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1920s & below
In Memoriam  

By Joanne Kollar

Jessica Chirico is a communications assistant with the American Benefits Council, Washington, D.C. Alex Sugg is the 4-H agent for Lenoir County Cooperative Extension.

Brittany Anne Beck wed Dr. Jordan Hayward Talley ’09 on June 14 on the beach at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, Fla. The wedding party included Elizabeth Beck’06, Jen Kurowicki ’10, Dena Mazie ’08 and Jason Talley ’09, brother of the groom. She works for Wells Fargo Bank, Bradenton, Fla. He is interning at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, Fla. Army Spc. Allen Reardon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Army Spc. Patrick Roy graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Jessica Lynette Beasley wed Johnson McKinley York on Oct. 4 at Moore’s Springs Manor, Westfield. She is a second-grade teacher at Petree Elementary School, Winston-Salem. Samuel McCormick Byrum wed Lindsay Neal Eason on April 26 at Archdale United Methodist Church, Archdale. The wedding party included Dr. Graham Vance Byrum III ’08, brother of the groom. He is an associate wealth management advisor. Jordan Leigh Page wed Christopher Aaron Fortune on Nov. 8 at Fellowship United Methodist Church, Hamlet. The wedding party included Hannah Fortune ’14 and Brittany Pearce. She teaches at Leland Middle School, Leland, and he works at N.C. State Employees Credit Union, Wilmington. Hunter L. Peyton was promoted to market leader with BB&T in Greenville. Samantha Beth Salek wed Joshua Keith Genes on Nov. 15 at The Atrium, Wilmington. The wedding party included Ryan Hamilton Wiggins ’10. She works for The Channel Company, Raleigh. He is a student at ECU and employed by United Parcel Service, Wilmington, and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, Wrightsville Beach.

Allyson Edge, school counselor at Arendell Parrott Academy, Kinston, was certified as a counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. Britney Caitlin Gold wed Justin Bradley Perry on July 26 at Adaville Baptist Church, Spindale. The wedding party included Alexandria Conerly Moseley and Nicholas Andrew Riseden. Jessica Elizabeth Redford ’11 ’13 wed Justin Paul Boone on Oct. 11 at Stonewall Manor, Rocky Mount. She is a financial analyst at Nucor Steel Hertford County, Cofield.

Karen Lorraine Braddy wed Joel Brent Stocks ’09 ’11 on July 19 at Second Baptist Church, Washington. The wedding party included Brooke Atkins, Susan Braddy ’12, sister of the bride, Marti Irwin and Amy McCutcheon. In Greenville, she is a registered nurse at Physicians East, and he is a senior audit associate and CPA at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. Jonathan Scott Dixon received his law degree from N.C. Central University, passed the N.C. State Bar examination and joined his father, Phillip R. Dixon ’71, and brother, Phillip R. Dixon Jr., in the Dixon Law Group, Greenville. Ashleigh Brooks Joyner wed Bennison Jacob Gardner ’09 on Aug. 9 at Yankee Hall Plantation, Greenville. The wedding party included Stephen Anthony ’02, Chas Cohn ’09, Mary-Hannah Evans ’09, Daniel Hopkins ’09, Steven Jacobs and Jeremy Martin. She is a tax associate at Michael V. Joyner & Co., CPA. He is an operations manager at SILVERcare. Danielle Marie Raymond wed Daniel Everette Lee ’11 on Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Apex. The wedding party included Kelli Magaw. She is a nurse in labor and delivery at Rex Healthcare, Raleigh. He is an engineer at Novartis Vaccines, Holly Springs. Ron Sessoms, a planner and urban designer, was promoted to associate at Rhodeside & Harwell, Alexandria, Va. Sarah Kathleen Smith ’10 ’14 wed Stuart Alexander Gay on Aug. 23 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh. The wedding party included Margaret Carole Roman ’09 ’10 and Emily Parker Smith ’04 ’12. She is a marketing coordinator with North State Bank, Raleigh. Army Spc. Ian H. Stevens graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Ga. Eric Talley is a superinten­dent with Imperial Design Builders, Fuqua-Varina. Jessi Twisdale is catering and conference services manager at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Durham.

Jeanette Nunnery is the 2014-15 Sampson County Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence. She teaches the occupational course of study at Lakewood High School, Salemburg. Zach Wade is an agent and property manager based in the West Ashley office of Southern Shores Real Estate Group, Charleston, S.C.

Katherine Clyde was promoted to dean of Pitt Community College’s business division. She was the division’s curriculum coordinator the past two years. Dwight Dockery is director of the Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir. He is director of the Wesleyan Singers at N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and academic adviser in ECU’s School of Music. Keri Dawn Goss wed Justin Charles Newsome on Aug. 23 at Merritt Barn, Siloam. Candace Jones received the Young Alumnus Service Award from Louisburg College, where she is director of Robbins Library. Margaret Virginia Williams ’08 ’09 wed Andrew Bennett Keasler on Nov. 8 at Wrightsville United Methodist Church, Wrightsville Beach. She is a CPA in the Raleigh office of Ernst & Young. He is a CPA at his own practice, D. Keasler PLLC, Raleigh.

CScott Baker is vice president for information technology at Southwestern Community College, Sylva. He was dean of career technologies there. John Davison “Jay” Bissette III wed Victoria Michelle Sutton on July 19 at Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church, Durham. The wedding party included John Bailey ’08 and Herbert “Trey” Hedrick III ’08. He is head equipment manager for the men’s lacrosse team and the women’s soccer team at Duke University. Sarah Catherine Chewning ’07 ’11 wed Justin Paul Freeman ’11 on Oct. 18 at the Chewning residence in Rockingham. The wedding party included Katie Weaver Macomber. At ECU, she was president of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She is business manager of the ECU School of Dental Medicine’s Community Service Learning Center in Ahoskie, and he is business manager of Chowan University, Murfreesboro. Dr. Melva E. Pinn-Bingham, radiation oncologist, joined the Holzer Center for Cancer Care, Gallipolis, Ohio. She was employed at Riverside Radiation Oncology Specialists in Newport News, Va. Dustin Shivar ’07 ’11, a licensed clinical social worker, joined Eastern Psychiatric & Behavioral Specialists, Greenville. Anthony Richard Zoppo wed Kathleen Michelle Goff on Aug. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Raleigh.

Allen Amos II is director of music for New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill. He is also band director at Lucas Middle School, Durham. Mark Stephen Hardee wed Sarah Katherine Grater on Aug. 23 at the Church of Holy Cross, Valle Crucis. The wedding party included Hunter Buck ’07, Eric Gilmore ’07, Matt Hardee and Jeremy Tucker ’07. He works at Precision Walls Inc. Abbe Elizabeth Lewis wed Christopher Robert Baker on Oct. 4 at The Surf Club, Wrightsville Beach. Thea Mastromichalis wed John David McNeill on Oct. 18. The wedding party included Allison Hodges Westmoreland ’07, Amy McDougald Willard ’06 ’09, Amanda Davies Comeaux, Ashlegh Edwards Cranford, Danielle Moinet, Kathryn Allred ’07 and Kourtney Thompson Landen ’07. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is a specialist at Quintiles. Lauren Mann Simmons is preschool curriculum developer with Core Knowledge Foundation, Charlottesville, Va.

Marian Bridget Lawhorn Grady, assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School in Hubert, is the 2014-15 N.C. Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. Jeffrey Palis was appointed the first director of study abroad at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He was associate director of international studies at Georgia Southern University. Erica Danielle Rosene wed Andrew John Barga on June 1 at The Dominion Club, Glen Allen, Va. She is owner/operator of The Phoenix Dance Studio of Charlottesville, Va. Justin Tart, a financial adviser with Culpepper Family Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Greenville, earned the certification of certified financial planner profession.

Katherine Wiggs was the December Artist of the Month at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, where her photography and paintings were exhibited.


Jeffrey Sherbinsky and his wife, Ashley, had their third son in 2014. Ben Sinnett ’01 ’03, an eighth-grade science and STEMology teacher, is Cowpens Middle School 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year in Spartanburg (S.C.) School District Three.


Lance Edwards, community investment director at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, was elected to the board of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. Brendan Lynch received the Distinguished MBA Alumnus Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, Fla. He is an agent and owner of The Plastridge Insurance Agency and serves on the board of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Ret. Col. Tommy Macon, assistant superintendent for academics and student services in Sampson County Schools, is District 13 Administrator of the Year for the N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals. Jennifer Coleman Nixon is executive director of the Reidsville Area Foundation. She was executive director of the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance. Ben Williams is assistant town manager for Winterville. He was a planner with Rivers and Associates, Greenville.
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Hall of Famer

Tynita Butts ’13, the record-setting high jumper on the ECU track and field team who won the Penn Relays twice and was named an NCAA All-American six times, was inducted into her high school’s sports hall of fame. The ceremony was held Dec. 8 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Butts majored in sociology with a concentration in marriage and family relations. She is working at an athletic clothing retailer in Washington, D.C., while pursuing professional sports.

Former East Carolina University soccer star Hali Oughton ’13 was interviewed by the media many times during her college career. Now she’s the one holding the microphone as a reporter for the American Athletic Conference. Oughton hosts the American’s weekly Web video show, The Rise.

Oughton travels to film episodes on the campuses of the 11 conference members. “It’s funny how things work out,” she said. “I get to work with my alma mater on a day-to-day basis as well as schools I have previously competed against on the soccer field when we were in Conference USA.”

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'How things work out'

Former East Carolina University soccer star Hali Oughton ’13 was interviewed by the media many times during her college career. Now she’s the one holding the microphone as a reporter for the American Athletic Conference. Oughton hosts the American’s weekly Web video show, The Rise.

Oughton travels to film episodes on the campuses of the 11 conference members. “It’s funny how things work out,” she said. “I get to work with my alma mater on a day-to-day basis as well as schools I have previously competed against on the soccer field when we were in Conference USA.”

Pitt County Teachers Honored

Steve Lassiter
’04 ’10, Pactolus School principal, is Pitt County Schools’ Principal of the Year.

Paul Briney ’05 ’08 ’12, Lakeforest Elementary School, is Pitt County Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year.

Jami Dickerson, third-grade teacher at Eastern Elementary School, Greenville, is the 2013-14 Pitt County Teacher of the Year.

Elementary school teacher-of-the-year winners: Jennifer Gillikin ’97 ’00, Wintergreen Intermediate School; Allyson Hunter ’08, Ayden Elementary School; Jessica Malinauskas ’12, Lakeforest Elementary; Vanessa Sasser ’99 ’07, Wintergreen Primary School; Kenneth Smith ’10, Sam D. Bundy Elementary School and Kimberly Montriala Sutton ’99, Belvoir Elementary School. K-8 school teacher of the year winners: Ashley Davis ’08, Bethel School; Ashley Causey ’06, Stokes School; Melvinna Culpepper Wiggins ’08, G.R. Whitfield School and Tonya Williams ’91 ’92, Chicod School.

Middle school teacher of the year winners: Talia King Edwards ’09, Ayden Middle School; Shannon Maloney ’94, Hope Middle School and Kayla Anne Walker ’10, Farmville Middle School.

High school teacher of the year winners: Kimberly Fain ’91, North Pitt High School; Eric Sawyer ’93, D.H. Conley High School; Will Tyer ’03 ’09, Ayden-Grifton High School and Ira Varney ’99, South Central High School.

The Great 100 Nurses The following Vidant Medical Center nurses were recognized in the 2014 list: Rhonda Argenbright ’80, Linda Hofler ’87 ’07, Dianne Marshburn ’77 ’86 ’07, Katrina Raley ’06, Rebecca Ross ’96 ’03, Alethia Shepherd ’01 ’12 and Belinda Washington ’03. Diane Bell ’80 was recognized as a N.C. Great 100 Nurse. She works at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro.

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