Alumni Class Notes


Karen Gaston '63, of Summerville, SC is retired.

David Norford ’65
, of King George, was appointed a marriage commissioner by the circuit court of King George County, VA.  Donna Norford will retire from the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney on June 30, 2015 and join David as marriage commissioner. 

Pamela Jones '67, of Urbanna, is retired.

Albert Fritter '69 and his wife, Betty Fritter '69, of Mechanicsville, are both retired. 



Mark Sandy '72, of Richmond, KY, is employed by Ball State University as a the athletic director.

Ken Carpenter '74, of Lenoir, is retired.  His life long passion for horses was created in the Ferrum riding program.  The additional knowledge gained in AG classes and in the horse club gave him a good foundation of knowledge.

Al Latimer '77, of Apopka, FL, has published a novel, The Irregular Ordination of Preacher Jim.  For the last 18 years, Al has been a senior member of Florida Governor's office of economic development.  He also serves on the state's Higher Education Coordinating Council, which advises the Florida Legislature on education and workforce talent issues.  Writing has been his hobby and stress reliever since high school.  You can find out about his book by going to http://www.amazon.com/ and typing Al Latimer into the search box.  A picture of the book cover and a brief summary will appear.



Charlie Lynch '81, of Norfolk, is employed by the US Navy as a senior inspector for SMART team at Military Sealift Command.

Charles Neal '81, of Durham, NC, is employed by Domino's Pizza as a delivery driver.  He has worked as a driver and manager for the last 33 years.  He recently published a book called Getting the Pizzas to the People.  Books can be purchased online at lulu.com as Kindle, e-book or hard copy.

Dave Treen '81, of Cherry Hill, NJ, won three medals in three events in the Southern Zone long-course meter swimming championships.  Winning gold in the 200 breaststroke, silver in the 100 breaststroke and bronze in the 50 breaststroke. 

Joe Joines '83
, of Durham, NC, is employed as a machinist.

Kenneth Flick '86
, of Shenandoah, is employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation as a contract manager.

Barbara Roberson-Mardigian '87
, of Richmond, is employed by The William J. Farley Center at Williamsburg Place as a lead clinician.



Leslie Dering '91, of Richmond, is employed by Dering's Cleaning Service, LLC as owner and operator.

Crystal Naff ’91,
of Rocky Mount, is employed by Preferred Source for Insurance as an independent insurance agent.

Greg Craddock '92, of Warrenton, is employed by Patriot Group International, Inc. They have earned a spot on Inc. Magazine's Fast 500 for the second year in a row.

Jerold Smith '93
, of Fredericksburg is employed by a private contractor on a Naval Base as an IT technician.  His wife, Michelle Filson Smith '95, is employed by a hospital doing medical social work.

Shelli Blankenship Amow '95, and her husband, Mike, of Saint Petersburg,  FL, announce the birth of their Katherine Elizabeth, on May 20, 2015.

Tiffany Patton Morgan '95, and her husband, Mike, of North Chesterfield, announce the birth of their daughter, Angeline Michelle, on October 10, 2015.

Heather Coffman Daniels '96
, and her husband, Christopher, of Fuquay Variana, NC, announce the birth of their son, Tucker Blake, on May 22, 2015.

Kevin Slough '97
, of Roanoke, is employed by IADLEST as a subject matter expert.

Day Seriani '98, of the United Kingdom, is employed by Alder Grange Technology College as a lead cover supervisor.

J.C. Harmon '99
, of Midlothian, is employed by Cengage Learning as a learning consultant.



John Candler '00 and his wife, Leslie Thomas Candler '04, of Richmond, announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Susan, on June 21, 2015.

Terry Seward '00, of Waynesboro, is employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center as a PERT rehabilitation counselor.

Suzzonne Plaisance '01
, of Rocky Mount, is employed by BW Offshore USA Management as catering supervisor and chef for the BW Offshore on the FPSO Pioneer in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kelley Gray '02
, of Yorktown, is employed by York County School Division as an assistant principal.

Katrina Woolley Perez '03,
of Onancock, is employed by Middlesex County High School as an art teacher.  She graduated from Liberty University in May 2015 with a teaching degree.

Matthew Rhodes '04,
of Elizabeth City, NC, is employed by the US Coast Guard.  He is married to Cerissa and has one child, Raffi.

Felicia Clark Ruley '04, of Roanoke, is employed by Integra Life Sciences as a regulatory affairs specialist II.

Matthew Scruggs '04, and his wife, Tara, of Gainesville, FL, announce the birth of their son, Oliver Matthew, on September 16, 2015.

Jake Campbell '05
, of Amherst, is employed by Appalachian Power as a region environmental coordinator.

Curtis Curry '05, of Charlottesville, is employed by EOIR Technologies, Inc. as a senior MASINT analyst.

Tara J. Toland '05, and her husband, William, of Winston Salem, NC, announce the birth of their son, William H. Tatum IV, on July 6, 2015.

Bryce Burnett '06
and his wife, Becky Soteres Burnett '06, of Cumming, GA, announce the birth of their son, Hunter Bryce on

Lisa Eanes '06,
of Ridgeway, is employed by Henry County Public Schools as a teacher.  She recently graduated from Regent University with a masters of education in educational leadership; administration and supervision of grades K-12.

Thomas James '06, of Centreville, has accepted the new pastoral appointment for Washington Street United Methodist Church in Old Town Alexandria as lead pastor.  

Jessica Altice '07
, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Interactive Achievement as a resources coordinator.

Dawn Austin '07, of Ferrum, wed Cory Marsh on October 24, 2015.  They reside in Rocky Mount.

Ashley Brubaker Grice '07
, and her husband, Joshua, of Rocky Mount, announce the birth of their daughter, Emory Mae, on August 19, 2015.

Wilson Paine '07
, of Reston, is employed by Total Wine and More as a senior analyst in public affairs.

Ali Bell '08, and her husband, Wes, of Wirtz, announce the birth of their daughter, Ainsley, on June 14, 2015.  Ali is employed by the City of Roanoke Department of Social Services as a senior family services specialist.

John Burton '08 and his wife, Christina Ritter Burton '08, of Raeford, NC, announce the birth of their son, Otto William, on June 23, 2015.

Kelly Payne '08
wed Daniel Pleasant on October 10, 2015.  They reside in Selma.

Tim Pohlad-Thomas '08
, of Salem, is employed by Walk-About Outfitters as the new store manager.

Kristin Reming '08 wed Wesley Connelly on October 10, 2015.  They reside in Tewksbury, MA.

Alex DeTrana '09
, of Knoxville, TN, is employed by Bush Brothers and Company as a senior scientist, technology innovation.

Jared Jordan '09, of Roanoke, is employed by Vinson Hall Retirement Home as activity and engagement director.

Timothy Shipe '09
, of Staunton, is employed by Nexus Services as manager of information technology.

Beth Simms '09
, of Eden, NC, wed Ozzy Campos, on May 30, 2015.

Carter Smith '09, of Winchester, is employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a government information specialist.  He is also a USMCR 4th LAR D Co.



Jason Butterworth '10 and his wife, Sydney Phillips Butterworth '10, of Mechanicsville, announce the birth of their son, Declan Parker, on May 28, 2015.

Brandon Nichols '10 wed Chelsea Holland on September 20, 2015. 

Lindsey Bowyer Washington '10
, of Blue Ridge, completed the physician assistant program at Shenandoah University.

Samantha Anise '11
, and her husband, Michael, of Wellington, FL, announce the birth of their son, Aiden Michael, on June 9, 2015.

Laura Blankenship '11, of Salem, is employed by Novozymes as a research associate.

James Hunter Boyte '11
, of Eden, NC, is employed by Cone Health as a IT analyst revenue cycle.

Emma Johnston '11, of Washington, DC, is a second year masters of divinity student at Wesley Theological Seminary.  She is seeking ordination as a United Methodist deacon.

Chazley Logan '11, of Danville, is employed by Averett University as a student success counselor.

Star Smith Norton '11
, of Rocky Mount, graduated from Liberty University with a masters of education with a cognate in Administration and Supervision.  She is now an instructional coach at Sontag Elementary.

Issac Slone '11
, of Buena Vista, is employed by Virginia Military Institute as a rock climbing coach.

Shania Debord Smith '11
and her husband, Nick, of Rocky Mount, announce the birth of their son, Cash Jamerson on August 1, 2015.

Glenn E. Thompson '11
, of Glade Hill, received his masters of business administration from Cleary University in 2013 with the specialty of green business strategies.  He went on to obtain training and certification as a corporate sustainability manager and as a LEED green associate.  He serves as the project sustainability manager and LEED consultant for Renewable Engineered Systems and also serves in the same role for the Henricopolis Medical College Project in Martinsville. He has been accepted into Baker Business College's Doctor of Business Administration Program.

R. Jordan Wiles '11
, of Graham, NC, is employed by Western Alamance Middle School as a teacher.  He is engaged to Gretchen N. Brusehoff and they plan to wed on August 15, 2015.

Kristy Bell '12
, of Richmond, is employed by Costen Floros as purchasing assistant.

Chris Duble '13 and his wife, Caitlin, of Chilhowie, announce the birth of their daughter, Nora Kate, on May 26, 2015.

Deanna Edmonds '13, of Sandy Ridge, NC, is employed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture as a meat and poultry inspector.  She graduated from UGA in December 2014 with a masters in agricultural leadership.

Tamarra Grant '13, of Upper Marlboro, MD, is employed by the Department of Defense as a staff consultant.

Brian Bishop, Jr.  '14
, of La Plata, MD, is employed by Restore Health as a clinical specialist.

Leigh Ann Bush '14
, of Lynchburg, is employed by The News and Advance as a special publications designer.

Elise Foster '14
wed Jonathan Aragon on May 2, 2015.

Daniel Hogan '14
, of Jacksonville, FL, is employed by Advantage Sales and Marketing as a category manager for Unilever in Southeastern Grocers.

Jacob "Jake" E. Moore '14
wed Chelsie S. Brown '13 on October 10, 2015.  They reside in Disputanta.  She graduated from Radford University in May 2015 with her masters in counseling education: school education.

Carl Russell '14
, of Danville, is employed by Palm Harbor Homes as a staff accountant.

Avery Ardis '15, of Rocky Mount, is employed by Franklin County Public Schools as Ferrum Elementary School's fifth grade teacher.

Rachel Elaine Belcher '15, of Woolwine, wed Neil Wells on June 27, 2015.

Trasean Boatwright '15, of North Chesterfield, is employed by Richmond Public Schools as a special education assistant teacher.

Eric Gregg '15
wed Cassandra Ann Stalker '15 on September 19, 2015.  They reside in Roanoke.

Jamison '15, of Rocky Mount, wed Travis Johnson '15, of Mineral on May 9, 2015.  They also graduated from Ferrum College on this very day.

Robert Juif '15
, of Round Hill, is employed by Ronile, Inc. as an accountant.

Austin Keffer '15, of Champlain, is employed by KOF Associates as a customer service representative.

Brandon B. Cobb '16
, of Salem, is employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a personal insurance sales representative.


In Memoriam

George W. Elliott '38, of Ashland, OR, died November 02, 2015
Pauline Cassell Long '39
, of Harrisonburg, died October 16, 2015
Laurice Snapp Alley '40
, of Richmond, died June 22, 2015
Robert J. "Bob" Allen '42
, of Beltsville, MD, died July 25, 2015
Gloria W. Burnett '42
, of Rocky Mount, died August 14, 2015
Reva Edwards Goode '46
, of Rocky Mount, died June 11, 2015
Mae Rowena Fulcher Brammer '47, of Collinsville, died August 25, 2015
Eleanor Louise Handy '48
, of Roanoke, died June 28, 2015
Daniel Edsel Edwards, Sr. '49, of Sandy Level, died December 20, 2015
James Garland Holloman '54
, of Vinton, died November 17, 2015
Gary L. Hoskinson '63
, of Falls Church, died July 16, 2015
John E. Anderson '66, of Onancock, died November 8, 2015
Donald E. Brown '66
, of Whitacre, died November 22, 2015
Kenneth F. Hosaflook '66, of Kernersville, NC, died June 16, 2015
Nancy Smith Lickey '66, of Bridgewater, died July 31, 2015
Ronald Clark Evans '67, of Rocky Mount, died August 6, 2015
George Marshall Holsclaw II '68
, of Ferrum, died September 2, 2015
Keith Wildman Pulley '72, of Casa Grande, AZ, died July 16, 2015
Joyce Blount '75
, of Roanoke, died December 31, 2015
Richard Haag Booze '75,
of Salem, died August 17, 2015
Peggy Love Martin Farrar '77, of Martinsville, died December 8, 2015
Juli Einspanier '79
, of St. Louis, MO, died August 3, 2015
Marcie Hall Altice '82, of Rocky Mount, died January 11, 2016
Ross Keener '89
, of Kissimmee, FL, died October 6, 2015

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