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In Memoriam

Remembering men and women from the Wofford family

1942

Billy Burton Ezell, June 20, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. An architect, Ezell worked with Lockwood Greene Engineers as an architectural project manager before his retirement after 36 years of service. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Panama. He was a talented craftsman who used his skills building with the mission team at First Baptist Church Spartanburg. He volunteered for Mobile Meals and hand-carved and painted over 18,000 fishing lures during his lifetime.

1945

Fulwood Asbury “F.A.” Smith Sr., June 8, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. A veteran of World War II, Smith was a retired pharmacist, owner of Smith’s Economy Pharmacy and co-founder and director of Chem-Pro Corp. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church and a volunteer with Total Ministries.

1946

Walter Thomas Broughton II, June 24, 2017, Minneapolis, Minn. Broughton was an Eagle Scout and was proud that both of his sons and three grandsons also earned the rank. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after one year at Wofford and served more than 31 years on active duty, about half of it at sea. He served in both the Pacific and Atlantic during World War II. He also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. 

William T. Hope Jr., July 21, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. Hope left Wofford after his freshman year to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a fighter pilot in the European Theater before enjoying a 40-year career with Spartan Petroleum Co. He served as commander of the Warbirds of South Carolina for 11 years. 

1949

Dr. Howard Binning “Doc” Norton, July 22, 2017, Mills River, N.C. During service in World War II, Norton discovered his love of medicine and went on to serve the community as a doctor and pharmacist for 40 years. He was active in Mills River United Methodist Church and the Mills River Volunteer Fire Department, an organization he helped found in 1968. 

1951

Alfred Emanuel Smith, June 3, 2017, Union, S.C. Smith and his wife, Lib, owned and operated Smith’s Jewelry Store on Main Street in Union. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was active at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

1953

Fred L. Tindall, Aug. 3, 2017, Chester, S.C. Tindall worked with Inman Mills for more than 30 years. After retiring as a plant manager, he moved to Edisto Beach and worked in real estate. He retired again to Chester, where he remained active in his church and community. 

Johnny Glover Wofford Sr., May 29, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford served in the military before coming to Wofford. He went on to a successful career as an industrial engineer. There was no problem that he could not fix and no process that he could not make more efficient.

1954

Thomas B. “Sonny” Williams, July 20, 2017, Orangeburg, S.C. Williams served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He owned and operated Williams Music for 35 years and was active in his church and community.

1955

Joseph Oscar Price Jr., July 25, 2017, Nashville, Tenn. Price was famous in the Wofford community for lettering in both football and baseball for the Terriers. He also founded the Tennessee Dew Drops, a Wofford student band that traveled the Southeast and made reunion appearances for years after graduation. He also played in The Aristocrats big dance band and a Dixieland band that performed a weekend set at the famous Chicago Playboy Club. Price served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War before returning to civilian life and a successful career in business. He was active in the United Methodist Church and community. Joe and his wife, Ann, established the Joe O. Price Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford for a student-athlete on the college’s football team. They also established a fund that supports the college’s vocal performance program.

1956

Dr. Hugh Blanton Easler, July 8, 2017, Williamsburg, Va. Easler died following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Easler served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired as professor emeritus of mathematics from The College of William & Mary after 35 years. He was treasurer of the college’s Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, assisted with the recruitment of football players and authored and edited numerous textbook chapters. A talented floral designer, Easler was invited by the Williamsburg Garden Club to decorate the entrance halls of several homes in Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas Homes Tours and during Historic Garden Week. He was a ruling elder and clerk of session for Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.

James L. “Goldie” Golden, July 8, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. A member of the Terrier Club and Block “W” Club, Golden played basketball for the Terriers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church and retired from Flagstar Inc. He was a talented guitar player and one of the Tennessee Dew Drops, a favorite Wofford student (and later alumni) band. Golden and his wife, Inez, enjoyed wearing their gold and black to Wofford athletics events, and they collected Wofford memorabilia. They also established an endowed scholarship at Wofford through their estate plans that will support a student preparing for a career in the ministry.

1957

James D. “Jimmie” Green, July 15, 2017, Camden, S.C. Green spent nearly 59 years as a CPA in both public and private accounting. He was a past chairman or president of the South Carolina Board of Education, United Way of Kershaw County, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Camden Rotary Club and Camden Sertoma Club. He served on Camden City Council for eight years, including a term as mayor pro-tem, and in the U.S. Army and National Guard for 12 years. 

Richard Marcus Huff Jr., Aug. 5, 2017, Aiken, S.C. A member of the Wofford golf team, Huff was co-founder and owner of Aiken Office Supply and Bookshop. He served in the U.S. Air Force before his honorable discharge as a captain. He was active in St. John’s United Methodist Church and the community. His family requested that memorials be made to Wofford or the church.

William Paul Melton Sr., May 15, 2017, Irmo, S.C. A member of Kappa Alpha Order, Melton owned and operated Med-I-Thrift Pharmacy as well as Melton’s Market-Eze convenience store. He had served as president of the Winnsboro Rotary Club and twice was elected to the Fairfield County Council, serving a term as chairman. After retiring from the pharmacy business, he worked in real estate development. 1958

Roger Glen Hagy, June 22, 2017, Landrum, S.C. Hagy battled kidney disease before his death. Captain of the 1958 Wofford football team, Hagy enjoyed a 40-year career with Milliken & Co. He was a faithful Presbyterian wherever he lived. 

1959 

Jerry Blackstone Copes, July 6, 2017, Newport News, Va. Copes died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He retired from banking after 34 years with Citizens National Bank of Hampton, which later became Bank of America. He then went to work for BB&T and retired again in 2004. He was an avid follower of Wofford football.

1961

Thomas Gayle Myers, May 19, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and a U.S. Army veteran. Myers worked at Belk Hudson Co. for 27 years before establishing Ellis Clothes of Distinction. He was active in a men’s Presbyterian Bible study group and as a Mobile Meals volunteer.

1962

Dr. Daniel Walter Brake Sr., Aug. 8, 2017, Mount Pleasant, S.C. Brake served the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and as hospital commander in Greenland before returning to South Carolina and serving families in the Lowcountry for more than 30 years. He was founder and president of Trident Family Practice and one of the originators of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. He served as president of the South Carolina Medical Association in 1989 and was Family Physician of the Year for the state in 2000. He provided pro bono medical care to Mepkin Abbey Monastery and served on medical mission trips to Nicaragua.

Oscar Alan Gentry III, June 3, 2017, Mount Pleasant, S.C. Retired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Gentry also had been a swim coach at the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina. A champion swimmer himself, Gentry once held the American record in butterfly. At the age of 63, he rode his bike from coast to coast and was a triathlete and talented artist.

1963 

James M. Arthur Jr., June 18, 2017, Union, S.C. Arthur retired from United Merchants and the South Carolina National Guard. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Bethel United Methodist Church, a Boy Scout leader and a former Red Cross swimming instructor.

Dr. Crispin Warner Paul, Aug. 7, 2017, Atlanta, Ga. A member of Kappa Alpha Order at Wofford, Paul graduated from dental school and then served in the U.S. Navy for two years, including service in Vietnam. He retired from his private practice of restorative dentistry in 2006. He was active in the life of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and as a mentor to young dentists.

1964

Dr. Henry Plowden “Mutt” Bozard, July 17, 2017, Manning, S.C. Bozard served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was a retired dentist with 42 years of practice. He was a battalion chief and former chairman of the Fire Board of the Clarendon Country Fire Department and other regional and national fire fighters associations. He also was active in Manning United Methodist Church.

1966

Frank Walker Farnum III, July 1, 2017, Orangeburg, S.C. Farnum served in Vietnam, flying more than 970 combat hours as a forward air controller. He continued his career after the war in active duty, the Reserve and National Guard. He became commander of the 659th Medical Battalion and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1993. He also worked as a civilian in banking and finance.

1971

David Adams Nesbitt, May 10, 2017, Moore, S.C. Nesbitt was the owner of C&N Enterprises and attended Roebuck Presbyterian Church.

1973

James Barber Reid Jr., Jan. 23, 2017, Rock Hill, S.C. Reid was a hospital administrator and a self-employed musician.

1974

Wade Henry Howle, June 18, 2017, Wilmington, N.C. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and St. James Episcopal Parish. An entrepreneur, he owned Package Research Laboratory and enjoyed creating new businesses.

John M. Rubin, May 27, 2017, Greenville, S.C. Rubin was the president and owner of the Orion Group, a political consulting group in Greenville, S.C.

1976

Dan R. Kimberlain Jr., July 12, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. Kimberlain was a retired U.S. Navy commander after 22 years of service and world travel. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he served proudly aboard the USS Wainwright, USS Kidd, USS Peterson and the battleship Iowa. He was a principal assistant program manager of the Surface Ship Modernization Program.

1993

Dr. Randall Matthew Mosley, July 5, 2017, Inman, S.C. Mosley held a Ph.D. in chemistry and was the director of finance and operations at Spartanburg Day School. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. His wife, Lathrop Hart Mosley, works in the Wofford College Office of Admission.

1994

Sidney Edwards Thomas, July 18, 2017, Spartanburg, S.C. Thomas was a standout on the Wofford men’s basketball team. He still makes the lists of Terrier basketball greats in most games started (108), most points scored (1,193) and field goal percentage (.544). He remains an all-time letterman and all-time captain. 

Making Memorial Gifts

There are three ways to make a memorial gift to Wofford:

1. Call the Office of Advancement at 864-597-4200

2. Visit wofford.edu/supportwofford

3. Mail a check made payable to:

Wofford College Office of Advancement

429 N. Church Street

Spartanburg, S.C. 29303-3663

Remember to include the name of the person you are honoring with your gift.