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BC Honors Golden Graduates

Bluefield College honored three members of its class of 1966 with induction into the school’s Golden Graduate Society during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 21-23.

Chris Shoemaker

October 27, 2016

Photos by BC student marketing associate Stephanie Dunning.

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Tom Childress (second from right).
Vicki Tinsley Haymes (second from right).
Richard B. Jones
BC Golden Graduates (from left): Tom Childress (’66), Vicki Tinsley Haymes (’66), Doug Hawks (’57), Rev. Rod Hale (’60), Rev. Jack Marcom (’62), Fran Webb Louthan (’60), Dr. David Bailey (’60), Barbara Asbury Custalow (’61), Jim Jenkins (’60) and Farley Wolford (’54).

 

Photos by BC student marketing associate Stephanie Dunning.

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Forty-three alumni and friends from as far as Georgia and as near as Bluefield returned to watch the former BC students be inducted into the prestigious group, created in 2009 to honor and preserve the legacy of alumni from the Golden Anniversary era. Since then, about 140 Golden graduates have been inducted into the society, including the three this year from the class of 1966.

 

 

Alumni Director Josh Grubb welcomed the Golden grads to the special reunion occasion. “We hope your time on campus this weekend is filled with joy and good memories of your experiences here,” he said.

 

 

The three members of the class of 1966 on campus this year to be inducted into the select Golden Graduates Society included Tom Childress of Pocahontas, Virginia, Vicki Tinsley Haymes of Waynesboro, Virginia, and Richard B. Jones of Bluefield, Virginia.

 

 

The new inductees were individually recognized by Grubb, BC president Dr. David Olive, and BC vice president for advancement and finance Ruth Blankenship. They each received a gold medallion engraved with the Golden Graduate Society insignia and a BC lapel pin imprinted with the college seal.

 

 

“We are thankful for our Golden Graduates and for their heritage of faith,” said Dr. Marshall Flowers, vice president for academic affairs and athletics, “and for what they mean to Bluefield College.”

 

 

Other members of the Golden Graduate Society, inducted in previous years, were on hand to help celebrate with the new inductees, including Dr. David Bailey (’60) of Richmond, Virginia; Barbara Asbury Custalow (’61) of Williamsburg, Virginia; Rev. Rod Hale (’60) of Midlothian, Virginia; Doug Hawks (’57) of Monroe, Georgia; Jim Jenkins (’60) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Fran Webb Louthan (’60) of Radford, Virginia; Rev. Jack Marcom (‘62) of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Farley Wolford (’54) of Morganton, Georgia.

 

 

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