Class Notes-Winter/Spring 2011
Volumne 44, Number 4
JAMES VANCE SHOMAKER ’48 A.A.
passed away on Aug. 5, 2010. He had worked as the president of Banner Elk Bank and tax supervisor for Avery County and was active in Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Avery County). He is survived by one daughter, four granddaughters, two grandsons, and several great-grandchildren.
DR. BARRY HAMBRIGHT ’61 A.A.
died on Nov. 2, 2010 at the Gaston Hospice of Dallas. He joined the faculty of Gardner- Webb in 1969 and was a professor of political science and history. He also taught criminal justice and human services for the GOAL (Greater Opportunities in Adult Learning) program. Dr. Hambright was a recipient of the Fleming-White award for excellence in teaching as well as the Faith, Service, and Leadership Hall of Fame award. Dr. Hambright served on various committees including the courthouse restoration for Destination Cleveland and the American Legion World Series, Shelby N.C. committee. He was an author of several books on Cleveland County’s historical people and places. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia where he served as a Sunday school teacher and church moderator. Dr. Hambright is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son-in-law, two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
KENNETH RAYFIELD '63 A.A.
died on Sept. 16, 2010. He retired from American General Life and Accident Insurance Company. He was an active Mason in Matthews, N.C. for many years. He is survived by his wife, one son, one sister, one brother, his mother-in-law one sister-in-law, one nephew, one niece, and two granddaughters.
CYNTHIA BOYD CURRY ’68 A.A.
died on Aug. 15, 2010. She had been employed at Paramount Carowinds. Invested in the Charlotte community, she served as chairwoman for the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance and served on the boards for both The South Carolina and The North Carolina Motor Coach Associations. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, and one brother.
RON RASH ’76 B.A.
was awarded the Frank O’Connor Award, the richest prize for the short-story form (an award totaling over $47,000), which he won over five other authors. Rash won for “Burning Bright,” a collection of short stories set in Appalachia from the Civil War until the present day. Rash went to Ireland to accept the award.
ROB HEFNER ’77 B.A.
and his wife Phyllis are on stateside assignment in North Carolina, having completed their 25th year since their appointment as missionaries to Brazil through the International Mission Board. Upon their return to northeastern Brazil in January 2011, they will be engaging an indigenous unreached people group in the Brazilian state of Ceará. Rob will begin his 17th year as professor of Missiology and Church Planting at the Seminário Teológico Batista do Ceará. They will also continue work in prayer walking and resource strategies for 84 church planting teams who work with them in the “Church in My House” project. Their Portuguese website, www.tcpgrupofeliz.com has become a valuable source for training and discipleship for lay persons throughout Brazil.
ELAINE RECTOR BARRIER ’78 B.A.
died on Sept. 15, 2010 in Newland, N.C. She is survived by her mother, one son, one sister, two nephews, two uncles, two aunts, and friends at Heritage Sugar Mountain in Newland.
DONALD F. LITTLEJOHN ’84 M.A.
passed away on Aug. 16, 2010. He was employed at Cochrane Junior High School (CJHS) in Charlotte, N.C. for 39 years. He served as head football coach, athletic director, track coach, and golf coach. He was awarded the Dave Harris Award for best overall athletic program in winnings and sportsmanship numerous times. He guided football teams to win the Charlotte- Mecklenburg championships for middle schools at least 20 times and was awarded the CMS Coach of the Year 14 times and once the “Teacher Most Admired in CMS.” He was inducted into the Johnson C. Smith “Athletic Hall of Fame” and was awarded “Coach of the Year” for North Carolina middle/junior high school sports in 1995. Eventually, the CJHS gymnasium was named in his honor. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, three brothers, two sisters, and six grandchildren.
CINDY JACKSON KELLY ’85
is a Vice President & Trust Officer at Arthur State Bank in Spartanburg, S.C. and is the current Board Chair of the Children Shelter of Upstate in Spartanburg. Cindy and her husband, Keith, have 3 daughters and one son-in-law.
TIM EMERY ‘86 B.A.
married Jae Hansen on Oct. 4, 2008. Tim is Assistant Director of UC San Diego Career Services Center. They make their home in San Diego, C.A.
JUDY THOMAS CULLUM ’91 M.A.
retired in July 2010 from Cleveland County Schools after 23 years of service. For the past 19 years, she served as the Transition Coordinator with the CCS Exceptional Children’s Program. On April 29, 2010, while attending the North Carolina Division on Career Development and Transition Statewide Conference, she was awarded the 2010 Lighthouse Award for outstanding leadership, commitment and dedication to students with disabilities in North Carolina.
EMILY DAWN HARRELSON ’98 B.S.
and Joel Christopher Beachum were married on Oct. 16, 2010 at Hemingway First Baptist Church. Emily is a physical education teacher at Brigg’s Elementary School in Florence, S.C. and Joel is a department manager of Lowe’s in Conway.
JEREMY FERN ‘99 B.A.
was recently named Assistant Vice President of Graduate Admissions for Gardner-Webb University. He graduated on Aug. 6, 2010 from Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education.
ERIC WISE ’00 B.A. and SHREE HONBAIER WISE ’00 B.S.
are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Marin Renee Wise, on Dec. 28, 2009. Eric is a Real Estate Broker and is also employed by the State of North Carolina. Shree is a Registered Nurse and leads the Health and Wellness Program for the Gaston County YMCAs. Eric and Shree currently reside in Belmont.
RICHARD DALE ELLIS ’01 M.B.A.
has been named the superintendent of Montgomery County Schools in N.C. Previously, Ellis served as associate superintendent for human resources in the Iredell Statesville school system.
GINGER LEE (JONES) FERN ’02 B.S.
has passed all four sections of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and is now a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. She is employed as the Enterprise Accounting Manager at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, N.C. Email Ginger at email@example.com.
ASHLEY LAUREN LIMBAUGH ’02 B.S.
and Russell Adam Stephens were married on July 3, 2010 at East Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. Ashley is the accountant for Dole Fresh Vegetables in Bessemer City and Russell is employed by Fontaine Truck Modification in Mount Holly. The couple resides in Kings Mountain.
JONATHAN HAYES ’03 M.A.
was recently named principal at South Davidson High School in Denton, N.C. BRANTLEY PASCHAL PARROTT ’03 B.S. AND JOSH PARROTT ’03 B.A. are pleased to announce the birth of their first son, Luke Paschal Parrott. He was born Oct. 16, 2010.
SUMMER CRISP SELF ’03 B.A.
was named Teacher of the Year at John Chavis Middle School in Cherryville, N.C. for the 2010-2011 school year. He will be competing for the Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year award.
TABITHA BROADWAY ’04 M.A.
is principal of West Davidson High School and received the distinction of 2010 Principal of the Year.
DEBRA JEAN COMER '04 B.S.N.
passed away on Oct. 18, 2010. She was employed by Novant Health in Winston Salem, N.C. in infection prevention. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and Star Chapter 111 Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her mother, two sisters-in-law, one niece and one nephew.
ERIK JOHN SMITH ’05 B.S.
and Meredith Lee Reynolds were married on Nov. 6, 2010 at Shelby Presbyterian Church. Erik is employed by T.R. Lawing Realty, and Meredith works for Bank of America. The couple resides in Charlotte, N.C.
STEPHEN ESPOSITO ’08 M.A.
became principal at Highland Creek Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. He comes to this position after being assistant principal at River Gate Elementary School, also in Charlotte, for six years.
MARIA NICHOLE ANDERSON ’09 B.S.
and Jeremy David McNeill were married on July 17, 2010 at Arbor Grove Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Maria works for Wilkes County Schools and Jeremy is employed by Harward Brothers Livestock Market, Wilkes Livestock Exchanges, and is a self-employed farmer.
CRYSTAL DAWN SIZEMORE ’09 B.S. AND CAMRON VINCENT REID ’10 B.S.
were united in marriage at Family Fellowship Chapel in Mount Airy, N.C. on Saturday, August 14, 2010. She is a Contact Center Mentor with Lowes Corporate Office Inc. in North Wilkesboro, and he is a Loss Prevention Manager for Wal-Mart in Mount Airy.
ADRIENNE YVONNE SMITH ’09 B.S.
was recently appointed fourth grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Mooresboro, N.C.
DR. VICTORIA SUE FEIMSTER RATCHFORD passed away on Oct. 17, 2010 at home in Stanley, N.C. She taught at Gardner- Webb University in the Graduate School of Education after retiring from East Lincoln High School in 2003 as principal. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member award in August 2006. Ratchford was involved in her community as a member of the Denver-Lake Norman Rotary Club and East Lincoln Betterment Association. She is survived by her husband, two sons, one sister, and three grandchildren.