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Divinity Online Edition - Spring 2006

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Comings & Goings
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Ministry at Large
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FE. Lamont Ervin T’29, D’35 died on May 5, 2004, in Pittsboro, N.C. He founded Ervin Construction Company, a firm in Charlotte that built thousands of single-family homes in several states. A son, two daughters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Robert L. Nicks T’37, D’47 died on Feb.12, 2006, in Penney Farms, Fla. The son of a Methodist minister, he served with the U.S. Naval Reserve in the New Hebrides Islands during World War II. His parish ministry spanned the North Carolina Conference and after retirement in Florida he served as moderator of Penney Memorial Church. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lou Price Nicks, a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. His grandson, Ben Rooker D’03, preached the sermon at the memorial celebration.

Walter G. McLeod D’40 died on April 19, 2004, in Poteet, Texas. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as post chaplain in Yokohama, Japan, and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Four children survive him.

Harold A. Milstead D’40 died March 23, 2006, in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He was a United Methodist minister in the Baltimore-Washington Conference who served parishes for 58 years. In 1978, at age 65, he received a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bertha Maddox Milstead, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Robert A. Vaughan D’42 died Jan. 7, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas. He was a United Methodist minister who served in both the Pacific Theater and Korea during a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. He remained on active duty until 1964, retiring with the rank of commander. He continued his ministry as a pastor in the Texas Conference. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen McKinney Vaughan, two children, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Osmond Kelly Ingram D’43 died on Feb. 20, 2006, in Cary, N.C. As a United Methodist pastor he served churches in North Carolina before joining the divinity school faculty in 1959 as associate professor of applied Christianity. Over the next 29 years he taught and led as dean of students, director of field education, and chairman of the ministerial studies area. Kelly had a life-long passion for social and economic justice. He dealt with issues from both cultural and spiritual perspectives and inspired a generation of students to do likewise. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Dysart Ingram D’82, two daughters, four stepchildren, and 12 grandchildren.

James D. Turner D’49 died on March 30, 2004, in Shinglehouse, Pa. He served in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia for 30 years with Child Evangelism Fellowship. He also set up a ministry to provide teaching materials for national pastors and Christian workers overseas. He is survived by his wife, Emma, four children, and 10 grandchildren.

John Dixon Davis II D’50 died on Aug, 29, 2005, in Black Mountain, N.C. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater through World War II. After graduation from Duke he was Baptist student chaplain at Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone, N.C., for six years. He then served as pastor of three Baptist churches for 13 years. From 1969 until his retirement in 1987, Davis was professor of psychology and sociology at Montreat-Anderson Junior College. His wife, Bettye Louise Crouch Davis, a son, three daughters, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive him.

Homer L. Lemaster D’54 died on Sept. 4, 2005, in Stuarts Draft, Va. He was a long-time Ruritan Club member (Paul Harris Fellow) and a United Methodist minister who served parishes across the Virginia Conference for 42 years. He is survived by two daughters.

Donald E. Rollins D’55 died on Feb.18, 2006, in Lexington, N.C. He was a parish minister with a keen interest in spiritual development who served churches across the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His wife, Sue Leonard Rollins, a daughter, two sons (including Leo Rollins E'87), and a granddaughter survive him.

James Kyriakakis D’67 died on May 20, 2004, in Houston, Texas. He was involved with the International Orthodox Christian Charities. He is survived by three children, and five grandchildren.

Ronald D. Cyr D’71 died April 11, 2006, in Greenville, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister who served as a clinical chaplain with the Caswell Center in Kinston, N.C. Two children survive him.

Others in the Divinity School Family:

Helen G. Crotwell died April 10, 2006, in Cordele, Ga. In 1975, she was one of the first two women ordained an elder in the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served as the first female district superintendent, was a General Conference delegate, and served on the United Methodist Hymnal Revision Committee. Prior to serving local churches in the conference, she was Methodist campus minister at Duke University and then served as associate minister at Duke Chapel.


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