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Phoebe Blackwell Rollins ‘59

Phoebe transferred from Montreat in 1959 to Queen’s in Charlotte, N.C. She has lived in Easley, S.C. for 50 years. She has a son, Michael, who lives in Greenville, S.C. Her younger son, David, passed away in May of 2007 from pancreatic cancer. She taught school for 30 years and retired in 1993. Her sister, Lucille, graduated from Montreat in 1958. Phoebe loved her time at Montreat.

Hilda Ferguson Booth with her husband

Hilda Ferguson Booth ’63

Hilda is a retired mental health counselor. She survived 23 years as a consultant in Palmetto Health Richland Emergency Department. Her late husband was killed in an accident May 21, 1990. She has not remarried. She traveled to Ireland in September of 2018. Hilda and her brother, Arthur (Happy), were with their older brother, Wooten, when he died Jan 25, 2019. Hilda teaches QiGong at the Lourie Center. Her students are all over 50. She finds it very rewarding to help older adults remain active.

Fredrick M. (Mike) Lewis ’65

After over 40 years with the US Army as a helicopter pilot and JAG lawyer, Mike finally retired and is enjoying spending time with his five grandchildren, camping, motorcycling, and doing a little (very little) legal consultation. He gets back to Montreat about once a year, usually to camp with the family and just enjoy being back in that very special place.

David Dempsey ’67

David is from Greenville, S.C., and was at Montreat from 1965-67. He moved back to Greenville after living on the road for a few years, got married to his wife, Sandra, and still is. He sells commercial real estate for Berkshire Hathaway and is generally comfortable. He would love to know about his old classmates. His nickname at Montreat was “Ratman”—luckily that dropped. He had some great times at Montreat, and loved most of it!

Susan Bayer Braford ’68

Susan graduated from Montreat College in 1968, then completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Carolina University. She taught high school math in Suffolk, Va., where she completed her C.A.S. degree at Old Dominion University. She was named Suffolk Teacher of the Year in 2011. Susan retired from public school teaching in 2013 but continued as an adjunct at Paul D. Camp Community College for two more years. She and her husband, Bob, retired to Lexington, Va., in July 2018 and love it there. She has fond memories of her two years at Montreat.

Bob Ray ’70, ’96

Bob Ray ’70, ’96

Bob is a double Montreat graduate, having graduated in 1970 with an associate degree and then was a member of the very first cohort of the Adult and Graduate Studies program and graduated from that program with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996. He spent many years in the hotel management business, managing seven branded hotels. He now owns a real estate company in Asheville (Asheville Realty & Associates) with 15 agents in his firm. He is married to his wife, Bobbi, and together they have three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He would like to hear from any of the 1970 graduates.

Terry Dover ’72

Terry Dover ’72

Terry retired after 40 years in education, having earned several statewide honors during a distinguished career—including the GAESP Georgia Distinguished Principal Award, the GAEL Georgia Outstanding Elementary Educator, the GA ARC Network’s Educator of the Year, and the GAEL John Yates Scholarship. Terry served on the GAEL State Board of Directors and as president of the 9th District GAESP Principal’s Association. In retirement, he continues to serve as a consultant for the 21st Century Communities in Schools grant-funded after-school program. Terry played on the basketball team while a student at Montreat and has continued to give back to the sport as a Georgia High School Association certified game official. Having just completed 38 years, Terry has served as a clinician at referee training camps at the University of Georgia, Clemson University, and GHSA sponsored summer camps across Georgia. The local Multi County Basketball Officials Association, of which Terry is a member and past president, recognized his contribution to the sport by establishing the Terry Dover Outstanding Service to Basketball Award, which is given to one of the association referees at the end of each high school season.

Kristi L. Servies ’74

Kristi has bought a house and moved back to N.C. She is in Louisburg now so that she can be close to her granddaughter.

David and Robin (Laughon) White ’77

David and Robin live in Flowery Branch, Ga., where he serves as assistant director of member care and development with Mission to the World and she teaches at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church Preschool. They are pleased to announce the birth of granddaughters seven and eight, twins Melody Jean and Megan Lilly Encarnacion, on February 19, 2019.

Willis Dowling ’77 with his wife

Willis Dowling ’77

Willis died of a heart attack on September 15, 2018. Willis was serving as a Christian school teacher at Oaktree Academy. He had formerly served as pastor of Cypress Chapel Christian Church, South Norfolk Christian Church, and Chesapeake Bible Fellowship and was attending attended Atlantic Shores Baptist Church. He had served as an adjunct professor at Regent University and served with Pastor in Residence Ministries. His son Benjamin Willis Dowling ’04, brother Rev. Ben Dowling ’83, and sister Helen Dowling ’79 are all Montreat alums. The picture on the left is of Willis and his sister, Helen, during Montreat Homecoming 2017, where he attended the 40th reunion of the Class of 1977.

Abby Bates ’78

Abby Bates ’78

In January 2018, Abby moved into a retirement community in South Asheville. In March, she celebrated her six-year anniversary working at the Child Care Center of First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, where she is a teacher/floater. She loves it every bit as much as the day she took the job, and it is by far the best job she has ever had.

Kerrie Morgan Scruggs ’79

Kerri is teaching 1st grade in Maynardville, Tenn., and loving it—but is looking forward to retirement. She has been married to her husband, Steven, since 1982—37 years of happiness. They are the very proud parents of four happily-married sons. Their oldest son has made them grandparents of two precious grandsons; their second son lives in Alaska; their third son is in Japan; and the baby is in Denver. The Lord continues to bless them daily with health and happiness.

Brian O’Hara ’82

After working with the office of Oklahoma 1st District Congressman and now NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as deputy district director for the past six years, Brian has taken over in the same capacity with newly elected Congressman Kevin Hern of the 1st Congressional District for Oklahoma.

Tracey Morrison ’94

Tracey Morrison ’94

Tracey lives in Charlotte N.C., where she has been since 2007. After living in Black Mountain since she graduated, she felt God call her back to her hometown of Charlotte. She started volunteering at the Billy Graham Library from the day it opened its doors, has continued to volunteer every Wednesday, and has grown in the Lord so very much. She enjoys seeing many children to adults come to the Lord and seeing other special events happens at the library. In 2013, thanks to a lot of prayers, she started working at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which she is very proud to be a part of. God has blessed her with some wonderful opportunities that she cannot imagine with any other job. She has also been blessed to be an ambassador at the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament every May since 2008.

Anu-Riikka Henriksson ’95

Anu-Riikka Henriksson ’95

After 26 years as an expat—the last 15 years in Oslo, Norway—Anu-Riikka has returned to her native Finland, moving to Seinäjoki in August of 2018. She receives a disability retirement and, when not helping her aging parents who both suffer from different stages of Parkinson’s disease, she is an active book and food blogger on her own website.

Alicia (Wallace) Henson ’12 and Chris Henson ’11

Alicia (Wallace) Henson ’12 and Chris Henson ’11

Alicia and Chris are living in Mount Airy, N.C. (a.k.a. Mayberry), Alicia’s hometown. Alicia is in her fifth year as a high school counselor and Chris just started a new sales job for a company called Tick Performance. They have two children, Zade (3) and Quinn (1), both of whom are full of energy and keep them very busy. They think of and pray for Montreat often and hope to get back soon for a visit!

Rwenshaun Miller ’16

Rwenshaun Miller ’16

Rwenshaun was awarded the SXSW Community Service Award at the 2019 SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas. Rwenshaun is a mental health therapist who works to raise mental health awareness, particularly in the black community, using educational content, trainings, workshops, and annual “Let’s Talk About It” walks in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, and Bertie County. He earned his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Montreat College in 2016.

Megan Recher ’16 and Kyle Wrenn ’16

Megan Recher ’16 and Kyle Wrenn ’16

Megan and Kyle got married! They met at Montreat in 2014 as students. He played baseball and majored in business, while she played softball and majored in psychology. They started dating in 2015 and both graduated from Montreat in the spring of 2016. On March 30, 2019, they were married. They currently live and work in Charlotte, N.C., and they plan to stay there and purchase their first house soon.

Emily (Vess) Latimore ’16

Emily (Vess) Latimore ’16

Emily graduated from Montreat with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She’s currently the director of music at Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church in Marion, N.C., where she leads worship, directs a choir of 25 members, and is in charge of the audio/visual, website, and promotional aspects for the church. Emily married Keith Latimore. They met at Montreat while Keith attended for one year, and they have two children together, Nolan Thomas (3) and Violet Noelle (4 months). They live in Marion, still close to Montreat and surrounded by Emily’s relatives.

Mishelle Lockerby ’17

Mishelle graduated with a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is thankful to be working with Family Preservations Services of the Western Region as a CST team lead. She is a provisionally licensed therapist and clinical addiction specialist seeking full licensure. She will soon pursue basic training in EMDR, a body-mind approach to treating complex trauma, and seek full certification in this. She is interested in pursuing additional studies, but is still in the early exploration stages.

Justin Wiggins ’18

Justin is from Eastern North Carolina. Although he grew up within the church, he was an agnostic. Through knowing authentic, intelligent, and compassionate followers of Christ, the influence of the music of Switchfoot, and the writings of C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald, he became a follower of Christ about 12 years ago. He went to Pitt Community College, graduated with an associate degree in 2012, and then went to East Carolina University, which he did not finish. He eventually came to Montreat College in 2017 under the influence of Dr. Don King. He came to love Black Mountain, Asheville, and Montreat, found a great community of people at Redeemer Anglican in West Asheville, came to have an amazing community of family and friends, and has had many rich life experiences. Some of those experiences were graduating in May of 2018 with his bachelor’s degree in literature; getting to go to Oxford, England; meeting C.S. Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham and becoming a friend of his; and over this past summer finishing his book Surprised by Agape, which was published through Clarendon House Publications in Sheffield, England. Justin is currently working as a librarian assistant at Montreat College and loves living in Montreat. He eventually wants to teach literature. He loves his life and marvels at the goodness and love of Christ.

Vickie Smith ’18 and Jessica (Smith) Osterhout ’18

Vickie Smith ’18 and Jessica (Smith) Osterhout ’18

Jessica and her mother, Vickie, both graduated Montreat together—from the same program! —in December of 2018. Jessica and Vickie started the master’s in counseling program in 2015 together and graduated in 2018. They attended the Charlotte location.

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