GT Letterwinners: In Memoriam

April 9, 2013

The following obituaries were taken from various online sources between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013.

Sam Hoyte Blackwell, Jr. (Men’s Basketball, 1947), age 92, passed away on January 8, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born on June 6, 1920, in Chapel Hill, TN, the son of Samuel Hoyte Blackwell and Zella Marie Burks. He grew up in Columbus, GA, and graduated from Industrial (Jordan) High School. Following graduation, he enrolled at Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship. Because of WWII, he left Georgia Tech to join the U.S. Naval Air Corps. During his service in the Navy, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. With the conclusion of the war in 1945, his squadron was decommissioned and he returned to Atlanta and received his degree from Georgia Tech. He married Elizabeth Sue Moore on July 10, 1948, in Columbus. Hoyte was employed by the Georgia Department of Labor in Columbus, subsequently being transferred to Atlanta in 1961. He retired from the U.S. Department of Labor. Hoyte was predeceased in death by his beloved wife, Bette, and his brother Charles W. Blackwell. Hoyte is survived by daughters Betty Warner, Buford, GA, and Janet and Bill Rocker, Johns Creek, GA. Grandchildren Tiffany and Jason Moore, Hoschton, GA; Mallory Warner, Kennesaw, GA; Beth Rocker, Johns Creek, GA; Andy and Anna Rocker, Atlanta, GA; great-granddaughter, Emily Moore, Hoschton, GA; step-grandchildren David Rocker, Atlanta, GA, Lyn and Steve Pharris, Columbus, GA; son-in-law, Lee Sechler, Reno, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joseph “Nonno”Cammarata (Men’s Track & Field, 1960), 74 of San Antonio, Fla., born to Angelina and Giovanni in Ybor City, died February 11, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Diana; sister Aurora; son VJ (Jill); daughter Angela (Buck); 5 adored grandchildren; precious nephew and nieces and their families, Sam, Barbara, Susan, Beverly; mother-in-law, Lenora; faithful friend, Darrin; as well as other wonderful cousins and friends. Joe was predeceased by “Bro” Muley, his close companion and cousin. “Friendliest” in his C/O ’56, Jefferson HS, and proud graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, IE ’60; MS ’62 IE., Joe enjoyed an exciting career in aerospace, industrial, and computer engineering. He retired from GTE/Verizon to pursue his greatest passions: loving Nonno and family math expert.

Stanley Lamar Carson (Football, 1956), 83, of Atlanta passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born on April 11th, 1929 in Atlanta. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jan Orick Carson as well as his children Candyce Zahner and Caren (ICS ’79) & Mike (`CHEM ’75; PhD ’80 CHEM) Cobb. Also mourning his passing are his grandchildren, Amanda and Laura Cobb (INTA `2012), and Reese and Laney Zahner. He is also survived by his brother Wilbur Carson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Catherine Carson. Lamar was an avid tennis player and sports fan. After serving in the US Air Force, he went on to play varsity football at Georgia Tech, where he majored in electrical engineering. Lamar retired from Southern Bell after 38 years of dedicated service.

Charles Edward Edwards (Men’s Track & Field, 1952) was born July 19, 1930, in Charleston, SC, and was raised in Columbus, GA. In 1951, he married Carol Latimer Little, also from Columbus, GA. Together, they were blessed with four children, and were happily married for 44 years. A huge proponent of quality education for everyone, Charles loved being in an educational environment himself. He was awarded a B.S. in Industrial Management in 1952 and an M.S. in Industrial Management in 1953, both from Georgia Tech. At that time, Charles received his draft notice and subsequently served in the Air Force from 1953 until 1955. After his time in the Air Force, he returned to school. In 1961, he completed his studies and was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. Professor Edwards went on to teach at the University of South Carolina from 1959 to 1989. Upon his retirement from USC, he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Charles then taught at Belmont University, Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business in Nashville, TN, as Visiting Professor of Finance from 1989 to 1991. But, he always was and will be a Gamecock. Charles was a noted educator and author who loved nothing more than sharing the knowledge that he gained. A variety of professional organizations recognized him for his numerous publications. As much as Charles enjoyed his work, it paled in comparison to his love for his family. His family absolutely adored him. He is survived by daughters, Lynn (Ray) Meeks of Conway, SC, Betty Ann (Kent) Walters of Columbia, SC; and son, John (Claudia) Edwards of Greenwood, SC; grandchildren, Scott Meeks, Susan (Ed Hoffman) Meeks, Britton Edwards, Drew Edwards, Jordan Walters, Holly Walters, Nathan Walters, Suzanna Edwards, James Edwards, Davis Edwards, Adam Edwards and Evan Edwards; and brother, Richard Edwards of Florida. His lovely wife, Carol, predeceased him in 1995, as did his son, Chuck Edwards in 2003.

William “Dub” DeBerry Fesperman (Football Coach), 79, of Advance, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Mr. Fesperman was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Forsyth County to Clarence Linville and Mary Earline Ellison Fesperman. Mr. Fesperman was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. He loved working in his yard, spending summers at the New River mountain cabin, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren. Dub had a long career in sports, excelling in many facets of the game. He played football and baseball at Gray High School until he graduated in 1952. Dub graduated in 1956 from Duke University, where he excelled in both football and baseball.

After graduating, he began his career as a high school football coach, coaching throughout North Carolina. Dub moved up quickly and soon began coaching at the college level. He was on the coaching staff at Wake Forest University, Tulane University, Georgia Tech, the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth College. After his coaching career, Dub returned to his roots in North Carolina and began his career as a professional scout, primarily for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, where he worked for over 20 years. He will be remembered as a humble and loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and coach. Mr. Fesperman was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Norma Lee. He is survived by his wife, Marie Pettyjohn Fesperman; two daughters, Sandra Honeycutt of Salisbury and Anne Foster and husband Garry of Advance; four grandsons, Josh Honeycutt of Salisbury and Sam, Will and Clayton Foster, all of Advance; a sister, Jean Bullin; a brother, Bob Fesperman and wife Sarah; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert D. Grogan, Jr. (Baseball, 1945), 89, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on January 30, 2013, at Levine-Dickson Hospice at Southminster after a brief hospital stay. He was born on September 13, 1923 in Atlanta, GA, the only child of the late Willie Ophelia Johnson Grogan and Robert Davis Grogan, Sr. Bob was married to Virginia Florence Grogan, his childhood sweetheart, for 65 years. He is survived by his two daughters, Susan Dry and Pam Grogan; son-in-law, David Dry; and grandson, Chris Dry. Bob attended Boys High in Atlanta and Georgia Tech, where he received a baseball scholarship, and was a pitcher for the Georgia Tech baseball team. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. He received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered during his tour of duty. Bob spent his career as a manufacturer’s representative, and was President of Grogan-Edwin Associates Inc. before retiring in 2003. A lover of sports, he was an accomplished golfer and a member of Myers Park County Club since 1957. Bob and Virginia joined Myers Park United Methodist Church in 1955.

Junius A Page, Sr (Football, 1940), 95, passed away in his home on Fri., Jan 18, 2013. He was born in Raleigh, NC, to Charles C and Aline B Page. There he attended Broughton High School where he was a star athlete on three state championship teams. After high school he attended Georgia Tech playing football on a scholarship. In Atlanta he met the love of his life, Marjorie Jeffers, and they married in 1941. A veteran of WWII, Junie served in the Navy with assignments in the Pacific and in Norfolk. After the war he began his career in construction equipment sales and, in 1946, he and Margie moved to Newport News where they raised their family of six children. He is survived by his loving wife Margie, four sons, Jeff, Reid, Ross, all of Newport News, and Allie (Shirley) of Ashland, and two daughters, Mary (Ahmed) Page and Tricia (Butch) Painter, both of Williamsburg. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Junie was very involved in community activities with youth baseball, as a member of Warwick Rotary Club, serving as president in 1962, and as a 50-year member and past commander of American Legion Warwick Post 255. He was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church in Hilton for over 60 years and especially enjoyed singing in the church choir, with the “Harmonizing Four” quartet, and with the “Melonotes”. He cherished spending time with his family, particularly at the family table playing Tripoly. Junie was very grateful to his son Reid for being his caretaker during the last years of his life. His sense of humor and his love of family, faith, and music will be missed by all.

William Lee Queen (Football and Track, 1950), 86, of Jacksonville, died March 21, 2013. He was preceded in death by his son David of St. Augustine FL. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn; son, Don of Jacksonville; son, William Jr. (Lynn Ellen); grandchildren, Thomas, Anna and Philip of Richmond VA, and nephew Joe Kush (Sheryl) of Columbia SC. He was born in Atlanta April 9, 1926 and moved to Jacksonville at age 6. He was All State in football and track at Lee High School. He served in the Navy in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and the Pacific. He graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was an ATO, triple lettered in both football and track, and helped lead his team to the Orange Bowl Championship in 1948. In addition to owning Queen & Tucker Insurance Agency, he officiated SEC football, started the Jacksonville Georgia Tech Scholarship Fund, served the community as President of the Quarterback Club of Jacksonville, a founding member of the Jacksonville SERTOMA Club, President of Timuquana Country Club, President of PIA of Florida, Member of the Duval County School Board, and longtime member and Deacon of St. Johns Presbyterian Church. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, and skier, an instrument-rated private pilot, and enjoyed vacationing in western North Carolina.

Paul C. Stoudt Sr. (Football), 82, of Pottsville, passed away February 16 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville. Born in Pottsville, Jan. 20, 1931, he was a son of the late Howard and Elizabeth Deibert Stoudt. Paul was a 1949 graduate of Pottsville High School, where he was an all-state offensive guard. Following high school, he attended Fort Union Military Academy, Fort Union, Va., where he played football. He then received a full football scholarship to play at Georgia Tech, until an injury ended his career. Paul joined the Army, where he served in the infantry in Germany during the Korean War. Paul worked as a mail car- rier for the Pottsville Post Office for 32 years prior to his retirement. Paul was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, the Shriners, Masons, Tall Cedars and was a charter member of the AMVETS, all of Pottsville. Paul loved his family and spent most of his time with his loving wife, Geraldine, his children, Paula and William, his three grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Morton Stoudt; and his sister, Janet Ebling. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine M. “Gerry” Sullivan Stoudt, to whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on Aug. 2, 2012; his daughter, Paula Marshall, wife of Brent, Pottsville; his son, Paul C. Stoudt Jr., husband of Lois, Pottsville; his three grandchildren, David W. Stoudt, Ashley Trate and Beth Ann Stoudt; his two great-grandchildren, Madison M. and Aleah M. Trate; several nieces and nephews.

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