Nashville, TN | In Memoriam
Lucis Dubose Obituary: DuBose, Lucius Beddinger – Age 90, slipped quietly out of this life on Thursday, November 10, 2022, due to complications related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was born in 1932 in Columbia, South Carolina to Cantey and Frances Conyers DuBose. When he was ten, his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and there he discovered his life-long love of birding. In 1948, he was the youngest member of the Birmingham Audubon Society, became an Eagle Scout, and joined the high school ROTC. He graduated from Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, and received a Commission in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant; however, Lucius delayed active service to attend Columbia Theological Seminary. After receiving his Master of Divinity and an Honorable Discharge from the Army, Lucius went on to serve at churches in Summerton, SC and Mullins, SC. In the early 1960s, Lucius often spoke out from the pulpit in support of the Civil Rights movement, a stance that was not appreciated by some members of the congregation, and he was asked to resign by church elders. Lucius then went on to earn a Master of Theology at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY, and accepted the call to become the Associate Minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN, where he served from 1964 to 1968. Following ten years in the ministry, Lucius left the church to pursue a career in art. He graduated with a Master of Studio Art from George Peabody College (now a part of Vanderbilt University) and was appointed to the art faculty where he taught for seven years. In 1977, he struck out on his own as a printmaker. He was a member of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artist (now Tennessee Craft) and was a juried, exhibiting member of both the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, NC, and Piedmont Craftsmen, Incorporated of Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to printmaking, Lucius published a work of nonfiction, “Reimagining God: A Spiritual Journey,” and two books of poetry, “Invited to the Dance” and “Ascend Out of Night.” In the last years of his life, he enjoyed living at Abe’s Garden Community, in an independent living apartment and then the Memory Support Center.
Lucius is preceded in death by his wife of thirty-five years, Lenda DuBose. He is survived by his first wife, Rebecca Fewell; sons, Mark DuBose of Pensacola, FL and Philip DuBose of Spring Hill, TN; two grandsons, Brooks and Brennan DuBose; his stepchildren, Zachary McCallum of Damascus, OR and Printha McCallum of Nashville; his brother and sister-in-law, Cantey and Liz DuBose of Simpsonville, SC, and their children and grandchildren; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Booth and Georgeanne Chapman of Nashville, and their children and grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of Lucius’ life will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 4:00pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, Nashville. A reception will follow that will include an exhibition of Lucius’ artwork.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Lucius’ honor to the Southern Poverty Law Center; The Warner Parks BIRD Program through The Friends of Warner Parks, Nashville; or the Abe’s Garden Community Employee Appreciation Fund.