ECU remembers . . .
LUCILE G. ANDERSON ’35 of Tarboro died Feb. 5. EMMA DAUGHTRY BENNETT ’38 of Newport News, Va., died Oct. 16. LAURA ELIZABETH BORDEAUX ’34 ’35 of Wilmington (senior picture at right) died Oct. 10. She taught school for a number of years and later retired as a civil service employee at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville. ANNIE AVA TURNAGE ’35 ’50 ’51 of Fredericksburg, Va., died Sept. 21 at the age of 93. A published poet, she taught in Snow Hill schools for 41 years and was named Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1970.
MARGIE BAKER COX ’42 of Newport News, Va., died Aug. 23. THOMAS STUART TRIPP ’45 ’48 died Sept. 8 in Wilmington. He was 86 and had been an educator for 42 years, mostly in his hometown of Ayden. As a freshman in 1941, he played center on the football team that was untied and undefeated. He was an outstanding high school coach who produced two consecutive state championship basketball teams. Scholarships have been established in his honor at ECU and Ayden Grifton High School. Upon retirement as principal of Ayden Elementary, he was elected as town commissioner and served in that capacity for eight years.
GEORGE VERNON BAGLEY SR. ’59 died Dec. 8 in Williamston. He was 73. He owned Bagley’s Equipment Co. and other concerns. He was past president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and was a devoted member of the ECU Pirate Club. He is thought to be among the first purple-wig wearing football fans. He was a county commissioner, a member of the county Economic Development Commission, a Jaycee, a Rotarian, and Shriner. He was a local director of both BB&T and Wachovia. Lt. Col. DAVID VANCE BANNERMAN ’51 of Chesapeake, Va., died Oct. 12. A Korean and Vietnam War veteran, he retired as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force. DARRELL MILTON BOYD SR. ’58 of Walnut Cove died Sept. 5. After retiring from the city of Greensboro as manager of operations in 1987, he owned and operated Boyd’s Home Improvement. JAMES EDWARD JENKINS ’56 of Sneads Ferry died Sept. 3. He was a Marine and was principal for Jones Senior High School, Hamlet Junior High School, Graham High School, and Clinton High School. ANN WILSON MARTIN ’59 died Jan. 24 in Mt. Olive. She worked for the Durham County Department of Social Services and later was founder and proprietor of Ann’s Flower Shoppe in Mt. Olive. JERRY ALLEN SHORT ’58 of Yorktown, Va., died Oct. 11. He retired from the Army at Ft. Monroe. ROBERT STEPHEN TERRY ’58 of Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Aug. 30. A Navy veteran, he retired in 1993 from a textile management career with Burlington Industries, Olympia Industries, and Monsanto. JAMES E. THIGPEN ’57 of Carolina Beach died Aug. 2. He held band and choral teaching positions in N.C. and Va. He also taught in Japan, Cuba, England and Turkey before retiring to Wilmington. At ECC he was pianist for The Collegians and sang in Men’s Glee Club, College Singers, and College Choir. WILLIAM ALLEN WEATHINGTON JR. ’57 of Winterville died Oct. 20. A Korean Army War veteran, he was a former co-owner of Weathington’s Clover Farm. RUBY JACKSON SMITH WINSLOW of Asheboro died Sept. 30. Retired in 1984, she taught first grade in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee for more than 30 years.
LOUISE JONES GURKIN ’65 of Washington died Aug. 19 at 100. She taught English and Latin at Washington High School for 21 years before retiring in 1974. MOZELLE RICKS GURLEY ’62 died Sept. 21 at 92. An elementary school teacher at Nahunta School for 20 years, she became director of elementary education for Wayne County Public Schools for 19 years. BONNIE LEIGH BURCH HICKS ’62 of Walstonburg died Sept. 27. She was vice president and secretary of Farmers Oil Co. HELEN SMITH KLARPP ’62 of Jacksonville died Sept. 3. She taught for the Camp Lejeune Independent Schools for 33 years, retiring as principal of Berkeley Manor in 1988. RALPH FRANKLIN SULLIVAN JR. ’69 of Garner died Oct. 7. He owned the Archery Shop in Garner and was a retired construction superintendent. Rev. ROGER E. THOMPSON ’60 of Laurel Hill died Sept. 25. He was a Methodist minister serving many churches in North Carolina. CELIA HALL WILLIS ’62 of New Bern died Oct. 22 at 90. During more than 30 years in education, she taught typing and shorthand at New Bern High School, was a supervisor and later principal at both James City and Brinson Memorial schools, retiring from the latter in 1981.
GREGORY LEGRAND BENNETT ’74 of Colington Harbour died Sept. 21. On the Outer Banks, he owned Birthday Suits, a nationally recognized four-store chain of swim- and beachwear. He was a volunteer basketball and softball coach and referee for Dare County Parks and Recreation. JULIA ELIZABETH STATON BENNETT ’72 of Raleigh died Oct. 23. She retired as professor and chair of the art department of Mount Olive College in 1987. CLIFTON A. BERNARD ’71 of Chesapeake, Va., died Oct. 16. He was president and CEO of Bernard Builders Ltd., which built custom homes in Hampton Roads. Prior to and after his career as a builder, he was an educator, retiring from Hugo A. Owens Middle School in Chesapeake as a technology integration specialist in 2008. LYNETTE HAISLIP BOWERS ’79 of Bethel died Sept. 27. She worked with her husband, Bob, for many years at the Bethel Pharmacy. BEVERLY MARIE NEELY BRUCE ’77 of Weddington died Aug. 17. She was an elementary art teacher in Charlotte and later opened Studiobev, her professional artist’s studio. TERRY WAYNE COCKMAN ’77 of Carolina Beach died Aug. 30. He was the corporate comptroller of Remington Apparel and CFO/COO of Flow Sciences Inc. MSgt. ERIC KEEN KORNEGAY ’76 of Fountain, Colo., died Aug. 30. He retired from the Army after more than 20 years and then drove trucks long distance. JAMES PLATANIA ’73 of Raleigh died Oct. 3. A Vietnam veteran, he designed energy efficient lighting systems for commercial businesses as the founder/owner of Task Lighting Co. JIMMIE RICHARD WILLIFORD ’71 ’73 of Portsmouth, Va., died Oct. 21. He served Portsmouth Public Schools for 36 years as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, and supervisor of health, physical education, and athletics for all schools in Portsmouth. WILLIAM DAVID WINSTEAD ’77 of Enfield died Sept. 21. He was an organist for several churches in the area.
SUZANNE BARNES SCOTT BAILEY ’83 of Kenly died Aug. 18. She taught in Johnston County Public Schools for 30 years and was instrumental in the founding and continued growth of what became the Tobacco Farm Life Museum. SAMUEL “SAM” RICHARD BOYD ’82 of Salisbury died Oct. 6. He worked for Phillip-Morris for 27 years as a supervisor. JON KENNETH CARPENTER ’83 of Concord died Sept. 5. With CRTS in Statesville, he was a sales representative for western North Carolina. Lt. Col. LOIS M. DIGGS ’85 of Jericho died Oct. 8. She was commander of the Vermont Air National Guard. Ltc. ALEXANDER TUNNEL JENNETTE JR. ’85 of Washington, N.C., died Aug. 17. His 23 years in the Army included two tours of duty in Vietnam, Korea, and other stateside assignments. He retired in June 1978. Dr. THOMAS FRANCIS KELLEY III ’83 of Charlotte died Aug. 15. He worked at the Sanger Clinic from 1989 until 2008.
MARY LEATH CUSHMAN KIMBERLY ’91 of Gloucester, Va., died Oct. 7. She taught English at a number of schools and worked at the Gloucester County Library. SARAH ELIZABETH KONJECZNY ’98 of Charlotte died Sept. 6. She was a senior brand designer for Rubbermaid Food Service. CONSTANCE NOEL PALMER ’98 of Raleigh died Oct. 27. ROBERT “STAN” STANFORD SMITH ’95 of Stoneville died Oct. 2. He was a Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge in Greenville.
RYAN LEE CHURCH ’06 of Wilmington died Oct. 7. He worked for Pages Creek Marine. RACHEL HARDEE KLITZMAN ’05 of Philadelphia died Aug. 9. She was an orthopedic trauma nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. JOHN EDWARD “EDDIE” OGBURN ’03 of Raleigh died Aug. 29. He worked at the SAS Institute. BRIAN K. PULLIAM ’07 of Raleigh died Feb. 12, 2009. A member of Theta Chi fraternity, he worked at Syngenta BioTechnology Inc. Dr. ELIZABETH “BETH” T. QUICK ’00 of St. Petersburg, Fl., died Oct. 15. She was a physician at Johnnie Ruth Clark Community Health Center.
Dr. Christine Wilton Helms, who taught biology from 1940 until her retirement in 1971, died Sept. 23 in Greenville. A professor emeritus, she was 102. The widow of the late Marshall Helms, a professor emeritus who taught physics here from 1948 until 1972, she participated in research during World War II to develop an American source of agar, a seaweed extract critical for bacteriological research that then was available only in Japan. Unmarried for many years, she lived in Erwin Hall, which was constructed for faculty housing, and planted the landscaping that still surrounds the building.
W. Keats Sparrow, dean emeritus of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, died Nov. 11. He was 67. He held AB and MA degrees from East Carolina College, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, and a PhD in English from the University of Kentucky. Before his appointment as dean in 1990, he had served as chair of the Department of English. He was a specialist in early North Carolina literature and technical and professional writing and published many articles and books in those fields. He served as president of the Pitt County Historical Society and the N.C. Literary and Historical Association. He won the 1982 National Council of Teachers of English book award, the 1998 Award of Excellence for his term as President of the ECU Chapter of the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the 2001 Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award for Significant Contributions to the Preservation of North Carolina History. In 2007 Sparrow was presented with the Roberts Award for his role in establishing the celebrated North Carolina Literary Review and in 2008, the North Carolina Society of Historians’ History Book Award for his edition of The First of Patriots and Best of Men: The Public Life of Richard Caswell. Upon his retirement, the ECU Board of Trustees named the college’s Bate Building conference room in his honor, and his department chairs, faculty, and other supporters created an endowment to support the W. Keats Sparrow Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts, an honorary title to be held by all subsequent Harriot College deans.
Paul J. Hartley Jr., a well-regarded painter and ECU art professor for the past 35 years, died Thanksgiving Day after a 14-month fight against cancer. Hartley, who was 65, had retired in August. Art professor Scott Eagle, one of Hartley’s former pupils, said Hartley spoke so rarely and so quietly that those in his class often leaned forward to hear his every word. “He had an amazing ability to simply show up at the right time whenever you needed help with anything, and he knew what you needed,” Eagle said. Hartley favored mixed-media paintings combining oil, acrylic, and collage. Many of his works featured carefully rendered everyday objects such as a lemon slice, egg, or leaf painted over an abstract background, making the image appear to float out from the canvas. Some of Hartley’s paintings hang in the collections of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, as well as numerous private collections.
SARA MAGDALENE STOREY BATTEN of Greenville died Nov. 16 at 94. She worked in Joyner Library from 1960 to 1977. She was married to the late Dr. James W. Batten, who taught in the English department from 1960 to 1989.
GEORGE PASTI JR. of Shelburne, Vt., died Oct. 10. He served in the Navy and Navy Reserves, 1942 to 1952, and in the Air Force Reserves, 1958 to 1972. A visit to Nagasaki, seven days after the atom bomb was dropped, influenced his opposition to nuclear war and sparked a lifelong interest in Asian cultures. He taught social studies at ECU from 1950 to 1967 and later at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he was dean of the faculty of social sciences and vice president of academic affairs.
HANNAH FRANCES DANIELS of Greenville died Oct. 4. She earned BS and MA degrees from ECTC, later earned a doctorate at the University of Tennessee, and taught business, vocational, and technical education at ECU from 1956 to 1988, retiring as professor emeritus.
DANIEL F. HARKINS III of Claymont, Del., died Aug. 31. He taught political science from 1986 to 1991.
Col. EDWARD EARL HOLLOWELL of Cary died Nov. 9. He was an adjunct professor of medical jurisprudence and affiliate professor of medical jurisprudence at the Brody School of Medicine and taught in the School of Allied Health Sciences from 1977 to 1987. The Brody School of Medicine’s annual medical jurisprudence conference was renamed the Edward E. Hollowell Health Law Forum in his honor.
ROGER ALLEN HORNSBY of Iowa City, Iowa, died Oct. 20. He was the Whichard Distinguished Professor at ECU in 1997-98 and emeritus professor of classics at the University of Iowa.
Dr. ROBERT B. DITTON of College Station, Tex., died Oct. 30. He was a visiting adjunct professor at ECU from 2003-2007 in the coastal resources management doctoral program.
Staff and friends
ELIZABETH CHEATHAM DUNCAN of Greenville died Aug. 20 at 95. She was a clinical psychologist with the Rehabilitation Center of Pitt County Memorial Hospital and the Developmental Evaluation Clinic at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. Her husband, the late Fitzhugh Durham Duncan, taught administration and finance from 1936 to 1970 at ECU.
Dr. KAREL B. ABSOLON of Rockville, Md., died Oct. 2. A former chief of surgery at Washington Hospital Center who later worked at the National Institutes of Health, he donated his 2,300-volume library of history and medical history to ECU, which also named an annual history of medicine lecture in his honor, the Karel B. Absolon Lecture in the History of Medicine and Surgery. He gave the inaugural lecture in 2001.
MARY ISHAM RANDOLPH LEIGH of Mount Crawford, Va., died Oct. 19 at 92. She was the former wife of James Edward Poindexter who taught English at ECU from 1951 to 1966.
ALLEAN R. TAYLOR of Greenville died Aug. 16. She retired from ECU after 33 years.
WILLIAM HENRY “CHIEF” BAKER JR. of Greenville died Aug. 30. He retired as a supervisor from ECU Facilities Services after 20 years and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years.
ROBERT L. THOMPSON of Greenville died Sept. 21. He worked for 21 years in the ECU Grounds Department.
VERTA BLACK MANNING of Charlotte died June 30. She worked for ECU Student Health for 30 years.