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winter 2018

In Memoriam

Remembering men and women from the Wofford family


Charles Edwin Gregory Sr., Oct. 18, 2017, Spartanburg. Gregory was a longtime member and leader of Cudd Memorial Baptist Church. He was employed by Milliken & Co. for 26 years before working with the Spartanburg County Detention Center.


James M. Brown, July 1, 2017, Irving, Texas. Brown served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. Among other medals, he was awarded the Bronze Star for combat on the front lines in Germany in 1944 and the Purple Heart after losing his left arm and two finger on his right hand in action near the Saar River. Despite his disability, he loved to play tennis and became an avid golfer, becoming known as the “one-armed bandit” by his golfing buddies. He was active in his community and in First United Methodist Church of Irving.

Robert Bethune King Sr., Oct. 18, 2017, Anderson, S.C. King served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He played football and baseball for the Terriers and retired as Anderson County Emergency Preparedness director. He was active in his community and in St. John’s United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to The Wofford Fund.


William Leonard Still, Nov. 18, 2017, Spartanburg. A World War II veteran, Still established The Still Agency (real estate and insurance), which was in business for 30 years. He taught real estate at Spartanburg Technical College (now Spartanburg Community College) for 50 years. He held many leadership roles in the Spartanburg community, including service on the Mayor’s Advisory Council, the Spartanburg Development Authority and the Spartanburg County Board of Education.


James Allen Grigsby Sr., Nov. 5, 2017, Fredericksburg, Va. After farming in his early 20s, Grigsby felt called to become a minister. He retired from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference in 1986 after service in churches across South Carolina.


Dr. Larry A. Jackson, Nov. 7, 2017, Greenwood, S.C. Jackson was a navigation bomber on a B-17 during World War II. He returned to Germany after the war, teaching and setting up a library and study center in camps for people displaced by the war. The experience was the start of a career in education that eventually led to his 19-year tenure as president of Lander College (now Lander University). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wofford and the Order of the Palmetto from the state of South Carolina. After retirement he became very active in the Greenwood Food Bank.


Capt. Benjamin Bernard Fowke Sr., Dec. 12, 2017, Virginia Beach, Va. Fowke was a U.S. Navy aviator for 33 years with service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Before retirement, he also served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Naval History Center in Washington, D.C. He was most proud of his assignment to Test Pilot Training School and subsequent tour as a test pilot at Patuxent River, Md., and his tour as commanding officer of VRC-50, a large carrier transport squadron in Japan.


James Bryant Cantrell, Nov. 21, 2017, Spartanburg. A lifelong supporter of the college, Cantrell enjoyed a career in banking and finance. He was a member of the Optimist, Sertoma and Lions clubs and rarely met a stranger. He was also a founding member of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church.


The Rev. Billie Allen Haire, Jan. 19, 2018, Lincolnton, N.C. Haire died as the result of a massive stroke. He served churches across North Carolina, and after retirement returned to First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton as a Sunday school teacher and prayer group leader.

Dr. Hal Trimmier Jr., Nov. 12, 2017, Orangeburg, S.C. He was an optometrist in Bennettsville, S.C., for 58 years. He was past president of the Bennettsville Jaycees and Bennettsville Rotary Club, in which he was recognized for perfect attendance from 1965 to 2010. He was active in the church and community and loved to fly and play golf.


William Woods Wilson, Jan. 6, 2018, Columbia, S.C. A huge fan of Wofford athletics, Wilson was buried in old gold and black. He was a member of the Wofford golf team and enjoyed the sport throughout his life. He retired from the South Carolina Department of Revenue after 33 years of service.


Pressley Dorn Best, Oct. 19, 2017, Galivants Ferry, S.C. A member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at Wofford, he was also a member of the Terrier basketball team. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from the South Carolina public school system after 30 years of service as a teacher, coach and assistant principal. He also was the director of recreation for the city of Mullins for 17 years.

Dr. Robert Gray Mann, Dec. 13, 2017, Easley, S.C. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mann was a family practitioner and member of Berea First Baptist Church.


The Rev. James McCoy Armstrong Jr., Oct. 22, 2017, Charlotte, N.C. Armstrong served United Methodist churches across Western North Carolina in a career that spanned almost 70 years.


Nelson W. “Nellie” Carmichael Sr., Dec. 10, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Nelson retired from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as the deputy base civil engineer when the base closed. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

The Rev. Dr. Clarence Odell Pittman, Dec. 26, 2018, Greenville, S.C. A retired United Methodist minister, Pittman served churches across the Carolinas. He was also a conference director of congregational development.


Julian Harris Foster, Jan. 14, 2018, Spartanburg. A U.S. Army veteran, Foster loved history and was an avid collector of clocks. He was the eastern regional vice president of Van Water & Rogers Inc.

Ben Lewis Koon, Oct. 5, 2017, St. Petersburg, Va. Koon was an avid golfer, and he loved baseball and his grandchildren. He was a faithful member of St. Marks United Methodist Church.


Graham Manly Eubank, Oct. 28, 2017, Johns Island, S.C. Eubank was president of Kappa Alpha Order at Wofford. He then served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. A gifted storyteller, he gave of himself to church and community and was generous with Wofford College. Eubank founded Palmetto Ford and was honored repeatedly for his work in the automotive industry. His boat, Sportin’ Life, won the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Championship twice.

Lt. Col. Harry Douglas Hunter, Jan. 18, 2018, Columbia, S.C. Hunter served in the U.S. Army from 1959 until his retirement in 1983, including two tours in Vietnam. He also worked in the insurance field before retirement.

Franklin Milton Mann, Nov. 20, 3017, Roebuck, S.C. Mann was an attorney with Perrin, Mann, Patterson, Pressley LLP. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Roebuck United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club.


Wilbur J. Arnette, Jan. 26, 2018, Lake City, Fla. Arnette enjoyed careers in social services, banking and poultry farming before his retirement. He loved the outdoors.

John C. Howren Jr., Jan. 30, 2018, Johnson City, Tenn. Howren worked in the petroleum industry until his retirement. He served 12 years on the Johnson City Board of Education with two terms as chairman.

Donald Edward White, Jan. 22, 2018, Spartanburg. A U.S. Navy veteran, White was a whiz with numbers and began working with an accounting firm in Spartanburg that eventually became Scott Taylor White and Wingo. He was known and teased for never missing a day of work and was still working five days a week as recently as the summer of 2017. He was also an avid Terrier football fan and enjoyed gardening, woodworking and reading.


Joe Thomas Pugh, Feb. 4, 2018, Atlanta, Ga. For 40 years Pugh was an active Wofford volunteer, working closely with the Office of Admission to recruit the Atlanta area’s best and brightest to attend Wofford. There’s no way to measure how many Terriers he brought to Wofford and the impact they’ve had in the world after graduation. A U.S. Navy veteran, Pugh retired from IBM and enjoyed spending his time speaking to various groups. Memorials may be made to the Georgia/Witan Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford.


Capt. Basil Thomas “Foxy” Brown, Oct. 24, 2017, Kansas City, Kan. Brown retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. He then went to work with the Social Security Administration as a benefit authorizer.


James M. Gibert, Jan. 25, 2018, Woodruff, S.C. Gibert was a consummate businessman, enjoying interests in Western Auto, a Goodyear tire store, WDRF Radio and Gibert Co. Inc. real estate brokerage firm, among others. He also was active in his church and community.

G.J. “Jeff” Hutchins Jr., Feb. 1, 2018, Columbia, S.C. Hutchins retired from BB&T Dealer Services Sales and Finance. He was a huge sports fan and involved in the life of Union United Methodist Church in Irmo, S.C.

Clyde Wallace Keeter Jr., Dec. 14, 2017, Bristol, Tenn. Keeter never met a stranger. He lived in Bristol for more than 50 years, where he retired from Strongwell Corp. He served in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve and was a Baptist.

Charles Coastes Wade, June 28, 2017, Conway, S.C. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Wofford, Wade spent his life in service to others. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and was an organizing member, deacon and elder of Westminster Associate Reform Presbyterian Church. He retired as general manager of Wade-Lott Inc.


Thomas Miles “Tuck” West Jr., Dec. 12, 2017, Georgetown, S.C. A member of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Wofford, West worked in banking before becoming vice president of Marion Lumber Co., then a stockbroker. He loved the South Carolina coast and spent time serving several community organizations in the Winyah area.


Jackie Dean Bailey, Feb. 5, 2018, Union, S.C. Retired from the textile industry, Bailey was the owner of Bailey’s Grill. He was an active member of Lockhart First Baptist Church.

Jimmy Glenn Bright, Jan. 29, 2018, Greenville, S.C. A real estate broker/developer and owner of Build-Lease Associates Inc., Bright was instrumental in the land acquisition for BMW and other area industries. He was involved in civic, church and professional organizations.

Daniel Reid Cox, Oct. 22, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Cox was the assistant director at Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Horry and other surrounding counties for 34 years. Upon retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his grandchildren and service at Helping Hand, a local crisis intervention program.

Winfred Dean Jones, Jan. 8, 2018, Chesnee, S.C. Jones played professional baseball for the Giants organization. He went on to teach and coach at Chesnee High School for 47 years.

Francis Harrison “Copper” Horton Jr., Jan. 13, 2017, Greenville, S.C. Horton was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Wofford. He faithfully served his country and his church.


Dr. Alfred Brevard Boykin Jr., July 14, 2016, Columbia, S.C. Boykin was a pulmonary critical care doctor who served at the Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia for 41 years. He loved hunting, fishing and farming.


L. Cameron Howell III, Jan. 28, 2018, Columbia, S.C. After a long career in property ownership and management, Howell retired from Bank of America in 2004. He was past president of the Builders and Owners Management Association of South Carolina.

Jennings Gray McAbee Sr., Dec. 17, 2017, Thomson, Ga. A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Wofford, McAbee joined the family business, M.G. and J.J. Dorn Inc., after graduation. Later he was owner and president of Savannah Valley Cable Co. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 to 1998. He was known for his support of tourism and the environment and for putting people above the party.


Herbert Edward “Mac” MacMurphy, Nov. 1, 2017, Seneca, S.C. MacMurphy loved nature, birds and any outdoor activity. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman attaching to a Marine Battalion. He was injured during service and was awarded the Purple Heart.


Garr Leroy “Roy” Pridgen, Nov. 5, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pridgen owned Strand Corp. travel agency and was president of Red Bull Tour and Travel. He also was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.


The Rev. Dr. James Craig Butler, Dec. 3, 2017, Marietta, Ohio. Butler served churches in Monroe and Huntersville, N.C., and in Marietta and New Concord, Ohio. He retired as associate presbyter of the Presbytery of West Virginia.

Ferris Kimball “Kim” Joyner Jr., Nov. 25, 2017, Charleston, S.C. Joyner was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Wofford. He practiced law in Colorado before joining as general counsel Sun Oil, which eventually became ExxonMobil. Extremely generous with Wofford and proud of his family’s Wofford connections, Joyner established an endowed scholarship in 2014, the Ferris and Thelma Joyner Endowed Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be made to that fund.


Wilson Henry “Woody” Lear III, Nov. 17, 2017, Melbourne, Fla. Lear devoted his business career to property management.


James Cleveland Blanton III, Dec. 14, 2017, Kansas City, Mo. Blanton enjoyed a lifelong career in reinsurance, which began with Lloyd’s of London. He was on the Wofford track and field team.

John Herman Hall Jr., Oct. 28, 2017, Spartanburg. Hall was the fire chief at Hilltop Fire District for 28 years and a fireman for 45. He retired from the police force with more than 26 years of service.


Sam Morgan King Jr., Jan. 24, 2018, Spartanburg. King taught English and coached football at McCracken Junior High School for 20 years. He later supervised Spartanburg County Adult Education for 11 years.


David Fulton Wood, Nov. 1, 2017, Inman, S.C. Wood was an attorney and owner of the Wood Law Office for 35 years. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was a loyal Wofford Terrier Club supporter.


William Fitch Lachicotte III, Nov. 27, 2017, Charleston, S.C. Lachicotte was a graduate of both Wofford and Clemson through the 3/2 engineering program. He was part of the master team for the 81st Regional Support Command, previously with the Charleston Naval Shipyard. His work was essential to the upgrade of Army Reserve bases throughout the Southeast.


The Rev. James Otis Harper, Jan. 18, 2018, Union, S.C. A retired United Methodist minister, Harper pastored churches in South Carolina for more than 35 years. He was serving at Wesley Chapel United Methodist and Lockhart United Methodist at the time of his death. He enjoyed the Lowcountry beaches and the seafood of the area.


Howard E. Peterson, Jan. 14, 2018, Abbeville, S.C. Peterson worked with the IRS until health issues forced his early retirement. He was involved in choirs in Abbeville, Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga.


The Rev. Timothy L. “Bo” Waldrop, Jan. 16, 2018, Spartanburg, S.C. Waldrop was the pastor of East Spartanburg Wesleyan Church and a chaplain with the Spartanburg City Police.


Bertila Ivane Delora Boyd-Bostic, Oct. 29, 2017, Columbia, S.C. Boyd-Bostic died after a battle with cancer. She was a Bonner Scholar at Wofford and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She and her husband started the Bostic and Boyd Law Firm and worked to establish a firm known for integrity, advocacy and understanding. She also was active in the community.


Cameron Alexander Kimber, Dec. 13, 2017, Atlanta, Ga. Kimber was employed as a data analyst with ATL Plus and was a member of the World of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. At Wofford, Kimber helped start SCATE (Sharing Create Art Through Expression). He also was a member of the student-managed James Investment Fund.


Tarek Jaquan Odom, Jan. 9, 2018, St. Augustine, Fla. Odom died unexpectedly doing what he loved best — playing football. He was a standout for the Terriers partly because of his size, strength, speed and athleticism. Off the field he was loved for his warmth, gentleness and humility. He played 46 career games at Wofford, finishing with 126 tackles, 34 for loss. He was an All-SoCon defensive lineman and played briefly in the Arena Football League.

Adam Isaiah Wirth, Nov. 20, 2017, Kansas City, Mo. Wirth loved the study of chemistry. He majored in the subject at Wofford, as well as mathematics. He was a Wofford Scholar.