Benjamin Land Bivins ’61

Benjamin Land Bivins '61

Benjamin Land Bivins, 81, died peacefully on February 19, 2021, at his home in Tallahassee, FL after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Born and raised in Macon, GA, he was the son of Howard and Katherine (Armstrong) Bivins. A 1957 graduate of Lanier Senior High School, he attended Davidson College and Emory University School of Medicine before enlisting in the Air Force for three years, including one in Vietnam.

Following his residency at the University of Michigan, in 1972 he moved his young family to Tallahassee to open his dermatology practice. Several years later, he became the first in Tallahassee to offer Mohs skin cancer surgery after training with Dr. Mohs. Dedicated to his patients, many expressed over the years how much they appreciated that he took the time to listen to their concerns and treat them as individuals.

After retirement in 2000, he continued helping patients as a regular volunteer at the Neighborhood Medical Center.

Throughout his life learning meant doing. Whether it was teaming with his brother Guy on boyhood woodworking projects, traveling to experience other cultures and locales, sailing, developing photographs, speaking Spanish, or simply trying his hand at something that sparked his interest, his broad curiosity led in many directions.

A longtime supporter of and participant in the local arts community, in retirement his passion for creating art deepened and he returned to school to earn an MFA in painting at Florida State University.

After graduation, he continued his involvement with FSU through advisory positions, as an instructor, and by funding travel for students and visiting artists. He delighted in exploring the possibilities in art, and it was rare to find him without a small pad and pen for quick sketches and notes. Enjoying art remained a central part of his life even as Alzheimer’s took his ability.

He cherished and was cherished by his family. He is survived by his wife, Elece; children; Christopher (Jennifer DuBose and daughter, Kate), Margaret Irene (Kit Goodner and children; Henry and Ana) and Lucy (Eric Schmidt and sons; Hugo and Leif), all of whom he had with his first wife, Nancy, and Elece’s daughters; Ali (Ed Thomas and sons; Chad and Ben) and Emily (Rick Mottern and daughters; Amelia, Ava and Adeline); and siblings; Jack (Deanna), Guy (Juanita) and Charlotte (Roland Knight, who predeceased him) and their families.

The family will hold a private memorial service. Donations in his memory are encouraged to the FSU Foundation to benefit the Ben Bivins Fund for Art or to the Trust for Public Land.

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J. Charles Cameron ’69

J. Charles Cameron '69

John Charles Cameron V (Age 73) passed away peacefully on January 28, 2021, Charles is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ann Cameron, and one brother: Paul Cameron (Sydni Roberson) of Glen Ellen, CA. Charles leaves behind a daughter, Kelli (Jason) Cox of Atlanta, GA and son, John (Elizabeth) of Memphis. He was known as Da, because it was the first syllable out of his first grandaughter’s mouth, by his seven grandchildren: Abigail Cox, Madelyn Cox, Sarah Ann Cameron, Naomi Cox, Thomas Cameron, Michael Cameron, and Anabelle Cox.

Charles was a graduate of White Station High School (1965), Davidson College, Boston University, and the University of Memphis and was a US Army Veteran. He worked as an accountant for several companies before changing careers, teaching for many years at Wooddale HIgh School. He coached several sports, including softball, track, baseball and golf.

Charles never let a volunteer opportunity go unfilled. He coached his children’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams. Referees ejected him from more than one game.

He taught Sunday School at First and Trinity Baptist Churches. He served at Cubmaster for Pack 241 at Christ United Methodist Church. He drove the van to pick up elderly ladies for Sunday School. He served as a Deacon and went on many youth group trips, even when he didn’t like the music.

He never met a stranger, with language being no obstacle. He never missed an opportunity to teach, retiring only reluctantly before extending his classroom to Gibson’s Donuts and Mattei’s Garage. He would have told you that the Red Sox were his favorite baseball team, though he never missed a Cardinals game. He loved the Tigers and the Grizzlies, but couldn’t keep from rooting for Steph Curry.

Charles loved music and met many up and coming musicians as the Student Union director at Davidson College. He sang in the church choir as long as he could. He would have loved singing high tenor in a gospel quartet, but might have settled for being the Fifth Top. His grandchildren are still making good use of his record collection.

He loved deeply and unconditionally.

His funeral will be Thursday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 8899 Trinity Road, followed by a graveside service at noon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to Trinity Baptist Church, Cordova

Published in The Commercial Appeal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2021.

Robert Wilson ’60

Robert Wilson '60

Robert Anderson Wilson, 82, of Lynchburg, Va., died on Monday, January 25, 2021. The third of four sons of the late Moena Hand Wilson and Lowry Reed Wilson, he attended public schools in Lowell, N.C., became an Eagle Scout, and grew up in the Presbyterian church. Summer visits with his family to Montreat Conference Center were formative.

He earned degrees from Davidson College, Columbia Theological Seminary (M Div), and McCormick Theological Seminary (D Min).

During 39 years in the ministry, he was Associate Presbyter for Blue Ridge Presbytery and served churches in N.C. and Va., Westminster Presbyterian in Lynchburg, Va., Second Presbyterian in Salisbury, N.C., Shiloh and Dixon Presbyterian in Grover, N.C., Unity and Machpelah Presbyterian in Lincoln County, N.C.

An active volunteer, he served terms as Trustee at Davidson College and Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg and served on many synod and presbytery committees.

He was a founding board member of the Free Clinic of Central Va., for many years a weekly volunteer at Lynchburg General’s Cardiac Rehab unit, a longtime board member of Lynchburg Literacy Council as well as Churches for Urban Ministry and its Timothy Club. He received a NCCJ humanitarian award in 2002 in recognition of these activities.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Goodwin Wilson; three children, Lynn Watkins (Gordon), Susan Schaumburg (Eric), and Andy Wilson (Michelle Day); four grandchildren, Kate Watkins, Sarah Watkins, Conrad Schaumburg, and Mattie Schaumburg; one brother, John Wilson (Anne); and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Parks Wilson and his wife, Kitty, and Lowry Wilson Jr.

The family will plan a memorial service for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia or a charity of your choice.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

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Gilbert Gray Rosenberger ’62

Gilbert Gray Rosenberger, Jr., 80, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Johnson City Medical Center.

He was a native of Roanoke, Virginia, son of the late Gilbert Gray Rosenberger and Odelle Bean Rosenberger. He was also a 1958 graduate of Jefferson High School in Roanoke.

Gilbert is an alumnus of Davidson College where he majored in Physics, and also attended graduate school at University of Virginia and at Lynchburg College. He served his country on active duty in the Army for two years and in the Army Reserve for twenty-six more years. He also worked at Nuclear Fuel Services as a health physicist until his retirement.

Gilbert lent his servant’s heart to his church, First Presbyterian of Johnson City, where he was not only a member of the congregation but also served as both a Deacon and an Elder over the years.

He was a member of the Unaka Rod and Gun Club, spending a great deal of his time there. Gilbert was also an Eagle Scout and enjoyed supporting his local Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Buffalo Mountain district committee of the Sequoyah Council.

He is survived by: his brother, Russell Lee Rosenberger and wife Eula Ligon, of Daleville, VA; niece, Kelly Patrick and husband Adam, of Atlanta, GA; and nephews, Stephen Daves and wife Christina of Gainesville, VA, and Arthur Daves and wife Heather of Hailey, ID.

A public visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 28th, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City. A Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Paul Helphinstein. A committal will be held at 3:00 PM that day in Roanoke, VA, at Evergreen Burial Park. Those attending are asked to gather at the graveside by 2:50 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to these organizations Gilbert supported: First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City (https://fpcjc.org/) and the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America (sequoyahcouncil.org).

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family via www.morrisbaker.com

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Rosenberger family (423) 282-1521.

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Ronnie Radford ’61

Ronnie Radford '61

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Ronnie Reginald Radford, loving husband, dedicated father of three children, and Air Force Veteran committed to America’s security and success, passed away at the age of 81 surrounded by family at his home in St. Augustine, Florida.

Born March 2, 1939, Ronnie’s story is one of achievement. Raised from birth in St. Augustine by his parents, George and Lillian, Ronnie came from very modest means, and he committed himself to success early. He graduated Ketterlinus high school having been the valedictorian of his class, president of his class, captain of the football team, and a multisport varsity athlete.

He leveraged his high school success to earn an academic scholarship to attend Davidson College where he was a walk on football player, majored in math and physics, and held a job as cook to pay obligations beyond his scholarship. Halfway through his education at Davidson, he received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy, joining as a “Plebe” on July 7, 1959.

After four years of taking advanced courses due to his two year head start at Davidson, he graduated on June 5, 1963 ranked tenth in his class of 867 graduates. His academic performance garnered the notice of the United States Air Force, who recruited him away from the Navy to attend Stanford University.

Within hours of graduating from the Naval Academy, he married Nancy Hall, daughter of former St. Augustine Fire Chief, Brandon Hall, walking under the swords in Annapolis.

Upon graduation from Stanford, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, he served his country for twenty-four years as an engineer and program manager supporting crucial Air Force defense initiatives including an Air Force adjunct to the NASA Gemini space program, the F-16 fighter jet, the Advanced Cruise Missile, and the B-1 Bomber among other programs, rising to the rank of Full Colonel, and in the last two years of his career taking on General Officer roles leading thousands of personnel.

These roles took him and his family across the country – north, south, east and west – stationed at Air Force bases and the Pentagon.

After retirement from the Air Force, he continued his service in various leadership and consulting roles in the commercial defense industry until he retired for good to St. Augustine in 2007.

For many years he continued to serve by supporting various community initiatives through the Military Officers Association and local elected office among others. Ronnie was an active father, coaching his children’s sports teams, helping out with homework, attending father/daughter dances, and instilling love of country in their hearts. His work ethic was legendary, his rigor for perfection was limitless, and his sharp reasoning skills buoyed his work and wit.

He put family and country above all else, and he was known for always doing the right thing regardless of consequence.

While he was a serious man, his personal joys included listening to Johnny Cash, golfing with friends, and enjoying a good laugh – he was known to laugh so hard he could not speak for several minutes.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his brother, James Radford, his children, Joel Radford (Robin), Laura Radford, and Gina Mangus (Charles), his grandchildren, Brandi Moore (Andy), Browdie Wylie, Lindsay McLean (Justin), Zachary Mclean (Hannah), Nicholas Mangus, Brock Radford and Bradyn Radford, Elena Mangus, and his great grandchildren Browdie, Anna, and James.

Due to COVID considerations, private services will be held at Craig Funeral Home Monday February 1, 2021 at 11 AM ET, and virtual participation will be supported.

For additional details please visit their website at https://www.craigfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Ronnie Reginald Radford’s honor to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

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