SSUNAA mourns the loss of former Southern Region Vice President Dowers

TIFTON, Ga. — Former SSUNAA Southern Region Vice President Ida Ruth Dowers died on December 16 in Tifton, Ga..

Ms. Dowers, a 1948 graduate of Savannah State, was an SSUNAA life member and had previously served as the president of the SSUNAA Augusta Chapter and as the co-chair of SSUNAA National Awards committee. Continue reading “SSUNAA mourns the loss of former Southern Region Vice President Dowers”

SSUNAA Macon Metro Chapter mourns the loss of long-standing member Wendolyn Mitchell Smith

MACON, Ga. — Official SSUNAA Tiger sympathies were recently extended to Reverend Bertram Cornell Smith and the family of Wendolyn Mitchell Smith who died on December 6, in Macon. Smith was a member of the SSUNAA Macon Metro Chapter and a life member of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1977 from Savannah State College. She also earned a Master of Science degree from Fort Valley State University; and an Education Specialist degree in Counseling from Troy State University.

A memorial service will be held at St Mark AME Church  (3605 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta) at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 14. The closing funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex (200 Coliseum Dr., Macon).

Former SSUNAA National Queen, Versie DuPont, dies at 70

DuPontSAVANNAH, Ga. — Versie DuPont, a 1967 graduate of Savannah State College, died on Nov. 18, at Hospice Savannah after a battle with cancer. Funeral service were held on Tuesday, November 25 at St. John Baptist Church in Claxton, Ga.

A Diamond Life Member of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, she served as the 2013-14 SSUNAA National Alumni Queen and in several capacities for SSUNAA Savannah Chapter including Financial Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and chair of the Hospitality Committee and Awards committees. Additionally, she was previously selected as the Savannah Chapter’s Homecoming Queen and as a National Attendant to Savannah State University National Alumni Queen. She also provided support to Savannah State University as an active member of the Savannah State University President’s Club and the Savannah State University Community Booster Club.

In addition to her support of Savannah State University, DuPont was active in the Savannah community and held a life memberships in the Georgia Retired Educators Association, NAACP, King Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, NCNW, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. She was a member of the Spencer E. White, Sr. Scholarship Committee of the Burean Association, the Evans County High School National Alumni Association, the Electa Chapter #1 Order of Eastern Stars, and the Liberty City Neighborhood Association.

A native of Claxton, Ga., DuPont graduated from Evans County High School and earned a Master of Science degree from Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State University. She taught for 36 years and retired in 2004 from Juliette Low Elementary School in Savannah.

Savannah State Family acknowledges the loss of former SSUNAA president Earl Brown

earl-brownCOLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Savannah State University National Alumni Association National President Earl Felton Brown, Jr. died on July 24 in Columbia, S.C, at the age of 82.

Brown served as the National President of the SSUNAA from 1977 until 1979 and was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He held degrees from Savannah State College, Benedict College and University of South Carolina’s Criminal Justice Masters Program and completed additional studies at Duke University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Court Administration Program.

“His passing will leave a void in the hearts of all those who knew and cherished him’” said SSU President Dr. Cheryl Dozier in a letter to the family. “The passing of Mr. Brown is a profound loss to the Savannah State University Family and all, family and friends.”

Throughout his distinguished professional career, Brown was a United States Army veteran and worked as a public school teacher at W. A. Perry Middle School, at Cheney State University, at Vorhees College, and the S. C. State Human Affairs Commission. He retired as the Deputy District Director of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina for Congressman Joe Wilson. He worked in the Second Congressional District Midlands office for 11 years.

Brown was a dedicated member of Brookland Baptist Church and an active member of numerous organizations including the Columbia Rotary Club, Columbia Urban League, NAACP, National Teachers Association, United Way of the Midlands, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He also served as chairman of the Richland County Airport Commission. He also held other public service positions with several groups including the Riverbanks Park Commission, Central Midlands Regional Council, S.C. Human Affairs Commission and others.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 31 at 12 noon at Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. with internment at the National Cemetery at Fort Jackson.

SSUNAA Diamond-Life Member John Jordan dies at 89

MACON, Ga. — John Inman Jordan, Jr., a 1949 graduate of Savannah State College, died on June 24, aged 89.

Jordan, a Diamond Life member of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association and a longtime member and supporter of the Macon-Metro Chapter, began his teaching career at Ballard Hudson High School as a vocational Technical and Adult Education Teacher. He later worked as the coordinator of the Cooperative Vocational Academic Education program at Northeast High School.

Official Tiger family sympathies were extended to his family.