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TAPS - March 2021 to June 2021

Date Posted:  Wednesday, March 17, 2021


March 2021 - June 2021



Herbert "Herb" F. Waters, Jr. '49, 91, of Baltimore, Maryland, died at his home surrounded by his beloved family and friends on Wednesday, June 9. Waters was retired from News America Marketing and had worked for many years in management for Golden Skillet Chicken. He was very active as a football official until several years ago. He officiated at Fork Union Military Academy and many high schools. Herb's life was surrounded by being a football official at Fork Union, where he was blessed and everyone knew what a gentleman he was. Although he slowed down about two years ago due to health issues, Herb would donate his paychecks from manning the play clock at Fork Union, to the school and athletic programs. Waters was married to Jean Gill Waters for over 11 years. 

Ivan S. Waxman '48, of Holmdel New Jersey passed away.  Ivan resided in Monmouth, New Jersey.

Kenneth Millar Wylie, Jr. '45, 93, of Evanston died at his home on Monday, June 1.  A veteran of WWII and a 1952 MSJ graduate of Medill School of Journalism, Ken worked for various publications as well as independently through his own Evanston Editorial. He was active with the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and with the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, Breakfast. He was active in the '60s in the early days of the Evanston Ecumenical Action Council, now Interfaith Action of Evanston. In 2017 he self-published an autobiographical novel, Driving to Mercer. 



John Wylie Davenport '52, 88, of Staunton passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.  Mr. Davenport was born in Gordonsville, VA on September 20, 1931, a son of the late Wallace L. and Agnes (Dempsey) Davenport.  John attended Orange County High School and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy. He attended the University of Richmond, where he pitched for the Spiders baseball team, before transferring to the University of Virginia.  John was a Past-President of the Augusta Lions Club and the Young Men’s Civic Club of Staunton. He retired from Staunton VDOT in 1991, after 30 years of service.  John enjoyed all sports, especially golfing at the Gypsy Hill Golf Course and many other courses, and was an avid UVA Basketball fan. John had a great sense of humor that brought smiles to everyone around him. He also enjoyed puttering in the garden, feeding his hummingbirds and fishing. Dearest to his heart were his faith in God and love for his wife and family.

Philip Curtis Fracker '58, 82, of Roanoke, Virginia went to his eternal home in Heaven on Sunday, May 2, 2021.  Philip was a 1957 William Fleming graduate, he played football, basketball, baseball, and track and did well in all his athletic endeavors. He also liked golf, bowling and traveling by car or cruise ship.  Philip followed in his father's footsteps and joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and while there he was awarded a trophy for best athlete of the year, he also received high marks on the rifle range.  His first job was working for Sears Department Store as a truck driver; he then went to work for The City of Roanoke Fire Department. While with the Fire Department, he played fast pitch softball for the City of Roanoke, and took a second job delivering flowers as far as West Virginia. At the end of his career, Phil retired early as Captain of the Roanoke City Fire Department. After his retirement, he enjoyed watching all sports on TV and keeping up with them all. He also enjoyed sitting and talking with all his friends at the bookstore in the mall. He cherished all the times his bother Lee would come over or call and all the times he received and called his family and friends.

Carlton Gray Jones Jr. '59, 79, of Richmond, passed away December 20, 2020.  Carlton resided in Montpelier, Virginia.

Anthony "Tony" Vincent Lanasa, '57, 82, of Richmond, peacefully passed at his residence on Monday, January 18, 2021. 



Thomas Paul Deaton, Jr.'65, 74, of Danielsville, GA, died on Monday, June 7.  “Tommy,” as he was known by family and friends, lived a life of service to Christ through his endeavors to help young and old alike see that their lives held immeasurable value because they bore the image of their Creator.  The son of Thomas Paul Deaton Sr. and Jewel Futch Deaton, Tommy was born in Lumberton, NC on June 22, 1946, and he then went on to spend many of his formative years in Jacksonville, FL. He followed his parents' example of service, working and volunteering in his community in his earliest years. After moving to Houston, TX for a short time, he and his wife, Carol Deaton, settled in the Athens, GA area. Together, they had seven children.  As a young man, he was very active in both the Athens and Georgia Jaycees. He volunteered as a Track and Cross Country coach at Athens Academy for over three decades and was serving as a lay pole vault coach at North Oconee High School at the time of his death. For several years, he also organized a sports league for young runners in homeschool and small christian school settings.  He led young men’s programs at several churches around the Athens area over the course of his adult years, and was a deacon at Prince Avenue Baptist Church and a member of the Madison County Gideons.  In his profession as a life and health insurance agent, and later as the Primary Trustee of Citizens Mutual Trust, Tommy helped people financially prepare for their future as well as the future of their loved ones.

Loyd Wayne 'Dude' Dickens '61, 78, died Saturday, January 30, 2021 in his Littleton, North Carolina home.  Dude was born on September 8, 1942, in Wake County, to Loyd Edward and Louise Mullis Dickens.  He was the long time welding instructor at Halifax County Community College; and, was an active member of Weavers Chapel United Methodist Church.

Allen Donley Jr. '64, passed away on April 11, 2021.  Allen resided in Chantilly, Virginia.

Walter Evans '61, 77, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, Walter was the father of four children and six grandchildren and was born to Walter and Frances Evans. He was a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was intelligent and quite the mathematician, working as a Chemical Engineer and Sales Person, and later tutoring students for the ACT and SAT. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. He enjoyed sports including baseball, football and track, his Boston Terrier dogs, and was Catholic. 

Gerald Sinclair Hayman '61 died May 12th from liver cancer. His last days were spent peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.  Gerald was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1942 to Rebecca and J. G. Hayman. When his father joined the army, his mother moved with Gerald and brother, Emory, back to her family home in Norwood, North Carolina. Gerald grew up there with his beloved grandmother and uncles – his favorite was his namesake, Gerald Thomas (“Getty”) Turner.  Gerald’s entrepreneurial career began early – raising rabbits for sale as a teenager. He talked about having to get up early to change their frozen water, and that lesson of hard work served him well through his many business ventures in the future. His sister, Jane, was born when his father returned from WWII. She remembers how Gerald loved to waterski barefoot on Lake Tillery, and how he “wasn’t afraid of anything” – even once feeling around with his feet for a huge copperhead that he shot at (but wasn’t sure if he had hit) off their dock.  Gerald received a scholarship to play high school football in at Fork Union Military Academy, until he sustained a knee injury. After college, he entered the Navy. In 1964, while stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, he met Rosemary Plaskett, who was teaching high school in Daytona Beach. They remained in touch as Gerald worked as a contract test pilot in Vietnam.  Gerald and Rosemary married in 1971 in West Point, Tennessee. The minister was Rosemary’s cousin, and as it was his first wedding, Gerald had to calm him down before the ceremony. Gerald and Rosemary returned to Norwood and had 2 daughters, Mary and Blair.  Gerald was an engine and generator salesman before deciding to start his own company. With his partners, Gerald built a successful business manufacturing and selling generators. Power Technology Southeast grew from humble beginnings in a barn to become a multi-million-dollar company. In 1992, Gerald, Rosemary, and the girls relocated to Leesburg. Gerald and Rosemary worked hard for their family, but also enjoyed traveling together – to Japan and China, and across the western U.S. In 1998, Rosemary died from breast cancer.  In 2005, Gerald married Dorothy (“Dottie”) Gray, and became a second father to her children, Robert, Michele, and Chris. A few weeks before their wedding Dottie, teasing, asked if he was nervous about getting married. To which he replied, “Babe, I haven’t been nervous since I was flying over the jungle and my plane ran out of fuel.”  After Gerald retired, he and Dottie found more time to travel – across the country in their motor home, playing golf in Mexico, cruising to Alaska, and spending time at their cabin in the Georgia mountains. Never one to slow down, though, he kept busy with real estate and a new business, Elite Electric Vehicles, which imports and distributes golf carts.  Gerald loved golf, travel, flying, bird hunting, and boating, and he was always up for a game of cribbage or gin. Gerald was an eternal optimist. As he would say, “the only things in life that really failed, were the ones that you gave up on.”

Richard W. Hess '60, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021.  He was born on July 21, 1942 in Keyser, WV, the son of the late Earl Kieffer Hess and Louise (Welch) Hess.
Richard attended schools in Waynesboro, PA, Keyser, WV and graduated in 1960 from the Fork Union Military Academy. He retired from Westvaco (New Page) 2007 with 41 years of service as Maintenance Shop Supervisor.  Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. Serving 3 years with the 7th Fleet aboard USS Ranger and USS Bonhomme Richard supporting action in Vietnam, 1963 – 1966. He served from 1978-1999 in the Navy Reserve assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 23 (Seabee's), which was activated for Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 1990-1991. Richard retired Chief Petty Officer Equipment Operator with a total 24 years of service.
He was a member of the FRA (Fleet Reserve Association), American Legion Boyce-Houser Post 41, and NRA (National Rifle Association).

Daniel Allen Hillsman Jr. '60, 78, of Richmond, died at Westminster Canterbury on Friday, May 14, 2021. The son of the late Mary Scott Bruce Hillsman and Daniel Allen Hillsman Sr., Dan grew up in a pre-Civil War house on a farm in Amelia County that encompassed the Saylor Creek Battlefield. His family ultimately donated 200 acres and a 1740 dwelling (the Hillsman House), to form the Saylor Creek Battlefield Park. He attended Amelia County Public Schools and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1960. Dan earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Randolph-Macon College in 1964 and a master's degree in finance in 1976 from the University of Richmond. He joined Virginia Power in 1964 as a clerk in general accounting and retired 34 years later as Vice President of Administration and Assistant Treasurer of Dominion Capital. During his tenure with the company, Dan held various other positions in investment and finance, including assistant corporate secretary for Virginia Power and director of short-term finance for Dominion Resources. He will be remembered by his family for his appreciation of style and an enjoyment of an event, whether the 400th anniversary of Jamestown or a local opera performance. Dan was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, as well as the Commonwealth Club, the Country Club of Virginia, the Jamestowne Society and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Jerry Richard '63 of Fort Monroe, Virginia recently passed away.  Jerry resided in Fort Monroe.

Frank Huff Ridinger '68, 71, of Chesterfield, Va. passed away at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, March 20, 2021.  Frank was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 3, 1950 and spent his early childhood in Chester, West Virginia. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1962 and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1968.  Frank worked for the Overnite Transportation Company/UPS in Richmond as a Regional Pricing Manager and retired in 2010 after 25 years of service.  He was a superb cook and gardener and would spend hours sharing recipes and cooking tips with his family and friends. He had a love for fishing and spent many days on the James River. He loved music, especially southern rock and roll. He loved NASCAR. And he loved visiting and spending time with his family.  Frank was active in the Loyal Order of Moose where he will be remembered for the many breakfasts he cooked at the Manchester Lodge in Chesterfield.

John Trigg Scott '61, 77, of Lynchburg, died on March 12, 2021. He was the loving husband of Mary Tudor Scott for 30 years.  Born in Christiansburg, VA on May 30, 1943, he was the son of the late William Trigg Scott, Jr. and the late Margaret Irvin Scott.  John graduated from Fork Union Military Academy, where he played football. John played one year of football at Tech (he said it wasn’t fun anymore) and then joined the wrestling team.  After graduation from Tech in 1966-67, he was employed by Lynchburg City Schools as a “shop” teacher and later as a coach. He started the wrestling program at E.C. Glass and is a member of the Hilltopper Wrestling Hall of Fame. He coached JV football and wrestling at Glass; was a high school wrestling official for 35 years and is a member of the Central Virginia Youth Wrestling Hall of Fame.  John started the girls’ softball program at Heritage High School and coached that program for 25 years and he also maintained the softball field which was always in pristine condition.  He organized and worked the John Scott Heritage High School Invitational Golf Tournament at London Downs Golf Course for over 20 plus years, where each year, 125 high school boys and girls from around the state competed. He was inducted into the Heritage High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.  In 2009, John was inducted into the Lynchburg Area Sports Hall of Fame for his work with the youth of Lynchburg which was quite an honor.  John was an avid golfer and played yearly in numerous tournaments and often won trophies. After retirement from Lynchburg Public Schools in 1998, he worked at London Downs Golf Course mowing fairways which he dearly loved to do and played golf there almost daily. He was a member of the London Downs Senior Men’s Golf Association and an honorary member of the Ladies’ 9-Hole Evening Golf League.

Elliot Scott Tucker '60, born June 17, 1942 in McKenney, Virginia entered into eternal rest April 8, 2020 at his home in Georgetown, Texas.  Elliott’s close friend and longtime companion the Reverend Maurice Edens who joined Elliott in Holy Union at the Metropolitan Community Church October 12, 1985 preceded Elliott to eternal rest on June 15, 2009.  As a child, Elliot lived on his family farm with his parents and brother. He attended Sunnyside McKenney High School in McKenney, VA.  At the time, the school included grades one thru eleven.  Elliott’s father developed cancer and died of it on October 19, 1952.  Elliott was enrolled in Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia which is a private, all-male, college preparatory military boarding school located in Fork Union, Virginia founded in 1898. Elliot spent his summers living with his Uncle Bill and Aunt Margaret and their son William and other relatives.  After completing his college education at the University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree December 19, 1977, Elliott moved to New York City.  He later went to work for a company called Docucorp founded in 1982 headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  The company was an innovator at automating production of forms for business.  Elliott was one of the early employees and influential in its marketing program.  Docucorp became a publicly traded company in 1998.

Randall L. Ward '63, 75, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday evening, June 7, 2021, in the loving arms of his wife. He was born June 13, 1945, in Oakland, California, to Lochlin Monroe Ward and Clara Gattis Ward, while his father was in the military. They returned to their hometown of Durham, where Randall grew up. He was educated in the Durham public schools until his second year of high school, when his parents sent him to Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia for the last two years. Although he protested leaving his sociable teenage life for the strictness of a military high school, Randall later (much later) admitted that the study habits he learned at Fork Union Military Academy served him well in college. He attended North Carolina State University in 1964. Although some people thought he majored in Sigma Nu Fraternity life, Randall graduated with a BS in textiles in 1968 and began a lifelong alumni relationship with the University. He began his professional career with Crompton of Virginia in the garment district of New York City. After a few years there and in Boston, Randall returned to the Triangle. He met his future partner Steve Robertson, also a NCSU graduate, and together they did small construction jobs until a bad economy, a legendary party, and lots of broken furniture necessitated the creation of new furniture and was the beginning of This End Up Furniture Company in 1974. When they sold the company after ten years, there were This End Up stores in every state of the continental United States. Randy retired and devoted his life to his family, his farm, and his community. Randall's experiences at NCSU, both in and out of the classroom, helped make him the man he became, and he never forgot it. He served on several boards at NC State over the years, and was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club. He also stayed connected with his beloved Signa Nu Fraternity, and often spoke of how proud he was of his brothers' achievements. He received many awards from NC State, including the Watauga Medal, the highest honor given by the University to non-employees for significant service and outstanding generosity



Ralph Warren “RW” Burns '87, 52, of Hillsboro, West Virginia passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at his home. Born February 6, 1968 in Alderson, WV, he was the only son of the late William Richard “Dick” and Ruby Lynn Hodges Burns. RW was a graduate of Pocahontas County High School and Fairmont State University. He was passionate about bringing out the best in people whether on the field as a Little League coach or in the businesses he ran in his community. RW was a devoted husband, father, and good and loyal friend to many. He attended the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro.

Errors and Omissions - Our goal is to honor all Fork Union Military Academy alumni, staff, and faculty that passed away during the stated period.  If we failed to include someone from our community, please email with the information, preferably an obituary.