With Deepest Sympathy

The following are obituaries* of CCU alumni and personnel (listed by date of death) who have gone to be with the Lord in the past 12 months. Please pray for these families.

*If you have a photo we could use for anyone listed or if you see a need for an alum to be listed, please contact us at alumni@CCUniversity.edu.


P_SewellAugust 27, 2014
Phyllis (Hale) Sewell (Class of ’65)
Phyllis was a gifted singer and enjoyed singing both solo and choral music in church settings – most recently with First Christian Church Choir, Columbus, IN. [more]

August 11, 2014
Gladys (Waller) Randall (Class of ’43)
Gladys was a mother of 4, grandmother of 18, and great-grandmother of more than 55. [more]

July 29, 2014
Paula Reeves Showes (Current Student)
Paula was a current student in CCU’s graduate school. Among her many wonderful qualities, she was known around school as an enthusiastic believer, an encourager, and a prayer warrior. [more]

July 28, 2014
Henry C. “Buddy” Harris (Attended in the 60s)
Buddy was a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard. [more]

July 27, 2014
Paul McComber (Class of ’52)
Paul proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII as an airplane and engine mechanic before getting his degree from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. [more]

July 23, 2014
Ken Marsh
(Attended 1990)
Ken deeply loved his years of pastoral work and then the Lord called him to the mission field with Team Expansion as Coordinator of Connections. [more]

July 22, 2014
Clifton C. Jones (Classes of ’54 & ’76)
Clifton had a long career as a minster. He ministered churches in Ohio, West Virginia and Florida.  [more]

July 17, 2014
James Marple Fannin (Attended ’68-’71)
Marple was an ordained minister in the Church of Christ for almost 30 years, serving churches in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota California, and Oregon.  [more]

July 1, 2014
Glenn David Vaughan (Class of ’64)
David was a faithful pastor with a ministry spanning 7 churches in 3 states & over 55 yrs. [more]

June 12, 2014
Lynn Gallagher Main (Attended in the 50s)
Lynn was a teacher in Michigan for many years.  [more]

June 8, 2014
Ronald Walters (Class of ’54)
Ron was a full time minister for over 60 years and loved serving God and people. He served in 3 student ministries and as pastor in eleven ministries in OH, IL, MI, and IN.  [more]

June 1, 2014
Linda (Davis) Walker (Class of ’87)
Linda and her twin sister Brenda (Rasnake) grew up at White Oak Christian Church in Cincinnati
. [more]

May 25, 2014
Ronald Lewellyn (Attended in the 50s)
Ronald served as a pastor, liked to garden, had a good sense of humor, and was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa.  [more]

May 23, 2014
James Lee Arnold (Class of ’69)
James was a friendly, encouraging person who loved the Lord and loved CCU. [more]

May 19, 2014
Janice Brandon (Attended in the 40s)
As a minister’s wife, Janice lived in several cities in Ohio and one in Indiana. She loved being involved in the church and sang in the choir, played the piano, and hosted missionaries and evangelists in their home. [more]

W.B. MaxeyMay 8, 2014
W. Bryan Maxey
(Class of ’48)
Bryan served in the U.S. Army in World War II before attending CCU and going into ministry
. [more]

May 5, 2014
Barbara Jean Mellinger Comp (Attended in the 50s)
Barbara and other members of her family are alumni of CCU
. She retired from church administrative support work in 1999. [more]

May 5, 2014
Carlton C. Curie
(Classes of ’55 & ’58)
About Carlton, one of his friends wrote, “He was an amazing, thoughtful, humble Christian servant who always thought of others before himself; he was an absolute joy to know.” [more]

April 29, 2014
C. Allan Bennett
(Class of ’75)
Allan is part of a long line of Bennetts who have attended Cincinnati Christian University through the years
. [more]

April 28, 2014
Richard L. Carlson
(Class of ’76)
In addition to many accomplishments in his life,
Richard retired as Director of Support Services at Hope Rescue Mission after 18 years service. [more]

N.WashburnApril 27, 2014
Nancy (Taylor) Washburn
(Class of ’47)
Nancy earned a bachelor of sacred literature degree from CCU when it was called Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

April 25, 2014
N. Dale Cluxton
(Classes of ’54 & ’57)
Many people grew spiritually because of Dale’s excellent teaching and leading.

April 25, 2014
Charles J. Bell
(Classes of ’60 & ’63)
and his wife and family were actively involved in Christian missions work in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Zambia, in central Africa, beginning in 1966. [more]

April 12, 2014
Timothy Bellamy
(Class of ’85)
After college Timothy served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force before entering the business world. His wife Bethany is from CCU’s class of 1985 and his daughter Charissa is a current CCU student. [more]

April 9, 2014
Barbara Mueller
(Class of ’58)
Barbara and her husband Jerry (’58) operated a Hydrangea Farm at their home for a number of years.  [more]

March 25, 2014
Howard Dobbs
(Classes of ’55 & ’58)
Howard served as the General Manager for TCM International.  [more]


March 14, 2014
Larry Ferguson
(Attended in the 50s)
Larry was a retired minister for the Church of Christ and had been a pastor for 50 years.  [more]

Beeson_BMarch 9, 2014
Robert (Bob) Eldon Beeson
(Class of ’69))
Bob served for over 35 years as a respected Christian pastor in California and New Zealand.  [more]

March 8, 2014
Esther Schoner
(Attended in the 50s)
Esther served as a third grade sunday school teacher for 55 years at LifeSpring Christian Church in Cincinnati.  [more]

January 25, 2014
Tom Friskney
(Class of ’51 & ’55)
Tom was also CCU faculty member for over 50 years. Click here for the CCU Tribute. [more]

January 19, 2014
Tillie Odor
(Class of ’45)
Tillie was married to Buford Odor and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1987.  [more]

January 15, 2014
James “Jim” Mack
(Class of ’70)
Jim was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1970, and ministered to several churches before beginning his career as an architectural engineer. [more]

January 3, 2014
Marvin Flowers
(Class of ’94)
Marvin served as a minister of the gospel for 39 years in several congregations in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, and, most recently, in Michigan at Monroe Christian Church.  [more]

January 2, 2014
Roger Rankin
(Class of ’51)
Roger was a World War II veteran before going into the ministry.  [more]

December 22, 2013
James Dempsey
(Class of ’59)
James preached for 52 years in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. [more]

December 17, 2013
Naomi Chambers
(Attended 1959-60)
Naomi was a current member of Elizabethtown Christian Church and her husband Doran is a CCU Alum (’62 & ’68).   [more]

December 14, 2013
Kenneth R. Wellman
(Class of ’70)
Ken was a minister for 40 years, retiring in 2010.  [more]

December 8, 2013
Charlie E. Thomson
(Class of ’98)
Charlie was a member of East 91st Street Christian Church, where he led numerous bible study programs.  [more]

December 6, 2013
Barbara Jean Smith
(Class of ’53)
In addition to graduating from CCU, Barbara was also a past secretary to the president’s office. [more]

November 13, 2013
June Hunter
(Class of ’44)
June and her husband Vic were well-known for their kindness to the people they encountered. [more]

November 4, 2013
Mary Ann Dionyssiou
(Class of ’58)
Mary Ann’s first love was her family. Her second love was volunteering and fundraising for multiple organizations. [more]

October 29, 2013
Ruth Marie Clevenger Smailes (Att’d in 1952-53)
Ruth’s life career was as a nurse. Her nursing influence was so great, two of her children went on to be nurses. [more]

September 26, 2013
Lauren David “Larry” Girdwood 
(Class of ’99)
Larry’s lifelong ministry called him to serve Christian churches in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana.[more]

September 11, 2013
Dr. Calvin L. Phillips
(Classes of ’46 & ’47)
After graduating from CCU, Dr. Phillips went on to get degrees from Butler School of Religion, Milligan College, and Christian Theological Seminary. [more]

September 2, 2013
R. Carl Fish
(Attended, 1970s)
After serving in World War II, Carl served as a missionary in Okinawa, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia. His daughter Monica graduated from CCU in 1976 and his son Phil graduated in 1983. [more]

August 30, 2013
Jeffrey Peterson
(Attended in 1994)
Jeff had a witty sense of humor, a creative spirit and an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. [more]

August 13, 2013
Delores “Mitzi” Gwaltney
(Attended, 1950s)
Mitzi was a dedicated Christian who was active, along with her husband, in various ministries in churches and as a faculty wife at Milligan College. [more]

August 9, 2013
(Ella) LaVern Karns
(Class of ‘48)
LaVern dedicated herself to God’s service, working tirelessly to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. [more]

August 2, 2013
John Snyder (Class of ‘58)
John loved God. His family and his life calling to be a minister brought him great joy. [more]

August 1, 2013
John Wesley Casey (Class of ‘48)
John had a distinguished career in higher education before he retired in 1987. [more]