Amos Purnell Bailey D’48 died July 16, 2006, in Fredericksburg, Va. He was the author of the nationally-syndicated “Our Daily Bread,” which began as a column for Stars and Stripes in 1945 when he was a U.S. Army chaplain.
As a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Conference, he served churches across the state including a term as superintendent of the Richmond District. During the last 10 years of his active ministry, he was in charge of all the chaplains of the United Methodist Church across the world. Purnell received an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, and he was named the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus at Duke Divinity School.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Sheffield Bailey, four daughters, 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His first wife, Ruth Hill Bailey, died in 1992.
Daniel Edwin “Ed” Bailey D’53 died April 16, 2006, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned the Purple Heart in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. As a United Methodist minister in the Western North Carolina Conference, he served numerous parishes and, from 1973-1978, as superintendent of the Winston-Salem District. Following his retirement in 1988, he enjoyed growing roses and serving as a judge with the American Rose Society at regional and national shows. Ed is survived by his wife, Kathryn Thomas Bailey, five children, and seven grandchildren.
Paul C. Browning D’56 died June 25, 2006, in Burlington, N.C. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II with service in the South Pacific. As a United Methodist pastor, he served churches across the North Carolina Conference. In 1975 he was appointed administrator of the United Methodist Retirement Homes in New Jersey, where he provided leadership until his retirement in 1998. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Winifred Lore Browning, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Christian White D’58 died July 18, 2006, in Durham, N.C. His ministry as a United Methodist pastor in the North Carolina Conference touched many communities. Chris was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ada Stocker White, and is survived by his wife Margaret Walker White. Also surviving are three children, four stepchildren, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and four step-grandchildren.
Rutledge Tufts D’71 died May 16, 2006, in Washington, D.C., where he was executive director of the Fair Labor Association. Previously, he was an administrator for 31 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including 13 years as director of auxiliary services there. Throughout his career, Rut worked to promote international labor rights through workplace standards. Survivors include his wife, Clare Jackson Tufts, and two sons.
Gary N. Beam D’79 died on Sept. 2, 2006, in Jensen Beach, Fla. He was the pastor of Trinity United Methodist in Jensen Beach. As the long-time, enthusiastic coordinator for the annual Duke Divinity School luncheon during the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Gary was the consummate Duke fan. He is survived by his wife, Linda “Dee” Beam, three sons, a daughter, and five granddaughters.