In Memoriam

In Memoriam

“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
- Helen Keller

This list is in honor of those alumni & friends of West Virginia State who have passed away. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.766.3322 or email Amber Cunningham at

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In Memoriam Joan M. Brown 5/23/2022  
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) - Joan M. Brown, age 90, of The Colony at St. Paul's Senior Living Community and formerly of McCandless, Pennsylvania passed away Sunday evening, January 26, 2020.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 23, 1929 to G. Alan and Matilda (Klindworth) McKee.

Joan attended Thiel College and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Slippery Rock University.

She was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years in the North Hills School District.

Joan was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville and was a past volunteer at the Good Shepherd Center.

She enjoyed sewing and doing embroidery work for friends and family.

On May 28, 1949 she married John R. "Jack" Brown; he passed away on March 21, 2017.

Joan is survived by her two daughters, Bethanie A. Bena and her husband, Bernard, of Dormont, Pennsylvania and Virginia L. "Ginger" Mangolds and her husband, Arnis, of Stow, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Holly E. Brown and a sister, Virginia Bakas and her husband, Norbert.

In Memoriam John R. Brown 5/23/2022  
John R. "Jack" Brown, Jr., age 90, of 341 E. Jamestown Road, West Salem Twp., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017 in the ER of UPMC Horizon Greenville.

He was born in Greenville on November 29, 1926 to John R. and Louise (Lininger) Brown. He was a 1944 graduate of Penn High School and received his B.S. in Education from Thiel College.

Jack served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII stationed in Japan. He was employed in the Sales/Marketing division of U.S. Rubber-Uniroyal in Pittsburgh for 32 years and retired from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, where he worked as a Fund Raising Specialist for 14 years.

He was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville where he served on the finance committee and was also active with Camp Lutheran, Prospect, PA. He was a member of Greenville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and he was also a lifetime member of F&AM North Hills Lodge # 716.

On May 28, 1949 he married the former Joan McKee, she survives at home. Also surviving are two daughters, Bethanie Bena and her husband Bernard of Pittsburgh and Virginia Mangolds and her husband Arnis of Stow, Mass.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Holly Brown and a brother, Thomas A. Brown.
In Memoriam Rosa L. Turpin 5/23/2022  
Ms. Rosa Lee Turpin was born April 21, 1927 in Lexington, KY to Susie and James Turpin. She peacefully departed this life Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Ms. Turpin was a 1949 graduate of West Virginia State College and a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. She taught in the Dayton Public School System for 34 years while serving in many offices in the Dayton, Western Ohio, and National Teachers Associations.

Rosa Lee continued to work in the community for over 20 years after her retirement. She served as a Victoria Association Volunteer and a Schuster Usher Team Captain. Ms. Turpin was also a dedicated member of the Senior Women's Scholarship League, serving as its Treasurer for more than 55 years.

As an equally dedicated and hard working member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Ms. Turpin served in many of its ministries. She was President of both the Senior Choir and Altar Guild. Over the years, Rosa Lee also taught in Bethel's many Christian Education Programs, worked in its Culinary Ministry, and assisted in the Church Office.

Ms. Turpin leaves many friends and the following family members to cherish her memory and celebrate her life: Robbye (Kimberly) Jackson, Jay (Patricia) Higgins, Georgetta Ditto, Jana and Dawn Adams all of Dayton, OH, and Mary Ann Adams and Nycoe Morton of Lexington, KY. Ms. Joyce Oliver and Mrs. Linda Clayton are two of Ms. Turpin's devoted special family friends.
In Memoriam Harvey D. Williams 5/23/2022  
MAJOR GENERAL, UNITED STATES ARMY (RET.), 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at home in Maryland on August 7, 2020, due to Parkinson's disease. He is predeceased by his son Mark E. Williams, his parents Matthew Dean Williams and Addie Haynes Williams, and his brothers Matthew James Williams and Leon P. Williams (Lillian). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary E. (Glenn) Williams, son Harvey Dean Williams Jr. (Jessica), daughters Karen Williams, Mignon Khargie Fowler (Thomas), and Joyce L. Williams (Delancy Jackson). He was the proud "G-Pop" of granddaughter Hannah Rose Fowler and "Pop-Pop" to grandson Mark Dean Williams. He is survived and deeply loved by numerous cousins, in-laws, colleagues, family, and friends.

He was a son of North Carolina: born in Whiteville in 1930, raised in Durham, and a proud member of the Hillside High School Class of 1946 (at age 15). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at West Virginia State College at age 19, and his Master of Science degree in International Affairs at George Washington University. He holds his place in history as the 16th black general in U.S. history and the 1st in North Carolina's history.

His kindness, wisdom, thoughtfulness, loyal friendship, loving empathy, and quick intelligent humor captured our hearts. His kind manner, warm spirit, extraordinary intellect, incomparable and amazing gift for communicating, respectful leadership, and confident presence commanded every room. His unwavering faith in God, commitment to his family, and hopeful determination and perseverance were inspiring. He is deeply loved, missed, and will always be remembered. We were blessed by beyond measure to have him in our lives.

A memorial service at Fort Myer Old Post Memorial Chapel, and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at 10:45 AM for 50 family and friends due to COVID-19 restrictions. A livestream of the service by Arlington Media Inc. is available at:

Family and Friends may use this site to offer condolences, find information on his military career, or send plants to the family of MG Harvey Dean Williams, US Army, (Ret.) More information on his life and career can also be found at


Commanding General, First US Army (interim)

Deputy Commanding General, First US Army

Commanding General, US Army Readiness & Mobilization Region III

Deputy Inspector General, US Army

Commanding General, VII Corps Artillery & Community Commander

Chief of Staff, Military District of Washington

Deputy Commanding General, Military District of Washington

Post Commander, Fort Myer, Virginia

Brigade Commander, 75th Field Artillery Group

Senior Military Adviser, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Dept. of Defense)

Director, Security Division, Asst Chief of Staff Intelligence, Dept. of the Army

Commanded 3 Artillery Batteries - one in combat in Korea; one in Germany

Commanded 2 Battalions - one in combat in Vietnam

Participation in Desert Rock, Atomic Bomb Detonation - Nevada


Legion of Merit

2 Bronze Stars; 2 Meritorious Service Medals; 5 Air Medals; 5 Army Commendation Medals

Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm - government of South Vietnam

United Nations Service Medal

Meritorious Service - Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Order of the Long Leaf Pine - Governor, State of North Carolina

Meritorious Service Medal - Governor, State of Delaware

Honorary Distinguished Citizen - Governor, State of West Virginia

WVSU ROTC Hall of Fame - Charter Member

Man of the Year Award - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Heroes in Business: RMOA & SDVE

Key to the City of Durham - 1991

Honorary Mayor/Bürgermeister of Augsburg

16th Black US Army General

1st Black US Army General from North Carolina


Master of Science Degree (International Affairs) - George Washington University - Washington, DC - 1972

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) - West Virginia State College (University), Institute - 1950

Hillside High School - Graduate - Durham, NC - 1946

Advanced Officers Course - Graduate

Armed Forces Staff College - Distinguished Graduate - Norfolk, VA

US Naval War College - Distinguished Graduate - Newport, RI

Senior Executives Management Program, Harvard University - Cambridge, MA


Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Mentor-Protege

Security Coordinator, Joint Chiefs of Staff for President Carter's Inauguration

Member of The ROCKS, Inc.

Member of AUSA

Board of Directors, MSTI

1978 activism against discrimination of black American soldiers in Germany made international headlines and caused Mayor of Augsburg to change policies

EVP & COO-in IT, bringing technology to diverse communities

CARE water project-bringing water to Mozambique and South Africa
In Memoriam Louise E. Hill 12/10/2021  
Louise Eleanor Wallace Hill, age 84, from Institute, daughter of former WVSU, Dr. Wm. J.L. Wallace and Eleanor Wallace, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Alumnus of WVSU (59), Delta Sigma Theta, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and retired teacher and para. Preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Eleanor Pitts, and stepson, Gary Jeter. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Joseph A. Hill, Jr.; children, Toni Hill Duberry (Ernest) and William Hill (Lonie Goldsberry); grandchildren, Jasper (Courtney), Zachary (Dana), and Chet; cousin, John L. Fuller, Sr., and many other family and friends.
In Memoriam B. Jean Price 11/28/2021  
Barbara Jean Brothers Price was a lot of things to a lot of people. Daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend; but most of all, she was a child of God.
"Jean," as she was affectionately called, was the youngest child born to the union of the late Max and Beulah Brothers on February 28, 1947, in Laing, WV. At the young age of ten, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized. Jean was a devoted member of New Glorious Church of God in Christ, where she was a teacher, usher, devotional leader, and a servant to the Lord in meeting other needs of the church.
Jean graduated from West Virginia State (College) University in 1968, earning a degree in Education. For more than thirty years, she was a dedicated teacher and mentor to many in the Cleveland Public School District. After retiring as a teacher, Jean continued as a math and science specialist.
Her love for WVSU is evidenced by her 40+ years of service to the University's Alumni Association. She was the Recording Secretary of the National Alumni Association, Mid-West Regional Director, a Life Member of the National Alumni Association, and a member of the President's Circle. Additionally, she was active with the Cleveland Chapter WVSUNAA. Locally she served as President of the Cleveland Chapter. She supported student recruitment with participation in college fairs, contributions to scholarship funds, and support athletic teams. An Endowed Scholarship was established in her name to provide scholarships for students who reside in the Mid-West Region.
Jean has received numerous awards and honors for her community and civic contributions. She was most proud of the WVSUNAA 110% Award for service to the Cleveland Alumni Chapter and President's Circle.
Jean was involved with many educational and community organizations. She was also known for the world's best "Pound Cake."
Jean leaves to celebrate her life and to cherish her memory, a devoted son, Richard Scott Price (Jocelyn), grandson Richard Shaun, sister Ann C. Smith, brother Fontaine Brothers (Mary), nephews, nieces, cousins, and a long list of Godchildren, and devoted friends.

In Memoriam C. Milton Kates 12/11/2021  
Age 91, born July 11, 1930, passed away December 11, 2021. Loving father, grandfather, and friend to many. On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, Public Viewing will be held at Gaines Funeral Home 5386 Lee Road, Maple Heights, OH 44137, from 5-7 PM. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Sanctuary Baptist Church 4004 E 131st Street, Cleveland, OH 44105 Wake 10:00 AM Celebration 10:30 AM
In Memoriam Shelia V. Hunt 11/18/2021  
Here is Sheila Marshall Hunt’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Sheila Marshall Hunt of Dunbar, West Virginia, born in Beckley, West Virginia, who passed away on November 13, 2021, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Sheila Marshall Hunt to show support.

She was predeceased by : her parents, Douglas Neal and Cordelia Belle Marshall; and her brother Jack Ricardo "Bumpy" Marshall. She is survived by : her son Stephen Gerard Hunt of Dunbar, WV; her siblings, Cordelia E. Mason and Douglas N. Marshall II of Beckley, WV; her nephews, Ira R. Mason of Myrtle Beach, SC and Ronald L. Mason of Beckley, WV; her niece April D. Mason of Beckley, WV; her great-nephews, Marques, Akwondre, Tytus and Zaequan; and her great-niece Taeshaniq of Beckley, WV. She is also survived by cousins and devoted friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 20th 2021 at 12:00 PM at the All Nations Revival Centre (325 Academy Dr, Dunbar, WV 25064). Friends, while wearing mask and observing social distancing, may view one hour prior to the service at the church.
In Memoriam Richard A. Cline 11/8/2021  
Richard Alan Cline, 74, of O'Fallon, MO, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 23, 2021, surrounded by his family after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Rich is survived by his daughter, Amber Koester (Tim) of O'Fallon, MO, son, Aaron Cline (Melanie) of Wentzville, MO and sister, Jane Cline Bonner (Tom) of Evans, GA, grandchildren, Noelle Koester, Brody Cline, Grady Koester, Ian Koester, Quinn Kuhn and Mila Cline, niece, Janeabeth Bonner Wells, great-nephew, Alex Wells and great-niece, Graysen Wells. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Vivian Cline and brother, Fred Rohmiller.

Rich, son of Fred and Vivian Cline, was born on March 3, 1947 in Nitro, WV. He was a 1965 Graduate of Nitro High School and received a Bachelor's of Business from West Virginia State College in 1972. He married Rebecca McCown Cline Reed on Sept 2, 1971. He started his career with Monsanto in 1972 at the Nitro, WV plant, moved to the Trenton, MI plant in 1977 and then moved to the Creve Coeur, MO facility in 1982. He retired from ICL (which was a subsidiary of Monsanto) in 2017 after 45 years of service.

Rich loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren were the light of his life. As a lifelong sports fan he had a passion for tennis, golf, softball, the STL Rams and Cardinals baseball. Rich was a long-time member of Grace Church in Maryland Heights, MO. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #170 in Nitro, WV.

The family will hold a celebration of life on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Whitmoor Country Club 1100 Whitmoor Dr Weldon Spring, MO 63304 from 12-4pm. All are welcome to attend and join us in celebrating Rich's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to American Parkinson Disease Association.
In Memoriam Marvin D. Mills 10/8/2021  
MILLS Dr. Marvin DeMond, Sr., 97, of Lexington and husband of Eunice James Mills, passed away September 3, 2018. He was born to the late Hughie E. and Mabel C. Pike Mills on August 6, 1921 in Turkey Knob, WV. He was a WWII Army Veteran who served in North Africa, Italy, and France and was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his service. After receiving his Ed.D. from New York University, he went on to a career as a college professor at NYU, West Virginia State College, Marshall University, Murray State University, and the University of Cincinnati. Concurrent with his work as a college professor, he worked for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Memberships included the Kiwanis, the National Safety Council, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. A long-time member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church (UMC), he has been a resident of Lexington since 1998. In addition to his loving wife of 71 years, he is survived by their three sons, Marvin D. (Wanda) Mills, Jr. of Frederick, MD, Glenn P. Mills of Lexington,Todd (Pamela) Mills of Hebron, KY; and daughter through love Mary O. Mills of Lexington; brother Hughie E. (Greta Tuck) of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren: Jamie, Deidre, Marvin III, Paul, and Mark; six great-grandchildren, Brittany & Michael, Nate & Kayla, Kate & Emmy; two great great grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will take place on Saturday at Southern Hills UMC: Visitation from 11am-1pm and funeral at 1pm. Entombment will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marvin D. & Eunice J. Mills Scholarship Fund at Murray State University. Checks may be made to the MSU Foundation (with "Mills Scholarship" written in the memo section) and sent to The MSU Foundation, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071 or you may call Abby Hensley at 270 809-3131.
In Memoriam Jean B. Peters 10/5/2021  
PETERS, Jean Barnes, 92, of Richmond, died September 26, 2021. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Barnes Sr.; and her second husband, Joseph Peters. Mrs. Peters graduated from Armstrong High School in 1940, where she was crowned Miss Armstrong. She was a graduate of West Virginia State and earned a fellowship to Purdue University. She was a former principal in the Richmond School System and retired from the Charleston West Virginia School System. Surviving are her two sons, Joseph and Kelvin Barnes; other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Scott's Funeral Home.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch from Sep. 28 to Oct. 5, 2021.
In Memoriam Sue C. Blake 9/28/2021  
SUE CAROL BLAKE, 79, of Hurricane went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House, West, South Charleston after a long illness.

She was a retired school teacher in Kanawha County with 35 years of service. Sue graduated from Collins High School in Oak Hill, WV in 1960. She was a graduate of West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.

Sue loved oil painting, reading and playing the piano. She was always helping students and families in need of food, money and clothes. Throughout the years, she would take students home for TLC for a night or up to a month.

She was the daughter of the late Forest Earl Wright and Virginia Louise Blethen of Minden, WV. She had two brothers and one sister, all deceased.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband of 60 years, Kenneth W. "Kenny" Blake of Hurricane, WV; daughter, Stephanie Blake Khattar (Robert); son, Steven Blake (Leah) and five grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans with Pastor Melissa Pratt officiating. Burial will be in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral service.

You may visit Sue's tribute page at to share condolences or memories with the family.

Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Blake family.
In Memoriam Joseph R. Oden 9/16/2021  
JOSEPH R. ODEN, JR., 54, left this life to become our heavenly angel on September 16, 2021.

Joey was born in Wheeling on September 8, 1967 to Mr. Joseph R. Oden, Sr. and Dr. Barbara J. Oden of Institute.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph R. Oden, Sr.

Joey is survived by his wife, Monique Spencer Oden; daughters, Joi and Jara Oden both of Institute; son, Schaun Oden (Jessica) of South Charleston; mother, Dr. Barbara Oden; sister, Karen Oden; and three nieces, Stacy, Gabrielle and Camille.

Joey's life will be celebrated at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 24, on the beautiful campus of West Virginia State University in the Walker Convocation Center.

Friends may visit two hours prior to the service in the Walker Convocation Center.

Masks will be required and all COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In Memoriam Patsy R. Allinder 9/5/2021  
PATSY RUTH (PAT) FORD ALLINDER, 86, of St. Albans, WV, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021. She was born in Tennessee to the late Kermit Hayes (Jack) Ford and Ruth Virginia Ford. She graduated from Wahama High School in Mason, WV in 1952 and later earned a bachelor's degree in Education from West Virginia State University. She was a Christian.

In addition to her parents, Pat was also preceded in death by her husband, John C. Allinder; sister, Mary Ella Ford Mayes; brother Joe Preston Ford; and grandson John C. Allinder.

Pat is survived by her daughters Mary M. Kessinger (Robin) of St. Albans, and Virginia, "Jenny," Allinder of Point Pleasant; sons Peter F. Allinder (Sarah) of Point Pleasant and Chris Bailes of Charleston; brother Jack H. Ford of Bristol, Tennessee; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A private service was held in Point Pleasant on September 6,. Pat will be buried by her husband in Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant. Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, WV is serving the family.
In Memoriam Wilma L. Harrison 9/2/2021  
WILMA LEE HARRISON 59 of Given, West Virginia passed away on August 25, 2021, at Sweetbriar at Dunbar, WV.

Wilma fought a valiant 2 1/2 year battle with Stage 4, Esophageal Cancer. Wilma was born on July 25,1962 to Warren Trelba and Thelma Grace (Miller) Harrison. Wilma was a Graduate of Ripley High School class of 1980. Wilma graduated from West Virginia State University in 1984 earning a degree in Secretarial/Business Administration.

Wilma worked for the State of West Virginia from 1984 until her retirement in October 2020. She began her career in the Purchasing Division, WV State Police and finally as Executive Secretary to the General Counsel for State Treasurer John Perdue until her retirement in October 2020. Wilma was highly respected and made many lasting friendships during her years serving West Virginia.

Wilma was an avid crochet and basket artisan. Wilma was a member of the "Homespun Basket Weavers" of Ripley, WV for 20 years. She was also an office holder on the state level with the WV Basket Makers Association. Wilma made many lasting friendships weaving. Wilma's love of horses led her to serve as Secretary for the Jackson County Horse Club at Cottageville, WV for many years.

Wilma and her sister Jo Anna operated "Maddox Hollow Treasures" craft business, one of the first certified "WV Grown" businesses from Jackson County. Wilma loved to travel to craft shows in the summer and fall months.

Wilma also served as a vetted volunteer for the Ripley Explorers 4H Club. She enjoyed working with her nephew and the other 4H members.

Wilma is survived by her sister, Jo Anna and her husband Gary White of Given. Her nephews, Jonathan and Benjamin and his wife Kenzi, whom she loved dearly. Her cousin who was like a sister, Joyce Shamblen McDougal and cousin Alex Stalnaker. Her faithful Australian Shepherd companion, Lexie.

Special friends: Dewana Tidwell, Monika Berry, Diana Stout, Nancy Cerchiaroo, Carolyn Bellamy and many, many others to numerous to list but greatly appreciated.

Special "Thank You" to former State Treasurer, Mr. John Perdue whom Wilma admired and was proud to be his friend. Special Thank you to Dr. Julie De Temple and staff, Dr. Lin Mei, and staff at the CAMC Cancer Center and especially to Dr. Boggess and the Staff at the Hubbard Hospice House and Sweetbriar Assisted Living in Dunbar, WV. Thank you also to the caring staff of Waybright Funeral Home of Ripley.

There will be a short visitation and public graveside memorial service on Saturday, September 4th beginning at 10 a.m. at the Grasslick Baptist Church Cemetery, Kenna, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Wilma's memory to the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston or to the Jackson County Animal Shelter Building Fund.
In Memoriam Morris S. Clark 8/26/2021  
CLARK, Dr. Morris S.

Dr. Morris Shandell Clark, 75, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2021, surrounded by his children and the love of close friends and family. Morris was born on November 27, 1945, in Princeton, West Virginia, the youngest child of Clarie and Willie Clark, Sr.

After graduating from Princeton High School, Morris attended West Virginia State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Zoology in 1967. Morris then headed west to attend the University of California-San Francisco where he graduated with a doctorate in dental surgery in 1973. He completed his residency at Columbia University in New York City and finished his training at Harlem Hospital.

After discovering the beauty of Colorado, Morris became a faculty member at the University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center in 1981. In addition to his academic work, Morris also had a successful private practice located on Larimer Street in downtown Denver. After 30 years of teaching, Morris retired as a tenured professor of Oral and Maxiofacial Surgery from the University of Colorado in 2011.

Morris was a world-renowned lecturer and was the foremost authority on nitrous oxide sedation. Even in retirement, Morris continued working as President and CEO of his company, Nationwide Parking Services, a role he relished.

A doting father, beloved professor, loyal friend, adventurer, entrepreneur, avid sportsman, and devoted gardener, Morris was a lover of life and left nothing on the table. Having traveled extensively on six continents, Morris passed on his love of travel and adventure to his children.

Always willing to try something once, he found himself in many precarious situations, but always lived to tell the incredible tale. With an infectious smile and charming demeanor, Morris managed to enliven any social situation and made everyone feel at ease.

Morris loved to play golf with a rotating set of his favorite buddies. He enjoyed watching horse races and was even part owner of 'Authentic,' the 2020 Kentucky Derby winning horse. A true renaissance man, with an inquisitive mind, he possessed an unquenchable thirst for learning and understanding the world around him. A man of great faith, Morris liked to give back in any way he could. Whether volunteering with the food ministry at New Hope Baptist Church, mentoring students who became lifelong friends or donating to numerous charitable organizations that aligned with his core values of equity and justice, he was altruism personified. Fun-loving, thoughtful, and generous, he cared deeply about civic engagement and the betterment of those around him.

He leaves behind his children, Gregory Clark of Denver, Angela Clark (Craig Gentile) of Denver, and his former wife, Maureen; his four sisters (Betty, Ollie, Fordelma and Judy) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at New Hope Baptist Church (3701 Colorado Boulevard) on Sunday, August 29th, with a viewing at 1:00 p.m. followed by a service at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions please be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the American Cancer Society. And remember "Stay cool in a hot world."
His complete obituary can be found at
In Memoriam James S. Atkins 8/24/2021  
James Steven Atkins, II

Steve was born on December 8th, 1956 in Tallahassee, the oldest of seven siblings, to Robert Lee Atkins and Carol Gravely Atkins. He graduated from Leon High School, and attended Florida State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Steve enlisted in the U S Army in 1979 and rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He completed Airborne School and was a Captain in Special Forces. He was honorably discharged when he suffered a debilitating knee injury in a paratrooping exercise, and enrolled at West Virginia State College, earning double degrees in Business and Sociology.

Steve was a gifted athlete and played on numerous football, baseball and rugby teams throughout his years growing up in Tallahassee. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was happiest at home on St George Island with his wife, Leigh, and their beloved cats and dogs. He was kind-hearted, a fiercely loyal friend and brother, who would help anyone in need without a second thought. Steve and Leigh have owned and operated their business, Atlantis Pools, on St. George Island since 1999.

He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, John Thompson Atkins. He is survived by his wife, Leigh Barker Atkins, St. George Island; sisters: Staton Atkins, Page Hagan (Bruce), Courtney Atkins, and Mary Linville Atkins (Steve Meck), Tallahassee; and Bethany Atkins Rice (Alan), Lexington, KY; uncle William Gravely (Pam), mother-in-law MaryAnn Barker, sister-in-law Debbie Pedersen (John Jusino); stepfather Robert Goughnour; nieces and nephews: Grayson Cooper(Justin), McKenzie Hagan(Brooke), Frankie Rice, Mary Gardner Rice, Resh Meck, Jack Meck, Chambers Miller, and Atticus Miller, great nephew and niece Carter Cooper and Parker Hagan.

There will be a memorial service at a later date to celebrate Steve's life. Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Ministry at SGI UMC, 201 E. Gulf Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328 or online or mail to P.O. Box 13858, Tallahassee, FL. 32317.
In Memoriam Christopher Kunhauijit 8/15/2021  
Christopher “Chip” Kunhavijit, 46, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2021, at his home.
Chip was born in Charleston on July 9, 1975, to Adul Kunhavijit and Nancy Riley Kennedy. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University with a degree in Sociology. He was a CPS and APS worker and was an avid music lover.

He is survived by his son, Christopher O. Kunhavijit of Charleston; parents, Steve and Nancy Kennedy of Charleston; father, Adul Kunhavijit of Thailand; granddaughter, Elvie Kunhavijit; brothers, Michael Kunhavijit of Ft. Campbell, TN. and Nicholaus Kennedy of Ft. Carson, CO.; sisters, Mia Kunhavijit and Alisa Neto, both of Maryland; step-daughter, Marlee Francis of Columbus, OH.

At Chip’s request, cremation will be honored and a Memorial Gathering with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

The online guest book can be accessed at

Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden is in charge of arrangements.
In Memoriam Vandy L. Miller 3/19/2021
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COL (Ret.) Vandy Leonard Miller
February 16, 1932 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 89)

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COL (Ret.) Vandy Leonard Miller was born on February 16, 1932 to the late Mary and Wade Miller and was called unto eternal rest, by his Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, with his children faithfully, by his side.

His loving wife, Sylvia B. Miller preceded him to heaven, on March 29, 2012.

He was the beloved father of Attorney Kerwin E. Miller, LTC (Ret.) Karen B. Saunders and Karmen L. Miller (Gregory White); loving grandfather of Markia Sylvia Abdur-Rahman, LaShawn Marie White, Phillip Joshua K. Brooks, and Vandy Jamal B. Brooks; adoring great grand-father of Mazaani, Mai?Sara, and Munirah; and brother of, Risden Miller and Dr. MT Miller (Bobby) and Imogene Campbell. He is also survived by a host of other loving and caring relatives.

Vandy was a devoted neighbor and resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, for over 50 years. Most of all, Vandy was a faithful Christian, who will be truly missed, by all who knew and loved him.

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In Memoriam Vandy L. Miller 2/17/2021  
COL (Ret.) Vandy Leonard Miller was born on February 16, 1932 to the late Mary and Wade Miller and was called unto eternal rest, by his Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, with his children faithfully, by his side.

His loving wife, Sylvia B. Miller preceded him to heaven, on March 29, 2012.

He was the beloved father of Attorney Kerwin E. Miller, LTC (Ret.) Karen B. Saunders and Karmen L. Miller (Gregory White); loving grandfather of Markia Sylvia Abdur-Rahman, LaShawn Marie White, Phillip Joshua K. Brooks, and Vandy Jamal B. Brooks; and adoring great grand-father of Mazaani, Mai?Sara, and Munirah. He is also survived by a host of other loving and caring relatives.

Vandy was a devoted neighbor and resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, for over 55 years. Most of all, Vandy was a faithful Christian, who will be truly missed, by all who knew and loved him.
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