COKER COLLEGE Alumni Issue Fall 2004 Vol. 32 No. 3 Commentary The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina First Impressions, Mine and Yours by Lyn Blackmon As I recall the exact point in time that I decided to apply for the Director of Alumni Relations position at Coker, I remember trying to think of reasons why the College might consider a non-Coker-graduate for the job. I had experience in development and alumni relations, but could I convey to the selection committee the depth of my affiliation with Coker College? I immediately started making a list (I am a list person) of my impressions of Coker and how it had influenced my life. First Impressions… 1. Of course, my mother, Sara Long Fox ’60, is a Coker alumna. She met and dated my father here. Shortly after graduation, they married and two years later, I was New Impressions… born. I consider this pretty signiﬁcant. I grew up in Hartsville and spent many days as a child roaming the Coker campus. When I accepted the Alumni job, I thought I knew a lot about Coker College. I had no idea that I would form a new set of impressions. I immediately started a new 2. Around age eight, I began taking ballet lessons from Dana Grubb Irvin ’74 here list. at the College. Dana was the dance major who skillfully and patiently taught many awkward little girls how to plea’ from ﬁfth position. I wore a bright red 1. The students at Coker College are extraordinarily talented. As I eased into my leotard that rudely clashed with my bright orange hair. I remember boys were new position, I began attending theater performances, recitals of the Coker just starting to appear on campus and the girls in my class would call out “boy Singers and art exhibits. I was blown away. The word “Broadway” came to mind germs!!” whenever we spotted one. as I watched these performances and I would have purchased a painting from Laura Martindale’04 if Frank Bush hadn’t bought it ﬁrst. 3. My choir directors at the First Presbyterian Church were Virgil Smith, Chairman of the Music Department and Gayle Buckheister Sawyer ’70. This was certainly a 2. The students at Coker College participate in many aspects of running the campus. point in my life when I was sure I was destined to become a professional singer. I was surprised at the level of responsibility that these students readily accept and at the level of performance they achieve. Coker teaches leadership. 4. My Girl Scout leaders included Willie Calcutt Saleeby ’50 and Belinda Duckworth Copeland ’63. 3. The Coker College Alumni Association is just as active as any “big” school. Former alumni director Trish Lunn ’87 told me this, but I had to see it for myself. 5. As a young teen, I remember Ruthie Henderson Mobley ’75 who performed her With seventeen focus groups, Coker’s Alumni Association compares well with student teaching assignment under my mother. She even lived in our home for many larger associations in the State. a short while as she completed her coursework. Today, Ruthie is the Chair of the Alumni Association Student Teacher Focus Group. She organizes events that 4. Coker Alumni truly care about Coker College. When I work with a focus group bring Alumni educators together with student teachers for mentoring sessions. to plan an event or implement an initiative, I am always amazed at the level of Small world! energy and care the group exhibits. They work tirelessly to make sure that Coker Alumni programs are the best. 6. Laura Inabnit ’33 was my English teacher in both eleventh and twelfth grades. She encouraged my interest in the subject so much that I majored in English in continued on next page college. 7. I mentioned that I had experience in development and alumni relations. I acquired these skills while working for Ellen Tollison Hayden ’68 at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation before coming to Coker. 8. Finally, my late husband, Dr. James W. Blackmon ’75 was one of those “icky” boys who showed up on campus. I guess the boys eventually won me over. Alumni 2 THE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND CHALLENGE is ON Your Impressions… Your impressions of the Alumni Ofﬁce are very important to me. Our mission VS. is to serve you and the students of Coker College by creating an environment that encourages the participation of Alumni in the life of the College. Our responsibilities include maintaining current alumni ﬁles, facilitating Alumni Board Classes of 1981 to 2004. Watch for it in the mail. meetings, planning and implementing alumni volunteer training and Alumni Day, organizing class structure and publishing the alumni news in the Commentary. In addition, we are currently upgrading electronic communications, assisting the Career Development Ofﬁce, working with the Admissions Ofﬁce to recruit quality BE THE ONE. students, hosting two travel programs and sponsoring many campus wide events for both traditional and evening students. I welcome your ideas and comments about Return Coker to “#1 in Alumni Participation” among alumni programs at email@example.com or 1.800.65.COKER. all SC colleges & universities. Over 200 Coker Alumni have already chosen to BE THE ONE. One Last Impression… giving as a measure of the satisfaction of those who have most directly beneﬁted from an institution. The thinking is that alumni are, in a sense, our customers and should theoretically support us if they are satisﬁed. Our customer satisfaction Money matters always seem to be the most uncomfortable subject that we have level compares poorly with other SC Independent Colleges and Universities – of to discuss. I want to try to put a spin on this subject that you can appreciate and 17 member institutions reporting, 9 had higher alumni participation rates than even support. My goal here is to impress upon you at least one good reason to Coker. Coker College needs the support of all of its satisﬁed customers. ﬁnancially support Coker College using (you guessed it) another list. 3. Be The One! The Ofﬁce of Institutional Advancement introduced the “Be the 1. Coker College’s Annual Scholarship Fund provides ﬁnancial assistance to many of One” Campaign on August 7 at Leadership Coker. Chris Dax, Director of Annual our students. Most of you probably know how important this kind of assistance Giving and Athletic Fundraising, formally announced the 2004-2005 goal of 25% can be to a college career. In many cases, ﬁnancial aid is the difference that alumni participation. To achieve this goal, 1 out of every 4 alumni must make a attracts a highly qualiﬁed student to Coker, especially those who are ﬁnancially contribution to the Annual Scholarship Fund. Let me show you how easy it is for disadvantaged. Your gift to the Annual Scholarship Fund could mean a difference you to “Be the One”… (oh boy, a sub list) in the life of a student. A Coker Alumnus has probably made a difference a. A gift of any size positively impacts everything that I have listed. in your life. b. You can “Be the One” securely at www.coker.edu 2. It’s not how much, it’s how many! You may be surprised to learn that the 4. Finally, for those of you who love a contest, the Alumni Ofﬁce will sponsor several percentage of alumni giving can be as important as the total dollars given. I can in conjunction with this campaign. Young alumni (graduates from 1981 through cite several examples. One is the U.S.News & World Report college rankings 2004) will have the opportunity to re-align with either Green Machine or Violet published every year by the magazine and used critically by prospective parents Power. Which group will have the highest giving percentage? We’ll keep track… and students to evaluate the effectiveness of an institution. U.S. News ranks you “Be the One”. Alumni Day reunion classes…’45,’50,’55, ’60 (my mother’s colleges by category and by region. Coker ranks 13 of 48 “Best Comprehensive class),’65, ’70 ’75, and ’80 will present gift checks to Dr. Dawson on Alumni Day. Colleges in the South.” “Average alumni giving rate” is one of the criteria used to All ﬁrst-time donors will be recognized in the Commentary. determine rankings. I have read arguments for the case that a high participation rate can boost a school’s ranking. A high U.S.News ranking can mean dollars for With that I will close my list of impressions. You see how very impressed I am a school in terms of increased enrollment. In 2003-2004, Coker’s Alumni giving with your Alma Mater. It has been a landmark in my life. It has been a source of rate fell to a ten-year low of 17%. We are moving in the wrong direction. A inspiration and culture and education. It has produced the role models who have second example is the $500,000 grant from the prestigious Kresge Foundation inﬂuenced me the most. Under the guidance of Dr. Dawson, it is well positioned to for which Coker has applied. The Kresge Foundation also uses the alumni giving carry on the tradition of customer satisfaction as evidenced by your support. I am percentage as a key factor in the grant-making process. Foundations see alumni impressed. I am sure you are too. s Class News 3 Alumni Issue Fall 2004 Vol. 32 No. 3 COKER COLLEGE ...Gathered & written by Class Representatives ’24 Anabel Hill Summers celebrated her 100th birthday February 28. She lives at The Methodist Oaks in Orangeburg and Allie Stricklin Johnson says she has just spent a long weekend in Richmond with friends. Richmond is where she and Cliff lived for four good shape with friends and family whom they enjoy. Virginia Williams Anderson is in good shape Florence McDaniel Rhodes adores her grandchildren as I love nieces, great nieces and nephews. She had an accident falling on steps at is well known for her community volunteerism. years. She says both of her sons earned PhD’s. again. Her son lives with her and, during the her daughter’s and took a while getting over it. Clifford’s is in English Literature from the time that she was recuperating from pneumonia, She manages pretty well. Her sons had a birthday party for her. University of Virginia and after teaching at the was a great help. She is able to do things on her Eloise Hayes Smith wrote me a lovely letter University of Pittsburgh and in Germany, he own now. telling about her life. She is living in an old CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 ’38 joined the American Express Financial Advisor Janie Brooke is still doing something with house and has plenty of company. She is ﬁne and Florence Houck Steele Program. She has two granddaughters. Virginia Music when she can. She is fortunate to have a very busy. Post Ofﬁce Box 69 has two children and works in The Planning good friend who helps her with many things. Patsy Prince Shuler is a friend of mine from Davis Station SC 29041 Department of the City of Annapolis. Her Janie is not able to do much in the house. Charleston. Patsy lives in a Home at Clemson. 803.478.8783 other granddaughter, Ellen, is married to a Willah Mae Kirby Bell said “I am doing She reads and listens to tapes. She is on a walker. man from Scotland and they live in Alexandria. pretty well.” She has good friends who like to She needs the walker for everything. She likes Class of ’38, Ellen works in Washington with a publisher as help. where she is living. I’m sorry I missed the deadline in January so I a graphics artist. Samuel, her son, has a PhD in Martha Gunter Caldwell writes me letters Julia Youmans came to Coker at the History will try extra hard to get some news for our next Mathematics from Duke University and teaches and often helps when she gets my letter. She is Sisson invitation. She loves all of you. She is ﬁne. Coker College Class News. If any of you would at Eureka College in Illinois or travels. He able to get everything done and is still driving. I love calling you. I have a new phone in like to serve as our reporter, I would like for you speaks, in addition to English and sign language, Nona Crane Cothran has diabetes and my room. Everyone is happy. I have Post Polio to let me know. German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and because of this is conﬁned to a wheelchair. Since Syndrome because I had polio after I graduated Nancy Bridges Fussell reports that she and Spanish. Allie sent special love and concern for her husband is living and she has good help, from Coker. The muscles in my legs, arms and husband, Aubrey, have decided to limit their her fellow classmates. she is able to go to church and other activities hands are badly affected. I hope to get therapy traveling and have the children come to see Hilda Rowe Rutherford continues to live in occasionally. She reads a lot. She depends on on my legs and see if I can stand again. I enjoy them. She has one granddaughter who has just the home she and her husband built. She has help as she cannot stand alone. She had a few hearing from you. You will get a letter from me graduated from Boston University. One grandson macular degeneration in one eye but is seeing problems but she is doing better again. in July. Our news in the Coker News only comes has been in Ukraine in The Peace Corps and a specialist in Jacksonville and thinks she is Mary Page Killian is in a retirement home out twice a year. I shall call you and write you is returning soon. Her oldest granddaughter seeing better. She has a daughter, Alice Rowe in Rock Hill which she loves. However, she is every three months. I appreciate your notes and is a Meteorologist in Juneau, Alaska. She Amundson, who lives in Montana. Nancy still taking partial care of the home she left. It calls. God bless you. received a gold award for saving a person at Bridges Fussell had told me she had read an causes her many anxious moments. She can do Laura Schafer McInnes Lake Washington. Her family consists of two article in the paper about her and that she had everything. daughters, two sons and seven grandchildren. chatted with her on the phone. I’ll report on Martha Coker Huntley has two sons that CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 8 ’40 Mary Jones Folger says she has slowed down her accomplishments next time. Her second live with her. She has complete care. She can Sarah Orr Scarborough considerably (as we all have) but still enjoys life. daughter lives at St. Simons Island and her son go places on occasion with someone. She had a 904.246.1850 Her daughter, Eileen, lives in Columbia. She is lives in Atlanta. stroke ﬁve years ago. retired from the State Department of Education I enjoyed a nice long chat with Alma Reames Helen Montague James is able to do many The class of ’40 entered Coker College in the and visits her mother often. Walker. She has had some health problems and things. During the summer she went to Edisto Fall of 1936 with an enrollment of 50 Freshmen. I do get to see Edith Todd Ford occasionally. has been declared legally blind, but she is feeling Beach. She is a friend of Octavia “Ta” Moses On May 27, 1940, thirty nine of us, in cap and She is still active and enjoys living at the better now and is able to attend her church and Mahon. She is pleasant to talk to as all of you gown, marched to the Center Theater for our Methodist Manor in Florence. Her son, help with some of the activities. She has two are. graduation ceremony. For 66 years, we have been Tom, wife Cherry and their two daughters sons who live close by her and pay her a lot of Edna Johnson Kirkegard is a special friend more like real sisters rather than alumnae sisters. were visiting her when I called. One of their attention. to me. She can do anything she wants. She has There is great sadness for each of us when we daughters, Suzanne, will enter college this fall. Hope Tallevast Godefroy is ﬁne and active, been good about sending me interesting postage lose even one of them. The other, Elizabeth, is in the 11th grade. Edith’s as always. S he reports that her daughter has stamps. She does not write letters but likes to use In Memoriam—Mae Louise Culler Viola daughter, Betty, lives in Woodstock VA where purchased a home across the street from her. the telephone. lost the battle with Leukemia in February this her husband is Director of the County Social Hope says that is wonderful. Janet Langston Jones has been a real good year. We think of Mae Louise every time we see Services Department. They have two daughters I’ve made many calls, but have been unable friend for many years. She is very busy with a picture of the bell tower. She woke us at 7: 14 & 15. to get in touch with all of you. If I haven’t prayer meetings and going to see the sick as all 00 a.m., sent us to meals, let us know when we Eunice Ford Rogers reports that she wishes mentioned you, please sit down and write me of you have been. She writes me nice letters on were going to be late for class, let our dates know she had some interesting news but says her life about yourself, your family or anything else. I her computer. She sent me a very clever birthday when it was time to leave campus, and kept the style is slow. But please don’t believe that. She would certainly appreciate that. card that I have saved. I call her on the phone, whole College on time. It hurts terribly to know has just returned from visiting her niece. While My own news—I went to Savannah last week but she does not call anyone. Her family calls her she is no longer with us. Our thoughts and there, she spent a few days in Washington and to welcome my grandson, John, back from 60 all the time. She spends much time in her yard. prayers are with you, Karl. enjoyed the World War II memorial also the days in Kuwait. We hope he may not have to go Octavia “Ta” Moses Mahon seems to be In Memoriam—Mary Helen Bennett Acker National Cathedral. Now please write or call her back. doing very ﬁne. She has a daughter who lives in died in April after a long illness. Mary Helen and ask about her “canoe ride.” Barbara Kalber I’m attending the International Convention Summerville. I wish she’d come see her and come made a signiﬁcant difference in many lives Frampton and husband Harry have moved of Delta Kappa Gamma in Minneapolis the last see me. She came to see me years ago. during her life-time. The memorial to M.H. was back to Hartsville after living 22 years at Fripp week of July. I am still fairly active and drive Evelyn Bagby Montgomery moved to a a true celebration of her wonderfully caring life. Island. Her daughter Carrie lives in Mt. Pleasant. wherever I want to go. Retirement Home in Raleigh. She has the same Each member of her lovely family had a part in Harry, her oldest child, lives in Vail CO. He’s a If any of you will volunteer to be our reporter, phone number. She likes this home ﬁne. She is the memorial with daughter, the Rev. Miriam Developer and is President of ULI. He is married please let me know. the oldest member on our list. She gets along Acker Beecher ofﬁciating. How we miss that to Susan Rogers Frampton ’66. Bib lives in Florence Houck Steele ﬁne. vibrant, happy sister! California. They have seven grandchildren. Finley Plunkett Lucas and her husband Nelle N. Fooshe always seemingly the same, Barbara still bikes ﬁve miles a day, four times a CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 moved to a Retirement Home in Florence. She ’39 is “still upright”, positive person that she is. She week. receives her mail there and can be received on Laura Schafer McInnes is exemplary alum having been a most generous Wave Josey Parks lives in the Presbyterian that phone if she happens to be there. I don’t Presbyterian Home of SC contributor to “O Coker Fair” during the years. Home in Columbia and reports that she enjoys have her address. It’s a Methodist Home. 210 W 9th North St, Unit 151 Her one exception in deference to the aging it and is doing ﬁne. One daughter, Susan, lives Anna Nettles Ray has not been driving a long Summerville SC 29483-6701 process is giving up driving in bits and pieces. in Dallas; and Karen, her other daughter, lives time. Her family drives her wherever she’s going. Nell is in contact with Caroline Chandler near Columbia so she sees her often. She has ﬁve She is ﬁne. She’ll visit her daughter for a month I am glad to give a report on the class of Caddell who, according to Nell, “is doing fairly grandchildren. at a time. 1939. The friends whom I called seemed to be in well.” 4 ’40-’47 Margaret Davidson Baker and Bill are Class of ’41, Church. Their son, Ray Jr., has retired as pastor 14 when my son Curt, drove me and my friend enjoying the summer at their home in Bluffton. I did not know of Eugenia McAlpine Lewis’s but is hospice chaplain for four counties. He and Joy to the concert of Marina Lomazon sponsored Some of their family live and work in the passing until I received the spring issue of the his wife live in Newberry. Lynne was excited they by the SC Federation of Music. Marina had Bluffton/Hilton Head area now which makes for Commentary. Nancy Mahady Winn did not have a “Ridgeway” great-grandson. recently became engaged to a handsome young great get-togethers for Marnie and Bill. Jay and know it either. Eugenia had called her after In her letter she enclosed a write-up from man who had graduated from Eastman, so we granddaughter Marnie (daughter of Jennie Baker Christmas. the Greenville News about the death of Mary were treated to a duo concert! Coker’s Frank Smith ’69) are expecting their second little one Recently I called Helen Williams Rentz, Helen Bennett Acker. After she graduated she Bush was a vital part of having the two Steinways very soon. What a blessing for that little one—to who was in our freshman class. She said that she got her Masters degree and taught in Greenville available and the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker be born into that wonderful, loving family. took a business course in Columbia and married. schools for 40 years. She was very active in the Performing Arts Center ready for the members Our Class President, Loree Harrington They lived in NC and SC and moved to church and community. Lynne said she and of the music federation. The next “Coker Gandy has three grandsons. Two of them Bamberg 59 years ago. Her husband is deceased. Ray had kept in touch with her over the years. I Connection” for me, although too brief, was to were recently married and Loree is excited to They had one son. He and his family live in St. remember what a vivacious girl she was at Coker. meet Mildred Box Tanenbaum ’43 and Nat, have two granddaughters in the family now. Augustine, Florida where he is a teacher and As I was getting my news ready to send to at Brevard Music Center July 9th. This, too, Coker tonight, Nancy Mahady Winn called to was a Marina Lomazon Concert playing with tell me she saw in the Sun News today that Edna the Repertory Symphony Orchestra of summer Mae Galloway Fletcher passed away July 9th. music students at Brevard. That Friday night was After ﬁnishing Coker, she went to University of the ﬁrst time I’d seen Mickey, probably in half NC and got her Masters in biology and taught a century! school in Marlboro County for 30 years. She Talking with some of you this summer, I and her husband retired and moved to Murrell’s found out that Laura “Tootsie” Clowe Holley Inlet and later moved back to Hartsville to be had a cruise to Alaska; Edith Hahn Anderson near family. said that Christine “Tina” Hahn Ropp and I’m able to travel again and ﬂew to Chicago husband had moved from Aiken to Columbia’s for my youngest granddaughter’s high school Presbyterian Home; Caroline Tison O’Neal graduation Memorial Day weekend. in Beaufort was having Mary to visit in July; “Shake the bushes” and send me some news. Margaret Scott Smith fell in December and I’m sorry I have sad news this time. broke her shoulder; Mary Brinkley LaFrage Love, Norma and family were doing well; Sarah Workman van Dalen was expecting her daughter and PS. Our sympathy to Nancy Mahady Winn grandchildren for a two week visit from Seattle; on the death of her husband, Sterling, at their Nancy D. McLaurin was still making trips to home in Surfside beach on July 30. and from Columbia’s Presbyterian Home to Dillon to close up the family home; Kathryn CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 1 “Gibb” Gibbons Blackmon plans to have our ’42 Class rep or co-reps needed Coker luncheon on October 2. We will meet at Gibb’s home anytime after 10 am, and then go the Spring Valley Country Club at noon for lunch. Let us know if you’d like to come. CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 ’43 The college is planning our 60th class reunion Selma Stogner LeHardy next April 9th. I talk occasionally to Rosamond 415 Lakeshore Drive “Bouka” Durban McDufﬁe ’43 in Aiken, Hartsville SC 29550 whose had terrible pain with both hands and 843.332.7952 Martha Blackwell Windham unfortunately surgery did not help. Jean said in July that Oliver was to get broken arm out CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’44 of cast. Jean’s still bothered with asthma. Had Class rep or co-rep needed a nice letter and phone visit with Mary Alden Haynsworth Carrison who had not heard of Class of 1944 (left ot right): Grace Jackson Ingram, Jacqueline Everington Jacobs, Katherine Kalber Dunlap, Margaret “Burr” Des Champs Moore’s death Ann Ludlam Winﬁeld CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 until receiving the January Commentary. Thanks Congratulations, lucky lady. Remember the lovely bouquets with which Loree decorated coach. She still gets the Coker news. I’ll include a little news from the class of ’42. ’45 Katherine Still Campbell 511 Gue Road Northwest Orangeburg SC 29115 to many of you who contributed in June to increase our percentage from 14% to 38%! We really need all of us to keep in touch—which in turn helps Coker to qualify for many grants the tables for our Sixtieth Anniversary dinner Ella Earle Busbee Benson called me the last 803.534.6594 that often are based on Alumni contributions. at the Hart House? Our botanical and artistic of June. One of Margaret Tenhet McBrier’s Dear Classmates, Since some of us have had our 80th birthday, authority on roses tells us that the severe weather daughters called to tell her that Margaret had The BIG news for our Class, as I write this I will share how I celebrated mine! One of my has kept her roses from ﬂourishing this year. She passed away at a Retirement Community in on July 15 is that Ann Holloway Murchison neighbors planned an ice cream party for family had hoped to share them with Hazel Stogner Charlottesville Virginia. She and I have been was chosen for Coker’s Alumni Association and friends. Before the party Curt’s wife, Tamra, McKorell and Mary Verne Williamson Powell friends since childhood. Our fathers had roomed Distinguished Service Award at Alumni day had her father of Columbia to come down on his who are both in Assisted Living at Morningside. together in college for four years! I got in touch this past April 17. I picked up Kathryn “Gibb” Harley-Davidson and take me for a ride on I-26 Please know that all our sisters and their loved with Jeannette Pate Copeland and Alberta Gibbons Blackmon that Saturday in Columbia at 80 mph (for a short distance!) since it was my ones are in our daily thoughts and prayers. How Kneece Mobley. Alberta and I roomed together for our trip to Coker. We joined Ann, Clyde, son 80th birthday! I also got a T-shirt “Let’s Roll.” we would love to hear from each of you again! my sophomore year. She still lives in Aiken. George and daughter Margaret Ann Murchison And with that event told “Let’s close” and let’s We love y’all good (ala Merky), Margaret and Jeannette roomed together for Fitz ’73, husband Tom and their daughters, as hear from U! Sarah and Bill two years. Jeannette and J. F. Copeland live in well as Buddy’s two daughters. Also there was Most sincerely, Kat Columbia now. Ella Earle and I are not able to CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 visit each other right now, but we do a lot of Jean McCleskey Jay’s daughter, Mary Ann Jay ’41 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’46 Norma Mathis Pate visiting via the phone! Wingard ’69. Ann gave a wonderful and heart- Lynne McCuen Ridgeway sent me a letter ﬁlled talk as to what Coker had meant to us in Class rep or co-reps needed Barclay Estates 210 Whitehall Road that she sends friends and family. She and Ray shaping our lives and what a wonderful inﬂuence North Augusta SC 29841 have not been able to do overseas missions trips and example that Finley Plunkett Lucas ’39 had recently, but hope to return to the Ukraine in been for us. We had a delicious lunch in the CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 ’47 803.279.9248 home & fax 2005. Their daughter, Phyllis and her husband dining room where Ann’s family and friends sat Class rep or co-reps needed firstname.lastname@example.org live in Anderson. She has 50 music students at a beautifully decorated long table. and is music director at Piedmont First Baptist The next occasion for me at Coker was May The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 5 ’48-’52 And it was fabulous with all the old castles and Barbara and Robert visited him while he lived churches and beautiful countryside! out west and went to many interesting places. Later we ﬂew to Venice for 2 days, which was David has a son who is interested in tennis and not nearly long enough. plays in matches. Son Bob has a daughter. They Some of the other Coker classes may stay really busy going to tennis matches and remember my sisters, Elsie Lee Stackley ’49 being with the grand children. Daughter, Jean, and Helen Lee Chapman ’58. Helen and her lives at Valle Crucis near Boone and is an artist. husband always have a 4th of July reunion at She does painting using water colors. Barbara their home on Lake Marion which everyone and Robert celebrated their 50th anniversary in enjoys immensely. Elsie and Helen are doing December of 2002. well. They both have grandchildren which they Herb Hanna ’51 and Dorothy “Dot” Garrell adore. Elsie has 2 and Helen 3. Hanna are both staying young with the help of the ﬁtness center, where they workout on a CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 regular basis. Their daughter, Beth, and husband ’51 Mary F. Graham Coker Alan recently transferred to Wilmington NC. 2689 Olanta Highway Alan works with the cooperative bank. They have Turbeville SC 29561 two granddaughters, Erin who is 14 and Ryan 843 659-2812 who is 12. Herb enjoys doing woodworking. mailto:email@example.com Rock ’51 and Jane Woodward Truett are doing all right. Rock has a pacemaker and he and Jane Betty Lee Jordan Gandy go a lot of places together. Rock can’t drive 1201 Wistera Drive anymore so it is all up to Jane to chauffeur them Florence SC 29501 843-662-2797 around town. Jane visited her sister-in-law Joann Jones Woodward in Columbia recently. Joann CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 has moved into an apartment in Columbia. ’52 Flora Collins Baker and husband Bill recently Betty Lou McIntyre Barclay went to help their son who is a NC Park Ranger 329 Lee Circle and family move from Hanging Rock State Park Dillon, SC 29536 in Danbury NC to Stone Mountain State Park 843.774.6122 in Roaring Gap. They helped the family, which Bbar830771@aol.com includes their ﬁve children, get settled in their new home. Florence McManus Rabb Frances “Frankie” Nicholson Townsend has had to have two surgeries during the past Jennie Smith McLeod has problems with her year. Now she is much better and on the mend. back and other health concerns. She was in the Her son, Jim, and wife have one son and live hospital in Columbia and has been transferred in Louisville, KY. They have one child. They to the Presbyterian Home in Florence. We hope recently enjoyed a vacation at the beach together. that she will soon be much better. Daughter Mary works in Richland Memorial in Class of 1949 (left ot right): Bottom row: Naomi Phillips Ward, Joanne Moody Zobel, Wilma Carmichael Elizabeth “Frog” Stevenson Meigs was asked Columbia in ICU, and Ann lives in N. Augusta. Crews, Virginia James Graves Second row: Ruth Phillips Grayson, Jean Shelley Andrews, Eunice Hayes Harper, to send news to liven up the Coker notes, and Ann is married to Mark Bowman. Aldean Godwin Cassidy, Third row: Barbara Ballentine Stuckey, Lemerle Jackson Abbott, Louetta Coker of course she came through. The following is Mary Moore Parnell likes to read, visit and Strickland, Elsie Robbins Carson Frog’s update: Went to visit a friend who has play bridge. She still lives in her home where moved into a retirement village. Was having a she has lived for 52 years. Mary reports that remember I cannot report any news if I do not wonderful time till I realized I have NO social CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 10 hear from you. So, hope to hear from all of you she is very active in her church, First Baptist, in ’48 skills that would make it possible to ﬁt with such Hartsville and is prayer circle chairperson. Betty Pat Hesse Hardison before the next column is due on January 15th. a community. I can’t play pinocle or mah johng, How about a Christmas card with all of your Reaves Herring ‘54’s son and wife are also in 704.694.3094 in fact I can’t spell either one of them. I can’t news? This would give me time to meet the her church and have become friends. Her sister, play bridge or skip-bo. I play Scrabble only with Dorothy “Dot” Moore Jernigan ’51, lives in Rosa Henderson Murray deadline. my immediate family. I ﬂunked exercise class, Lemerle Columbia and Mary has helped her since she which my hostess insisted I visit. The last time I has some health problems. Mary enjoys keeping CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 felt that inadequate was playing ﬁeld hockey at ’49 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 her grandchildren. She has three children, ’50 Genevieve Chandler Peterkin Coker…when the opposing teams came at me I Eddie, and avid golfer who lives in Mt. Pleasant. Post Ofﬁce Box 2059 Connie Lee Freeman politely stepped out of their way. They scored. He works with RJ Reynolds as southeastern Rep or co-rep needed Our goalie, Carol Davis, came after me with a manager. He and his wife have three daughters. Lemerle Jackson Abbott hockey stick. Mary’s daughter, Beth, lives in the Charleston 306 Seminole Trail The last edition of the Coker Commentary No very exciting news, except it’s summer National Country Club development. Son, Jacksonville, NC 28540 was the ﬁrst time ever that I had sent in any and summer is when we remember why on earth Eddie, also lives in the same area. Beth is a Math news- but here I go again. we ever stayed in Connecticut. teacher at Charleston Southern University in Dear Classmates, I wanted to share with you the wonderful I broke a leg in November, so have not Charleston. She and her husband have two trip my daughter, her friend and I took in May; been to NYC since. Did ﬁnd that a can and an boys. Her husband is a Corian Dealer and Well, I haven’t heard from any of you since primarily to visit my granddaughter Tonya at awesome leg brace gets you lots of attention in deals in specialty types of tiles. Daughter, our reunion. Just hope all of you that attended Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. She made an airport. White hair doesn’t hurt. Shannon, lives at Surfside Beach and works with had as good a time as Harold and I did. all the arrangements and accompanied us. Hi to Flossie…some day I’ll be able to think Minnie’s Interiors at Myrtle Beach as an interior It was good to see all of you. For those of you Near Ramstein we stayed at a delightful Bed of her as Mary. decorator. She has her masters in Media arts. Her who did not come, you missed a good time. On and Breakfast surrounded by beautiful gardens. Barbara Spears Baird and husband Robert husband works for AVX. Friday night seventeen of us went to Mr. B’s for While there we visited Duchau, Munich live in Raleigh, NC, and we are happy to Don and I stay busy. He works for the a seafood dinner and lots of conversation and and Garmish. Probably most of you know how have news from our May Queen and Student Dillon County Historical Society and is assisting catching up on the news. We had several with us beautiful Garmish is, surrounded by rugged Council President. They moved to Raleigh from with developing a caboose and an old country who had not attended a reunion recently. snow capped mountains. The shops and houses Bennettsville in 1967 and she taught in Raleigh store/post ofﬁce as part of the museum system On Saturday we followed the usual schedule were very charming, with ﬂowers and trees from 1971 until 1995. Robert was chaplain at in Latta. So if you are looking for a place to with class meetings, lunch and the business blooming everywhere. St. Mary’s College. They have two sons and one tour, just come to Dillon County. We already meeting of the association. Leaving Garmish we only rode through the daughter. The sons live near Barbara and Bob. have a Dillon County Museum, J. W. Dillon I am sure there are other articles about the edges of Austria and Switzerland because we had Their sons are David and Bob. David lived in House Museum, and the restored Court House. reunions so will not repeat them here. Just to get back to Ramstein for a Rhine River tour. Phoenix before moving to Raleigh in 1998, and All are interesting. I stay busy as a member of 6 ’52-’53 the Parents and Guardians Association for the Weiner, 160 Hallman Wagon Road, Leesville SC hope Louisa “Lou” Porter Presler, originally of us to send some news for our class of 1952. Marion Dillon County Board of Disabilities. 29070, telephone 803-892-5220. from Rockingham, NC, will get her letter to Our space in the class news section was empty Chris, our youngest daughter, goes to the Board I talked to Margaret Harris Engelhart’s son me in time to have it in this issue. Maybe we’ll for too many years. We should do better from Workshop and now works almost every day at a while back and learned that she died two or do better the next time. I realize how hard it is now on to keep in touch. a yarn plant in Dillon. She keeps life interesting three years ago. I was very sorry to hear about to ﬁnd the time to make contact with our old I bring you warm greetings from Christiane with her hobbies and interests in bird watching, her death. Her son told me that his mother had friends so I appreciate all of you who have done “Chris” Blanchon Burnet, our French friend cooking and going to see her favorite performer, taught at a college in Macon, Georgia. My call this on your own for the Commentary. who joined our class our junior year on her Rick Alviti, who does Elvis. We go to the Latta was cut short for some reason and I tried to reach Reminiscing: fellowship year from Paris. She said to tell you Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery of New him again a couple of times but only got his 1. Remember our very ﬁrst day at Coker in “Hello and thanks for the fun times she had Harmony is working on developing homes for answering machine. I hope all of this information 1948 when those “older” girls were running with us.” Her married name is Burnet. She and I persons with disabilities in the area. I am on the is correct, as I am writing from memory and I around in those cute little pinafores helping us have kept in touch through the years and she has board which is the Presbyterian Agency for the expect that you all know how that is!! get settled in our new “home”? many fond memories of her time at Coker. Chris Developmentally Disables. Our oldest daughter, A few of us from our church went to a retreat 2. Room #7 in Memorial Dorm was home is now in an assisted living home due to multiple Shelley, lives in NYC and is a designer for the at Spring Maid close to Myrtle Beach. I was that ﬁrst year for Joyce, B.W. and me…we had sclerosis. Guiding Light. She has two PGGV dogs, Annie delighted to see Vera Wyndham Helmly there. many illegal late nights there with a roomful of During recent years I have enjoyed contact and Flora Kate. Flora Kate runs in agility trials I was even proud of myself because I recognized strange-looking students in their P.J.’s and their through visits with Flossie, Jennie, Frankie, and and is doing well winning ribbons. We only have her as she looked a great deal younger than I did. hair rolled up in socks, curlers, toilet paper and Betty Lou. Our 50th reunion at Coker was fun, grand dogs which are a joy. We both had been going for several years, but other odd things. It was a time to visit, study but we missed those of you who were absent. A We are saddend to hear that our friend, Betty had not seen each other or maybe, just did not for a test, or to eat any snacks that they could few years ago Flossie and I went on a Coker tour Epting Owen passed away. Her husband Robert, recognize each other. “scronge” up…in the mean time the noise in the to Sea Island, GA where Betty Wray Macdonald on son and two daughters and grandchildren are I have always felt that Lila Fannie White room was getting louder and louder and we were Jones and Miriam “Tiggie” Hooks Beneﬁeld the family that Betty leaves behind. I am sure Watson was a special friend. She did not care the ones who would be the most responsible hosted a party for the whole tour group—that that we all remember Betty as a sweet classmate. if your family was rich or if you were extra since it was our room…we were running was quite a treat to long remember. She was truly a beautiful woman who was smart or real pretty, she was your friend and around trying to keep everyone quite..shh, shh, My life stays busy involved with a retired digniﬁed and mild mannered. Her service was when you read about Fannie’s after Coker life, shh…just adding to the noise as no one paid a husband and four children with their families. held at St. John’s Methodist Church where she you will realize it could not have been more bit of attention to us…Joyce moved out at the We have enjoyed being grandparents to eight was a choir member for 50 years. This prayer spectacular and you are not surprised. Fannie end of the ﬁrst semester..she could not stand it grandchildren. There are still babies. Our from the book of Good Things Come In Small and her husband, Tom, will have their forty-ﬁfth any longer. daughter, Martha C. Norberg, who lives in Packages for Friends is ﬁtting to offer in memory wedding anniversary in November and they 3. Remember Frog’s linoleum “carpet” that Wake Forest, NC is home schooling her two of Betty. ”Lord, in those regrettably short seasons have three children. Tom, Jr., who is married she painted black and we traced our barefoot girls while taking care of her baby boy. All three of fellowship, thank you for thoughtful friends and has three children. Mark is also married, steps all over it and ﬁnished it very nicely by of our sons live in the Boone, NC area and each who care enough to leave us with a thousand but has no children, and Lila is employed by painting the footsteps red! I think that she owns his own unique business. Boone is in the golden memories.” Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield and has married fairly carried it with her when she transferred to Wake mountains called “The High Country”, north Crickett Blackburn Rogers reports that recently. Fannie, herself, retired from the SC Forest. of Blowing Rock. Our youngest son, Judson, she has nothing to report. BUT she does have Department of Social Services after serving for 4. Required functions…I know you owns a ﬁshing guide business called Elk Creek beautiful and bright grandchildren who keep forty years of working as a case worker, Human remember them…especially the formal ones Outﬁtters. That is on the web in case you want her busy. She does report that she hasn’t been Services Supervisor and as Lee County Director. like when the Wofford Men’s Choir performed. a ﬁshing guide service in the mountains. Our abroad or written a book. BUT we all know that She also has recently resigned from the State We had assigned seats in the auditorium and middle son, Walton, owns a Russian import the life in a small town in South Carolina can be Agency of Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory someone was appointed to check the roll by business and gallery known as The Golden interesting and rewarding. Board. She has been given awards for “Lifetime seats that were empty. I was reported one time Cockerel which sells gifts and collectables all Speaking of interesting and rewarding several of Services”. She has recently joined the D.A.R. for being absent and was called to come to Dr. handmade in Russia. It is on the web as The of us are having a mini reunion on July 14 in which is quite a remarkable accomplishment. She Agnew’s ofﬁce. I think that I was framed! Golden Cockerel.com—so try it out when you Lumberton. We do this every now and then, so has taken sessions of water color and oil painting. 5. Do you remember visiting on Dunbar want an unusual gift. Walton’s business started if you are interested in joining let Betty Lou or However, Fannie admits her grandchildren when we had a little bit of free time? Not much when he was teaching English in Russia in Flossie know. are her number one interest now and probably to do but to watch the smokers “puff-away” and the 90’s. Our oldest son, Eustace, runs Turtle Hopefully all of you will start keeping notes forever! To top it all, she will have been a cancer bridge players getting a few hands in, some were Island Preserve which is an environmental for the next issue. Keep in mind that often the survivor for ﬁve years this September. Thank shagging while Peggy Jo played the piano, the school center and camp for students, campers, little stuff is some of the best stuff. ‘Till then God. dancing did not exactly go with the music, but at and families. It also is on the web as TurtleIsla Betty Lou and Flossie Vera Wyndham Helmly writes, “what a least it was good music. ndPreserve.com. It has been featured in many surprise you and I both got when we met face- 6. After the study period each night, we magazines and newspaper articles. This year a News from the Class of 1952 has been sort of to-face at the Methodist Older Adult Conference headed for the Dunbar which most of the book about Eustace was published by Viking. It slow getting to us…but I guess a little is better at Springmaid last February. Some sad news, time was sort of quiet, almost boring, but this is a biography written by Elizabeth Gilbert about than none. I did receive a very informative letter Betty Jane White Daniels’s husband, Covert, one night a rat appeared (probably just a wee Eustace’s unusual life and adventures. The name from Leatrice “Lea” Margolin Weiner. She and passed away last year. You remember they lived mouse) that was really more scared of us that of the book is The Last American Man and it is her husband, David, have been married over a in Manning. Betty Jane was with us during our we were of it. We chased it with a broom and available in hardback and paperback. half century…wow!! They live in Leesville but Freshman year. Saw Jennie Herlong Boatwright a drink bottle crate. Most of the students were After my husband spent eight years teaching travel a good bit. They have three children: ’53 and her husband, Phil, at a telephone standing on tables, chairs, sofas and even the at the University of South Carolina we moved Debra who is a nurse with a BS degree, Lucy convention in Hilton Head last spring. Jenny piano screaming and yelling to get him, get him, to Gastonia thirty-ﬁve years ago and we are still Gay is a MD and Allan is a scientist with three was a year behind our class. They looked great, look out, eeeeekkkk! We almost scared that cute here. PhD’s, we know you are very proud of them. as usual. My oldest granddaughter’s husband just little mouse to death. We were not sure what I look forward to reading news from many They have ﬁve grandchildren and one great got back from a year in Iraq, so all the family got happened to it, but we think it jumped off of the of you in our Coker Commentary. So keep the grandchild. Lea says that she will always be the together to welcome him home Memorial Day second ﬂoor porch, after it ran through Karen’s news ﬂowing to Betty Lou and Flossie. product of Coker even though she is always weekend. It was so nice to have all the children feet, as it never came back again. Karen Johnson Conway going to some sort of school. For the last four and grandchildren together, along with various This is the end of the “Reminiscing” this years, she has taken courses at the University of boyfriends and girlfriends. Bobby is still working, time, if you can think of some good tales from CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 ’53 Creative Writing. She has a MS and has taught and both of us take an active part in church and the good ole days, please, let Betty Lou or me Pat Chapman Huff Math from the eighth grade through college community affairs. We stay busy and happy.” know, you will get a special by-line 507 Wilmar Avenue level, which is quite amazing. Lea has also been Karen Johnson Conway hopes to have a Mrs. Don Barclay, 328 Lee Circle, Dillon SC Hartsville SC 29550 listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. letter to go with the others that have already 29536 and Mrs. Mary Rabb, 115 Woodlawn 843.332.3755 Lea had been active in her community and in come in. I will wait until Friday to mail this Ave, Union SC 29379. Phuff507@cs.com politics until her husband retired. At the age of to you. She plans to send us some information Thanks. Flossie 73, she does whatever she wishes, whenever she about Christiane Blanchon Burnet, who was feels like it! She says that she mostly brags about an exchange student from France. I wrote Dear Classmates, her grandchildren and travels the world. What and called Willie Hughes Van Patten from Let us give a “high ﬁve” to our volunteers, a great life, Lea! Her address is: Lea Margolin Bishopville, but did not get to talk to her. I also Flossie and Betty Lou, who have motivated some The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 7 ’53-’54 Mitzi DuPre Matthews to arrive that very night at the college to see Several Coker girls were there. We saw Peggy CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 ’54 6493 Bridgewood Road “Oklahoma” and to spot Anne Merck McDowell Cantey Gardner ’56, Lois Hatﬁeld Anderson Lois Hatﬁeld Anderson Columbia SC 29801 and Mickey in the audience. Of course we made ’54 and Electa ’85, and Sara Pauline Jackson 210 Saddlebrook Lane 803.787.4157 arrangements to sit together. The performance McRae ’55. I was disappointed to learn later that Hopkins SC 29061 firstname.lastname@example.org was outstanding. Girls, a long way from our Faith Fennegan Allen ’55 was there and I had 803.776.0926 “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “The Little Dog missed seeing her. LHAnderson32@aol.com Dear Class of ‘53, Laughed”. Joan Carter McKissick promises that one Please tell me where the ﬁrst half of 2004 has Beth DuBose Cottingham has been of these days she is going to join us. We have Betty Reaves Herring gone. The older I get, the faster time ﬂies. wonderful with keeping in touch. We always exchanged several notes and I cannot believe 5091 Sail Club Drive Taking place right after Mitzi DuPre include her in our activities and she always that one person can do all that she does. Plus Hartsville SC 29550 Matthews’ last newsletter was Leadership Coker responds. She has experienced some health her husband John is still coaching football in 843.335.8916 at the college. Mitzi and I attended. It’s always problems so please keep her in your prayers. She Summerville, and she is right there supporting Betherring@shtc.net great to go back to Coker, to see old faces and sent a newspaper article which featured Jo Anne him and the teams. meet new faces, to see fellow alumni serving the Boyd Sires and her recent publication, a cook Mitzi DuPre Matthews and Budd have kept Dear 54’er, Alumni Association in various capacities, and to book entitled “Sunday Dinner at Granny’s”. their friends posted on their grandson Jayson Contents of this newsletter are coming from hear updates on the college from Dr. Dawson All proceeds were going to the American Gilligan who is in Iraq. Please pray for his safety ﬁve different directions: Martha Little Hunter and others in leadership. Cancer’s Relay for Life event in Kingstree. and that of all our military. I marvel at the faith has sent some great comments; Betty Reaves Carl and I were very honored to be dinner Congratulations, Jo Anne. We are proud of you. that Mitzi and her family have shown. Mitzi and Herring has shared a lengthy e-mail from Sarah guests in the Dawsons’ home in February, where I attended Alumni Day in April when Fran Worley Bond are good about keeping up Kolb Bivins and one from Chris Bates Mink; we were entertained by members of the Coker Trish Lunn ‘87 our former Alumni Director, with each other by e-mailing. Ellen Bramlett Clarke sends a reminder about Singers, any one of which was talented enough received the Distinguished Alumni award. We Daphen Yarborough Edge called this week reunion booklets; and I have the privilege of to be on Broadway. In fact, they have recently all congratulate her on this honor which she so to tell me of the death of Betty Wallace Hasty’s putting in my two cents worth! performed in Carnegie Hall. How special Carl richly deserved. mother. She lived to be 97. It is still so difﬁcult Martha’s letter follows: Reid and I just and I felt when the group dedicated one of their In May, a group of us, including husbands to believe that Betty is gone. got home from London. We took our son, songs to us in honor of our recent 50th wedding spent the day with Betty Carol Mobley Bynum I have just returned from a week at Jean Fore Edward and his daughter Willis, 15, and our anniversary. and Bundy in Winnsboro. After lunch at The and Mac McDaniel’s beachhouse at Pawleys daughter Katy and her daughter Sarah, 16. Charlie Chewning and I spent an evening at Tavern downtown and celebrating Anne Merck Island. Enjoying this time also were Charlie We had the most wonderful time! We stayed the college in March making phone calls. We McDowell’s birthday, we visited in the Bynums’ Chewning, Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger, Mitzi at the Ritz hotel, and one of the highlights for concentrated mainly on calling those who lived lovely home. What a delightful day. DuPre Matthews, Susie Gaines Hautala, Anne our granddaughters was seeing and shaking close enough to attend the April 2 luncheon that This was the year for most of us to celebrate Merck McDowell, and our hostess Jean. What hands with Bill Clinton, who was also staying our class voted to have during the years when our 55th high school reunion. Girls, we are a wonderful time we all had. Were your ears at the Ritz. We did many of the usual tourist there is no reunion. really getting on up there in age. In talking with burning the week of June 13th because probably things - Tower of London, the crown jewels, Charlie talked with Jennie Herlong Margaret Hewitt Hoffmeyer, I learned that while reminiscing about our Coker days we Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Churchill’s Boatwright, Jean Stevens Edwards, Jo Anne Everette Gause Stauffer and Peggy Warren spoke of everyone in the class of ‘53. Our bunker, Madame Tussaud’s, etc. Everyone but Boyd Sires, Sara Huggins Fowler, Toula Latto, Smith had come to Florence for theirs. Carl had professors too, but sadly none of them are living. me did a Beatles’ walking tour and a Jack-the- and Wyatt Matthews Moore. seen Felicia Brown McElveen and Red at a high On Tuesday of that week we had lunch at Ripper walking tour on Sunday. I walked to I had a nice chat with Dave Rogers who told school reunion for the class of ‘47 in Hartsville. the Sea Captain’s House in Myrtle Beach, where Westminster Abbey and worshipped there. It was me all about the loss of his wife Betty and then Carl and I each went our separate ways that we were joined by Karen Dawson (Coker’s ﬁrst an amazing experience, tremendously enhanced later his marriage to Carolyn. Both were nurses particular night. He had his here and I had mine lady), Daphen Yarborough Edge, and Pam by “Deeda’s” Civ courses! and good friends. in Cheraw. Huggins Chapman ‘50 and Henry. It was Our 50th reunion was truly wonderful. It was good to talk with Jane Biggers Brown A number of us had children graduating from Pam and Henry’s 54th wedding anniversary. Shirley Dobbins Middleton and I met at the who said she spends much of her time keeping high school or college this year. Anne Merck Remember how we little freshmen idolized those motel Friday afternoon, then rode over together her grandchildren. McDowell and I have granddaughters who digniﬁed seniors? to Coker. Shirley and I talk often on the ‘phone, Beth Farrior Floyd had eye surgery and at the will be college freshmen together. Betty Jean Miss Helen Mills would have been impressed but don’t get to see each other much, so it was time we talked she still was not driving. Lee Hunsinger while visiting and attending a with Jean Fore McDaniel’s culinary skills. great to be together. Walking into the drawing Teresa Cameron Glasco had undergone grandson’s college graduation in San Antonio, She demonstrated the art of making our own room and seeing dear, familiar faces was so quadruple by-pass surgery and was doing well. Texas, called Lexie Margaret Stokes Collie. mayonaise and preparing artichokes. special. Joan and I locked eyes across the room, She was moving from Charlotte back to her Listen up, everyone. Lexie and Lamar now have Our last night there we had a giant birthday and it was almost as though we had just seen hometown, Sanford, NC, where she has good 22 grandchildren. party celebrating all of our birthdays, complete each other the day before. She is as beautiful friends. A fellow church member while visiting with balloons, party hats, horns, and a cake with as ever, inside and out. Everyone looked great I enjoyed talking with Betty Tally Earon and Kathwood in Columbia overheard a resident candles (70+). - Joyce Barton Toole, “Frank”, Chris, Pug, hearing about her family. She and Teresa have singing the praises of Coker College. It was We are ofﬁcially (and she knows nothing Betty, Beth, Ellen, Sarah, Becky, Mary Ellen, remained close during the years since Coker. Louise Bristow Kinsey. Louise had fallen of this) naming Karen Dawson an honorary Beth DuBose, Miriam, Jo, Frances, and Lois. The luncheon at Mr. B.’s near Hartsville and was there to recuperate. Her address is member of the class of ‘53. She has joined us on Dr. Dawson, our new president, and his wife was a real success. Besides our honored guests were there for dinner, and he spoke about Coker. Kathwood, 4520 Trenholm Road, Columbia, several occasions, and we just enjoy her. Dr. and Mrs. Dawson, Chris Dax, and Lyn He is extremely impressive, and Coker’s future SC, 29206. Now, I must indulge with one little personal Blackmon from the college there were, Sarah seems solid and bright. I think all of us were a bit Charlie Chewning is so faithful about item. Carl and I became great-grandparents Sampson Bell and James, Beverly Denny frustrated with our lack of quality time together. calling classmates on weekends. Among those May 3. Sean Braden McCurry was born to our We had a fairly short time together Saturday Dority and Richard ’55, Betty Carol Mobley she has talked with recently are Callie McCuen granddaughter, Emilea, and her husband Brent morning, then attended the alumni gathering in Bynum and Bundy, Anne Merck McDowell Simpson, Barbara Lowery Mims, Tommie in Greenwood. I was sitting at the bridge table the auditorium, then lunch in the dining hall, and Mickey, Truey Tarbox Thieker and Forrest, Long McClain, Jo Hall Williams, Meta King when the call came. Needless to say, the bridge then many of us had to leave. I had lunch with Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger, Betty Lou “Boo” Foster, Joyce Bell, and Beverly Denny Dority. game broke up and we headed for Greenwood. Frank Bush here at Sea Island in May, and we Brown Stewart, Charlie Chewning, Callie Richard ’55 has improved greatly with a few June 30 was the deadline for giving to talked about how it could be better. So, next McCuen Simpson, Mitzi DuPre Matthews minor setbacks. He often ﬁlls the pulpit in our endowed scholarship and to the alumni time (if there is a next time!), perhaps we’ll have and Budd, Lila Fannie White Watson ’52, Charleston churches. scholarship fund. Our total was $5,000 with a cozier meeting place, and more time to share and Carl ’52 and me. The group approved the Marcell Ludlam Austin is now living in only 20 members contributing. May I encourage photos and talk, talk, talk. guidelines for our endowed scholarship which Orlando, Florida. Her address is P. O. Box you to give to Coker gifts to honor and gifts in I’m so proud of Coker, and can’t wait to take Chris Dax and I had formulated. Dr. Dawson 540626, Orlando, Florida, 32854-0626. I know memory of loved ones. Sarah and Willis to see it. What a thrill it would brought greetings from the college and told she would appreciate hearing from some of you. Enjoy the remainder of 2004. It will be gone be to have a granddaughter (or two) there! Much of ongoing projects. Lyn Blackmon, our new Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger and I attended before we know it. Keep Mitzi and me informed love to all of you who couldn’t be with us. You Alumni Director, spoke on behalf of the Alumni Bert Herring’s funeral during this year. Bert of events taking place in your lives. missed a grand time, and we missed you. Please Association. was Betty Reaves Herring’s ’54 husband, and I love each of you, be in touch. My email is email@example.com. How pleasantly surprised Carl and I were we extend our sympathy to her and her family. Pat Chapman Huff Love to all, Martha Little Hunter 8 ’54-’55 News from Chris: The biggest news I have year, August 13, 2005, she and Lee will celebrate are in that category, please let some of us know. Electa and I are still enjoying being under to share is our cruise to celebrate our 50th their 50th wedding anniversary at cleft Rock We discussed at the reunion how much more the same roof. She is truly my right arm and anniversary. With our children spread out from Retreat where they live in Kentucky and would precious the early friendships have become and my leaning post. We’ve been at the beach a fair Summerville to Atlanta to Nashville, planning like for all of you to come celebrate with them. how we really want to keep in touch. amount this spring, trying to catch up on never- a party didn’t seem practical, so we decided This is their mailing address: Lee and Sarah All of us look Gooooood!! We’ve had a few ending repairs! We’ve done hammering, ripping, on a short cruise from Tampa to Cozumel, Bivins, Rt. 1, Box 400, Mt. Vernon, KY, 40456. health glitches along the way (and some of our painting, etc, etc. We have a story to tell about Mexico. Since only our daughter-in-law had Ellen’s reminder: I still have Reunion crew are still having some glitches) but, we the ugliest room we’ve ever painted. My health “cruised” it proved to be a sensational idea. Our Booklets available. The booklet has 60 pages agreed that life is still wonderful and we want to has improved a whole lot. That’s why I’m really grandchildren range from seven to thirteen so (with cover) and includes 15 pages of photos keep on with it! enjoying the mundane stuff. I’m so grateful to they are old enough to be rather independent, shared by classmates as well as copies from old Miriam Powers Jordan and her husband be alive! Send us info about yourselves. We can’t and Carnival is a “family friendly” cruise line annuals (An effort was made to have each class “Chubby” were at their lovely beach home one put into the Commentary what we don’t know. with lots of kids activities. All thirteen of us member in at least one picture).The booklet of the weeks that Electa and I were at Electa’s It is so disappointing to ﬁnd a bare spot in the agree that this cruise ranks #1 with our family contains printed biographical information house. We’d planned to go out to eat together, Coker paper – and know that our news from ’54 gatherings. No meals to plan or cook, no sent in by 30 members of the class of ‘54 and but when plans were made, the Jordan’s invited isn’t there. Help us, please. entertainment to arrange, nothing to clean, not several pages of pictures of most inﬂuential us to come down and share Frogmore (or do Much love, even a bed to make! A great 50th anniversary teachers. The front cover has a color photo of I call it Beaufort?) stew. We went and I can Lois after a great 50th Coker reunion! the administration building; the back cover promise that not one of us went away hungry. Betty’s e-mail from Sarah: Sarah Kolb Bivins has a BW picture of the bell tower. The covers Their place is at Surfside about four miles from CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 10 had a stereotactic biopsy, which showed that she had breast cancer - invasive duct carcinoma. On June 16, she had a lumpectomy and the are protected by a transparent plastic binder. Cost of the booklet and postage is $8.00. Contact: Ellen B. Clarke, 3905 Kenilworth us. Miriam’s sister, Eleanor Blanche Powers Berryhill ’58, who graduated from Coker four years after we did, has recently been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerhig’s Disease). She now ’55 Hoyland “Hoy” Lowery Fisher 925 Dogwood Court Hanahan SC 29406 843.747.9764 (also fax) resides at the Presbyterian Home in Florence hoyﬁsh@bellsouth.net and loves getting mail. Her address is Eleanor Berryhill, Room 168, Presbyterian Home, 2350 Virginia “Ginny” Tomlinson MacKinnon Lucas Street, Florence, SC, 29501. Miriam 8199 Charrington Forest Blvd. asks that you include Eleanor Blanche on your Tallahassee, FL 32312-4201 prayer list. (I’m asking that you include Miriam 850-668-8483 and other family members along with all of her firstname.lastname@example.org caregivers.) Betty Reaves Herring has just had cataract Dear Classmates, surgery on BOTH eyes. The ﬁrst surgery was on A special thanks to Beth DuBose Cottingham one day and the second surgery on the next day! and Sarah Pauline Jackson McRae for being the She’s thrilled to be able to see again! She says Class Representatives for such a long time! that all white things are so brilliant, she almost Ginny and Sarah Pauline assisted me in needs sunglasses. getting news for this issue of the “Commentary, One of my high school friends located Wyatt and we revisited many wonderful memories of Matthews Moore ’53 as our high-school class Coker as we called a number of our classmates. prepared for its reunion. Wyatt could not be Thanks Ginny and Sarah Pauline! Ginny found by me when I was trying to talk to the enjoyed it so much that she has agreed to be a Coker crew. I don’t know how I missed her! Co-class Representative. It is difﬁcult to believe At any rate, Wyatt and her husband (we called that it has been 49 years. him “Mocus”) are still at Pawley’s Island. She is Mary Beth DuBose Cottingham recently having difﬁculty with her eyes. I know you join had two mini-strokes but everything is ﬁne. She me in wishing her well. and Walter attended his 50th Clemson Class I talked at length with Mary Ellen Reunion, and it was announced that Coker voted Williamson Sprawls, who has just returned from Clemson their favorite men for six straight years. what she called a “week of River Rambling”. Beth is absolutely remarkable and seems to have She and a group of her friends toured the Ohio more energy than several of us combined. She River and the Mississippi River and had a stays busy with her church and swims every day. glorious time. Her next jaunt is a driving trip She and Walter are looking forward to the Coker Class of 1954 (left ot right): Bottom Row: Betty Reaves Herring, Rebecca Burroughs Mitchell, Joyce Barton to New Hampshire to meet the daughter of a Alumni Trip to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Toole, Ellen Bramlett Clarke, Frances Fowler Williams, Mary Williamson Sprawls Second Row: Sarah Kolb Bivins, friend. This friend’s daughter is bicycling from VA in November. California, cross-country to New Hampshire. Mickey McIntosh Atkinson lives in Kingstree Joan Grifﬁn Burpee, Jo Simmons Aiken, Miriam Powers Jordan, Martha Little Hunter, Christine Bates Mink, Third What an adventure! Mary Ellen still works so she and Beth stay in touch. Since Mickey’s Row: Lois Hatﬁeld Anderson, Shirley Dobbins Middleton, Frances Johnson McElveen for her two sons two days a week. She spoke husband’s death, she stays very busy. Recently surgeon was able to get out all of the cancer, Rd., Columbia, SC 29205, phone number: glowingly of her two grandchildren. she attended her granddaughter’s high school leaving clear margins. On July 14, she will have 803-787-6980 or e-mail email@example.com Did I tell you that I chatted with Peggy graduation in Tallahassee, FL after which she a simulation radiation and get a small blue om. Thought the reunion celebration was most Blakely Jackson a few weeks ago? She lives at vacationed with her son and his family in the tattoo to show the radiation oncologist where to enjoyable! Keep in touch, Love, Ellen Pawley’s Island and is having some pretty serious Florida Keys. The granddaughter plans to attend center in, for thirty-three radiation treatments. The Golden Anniversary of this bunch of health problems. Give her a call. She’d love college. Mickey says now she goes on three She is taking Tamoxifen to block the estrogen Golden Goodies was wonderful! What a joy to hearing from you. She’s listed in the directory as vacations annually (with each child and their receptors and is feeling well except for a strained see each other and make a teeny-weeny attempt Peggy B. Jackson. family). She continues to thoroughly enjoy her oblique muscle at her waist on the left side of her to catch up. For those of you who weren’t there Betty Stokes Cottingham still regrets not grandchildren who live in Kingstree as well as abdomen. She will be going to physical therapy – how we wish you had been with us! Ellen getting to the reunion. The last time I talked traveling, reading, sewing, watching TV, and to help tight muscles on both sides of her spine. Clarke, Betty Herring and I made valiant efforts to her, she was getting ready to dash to the having fun with widow friends. She is extremely grateful to God and to all of before then to contact everybody in the class, grocery store and do a few errands. J. D. had Ginny lives in Tallahassee, FL and enjoys it her praying friends and is feeling joyful that but despite all those attempts, some members gone to something having to do with cows (a sale tremendously! She has four children (3 boys and the cancer was found early and can be treated. just were not reachable. Many of us have had – maybe?) He is about the same. Betty would 1 girl). Her ﬁrst grandchild, a girl named Amy, She loved the time spent with classmates at the the same address, telephone number, zip code, love to hear from you. was born June 26 of this year. She weighed 8 50th Reunion. Her grandfather, John Spivey, and e-mail address for months or years, but some Beth DuBose Cottingham ’55 was a VERY pounds and 7 ounces. Ginny e-mailed a picture contributed money for Spivey Chapel. Both of of us have obviously had some changes in our welcome part of our reunion! She has not felt so to me when Amy was only a few hours old. his daughters, ﬁve of his granddaughters and one lives that have caused some of “the above” to be perky lately, but is doing better now. Have you What a beautiful baby! Congratulations Ginny! great granddaughter graduated from Coker. Next out of date. If you (or any 54’er that you know) ever known anyone spunkier? I certainly have I’m sure you will not spoil her too much since not. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 9 ’55 she is in Tallahassee, also. Ginny is active in St. Carolina.The other daughter who lives in Boston medical clinic, and is active in church. She and that she taught school three years, then became a John’s Episcopal Church and in the community. has her masters in engineering and works for Wilhelmina Kirkland Miller have remained “stay at home mom”. The oldest granddaughter Her priest was born and reared in Hartsville. Oh Johnson and Johnson as Director of Quality friends since our freshman year. graduated from high school this year. Faith stays yes, Ginny continues to play bridge. Assurance. Their son, Jeff, is an Investment Betty Shaw Merck married Anne Merck busy enjoying her grandchildren who live nearby Ila Louise Price McCoy lost her husband, Counselor in Conway. Wilhelmina retired in McDowell’s ‘53 brother who passed away in and managing their rental property. She is also Terry, unexpectedly two years ago. She has 2003 after serving as an Administrator for the 1998. They had one daughter and one son. She active in church. lots of nieces and nephews who are helping her City of Florence. enjoys their ﬁve grandchildren. They all live in Lily Mae Mims Bailey’s husband, Richard, cope with her loss. In February she decided to Judy Long Quattlebaum continues to live SC. She is looking forward to going on a mission is a minister and retired in 1996 after 37 ½ downsize and moved into a garden home. She with her daughter, Kaye, in Atlanta, GA since trip with a church group to Canada in July. At years at N. Hartsville Baptist Church. Lily Mae is planning a trip to Arizona and California in the death of her husband, Bud. Judy and Bud our 45th Class Reunion Betty looked the same as retired in 1992 after teaching at the elementary August to visit relatives. had three children (two girls and one boy). The when we were at Coker. Guess her walking and school level for 30 years. They have three After 28 years in the Marine Corps, Lou oldest girl is deceased. Kaye has two boys and working out in the gym really work. Betty also children (twin daughters and one son) and twin Phillips Hancock’s husband retired, and they a girl, ranging in age from seven months to enjoys reading. granddaughters. All children and grandchildren moved to Elizabethtown, NC where they bought seven years. Judy’s son, Lawrence, lives in Lake Camilla Prosser Lawrimore lives in live in Hartsville. Lily Mae says that Thelma a Western Auto Store. They are now fully Arrowhead, GA and is an avid outdoorsman. Hemingway and lost her husband, Billy, in Mae Johnson Baker and Tom have two children retired and busier than ever. They have three She enjoys her grandchildren and marvels at how 1997. Their three children and six grandchildren and live in Pinewood. children (two sons and a daughter) and four quickly they are growing up. Judy continues to live nearby. Camilla is the church organist and Marian Atkins Powe e-mailed saying grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren live be creative and artistic. Presently, she is making volunteers at the Senior Center. She says, “Life is that she is still very active with patriotic and in Elizabethtown and help keep Lou and her Christmas stockings from a grandfather’s and a full and happy”. historical organizations: United Daughters of husband “young and busy”. great grandfather’s leather gloves and ties. These Frances Huggins McLaughlin lives in the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Pauline Grifﬁn Funderburk retired from no doubt will become treasured heirlooms. She Sumter. Her husband passed away in 1989 Revolution (Ex-Chapter Regent), Colonial teaching in 1992. She and her husband have two also enjoys doing needlework. In addition, Judy and they had three daughters and three Dames XVII Century, and Magna Charta. daughters (both teachers) and two grandchildren. is active in church and attends neighborhood granddaughters. The oldest daughter, Evelyn, She also enjoys participating with friends in They still live in Monroe, NC and attend Bible study. lives in Blythwood, the middle daughter, Robin, Canasta Clubs. Husband, C. M. works full time the same First Baptist Church. Pauline loves Vivian Harper Mobley is now married to lives in Lugoff, and the youngest, Laura, lives as a Senior Scientist at Science Applications traveling, but has had to curtail that for the Betty Carol Mobley’s (Class of 1953) brother in Charleston and teaches middle school in International Corporation. She and C. M. make past few years due to a bout with cancer that and lives in Hanahan. She is the caretaker for Walterboro. Frances’ says her mother of 91 frequent trips to Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge, was caught early and from which she has fully her mother who lives with them. Dorothy Hayes years lives at home with her son. Frances retired Tennessee. Marian is looking forward to our recovered. Also, she had surgery on both knees. Branham and Vivian are cousins. Vivian says that in 1998 after 40 years as a physical education Coker 50th Class Reunion. Thank goodness, Pauline is doing great now and Jean Tanner Gentry and husband, Thomas, live teacher--20 years in the public school and 20 Mary K. Lowrimore Daniel says she misses hopes to begin traveling again soon. in Manning and have four daughters. years at Wilson Hall. her sister, Janice Lowrimore Duke ’56, who After living in Clemson and Charlotte, Sally Martha Rogers Arnette still lives in Columbia Frances stays active gardening, swimming, passed away in 2003 very much. Janice lived in Rast Williams and her husband returned to and is a semi-retired realtor. She has two walking, playing bridge and three years ago Surfside, and they saw each other often. Please Swansea to live. They have four children (three daughters and three grandchildren. Martha says started playing golf. She is a member of the add Mary K. and her husband, Luther, to your boys and one girl) and nine grandchildren. Their she continues to enjoy playing bridge. Evening Pilot Club of Sumter where members prayer list because he has been suffering from daughter lives in Swansea and the sons in various Richard Dority says that prayers were do volunteer work. Frances is also active in Alzheimer’s for 10 years. They have six children, parts of the state. Sally taught school for one answered because he has recovered from bladder the First Presbyterian Church of Sumter--sings three girls and three boys. Two of the sons live year after graduation and did substitute teaching cancer and is presently being treated for a blood in the choir, is a Church Circle Leader, and a nearby and help Mary K. tremendously. She says but made her family her “real career”. She had clot on the right shoulder. He and Beverly member of the Women’s Council. that Hospice is also very helpful. Her hobbies pneumonia twice this past winter but is enjoying Denny Dority ’53 enjoy camping in their RV. Elizabeth Turner Jordan and husband, include gardening, reading, and crocheting. Also, good health now. They have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 Denon, just returned from an enjoyable 13-day she loves to bird watch. Sarah Pauline says that she and Johnny are step-grandchildren, ranging in age from 1 to 21 Coker Alumni Trip out west visiting National While talking with Joan Tisdale Harrington, professional grandparents of eight—four boys years. Richard says everyone lives in SC. Parks and other exciting sites. Liz reported I found out that her husband, Fred, passed away and four girls. Their ﬁrst son, Lane, lives in Frances Isgett Matheson and Bill moved to that Wilhelmina Kirkland Miller and Jeff also 4 ½ years ago. They had two children (one Irmo and works for Eli Lily Pharmaceuticals. Asheville, NC after retiring. They have two sons went on the trip and took a ride in a hot air daughter and one son). Joan enjoys their three John, his twin, lives in Darlington and works and one deceased. Frances says they do not have balloon. Bet the view was fabulous! Some of grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 to 26, and for Progress Energy. He and his wife have two any grandchildren but they have “grand dogs” the highlights of the trip included visiting the three great grandchildren. The daughter lives in Patricia’s Gift Shop(s)—one in Darlington because they do sit. She is active in the First Grand Canyon in Arizona, Bryce Canyon and Florence and the son lives near her in Manning. and one at the Florence Mall. Allen’s wife has Baptist Church and enjoys reading. Zion National Parks in Utah, and Yellowstone Joan is active in her church. been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and he Allene Stuckey Reep and Lewis live in National Park in Wyoming. They also enjoyed Iris Matthews Tilley attended Coker one is her full-time caretaker. Keep them in your Hartsville and have three daughters and visiting Goz and Pat Ramsdell Segars ’81 at year only and then transferred. She and her prayers. Ken, the youngest son, is Director of seven grandchildren—all boys. One daughter the Segars’ ranch in Montana. In addition, they husband, Thomas, are self employed. They have the Darlington County Recreation Department. lives in Florida, one in Charlotte, and one in visited Idaho and South Dakota. Since Liz and four children (three girls and one boy) and 11 Sarah enjoys her grandchildren, reading, and Greenwood. She and Louis are busy this summer Denon are retired, Liz says they do what they grandchildren. Her daughter, Becky, lives in playing computer games. entertaining the boys but love every minute of wish at their own pace. Liz enjoys reading. Virginia and is married to Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Sarah Pauline says she and Betty June it. Allene is a member of the Friendship Force Nell Gerald Thompson and Lamar live son who is an attorney. Kathy DeHass and her Crowley Gandy are close friends. Betty June’s Club, a club that began as an outgrowth of in Pennsylvania. Nell is recuperating from husband, Ted, live in Millersburg, OH, the husband is from Dovesville and their farms promoting peace throughout the world through shoulder surgery. They have two girls and four beautiful Amish Country. Kathy breeds and adjoin one another. Also, Betty June and Sarah friendship. Members visit each other throughout grandchildren. Nell and Lamar enjoy playing raises show horses and Ted is the CEO and are in the same Sunday School Class and Sarah the world and stay in each other’s homes. Allene competitive duplicate bridge. President of the Castle Nursing Homes. Iris’ son, teaches the class. Sarah says that Betty June is is planning a trip to New Zealand in November Dorothy “Dot” Gore Lay lives in Loris. Her Bruce, publishes “Homes and Land” magazine going through a difﬁcult time now because her with members from a North Carolina club and husband, George, is deceased. They had three for a number of counties in NC, and daughter, mother is in poor health and requires constant the Florence club. In addition, Allene is an avid children, two girls and one boy. She enjoys her Trish, works at the University of North Carolina attention and care. Lets remember Betty June gardener, completing the Master Gardening ﬁve grandchildren immensely. Dot is active in Memorial Hospital. Iris taught school for two and her mother in our prayers. Sarah also reports Course. Louis is retired but continues to work in her church and is the church pianist. Martha Jo years, worked for Social Security Administration, that Betty June’s daughter is a pharmacist in the developing new hybrid corn on a small scale. Hayes Gerald lives in nearby Tabor City and and then became a homemaker after their second Clemson area and serves on the school board. Allene says that her twin sister, Alice Stuckey she and Dot go to the same beauty shop. Dot’s child was born. She teaches Sunday school. Sarah Pauline talked with Wilhelmina Thomas, and her husband also live in Hartsville daughter teaches music at Wilson Hall. Urania Tumboli Ferrara and husband, John, Kirkland Miller’s husband, Jeff. Wilhelmina and that Alice is very active in church. Faith Fennegan Allen and Ray live in Myrtle live in Mt. Pleasant, a bustling community had gone to Spartanburg to visit relatives. Sarah Patsy Hill Yarborough and Sammy Lide Beach. After Ray retired from the Marine Corps, across the Cooper River Bridge from Charleston. reports that Wilhelmina and Jeff have two celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary they moved to Horry County where they have Urania says they will have been married 45 daughters and one son and ﬁve grandchildren in December 2003 with a surprise party remained. They have two daughters and four years in December 2004. They have two sons (one granddaughter and four grandsons). Their given by their two children. They have three grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 to 18 and a daughter and three grandchildren. The daughter, Lisa, has a degree in mathematics and grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 to years. One daughter lives in Winston Salem, daughter lives with them and the sons live in is a Systems Director for Nucor Steel in North 18 years. Patsy gardens, volunteers at the NC and the other in Myrtle Beach. Faith says the Washington, DC area. She said she told the 10 ’55-’58 grandfather of the three grandchildren named Peggy Cantey Gardner In the summer issue of the Commentary I see Dee McCracken Briggs reports she tried to Samuel, Benjamin, and Jake that they should Post Ofﬁce Box 42 that we are ahead of percentage participation retire in May 2004, but they convinced her to open a deli and name it Sam, Ben, and Jake Manning SC 29102 in the Annual Giving! Many of the classes list sign on contract work! She seems to have it made Deli. Close it on Jewish holidays out of respect 803.435.6862 32% or 25%, but we, Class of 1958, are at 73%! in Myrtle Beach, working when she wants to! 3 and never tell the customers that the last name The only ones who beat us are Class of 1928, days a month! Her plans include a walkathon is Ferrara. Yes, Urania can still make all of us Hello Everybody, and 1930, and 1934, with 100%! As most of on Myrtle Beach next February, for the “old laugh. She and John left the Greek Orhodox I’ve had a wonderful letter from Elizabeth you know, I attended Coker with the help of folks” category! She’s already walking two miles and Roman Catholic Churches 12 years ago and “Liz” Degenhardt Campanile. She’s still scholarships, and really have appreciated that per day. That sounds like work! Her daughters joined the St. Matthews Lutheran Church. working with the N.J. Ed. Assoc. representing help. I believe in tomorrow’s students. So send take lots of her time as they should. One, Chere, Urania says that because of her athletic ability employees of Monmouth County. I’ll bet they’re your check to Coker! has a husband who is now in Kosovo with the over the years, she has two “designer titanium the highest paid group in the U.S. Her daughter I promised you an update on Virginia Hall National Guard. Let’s pray for him! The younger knees” and that she is still funny and big, but has Lisa recently married Georgio Besso, Director & Drury. They had a new grandchild, # 4 in daughter lives in Florence, runs a consignment added gray hair. She says that she continues to be of Foreign Language School for Adults at NYC. February 2003, Claire Duerr. Virginia has a shop, so Dee says she can work when she wants. athletic. Urania wants to know if Pauline Grifﬁn Her son, Paul, is an oncology pharmacist at specialty tag for her auto which reads “Choose Husband Buck is not retired yet, Dee may travel Funderburk has “designer titanium knees” like Duke University Hospital; so she does come Life!” She reports that she has learned the beneﬁt with him some. But ﬁrst, she says : “I must clean hers. south occasionally. In fact, she visited with of catered food, though she has the ability and out some closets and drawers!” They went to Las Dorothy Lee Holt Snowden ’54 still lives in Luanne Chastain Gossett and Kathryn Chastain desire to cook. They had a wonderful meal at Vegas and found it TOO HOT! She did NOT Hemingway. She and Sonny have two children Durham ’58 in Greensboro and with Peggy Christmas in Florida, plus an outstanding event say if they won money! Dee loves her blue birds, and four grandchildren who all live nearby. Rogers Neighbors and Jim in Beaufort. Hope with their child’s and Grandchild’s Christmas and so do I. I have become a real birdwatcher Dorothy Lee spent two years at Coker after all of you plan to come to Coker for our 50th service, making Virginia Hall aware that “too since living in the Austin area. 370 species pass which she transferred to Columbia College. in ’06. Maxine Locklear Amos has just returned much decorating and too many events distract over Lago Vista one way or the other. We knew her as “Shot”. The son assists his from a Multi-cultural seminar in Florida—quite from the meaning of Christmas.” Her Mother- Virginia Blakeney Case writes: Del and I father with the farm. Shot has always been a an interesting experience. Our condolences to in-law, Frances was ill with a kidney infection, and his 82 year old mother just returned from homemaker. She and Sonny enjoy camping and Jeanene Locklear Leonard in the death of her and we hope she is well now. Canada - attending our daughter’s graduation traveling in their motor home. mother in June. Her husband Jim, is not well. Virginia Blakeney Case has become my email from Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Jackie Young Gould called from California On a brighter note, Joyce Player Gibbons was pal, and I get lots of laughs from what she sends! CA. She goes on to describe a wonderful family where she has lived since 1971. She had just genuinely surprised by her children with a big Mary Kay Rickenbaker ’57 tells me that a time--eating out and eating out and sometimes returned from visiting three weeks with relatives party on her 70th birthday. Ted and I were able group of ’58-ers met in Lake Lure, for a mini- attending the ceremony! Daughter is working at in Georgetown. She has two daughters who are to attend. Christina Savvas Homer and her reunion in the spring. I think there were Linda her vet job in Harrisburg, Pa. The grandaughter involved in “show business”. The oldest daughter gang are all going to Athens in August for the Gause Connor, Patricia Clark Jackson, Hazel Molly recently turned 2 and celebrated with is an actress and the other has her own casting Olympics. Her granddaughter was on the All- Johnson Nichols, Helen Kolb Chambless, the whole extended family - again eating and company and won an Emmy for her work on an state Soccer team and played in Texas recently. Suzanne Currier Soderburg, Susan Holroyd eating and the like. She is the only grand HBO show. She says she counsels young people. Christine is enjoying being free to travel. Shep Shumaker, Betty Barnes Walpole, and Virginia and great-grandchild, so Virginia admits she My husband, Earl, and I have two sons—Earl Porter Wallace has enjoyed having her children Hall Brinson Caine. Who knows what they is greatly spoiled. What else do you do with III and Mark. Earl III is disabled and lives at and grands at the beach for a month. Shirley talked about?! grandchildren? They are already talking about home; Mark is a bachelor and works in the Lawhon Rhem and Laurice are getting to see Our big news is we spent 17 days in France! our 50th reunion, so may be we best start our hospitality industry in Charleston. I continue their daughter’s children play ball in Florence Seems President Bush likes to follow me around. plans to make it better than our 45th last year. to work part time for Charleston County since the daughter and family has moved there. Every time I go to SC to visit my Mom and I guess you’ll be interested to know that we School District as a coach for new Career and Barbara Joyce Chambers is recovering from family, he is there campaigning! I told them last took three of our grandsons, one 11, and two Technology Education teachers. Also, I enjoy surgery. We hope to meet for lunch when she’s time, when he was our Governor; I see more 14, to Bandera, TX to the Dude Ranch this water aerobics twice weekly. Earl spends most able to travel. Marian McKnight Conway, our of him in SC than I do in Texas! And sure as I summer. These city slickers learned to ride, to of his leisure time involved in various aspects Miss America, plans to visit Manning the last go to Paris, here he comes! Many of the special groom, and to clean the tack room. The teens of general aviation. He is Chairman of the week of July. We’re looking forward to seeing places were closed because of his presence. But rode 3 times a day; the grandparents rode twice Berkeley County Aeronautics Commission and her. She has a grandson in Washington DE, we got to enjoy the parades, the Invalides was a a day, which was enough! I was the accident Vice President of the Experimental Aircraft so she splits her time between there and Pasa hot bed of preparation of calvary and machine of the trip – my horse ran me into the barbed Association in the area. Robles. Our grandson, Smith, plans to attend guns, and we had a little hotel just across from wire, resulting in 17 stitches in my knee! Since Now with cell phones, e-mail, and fax college in the fall. We will surely miss him. Ted the Invalides. We had spent a week prior on a we were headed from there to the rapids on the machines, it is easier to keep in touch. If you had knee replacement on March 30th and he River Cruise on the South of France, the Rhone beautiful Frio River, it was a bummer. But the have e-mail, please send Ginny and/or me your and Mitchell went ﬁshing in Alaska for Father’s and the Saone Rivers. Ended in Burgundy best is yet to tell – we were witness to a true e-mail address. Also, we need your help in Day. They were able to bring back with them Regions with all the vineyards, and then Dijon. ﬂash ﬂood! Overnight, our gorgeous green clear locating classmates for whom Coker does not 90 lbs. of salmon and halibut. So get those knees We boarded a bullet train, TGV, and sped to river received 26 feet of water from upstream, have addresses and telephone numbers or the ﬁxed! Did I mention that we have a grandson Paris. Wow, we were impressed with the speed; and we had to evacuate quickly our beachfront telephone numbers are incorrect. If you know named Cantey? Isn’t that NEAT? and the ease. Why can’t we do that in Texas? cabin. It took us 20 minutes to load us and all someone who is not mentioned in our news, As you can see I’ve run out of news so send Of course, my favorite was Rodin Museum, the gear and head to the hills. But in less than 4 please ask them to contact Ginny or me. more news and don’t forget your donation. Let’s but G. loved the D’Orsay! Yes, we did Moulin hours, we were back in our cabin, never losing Thanks for sharing news of your world for try for 100%. Rouge, Sacre Coure, and lots of sidewalk cafes. I electricity, water – (it did not reach above the this issue of the “Commentary”. Some news Fondly, bought a tablecloth in Provence, so I can have a porch of our cabin) just as quickly as it came up, probably covered the 49 years we have been out Peggy Provence party, with all the herbs. it went down. of college but it was great talking with everyone Lamar Caldwell tells me that he had However, the only bridge across the river and ﬁnding out what had happened over the CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 gallbladder surgery, May 27; he calls it drive-thru was 6 feet under water until the following day. ’57 years. Lets continue sharing news and start surgery! He was home in 7 hours! He is doing I should not have worried as to how we would making plans to attend our 50th Class Reunion Anne McGuirt Kennington entertain 3 boys; they were fascinated by all the great from that surgery. Looks forward to visiting in the spring of 2005. Also, encourage other 6267 Wheeler Drive heavy equipment instantly at work on the clean daughter who now lives in Des Moines, as well classmates to attend. This will be the big one! Charlotte NC 28211 as Steve who lives in Montana. up. So, we got an extra day on the Frio, and by See you there! 704.362.2600 Peggy Stogner Nelson sent me an email the time we left, it was already returning to its Love, ABKPower@msn.com stating she was expecting her ﬁrst grandchild, lovely clear green. The worst part was stretching Hoy Co-rep needed and could hardly wait! “I thought it was never the remaining food to last another day with three going to happen!” She misses her husband but boys! CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 8 ’58 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 stays busy with ministry to older single women. Looking forward to hearing from you! ’56 Maxine Locklear Amos Annette Cooke Stokes She enjoys visits from people who come to the Annette 9 Robin Road 21500 Patton Avenue Furniture market in High Point. Lumberton NC 28358 Lago Vista TX 78645 Sad to report Sarah Burgess Auman’s 910.738.3309 512.267.7520 husband, Fred, died in June. Sarah, we are firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com thinking of you, and pulling for you. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 11 ’59 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 name be on it too, so the scholarship is to be for going to one of the Murrell’s Inlet oyster ago. She is enjoying another kind of teaching, ’59 Pat Crawford Fields called the “Class of 1959 Scholarship in Memory roasts while down that way. Martha Jackson working as a docent at the Memphis Museum of 1713 Scenic Valley Lane of Billie Barclay” In addition, the Dixons set up Singleton and husband Charlie were combining Art. In fact, she was elected their Docent of the Knoxville TN 37922 a scholarship several years ago—aptly named the their Hartsville trip with one of their frequent Year this year. Congratulations, Shirley! 865.675.3013 Barbara Dibble Dixon Scholarship—so their visits to Myrtle Beach. Charlie commented that Sharon Bennett Gregory is planning a move JCF97@prodigy.net contributions for this year were included in “A bad day at the beach is better than a good day from Florence to Charleston. She’s bought that amount. Our total giving for the year was anywhere else.” If the beach is in South Carolina, property west of the Ashley and will build. Holly Mims Westcott $20,565, with 58% of the class participating. I’ll we deﬁnitely agree! We’re so glad they maintain She had just gotten her mother settled into the 7813 Harpeth View Drive say it again: Hoorah for the Class of ’59! their SC connections. Carolinian (a retirement home) in Florence and Nashville, SC 37221 Had we given awards to the person who had Elizabeth Whittle Baxter was excited will look for a similar place for her in Charleston. 615.673.7949 traveled farthest to attend the reunion there’s no about an upcoming trip that would include Sharon is a church musician and plans to firstname.lastname@example.org doubt that Tricia Fisher, resident of Santa Ana, the Kentucky Derby and planned to root for continue that once she’s in Charleston. She has email@example.com CA, would have won. Because husband Robbie South Carolina horse Limehouse. As it turned really gotten into decorative sewing and showed keeps a truck in Rock Hill for his frequent visits out, Limehouse is owned by friends of Molly snapshots of some of her work. For the 45th year reunion of the Class of to check on his mom and Tricia’s stepmom, she Creadick Gray and husband Pete, so there will Tricia Fisher and Sharon Gregory were not 1959, Hartsville was decked out in azaleas and was able to drive to Hartsville without renting be much cheering in front of their television set the only classmates present who remain gainfully dogwood, creating a glorious spring welcome. a vehicle after ﬂying in to Charlotte. Tricia in Aiken as well. employed amid many retirees. Susan Robinson Though no less welcoming, the Coker campus would also win the prize for most children and Elizabeth is also planning to go on the Coker Reed continues to work as administrator of a was decked out in dirt. Recent landscaping had grandchildren: 10 of the former and 23 of the National Parks tour to the West this summer, large retirement complex in Jacksonville, FL. scraped away familiar plantings, leaving buildings When a lot of us are wondering if we should standing on bare earth, looking rather naked move to such a place, she’s running one! and isolated. However, we know that this is a Though Patsy Maxwell Day says that one of necessary step to a better appearance, and we all her goals for the coming year is to simplify her look forward to returning for our 50th reunion garden, she left Kalmia Gardens on Saturday in 2009, if not before, to see the beauties of the afternoon with a cutting that she planned to new campus. root. Resolutions are hard to stick to, especially The following were present for reunion fun, when they go against the grain of what you love! most for both Friday evening and Saturday, a While the reunion booklet contained many few for just one or the other: Elizabeth Whittle complaints of creaky knees, there’s proof that we Baxter, Patsy Maxwell Day, Barbara Dibble haven’t quit yet: Dixon, Mary Gee Langston, Molly Creadick Shirley Land Lupfer works at improving her Gray, Sharon Bennett Gregory, Katie Huggins tennis game and Molly Creadick Gray at court Hennecy (aka Mary Kay), Polly Jordan Huntley, tennis. Shirley Land Lupfer, Doris Kirk Miller, Betty Doris Kirk Miller says that she can’t hit a golf Crawford Moore, Susan Robinson Reed, ball as far as she used to, but she’s still out there Faye Gurley Reynolds, Bonnie Cone Sawyer, hitting it. Nancy Phillips Sebastianelli, Martha Jackson Betty Crawford Moore is learning to play the Singleton, Barbara Roney Whittington, Tricia piano. Fisher Williams, and yours truly Holly Mims Mary Langston Gee continues to direct a Westcott. We also had a number of spouses: summer camp for Central Methodist Church John Day, Bubba Dixon, Wayne Langston, Pete in Florence. Dealing with young ’uns can be a Gray, Frank Hennecy, Mike Lupfer, Les Reed, taxing thing! Armie Sebastianelli, and Charlie Singleton. Bonnie Cone Sawyer has fun gardening with Not only were we the class with the best students. attendance at this reunion, but we had one of Polly Jordan Huntley is raising young the biggest class gifts: $5,515, considerably more puppies. than our goal of $3,380. Hoorah for the Class Barbara Roney Whittington enjoys of ’59! birdwatching, so her eyesight must be okay! During our meeting on Saturday, Frank Bush And it’s clear from Katie Huggins Hennecy’s and Chris Dax explained how our donations Class of 1959 (left ot right): Bottom Row: Barbara Dibble Dixon, Elizabeth Whittle Baxter, Doris Kirk Miller, comments in the booklet that she’s still in love, work. All unrestricted gifts, including memorial Shirley Land Lupfer, Sharon Bennett Gregory, Holly Westcott Second Row: Nancy Phillips Sebastianelli, Martha even after all these years. She writes that she and gifts or gifts in honor, count toward the class Jackson Singleton, Betty Crawford Moore, Bonnie Cone Sawyer, Faye Gurley Reynolds, Mary Gee Langston Frank “enjoy shopping together, being together, gift. These unrestricted gifts go into a general Third Row: Tricia Fisher Williams, Susan Robinson Reed, Polly Jordan Huntley, Patsy Maxwell Day, Barbara taking trips together, being together, taking part scholarship fund. Restricted gifts—that is, Roney Whittington, Katie Huggins Hennecy, Joyce Tolson Warr in activities together (church, social, political, gifts given for a special purpose—do not count etc.), being together—what blessings!” toward the class gift. However, the donor is I have to admit that a few us don’t look much latter. Two children live in Arizona, within as are Faye Gurley Reynolds and Bonnie Cone like our yearbook pictures any more, but there credited with the gift and it counts toward easy driving distance; others are closer to home, Sawyer. All three were on the Ireland trip last overall giving. When you make a donation, are at least two who do: Barbara Dibble Dixon including one who lives next door. Tricia’s summer, so their return this year conﬁrms what and Joyce Tolson Warr. I should have grilled whether you pay for it by monthly bank life includes a lot of family get-togethers and I’ve heard, that the Coker trips are a lot of fun. withdrawal or by writing a check once a year, them to ﬁnd their secrets. birthday parties. When I asked if she gives gifts Now that they are retired, Nancy Phillips Some of our classmates have speciﬁc tips that you may designate any part of your gift for a to all the grandchildren at Christmas and on Sebastianelli and husband Armie, who live in special purpose if you wish. For example, if you can help all of us: birthdays, she told me that that is one reason Burke, VA, particularly enjoy visiting Virginia’s Patsy Maxwell Day recommends Annand’s wish to support the library or give money to why she started teaching school at age 60! She various historical sites. Armie was a social studies Kalmia Gardens or to a particular scholarship, Original Longnecker Trowel; she says it removes continues to love being in the classroom at a teacher before getting into administration, so weeds easily and provides great help in standing you may do that. time when most of us teachers have been glad to he has a good background for taking pleasure in This year, our restricted gifts totaled an ﬁrm ground. I deﬁnitely need to look for this escape from it. what they see. Nancy says that her appreciation one. ofﬁcial $15,125, with $175 added during our Though the distances traveled did not of history began with Civ., so she too gains class meeting for a new scholarship honoring Faye Gurley Reynolds says that Max Factor’s compete with Tricia’s, several classmates made satisfaction from these jaunts. Lipﬁnity Lipstick, to which she was introduced both our class and Billie Kissane Barclay. About the reunion a part of a longer journey. Betty While husband Mike continues to work part- $10,000 of that came from Jack Barclay, who by Bonnie Cone Sawyer, stays put and doesn’t Crawford Moore had made several stops in time teaching statistics courses at the University run in the grooves. What grooves, you ask? Well, sent word before our reunion that, because Billie NC and planned to see her sister in Winnsboro of Memphis from which he recently retired, loved her class and Coker College so much, he then, you don’t need to use it. before returning to Johnson City, TN. Shirley Shirley Land Lupfer is a little more completely Though she had worked hard as a member wanted to establish a scholarship in the name of Land Lupfer and husband Mike were journeying retired from the same institution, in whose the Class of 1959. Frank Bush insisted that her of the reunion committee, Pat Crawford Fields on to visit family in Conway, with special plans Psychology Department they met many years 12 ’59-’62 was not able to attend. Her thoughts about professional reasons. We hope to have lunch the plan now to be at Coker in 2009! Hi, Classmates! us were evident in the cups and napkins, the next time she comes to Nashville; Clarksville is Molly Creadick Gray hosted a mini reunion photocopied booklets from 1959, and the huge less than an hour away. on July 12, 2004. There were nine present, plus The most important thing that we have to 59 numerals (actually piñatas) we used to adorn I also got an email from Nancy King Wactor, the grandmother of one ’59er. We all gathered report on this Commentary is the upcoming 45th our table, all of which she sent. Pat and Jim are who has lived for the past eight years in Mt. Airy, here about 11:00......Patsy and John had the Class Reunion April 8 and 9, 2005. Can it be making frequent trips to New Jersey these days, GA (about an hour south of Highlands, NC) a furthest to come and were here ﬁrst. John went possible that it is forty-ﬁve years since we were to see granddaughter Kaleigh. They are making town she loves because it’s a lot like Orangeburg off to see old friends from when he lived here. at Coker? Last month the reunion committee a longer trip in May, to London and Edinburgh, was when she grew up there. Nancy is in the As the rest came, we gathered in the living room got together and made some tentative plans. We where they hope to ﬁll in gaps of their previous antiques business, visiting antiques shows to to drink tea and have cookies, and I showed have reserved a block of rooms at The Landmark trips and just drink in the atmosphere. In June, sell her wares. She had wanted to attend the them around the house, since no one had (where we were last reunion). Our Friday they will go to Charleston for a family wedding. reunion, but had a show scheduled just before been here before. Doris brought her adorable evening get-together will be at the new Hartsville We were also disappointed that Doris Ann it. She promises to come to our 50th. She says granddaughter, Malia, and I was worried that Country Club and we hope all of you will bring Maxwell English, who had planned to attend, that husband Ray still builds about two houses she would be bored, but she was a real trooper! your spouses or signiﬁcant others for lots of fun could not be at the reunion. Doris Ann had a year. It seems to me that both have the perfect Oddly enough we went to a place called Malia’s and fellowship. Then on Saturday the College just recently decided to go ahead with an situation, continuing to work at things they for lunch, so I introduced the two Malia’s to each has big plans for us. Put April 8 and 9, 2005 on unanticipated medical procedure, so was at enjoy that don’t require an eight-hours-a-day, other. Neither one knew another Malia.......such your calendars. We hope to see all of you back home recovering from that. We all hope that ﬁve-days-a-week schedule. a beautiful name. at Coker! Doris’s medical problems work out positively; Despite retirement or maybe because of it, At lunch we had much catching up to do, On a sad note, Patsy Gainey Tyler passed many of us are remembering her in our prayers. Betty Crawford Moore leads a dizzily busy life. and did it, though it’s a little difﬁcult to hear away on June 11. Our thoughts and prayers go Mary Holmes Burkett let free airline tickets The week following our reunion, she wrote: everything from everyone. I think we did a out to her family and friends. lure her away from our reunion. Daughter Laine “In addition to helping tend grandkids and good job of sharing the news since the reunion. Ann Matthews Bragdon and I (Ann and her husband Lance wanted to participate granddogs, still working hard to ﬁnish my house Several of them had gone on a Coker sponsored “Winkie” Hayward Grifﬁn) have both been in a boat race, so they gave Mary tickets to San down-sizing and yard up-sizing, and traveling trip out west and had a super time.......we heard busy with grandchildren (Ann B. with her ﬁrst Diego so that she could babysit. The promise of around some, I have been on a treadmill this a lot about that. Mostly I had a great time just and I with our seven). Don’t know how we having fun with adored grands Morgan, Ian, and week with other obligations that keep me busy. reacquainting myself with everyone, because we had time to work. Retirement really does keep Cheryl were doubtless a part of the lure. Luckily, I am on 3 Boards, one a property-owner’s board had such a short time in April. We all ate the one busy. Neither of us “Anns” has heard from Mary had a layover in Nashville, so Warren in NC where I just ﬁnished being President, big Malia portions (she always gives you enough classmates during the last few months. We know and I met her at the airport and went to dinner another the East Tennessee State University for two people), and most everyone ate her that you all are very busy, but would love to let with her at a nearby restaurant, then hurried Retirees Association where I also just became famous raspberry pie with vanilla ice cream for everyone know how you are doing. Let us hear back so she could make her ﬂight. Earlier, Mary past president, and the Biosafety review board dessert.....groan! from you! had visited son Michael in San Francisco and at the Veterans Administration Hospital where After lunch we walked down the street in a Ann “Winkie” Hayward Grifﬁn participated with other Holmes family members we review research grants to make sure they are sweltering haze of heat to one of my favorite in the Smithsonian Kite Fly in Washington, in compliance with all the many guidelines. I shops, The Artist’s Parlor to browse. Then we CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 ’61 DC. However, the most interesting trip she also taught in a nurses’ workshop this week at dashed(I use that term very loosely) across the Regina Swygert-Smith made was with other Holmes family members to the Medical Center Hospital. I’ve been doing street to Plum Pudding, which is a gourmet 5206 Main Street Puerto Rico. Just after the turn of the twentieth this twice a year for almost 30 years now. But specialty shop that sells all kinds of china, Stephens City, VA 22655 century, their grandmother, Dr. Grace Atkins primarily, I will quote a good friend who retired cookware, exotic food, and much more, a great 540.868.1055 (later Dr. Grace A. Holmes), the ﬁrst woman at the same time I did...’’Whatever I want, place to spend looking. By the time we left there 540.868.1057 FAX medical missionary in the Presbyterian Church, whenever I want, and with whom I want.’ That it was time to come back to the house to meet firstname.lastname@example.org established a hospital in San Juan. The Holmes is not exactly correct, but it sounds cute when John. Pete was here also, and we all sat around in family received a special invitation to participate she says it.” She concludes by telling how much the den/kitchen with the two dogs showing off Needs co-rep in the celebration of the hospital’s hundredth she enjoyed being with everyone at the reunion. all their tricks while we lolled around and drank anniversary. While Mary was in Nashville, Even though it is entirely too far from the more tea. They all left to go home about 4:30 or CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 ’62 I reminded her that WE have an important Atlantic Ocean, Warren and I enjoy living in 4:45. It really was a happy day. anniversary coming up. In September 2005, we Nashville. Volunteering at the First Center One PS: When we were ready to go Peggy Brown Buchanan will have been friends for 50 years! We decided for the Visual Arts, where I will train to be a downtown for lunch, we went in two cars. I said 1171 Parkway Drive to mark that anniversary in a special way, so docent in the fall, and at an elementary school I would take my car, and I sent everyone out Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 stay tuned! Doubtless there are many of you out where I am “reading partner” for two little boys, the front door and locked it. Then I drove my 843.884.352 home there who could celebrate a similar anniversary. a second grader from Iran and a third grader car around front from the garage to pick people 843.881.4163 fax Cynthia Sullivan Anzolut could not come from (he says) Kurdistan, have kept my calendar up, and there was Katie standing on the porch email@example.com to the reunion either, not because of a golf full. I am also training to be a cathedral guide with the front door open. I said, “Katie, how did tournament as one might expect. She and her at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), taking you get that door open”? She told me that I’d Dear Classmates, husband own a women’s basketball team which a spiritual direction class with some rather forgotten to count, and had locked her inside!! Serving as your class representative continues is traveling at this time of year. challenging reading, and lecturing (ie, reading Fortunately I hadn’t pushed the deadbolt, and to be a blessing and joy for me. It warms my Laurens McMaster Livings also could not scripture or Prayers of the People) for the 11: she turned the key to let herself out! We had a heart to hear from so many of you. There are attend, because of her obligations as a church 15 service that we attend. Warren likes his job good laugh, but if I had pushed the deadbolt she some of you I have not heard from, and I look musician and voice teacher in Winnsboro. at Tennessee State as head of the Department of would have still been in there while we went to forward to catching up with you, so please let me Anne Davis Glass called me shortly before Literature, Languages, and Philosophy. He has lunch. We were still chuckling about it when hear from you. Since January 15, here is what I our reunion, announcing herself as a “voice from a convivial faculty who enjoy getting together she left have to share. Some news is happy and some is the past.” She said she had hoped to attend the for purely social dinners out or for serious sad, but that is life. reunion, but teaching duties at Austin-Peay discussion on topics of interest. What started as CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 9 It was great to receive an email in January ’60 University in Clarksville, TN, have her so tied their “philosophy symposium” is seguing into a from Nancy Rogers about her new project. Ann Matthews Bragdon In this 200th anniversary year of the birth of up at this time of year that it’s hard to get away. book discussion group this fall. By the time you 1563 Johnsonville Highway She said she’d recently been in Nashville, where have read this, I will have recovered from the George Sand, Nancy is translating her favorite Lake City SC 29560-6202 Sand’s novel—Nanon—from French into I now live, but had been involved with musical bladder surgery I am having (yes, one more time) 843.389.4401 duties at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and in May. In fact, I am sending this off to Coker English. This is the ﬁrst time Nanon has been 843.389.0944 FAX translated like this since 1890. It is the story of a at a local church so had not been able to call just before going in for the surgery in order to be WBRAGDON@ftc-i.net then. She loves her job, continues to play organ sure that they have it ready for the next Coker peasant girl and life in the rural areas of France at the local Episcopal church as she has for forty Commentary, though much of this “news” will during the French Revolution of 1789. Nancy Ann Hayward Grifﬁn will also be writing a critical introduction to the years now, and has no plans for retirement. Her no doubt be outdated by then. 401 Valley Road life has included one major change, however: Soooo—It was a really terriﬁc reunion for all, work. She is extremely excited to be getting back Sanford NC 27330 to her work in French literature, which she has She is married! In January, she wed Chuck Crist, a wonderful way to build our Coker memories. 919.776.9710 who is retired military, someone who had been We want to see everyone at #50, but we want to done little of during the past ﬁve years because Anngrifﬁn@charter.net of the exigencies of her job at the NEH. Nancy a good friend for many years. Evidently, she is hear news of you well before then. Do send Pat keeping her name as it has been, probably for a Christmas card with your latest updates. . . and wrote her PhD dissertation on George Sand. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 13 ’62-’63 Hope that your wonderful project has been email address if any of you would like the recipe. one burned on the DVD. In fact, I would hope progress—more about the grand event in our going well, Nancy. ﬂostaylor@aol.com. more classmates will want to join The Planetary next issue. Nancy’s family and ﬁve other families This has been a very difﬁcult year for Ida Harriet “Happy” Burnside Richmond and Society to help further space exploration.” vacationed at the Isle of Palms in June and had a Pace Stoors. Ida wrote that Angels were sent Ken, her husband, spend a lot of time at Pawley’s Harriet King Van Norte, Mary Bailey King blast. Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Thornhill to her when she needed them most. She was Island and stay in touch with Joanne Tuten and yours truly had a mini reunion at Bocci’s Bolden are in order. The 2004 South Carolina speaking of her Coker friends, especially Frances Bellamy, who lives there. Grandmamma Happy restaurant in Charleston for lunch in April. Dancing Festival was dedicated to Nancy, and Segars Kelly. They cared for her during her brain recently had her Grandson, Hub, with her at PI. When I emailed Harriet about meeting for the South Carolina Dance Association proudly surgery and successful recovery, and during Thank you Joanne Tuten Bellamy for your lunch, she replied, “Peggy, I am very familiar recognized Nancy for her many years of service. her husband’s, Niles, declining health and beautiful spirit during your illness. Joanne will with Meeting Street below Calhoun as my two A full page inside the program listed her many subsequent death. She loved and appreciated all have surgery, when her heart is strong enough. Aunts on my Dad’s side of the family lived at accomplishments. She has served several times the cards, phone calls, pound cake and fruit. The You are in our thought and prayers. I have 298 Meeting Street, and we would spend two as President of the Association. The University “Cokernut grapevine” put the word out, and appreciated your notes and calls. Joanne’s weeks with them each summer when I was a of South Carolina hosted the festival. Nancy the angels went to work. Not only did they care address is Post Ofﬁce Box 526 Pawley’s Island, child. Of course, much has changed on the is one of the co-founders of the SC Center for for Ida and Niles, but also Possum O’Riley, her SC 29585 in case you want to send a note or street but the old house we loved is still there. Dance Education. She is a regional coordinator Bichon Frise puppy dog. She was on the prayer card. Joanne has three large dogs that keep her I saw Mary Bailey and in October at a Tour of for the association. It was said,” She inspires and lists of people she will never know. Ida’s doctor company. Joanne shared a beautiful experience Homes on Edisto Island, as well as at Dickie promotes dance in our state, as well as on the told her to make her next appointment in two with me. It goes like this. On Joanne’s way to Legare’s funeral in Adams Run, where I met your national level.” years. That is so encouraging, Ida. Niles died Murrell’s Inlet near Brookgreen gardens to pick husband for the ﬁrst time. My Dad’s name was Nancy Thornhill Bolden saw Anita Jones on May 3 and was buried in Ida’s hometown of up Bentley Boogie Bridges, her deaf dog (by the Frederick Bailey King so there is a connection Stanton at the Attalya Art Festival, which took Nichols, SC. Attending the funeral were Frances way he is an albino and has beautiful baby blue between our two families. I wish my Mom could place across from Brookgreen Gardens. Anita Segars Kelly, Nancy Thornhill Bolden, Peggy eyes like Paul Newman) who had been groomed, still remember all of that for she was really good is a visual artist. The Attalya is a juried show, Brown Buchanan and John, Rosalind Carrigan Joanne witnessed about 30 wild baby turkeys at genealogy. I never was, but I am trying now sponsored by the SC Department of Parks, Heron and Eddie, and Rosalind’s lovely mother, crossing the main highway. She saw a man stop that I am down here and not working trying to Recreation and Tourism. Nancy’s husband, Mildred Carrigan. The Herons, Frances Segars trafﬁc and hurry the turkeys across the highway educate myself by listening to my Uncle Everett Harold, bought her one of Anita’s etchings for Kelly, and Lee McCown Huey and Al attended and all were safe. who is 86.” Harriet, Mary, and yours truly had her birthday. Nancy said,” It is a winter scene the visitation the evening before in Columbia, Lee McCown Huey’s mother celebrated so much fun catching up with each other and and it is really beautiful.” Anita, please let me along with friends of Niles. Ida said, “Thanks to her 86th birthday May 23. Lee, please tell your sharing other news about our classmates. Mary hear more about your art and all the others all of you for all you did for me. I could not ask mother that we send our late congratulations to is involved with mission work, and she told us things going on in your life. for better friends.” Ida at present is redecorating her. Lee and her sisters vacationed in Naples, that she would be going soon to the Dominican Teaching Bible School, canning fresh some of her home, which is keeping her busy Florida for two weeks. Then Lee’s family spent Republic for the fourth time. She loves that vegetables from her garden, working in her and giving her much pleasure. Oh, yes, Possum their vacation on Sullivan’s Island. Lee, I am ministry. She is a Spanish translator for the lovely garden and yard, and keeping up with is walked around the block at least twice a day. disappointed that I was not at home when you dentists who conduct a clinic. She, like many of grandchildren kept Frances Segars Kelly busy Carol Elting Richardson and Charlotte Cothran were at SI. Lee was in Columbia earlier this year us, enjoys her grandchildren who live close by. I this summer. Her 8-year-old granddaughter Taylor visited Ida in July. to visit Ida during her convalescing and took her enjoyed hearing Mary and Harriet share family enjoyed a program at Kalmia Gardens in Lee McCown Huey, Molly Holbrook to lunch. stories as they are related. Harriet and her sister Hartsville. Thomas, Nancy Thornhill Bolden, Ida Pace Gabrielle Morandiere sent an email at Easter took care of their mother at her home for quite Finally, yours truly—Peggy Brown Storrs, Frances Segars Kelly, Florence Staklinski saying that it was spring in New York and an extended time on Yonges Island, until she Buchanan—and John are enjoying spending Taylor and her Mother, and Dee Pierce from that she was loving every minute of the cooler died in April. Harriet, we want to express our several days this summer each week in Florence, the Coker Alumni Ofﬁce and yours truly met weather! Her son, John’s knee and her foot had sincere sympathy to you and your sister. I can where John is the part time interim rector at St. at Bizzell’s restaurant in Hartsville in April for healed. Unfortunately, their apartment had only imagine how grateful your mom was for John’s Episcopal Church until late August. Being a mini reunion. We were a noisy group and water damage from the apartment above, and you both to leave your homes for such a long in Florence gives me an opportunity to be with we had a blast. Just wish you could have been that caused a major mold problem. They had to time and care for her. Harriet’s sister was in an my 85-year old mother, daughter and sister— a ﬂy on the wall. We had so much fun sharing move out while the mold problem was treated, auto accident as she was returning to Atlanta, so Mary and Carla—and many other relatives and stories and reminiscing. While we were visiting but a wonderful neighbor, who was out of the Harriet returned to Yonges Island earlier than friends. John and I spent several days in May and eating wonderful food, the president of the country invited them to use her apartment. The planned and cared for her after surgery. Harriet visiting friends in Houston, Texas. My family college, Dr. James Dawson, and his lovely wife repairs will require a major renovation, with said, “We are grateful to God that she is alive and I vacationed at Seabrook Island. John Clark stopped by to say hello to us. Of course, we all walls being razed and replaced. At this time the and that our mother’s passing was peaceful.” and Mary Ella Bryant, our almost two-year-old had to get out our cameras and asked our server repairs are scheduled, but have not been made. Harriet returned to Atlanta when her sister was grand-twins, keep us quite busy. They are a joy. to snap our photos. Mrs. Dawson invited us Otherwise, all is well. Gaby recommends the well enough to manage on her own. to come by their home on East Home Avenue movie Monsieur Ibrahim with Omar Sharif. She Peggy Aull Werts emailed, at the same time So long for now. Please help me to have more after lunch to see the recent renovation to their says it is touching and wholesome. Gaby was of our mini reunion, that she and Bo were ﬂying news in our next Commentary, by emailing, by home, which was absolutely lovely. Earlier that expecting three cousins from England to arrive to Honolulu to cruise around the islands. She calling or by writing a note to me. Thanks in morning, Molly Holbrook Thomas, was in for a week. Her rheumatoid arthritis continues to was missed, but we know she and Bo had a advance and may you have a great summer. Until the Coker College gift shop and commented be a problem for her. fabulous trip. next time, Peace dear hearts. Peggy to a man nearby that she was not the least bit Mary Bell Kittle and Joe stopped in What started out to be fun and frolic turned interested in buying anything that had a cobra Columbia to see Ida and take her to lunch. Mary out to be dreadful for Betty Saunders Brooking. CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’63 printed on it. Then Molly proceeded to ask and Joe were en-route to Charleston to attend One of her sons was chasing her at a family Edith Floride Reynolds him what he did and she then learned he was a party for Joe’s brother soon to be married in outing, when she fell and broke her anklebone 105 South Rosemary Avenue the president of Coker College. Well you can Ohio. in three places. Now she is wearing a cast. Her Andrews SC 29510 imagine how she felt. The mini reunion was also Molly Holbrook Thomas and six of her high daughters-in -law have been helpful and attentive 843.264.5173 Ida’s ﬁrst outing since her brain surgery. Wish school classmates had a wonderful mini reunion during this time. Canceling a trip to California firstname.lastname@example.org you could have seen her adorable Minnie Mouse in Blowing Rock, NC in the spring. Molly was disappointing to Betty, but we wish her a hat that Frances Segars Kelly bought her from and Al returned in May to their home in Ohio speedy recovery. Dear Classmates, Disney Land. Sarah Lawton Anderson Kummer hoping to sell it and move permanently to NC. Spoke to Pat McTeer Hughes and learned I hope everything is going well with all of you. was unable to join us as her students were taking Molly emailed that she is ready for another mini that she is working at the new Library in Thanks to those who responded to e-mail with their AP test and she needed to be there to give reunion in the fall. More on dates later. We send Hartsville. She regretted not to be able to join news to share. I know the summers are especially them moral support. our expressions of Sympathy to Al Birchler and the mini-reunion at Bizzell’s. busy with family gatherings and vacations. Florence Staklinshi Taylor told us at the Molly. Al’s son, William Joseph Birchler, died Beverly Jones Dinkins emailed that her sister Hopefully there will be news from more of you mini reunion at Bizzell’s that she submitted a unexpectedly in February. During our lunch at died in March. Beverly, we send our condolences for the next issue of the Commentary. cake recipe to the Southern Living magazine, but Bizzell’s, Molly told us, “I am a member of The to you and your family. Beverly was unable to Belinda Duckworth Copeland is on the a printing error occurred in the recipe. When Planetary Society and have been for a number of join our mini reunion because it conﬂicted with November ballot for Treasurer of Darlington she brought it to their attention, she received years. On a DVD sent to Mars aboard the Spirit her work. County, a position she has held for a number a letter of apology and a 2003 hardback recipe back in January, the names of over four million Nancy Thornhill Bolden is happy to of years. She says retirement will sound good at book. Florence agreed for me to give out her people from Earth were burned and now the share that her daughter Molly is engaged to the end of this four year term. She drives several DVD rests on the Martian soil. My name was Mike Peterson and a big wedding plans are in 14 ‘63-’64 hundred miles every other weekend to check on along with all the gorgeous pansies ﬁlling the fall, Diane hoped we’d see her at the reunion; year - ﬁrst to the Caymans, Cozumel and Key her dad. Belinda also visits Joan C. Gregg in the yard. After a delightful meal we formed a circle however, although she registered, she didn’t West in January then on Alaska’s Inside Passage Presbyterian Home in Florence when she can. to individually share thoughts about people, get to Hartsville. Joanie, an interior design in July. She retired as her church’s secretary a Lynda Morillo Hord’s family spent the week events, places and other subjects important consultant whose work has been published in few years ago, but continues doing its ﬁnancial at the Outer Banks, Corolla in June. Daughter to us with frequent references to “the Coker home decorating magazines, has two children, work on her home computer part-time. Earlier, Jennifer teaches in Arkansas and is home for the experience’s” very positive impact throughout both of whom are married. she was Greer High School’s bookkeeper for six summer. She was her school’s Teacher of the our lives. This was an amazing session with each Judy Smith Campbell, married 42 years to years. Ann’s daughters have provided precious Year this past year. She is also the lead teacher person participating in the most meaningful John “Doc”, is very busy caring for her parents grandsons – Laura’s Zane, four, and Carol’s for a NASA project at her school. As a part of the way. Obviously, all have lived with extraordinary and grandchildren as well as working from her Jacob, three and a half, and Andrew, 14 months. NASA Grant, Jennifer and her team of teachers courage, creativity, integrity, faith and humor home in Charlotte. Judy emails adorable pictures Laura is a bank controller in Spartanburg, where spent a week at the Space Camp in Huntsville, making signiﬁcant contributions wherever of the little ones. Son Douglas, wife Diana and she and husband Wayne have recently moved. Alabama for training. Lynda still works as a possible. Receiving a little brown bag like the children Harrison, Isabel, and Soﬁa live nearby as Carol, a kindergarten teacher, and her husband, ﬁnancial analyst at the Center for Creative ones handed out for Sunday night suppers at does Judy’s sister. Her younger son Layton works Jim, are in Greer as is son Tony, who is single Leadership in Greensboro. She also works nights Coker in our day was a nostalgic bit of fun as we with a design ﬁrm in the area. At Coker Judy and employed at a furniture/appliance store and weekends at the other job in interior design, left Naomi’s. What a neat treat! Throughout the so generously chauffeured other out-of-town there. which is her passion. This will keep her busy weekend we missed those who couldn’t come classmates to several activities in her nice van. Sarah Ann Alford Horton retired after a 30 when she retires in three years. and know that you have been living your own As Coker’s Assistant Dean for the Evening year teaching career that included work with Lana Suber Barnett’s family vacationed remarkable stories. and Extended Studies Program, Patricia “Pat” children in pre-kindergarten, ﬁrst, second, third at Surfside Beach in May. She still babysits The extensive landscaping project underway Holland Chapman commutes from Lexington and fourth grades and says she still misses it. daughter Nina’s children and enjoys her on campus in no way interfered with our to Hartsville twice or more each week. She ﬁnds She was honored with “Teacher of the Year” retirement. Nancy McConnell Wilhelm, Lana enjoyment of Saturday’s Alumni Association books on tape a great source of entertainment awards and earned many graduate hours from and I met for lunch one day. activities, and the ﬁnal results should be and information while she travels. Pat, who Winthrop, Clemson, USC and Limestone. Nancy Fairey Forbis and Rod enjoy their sensational. Our class meeting gave us another earned an M.A. from Appalachian State Now she ﬁnds joy in her church activities, a boat. They take frequent ﬁshing trips to chance to visit and to get a current view of University and Ed.S. and Ph.D degrees from community in-depth Bible study and the two Morehead. In the late spring they went to Alaska Coker from our very helpful student aide for the the University of South Carolina, has been garden clubs to which she belongs! She’s a on a ﬁshing excursion at Waterfall Resort. day. As we reminisced, she found some of the honored often during her career in education. dedicated gardener who “likes to get dirty”! Carol Phillips Kirven’s family traveled out requirements and activities from the ‘60s almost She is involved in church work, sits on Lexington Her other hobbies include decorating, reading, west over the summer. She, Nancy V. Bland, beyond comprehension and quite amusing, too! School District One advisory committees and is sewing, antique shopping and “best of all” Katherine “Kitty” Kirby Nobles, Georgia Ann At the General Meeting our own Sarah Ann a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Husband of – grandmothering. We rejoice with Sarah Ann Jenkins Porcher got together for a mini-reunion Alford Horton won a beautiful door prize, a 32 years Frank retired from military management that she is a 15 year cancer survivor and celebrate in Myrtle Beach in the spring. Coker afghan, which gave her another reason and is now a business consultant. Older son her good health. Husband of 40 years Wendell Frances Partin Cooper plays a lot of duplicate to be glad she’d ﬁnally returned for a reunion. Jim is an M.D. completing his second year of “Wendy” retired from the mental health ﬁeld. bridge. She participated in a tournament recently Cameron Council Speth, our class agent, made residency in Harlingen, TX, while younger son Son Allen, a captain in the Beaufort County in Hot Springs and highly recommends going us proud when she presented our substantial Leighton works in marketing and graphics at Sheriff’s Ofﬁce is married to Connie and has a there for a vacation. She also makes frequent reunion gift to President James Dawson. Thanks Fluor in Greenville. As graduates of a certain daughter Sarah Jamison, four. Son Van, who trips back to South Carolina to check on and to Cameron for assuming this duty and to every upstate college, both are avid Tiger fans, as are works with the Department of Natural Resources take care of her Mom’s banking and bills. class member who contributed during the ﬁscal their parents who enjoy going to games. and is married to Judy, is the father of two boys, Frances’s oldest daughter Karen is an attorney year to the annual scholarship fund. Following After retiring as a captain with 35 years of Jacob, three, and Samuel, one, with another who has four beautiful little girls ages two to an excellent lunch in the Linville Dining Hall, service from the SC Law Enforcement Division baby on the way. Allen, Van and families near seven. Middle daughter Camille is a reference many of us traveled to Kalmia Gardens for and dealing with that agency’s computerization Sarah Ann and Wendy’s Ridgeland house, which librarian at Clemson University. She and her scrumptious desserts at the Hart House and a needs, Nita Nunn Danenburg has a new career was previously her parents’ retirement home. husband, who grew up in Istanbul, took a walk through the glorious landscape. A pizza and “is learning to be a pastor’s wife”. Marshall, Daughter Reaves received her master’s degree delayed honeymoon to Turkey during the supper at Jean’s lovely house was the perfect her husband of 25 years, was ordained April 25, plus 30 hours in speech language pathology from summer. Youngest daughter Deborah lives in ending to our time together. How grateful we are 2004 and is serving the Peace Baptist Church of USC this past May. Inman Park in an old Candler-built home. to all who worked so hard to make the reunion Fayetteville, NC while completing his seminary We were so warmly welcomed into Naomi My daughter Jessica Marie Thigpen’99 an event to experience and remember with studies at Campbell University. Although her Kelley Jackson’s wonderful home ﬁlled with and Dean Stewart Legge ’99 were married in pleasure and to each who gave us the gift of their present duties place her on call 24/7 and include family treasures to enjoy our ﬁrst reunion event. June. We had quite a number of Coker Alumni presence by attending. caring for Marshall’s parents, Nita enjoys reading She and John provided such gracious hospitality. present at the wedding—from the class of Since many of you did not receive one of whenever she can. She and Marshall traveled to Special thanks to the Jacksons and Naomi’s ’35 up to the class of ’00. Dean is his class’s the Keepsake Booklets, here are highlights from parts of Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; and brother who barbecued especially tasty chicken representative for the Commentary. contributing classmates as well as additional Zurich, Switzerland during May. Their most to accompany all the other marvelous dishes Isn’t there anyone interested in becoming a thoughts gleaned at our Friday night “sharing interesting tour consisted of historical sites with we were served! Through the years, Naomi has class representative? A co-representative? session”. Bear with me if any information is signiﬁcant connections to the Reformation¹s been such a creative, hardworking and nurturing If, like me, you are a new e-mail user or slightly skewed, because I had trouble reading great preachers. Nita remarked that she was glad presence as we’ve returned for reunions, and our your e-mail address has changed since our 2003 my scribbled notes! Each person named attended she remembered Dr. Davidson’s discussions appreciation knows no bounds. The Jacksons, reunion, please let the alumni ofﬁce know. the reunion unless indicated otherwise, and all on cathedral architecture! A crystal chandelier married 15 years, lived with her mother who (email@example.com) children’s ages given are as of this past April. and special pictures for Marshall’s study are survived to age 97 then later built their own Stay in touch. Things are beginning to settle down for meaningful keepsakes from their trip. home. Both she and John are retired educators, Edith Diane Barber since her move to Greenwood Roberta “Bobbye” Wagar Hall was not able she as a teacher and he as an administrator. three years ago following 33 years in California. to join us at the College, but she sent an update. Naomi earned a M.Ed as well as a masters CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 Before that she lived brieﬂy in Charlotte, NC; She retired in 1999 after a career in business plus 18 hours from USC, and she was named ’64 Becky Sparrow Charleston; Washington, DC; and Texas. education, is now living in North Augusta a “Teacher of the Year” at McBee Elementary Diane’s daughters Gay and Lisa are college and enjoys needlework as a hobby. During School. Her career spanned 32 years. Now she graduates now busy with their own careers in her working years, Bobbye took post-graduate stays busy in her yard, assisting during elections Forty was the magic number for our the Raleigh-Durham, NC area, but she sees courses at USC’s Aiken and Columbia campuses at her community poll, attending church and incredible reunion in April, when 20 of us plus them regularly. Diane, who has a MSW and is and at Valdosta State in Georgia. Her daughter occasionally volunteering at local schools. She ﬁve spouses gathered for the best of weekends the social worker for dialysis patients at Gambro Stephanie Heyman, who works for Sentinel also enjoys crossword puzzles, reading and together! The class dinners and activities planned Healthcare, describes her days as “work, work, Probation Services, is the mother of Benjamin, Clemson football games. While she and John do by Naomi Kelley Jackson, Jean Smith Stewart work” and ponders what the next few years ten, and Matthew, four. not have children, they have been very involved and Rebecca “Becky” Sparrow spared no might bring. After many changes in her life, Although she spends many hours keeping in the lives of the Kelley family’s ten nieces and detail in providing delicious food, the warmest we’re happy she’s now ﬁnding some time to her grandchildren, Ann Dobson Hammond nephews. She says, “They are all grown and have fellowship and lots of happy surprises. Naomi reconnect with old friends including Coker manages to ﬁnd time for lots of other activities, their own families, so we now help keep their greeted us Friday evening with a big Coker classmates. too. Needlework, sewing, walking and square children and love it!” How lucky for the entire College banner outside her beautiful home Following a visit to Joan “Joanie” Henley dancing are favorite hobbies, and she and Tom, clan! Brendle, at her Hendersonville, NC home last a retired tool maker, have taken two cruises this Linda Milam Law taught for four years, The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 15 ’64 enjoyed being a mom and worked for Blue Cross two sons, Tyler and Auston, 18 and 15. Dana, pilot, continue the travels which have always work career continues with duties twice a week at Blue Shield for 13 years. Her husband Charlton her younger daughter is married to Fred, and been a major focus in their lives. In fact, Gail Mercy Hospice in Conway and responsibilities in “Charlie” is a retired banker. Linda is involved owns a hair salon. Betty, who works part time said, “I thank Coker for preparing me for the the ﬁeld placement program for the USC College in the Columbia community through church for a medical group, also stays busy with church man I married!” She can fully appreciate John’s of Social Work. Among the numerous honors activities, as a Governor’s Mansion docent and activities, gardening, quilting and membership love of art and music, and the Civilization course Becky has accumulated through the years are the is a board member of Laurel Crest, a church in a quilters’ guild. Helping organize Bethune’s she “loved with a passion” has come to life Pee Dee Chapter of the National Association retirement home. She enjoys reading and loves library has been a special project for her. for her through their many trips. Gail’s entire of Social Workers social worker of the year, the being a grandmother to daughter Margaret’s Elizabeth “Lib” Johnston Pearce told us family enjoys their vacation home at Hilton Georgetown Habitat for Humanity’s Nehemiah three girls - who are six years, four years, and a moving story of her and husband Randy’s Head. Daughter Susan, a busy mom and school award, and the USC College of Social Work’s nine months - and daughter Sarah’s little boy, involvement in organizing a new church volunteer in the Atlanta area, and her husband alumni of the year award. She also serves on the eighteen months. Margaret and husband Troy, congregation in the Conway area. The effort Dale have three children, ages 13, 10 and ﬁve Board of Directors for Georgetown’s Habitat who is with BB&T, are in Greenville, while assumed a life of its own with astounding twists and a half. Son Joel, whose video animation for Humanity and is active in Service Over Self Sarah and her husband Trevor, an attorney, live and turns, until all plans ﬁnally came together for and graphics business in Denver has won many and the Mental Health Awareness Foundation of in Haddonﬁeld, NJ. a ﬁne sanctuary to house the group. When their awards, and his wife Deana have a daughter who Florence. And Becky still ﬁnds time for reading The busiest schedule of all is probably Anne children were young, Lib enjoyed being a stay- is three. and yoga! Recently she helped lead an extremely Lamb Matthews’, who often has 18 hour work at-home mom, then she later taught ﬁrst and Ellen Harden Rogers, who earned a M.A. successful effort to establish a Coker scholarship days, and we were delighted that she could be second grade. She was a great support to Randy at Vanderbilt University, continues her career in honor of a deceased friend who was a graduate with us on Friday night. Anne¹s consulting and as he attended Georgia colleges in their early in developmental biology at the Environmental of the College’s evening school, and the inspiring speaking obligations, such as training Rotary story was featured in the Commentary’s spring leaders and serving on college accreditation 2004 issue. She encourages others to consider teams, take her all over the world from home such a worthy project when appropriate. Thank in Columbia, and we are proud of her endless you so much, Becky, for all your efforts as a accomplishments. Many are the honors she has reunion committee member and accepting rep accumulated through the years, the latest of duties for us! which is Rotary International’s “Rotarian of the ”Working is a blessing!” according to Year” award. Anne earned a master’s degree at Cameron Council Speth. She loves working with Appalachian State University and her doctorate children in her job as administrative assistant to at USC and became an extraordinary educator. a high school principal, a career she has followed After retiring from the State Department of in various places for over twenty years. She and Education, she created her own consulting her “best friend” and husband Gustave “Gus” business. Her community involvements include commute together each day to their jobs in New the Girl Scouts, the Cancer Society and church Haven, CT. Cameron originally planned to activities among others. She treasures very close teach and “almost” ﬁnished work for a masters relationships with various family members and in history, but after her children arrived she enjoys reading and the travel that is a major part decided to be a school support staffer. Gus is of her routine. Ann says, “Wherever I go, I see dean of Yale’ Environment School, and his book Dr. Davidson!” Wouldn’t Dr. D. be gratiﬁed on global warming, Red Sky at Morning, was to know how much the Civilization course has released this past spring. Only moments before meant in so many alumni’s lives? We all grieved emailing our class news to the Alumni Ofﬁce, with Anne some years ago when she lost her I learned that Cameron Reid McCullough husband Jeff and are inspired by the way she has arrived on July 12 to the great joy of her entire dedicated her life to so many good purposes with family! The Speths had been eagerly anticipating great faith and optimism. the birth of their ﬁrst grandchild to daughter Kay Rogers McLean served the U.S. Catherine in Charleston. Baby Cameron was Department of Agriculture for 35 years as a seven pounds, six ounces and 20 1/2 inches program assistant in the ASCS. She and husband long. Catherine was, of course, on maternity William “Bill”, another of the nice spouses leave from her position as director of the Cystic whose presence added so much to the reunion, Fibrosis Foundation in SC. Congratulations to live in Rowland, NC. Bill works for Pioneer NC her and husband Clay, an attorney. Son Jim is an Seed Division. The McLeans are sports fans with Class of 1964 (left ot right): Bottom Row: Mary Frances Zachary Williams, Judy Smith Campbell, Naomi ace at writing computer software and puts a lot special interest in baseball. They supported son Kelley Jackson, Cameron Council Speth, Pat Holland Chapman Second Row: Ellen Harden Rogers, Linda Milam of miles on his car accompanied in his travels by William Gentry as a player during his college Law, Betty Morrell Pait, Lorena Cook James, Ann Dobson Hammond, Elizabeth “Lib” Johnston Pearce, Gail canine companion Zoe. Younger son Charlie and years, and continue with younger son Alexander Etters Pilger Third Row: Becky Sparrow, Nita Nunn Danenburg, Diane Barber, Fran Warlick van der Vate, Sarah ﬁancé Libby are planning a spring 2005 wedding Lee who currently plays on his college team. Ann Alford Horton, Kay Rogers McLean right after ﬁnishing Georgetown University’ law William married in December of 2003 and lives school together. Cameron and Gus enjoy trips with his wife Holly in Concord, NC. Kay, a past to terriﬁc places like Colorado and Panama for member of the Dillon Business and Professional years together, then they lived in New Jersey for Protection Agency and looks forward to hiking, snorkeling and all sorts of activities and Women’s Club, is active in her church and a while. They have owned a marine dealership retirement next year. Additionally, she ﬁnds love gatherings at their Isle of Palms house with enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time in Conway since 1978 and are now ready to time for reading, gardening and serving as a all their family and dogs. Special thanks again, with family and friends. sell it and retire. Lib’s children are Kimberly, hospice volunteer. She and husband Nicholas Cameron, for acting as class agent on Alumni To our biography form “honors received” a CPA who lives in Atlanta with her husband “Nick”, who is with the U.S. Postal Service, Day! inquiry, Betty Morrell Pait of Hartsville John and three daughters; and Christopher, a live in Raleigh, NC but are hoping to retire Our Saturday night hostess, Jean Smith responded, “Being a daughter, mother, wife, Gainesville, FL attorney recently married to Jane, to hometown Hartsville and remodel her Stewart, always so generous with her hospitality, grandmother, sister and friend - the best honors a Methodist minister. In addition to her church parents’ house. Ellen has vivid recollections of made the evening at her beautifully decorated ever!” What a great answer, and it was obvious work, Lib enjoys gardening and boating. all the things that made our years at Coker so home so very pleasant and comfortable. Her as classmates talked during the weekend that After graduating from Coker, Abigail “Gail” memorable: freshman initiation, ﬁre drills, the husband Thomas “Tom”, a retired hospital/ relationships are the most important part of our Etters Pilger followed a career in teaching and bell tower, song contests, the then new library’s nursing home administrator, was on hand both lives. Betty amazed us Friday night by singing consulting adult education classes at Emory, “book brigade”, beauty of the campus, required nights, and we are extremely grateful for both her favorite college tune, our freshman class pep Oglethorpe, Georgia State University, DeKalb functions, singing “round the table” in the his warm presence and contributions to our song, word for word and with much enthusiasm! Perimeter and Mercer and also studied interior dining hall, senior parlor, vespers, civilization happy weekend. All our thanks, Jean and Tom! Betty’s career was in the health care ﬁeld, and design at Atlanta Technical College. Gail is classes and more! Jean, who received a M.Ed. in reading from her husband Jerry’s has been in maintenance and very involved in the Dunwoody Woman’s Becky Sparrow, your new class representative, USC is “retired but still working” every day at tree farming. Their son Todd works for March Club, the South Carolina Club of Atlanta, as divides her time between homes in Pawley’s an alternative school. Reading, traveling and of Dimes in Tennessee and is single, while a community volunteer and a political activist. Island and Hartsville, where her 94-year-old grandchildren - ages one, two, three and four daughter Susan is married to Mitchell and has She and husband John, a retired Delta Air Lines father is in the Morningside home. Her social - provide much pleasure for her. Her pediatrician 16 ’64-’65 daughter Kimberly, who lives in Mt. Pleasant, are doing well, but she was unable to attend Send Becky your updates and help her by getting sister-in-law and family for a few days. Went to and husband Rick have two children and another the reunion due to other obligations. Daughter in touch with a classmate you haven’t heard from Anna Maria Island, Florida to see Patricia “Pat” on the way. Son Todd, in the pharmaceuticals Meredith teaches at Winthrop and plans to in a while. I will always be interested in each of Hanahan Engman and her new home, which is business in Charlotte, NC and wife Heather two marry in 2005. Son Zan, who farms with his you, so please stay in touch. Both old and new a show stopper!!! Got to see Sara Schrader Irving children. father, and his wife Mary Adell were completing memories and relationships shared with you are there too. It was almost old home week but so Jean said that Dale Galloway Davies had their new home near Mary Ann when she last cherished, and I send fondest wishes for all good many were missing. Turned east to visit some made arrangements to attend our reunion, but wrote. Her mother’s health and well-being are a things in your lives. Lorena of my extended family, then north to Savannah, circumstances made it necessary for her to cancel primary focus in Mary Ann’s life, and we send Ga for a quick hello to another friend. At this shortly before the weekend. We missed you best wishes their way. CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 time I am back to the Central Florida area as my Dale! We were happy to meet Fran Warlick van der Vate’s husband of 25 years Peter “Pete” who traveled with her from Fairfax, VA to attend our ”Musical houses” was the subject of a June update from Mary Louise Antley Glesner! She and Jerry sold their town house in Waynesboro, VA and found another home - with plenty of ’65 Linda “Hoot” Ramsey Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org granddaughter is coming here to visit! Having been grandmother to each of my late sister’s babies, I am enjoying very much my own. Send me an e-mail: email@example.com” Hello my dear friends.....It is that time again. reunion. They arrived at Naomi’s house laughing room for his model trains - just down the street I must have the Class of 1965 news submitted to Sara Schrader Irving also weighs in on Pat’s about the unplanned extra miles they’d ridden from their daughter Jill. They planned to start Coker by July 15. Sooooo, you know what that new retirement home….saying, “I just got before ﬁnding their destination! Fran, who moving the end of July. Daughter Sharon and means. Please, please email me any developments back from Anna Maria near Sarasota. Pat is earned a M.Ed at Duke University and a MSW her husband Barry would soon move into a in your life that I can share with everyone. building a beautiful home next to the beach...her at the University of North Carolina, continues house they were building, and son Scott was I am going to the Raleigh/Durham area on retirement home. Should be completed by the in her social work profession, while Pete’s career relocating to Greenville, NC, where he planned the 15th for ten days to meet my new son-in- end of August, when she ofﬁcially retires from is in racing and car repair. She also participates to check out the job market. A buddy with a law-to-be. I understand that he is a very nice The Round Table in Washington DC. Douglas in garden club and church activities and enjoys new house was looking for someone to share man. 6’7” Formula USA motorcycle racer who and I drove down for the day to see her, the new sewing. Daughter Sarah, who lives in Richmond, expenses, so Scott thought the change would has a heating and air conditioning business in diggings and Sharon, who had driven in from VA and works for World Market, has a beautiful bring interesting opportunities. We hope Philadelphia! I am also going to have some more Texas for a few days. Due to my real estate work, singing voice for which Fran hopes she’ll seek everyone’s gotten happily settled by now! speech therapy at Duke Hospital while there. I’m still commuting back and forth to western further training. Very sad news is the death of Melanie Anyway, I need to collect all the input and North Carolina. Had six of our grandchildren Mary-Frances Zachery Williams, who “Mimi” Martin Adair on June 1, 2004 at her create the column before I leave here. I will really and their parents with us prior to the fourth, eloped 43 years ago with Bruce ’62 during a home in Clinton after an illness. Mimi taught appreciate your input. Also, if there is someone in the mountains. Our other grandchild and Thanksgiving weekend, is loving retirement for 28 years and retired in 2002 from Laurens for whom you have an email address that is not his parents will vacation with us the end of this in Conway. She was a professional clerical County School District 56. Her survivors include shown here, PLEASE contact that person and month. Douglas and I have planned a trip to temporary worker for over 30 years besides being her husband of 40 years, Duckett M. Adair, son ask them to send me their news. Italy in mid September. We’ll be touring mostly involved in her church and PTA, while Bruce’s James Franklin Adair, daughter Melanie Adair I anticipate a nice weekend reading all your in Tuscany, Rome and the Amalﬁ Coast with work was in purchasing. She had attended Johnson and three grandchildren. We remember emails. Please don’t let me down. Love and hugs two other couples.” Bruce’s most recent Coker reunion, but this Mimi fondly and are thinking of her family. to all. Hoot Elaine Bullin reports from Wilmington, NC was Mary-Frances’ ﬁrst with her own class. It Our deepest sympathy to Yvonne Whittle that all her news at this time is work-related. was great to have a Coker alumni couple in our Hearon of Union whose husband Willard “Will” Hello again fellow Cokernuts! She is putting in long hours as a Registered midst! She says her funniest Coker memory is P. Hearon died on July 13, 2004. Will was also Imagine, half of the year 2004 is already gone. Respiratory Therapist due to downsizing at her sleigh riding on trays down the amphitheater’s survived by daughter Merritt Donald of Greer Looking back, it has been a time of immense hospital. She also adds a phrase that I have seen gentle slope on “a dusting of snow”. The and son Tom Hearon of Travelers Rest. In joy for me and my little world. I had suffered quite often during my time as Class Rep, “I am Williams’ children are Lisa Anne, 40, and James addition, our condolences go to Burney Bristow serious injuries during spinal surgery in August looking forward to retiring as soon as I possibly Bruce, Jr, 35. Mary Frances and Bruce enjoy Byrd whose mother Christine Hart Bristow ’43 2001 and had been told they were irreversible. can.” traveling and have taken 13 cruises. Additional died earlier this year. Burney and her husband Having little to do but accept my fate, I got on Mary Elese Pugh Krebs sends word that she pleasures for her are reading, puzzles and movies. Jerry live in Hartsville. with my life in the best way I could, barely able was blessed with a new granddaughter, Elese Although not attending the reunion, other Doug and I hope that by the time this to speak and breathe. Then one day, with the Alcott, born April 14, 2004. classmates have been in touch. From California is published we will have at least begun encouragement of my Coker friends and some of Donna Gates Chapman sends the best news Susan Frank sent her regards to all and some construction on a house in the country where my old Piedmont (Airlines) colleagues, I was able she has had in a long time that she and Curtis “classic” pictures from our Coker days. Our we will join our son Bryan, who is making much to get an appointment with an Otolaryngogical Chapman ‘63 BOTH RETIRED and LOVIN’ reunion coincided with the Linda Traynham better progress on his portion of the land. I Surgeon at Duke University. He was able to LIFE in Hartsville! They are spending ten days Prior’s busiest period of the year, as she was have written enough about the Jameses over my repair the damaged trachea and vocal chord. I in Maine this month for a little R&R. Make lots coordinating all the freshmen exit exams at years as class rep and, in appreciation of your have been going back to the Speech Pathology of wonderful memories to share with us next Augusta State University. She had recently indulgence, will now be brief. We are grateful clinic at Duke for the past four months and have Commentary, Donna! visited son Jimmy, his wife Cynthia and for all the rich blessings of our lives, treasure only a couple more sessions before recovering an Rebecca Ramseur Earle hasn’t sent an update grandson Stennett in Mandeville, LA, and her friends and family and completely adore our almost- normal speech and breathing pattern. To for many years, and we are so very happy to hear plans were to teach the ﬁrst half of summer granddaughter Bella, two and a half. Retirement say the least, I believe in miracles and the power from her again. She and her husband, Perry, just school before retiring on July 1. Catherine continues to be such a satisfying time for us, and that loving and nurturing friends can have over celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary in June. “Katie” Tanner Mishler’s brother and his wife we ﬁll it with things we enjoy and try to support your universe. Thank you my friends. In the last 8 years our four married children were visiting her in Richmond, VA throughout persons and causes as needs and opportunities Patricia “Pat” Hanahan Engman will have produced 11 grandchildren. I retired from our reunion weekend. She continues to enjoy arise. After walking away from the crash of be retiring at the end of August from a long teaching and Perry retired from banking. I enjoy part-time work as a research librarian at a local his ultralight plane in May, Doug decided to and distinguished career with “The Business playing golf and tennis, working in my garden community college. concentrate on hobbies and projects closer to the Roundtable” in Washington, DC. Upon and being with the grandchildren. Perry enjoys Unfortunately, Nell Bates Beasley was in the earth! Our son Bryan, his sister Kelly and her graduation from Coker, Pat pursued a law degree being able to get up each morning and spend the hospital during our Coker activities recovering husband Kyle are happy in their pursuits. Life is and has certainly put it to good use for these day working on our 500 acre cattle ranch. For 25 from back surgery on April 12. May brought good, and every day is a gift. Thanks to all of you many years. She is looking forward to leaving years he had to do the work around his banking news that Nell was doing well but would need at reunion, especially Ann and Nita - the loving the fast lane for a much more relaxing lifestyle.I hours so he is loving being a full time cowboy! to wear a brace for a few months, and we hope propagators - who helped celebrate my birthday. know we all wish Pat good health and great joy Greenville, SC is about to grow out to us. We she has made great progress. She and Thomas I was so surprised until my response probably in her retirement. As you will see, throughout hate to see the countryside slowly disappear but “Punk” spend most of the time at their Little didn’t properly express the appreciation I felt! this article, her new “digs” are designed for you can’t stop progress. Rebecca, please keep us River place with Punk returning once a week Then we doubled our fun by also celebrating comfort and casual enjoyment, sporting posted. It is wonderful hearing from you. to Bishopville for golf with friends. Both their Judy’s birthday! gulfviews all around and very ﬁne golﬁng. Carol Metz Peecksen says it is another busy children live in the Grand Strand area. Daughter This is my sign off as your class representative, I have news from across the country from summer in Charleston. Lots of family, lots of Michelle, who was married in October 2003, and I thank you for allowing me the privilege of my fellow classmates. Sharon Williams Elton fun. But it surely would be good to see some of and daughter-in-law Heather work together serving and the support you have shown. The writes, “I have been enjoying a road trip ALL her fellow “Cokernuts!” Just down the road in at Hair Worx on Ocean Drive’s Main Street. class of ‘64 is very lucky to now be represented BY MYSELF! I spent a day or so in Gulf Shores Savannah, Barbara H. Thompson is enjoying Heather and son Michael¹s children are Haley, by Becky Sparrow, who will do an outstanding Ala. visiting a good friend, what an elegant beach life, enduring the rains and keeps me supplied four, and Chad, two. job for us with the beneﬁt of her own fresh area it is! Then to Central Florida to visit my with plenty of enjoyable email to put smiles on Mary Ann Tomlinson and husband Billy approach to gathering and presenting our news. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 17 ’65-’67 my face. mail…talk about dedication in helping us get I recently read a good description of the stages Michael Young). Now I know why I have been Saving the sad news until last, we lost our news in. Laura served as the class rep. just prior of grief. I could identify with every single one. I so busy for the last 6 years and selling over 16 classmate, Melanie “Mimi” Martin Adair ’64, in to our taking over and she is great in responding hope none of our classmates have to experience million each year as a Real Estate Broker in High early June. as you will see. “Only a minute to spare as we this kind of loss in the near future. Loosing your Point. Writing this has made me even stress! AND, DON’T FORGET, 2005 is our big are leaving tomorrow A.M. for New York City. spouse is like loosing a major part of your own We have had great fun getting back in touch 40th reunion year. Some classmates have asked I have never been! Fred and I are going with his body. If anyone has missed seeing Alaska, that is with Joan Nacrelli Zola. We have talked several me to get ideas for a special way to celebrate, sister Betsy and her husband Bridges. It should a must do. I went last summer and I enjoyed the times. I told her we needed to get her back South perhaps a cruise? I do not have current email be fun. We are going to do all the tourist things wildlife and nature so much I would like to go for a visit since she has lost her Southern accent addresses for very many of you, so I must rely for me. See two shows and as many museums as again. My oldest (step) grandson just graduated that we worked so hard to teach her during on your contacting me. I would really like to possible. Ground Zero, the Ferries, etc. etc. This from Francis Marion University here in Florence. our Coker years. We told her this would give include more of you in our news column, but summer we will again be at Edisto for the last He sure made us all very proud. There are 3 her another foreign language “Southern drawl” can do so only if you provide the information. two weeks in July. Then in the fall we plan again more to go! that she could add to her Vita at graduation Please feel free to email me anything you want to take a trip with Betsy and Bridges to Ireland!! Glenna Rickborn McGahey always had the time. Joan updated us in the following email. to! My email address is HootRamsy@aol.com. No RV trips this year, but we are talking about knack of keeping us thinking positively and she “After teaching French for 18 years at the High another trial with a smaller Class C to the Maine still does it with this message. Hi, young ones! I School and College level, I recently assumed an CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 coast in the Spring of 2005. The grand children hope that we can have a reunion and get together administrative position as the World Languages ’66 Co-reps needed are well and happy, and Fred and I are having a great time with them. Trey and Anna are busy and happy also. So, all is right in my world except that I am not retired yet. soon! I am taking a short break and heading for Hilton Head to unwind. My mother is at my house right now. She is having cataract surgery at Emory in a few weeks and I thought it best Supervisor for my district in Mt. Olive, NJ. My husband, Joseph, is an Aeronautical Engineer at Boeing Helicopters. Our son, JR, is in his third year of Med School at the Medical College of CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’67 Janet DeLoach Strickland updated us on for her to be here. It is too hard for me to get Virginia (VCU) in Richmond and our daughter, Judy Starnes Brasington the exciting things she and Joe and her family away this time of the year that much. There is Ginger, graduated from the Business School of 2 Wharfside 5 A are up to…As you know, I closed my Christian always real estate that needs sellers and buyers. I Villanova University and is currently working Charleston SC 29401 Bookstore, Gift Shop, and Cafe in February, was at Lillian Utsey Harder ’65 son’s wedding in the manufacturing department of a Chinese 843.722.6785 just as we closed the store Joe decided to come in January and had a wonderful time! I think company. We have been truly blessed with a BrasingtonJudy@aol.com out of retirement and start a new business. He of you often and love hearing the news--oh, by “king’s” family promises me that he’ll only work about three the way, talked with Carol Cooper Casteel just Cricket and I have loved hearing from Ginny Hammond Carroll days a week, so I’m going to hold him to it!....I before Christmas and she is engaged! Can’t stop another one of our wonderful “northern friends” 1004 Black Rush Circle had retired from teaching four years ago, but us Coker girls!!--Hugs, Glenna Edith “Edie” Steen Edwards. She has stayed in Mt. Pleasant SC 29464 went immediately into the store, so I am really We were so pleased to hear from Ashley the South long enough that she sounds like us 843.881.1148 enjoying being at home and living a much slower Wilson King catching us up on her busy life. now. No doubt her Georgia law clients like her firstname.lastname@example.org pace! Our daughter and son-in-law, Jennie and We had missed hearing from her until just Southern accent. Our most recent news from Scot, are expecting their third child in July, recently when we reconnected. It has been great Edie ﬁnds her telling us about another interesting The class of ‘67 seems to be staying as busy as and I’ll be busy helping her when our newest hearing from classmates including those who project she has planned. My neighbor, Norman always. We are delighted that we’ve been able to grandchild arrives! She has two little girls, so this transferred prior to graduation since they are Huggins, a retired colonel, maintains a residence catch up with a number of you since the last class will be our ﬁrst grandson! Our son and daughter- still an important part of our Coker family. We and tobacco farm in Mullins, SC; and, is guiding news was published in the Commentary. Coker in-law, Joe and Altra, are leaving Covenant continue to try to locate other classmates so me in selecting a summer tour of S.C. He has gives us two deadlines: July 15th and January Players, a drama ministry that they have been Ginny and I sure would appreciate help from the provided me with copies of the Sandlapper, 15th. We look forward, however, to getting with for four years, and will be returning to entire class on locating other friends that we have and I’ve really enjoyed learning about all the emails, phone calls and letters anytime during school and to seminary....and we’re excited lost track of. Ashley wrote “Since we last talked charming characteristics of each area. I plan to the year, and we always include news over a large about having them back in the mainland USA, my list of grandchildren has grown to 3. Our do drawings and paintings of various areas that I time frame. as they’ve been in Alaska for a year. I’m praying daughter here in Jacksonville, Fl has two little visit. In September I am giving a program on art I had such fun talking to Sharon Pickren about what the Lord would have me do next, as girls now. Addison Ashley is 2 1/2 and Elizabeth to our local AAUW. Johnson recently and she said that Don, her I have too much energy to just “sit!” Would love Sabrie is 9 months and I spend 4 days a week Harriet Hurd Rowe’s email summed up our husband, kids her about knowing someone she to hear from lots of Coker friends... being entertained by them while their mother thought exactly when she said “It was so good to wants to call every place they travel. Staying We were delighted to hear from Anna works. Our older daughter Adele who lives in hear from you. Coker news is always enjoyed. I in touch with college friends is so very special. Williams Baker, she writes…I am living in Virginia Beach just recently (2 1/2 months ago) cannot believe that it has been this many years Sharon said she plans on teaching another year Marion, teaching math and statistics at Wilson gave birth to our ﬁrst grandson - Christian John. since we were there. This year has been rather or two since she still enjoys her work. Their High School in Florence. Life is good, except for I spent about a month up there with her helping chaotic, as usual. My husband has had some daughter Michelle and son-in-law Terry are weeding and mowing. There is always something out and having a ball. Our son Patrick is still trouble with the recurring bloodclots which doing well and they are still enjoying being in to do when you have a yard. This is high school over in Cape town, South Africa (following his have plagued him since Vietnam. I have been Birmingham. Needless to say, some of Don and reunion #40. service as a Peace Corps volunteer as a teacher) delighted that the warmth of summer is upon Sharon’s trips from Fla. are in that direction. We received the following wonderful update but will be returning to the states late this us, as I am still a “hot house plant” as my mom We were thrilled to get a corrected email from Carolyn Thornton Crowe …Our darling summer with his girlfriend as she completes her used to say. This summer we will be spending address for Carol Chastine Cooper. Please granddaughter, Haley is 13 months old, and the Masters in Criminology at GWU in DC. My some time at Solomons Island, MD, as we have correct this on the data base we mailed to apple of our eyes...the blessing of getting older, husband, Wade, and I are still plugging along for a number of years. While in the past I have everyone, email@example.com. Carol wrote I guess. My husband Marv is pastor at 2 small enjoying our children and grandchildren. I still been able to go over and stay most of the time, Happy New Year a little late! I’m spending the Methodist churches after a 2 year absence. Our make it to Charleston as often as possible to visit this year has been a bit too busy for that. But I winter in Richmond at my fun city house. My daughter may be moving back to Atlanta from with my mother who still lives on James Island will be there as much as possible. Who knows! ﬁancé is much closer to here than Smiyh Mt. Columbia, and I’ll just have to get braver and - but in a retirement community as she gave up A Maryland blue crab might make its way into Lake and also the lake is boring in the winter. make the drive more often. Hope you and all our keeping house about 10 years earlier. Take care. my pot yet. Take care, and let me hear from you My situation is--divorced, 3 children, 2 married classmates are all well. Hope to see you and all the others at some time again. Hugs, Harriet and living in Roanoke. They are lawyers and Trisha McKenzie Blackmon sure stays busy in the future - even though I’m probably the Mary Lloyd Edwards Williams sends this engineers and in real estate and are all just great. too. Sounds like she should join some of the rest only one of the bunch that did not graduate with note: Our son and his wife are expecting their 1st My youngest son Briggs just graduated from of our class members who are real successful Real you all!! baby in August, needless to say, we are excited. college. Don’t know what’s in store for him yet- Estate Agents. I retired in 98 and have enjoyed Carol “Mickie” Michael Young had Boo and I just had another great phone visit -maybe Hawaii with his girlfriend. I’m engaged doing lots of sewing, knitting, embroidering delightful news to pass along. My 6th grandchild and she sends her warmest regards to everyone. to Bill Lee from Alexandria, Va. He’s a civilian and buying and selling property. I just sold my was born on June 24, Davis Young DeLille, 9 She and her family have spent a lot of time at employee of the navy and will retire from that in beach condo (in less than 24 hours) and my lbs, 3 ozs. A beautiful young man! I now have Garden City this year. Boy did we have some Jan. 2005 and then move on to a new adventure. home I live in just got a contract on it, after only 5 grandsons – Davis - 12 days old, Sam – 1 wonderful beach visits during our Coker years He’s head of the ﬂight simulator program for the 2 weeks, and so by late November I should be year, Jack (Davis’s brother)– 18 months, James thanks to the generosity of her family. She still navy. Great guy. I look forward to hearing from in my new home on a lake in Florence. I have – 4 years (named after his Grandfather (James loves being in Salters. She was talking about and about Coker friends. Keep in touch. always wanted to live there and ﬁnally it seems Young) that died in 1993), and David – 6 years how much fun it is to have fox, deer, turkeys, Laura Cheatham Palmer took time out my dream will come true. I still miss my dear and the Princess of the family Elizabeth 3 years raccoons in their back yard, in addition to their of a busy schedule to send us the following e- Tom; it has been 20 months of sheer confusion. (named after her grandmother – Carol Elizabeth cats and dogs. 18 ’67-’69 Kathy King Belknap sent us this exciting living close to New York City all these years Vance suggested we try a “buddy” system of relaxing 35th wedding anniversary. Connie has update. We survived the wedding on May 29. is the opportunity to see and hear some writing or calling a few classmates, and passing been in touch with Jeffry Daniel Beasley who Actually, it was wonderful. Everything went well, outstanding performers from all over the along any news to the class representative. The lives in Columbia with her husband. Their and Katherine and Ryan have just moved in their country and world. In May, I had the delightful response has been good and many thanks for son is employed at Frito Lay in the Asheville/ little house here in Lexington. Since Ryan is a experience of hearing our own Coker Singers your efforts to make this work! Here’s the latest Spartanburg area. Citadel grad, we had bagpipes and swordsmen, perform at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was a news from your classmates: April Garnier Poitras and husband Joe visited and that made it very special too. The bagpipers swelteringly hot day, but their performance was Congratulations to Amanda Hubbard Hyatt Ann Keels Brandt and her daughter were my cousins. We had them play “Amazing “cool” – I felt so proud to have a connection to Grace” in the narthex of the church before any these gifted singers. of the processionals began, and then they played The summer of 2004 brought a different “Scotland the Brave” as the recessional for type of reunion for many of us: 40th high school the bridal party. I love music, so I particularly reunions that is. A note from Nancy Baker enjoyed it. Now we’re still carrying loads of stuff Bell said she was planning to host her high of to their house - including half my furniture! school reunion at her Bluffton river house, and At least the attic is really cleaned out. I am taking I attended my Landon High School reunion golf lessons, but it’s soooo hot, I’m wishing I had in Jacksonville in late May. “Where have the waited til fall. Joe really enjoys playing, so I’m years gone?” asked Nancy, and I’m sure most hoping to learn a little in order to be able to go of us have puzzled over that question hundreds out with him. of times as the reunion years come and go. Anne Gibson Whitmire, emailed us the The good thing is that as long as we can still following message from Hendersonville, N.C. I remember those times (and our addresses and have been running around all summer trying to today’s date!), and recognize most of those do things I didn’t get done during the year. I am faces of friends from long ago, we are in pretty planning to teach again this year and continue good shape no matter how many years ago we to be very active in my state organization graduated! NCAAHPERD. I have played a little golf and Retirement is a graduation of sorts, and Anne spent a week at Cherry Grove. I try to visit Davis Darby ofﬁcially retired in May from full- my folks each month and keep in touch with time teaching and as head of the charter school everyone. I would love to see and hear from she established in Manning. Anne will continue Coker friends. to advise the new administrator in the transition Cricket and Jim never seem to slow down period and do some part-time teaching (her real either. Ellen still loves college and has taken full love) as well. advantage of trips abroad, along with being a As most of you have discovered, retirement part of all the other college activities. Just as we is just another word for new opportunities. brought college friends home Ellen has ﬁlled Recently, I have become a volunteer for the their home with friends according to Cricket National Park Service at the Theodore Roosevelt and it has been great fun for everyone. Cricket’s Historic Site at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Mom recently has not been well so Cricket is NY. In addition to greeting visitors from all spending a lot of time in Albemarle with her. over the world and helping with school group Margaret’s determination to remain independent visits, I have had the opportunity to visit T.R.’s has been remarkable and the family has made birthplace in New York City (with a “behind- that wish a reality. There is no place like home the-ropes” special tour). I know many of you are and Jim and Cricket have respected her Mom’s also involved in various volunteer activities that desire. satisfy your own intellectual curiosity and enrich Dalton and I continue to travel a great deal… your communities. Please send me all your sometimes its short trips year round to follow news about these and other activities. And don’t The Citadel Bulldogs and USC Gamecocks since forget the weddings and grandchildren. Nancy sports remain a real passion for both of us. Other Bell reminded me that her two grandchildren, times we enjoy being gone for months at the Matthew and Abby celebrated their ﬁrst Class of 1969 (left ot right): Bottom Row: Connie Igleheart Brock, Mary Ann Jay Wingard, Vaughan Smith time. There are still lots of places in the world birthdays in May. Soon they’ll be asking the Long, May Merritt Benson, Second Row: Gail Worrell Townsend, Carol Blake Armstrong, Pam Mackey Hall, Ray we want to visit for the ﬁrst time or revisit and same question we ask, “Where have the years Torrance Vance, Jean Dell Whitesides James, Third Row: Carol Luth Ruthven, Anne Gardner Blomeyer, Nell Cutts we always enjoy doing just that. When we aren’t gone?” Daniels ’70, Pat Stevens Hewitt, Joyce Childres Tice traveling you can catch up with us in Charleston, Folly Beach, or Highlands, N.C. We love having CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 ’69 Sedgwick on receiving a Masters in Education! in Irmo, SC. Did you know that Hyatt Ann friends come visit. We often say we don’t know June Smith Rownd Her graduate group had the distinction of introduced April to Joe at Coker! April recently how we ever found time to work. We love 515-D 36th Avenue North being the last class in Europe to graduate from had a mini-reunion with two sophomore retirement. Myrtle Beach SC 29577 National Louis University. The ceremony roommates at Coker- Alyce Coker Player and Jo Please stay in touch with us by sending news, 843.626.5778 took place in Mannheim. Mandy and husband Rand. Alyce lives in Lexington, SC and works any address changes and we also hope you will Michael are spending the summer on Tybee for Social Services in Columbia. After October keep Coker in mind and make a contribution Carol Luth Ruthven Island, GA and then back to Germany for both of Alyce’s daughters will be married. Jo to help our college continue to do wonderful 176 Emley’s Hill Road another two or three years of teaching. lives in Berkley, CA and works for a hospital things for students. Large donations are always Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 Congratulations to May Merritt Benson on coding medical records. April saw Anne Gardner great, but small gifts make a huge difference too 609.259.2623 the birth of her ﬁrst grandchild, Bennett Grace Blomeyer and husband Bob a few months since the percentage of alums donating is a very 609.259.5876 FAX Forville, born in DC on July 6th. ago for dinner, but missed their July 4th party important factor as Coker searches for grants etc. Ruthven8@aol.Com Jennie Kluttz Clifton writes that her oldest complete with ﬁreworks over Dallas! April will son David is getting married on August 21st, once again be traveling during the summer CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 ’68 Dear Classmates, in Athens. Jennie and husband Cecil recently months, visiting her son and his jazz band in Nancy Strahan Hall Those of us who were able to make the 35th spent ﬁve days in New York having a great time Austin, NJ for a family reunion, then on to the 24 Dickerson Court reunion in April had a wonderful time “strolling visiting friends, dining out, seeing shows. Poconos, Vermont and Maine, where she’ll visit Port Jefferson, NY 11777 down memory lane”. We spent hours catching Connie Igleheart Brock writes that she Leigh Ann Farnell-Noyce and Jeff. In August 631.928.2746 up, shared happy and sad, remembered the and husband Jim are having a busy summer she’ll be back to teaching 2nd grade in a private firstname.lastname@example.org experiences that brought us together not only enjoying their two grandsons and other family school in Arlington. as a class, but as friends. One of our biggest including their Sudanese family. Connie Richard and I also have a busy summer with One of the great things I’ve found about challenges is to stay in touch! Ray Torrance and Jim took a trip to Daufuskie Island for a youngest son David graduating from college The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 19 ’69-’75 with a degree in Architecture. He’ll continue Anne Gardner Blomeyer ‘69, April Garnier our information mission and we will surely do For those of you who did not return to Coker into the graduate program in the fall. On August Poitras ‘69, Virginia Haskins Bagby ‘69, it again. We met a couple from Ft. Worth (Air in April for our 30th reunion, you missed out 22nd, two weeks after his college graduation, Marsha Hatﬁeld Marcelli ‘69, Margaret Hauser Force retired), and we have decided that we on a fabulous weekend! For those of you who he’ll be married on the beach at Topsail Island, ‘69, Amanda Hubbard Sedgwick ‘69, Connie will ﬂy somewhere every year together. We are came, thank you for making our reunion a great NC! I am loving my volunteer work with my Igleheart Brock ‘69, Mary Ann Jay Wingard thinking about England next spring. I’ve put success and an even more memorable occasion. Golden Retriever, Quar. He is a certiﬁed therapy ‘69, Dora Johnson Beasley ‘69, Hyatt Ann the reunion on my calendar and look forward to For those of you who planned to come, but were dog which means that he visits schools for Keels Brandt ‘69, Virginia King Hilderbrand, it. I’ll be seeing Diane Thrasher Mills in July if unable, we missed you! handicapped children and nursing homes. It’s Kathryn Lindsay ‘69, Carol Luth Ruthven ‘69, plans stay intact for a visit by her to our beach Thanks to Cynthia and Milton Gantt for amazing to see the joy he brings to any age group Jocelyn Strange Lynch ‘69, Pam Mackey Hall condo. I’ve heard through the grapevine that she helping with the reunion and their many phone with his gentleness. Thank you to all who took ‘69, Mary Anne McAdams Fortney ‘69, May has been shagging away at the old beach haunts. calls to our classmates asking for ﬁnancial the time to write. I look forward to hearing from Merritt Benson ‘69, Joyce Montgomery ‘69, Same Diane!!! I saw Susan Burns Wetmore this support to Coker. Our class managed to give a you throughout the year. Think of me when Sandra Myers Denny, Nancy Nash Stoutamire past weekend at a wedding and she and Frank generous gift to the Annual Fund. Thank you something exciting happens in your life and get ‘69, Camille Reynolds ‘69, Frankie Rhodes are doing great. Hopefully I can convince Susan classmates for your contribution that will only in touch!! We’re Coker Family, you know! Take Watson ‘69, Linda Schultz Edwards ‘69, Jackie and Fran Crisp McCaw to come to the reunion help Coker College continue to grow and remain good care! Shuler Patterson ‘69, June Smith Rownd in April. Jane email@example.com a school that has proud alumni. Love and a hug, ‘69, Vaughan Smith Long ‘69, Ruby Lynn Other addresses are: Pie White Those present for the reunion were: Cynthia Carol Luth Ruthven Smith Barnes ‘69, Rosanne Taylor Pollard PIESYR2@aol.com, Candee Craven and Milton Gantt, Carolyn Stutler Poole, Sarah ‘69, Estelle Truesdale McKenzie ‘69, Linda firstname.lastname@example.org and Nell Daniels Fran Wells, Sarah Stubbs, Edna Earle “Boone” PS Ray Torrance Vance kept a ﬁnancial diary Watkins Kelly ‘69, Jean Whitesides James ’69 NELLDANIELS@aol.com Myrick, Jane Blankenship, Pat Newman, Anna during her stay at Coker College. Thought these (May Queen), Gail Worrell Townsend ’69 and Connie White Boleman wrote a long message Barnes Polston, Dana Willis, Alice Bodenhimer ﬁgures might give you a laugh: Tuition-$500, several juniors (Class’70)- Martha Carpenter that went off into cyberspace. What I did receive Wilson and husband Don, Pam Thompson Mailbox-$1.00, Coker beanie-$1.25, math book- Shockley, Deborah Collins Kobezak, Harriett from her was that she was “voted teacher of the Motley and husband Marty, Mary Ann Burkee $8.95, coke- $.10, syllabus- $3.50, movie- $1.00, Council, Debra Earnhardt Ashley, Martha year at my school. Obviously, I’m not ready for Palmieri and husband Sam, Jane Clyburn (class dance-$3.00, Weeguns-$9.95, tennis shoes- Flowers Herbert, Jessica Markley Lee, Jane retirement. I still have too much to do.” Connie of ’73 and ’74) and me. $4.02, Girl Scout cookies-$.50!!!! May Gable, Lynda Patton Land, Ray Torrance email@example.com We had such a good time Friday night at the Vance, Diane Thrasher Mills (always teasing For you math majors, you might already have Sory Boathouse, and I owe Don Wilson some CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 me-I love her), Mary Judd Utley Montgomery, ﬁgured out that we have a big date coming up in new khaki pants! ’70 Linda Smith Bradford Post Ofﬁce Box 130 Hallieford VA 23068-0130 Elizabeth “Betsy” Buhrmaster Johnson ’71 (my little sister) and many, many more. Please kindly give them this message together with my 2005 – our 35th Reunion. Your committee has been formed – Jane Brown Riechmann, Gayle Buckheister Sawyer, Joyce Floyd Shaw, and me. Our tentative plans are quite similar to the It was great meeting Pat Newman’s son, Robert, a freshman at Coker. Pat also shared pictures of a mini-Coker reunion held at Folly Beach in the November of last year. e-mail add on classes reunion. I would appreciate Joyce Floyd Shaw e-mail addresses of our teachers -Ms. Edna format for the 30th – Drop in Friday evening at Claire Hudson Watts could not make the 252 Timberlake Drive Earle Poyner, Ms. Eugenia Burns and Mrs.Lynn a local restaurant, the College events Saturday reunion due to illness. Her mother has reported Florence SC 29501 Oates (she was Assistant Professor of Business and then a BBQ that night at Kalmia. We will to me that Claire is much better. 843.393.2540 Education at that time). Thank You. I have to reserve a block of hotel rooms for a dorm-like Cynthia and Milton Gantt had a marvelous OdeToJoyce@aol.com go by now because my tear is running out. My PJ party Friday and Saturday nights (Connie trip to Lake Tahoe. Milton says it was the most love to you and your family. I look forward to Boleman’s suggestion). Ideas are welcomed; we beautiful place in the USA. Cynthia and Sarah Attention Class of 1969 – Don’t skip our news! receiving your reply as soon as possible thru want to plan the event so everyone enjoys! Let us Stubbs have also gotten together for lunch in For many years we have had a huge gap in e-mail. know! Put the date on your calendar now – April Dillon recently. our rooster – Eed Thanomkulbutr was actually Love always, EED firstname.lastname@example.org 9, 2005. We will work on mates who have not Porter Vann Hudson could not attend the a member of the Class of 1969 had been listed Gayle Buckheister Sawyer is busy writing her returned in years – be prepared Bev and Bland! reunion because she had plans to be in Virginia. as lost. While taking a computer class in April dissertation, working, keeping up with George Take care, Linda and Joyce She has recently sold her house in Orangeburg Eed located George Sawyer’s name on the Coker and the children, playing the organ for Church email@example.com and we will need a new address for her! website and contacted him! I’ve edited a bit and likely a whole host of other things as well! Odetojoyce@aol.com News has it, Marcena Kellahan Tisdale is from her message (George and Gayle shared firstname.lastname@example.org going to be a proud Grandmother real soon! Elaine White Gilbert wrote and shared a CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 Cissie Jordan Thaxton missed our reunion, ’71 it), but she sends greetings to a long list of folks in both classes – ’69 and ’70 – and to faculty. message with several folks whose addresses I Sarah Jo Wood Safrit but had a great trip to Europe! How wonderful to hear that she is well and didn’t have: Post Ofﬁce Box 388 A beach retreat in the late fall is in the making still the student! E-mail her – address at the Hi Ladies, as you may have already found out, Beaufort NC 28516 for our class and if you are interested, please end. Eed’s message: Dear Gayle, this is EED Jane has retired (for the moment!!). To Pie, Jane, 252.728.3213 contact Cynthia and Milton Gantt. Their from Thailand. Haven’t met you and friends Nell and Candee -- hope all of you are doing email@example.com phone number is 843-381-9418. Their email is for over 35yrs, I am still alive in this part of well, and I expect to see ALL of you at Coker firstname.lastname@example.org the world. I am glad to see Mr. Sawyer’s name next April. Our 35th Reunion, hmmm – I don’t CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 This is short and I know there must be loads ’72 on Coker’s faculty list. Really I am just taking even feel 35 years old yet, do y’all??!!?? How can of newsworthy items, so please let me hear from Jean Southard Riddle computer lesson. I look at my ofﬁce computer we have been out of college that long?? Miss you you! 9 Pathﬁnder Drive every morning but no message back. Only 2 wks all! Love, Elaine email@example.com As always, I send warmest wishes to everyone! Sumter, SC 29150 of lesson I looked at Coker’s website and there Jane May Gable writes: Elaine was correct in Myra firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Sawyer’s name. I know classes members the fact that I have retired...hopefully forever, but we’ll see how we survive on a single salary! I CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 ’75 will be met on 17 April, then I think it is a good CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 6 ’73 opportunity to say hello to them and to send had put 32 years into 5 day a week, minimum of Rose Patrick Smith them my best regards. I always miss them and 8 hours a day jobs that I really enjoyed, but the Jane Clyburn 1801 Stannard Trail the good time while we were boarding at Coker. more I thought about the chance of being paid 1002 Starcliff Drive Raleigh NC 27612 Thank you friends for all the warm welcome to quit work (CSX gave a severance package) Lugoff SC 29078 919.789.4829 and lovely smiles extended to your black head the better that sounded to me, so I raised my 803.438.5638 email@example.com friend from Thailand (now it is turning gray). hand and requested to be let go. Being free from firstname.lastname@example.org My love to- Amanda Adams Cauthen ’69, a job allowed us to take our ﬁrst Space A trip. Co-rep needed Dear Classmates, Susan Allen Morano ‘69, Janice Atkinson Lane For the non-military, that is a ﬂight anywhere We’re planning a party and you’re invited! in the world where there is a military facility CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’74 ‘69, Carol Blake Armstrong ‘69, Clare Anne Thanks to Carlotta Johnson Wiggins, Kathi Calloway Lyle ‘69, Betsy Coker ‘69, Evelyn accepting ﬂights. The cost is free and the trip Myra Grayson Nuttall Pleasant Luther, and Reveley Wilson Thomy Conley Owen ‘69, Jane Cress Newsome ‘69, requires only that you are ﬂexible enough to ﬂy 2873 Luvan Boulevard for agreeing to serve on our Reunion Planning Jeffry Daniel Beasley ‘69, Martha Ducworth space available. Mark and I left on May 18 for Georgetown SC 29440 Committee. We look forward to seeing you at Reynolds ‘69, Ann Farmer O’Shields ‘69, Leigh Italy and returned on the 31st of May. We had 843.527.4837 Coker for Alumni Day on April 9, 2005. Save Ann Farnell-Noyce ‘69, Paula Fulcher Kemp a wonderful time visiting Sicily and from Naples email@example.com the date! ‘69, Elaine Gaddy Cronin ‘69, Pat Gamble ‘69, southward in Italy. This ﬁrst trip was primarily Peggy Jernigan Russ e-mailed this message. 20 ’75-’77 shrimp on the barbie! Sounds great! Now that is a busy family! Agnes Avery Lyles lives in Hartsville and Nancy Timms Matthews is delighted to is the Assistant Principal at North Hartsville report that baby Grace is wonderful through and Elementary School. Both of her sons are through. She has just turned 3, loves her two serving in Iraq. Tripp is twenty-three and he older sisters, knows her letters and sounds, loves and his wife are expecting a baby in October. books...and has a bubbly, giggly personality! Her younger son, Avery, deployed after his That family sounds as though they are really sophomore year of college. Agnes hopes to have having fun. them home by March. Mike Yelton reports from Ohio that his Would you believe that last summer I visited wife has a long list of summer fun things for the Mall of America with some girlfriends and him to do. In addition he is working on a didn’t buy a thing? Talk about sensory overload! second masters in Special Education at Wright While Dabney and I enjoyed a trip to San Diego State University. He hopes to ﬁnish this fall. in July, LuLu went to Shady Grove Pet Resort. Mike’s wife is working at upper Valley Medical We kept telling her that she was going to camp, Center as a nurse. Both daughters, Megan and but she wasn’t thrilled about being left at home. Catherine, are working and playing. Both are For fun, I participate in an interesting book club involved in several sports. A note from Jeanie and play Bunco with a neighborhood group. says: “I am sorry that I have not had time to call Here’s wishing Brad Mobley good health! or otherwise contact any of you through the year. Ruthie Henderson Mobley is a great “nurse” Mike was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma last July and patient advocate. and we have been ﬁghting it the entire year. This If you know the whereabouts of any of these cancer is related to Agent Orange, the herbicide lost classmates, please let me know ASAP in used in Vietnam. We were sent from MUSC order that they receive information about the to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, reunion. Thanks for your help! Larry Eugene Texas in November. We spent 3 months there. Brown, Roy Lee Carruth, Gary A. Chavis, Mike underwent surgery to remove a vertebra Robert F. Cooke, Kay Beeland D’Andrea, which had collapsed because of the disease. He David Desser, Emily Stanley Durant, Brian did well through rigorous physical therapy and Eckert, Richard Fisher, Susan Hite Frost, radiation and was walking when we came home. Ronnie Lee Ham, Elizabeth Hill, Patricnola In early March he began to get weak and sick Horton, Barbara Horton, Randall Humphries, again. Tests at MUSC identiﬁed several spots of Frances Walton Johnson, Kay Williams cancer metastasized to his liver, kidney, pancreas, McCall, Laurin Allen McInnis, William and skin. It was the same sarcoma, but this Leonard Morrison, Andre Mungall, Pamela time it came back in the soft tissue and was very Phillips Neal, Lucinda Herstine Peace, Miriam aggressive. Chemo started immediately and he Anderson Pratt, Rhea Register Privette, has just ﬁnished the 4th round. He has also had Valerie McPherson Privette, Joanne Mayo more radiation on another tumor in his spine. Richardson, Margaret Donaldson Sanner, Right now he is feeling a little better and there Jane Wiggins Thompson, Charles R. has been some positive response to the chemo. A Tiemeyer, Roland Normand Trudeau, John little girl at my school wrote me a note before we Ward, Joseph Marion West, Howard E. went to Houston. She said “You should believe Wilkes, Barbara Haynes Williams, Edward L. in miracles...one could always happen.” We are Wood, and Janet Esther Allen Young. praying for and expecting that miracle. Please Can’t wait to see everyone in April! remember him in your prayers.” Class of 1974 (left ot right): Bottom Row: Myra Grayson Nuttall, Anna Barnes Polston, Alice Bodenheimer Rose Please contact me with your news. My address Wilson, Pat Newman, Second Row: Edna Earle Boone Myrick, Jane Blankenship Hawkins, Sarah Stubbs, Dana and e-mail are above. Someone is looking for Hinson Willis, Third Row: Pamela Thompson Motley, Carolyn Stutler Poole, Fran Wells, Cynthia Ward Gantt, CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 7 every one of you and I would love to get the ’76 Milton Gantt information they need to ﬁnd you. Time has Marilyn Mros Belotti ﬂown by since we graduated. I know that you 1118 Inverness Lane have done and are doing incredible things...and “In May, 2003, I celebrated my 50th (ugh!) in nursing. Floy and Rick live in Chapin with Hanahan, SC 29406 the rest of us want to know what they are. Please birthday with a trip to a resort in Cancun. It was their girls Jennifer, a high school freshman, and 843.747.8361 be in touch. fabulous!!! In three, count’em, three years I’ll be Kimberly, a 6th grader. The Fannings celebrated Msquare@dav.net eligible to retire from my state job! Currently, their 21st anniversary in June. CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’77 I’m a member of two Toastmaster International Congratulations to Johnny and Carlotta Hi to all of you. Good news! We found clubs here in Charleston, and soon I’ll achieve Johnson Wiggins who celebrated their 30th Marsha Lee Harmon ’77...actually she found us. Jane McCrackin Suchy the level of Advanced Toastmaster-Silver. For anniversary in June. I had a letter from her in February and we have 1011 Poplar Street the past two years I’ve served as secretary at It was wonderful to hear from Jackie Bullock been in contact through e-mail several times Marion SC 29571 the Ladies Auxiliary of a VFW post in North Szczepanik who lives in Canberra in the since then. She retired from the Navy and has 843.423.1989 Charleston. In my spare time I love crafting. My Australian Capital Territory. She and her family started studying for a second career in physical firstname.lastname@example.org latest “craze” is candle making. All these activities traveled to our part of the world (Seattle) for the therapy. She is living in the mountains of NC keep me fairly busy, but I still take weekend December, 2003 wedding of her son Ryan, and and seems to be having a great time. If you Co-rep needed trips, on occasion, to visit family and friends.” then to Florida for Christmas. Jackie’s husband would like to contact her I will be glad to pass Former suitemates, Floy Henry Fanning calls her “The Country Queen of Canberra” her e-mail address along to you. Burlean Smith Moses, wife of Daniel Moses and Martha Short Rivers became roommates because as he states, “Sheep, horses, you name Tom Newboult and his wife, Karol, are ‘78, and co-founder of Book Source in 1999 last summer when they participated in the SC it, she is on a ﬁrst name basis with every vet, very, very busy. Everyone in the family is in continues to work to get more books into the Guidance Counselor Bus Tour. They spent a sheep shearer, pony clubber, and horse show college...right now...at the same time. Karol is hands of children. The major projects of Book great week catching up and touring state colleges. coordinator”. And, she home schools the girls! working on her Masters in Early Childhood Source include providing classroom libraries at Martha is a guidance counselor at Cheraw High Kristen, now nineteen, works at a vet clinic and Education at USC. Tom is working on a centers that provide day care for at-risk children, School where she has been employed as a teacher continues to participate in dressage. Fifteen- certiﬁcation as a Pastoral Counselor. He has giving new books to children and encouraging and guidance counselor for 27 years. She and year-old Katey is a soccer player, as well as a recently taken a job with Postbridge Hospice of parents to read with their children. The goal Larry live in Cheraw and celebrated their 29th horse lover. Nine-year-old Kelsey is a two-pony South Carolina in Columbia. Their daughter, of Book Source is to get children excited about anniversary in May. Their daughter Elizabeth kid who also helps her mom with her computer Julie, is a junior at Columbia College. She is reading by giving them a sense of pride by is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy and skills. We’re all invited to come Down Under majoring in Education with a Spanish minor. owning their own books, Moses said in an article Erin is a college sophomore with plans to major and the Szczepaniks promise to put another Michael, their son, is attending Midlands Tech. in The Florida Times-Union. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 21 ’78-’94 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 and she is a domestic engineer at home. would love to hear from anyone at Coker that CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 0 ’78 Vicki Smith Chaplin 839 Bethlehem Road Hartsville SC 29550 Their email is email@example.com. Hugh Delaney has a daughter in college and keeps in touch from Columbia, MD. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. went to school with us. Kim Nesbitt Wilberger 4088 Beech Overlook Lane Buford, Ga. 30518 678-714-5155 Email: email@example.com I had a short instant message session with ’88 Millicent Chewning Macchione Millicentmacchione@yahoo.com 843.332.5998 Lisa Bryant McDowell Chaplins4@aol.com Send me your news, whatever it is. Gaye Hopkins Graham a little while ago. She 9 Alison Way Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone and Gary are doing well. They were on their way Columbia, SC 29229 803.734.2259. Have a great summer! to a ballgame of Corey’s (their son). They also 803.699.7924 Daniel Moses Jeff Maddox have a daughter, Morgan, who (I’m sure) keeps email@example.com Post Ofﬁce Box 2403 them on the proverbial treadmill with activities. Jacksonville FL 32203 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 I had the chance to spend the day with ’80 904.777.8179 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’89 Susan Weathersbee Elizabeth Sargeant Moore on a trip she and firstname.lastname@example.org Meg Quilty Liebe 332.3305 CIRCEmyTW14/ Michael made to Edisto Beach. What a nice day Sunbeam@hotmail.com it was. Debbie Brennan Bowers ’86 and her son, Daniel Moses was guest speaker at the Pennie Cathey Peagler and Theresa Truett Rogal ’86 were there the Westside Business Leader’s Association on 183 Royal Oaks Lane CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 same day I was, so we had a mini reunion. I see August 12. His topic was Sexual Harassment in ’81 Teresa occasionally, but I had not seen Debbie Lexington SC 29072 the workplace. Barbara Britton 803.926.8410 since Coker days. (We won’t say how long that’s 6716 St. Junian Way been.) She’s living in the Atlanta area and is in ppeagler@columbiastafﬁng.com CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 Fayetteville, NC 28314 ’79 the real estate business. Debra Schultz McLaren 910.860.7650 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 5 ’90 I see Tammy Rodgers Mitchell ’84 and 1347 Northgate Square Toll free 1.877.820.9147 Teressa Thompson Harrington ’81 on a regular Kathy Harsh Cunningham Reston VA 20190 1.877.820.9147 fax basis. I’m at the beach a good bit, and they both 6004 Highmarket Street 703.689.0923 Bbritton@ureach.com live in Georgetown. Tammy, her husband Billy, Georgetown SC 29440 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (please put Coker in Teressa, her husband Kim, and I had the chance 843.527.0530 subject) to go sailing for the better part of a day with a email@example.com Teressa Thompson Harrington friend of mine. I had been deep-sea ﬁshing and In April the piano students of former professor Dana Dixon from the class of 1979 on commercial cruises, but had never been in Amy Gibson CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 0 ’82 held a reunion in Chesterﬁeld at the home of the ocean on a sailboat. Needless to say, we had 6 Corby Court David Shulimson a wonderful time. Tammy and Billy have two Columbia SC 29229 Randy and Cheryl Martin Jordan. Some of us firstname.lastname@example.org sons, Tripp and Rodgers. Teressa and Kim have 803.773.7664 had not seen each other in over twenty years. We especially enjoyed visiting with Dana Dixon, one son, Zachary I have recently moved my real email@example.com CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 0 estate license to Billy’s ofﬁce in Pawley’s Island ’83 our piano teacher and friend, who made the trip from Hartsville to be with us. We celebrated Glenn Bridges (Tidewater Properties of SC), so I’m sure that We send our sympathy to Paula Kubic being together again and remembered our 14 Huskey Court I’ll be seeing more of the Mitchell family in the Bushyager in the death of her husband, David Coker days while our children swam and played Wellford SC 29385 days ahead. Bushyager ’93 on June 5 in Charleston. They something loosely resembling baseball. 865.439.6217 Please email or call me with news. Our next have two children Natalia and Nicholas. Eileen Welch Jones, who majored in piano, firstname.lastname@example.org newsletter is due to the college by January 15. I now lives in Hartsville with her husband Ken know that many of you send letters containing CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 4 ’91 and son Taylor, 8. Eileen and Ken are employed CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 the news for the year at Christmas. Please Helen Mason Allen ’84 by Progress Energy in Hartsville. include me on your Christmas letter list. There Donna Craig 132 Cottonwood Park Drive Teresa Kitchen, a music history major, are many of you that haven’t had your news email@example.com Charlotte NC 28214 made the longest trip of the day from her home in the Commentary in a while, if ever. I have 704.391.0931 in Gaffney. She is a software programmer recently been given a listing with names and Michelle Wiscovitch King firstname.lastname@example.org employed by Innovak International in addresses, and a few phone numbers, so don’t be 400 Gandy Drive surprised when you get a card or call from me. Spartanburg. Hartsville SC 29550 Mary Lance Williams Hope to hear from you soon. Jeff Maddox, who majored in piano, lives in 843.857.0084 5904 Satchel Ford Road Columbia with his wife Anne Pearce and son Electa KINGMBK@aol.com Columbia SC 29206-1511 Sam, 11. Jeff is a CPA with the State Housing 803.738.0674 email@example.com CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 0 ’86 Authority. CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 ’85 Randy Jordan, a music theory major, is Susan Sweatt Robey CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 3 ’92 Electa Allen Anderson employed by the US Postal Service in Society 1 Cobblestone Court Kelly Jenkins 210 Saddlebrook Lane Hill. Randy and Cheryl Martin Jordan have two Columbia, SC 29229 Hopkins SC 29061 children, Lane Elizabeth, 16, and Solomon, 11. 803.699.6620 Fredie James Williams Sr. 803.776.0926 Cheryl majored in psychology and has taught firstname.lastname@example.org 4405 Squab Court email@example.com 6th grade in the Chesterﬁeld public schools for Evans GA 30809 twenty-ﬁve years. Class co-rep needed 706.650.9406 home Julie Smith Santos Another Coker alum at the Chesterﬁeld 706.650.5632 firstname.lastname@example.org 1005 Chambers Lane reunion was Jack Hammond ’80. Jack, CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 0 ’87 Mt. Pleasant SC 29464 an English major and editor of the college Cindy Hylton 843.884.3999 CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 ’93 newspaper, The Infundibulum. After a twenty- 14405 Woodswalk Court Julessyaya@aol.com Angela Hodges Taylor year career with Chesterﬁeld County Rural Midlothian VA 23112 Water, he now teaches English and coaches track 3029 Pointe Drive Hey Coker friends, email@example.com Florence SC 29501 at Cheraw High School. 804.639.2814 home I hope this letter ﬁnds you all doing well. firstname.lastname@example.org It is amazing how none of us has changed 804.519.6192 cell There hasn’t been much news from the forces at all. Now that we have gotten back together, 804.274.2057 work this time, so I’m writing the news from the CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 2 we are planning another reunion later this ’94 people with whom I keep in touch. I did get an summer. Randy and Cheryl are taking a trip in Phyllis Atkinson Palmieri April Herring Guerriero email from Kimberly Nesbitt Wilberger ’86. She June to visit Keith Paneff in his beach house 1819 New Market Road 804 Chaucer Drive writes: My life is always a circus with these three in Sarasota, FL. I have also recently heard from Hartsville SC 29550 Florence SC 29505-3635 girls. Hunter and I have been married for 15 Perry Sweatman, who lives in Hendersonville, 843.664.1181 years now and we have 3 girls. They are Kate - NC with his wife Pam and 3 cats. He completed Aprilg73@msn.com age 12, Molly - age 6, and Hope - age 3. Hunter his doctorate in Pharmacy and is an Operations is Director of Admissions for DeVry University manager at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, in Atlanta, GA and I teach at 5-6-7-8-Dance. I 22 ’91-Alumni Shane “Tennessee” Bailey sent in an update to the alumni ofﬁce. “I just wanted to let everyone know at Coker that I recently graduated last summer from Lincoln Memorial University with We’re trying to save trees! my M.Ed in Administration and Supervision. My wife Donna recently gave birth on December 20, 2003 to our second child, Parker Wade- CLASSES Daniel Bailey. We now have two kids, River Shane Bailey, 5, and Parker Wade-Daniel Bailey, 3 months. Tell everyone at Coker “howdy!” 1995-2004 especially those in the athletic department. I’ll never forget the wonderful times at Coker. I wish Visit I was still there!!” www.coker.edu/aumni to read your class news!!! CLASSMATES THAT HAVE GIVEN: 1995 2 Your nominations for 1996 3 Dr. and Mrs. William R. Blakeney of Hartsville have established the William H. and Elizabeth G. Shelley 1997 3 ALUMNI DISTINGUISHED Endowed Scholarship at Coker College. The Shelleys, pictured above, are the late parents of Mrs. Blakeney. “Lib and Bill were very supportive of us during the early years of our marriage,” said William Blakeney, a 1998 3 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD member of the College’s Board of Trustees. “They were loved by us and by our children. This gift to Coker College is a way to help a ﬁne local institution and at the same time say thank you to two wonderful people 1999 5 ALUMNI DISTINGUISHED who were so important in our life.” The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student with ﬁnancial 2000 4 SERVICE AWARD need who maintains at least a “C” average in his or her courses. 2001 3 OUTSTANDING YOUNG BIRTHS 2002 8 ALUMNI AWARD Information received June 16, 2004 through October 15, 2004. 2003 10 Congratulations to Joseph L. Albin ’97 and Jodi on the birth of son Adam Joseph Albin on July are due in the Alumni Ofﬁce 26, 2004. 2004 0 no later than December 31. Congratulations to Becky Quinn Tackett ’00 and John R. Tackett ’00 on the birth of daughter Kaylyn Ryan Tackett on May 17, 2004. Please contact the Alumni Congratulations to Raegan Debruhl Smothers ’01 EV and Matthew on the birth of son Dallion Hardy Smothers on July 7, 2004. Ofﬁce for guidelines and Congratulations to Catreace Brown Baker ’02 and Gabriel on the birth of daughter Aneko nomination forms. Genie Baker on April 17, 2004. 1.800.65.COKER or email@example.com Send us birth announcements about your children or grandchildren! SYMPATHY Information received June 16, 2004 through October 15, 2004. COKER TOURS PRESENTS: Miriam Bell Forsythe ’37 in the death of her sister Marion Ida Bell ’41, August 16, 2004. Cynthia Kelley Callaway ’41 in the death of her husband James, October 2004. New Orleans & Steamboat Adventure Week Dorothea W. Crouch Kemp ’41 on the death of her brother James, September 23, 2004. Nancy Mahady Winn ’41 in the death of her husband Sterling, July 30, 2004. May 26 through June 4, 2005 Ella Earle Busbee Benson ’42 in the death of her mother Margaret, in the spring 2004. Vermelle Gressette King ’43 in the death of her husband Clyde, August 8, 2004. $2650 per person Anne Bethea Powell ’46 in the death of her husband Aurice, October 19, 2004. Maurice Gray ’50 in the death of his wife Rachael Estes Gray ’50, August 30, 2004. Annette Glenn King ’50 in the death of her husband Robert, October 3, 2004. 3 nights in New Orleans, 4 nights on the Mississippi River Betty Jane White Daniels ’52 in the death of her husband Covert. on the American Queen Joan Tisdale Harrington ’55 in the death of her husband Fred. Betty Wallace Hasty ’53 in the death of her mother Roxie, June 2004. Camilla Prosser Lawrimore ’55 in the death of her husband Billy. Ila Louise Price McCoy ’55 in the death of her husband Terry. Jeanene Locklear Leonard ’56 in the death of her mother, June 2004. Sarah Burgess Auman ’58 in the death of her husband Fred, June 17, 2004. For more information: James Lamar Caldwell, Jr. ’58 and Lucy Singletary Caldwell ’54 in the death of his sister Shirley Caldwell Becken ’54, September 23, 2004. firstname.lastname@example.org or Betty Mullins Blackerby ’62 in the death of her husband William, June 28, 2003. Beverly Jones Dinkins ’62 in the death of her sister, March 2004. 1.800.65.COKER Harriet King Van Norte ’62 in the death of her mother Harriet, May 2004. Burney Bristow Byrd ’64 in the death of her mother Christine Hart Bristow ’43. Yvonne Whittle Hearon ’64 in the death of her husband Willard, July 13, 2004. Sandra Tedder Lee ’66 in the death of her husband Ted, September 2004. Diane Thrasher Mills ’70 in the death of her mother Margaret, June 2004. Helen Mason Allen ’91 in the death of her grandmother July 18, 2004. The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina 23 Alumni-Development WEDDINGS Contributions to Scholarships Memorial Gifts Marilyn Henderson and Family Information received June 16, 2004 through October 15, 2004. From July 16, 2004 through October 12, 2004, From July 16, 2004 through October 12, 2004, Coker has Richard and Margaret Moughan contributions were made to the following scholarships: received gifts in memory of the following: Robert and MaryLou Ray John Johnson, Jr. ’98 to Bornita L. Johnson Rachael Estes Gray October 25, 2003. Alice and Virgil Smith Piano Scholarship Mary Helen Bennett Acker Kenneth and Emma Wates Lesto Kelley Catoe ’99 to Brandon Sick July 4, Bryan and Martha Ann Anderson Blackwell Joyce Adams Moberg Millicent (Cindy) Hampton 2004. Pat Smith Mother of Jo Simmons Aiken Peggy Jane Clyburn Rebecca L. McCaskill ’99 to James Edison Anna White Hill Endowed Music Scholarship Walter and Beth DuBose Cottingham Emily Harris Rollings June 19, 2004. Jessica Thigpen ’99 to Dean Legge ’99 June Andy and Vicki Eaddy Elmer Allen Pat Smith 12, 2004. Blanche Stuckey Derrick Endowed David and Gay Blackmon Elizabeth H. Haselden Catreace Brown ’02 to Gabriel Baker Scholarship George Arnot Charlena Hunt Chewning February 27, 2004. Estate of Dorothy D. Betts Bill and Anne McGuirt Kennington Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Marielle Santos ’02 to Timothy Smith July Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship Deborah C. Aston Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger 3, 2004. Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger Betty Jean Lee Roberts Hunsinger Flora Newsom Folsom & William Arthur Bert Herring Stephanie Walker ’02 to Chad Daniel Craven F. Wilton Auman August 28, 2004. Folsom Endowed Scholarship Dick and Michal Millen Baird William F. “Pete” Folsom Estate and Trust Andy and Vicki Eaddy Reggie Huneycutt Kimberly Ackerman ’04 to Lester Martie Shelley, Jr. ’03 June 26, 2004. Jessie E. Stanley DuBard Endowed Frank and Elaine Johnson Hays Hylda Inabinet Bass, Robert Bass, Beth Bass Scholarship Rebecca K. Badder Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Send us a wedding photo of the bride and groom Fred F. DuBard, Jr. Eugene and Donva Harrison Lucky Khoza with all your Coker guests! Katherine Saleeby Badder Piano Scholarship Gladys Lutfy and Family The Coker College Family Eugene and Donva Harrison Marjorie B. Nolen Andy and Vicki Eaddy Gladys Lutfy and Family John and Mills Orr John and Mills Orr Dorothy B. King IN MEMORIAM James F. Baker Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Kiwanis Scholarship Information received June 16, 2004 through October 15, 2004. Hartsville Kiwanis Club Charles M. and Kathryn Pleasant Luther Ted Lee Leona Davis Perry Endowed Scholarship Shirley Caldwell Becken Bryan and Martha Ann Anderson Blackwell Lillian M. Pruitt Owings ’29 Priscilla Perry Arnold James Lamar and Lucy Singletary Caldwell Wilhelmena Arrington Lee Jessie Cox Porter ’34 Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Clampitt Paper Co. of Dallas Grace Tisdale Brinkley ’35 Betty Jean Lee Roberts Hunsinger Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Jean Altman Best Eugenia McAlpine Lewis Esther Barﬁeld Jennings ’39 Marjorie Hooks Bethea ’46 & Thomas C. Eunice Clark Till ’40 Kenneth and Emma Wates Lesto Dick and Michal Millen Baird Bethea Endowed Scholarship Christine Hart Bristow Marion Ida Bell ’41 Dewey and Miriam (Tiggie) Hooks Jon and Katherine Kirby Nobles Edna Mae Galloway Fletcher ’41 Beneﬁeld Selma Stogner Lehardy Margaret Tenhet McBrier Margaret Tenhet McBrier ’42 Nancy Barrineau Endowed Scholarship Stuart Cannon Norma Mathis Pate Christine Hart Bristow ’43 Nan Elizabeth Carter Bryan and Martha Ann Anderson Blackwell James D. “Jim” Millen Elsie Pierce Reutenauer ’44 Teressa Thompson Harrington Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Dick and Michal Millen Baird Rachael Estes Gray ’50 Nickey Brumbaugh Endowed Art Eugene Carter Margaret Harris Engelhart ’52 Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Scholarship Carl and Pat Chapman Huff Margaret DesChamps Moore Shirley Caldwell Becken ’54 Betty J. 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Gibson Doyle and Jennifer Derrick Holmes Rolston COKER COLLEGE Alumni Issue Fall 2004 Vol. 32 No. 3 Commentary The quarterly of Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina Kathryn Gibbons Blackmon ‘45 (left) and Katherine Still Campbell ‘45 (right) made a special The Class of 1959 Scholarship was recently endowed by John P. Barclay, Jr. of St. Joseph, trip to Coker on Alumni Day to see their friend Ann Holloway Murchison ‘45 receive the Missouri (right), in memory of his wife, the late Billie Kissane Barclay ‘59 (center), pictured Alumni Association’s 2004 Distinguished Service Award. here with Coker executive vice president Frank Bush at Alumni Day in 1999. Billie, a former member of the Coker College Board of Trustees, passed away in December 2003. She was class president in her sophomore and senior years and represented her class four times in Crew Races. 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