Cumberland University

In Memoriam

Updates (April 1 - 28, 2017)

  • Joe R. Thompson of Lebanon, Tenn. passed away at the age of 87 on April 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann Thompson, and their children, Steve Thompson and Julie Lankford.
  • Kathy Corinne VanValkenburgh of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. died at the age of 69 on April 18, 2017. Survivors include her grandsons Kyle and Brett Storey.

Updates (March 1 - 31, 2017)

1940s

  • Noah Neal Danley ('48) of Memphis, Tenn. died March 22, 2017 at the age of 94. Survivors include his wife, Jean Danley, and their two sons, Col. Jim Danley (Ret.) and LTC Gary Danley (Ret.).

2000s

  • John Leonard Johnson ('08) of Smithville, Tenn. died on March 29, 2017 at the age of 42. He was director of foster care, kinship, guardianship and adoptions with Tennessee's Department of Children's Services. He is survived by his wife, Niki, and his children, Madeline and Adam.

Special CU Friends

  • Dr. H. Bert Coble of Lebanon, Tenn. died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 93. Dr. Coble was chairman of the music department and director of choral activities for Cumberland University from 1972 to 1988. He is survived by his wife, Sue Bankston Coble, his daughter, Pamela Moudy, and host of extended family and friends.

Updates (January 26 - February 28, 2017)

1940s

  • Howard Hoyt Price ('48) of Colfax, N.C. died on February 17, 2017 at the age of 92.

1950s

  • James W. Brown ('50) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on February 18, 2017 at the age of 88.

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • William H. Shipman ('12) of Gilpin Township, Pa. died on January 28, 2017 at the age of 94.

Updates (December 17, 2016 - January 25, 2017)

1940s

  • Wilma Robinson Savage (’41) of Nashville, Tenn. died on December 30, 2016 at the age of 96.

1950s

  • James E. Upshaw (’58) of Greenwood, Miss. died on December 18, 2016 at the age of 85.
  • Helen Whittemore Holland (‘59) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on January 4, 2017 at the age of 87.

1980s

  • Vikki Simmons Leeman (’86) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on December 14, 2016 at the age of 56.

2000s

  • Patricia Houseworth Sadler (’03) of La Vergne, Tenn. died on January 16, 2017 at the age of 64.

Updates (November 12 - December 16, 2016)

1940s

  • William R. Gilbert ('44) of Birmingham, Al. died on February, 2 2016 at the age of 95.

1970s

  • Ernest W. Cotten, Jr. ('73) of Sparta, Tenn. died March 13, 2016 at the age of 67.
  • John Dalton Harris ('72) of Lebanon, Tenn. died November 19, 2016 at the age of 64.
  • Karen C. Roark ('75) of Bristol, Tenn. died August 2, 2016.

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • William David "Bill" Heydel, Board of Trust member, honorary degree recipient and namesake of the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center, of Lebanon, Tenn. died November 29, 2016 at the age of 87.

Special CU Friends

  • Buford Louis "Pete" Cannon of Nashville, Tenn. passed away on November 12, 2016 at the age of 70. He was a former director of safety and security for Cumberland University from 2002 - 2011.
  • Thomas Outlawe of Guthrie, Ky. passed away on November 17, 2016 at the age of 74. He was a former business manager for Cumberland University during the late 1960s.

Updates (October 1 - November 11, 2016)

1940s

  • Winston Prince, Jr. ('47) of Cleveland, Tenn. died September 29, 2016 at the age of 93.

1950s

  • Roy L. Barron ('50) of Petaluma, Ca. died on October 16, 2016 at the age of 88.

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr. of Lebanon, Tenn. died on October 30, 2016 at the age of 85. He received an honorary doctorate from Cumberland University in 2006.

Updates (August 26 - September 30, 2016)

1950s

  • Nancy Jean Krisle Tabor ('50) of Nashville, Tenn. died on August 29, 2016 at the age of 88.

1970s

  • Ernestene Eddins Bane ('71) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on September 20, 2016 at the age of 74.

Special CU Friends

  • Richard L. Harris, former administrator for Cumberland University, of Macon, Ga. died on August 30, 2016 at the age of 72.

Updates (July 1 - August 25, 2016)

1930s

  • Mildred Johnston Bratton ('37) of Brentwood, Tenn. died on August 2, 2016 at the age of 98.

1940s

  • Lanova Ligon McCluskey ('41) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. died on July 27, 2016 at the age of 96.
  • L. Frank Mullinax, Jr. ('49) of Memphis, Tenn. died on July 2, 2016 at the age of 98.

1950s

  • Billy Bruce Guthrie, Sr. ('53) of Chattanooga, Tenn. died on July 30, 2016 at the age of 87.

2000s

  • Cheryl L. Ellison ('02) of Fort Pierce, Fla. died on June 12, 2016 at the age of 61.

Honorary Degree Recipient

  • Walter T. Link ('12) of Martins Ferry, Ohio died on July 18, 2016 at the age of 94.

Updates (May 21 - June 30, 2016)

1940s

  • Marjorie Hussey ('40) of Vermillion, South Dakota died on May 27, 2016 at the age of 96. 

1950s

  • Thomas Nathan Lowery ('58) of Brentwood, Tenn. died on Dec. 5, 2015 at the age of 77.

1960s

  • Sarah Wilkerson Brown ('63) of Smithville, Tenn. died on June 1, 2016 at the age of 72.

1970s

  • Ritchie Neal Gwaltney ('70) of Hickman, Tenn. died on June 16, 2016 at the age of 66.

2000s

  • Macie "Dean" Donald ('02) of Memphis, Tenn. died on June 12, 2016 at the age of 62.

Honorary Degree Recipients and Special Friends

  • Kenneth J. Hawkins (’04) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on May 28, 2016 at the age of 75. He was associated with Cumberland University for many years as business manager, accounting professor, trustee, honorary degree recipient, and most recently as trustee emeritus.
  • Chester Lee Kenimer (‘12) of Hull, Ga. died May 29, 2016 at the age of 98. He served in World War II in Patton's Third Army 94th Infantry Division as a staff sergeant. 
  • James William "Bill" Patton of Nashville, Tenn. died June 18, 2016. Dr. Patton was a former employee of Cumberland University.

Updates (April 26 - May 20, 2016)

1940s

  • Selma Cash "Sunny" Paty ('47) of Chattanooga, Tenn. died on May 1, 2016 at the age of 89.

1950s

  • William Bass "Bill" Hays ('54) of Pell City, Ala. died on May 3, 2016 at the age of 83.

Updates (February 16 - April 25, 2016)

1940s​

  • William D. "Bill" Welch, Sr. ('47) of Nashville, Tenn. died on April 12, 2016 at the age of 93.

1950s

  • James E. "Papa Jim" Fowler ('50) of Nashville, Tenn. died on April 14, 2016 at the age of 91.
  • Wallace Bolding ('52) of Knoxville, Tenn. died on February 18, 2016 at the age of 87.

1960s

  • Manley Gene Gilliam ('61) of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. died on March 13 at the age of 74.

1970s

  • Barbara Christian ('71) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on March at the age of 66.

Updates (January 20, 2015 - February 15, 2016)

1930s

  • Roy Noble Lee (’39) of Forest, Miss. died on January 21, 2015 at the age of 99.
  • George J. Schweizer (’37) of Arlington, Tenn. died June 30, 2015 at the age of 96.

1940s

  • L. H. Coleman (’49) of Hurst, Texas died on September 23, 2015 at the age of 86.
  • Gene Harrison Lentz (’48) of Decatur, Ala. Died on February 1, 2016 at the age of 86.
  • Doris Hassell Morton (’42) of Springfield, Tenn. died on August 18, 2014 at the age of 92.

1950s

  • Cecil D. Chance (’51) of Nashville, Tenn. died on February 14, 2015 at the age of 85.
  • William Richard “Dick” Endicott (’50) of Carmi, Ill. died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 90.
  • Marjorie Nelson Jennings (’52) of Greenwood, Miss. died on January 30, 2016 at the age of 85.

1960s

  • Phillip Dale Jones (’66) of Lebanon, Tenn. died March 10, 2015 at the age of 69.
  • Leland G. Scott (’66) of Springfield, Tenn. died June 2, 2015 at the age of 70.
  • Dan Burton Wilson, Jr. (’66) of Gatlinburg, Tenn. died on April 21, 2015 at the age of 69.

1970s

  • Thomas R. Henderson (’71) of Carthage, Tenn. died on June 25, 2015 at the age of 65.
  • Gerald Sanders Holman (’70) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on May 14, 2015 at the age of 64.
  • Denice Lester Wallace (’75) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on September 3, 2015 at the age of 59.

1980s

  • Lynn H. Bergeron, Sr. (’88) of New Orleans, La. Died on January 27, 2016 at the age of 85.
  • Richard L. Maness (’82) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. died on March 26, 2015 at the age of 53.
  • Fred Clark Snell (’86) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. died July 2, 2015 at the age of 89.
  • Stephen Russell Gillespie (’89) of Knoxville, Tenn. died on December 31, 2015 at the age of 65.

1990s

  • Marlette Elaine Carey (’94) of Lebanon, Tenn. died on December 14, 2015 at the age of 58.
  • Marion L. Mitchell (’98) of Marshall, Mich. died on October 4, 2015 at the age of 79.

2000s

  • Candace Dedman (’07) of Lebanon, Tenn. died March 23, 2015 at the age of 33.

2010s

  • Amanda Jakes Burks (’12) of McMinnville, Tenn. died January 21, 2015 at the age of 33.
  • Kelsey Dearmon (’15) of Smyrna, Tenn. died April 14, 2015 at the age of 21. She was posthumously awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration at the university’s 173rd Commencement on May 9.
  • Angela Dawn Gray (’15) of Gallatin, Tenn. died on March 4, 2015 at the age of 35. She was posthumously awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the university’s 173rd Commencement on May 9.

Special CU Friends

  • James “Jim” Carroll, honorary degree recipient and Trustee Emeritus, of Lebanon, Tenn. died on December 26, 2015 at the age of 88.
  • June Love Heydel, honorary degree recipient and namesake of the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center, of Lebanon, Tenn. died June 3, 2015 at the age of 86.
  • Monty Pope, retired professor of history and geography, of Lebanon, Tenn. died on March 11, 2015 at the age of 71.
  • Frank Ruckman, former assistant professor of education, of Westmoreland, Tenn. died August 27, 2015 at the age of 70.
  • Polly Tidwell, retired maintenance supervisor, of Lebanon, Tenn. died on June 17, 2015 at the age of 80.
  • Harry Vise, honorary degree recipient and namesake of the Doris and Harry Vise Library, of Nashville, Tenn. died August 26, 2015 at the age of 94.