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Victor Friend, 91, and his wife, Betty Culler ('49), 87, of Bristol, Tennessee, have four children, 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Victor is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. His brother, Robert Friend, and Betty's brother, Bob Culler ('56), also attended BC.


Dr. David Armbrister was recognized with a Membership Key Award from Lions Clubs International on October 7, 2016 for his efforts in cultivating new members.


Dr. William "Bill" Tuck of Midlothian, Virginia, received the 2016 Wayne Oates award from the Oates Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Bill recently published Star Throwers: A Pastor’s Handbook, A Revolutionary Gospel: Salvation in the Theology of Walter Rauschenbusch, A Positive Word for Christian Lamenting, and The Forgotten Beatitude: Worshiping through Stewardship.


Wayne Massey retired as a professor of English at Bluefield College, where he served for twenty-seven years. He taught at various other institutions for an additional twenty-seven years prior to arriving at BC in 1988. He is settling into retirement, hoping to expand his horizons through travel opportunities. Wayne and his wife, Ann, reside in Bluefield, Virginia.


John E. Turner and Phillip A. CarrJohn Turner of Suffolk, Virginia, reunited with his freshman roommate, Phillip Carr of Pinedale, Wyoming, in July 2015 after 54 years apart.


Samuel Johnson of Honaker, Virginia, retired from Russell County (VA) Public Schools in 2004 with 35 years of service as both a teacher and guidance counselor. He worked an additional eight years with Allstate as an insurance agent before retiring again in 2012. Samuel and his wife, Shelby, have two sons and three grandchildren.


Charlie WarrenCharlie Warren of Lenoir City, Tennessee, is a retired Baptist editor. His career includes stints as publications coordinator at the Baptist Publishing House in Lusaka, Zambia; senior editor in the news office at the Foreign Mission Board, now the International Mission Board; and editor of HomeLife magazine, a product of LifeWay Christian Resources. Charlie and his wife, Sandy, have three children and six grandchildren.

David ZurekDavid Zurek of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is retired from a career in commercial building and enjoying boating, biking, snow skiing, and traveling in his spare time. He also continues his main hobby, woodturning, and is a current member and former president of the Tidewater Woodturners Club. David started a commercial construction company, The Artisan Building Group, that built over 150 7-Eleven stores, numerous banks, restaurants, shopping centers, and churches, including Kings Grant Baptist Church, where David serves in various roles, including building and grounds. He also volunteered with the church's men's group to build churches around the country. After BC, David attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he met his wife, Kathryn. The couple married on their graduation day in 1970 and have two grown children, Amy, an interior architect, and Stephen, a landscape architect.


Stephen Moles of Kingsport, Tennessee, spent one year in Rockport, Maine, where he was an assistant instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. After employed, he served a seven-month studio fellowship.


Darrel Reid of Waldorf, Maryland, is retiring after 25 years as the CIO of Technical Specialties, Inc. Although he will remain on board as a consultant to the company, Darrel is looking forward to spending more time with his family and going fishing.


Thomas "Tom" Baynham, Jr.Thomas "Tom" Baynham, Jr. of Ruther Glen, Virginia, received his Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Boston University School of Theology in May 2015. One year later, he completed an interim position as Pastor for Worship, Music and Arts at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church (VA).


Steven Lindsey of Farmville, Virginia, has retired after 29 years as a senior special agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Steven is now serving as Director of Security with The Woodland, Inc. in Farmville.


David Kessler of Winder, Georgia, signed Atlanta (GA) native and fellow BC alum, Darius Scott, to his minor league professional basketball team, the Atlanta Show. Scott was presented with NAIA All-Conference Academic honors for his 2015-16 senior campaign with the Rams. Kessler's role with the Show, in conjunction with being team owner and founder, includes duties as head coach, general manager, and president.


Howard Mayo was inducted into the Carroll County (Virginia) High School Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements with both their boys’ and girls' varsity basketball programs. He was an assistant coach for the boys’ team that made it to the state tournament in 1991, before leading CCHS's girls to a series of district tournament and regional victories, state appearances, and record-setting seasons. Mayo has over 350 career coaching victories, including his 11-year stretch with the girls' varsity team at Mt. Airy (North Carolina) High School. He recently stepped into the same role at Galax (VA) High School, where he will also oversee strength and conditioning for all girls’ sports. A resident of Fancy Gap (VA), Mayo is a member of the Bluefield College Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the BC men's basketball team from 1984 to 1988.

Fred A. PhillipsFred Phillips of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, was named head coach of boys' basketball at Richlands (VA) High School. A former standout himself on the court, Fred scored more than 1,000 points during his high school career, eclipsed the 1,400 mark at BC, and spent a year overseas playing semi-pro ball in Russia, Norway, and Sweden. He also brings 26 years of coaching experience to the position, including AAU championships at the state and national levels. In addition to his new role, Fred will continue serving as a recreation director in the Town of Richlands.


Ricky Ewing of Lynchburg, Virginia, celebrated 25 years of marriage to his wife, Tammy, on August 4, 2015. Ricky and Tammy have a son, Andrew, and daughter, Kristin, both of whom are current students at BC. Ewing is the pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Lynchburg.

Teresa Richardson Holston of Wytheville, Virginia, received her Master's of Education degree in Counseling and Human Development on November 30, 2016. After nearly 13 years as a child protective services worker with the Virginia Department of Social Services, she is departing to begin her new post as a youth counselor at Mt. Rogers Youth Services. Teresa is a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at Evergreen United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Wayne, have two daughters, Brandi (22) and Terri (19).


Patricia Spence HandleyPatricia Spence Handley of Lenoir, North Carolina, is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Patricia earned her associate of applied science in a physical therapy assistant program in 1997. She has three children, three stepchildren, and four grandchildren.


Beth McMillion-Craig of Chester, Virginia, took a 10-day trip to Ethiopia with her church, Cornerstone Assembly of God, to hold an English camp for 140 Ethiopian students. She and a group of four other teachers taught vocabulary, a critical component of the English test that Ethiopian students must pass when they reach the 8th grade in order to continue in school.


Sheila Ingram of North Tazewell, Virginia, received the Conservation Teacher of the Year Award from the Tazewell Soil and Water Conservation District for her professional and personal commitment to promoting conservation. Sheila is a gifted resource teacher for Tazewell County Public Schools and has been employed there for 14 years. She and husband, Jeff, have two children, Aaron and Carlee.


Phoebe Joanna MaynardFormer BC men's basketball standout Brian Maynard and wife, Rachel, celebrated the birth of a daughter on August 18, 2015. Phoebe Joanna joins big sister, Madeline. Brian is in his second year as assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. The family resides in Springfield (VA).



Grat Slade and his wife, LeAnn, of Bluefield, Virginia, welcomed twin baby boys into the family on September 19, 2016. Zachary Joseph and Zander Gratton join big sisters Addy, 6, and Macie, 19 months. Grat is an adult probation officer for Mercer County, West Virginia.


Tammy B. Allison of Tazewell, Virginia, was the winner in an independent three-way contest for the clerk of the court race in Tazewell County. With all precincts reporting, Allison, the current interim clerk of the court, won with 4,259 votes followed by 2,849 votes for Republican John M. Absher and 1,748 for Democrat A. Donald Buchanan, Jr. in the November 2015 election.

Justin HammJustin Hamm of Bluefield, West Virginia, was featured in The State Journal's 2016 class of Generation Next: 40 Under 40, a program designed to highlight the incredible things professionals under age 40 are doing throughout the state of West Virginia. Justin is president of Belt Tech Inc., which services the mining and aggregate industries with belting, belt installation, and splicing services. He is also president of HP Auto LLC, a franchise license holder for the Meineke Car Care Center in his hometown. Justin serves on the city of Bluefield’s Planning Commission and is a director with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. He is engaged to Christie Stacy, also of Bluefield (WV).

Travis Roberts of North Tazewell, Virginia, was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at WVVA-TV in Bluefield, West Virginia. Travis won the 2016 "Best Weathercast" award from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association, beating out every other TV weather anchor in the state. He is currently pursuing a meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.


Ryan Schalles, a customer experience manager for Wendy's, was honored by his employer for his extraordinary community service efforts with Always Believe, Inc., a non-profit organization in Charlotte (NC) dedicated to creating a safe place where underserved children 12 to 18 years old can learn and grow. The Waxhaw, North Carolina resident was one of 10 employees that were honored across the Wendy's family through their Community Ambassador Grant Program. Ryan has been active with Always Believe for three years now and helps plan fundraisers with local sports celebrities and assists with the annual MVP Luncheon.


Det. Jeremy W. CarperDet. Jeremy W. Carper of Verona, Virginia, received the Dr. Paul Ferrara Award for Crime Scene Officer of the Year. Jeremy is a member of the Charlottesville Police Department's Forensic Unit and a 2010 graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy. The VFSA's Alumni Association presents this award annually to one or more current members whom, through dedication and commitment, have performed outstanding work in a particular case or have continuously excelled in the field of crime scene technology.

Ashlynn Hope ClevengerSarah McCloud Clevenger and husband, Josh, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, welcomed the birth of their third daughter, Ashlynn Hope, born August 5, 2015.


Ezra Zane WilkinsonCharla Kitts and her husband, Paul Wilkinson ('02), of Bluefield, Virginia, celebrated the birth of their third child, Ezra Zane, born March 3, 2016. Ezra joins big brother, Eli, and sister, Callie.


Emily McLaughlin Fitzgerald of Forest, Virginia, and husband, Paul, welcomed the birth of a daughter, Lily Grace, to the family on June 24, 2015.

Erin Losey Moehlen of Farragut, Tennessee, and husband, Patrick, celebrated the birth of a baby girl, Lucille Rose, born July 6, 2015.


Andy Berry of North Chesterfield, Virginia, and wife, Sarah, welcomed a son, Noah Adams, to the family on June 23, 2015.

Jaime Bennett Bowman of Rocky Gap, Virginia, was named head coach of the girls' volleyball team at Graham Middle School in Bluefield (VA).

Caroline Desplaines Dixon and Ethan MatthewCaroline Desplaines Dixon and her husband, Matthew, of Bluefield, West Virginia, celebrated the birth of their third child, Ethan Matthew, born November 6, 2016.


Rebekah Faith GilesRev. Joseph Giles, Jr. and wife, Tiffany, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Rebekah Faith, born May 19, 2015. When not busy relishing in the joy of fatherhood, Joey serves as pastor of Berkeley Baptist Church, also in Berkeley Springs.


Owen James HobbsDavid W. Hobbs and wife, Katie, of Weyers Cave, Virginia, welcomed the birth of their third child, Owen James, born September 9, 2015. Owen joins older brother, Alex, and sister, Evie. David is a seventh grade math teacher at Stewart Middle School in Augusta County (VA).


Kristi Seipp JennessKristi Seipp Jenness and husband, Rob, of Corpus Christi, Texas, are expecting a daughter on October 30, 2015. Kristi was employed by the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and currently serves as a chiropractic assistant. Upon arrival of the baby, she plans to be a stay-at-home mom while continuing her career in personal training.

LeAnn Lane Montgomery gave birth to a baby boy, Aaron Thompson Montgomery, born September 26, 2016. LeAnn, her husband, John, and the family reside in Lewisburg, West Virginia.


Kellie Morris of Pearisburg, Virginia, was named Assistant Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan of Fries, Virginia, was elected President of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA) for the 2015-2016 term. The VSA is an 8,900 member organization representing Virginia’s sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and sheriff’s office personnel. Sheriff Vaughan's career in law enforcement spans 21 years. In addition to BC, he is also a graduate of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy in Richmond (VA).


Tyler Fridley of Lynchburg, Virginia, was recognized for his outstanding DUI enforcement efforts at the 2016 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Vinton (VA) Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony.

Lisa Robinson YostLisa Robinson Yost of Pearisburg, Virginia, has been admitted into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech. She and husband, Joseph, are also the proud parents of a new baby girl, Virginia Ann, born June 6, 2016.


Jeremy Hardy and his wife, Meghan Garrett ('05), of Wilmington, North Carolina, gave birth to their third daughter, Alayna Micah, born October 28, 2016.

Justin Spracher of Bluefield, West Virginia, was elected president of the Lion's Club of Bluefield, making him a third generation of Sprachers to serve as president of the service organization.

Marcus and Gina Adkins ('07) Vaughan of Tappahannock, Virginia, celebrated the birth of a new baby girl, Caroline Elizabeth, born May 28, 2015.


Josh ClineAssistant Bluefield City Manager, Joshua Cline of Bluefield, West Virginia, was chosen to take the reigns as the next president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Peyton, celebrated the birth of their first child, Crawford Lee, on February 18, 2017. Josh is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Marshall University.

Seth Jones, a physician's assistant with Central Virginia Family Physicians in Lynchburg, Virginia, was recognized for his bedside manner with an Honorable Mention distinction in Our Health Lynchburg and Southside magazine's Eighth Annual Best Beside Manner Awards issue. The annual awards issue honors medical providers who are selected by the local community for their kindness, empathy, attentiveness and other attributes that build patients' confidence.


Michelle Neel Fox of Tazewell, Virginia, and husband, Nathan, are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Jacob William, born April 4, 2016.

Peery HeldrethPeery Heldreth of Daleville, Virginia, was named Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), effective January 5, 2017. Peery currently leads the organization’s operations, lending, technology and compliance functions with responsibility for overseeing many of the bank’s 22 branch offices. He began his career in the financial lending industry in 1997 and spent five years with Colonial Farm Credit before joining FCV in 2006.

Daniel Schroeder and his wife, Monica, of Christiansburg, Virginia, welcomed a new baby girl, Avery Claire, into the family on November 27, 2016.

Matt Snodgrass of Chilhowie, Virginia, is completing his fourth season as head coach for boys' basketball at Chilhowie High School in Smyth County, Virginia. At 28 years old, he is one of the youngest high school coaches in Southwest Virginia. Before Chilhowie, Matt served as an assistant basketball coach at Bluefield College and Graham Middle School in Bluefield, Virginia.


After signing to play volleyball for the Rams 10 years ago, Le Andra Sabatino of Parksley, Virginia, is now leading the program at her high school alma mater. The BC alumna has served as Nandua’s varsity volleyball coach in Onley (VA) for four years.

Jacob Woodrum and Allie Tallman were married at the West Manor Estate in Forest, Virginia, on May 9, 2015. Jacob works in Blacksburg (VA) and Allie graduated from Virginia Tech and will further her education by attending grad school.


Nicole E. Ayoub of Bluefield, West Virginia, is manager of The RailYard eatery, located in the heart of the Depot District in Historic Downtown Bluefield.

Andrew Jarvis and Allyson Armbrester ('13) were married on September 5, 2015. Andrew is the Deputy Sheriff at Tazewell County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office.

Bethany Liddle ('12 and '16) of Galax, Virginia, and Ryan Handy were married on June 18, 2016. The couple will make their home in Independence (VA), where Bethany is employed as a teacher for Grayson County Public Schools.

Amber MacDonaldAmber MacDonald presented research at Experimental Biology, a multidisciplinary, scientific meeting for life sciences in San Diego, California. The Beckley, West Virginia native is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is studying Cellular Molecular Nutrition and conducting cancer research. Amber also serves as a lab manager and graduate teaching assistant for the Introductory Nutrition course.

Casey Palmer
married JD Taylor ('15), son of BC Dean of Students David Taylor ('90), on October 10, 2015 in Fincastle, Virginia. Casey is employed by the Virginia State Police as their Program Development Coordinator for Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO), and JD is a financial services officer for Blue Eagle Credit Union. The couple resides in Roanoke (VA).

John A. VenutiJohn A. Venuti of Richmond, Virginia, was honored by Campus Safety magazine at the 2015 Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, D.C., as a Director of the Year award winner. Venuti was named chief of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department in 2010.


Caleb Bittler and wife, Kelly Somers Bittler ('03), of Bluefield, West Virginia, welcomed their second child, Kathryn Grace, born January 28, 2016. Kathryn joins big brother, Jeremiah.

Josh King and his wife, Danielle Preservati ('14), of Fredericksburg, Virginia, celebrated the birth of their son, Kaden, born March 7, 2017.

Emily Reynolds of Falls Mills, Virginia, was named the 2017 Teacher of Year at Eastern Elementary/Middle School in Giles County (VA). A graduate of BC's Teacher Education Program, Emily was involved in Student Government and Alpha Chi and Pi Lambda Theta honor societies during her time as a student. At EEMS, she teaches fifth grade language arts.


Alandra Blume and Nicholas Hinkle ('16) were married in May 2016 and have made their home in Princeton, West Virginia. Nick also accepted the position of band director at Bluefield (WV) High School.

Josie Ellen SnowChelsea Hardy married Tyler Snow ('15) on November 7, 2015. Chelsea is a teacher for Patrick County Schools in Stuart, Virginia. The couple welcomed their first child, Josie Ellen, into the family on August 24, 2016.

Tony and Jackie Puglisi (’12) of Bluefield, Virginia, celebrated the birth of a baby boy, Michael Joseph, born August 4, 2015.

Natasha Corell Simpkins of Tazewell, Virginia, and her husband, Patrick, welcomed the birth of a daughter, Sophia Grace, to the family on November 24, 2014. Natasha is an employee of Tazewell County Public Schools.


Ariel Goins of Bland, Virginia, came on staff as a special education teacher for Bland County Public Schools.

Ben Rosado of Sterling, Virginia, was introduced as the new recreation director of Tazewell (VA) in April. Ben majored in Exercise and Sport Science at BC and was a member of the Rams' baseball team.


Kali Furry of Bluefield, West Virginia, is pursuing a graduate degree in occupational therapy from Emory and Henry College.

Rebecca Richardson of Portsmouth, Virginia, was accepted into the Ph.D. program in chemistry at Old Dominion University. The graduate program in chemistry and biochemistry also awarded her with a graduate teaching assistantship for the 2017-2018 academic school year.


After 22 years as head men's basketball coach at Bearden High School, Bluefield College Athletic Hall of Fame member Mark Blevins, of Knoxville, Tennessee, announced his retirement from coaching and teaching. At BC, Coach Blevins led the College through what some refer to as the “Golden Era of Rams Athletics." A coach for men’s basketball and baseball, the men’s basketball team won 130 games under Coach Blevins, more than any other basketball team in the state of Virginia from 1984 to 1989. Bearden High School's last 22 seasons were also the winningest among all AAA teams in Tennessee.


Henry S. Surface, Jr., age 100, of Tazewell, Virginia, passed away June 7, 2015. Although not one of “Doc’s (Dr. Jack Witten's) boys," Henry was forever grateful for the transportation provided by the late Doc Witten that made it possible to attend Bluefield College. He retired as a district mechanical engineer from US Steel in Gary, West Virginia, after more than 40 years in the field, including his work in experimental development and testing of ballistic propellants for the war effort. A member of Tazewell Baptist Church, he was a deacon and taught the adult men’s Sunday school class for more than 20 years.


Howard H. Hale, 97, a lifelong resident of Bluefield, West Virginia, died March 4, 2015. Howard was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Ocean Theater and served as a ball turret gunner on a B24 Liberator. He later retired from Bluefield Supply Company with 45 years of service. Howard was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Bluefield Civitan Club, and the Riley – Vest Post 9 of the American Legion. Survivors include his granddaughter, Ashby Taylor Perkins ('07), of Wytheville, Virginia.

George P. Schrader, Jr. of Littleton, Colorado, passed away June 4, 2014 at the age of 98. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, George lived most of his adult life in Charleston (WV), where he worked as an engineer for the Union Carbide Corporation. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work at Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation before being transferred to Colorado, where he retired in 1983. George and his wife, Margaret, were members of the Bluefield College Heritage Society. He was preceded in death by Margaret and his brother, Luther H. Schrader.


Lt. General Walter J. Woolwine of Melbourne, Florida, passed away at the age of 96 on August 30, 2015. He was one of the unsung heroes of the post World War II-era who brought order to the chaos in the aftermath of the D-Day battlefield and orchestrated the logistics of getting the U.S. out of Vietnam. At BC, General Woolwine was a class officer, member of Phi Theta Kappa, and member of the basketball team. He went on to the U.S. Military Academy and later Harvard University. Following a request from General Dwight D. Eisenhower that a survey of the temporary graves along Omaha Beach (Normandy, France) be conducted after World War II, General Woolwine, Lt. Colonel at the time, launched the vision for the Normandy-American Cemetery, an accomplishment he considered one of the most meaningful of his career. General Woolwine was a faithful supporter of Bluefield College and a member of the Louthan League, a society of annual donors. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.


Rev. Griffin C. Callahan of Bluefield, Virginia, passed away October 25, 2013. Rev. Callahan began his ministry in Greenbrier and Monroe counties (West Virginia), where he was the rector of six parishes during the mid-1940s. He was also involved in the establishment and building of Peterkin Conference Center in Romney, the youth camp and retreat center for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. He served many congregations during his years as an active priest and was also assistant rector at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He returned to West Virginia in 1960 as rector of Trinity Church in Parkersburg, where he served until his retirement in 1974. Rev. Callahan was supervisor of the Little Kanawha Soil and Water Conservation District while in Parkersburg and chaplain to the Civil Air Patrol in Beckley (WV) during the late 1980s. After his retirement, he worked for ZEP Manufacturing Co. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Callahan Waldo Hanzlik ('24).

Dr. Joseph (Jay) Rodgin of Bluefield, West Virginia, died April 2, 2016. Jay was a lifelong resident of Bluefield and a Paul Harris Fellow at the Bluefield Rotary Club, where he was a member for 65 years. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 29th General Hospital (Yale Hospital Unit) in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning both the Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He went on to practice optometry in Bluefield for more than 70 years. Jay was the president of the West Virginia Optometric Association, a founding member of Fincastle Country Club in Bluefield, Virginia, and the author of three books. He was 96 years old.


Worth W. Boisture of Hendersonville, North Carolina, passed away January 3, 2013. Worth served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II, earning the Bronze Star for his valor on Iowa Jima, and retired from the USMC Reserve in 1953 as a Lt. Colonel. He taught at BC and in the Chemical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech before beginning a 35-year career with Exxon Corporation, retiring as the Chief Project Manager for Exxon Chemical Company. Worth is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mildred Copenhaver Boisture. An ordained deacon, he was an active member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

William M. Bruch, M.D. of Henrico, Virginia, died at the age of 95 on March 2, 2016. Following a residency in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia, from where he is a 1945 graduate, William established The Children's Clinic in Bluefield, West Virginia. He practiced there for 21 years before returning and retiring from MCV as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics. He was awarded numerous teaching honors from medical students and pediatric residents, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Virginia chapter. William was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond (VA). He is survived by his brother and fellow BC alumnus, Robert (Bob) Bruch ('48) of Bluefield (WV).

Charles R. Scott, 92, of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away May 5, 2013. After graduating from Bluefield College and Hampton-Sydney University, Charlie attended the University of Virginia before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he received midshipman training at the University of Notre Dame and was commissioned as an Ensign. He served his country in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II on LST 1034. He retired from the Naval Reserve after 20 years at the grade of Lt. Commander. Charlie worked at the Feuchtenberger Bakery (Betsy Ross Bakery) for 43 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield and served as an elder and deacon. His son, Charles L. Scott of Sparta, North Carolina, is a 1972 BC grad.

Eugene "Bud" Stowers, Jr., age 94, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died July 7, 2016. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Bud served during World War II with the United States Marine Corps. He was discharged from active duty in 1946 and retired from the reserves as a captain in 1958. Bud returned to Bluefield and joined his father in the automobile and truck business, becoming the principle owner of Stowers Motors. He was also former president of Stowers Machinery Corporation, a business formed by he and his brothers, Dick and Harry, in 1960 with offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Johnson City (TN). Bud was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville and its Board of Stewards.


Mary "Maggie" Parcell Barton of Palm Harbor, Florida, passed away September 22, 2015.

Captain Creighton D. Lilly, United States Navy Retired, a resident of Encinitas, California, passed away January 5, 2016 at the age of 94. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Creighton graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy in 1945. For his distinguished military service, Creighton received the Bronze Star with Combat V (twice), the Meritorious Service Medal, and more than a dozen decorations and campaign medals. He taught mechanical engineering at the U. S. Naval Academy and later at Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church, serving as junior and senior warden on the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield. Creighton was preceded in death by his brother, Cecil R. Lilly, Jr. ('36).

Walter Taylor Moore, age 93, of Bluefield, West Virginia, died September 30, 2016. Taylor served in the Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the 831st Ordinance in the Pacific. He was a business owner in McDowell County (WV) and Bluefield, as well as a realtor for many years. Taylor was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and of the Bluefield Lions Club for over 50 years, where he received the Leonard Jarrett Award for 29 years of perfect attendance. He also served as club president from 1980-81.


Betty Crowell Ireson of Hernando, Florida, died May 11, 2014. Betty taught chemistry at Bluefield College and chemistry and physics at Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia, for 43 years. She retired in 1994. Her affiliations include the Hernando United Methodist Church; Beta Sigma Phi sorority, a women's social, cultural, and service organization; and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 102 in Bluefield, to name a few. Survivors include a sister, June Crowell Nash ('49), and her husband, Paul Nash ('48), of Citrus Hills (FL).


Anne Coleman (Groton) Currie of Lovingston, Virginia, passed away August 30, 2015. She was employed as a nursing supervisor at Waynesboro (VA) Community Hospital, and later as Director of Nursing at Lovingston Health Care Center. She was predeceased by her sister, Dr. Catherine Coleman Seaman ('41), and survived by her sister, Betty Coleman Gentry ('53) of Flagler Beach, Florida.


Charles S. Carlton, 94, of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away April 4, 2016. Charles was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was a teacher in both Tazewell County and Halifax County public schools in Virginia for 25 years before serving as zoning administrator for the town of Bluefield (VA). Charles was a member of First Baptist Church, the Bluefield Lion’s Club, and a number of other committees and associations. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Stewart Carlton ('66).

Captain Robert T. French of Martinsville, Virginia, died September 23, 2014. After graduating from BC, Bob received his bachelor's degree in engineering. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1979.

Cabell M. Payne, Jr. of Bloomingdale, Illinois, died October 28, 2014. Cabell was a World War II veteran who retired from the U.S. Army in 1966.


Juanita King Callahan of Thelma, Kentucky, passed away January 31, 2013. During her career, Juanita served as college business manager at Lees College in Jackson (KY), but her passion was in volunteer work, particularly with the Presbytery of Transylvania, which covers about 90 Kentucky counties. Juanita was a longtime member of Guerrant Memorial Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

Earl B. Manning, 91, died February 26, 2015. Born in Princeton, West Virginia, Earl was a World War II Naval veteran. In 2014, he was one of eight South Carolinians presented with the Legion d'honneur by representatives of the President of France for his participation during the D-Day invasion. Earl retired as a manager with Burlington Industries. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church.

William "Bill" M. Robertson, age 92, of Graham, North Carolina, passed away September 8, 2015. Bill played minor league baseball, was a farmer, a carpenter, and retired from Culp, Inc. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 40-plus years.

Gene D. WhitlowGene D. Whitlow of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on January 22, 2016. Gene served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. He worked as a mortgage banker in Roanoke from 1951 until his retirement as a senior vice president in commercial real estate from First Union Bank in 1993.


David W. Brown of Sebastian, Florida, formerly of Dublin, Virginia, passed away April 10, 2013. David enlisted in the U.S. Navy while still in high school and served in the Pacific Theater on PT boats and various vessels. In 1946, he participated in Operation Crossroads and assisted in the evacuation of natives from Bikini Atoll. David enjoyed a three-decade career in coaching and education, becoming the first head football coach of Pulaski County (VA) High School. He moved to Florida after retiring in 1987, but accumulated numerous awards for his coaching successes and contributions.

Beverly J. Hall of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died September 17, 2011.

William H. Martin, Sr.William H. Martin, Sr. of Culpeper, Virginia, died August 23, 2016. Willie was retired, having worked many years for Stone and Webster and Virginia Power in the construction and operation of the North Anna Nuclear Power Station in Louisa (VA). In 2007, he and his wife of 60 years, Rose Marie, were named grand marshals of the Culpeper Independence Day Parade for their combined years of community service to more than 50 local and statewide initiatives. Willie was a lifelong member of Culpeper Baptist Church. He is also survived by his son, William "Bill" Martin II ('84) of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

William (Bill) Yost, Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia, died May 30, 2016. Bill served as a Sergeant in the Signal Corps during World War II. He was employed by Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W) for 46 years, retiring as Chief Engineer, Eastern Region. Bill was a member of Westhampton Christian Church, both the Masonic and Elks Lodges, and a past member of the Kazim Temple, all of Roanoke.


John W. BarnaJohn W. Barna of St. Albans, West Virginia, passed away March 25, 2015. John was a resident of St. Albans for 60 years and a dedicated member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Charleston (WV). After BC, he graduated from Virginia Tech and served in the Army Corp of Engineers stationed in the Panama Canal zone. He was a longstanding employee of Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston. A sibling, Paul Barna ('48), is among the relatives that preceded John in death. Paul died after a brief bout with cancer on May 19, 2007. He was also a Virginia Tech graduate, and a U.S. Army Air Corps and WWII veteran.

Maxine Richardson Cardwell of Waycross, Georgia, died January 8, 2014. Maxine served for over 20 years as an employee and ultimately the director of development records with Mercer University, retiring in 1994. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert L. Cardwell ('50).

Edward M. Davis, Jr.Edward M. Davis, Jr., a lifelong resident of Martinsville, Virginia, died April 8, 2012. Edward was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he also played baseball before joining the minor leagues. He owned Davis Oil Company in Martinsville, and continued serving as a consultant in the gas and oil industry after retiring in 1990. His community involvement includes a past presidency of the Martinsville Exchange Club and membership at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, where he was also an elder and clerk of session.

Nancy Cawthorne French of Richmond, Virginia, died May 11, 2016. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Daniel E. French ('49). Her uncle, James G. Main (’36), also deceased, played football for BC.


Janet Lee Hall of Annandale, Virginia, passed away June 1, 2015. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Ms. Hall was a professor of English for more than 40 years at Bluefield State College and Northern Virginia Community College.


Dr. John M. Appling of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away June 23, 2016. Dr. Appling served his community for over 40 years in pediatrics. He was a founding member of the Child Shelter Home in Cleveland and awarded a lifetime membership in the Parent Teacher Association for his involvement as an advocate against child abuse. Dr. Appling was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where he taught Sunday School. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Schorr Appling ('52).

Edward M. Gills of Morganton, North Carolina, passed away January 2, 2017. Ed retired in 1991 from a career in teaching that also included stints as a coach and guidance counselor. He and his wife, Caretta, attended Morganton First Church of God and sang in the choir for many years. They were active members of Calvary Baptist Church in Bluefield, West Virginia. Survivors include his brother, Ralph E. Gills ('52) of Bluefield.

Dr. Richard "Dick" Neel of Huntersville, North Carolina, passed away August 28, 2016. Dick served in administration and on college faculties at prestigious universities across Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. He was Dean of the Belk College of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 15 years. He chaired and served on accreditation visiting committees for institutions of higher education, in addition to many other councils, associations, and boards.

James (Jug) Payne, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, died April 8, 2012. Jug was a master craftsman photographer and owner of Negative Systems Company, Inc., manufacturers of photographic equipment for professional photographers. He and his wife, Claire, were also the owners of Picture Perfect Studios, Inc. Jug belonged to the Heritage Society, a lifetime giving club at BC.


Elgene "Whitey" Comer of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died January 4, 2017. Whitey served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne during the Korean War. He was retired from American Inks and Coatings and was an ordained Baptist deacon.

Kenneth J. Mulkey, Sr. of North Tazewell, Virginia, passed away August 25, 2016. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retired engineer from Norfolk and Western Railroad. Kenneth was a member of Tazewell Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


Richard “Dick” Bailey of Caldwell, Ohio, died June 21, 2016. Dick was a member of the First Church of Christ in Caldwell, where he had served as a deacon, choir director, and Sunday school teacher. He volunteered with the Caldwell Fire Department and retired from American Electric Power, where he worked for several years as a coal purchaser.

George R. Blaylock of Bristol, Virginia, passed away May 28, 2015. George earned his master's degree at New Orleans Baptist Seminary in 1961. He was a highly renowned Minister of Music for several different Baptist churches in the southeast.

Charles F. Bostian of Waldorf, Maryland, died August 16, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary.

Franklin (Ed) Cleland of Sterling, Virginia, died November 6, 2015.

Jack H. Hayes of Yorktown, Virginia, passed away July 14, 2009.

Robert (Bob) Kinser of Statesville, North Carolina, died August 9, 2015. Bob was a U.S. Army veteran and retired regional sales manager with Southern States Cooperative, Inc. Among his surviving loved ones is a sister, Nancye Kinser Howell ('61) of Tazewell, Virginia, and a brother, Edwin Kinser ('68) of Bent Mountain (VA).


William (Bill) Atwell, Jr. of Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away October 23, 2015. A professional structural engineer, Bill started his career with Alex B. Mahood, Architects in Bluefield in 1959. He later became the co-founder and vice president of Alpha Associates, Inc., where he worked until his retirement in 2009. Bill served on several community organizations and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Daniel (Dan) Koch of Warrenton, Virginia, passed away October 12, 2015. Dan retired from AT&T as a supervisor after 38 years. He was very active in the Freemasons, a member of the Warren Royal Arch Masonry, the Shriners, and a longtime member and deacon at Warrenton Baptist Church.

Peggy Williams Lowe of Greenville, North Carolina, passed away in January 2015. Peggy was an elementary school teacher in Marietta, Georgia, before continuing her tenure as an educator for 30 additional years in the NC public school system. After retiring, she continued to tutor and teach with Sylvan Learning. Peggy served Murfreesboro Baptist Church for 50 years, where she led Bible school and taught Sunday school.

Loretta Peters Oakley of Ripplemead, Virginia, died September 23, 2015. Loretta was a preschool teacher for 56 years and a member of First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg (VA). Among those she leaves behind is niece Kimberly Sarver Williams ('93), also of Ripplemead.

Margaret "Betty" Bailey RackleyMargaret "Betty" Bailey Rackley of Gladys, Virginia, passed away February 7, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Rev. David L. Bailey, Sr. ('25) and Mildred Katheryne Bailey. Betty worked alongside her late husband, Joel, in each of his pastorates. She was pianist and choir director at several of these churches. She and Joel also did mission work in Africa, Panama, Virginia, and the Kentucky mountains. Betty retired after teaching school for over thirty years. She is survived by her two brothers, Dr. David L. Bailey, Jr. ('60) of Richmond (VA), and Dr. Robert W. Bailey ('62) of Birmingham, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, David Bailey requests that Bluefield College friends make a gift in memory of Mrs. Margaret "Betty" Bailey Rackley to Bluefield College, either to the David and Katheryn Bailey Scholarship or the Panama student mission trip, where she went on 15 missions herself.


Dr. James (Jim) Baumgardner of Talbott, Tennessee, died August 13, 2015. About to enter his fifty-second year of teaching, Jim was the longest tenured professor and the recipient of many honors and awards at Carson-Newman University. He was also the pastor at Pond Grove Baptist Church in Rockwood (TN).

Elmer Ralph Patsel, Jr. of Concord, Virginia, formerly of Bluefield (VA), passed away April 22, 2016. While a student at BC, Ralph was elected president of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. He began his career in Alumni Relations at his alma mater, but retired as registrar from neighboring Bluefield State College in West Virginia. Ralph was the husband of the late Jane Wells Patsel ('51), a former BC business instructor, and is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and John Thrasher ('52) of Roanoke (VA). He was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Dr. C. Ray Wingrove of Richmond, Virginia, passed away June 3, 2016. Ray taught at the University of Georgia from 1964 to 1971 and the University of Richmond from 1971 until his retirement in 2002 as a Professor Emeritus. Most of his career was devoted to Gerontology and he served on many boards in the city, including the Capitol Area Agency on Aging. Just prior to his retirement, he co-authored with Dr. Kate Slevin, Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones. Ray received may accolades as an educator. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane. The couple established the C. Ray and Jane Wingrove Endowed Scholarship for students entering into the teacher education program at Bluefield College.

James (Jim) Wyatt, Jr. of Martinsville, Virginia, died December 29, 2015. Jim is a brother of the late Betty-Ann Wyatt Perrin ('63).


Richard (Dick) Alford of Richmond, Virginia, passed away September 23, 2015 after a determined battle against cancer.

James "Beryl" BoswellJames (Beryl) Boswell of Chesterfield, Virginia, passed away March 3, 2016. Beryl served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Korean War veteran. A dedicated pastor, he proudly served as a Southern Baptist Missionary in Peru for 30 years, en route to more than 55 years in the ministry. Beryl also authored five books and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree.

Donald W. Hankley, Sr. of Blanchardville, Wisconsin, died January 18, 2016. Don began his 32-year career with the Department of Defense in Alexandria, Virginia. An innovator, he earned a patent for his design work with small boats and pioneered the early years of information technology for many Navy activities. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, I’Leta Sykes Hankley. The couple was founding members of King's Grant Baptist Church in Virginia Beach (VA).

Rev. William "Tom" Wood of Portsmouth, Virginia, died December 23, 2016. Tom’s 39-year ministry included churches in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Virginia. He retired in 2003 from Westhaven Baptist Church in Portsmouth, having served there for 23 years. Tom was also active in his community, the Portsmouth Baptist Association, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Religious Herald Publishing Association, Inc.


Suzanne Cooke Blaylock of Princeton, West Virginia, died September 5, 2014. Suzie was a homemaker, charter member of Nemours (WV) Ruritan, and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Maurice “Smokey” Blaylock ('57), and her son, Scott C. Blaylock ('96).

Rev. George L. Bulson, Jr. of Sandwich, Illinois, passed away April 14, 2015. George served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years, attaining the rank of Electronic Technician, Class 1. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. George became an ordained minister in 1962 and pastored churches in West Virginia, Michigan, and Illinois. He also served as director of missions for the south western and south central associations of Michigan for the home mission board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Charles A. Pettit of Columbia, South Carolina, passed away January 6, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years on the U.S.S. Sam Rayburn. Charles was owner and broker-in-charge of the Pettit Company, which his father began in 1975. He was a member of the Columbia Jaycees, serving as past president and senator.


Roy R. Collins of West Point, Virginia, passed away January 27, 2016. Roy was employed by General Motors before becoming an entrepreneur. He owned an automotive shop in Richmond (VA) before moving to West Point and opening a used car lot, Cars of West Point.


Thomas B. Childress of Pocahontas, Virginia, died December 17, 2016. Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971 as a medical clerk before joining the faculty at Southwest Virginia Community College in 1984, where he was still an active instructor. He was long known for his dedication to preserve and restore the town of Pocahontas, serving on many local boards and committees. Tom was inducted into the Golden Graduate Society at Bluefield College, where he was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, during Homecoming 2016. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.

Richard "Dick" Mills of Cocoa, Florida, passed away October 7, 2016. He spent his career supporting the U.S. space program at Bendix, Lockheed, Lockheed-Martin, and United Space Alliance. His career mirrored the birth and growth of space exploration, spanning from the Apollo mission to the moon, to the International Space Station and the Shuttle program.


Frederick C. Creasy, Jr. of Culpeper, Virginia, died April 4, 2015. He was a deacon and assistant Sunday school director at Culpeper Baptist Church, where he had been a member since 1981. Fred retired from the Culpeper County school system in 2010 following a 46-year career in education. He was a member of the Lignum (VA) Ruritan Club, where he was past President and member of Ruritan National for over 35 years. He also belonged to the VA Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Instructors of Physics, and was a Germanna Community College adjunct professor for many years. Fred is survived by his wife, Barbara Grubbs Creasy ('66), and close friend, Bob Houck ('67).

Samuel E. Gibbs of Norfolk, Virginia, formerly of Chesapeake (VA), passed away August 21, 2010. Sam worked for Dominion Virginia Power for 43 years and retired as an operations supervisor. He was a member of Rock Church, Virginia Beach, where he was an elder and was active in a variety of ministries.

Betty Pasley Hash of Bluefield, Virginia, died August 18, 2014. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Martha Circle of the UMW, and longtime treasurer of the Virginia Garden Club.

John "Johnny" Powers, Jr. of Chamblissburg, Virginia, passed away February 28, 2015. Johnny was a partner in Powers Tractor and Farm Equipment Inc. and a cattle farmer. He was a longtime member and served as treasurer for the Chamblissburg Rescue Squad. He also served for many years in the Virginia National Guard.

William (Bill) Smith of Elliston, Virginia, passed away August 16, 2015. Bill was a minister for 39 ½ years with Midway Baptist Church.


Wistar H. TrentBluefield College trustee Wistar H. Trent of Richmond, Virginia, passed away April 13, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. While a student at BC, Wistar was vice president of the Student Government Association and a member of the Dorm Council and Baptist Student Union. He also was elected to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and participated in intramural sports. Wistar retired after more than 40 years of experience in the banking and commercial finance industry, working for Bank of America, the CIT Corporation, SunTrust Bank, and his own consulting firm. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America as an assistant scout master and with the Tuckahoe Little League baseball and softball program in Henrico County (VA). He also volunteered for the Junior Achievement Program and was a member of First Baptist Church in Lynchburg (VA). An avid golfer, historian and reader, Wistar was in his third year of service on the BC Board of Trustees, having served on the Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee, including being elected chair of the Finance Committee just before his bout with cancer. Beyond his service to the Board, he was a generous supporter of Bluefield College and its students, particularly in the area of student scholarships.

Lenora Sharon Umberger of Daleville, Virginia, passed away August 25, 2016. Sharon worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for 28 years. Before relocating to Virginia and joining Daleville Baptist Church, she was a member of Germantown (MD) Baptist, where she served as assistant Sunday school director, co-director of vacation Bible school, newsletter editor, and a stint as administrative ministry assistant.


Fred W. Lester of Tazewell, Virginia, died September 28, 2015. Fred was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired New York Life agent. He was an active member of North Tazewell United Methodist Church, where he also served as a Sunday School teacher. Among Fred's surviving loved ones is a brother, Samuel Lester ('60) of Bandy (VA).


Cathy King Linebrink of Scottsville, Virginia, passed away October 16, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She put her BC English major to good use in her career as both a teacher and legal support professional.


Dr. Steven B. O'SaileDr. Steven B. O’Saile of Bluefield, Virginia, died August 24, 2015. After BC, Dr. O'Saile graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. He served his residency at St. John’s Oakland Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, before joining Princeton (WV) Community Hospital as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. O'Saile was a member of First Christian Church in Bluefield.


Stephen H. Newberry of Ceres, Virginia, passed away January 3, 2016. Stephen held various leadership positions at ABB in Bland (VA), where he was employed for nearly 40 years.


Mark A. Udell, 57, of Wytheville, Virginia, died May 20, 2014. He was a plant manager with Textron and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.


Teresa Croy StanleyTeresa Croy Stanley of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away June 9, 2016. Teresa enjoyed a long working relationship with her alma mater, where she served in numerous campus offices before retiring as director of alumni relations. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Pettry in Athens (WV). She played the piano for churches and several musical groups, and devoted much of her life to speaking before various women's organizations. Teresa was preceded in death by a niece, Sheila Caudill Williams ('05). Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Andrew Croy of Princeton and Jason Croy of Royston, Georgia, both of whom also attended BC.


Sabrina D. Sleeper of Danville, Virginia, died December 26, 2015. She taught at Halifax Christian School and designed her own line of jewelry, Flair. Sabrina worshiped at Mercy Crossings in Martinsville (VA), where she hosted events, taught in small groups, decorated parts of the children's building, and faithfully served on the praise and worship team. Among those she leaves behind is younger sister Courtney Sleeper and husband, Jeremy Hood ('00).


Pasquale "Pazzi" Cerbo of Rockledge, Florida, passed away October 18, 2014. Pazzi worked for Northrop Grumman, and later as a manager in the restaurant industry.


Larry C. Chapman of Roanoke, Virginia, died April 10, 2016. He was a longtime member of High Street Baptist Church in Roanoke.


Chadwick "Chad" W. Amburgey, formerly of Castlewood, Virginia, and a resident of Courtland (VA), died May 11, 2016 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Chad graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 2008 and earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from BC. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force during the Iraq War.

Myrtle E. Evans of Farmville, Virginia, died August 13, 2012.


Lacie M. Helms of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Christiansburg, Virginia, passed away November 18, 2016. Lacie was a scholarship athlete at BC, graduating with a bachelor's degree in art, sport management, and communication in December 2013. Her career included a stint as a counselor for Bluefield College's online admissions department. She shared her alma mater with her father, Mark Helms, a 2007 graduate of the online degree program.


Former trustee Kenneth W. Bailey of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away August 16, 2016. Kenneth was a New York Life council agent for 48 years and a devoted member of Abingdon Baptist Church, where he served on the financial committee and as a deacon, including chairman of deacons. He was also a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon, Abingdon Masonic Lodge No. 48, and the Kazim Shriners Club of Roanoke (VA).

Russell E. Bridges of Nicholasville, Kentucky, died April 4, 2016. Russell served as Director of Development at BC during the early 1990s.

Former Bluefield College trustee Omer M. Bunn of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away October 28, 2015. Omer, a member of Grundy (VA) Baptist Church, was a World War II veteran, holding five battle stars for his participation in the fighting across Europe. He was inducted into the West Virginia Coal Miners Hall of Fame in 2005 for his 55 years of service as a coal operator in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Gayle S. Carroll of Knoxville, Tennessee, and formerly of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away January 29, 2016. At BC, Gayle served as president's assistant under the late Dr. Roy Dobyns. She was a longtime member at Melrose Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

Audrey A. Clay, wife of BC Professor Emeritus and Honorary Alumnus Dr. Gerald Clay, of Florence, Kentucky, died December 31, 2015. Audrey was a retired Financial Aid Director with Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, for over 25 years. She was a member of Florence United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir.

Robert E. "Bobby" English, Sr.Robert E. "Bobby" English, Sr. of Kernersville, North Carolina, formerly of Emporia, Virginia, passed away July 15, 2015. Bobby spent his entire life as an educator, leader, mentor, and adviser, including his final 13 years as an instructor of business communication in the Bluefield College Online Degree Program. He was very active in the Emporia community and a member of St. John the Baptist Lutheran Church. Surviving loved ones include his daughter, Sara English Rutherford (’96) and husband, Michael (Mike) Rutherford (’98) of Winston-Salem (NC); son, Robert (Robbie) English, Jr. (’99), also of Kernersville; and brother-in-law, D. Wayne Pate ('73) of Stockbridge, Georgia.

Mary Martin GlahMary Martin Glah of Bluefield, West Virginia, died August 21, 2015. In the community, Mary was active at Christ Episcopal Church, where she served on the Altar Guild, and at Westminster Presbyterian Church as a member of the Ladies’ Circle. In addition to her service on the advisory board for Bluefield College's New Opportunity School for Women, Mary participated in the East River Garden Club and the Bluefield Beautification Commission. Surviving loved ones include a daughter and son-in-law, BC friends Cindy and Wayne Stonestreet, also of Bluefield. Their son and Mary's grandson, Chas, is a current student.

Lloyd Gochenour of Edinburg, Virginia, passed away September 14, 2015. Lloyd owned and operated radio stations across the Commonwealth, fulfilling his passions for both broadcasting and preaching. He was a longtime deacon and teacher of the Men’s Fellowship Sunday School class at Virginia Heights Baptist Church, now Heights Community Church, of Roanoke, and founder of Peoples Baptist Church in Harrisonburg. At BC, Lloyd was a former Board of Advisor member and loyal donor. He was also a member of the Heritage Society, a society for those who have included Bluefield College in their estate plans. Among Lloyd's surviving loved ones is his daughter, Cynthia (Cindy) Gochenour ('92), also of Edinburg.

Betty Sanders GordonLongtime Bluefield College supporter and friend Betty Sanders Gordon, wife of BC Professor Emeritus Dr. Will Gordon, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015. Betty was a resident of Bluefield, West Virginia, for 53 years and a dedicated member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was an active and recognizable delegate at the United Methodist West Virginia Annual Conference for decades, presenting a strong voice on many issues and serving on many committees. She was elected vice president of the Women’s Division under the General Board of Global Ministries from 1984 to 1988, acting as a director on the national level during the 1990s. She later served on the Board of Global Ministries in New York City. Betty was preceded in death by her son, William D. Gordon ('70). In addition to Dr. Gordon, she is survived by son, Mark Gordon ('80), and family.

Patty Jo Harman of Bluefield, Virginia, died April 25, 2016. Patty was the daughter-in-law of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Harman, Bluefield College president and first lady from 1946 to 1972. She is survived by her husband and BC alum, John Roger Harman ('59).

Aldo "Al" ModenaHonorary alumnus and trustee emeritus Aldo "Al" Modena of Midlothian, Virginia, died March 8, 2017. Al served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. When he returned, he finished his studies at Washington and Lee University Law School and became a member of the Virginia State Bar in 1954. Al began working at Flat Top Bank in Bluefield, West Virginia, and retired as president in 1994. He served on numerous federal, state, and local banking association committees, including 45 years on the bank board and board committees of First Community Bancshares, Inc. and First Community Bank, and a stint as chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association. Al was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield and attended St. Gabriel Catholic Church since moving to Midlothian in 2011.

Wava Wheeler Testerman of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, passed away June 4, 2015, after a brief illness. Wava was a faithful donor to the Nelson T. and Ethel R. Barker Memorial Scholarship at BC, an award given to students from southwest Virginia with a sensed call to full-time Christian service or pastorate ministries. Pastor and Mrs. Barker served at First Baptist Church in Richlands, Virginia, for over 20 years, where Wava was an active member, secretary, treasurer, and Sunday school teacher. Surviving loved ones include her daughter, Dr. Patricia Testerman Pinson ('58), also of Ocean Springs. Wava was 97 years old.

Vallie V. Thomas of Nederland, Texas, died October 26, 2015. Vallie served BC for nearly a decade as a counselor and Dean of Women during the 1960s and early 1970s.