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Debutantes presented to society at annual ball

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From Contributed Reports

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Six young women with local ties made their social debut on Friday at the 93rd annual North Carolina Debutante Ball sponsored by the Raleigh Terpsichorean Club.

The debutantes were:

Frances Jane Anderson of Tarboro is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cutchin Anderson. Her father served as her chief marshal, and Dylan Thomas Brown of Tarboro served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Hicks Williamson of Charlotte, and Mr. and Mrs. Berry Lane Anderson Jr. of Tarboro. Her mother was presented at the 1985 ball; her sister, Catherine Stuart Anderson, was presented at the 2012 ball; and her sister, Sarah Catherine Anderson, was presented at the 2016 ball. Frances is a graduate of St. Mary’s School and is currently a sophomore at the University of South Carolina.

Emily Malone Bondy of Rocky Mount is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Villeré Bondy. Her father served as her chief marshal, and Bailey Dale Beddingfield of Rocky Mount served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Barbara Allen Winfield and the late Mr. William Bernard Winfield of Washington, N.C., and Mr. August Arthur Bondy and the late Mrs. Thelma Dayries Bondy of New Roads, La. Her sister, Catherine Courtney Bondy, was presented at the 2017 ball. Malone is a graduate of Rocky Mount Academy and is currently a sophomore at Meredith College.

Ann Parke Cain Godwin of Rocky Mount is the daughter of Mrs. Lisa Bulliner Godwin and the late Mr. James Tolbert Godwin. Her uncle, Mr. Shawn Gordon Bulliner of Florence, S.C., served as her chief marshal, and William Arthur Goldberg of Atlanta, Ga., served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Edward Groder of Rocky Mount, the late Mr. Walter Cain Bulliner of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Braxton Godwin of Rocky Mount. Her sister, Bishop Marie Godwin, was presented at the 2017 ball. Ann Parke is a graduate of Rocky Mount High School and is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Anne McCray Joseph of Rocky Mount is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scott Joseph. Her father served as her chief marshal, and Joseph Daniel Abrams of Garner served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Quick Jr. of Rocky Mount, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Irving Joseph of Greensboro. Anne McCray is a graduate of Rocky Mount High School and is currently a sophomore at Meredith College.

Lauren Elizabeth Seale of Rocky Mount is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Creighton Seale. Her father served as her chief marshal, and David Thomas Griffin of Rocky Mount served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bickett Griffis Jr. of Farmville, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Creighton Seale of Pine Knoll Shores. Lauren is a graduate of Rocky Mount Academy and is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Ann Margaret Taylor of Tarboro is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glenn Taylor. Her father served as her chief marshal, and Thomas Winfield Newton of Wilson served as her assistant marshal. She is the granddaughter of Mr. And Mrs. Rex Browning of Tarboro and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Arrington Taylor of Beaufort. Ann Margaret is a graduate of Rocky Mount Academy and is currently a sophomore at Appalachian State University.

The Terpsichorean Club, comprised of gentlemen from the Raleigh area, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide debutante ball. The event has been held yearly since 1923 with the exception of the World War II years.

Young women were selected for presentation by more than 200 nominators statewide, and approval of the nominations is made by club members. The women were selected based on the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of the state.

During the ball weekend, eight functions were held to honor the debutantes, their families and their escorts. James Curtis McCaskill chaired this year’s ball.

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