Menu Down Arrows


Download Magazine

View or download the print version of the magazine. PDF icon   

winter 2018

In Memoriam

Remembering men and women from the Wofford family.


James H. Kelley, May 13, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Kelley retired from the accounting department at Sonoco Products. His family asks that memorials be made to Wofford College.


Oren L. Brady Jr., June 24, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Brady served with the U.S. Army’s 315th Bomb Wing in Guam from 1942 to 1946. He served as Spartanburg County treasurer for 20 years. After retirement Brady owned and operated Frame House Antiques in Campobello, where he previously served as mayor.


Cecil Pearce Pate Jr., July 7, 2016, Winston-Salem, N.C. Pate served with the U.S. Marines from 1942 through 1945.


The Rev. George W. Wannamaker, June 16, 2016, Powder Springs, Ga. During his sophomore year at Wofford, Wannamaker enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. He returned to Wofford after the war then went on to become a United Methodist minister and pursue a life dedicated to social justice. 


Bobby G. Collins, June 30, 2016, Anderson, S.C. Collins served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was director of benefits for Chatham Manufacturing, and he taught sociology and anthropology at Surry Community College. He was active in church and community and served on the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Dr. Robert Edward Cuttino, June 23, 2016, Beaufort, S.C. The minister of Baptist Church of Beaufort for 10 years, Cuttino has been credited with starting 10 churches in the area. His career spanned 65 years, including service as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Missions were a passion, and his travels took him to 33 countries. Cuttino co-founded Operation Good Neighbor, a program that brought racially diverse churches together to meet community needs.

L. Frederick Robertson, Aug. 8, 2016, Hendersonville, N.C. Robertson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked for Wyeth Labs for 30 years. He was instrumental in the development and building of Gardner Acres swimming pool and tennis courts, and he volunteered for Crisis Assistance Ministries and Meals on Wheels in Gastonia.

Paul M. Wommack, June 19, 2016, Irmo, S.C. A World War II veteran, Wommack retired as manager from Bellsouth/AT&T after 35 years in sales and public relations. He also worked in the automotive industry.


Hulon “Paw” Fagan, May 23, 2015, Belmont, N.C. Fagan owned and operated 13 Hulie’s restaurants in the Southeast as well as Harrigan’s restaurant and the Shrimp Boat in Asheville, N.C. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 through 1945.

Dr. Almon Leroy Way Jr., May 28, 2016, Mount Pleasant, S.C. Way was a member of Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society in the social sciences, as a student at Wofford. He served in the U.S. Army’s 317th Heavy Tank Battalion at Camp Polk, La., before becoming a teacher. Way was a beloved professor of history, geography, constitutional law and public policy.


Stephen Jennings Huntley, June 6, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Huntley was a member of the basketball team at Wofford. He enjoyed a 40-year career in the retail industry, working for Efirds Department Store and Belk Hudson Co. Huntley helped establish the Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.


Beverly O’Neal Cochran Jr., July 22, 2016, Avondale Estates, Ga. Cochran was the former administrator and CEO of the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, Ga. He was an early leader in integration in the Atlanta area and spent his career improving the lives of children who had been abused, abandoned or neglected.


Dr. Glynn D. Coates, Feb. 8, 2016, Virginia Beach, Va. Coates retired after 30 years of service as a professor in the psychology department at Old Dominion University. 

Harper D. Hawkins, July 12, 2016, Greenville, S.C. Hawkins was retired from Union Pacific Railroad after more than 30 years. His lifelong passions ranged from running and hiking to choral singing and the violin.


Edwin Dean Long, June 18, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. A U.S. Army veteran, Long retired from the construction industry. He was active in the life of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg.


Robert M. “Bobby” Hipp, June 6, 2016, Columbia, S.C. Hipp attended Wofford on a football scholarship. He served in the military for two years before working in sales until his death. He was active in church and community, including service as a mentor for children at Forest Lake Elementary School.

Joseph Leslie Hosman, May 13, 2016, Katy, Texas. A member of ROTC and the tennis team at Wofford, Hosman served in the U.S. Army following graduation. He went on to a 30-year career as a computer systems analyst, spending considerable free time in service as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts.


S. Keith Ammons, July 30, 2016, Columbia, S.C. Ammons played basketball at Wofford and went on to a career teaching students with visual impairments at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. He was an avid golfer.

James M. “Jim” Saleeby, June 27, 2016, Florence, S.C. Saleeby dedicated his career to family law and practiced in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina for more than 40 years.


Richard M. Blum, July 28, 2016, Marion, S.C. Blum retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He spent 30 years with Horace Mann Insurance and was a charter member of the Red Man River Club.

Donald Allen Dean, May 22, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Dean had a heart attack while mowing a pasture at the family farm in Cannon’s Campground. Dean played basketball at Wofford and went on to teach in the local schools, serve in the U.S. Air Force and work in economic development for the Office of the Governor. Dean spent 24 years working with the National Institutes of Health to identify the genes and pathways of his type of hereditary cancer. “The Dean’s Genes” now are routinely studied in medical colleges. Dean loved Wofford athletics, and the family asks that memorials be made to the Wally Dean Scholarship Fund (in memory of Dean’s father) at Wofford.

Bobby Key, June 2, 2016, Glendale, S.C. Key retired from Dave Edwards Toyota. He was active in his church and played the mandolin in the Band of Brothers gospel group.


Dr. Gerald Kenneth Johnson, June 2, 2016, Manning, S.C. Johnson attended Wofford on both football and academic scholarships. He co-founded Pee Dee Emergency Medical Associates and later Santee Cooper Urgent Care. He was head B-team football coach at Laurence Manning Academy for many years and was the team physician for more than 20 years.


Lawrence A. “Skip” Bryant Jr., Sept. 29, 2015, Charleston, S.C. Bryant worked in banking, government for the City of Charleston and business for Charleston Place.


Jeffrey A. Johnson, Aug. 5, 2016, Conyers, Ga. Johnson held a master of divinity degree and a law degree. He served as a lay minister and attorney while pursuing an abundant life with family, friends and hobbies.


Charles Thomas “Chuck” Mozingo, July 14, 2016, Rock Hill, S.C. A 10-year veteran of the Rock Hill Fire Department, Mozingo died after a battle with leukemia. Friends and co-workers called him “the gentle giant.” His perfect day was fishing with his sons. As a student he was a standout defensive tackle and leader on the Terrier football team.


Sarah MacGregor Ruffin, July 27, 2016, Winston-Salem, N.C. An environmental studies major and studio art minor at Wofford, Ruffin was serving as a recycling intern at Spartanburg County Solid Waste at the time of her death. Friends and classmates called her adventurous, creative and sincere. She had a strong commitment to achieve social justice for everyone. 


Helen Hutto Brabham, May 13, 2016, Columbia, S.C. Brabham and her husband, the late Rev. William Walter Brabham, served South Carolina United Methodist Church for 45 years. She helped establish the William H. Brabham Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Wofford in 1985 in memory of her son, William H. Brabham ’71.

Lue Cille B. Gibbs, May 28, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. The mother of Wofford trustee Jimmy Gibbs, Gibbs was the wife of the late Melvin “Razor” Gibbs Jr., the namesake of Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.

Alexander “Duke” Holloman, July 13, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Holloman was a campus safety officer at Wofford at the time of his death. He joined the Wofford community after retiring from the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Holloman was a graduate of Clemson University.

Dr. Matthew A. Stephenson Sr., Aug. 9, 2016, Spartanburg, S.C. Stephenson joined the Wofford faculty in 1963 and retired in 2000. During his tenure he held the T.B. Stackhouse Professorship in Economics and served as chairman of the department. He was largely credited with building the college’s successful business economics program.