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.

Copyright (c) 2021 The Macon Telegraph

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).

Copyright: Copyright, 2021, The St. Augustine Record, All Rights Reserved.

Gordon LeGrand ’61

Gordon Buck LeGrand, MD Gordon Buck LeGrand, MD, 81, of Raleigh passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020.

A private graveside service for the family will be held in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Judith Cubberley LeGrand; sons, Gordon C. LeGrand, MD and Charles W. LeGrand and wife, Alaine; grandson, Thomas A. LeGrand; brother, John L. LeGrand; mother-in-law, Catherine B. Cubberley and his brother-in-law, William C. Cubberley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Quince and Lucy Buck LeGrand and his father-in-law, Charles L. Cubberley, MD.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603.

Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.

Quinton Pressley Boyd ’61

Quinton Pressley Boyd '61

Quinton Pressley Boyd, 80, of Covington, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020 at his home. He was born in Porterdale, GA to the late Charles Pressley Boyd and Effie Ann Stroud Boyd.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Spencer Stroud Boyd. Quinton was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His hobbies included traveling, farming and sports.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Newton County High School. From there Quinton attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics. He attended Purdue University in Indiana earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering.

Quinton also attended Florida Institute of Technology, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He proudly served his country and retired after 21 years of service from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

While in the service, his career highlights included Assistant Professor of Mathematics at West Point Military Academy for 4 years; he served 3 hardship tours in Viet Nam, Thailand and Korea; his medals included two Meritorious Service Medals, a total of four Army Commendation Medals the fourth received was issued for Coordinating the Army’s Ballistic Missile Defense activities with the Air Force and other government agencies on the West Coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Quinton worked at Kentron in Hunstville, AL where he coordinated Strategic Missile Testing. His second retirement came after 29 years of service to Oglethorpe Power as a Planning Engineer.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years Herta “Mona” Boyd; children, Charles “Tom” Boyd (Nora Perry), William Pressley Boyd (Kammy), Patricia “Dori” Blake (Anthony); grandchildren, Tara (Will) Colvin, Brandon McCaslin, Alex Boyd, Nikki Blake; great-grandchildren, Harley and Tyler Colvin; sister-in-law, Linda Boyd; nieces and nephews, Lisa Boyd Hobbs (Ward), Dr. Jennifer Boyd Morgan (Richard) and Harrison.

Memorial Services for Quinton will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2pm in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Brian McCollough officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 1pm – 2pm. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve.

Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Those who are unable to attend we understand, and appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated. (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate)

Friends may send condolences to www.wheelerfuneralhome.com. Wheeler Funeral and Cremation Services, 11405 Brown Bridge Rd, Covington, GA (770) 786-7111

Copyright 2020, Rockdale Citizen, All Rights Reserved.

William “Bill” Jackson Welborn, Jr. ’61

William “Bill” Jackson Welborn, Jr. '61

William “Bill” Jackson Welborn Jr. died Sunday June 21, 2020 at home. Born March 27, 1938 in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late William Jackson Welborn and his wife Graham Arrington Welborn. Bill was married almost 60 years to Elizabeth “Beth” Poe Henderson Welborn.

Bill graduated with Honors from Sewanee Military Academy and later graduated from Davidson College. He took great joy in his family and in serving his church for many years. His family includes wife; sons, Jack Welborn III (Lesa) and Graham Welborn (Cheryl); daughter, Elizabeth Gould (Michael); grandchildren: Alison White (Jason), Katie Hagan (Will), Jessica Wellington (Geoff), Arrington Watson (Ben), Christopher Mura (Erin), Gray Welborn, Jackson Welborn, Benjamin Gould, Nicholas Gould, and Anna Beth Gould; great-grandchildren: Wilkins, Rollins and Kip White; Wells and Page Watson; and a sister, Anne W. Greene. He is preceded in death by his 2nd son, Tom Welborn; and a sister, Mary Page Sims.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4500 SC-86 Easley, SC 29642.

Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.