J. Lemacks Stokes II D’32 died Nov. 23, 2006, at the age of 98, in Wilmington, N.C. He was a retired United Methodist minister, born and reared in Korea to missionary parents, who served parishes for 20 years in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference and then moved into higher education. Lem was president of Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, N.C., for 15 years and a senior educational administrator with the greater University of North Carolina System for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Alda Beaman Stokes, a son, John L. Stokes III, and a brother, Marion “Mack” B. Stokes D’35, who is a retired United Methodist bishop. Another brother, James C. Stokes D’34 predeceased them.
W. Darwin Andrus D’37 died Oct. 23, 2006, in Arlington, Texas. He was a retired United Methodist pastor in the Texas Annual Conference who helped start 22 congregations over his long ministerial career, a part of which included leadership with the national division of the Board of Global Ministries. He recalled from his student days hearing Toyohiko Kagawa in Duke Chapel, and he cited Professor H. Shelton Smith as the most inspiring teacher in his life. Darwin was a member of the “Chain Gang” — eight School of Religion (Divinity School) classmates from 1936 and 1937 who maintained and collected (now in the Duke archives) written correspondence faithfully among the original group and surviving spouses for almost 70 years. He is survived by his second wife, Hilda Andrus, two step-daughters, two step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
Robert E. L. Bearden Jr. D’38 died Aug. 14, 2006, in Little Rock, Ark. He was retired following a long parish ministry service career across Arkansas including 14 years at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Bob was a life member of the board of trustees for Hendrix College, Conway, Ark. He served on the executive committee of the Methodist World Council from 1960-1971 and from 1966-1972 in the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches. He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen Nelson Bearden WC’39, and is survived by two children and a grandchild.
Robert N. DuBose D’43 died on Oct. 8, 2006, in Pawley’s Island, S.C. He served for more than 40 years as a pastor and district superintendent in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bob also provided leadership over several decades with the national Association of American Colleges as editor of College and Church and as a guest preacher on more than 60 college campuses. He wrote two books in retirement: Stars to Steer By and The Pastors’ Desk. He is survived by his wife, Mary DuBose, and two daughters.
Aldred P. Wallace D’47 died on Nov. 15, 2006, in Charleston, W.V. Described as “articulate, creative and passionate,” he served as a military chaplain and then for many years as a pastor in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and as superintendent of the Bluefield District. He is survived by
B. Kay Simpson D’00 died on Nov. 14, 2006, in Dunn, N.C. She was minister of music at Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek. A member of the national Alumni Council of the Divinity School Alumni Association, she was also a past president of the student body, an enthusiastic advocate for the Baptist House of Studies program, and recently elected North Carolina representative to the Baptist Women in Ministry National Leadership Team. She is survived by a god-daughter.