Archive for the ‘Georgia’ Category

Russell Carl Nemec (’74)

Engineer, Car Enthusiast, Scout Leader, And Church Leader
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Russell Carl Nemec transitioned from his earthly journey to his heavenly home on the afternoon of May 29th, 2024. He passed unexpectedly and quickly.

He was a beloved husband, father and community member. Russell was a Christian and servant leader in his church family and the Boy Scouts of America. His actions always spoke louder than his gentle spirit. He was a past choir member where he attended St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church for over 40 years, where he loved singing.

Russell was born in Houston, Tx., and spent his first 30 years in the bustling city and studied at the University of Houston, working as an electrical engineer. Russell and Jane met through UofH and church friends and were married 47 years.

The pair quickly became proud parents of two boys, Daniel Aaron and Jonathan David Jerome and would lovingly raise them in the north Georgia mountains around Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga, Ga. Texas vacations, Boy Scouts and church activities were favorite family times. Later, they enjoyed time with grandchildren and their boys’ families. Russ was a proud Grandpa and “Pocky” to his grandkids, usually first to have the babies fall asleep in his calm, steady embrace.

Russell’s career trajectory vacillated between service to God and the discipline of engineering. He followed his heart and what he needed to do for the glory of God, but also for the success of his nuclear family and family community.

Russ was an engineer through and through, working internationally and on major consumer brands facilities. He spent seven years in ministry at Camp Lookout serving youth outdoor church education. He kept the camp facilities running and operating for the Holsten UMC Camp Conference.

He was an avid car enthusiast, an interest stemming from his grandfather and father’s interests. He spent over 30 years as a Scout and Scout leader, stewarding both his boys to the Eagle Rank. Russ received Vigil Honor, the highest level within the Order of the Arrow for service to the larger community. He volunteered in the Vestry, Soup Kitchens, Room in the Inn and many other impactful, needed causes for underserved communities.

Russ is survived by his mother, June Dell, and his wife, Jane Ann. His sons, Dan (Suzi) and John (Jennie), and brothers, Jeffery (Belinda) and Keith (Cindy) remain to continue his work on earth. Russ loved his grandchildren and would often simply want to spend time watching, learning and teaching them. They include Sawyer (13), Raleigh (11) and Jacqueline (3). Nieces, nephews and many other loved family members contributed to the wonderful family ecosystem that Jane and Russ strived to culture.

Russell Carl Nemec will be greatly missed.

Memorial service will be held at St. Thaddaeus Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Lane, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416 on Sunday, June 9, with visitation at 2 p.m. and service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hosanna House, Chattanooga Food Bank or St. Thaddaeus Book of Remembrance.

Please visit to view the online memorial tribute and share condolences with the family.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Rushion McDonald (’83)

Rushion McDonald (’83) is the Honorary Chair of the “Black Men’s Wellness Day” to be held on the UH Campus on Saturday, April 27, 2024 beginning at 7 am. All-day activities include a 5K Walk, Healthcare Screenings, and Entertainment.

Beverly T. Williams (’60)

Mrs. Beverly Toney Williams, age 84, of Carrollton, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020. She was born November 11, 1935 in Groesbeck, Texas. She spent most of her life in Houston and always considered herself a “Houston girl” and was a lifelong fan of the Astros and Rockets. Beverly met her husband, Fred, her freshman year in college at the University of Houston. Fred says that he knew she was “the one” from one of their very first dates on April 25, 1962. They married less than a year later, and enjoyed a close and loving relationship for 56 years. Beverly worked briefly as a flight attendant, and later as a business administrator while Fred began working as an architect. His career took them to Chattanooga, where they lived for 20 years. It was there that Fred and Beverly adopted their two children, Drew and T. Leigh. As a homemaker, Beverly loved beautiful design and had impeccable taste. Their guests would often be “wowed” by her interior designs and love of beautiful things. In addition, Beverly loved gardening, and cultivated heirloom plants that were handed down from generation to generation. Fred’s career took them back to Texas after their children graduated from college. About two years ago, Fred and Beverly moved to Carrollton to be closer to Drew and his family. A disciplined and determined person, Beverly successfully battled cancer, and gratefully “rang the bell” at the hospital that signified the completion of her final treatment in 2019. For the past few months, she resided at the Brookhaven assisted living facility in Carrollton, with her dog Izzy, while awaiting Fred’s return from a rehab facility where he was recuperating from spine surgery. Preceding Mrs. Williams in death were her parents, Herbert and Ann (Hardy) Toney; a son, Lewis Williams; and a brother-in-law, Ronnie Patrick. She is survived by her beloved husband, Fred James Williams; son, Drew (Monique) Williams; daughter, T. Leigh (Rod) Starns; grandchildren, Lindsay Williams, Colin Williams and Chloe Starns; sister, Janet Toney Patrick; niece, Debbie (Steven) Patrick-Schroeder; and nephew, Bart Patrick. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 in the Rosehaven Chapel, and will be livestreamed from the FaceBook Page for Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home. Mrs. Williams will be laid to rest at Forest Park East, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mrs. Williams to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at Please take time Williams by visiting Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134

Shaquita Jones (’17)

Shaquita has completed her second year of law school at Thurgood Marshall School of Law and has began working as a Summer Legal Intern at Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Jacques Ibee Massa (’19)

Jacques began working as a Software Engineer for BlackRock

Denise C. Berger (M.B.A. ’89)

Denise Elana Childers Berger, 62, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at her home in Atlanta. She was born in Laurel on Sept. 8, 1957. Denise was a graduate of R.H. Watkins High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. She continued her education by attaining her master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston. After teaching high school English in Hattiesburg in the 1980s, she moved to Houston, working in marketing for Daniel Radiator Company. There, she met her husband Dan. From Houston, they moved to Atlanta, where Denise went to work for AT&T. After 27 years with AT&T, she retired in 2014 as district manager. Denise loved all things theater and encouraged that love with those around her by including her family and friends in theater outings whenever possible. She had a deep love for her family and cherished her nephew and nieces as if they were her own. There will be a family-only memorial in Laurel with her ashes, and those of her late husband, scattered on the family plot. In lieu of flowers, Denise requested donations be made to the Atlanta Food Bank or your local food pantry. She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years R. Daniel Berger and father Edsel Quentin Childers. Survivors include her mother Eleanor Fletcher Childers Silver of Atlanta; her brother Mark A. (Jeanne) Childers of Laurel; her sister Donna Lynn Childers (David) Eleazer of Atlanta; her nephew and niece Fletcher and Caroline Childers of Kansas City; and niece Jessica Eleazer of Atlanta.

Diane Elise Burkett (’11)

Private graveside service for Diane Burkett, 37, of Marietta, GA, will be held at a later date at Sunset Memorial Park. Ms. Burkett died Friday, April 10, 2020, in Marietta GA. She was born November 8, 1983, in Houston, TX. Diane grew up in Texas city and Nacogdoches. She attended Nacogdoches High School and University of Houston. Growing up, she was active in soccer and participated in Nacogdoches High School Band. She is survived by her parents, Homer Burkett and wife Betty of Nacogdoches, and Judith Schkade-Burkett of Marietta, GA; and a brother, Brian Burkett and wife Alyson of Nacogdoches.

Lance Kevin Locher (’87)

Lance Kevin Locher was born on Thursday, October 31, 1963 and passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Lance Kevin Locher was a resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia at the time of passing.

Farid Khosravi (’01)

The UH alum has joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Atlanta office as a senior associate in the firm’s Tax Controversy and Litigation Section.