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Carle Ralston of Statesville, North Carolina, recently retired from William T. Burnett and Company, where he served as a plant manager. He is a widower and has three grown children.


Anita Smith Garrett, previously of Mount Vernon, Virginia, now resides in Westminster Lake Ridge (VA). After obtaining her associate’s degree from BC, Garrett transferred and graduated from Concord University (WV) in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught high school math in Fairfax County (VA) Schools and continues to be active in the Presbyterian Church.


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.


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.


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.


Dr. Alfred Martin of Naperville, Illinois, has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at Benedictine University in Lisle (IL). Alfred is a Professor of Biology.

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.


Brenda Carol Robinson and her husband, of Asheville, North Carolina, celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in June 2013. After graduating from BC, Brenda went on to graduate from Mars Hill (NC) College, and worked several years in the business field while raising their four children. She later attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and attained her elementary teaching certification for grades K-6. Brenda retired from teaching in December 2012. She is now spending more time with her husband and enjoying their eight grandchildren.


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.

Cathy Martin WogamonCathy Martin Wogamon of Live Oak, Florida, formally of Tannersville, Virginia, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University in Tallahassee on May 3, 2014. Cathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from BC. After her father became ill with amyolateral sclerosis (ALS) and passed away, she returned to college to pursue a career in nursing. Cathy graduated with honors from Wytheville (VA) Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and Masters of Science degree in Nursing Education from Florida State University. Cathy began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Smyth County (VA) Community Hospital. She then pursued a career in pediatrics, working as an office nurse at Abingdon (VA) Pediatrics and Milla Pediatrics in Lake City (FL). Cathy later changed her focus to geriatrics and worked as an administrative nurse in several long-term care facilities in Florida. She has served as an advocate for ALS patients since her father's passing from the disease, including a lengthy stint as ALS Care Coordinator for the Florida ALS Association for the Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola areas. She also served as a volunteer clinical researcher for an ALS project at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville (FL), presenting her work at the 2009 National ALS Conference in California. Cathy has been a nationally certified wound care nurse through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) since 2010. She has served nationally on the WOCN Scholarship Committee and was recently selected to serve nationally on the WOCN Item Review Committee. Cathy has accepted a position in the Outpatient Wound Clinic of the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville. Her husband, Ted, is a Physical Therapy Assistant at Riverchase Care Center in Quincy (FL).


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.


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.



Cameron Botts BurtonCameron Botts Burton of Bland, Virginia, has been named Branch Supervisor at the Bland County Public Library. Burton earned her degree in communication arts at BC. With a background in radio, theater arts, and public relations, she was a radio disc jockey and acted at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater in Wytheville, Virginia. While president of the Summit Players in Bluefield, West Virginia, Burton helped Tiffany Carter ('01) successfully direct the award-winning Bland County combined drama and forensics teams. She also served as director of the Bluefield Area Arts Center for eight years. Before her affiliation with the library began seriously, Burton worked part-time there with the children's program. Cameron and her husband, Billy, have two children, McKinley and Ashley, both involved with the drama and forensics teams. They attend the Hollybrook Church of Christ in Bland.


For her work with a new generation of business and community leaders, Tina Brown of Wytheville, Virginia, recently received the 2013 Young Professionals Group Award from the Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce. The Young Professionals Group is a special committee of the chamber designed to develop a new generation of business and community leaders in Wythe and Bland counties. Tina has worked in the parks and recreation field for 15 years. She has also refereed high school sports for 15 years.

Bill Eanes of Maryville, Tennessee, accepted the position of Director of Business Development for Vision Engineering and Development Services, a civil engineering and surveying firm based out of Maryville. Previously, Bill was the Director of Economic and Workforce Development for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

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.



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.


Kimberly Schmetzer Hall of Bluefield, West Virginia, was promoted to program director of Pressley Ridge TFC program in Tazewell, Virginia, and adjunct faculty at New River Community and Technical College in Dublin (VA) for the 2013–2014 academic year.

Karrie Myers Kinder, a kindergarten teacher at North Tazewell (VA) Elementary, has been named the Tazewell VFW Post Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. Kinder has been a teacher in the Tazewell County Public School system for 14 years, all of which was spent at North Tazewell Elementary. She has taught kindergarten for the past five years. Karrie obtained a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at BC. She is also a graduate of Tazewell High School.


Bianca Tennille Adams Brown, MEdBianca Tennille Adams Brown, MEd of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, married Kenneth Brown, Jr. on August 3, 2013 at the historic Harmon House in Kernersville (NC). Bianca is a Curriculum and Testing Coordinator with Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools.


Kendall Smith Grogan of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and her husband, Rich, celebrated the birth of their second child, Abigail Rose, born January 2, 2013. Kendall is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her children.

Chris Lawson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and his wife, Merri, celebrated the birth of a son, Zachary Jonathan, born December 16, 2013. Chris is an executive pastor with Reynolda Church in Winston-Salem.


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.

Jeremy Carper of Verona, Virginia, and his wife, Brittany, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dorothy Grace, born April 17, 2014.

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.


Cassie Crisp of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and her husband, Chad, celebrated the birth of their child, Jude, born February 26, 2014.

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.

Josh Tilley of Lynchburg, Virginia, and his wife, Christina, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Zuri Rose, born April 23, 2014.

Marcus Tinsley of Montross, Virginia, and his wife, Melanie, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Rebekah, born February 18, 2014.


Layci Clifford of Annandale, Virginia, and her husband, Kris, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Grace, born January 15, 2014.

Meghan and Jeremy Hardy ('11) of Wilmington, North Carolina, celebrated the birth of their second child, Celia Grace, born October 21, 2013. The Hardys are serving as urban missionaries for the non-profit organization, Vigilant Hope. Celia joins big sister, Olivia, who enjoys accompanying her parents as they minister to families in Wilmington.

Nick and Jaimie Lomasney ('06) of Waynesboro, Virginia, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Larkin Leigh, born November 2, 2013.

LeAnn Lane Montgomery of Salisbury, North Carolina, and her husband, John, celebrated the birth of their child, Harper Lane, born April 8, 2014.


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


Faye CoatesFaye B. Coates of Reva, Virginia, earned her sixth professional designation — the certified professional insurance agent (CPIA) distinction. Faye has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years, including the past 13 years with Virginia Farm Bureau in Manassas (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.

Kris and Sharde Hardy ('08) of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, celebrated the birth of their son, Eli Bennett, born February 26, 2014.

Shay Skipper White of Richmond, Virginia, and her husband, Jake, celebrated the birth of their child, Cadence Harper, born December 25, 2013.

Branden Zett of Los Angeles, California, has accepted the position of Head Golf Professional at Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles. After graduating from Bluefield College, Branden moved to Miami, Florida, to play golf on the Gateway Tour and Nike Tour. Before heading to L.A., he fulfilled his playing career and transitioned to the business side of the Professional Golfers' Association, working as a golf professional at Trump National Doral. Branden played both golf and basketball at BC.


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.

Jenna Criss Green of Brownsburg, Indiana, and her husband, Justin, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Rylee Jane, born November 17, 2013.

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.

Heather Jo Harris Kitts and husband, Zack, of Tazewell, Virginia, celebrated the birth of their son, Landon Alexander, born June 24, 2013.


Kimberly Carroll Bennett and her husband, Bobby, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Skylar Michelle, to the family on April 7, 2014.

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

Ashley Clampitt Jones of Lynchburg, Virginia, and her husband, Seth ('11), celebrated the birth of their twin boys, Gideon Elijah and Josiah Dale, born December 23, 2013.

Rachel Reed LooneyRachel Reed Looney has been named manager of the Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum in Bastian, Virginia, where she will also serve as Bland County’s tourism coordinator. Before her current post, Rachel worked five years as a deputy for the Bland County Commissioner of Revenue and a clerk with the county treasurer’s office.

Mark Mines of Draper, Virginia, celebrated the birth of his son, Gavin Lane, born November 1, 2013.


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


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.


Former BC men’s basketball player Borgia M’Bala of Gainesville, Florida, formerly of Paris, France, is continuing his basketball career in Germany as a member of the Aschersleben Tigers of the Regionalliga One League. Bo is a starter for the Tigers, averaging 13 points per game.

Leah Elswick Cline of Las Vegas, Nevada, and her husband, Zach, celebrated the birth of their son, Isaiah Roston, born January 22, 2014.


Hannah Spicer OwensHannah Spicer Owens of Rocky Gap, Virginia, was named March 2014 Teacher of the Month for Giles (VA) High School. Hannah just joined the Giles faculty this past fall. Before that she was a teacher for Taking Action for Special Kids (TASK).

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.



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.


Rev. Harold Wayne ParkerRev. Harold Wayne Parker of Henrico, Virginia, passed away April 8, 2014. Following his tenure at Bluefield College, Harold graduated from the University of Richmond (VA), where he played on the basketball team, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (KY). He was the pastor of several churches before retiring to Richmond in 1988. Harold enjoyed sports, music, and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jeanie, his children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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.

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.


Mary Beth Wood Thomas of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away July 18, 2013. Mary Beth was an extremely loyal and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bluefield for almost 70 years. She loved her family and was renowned for her sharp mind, her love of history, music, dancing, and storytelling, and her loving and generous spirit.


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.

Jacquelyn "Jacque" Pero OblingerJacquelyn “Jacque” Pero Oblinger died February 14, 2014 in Wytheville, Virginia. Jacque, who lived most her life in Bluefield, Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia, began her career in broadcast radio in the late 1950s. She later moved to television, and was recognized by the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame as one of the most influential television personalities in the history of West Virginia. Jacque retired from broadcasting and returned to her alma mater in 1977 to recruit students. In addition, she helped establish a Communications Department at BC, became an instructor within the department, and later secured equipment for the first-ever Bluefield College campus student radio station. She also became BC’s director of career development, served as president of the Faculty/Staff Club, and was a member of the Town and Gown Society. Jacque retired from Bluefield in 1996 after 19 years of service. Outside of her career, she was a community servant. Among her awards for community service: the West Virginia Daughter of the Year Award, the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, and the BC Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Jacque is survived by her husband of 66 years, John ('47), three sons, Mark ('86), Michael ('91), and Phillip; and a host of grandchildren, many of whom also attended BC.


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.


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


Larry Joe Dunn of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away May 7, 2014 at his home. Joe graduated from Virginia Tech with a business degree after attending BC. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea, and a lifetime member of the Bluefield Elks Club, the Lions Club, and a Kentucky Colonel. Joe belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, and South Roanoke Methodist Church, but most recently attended Enon Baptist Church with his granddaughters.


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.


Fred G. Pruner of Lebanon, Virginia, died on May 24, 2013. Mr. Pruner was an agriculture teacher in Russell County (VA) for many years.

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.


Windell Ray PattersonWindell Ray Patterson of Martinsville, Virginia, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. In addition to BC, Mr. Patterson graduated from Concord University (WV), and received his Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southeastern Seminary (NC). He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in the Snow Creek Community of Martinsville, and retired after 40 years as a minister. Windell was Secretary of the Figsboro Ruritan Club, President of Tazewell Rotary Club, President of the Tazewell Ruritan Club, President of Tazewell Association for Retarded Citizens, First Lt. of the Tazewell Rescue Squad, and Moderator for the East River Baptist Association.


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.


Ivan Houchins Sr. of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, passed away quietly at home on August 24, 2010. Ivan served his country in the Air Force, was a graduate of Concord University (WV), a retired manager of Kmart Corp. for 30 years, and a very active member of the Shriner's Fraternity for 46 years. In addition to being a Master Mason, Ivan was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Everette Lawrence Wampler of Springfield, Virginia, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a retired electrical engineer. Everette is survived by his wife, Bette, his children, Dana, Dean, and Steven, and three 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.

Janet Lee Leslie Meadows of Bluefield, Virginia, passed away January 30, 2014. A lifelong resident of Bluefield and a onetime BC cheerleader and member of the May Day Court, Janet worked as an elementary school teacher for Tazewell County Schools for 37 years. In fact, she was inducted into the BC Educators Hall of Influence and published with her students a book titled, The ABCs of Tazewell County. Janet was also a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Tazewell, Virginia, the Main Street Lucie Scott Circle, the Retired Teachers Bridge Club, the Garden Club, the Red Hat Society, and the BC Golden Graduates Society.

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


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.


Betty Ann Bishop HodgesBetty Ann Bishop Hodges of Covington, Virginia, died Thursday, September 5, 2013 at her residence. The wife of Dr. Gary C. Hodges ('59), Betty was employed by William J. Withrow as a para professional responsible for payroll and tax return preparation. She was also a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she served as a former treasurer for 31 years and on numerous other committees. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Betty loved her family. In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by two daughters and a host of grandchildren.

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.


Gustaf Edward Brown, Jr. of Piney Flats, Tennessee, died December 6, 2013. He was a native of Alexandria, Virginia, who worked as an insurance salesman before retiring. Gus greatly enjoyed attending auctions and trade shows and was an avid hunter.

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).


Rev. Jack Newton Waddell passed away Friday, March 21, 2014. Following graduation from Sophia (WV) High School, Jack completed his apprenticeship at the Newport News Ship Building Company. He married Maribelle Jolly Waddell, who predeceased him on November 18, 2005. After sensing a call to the Christian ministry, Jack attended BC, the University of Richmond, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a Virginia Baptist Pastor for 48 years at numerous Baptist churches, including as Chaplain at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Virginia, and pastor of Rivermont Baptist Church, Danville, Virginia. He was also a member of Greenpond Baptist Church. After marrying Mae Lee Smith Waddell on August 22, 2009, Jack made his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, the Reverend Craig N. Waddell, a daughter, Maribeth W. Motley, four grandchildren, two step-children, and four step-grandchildren.


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.


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.


Dan BowmanAfter nearly three years of battling a rare soft tissue cancer, Bluefield College alumnus and former BC dean of students, Dan Bowman passed away January 23, 2014. A native of Salem, Virginia, Bowman came to Bluefield College first as a student, earning his undergraduate degree in psychology. During those four years, he participated in many campus organizations and was well known for his generosity and service to others. Dan also met his future wife, Staci Gilley, at BC. He continued his education at Radford (VA) University, earning a master’s degree in counseling and human development, and worked in the guidance department for several area schools before returning to his alma mater in 2001 to become the new dean of students. Affectionately known as “Dean Dan,” Bowman spearheaded three major renovation projects, grew on-campus residential enrollment, and developed a business partnership that brought scholarship money to students, among many other accomplishments. Touching lives and making circumstances a little bit better was Bowman’s mission no matter what road he traveled. After BC, he became an associate dean of students at Radford University, before becoming principal of Craig County (VA) High School in 2008. Following the diagnosis in 2011, Dan continued to coach his daughters, Maddie and Libby, in recreational lacrosse. He also remained a member of the Virginia Tech “chain gang” that worked down markers for Hokies football games. He retired from the school system in the fall of 2012.


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).

Judith B. Bailey received her doctorate degree from The College of William and Mary in May 2014. She is the wife of Dr. David L. Bailey, Jr. ('60).

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.

Lisa CarrLisa Carr, wife of former Bluefield College vice president for advancement, Tom Carr, passed away Sunday, January 26 in Searcy, Arkansas, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. A graduate of Harding and Texas Tech University with a degree in secondary education, Lisa home-schooled her four children and was a Sunday school teacher. In an online blog titled “Battle Lines,” she shared her fight against cancer, openly expressing her “heart, fears, victories and faith.” Despite the challenges of her disease, Lisa traveled with Tom, her husband of 36 years, to Africa, Switzerland and France, led Bible studies for college students, and was a sponsor of Harding University’s Pi Theta Phi women’s social club. She also shared motivational lectures at Harding and Pepperdine University, played piano, and was a prolific songwriter, using music to express her faith. In addition to Tom, Lisa leaves behind her sons, Jesse (30) and Jamie (23), and daughters, Betsy (27) and Mary (19).

Norma Bourgeois Thompson Cutlip, the mother of Bluefield College's Assistant to the President, Diane Shott, passed away February 21, 2014 in South Charleston, West Virginia, at the age of 85. She was a member of the St. John United Methodist Church and a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, South Charleston Chapter No. 131. Norma is survived by her children and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dr. Roy DobynsDr. Roy A. Dobyns, 82, of Dandridge, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at the Jefferson County (TN) Nursing Home on November 12, 2013. Dr. Dobyns served as the seventh president of Bluefield College from 1989 to 1996, during which time he led the school in its most notable era of student growth. A significant part of that growth came through the school’s first-ever adult degree completion program, envisioned and launched by Dr. Dobyns in 1991. Under Dr. Dobyns, the college also launched its largest fundraising effort to date, the 75th Anniversary Campaign, which was designed to fund additional growth on campus in facilities and academic and athletic programs. Before his retirement from BC in 1995, Dr. Dobyns also developed two new academic divisions and an institutional effectiveness program. He also spearheaded the school’s reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1993. A United States Army veteran and a graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of Carson Newman and Vanderbilt’s George Peabody College, Dr. Dobyns was a member of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, where he served as a deacon, trustee, and member of many committees. He also was a charter member of the Jefferson City Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. His wife of 58 years, former BC First Lady Kathryn Dobyns, still resides in Dandridge. He is also survived by his three children and a host of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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.

Dr. Emily Lambert, Dean of the College of Sciences, Assistant Professor of Biology, Biology Department Chair, and Director of the Honors Program at BC, and her husband celebrated the birth of their daughter, Ryann Michalene, born May 28, 2014.

Charles M. Sacre III of Bluefield, Virginia, husband of 36 years to BC Board of Trustees member, Charlotte Edwards Sacre, passed away in February of 2014. A proud U.S. Navy veteran, Sacre finished college after his military service, studying business and accounting and obtaining a law degree in his original hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. As an astute insurance professional, Charlie managed for over a decade one of the largest agencies in the southeast at an early age. He established his own agency in Bluefield, and with his family, moved permanently to the area in 1981. In retirement, Charlie continued his love of collecting antiques, having operated several antique shops through the years. Instrumental in the revitalization of Historic Bramwell (WV), he served on the Town Council and worked tirelessly to successfully have the town listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charlie was very active in the community as a member of numerous civic organizations and church activities. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder.

Mary Thomas Holroyd Turner of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away February 18, 2014. Mary graduated from Peterstown High School, attended Concord University, and was a graduate of the Greenbrier Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She was a retired Registered Nurse and formerly served as Nursing Supervisor at Princeton Memorial Hospital for fifteen years. She was also in charge of the nursing program with the Red Cross for several years. Mary was instrumental in the development of the Princeton Health & Fitness Center and Mercer County Hospice services. She was past President of the Southern West Virginia Nurses Association, the Nurses Organization of the Princeton Red Cross, and the Mercer County Medical Auxiliary. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton. Mary and her husband (the late Dr. Frank J. Holroyd) had financially assisted over thirty-five students entering the medical field. At Bluefield College, Mary was a member of the Heritage Society, Dr. Charlie Faith Fund, and an annual member of the BC Fund. She is survived by her second husband, David W. Turner, also of Princeton.

Henry "Whit" WhitlowFormer Bluefield College library director Henry “Whit” Whitlow, 75, of Longview, Texas, died May 9, 2014. Whit was the library director at BC and pastor of Laurel Fork Baptist Church in Rocky Gap, Virginia, from 1988 to 1997. Before BC, he served seven years as a missionary in Hong Kong, five years as a missionary in Mexico, and five years as head librarian at California Baptist University. After Bluefield College, Whit worked as library director for LeTourneau (TX) University. He is survived by his wife and BC friend Linda Whitlow of Longview; brother, Stanley Whitlow (wife, Esther) of Shreveport, Louisiana; son, Jason Whitlow, also of Longview; daughter, Emily Hudson of Riverside, California; step-daughter Kimberly Christian (’96) of Bluefield (VA); and three granddaughters, Lauren-Ashleigh Christian, Rebecca Hudson, and Rachel Hudson.