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Dyer, Roy, Jr. '50
Deceased > Friday, 3/3/2017
Roy Dyer was born on November 8, 1931, the son of Marie Porter Lackland and Roy E. Dyer, Sr. He grew up in the southwest area of Atlanta. He graduated from Russell High School in 1948, Darlington School in 1950 and Jacksonville State College in 1954.

He met Helen Dean Young in college. They married in August of 1954 after graduation.

Roy obtained a commission in the US Army in Field Artillery and after almost two years in service obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. During the above period of time, he and Helen were blessed with their first son, Roy Eugene Dyer, III.

After leaving the service, Roy was offered an engineering job with Southern Bell Telephone Company in 1955. Three years later in 1958, Roy and Helen were again blessed with their second son, Thomas Young Dyer. Roy was with Southern Bell, BellSouth, and AT&T for 35 years. He retired in 1991.

Roy lost his wife Helen in February of 2011. Two years later his oldest son, Roy Dyer III passed away in September of 2013. His later years were spent at his home in Snellville, Georgia. Roy's son, Tom, his wife, Dedra and their son Luke were invaluable assets in his later life.

Roy was a member of the Masonic Lodge #99 in Snellville, Georgia. He was also a Scottish Rite 32 degree Free Mason. He was a member of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Ga.

Dyer, Jr., Roy Eugene
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 7, 2017
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Watkins, Arch '65
Deceased > Thursday, 3/2/2017
Archibald Legare Watkins died March 2, 2017 from complications of cancer. Born on September 16, 1946, he grew up in Tallahassee attending Leon High School and The Darlington School in Rome, Ga. In 1969, he received a commission in The Marine Corps following his graduation from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. As an artillery officer, he was stationed in Japan where he got to spend a winter on the side of Mount Fuji (something he talked about every winter for the rest of his life). After his military service, he returned to Tallahassee where he worked in the financial services industry, ultimately becoming an independent financial advisor with Cantella & Company. 

Arch is survived by his wife of 43 years, Suzanne Blair Thompson Watkins, and his children, Archibald Legare Watkins, Jr. (Monika) of Baltimore, Md., and Elizabeth Blair Watkins Dorneanu (Daniel) of Charleston, S.C. and his grandchildren Caroline Maria Dorneanu and Peter Layton Dorneanu. Another grandchild is on the way and is going to miss knowing her amazing grandfather. He is also survived by his brother, Ernest Monroe Watkins, Jr., and his twin sister, Dorothy Watkins Davis and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest (Buck) Monroe and Dorothy Legare Watkins and his sister Frances Watkins Fogarty. 

Arch's life was filled with many wonderful friendships, adventures, trips, hunts, and good times. He was loved by all that knew him for his quick wit and easy going personality. He was a longtime member of The Cotillion Club of Tallahassee, serving as President one year, and The Exchange Club of Tallahassee. Always a good sport, he had a sportsman's competitiveness that made any tennis match, golf round, or bird hunt much more fun. He spent countless hours diving and sailing the Gulf of Mexico and rivers and waterways of North Florida. In his later years, he enjoyed spending weekends at Alligator Point, FL, golfing, fishing, and bird hunting. He cherished his many childhood friends, the bums from The Citadel, his military buddies, and the numerous friends he made later in life. He dearly loved his family with special affection for his twin sister who always looked out for him. Arch lived a full and rewarding life and will be missed by many. 

There will be a private family burial on March 18, 2017 and a celebration of Arch's life on March 19, 2017, at Capital City Country Club from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Donations in Arch's memory may be made to St. Francis Wildlife, 5580 Salem Road, Quincy, Florida 32352, or the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612. Susie Mozoic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (www.bevisfh.com 850-385-2193) - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tallahassee/obituary.aspx?n=archibald-legare-watkins&pid=184472093&fhid=5827&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.I1BUgX4r.dpuf
Jenkins, Thomas '69
Deceased > Tuesday, 2/14/2017
James Thomas Jenkins, a resident of Henderson NC and Emerald Isle NC, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at his home in Henderson. Born April 9, 1951 in Henderson, he was the son of the late James Wiggins Jenkins, Jr. and Anne Upchurch Jenkins. 

Tommy was a graduate of Darlington School in Rome, Georgia and East Carolina University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was a petroleum marketer, President of J.W. Jenkins, Inc. and member of YPO, Young Presidents' Organization.

During his business career and retirement, he served on the boards of Salvation Army of Henderson, Bank of America of Henderson, North Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, Prevent Blindness North Carolina, and North Carolina Commission for the Blind. 

Tommy was a past Chairman of the Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church of Henderson and member of the Vestry of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church of Salter Path, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Massey Jenkins; two sons, James Thomas Jenkins, Jr. and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Marshall Carroll, and Barrett Massey Jenkins and daughter-in-law Brooke Patterson Jenkins; three granddaughters, Alexandra Carroll Jenkins, Julia Carroll Jenkins, and Lillian Miller Jenkins; sister, Maria Jenkins Mills; sister-in-law Susan Cashwell Jenkins; brothers-in-law, R. Daniel Massey, Jr. and Guy Barrett Massey; and several nieces and nephews. 

His brother, Robert Upchurch Jenkins, preceded him in death. 

The family expresses gratitude to Moses Onchonga and Mahalia Anderson for their compassionate care and companionship to Tommy. The family is also grateful to those who provided additional care and support. 

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Henderson on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive visitors from 12:30-1:45 in the Fellowship Hall and other times at the home, 2180 Valley View Drive. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Duke Family Support Program, Box 3600 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710, an invaluable resource for families dealing with Alzheimer's Disease; Choroideremia Research Foundation Inc., 23 East Brundreth Street, Springfield MA 01109-2110; First United Methodist Church, 114 Church St., Henderson NC 27536 or St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 920 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, NC 28512.

J.M. White Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The News & Observer from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, 2017
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Chesnut, D. O., Jr. '37
Deceased > Saturday, 2/4/2017
David Otis Chesnut Jr. - BRUNSWICK - David Otis Chesnut Jr, 98, of Brunswick, Georgia entered into rest on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Hospice of The Golden Isles. Mr. Chesnut was born August, 10, 1918 in Atlanta, Georgia the son of the late David Otis Chesnut Sr. and the late Dora Chesnut. He had resided in Brunswick since 1997. Mr. Chesnut attended Druid Hills High School and was a member of the Alpha Pi Honor Society. He graduated high school from Darlington Prep-School in Rome, Georgia. He continued his education at the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia. He later attended Kings Point Military Academy. He was a Merchant Marine and later served his country with honors in the United States Army during WWII. He was the previous owner of Associated Cleaning Service in Savannah and Augusta, Georgia. Mr. Chesnut was a member of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick, Georgia and was a past Vestry member at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Chesnut was a former member of the Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah Kiwanis Club, and the Savannah Golf Club. He was also a former member of the Pinnacle Club in Augusta, Georgia. In college, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and later the Mason Ocean Lodge #214. He was a charter member of the Building Service Contractors Association and Kings Point Academy Alumni Association. He also had been a member of the local YMCA since moving to Brunswick, Georgia. In May 2016, he was part of the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Mr. Chesnut was preceded in death by his parents, David Otis Chesnut Sr. and Dora J. Chesnut; his loving wife of sixty eight years, Read A. Chesnut and one grandson, Logan Chesnut. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Mr. Chesnut is survived by one son, David Otis Chesnut III of Roswell, GA; a daughter, Frances Chesnut of Charleston, SC; two granddaughters, Emily Sanford of Charleston, SC and Cayci Chesnut of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and one great granddaughter Mattox. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A Memorial Service to honor his life will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 8, 2016 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Brunswick, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyGeorgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Pkwy Bldg. 400 Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30327. Edo Miller & Sons Funeral Home Savannah Morning News February 7, 2017 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/savannah/obituary.aspx?n=david-chestnout&pid=184046180&fhid=5312&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.gG728Nfk.dpuf
Lamm, Bill '57
Deceased > Thursday, 12/22/2016

William “Bill” Lamm, 78, passed away Thursday afternoon December 22, 2016 surrounded by his family at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mr. Lamm was born in Surry County on April 18, 1938 to the late Lewis Marion Lamm and Gertrude DeLay Lamm.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from The University of North Carolina. Between degrees, he served in the United States Navy as the Communication Officer on board the USS Orleck (DD-886). During his time in the Navy, he was based out of Yokosuka, Japan and served in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.

He served the community of Mt. Airy for over forty years as a practicing pharmacist. He first worked at Lamm Drug Company, founded by his father in 1925, and later worked at Mayberry Pharmacy, Wallys Pharmacy and Gates Pharmacy. He found enjoyment in many things which included but not limited to HAM radio, music of many genres, black cats, and Tar Heel basketball.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lamm was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. James Louis DeLay Lamm. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Fultz Lamm of the home; his children, Dena Cook Moore and husband Shane of Winston Salem, Christopher DeLay Lamm and wife Dr. Meredith Coone Lamm of Asheville, and daughter, Anne DeLay Lamm Crump and husband Kyle of Norfolk, VA; grandchildren, Vincent DeLay Moore, Stelling Amelia Moore and Stratton Douglas Lamm.

There will be a visitation at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mt. Airy on January 8, 2017 from 1:00 until 2:30 PM with a memorial service following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, 472 N. Main St., Mt. Airy, NC 27030 or to Mt. Airy Regional Museum of History, 301 N. Main St., Mt. Airy, NC 27030.

Bennett, C. V., III '70
Deceased > Sunday, 12/18/2016
Clyde Vester Bennett III, known to family and friends at "CV," passed away peacefully on December 18, 2016 with Blanche, his loving wife of 41 years, by his side.  CV broke the mold on April 24, 1951, the eldest of six children born to Clyde and Patricia Bennett of Grays Knob, Kentucky.  While his youthful antics live on in family lore, CV never lost the magic of childhood laughter and good fun.  An instant favorite with every child he'd meet, CV brought smiles and laughter wherever he went.

CV was a standout football star at the Darlington School, and he also attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He met Blanche, the love of his life, at his alma mater, Ole Miss, where CV was a Kappa Alpha.  He made his mark in the construction and coal businessses, and CV worked tirelessly to improve the lot of his fellow Harlan Countians. He loved the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and her people.  CV was a founding member of the Kentucky Land Trust, and he served on several committees and boards.

CV understood the meaning of true friendship: he never hesitated to race to the rescue of the down & out, he always rooted for the underdog, and he never sought attrbution for his generosity and good deeds.

CV is survived by his wife Blanche Bennett, his sons, Clyde Vester Bennett IV (Laura), John Rhett Miles Bennett (Taylor), his four grandchildren, as well as his mother Patricia Bennett, his brothers Joseph and Darby Bennett, and his sisters Catherine Bennett and Karen Loving.  He was preceded in death by his father Clyde Bennett and his brother Jonathan.
Lowe, Roger, Sr. '65
Deceased > Monday, 12/5/2016
Roger Charles Lowe, Sr., 69, of Rome, GA, passed away at a local hospital on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. He had been battling complications from pneumonia.  

Roger was a longtime soccer and football coach as well as a teacher in the Cartersville City School System.

Roger was born to the late Hubert C. Lowe and Josephine Ryder Lowe on March 28, 1947 in Rome. He is a 1965 graduate of Darlington School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. 

In 1970, Roger first began teaching at Canon Elementary School in Franklin County, GA. Upon returning to Rome, he opened Lowe's Supermarket #3 in Armuchee, GA. In 1977, Roger left the family grocery business and began a 35-year teaching and coaching career in the Cartersville City School System. Roger started the boys soccer program at Cartersville High School and continued to coach the girls and boys teams after retiring in 2011. He was a talented and inspiring teacher and coach who made an eternal impact on the lives of his students and athletes. Roger was instrumental in bringing recreational soccer to Rome and helped to start the YMCA Youth Soccer Program in 1973.

Roger was a member of the Movement for One Community United, whose mission is to bring people together to build a community of harmony and peace. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Rome and the Koinonia Sunday School. Roger served the Lord in mission at La Iglesia Dios Es Amor in Costa Rica. After spending time there with his brothers and sisters in Christ, his prayer became that people would experience a more joy-filled relationship with God through prayer.  

Roger's connection to people knew no boundaries or conditions, nor did his ability to enjoy life. His journey was full and his smile was joy. While words can never suffice in describing the comfortably unique person that Roger was, he leaves an amazing legacy that will continue to speak volumes of a life well lived. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 1/2 "glorious" years, Kay Wolf Lowe of Rome, and his sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Dick Johnston of Bald Head Island, NC. His children and their spouses also celebrate his life-Heather and Kelly McDurmon of Rome, Jenifer and Kevin Thoem of Wilmette, IL, Tripp and Christy Lowe of Athens, GA, and Cris Lowe of Richmond, VA. Roger's nine grandchildren will also hold to the memory of their "Pampa"-Ansley, Anne Marie, Rhett, and Luke McDurmon; Morgan, Maggie, and Ethan Thoem; and Baylee and Brennan Lowe- as will his nieces and a nephew-Leslie Johnston Tinsley of Wilmington, NC, Laura Johnston Hill of Raleigh, NC, and Rich Johnston of Asheville, NC, his uncle Lewis Lowe of Rome and cousins Mike Jenkins of Rome and Steve Randall of Issaquah, WA.

A celebration of Roger's life was held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 3:00 P.M., 606 at Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, GA, 30165. The family received friends at the church from 1:00 P.M. until the service. Please visit Daniel's Funeral Home website at www.daniles-funeralhome.com to share memories and post tributes.

To honor Roger's love and dedication to the lives of young people and the sport of soccer, donations can be made to the CHS soccer program via the following address:
ATTN: Darrell T. Demastus
Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director
Cartersville High School
320 E. Church Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
Memo: In honor of Coach Roger Lowe-Soccer Program

Gandy, Al '51
Deceased > Wednesday, 11/30/2016

Albert F. Gandy age 83 passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Services will be held at 2PM Sunday, December 4, at Moores Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Bradley officiating. Burial will be held Tuesday, December 6, in Magnolia Cemetery in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Mr. Gandy was a native of Hartsville, SC but had made his home in Milledgeville for many years. He graduated from Darlington School and Georgia Tech. He retired as President from Meadows Industries. He was a board member at Georgia Military College, Central & Southern Bank and Lockerly Arboretum Foundation. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Kathleen Gandy, and his brother Howard Gandy. He was a member of First Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife Charlotte Meadows Gandy of Milledgeville, two sons, Ed Gandy (Dee) of Lawrenceville and Howard L. Gandy, II of Charleston, SC, two daughters, Allison Gandy Johnson (Howie) of Canton, GA and Elizabeth Wilson Gandy of Lakemont, GA, sister-in-laws Clara I. Gandy of Columbus, NC, Carole Meadows Walker of Milledgeville, 6 grandchildren Ryan Gandy, Kara Gandy, Kathleen Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Connor Johnson, Melissa Bradshaw and a number of nephews. 

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 4, from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at Moores Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church P.O. Box 795 Milledgeville, GA 31059 or Georgia Military College Foundation 201 E. Greene St. Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Visit www.mooresfuneralhome.com to express tributes.

Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.





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