Alumni Class Notes
Volumne 45, Number 2
CLYDE J. RHYNE ’47 A.A.
died on Oct. 25, 2010. He served in the United States Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946. He was employed by J. P. Stevens, Inc. and then Federal Spinning Cooperation, where he retired as president and chairman of the Board. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sanford where he taught a Sunday school class for the deaf. He served on the Board of Trustees at Campbell University, where he received an honorary doctorate of law in 1999. Among his many civic activities, he belonged to the Lions Club, VFW, and Sanford/Lee County Chamber of Commerce. He was a past board member for the Council on Christian Higher Education of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. His wife, one brother, two sisters, four daughters, one son, one stepson, and 13 grandchildren survive him.
CHARLES H. RABON ’52 A.A.
passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. was ordained in 1954 and served as pastor to several churches before joining the South Carolina Baptist Convention as director of Church Ministry and Annuity, a position he held for 22 years. Dr. Rabon participated in several mission crusades and preached in such places as Cuba, Panama, Alaska, Brazil, Kenya, as well as the Philippine and Bahamian Islands. As a member of the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, he created teaching material, led conferences, and counseled pastors. He was given the Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award and was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from Charleston Southern University. He was a member of the Legacy Society at Gardner- Webb University as well as the Christian Service Organization. His wife, one son, three daughters, eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and one sister survive him.
FRANK "NICK" JAMISON '67 A.A.
died on Dec. 27, 2010. He was an entrepreneur and avid golfer. His wife, three children, and two grandchildren survive him.
MICHAEL EUGENE STAMEY ’72 B.S. was named the 2010 Broker Associate of the Year for Beverly-Hanks and Associates, the largest independent real estate firm in Western North Carolina. He has also received the Platinum award, Top Sales Leader award, Top Listing Leader award, and Most Improved Volume award. He previously served as mortgage manager for Irwin Mortgage from 2005 to 2008 and assistant vice president for Haywood Savings Bank from 1972 to 2005. He and his wife, Renee, have two children and one grandson.
JAMES NELSON TURNER ’72 B.S.
and Karen Kitchen Hoxit were married on Feb. 22, 2011 at the bride’s home.
BENJAMIN LEE REAVIS ’73 B.S.
recently acquired Micro-Systems Leasing (MSL), a company that specializes in the leasing of technology systems for the building industry. He began his career as a computer programmer but quickly transitioned into the sales and marketing of information technology (IT) systems. His sales career, which spans over 25 years, includes work as application consultant for a software services center, marketing manager for a top regional CPA firm, and senior vice president and partner of a Southeast regional IT consulting and implementation company. He and his wife reside in the Lake Wylie, S.C., area.
DAVID LESTER HAMPTON HART ’73 B.S.
passed away on Dec. 25, 2010. He was an accomplished guitarist and singer. He taught science and coached football at Kings Mountain Jr. High before retiring. He later worked for The Jefferson Post and operated his own mowing service. One son, two sisters, and three aunts survive him.
DICY SMITH McCULLOUGH ’75 B.A.
has written her first children’s rhyming picture book entitled “Tired of My Bath.” This book is age-appropriate for emerging readers and has been used in guidance lessons to introduce hygiene in a fun way. This is the first in a series with the second book, “Tired of School”, to be out later this year. She is a retired music teacher from the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Contact Dicy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KENNETH STALLS ’78 B.A.
was elected president of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware in November 2010. He has served as senior pastor of South End Baptist Church in Frederick, Md. since 1991. He and his wife, Joan, have been married for 43 years and they have one son and two granddaughters. You can contact Ken by email at email@example.com.
DANIEL CALHOUN JOHNSON, JR. ’82 B.A.
died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. For 26 years, he served as minister and missionary to the deaf in Louisiana and North Carolina. He was also the director and an adjunct professor for TriState Deaf School of Theology as well as a contract editor for Lifeway Christian Resources. His wife, two sons, one daughter, his mother, two brothers, and two sisters survive him.
DONNA HARVEY TURNER ’82 B.S.
has authored her first book called “No Soccer Today for Rinnie Ray,” released in October 2010. She is married to David M. Turner, a 1982 alumnus of Gardner-Webb, and they have two children.
KIMBERLY IRENE PORTER ’88 B.A.
graduated with honors on Dec. 18, 2010 from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She now has a Birth- Kindergarten License.
DEANNA WISE ’95 B.S.
and Ricky Allen Pope were married on Dec. 31, 2010 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Vale, N.C. She is an AR Technician at Catawba Valley Community College.
JAMES “JAMIE” EDWARD POWELL ’97 M.A.
graduated on May 15, 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who works in a private practice in Shelby, N.C.
STEVEN C. VARLEY ’00 M.B.A.
has been appointed as the director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing (YSN). Most recently, he served as the vice president for Advancement at Gardner-Webb University.
RICHARD LEE WOOD ’00 B.A.
was recently called as associate pastor of Family Ministry at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in Sanford, NC. Email Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TONY LEE WORLEY ’01 M.A.
is principal of Lincolnton High School and is the 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year. He belongs to many professional organizations including North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association and the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum.
MELISA CAROL JOHNSON ’02 B.S.
is an instructor in Business and Office Technology for Northeastern Technical College and she received the 2010 Governor’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award. She started at NETC in 2001 as an adjunct instructor, and in 2008, she was named assistant dean of the Business and Administrative Office Technology program. She is an advisor to the National Technical Honor Society and sits on the town council for Mt. Croghan, S.C.
DEBBIE STAFFORD ’03 B.S.
is the administrative assistant to Instructional Services at Mayland Community College and was given the 2010 Staff Excellence Award. She also teaches part time in Mayland’s Human Services program.
JOSEPH CRAIG SHELTON ’03 B.S.
died on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. He was a network engineer with Lowe’s Home Improvement and a member of South River Baptist Church. His wife, one daughter, one son, his parents, one brother, and maternal grandfather survive him.
AMBER YORK PINNEY ‘04 B.S.
and her husband, Daniel, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Elijah Jonathan Pinney who was born on Aug. 11, 2010. He joins his big sister, Natalie Kate Pinney, who is 2 years old. Amber works as a receptionist for Rhythm Academy and Daniel is employed in sales and delivery at Smith’s Furniture. They reside in Toccoa, Ga.
RICHARD ALAN COLE ’05 M.A.
passed away on Feb. 1, 2011. He served as assistant director of exceptional children’s programs for Caldwell County Schools. He previously worked in Public Relations for Blue Ridge Electric and served with Habitat for Humanity on the Public Relations committee and as president of the board of directors for the Caldwell Counseling Center. He was an active member of Lower Creek Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school, served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and participated in several mission trips to Mexico, Uruguay, France, Germany, and Switzerland. His wife, two sons, one brother, one sister, his stepmother, and his father and mother-in-law survive him.
CARA SAUNDERS ’06 B.S.
is director of special events for Kerzner International at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. She resides in Nassau with her son, Malachi. Contact Cara at email@example.com.
AARON DELANE WILKINSON ’07 B.A.
and his wife, Abby, are pleased to announce the birth of their first son, Eli Xavier Delane Wilkinson, who was born on Dec 2, 2010.
DEBORAH DOYLE BOST ’08 B.A.
and her husband, John, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Chelsie Clymer Bost, who was born on Dec. 14, 2010.
MATTHEW BRETT WALTERS ’08 B.A.
was recently hired as a staff writer and editor for the Office of University Communications at Gardner-Webb University. He earned his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in May 2010.
MARIA NICHOLE ANDERSON ’09 B.S.
and Jeremy David McNeill were married on July 17, 2010 at Arbor Grove Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro. Maria is employed by Wilkes County Schools and Jeremy is employed by Harward Brothers Livestock Market, Wilkes Livestock Exchange and is a self-employed farmer.
JONATHAN “CORY” TUCKER ’09 M.B.A.
has joined the staff at Surrey Bank & Trust as vice president and commercial loan officer. He is involved in numerous community activities by participating in United Fund campaigns and serving on the board of directors for the Children’s Center, where he was board president from 2008 to 2010. Cory and his wife, Jill, are the parents of four-month-old twins.