Class Notes



Bridgette Parker Coates and her husband celebrated 33 years of marriage in June 2021 and are basking in the accomplishments of their two children. In May 2021, their son graduated from Campbell University School of Law, in Raleigh, N.C., and sat for the bar exam in July. He has been hired by a reputable civil defense firm in Florence, S.C., so they are excited to have at least one of their two children living locally. This fall, Coates’ daughter began her fourth year as a kindergarten teacher in Pickens County, S.C. She will graduate with her Master of Education from Clemson University in December 2021. She bought a home in Greenville, S.C. this summer.

Robbin Spencer Dunthorn is excited to announce that her daughter started attending Meredith this fall and is planning to major in biology.

Sandy Dupree-Somers retired from the Wake County Public School System in October 2020, after 32 years in the field of social work. The majority of those years were proudly spent as a school social worker and lead school social worker with Wake County Public Schools.

Christy Browder Ferwerda reports that her daughter got married on May 22, 2021.

Kimberli McMurray Flaugher welcomed a granddaughter, Landrey Grace Flaugher, on November 16, 2020.

Georgia Parrish James reports that she is expecting her first grandchild at the end of October. It’s a girl and her name will be Madelynn James Skillman!

Melinda Wrenn Thomas writes that her family finally downsized to their downtown Greensboro, N.C. condo in late June 2021 and that she is loving the simple life! Thomas also reports that she welcomed a granddaughter on January 6, 2021.

Tammy Swann Whitley became a first time grandparent to a beautiful baby girl named Emmaline Rose on May 18, 2021. She is the daughter of Whitley’s younger son and his wife, who are currently stationed in Missouri with the Army. Whitley and her husband have been living in Havelock, N.C., since 2006. In 2017, they bought a tiny home in an RV park close to the beach. They go there when time allows to enjoy the beautiful Crystal Coast. Whitley left the teaching profession in 2019 and started working as a physical therapy technician with a local clinic. She reports that it is a joy working with all of the patients and watching them get their mobility back after a surgery, injury, or illness.