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In Memoriam

The Spartanburg Citadel Club honors the memory of Citadel Alumni who passed away during 2023.

Spartanburg area Alumni who passed away in 2023:

Dr. Ron H. Littlefield, Class of 1967

Dr. Ronald Harrison Littlefield, Sr., of Spartanburg, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023.

He was a graduate of The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina. He served for over forty years as a noninvasive cardiologist in the Spartanburg medical community and was loved by many.

Surviving are his loving wife, Teresa Taylor Littlefield; his children, Marti Littlefield Hammond (Jay) of Anderson, Amber Casey Fowler (Justin) of Greenville and Justin Neil Casey of Chattanooga, TN; six grandchildren, Brittany Duncan Durham (Nick) of Charleston, Tyler Duncan (Merena) of Columbia, Caitlin Madison Duncan of Charleston, Aniston, Pearse and Harrison Fowler of Greenville; his sister, Tobi Littlefield Grubbs of Woodruff; and two nieces of Charleston.

He is predeceased by daughter, Dr. Rhonda Littlefield Duncan of Anderson; son, Ronald Harrison Littlefield, Jr. of Spartanburg; and parents, Hughell Frederick Littlefield, and Wilma Gardner Littlefield of Woodruff.

Dr. William S. James, Class of 1955

William Stanford "Stan" James, MD, 89, of Shallotte, NC, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 after an illness. He was born in Florence, SC, a son of the late Franklin Earl and Alice Cain James. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a son, John Franklin James; a daughter, Mary Anne James; a son-in-law, Benjamin W. Ingram, III, and two brothers, Robert Earl James and Philip Lamonte James.

Stan graduated from McClenaghan High School, Class of 1951. He then attended and graduated from the Citadel, Class of 1955. He attended the Medical University of SC and graduated with his MD in 1959. Following medical school, he was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army and continued his medical training at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He was board certified in radiology and began his practice in Orangeburg, SC, then in Augusta, GA, where he was also on the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia, and finally practicing in Union, SC until his retirement. Over the course of his medical career, he was a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, and served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Union Hospital District in Union, SC. While residing in Union, Stan was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Union Rotary Club and he was a member of his beloved ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Men's Club. After his retirement, he and his wife, Mary, moved to Shallotte, NC.

Stan is remembered as a man devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren, who knew him as "Grandy". He cherished his many friendships and his beloved country home. He will be greatly missed.

Stan is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Huggins James; daughter, Susan James Ingram; two sons, William Stanford James, Jr. (Anne Marie) and Joseph David James (Kelly); daughter-in-law, Michelle James; a brother, Joseph Neville James; nine grandchildren, Benjamin Ingram, IV, Stephen Ingram, Ginny James, Anna James, Jack James, Mary Kathryn James, Natalie James, Melisa James and Connor James.

A funeral service directed by Cain Calcutt Funeral Home will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at Tabernacle Church, 6758 Francis Marion Rd., Pamplico, SC 29583. Burial will follow in Tabernacle Cemetery.

The family will also hold a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Grace UMC in Union, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tabernacle Cemetery Fund 6758 Francis Marion Rd., Pamplico, SC 29583, or to Meals on Wheels Shallotte Center, Brunswick Senior Resources, 3620 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470, or to Grace United Methodist Church, Union, SC.

Dr. Talmadge D. Wilkens, Class of 1970

Talmadge DeWitt Wilkins, III, of Union, South Carolina, passed away on May 15, 2023, at Eden Terrace of Spartanburg, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

He was the son of the late Talmadge D. Wilkins, Jr. and Martha Bradley Wilkins of Blacksburg, South Carolina. He was a 1970 graduate of The Citadel (Company C), and graduated from Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dentistry in 1974. He then began his 44-year career as general dentist in Union, SC, where he was known as a "painless" dentist who gave the best shots.

In addition to professional and educational organizations, Tal was involved in many community activities. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, volunteered with the Boys Scouts of America; and was an assistant coach for the National Champion Union Stingers Rifle team. He was a member of the Union Rotary Club for over 40 years, a past president and Paul Harris Fellow. He was known as the choir director of THE Supper Club, and a member of GUTS (Greater Union Tournament and Social). Tal was the epitome of the "social" and less of the "tournament." He was a gentleman farmer and chef specializing in pig pickin's, fried turkeys, and elaborate tailgates. He also enjoyed hunting and snow skiing, but most of all, taking care of his family and friends and spoiling his grandchildren.

Tal is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary Ann Hood Wilkins; sons Talmadge D. Wilkins, IV (Leah) of Aiken, SC and Andrew B. Wilkins (Janye) of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Witt, Loren, Turner, and Sally; sisters Beth Shropshire, Martha "Sissy" Brock, Susan Wallace (Elliott), all of Rock Hill, SC, Judy Rose (Ken) of Denver, NC, and Mary Hardin (Edgar) of York, SC, brother-in-law, William Hood (Rozlynn) of Anderson, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Union, SC on Saturday May 20th, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.

Tal's family wishes to express their deepest appreciation for the excellent and compassionate care given to him and his family by the staff and administration of Eden Terrace of Spartanburg.

Citadel Alumni Association

Club Officers
President: Claude Saleeby, '71
Vice President: Rick Higgins, '86
Treasurer: Ryan McCarty, '01
Communications: Matt Brock, '99

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