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40’s] Josephine Simrall Gilliland ’41 celebrated her 90th birthday on December 8. She commemorated the event by attending the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree with members of her family.

60’s] Yong Choon Kim ’60 has enjoyed travel and leisure after retiring from 35 years of teaching at the University of Rhode Island. He recently took an Alaskan cruise and travelled to Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Portland, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, and the Oregon coast.

Dixie McKie Baird ’62 has sold her Harley and is keeping both feet on the ground with cross-country skiing in Colorado and hiking in the Smokies. She works part-time at an import home furnishing store and enjoys church volunteer work.

Polly Bullard Woods ’62 and husband Bill will celebrate their 30th anniversary on May 9, 2010! The couple has four children and ten grandchildren, with their first great-grandchild arriving in October. They love to go camping in either their 17’ Casita travel trailer or 40’ Park Model RV.

Corinne Fox ’63 was appointed Interim Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Jackson by Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. It is Corinne’s second time to work under Mayor Johnson’s administration, as she served as Deputy Planning Director from 1998 to 2005.

Robert Griffin ’63 is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain, Retired Hospital Chaplain (14 years). He remains active in community affairs and has been recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in Henry County, Georgia. He is now in private practice as Pastoral Counselor and Family Life Educator in Georgia. He recently organized the Atlanta Chapter of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

John Sumrall ’64 has written a book entitled Classic Magnolia Rock-History of Original Mississippi Rock and Roll 1953-1970 which is currently available at most book stores and from his website .

Robert “Bob” Penny ’66 and Adrianne DeYoung Penny ’67 recently moved back to Jackson after more than thirty-five years of Presbyterian ministry. Bob serves as Vice President for Development at Reformed Theological Seminary, while Adrianne devotes part of her time to producing water color art pieces for local shows and custom work for patrons.

70’s] Diana O’Toole ’71 is the Program Director of Mississippi Development Authority’s Hometown Retirement, and she was featured in the October 5th issue of Mississippi Business Journal for her knowledge on the economic impact of retirees relocating to a community.

Richard Burguet ’77 and Anne Dodson Burguet ’74 are now the proud grandparents of their first grandchild, Mackenzie Owen. Richard continues serving as Senior Pastor at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Eustis, Florida. Anne stays busy teaching sixth grade Language Arts at the Geneva Classical Christian School.

Jerry Kennedy ’75 recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary as Jefferson County Hospital Administrator.

Richard McKey ’76 was featured in the Jackson Free Press for his artwork, which can be seen all over Jackson. He recently opened a gallery on Duling Street in Fondren.

Mike Peters ’78 was featured in the Clarion Ledger for his work promoting Jackson’s continued development. He is the owner of Peters Real Estate, is married to Anne Mitchell Peters, and has two grown sons, Mitch and Sam.

William Keith King ’79 and wife Shelia are the proud grandparents of William Gillentine King, born July 22, 2009.

80’s] James “Neil” Barham ’84 and Julie McRae Barham ’80 moved to Miami, Florida in 2002 to care for Julie’s mother after the death of her father. The couple has three children: Hannah (19), Seth (16), and Leah (15). Seth would like to attend Belhaven when that time comes.

Rebecca Buchanan Saenz, MD ’85 and her husband Joe are proud to announce the birth of Samuel Joseph Saenz, born November 16, 2008. He is welcomed by older siblings Janette, Larissa and Jacob.

Jonathan “Jon” Byler ’86 recently published his second book on leadership, “The Art of Christian Leadership.” While serving as a pastor for more than a dozen years in East Africa, Jon developed a model of leadership training that he has shared in more than 15 countries. Jon serves as the International Coordinator for the Global LEAD Alliance, a ministry track of Global Disciples.

Jason Guynes ’89 has been elected to a three-year term as the state of Alabama’s representative on the Southern College Art Conference Board. Jason serves as chairman of the Visual Arts program at the University of South Alabama.

90’s] Carl van Coppenhagen ’91 was featured in the Hattiesburg American for his business, Carl’s Wine and Spirits, which has been open since 2007. Carl was also inducted into the Belhaven Sports Hall of Fame for tennis in 2008.

Mack Clements ’95 has joined the Center for Excellence as PC hardware technician.

Cecelia Grinstead ’96 is getting re-certified to teach in the state of Alabama and is substitute teaching in grades second thru eighth in the greater Birmingham area. Cecelia is also putting her artistic talents to use by starting a small business with a line of stationery cards known as “Caring Cards” that can be seen on her blog at ART FOR JOY at

Brian DeHuff ’98 and his wife Danellen live in Montgomery, Alabama and recently welcomed their first daughter, Rivers. She joins her older brothers Johnson (4) and Knox (2).

Amber Foster Kidner ’98 married her husband, Jason, in 2007. The couple celebrated the birth of their son, Elliot, on February 23, 2008. They are serving with World Harvest Mission on a church planting team in West London, with a special interest in South Asians living in the community.

William “Dan” Marks ’98 has been Chief Marketing Officer at First Tennessee Bank for two years. His wife, Katie, was recently named Chairperson for the Junior League’s Merry Marketplace 2010. Dan’s and Katie’s son, Sam, will turn two on Christmas Day.

Gage Walker ’98 was recently named Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender of Rankin County for M&F Bank. Gage has been in the banking industry for more than 11 years.

John Mark Whitney ’98 and Beth Tippett Whitney ’99 made the jump from Christian education to specialty advertising earlier this year by starting Whitney Advertising Products ( ). The company, based in Jackson, offers a variety of marketing and advertising products.

Vanessa Oliver ’99 is the Missions and Events Coordinator at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia.

00’s] Norman “Randy” Keyes ’00 has recently been promoted to Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Following several deployments in the Middle East from 2003-2006, Randy currently serves as Manager for the Land Department at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, based in Houston, Texas.

Dan Purvis ’00 and his wife Leigh Ann welcomed their second child, Austin Reese, on July 1, 2009. He joins older sister, Lindsey. Dan continues to serve as Head Baseball Coach for Louisiana State University-Alexandria.

John Dooley ’01 was featured in the Jackson Free Press for “turning his passion for scuba diving into a business.” John recently won a $10,000 grant from the Mississippi Technology Alliance to develop Diver’s D\Lyte, a performance energy drink for scuba divers. He lives in Madison with his wife Kellie and their three children, and his website is
Suzanne Niess Sanders ’01 and her husband Marcus welcomed their first child, Clara-Grace Marie, into the world on November 4, 2008. Suzanne is Co-Director of Center Pointe Dance Academy with locations in Brandon and Clinton.

Paul Gundy ’02 and Annie Roberts Gundy ’03 currently reside in Diamondhead, Mississippi with their two little girls—Averie Jane and Olivia Mae. Paul is serving a six-month deployment in Afghanistan with the 74th Naval Construction Battalion. He also ran in the Marine Corps Marathon in Afghanistan, placing 12th out of 256 finishers. The family will be moving to Beaufort, South Carolina in the summer of 2010 to finish out Paul’s stint in the Navy.

Elizabeth Rose ’02 and her husband David recently moved to England, where David serves active duty with the United States Air Force. The couple is expecting their second child, Christopher Nathaniel, due in late November. He will join his older sister, Hannah.

Louise Beckham Anderson ’02 was recently installed as Corporate President of Executive Women International at their annual conference, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky.

Christian Funderburk ’03 is a Fine Arts Teacher at Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Thomas Gardner ’03 and his wife Mollie, along with sons Thad (4) and Ian (2), have been living in Vienna, Austria since 2006, serving as full-time missionaries at Vienna Christian School. Thomas serves as Chaplain, as well as 9th grade Bible and 10th grade World History teacher.

Jeremy Ballard ’03 has served as a Louisiana State Trooper since 2004. He and his wife Casey were married in 2006. The couple’s daughter, Aubrey Brooke, was born November 28, 2008.

Rebecca Rose ’04 graduated from medical school in May and was promoted to Captain in the United States Air Force Reserves. She is currently completing her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Grant Callen ’05 was recently featured in “Keeping Our Eye On” in the Mississippi Business Journal. Grant is the Director of Development for Mississippi Center for Public Policy, is married to Page Chestnut Callen ’05, and is father to Freeman. He is the winner of the 2009 “Young Alumnus of the Year” award and is currently working on his masters in government from Regent University.

Bethany Herron ’05 is currently employed with the State of Missouri as a Workforce Development Specialist in one of Missouri’s Career Centers. She is still passionate about the performing arts and is currently the President on the Board of Directors for the New Haven Community Theatre Company (NCTC), and she recently directed the musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Tamara Hall ’07 is pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership through Argosy University’s online program.

Lana J. Morris ’07 was recently certified as an engineer intern with ABMB Engineers, Inc. in Jackson.

Kathy Skipper Nasianceno ’07 has been promoted to Credit Officer for the Bank of Yazoo.

Charles “CL” Pearce ’07 and his wife Kirsten, along with their daughter Eva, will begin serving Christ in India in January 2010.

Daniel Crisler ’08 celebrated the release of his first album, “Four Days on the Moon,” on December 1. The album’s first single, “Houston Street,” is now streaming on

Janice Shannon Smothers ’08 is currently working as a Program Assistant with the Mississippi Community College Foundation in Jackson.

Lindsey Berg ’09 is serving in Mbarara, Uganda, through Africa Inland Mission from October 1, 2009 until May 27, 2010. She is using health education as a means to share Christ in the community and hospital.


Ethel L. Conger ’23 passed away August 10, 2009 and was a native of Monroe, Louisiana.

Lillian M. Gayden ’31 passed away July 21, 2009 in Granbury, Texas.

Ida N. Ashburn ’40 passed away September 28, 2009 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

Katharine W. Cowen ’40 passed away December 10, 2008 at her home in Crowley, Louisiana.

Clara R. Roberts ’41 passed away March 3, 2009 at her home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Mamie E. Elston ’41 passed away September 20, 2009 at Grace Home in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Margaret J. Mansell ’41 passed away August 14, 2009 at Hospice Ministries in Jackson.

Beth M. King ’43 passed away August 25, 2009 at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, just four months shy of her 89th birthday. As a student at Belhaven, she competed in tennis and as an alumna she became chair of the 50-Year Club.

Anna R. Lloyd ’43 passed away Monday, June 1, 2009 at St. Dominic Hospital.

Rosa F. Emmons ’47 passed away September 24, 2009 at Poplar Springs Nursing Center in Meridian. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert. She served on the board of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Junior Auxiliary, Fortnightly Literary Club, and Heritage Literary Club.

Nancy G. Owens ’50 passed away August 15, 2009 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Katherine R. Simmons ’50 passed away August 23, 2009 at her home in Hammond, Louisiana.

John A. Little ’60 passed away September 14, 2009 at Dekalb Medical Hospital in Lilburn, Georgia. He served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tucker, Ga. for 24 years, was a member of the Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus, and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

Nanette Tabor ’63 passed away Friday, May 29, 2009 of heart failure, at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA.

James M. O’Toole ’71 passed away October 5, 2009 at his home in Brandon. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diana ’71 and daughter, Megan Elizabeth.

Betty McDaniel ’84 passed away on September 3, 2009 at University Medical Center. She is survived by her two children, Dan M. McDaniel III and Meredith Lee McDaniel. After graduating from Belhaven, Betty
held several executive positions with the State of Mississippi, including service as the first female Director of Surplus Property.

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