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Thomas D. Everett Jr. D’41 died April 22, 2009, in Pembroke, Ky. He was a 93-year-old United Methodist pastor who led churches across the Louisville Conference during almost 40 years of service. A graduate, trustee, and longtime supporter of Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Ky., he was honored with a doctor of divinity degree and the naming of a building there. His wife, Rowena Fritz Everett, survives him.

Clyde G. McCarver D’45 died Sept. 29, 2009, in Hartsville, S.C. He served United Methodist parishes and districts across the North Carolina Conference during 40 years of ministry. A former board member at Methodist University, he was a Mason who served as chaplain of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina for many years, a Rotarian, and a Shriner. His wife of 65 years, Frances Tillman McCarver, two daughters, five grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren survive him.

Edward B. Steffner D’47 died Sept. 30, 2009, in Bristol, Tenn. He was a United Methodist pastor who served in Knoxville and taught at Hiwassee College for 10 years before completing medical school at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Steffner practiced medicine in Johnson City until he was 85 years old. Four children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive him.

John C. Brinson D’48 died Aug. 30, 2009, in Louisville, Ky. He served more than 42 years as a pastor in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church prior to his retirement in 1987. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor Sleamaker Brinson, two daughters, and their families.

Barney L. Davidson D’51 died July 20, 2009, in Durham, N.C. He was a veteran of World War II engaged as a company commander in the Philippines, on Okinawa, and in occupied Japan. After the war he served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves until his retirement. He spent more than 30 years as a United Methodist minister and superintendent in the North Carolina Conference. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Howell Davidson, two children, and five grandsons.

G. Howard Allred D’52 died Oct. 12, 2009, in Greensboro, N.C. A veteran of World War II, he was a photographic reconnaissance pilot who, as a first lieutenant, was awarded the Air Medal five times and the Distinguished Flying Cross. His leadership as a pastor and administrator in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church spanned 43 years. He founded the television ministry of First United Methodist Church in High Point, and while serving in Concord he was a track chaplain for the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was married to the late Florence Oakley Allred for 59 years. They were the parents of three children, with six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife, Ann Mayo Morris Allred, and her family.

Kenneth W. Bedenbaugh Sr. D’52 died Aug. 15, 2009, in Easley, S.C. He was 91 years of age, the son of a minister, and had served as a United Methodist minister in parishes across the South Carolina Conference for more than 40 years. Prior to Divinity School, he was a U.S. Army chaplain in Germany during World War II. He was honored for his military service and retired at the rank of colonel. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Susie Frances Burns Bedenbaugh. He is survived by three daughters, one son, 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren.

Robert G. Clarke D’52 died Aug, 9, 2009, in Marietta, Ohio. He was a United Methodist pastor in the West Ohio Conference who served parishes as well as chaplaincy and teaching leadership at Miami University, Otterbein College, and the University of Akron. His wife, Argyle King Clarke, three children and seven grandchildren survive him.

C. Roger Elgert D’52 died Sept. 14, 2009, in Baltimore, Md. He was a United Methodist pastor who served for 42 years across the Baltimore-Washington Conference. His wife of 57 years, Laura Elgert, two daughters, and two grandsons survive him.

Billy V. Dennis D’53 died Sept. 6, 2009, in Pensacola, Fla. He was a United Methodist pastor in the Arkansas Conference for 20 years prior to 1966, when he joined the Navy and served as a chaplain. He was deployed to Vietnam and at naval bases in Charleston, S.C.; Okinawa; and Kings Bay, Ga. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther H. Dennis, three sons, and five grandchildren, most of whom are engaged in military service, and three great-grandchildren.

Robert T. Young D’60 died Aug. 31, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C. A United Methodist pastor, he served churches in the Western North Carolina Conference, as assistant dean for admissions and student affairs at Duke Divinity School (1970–73), minister to Duke University (1973–1983), director of the athletic foundation at UNC-Charlotte, and associate minister at River Hills Community Church at Lake Wylie, S.C. He was an enthusiastic sports fan at both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. Bob was honored as a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Young, four children, two stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.

Kenneth L. Bohannon D’65 died Oct. 3, 2009, in Northport, Ala. A pastor in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served for many years as chaplain for the University of Alabama in Birmingham Hospitals. He retired as a colonel in the United States Army Reserve after a chaplaincy career spanning 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Pattie Murphy Fleming Bohannon, two children, two stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.

Roger E. Thompson D’67 died Sept. 25, 2009, in Laurel Hill, N.C. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserves with service as a captain-chaplain, he was a member of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he provided pastoral leadership for several churches. Following retirement, he worked for 12 years as a chaplain with the N.C. Department of Corrections. His wife of 51 years, Roberta Altman Thompson, two daughters, and five grandchildren survive him.

Arthur M. Lucas D’73 died Jan. 10, 2009, in St. Louis, Mo. He was a United Methodist minister and hospital chaplain serving as director of spiritual care, ethics, and palliative care services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He had previously established chaplaincy leadership programs at Heartland Health System, St. Joseph, Mo., and in Latvia and Kenya. He was the author of The Discipline for Pastoral Care Giving, and a consultant and trainer for U.S. Navy and Marine chaplains. He is survived by his wife, Lou Matthews Lucas, a son, and a daughter, Katherine Lucas T’02.

Clinton W. Kersey D’74 died Sept. 19, 2009, in Gaithersburg, Md. He was senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church in northwest Washington, D.C. In addition to his ministerial career, he had worked in international business with The Argosy Group Inc., and he was a member emeritus of the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Schock Kersey, a daughter, and two granddaughters.

Archie D. Logan Jr. D’75, D’76 died Nov. 13, 2009, in Wilson, N.C. He was pastor of Johnson Chapel Baptist Church in Elm City and executive director of Institutional Management Resources, a faith-based consulting firm in Raleigh. He served the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc. for more than 25 years in several capacities including executive secretary-treasurer, and he was executive vice president and dean of distance education at the Apex School of Theology in Durham. Three children survive him.

Benjamin R. “Benny” Melvin D’82 died Nov. 15, 2009, in Fayetteville, N.C. After his first career in electronics businesses, he served eight United Methodist churches in the North Carolina Conference during 27 years of ministry. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Grace Beard Melvin, two sons, and a grandson.

Patrick J. Looney D’96 died Nov. 17, 2009, in Greensboro, N.C. He was a pastoral counselor and president of Life Institute, a wellness consulting practice. His wife, Karen Looney, and three daughters survive him.

David C. Knauert G’09 died Nov. 14, 2009, in Decatur, Ga. Recently commissioned as a Presbyterian missionary, he and his family were awaiting visas to go to Brazil, where he had accepted a teaching position in Hebrew Bible at the Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. He is survived by his wife, Leigh, and their four children.

Others in the Divinity School Family

Thomas E. Tyson died Oct. 26, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. He was a musician and executive director of Aqueduct Conference Center in Chapel Hill for many years. He attended the Divinity School in the early 1970s, but did not complete his studies. His late father, Tommy Tyson T’51, D’53, one of his three daughters, Molly Anne Tyson Templeton D’04, uncle Vernon Tyson D’57, late uncles George H. Tyson T’50, D’55 and M. Dewey Tyson D’54, and cousins John H. Tyson D’84, Beth Hackney Hood D’92, and Bobby Tyson D’92 are Duke Divinity graduates.

Alta Stone Russell T’23 died Nov. 6, 2009, at age 106, in Greensboro, N.C. She was the widow of the late Leon Russell D’30, longtime minister, leader, and pastoral mentor in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Three of the Russells’ children were Duke graduates, including Barbara Russell Hardin WC’54, wife of Paul Hardin II T’52, L’54, G’94 hon., a Duke trustee emeritus. The Hardins’ four children, two sons-in-law, and a granddaughter are also Duke University graduates.

Helen Nobles Turlington died Oct. 12, 2009, in Raleigh, N.C. She and her late husband, Henry E. Turlington, became missionaries to China in 1947. They moved to Chapel Hill in 1961 when he became minister of University Baptist Church. Mrs. Turlington taught at Meredith College in Raleigh, and later returned to the mission field with her husband, serving in Iran, India, Japan, and the Philippines. In 2003, family and friends established the Henry and Helen Turlington Scholarship Endowment Fund to encourage Baptist students to pursue education and missions and to honor the Turlington family. She is survived by a sister, four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.