. Allen represented Bulloch County in the Georgia General Assembly for six years. He was a charter member and past president of the Georgia Southern Foundation and he served as a director of Ogeechee Technical College. Allen was president of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Dexter Allen Post 90 of the American Legion, was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Statesboro and was a recipient of the Deen Day Smith Award. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Statesboro. Vernon Dowling (M ’48) of Hazlehurst died on Jan. 24, 2006. He was the former owner and operator of Dowling Furniture Store in Hazlehurst and a former insurance agent with Liberty National Life Insurance Company. Dowling served in the U.S. Navy and was a mason with the Hazlehurst Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Hazlehurst First Baptist Church. Charles W. Elam (BSAE ’48) of Lincolnton died on Jan. 4. As an agricultural engineering graduate of UGA, Elam was a registered surveyor in Georgia and South Carolina. He was also a registered professional engineer in Georgia. Fueled by his passion to improve the accuracies of surveying work, he was a founding contributor to the SMI software system that is now used worldwide by land surveyors. Elam was a member of the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia for over 30 years. He served in many positions including president to the society. An avid Lincoln County Red Devil fan, Elam was an active member of the Lincoln County Athletic Booster Club and prided himself on rarely missing a football game. He was also a member of Lincolnton Baptist Church, where he was an ordained deacon and a part of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. Frank E. Fowler, Jr. (M ’48) of Port Orange, Fla., died on Sept. 25. Joy I. Hardie (AB ’48) of Evans died on Oct. 18. She taught English for several years before working with her husband in their family-owned drug store. For the past 18 years, Hardie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta. Hardie enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid golfer in her younger years. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Horace W. Lanford (BBA ’48) of Naples, Fla., died on Sept. 21. Lanford was the original squadron commander of the 741 Bomb Squadron 455 Bomb Group, flying missions out of Italy during World War II. Col. Lanford flew 30 combat missions, was hit by AA fire over Czechoslovakia, parachuted from the disabled B-24, was rescued by the Slovene Partisans and was MIA for four days before returning to the Allies. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three clusters, and the Purple Heart, Group Citation Badge with cluster and various theatre ribbons. Lanford also served in Japan in the Army of Occupation. He retired from the Air Force with over 26 years of service. While on active duty as the director of Electronics Production Resource Agency, he was granted permission to collect, compile and process data relating to the production and distribution of electronic components and related items. He authored two books and many of his articles were featured in international journals. Lanford planned, staffed and directed six three-day seminars on Technological Forecasting Techniques for the American Management Association. After 22 years of teaching, Lanford retired from Wright State University as Emeritus Professor of management. He belonged to the Sigma Xi scientific honorary, was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, member of International Men’s Club of Florida, Quiet Birdmen, Order of Daedalions, Ohio State University Alumni Club, Moorings Presbyterian Church, S.A.R. and the Grazer’s Men’s Lunch Brunch. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce, and many loved ones. George B. Rushing (BBA ’48) of Augusta died on Dec. 18. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired attorney and a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta. Charles A. Barrett Sr. (M ’49) of Newnan died on Sept. 24. While attending UGA, Barrett served as vice president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Maritime Service. Barrett was employed by The Bonnell Company for 26 years. Other interests included the Newnan High School Booster Club, University of Georgia Bulldog Club, The American Legion, VFW, Sons of Legions and Union City Elks Club. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he was the travel planner for the church’s Young at Heart Group. Robert Michael Belk (BBA ’49) of Eatonton died on Oct. 13. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While attending UGA, Belk was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity and the Letterman’s Club. Belk had a distinguished and enjoyable career with Trust Company of Georgia as their vice president and assistant secretary of their corporate trust department. Robert Joseph Burch (BSA ’49) of Fayetteville died on Dec. 25. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a civilian with the U.S. Army in Japan after the war. Throughout his successful career as an author, Burch earned numerous awards for his 19 children’s books. One of his books, Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain, proved so popular that it served as the basis for a NBC television movie entitled “The Incredible Ida Early.” In 2007 he was the first recipient of the W. Porter Kellam Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Georgia. Burch’s heartfelt interest in people became a huge influence on his works. He was a Southern gentleman who made every one seem extra special. Benjamin L. Bussey (BSA ’49) of North Augusta, S.C., died on Oct. 30. Bussey served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea. He was a retired chemist with E.I. DuPont Company at the Savannah River Plant and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Edward Hammond (BSF ’49) of Macon died on Oct. 20. For his two years of valiant service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Hammond received the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three battle stars and the American Defense Medal. After graduating from UGA, Hammond worked for the State of Georgia Forestry Commission serving in Carrollton, Newnan, Atlanta, Waycross and Macon. He was a loyal Georgia Bulldogs fan for 63 years. He was a member of Ingleside United Methodist Church where he served as an usher and member of the administrative board. Hammond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha, and many loved ones. Carroll Sidney Hendry (BBA ’49) of Englewood, Colo., died on Aug. 16. His sweet spirit, life of prayer, unconditional love, eternal eyes, and blessings leave a deep legacy for all. Albert Lewis Johnson (BBA ’49) of Savannah died on Oct. 18. Johnson served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II and the Korean War. He retired as director of operations for H. Goodman and Sons. Johnson previously resided in Newnan, Columbus and Junction City. He was a member of the Tybee Island Bridge Club. Ollie L. Knott Jr. (BSF ’49) of Macon died on Nov. 1, 2006. During World War II, Knott served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of Shurlington Baptist Church and a retired forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission. World War II veteran Jack G. Lamb (BSAE ’49) of Marietta died on Jan. 30, 2007. A native of Albany, Lamb served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Gannett. He was Methodist. Robert J. Pate Jr. (BBA ’49) of Hamilton died on Jan. 7. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. Pate loved the funny papers, flowers, the Georgia Bulldogs and a good joke. Betty B. Pritchett (BSHE ’49) of High Point, N.C., died on Dec. 21. Pritchett graduated magna cum laude from UGA, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She was an elementary school teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School and at Archdale Elementary School. Pritchett was a member of the Honorary Society of Women Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She also attended Christ The King Catholic Church.

 

1950s

Martha Alexander (M ’50) of Thomasville, N.C., died on Sept. 26. After she and her husband owned and operated the Half Note Music Store, Alexander worked in the Smith, Lanning, Bundy, and Miller Dental Practice. Her interests included tennis, painting, ceramics and reading. An avid gardener, Alexander spent much of her time nurturing the plants in her yard and sharing her knowledge in this area with others. She loved her family immensely and her happiest times were shared with them. John Polk Amoss (BBA ’50) of Milledgeville died on Aug. 20. During World War II, Amoss served in the U.S. Navy. He continued his military service in the Air Force Reserves during the Korean War. Amoss was a member of the First Baptist Church of Milledgeville, the Elks (B.P.O.E.) in Atlanta for a number of years, the Milledgeville Country Club and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. He was employed by the USF&G Company before moving to Milledgeville, where he worked and co-owned C.H. Andrews & Son Insurance Agency. Frank “Bob” Burn (M ’50) of Midland died on Dec. 16. Living in Midland for most of his life, Burn attended Midland United Methodist Church. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Burn retired after 40 years as a quality control supervisor from Jordan Mills/Cartersville Spinning Mill. O.M. Dodgen (DVM ’50) of Marietta died on Dec. 17. Dodgen served his country as a U.S. Marine during World War II in the Pacific Theater, including the Battle of Guadalcanal, and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. He practiced veterinary medicine in Calhoun for a number of years before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Inspection Division. As an avid sportsman, Dodgen was very active in Benchrest Target Shooting. In his later years, he mostly shot 22 cal. Rimfire competitions, and at the young age of 76 Dodgen won the NBRSA Rimfire National Championship. His many friends will truly miss the camaraderie they shared with a truly great Southern gentleman. Edward Burks Eisenhardt (BBA ’50) of Atlanta died on Dec. 29. After graduating from UGA, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Eisenhardt worked as a claims adjuster for Wausau Insurance Company. He later became a workers compensation claims manager. Appointed by different governors of Georgia, Eisenhardt was on the Workers Compensation Advisory Committee for the state of Georgia for 16 years. Eisenhardt was also the past president of the Atlanta Claims Association and a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Glenn C. Jones (MED ’50) of Buford died on Dec. 12. A lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, Jones was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school, served as deacon and was a music leader. His 41-year career in education ended when he retired from Harmony Elementary School after serving as principal for 35 years. Jones was instrumental in securing a new gymnasium and started one of the first school lunch programs at Harmony Elementary. During Jones’ career, he served as school bus driver, basketball coach, teacher and principal. He received the 2007 School Bell Education Award from Oglethorpe University. Citizens of Gwinnett honored Jones by naming a new middle school after him, the Glenn C. Jones Middle School in Buford. Because Jones attributed his success to his wife, Agnes, he was most proud when his middle school’s library was named in her honor. He undoubtedly touched many lives over the years. Jesse C. Lumsden (BSAE ’50) of St. Simons Island died on Sept. 16. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Lumsden lived in Atlanta and worked as a sales engineer for many years with Georgia Power Co. Rhodes L. Perdue (M ’50) of Atlanta died on Nov. 11. Perdue spent over a year in Korea with the U.S. Army, before returning to Atlanta to rejoin the Rhodes Furniture Company. After retiring from the company, he pursued his interest in real estate and formed Perdue Management Company. For 55 years he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the A.G. Rhodes Homes, a non-profit nursing home that was established in 1904 by his great-grandfather. Perdue vastly expanded the facility and with the help of his wife of 57 years, he established the Compassionate Nursing Assistant of the Year Award. Another project Perdue took on with his wife was the site selection, acquisition and development of Camp Meriwether, which provides an outdoor adventure for thousands of Girl Scouts each year. Perdue also supported the High Museum of Art and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He was a member of Piedmont Driving Club, Society of Colonial Wars and an honorary member of the East Africa Professional Hunters Association. Nothing gave him more pleasure than entertaining friends and family at his farm in southwest Georgia. Franklin I. Smith (M ’50) of Brunswick died on Oct. 14. A native of Savannah, he was a member of North Glynn United Methodist Church. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After retiring as a nuclear engineer, Smith owned and operated the Varsity and Captain Frank Seafood in Brunswick. Mary Parker Thompson (AB ’50) died on Sept. 23. A native and lifelong resident of Brunswick, Thompson worked at Parker-Kaufman as secretary and treasurer. She was very active at St. Francis Xavier Church and was a longtime member of the St. Francis Council of Catholic Women. She was the president of the Valdosta and Brunswick Deanery of the Council of Catholic Women, a member of the Brunswick Country Club and a former member of the Pilot Club. Alva Webb (BSA ’50) of Heiskell, Tenn., died on Aug. 27. Webb was a member of Clinton First Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in the 10th Mountain Division. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a district conservationist in Polk, Smith and Anderson Counties. Jane Jackson Wheeler (BSED ’50) of Jacksonville, Fla., died on Nov. 8. She had a career as an elementary school teacher and lived an active and full life. She loved to play tennis and bridge and travel. Wheeler is survived by her husband of 57 years and many loved ones. Edwin Lawson Franklin (BS ’51, MS ’52) of Savannah died on Oct. 27. He had lived in Savannah since moving from Barnesville in 1945. He was an Atlanta native. James F. Hardee III (BLA ’51) of Savannah died on Nov. 26. Before completing high school, Hardee served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While at the University, he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon and was on the swim team. After a career with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Hardee devoted his retirement years to boatbuilding and woodworking. He was a member of the Cotillion Club and a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Isle of Hope. William W. Miller (BSEd ’51) of Athens died on Nov. 15. Miller served in the U.S. Army during World War II and also served as a district 4-H volunteer leader. Before teaching Industrial Arts and Drivers Education at Athens High School, Miller worked for Southern Stages. He served as a member of the Clarke County Board of Education for 28 years. Miller was a member of Athens First Christian Church for 82 years, where he served as an elder, was a charter member of Friendship Christian Church and attended Johnson Bible College. William R. Murphy (AB ’51) of Leesburg died on Dec. 6. After returning from service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Murphy owned and worked as a broker for Century 21 Realty, Pat Murphy Agency. An avid Bulldogs fan, Murphy later worked as a bailiff for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s office. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Very involved with the Church Missions Committee and Disaster Relief Ministry, Murphy was active in the Jaycees for over 15 years and was a past president. Al Smith (BSF ’51) of Macon died on Nov. 4. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Smith was employed as chief of forestry administration with the state of Georgia. He was a member of Vineville Baptist Church where, for 22 years, he served as the chairman of the money counting committee. At the church, Smith also served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and former chairman of the buildings and property committee. Smith was a member of the Loyal Order of Elks and was a past president of the Georgia Elks Association. He also served as ritual chairman, convention chairman, budget chairman and resolutions chairman. Smith was also a member of the American Legion Post 3. Donald Walters (LLB ’51) of Newnan died on Nov. 5. While attending UGA, Walters was president of the Chi Phi fraternity and a member of the Gridiron Society. Living in Connecticut, he worked as a health benefits consultant for the Benefits Corp. of America. He loved singing and was past president of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and was a member of another group who had the distinct privilege of signing in Carnegie Hall. After moving to Coweta County, Walters became a member of the Masterworks Community Chorale and attended the First United Methodist Church of Newnan. Frank A. Jones Jr. (BS ’52) of Carrollton died on Sept. 16. Jones was a career U.S. Army officer, retiring as colonel and consultant for toxic and hazardous wastes. He was the current chairman of the Carroll County Board of Registrars. While serving in the Korean War, Vietnam War and six years in Germany, Jones held various command and staff assignments. He received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Medal and U.S. Army General Staff Badge. Along with his military accomplishments, Jones was a member of the Kiwanis Club, charter director of Literacy Task Force, charter vice president of the board of directors of Community Children’s Home, charter director of the Retired Officers Association, McIntosh Trail Chapter, and past president of Little Tallapoosa Botanical Society. William M. Oglesby (M ’52) of Cowpens, S.C., died on Dec. 12. He retired from the Spartanburg office of the U.S. Post Office after 20 years of service and was a longtime employee of the Draper Corporation. Oglesby was a lifelong member of Salem United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. John R. Shirley (BBA ’52) of Columbus died on Jan. 2. While attending UGA, Shirley served as president of Chi Psi fraternity for two years. He worked at Empire Home Loans and retired as past-president of Shirley Insurance Agency. Shirley was also a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. He was a member of the Country Club of Columbus and the United States Golf Association. Sara S. Bowen (BSEd ’53) of Eastman died on Dec. 4. A Dodge County native, Bowen was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a certified librarian and school social worker for 34 years in the Dodge County School System. Bowen greatly treasured her family. Augustus L. Cole (BFA ’53) of Monticello died on Dec. 21. Cole served as pastor of Grayson, Martinez, Blairsville, Hampton, Ellijay, Union Point and Lavonia United Methodist churches from 1959 until his retirement in 1990. Before his call to ministry, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and played an active role in his community. Saralu C. Jenkins (MEd ’53) of Charlotte, N.C., died on June 9, 2007. Jenkins was a member of Forrest Hills Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, where she was a member of Calebs Kin Sunday School Class. She taught school for 34 years and was a member of the Dekalb Retired Teachers Association. Alvin J. Russell (BSA ’53) of Andrews, N.C., died on Dec. 18. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and was honorably discharged at the end of the war as a staff sergeant. While attending UGA, Russell was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Russell enjoyed a 36-year career with the Cherokee County School System, teaching the science curriculums and leading the implementation of the school system’s Title I Reading Program. He was dedicated to helping students he encountered realize their talents and potential. In addition to his passion for teaching, Russell’s interests included gardening, reading, watching UGA football and caring for his beloved pets. He was a devoted son, husband, father, uncle, neighbor and friend. William “Doc” Barker (DVM ’54) of Glen Allen, Va., died on Oct. 20. Barker was a retired veterinarian who practiced for 27 years. He was past president of Central Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. During World War II, Barker served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Tuckahoe Moose Family Center #1163, Old Dominion Moose Legion #148 and the Richmond Elks Lodge #45 BPOE. Besides his family, Barker’s two greatest loves were touring the country on his Harley and cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs. H. Wilbur Harper (BS ’54) of Macon died on Nov. 7. After specializing in anesthesia, Harper served as chief of anesthesia at Charter Northside Hospital. He retired from Middle Georgia Anesthesia Services in 1991. Harper was a member of Vineville United Methodist Church, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiology, Idle Hour Golf and Country Club, the Gridiron Society, diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and past member of the board of governors of Stratford Academy. Mary Sue Allen King (BSEd ’54) of Ft. Gaines died on July 31. King taught elementary school in Americus, Albany and Germany for the U.S. Army. Later, she was a media consultant for the Georgia State Department of Education. William M. Mallet (AB ’54, JD ’55) of McAllen, Texas, died on Dec. 26. Four years after entering the U.S. Air Force as a navigator, Mallet returned to Georgia to work as a deputy attorney general in Atlanta. After serving various positions in Georgia and Texas, he established a reputation as hardworking and objective. In 1971, Mallet was appointed the first federal magistrate to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, where he remained on the bench until his retirement in 1996. Always an active member in his community, Judge Mallet was a member of the Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary, and many loved ones. Howard “Mac” McWhorter (BSAE ’54) of Athens died on Oct. 9. McWhorter was a decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. His 26-year Air Force career included a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he flew 250 combat sorties. A founder of, and later an inductee into, the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, McWhorter served for years on the Athens Airport Authority. Soon after his retirement from the Air Force, he founded Bulldog Pilots Inc. As its chief pilot, McWhorter ferried UGA’s coaches and administrators thousands of miles for decades. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Iris, and many loved ones. Lloyd L. Smith (MSAE ’54) of Athens, formerly of Loganville, died on Oct. 25. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Athens chapter of the Purple Heart and the Disabled American Veterans in Monroe. Smith retired as a research agricultural engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A longtime rotarian in Monroe, Smith was a founding member of the Monroe Chapter of the AARP. He was a member of Bethabara Baptist Church, a former deacon at First Baptist Church of Athens and a member of the First Baptist Churches of Leland, Miss., and Monroe. Smith taught Sunday school and traveled on several mission trips with First Baptist Church of Monroe.  Bernard Swindell Jr. (M ’54) of Athens died on Sept. 15. William Waronker (BBA ’54) of Atlanta died on Nov. 10. While attending UGA, Waronker was an active member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, where after being stationed in Japan, he retired as a 1st lieutenant. Upon returning to Atlanta, he worked as a realtor/appraiser and was president and owner of Ward Realty Company. His religion was an important part of his life, and he was passionate about Israel and other Jewish causes. As a lifelong member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, he was past president of both the Atlanta and Georgia chapters of B’nai Brith, through which he contributed numerous hours helping underprivileged youth. He was a regular blood donor and was recognized by the American Red Cross for his extraordinary level of giving. An avid Bulldog fan, Waronker also loved to fish, read historical non-fiction, travel and listen to classical music. A true family man, he was a caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Harold Searcy “Buddy” Brown (BSEd ’55) of Howard died on Oct. 15. He returned to Howard in 1965 to join his father in the Howard Sand Company and Butler Sand Company. For many years, he was a member of the board of directors of the BB&T Bank in Butler, Ga. He was a member of the Taylor County Board of Education and Howard United Methodist Church. He served the church as a youth Sunday school teacher and as treasurer of the Howard Charge. Richard “Dick” Cheney Haugabook (BBA ’55) of Montezuma died Dec. 11. While attending the University, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a private in the U.S. Army before owning and operating Haugabook Oil Company. Haugabook was a dedicated member of Montezuma United Methodist Church and an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman. He was a board member of the Georgia Oilmans Association and the former president of the Georgia Senior Golfers Association. William Clarence Reed (LLB ’55) of Augusta died on Sept. 2. After serving two tours with the U.S. Marines, Reed graduated from UGA law school. He moved to Augusta when he joined, and later became partner in, the law firm of Fulcher, Fulcher, Hagler, Harper, and Reed. Reed was a member of the Georgia Bar Association and past president of the Augusta Bar Association. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Charles E. Warner (BBA ’55) of Savannah died on Aug. 6. He served in both the U.S. Navy and the Air National Guard. After working for 26 years in savings and loans, he began practicing law. Warner was a member of the Christian Business Men’s Club, the Quarterback Club and various civic organizations. Before joining St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Warner was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church for many years. He was a warm and giving person and friend to everyone. James Snow (BSEd ’57, MEd ’60) of Gainesville, Ga., died on Aug. 21. He was an educator who began his career teaching industrial arts at Gainesville Middle School. Snow served as principal at Airline, Riverbend and Jones elementary schools. For more than 50 years, he was an active member of the Gainesville Evening Optimist Club and served on the board of directors for the Boys Club of Hall County. Snow was a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, The C.O.M.E.T. Sunday School Class and Chancel Choir. He was also active in the Retired Teachers’ Association. Guy Holt Amason Jr. (BBA ’58) of Ft. Myers, Fla., died on Oct. 26. For more than 35 years, Amason practiced law in Ft. Myers. He was very active in the Guardian ad Litem program in Lee County, Fla. Robert H. Jeffries (BSA ’58) of LaGrange died on April 18, 2007. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church on the Square where he taught Sunday school, sang in two church choirs, drove the church van, was a member of the Merrymakers, led the Royal Ambassadors and was a member of the Richard Shiver Sunday School Class. During the Korean War, Jeffries served in the U.S. Navy. Jeffries was a retired teacher, having served over 40 years, mostly in the LaGrange City School System. Richard Thompson (BSEd ’58) of Tampa, Fla., died on Oct. 29. A native of Comer, Thompson was an English teacher and a World War II U.S. Army Veteran. William Millard “Dub” Jones Jr. (BBA ’59) of Clayton died on Nov. 6. Jones served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed a successful career with Ralston Purina. Throughout his life, Jones gave back to his community through his commitments to Junior Achievement and Boys Club of America. In addition, he had a great passion for politics and was involved with the GOP and served as a member of the Georgia State Committee for Industry, Trade and Tourism. Most recently, he was a founding member of the Mountain Heritage Bank in Clayton. Jones was an active member of Clayton First United Methodist Church. Weyman L. Parham (ABJ ’59) of Athens died on July 31. A native of Fulton County, Parham was an accomplished vocal and recording artist, having performed all over the world. He lived in Rome, Italy, for many years, where he was under contract with RCA. Parham was a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church.

 

1960s

Harold D. Hobbs (BBA ’60) of Dublin died on Nov. 3, 2006. Leon Davis Jacobs (BS ’60) of Waycross died on Aug. 24. Jacobs was an ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Ronald H. Jones (BSA ’61, MS ’63, PhD ’67) of Los Angeles died on Oct. 27. He was on the faculty of the University of Michian’s School of Public Health, director of the Medical Research Institute at FIT in Melbourne, Fla., and president of Furon Inc. in Melbourne. Jennie Sue Anderson Yearwood (MEd ’61, EdS ’71) of Toccoa died on Dec. 4. She taught school in the Habersham County School System for 30 years before being inducted into the Retired Teachers Hall of Fame in Habersham County. As a lifelong member of Antioch Baptist Church, she served as the W.M.U. director, member of the choir, director of the children’s Sunday school program and taught the Masters Sunday School class. Yearwood also was president of the Gideon auxiliary, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a volunteer for the Habersham County Soup Kitchen. In 1996, she worked for the U.S. Olympics in Savannah. After retirement, she and her husband traveled to 49 states with the Baptist Campers Mission. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sara D. Andrews (BSEd ’62, MEd ’68) of St. Simons Island died on Jan. 24, 2006. She was a teacher with the Glynn County School System. Andrews was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brunswick, the Georgia Teachers Association and the National Education Association. James O. May (BSA ’62, DVM ’63) of Lingleville, Texas, died on Sept. 14. May served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a veterinarian. While in the Air Force, May served a tour of duty in Vietnam and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He loved hunting and fishing, but above all, he loved his family and friends. After retirement, he and his wife built a home on their ranch near Stephenville, Texas. His family described him as a spiritual man whose church was the great outdoors. Mary Kennedy (BFA ’63) of Atlanta died on Dec. 10. She was a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and served on the board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Kennedy was also active with the Mimosa Garden Club and the Hambridge Center for artists in Rabun Gap. She was a member of Atlanta’s First Presbyterian Church and the Piedmont Driving Club. William H. Nussbaumer (BSF ’63) of Knoxville, Tenn., died on Nov. 7. He was a retired forester at TVA with 28 years service and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Nussbaumer was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi honorary fraternities and graduated from Yale Forestry Graduate School with honors. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hiking to Mount LeConte. Nussbaumer is survived by his wife of 45 years and several loved ones. Robert D. Coffey (BSPH ’64) of Kannapolis, N.C., died on Oct. 15, 2006. Irene G. Harris (BSEd ’64) of Gainesville, Fla., died on Nov. 27. While attending UGA, Harris was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was a devoted army wife, serving with her husband through various assignments in the United States and Germany. Harris was an avid tennis player as well as an accomplished golfer. Rosemary Johnson (MEd ’64, EdD ’72, EdS ’80) of Ashburn died on Jan. 13. A Turner County native, Johnson was a member of Ashburn First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, served on the finance committee and served on the staff search committee. She was a licensed professional counselor by the state of Georgia and was recognized by the Outstanding Educators of America organization. As an English and algebra teacher at Tift County High School, Johnson was named Star Teacher of the Year. She retired from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College after 29 years of service. She developed the school’s first migrant student workshop, which led to extended migrant student education programs. Johnson served as interim vice-president and dean of student affairs. After retirement, she represented Turner County on the Southwest Region MHDDAD Planning Board for eight years. During that time, independent apartments for the mentally challenged in Turner Country were named in her honor. Daniel W. Primac (PhD ’64) of Orange, Calif., died on Nov. 25. David Hodges Crawford (BSF ’65) of Eufaula, Ala., died on Sept. 29. Crawford was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a master aviator during Vietnam. He was a paratrooper and POW and received numerous awards for valor, including the Purple Heart. He was the Eufaula High School ROTC Senior Army Instructor until 1992. Michael J. Dorsett (BS ’65) of Huntsville, Ala., died on Oct. 13. He worked for the U.S. government for 41 years, including MICOM, Safeguard, BMD and SMDC. For the last 20 years, Dorsett worked as a general engineer in radar technology. In addition, he was an adjunct professor in the industrial and systems engineering department at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. As a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Dorsett also enjoyed traveling around the world. His favorite hobbies were woodworking and photography. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Tina, and many loved ones. Cecil Millwood (BBA ’65) of Swansboro, N.C., died on Dec. 6. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Airborne Division. Millwood served as a Baptist minister for 24 years and a Methodist minister for five years. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Patricia, and many loved ones. Robert “Bob” Sanders (BSPH ’66) of Ormond Beach, Fla., died on Nov. 13. Before attending UGA, Sanders played basketball on scholarship at Valdosta State College. Upon finishing school in Athens, Sanders moved to Florida, where he was a pharmacist with Eckerd Drugs for over 40 years. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as gardening, fishing, boating and chasing lobsters in the Florida Keys. Sanders loved his family and was an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan. Sara “Sally” Sutton (BSHE ’66) of Decatur, Ala., died on Dec. 20. She worked as a realtor and mortgage processor. Sutton became an avid quilter and was a member of the Piece Makers Quilting Group, Happy Heart Quilt Guild and the Quilt Lovers. She was also a member of the Renewal Sunday School Class at Wesley United Methodist Church. Mary Alice Cooper Horne (BSEd ’67) of Augusta died on Dec. 4. Horne was a dedicated army wife and mother who followed her husband all over the world. Upon returning to Augusta, she completed her education in teaching and spent more than 28 years in the Richmond County School System. She was an active member of the honorary educational society and the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International. As a committed Christian, Horne was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta where she gave generously of her time. She enjoyed being part of her Sunday school class, teaching English as a second language and helping others less fortunate through the church’s benevolence ministry and through missions to Kenya and South America.  Although she traveled extensively, Horne was a dedicated volunteer at the gift shop at St. Joseph Hospital. Her deep faith was exceptionally demonstrated in her love of and commitment to her family. She will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her kind, generous and accepting spirit. Grace J. McMillan (MEd ’67) of Easly, S.C., formerly of Nashville, Tenn., died on Jan. 3. McMillan’s lifelong career as a teacher began in Oregon and ended in South Georgia. With her husband, she taught several years in the U.S. Air Force Department of Defense dependent schools in Libya, North Africa and Europe. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Harry F. Byrus Jr. (BBA ’68) of Macon died on Sept. 26. A member of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church, Byrus was also an avid golfer and dedicated UGA fan. Richard B. Slappey (AB ’68) of Palm Springs, Calif., died on Dec. 27. He will best be remembered for his love of entertaining, theatre, film, music, gardening, traveling and cooking. Slappey is survived by his partner of 31 years, Jim, and many loved ones. Dathan “Charley” Turk (BBA ’68) of Gainesville died on Jan. 17. Turk was in outside sales for many years and was most recently working part-time at Schlotzsky’s. A native of Hall County, Turk was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He especially enjoyed his years volunteering for Good News at Noon. Webster Lee Bradberry III (ABJ ’69) of Littleton, Colo., formerly of Athens, died on Dec. 16. Bradberry published newspapers and magazines. His noted career in journalism spanned more than 30 years in various states. Towards the end of his career, Bradberry published Thrive! Colorado, a publication for cancer patients that was distributed to oncology waiting rooms. The magazine featured inspiring and informative articles for cancer patients.  Janice McClung Fersh (BM ’69) of Lithonia died on Dec. 7. She was an active member of the high school band and the Dixie Redcoat Band. Continuing her love of music, Fersh was later a member of the Covington-Conyers Community Orchestra and the St. Pius X church choir and brass ensemble. Fersh loved animals and shared her home with three cats. Her most recent job was as a receptionist at the North Hills Animal Hospital. Martha C. Hargrove (MEd ’69) of Macon died on Nov. 23. Before and during the war, Hargrove taught English and social studies. After marrying, Hargrove and her husband lived in Americus and Milledgeville, where she shared her lifelong love of reading through service as a school librarian. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Milledgeville and Vineville Baptist Church of Macon, where she and her husband settled after retirement. Paula Vaughn (BA ’69) of Conyers died on Jan. 11. She was a member of Conyers First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, was a member of the hand bell choir and served as Web master for the church. A tireless volunteer in the Conyers community, Vaughn was a longtime member of the Conyers Civic League, served as chairman of the board of the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts, served on the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies board and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. She was a donor, volunteer and served on the founding panel for the Georgia Council Grassroots Arts Program. Vaughn also was a member of the Rockdale County Historical Society and the Nancy Guinn Library Board. Her dream of a viable arts council for her hometown became a reality through her tenacious hard work. After her years at the arts council, Vaughn became a Web site designer. Above all, she was a loving mother and grandmother, and a selfless friend to many.

 

1970s

Larry A. Loughridge (BSA ’70, MEd ’76, EdS ’77) of Chatsworth died on Oct. 9. He was a member of Holly Creek Baptist Church, served as president of the Murray County Farm Bureau and was the supervisor of Limestone Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. Loughridge also was on the farm service agency committee of Murray County, was a member of the Northwest Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and served as director for the Georgia Santa Gertrudis Association. As a nationally recognized Santa Gertrudis cattle breeder, Loughridge also was an educator in Murray and Walker counties for 32 years. Jack Richard Mobley Jr. (BBA ’70) of Raleigh, N.C., died on Jan. 7. During his 35 years in business, Mobley worked for SS Kresge Co., Richway, Gold Circle, and Uptons department stores. Most recently, he was employed as a regional director for the Paradies Shops based in Atlanta. Mobley enjoyed playing golf, traveling, playing the guitar and spending time with his family and friends. Larry A. Platt (MA ’70, PhD ’70) of Melbourne, Fla., died on Jan. 13. Platt was a consultant on death-related issues and deputy director of the American Institute of Life Threatening Illness and Loss at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He was author of many publications regarding sociology and death. Platt was also the managing editor of the Textbook of Advanced Disease Medicine for the Practitioner. Joseph Shockley (BBA ’70) of Marietta died on Oct. 12. While attending UGA, Shockley was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. During the Vietnam War, Shockley joined the Marine Corps, becoming an officer and eventually raising to the rank of captain. Upon graduation from Navy Flight School, he was made a naval aviator. For his actions in the Gulf of Tonkin, Shockley was awarded the Air Medal. Shockley had a colored and varied career in the business world, working as a salesman of medical products and in real estate. For many years, Shockley held a seat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and was an independent pit trader of financial futures instruments. In 1997, he founded ValuRealty, the first full service discount commission real estate brokerage company in the Metro Atlanta area. Nan G. Brown (MEd ’71) of Locust Grove died on Dec. 5. Brown enjoyed music, quilting, needlework, gardening, reading and cooking. She was a lifelong member of Locust Grove First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a choir and music director for over 35 years. Brown taught voice at GSCM in Chickamauga, Ga., and at the Fountain Inn in South Carolina. As music supervisor for Henry County Board of Education, Brown taught voice and piano in private and public schools. During World War II, Brown worked as an air traffic controller. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. John R. Biles Jr. (MEd ’71) of Snellville, formerly of Atlanta, died on Nov. 9. Biles spent his life serving others as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Macon, Athens and Snellville. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force. After retirement, Biles worked in real estate. He was a choir member and vestry member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Biles was also a founding member of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville. He was active in the Tree of Hope Children’s Cancer Fund and the Christian Child Project. Joe M. Shockley (EdD ’71) of Spartanburg, S.C., died on Nov. 24. He was professor emeritus and former department head at New Mexico Highlands University. Shockley was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, a member of the UGA Alumni Association and a believer in the Baptist faith. Edward O. Evans (BBA ’72) of Winterville died on Nov. 19, 2006. Marilyn R. Peterson (MEd ’72) of Raleigh, N.C., died on Nov. 3. She enjoyed a successful career in retailing and education, retiring from Durham Technical Community College in 1993. Charlotte Jean Stuntz Ridgely (MEd ’72, EdS ’75) of Girard, Penn., died on Jan. 25. She was a teacher, supervisor and administrator working with exceptional and emotionally disturbed children. She taught in Arizona, New York and several Georgia school systems. Ridgely also owned a mail service business that included a floral and gift shop. While living in Athens, Ridgely was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir. She enjoyed writing, playing the clarinet, and watching sunsets on Lake Erie. Larry R. Thompson (AB ’72) of Marietta died on Aug. 13. Nancy Leo Upshaw (BSEd ’72) of Rome died on Oct. 14. She was a lifelong member of Pine Log United Methodist Church and a member of B&PW. Upshaw was employed by the Oxygen Store in Rome, as head of financial services. In addition, she had been employed by Prestige Property, Minge Brothers, Valley Vend and Redmond Regional Medical Center. Evelyn Miriam Wright Brooks (BSEd ’73) of Washington, D.C., formerly of Athens, died on Sept. 19. Brooks was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Washington and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Services. Larry W. Hulvey (EdS ’73, EdD ’92) of Jesup died on April 12, 2007. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Hulvey worked as a psychologist in Wayne County and Fort Stuart schools. He was a member of the Georgia Association of School Psychologists, Savannah Area Mensa and Jesup Masonic Lodge 112, F & A.M. Hulvey was also an avid reader, historian, sports enthusiast and traveler. George Hope Ledbetter (BS ’73) of Greenville, S.C., died on Nov. 9. After graduating from UGA, Ledbetter entered the Air Force through Officer Training School. He began his career as an aircraft maintenance officer and moved to the staff judge advocate corps upon completion of law school. He also completed a year of study at The George Washington University National Law Center, receiving a post-juris doctorate in environmental law and graduating with highest honors. Although he served at a multitude of stations throughout the country and abroad, his last assignment was at the Pentagon as an associate general counsel with the Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel. He was counsel to both the Department of Defense Chemical Weapons Demilitarization and the Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Programs. Ledbetter’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. Ann S. Rhodes (BFA ’73) of Charleston, S.C., died on Dec. 17. Following graduation, Rhodes taught art at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 12 years. She then devoted all her time and love to her husband, children, home and neighbors. Rhodes enjoyed gardening, cooking and caring for her family. As a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, she served as a counter, an acolyte, an assisting minister and was active in the fellowship ministry. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Tommy, and many loved ones. Fred Thomason (BSEd ’73) of Jasper died on May 25, 2006. He was a member and deacon of Jasper First Baptist Church. Thomason taught at Pickens Area Technical School and served as a member of the Pickens County Board of Education. He also sat on the authority boards of the hospital and nursing home in Jasper. Thomason is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara. Jane White (MSW ’73) of Atlanta died on Oct. 20. After receiving numerous degrees from different institutions, White worked in various areas of the mental health field, including vocational rehabilitation and individual and family counseling. She was an avid tennis player into her 70s, serving as the organizer of a group of women who played together for many years. With her husband, Ed, she was a long-time member of the Capital City Club, the Hal Davison Philosophy Club, and a great books discussion group that has been in existence for over 40 years. In her later years, White joined the Trinity Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered as a sensitive person who continued growing throughout her life, always open to new experiences. A refined individual, she treasured literature and music yet lacked any pretense and treated all with kindness and respect. Elizabeth Thornton Bowman (MSW ’75) of Milledgeville died on Jan. 25, 2007. She was a retired unit director at Central State Hospital and a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Winifred G. Daniell (EdS ’75) of Atlanta died on Jan. 10. She retired from the Atlanta City School System in 1983. Daniell gave much of her life to her family, church and community. As an active member of Central Presbyterian Church, she volunteered on various committees and projects. In 1985, Daniell joined the Peace Corps, leaving her family and church for St. Lucia. There, she worked for two years as a librarian. After returning, she resumed her service to the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Other community activities included working for Charles Weltner’s campaign for congress and singing in the Symphony Chorus. U.S. Navy Veteran Charles Huntington Daily (AB ’76) of Dublin died on Aug. 20. He was a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society and a violinist. Daily was also always on the lookout for a dog that needed a home. He loved buying, selling, restoring and repairing vintage automobiles. Although Daily taught history and English for a number of years, he eventually became a professional mechanic. For the last several years, he ran his own repair shop, European Auto of Rentz, Ga. William J. Lazenby (DVM ’76) of Fort Lawn, S.C., died on Sept. 17. He was the owner of Fort Lawn Animal Clinic, LLC. Lazenby was a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association and previously served as president of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. He also was an amateur ham radio operator, the chairman of the Chester County Rural Fire Board, a member of Gideons International and a recent graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Some of Lazenby’s other memberships included: Fort Lawn Baptist Church, the University of Georgia President’s Club, the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity and the UGA Veterinary Alumni Board. In 2003 he was selected as South Carolina Veterinarian of the Year. Del Obery Edwards (BSEd ’77, MEd ’78) of Atlanta died on Nov. 13. As a physical education teacher for 28 years, Edwards impacted the lives of many young people. He received Teacher of the Year Awards at Lost Mountain Middle School and Durham Middle School. Edwards was also named Cobb County’s Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. An avid sports fan, Edwards never missed a Georgia Bulldog game. He enjoyed all sports and participated in several athletic endeavors. William Lauderdale (MFA ’78) of Philadelphia, Miss., formerly of Brookhaven, died on Feb. 24, 2007. Lauderdale was an artist and musician. He was employed as an art instructor at East Mississippi Community College and had also taught at East Central and Meridian Community College. Lauderdale was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Charles Steiner (DVM ’78) of Melbourne, Fla., died on Jan. 9. Before becoming a veterinarian, Steiner served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star. He also holds the Combat Infantry Badge. Steiner authored the veterinary textbook Caged Bird Medicine. He and his wife of 38 years, Jan, established Wickham Road Animal Hospital, where Steiner practiced for 26 years. The hospital is known for its excellent care and wonderful staff. In 2006, Steiner won the James Herriot Award for his dedication.

 

1980s

Gary D. Weisman (MEd ’81) of Augusta died on Nov. 9. Weisman was a lifelong member of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center. Suzanna Lutrell (BSEd ’82) of Athens died on Nov. 30. While attending the University, Lutrell was a member of the Red Coat Band. She received her teaching degree from UGA and was employed with Wal-Mart. Brenda Waltz (MSW ’82) of Charleston, S.C., died on Oct. 10. She was a social worker with Charlestowne Counseling Associates and served as the director of business operations. Waltz was a member of James Island Presbyterian Church, The Academy of Certified Social Workers and The National Association of Social Work in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior work experiences include Westwood Psychological Associates, Charter Hospital, Southern Pines, Charleston Place Girls Home and Crossroad Runaway Shelter. Her deep faith, love and respect for people enriched the lives of all who knew her. Melody Van Duser (BBA ’83) of Atlanta died on Nov. 8. Van Duser worked for 19 years in AT&T’s information technology division in security and employee communications. As manager of employee communications, she was proudest of her most recent work in developing a security portal Web site as part of the ongoing AT&T/BellSouth merger activity. Turning her passion for scrapbooking and photography into a part-time business, Van Duser touched the lives of so many by helping them preserve their mementos. As an avid volunteer, she was active in the PTA at Dekalb’s Montgomery Elementary School. She is survived by her husband, Bradley, and many loved ones. George E. Garrett III (BBA ’85, MAcc ’85) of Stone Mountain died on Dec. 23. Garrett was a certified public accountant and was employed by Sun Trust Bank for over 18 years. He was an active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church where he served on the administrative committee. As a member of Toastmasters, he served in many leadership roles and competitive presentations. Garrett enjoyed volunteering at every possible opportunity. Hosea Feed the Hungry, The Peachtree Road Race Support Staff and the Olympic Force were just a few of his volunteer roles. He served as a foreign press liaison during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. His personal interests included tracing his family’s genealogy and reading voraciously. For many years he was an active part of the Decatur Civic Chorus and served as treasurer of the chorus for five years. It thrilled his heart to listen and participate in good music. Katherine Joan Green (BBA ’85) of Henderson, Nev., died on Dec. 31 at her family’s residence in Hopeful, Ga. She was employed as a controller of Ark Restaurants in Las Vegas, Nev. Green was a member of Hopeful Baptist Church. Wendy Joy Reynolds Barnett (BSEd ’86) died on Jan. 1. An Athens native, Barnett enjoyed a long teaching career at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School. She was an integral part of the School’s after-school activities and summer school programs. Her children and many students were always the love and inspiration of her life. Barnett was an astounding teacher and advocate for all Classic City youth.

 

1990s

Alec Kessler (BS ’90) of Gulf Breeze, Fla., died on Oct. 13. Kessler, a native of Roswell, worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Pensacola, Fla. He was a captain of the 1990 UGA basketball SEC championship team. A three-time league all-star, Kessler became the seventh player in school history to earn All-America honors. He was named the CoSIDE Academic All-American of the Year in 1989 and 1990. He was the 12th pick overall in the 1990 NBA draft, taken by Houston, who traded him to Miami. Kessler played four seasons with the Heat before retiring and starting his career in medicine. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Patricia Hamilton Collins (BBA ’91) of Winder died on Sept. 1. She was a member of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and was director of support services with Georgia Gwinnett College. Terri C. Sharp (BSA ’93) of Gay, Ga., formerly of Stockbridge, died on April 3, 2007. Robert David Gordon Anderson (BSPHR ’97) of Lilburn died on Jan. 8. Anderson was a graduate of the UGA’s School of Pharmacy, and worked as a pharmacist for over 10 years. Jason Shane Speir (BS ’97) of Savannah died on Nov. 28. After finishing medical school, Speir worked at Savannah Neurology at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, where he specialized in movement disorders. An avid outdoorsman, Speir enjoyed hunting and fishing. His gentle soul is evidenced by his phenomenal ceramic art in addition to the endless hours he sacrificed caring for countless patients. Speir touched a multitude of people through his medical practice, assisting seriously ill patients by treating them with precious, devoted time and attention.  An Eagle Scout, Speir lived his life according to his high school quotation: Carpe Diem. Lisa Anderson (MEd ’99, EdS ’02) of Watkinsville died on Sept. 12. Anderson was a highly regarded educator in the Oconee County School System for over 10 years. Known for her positive approach and high expectations for students, Anderson taught at Oconee Middle School, Malcom Bridge Middle School and Oconee County Primary School, where she served as assistant principal. During that time, she served on various committees including the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. Anderson was voted Teacher of the Year while at Malcom Bridge Middle School. 

 

2000s

Beverly H. Duvall (EdS ’02) of Conyers died on Jan. 3. Most of her professional life was in the field of education. She retired from the Newton County School System in 2006 and then taught an additional year at Young Americans Christian School in Conyers. Duvall was an active member of Eastridge Community Church. Benjamin Eugene Anderson (BSEd ’02) died on Jan. 6. Anderson was a graduate of North Hall High School, class of 1997, where he played baseball, basketball and ran cross-country. He was employed with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung as a land surveyor. Anderson was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. Francis R. Clark III (MA ’05) of Loganville died on April 2, 2007. Clark joined the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine force. Following his time in the service, his gift of gab led him to a career in advertising, where he worked as an HTML programmer, a magazine editor and the manager of a motorcycle shop. He was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. Clark was also a writer and educator. His novel, Waking Brigid, was published in February 2008. Catherine H. Collin (BSEd ’06) of Winder died on Aug. 14. Collin taught special education for 14 years in Gwinnett County. 





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