In Memoriam

In Memoriam Update 10/24/13:

  • Judge Rodney Victor Ahles (’58) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died June 30, 2013.
  • Ed Baird (‘41) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died August 2, 2013.
  • Rev. W. L. Baker (‘30) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died August 3, 2013.
  • Judge Charles Galbreath (’47) of Nashville, Tennessee, died March 5, 2013.
  • Inez Jennings Harrison of Lebanon, Tennessee, died June 20, 2013.
  • Karen Hudson (’00) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died June 30, 2013.
  • Randolph Clark Moss Sr. (’88) of Spring Hill, Tennessee, died June 9, 2013.
  • Pattie Russell (’66) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died April 6, 2013.
  • Lt. Col. John Stephens (‘48) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died July 31, 2013.
  • Randy Vanatta (’74) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died March 30, 2013.

In Memoriam Update 4/30/13:

  • Audrey Vivian Robertson Bryan, of Boise, Idaho, died December 19, 2012.
  • Megan Carter (Masters of Business Administration candidate, May 2013) of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, died February 10, 2013.
  • Billy Lee Cartmell (’82) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died October 20, 2012.
  • Donna Tabor Corley (’82) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died November 22, 2012.
  • Sam Wayne Enoch (’51) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died June 9, 2012.
  • Thomas Everett Harwood III (’60) of Trenton, Tennessee, died October 27, 2012.
  • Everett Powell Hooper of Franklin, Tennessee, died November 27, 2012.
  • Charlene Bentley Key, former Cumberland University mathematics teacher, of Lebanon, Tennessee, died February 1, 2013.
  • Tyler McChurch (‘07) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died February 17, 2013.
  • Israel Robert “Bud” Putman, Jr. (’51) of Delta, Ohio, died November 16, 2012.
  • Darryl “Dean” Robinson, former Dean of Students, of Gladeville, Tennessee, died December 27, 2012.
  • William “Tim” Robinson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, died November 4, 2012.
  • Carmine Swingley Smith (‘49) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died February 6, 2013.

In Memoriam Update 11/29/12:

  • John Tilden Bailey of Fort Worth, Texas, died on April 25, 2012.
  • Richard J. Brodhead (‘60) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died on July 28, 2012.
  • Dennie Lee Denson (‘88) of Hermitage, Tennessee, died on October 7, 2012.
  • Kenneth G. Fink, Jr. (‘52) of Prairieville, Louisiana, died on September 19, 2012.
  • Rev. Dan L. Garrett (’73) of Marietta, Georgia, died on June 26, 2012.
  • Baxter Hicks Harwell, Jr. (‘60) of Florence, South Carolina, died on September 9, 2012.
  • Shawlin Marie Keeton (‘07) of Hartsville, Tennessee, died on July 25, 2012.
  • Freida Draper Morse (‘58) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died on September 28, 2012.
  • Arif Siddiqi (‘91) of Lebanon, Tennessee, died on October 5, 2012.
  • Dixie Mae Taylor-Huff, former Cumberland University Board of Trust member, of Castalian Springs, Tennessee, died on May 23, 2012.
  • Brenda Holt Weatherby of Lebanon, Tennessee, died on March 31, 2012.
  • Richard John White of Lebanon, Tennessee, died  on September 4, 2012.

In Memoriam Update 8/21/12:

  • Edwin “Ed” Arnold of Loudon, Tennessee died in March 2012. 
  • Solon C. “Coach” Apple (’49) of Nolensville, Tennessee died April 1, 2012.
  • Ward Roland Case Jr. (’40) of College Station, Texas died March 23, 2012.
  • Marguerite Wallace McClure Averett (’69) of Nashville, Tennessee died May 12, 2012.
  • Hardy Hurdle of Monroe, Georgia died June 1, 2012. 
  • Larry McCrary (’91) of Lebanon, Tennessee died December 28, 2011.
  • Arthur “Art” Nelson (’50) of Weslaco, Texas died March 23, 2012.
  • Vivian Norton (’44) of Lebanon, Tennessee died February 22, 2012.
  • Laurine Forrester Sargent (’39) of Nashville, Tennessee died December 25, 2011.

In Memoriam Update 3/16/12:

Francis “Fran” George Moscardelli – The Cumberland Family lost a dear friend on February 23. Francis “Fran” George Moscardelli passed away at the age of 70. Mr. Moscardelli had served on the Board of Trust for 23 years. A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, he studied Political Science at the University of Georgia before moving to Lebanon to work for Rock-Tenn. In 1999 he and his sons started PFP, a paperboard manufacturer. Mr. Moscardelli is survived by his wife Alexa, and their three sons–Richard, Vincent, and Michael. Fran will be missed by many.

  • Charlotte Williams Allen of Brentwood, Tennessee died January 23, 2011.
  • Mark Angelo Brazley, Sr. (Class of 2003) of Memphis, Tennessee died February 5, 2011.
  • Ricky Joe Bryant (Class of 1971) of Bethpage, Tennessee died March 1, 2011.
  • Robert Wayne Burns of Smithville, Tennessee died March 22, 2011.
  • Shannon Evelyn Daniels (Class of 1982) of Nashville, Tennessee died August 11, 2011.
  • Sherry Alsup Easterly (Class of 1981) of Lebanon, Tennessee died September 22, 2011.
  • Don B. Franklin of Watertown, Tennessee died November 21, 2011.
  • Champ Clark Gipson of Lauderdale, Mississippi died October 20, 2011.
  • Dorothy F. Harvey of Lebanon, Tennessee died May 9, 2011.
  • Harry W. Jennings of Tullahoma, Tennessee died January 22, 2011.
  • Everett E. Keener (Class of 1937) of St. Clairsville, Ohio died January 24, 2011.
  • James Walter Loyd (Class of 1944) of Johnson City, Tennessee died November 18, 2011.
  • Donna Mosher of Lebanon, Tennessee died February 10, 2011.
  • Holli Dale Nunnery of Lebanon, Tennessee died April 18, 2011.
  • William Murray Perrigan (Class of 1949) of Jackson, Tennessee died October 8, 2011.
  • William Lee Philpot of Tompkinsville, Kentucky died February 2, 2011.
  • Merriel Eugene Savage (Class of 1992) of Doyle, Tennessee died February 2, 2011.
  • Claude T. Slagle, Jr. (Class of 1950) of Lebanon, Tennessee died September 11, 2011.
  • Sara Morris Tidwell of LaVergne, Tennessee died September 7, 2011.
  • Stanley W. Trammell of Lebanon, Tennessee died May 19, 2011.
  • Nathan James Walker, Jr. of Lebanon, Tennessee died November 2, 2011.
  • Harry John Wilters, Jr. (Class of 1951) of Foley, Alabama died September 15, 2011.

In Memoriam Update 7/28/11:

  • Elvira Ressler Bass (Class of 1937) formerly of the Salem, Ohio area died March 6, 2011 in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee at the age of 99.  A graduate of Cumberland University, she assisted her late husband Rev. Solomon A. Bass as he served as senior pastor of various Methodist churches including some in Ohio.  Mrs. Bass resided at Copeland Oaks in Ohio before moving to Lebanon.  She was a member of the Damascus Methodist Church since 1995.  Her children, Barry C. Bass, J. Karen Bass, and Charles A. Bass, and all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her.
  • James Ira Bates (Class of 1939) of Lebanon, Tennessee died December 26, 2010 at the age of 94.  He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1935 and from Cumberland University with a double major in mathematics and chemistry.  He was a lifetime member of LaGuardo Baptist Church.  Survivors include:  wife of 55 years, Glorice Nivens Bates; children, Sam Bates, Brenda Baird and Susan Gibson; six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
  • Katherine Vaughan Beard (Class of 1932) died July 16, 2011 at the age of 102 in Austin, Texas.  One of Cumberland University’s oldest living alumna prior to her passing, Mrs. Beard earned a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1932.  She was a former member of Ridglea Presbyterian Church, Forth Worth Woman’s Club, Texas A&M Mother’s Club, and Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital Guild.  She enjoyed reading and playing games of any sort, especially bridge.  Mrs. Beard is survived by her children, John E. Beard and Judith Beard Reinhart; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
  • Carl M. Boley of Knoxville, Tennessee died January 29, 2011 at the age of 81.  Mr. Boley was an Army veteran serving as a platoon sergeant with a combat engineer battalion in Korea from 1951-52.  He attended Cumberland University and the University of North Alabama on athletic scholarships and played football, basketball and baseball.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Arts degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and completed additional graduate level courses at Auburn University.  Mr. Boley was employed for thirty-four years in the Sheffield (AL) City School System.  After relocating to Knoxville in 1988, he served as personnel director for the Anderson Companies until his retirement in 2007.   His wife, Bobbie, children, Beth Anderson and Bill Boley, and three grandchildren survive him.
  • David Raymond Cole (Class of 1951) of Nashville, Tennessee died August 23, 2010 at the age of 82.  Mr. Cole served briefly in the United States Navy during World War II.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University and from the Cumberland University School of Law where he was class president and graduated first in his class.  A member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, Mr. Cole was admitted to practice law before the United State Supreme Court and in the states of Illinois, Nebraska and Tennessee.  He spent his working career in the property and casualty insurance industry and in 1964 was awared the coveted Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.  Career highlights included the office of President of a major company and the Chairman of the Board of another.  He served as a Deacon and Elder of First Presbyterian Church and volunteered extensively in the Nashville community and through mission work that took him to Russia, Belize, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru among others.  Mr. Cole was a mason and member of Corinthian Lodge #414, a member of the Scottish Rites, a Knights Templar and a longtime member of the American Legion and its Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux.  Survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille Brandon Cole; sons, Gregory Cole and Stephen Cole; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  • William H. Delaney (Class of 1954) of Chattanooga, Tennessee died January 26, 2011 on the date of his 85th birthday.  Dr. Delaney was born in Oklahoma and was in the Marine Corp Rifle Company in World War II where he received serious wounds during the battle of Saipan.  He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at the age of 18.  Afterward, he went to the University of Oklahoma and completed his law degree at Cumberland University and practiced law in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  Dr. Delaney entered the ministry in 1956.  He received his seminary degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and pastored churches in West, Middle and East Tennessee for 43 years.  Dr. Delaney served on the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, the Tennessee Baptist Executive Board and was also active in veteran’s organizations.  Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Mabel N. Delaney; children, William Timothy Delaney, Thomas A. Delaney, and Mary Roberts; and three grandchildren.
  • James Marshall Donnell of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee died March 29, 2011 at the age of 69.  Mr. Donnell graduated from Lebanon High School, attended the University of Miami, Cumberland University, Middle Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee-Nashville.  He served six years in the National Guard and had a career of 33 years as a Civil Engineer writing environmental impact statements for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  A lifelong athlete, Mr. Donnell enjoyed tennis, hunting, fishing and scuba diving.  Throughout his life, he traveled the United States and abroad introducing his family to many foreign countries and cultures.  His wife, Sandra DiBella Donnell; children Danielle Donnell Rodriguez and Phillip Anthony Donnell as well as his grandchildren survive him.
  • John B. Fleming (Class of 1936) of Springfield, Pennsylvania died September 16, 2010 at the age of 94.  Mr. Fleming graduated from West Philadelphia High School and from Cumberland University.  Mr. Fleming served in England, Northern Ireland, and Germany between 1942 and 1946 and spent nine years in the Air Force Reserves attaining the rank of Major.  Professionally, he worked mostly in the graphic arts industry in a supervisory capacity.  He last worked for the Franklin Mint Corporation in Media as manager of production.  Mr. Fleming was a member of Springfield Presbyterian Church serving as both Deacon and trustee.  He was also a member of the Richmond Masonic Lodge 230, the Delco High Twelve Club and the Media High Twelve Club as well as an active member of the VFW Post 5705.  During the last years of his life, the Boy Scouts played a very important role.  Mr. Fleming was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.  His wife of 64 years, Thelma Fleming; three sons, Brian, Bruce and Robert; and two granddaughters survives him.
  • Richard M. Hawkins (Class of 1947) of Escondido, California died January 10, 2011 at the age of 87. After serving in World War II flying B-17s, he was a crop duster and then practiced law for 62 years.  He suffered fatal injuries after crashing while flying his World War II era open cockpit plane.  Survivors include his wife Marilee Hawkins; children, Richard Hawkins, Jr., Jil Rogers, Jennifer Taylor, Jeri Cullen, Donald Hawkins, and Daniel Hawkins as well as a host of additional family and friends, survives Mr. Hawkins.
  • Tommy Hight (Class of 1950) of the Tanglewood Community in Tennessee died April 15, 2011 at the age of 83.  Dr. Hight was a 1945 graduate of Maury County High School and a graduate of Cumberland University as well as the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He retired as professor of Practical Theology from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis where he held that position from 1976 until 1996.  After retirement, he and his wife returned to her Smith County roots and placed membership at the Carthage First Baptist Church.  During his long career, Dr. Hight pastored churches in Laagar, at New Middleton, First Baptist in West Poplarville, Mississippi, First Baptist in Nicholson, Mississippi, Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana, East Gadsden Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, Hillcrest Baptist Church Byhalia, Mississippi and finally at the LaBelle Place Baptist Church in Memphis.  Dr. Hight proudly served our country with the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Seaman Second Class.  Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years Mary Nell McCall Hight; children H. Thomas Hight III and A. Timothy Hight as well as eight grandchildren.
  • Darthula Williams June (Class of 1927) died in Nashville, Tennessee peacefully on January 3, 2011 at the age of 105.  Mrs. June attended Rice University and graduated from Cumberland University.  In 1924, she married Lebanon lawyer, John Jay Hooker, Sr. who became a prominent Nashville lawyer in the firm of Walker and Hooker.  In 1970, she married Orrin Wickersham June and moved to his home Waynesborough in Paoli, Pennsylvania.  Together, they restored the home, which was the birthplace of Revolutionary war hero Anthony Wayne.  In 1980, the National Trust for Historic Preservation acquired Waynesborough and it is now open to the public as a National Historic house museum.  Mrs. June was an active volunteer, having served as President of the Junior League of Nashville in 1937-1938.  For a period of over fifty years, she also contributed her time and talents to the Colonial Dames and Traveller’s Rest.  As evidence of her dedication, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee passed a resolution praising and highlighting her commitment.  Survivors include two sons, John Jay Hooker, Jr. and Henry Williamson Hooker as well as eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
  • Lewis Knowles (Class of 1972) of Smithville, Tennessee died October 28, 2010 at the age of 80.  Mr. Knowles was the founder and former owner of Knowles & Sons Nursery.  He was a member of Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church.  He is survived by children, Linda Knowles, Larry Knowles, Kenneth Knowles and Jim “Bear” Knowles; eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
  • Harriett “Pet” M. Lancaster (Class of 1983) of Lebanon, Tennessee died March 8, 2011 at the age of 66.  Mrs. Lancaster graduated from Cumberland University and was a member of First United Methodist Church.  She was retired from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.  Survivors include: husband, Don Lancaster whom she married December 29, 1964; daughters, Leslie Lancaster Willis and Kathleen Lancaster Whited; along with three grandchildren.
  • Drew Curtis Landry of Greeley, Colorado died June 18, 2011 at the age of 71.  A former professor at Cumberland University from 1999 through 2005, Mr. Landry was a lifelong learner who earned master’s degrees in both English and education and a Ph.D. in English.  In 1970, his family accompanied him to England where he served as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher at Nuneaton Technical College.  His career as an English professor took him to the University of Nance in France, Utah State University, Middle Tennessee State University and Cumberland University.  Mr. Landry was a jazz drummer who performed professionally with small groups and big bands.  He was an avid reader and writer who had a special interest in Shakespeare.  His wife of 50 years, Judy Landry; and children, Dana Landry and Robyn Neupert, survives him. 
  • J. B. Madison Leftwich (Class of 1941) of Lebanon, Tennessee died July 6, 2011 at the age of 91.  Mr. Leftwich was a well-respected journalist, accomplished photographer, educator and local businessman.  Following graduation from Cumberland University, Mr. Leftwich began a 40-year career at Lebanon’s Castle Heights Military Academy where he taught math and was advisor to the student publications.  The Cavalier (student newspaper) was the winner of numerous awards and many of his former editors and writers went on to successful careers in journalism.  After retiring from Castle Heights, he continued his association with newspapers, serving as a correspondent for The Tennessean and The Lebanon Democrat.    He also managed a family real estate business and was active in the community serving as chairman of the board for the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jo Doris Prichard Leftwich; four children, Lynda Newton, Jim Leftwich, Barbara Froula and Jack Leftwich; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
  • Nicky “Nick” Neal Nance, Jr. (Class of 1997) of Mount Juliet, Tennessee died March 31, 2011 at the age of 35.  A member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, Mr. Neal was a 1993 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, a graduate of Cumberland University, and earned a masters degree from Trevecca Nazarene University as well as his educational specialist degree from Tennessee Technological University.  Survivors include his mother Betty (Ken) JangDhari and father Nicky (Regina) Nance; grandparents Betty Nance and Ken and Gloria JangDhari as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • Wendell W. Price (Class of 1945) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee died April 19, 2011 at the age of 91.  Rev. Price was a retired minister and was a member of Crossway Baptist Church.  A graduate of Cumberland University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, he worked at the Tennessee Baptist Convention from 1965 to 1985 serving as head of the Sunday School Department for 17 years.  Rev. Price had pastored Barton’s Creek Baptist Church in Wilson County, Third Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, First Baptist Church in Crossville, First Baptist Church in Winchester, and Oak Lawn Baptist Church in Winchester.  He also served as Minister of Education at Second Baptist Church in Knoxville.  Rev. Price retired in 1991 and moved to Murfreesboro in 1992.  Survivors include his wife, Cora Wrather Price; children Tony Price, Roger Price and Kaye Schneider as well as four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.