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KINSTON-Mrs. Esther D. Gibson of Ayden, a
member of the English faculty at Lenoir Community
College since 1966, will retire June 30,1982, after 30
years in education at the public school and two-year
A native of the Ayden area of Pitt County, she was
born in a little red school house which her late father
renovated and enlarged for a residence. She decided
on her first day at public school that she wanted to
become a teacher.
Her father was the late Emmitt F. Dennis and her
’ mother, who now resides with her, is Mrs. Gracie
Smith Dennis. Her only brother now living is Claude
Dennis of Ayden.
Mrs. Gibson took her undergraduate degree in
education at East Carolina Teachers College (now
ECU). She has an A. B. degree in English and
French and also a master’s degree in her field. She
also has a master’s degree in counseling and
guidance. She earned both at East Carolina
She began her teaching career at Pine Hall in
Stokes County where she met and married her
husband, Edison Gibson, who died on August 23,
1972. When her three sons were born she took time
out to raise her family. Her sons are Major Emmitt
Edison of Herndon, Va., Leonard Howard Gibson of
Rolesville (he is a highway patrolman) and Jerry
Trumon Gibson of Ayden, who is a salesman with
Garris and Evans Lumber Company in Greenville.
Mrs. Gibson taught five and one-half years at Pine
Hall. Her next faculty assignment was at Contentnea
School in Lenoir County during the tenure of
Principal George Warren. She taught two years at
Ayden School in Pitt County before joining the LCC
faculty in 1966 when it became an accredited two-
In addition to her full teaching load at LCC Mrs.
Gibson has served on the Executive Committee, the
Learning Resources Committee, as Chairman of the
English Department, and Secretary of the
Committee on Remedial Programs. She has headed
the English Department since 1978 and has served
on the Administrative Council.
She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa in Kinston.
She is active in the Ayden Methodist Church where
she serves on the church board and where she teaches
an adult Sunday School class every third Sunday.
She taught Sunday School for a high school group for
many years. Her other extra-curricula activities
include a term as local president of the N. C.
Association of Educators at LCC.
Retirement will free Mrs. Gibson to devote more
KINSTON—The commencement program for the
20th graduation at Lenoir Community College on
Friday night, June 4 will feature a processional and
recessional, issuance of 355 degrees, diplomas and
certificates and an address by Rep. Daniel T. Lilleyof
the Third N.C. District, it was announced today. The
brief program will start at 8:15 p.m.
Mrs. Hazel Edwards will play the organ prelude
and the processional and recessional music. The
processional will be led by faculty marshal Cullen
Zimmerman to the tune of “Pomp and
Circumstance.” Rev. Conrad Pridgen of the St.
James AME Church will offer the invocation.
Dr. Jesse L. McDaniel, LCC president, will
welcome the audience in the College Union where the
exercises have been held in recent years. Speaking
for the Class of 1982 will be Walter Anderson of
Kinston. He was elected May 5 by members of the
class. He is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Marine
The speaker will be introduced by Dr. McDaniel.
Rep. Lilley, a four-term legislator and a native of
Martin County, will be making his first appearance
as commencement speaker at the college.
Dr. Thomas M. Benton, executive vice-president of
the college, will present the Class of 1982 for
graduation. Chairman A. Forest Waller of the Board
of Trustees will present the degrees, diplomas and
S^s. Esther D. Gibson
time to her mother, but there is no plan for idleness in
her future. She will continue to work as a volunteer in
a rest home and will work as a volunteer in reading
and writing in the Ayden public schools.
Her interest s are varied. They include travel and a
keen desire to re-visit England in the near future.
She thoroughly enjoys reading and growing indoor
and outdoor flowers. She also enjoys travel and what
she calls “grand-mothering.” She has advised her
associates at LCC that she may be available to teach
an occasional class on a part-time basis in the future.
In May 1977 Mrs. Gibson was named “Faculty
Member of The Month” by LCC students. She is
known as “one of the most helpful and encouraging
instructors in the College Transfer Department” by
her students and faculty associates.
Her philosphy of education gives warm support to
the two-year colleges. She sees them as “bridgingthe
gap” for many students who leave high school but
who are not ready for full schedules in a four-year
college or university. She has especially enjoyed her
work with the Administration and the faculty at
LCC. She says she will miss each one she has worked
with, but plans to keep in touch in the future.
Looking back over her 30-year career she says her
first g^rade decision to become a teacher has been
“most rewarding” and she would not choose a
different vocation if she had it to do over again.
Experience in the public schools and at the college
level has served to give her a better understanding of
the needs of young people entering college for the
first time. The two-year college is “uniquely
qualified” to encourage those who seek four-year
degrees as well as those pursuing vocational and
technical careers, she concluded.
certificates. In addition to the 355 who are
completing their college studies there will be 268
adults who have earned their high school
equivalancy certificates since last May 1 from the
college General Educational Development Tests.
Mrs. Edward will play “Jesu, Joy of Man’s
Desiring” for the recessional. Rev. Pridgen will
pronounce the benediction.
The air-conditioned College Union can
accommodate up to 2,500 persons for the ceremony.
LCC had its first graduation of some 53 persons at
Southwood School in 1963.
KINSTON—Twenty-three adults completed their
requirements for the high school equivalency
certificate through the General Education Tests at
Lenoir Community College during May, according to
Learning Laboratory Director Claude L. Barrett Jr.
Among those who qualified on the LCC campus are
Johnnie J. Bratten of Grifton Route 3, Box 306, Paul
J. Dawson of Grifton Route 3, Box 268 and John R.
Stevens of Dudley Route 1, Box 296.
There are 268 who have qualified for certificates
since the commencement season last year, Barrett
stated. The next testing dates are June 10 at the
Learning Laboratory on campus and June 24 at the
Greene County Extension Unit.
By MRS. B.H. MITCHELL
The Craven County Veteran Council invites
everyone to the Memorial Service on May 31st at the
National Cemetery in New Bern, N. C. On that
Monday the Memorial Service will begin at 3:00
o’clock p. m.
Many people will give a part of their time to pause
and honor the men and women who gave a portion of
their lives to serve our great country.
Handy F. Mitchell is Chairman of the Council and
he states that all are welcome to attend.
The District No. 2 Union Meeting will convene at 411^
Live Oak F.W.B. Church in Bridgeton on Friday
night, with the emphasis on youth participation in
the program. Service will begin at 7:30 p. m. All
churches in the Union have been asked to support the
On Saturday, May 29, the business session will
begin at 2:00 o’clock p. m.
Sunday morning. May 30, joint Sunday School will
begin at 10:00 o’clock a. m.
The president will deliver the morning message at
11:00 a. m. and Live Oak Choir will sing. This will be
followed by a break for lunch and an evening service
also. Elder J. 0. Dawson of Vanceboro is presidentof
the Union. He encourages all churches to be
prepared to support the Union Meeting.
There will be a gospel sing at the St. Edwards
F.W.B. Church oh Sunday night. May 30, at 7:30 p.
m. Several gospel groups will be participating on the
program with Samuel Rufus and The Hickory Grove
Male Chorus. Mr. Rufus has promised a well planned
program. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the
gospel in songs. Deacon Rufus Hawkins is sponsor.
Elder William Waters is pastor.
There will be a gospel sing at the St. John A.M.E.
Zion Church of Ft. Barnwell on Sunday night at 7:30
The Dixie Land Gospel Singers and the N. C.
Faithfulettes will be among the singing groups.
Everyone is invited to attend. Mr. Roy Mitchell is
sponsor and Rev. W. Johnson is pastor.
Dr. Steven I. Cohen of Family Chiropractic Health
and Accident Services of Winterville attended a
postgraduate seminar in Atlanta last weekend. The
seminar’s focus was neurological dysfunction and
improvement of neurologic communication. It
presented new research from the medical and
, chiropractic communities on a recently discovered
approach, “Bio-Energetic Synchronization
This new method has been shown to significantly
speed the healing process in injuries including
fractures and whiplash sprain injuries. It has been IIk
demonstrated to be very effective in the treatment of
persistent headache and neck, shoulder, and arm
The seminar was presented by Dr. M. T. Morter, D.
C., past President of Logan College of Chiropractic of
St. Louis. Dr. Morter stated that the bones and
organs in the human body are designed to last 120
years or more. New research in this field of longevity
was presented and practical methods (including
nutrition) of reversing this process were discussed.
Dr. Cohen resumed regular office hours on 5/17/82.
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