Esther Mason Fulcher ’27
Esther Mason Fulcher ’27 (pictured at right as she is now and below that, in her senior photo) usually is cheerful, but her smile seemed a little wider when she read that one of her East Carolina Teachers College classmates may be the school’s oldest living alumni.
That’s because Fulcher is a few months older than Elizabeth “Bunny” Smith ’27, who was cited as such in the spring issue of East. “We read the story aloud to Miss Esther and showed her the photo. She smiled and then laughed,” said Caroline Wilson ’05, the recreation director at Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, a retirement community in Sea Level.
Fulcher was born on Jan. 1, 1909. “She may be 104 years old, but she does not let age keep her from having a good time,” said Jennifer Gildard, the center’s marketing director.
Gildard described Fulcher as a “gently cheerful” person who quotes Longfellow as she greets each day: “Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.”
“Miss Esther has shared many stories about her travels and experiences around the world,” Gildard said. “Her most gratifying experience, which she recalls most often, is her time at ECTC.” Fulcher had a long career as a teacher that began in Greene County. Wilson and Gildard said Snug Harbor residents are planning a big birthday party for Fulcher on Jan. 1 when she will be 105.
“ECU friends are invited; you all call if you can come,” Wilson said.
By Joanne Kollar
Kimmy Cummings ’12 (above) signed with the Fredericksburg (Va.) Impact for the 2013 W-League season. This is her second season with the soccer team, on which both professional and amateur athletes compete. Cummings closed out her four-year ECU career leading the team in goals (9) and points (22) on her way to First-Team All-Conference USA honors in 2011. Kristie Du Sablon is a physician’s assistant at East Carolina Neurology, Greenville. Kyle A. Gragnani works in the Innsbrook office of Long & Foster, a real estate company, in Glen Allen, Va. Kori Elizabeth Reece is an accounting manager at WIMCO Corp., Washington. Ryan Willhite is chief of police for Winterville and the basic law enforcement training coordinator at Pitt Community College, Greenville.
Andrew Langlois wed Ashley Fowler on April 14 in a civil ceremony in San Diego, Calif. He is in the U.S. Navy. Anita Little is the emergency shelter case manager at the Greenville Community Shelters. She had worked in adult services in Wayne County DSS. Jessica Radford successfully completed the CPA examination.
Taylor Bell wed Robert Duck II ’05 on April 15 in Raleigh. She is director of development and engagement at ECU’s College of Business, and he is the health and physical education teacher, assistant football coach and girls basketball head coach at South Central High School, Winterville. Her parents, Nancy Clark Bell ’83 and Doug Bell ’87, and aunt, Denise Briggs ’84, celebrated the wedding. Kristina Marie Hackney wed Michael Edward Robertson ’05 on March 23 at an outdoor ceremony at Magnolia Manor, Colfax. The wedding party included Farrah Mitchum ’99, Mandy Wade ’08 and Brittany Gentry ’05. She teaches second grade at Shadybrook Elementary School, High Point, and he is operations supervisor at DHL Express, Greensboro. Vonta Leach received the Inspiration Award from Great Friend to Kids sponsored by the Wilmington Children’s Museum. Mary Page Peck wed Brian Robert Decker on April 27 at First United Methodist Church, Washington. She is office manager for Stansell Dentistry, Raleigh.
Kristopher James Arnold, a teacher at Stokes School, Pitt County, was selected for the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team to help develop the best ways to teach the Common Core State Standards. Only 200 participants were selected from more than 3,000 applicants nationwide. Kathleen Brianne Kennally ’09 ’11 wed Thomas Clifton Cobb ’09 ’11 on June 30, 2012, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Charlotte. The wedding party included Rebecca Caudle ’08, Lauren Everett ’09 ’11, Angela Giannetto ’11, Erica Leggett ’08 ’10 and Robert Brady ’10 ’12. She is a speech-language pathologist with Pitt County Schools, and he is an assistant retail buyer for Overton’s in Greenville. Christopher M. Schreiner is a project estimator with Bennett Hofford Construction Co., Charleston, S.C. Alexis Terrell was elected Woman of the Year of the Pirate Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.
Matt Holliday is a land specialist with Mossy Oak Properties/NC Land and Farm Inc. Ashley Danielle Moyer ’08 ’09 wed Chris Taylor Marrow ’07 on May 11 at All Saints Chapel, Raleigh. The wedding party included Zachary Samuel Baker ’07, Kacy Lynn Friend ’09, William Scott Marrow ’99 (brother of the groom), Lance Matthew Neisz ’07, Jacquelyn A. Saxton ’10, Kelly Susanne Szymanski ’07 and Grayson David Taylor ’07. She is a licensed clinical social worker at Central Regional Hospital, Butner, and he recently coached football at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. Ashton Caroline Wheeless wed Justin Craft Aycock on Nov. 10 at Red Oak Baptist, Red Oak. The wedding party included Ashley Weaver Bass ’10, Haley Phelps ’09, Rebecca Coleman Stokes and Candace Wheeless ’12. She teaches in Nash-Rocky Mount schools.
Molly Stephenson Boone wed Myers Weston Chandler ’03 on May 4 at the Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo. The wedding party included the groom’s father, John Carlton Chandler Jr. ’71, and Kathryn Felts ’05 ’08. She teaches in Pitt County Schools, and he is in commercial loans and vice president at First Citizens Bank, Greenville. Andrew Carrouth is football coach for Southern Alamance High School, where he was an offensive lineman. He will also teach advanced placement psychology. Dana Reed Siano and Joseph Siano ’06 had their second son in 2012. She is a project manager for Community Housing Partners Corp., and he is lead estimator for Landsaver Environmental.
Robin Calcutt, New Century Middle School (Cameron, N.C.) principal, is the 2013-2014 Principal of the Year in Moore County. For 29 years, she has been a teacher and administrator in Moore County Schools. Tonya Faison is principal at Hawthorne High School, Charlotte. She was principal at Goldsboro High School in Wayne County. Catina Moore Mckesson is principal of Bethel School, Pitt County. She was an assistant principal at Ayden-Grifton High School, Pitt County. Kelly Wheeler is teaching visual arts and English to K-12 graders at the Shenyang International School, Shenyang, China, for two years.
Laura Deardorff Hall, exceptional children’s teacher at West Bladen High School, Bladenboro, is the school’s Teacher of the Year. Lionel Kato is principal at North Pitt High School, Greenville. Jody Nelson McClenny, who teaches first grade at Newport Elementary School, Newport, is Teacher of the Year in Carteret County.
William M. Autry is vice president and commercial banking officer at First South Bank, Greenville.
Catherine Coulter Lloyd exhibited her ceramic works in “Vivify…to revive” at the Edgecombe Arts, Tarboro, in spring 2013. She is visual arts specialist at Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount. Gregory Mason is an account executive at Sage Island, Wilmington.
Colleen Burt ’02 ’06 ’09 is principal at Elmhurst Elementary School, Greenville. She was assistant principal at Eastern Elementary School, Greenville. Cathy Laney is accountant for ECU’s Business Services. She was accountant for institutional trust funds in ECU’s Financial Services. Joe Poletti ’02 ’06, principal of Croatan High School, Newport, is the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year in Carteret County. Lashonda Young had triplets, two girls and a boy, in 2011.
David Garrard, former ECU quarterback, retired from the New York Jets because of knee problems. Samein Jones, coach of the D.H. Conley girls’ basketball team, is The Daily Reflector Girls’ Coach of the Year. Dr. Sean Richard Lucas wed Kelsey Lynn Roth on April 13 at the Village Chapel, Bald Head Island. He is a partner of the Allergy Partners of Coastal Carolina, Wilmington.
Jenny Tabuchi Bell ’00 ’09, assistant principal at White Oak Elementary School, Cape Carteret, is Carteret County Assistant Principal of the Year. Dr. Jennifer Bennett ’00 ’06 is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. She previously worked in the emergency department at Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Kinston. Corey Fader is branch manager and mortgage loan officer for Homeowners Mortgage Enterprises, Greenville. Chris Sutton ’00 ’10 and his wife, owners of CarePartners, Greenville, acquired Help at Home Senior Care, New Bern. Larry Williford, coach of the Farmville Central boys’ basketball team, is The Daily Reflector Boys’ Coach of the Year.
Tremayne Smith '11
Former SGA president Tremayne Smith '11 (above), the director of bands at Rocky Mount High School, was named the school's Teacher of the Year. He also was singled out as among the best young bandmasters in the state.
The North Carolina chapter of the American School Band Director's Association selected Smith for its Encore Award. The award recognizes young public school bandmasters "who have demonstrated great future potential as music educators and a desire to serve their district and state organizations."
He will receive the award at the state chapter's annual meeting in November. Smith directs three bands at Rocky Mount High— the marching band, the symphonic band and the jazz band. He formerly was a staff assistant in U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's Washington, D.C., office.
Scott Honecker ’10
Scott Honecker ’10 (above) was named head coach of the Williams College wrestling program. He had served as an assistant wrestling coach at the Massachusetts college since 2011.
Previously, he was an assistant coach at J. H. Rose High School in Greenville and the founder of the Greenville Wrestling Club, which won the North Carolina state wrestling championship for five straight years. During that time he was selected as a head coach for the North Carolina USA Wrestling Team.
Wendy Kelly Jordan ’99 ’12 received a doctorate in educational leadership from ECU in 2012. She is Richmond County Schools Principal of the Year 2012-13 and Regional Principal of the Year for South Central/Sandhills Region POY. Jarrett Wallace and Susan Gregg Wallace ’99 ’00 had their second child, a daughter, in 2012.
Chris Padgett ’98 ’04 was named assistant city manager of Greenville. He was interim assistant city manager and the city’s chief planner.
Kevin Parrish and April Taylor Parrish had their third child, a daughter, in 2013. Kelvin Yarrell is parks and recreation director in Rocky Mount.
Melissa Bishop received her master’s in elementary education from Catawba College. She teaches seventh-grade language arts at Central Davidson Middle School, Davidson. Dale Cole ’95 ’07, Chocowinity Middle School principal, is the 2013 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.
Michael Boswell, associate professor of music and director of choirs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, Ind., joined the singing group Conspirare.
John Mangiaracina is western regional sales manager for Michael-David Winery, Lodi, Calif. He was division manager for Southern California and Hawaii for The Wine Group. Julie Joyner Perry ’93 ’03, media coordinator at Croatan High School, Newport, is the Certified Employee of the Year in Carteret County.
Paul Powers Jr., senior vice president and manager of the Pitt County commercial banking unit for Southern Bank, was recognized as the top commercial banker in his region at Southern Bank’s annual Best Bankers event.
Chris Siegel published his first book, Daily Dose of Sonshine, a daily devotional, in 2012. He is the website copy editor at The Daily Reflector, Greenville.
Julia Brickhouse, a special education teacher at Eastern Elementary School, Greenville, was named a 2013-14 Kenan Fellow. She will help to develop training materials and videos to assist pre-service and veteran educators in developing instructional practices to meet the needs of all students. Willie Mack Carawan is finance director for Chowan County. He was county administrator and finance director for Tyrrell County.
Talitha Ann Stoner Lowman received a master’s in school administration from UNC-Charlotte.
Ron Peoples is retail executive of the southeast market for VantageSouth Bank in Greenville. Sylvia Yaw ’87 ’04 is director of quality for Tanner Health Systems, a three-hospital, 29-physicians practice health system located outside Atlanta. Previously, she worked at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) for 14 years.
Katie Smith is an assistant vice president and mortgage loan officer for American National Bank and Trust Co., Danville, Va.
Cora Maude Jones Godwin is assistant principal at Clayton High School, Clayton, after teaching senior English and journalism at South Johnston High School for 18 years. She received her master’s of school administration from N.C. State.
Dawn Singleton ’81 ’93 retired as principal of Wintergreen Primary and Intermediate Schools, Greenville.
Raymond Cobb was inducted into the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a head football coach for 25 years in Edgecombe County at North Edgecombe (1988—2003) and in 2004 he took over the SouthWest program. He never missed the playoffs as head coach. His overall record was 253-79. He won two state championships while at North Edgecombe, and his team went to the championship game four times. Jennifer King Congleton ’79 ’81 was reappointed to a two-year term as the Mid-Atlantic Region’s representative to the International Program Committee for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She represents North Carolina and Virginia.
Roger G. Taylor, a Rocky Mount financial adviser and local representative of AXA Advisors, received the company’s Hallmark VII Award and was named Associate of the Year for its Raleigh office for the 19th time.
Dr. Craig Mcfadden ’73 ’76 retired as assistant superintendent for accountability and student services for Wayne County Public Schools after 38 years of service.
James “J.R.” Gorham ’81
James “J.R.” Gorham ’81 was appointed commissioner of the Juvenile Justice division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Gorham is a retired brigadier general with the N.C. National Guard who also spent 29 years in the banking industry, mostly with First Citizens Bank.
His appointment was announced by then-
Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan ’79.
No class notes were posted in this issue for the years selected.
No class notes were posted in this issue for the years selected.
Dr. Ruby Gilbert Barnes of Raleigh died April 30. In 1986, she retired as professor and director of the MSN program at UNC-Greensboro after a 50-year career in nursing education. She taught at ECU from 1970 to 1973, where she developed the continuing education program in the College of Nursing.
Dr. George O. Evans II of Greenville (above) died May 31 at the age of 70. He was a chemistry professor here from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. Robert “Bob” Schellenberger of Greenville (above) died May 27. He taught corporate strategy in the College of Business and chaired the Decision Sciences department from 1989-2004. Before coming to ECU, he taught at the University of Maryland, Southern Illinois University, Wake Forest University and Temple University. He authored ten books, one monograph, and numerous articles.
Dr. Edwin Allen Sumpter of Raleigh (above), died June 6. In 1989, he joined the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine as director of Outpatient Pediatrics. In 1992 he founded the TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides evaluation and treatment for children in eastern North Carolina who suffer abuse. Today the center treats more than 600 children a year. Donations may be made to TEDI Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, 2303 Executive Circle, Greenville, N.C. 27834.
Gladys Reichard White of Greenville (above) died June 7. She taught voice from 1948 until 1991 and received East Carolina’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1989.
Wayland H. Adams of Ayden died June 16. He worked in Building Services and the Facilities Service Center for 32 years, retiring in 2005.
|Elizabeth Lauten ’07 is press secretary to U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee. She formerly worked in the D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and for a company that builds aircraft carriers for the Navy.|