In Memoriam


Above, a bingo party in the CU in 1965

By Joanne Kollar


Dr. Ruby Gilbert Barnes of Raleigh died April 30. In 1986, she retired as professor and director of the MSN program at UNC-Greensboro after a 50-year career in nursing education. She taught at ECU from 1970 to 1973, where she developed the continuing education program in the College of Nursing.

Dr. Ralph Guy Brashear of Wendell died May 22. From 1983 to 1993, he was a teaching fellow in family medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. Previously, he and his wife operated the Wendell Family Medical Center, Wendell, for more than 45 years. He also served as medical director for Guardian Care in Zebulon for more than 30 years.

George Evans

Dr. George O. Evans II of Greenville (above) died May 31 at the age of 70. He was a chemistry professor here from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.

Dr. Edward Prior Leahy of Issaquah, Wash., died April 9. He retired with emeritus status after teaching in the geography department from 1969 to 1988.

Dr. Janet Horn Petterson of Greenville died April 6. She taught in the geography department from 1964 to 1988, retiring as assistant professor emerita.

Bob Schellengerger

Dr. Robert “Bob” Schellenberger of Greenville (above) died May 27. He taught corporate strategy in the College of Business and chaired the Decision Sciences department from 1989-2004. Before coming to ECU, he taught at the University of Maryland, Southern Illinois University, Wake Forest University and Temple University. He authored ten books, one monograph, and numerous articles.

Edgar Sumpter

Dr. Edwin Allen Sumpter of Raleigh (above), died June 6. In 1989, he joined the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine as director of Outpatient Pediatrics. In 1992 he founded the TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides evaluation and treatment for children in eastern North Carolina who suffer abuse. Today the center treats more than 600 children a year. Donations may be made to TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, 2303 Executive Circle, Greenville, N.C. 27834.

Edward Bruce Tapscott Jr. ’72 ’79 of Greenville died June 2. He worked his entire career at ECU in diabetes and obesity research.

Gladys Reichard White

Gladys Reichard White
of Greenville (above) died June 7. She taught voice from 1948 until 1991 and received East Carolina’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1989.


Wayland H. Adams of Ayden died June 16. He worked in Building Services and the Facilities Service Center for 32 years, retiring in 2005.

Nancy Peters Snyder of Greenville died April 24. She retired from the accounting department at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

Emma Lee DavisEmma Lee Davis Laine ’34 of Dunn (left) died April 17 at 99. From 1934 to 1967 she taught in a number of N.C. schools and in retirement worked at the Dunn Library for 20 years. Juanita Juanita Worsley WilliamsWorsley Williams ’32 of Farmville (right) died June 20 at the age of 101. She was the widow of Rhoderick Thomas Williams, who practiced medicine in Rocky Mount and Farmville. She was Farmville’s Citizen of the Year in 1994 in recognition of her work on behalf of the Girl Scouts, the PTA, Social Service League and the Pitt County Medical Auxiliary. She was the coordinator of the Home Bound Meals program for Farmville and helped to deliver meals for many years.

Louise Caviness Fee ’49 of Charlotte died April 29. She was a therapeutic dietician for Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., and directed and helped establish the first kindergarten program of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Charlotte. Joseph Richard Lynch ’46 of Whiteville died April 22. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he farmed and later was a property developer and owner/operator of heavy equipment. Sylvia Green Chadwick Neal ’44 ’49 of Rural Hall died May 15. She taught public school for 44 years, 22 of which were in Forsyth County, and then worked at Old Salem Restoration for 17 years. Elsie Mills Porter ’40 of Simpson died April 18 at 95. She retired as a clinical medical technologist.

Lee Roy “Mr. Bo” Biggerstaff ’57 ’59 of Jackson died April 7. He was a public school administrator in Bertie, Halifax, Brunswick and Northampton counties, and Roanoke Rapids City Schools. Robert Maxwell “Bob” Chambers ’56 of San Marino, Calif., died May 24 at 79. Originally from Salisbury, he was a scholarship athlete who lettered in football and track all four years. After serving in the Army, he moved to California where for many years he worked for E. Virgil ClarkJordan Brook Co. Virgil S. Clark ’50 of Greenville (left), a former president of and active member in the ECTC Club, died July 11 at 88. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Air Force ROTC program and was named Distinguished Military Student. He was president of the Circle K Club, a cheerleader, a member of the Teco Echo staff, the Teachers Playhouse, the Commerce Club and was chosen for Who’s Who Among American Students. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 23 years in the Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances Davis Clark ’52. Together they started the Virgil S. and Frances D. Clark Alumni Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be made to ECTC Scholarship Fund, c/o ECU Alumni Association, Taylor–Slaughter Center, 901 E 5th St., Greenville, NC 27858. Jack Stanley Forlines ’56 of Clayton died May 15. For 38 years, he worked in the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the USDA in Warren, Halifax and Onslow counties, as well as in the N.C. State Office for ASCS in Raleigh and national headquarters in Washington, D.C. From March 1989 until his retirement in January 1994, he was deputy director of the Tobacco and Peanuts Division in Washington, D.C. Lillian Hardy Hardy ’52 of Kinston died June 1. She taught school for 30 years and in her retirement was active in Gordon Street Church. Worley Harr Keene ’56 of Four Oaks died April 26. In 1986 he retired as teacher and school administrator at Four Oaks High School and South Johnston High School. In 1960, he received the Outstanding Teaching of Chemistry award from the N.C. Section of American Chemical Society. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year at South Johnston High School and Johnston County in 1981 and received the Johnston County Schools Living Legend Award in 2010. R. Leon O’Briant ’59 of Mebane died April 24. An Army veteran, he retired as a supervisor of corporate out-of-state tax auditors for the N.C. Department of Revenue. Katie Louise Weeks Sowell ’52 of Tarboro died May 10. She was a county social worker for the blind for many years, retiring from Scotland County in 1983. Beulah Causey Stocks ’51 of Ayden died May 4. She taught for five years in Ayden, Maury and Hookerton schools. Retired Maj. Gary Wells Taylor ’57 of Charlotte died April 14. After 20 plus years, he retired from the Air Force where he received the Bronze Star during his tour of duty in Vietnam. He then had a 20-plus-year career as a real estate educator during which he was part owner and director of Mingle School of Real Estate. Robert Franklin Williamson ’55 ’56 of Kenansville died May 10. He was a farmer and magistrate for 26 years. Henry Shepard “Woody” Wood Jr. ’51 ’53 of Greenville died April 26. He taught English and math for four years at Greenville High School before going to work at Cox Armature Works as a salesman for 30 years.

John Anema ’69 ’71 ’11 of Greenville died April 28. He worked with the Pitt County Mental Health Center for 25 years before opening a private counseling practice. Hazel Boykin Ashcraft ’65 of Clearwater, Fla., died May 8 at 92. While her husband was in the military, they traveled overseas. Later she worked for the FBI. George Herbert Baker Jr. ’60 of Wilmington, Del., died April 9. A Korean War veteran, he worked in accounting and management for more than 25 years at Hercules Corp., followed by his own business, Business Comptrollers. Carolyn Spell Green Carter ’67 ’74 of Fayetteville died May 17. In 1999, she retired as assistant principal from Stedman Primary School, Cumberland County. She then taught at Saint Patrick’s Catholic School until the time of her death. Gloria Elias “Glo” Clark ’67 of Greenville died May 16. She was a physical education teacher in Ayden and sold real estate. Thomas Frank Gillespie ’69 of Raleigh died April 10. After 23 years, he retired from the Air Force as a decorated lieutenant colonel and Vietnam veteran. He continued flying as a commercial pilot for both American Eagle and Midway Airlines. Roberson Mason “Robbie” McKinney ’60 of Belhaven died May 12. A Navy veteran, he was a retired schoolteacher who worked at Roosevelt Roads High School in Puerto Rico. Brenda Johnson Pennington Miles ’65 of Greenville, S.C., died May 8. A former sixth-grade teacher, she was the first co-chair of the Greenville Legal Auxiliary and co-chair of the first drug abuse program in Greenville at Hughes Middle School. Alice Mae Alligood Monroe ’69 of Chesapeake, Va., died April 25. In 2000, she retired after 31 years of teaching music in several schools, including Norview High School in Virginia and Northeastern High School in North Carolina. She was also an organist and choir director for many churches. Hardy Barricks Traylor ’64 of Hopewell, Va., died May 2. He was a founding member of Traylor, Morris & Elliott Law Firm. Durwood Franklin Wiggins Sr. ’63 of Goldsboro died April 27. He was a teacher and coach in Goldsboro City Schools, extension programs of East Carolina University and University of Maryland and the Seymour Johnson branch of Wayne Community College. Later he was self-employed in real estate and construction.

Robert Ellis Allen ’74 of Savannah, Ga., died April 13. He was director of business operations for the U.S. Marine Corps, MCCS on Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station. Michael Baker ’79 of Decatur, Ga., died May 20 at 56. A graduate of J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, he was an investment counselor with Wachovia Bank in North Carolina and Georgia and, more recently, as a senior investment officer with Northern Trust Company in Atlanta. Wanda Kay Blackmon ’76 of Statesville died April 29. James Scott Burns ’78 of Haddon, N.J., died May 11. For 20 years, he was a sales representative in the electronics industry. Susan Chamblee Conroy ’77 of Raleigh died April 19. She was in sales with Standard Pacific Homes. Dr. Walter Newton “Skeet” Creekmore ’76 of West Monroe, La., died May 6. He was a professor of education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe for 26 years. Gretchen Charlene Davis ’70 of Pollocksville died May 10. A U.S. Army veteran, she retired as a major after 20 years of service. Russell Edward Elmore ’79 of Kinston died June 8 at 56. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was the owner of Neuse Insurance Co. and Real Estate Management. Randy Hall Kight ’74 ’81 of Wilson died May 12. She taught in the Duplin County and Wilson County school systems until retiring in 2005. William “Bill” Frederick Lange Jr. ’74 of Glen Allen, Va., died April 10. He retired after 30 years as captain of the Henrico County (Va.) Division of Fire. Novem Miller Mason ’74 of Greensboro died May 15. He taught interior architecture and design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.; Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., and finally at UNC-Greensboro until retiring in 2008. In addition he was a designer and sculptor. Bobby Brantley Matthews ’73 of Wade, died June 16 at 62. He was a CPA who worked with the N.C. Office of the State Auditor for 30 years, lastly as deputy state auditor. Upon leaving that post, he served Fayetteville State University as vice chancellor for business and finance. Joan Lorna Rodgers Williams ’77 of Wilson died April 23. In 2004 she retired from the Wilson County Schools after 20 years teaching math and more than 10 years as a media coordinator. Emma Jean Wilson ’79 of Wilson died May 2.

Susan Irene Brock ’80 of New Bern died June 9. She majored in Spanish and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala after college. She later worked with the American Red Cross in Sumatra, in Indonesia after the tsunami; was training officer for the Peace Corps in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan; and was health officer with US AID in Kabul, Afghanistan. Joseph Marion Eaddy III ’89 ’04 of Wake Forest died May 6. He was a health physicist with Pro Physics Innovations. Dale Thaggard Hair ’80 ’85 of Columbia, S.C., died May 21. He was the band and orchestra director at Green Sea Floyds Middle/High Schools, Green Sea, S.C. Martha Helen Lewis Martin ’83 of Wilson died April 5. She was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in several North Carolina and Virginia schools. Dr. Rachel Leona Orr ’82 of Farragut, Tenn., died April 18. Her last position was as director of nursing at Park West Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn. John Allen Wood ’86 of Advance died April 8. He was an agent for Johnson Insurance Co. for 24 years.

Irma Melvynie Casey ’95 of Cullowhee died April 10. She retired from the East Carolina Vocational Center, Greenville. Melissa Jones Leonetti ’94 of Fort Mill, S.C., died April 10. She worked in the York County, S.C., school system. Charles Clifton “Cliff” Sullivan ’90 of Rocky Mount died April 21. He was the registrar and veteran affairs coordinator at N.C. Wesleyan College.

Matthew Stephen Webster ’04 of Dunn died April 18. He was enrolled in Southwestern Assembly of God University graduate school and was a chaplin at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, Dunn.

Jonathon Scott Bennett of Wilson died April 24. A geographic information science and technology major, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, ECU Ambassadors, an official with ECU Intramural Sports and an Expo at Winslow’s Deli. Jason Daniel Cargile of Greenville died May 9. He was working on an MBA in accounting at ECU. Elizabeth Griffiths of Raleigh died May 20. She was a senior accounting major in ECU’s College of Business and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity.