Commencement exercises were recently held for the February, 2013, graduating students of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. The graduation speaker was Ms. Starr Hutchings Purdue of Hutchings Funeral Home in Macon, Georgia. In addition, Ms. Purdue is the National Treasurer of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
Gupton-Jones President, Patty S. Hutcheson, presented awards to the students having the top two scholastic averages during their quarters of funeral study. The Valedictorian Award was presented to Ms. Jessica Rose Garrett of Emerson, Georgia. The Salutatorian Award went to Ms. Lindsay Kay Bentley from Atlanta, Georgia.
The Bill Pierce Award was presented by the Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, Mrs. Nancy Pierce Barber, to that graduate who, by vote of the members of the graduating class, best represents the funeral service profession in terms of professionalism. The honored recipient was Mr. Glenn N. Hurley of Oxford, Michigan.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented by Gupton-Jones College President, Mrs. Patty S. Hutcheson, to Ms. Starr Hutchings Purdue for her outstanding contributions to the funeral service profession. Also, another award was the Daniel E. Buchanan Award which was awarded to Ms. Lisa Yvonne Anthony of Cohutta, Georgia. In addition, the A. S. Turner Funeral Home of Decatur, Georgia, Award went to Mr. Glenn N. Hurley of Oxford, Michigan and Lindsay Kay Bentley from Atlanta, Georgia.
The Academic Achievement Awards were presented to those students who maintained a ninety-three percent or above average, and the Mu Sigma Alpha Awards went to the top ten percent of the graduating class. The recipients of both of these high awards went to: Lindsay Kay Bentley from Atlanta, Georgia; Jessica Rose Garrett of Emerson, Georgia; Katherine J. Hatherlee from Asheville, North Carolina; Chase Mackinen from Newnan, Georgia; Jennifer Lee Rutherford of Taos, New Mexico; and Brent Mason Sewell from Canton, Georgia.
During the ceremony, certain members of the graduating class, who distinguished themselves throughout the school year, were recognized with Perfect Attendance Awards. These awards were presented to: Delwyn G. Cox from Nassau, Bahamas, and Frank E. Williams III from Sumter, South Carolina.
During the ceremonies, sixty-one students were recipients of the Associate of Science Degree in the Funeral Service ceremony. They were: Mec’kell’ Vaughn Alexander of Dallas, Texas; Lisa Yvonne Anthony of Cohutta, Georgia; Jason Frederick Austin of Atlanta, Georgia; Trumaine Kenyatta Battle of Belle Glade, Florida; Lindsay Kay Bentley of Atlanta, Georgia; James Michale Birdsong from Thomaston, Georgia; Maya E. Boles from Sarasota, Florida; Anna Lisa Cannon Campbell of Tiger, Georgia; Brenton Trevor Cornelius Charlton, Jr. of Nassau, Bahamas; Delwyn Genson Cox of Nassau, Bahamas; and Jacquilin Creamer from Rome, Georgia.
Also included were: Eric Daniel Cullop of Mountain City, Tennessee; Lauren Marie Daniels of Miami, Florida; Justin Lewis Davis of Winnsboro, South Carolina; Lorenzo Duffy II of Atlanta, Georgia; Bre’Anshe’ Camisha Di’Jon Edwards of Charleston, South Carolina; Palmer Augustus Douglas Fielding of Sumter, South Carolina; Danielle Marie France of Decatur, Georgia; Heather Nicole Freeman from Swainsboro, Georgia; Mary A. Freeman from Hampton, Georgia; Belinda Ashley Gardner of Denmark, South Carolina; Jessica Rose Garrett from Emerson, Georgia; Na’Keria Patrice Garrett from Charleston, South Carolina; Clint Wayne Gilpin of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Richie Jonathan Hall of Blue Ridge, Georgia.
In addition were: Carlos Bashun Hannah of Conyers, Georgia; Katherine J. Hatherlee of Asheville, North Carolina; Ernest Degarrius Herrin of Ellenwood, Georgia; Elana Dell Holloway of Ball Ground, Georgia; Glenn N. Hurley of Oxford,Michigan; Kayla Arnold-Ingram of Cornelia, Georgia; Dennis Lee Jenkins, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; Lataya Johnson of Rosedale, Mississippi; Michael D. Johnson II of Columbus, Georgia; Sheena Jude from Conyers, Georgia; Patricia Hanika Larkin of Jonesboro, Georgia; Jamil H. Lee, Jr. from Orangeburg, South Carolina; Deana Marie Levett of Snellville, Georgia; Andre Lamont Locke from Burton, South Carolina; Chase Mackinen of Newnan, Georgia; and Samuel Wesley Markham of Lake City, Florida.
Others included were: Chase Zachary Martin of Canton, Georgia; Latoya S. McBroom from College Park, Georgia; Santrevias D. McCoy from Woodbury, Georgia; Terry B. Moss from Decatur, Georgia; Jennifer L. Murphy from Powder Springs, Georgia; Lakescia Shuntavious Newell from Atlanta, Georgia; Jeffrey l. Owens of Rochester, New York; Bernard Phillip II of Gainesville, Florida; Samuel Darrell Robertson of Tobaccoville, North Carolina; Jennifer Lee Rutherford of Taos, New Mexico; Shasta Lacole Satterfield of Chatsworth, Georgia; Lindsey Nicole Sessions of Atlanta, Georgia; Brent Mason Sewell of Canton, Georgia; Tadd Daniel Shadburn of Gainesville, Georgia; Moneka L. Smith of Decatur, Georgia; Taneesha L. Smith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Matthew Curtis Turner of Marietta, Georgia; Frank E. Williams III from Sumter, South Carolina; Kimberly Renee Williams of Bishopville, South Carolina; and Malory Elizabeth Wolf of Grayson, Georgia.
Posted April 29, 2013