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In memoriam


Dr. Heron Sherwood Collins, Nov. 17, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. A full professor of mathematics at Louisiana State University for 35 years, Collins published numerous research papers and proudly mentored many Ph.D. candidates. He was known to jump over chairs to wake dozing students.

Dr. John James Richardson, Oct. 9, 2014, Florence, S.C. Richardson practiced orthodontics in Florence for 40 years. He served on the board of visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina. In his later years he particularly enjoyed competitive bridge, golf and fishing.


William Cudd Austell, Sept. 22, 2014, Greenville, S.C. Austell served in the Pacific during World War II, eventually becoming manager of the post exchange in Okinawa, Japan. He worked in insurance until his retirement.


William Robert Braddy, Oct. 21, 2014, Dillon, S.C. A pioneer in establishing Francis Marion College, Braddy was devoted to Main Street United Methodist Church and participated in virtually every area of its mission and ministry.

Archie Jefferson Lewis Jr., April 12, 2014, McCormick, S.C. Lewis was a World War II veteran and professional educator.


Raymond Earl Moore, July 2, 2014, Duncan, S.C. Moore retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel after 23 years of service. After retirement he volunteered for the Duncan Fire Department and the VA Medical Clinic in Greenville.


Byron Webb Wilkinson Jr., March 11, 2014, Lexington, N.C. Wilkinson retired as director of personnel from Lexington Furniture Industries after more than 40 years of service. He was an avid community volunteer, including service to Davidson County Sheltered Workshop and Meals on Wheels.


Dr. J. Gaylord May, Aug. 30, 2014, Columbia, S.C. A tenured professor at Wake Forest University, May taught statistics and finite mathematics until his retirement in 2009. While at Wake Forest, May was employed as a research consultant at Bell Laboratories in Greensboro, N.C.


Bobby Joe Parris, Sept. 16, 2014, Chesnee, S.C. Parris was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He was self-employed, operating an electronics repair shop for many years.


Max Bunyan Henderson, Sept. 28, 2014, Enoree, S.C. Henderson retired from civil service with the National Guard and formerly was employed with NAPA Stores. He was a U.S. Army veteran.


Albert K. Hall, July 24, 2014, Rockvale, Tenn. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired airline pilot with TWA and a farmer.

Lee Vaughn Duryea, Sept. 14, 2014, Bennettsville, S.C. An Army veteran of the Korean War, Duryea was a retired science educator in public and private schools. He was Sunday School superintendent at the First United Methodist Church for more than 35 years.

Thomas Fleming Wright III, Sept. 21, 2014, Asheville, N.C. After teaching at UNC Greensboro and the University of Maryland, Wright served as the librarian of the Clark Library at UCLA. After his official retirement, he continued to work in the Los Angeles Public Library.


Charles E. Dusenbury Jr., Aug. 24, 2014, Conway, S.C. A veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force, Dusenbury served in Vietnam, retiring from the military in 1980. He was awarded the Airman’s Medal for life saving while stationed in Tehran, Iran. After retirement he worked as an investigator for the City of Anchorage, Alaska.


Thomas Wade Williams, Sept. 20, 2014, Columbia, S.C. During college, Williams worked in Alaska on the railroad and in the fish canneries. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Jackson. He retired from Union Carbide after 35 years. He then went into business for himself as owner/CEO of Hampton Kitchens in Columbia.


James C. Bost, Aug. 24, 2014, Franklin, N.C. Bost played and sang bluegrass music his whole life. He retired from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health as a counselor.


James Thomas Harrison, May 5, 2014, Spartanburg. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Harrison also served in the National Guard for a total of 23 years of service to our country. He also taught sixth grade in Spartanburg County School District 7. He was famous as a storyteller.


Claude Richard Harper Jr., Aug. 24, 2014, Ormond Beach, Fla. Harper served his country in the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1983 through 1989. He was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bragg, N.C., and served in Korea and Honduras. He enjoyed a deep appreciation of music and played the guitar.


John Lee Lancaster III, June 23, 2014, Roebuck, S.C. Lancaster loved playing the guitar and attending steel guitar conventions. He was retired from Marlow Trucking Co.


Hoyt Walter Shore Jr., Oct. 14, 2014, Charlotte, N.C. Shore enjoyed a passion for fishing, boxing, working out, history and reading.


Forrest Mason “Tod” Heil, Aug. 22, 2014, Savannah, Ga. Heil served as the Savannah Fire Battalion Chief. He died after a long and hard-fought battle with brain cancer. After graduating from Wofford, Heil enlisted in the Army and served as a ranger.

Leonza Best Jr., Oct. 1, 2014, Columbia, S.C. After his active military career ended, Best worked at Wofford as an ROTC instructor of many years. He also served youth at risk in all of the communities in which he lived. Best retired with the rank of sergeant major.

Martha Cloud Chapman, Oct. 22, 2014, Spartanburg, S.C. The Chapman family matriarch and Spartanburg philanthropist, Chapman was the first female trustee of The Spartanburg County Foundation, first Republican to serve on the South Carolina Election Commission and first female member of the now-South Carolina Department of Commerce. The Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Campus Life Building on Wofford’s campus was named in her honor.

Pamela Keller White, Sept. 26, 2014, Gaffney, S.C. White was best known at Wofford for serving as an assistant to chaplain emeritus the Rev. Dr. Talmage Skinner ’56.