Alumni Class Notes


Amos Rideout, Jr.  '62, of Stony Creek, is a board member of Virginia United Methodist Pensions, Inc. where he serves as chair of the personnel and nominating committee.  He and his wife, Moonyeen, will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on August 28, 2016.

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. 

James Clements '67, of Hurt, is retired from Dominion Generation where he worked as a procurement engineer.

Pamela Jones '67
, of Urbanna, is retired.

John G. Kines, Jr.  '68, of Disputanta, has been appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Board of Social Services.  Kines has served in local government more than 35 years.  He recently completed 12 years as a member of the Virginia Commission on Local Government.

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

Mike Henson '69 wed Jo Ann Carter '68 on October 22, 2015.  They dated at Ferrum in 1968 but parted ways and then reconnected in August of 2014.   



Curtis A. Johnson '71, of Montoursville, PA was recently diagnosed with ALS.  While at Ferrum, Curtis played football and baseball.  He recently stepped away from a 37 year coaching career, which included coaching at every level from Tball to Division 1 softball.  Highlights of his coaching career included winning a 16 to 18 year old softball World Championship and a Pennsylvania State Softball Championship at Loyalsock High School (28-0) record.  He has also been Booster Club President at Loyalsock for 18 years.  One of his former players, Kelly Caputo, attended and coached at Ferrum.  Curtis would like to thank Hank Norton, Bill Passon, and Jerry Kirk for their inspiration.

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.

Gene Haynes '76, on Concord, NC, is employed by State Farm Insurance Co as an agent.

Tony Drayton '77
, of Clinton, MD, is retired.

Melissa Powell Gay '77
, of Glen Allen, published a novel, When Are You Leaving.  The novel is set in southwestern VA, somewhere between Franklin County and Roanoke.  The story is about a small town living in a 21st century world. She blogs about her book and southern living at thiscommonreader.com and is currently working on her second novel.  When Are You Leaving may be purchased in print and e-book format at Amazon.com or melissapowellgay.com.

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.

Greg Hancock '79, of Daytona Beach, FL, is retired.



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.

Frank Clark '87,
of Williamsburg, is employed by Department of Historic Foodways.

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



Tater Benson '90, of Fincastle, is employed by Mainstream Mental Health Services, Inc.  as owner.

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.

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

Tracy Pagans '96, of Wirtz, is employed by ValleyStar Credit Union as a financial analyst.

Angela L. Conroy '97
, of Richmond, is employed by the Department of Environmental Quality as an air quality planner.

David McDevitt '97
, of Fair Haven, VT, is employed by Broken Shovel Farm as the owner.

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

Holly Stitham '97, of Virginia Beach, is engaged to Billy Ellis '95.  The wedding is planned for April 8, 2017 in LynchburgShe is employed by Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a behavior specialist/special education self-management.

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.

Brian Walton '01
and his wife, Brittany, of Dayton, OH, announce the birth of their daughter, Adalyn Grace on January 12, 2016.

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.

Riley Hodges '02 and his wife, Ashley, of Rocky Mount, announce the birth of their son, Kemper Wray, on May 5, 2016.

Laura Saunders '02,
and her husband, Shannon '06, announce the birth of their third daughter, Greylynn, on March 2, 2016.  She joins big sisters, Grace and Greer.

Ken Bradshaw '04
, of Kanab, UT, is employed by the Bureau of Land Management as a soil scientist at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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.

Sarah Saar '04, of Jefferson, IN, is married to Nick and they have two children, Payton and Brayden.

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.

Mariah Koptis Campbell '05, of San Antonio, TX, is employed by Wells Fargo as a loan servicing specialist.

Jonell Conger-Rivera '05
, of Bristow, is employed by Loudoun County as a dispatcher.

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

Adam McNeil '05, of Charlottesville, is employed by Rockbridge Guitars in Lexington.  They are shipping guitars all over the world.

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.

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.

Rebecca Eton '06, of Charlotte, NC, is employed by Search Solution Group as an executive recruiter.

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

Cameron Walker '06,
of Powhatan, is employed by Bon Secours- St. Mary's Hospital as a registered nurse, certifed emergency nurse, and clinical laboratory science professional II.

Derek Ritenour '06
, of Woodstock, VA, was named Virginia Agriscience Teacher of the Year.  Derek teaches at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock.

Jessica Altice '07
, of Rocky Mount, wed Brandon Young on July 2, 2016.  He is employed by PowerSchool Assessment & Analytics as a client resources coordinator.

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

Katie Carter '07
, of Boones Mill, and her husband, Brian '03, announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Reese Carter on February 27, 2016.

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

Kaitlin Hairston '07
, and her husband, Yuji Hairston, Jr. '09, of Sawyer, MI, announce the birth of their son, Samuel Hiro, on January 6, 2016.

Wilson Paine '07
, of Reston, and his wife, Rosa, announce the birth of their son, Kason Thomas, on July 19, 2016.  He 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.

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.

Cynthia Woolridge '09, and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Adeline Paisley, on April 20, 2016.



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.

Robyn Backus '11, of Glen Allen, is employed by Parallon as an outpatient service coordinator.

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 an IT analyst revenue cycle.

Nichole George Cox '11, and her husband, Jay, of Fredericksburg, announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Dean, on March 21, 2016.

Emma Johnston '11, of Washington, DC, graduated with a masters of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, DC in May 2016.  She is currently serving as associate minister of Peakland UMC, Lynchburg, VA.

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.

Whitney Scott '11
, of Eden, NC, is employed by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Students First Office as an academic recovery specialist.

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.

Matthew C. Woods '11
, of Athens, is employed by Athens Technical College as an adjunct instructor.

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

Brian Cox '12, of Christiansburg, is employed by Radford University as Assistant Athletics Director for Communications.

DWann Herron '12
, of Woodbridge, wed Whitney L. Carter '12 on May 14, 2016.

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.

Robert Lee "Trey" Finch III '12, of Altavista, is employed by Finch & Finch, Inc. as a funeral service licensee.

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

Clare Mathews '13
, of Oak Hill, is employed by Retroloco Creative and F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical.

Kevin Daniel Reynolds '13
, of Patrick Springs, is employed by Blue Ridge Solvents and Coatings as a chemist.  He recently presented as an industry expert speaker at Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Compliance Ingenuity Conference sponsored by the Environmental Management Solutions.

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.

Joey Dolinger '14
, of Hardy, is employed by C.B. Fleet Laboratories as a research and development formulation scientist.

Elise Foster Aragon '14,
and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of their son, Samuel David, on April 19, 2016.

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.

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.

Bianca Otey '15
, of Forest, is employed by the Department of Social Services as an administrative assistant.

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

Mary Hammock '16, of Chatham, is employed by Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Courtland, VA service center as a soil conservationist.
Rachel Scott '16, of Marion, is employed by Support Systems as a qualified mental health professional.


In Memoriam

Polly Adams Kahle '45, of Christiansburg, died March 16, 2016
Kelvin E. Handy '48, of Sanford, FL, died on July 4, 2016
James L. Stanley '48
, of Ferrum, died on July 15, 2016
Eugene R. Woolridge, Jr. '49, of Virginia Beach, died May 1, 2016
Billy Joe Hundley '51
, of Fincastle, died June 3, 2016
Martha Ann Adams '52
, of Salem, died July 5, 2016
Sheppard "Allen" DeHart '54, of Louisburg, NC, died October 14, 2016
Mark F. Wimmer '54
, of Dry Fork, died April 14, 2016
Billie Rochelle Parrish Adkins '55
, of Richmond, died September 24, 2016
Harold Lewis Gray '56
, of Blacksburg, died August 18, 2016
Robert Wayne "Bobby" Murphy '58
, of Richmond, died April 26, 2016
Martha Blick '64, of South Hill, died June 6, 2016
Mary Rose Scott '65, of Glen Allen, died September 19, 2016
Jimmy Woodow Noell '66
, of Bedford, died March 31, 2016
Robert Charles Paul '67
, of Princeton, died February 6, 2016
Ronald Eugene Brown '71, of Henrico, died May 11, 2016
Michael Frank Mays '71, of Rancho Mirage, CA, died April 24, 2016
Thomas "Wren" Hamilton '72
, of Crewe, died June 29, 2016
Faith Ann Dunn Winter '73
,of Richmond, died June 2, 2016
George M. Decker '74
, of Standardsville, died May 16, 2016
William Michael Parrish '74
, of Salem, died June 30, 2016
Keenon W Meetze '76, of Danville, died February 26, 2016
Jessie Lee Bales '80
, of Mechanicsville, died October 6, 2016
Deborah G. Leake '80
, of Harrisonburg, died May 11, 2016
Keith Wayne Taylor '82
, of Charles City, died October 1, 2016
Ross Keener '89
, of Kissimmee, FL, died October 6, 2015
Gilda Q. Woods '92, of Ferrum, died June 26, 2016
Emily Mullins Jamison '97, of Henry, died June 28, 2016
Paul G. Johnson '97, of Pasadena, MD, died October 17, 2016
Mark W. Massart '98
, of Myrtle Beach, SC, died April 17, 2016

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