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George D. Cole Jr T’40, D’43 died on April 29, 2003.

George W. Dalton D’47 died March 15, 2002, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He served United Methodist churches in the Western North Carolina Conference for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Haynes Dalton.

Johnnie D. Aycock D’48 died Nov. 19, 2003, in Rowland, N.C. He was retired from many years of service as a pastor in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Frances T. Aycock, two children, and two grandchildren.

Marvest A. Lawson D’54 died May 10, 2003, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a United Methodist pastor who served in the Navy as a commander and chaplain during the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retirement, he was a visiting minister for Christ United Methodist Church for 10 years and volunteered as a Protestant chaplain on the Holland American Cruise Lines. His wife of 38 years, Dr. Rosalie Lawson, died on June 4, 2003. He was also predeceased by his brother, Arvest N. Lawson D’54, a United Methodist pastor in Oklahoma.

William W. Butler T’52, D’55 died April 19, 2003, in West Columbia, S.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served parishes in the Western North Carolina Conference for six years before earning the Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Emory University. He taught philosophy and religion at Columbia College until his retirement in 1997. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Shirley Johnson Butler, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Leslie M. Myers D’63 died Jan. 29, 2003, in Chillicothe, Ohio. He served for 45 years as a United Methodist minister and was a chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, retiring in 1992 with 28 years of service. Leslie is survived by his wife, Adele Wallin, two daughters, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Joe Cliff Davis D’65 died March 29, 2003, in Greensboro, N.C. He was a retired United Methodist pastor and is survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.

Geraldine Sullivan Tyler D’75 died Jan. 28, 2003, in Englewood, Fla. She served as a psychotherapist in private practice for 12 years. She was a senior staff member on the faculty of Emory University and had served as a lecturer at Duke University. She was a nun with the Sisters of Notre Dame for 15 years and received her doctorate at Notre Dame University. In 1990, she became a diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Thomas H. Tyler, two stepdaughters, a stepson, and four grandchildren.


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