Erwin Tucker Laxton ’67

Erwin Tucker Laxton ’67 of Charlotte, died May 27, 2006. Following graduation he was commissioned in the United States Army and served in Germany. He was an investment broker with JTM Investments. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was preceded in death by his son, Erwin B. Laxton. He is survived by his sister, Lila L. Brown and her husband, Fred Brown of Charlotte; wife, Susan Coleman Laxton, 2304 Springdale Ave, Charlotte, N.C. 28203; stepson, Brian Allen Coleman; and his two aunts and several cousins.

Stephen Lee Barden III ’67

Stephen Lee Barden III ’67, an Asheville attorney, died June 27, 2005. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force in Germany. He earned his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill and was certified in real estate law and had practiced in Asheville for thirty-one years. He loved music and participated in choir, chorus, band, and orchestra throughout his high school and college years. He served on the board of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and was president of the board from 1994 to 1995. He was a member of the Zeb Vance Debating Club of Asheville and was an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Master Swim Team. He is survived by his father, Stephen L. Barden, Jr. of Montreat, N.C.; his wife of thirty-three years, Helga Stuercken Barden, 114 Old Toll Rd., Asheville, N.C. 28804; a son, Gregory, and a daughter, Diana, both of Asheville; a brother, Lane Barden; and two sisters, Mary B. Johnson and Dell Barden.

Julian K. Fite ’67

Julian K. Fite ’67 died June 2, 2005, in Oklahoma City. A former U.S. attorney, district attorney, and present counsel for the Cherokee Nation, he was attending a tribal sovereignty symposium in Oklahoma City when he died. He most recently served as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Northeastern State University, university counsel and counsel for the Cherokee Nation. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Fite, 15309 N. Swannanoa Rd., Tahlequah, Okla. 74464-8171; son Travis and daughter Missy (Fite) Caldwell, his sisters Betty Jo Fite Hayes of Hope, Ark., and Francie Fite of McLean, Va.