DURHAM, N.C. - William "Dub" DeBerry Fesperman, a two-sport letterman in baseball and football at Duke University in the mid-1950s, passed away on Monday at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 79.
Fesperman lettered three seasons (1954-55-56) on the baseball team under head coach Ace Parker and earned first team All-ACC honors as a second baseman in 1956 after batting .342 while leading the Blue Devils to the conference championship.
On the gridiron, Fesperman lettered three seasons (1953-54-55) as a lineman under head coach Bill Murray. He helped the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 22-6-3 including a perfect 12-0 ledger in league play, three ACC championships and a 34-7 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl played on January 1, 1955.
Following his graduation, Fesperman coached high school football before joining the college ranks where he served on staffs at Wake Forest, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts and Dartmouth. He later worked as a professional scout, primarily with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.
Fesperman was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Norma Lee. He is survived by his wife, Marie Pettyjohn Fesperman; two daughters, Sandra Honeycutt of Salisbury and Anne Foster and husband Garry of Advance; four grandsons, Josh Honeycutt of Salisbury and Sam, Will and Clayton Foster, all of Advance; a sister, Jean Bullin; a brother, Bob Fesperman and wife Sarah; and several nieces and nephews.
Service and Visitation: A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Barry Lemons officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Memorials: May be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Youth Ministry Fund, 321 Redland Road, Advance, N.C. 27006; or College Park Baptist Church, Youth Ministry Fund, 1701 Polo Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106.
Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com. (Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel)