Skip to main content
decorative
decorative
Home > Alumni > Alumni News > Alumni Obituaries
Using view 'Single'
Version HistoryVersion History

Title

Alumni Obituaries 

Story Author

 

Story Image

In remembrance of our deceased alumni 

Story Date

10/23/2013 

Story Abstract

In remembrance of deceased alumni

Story

Grover A. Edgmon, (att.), a retired custodial service supervisor and campus safety officer at Southern, passed away in Florida on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Allen and Ella Mae Edgmon. He is survived by his children, Linda Ramsey (att.), Richard Edgmon, Patricia Kerekes; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Deward Edgmon (att., since deceased), Dot Fuller (att.) and Thelma Skeggs (att.).

 

 

Don West, ’42 & ’49, passed away in Ooltewah, TN on December 20, 2012. He is survived by his daughters, Arlene (West) McFarland, ’70, and Shirley (West) Wodzenski, ’74, as well as his son, Donald West, ’68. He was a longstanding member and supporter of Southern’s Committee of 100 and Presidents Circle 100.

 

 

 

 

 


Edwina (Smith) Meister Miller West, ’55, died on March 30, 2013. She was a member of the McDonald Road SDA Church and was a registered nurse for 25 years. Her sweet spirit will be missed by her family and friends. Graveside services were held in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

 

 

 

Florence (Fleenor) DeShazo, (att.), of Hot Springs Village, AR passed away on December 18, 2012. Born in Ardmore, OK, she attended Collegedale Academy and Southern Missionary College. After graduating with a business degree, she moved to Dallas, TX to be near her family and began working as an administrative assistant at Eastman Kodak Company. She and her husband, Howard, retired in Hot Springs Village, AR. Her passions were playing the piano and organ and singing. She is survived by one sister, Jane Fleenor Turnidge (att.) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard DeShazo; parents, William and Allie Fleenor; two brothers, Herbert (att.) and Daniel Fleenor; and one sister, Naomi Fleenor Haynes (att.).

 

Claudine Willowford (Hopkins) Boyle, ’44, passed away on August 15, 2012. She taught piano and organ for many years at Knoxville Adventist School, Knoxville, TN. A Trust Fund has been set up in her name to teach piano for those whose budget didn’t cover music lessons. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John W. Boyle, daughter, Beverly (Boyle) Duckett, ’68, son, Dr. J. William Boyle, ’71, and daughter, Rebecca (Boyle) Mitchell (att.).


Cyril F. Futcher, was born in Southampton, England on June 25, 1913 and passed away in Hendersonville, NC on October 22, 2012. He was the former Director of Admissions and Records as well as the Academic Dean at Southern until 1984. He was the second of four children born to Alfred and Emily Futcher and was predeceased by his wife, Gladys, his parents and his siblings. Surviving are a daughter, Carol, of Hendersonville, NC; son, Anthony G. Futcher of Hyattsville, MD; son, Terence, J. Futcher, of Harlingen, TX; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

 

 

 


Donald Dick, (att.) Former communications professor at Southern, passed away on September 16, 2012. Don and his wife, Joyce, moved to Collegedale, TN in 1968 with their three children. At Southern, Don directed productions of Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Annie, and Sound of Music. He coordinated satellite radio broadcasts of international SDA conferences. An active member and past President of the Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis Club for 30 years, Don had the honor of being the first club member elected as Lt. Governor of Division 3. He is survived by Joyce Dick; daughters, Linda Gustad, ’81 and Valerie Hunt, ‘85; son, David Dick (att.); seven granddaughters and one grandson; mother-in-law, Alice Tornow; brother, Art Dick; sister, Lorle Stacey; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

 


Izak Wessels, [pictured left] passed away on February 27, 2013. Dr. Wessels served on Southern’s Board of Trustees from 2006 until his death. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Gunter, Delia, ’98, and Rhoda; and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 


Kenneth Spears, ’66, passed away on February 13, 2013 in Lufkin, TX leaving behind his wife, Mildred; son, Steve Spears, ‘75; daughters, Susan Loor, ’71, and Karen Lippert, ‘77; brothers, Gary Spears and Don Spears; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Kenneth served as an Administrator in Admissions and Finance at Southern from 1961 to 1991. He helped lead the development of the City of Collegedale serving eight years as City Councilman and Vice Mayor, as well as on numerous boards in the community.

 

 

 

 

Walter Maurice Abbott, Jr., ’52, former Church Ministries Director for the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, died on March 7, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. His ministry began as a singing evangelist, and he served as a pastor and as departmental director in the Alabama-Mississippi (now Gulf States) and Kentucky-Tennessee Conferences. He joined the Southern Union team in 1979 as director of personal ministries, ASI and later the Sabbath School Department. After the Church Ministries Department was formed at the 1985 General Conference, he became the Union’s Church Ministries Director the following year. He also provided leadership to the Medical/Dental program in the Union for eight years. Maurice retired September 16, 2001 after 49 years of denominational service. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Dortch), (att.); daughter, Sheree Hutchinson; son, Jeffery Abbott, ‘81; three grandsons; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

 

Harold Miller, Jr., (att.), passed away on February 20, 2013. He was a practicing dentist in Orlando for about 40 years. Miller Hall on Southern’s Campus was named in honor of his father, Harold A. Miller, who was a Professor of Music at Southern for several years. Harold, Jr. spent many childhood years on campus. He enjoyed sharing his memories of those years in poetry and prose. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Aline; daughter, Susan Evans; granddaughters, Alana Armstrong and Diana Leigh.


Andrew Orville Oey Kuntaraf, ’01, ’08, [pictured] died on April 6 from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident near Charles Town, WV. He was the director of Adventist Church Membership Software at the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s office, where he oversaw the development of standardized membership accounting software for church use worldwide. In addition to his interest in technology, Andrew was also a skilled musician, often embellishing hymns on the piano during song service at the Capital Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, MD, where his parents are members. He is survived by his wife, Alysia (Booth) Kuntaraf, ‘01; his parents, Jonathan and Kathleen, both employees at the church headquarters in Silver Spring, MD; and his sister, Andrea Kuntaraf, ‘02.

 

Tami Sanders, ’78, passed away on December 4, 2011 in London, Ohio. She graduated with an A.S. in Nursing and was formerly a critical care nurse at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. She is survived by her daughter, Sabrina Walker; brothers, Thomas Sanders, ’80, and Troy Sanders; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

John Woolcock, ’78, passed away on January 29, 2013 following an extensive battle with cancer. He was an active faculty member of the chemistry department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for 29 years, serving as department chair from 2005 to 2011. He had been recognized throughout his professional career through publications and presentations in national meetings as well as for his constant commitment to the IUP chemistry department and his students. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Jackson), ’78.


Donald S. Booth, (att.), [pictured left] age 63 of Orlando, passed away on April 11, 2013. He was a retired Elementary school teacher and most recently worked at Funspot. He is survived by a sister, Edita Avera; nephew, Scott Avera; and niece, Suzzane Avera-Fulton.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilfred Reyna, ’60, passed away on January 24, 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He studied theology at Southern and served as elementary teacher/principal/pastor in Texas, Florida, and California. He had a passion to serve as a missionary in a Latin American country so went to Bucaramanga, Columbia, but this was cut short due to the death of his first wife, Carolyn Stanley (att). He later served eight years in Bolivia doing educational and pastoral work. He spent the last 25 years of his service as chaplain at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA. During his retirement he enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and assisting with the Spanish-speaking group in his local church. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, son Wilfred, III, daughters, Alycia Sauder and Cristina Coneff, and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 
Approval Status Approved 
 
Attachments
Version: 24.0 
Created at 5/14/2013 2:39 PM  by Jaclyn Pruehs 
Last modified at 7/23/2013 11:19 AM  by Evonne Crook 
Alumni Obituaries
October 23, 2013

Grover A. Edgmon, (att.), a retired custodial service supervisor and campus safety officer at Southern, passed away in Florida on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Allen and Ella Mae Edgmon. He is survived by his children, Linda Ramsey (att.), Richard Edgmon, Patricia Kerekes; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Deward Edgmon (att., since deceased), Dot Fuller (att.) and Thelma Skeggs (att.).

 

 

Don West, ’42 & ’49, passed away in Ooltewah, TN on December 20, 2012. He is survived by his daughters, Arlene (West) McFarland, ’70, and Shirley (West) Wodzenski, ’74, as well as his son, Donald West, ’68. He was a longstanding member and supporter of Southern’s Committee of 100 and Presidents Circle 100.

 

 

 

 

 


Edwina (Smith) Meister Miller West, ’55, died on March 30, 2013. She was a member of the McDonald Road SDA Church and was a registered nurse for 25 years. Her sweet spirit will be missed by her family and friends. Graveside services were held in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

 

 

 

Florence (Fleenor) DeShazo, (att.), of Hot Springs Village, AR passed away on December 18, 2012. Born in Ardmore, OK, she attended Collegedale Academy and Southern Missionary College. After graduating with a business degree, she moved to Dallas, TX to be near her family and began working as an administrative assistant at Eastman Kodak Company. She and her husband, Howard, retired in Hot Springs Village, AR. Her passions were playing the piano and organ and singing. She is survived by one sister, Jane Fleenor Turnidge (att.) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard DeShazo; parents, William and Allie Fleenor; two brothers, Herbert (att.) and Daniel Fleenor; and one sister, Naomi Fleenor Haynes (att.).

 

Claudine Willowford (Hopkins) Boyle, ’44, passed away on August 15, 2012. She taught piano and organ for many years at Knoxville Adventist School, Knoxville, TN. A Trust Fund has been set up in her name to teach piano for those whose budget didn’t cover music lessons. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John W. Boyle, daughter, Beverly (Boyle) Duckett, ’68, son, Dr. J. William Boyle, ’71, and daughter, Rebecca (Boyle) Mitchell (att.).


Cyril F. Futcher, was born in Southampton, England on June 25, 1913 and passed away in Hendersonville, NC on October 22, 2012. He was the former Director of Admissions and Records as well as the Academic Dean at Southern until 1984. He was the second of four children born to Alfred and Emily Futcher and was predeceased by his wife, Gladys, his parents and his siblings. Surviving are a daughter, Carol, of Hendersonville, NC; son, Anthony G. Futcher of Hyattsville, MD; son, Terence, J. Futcher, of Harlingen, TX; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

 

 

 


Donald Dick, (att.) Former communications professor at Southern, passed away on September 16, 2012. Don and his wife, Joyce, moved to Collegedale, TN in 1968 with their three children. At Southern, Don directed productions of Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Annie, and Sound of Music. He coordinated satellite radio broadcasts of international SDA conferences. An active member and past President of the Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis Club for 30 years, Don had the honor of being the first club member elected as Lt. Governor of Division 3. He is survived by Joyce Dick; daughters, Linda Gustad, ’81 and Valerie Hunt, ‘85; son, David Dick (att.); seven granddaughters and one grandson; mother-in-law, Alice Tornow; brother, Art Dick; sister, Lorle Stacey; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

 


Izak Wessels, [pictured left] passed away on February 27, 2013. Dr. Wessels served on Southern’s Board of Trustees from 2006 until his death. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Gunter, Delia, ’98, and Rhoda; and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 


Kenneth Spears, ’66, passed away on February 13, 2013 in Lufkin, TX leaving behind his wife, Mildred; son, Steve Spears, ‘75; daughters, Susan Loor, ’71, and Karen Lippert, ‘77; brothers, Gary Spears and Don Spears; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Kenneth served as an Administrator in Admissions and Finance at Southern from 1961 to 1991. He helped lead the development of the City of Collegedale serving eight years as City Councilman and Vice Mayor, as well as on numerous boards in the community.

 

 

 

 

Walter Maurice Abbott, Jr., ’52, former Church Ministries Director for the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, died on March 7, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. His ministry began as a singing evangelist, and he served as a pastor and as departmental director in the Alabama-Mississippi (now Gulf States) and Kentucky-Tennessee Conferences. He joined the Southern Union team in 1979 as director of personal ministries, ASI and later the Sabbath School Department. After the Church Ministries Department was formed at the 1985 General Conference, he became the Union’s Church Ministries Director the following year. He also provided leadership to the Medical/Dental program in the Union for eight years. Maurice retired September 16, 2001 after 49 years of denominational service. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Dortch), (att.); daughter, Sheree Hutchinson; son, Jeffery Abbott, ‘81; three grandsons; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

 

Harold Miller, Jr., (att.), passed away on February 20, 2013. He was a practicing dentist in Orlando for about 40 years. Miller Hall on Southern’s Campus was named in honor of his father, Harold A. Miller, who was a Professor of Music at Southern for several years. Harold, Jr. spent many childhood years on campus. He enjoyed sharing his memories of those years in poetry and prose. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Aline; daughter, Susan Evans; granddaughters, Alana Armstrong and Diana Leigh.


Andrew Orville Oey Kuntaraf, ’01, ’08, [pictured] died on April 6 from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident near Charles Town, WV. He was the director of Adventist Church Membership Software at the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s office, where he oversaw the development of standardized membership accounting software for church use worldwide. In addition to his interest in technology, Andrew was also a skilled musician, often embellishing hymns on the piano during song service at the Capital Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, MD, where his parents are members. He is survived by his wife, Alysia (Booth) Kuntaraf, ‘01; his parents, Jonathan and Kathleen, both employees at the church headquarters in Silver Spring, MD; and his sister, Andrea Kuntaraf, ‘02.

 

Tami Sanders, ’78, passed away on December 4, 2011 in London, Ohio. She graduated with an A.S. in Nursing and was formerly a critical care nurse at the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. She is survived by her daughter, Sabrina Walker; brothers, Thomas Sanders, ’80, and Troy Sanders; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

John Woolcock, ’78, passed away on January 29, 2013 following an extensive battle with cancer. He was an active faculty member of the chemistry department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for 29 years, serving as department chair from 2005 to 2011. He had been recognized throughout his professional career through publications and presentations in national meetings as well as for his constant commitment to the IUP chemistry department and his students. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Jackson), ’78.


Donald S. Booth, (att.), [pictured left] age 63 of Orlando, passed away on April 11, 2013. He was a retired Elementary school teacher and most recently worked at Funspot. He is survived by a sister, Edita Avera; nephew, Scott Avera; and niece, Suzzane Avera-Fulton.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilfred Reyna, ’60, passed away on January 24, 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He studied theology at Southern and served as elementary teacher/principal/pastor in Texas, Florida, and California. He had a passion to serve as a missionary in a Latin American country so went to Bucaramanga, Columbia, but this was cut short due to the death of his first wife, Carolyn Stanley (att). He later served eight years in Bolivia doing educational and pastoral work. He spent the last 25 years of his service as chaplain at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA. During his retirement he enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and assisting with the Spanish-speaking group in his local church. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, son Wilfred, III, daughters, Alycia Sauder and Cristina Coneff, and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

decorative
decorative