In Memoriam: Deacons We Lost In 2015
Jan. 5, 2016 Jan. 3: Col. Paul Henley, 93: A native of Asheboro, NC, Henley attended Wake Forest in 1943 and played on the basketball team. He enlisted in the Marines and piloted aircraft in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. He served as the Marine Corps' liaison with Congress, and retired with numerous awards and commendations.
Jan. 12: Dr. Stanley Apple ‘39. Dr. Apple participated in football, basketball and baseball at Wake Forest and was a member of Wake Forest’s 1939 Southern Conference regular season championship basketball team. After serving with the Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, Apple became a surgeon and was chief of surgery at a hospital in Trenton, NJ for 20 years.
Jan. 17: Thomas Davis (Buck) Bunn ’50. Buck passed away on his 90th birthday. A native of Raleigh, he was a B-29 bomber pilot in World War II and graduated from Wake Forest College and Law School in 1950. He was a member of the tennis team as an undergrad. Bunn joined his father's law firm, which became Hatch, Little & Bunn, where he practiced law for over 50 years. Buck also served as a member in the NC House of Representatives from 1963-69.
Feb. 5: Jim Haney ‘76, a member of Wake Forest’s 1975 NCAA Golf Championship team, passed away at the age of 61. Following his graduation, Haney earned a law degree from Campbell and joined the United States Navy. He went on to work for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission until he was afflicted by multiple sclerosis.
Feb. 17: Nick Maravic ’55, a football letterman in 1953 and 1954, passed in Lady Lake, Fla. Maravic, 82, was a 17th round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1955 NFL Draft. After training camp, Maravic fulfilled his ROTC military requirement and retired from active duty in 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
March 6: Joanne Matthews Brunson ’50: A former cheerleader at Wake Forest, Joanne was a 1950 graduate of Wake Forest with a degree in English. She was a real estate marketing consultant in Southern California until retiring in 2005.
March 12: William Berry Primm ’43: Primm played second base for the Demon Deacons in the early 1940s. He went on to spend 46 years with Home Federal Savings and Loan in Rome, Ga. He was the long-time president of the bank before retiring in 1992. He also spent 13 years as chairman of the Rome Board of Education.
March 14: Howard Cheshire ’54: Howard, a native of Fayetteville, played halfback for the Deacon football team in 1950. He was inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
March 21: Leo Ellison, a longtime member of the Wake Forest faculty and the former swimming team coach, passed away. After briefly serving in the Air Force, in 1957 he accepted a position on the faculty and as swimming coach at the newly relocated Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, and it was here for nearly 50 years that his coaching and teaching shaped the minds and character of all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. His prowess as a coach gained him international recognition resulting in coaching invitations in both Egypt and Mexico.
March 23: Coy Privette ’55: Coy played football at Wake Forest in 1952 and 1953. As an undergrad, he served as student body president before attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Privette became the pastor at four North Carolina churches and served as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. All four of his children graduated from Wake Forest including daughter, Amy, who starred in women’s basketball and is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.
March 29: Jim Horn ’58, a football letterman from 1956-58 and also a member of Wake Forest’s 1955 College World Series championship baseball team. In recent years he had been very involved with the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC. He was a member of the North Carolina American Legion Hall of Fame and a former catcher on the Shelby Post 82’s 1951 state American Legion championship team. A long-time assistant coach at Shelby High, Horn was inducted into the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame.
April 14: Patrick Neary ’65: A member of Wake Forest’s track and cross country teams, Patrick became a major in the Army and worked as a government contractor following his retirement. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery.
May 11: John Monarek: A member of the Wake Forest track and field team, Jack set the school record for the longest javelin throw by a freshman at 172’ 11 ½” in 1961, a record that stood for a number of years. After serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, he went on to a career in sales with Boston Scientific and 3M.
May 13: Jeffrey Roderick “Roddy” Beasley, a member of the Wake Forest swimming team in 1965-66, he owned and operated the family seafood business, Maggioni’s Seafood, in St. Helena, SC.
June 7: James Bedgood ’65: Bedgood was a halfback for the Deacons from 1961-63. Bedgood graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in accounting and served in Vietnam in the Army. While working as a CPA in Selma, Alabama, Bedgood was a three-time state champion in duck calling.
June 7: Jean Hooks, the wife of former athletic director Dr. Gene Hooks, passed away on June 7. Jean served as the athletics business manager before being asked to join the University business office to develop and wage and salary manual. She later became the director of admissions and financial aid for the WFU Law School. She eventually retired from Wake Forest as the Director of Computer Services.
June 23: Pat Peppler, an assistant football coach at Wake Forest during the 1962 season, died at the age of 93 at his home in Stuart, Fla. Peppler was Vince Lombardi’s director of player personnel with the Green Bay Packers from 1963 through 1972 when he left to become the director of pro scouting for Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins.
July 3: Dick Daniels, 82, was a halfback on the Deacon football team from 1954-56. He was among the top rushers each year and led the club in receiving in 1956. A native of South Portland, Maine, Daniels worked in the shipbuilding industry and was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
July 13: Charles Macon ’58: Charles was a member of the basketball team and the Monogram Club. He had a long career with Blue Cross Blue Shield and served in the North Carolina National Guard.
July 3: Jim Whitehead ’83: Jim was a member of the Wake Forest track and cross country teams. He was a mortgage banker in Mechanicsville, Va. at the time of his passing.
Aug. 9: James Batterson ’62: A tennis player for the Demon Deacons, James earned a master’s at Columbia then founded a residential construction and development company in Hartford, Conn. He was an avid sailor and golfer.
Sept. 2: Ray Sarette, a member of the undefeated 1966 Wake Forest freshman football team, passed in Las Vegas, Nevada. He came to Wake Forest from Manchester, New Hampshire after having helped Manchester Memorial High School to an undefeated season in 1965.
Sept. 16: Robert “Bob” Irwin III, a football letterman for the Demon Deacons from 1958-62 passed away suddenly at his home at Pawley’s Island, S.C. He served 14 years as the chair of the Health and Physical Education Department at Mansfield University while also coaching football and track.
Oct. 22: Jim Hobbs ’58: A member of the 1955 football team, Hobbs went on to earn a postgraduate degree from the Duke Divinity School and served as a United Methodist Minister throughout North Carolina. A native of Clinton, NC, Hobbs played end for the Deacons.
Nov. 22: Ann Fields Francis, the widow of former Wake Forest Sports Information Director Marvin “Skeeter” Francis, passed away after a 10-year battle with cancer. She spent 30 years as the secretary of the Religion Department at Wake Forest.
Nov. 26: Ray Jones, ’51: A cheerleader and runner on the track and field teams, Ray spent most of his life in Eastern North Carolina. A native of Elizabeth City, he coached basketball at the College of Albemarle for one year and then represented the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company in Elizabeth City from 1965-91.
Dec. 19: Rev. Charles Wellons, ’52: Rev. Wellons was a Baptist minister for 47 years in Spring Hope, NC, , Shawboro, NC and Coinjock, NC after graduating from Wake Forest. As an undergrad, Charles ran track and cross country for the Demon Deacons.
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