Last updated: June 30. 2014 12:16PM - 443 Views
Valerie Newton Special to the Journal



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ELIZABETHTOWN — Webster’s Dictionary defines retire as “to withdraw from one’s position or occupation: conclude one’s working or professional career,” and that is what 41 local Bladen educators did on June 17.


With the smell of saltwater, suntan lotion and fresh-air lingering, Bladen County celebrated its 2014 retirees with a luncheon and plaque presentation. Of those in attendance, the total number of years of service to Bladen County Schools was 952.


With 20 retirees unable to attend the luncheon, that number is likely to reach 1,200 years total. The school district is hard-pressed to replace that many years of experience, knowledge and maturity.


The list of retirees included teachers, custodians, teacher assistants, maintenance personnel, transportation personnel, media coordinators, district office personnel, child nutrition personnel, administrators, principal, assistant principals, technology and guidance.


The following is a list of the 2014 retirees:

  • Joseph Ake, Teacher, East Bladen High School
  • Barbara Atkinson, Child Nutrition Manager, Bladenboro Middle School
  • Peggy Auman, Counselor, Bladenboro Middle School
  • Thedosia Beatty, Teacher Assistant, Elizabethtown Primary School
  • Curtis Tim Benton, Assistant Principal, West Bladen High School
  • Chaneta Bowen, Bookkeeper, East Arcadia School
  • Linda Brown, Teacher Assistant, Booker T. Washington Primary
  • John Chesnutt, Teacher, East Bladen High School
  • Wanda Coleman, Teacher Assistant, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Ernest Collins, Audio Visual Technician, Maintenance Department
  • Ethel Davis, Data Manager, Elizabethtown Middle School
  • Debra Dunham, Teacher Assistant, Bladen Lakes Primary School
  • Anita Edge, Transportation Director, Transportation Department
  • Deborah Evans, Exceptional Children Compliance Specialist, District Office
  • Charlene Gooden, Teacher, Dublin Primary School
  • Patricia Graham, Child Nutrition Assistant, East Bladen High School
  • Susan Green, Child Nutrition Assistant, Elizabethtown Primary School
  • Linda Hackney, Teacher Assistant, Booker T. Washington Primary
  • Joe Hendren, General Maintenance Helper, Maintenance Department
  • Monica Johnson, Teacher, Booker T. Washington Primary
  • Dr. Clarissa Kelly, Principal, Tar Heel Middle School
  • Gordon Lewis, Mechanic, Transportation Department
  • Emily Little, Teacher, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Jane Lomax, Exceptional Children Director, District Office
  • Pamela McKeithan, Teacher, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Joyce McKoy, Teacher, East Arcadia School/Clarkton School of Discovery
  • Sherry Melvin, Teacher, East Bladen High School
  • Marilyn Miller, Teacher, East Arcadia School
  • Gail Pate, Bookkeeper, Bladen Lakes Primary School
  • Odell Pollard, Custodian, East Arcadia School
  • Carolyn Powell, Technology Technician, District Office
  • Annie Pridgen, Teacher Assistant, Booker T. Washington Primary
  • Larry Priest, Painter, Maintenance Department
  • Dennis Rigans, Assistant Principal, Tar Heel Middle School
  • Sharon Robinson, Teacher, Tar Heel Middle School
  • Doris Simmons, Child Nutrition Assistant, Bladenboro Middle School
  • Col. William Townsend, JROTC, West Bladen High School
  • Marjorie Underwood, Teacher, East Bladen High School
  • Alvin Walters, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Department
  • Tammy Williams, Teacher, Bladen Lakes Primary School
  • Bernella Williams, Child Nutrition Manager, Plain View Primary

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