In Memoriam: Deacons We Lost In 2014
Dec. 30, 2014
Jan. 4: Vernon Golightly, 92. Vernon played football for the Demon Deacons in 1940. He went on to serve in World War II as an Army Staff Sergeant. After returning from the war, he founded Oxford Iron Works in Morganton, NC. His son Doug played football for Wake Forest from 1963-65.
Jan. 10: Rev. Roy Thomas (Tom) Funderburke. A 1956 graduate, Tom played tennis and basketball for the Deacons.
Jan. 13: Norm Parker, 72. Norm served as an assistant football coach at Wake Forest from 1969-71 under Cal Stoll. He went on to coach at Minnesota, Illinois, East Carolina, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. He spent the last 13 years of his career at Iowa where he developed the reputation as a top defensive coordinator.
Jan. 17: Dr. Frank Hilton Wallace. Frank participated in track for Wake Forest before going on to become an orthodontist for over 40 years in Shadyside, Maryland.
Jan. 23: Barbara Saunders Brown, '53: Barbara was a five-sport letterwinner on the old campus and was the Big 4 women's golf champion in 1954. She spent 31 years as a high school teacher and coach. She was the sister-in-law of former Deacon basketball star Dickie Hemric.
Feb. 3: Alva Lee Terrell was a member of the tennis and swimming teams in 1962.
Feb. 3: Bette Marie Braswell Auld, 85. Bette attended Wake Forest College for two years where she became a cheerleader.
Feb. 5: Dewey Hobbs, an offensive tackle at Wake Forest in the 1940s and a member of the 1946 Gator Bowl team. He served as a pastor at a number of North Carolina Baptist churches and retired as the Director of Pastoral Care at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
Feb. 22: Richard "Dick" Kelly '50, a member of the 1944 football team. Dick spent many years in Greensboro as a doctor and served as the chief of outpatient services at Moses Cone Hospital.
March 5: Marler Slate Tuttle, Jr., 63, of Kannapolis, NC. Slate played men's golf for the Demon Deacons in 1972. That year he finished 18th at the ACC Championships and was one of Wake Forest's top five golfers on the team that finished sixth at the NCAA Championship.
March 10: D. Mack Smith, 83. Mack was a member of the 1951 and 1952 Wake Forest football teams where he played left end. He was a starter at left end on the freshman team in 1950.
March 17: James Edward "Jay" Johnson, 84 of Charlotte. While not a student-athlete, Jay founded and hosted the Wake Forest Masters Party for all former Wake Forest players participating in the Masters. The event helped bolster strong ties, allegiance and recognition for the Wake Forest golf program.
March 31: Charles M. Garrison, a member of the football team from 1942-45. He was a center and also played on the tennis team.
May 5: John Solek, a member of the 1950 football team. John went on to work 44 years for Stanley Home Products.
May 6: Sarah Malinda (Johnston) Defren '91. A member of the women's track and cross country team, Sarah died two days after suffering a heart attack while competing in a half-marathon in Frederick, Md.
May 7: Fred Poston '51: Fred played football at Wake Forest and later served as an educator in the Chatham County School system for 32 years.
May 16: Chris Glenn, Jr. '60: Chris graduated from Wake Forest where he swam and played tennis in spite of suffering polio at the age of 3. His persistence allowed him to be an athlete in spite of his circumstances.
May 17: Vernon Davis '55: Vernon played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Wake Forest. After a stint in the Army, he had a long career in real estate and land development in Evans, Ga.
May 17: Winfield Boileau '67: A football player while at Wake Forest, Boileau became a captain in the Air Force following graduation. He spent most of his career working in investment banking and retirement planning with Salomon Brothers. He and his family lived in Rumson, NJ for 35 years.
May 20: Rupert Pate: Rupert attended Wake Forest College where he excelled in football. He was chosen captain of the team in 1939, made all-state and All-Southern Conference and played in the 1939 Blue-Gray Football Bowl. He joined the professional Chicago Cardinals team in 1940 and played with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1941-1942. Until his passing, he was one of the oldest surviving professional football players. Rupert was elected to Goldsboro High School's Hall of Fame in 1989.
May 21: Gene Pambianchi '50, was a four-year letterman in football from 1946-49 as a tackle. He was a teacher and coach in the Phillipsburg, NJ school system for 32 years.
May 22: Harold "Cocky" Moore, Sr. '57: Moore was the shortstop on Wake Forest's 1955 College World Series championship team. He was the lead-off hitter and had a base hit in the championship game against Western Michigan. He spent 44 years in banking with Wachovia following a minor league baseball career.
May 25: Dr. James Baily Dolan '73, a member of the swim team. Dr. Dolan went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree and was an orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a major in the Army Reserves and was on active duty in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
June 7: Jack Adair, '45: Jack ran cross country for the Demon Deacons before becoming a dentist.
June 17: Michael Siders '93, a former starting center for the football team. Siders was a trauma room nurse at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, SC. Siders started all 11 games at center in 1991 and also started games in 1990 and on the 1992 Independence Bowl team.
June 22: David McKenzie Clark '51. A tennis player in 1949, 1950 and 1951 for the Deacons, David graduated from New York University Law School in 1957 and joined the Greensboro firm of Smith, Moore, Smith, Schell and Hunter before retiring in 2007.
June 23: Dr. Elmer Jacobs "Moe" Harris '37. Dr. Harris ran track for Wake Forest from 1934-35. He received a Purple Heart after being wounded in New Guinea during his service as a doctor in World War II. A native of Guntersville, Ala., he lettered in track in 1934 and 1935.
June 26: James Ernest "Jimmy" Arrington. A graduate of Rocky Mount High School, Jimmy saw action at quarterback for the Deacon football team during the 1966 season. He would graduate from Elon and earn a masters at East Carolina before becoming a teacher and principal in the Rocky Mount school system.
June 29: Robert (Bob) Coords '66: A former swimmer for the Demon Deacons, he had a productive career in banking, most recently serving as the Chairman, President and CEO of Coconut Grove Bank in Miami, Florida.
July 17: James Pfohl, Jr. '61: After playing baseball and swimming at Wake Forest, James became a coach at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton). He spent much of his career in human resources both in Wilson and Greensboro, NC.
August 18: James (JK) Kennedy '81: A tight end from 1977-80, he was a member of the 1979 Tangerine Bowl team. James came to Wake Forest on a Brian Piccolo scholarship from Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Sept. 3: Philip G. Sawyer '43: Sawyer ran track and cross country for Wake Forest. A veteran of the Normandy Invasion of World War II, Sawyer was born in Elizabeth City, NC on Christmas Day in 1921.
Sept. 20: John Ogburn '52: A basketball player at Wake Forest, John had a long career in banking. He served as President of the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the United Way of Wilkes, and the North Wilkesboro Recreation Commission.
Sept. 24: Bill Coleman '73: Bill played baseball for the Deacons for two years. He earned his Ph.D. from Wake Forest in 1990. He served as the town manager of Pittsboro and Southern Pines and as the Chatham County manager. The William B. Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Center in Cary is named in his honor.
Sept. 29: Dr. Wendell Howard Tiller '42. Wendell ran track and cross country at Wake Forest before becoming an orthopedic surgeon, primarily in his hometown of Spartanburg, SC.
Sept. 29: Antonio "AJ" Jackson: Played basketball under Dave Odom from 1994-96 before transferring to UAB. In 40 games with the Deacons, AJ scored 73 points and grabbed 59 rebounds. He was a member of Wake Forest's 1995 and 1996 ACC Championship teams.
Oct. 9: James Goodyear '60: A member of the 1956 freshman football team, he was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1960. Goodyear enjoyed a successful professional career in sales for a national corrugated box company until 1977 when he purchased United Decorative, Inc., a Baltimore firm specializing in the manufacture and distribution of holiday decorations.
Nov. 2: Walter C. Clark, played football for Wake Forest before spending three years in the Army during World War II. Practiced law in Canton, North Carolina for 45 years and served as the Municipal Attorney of Canton for 59 years.
Dec. 24: Kevin Lloyd Smith-Franklin, who played football for Wake Forest during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, died in an automobile accident at the age of 24. Smith was a defensive end who made 31 tackles for the Demon Deacons as a sophomore in 2010.
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