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1972 – Medley Curry
1972 – Col. Wayne Douglas King
1974 – Tom Romery
1981 – Karla Fields
1982 – Scott Kilpatrick
1985 – MSgt. David Wallace
Gibson, Sr.
1975 – J.C. Conner
1982 – Jeff Schubert
1989 – Kehinde Lakanu
2013- Jamie Leigh Ruppel
1982- Jim Drinkard
Mary McLure Mulloy
Mary Kathleen Owens (2011) to William Tyler Ethridge
Abby Kathryn Spitler (2009) to Brennan Michael Olive (2013)
Stephanie Leigh Carroll (2011) to Craig Anthony Schimmer (2011)
Rachel Elizabeth Maddox (2013) to Joseph Andrew Davis (2008)
Freda Karen Kelley (2009) to Caleb Lowell Bristow
Savannah Lynn Youmans (2009, 2011) to Adam Samuel Jones
Olivia Ann Roberts (2013) to Jesse Ray Foreman
Haley Leigh Hughes (2011) to James Corey Lanier
Meredith Kaye Greene (2009) to Richard Brian Norris
Haley Gibson (2012) to Kyle Ansley (2013)
Mike and Shirley Holmes
celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary this year, a
relationship that “all started
with a used trigonometry
On May 25, Mr. and Mrs.
Holmes renewed their vows
at a ceremony with family at
Saint George Island, Fla. Their
relationship began 51 years
earlier, at the beginning of the
1962 Troy State University fall
semester, with Mike posting
an ad on a student center
bulletin board selling his used
trigonometry textbook.
“At the [welcome back
students] dance that Friday
night the cutest auburn-haired
co-ed I had ever seen caught
my attention,” Mike said. After
swallowing his trepidation,
Mike walked over and asked
her for a dance. Over the
course of their dance he
discovered that the Shirley,
whose company he was
enjoying so much, was the
same Shirley Russell who had
called him about his textbook
earlier that day. They hit it off
and hung out until her dorm
curfew parted them for the
night, but arranged to meet the
next morning for the afore-
planned textbook exchange.
“That night I had trouble
sleeping,” Mike remembered.
True Love and a Trig Book: A Tale of Two TROY Alumni
Mike and Shirley Holmes celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary
by Meg Shackelford
“I already knew that there was
something different and special
about this beauty.”
The next day a very anxious
Mike showed up half an hour
early to their appointment
at the student center lounge.
“Halleluiah!” he thought, when
“at exactly the appointed time
she walks in and straight up to
me with a gorgeous smile and
a winning manner.”
They continued seeing each
other and that initial meeting
“turned into a flowering
romance that led to a wedding
on May 25, 1963,” recounts
Mike. “I had never believed in
‘love at first sight’ before, but
this is about as close to it as
I’ve observed in my 71 years.”
Mike and Shirley graduated
together from TROY in the
summer of 1964 and both
went on to pursue higher
degrees. Today they have two
children, Jyll and Micheal, and
four grandchildren, Ally, Clay,
Jameson and Sawyer. They still
visit the place where they first
met on the Troy Campus to
reminisce and, during football
season, cheer on their beloved
Shackelford, a senior English
major from Troy, is a former student
writer for university relations.
Ann Killets (1971, 1978),
a longtime administrator
with the Palm Beach County
School District, has been ap-
pointed associated dean for
education programs at Palm
Beach Atlantic University in
West Palm Beach, Fla. She
previously served as a teacher,
guidance counselor, assistant
principal and principal in the
Palm Beach County Schools
and most recently served as a
chief of staff and chief aca-
demic officer for the schools
Bryan Helms (1978)
the new vice president for
financial and administrative
services at Calhoun
Community College in
Col. Michael Humphrey
U.S. Air Force
Junior ROTC instructor at
Trinity (N.C.) High School,
was recently honored by the
Randolph County Schools
with its Beginning Teacher
of Excellence Award.
Humphrey was one of
three teachers in the system
to receive the honor. In
addition to his duties at
Trinity, he also teaches
students from Wheatmore
High School. In addition to a
bachelor’s degree from TROY,
Humphrey also attended
Air Command and Staff
College and Air War College.
He retired from the U.S. Air
Force after nearly 30 years of
Patricia Falvey (1985)
is director of development
for corporate support and
philanthropy at Vegas PBS.
Falvey previously worked as
vice president of development
for Catholic Charities of
Southern Nevada. She
graduated with a certificate in
the principles and techniques
of fundraising from the
Center on Philanthropy at
Indiana University and a holds
Master’s of Science degree in
public administration from
Troy University.
Barry E. Bazemore
has graduated from
the U.S. Army War College at
Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa.
and earned a master’s degree
in strategic studies. A civilian
employee of the Department
of the Army, Bazemore is the
chief of program integration
and training division assigned
to the Headquarters of the
Department of the Army
Cybersecurity Directorate at
Fort Belvoir, Va. He has 32
years of federal service.
Steven Sullivan (1991)
was recently appointed
principal of Hoggard High
School in new Hanover
County, N.C. He previously
served as principal at Heide
Trask High School in Pender
County and as assistant
principal at Hoggard High
School and Roland-Grise
Middle School.
Amanda B. Hawkins
an associate professor
of nursing and coordinator of
Columbus State University’s
RN-to-BSN Program, was
recently named among the
Top 20 Medical and Health
Professors in Georgia.
Hawkins joined Columbus
State in 1994 and is an expert
in medical-surgical nursing.
Roger Wehner (1993)
was recently named executive
director of the Mobile Airport
Authority. The Authority
oversees both the Mobile
Regional Airport and Brookley
Valerie Ertz (1994)
was recently appointed to
the Trinity River Authority
Board of Directors by Texas
Governor Rick Perry. A
resident of Dallas, Ertz is
owner and president of VEE
Services. She is a member
of the State Commission on
Judicial Conduct, the Society
of St. Vincent DePaul,
Military Order of St. John’s
and the Texas Women’s
Initiative. Her term will expire
in March 2015.
Tammy B. Owens (1995)
has been named business
banking relationship manager
for StellarOne Bank in the
Hampton Roads area of
Virginia. Owens will work
with the commercial lines
of banking, advising clients,
selling services and providing
a range of financial services
to existing business accounts.
Owens previously served as
the business development
manager with the city of
Virginia Beach Economic
Development Department.
Thomas Lassmann
of Marianna was
recently appointed to the
Chipola College District
Board of Directors by Florida
Gov. Rick Scott. Lassmann,
a commercial banker with
Superior Bank, was appointed
to a two-year term. He has
also served on the Jackson
County Chamber of
Derrick Morris (1996,
was recently named
principal of Houston County
High School. He previously
served as principal of
Slocomb High School and
holds both bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from TROY.
Mark Melendez (1998)
is the new principal at
Hutchison Elementary School
in Richmond, Texas. A U.S.
Army veteran, Melendez has
15 years of experience in
education, including service
as a teacher and assistant
principal in Georgia.
Amy Cherry (2000)
been promoted to regional
vice president of IL Group,
a provider of customized
insurance products and
services to lending institutions
nationwide. She previously
served as the company’s
national client relations
Amanda Hood (2000)
was recently named principal
of Mountain Brook High
School. She previously served
as assistant principal at the
school and also as principal of
Mountain Brook Junior High
Col. Paula C. Lodi
recently assumed
duties as commander of
the 14th Combat Support
Hospital during a change of
command ceremony at Fort
Benning, Ga. Col. Lodi’s
most recent assignment was
at the Pentagon, where she
served on the Army staff. She
is a veteran of three tours
in Iraq and also took part
in humanitarian missions,
Operation Provide Comfort
during the Gulf War and
Hurricane Katrina Relief. She
and her husband, Command
Sgt. Maj. Henry R. Vance
III, have two daughters –
Mackenzie and Meredith.
Sally Sherman (2000)
Flagler County (Fla.) Deputy
Administrator, recently
received an Excellence in
Leadership Award from the
Florida City and County
Management Association
during the organization’s
annual business meeting in
Orlando. In addition, Sherman
was named District II director
for the organization and
delivered a keynote speech
during the meeting.
Dr. Debra LaPrad
has joined the
Eye Associates of the
South as a comprehensive
ophthalmologist on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Cash Freeman (2004)
has been selected as a Tillman
Military Scholar for the
2013-2014 academic year at
the University of Wyoming
College of Law. Freeman, who
holds a master’s degree from
TROY, served 21 years in the
U.S. Army, retiring in 2011 at
the rank of captain.
William Key Malone,
Jr. (2005)
will mark his
20th year at Morgan County
High School where he will
teach U.S. history and weight