Furman saddened by loss of Bryce Stanfield

February 9, 2024

Dear Furman Community,

It is with great sorrow that I write to inform you that Furman University student Bryce Stanfield passed away this afternoon surrounded by his family and his Furman family. Bryce, a junior health sciences major from Acworth, Georgia, was a defensive tackle on the Paladins Football team. According to medical personnel, Bryce collapsed unexpectedly at a morning workout on Wednesday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was placed on life support.

Bryce excelled in the classroom and had aspirations for dental school after Furman. He equally shined on the football field and was beloved by his teammates and coaches. He loved engaging local youth by serving in Heller’s Men of Distinction, as well as reading to children in local schools. His Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, was conferred this morning in a small private ceremony.

The university extends its heartfelt condolences to Bryce’s family and friends in this time of profound loss. The entire Furman community is deeply affected at times like these, and it’s important that we offer each other support and seek help if we need it.

We have connected with the football team and others who most closely knew Bryce to provide counseling and support. We will share information on funeral and memorial services as appropriate.

Anyone in need of support may contact these offices for assistance:

  • Trone Center for Mental Fitness (counseling services) and after-hours crisis line: 864-294-3031, press #3 (confidential, available 24/7)
  • Office of Spiritual Life: 864-294-2133 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Office of Student Life: 864-294-2202 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). After-hours: 864-294-2111.

I would especially like to thank Coach Clay Hendrix, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Jason Donnelly and the staff in Athletics, Dean of Students Jason Cassidy and everyone in Student Life for their tireless acts of caring and compassion.

Please take a moment to remember Bryce’s life and all he brought to our community during his time at Furman. May all who knew him find peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Elizabeth Davis