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Daniel Lewis Titus 1949-2011

3/4/2011 - Condolences go out to the family of Piper Dan Titus on the event of his passing. Dan passed away on March 3rd, 2011 from Liver failure. Services will be held 11:30 on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the Georgia National Cemetary in Canton, GA. He only wanted a grave side service so there will be no Memorial or Wake. There will be a Navy detail, an Army National Guard gun salute, and his friend Henry Frantz will play the bagpipes. His family purchased a spray of flowers for the service. He requested that in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance http://www.cgmahq.org.

For those that did not know Dan well, he joined the Coast Guard Pipe Band in 2006 after seeing us compete at the Stone Mountain, Georgia Highand Games. He was an AM1 from 1974 to 1980 and therefore a former Coastie during the Vietnam era. He spent 4 years in the Navy from 67 to 70, went to school for two years and then enlisted in the Coast Guard. In 1980 he went to work at Lockheed and joined the Naval Reserves in 1988 and retired from the reserves in 2001. Dan had several CD's which he donated the proceeds to the Navy - Marine Corp Relief and the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program.

Dan started taking Bagpipe lessons in 1968 from Frank MacLachlan. He became a charter member of the Atlanta Pipe Band in 1971 and attained the position of Pipe Sergeant. In 1973, he won the prestigious "Best Piper in Georgia" award at the Stone Mountain Highland Games Piping Competition.

While serving a six year tour in the U.S. Coast Guard, Dan played in New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica. After completing this tour in 1980, he joined John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums where he was elected to the position of Pipe Major before leaving in 1986.

In 1993, Dan received the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal for playing the Pipes for seven years, and never missing one ceremony he was asked to perform at. Dan has played solo and in concert with military bands for Naval and Marine Corps ceremonies, including playing on the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and playing Amazing Grace with the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Okinawa atop Mount Suribachi for the 50th anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima.

Most recently he was Pipe Major for Fort New Inverness, an Atlanta based Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, whose headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

Bessie "Bess" Hubbard Tyner 1961 - 2013

9/13/2013 - Condolences go out to the family of Piper Bessie Tyner who passed away on 9/13/13.

Major Bessie "Bess" Hubbard Tyner, 51, passed away Sept. 13, 2013, at McLeod Regional Hospital in Florence, SC. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church in St. Pauls, NC, where Dr. John Owen Bumgardner, Jr. and Rev. Crystal Champion officiated. Burial followed in the St. Andrews United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fayetteville , NC.

She was born in Fayetteville, NC on September 23, 1961 to the late Kenneth Brigman Hubbard and Ellen Merle Hubbard. She graduated from Douglas Byrd High. “Get out of here; this is no place for a girl,” was what she heard every time she tried to sneak into her grandfather’s machine shop. But the scolding did not dampen her desire to be around the machines as they molded and twisted the metal. Instead, the desire grew into a love of creating. This love paired with mathematic ability led her to the mechanical engineering program at NC State University, where she became one of only five women graduates in a class of 225. She held BS degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics as well as masters degrees in mechanical engineering and public administration from NCSU; she was working to complete her PhD in public administration.

She began her engineering career at her alma mater where she was Director of Planning and Construction. She next spent twelve years as the Director of Facilities planning and Construction at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She was the first female university engineer in the UNC system. She finished her career as chief engineer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC. She was a certified member of the Veteran's Administration Deployable Emergency Medical Personnel Corps and the VA Decon Team.

She was often asked where she found the determination to overcome what some saw as the burden of being a woman in a man’s world. “I looked to my mother and the strong women that make up my family tree,” she said. “I knew that I had to do it not just for me but also for them. She often counseled young women to think for themselves, get the best education possible and never depend on someone to take care of you. She traced her ancestry back to North Carolina’s first female attorney, Ann Morwood Durant, who tried her first case in 1673.

Tyner had a distinguished record of national and state defense-force service. She was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and was awarded their Intern medal for Engineering Excellence.

She held a field-grade officer’s position in the S.C. State Guard, the state defense-force arm of the S.C. Military Department. She was a Senior Officer School Graduate and has been awarded the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist Badge and Army Commendation Certificate for a National Disaster Medical System Exercise. She served as Director of a Personnel Department Division on Recruitment for the U.S. Coast Guard. She was awarded the US Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Commandant's National Staff Badge for her outstanding service.

Tyner was fully trained and qualified Master Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS), a joint program of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She was a Military Emergency management Academy instructor and furthered the objectives of MEMS, SGAUS and the Palmetto Chapter of SGAUS. Major Tyner was awarded the Palmetto Patriot’s Award, the highest award bestowed by the Lt. Governor of SC, for her years of multi-state service to America’s veterans, as well as her leadership in the fields of engineering, homeland defense and history. She was a bagpiper with the US Coast Guard Pipes and Drums playing at military events and ceremonies. She also served as a piper with the Marine Corps League - Julian Dusenbury Detachment of the Marine Corps League’s Military Funeral Detail. She was a former member of the NC State University Pipes and Drums.

She was a dedicated Christian and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Dillon, and SC. where she served on the Building and Grounds Committee. She loved military weapons and competed in military matches. She was avid historian and genealogist having researched her family's history extensively. She was Governor Emerita of First North Carolina Company Jamestowne Society, Founding President of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Society Women Descendants Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co. and Charter member of Descendants of First Colonists of Virginia 1607-1610. She held membership in the National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, National Society Magna Charta Dames, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America, Plantagenet Society, Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter, Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames of America, Colonial Order of the Crown and the Descendants of the Knights of the Bath. Her love of Cumberland County and its history lead to the publication of Marriage & Death Notices 1816 - 1840 Abstracted from the Fayetteville Observer and Predecessor Papers and Marriage & Death Notices 1841 - 1850 Abstracted from the Fayetteville Observer.

Major Tyner is survived by her husband of 17 years, Kenneth Blake Tyner, and son, Blake McKay Hubbard Tyner, both of the home. She is also survived by a number of very special cousins.

Andrew "Andy" Anderson 1947 - 2016

12/24/16 - Condolences go out to the Family of CDR Andrew Anderson, USCG (Ret). Andy passed away peafully at home in hospice care after batteling cancer for 9 years.

Andy was a charter member and founding director of the Pipe Band and was instrumental in the development of the Coast Guard Tartan

Andy's Coast Guard career began with the class of 1969 in the Coast Guard Academy. He graduated the Academy with a B.S. After the Academy his career included positions of maritime law enforcement and command of the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless and Cape Small. Andy attended law school earning his law degree, magna cum laude from the University of Miami, School of Law in 1976. He received his LL.M. Degree, Ocean and Coastal Law from the University of Miami in 1987 and was admitted to the Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He retired as a Commander in 1989 after a distinguished career in Surface Operations and Legal Specialty.

After the Coast Guard Andy became a partner in both Chartwell’s Miami and Deerfield Beach offices. Andy concentrated his practice in admiralty and maritime law, commercial litigation, products liability, and insurance coverage litigation. He was active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, and the Miami Marine Arbitration Council. Andy had served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Miami School of Law (Marine Insurance, Admiralty) and the Florida International University College of Law (Admiralty).

He loved pipe bands and militaria. He was a fan of the Queen's Own Highlanders and several of their accoutrement colors and styles are evident in the USCGPB uniform. He is survved by his wife, Ann, and a lovely family.

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