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Death of a Classmate - Kenneth Peterson - 9th Co.

Kenneth Aldrick Peterson died at home on February 1, 2018 in Athens, GA at the age of 85 surrounded by family.He served 26 years in the military and retired as Captain, U.S. Navy. His faith was inspirational and gave strength to his family, friends and colleagues.He is survived by four children, Ina Elizabeth "Kitten" Cambria of Plano, TX, Patricia Jane Farris of Shelbyville, TN, Johanna "Jody" Moore of Athens, GA and Pollyanna Peterson of Clinton, CT; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Michael Peterson of Grand Rapids, MI and Jack Peterson of Munising, MI and one sister, Joanne Smith of Minneapolis, MN.His wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Beth" Eberhart, and two of his sisters, Alice Fligelman and Ruth Ervasti, preceded him in death.He was cremated per his request and the family will celebrate his life on his birthday, April 4, 2018, with graveside services at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, GA.Online condolences may be offered at Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Death of a Class Widow - Mrs. Geraldine Rodriguez


     There will be a Service of Committal at the Columbarium on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 1100 for Mrs. Geraldine "Gerry" Holsten Rodriguez (DOB: 10 October 1932, DOD: 29 August 2017).  Mrs. Rodriguez was the widow of CAPT William Primitivo Rodriguez, USN, Class of 1954. He died in September 2003.  





Death of a Classmate - Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) - 11th Co.

Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home on 18 December 2017. He was 84 years old. The cause was Lewy Body Dementia.
Captain Hurt was born in Annapolis, MD, on 27 February 1933, and graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1954. His more than 26 years of naval service included duty aboard USS Black (DD 666) and USS Tang (SS 563), and the Commissioning (Blue) Crew of three SSBNs. After a tour with NAVSEA (Code 08) concerned with officer personnel and training, he took command of USS Ray (SSN 653). During his four year command tour, Ray was awarded both the Navy Unit and Meritorious Unit Commendations.

After his SSN command tour, Captain Hurt spent a year on the staff of COMSUBLANT before being assigned to Head, Ocean Affairs (OP-616) in the Political Military Branch of OPNAV. His duties there consisted of nuclear powered warship port visits, the Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas with the Soviet Union, and the Law of the Sea.

Captain Hurt next commanded USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, where the submarine tender was up keeping primarily SSBNs. From Scotland he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. His final assignment in the Navy was as Director of the SSBN Ships System Maintenance Monitoring and Support Office. He directed the efforts of 60 civil service, 8 officers and 54 senior enlisted personnel in providing engineering support to the 31 Poseidon submarines on the SSBN Extended Operating Cycle (EOC) which extended the interval between overhauls to nine years. He also directed efforts toward further extension of the SSBN EOC to 12 years.

Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1980, he joined the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm, John J. McMullen Assoc., Inc. (JJMA). He rose to the position of Director in his 20 years there. His principal duties were in support to the Navy in the construction of AEGIS cruisers. He retired from JJMA in 2000.

Captain Hurt is survived by his wife, Beatrice Brown Hurt; his sons Jonathan II (Stacey) and Keith Hurt, step-daughter Laura Graves (Keith) and six grandchildren: Liam and Ana Hurt, and Heather, Holly, Daniel and Hannah Graves. His marriage to Louise Emily Hurt ended in divorce.
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Death of a Classmate - Evenson M. BURTIS - 21st Co.

I received the following from Ken Ruggles :

Mr. Ruggles - this is not Mack.  It is his niece, LIbby Lowe Hiza (  Sadly, I am in Uncle Mack's email sending out notices of his passing.  Uncle Mack passed away on January 10, 2017, from a heart attack.  


I am so glad I found that he was corresponding with his classmates recently.  During this past year he shared memories that showed how important his time with you all was.  Please pass on this sad news, but know that he left us the way he wanted to...without hospital and nursing home "misery" (his words).  


Thank you for being part of his life.  I believe you all say - May you have Fair Winds and Good Sailing....


LIbby Hiza

Death of a Class widow - Mrs. Marolyn Rogers

Marolyn Rogers  (September 11, 1932 - January 8, 2018)

Marolyn Templeton Rogers, 85, of Fernandina Beach passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Born in Statesville, NC, she was a daughter of the late Claude Francis and Sally Shoemaker Templeton. A graduate of Stateville's Harmony High School, Marolyn was active in many aspects of school life including playing basketball. Her family's active participation in church life at Hebron Baptist Church during her formative years led to a lifelong love and support of the church.

Marolyn married RADM Robert B. Rogers in 1981. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1986, they made Fernandina Beach their home. Together, they enjoyed 26 years of marriage. He passed away in 2007.

Among many professional and recreational activities, Mrs. Rogers was most proud of her time as Chief Registrar for the International Motor Sports Association for 15 years. She also served, for nine years, on the International Motor Racing Research Center's Governing Council. She worked the first several years for Bill Warner and the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and worked with RM Auctions for their Concours at Amelia Island.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rogers was predeceased by a son, Gary Fierro, in November of 2017.

She leaves behind her daughter, Sandy Fierro and grand-kitty Pnutbudder, of Fernandina Beach; her step-daughter, Katy Peterson , and her husband, Brad and their children, Ryan and Sam, all of Virginia Beach, VA; her step-sons, John Rogers and his wife, Tabitha and their son, Justin, of Ft. Mill, SC; and Steven Rogers and his wife, Susan along with their children, Christopher, Megan, Joshua, Jessica and Jennifer, of Port St. Lucie, FL.

There will be no local services. Mrs. Rogers will be returned to her native Statesville, NC where she will be laid to rest with her parents at Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Services for a Classmate - Rear Adm. Charles Bryan "Charlie" Hunter, USN (Ret.) - 3rd Co.

Services for Charlie Hunter will be held at Arlington Cemetery on 23 February  at 11:00 

Death of a ClassMate - Snowden Ager - 3rd Co.

I received word from Timothy Woodbury that Denny Ager passed away on 11 January.