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Alfred L. Patrick of Richmond, Kentucky, published his second novel, Clinch Mountain Echoes, a murder-mystery set in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. After teaching at high school and collegiate levels in Virginia and Louisiana, Alfred served as professor, department chair, and dean in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University, where he retired.


Clarence O. Brickey of Rocky Mount, Virginia, married Erika Praemassing on November 1, 2014. Clarence serves as chaplain to the New River Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #21 in Radford (VA).


James "Beryl" BoswellJames "Beryl" Boswell of North Chesterfield, Virginia, and his wife, Linda, retired as Southern Baptist missionaries from Peru. Since retirement, Beryl has planted Latino churches in the Richmond/Petersburg (VA) area with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University in 2010. Currently, Beryl is developing a T4T (Training for Trainers) center for Latino church planters. He has taught English and Spanish in the Chesterfield Adult Education program for nine years, authored five books, and completed more than 55 years in the ministry.


Marianne Robertson WoodMarianne Robertson Williams of Halifax, Virginia, married her childhood sweetheart, Robert, on August 24, 2014 in Santa Ana, California.

Edward "Ed" Wyatt of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is serving as interim city manager for Henderson (NC). Since retiring in January 2005 after 34 years in administration, Ed has served in interim managerial roles for seven North Carolina cities and towns.


Nicholas "Nick" Lambros of Monkton, Maryland, published the historical novel, To End All War, based on events of The Great War. Nick graduated from BC after serving in the U.S. Army. He became a public school teacher, and recently retired as an adjunct instructor from Baltimore County (MD) community colleges.

Ernest Ray Luck of Athens, Tennessee, retired after 14 years as Director of Associational Missions of the McMinn-Meigs Association of Baptists and 25 years in Association ministry. During his career, Ray held pastoral positions in Virginia and Tennessee, and was the first director of Mount Rogers Governmental Cooperative.


Nelson B. Warthan of Reno, Nevada, was promoted to full Colonel, U.S. Army, on May 1, 2006. Colonel Warthan retired in 2009 with 37 years of honorable service, receiving the Legion of Merit from the President of the United States.


Robert E. Reese of Atlantic, Virginia, completed four units of CPE (Certified Pastoral Education) at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Robert retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a chaplain after 30 years of service in 2003, and as pastor from Atlantic Baptist Church in 2006. He is now a clinical chaplain at PRMC.


Linda Moore Faulkner of Winterville, North Carolina, retired on December 31, 2013 after 28 years as Executive Secretary to the CEO of a nonprofit organization.


Rick Mulkey of Spartanburg, South Carolina, recently published his fifth book, a collection of poems titled Ravenous: New and Selected Poems, which includes more than two decades of his works in one volume. Rick has written four other poetry collections, including Toward Any Darkness, Before the Age of Reason, and Bluefield Breakdown. His individual poems and essays have appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies, including American Poetry: the Next Generation and The Southern Poetry Anthology. Recipient of Scotland’s Hawthornden Fellowship and The Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Award, Rick is a professor and director of the master of fine arts creative writing program at Converse College in South Carolina.


Fred A. PhillipsFred A. Phillips of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, was named head coach of boy's 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 J. 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.

Timothy D. Havens of Rocky Gap, Virginia, has been named a member of the 2014 President’s Council of New York Life. Members of the President’s Council are among the top five percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents. Tim has been a New York Life agent since 2006 and is associated with New York Life’s Roanoke General Office in Roanoke (VA). He also serves on various boards, including the Wythe Bland Foundation, the Smith Bland Regional Library, and the Wythe Bland Chamber of Commerce. Tim is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Dr. Tom Brewster of Falls Mills, Virginia, has been appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to sit on the State Board for Community Colleges. Tom is superintendent of Pulaski County (VA) Public Schools. His experience also includes serving as assistant professor and director of institutional assessment at Concord University, principal of Pocahontas (VA) High School, assistant principal at Tazewell (VA) High School, and teacher at Graham (VA) High School. At the state level, Tom has served as a member of the Virginia Board of Education, chair of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Career Education Foundation, and a member of the Board for Communities in the Schools of Virginia.


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.


Dr. Jennifer JonesDr. Jennifer Jones of Roanoke, Virginia, is the recipient of a 2015 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV). The award is the Commonwealth's highest honor for educators in Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. Jennifer is an associate professor and program area leader for Literacy Education at Radford (VA) University.



Sheila D. Ingram of North Tazewell, Virginia, and a gifted resource teacher for Tazewell County (VA) Public Schools, recently 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 has been employed by Tazewell County Public Schools for 14 years, and she and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Aaron Curtis and Carlee Faith.


Kimberly Walker MillerKimberly Walker Miller of Bluefield, Virginia, married Rudy Miller on August 30, 2014. Kim has been employed at Venco Business Solutions for 19 years and started the Bluefield-based all-star cheerleading program, Cheer Xpress, in 2011. The couple cares for Kim's mother and BC friend, Linda Whitlow, who moved back to the Bluefield area from her Longview, Texas home. Linda is the widow of former BC Library Director, Henry “Whit” Whitlow.


Angela Hall Arnold of Hiwassee, Virginia, was named Pulaski County Teacher of the Year for 2013-14.

Wendy Wilson of Albany, Georgia, was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Special Initiatives at Darton State College.



William "Billy" BerryWilliam E. "Billy" Berry, Jr. of Athens, Tennessee, has been named head coach of the Baylor School baseball program in Chattanooga (TN). Billy was the 2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where he compiled an overall record of 433-166. The Richmond, Virginia native was also a three-time first team All-Conference selection at BC and 2009 Sports Hall of Fame inductee.


Tim GuthrieTimothy "Tim" Guthrie of Roanoke, Virginia, was named police chief of the Salem (VA) Police Department. Tim joined the department in 1981, becoming the third consecutive Salem chief to work his way up the chain of command. He earned his master's degree from Hollins University, and is a graduate of the 220th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico (VA) and the 23rd session of the Administrative Officer Management Program in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Michelle L. Brown of North Tazewell, Virginia, was chosen as the WVVA and Cole Chevrolet Teacher of the Month for April 2015.

Gloria G. SmithGloria G. Smith of Blacksburg, Virginia, received Virginia Tech's 2015 Staff Career Achievement Award. Created in 2011 to recognize retiring Virginia Tech staff members, the Staff Career Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their career. Smith retired as supervisor of the HR Service Center in 2014 after 30 years of service to the university.


Justin A. Hamm of Bluefield, West Virginia, is the franchise owner of the Meineke Car Care Center in his hometown. Justin continues to serve as CEO and president of Belt Tech Inc., a regional leader in splicing and conveying sales and installation that has diversified and expanded into Kentucky.

Travis Roberts of North Tazewell, Virginia, and a weekend weather anchor and multimedia journalist for WVVA-TV in Bluefield, West Virginia, recently received a Conservation Education Media Award from the Tazewell Soil and Water Conversation District for his professional and personal commitment to promoting conservation. Travis is also pursuing a meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Carter and Albany.


Jeremiah Allen BittlerKelly Somers Bittler and her husband, Caleb ('13), of Bluefield, West Virginia, celebrated the birth of their son, Jeremiah Allen, born September 12, 2014.


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


Porter and Penn Walker CornettJosh and Heather Cowardin Cornett of Bedford, Virginia, are the proud parents of a new baby boy. Penn Walker, born November 10, 2014, joins big brother, Porter.


Erin Johnson DeHartErin Johnson DeHart of Bland, Virginia, has been appointed as a general district court judge for the 27th Judicial District, covering Bland, Wythe, and surrounding Virginia counties. Her six-year term begins July 1.

Mark L. Hipes of Richmond, Virginia, married Peyton Mawyer on October 18, 2014. Mark is the Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund at BC. Peyton is a registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital.


Dave EbertDave Ebert of Lombard, Illinois, is engaged to Bobbie Carroll of Lockport (IL). Dave is self-employed with Dial America Marketing and is a member of the Christian improvisation group hahahAmen. Bobbie is a special education aide and a teacher and sign language communicator at Cross Point Church. They plan to marry on June 13, 2015.

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

Erin Losey Moehlen of Farragut, Tennessee, and her husband, Patrick, are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Lucille Rose, born July 6, 2015.


Jared "Andy" Berry of North Chesterfield, Virginia, and wife, Sarah, celebrated the birth of a son, Noah Adams, born June 23, 2015.

Rebekah Faith GilesRev. Joseph Giles, Jr. and wife, Tiffany, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, are the proud new 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.


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

Bradley Sutphin of Wytheville, Virginia, completed his master’s degree in sport administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg (VA).


Josh Grubb of Max Meadows, Virginia, has accepted the position of registrar at his alma mater. As a student at BC, Josh majored in Business Administration with a minor in Communication. For the past five years, he has been with Everest College, the Newport News (VA) campus of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. At Everest, Josh served as director of student finance, and most recently, as supervisor of their Registrar’s Office. He is married to Laura Whiteed ('08), a graduate of BC with teacher licensure in Elementary PreK-6. The couple has two children.

Lisa Robinson YostLisa Robinson Yost of Pearisburg, Virginia, has been admitted into the Ph.D. program in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.


Eight-year veteran Jeff Dodson of Orange, Virginia, has been promoted to lieutenant in the Culpeper (VA) Police Department. Dodson, a Culpeper native, worked with the Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and in court security before joining the town force in 2006. While with the town, he has worked as a canine handler and as an investigator. Jeff is also an instructor at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy.

Tekoah James HesseLeah Woodrum Hesse and husband, Jarrette, of Bluefield, West Virginia, welcomed the birth of their son, Tekoah James, to the family on April 30, 2014.

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


Renae Meadows Hall of Rocky Mount, Virginia, completed her master’s degree at Liberty University (VA). Renae majored in Christian Studies at BC.


Courtney Willard Hunt of Archdale, North Carolina, was named Southeastern Randolph Middle School’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.

Matt Snodgrass of Chilhowie, Virginia, completed a master's degree in education from Arkansas State University. Matt teaches alternative education for Smyth County (VA) public schools and serves as head boys' basketball coach at Chilhowie High School.


Samantha Sturgill Null of Chilhowie, Virginia, has been named Teacher of the Year at Watauga Elementary School. A Teacher of Promise award recipient while at BC, Samantha has been teaching for Washington County (VA) Schools since 2012.


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.

Bethany A. Liddle of Galax, Virginia, was named Teacher of the Year at Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County (VA). Bethany is also a student in the Master of Arts in Education program at BC.

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.


Emily Reynolds of Pearisburg, Virginia, was named Teacher of the Month for February 2015 by the Pearisburg Junior Woman's Club. Emily is a first-year language arts teacher at Eastern Elementary and Middle School in Pembroke, Virginia.


Kenlee Marie BainesMissy Hubert Baines and her husband, Caleb, of New Bern, North Carolina, celebrated the birth of a baby girl, Kenlee Marie, March 5, 2015. In addition to being a new mom, Missy is a teacher and sales associate at an instructional paint-your-own-pottery studio called The Accidental Artist. Caleb is an auto technician.


David Lane CaldwellSuzanne Wood Caldwell of Troutville, Virginia, and her husband, Zach, celebrated the birth of their son, David Lane, born January 2, 2015. The proud parents adopted David on January 15.

Charles "Tony" and Jacqueline "Jackie" (’12) Puglisi of Bluefield, Virginia, are the proud parents of a new 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.


Dr. John H. SprolesDr. John H. Sproles of Daleville, Virginia, passed away February 19, 2015. John was drafted into the U.S. Army as a captain in the Medical Corps during World War II. Stationed in the South Pacific, he was sent to Hiroshima in the first Army medical unit to arrive after Japan surrendered. John was discharged after four years of active duty, but continued serving in the reserves. He practiced general medicine as the company physician for Pocahontas (VA) Fuel Company and opened a private practice specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in Bluefield, West Virginia, before moving to Riverside, California, for an additional 20 years of service. John retired back to Virginia, but delivered more than 9,000 babies during his medical career. He was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Fincastle (VA). He also served on several medical fraternities, societies, and associations (receiving many awards by his peers), and volunteered for various other local organizations.


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 ('40). An ordained deacon, he was an active member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.


John C. Compton Jr.John C. Compton, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died September 14, 2014, at the age of 94. John was the recipient of two musical scholarships at BC. He served his country during World War II as a staff sergeant in the 82nd Airborne and Glider Division, and was drum major of the 82nd Airborne Band. John continued playing music with the Satin Sound and Tidewater Community Bands. His career spanned 43 years as Vice President and General Manager of Green Gifford Corporation. John was a member and past president of Kiwanis Suburban for over 55 years, where he received the Kiwanis International George F. Hixson Fellow Award. He was also past president of the Tidewater Dealer Association and Sales and Marketing Executives, later inducted into the SME Hall of Fame. John was a devoted member of Baylake United Methodist Church, where he served as a member of the board of trustees.

Virginia Lester Martin of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away May 26, 2011.

John H. Rowe of Roanoke, Virginia, died February 6, 2015. During World War II, John served on Admiral Byrd's flagship, the USS Bear, in the North Atlantic and aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Shangri-La, in the South Pacific. He was on the Polaris Missile Program for several years while employed at Hercules, Inc. John retired from the Radford (VA) Army Ammunition Plant in 1982.


Richard J. "Dick" BogdanRichard J. "Dick" Bogdan of Schenectady, New York, passed away December 21, 2014. Dick, who came to Bluefield on a football scholarship in 1941 after a stellar career at Wilbur Lynch High School in Amsterdam (NY), was the focal point of BC's high-powered offense. In fact, one of his claims to fame was that he scored the football team's last touchdown in a win against Rio Grande University in 1941 before World War II ended the sport at BC in 1942. While a student, in addition to football, he ran track and was a member of the Varsity Club and the Newman Club for students of the Catholic faith. He also worked in the dining hall to help pay for his tuition, room, and board. After serving the U.S. Navy Corps for four years during World War II, Dick attended Albany Business College and then Siena College in New York. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration and a master's degree in secondary education from Siena, before becoming an instructor and later a full professor, dean of men, and vice president of student affairs at Albany. Dick also coached basketball for 20 years and was the athletics director at Albany Business College, retiring from that work in 1985 to pursue another passion, golf. In fact, he created Custom Golf in 1986 to manufacture and repair custom golf clubs. In that endeavor, he earned acceptance into the Club Makers Hall of Fame in 2008 and a Distinguished Service Award for the New England/New York Division of the Pro Golfers Association. Dick was honored at BC during 2011 Homecoming festivities with induction into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame.

Laverne Williams McCarthy of Austin, Texas, passed away May 12, 2009.


Dr. John F. Nash, Jr.Nobel Prize-winning mathematician Dr. John F. Nash, Jr., whose struggle with schizophrenia was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, died May 23, 2015 along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, Dr. Nash attended Bluefield College in 1944-‘45 at the age of 16 and while still a student at Bluefield High School. He completed 18 hours of college credit with BC even before graduating from BHS. The Nashes were returning to their Princeton Junction (NJ) home from Oslo, Norway, where Dr. Nash had just received the 2015 Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious honors in mathematics, from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, when the crash occurred.


Samuel W. "Sam" JacksonSamuel W. "Sam" Jackson of Richmond, Virginia, passed away April 12, 2015 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Sam attended the VPI extension at BC. He was a 1948 honors graduate of Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. A lifetime servant leader in the communities in which he lived, Sam was on the Board of Trustees at Bluefield College for eight years, where he is also a member of the Hall of Distinguished Graduates. Loved ones preceding him in death include his brother, David H. Jackson (’40), and twin, Dr. Thomas W. Jackson (’47).


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.


Luther L. Barrett of Bluefield, Virginia, died May 18, 2014. “Friday” graduated from Graham High School (VA) and was drafted into the U.S. Navy, serving three years. After his discharge, he enrolled at BC, where he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. "Friday" and his wife, Euna Mae Thompson, were married at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Harman, President of Bluefield College. He retired after 36 years of service with the N&W and N&S Railroad. "Friday" was a member of the Brushfork United Methodist Church.


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.


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.

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.

Archie "Bob" Price, Jr., of Wilmington, North Carolina, died December 10, 2013. Bob was retired after 35 years at Lucent Technologies. He previously served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as a radio operator during WWII, making several North Atlantic and Pacific crossings. Bob later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an aviation mechanic until his discharge prior to the Korean War. Originally from Bluefield, he was very proud of his alma mater and West Virginia heritage. Bob's brother, Billy R. Price ('52) of Pensacola, Florida, is among the surviving loved ones.


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.

John "Jack" Ryland, III of Danville, Virginia, passed away March 30, 2013.


Clyde H. Watson, Jr. of Wytheville, Virginia, died March 26, 2015. Clyde was a retired dairy farmer in Wythe County and former employee of Farmers Milling & Supply and King's Produce. He was a lifelong member of Anchor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Max Meadows (VA), where he served as an elder for many years. Surviving loved ones include his brother, Louis H. Watson, Sr. ('52), also of Max Meadows.


Rev. James T. Statzer of Meadowview, Virginia, passed away February 15, 2014. In addition to BC, Jim attended Beth Eden Baptist College in Denver, Colorado, and Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He began working in music and youth ministry, and continued his lifelong service pastoring churches across the country. Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Davis Statzer.

Rev. Ralph E. Thompson, Jr. of Bluefield, West Virginia, died November 17, 2010. In his summers during college and seminary, Rev. Thompson served as a vacation relief worker for the N&W Railway. He was a member, and 1973 Minister of the Year, of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. During his over 40-year ministry, Rev. Thompson served on various committees, boards, and agencies of the UMC, including a two-year stint as Dean of the Bishop’s Cabinet. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, participating in outdoor activities, and being a baseball and rail fan.


Gloria Blank Pickus of Boca Raton, Florida, formerly of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away January 5, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kaye Darlan WilliamsonKaye Darlan Williamson of Aiken, South Carolina, passed away August 28, 2014. During her career, Kaye worked as a secretary and medical staff secretary for the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was an active member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken and co-director of the Altar Guild.


Rev. Charles E. Condee, Jr. of Walland, Tennessee, passed away June 10, 2014. Charles faithfully served in a variety of pastoral roles throughout his 50+ years in the ministry. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Wilma Sherwood Condee, a host of children, and grandchildren.


Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow of Williamsburg, Virginia, died December 19, 2014. Lin married Barbara Asbury ('61) while attending medical school. He was the first American Indian to graduate from a Virginia medical college, paving the way for a 38-year practice in his specialty. Lin was a founding and active member of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the International College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. The son of Mattaponi Chief Webster “Little Eagle” Custalow, Lin served as the tribe's Historian, also assisting in their health care and authoring The True Story of Pocahontas, the Other Side of History. He also served on the BC Board of Trustees. Lin was awarded as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1966, an Outstanding Personality of the South in 1968, and honored with the Unknown Indian Award in 1990 for his service to the American Indian communities.

Peter M. Watts of Petersburg, Virginia, passed away March 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Dianne.


Jimmie S. Necessary of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away July 23, 2013. Jim retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1997. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Vest Necessary (’54).

Albert G. "Al" Smith of Princeton, West Virginia, died February 22, 2013 after a short illness. Al was a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves with more than 20 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and received numerous medals and accommodations. Al was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton.


Roberta C. Rickers of Kenbridge, Virginia, passed away September 8, 2014. She graduated from BC with double majors in English and History, and double minors in Speech and Drama. Roberta made a career in the teaching profession, becoming Librarian of the Kenbridge Public Library (now the Ripberger Public Library). From a one-room, closet-sized space, she created the now 3,000 square foot facility. Roberta also started the library's genealogy department and facilitated over 500 children's programs. In addition, she founded the Lunenburg Literacy Program and the Piedmont Section Junior Golf Program. For her work, Roberta was recognized by the VSGA Hall of Fame. Roberta was a longtime Lay Leader in the Kenbridge United Methodist Church. She regularly filled in for ministers at many area churches. For 15 years, Roberta volunteered at the Lunenburg Correctional Center, where she taught a Bible study class for inmates. She was named Citizen of the Year several times by the Town of Kenbridge and the County of Lunenburg. During her lifetime, Roberta was appointed to the State Library Board and the State Board for Correctional Education. At the time of her death, she was Chairman of the Board for Southside Virginia Community College and the immediate Past President of the Lunenburg Historical Society.


Kenneth W. Beard of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away August 20, 2014. Ken loved the Town of Bramwell (WV) and was instrumental in having it placed on the Registry of Historic Places. He served many years as the Town Recorder, later as mayor, and Chairman of the Bramwell Foundation. Ken was also on the Board of West Virginia Culture and History and served as Chairman of the Coal Heritage Trail Association.

Doris Hunt Wood of Woodstock, Virginia, died February 1, 2015. Doris was a member of Edinburg (VA) Christian Church and a nurse at Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan, West Virginia, where she retired from after 15 years of service. Doris is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Charles Wood, Jr. (’63).


Milton D. Dowdy of Vinton, Virginia, died October 13, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. Milton spent the majority of his career in Roanoke (VA) County Schools, having taught and coached soccer for 36 and 22 years, respectively. He was a member of Lynn Haven Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, youth worker, and Sunday School teacher.

Joyce Harrell Morris of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away April 2, 2015. Joyce received an Associate of Arts degree from BC, where she made many lifelong friends. She had a fulfilling career in social services, was a longtime member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, and most recently, Wellspring UMC.

Rev. S. Dean TrickettRev. S. Dean Trickett of Richmond, Virginia, died May 2, 2015. Dean was a member of Richmond's First Baptist Church and served for over 25 years as the Baptist Campus Minister at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia.


Joseph P. Wright of Winchester, Virginia, passed away September 16, 2014. Joe was a well-known Eagle Scout and active participant in the Exchange Club, holding offices both locally and statewide. He served on the Lord Fairfax Community College Education and Foundation Boards. He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League and Braddock Street United Methodist Church. A kidney transplant recipient and strong advocate for organ donation, Joe spoke openly about his path so that others could learn.


Dennis Patrick Claypool, III of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away February 10, 2014. Patrick was a retired dental technician and the proprietor of East Beach Dental Laboratory. He was also a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk (VA).


Mary Ann Scott Riffe of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away December 7, 2004 after a lengthy illness. Mary Ann was employed by the Washington County (VA) School Board, teaching music to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. She was also the choir director and a member of Painter Creek Church of Christ in Abingdon. Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Arlie L. Riffe ('78).


Mark A. Shawver of Bluefield, Virginia, died March 30, 2014 after a long fought battle with diabetes. Among Mark's surviving relatives is good friend, Dr. Doug Minnix ('90), Associate Professor and Chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Department at BC.


Teresa Hampton Robinson of Canfield, Ohio, died April 27, 2013. Teresa was a faithful member of Columbiana Baptist Church and a treasured employee of Heartland Christian School, also in Columbiana (OH).


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.


Faye E. Hill of Galax, Virginia, died April 5, 2003.


Joe E. Parks of Stuart, Virginia, passed away March 7, 2013. He retired with 30 years of service as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration and pastored at Rome Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel Fork (VA) for 10 years. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Stuart and of the VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville (VA).


Geraldine Stone AdkinsGeraldine Stone Adkins of Glen Allen, Virginia, passed away March 25, 2015. Gerri, as she was affectionately known, was a registered nurse for over 40 years. She worked in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities, finishing her career at Westminster Canterbury Richmond. Gerri was also an active member of Mechanicsville (VA) Baptist Church.


Clarence P. Brown of Abingdon, Virginia, died May 2, 2009.


Craig D. BennettCraig D. Bennett of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away in the final weeks of his senior year on April 10, 2015. With approval from the Board of Trustees, Bluefield College president Dr. David Olive presented a posthumous baccalaureate degree to Bennett during his funeral. Craig was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and an honorary member of Phi Psi Omicron.

Ralph O. Baker of Nevada City, California, passed away April 6, 2007.

Former BC dean of students, William George (Bill) Burkert, of Blue Ridge, Virginia, died May 31, 2014. Bill was a longtime member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where he served in the choir and formed the Men's Fellowship Group. Bill spent 25 years in various areas of higher education, including two stints at BC, 1969–73 and '79–89. He later finished his career after 20 years as a counselor for Botetourt Correctional.

William G. "Billy" Daniel, Sr.William G. “Billy” Daniel, Sr., of Roanoke, Virginia, formerly of Bluefield (VA), passed away April 21, 2015. A former faculty member at BC, Billy pastored Glen Lyn (VA) Baptist Church for 26 years and was a pharmacist for the past 25 years. He also served at First Baptist Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, as a Sunday school teacher and deacon.


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 L. English (’96) and husband, Michael "Mike" Rutherford (’98) of Winston-Salem (NC); son, Robert E. "Robbie" English, Jr. (’99), also of Kernersville; and brother-in-law, D. Wayne Pate ('73) of Stockbridge, Georgia.

Margaret Burton Gallemore of Bluefield, Virginia, passed away January 12, 2015. Margaret served as Administrative Assistant for Nursing and Advancement at BC. She was a member of Andover First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and past member and Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Margaret faithfully attended Zion Hill Baptist Church in Bluefield. She loved her family, loved to travel, and was an avid BC Rams fan.

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.

Hobart D. "Bart" HarveyHobart D. "Bart" Harvey of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Bluefield, West Virginia, died September 3, 2014. A World War II and Korean War veteran, Bart's 20-year naval career included assignments in the South Pacific and continental United States. He later held administrative positions at Concord College in Athens (WV), now Concord University, and retired from The Flat Top National Bank of Bluefield.

Lester H. Schumann of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, died May 20, 2005 at his home.

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.