Posted by William Nunnelley on 2014-08-27

Dr. Roy S. Brigance of Mountain Brook, Ala., who served as chair of the Samford University sociology department for more than two decades, died Aug. 25. He was 87.

Roy-BriganceDr. Brigance joined Samford as department chair in 1970 and served until his retirement in 1992.

After serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II, Brigance earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mississippi College in 1948. He went on to earn a master of religious education degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Mississippi State University.

Brigance was a founding member of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association and served as its president in 1978. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta national sociology honor society.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; daughter, Dendy Clark; granddaughter Caroline Clark; sisters Mae Elizabeth Gill and Jane Holton; and brother, William.

Services for Brigance will be Thursday, Aug. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he was a member. The family suggested donations to St. Luke’s ministries in lieu of flowers.
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