Sampson’s Rosenwald legacies honored


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Some of the honorees who were recognized during a recent dinner at the old Charles E. Perry School in Roseboro, the inaugural event of the Gwyn Fisher Turman Scholarship Fund.


The Gwyn Turman Scholarship Fund’s inaugural Legacy Dinner paid tribute to 35 Sampson natives who have lived full lives and paved the way during the Rosenwald era.

“It’s been enlightening to learn about the educational journeys of the honorees,” stated Millus H. Turman, chief executive officer of the scholarship fund’s Board of Directors. “We salute and honor nonagenarians (ages 90-99) and centenarians (ages 100+) who grew up in Roseboro and surrounding communities and have lived through the Rosenwald era.”

J.V. Boykin Sr. was the principal at Roseboro Colored School, while Perry took over upon its transition to a high school in 1936, serving until 1963. The Rev. Calvin Johnson Sr. served as principal from 1963-69. The legacies of those men were honored along with the many students they influenced

“They have a legacy of contributions in civic endeavors as well as the love and guidance of their families,” Turman stated.

The legacy dinner is the scholarship fund’s major fundraising activity, while also serving as a means of honoring citizens who are a part of education in Sampson (see related story on A1). The dinner, held inside the gymnasium at the old Charles E. Perry High School, served to honor those with Rosenwald legacies who are still living. The honorees were:

• Annie Boykin Carlton, 109 years old

• Jessie Wilbon Owens, 104

• Sannie Crumpler Purdie, 101

• Annie Ruth Alexander Alderman, 100

• Wixie Parker, 100

• Everlina Tucker Webb, 99

• Zebedee Wilcox, 99

• Lessie Mae Sutton, 98

• Beatrice Brown, 97

• Fannie Parker Johnson, 97

• Elizabeth Hollingsworth, 95

• Lucious Robinson Jr., 95

• Gladys Mathis Anderson, 94

• Hazel Owens Murphy, 94

• John Walter Alexander, 93

• Sallie Mae Fisher Alexander, 93

• Gladys Boone, 93

• Flonnie McLean Craig, 93

• Elevie Mozelle Melvin, 93

• Katie Newman James, 93

• Dixie Dee Williams Melvin, 93

• Mary Stokes Merritt, 93

• Doris Kemp Bennett, 93

• Lila Spearman West, 92

• Dorothy Crenshaw, 91

• Luerene Howard Melvin, 91

• Mary Jenkie Spearman Brown, 91

• Bertha Johnson Armstrong, 90

• Edith Freeman Hargrove Carroll, 90

• Albert Louis Godwin, 90

• Mary Smith Martin, 90

• Lattice Boykin McKoy, 90

• Mody Lamb Murphy, 90

• Mary Lois Lamb Smith, 90

• Rev. Calvin Johnson, 88

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By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Some of the honorees who were recognized during a recent dinner at the old Charles E. Perry School in Roseboro, the inaugural event of the Gwyn Fisher Turman Scholarship Fund.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_honorees.jpgSome of the honorees who were recognized during a recent dinner at the old Charles E. Perry School in Roseboro, the inaugural event of the Gwyn Fisher Turman Scholarship Fund.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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