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William E. “Billy” Berry of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan baseball team won the 2019 Avista NAIA World Series Championship for the second year in a row. “For the tournament, Tennessee Wesleyan (56-10) led in a number of offensive categories including batting average (.332), slugging percentage (.526), runs scored (41), hits (63) and RBIs (37). The pitching staff for the Bulldogs had the second-best ERA (3.48) of the tournament. The 56 wins on the season are the most in the program's history dating back to at least the 2004 season. The second most wins in a season dating back to the same time period are 53….the amount the 2012 national championship team had.” Copyright http://www.twcbulldogs.com/article/3392.php


Brandon S. Caldwell of Clifton Forge, Virginia graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in August 2019.

Ryan F. Schalles, and his wife, Lindsay, of Charlotte, North Carolina, welcomed the addition of their son, Kullen Robert, on July 12, 2019, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 21 inches long. Kenna loves her little brother.


Vincent L. Jones of North Garden, Virginia is President and CEO of Pine Grove Adult Home in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Le ‘Andra Sabatino Metzger and husband, Nathan, welcomed their newborn son, Gabrielle Alexander, on September 16th, weighing 6 lbs. 14 oz., 19 inches long.  Nathaniel is excited to have a little brother.

Evan G. Sherman and his wife, Jordan, of Newport, Pennsylvania welcomed their firstborn son, Jameson Grant on April 25, 2019.  He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long.


Samantha A. Magyar of Bland, Virginia married Nathan Cox on June 22, 2019. The couple currently resides in Rocky Gap, Virginia.


Michael Callaghan and Summer Rigney (’15) were married on September 29, 2017.  Both are employed at Bluefield College, where Michael is the Head Coach for women's soccer and Summer is a Traditional Financial Aid Advisor.

Jonathan D. Taylor and his wife, Casey Palmer Taylor (2012), welcomed their firstborn daughter, Lillian Grace, born on September 5, 2019.  She weighed 7 lb. 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. 


Amanda Overby DeVor of Princeton, West Virginia was accepted into the Chemistry Ph.D. program at West Virginia University in August 2019.



Roger M. Aker of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away on May 7, 2016.   He was a manager at Spear Sterling and enjoyed plumbing and carpentry.


Ruth Ownbey Gibbs of Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away February 13, 2018. Ruth was an active volunteer and leader with the American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Federation of Women's Clubs, Greensboro Lecture League, Greensboro Symphony Guild, Ingleside Garden Club, Potpourri Club, Starmount Forrest Country Club, and Tar Heel Seniors Golf Association. She also was a strong advocate for youth, appointed by Governor Bob Scott to the North Carolina State Youth Advisory Board and the White House Conference on Children and Youth. Also, she served her church as a Sunday School class president, circle leader, and Woman's Missionary Union president.

Louis Lazerow of Deerfield, Illinois passed away on September 22, 2018.


Charles G. Gunn, Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away on September 28, 2018. Charlie trained as a doctor in the United States Navy V-12 program and served on a ship, the USS Bayfield. He remained in the Naval Reserves for decades. Charlie was employed at Ford Motor Company and was the medical director at Hanes Hosiery Company, which later evolved into part of Sara Lee Corporation. He won national recognition for developing a program of preventive care, employee education, and regular examinations. Charlie had many hobbies, such as a 1965 Prairie Bronze convertible, paintings, woodworking, and in writing music and lyrics. He was a volunteer at Contact Helpline of the Triad, the Community Care Center, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.


Franklin C. Johnson, III of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away on March 8, 2014.


Marilyn B. Mustard Tinder of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away on July 21, 2019. She attended Marilyn Watts Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina. Marilyn was an employee of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and for Maggie Bennett, a boutique in Bluefield. She was a member of the East River Mountain Garden Club and served as a board member for the Bluefield Area Arts and Crafts Center.


Dr. Conrad G. Crow of Jonesborough, Tennessee passed away on August 21, 2018. He was employed with General Electric in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky. Conrad pastored Highland Presbyterian Church and Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in Kentucky; Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in West Virginia, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church in Virginia, and was the interim minister at six Presbyterian churches in Tennessee. Conrad was a member of the Kiwanis Club and supported the International Storytelling Center of Jonesborough.


William R. Gardner, Jr. of Summerfield, North Carolina passed away on August 17, 2013.


David B. Camden of Appomattox, Virginia passed away on February 16, 2019.  Dave began as a minister in the Southern Baptist denomination and then moved to the United Methodist Conference where he served until his retirement in 1993.


Stuart R. Grim of Barboursville, Virginia passed away on January 5, 2015.

Charles R. Schellenger of South Point, Ohio, passed away on September 19, 2010.  He was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired trainmaster from Norfolk and Western Railroad.


Phyllis G. Gibson of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away on June 1, 2018. She had taught piano lessons for the past 60 years and was the pianist at Pine Grove Church of Christ

James Woodrow Turner of Martinsville, Virginia passed away on January 19, 2019.  He had retired from E. I. Du Pont de Nemours.

Roy N. Young of Saint Petersburg, Florida passed away on October 25, 2018.   He and his wife, Mary Lou, had resided in Saudi Arabia for a brief time.  Roy retired from the University of Tampa.  He was a member of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club and enjoyed dancing.


James E. Shumate of Coal City, West Virginia passed away on March 18, 2013.  James was the former owner of Shumate Furniture of Coal City.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist denomination of the Coal City Community Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent.


Robert ‘Doug’ Coon of Bluefield, Virginia passed away on March 30, 2019. He served in the Army Reserves from 1961 to 1967. Robert’s career included tenures at Dixie Appliance Company, Norfolk and Western Railway, Poly Scientific, and retired from Pyott Boone Electronics. He was a mechanic, electrician, craftsman, and gardener. Doug was a member of the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church and a participant with the Bluestone Choral.


Denos C. Demopoulos of Bluefield, West Virginia and originally from Leriza-Nemea, Corinth Greece passed away on August 17, 2019. He served as a lieutenant in the Greek Army and traveled across Europe with NATO as an intelligence agent.  Denos emigrated to the United States and was a clinical psychologist at Bluefield Mental Health, Southern Highlands, and Mercer County Health Department. He was awarded the Americanism Medal by the John Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Denos was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow and voted Rotarian of the Year by the Bluefield Rotary Club.  He was also a member of the Century Club.


Robert C. Hufford of Hopewell, Virginia passed away on March 4, 2019.  Bob was a Physician's Assistant for 40 years, 15 of those were for the Army.  He was an actor of the American Revolution, a biographer on finding a grave; an interpreter; and ran marathons.


Stephen E. Boling of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away on July 25, 2019. He held positions in local companies as a sales representative and retired from OryxDesigns promotional products. Stephen served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and member/chair of numerous committees at First Baptist Church.


Major Arthur A. Shrader of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on June 24, 2014. He retired as a Major from the U.S. Army, and served during Vietnam and the Gulf War, receiving a Bronze Star.  Shrader was employed with SCDHEC as a hydrogeologist.  His hobbies included rock hounding, duck/deer hunting, and Civil War history. He was a past president of Columbia Gem and Mineral Society.


George “Rich” R. Nuckolls, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on May 23, 2019. Rich retired from Norfolk Southern, was the co-founder of Art Colony Giverny, and sang with Georgia Festival Chorus and church choirs. He was past-president of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, a volunteer for Bugles Across America, and a member of the Weatherstone ALTA team. Rich was an Eagle Scout and an award-winning photographer.


James D. Brumagin of Dublin, Virginia, passed away on April 29, 2018. He served in the United States Navy, was an associate professor at New River Community College, and Lay Witness Minister for the Methodist Church.


F. David Shockley Jr. of Newport News, Virginia passed away on June 18, 2019. David was a United States Navy veteran and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. He also worked for the Federal Railway Administration and was an adjunct professor at Bluefield College. David was active with the Big Brothers Mentoring Program, Little League sports associations, Parent Teacher Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Piedmont Chapter of the American Foundry Society.


Shelley L. Allen of Emporia, Virginia passed away on December 22, 2017.  She was a probation and parole officer with District 38.


Alice J. Edwards of North Augusta, South Carolina, and spouse of Dr. T. Keith Edwards, passed away on August 12, 2019.  They served as medical missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa, where Alice worked as the operating room supervisor for the Baptist Hospital of Ogbomoso, now known as Bowen University Training Hospital (BUTH). She also served as the visiting nurse for an orphanage, Kersey Children's Home.  During their residence in West Virginia, Alice was a nurse practitioner and assisted her husband both in surgery and as the office manager.  She was the president of the West Virginia Medical Auxiliary, national vice president of the American Medical Auxiliary, and taught Sunday School classes.