Chester J. Andrews D’32 died Feb. 27, 2004, in High
Point, N.C. He was a pastor in the North Carolina
Conference of the United Methodist Church for 40 years
prior to his retirement in 1972. He is survived by two sons.
Ray S. Cody D’36 died Jan. 6, 2004, in Kannapolis, N.C.
He was a United Methodist minister in the Western North
Carolina Conference. Two daughters survive him.
Henry Barton Lewis D’37 died Jan.19, 2004, in Raleigh,
N.C. He was a pastor in the North Carolina Conference of
the United Methodist Church. His wife, Sara Kearns
Lewis, and two daughters survive him.
Lee V. Ruckman Jr. D’43 died Aug. 6, 2003, in Lexington,
Va. He was a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia
Conference. Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn,
a son and a daughter.
William W. Butler T’52, D’55 died April 19, 2003, in
Columbia, S.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who
served churches in the Western North Carolina Conference
for six years prior to earning a Ph.D. in Christian ethics at
Emory University. He taught philosophy and religion at
Columbia College from 1965 until his retirement in 1997.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Johnson
Butler, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Reuben S. Askew Jr. D’62 died Dec. 23, 2003, in
Poquoson, Va. He was a U. S. Army chaplain for 20 years,
and he followed retirement with 15 years of service with
Warwick United Church of Christ. He was also the lead
male vocalist for the Cheryl Beck Band and Sisters II. His
wife, Joyce B. Askew, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren
Will Spong D’64 died at his home in Austin, Texas, Feb. 3,
2004. A member of the faculty of the Episcopal Seminary
of the Southwest since 1972, he was professor emeritus of
pastoral theology at the time of his death. He served 10
years as chaplain supervisor of Duke Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Whitworth, and five
James F. Caldwell D’66 died Dec. 6, 2002, in Madill,
Okla. He was a United Methodist pastor and counselor
who spent most of his career in higher education as vice
president for student affairs at Murray State College,
Tishomingo, Okla.; Panhandle State University, Goodwill,
Okla.; Rogers State University, Claremore, Okla.; and
Clarendon State College, Clarendon, Texas. He is survived
by his wife, Willa Dean Caldwell, and two sons.
Dean E. Walters D’76 died March 9, 2004, in Salem,
Ohio. He served as a United Methodist pastor and hospital
chaplain in Ohio. He is survived by his parents, two brothers,
and nieces and nephews.
Harold Eugene “Hal” Peacock D’80 died Dec. 22, 2003,
in Charlotte, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister
serving in the Western North Carolina Conference. He is
survived by his wife, Nancy Cobb Peacock, a son and two
Charles A. Harris, 60, a master of divinity student, died
of a heart attack on April 13, 2004. He was scheduled to
graduate in the spring of 2005.
A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Harris left
a successful business in the financial services field in
Hawaii to come to Duke.
Harris is survived by his wife of 19 years, Phyllis Ann
Harris of Durham; three children; his father and stepmother;
and four brothers.