Notable Area Deaths of 2014

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Michael Hagler -- Jan. 7
Michael Hagler served as managing partner for Fulcher Hagler LLP and was considered one of his community's most talented lawyers.

Mike was active in the community as a member of the Augusta Bar Association, the Augusta Country Club, State Bar of Georgia, member of Augusta Advisory Board of First Bank of Georgia, member of the Board of Directors of Coastal Forest Resources, as well as a member of the Irish American Heritage Society.

A lifelong communicant at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, he served in numerous leadership roles including two terms on the Finance Committee. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
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Futhey Babcock -- Jan. 8
Futhey Babcock was one of the co-founders of the Augusta Chorale, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary last fall.
" Babcock sang tenor in the group until health reasons prevented him from doing so. During his active years, he said nothing could keep him from attending chorale rehearsals on Monday nights at Paine College. He also worked to get others to come on board with his idea, and he recruited singers.
“I invited them, they came in and stayed,” he said of many of the early members.
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H. Lowrey Stulb -- Jan. 8
H. Lowrey Stulb, the architect responsible for designing the Eisenhower Cabin and the Sarazen Bridge at Augusta National Golf Club, didn’t go around bragging about his accomplishments at the home of the Masters Tournament.

After all, they were just a small part of a much larger body of work. His firm, Eve and Stulb, designed many prominent buildings around Augusta after World War II, including the Augusta Richmond County Library on Greene Street, Butler High School, Langford Junior High School, a research and education building at the Medical College of Georgia, the Convent of Saint Helena and Saint Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.
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Julian Osbon
Augusta businessman Julian Osbon was also a longtime philanthropist.

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Judge Jerry Daniel -- Jan. 30
Jerry Daniel, a Burke County state Court judge, set up one of the area's first DUI courts.

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Anne C. "Bootsie" Calhoun -- Feb. 21
"Bootsie" Calhoun was the first Augusta woman elected to state office when she won a seat in the Georgia Legislature in 1974.
The wife of former Augusta City Councilman "Billy" Calhoun, she also served eight years on the Richmond County school board, and held a variety of state and national Republican Party offices.

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Meredith Legg Stapleton -- Feb. 24
Stapleton, 26, the all-time leading scorer in USC Aiken women’s basketball history, died after a long battle with cancer.

During her career at USC Aiken from 2005-09, the shooting guard set school career records with 1,480 points and 311 3-pointers.
She also owns the Peach Belt Conference career records in free throw percentage (.882) and three-point field goal percentage.

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Douglas Luke -- March 11
Luke was a respected member of the Columbia County school board during a period of transition in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also president of the Georgia School Boards Association.
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Ed Hurt -- April 6
Hurt very humbly often described himself as just another bluegrass musician, when in truth the Augustan was one of the greatest mandolin and fiddle players anywhere.

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Gregory White Smith -- April 10
Smith, 62, a world-renowned author who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning biography on painter Jackson Pollock, the definitive biography on Vincent Van Gogh and who spent the past 25 years devoted to historic preservation and cultural enhancement in Aiken, died at his home.

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Terry Sams -- April 11
Known to a generation of young Augusta television viewers as “Trooper Terry,” Sams also held a variety of serious roles at WJBF-TV including station manager, program director and weather man.
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Butler Derrick -- May 5
Derrick, an Edgefield attorney and Democrat, served western South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District for 20 years before leaving politics in 1994. CLICK HERE FOR STORY
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Robert Symms -- May 8
Symms, a photographer who captured portraits of thousands of Augustans, also was a news photographer of Eisenhower and Elvis.


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Ed "Bo" Pounds -- May 16
Founder of Gold Cross EMS, Edward "Bo" Pounds (left), was a baseball star at ARC and later played professionally.
He began an ambulance service in Marietta, Ga., in the 1960s and started Gold Cross EMS in 1997 in the Augusta area.
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Tom Whitfield Jr. -- May 27
Whitfield, a longtime Columbia County teacher, agriculture instructor and basketball coach, was elected one term as county sheriff..


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Kathleen Girdler Engler -- June 11
Sculptor and artist Kathleen “Kath” Girdler Engler left pieces of her soul all over town. Her major sculptures are familiar sights, including "Cultural Triad" at the Maxwell Theatre, the "Nature of Healing in front of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, or "Navigating History" near Walton Rehabilitation Hospital

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Mary Lou Reynolds -- June 11
Reynolds was executive director of the Augusta Red Cross for almost 30 years, charting a course for innovation and leadership. She was also active in a variety of roles at St. John United Methodist Church.

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Connie Drisko -- June 22
Former College of Dental Medicine dean Connie Drisko leaves behind a very tangible legacy at Georgia Regents University - the massive building her school now occupies and another next to it where dental and medical school students will attend classes.

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George Fryhofer -- June 25
As a lawyer, Fryhofer was known for winning one of the largest personal injury settlements for a client in Georgia history. He became solicitor of Burke County State Court and was appointed State Court judge by Gov. Carl Sanders, serving for more than 37 years.
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Ralph Herndon -- July 20
Ralph Herndon graduated from the Medical College of Georgia, served in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Richmond County Health Department. But he best known for his work with Masters City Little League.

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Louise Shivers -- July 26
Shivers, 84, was an Augusta-area novelist and Georgia Regents University writer-in-residence.

She was perhaps best known as the author of the 1983 novel Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail, which won acclaim by USA Today as the Best First Novel of the Year. It later was turned into the feature film Summer Heat, which premiered in 1987 at the Imperial.

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Dr. Jesse Steinfeld -- Aug. 5
Not only U.S. surgeon general under President Nixon, Dr. Steinfeld was president of Medical College of Georgia in the mid-1980s.

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Rev. H.K. McKnight Sr. -- Aug. 5
The Rev. H.K. McKnight, who founded Bible Deliverance Temple in Augusta’s Harrisburg community, was long respected for his spiritual guidance in the former mill neighborhood.
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Bill Blackard -- Aug. 11
A member of the Columbia County Historical Society, Blackard is most known for his efforts, alongside his wife, Jean, walking through church cemeteries or tromping through the woods chronicling county burial sites, which were complied into a book – "Sacred to the Memory of Cemeteries and Burial Sites in Columbia County, Georgia."

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Carole Blanchard Davis -- Sept. 23
A longtime professional in public health, Davis was director of the Columbia County Health Department from 1979 to 1984.
She began her career as a registered nurse in charge of the pediatric clinic at University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia, and was the supervisor of contagious diseases at University.
She became a nurse practitioner and in 1969 she became assistant director of public health for 13 counties in the East Central Health District.
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Dr. Joseph Murphy -- Oct. 8
Dr. Joseph Murphy, was a former Augusta State University dean of education, but colleagues said he left behind a lasting memory in education in Augusta.
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"Butch" Pendarvis -- Oct. 9
Butch Pendarvis, of Edgefield, was not only one of the regon's most successful auto dealers, but active in a number of civic roles.
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Carl E. Sanders -- Nov. 16
Sanders, the last Augustan to serve as Georgia governor (1963-67), was also a successful lawyer, World War II pilot and star athlete. Sanders was long considered one of the new wave of young Southern governors more progressive toward civil rights for blacks.


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Harrell Tiller -- Dec. 21
Tiller, a fixture in local politics in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s was a member of both the Richmond County Commission and school board. He was president of Harrell S. Tiller Realty, a successful businessman and among the last of an influential group of local politicians hailing from south Augusta.

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David Drakeley -- Dec. 21
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Drakeley, 76, was a native of Derby, England and left a legacy that will continue to live both inside the walls of his longtime British pub on Georgia Avenue and in the greater community.

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