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1930s
Beulah Lassiter RaynorMrs. Beulah Lassiter Raynor ’31 of Winston-Salem (senior picture at right) died Jan. 8 at age 101. She was believed to be East Carolina’s oldest living alumnus. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in French and English, she taught school for 14 years before becoming assistant to the dean of women at Wake Forest College, on the old campus. She completed a master’s at Wake Forest in 1947, joined the English faculty and taught there for 32 years before retiring in 1979. Mrs. Raynor held the distinction of becoming the first woman to receive tenure as a professor at Wake Forest, as well as one of the first women to be honored as a professor emeritus. She was preceded in death by her husband, K.T. Raynor, a legendary math professor at Wake. Memorials may be made to the Beulah Lassiter Raynor and Kenneth Tyson Raynor Scholarship Fund at Wake Forest University or to the Beulah Lassiter Raynor Scholarship Fund at East Carolina University. MARGARET ISABEL RAWLS STANCIL ’34 ’37 ’54 of New Bern died Oct. 25 at 96. She taught school for a number of years in Raleigh and Smithfield and held administrative positions with the New Bern and Craven County school systems for many years. PAULINE BARBER LENNON ’34 of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Nov. 3 at 98. She was a retired teacher with the Rutherford County school system. RENNIE LASSITER ROGERS ’39 of Gloucester, Va., died Nov. 5 at 93. She taught school for many years. ELEANOR B. RAY ’36 of Refugio, Texas, died Sept. 21 at 96. She taught in Pitt County and in Fairfax County, Va. CHARLOTTE LEE RENN ’36 ’57 of Lillington died Sept. 29 at 93. She taught for more than 30 years in Lillington and Shawtown Elementary Schools in Harnett County. CHRISTINE ROWE ROSE ’38 of Kenly died Aug. 27 at 95. For 38 years, she taught at Micro, Glendale and Princeton schools.

1940s

ELLA MAE CASHWELL BOOKER ’48 of Asheville died Oct. 20. A teacher (Burlington, Greensboro and Asheville), poet and literary critic, in 1986 she received the Terry Sanford Award for Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Administration for Buncombe County. PAUL WILKERSON BROOKS ’48 of Vale died Aug. 15. He was Durham’s director of city planning from 1955 to 1970, and state planner for the N.C. Department of Administration until retirement in 1978. ELLEN B. GRAY ’45 ’62 of Greenville died Nov. 10. She taught school in LaGrange, Wilmington, Goldsboro and Greenville. For a number of years, she was supervisor of adult services at the Pitt County Department of Social Services, retiring in 1986. CATHERINE WILSON STAFFORD ’45 of Harrisburg died June 8.

1950s

Dr. BOBBY LANE CRISP ’52 ’54 of Falkland died Oct. 7. He was a retired education professor from Methodist University of Fayetteville and Fayetteville State University. JOHN HENRY “JACK” EDWARDS JR. ’57 of Williamston died Oct. 21. He joined his father in running and owning Roanoke Chevrolet Co. from 1957 until July 2006. He was a retired fireman. FLORA JACKSON HANCHROW ’59 of Greensboro died Sept. 27 at 94. She was retired as a counselor at Ralph L. Fike High School, Wilson. JOHN KOVALCHICK ’52 of Greenville died May 1. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 19 years. Col. E. WAYNE MCLAMB ’54, USAF (retired) of Summerville, S.C., died Oct. 14. He served in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star. He was director of personnel for the Military Airlift Command. He was also base commander of Scott AFB near St. Louis, Ill., and later at Rhein-Main AFB in Frankfurt, Germany, where in January 1981, he assisted with the return of the Iranian hostages back to the USA. SARAH VANN WISE ’50 of Raleigh died Oct. 23. She was retired from the N.C. Museum of Art.

1960s

EDITH HODGES BARNHILL ’63 ’64 of Pactolus died Sept. 29. She taught fifth grade at Pactolus Elementary School in Greenville for 25 years. ERNEST HERMAN BEAMAN ’65 of Snow Hill died Oct. 3. He owned Beaman’s Restaurant and the Cook Pit. CAROLYN GLENN BIGGERS ’65 of Georgetown, S.C., died Sept. 9. She was a retired school teacher with the Union County public schools. JACK F. BUTLER ’63 of Williamston died Nov. 2 at 95. A WW II Navy veteran, he served in the South Pacific and China. He was a teacher, band director and primary school principal in the Williamston schools for 30 years, retiring in 1979. BARBARA JEAN “JEANNIE” CARSON CARSTARPHEN ’69 ’82 ’84 of Greenville died Sept. 25. She was a guidance counselor for Pitt County Schools for 29 years. WILEY EUGENE “GENE” CAULBERG ’60 ’70 of Haw River died Aug. 25. A Navy veteran and member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society at ECU, he was a special education teacher in Alamance County for 17 years and was ARC Teacher of the Year in 1981. Previously, he taught in Bladen, Beaufort and Vance counties. ALBERT KOONCE HARRISON ’65 of Charlotte died Sept. 24. He and a business partner owned Al Smith Customs Brokers, where he was president until 2008. LOLA ROUSE HAYNES ’64 of Kinston died Sept. 6. She taught in the Tabor City area several years and then in Kinston at Bynum Elementary and Northwest Elementary Schools until retiring. JOHN P. RISTAINO ’66 of Charlotte died Nov. 6 at 93. A WW II and 20-year Army veteran as well as an undefeated Golden Glove Welter Weight Boxing Champion, he fought in exhibition fights to increase enlistment in the service. After his active service, he managed the arts and crafts programs at Ft. Bragg until retirement. HUGH PARHAM STANLEY ’66 ’71 ’76 of Newport died Oct. 28. For 36 years, he taught industrial personnel management at Pitt Community College. HOWARD T. SITTON ’69 of Hendersonville died Sept. 22. He was a framing carpenter with several companies, including Mark Searcy Custom Homes. CAROLYN LILES SMITH ’64 of Cary died Sept. 5. She taught art in the Wake County School System. BENJAMIN TRAVIS TERRELL ’68 ’78 of Winston-Salem died Oct. 4. He was the youngest high school principal at the time he was named principal of Scotland Neck High School. He also was principal at East Davidson High School for 14 years. He retired as director of student services for the Davidson County Schools in 2010.

1970s
CARROLL FAILE ’74 of Pageland, S.C., died Sept. 18. After retiring from teaching in Cumberland County schools, he began a 16-year tenure as mayor of Pageland. JOHN STEWART FINCH ’76 of Greenville died Aug. 25. An Army veteran, he owned and operated Turnage Insurance Agency. PATTIE JONES ’77 of New Bern died Sept. 5. She was a retired schoolteacher. Rev. NASH ODOM ’71 of Lumberton died Oct. 3. A retired Baptist minister, he was a historian who wrote on numerous subjects, mostly covering Robeson County history and families. DOUGLAS “DOUG” BRIGHT STRICKLAND ’78 of Thomasville died Oct. 18. He was a residential builder with Homes By Dickerson of Raleigh. JOANNE ST. LOUIS THOMAS ’76 ’82 of Jacksonville died Oct. 10. She taught exceptional children for 20 years at Richlands Elementary School in Onslow County where she was Teacher of the Year one year. ROBERT MYRON TUTTLE ’70 of Morehead City died Sept. 20. He was active in Tuttle Realtors for 27 years, retiring in Morehead City in 1990. SUSAN JACKSON WALLACE ’76 of St. Pauls died Sept. 28. She taught in the Cumberland County School System for 30 years. CAMILLA SNIPES WEBER ’73 of Wilmington died Sept. 4. She taught special education in Wrightsville Beach, Greensboro, northern Virginia, Charleston and Columbia, S.C., Charlotte and Wilmington. In recent years, she tutored students in Wilmington. SARAH ELIZABETH “BETH” BROWN WIKE ’75 of Huntersville died Oct. 3. She worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and Mecklenburg County Hot Meals on Wheels for the Elderly Program and earlier taught in the family and consumer science department at Vance High School, Charlotte.

1980s
RICHARD ANTHONY “RAGMAN” GARNER ’82 of Fayetteville died Nov. 6. He led his Rock 103 sales team to exceed all expectations and won the Cumulus Broadcasting Salesman of the Year award. He was also owner of Am Pro Pressure Washing and Lawn Care Service and a partner at ER Marketing as well as a stand-up comedian. He was a Phi Kappa Phi at ECU and a second lieutenant in the Army. MARY “MICKIE” WARUSZCAK MOSS ’83 of Williamston died Oct. 10. She taught English at J.H. Rose (Greenville), Jamesville, Williamston and Washington High Schools.

1990s
JOHN F. DEVINCENS ’90 of Brielle, N.J., died Sept. 28. He started in construction working for Circle-A Construction, then with the Hovnanian Companies and Toll Brothers before establishing DC Custom Home of Brielle. EDMOND E. HODGE SR. ’97 of Jacksonville died Sept. 26. He was a retired gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. JAMES STANCIL MORSE ’95 of Rockingham died Oct. 16. He was a registered nurse at Richmond County Juvenile Detention Center and a nursing supervisor at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital. He played baseball at ECU.

2000s

KARINA RAMONIA COOPER ’05 of Grifton died Aug. 24. She was a social worker with the Wayne County Health Department. AMANDA GRACE JOHNSON ’05 of Wilmington died Sept. 13. She was a program assistant for Osher Life Long Learning Institute. JULIE KAY WORKMAN OSMON ’06 of Nags Head died Aug. 29. She was chair of the Manteo High School English department and Manteo High School Teacher of the Year in 1999.

Faculty

Dr. SUDESH KATARIA of Greenville and Raleigh died Oct. 16. She was professor emeritus at the Brody School of Medicine, having taught there from 1978 until retirement. She was a leading authority on developmental-behavioral pediatrics, a professor of pediatrics and an author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. She served on various public commissions relating to underserved children’s health issues.

Dr. FRANCIS THORNTON THOMAS of Birmingham, Ala., died Nov. 25. A pioneer organ transplant surgeon, retired former professor at the University of Alabama Department of Surgery and lifelong medical scholar, he founded the organ transplantation program at ECU’s School of Medicine, where he was professor (1979-1995) and director of the program before relocating in 1995 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the first to demonstrate that human hearts could withstand long distance transport for transplantation.

STAFF

YVONNE RUSSELL MCLAWHORN of Greenville died Nov. 10. She worked at ECU for more than 30 years, retiring as executive assistant in the School of Art.

FRIENDS

LAWRENCE ED TIPTON of Greenville died Sept. 25 at 91. He participated in the growth of Greenville from building homes to supporting his beloved Pirates and was a member of the Pirate Club.