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Johnie L. Joyce T’31, D’34 died Sept. 22, 2004, in Durham, N.C. At age 95 he was the oldest surviving minister of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and a former lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army. A son, Johnie L. Joyce Jr. T’60, L’62 , two granddaughters, and several great-grandchildren survive him.

Martell H. Twitchell II D’34 died March 29, 2004, in Citrus Heights, Calif. A United Methodist pastor initially serving in Mississippi, he became a chaplain in the U. S. Navy in 1937, survived Pearl Harbor , and retired in 1960 at the rank of captain. He is survived by two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Grier S. Kester Jr. D’38 died Aug. 8, 2002, in Columbia, S.C.

John R. Hamilton D’39 died Sept. 24, 2004, in Lexington, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister and administrator in the Western North Carolina Conference who provided much leadership in evangelism. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Barber Hamilton, a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

J. Ralph Jolly Sr. D’45 died Dec. 5, 2004, in Birmingham, Ala. He was a United Methodist pastor and educator having served as dean of students and professor of religion at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama and as president of Greensboro College, Greensboro, N.C. He was also a businessman with Waters Enterprises and former chairman of the Divinity School Board of Visitors. He is survived by four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Edgar H. Nease Jr. T’45, D’48 died Oct. 18, 2004, in Asheville, N.C. A pastor and administrator in parishes across the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he also served as executive director of Lake Junaluska Assembly and, following retirement, as a senior chaplain at the regional medical center. His wife of 54 years, Marianna Caldwell Nease, and a daughter are among those who survive him.

Norwood Jones D’47 died Dec. 6, 2004, in Clayton, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served parishes across the North Carolina Conference. He is survived by his wife, Helen R. Jones.

Clarence L. Warren D’50 died Sept. 28, 2004, in Lumberton, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor in the North Carolina Conference. He is survived by his wife, Ruby H. Warren.

James M. Moudy G’53 died Aug. 6, 2004, in Fort Worth, Texas. He was chancellor emeritus of Texas Christian University and former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lucille Laurtizen Moudy, a daughter, three grandsons, and three great-grandsons.

Carol Jean Brill Fagan D’54 died May 19, 2004, in Houston, Texas. Prior to divinity school she had served on the National Council of Methodist Youth with Jameson Jones. Her vocation was with the SBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Fagan D’55, three children, and five grandchildren.

J. Leroy Young D’58 died June 17, 2004, in Covington, Va. He was a United Methodist pastor who served churches across the Virginia Conference and continued active leadership in retirement through Habitat for Humanity and other agencies. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bostic Young.

Morris J. Byers D’60 died Jan. 25, 2003, in Forest City, N.C.

James H. Coile D’70 died Nov. 10, 2004, in New Bern, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served churches across the North Carolina Conference. His wife, Sara Lucas Coile, and a son survive him.

Abram “Abe” J. Cox III T’67, D’70 died Oct. 17, 2004, in Concord, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister who served parishes across the Western North Carolina Conference. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Moore Cox, and a daughter.

Ruthenia H. Finley D’81 died Aug. 28, 2003, in the Bronx, N.Y. She was a United Methodist pastor in the New York Conference.

E. Eugene Richardson Jr. D’89 died Dec. 6, 2004, in Climax, N.C. He was a pastor and an avid sports fan who served churches in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His parents, siblings, nieces and nephews survive him.


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