Susan Mary Semrick Epley, 92, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on October 28, 2012 at Baptist Trinity Hospice, Collierville, TN. Susan was a member of the Gadsden High School Class of 1938. She graduated from Gaseden Business College in 1940. She was a retired bookkeeper from the former Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama. She was a member of the Philomena Guild at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and also a former sacristan at both Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Therese Little Flower Church. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Susan was preceded in death by her brothers, John, George, Fr. Matthew Joseph, Adam and Max, and by her sister, Anna Semrick. She was the widow of Charles B. Epley. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Joanna Marie Chandler. She leaves behind her daughter, Mary Margaret Epley Chandler (Business Administration ’87) and son in law Timothy Chandler (Business Administration ’87); three granddaughters, Regan Elizabeth, Emily Susan and Andrea Brooke Chandler of Arlington, Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward Wesley Genes Jr., father of Matthew Genes (Accounting ’14), passed away November 15 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House.
Lena Hurt, grandmother of Casey Gregory (Management/Sports Management ’13), passed away on November 15.
John J. (Jack) Marchino (Marketing ’63), age 70, Stone Mountain, GA passed away on June 29, 2012. Jack was born in Vincennes, IN on August 8, 1941 to Joseph Edward (Joe) and Mildred Marchino. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Vincennes and Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN. He served in the US Air Force for 20 years and worked for the Georgia Department of Revenue for 15 years. He was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Jack was also an avid runner, a member of the Atlanta Track Club, and ran in many Peachtree Road Races and completed two Honolulu Marathons. He was also a Vietnam Veteran and was in the Air Force. Jack is survived by wife Ann Marchino, son Allen Marchino (Amy), daughter Leigh Ann Pesterfield (Andy), and 5 grandchildren; Charlie and Max Marchino and Ben, Ashley, and Jake Pesterfield, all of Birmingham, AL, and twin brother James (Jim) Marchino of Evansville, IN.
Virginia Masserano, 96, of Memphis, died October 16, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Masserano was a lifetime Methodist and a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Masserano, her sister, Elizabeth Deylong and her brothers, Ernest, Vince and Clarence Vaccaro. She is survived by her daughter, Sister Rose Marie Masserano of St. Cecilia Convent in Nashville and her son, John Masserano (Judy) of Collierville, grandchildren, John Masserano, Jr. (Jennifer) of New York, NY, Patrick Masserano (Alyse) of London (BSBA in Economics/Finance ’96 and MBA ’00), England and Julie Weaver (David) of Germantown, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Teresa Johnson, 47, died September 23, 2012. She leaves a daughter, Tereka Johnson (Business Administration/Finance ’08); parents, Shirley Williams and L.C. Granderson; four sisters, Tiffany Rankins, Doris Evans, Terry Williamson and Sharon Johnson, and two brothers, Larry Granderson and David Williamson II.
Wesley (Turner) T. Pitts, 25, died November 4, 2012. He was the only child of Wesley McArthur Pitts and Sarah Turner Pitts (Chair, Acct/Bus Law/Fin/MIS/Stats). Turner is survived by his grandmother, Reba B. Pitts, of Columbia, SC, his aunt and uncle, Catherine and Brooks Pitts, his aunt, Denise Pitts, and numerous cousins and other relatives, all of South Carolina. Turner also leaves his godmother, Candace Smith, of Houston, TX and his ”adopted” aunts, Alice Paysinger of Jackson, MS, and Terri Yarborough, of Greensboro, NC, and many friends. Turner is also survived by his constant companion, his dearly beloved cat Birdia. Turner was honored to be a member of Columbia Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, SC, and he was also a member of the National Kidney Foundation.
Rachel Whitson Slover, 88, passed away October 7, 2012 after a long illness. Mrs. Slover, born in Covington, TN was married to Frank T. Slover from 1944 until his passing in 1985 and was a longtime member of Germantown Baptist Church. She had once served as the Tennessee Division President of the National Secretary Association International, and was once voted secretary of the year for Tennessee. She then became a successful real estate agent for Crye-Leike Realtors before retiring. She leaves two sons, Steven Slover (wife Janet) of Olive Branch, MS, and Michael Slover (BSBA/Management ’92) (wife Beth) of Germantown, TN. She had been blessed with 5 grandchildren: Christy Capps, Meredith Slover Wilson, Joseph Slover, Daniel Slover, and Sara Slover; one great-grandchild, Kayla Williams, and two great-great-grandchildren, Levi and Rylee.
Robert F. “Bob” Yoakum, Sr., 75, retired Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant, died October 21, 2012 at his home. Mr. Yoakum was a member of Covington First United Methodist Church, FOP, Ret. Tennessee Troopers Association, American Association of State Troopers, and a lifetime member of VFW. He leaves a daughter, Stefanie (Shannon) Beasley of Covington; a son, Robert F. (Melissa) Yoakum, Jr. (MBA ’92) of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Betty (Joe) Burross of Brighton; a brother, Charles (Doris) Yoakum of Covington; granddaughters Abbey and Leah Beasley; three nephews, and one niece. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jake Yoakum.
Please continue to keep them, their families, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.