East magazine Winter 2008 edition
In Memoriam


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Inez Burnham
Ina Venters
Lib Morgan
INEZ STEVENS BURNHAM ’34 (left) of Shiloh died July 11 at age 93. She was a retired teacher and the oldest member of Shiloh Baptist Church. MARY ELIZABETH “MARY LIB” BARKER JONES ’38 of Asheville died July 18 at age 91. A Trenton native who later lived mostly in Buncombe and Henderson counties, she taught elementary school and was a librarian. She was active in the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks’ Does Auxiliary. ELIZABETH ANNE ROGERS “LIB” MORGAN ’31 died Aug 18 at age 95. At Roxboro High School, she was a 5-foot-tall forward on the basketball team. She started teaching in 1931 in Craven County, where she met her husband, M.A. “Happy” Morgan. She visited the site in England where her ancestor, John Rogers, was burned at the stake, researched her family history at age 85, and at age 91 followed the trail her ancestor William Clark traveled on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She was active in Smithfield civics, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and enjoyed dancing and playing bridge. INA TATUM VENTERS ’36 of Chicod died Aug. 9 at age 93. In her 33 years of teaching at Chicod Elementary School, where she was the 1972-73 teacher of the year, she was widely known for teaching students that their best was good enough for her. After her 1976 retirement, she accumulated the longest volunteer service record at PCMH and received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service in Pitt County in 1981. She also received a certificate for Distinguished Bible Teaching from Montreat-Anderson College.

MURLE TUCKER CHAPMAN BERRY ’44 of Elizabeth City died Sept. 12. She taught in public and private schools for 34 years, was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and a Sunday school teacher. AGNES GRIFFIN DOZIER ’42 of Jarvisburg died June 28. She taught school and was a homemaker, an active church member, a founding member of the Jarvisburg Home Demonstration Club and a Red Cross volunteer. MABEL EDWARDS MINGES ’42 died Aug. 24. She was the sister of University Book Exchange founder Jack Edwards ’60. After dating for 10 years, she married Pepsi stockholder Maxel Eugene “Max” Minges in 1946. Minges Coliseum was named in honor of the six Minges siblings and their parents in 1966. She was active in the Women of the Church and was treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church, where she received the Honorary Life Membership Award in 1984. She volunteered at Pandora’s Box Thrift Shop and played with the same bridge club for over 40 years. Donations may be made to the ECU Medical Foundation. ELOISE MOZINGO ’46 died July 10. A Halifax County native, she lived in Pitt County for most of her life, taught for 33 years, and was active in Greenville’s First Presbyterian Church.

UNDINE WEEKS BARNHILL ’54 of Scotland Neck died Aug. 23 at age 94. She earned degrees from Meredith College and ECU and took additional graduate classes at Harvard University, Appalachian State University, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and the University of London. She taught at Scotland Neck High School and, from 1965 to 1978, in the English department at Chowan College. MATTIE ANN COOKE CHESSON ’57 of Charlotte died Aug. 23. A Mount Olive native, she taught gifted elementary school children in Mecklenburg County from 1962 to 1965 before working as a realtor from 1987 to 2000. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, enjoyed tennis and was married to CALVIN CHESSON ’57. MARTHA CONWAY FLIEDNER ’53 ’56 of College Station, Texas, died July 18. A Robersonville native, she taught elementary school in Somerville, N.J. She and her husband moved to College Station in 1990, and in her 51 years of marriage, she enjoyed homemaking, gardening and traveling. NINA MOORE FORMYDUVALL ’52 of Columbia, S.C., died Sept. 12. A Pender County native, she retired from teaching first grade in Richland County School District Two in Columbia. CARMEN P. GRAY ’59 of Kitty Hawk died June 5. A Dare County native, she taught at Manteo Elementary School for 30 years. After her 1989 retirement, she held office in the Dare County Retired School Personnel and managed the Beachcomber Museum. MARK STANCIL MCGLOHON ’54 of Winterville died July 25. A veteran of World War II European theater, he was honored in April 2007 for 60 years of membership in the American Legion. After retiring from teaching in Durham, he was the first curator of the Winterville Historical Museum. ANGUS HOOD MONDS ’59 of Whiteville died June 23. He retired as owner/operator of Whiteville Finance Co. and was an Air Force veteran and a member of the Whiteville Lions Club, Rescue Squad and American Legion. He was a deacon in his church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and organizing barbecue and chicken fundraisers. ANNIE HEWETT PHELPS ’59 of Ash died July 16 at age 98. She was originally from Brunswick County. After her husband died in 1955, she went to school and for 15 years taught in Granville and Cumberland counties. LEON D. RICKS JR. ’52 of Charlotte died Aug. 23. An Elizabethtown native, he and his twin were star basketball players in high school. He continued his education after serving in the Korean War. He worked for General Motors Acceptance Corp., was president of Ricks Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Elizabethtown and most recently was president of LDR Management Corp. He was a member of ECU’s Chancellor’s Society. SARAH PEEDIN ROSE ’52 of Kinston died Aug. 8. In the 1950s, she taught school in Onslow and Orange counties. She was active in her church, the Reviewers Book Club and Kinston Council for the Arts; helped found the Lenoir County Historical Association; and supported the Harmony Hall restoration and the N.C. Symphony. She was on the boards for the Flynn Home and Joyner Library. SUSIE SPIVEY TADLOCK ’56 died June 19. A Windsor native, she was a homemaker who lived in Greenville for the past 30 years and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. VILMA BLAND TEMPLETON ’51 of Woodbridge, Va., died July 22. For more than 40 years, she was a librarian, most recently at Gar-Field High School. After retiring from Prince William County Public Schools, she volunteered in the library at Stafford, Va.’s H.H. Poole Middle School. ROGER GRANGE THRIFT ’51 of New Bern died Jan. 7. He was a star football player, an all-conference quarterback and overall MVP. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns but instead coached in Murfreesboro, Williamston and Sanford, and at Davidson College. From 1965 to 1985, he was a coach and athletic director at New Bern High School. He was inducted into ECU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. His jersey number, 36, is one of only four to be retired by ECU. RICHARD LYNWOOD TOMLINSON ’59 of Frederick, Md., di ed Aug. 5. A Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda member, he taught piano, French and Spanish in Thurmont, Md.’s Catoctin High School. After retiring, he taught at Frederick Community and Hood colleges.

LT. COL. CECIL W. FRY ’61 of Raleigh died Aug. 2. He lettered in baseball and swimming at NSCU before being drafted into the Army for WWII. He lived in Edenton for 54 years, where he was a National Guard company commander. He taught for 12 years and was later associate superintendent of Edenton-Chowan schools. He retired after 31 years in public education. MARY LEE GARDNER GRIFFIN ’63 of Woodville died July 11. She taught in Warren, Northampton and Bertie counties, and in 1962 became the first guidance counselor in Bertie County. After her 1975 retirement she was a docent at Windsor’s Hope Plantation. LT. COL. GEORGE THOMAS IPOCK JR. ’61 died July 23. A Vietnam veteran, he retired from the Air Force in 1981. He was president of the East Carolina Village of Yesteryear located at the Pitt County Fairgrounds. WILLIARD LEE PARRISH III ’66 of Nashville died July 22. He worked for the Nash County ABC board and retired after 18 years with the Halifax County Department of Social Services. MONTE BARRETT “POPPA” ROSS ’64 of Raleigh died June 28. A Pitt County native, he was in the Navy for two years, taught industrial arts and aerospace at Garner Senior High School for 30 years, and after retiring from there worked for Horace Mann as an insurance agent for 13 years. He was a master at Vandora Masonic Lodge and  a 57-year member of Garner’s First Baptist Church. PETER MILAM STALLINGS III ’60 ’67 ’87 of Goldsboro died Sept. 6. He lettered in football and basketball at Warrenton’s John Graham High School and was a Pi Kappa Alpha brother at ECU. He was principal at Hope Mills’ Southview Junior High School for 25 years. EMILY L. VINSON STOFFA ’62 ’65 ’69 of Chicago, Ill., died July 26. A native of Autryville, she started playing piano when she was 3 years old, and while at ECU won an open competition to perform with the N.C. Symphony. She studied piano in North Carolina, Illinois, New York and France, and taught in Chicago, where she lived after getting married.

WESLEY GARRETT “GARY” ALFORD ’79 of Greenville died July 26. He and his wife, Susan, owned and operated King Sandwich in Greenville and were part-owners of Memories Beach and Shag Club in Atlantic Beach before he founded Innovative Mortgage Solutions in 2001. Memorial contributions may be made to the ECU Educational Foundation. TERRY OTIS BARBOUR ’79 of Smithfield died Aug. 23. He was a shipping manager for Channel Master and Andrew Corp for many years. Memorials may be made to the ECU Educational Foundation. LT. COL. WILLIAM J. “BILL” PAINI ’77 of Burke, Va., died Aug. 5 of thyroid cancer. He retired from the Army in 1993 after 24 years of award-winning service. The helicopter he flew in Vietnam is displayed in the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. He was a senior financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Manassas, Va., and last year went on a South African safari with his wife. J. LAWRENCE SPEIGHT ’71 of New Bern died July 23. He established an accounting firm in 1975. He was a CPA and enjoyed boating, golfing and woodworking. WANDA ETOILE RICHEY TESH ’76 ’85 of Richlands died July 24. She worked at the USO in Jacksonville and was the morale and welfare recreation director in the Tarawa Terrace Community Center. After her husband died, she went to school, became a librarian and retired from Richlands High School. ROBERT EDWARD TURNER ’70 of Charlotte died Aug. 30. A native of Norfolk, Va., he was a Lambda Chi Alpha brother at ECU. For 27 years, he was a Secret Service agent based in Washington, D.C., and the field offices in Richmond, Va., and Charlotte. After retirement, he was a branch manager for ASET Corp. in Charlotte. Memorials may be made to the ECU Educational Foundation.

WILLIAM R. “BILL” GILBERT JR ’81 of Clayton died July 3. He was an educator and was energy director for Johnston County Schools. He enjoyed golf, music, volunteering and spending time with his family. WALTER ELLIS JOHNSON ’83 of Fayetteville died June 20. For more than eight years he worked at Industrial Power and he was active in his church. ROBIN PHILLIPS ROGERS ’84 of Taylorsville died Sept. 9. She taught at Alexander County’s West Middle School and worked with Hickory Community Chapel’s children’s ministry. GEORGE ANNA CHAMBERS SETZER ’84 of Statesville died Aug. 5. She was a debutante in Shelby and a Chi Omega sister. She worked for and eventually bought Chaz Women’s Clothing in Statesville. When it closed in 2006, she was a sales representative for the Etcetera Clothing Line.

CAPT. KENNETH PAUL FORESTER JR. ’92 of Charlotte died Sept. 3. An honorary alumnus, he was married to BARBARA BOYD ’59. Originally from Sumter, S.C., he was a member of Kappa Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa at Davidson, and was in the Army from 1958 to 1959 and the reserves until 1969. He was executive vice president of SYNCO, president of the Lake Norman Co., and a member of the Charlotte Property Management Association and Charlotte Board of Realtors. He developed the Davidson Landing Community on Lake Norman, was an elder emeritus at Covenant Presbyterian Church and was on the board of Spirit Square for 20 years. ALAN KYLE JOYNER ’91 of Bailey died June 13. He taught English in Korea for three years and was a peer specialist for the Wilson Green Johnston ACTT.

ERNESTINE SCURLOCK CARTHON ’04 of Sanford died June 19. Born in Lumberton in 1976 and married in 1994, she was a nurse who enjoyed reading, making plans, listening to music and being active in her church. SAMANTHA GIEZEY-PITTMAN DUNBAR ’00 of Summerville, S.C., died Sept. 11. Married to JAMES CHADWICK DUNBAR ’97, she worked for Fennell Containers. TAMMY HARDEE DUVAL ’02 died June 25. A Greenville native, she worked in PCMH’s cardiac unit for two years, volunteered as an EMT with the Eastern Pines Rescue Squad, and was in the graduate program for nurse anesthesia at ECU.


of Rockingham died July 20. His 20-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction led him to treat others who have had similar problems. He founded one of Massachusetts’ first detoxification centers, and after moving to North Carolina in 1975 opened the first 30-day treatment centers in the Carolinas. He served on numerous health committees, won several awards and was a consultant for area hospitals. At ECU, he worked in psychiatric medicine from 1981 to 1990, during which time he also founded his private practice, Clark-Dartmouth Clinic. 

DR. ALLAN ADALE GLATTHORN of Washington died Sept. 5 at age 83. He had a 59-year career in education and was named professor emeritus when he retired from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and from ECU in 2003. He received the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for his service in World War II. He taught public school for 24 years in Pennsylvania, and joined the graduate faculty at Pennsylvania in 1972.  His fellowships included a Fulbright to Portugal. He came to ECU in 1987; he was distinguished research professor of education and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research. He authored 36 books on school leadership and curriculum, and 40 English language arts textbooks. He was appointed to the National Council for the Humanities by President Lyndon Johnson. Memorials may be made to the College of Education’s Glatthorn Dissertation Award.

HOWELL “HAL” MORRISON of Greenville died July 15. A Kingsport, Tenn., native, he was notable for basketball, track and golf, and set records as a football player. After 20 years coaching in Tenn., he was head golf coach at ECU from 1986 to 1996 when ECU won 13 tournaments, seven CAA Championships and set records that still stand.  He coached 15 All-American and Pro Golfers, and was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Memorials may be made to University Health Systems Hospice Care. 

HOMER FRAZIER YEARICK of Myerstown, Penn., died Aug. 8. He taught social work at ECU from 1975 to 1984 and developed an off-campus continuing education social work program. He was a Navy chaplain in World War II and later served as a reserve chaplain for 22 years. He served parishes in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and was a missionary to Japan in the 1950s. He was a chaplain at the local hospital and a social worker in Carteret County. After his 1996 retirement, he and his wife helped found the Caroliners line dance team.