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Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Summer 2011 Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Class of 1943
William Knight "Bill" Delbridge, 87, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 at his residence. Born in 1924 to the late William Adolphus Delbridge and Lela Knight Delbridge, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy and Helen. Bill attended Norlina High School and Oak Ridge Military academy before entering the U.S. Army in 1943 to serve his country. During WWII he spent 2 years in Europe before being injured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1945 as a highly decorated officer receiving 2 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, a Presidential Citations and the Belgian Fourragere.
Upon his return he attended East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina. As a diehard Tarheel nothing made him happier than watch Carolina Basketball. After earning his degree, he planted his roots in his home town of Norlina, where he helped to organize the local Peoples Bank. He was appointed Secretary, Treasurer and the youngest Director in the banks history from 1950 to 1955. Bill was in charge of procurement on the John H. Kerr Dam project before being hired as post master of Norlina where he served his community for 26 years and retired at the age of 70. Bill called Norlina home and never looked back. He had a pretty simple motto, "Actions speak Louder then Words" and that is what he did, led by example. Over the years Bill gave of his time and funds to support causes such as the Boy Scouts, Occoneechee Council, Vance Granville Community College, Oakridge Military Academy, Rotary Club, Disabled American Veteraalong with numerous other causes. He was very active in his community and his church. He was elected Mayor for two terms and an active member of Norlina United Methodist Church.
Bill met his soul mate, Esther Parker, in the late 40's and they married on April 15, 1950. Bill and Esther were blessed with 2 children, Tony and Lisa whom he loved very much. Bill lived his family life much the same way as his business "actions speak loader then words". He knew no strangers and if you happened to be friends with any member of his family you were a friend of his. If he wasn't planning the next lake party he was playing golf with his buddies and smoking a stogie . As an extremely gifted golfer he had the honors of shooting his age when he was 69, a feat accomplished by few. Bill was an American hero and will be missed by all whom he touched. Bill is survived by his wife, Esther; his son, Tony and wife, Sherri; their children, Bailey and Bradley; step daughters, Beth and Barbie; His daughter, Lisa Cox, her husband, Greg, and their daughter Anya. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Norlina United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Warren Dale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Norlina United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 356, Norlina, NC 27563.

Class of 1987
Eric Hueske passed away on February 19th, 2011:

Fall 2010 Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Class of 1956 & 1958
Oak Ridge Military Institute Alumnus – Ellis “Butch” Devine Mears, Jr., class of 1956 and 1958 has passed away.

Class of 1938
CAPTAIN HASSON CALLOWAY passed away on August 9th, 2010:

Class of 1992
Bob Powley passed away on August 14th, 2010:

Class of 1994
Robert Vanselow, from Panama, is Head of Marketing at Yorkshire Bullion in Boca Raton, FL - a principal precious metals brokerage house specializing in the buying and selling of physical precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum. Robert also continues to serve as President & CEO of teraBRITE, LLC - an online marketing agency and consulting firm - headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. His latest challenge includes involvement with a start-up media agency - Power Source Marketing - offering lead sales, customer acquisition programs, website development, and call center services to advertisers and direct marketers.

Class of 1960
Deacon Jones, passed away on January 2, 2010.

Class of 1936
R. N. “Buster” Linville, passed away on January 4, 2010.

Class of 1943
Charles F. Latham passed away on September 6, 2009.

Class of 1952
James Thomas Hubbard passed away on July 29, 2009.

Class of 1943
William Mitchell "Bill" Giles passed away on December 22, 2008.

Brooke O'Brion Hawkins, age 39 of Murrells Inlet died January 27, 2009.
She is survived by: her father, John Clifton Hawkins and his wife Elizabeth Gattshall Hawkins of Pawleys Island; her mother, Suzanne Cecile Baldwin of Charleston; her brother, John Clifton Hawkins II and his wife Masumi of Brookland, N. Y.; her aunt, Anne Hawkins Taber of Charlotte, N. C.; as well as many Taber cousins.
She graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy in Oak Ridge, N. C. with honors and attended the College of Charleston.
Her services will be held Sunday, February 1, at 3:00 PM at All Saints Church on Kings River Road in Pawleys Island. The family will receive friends at a reception to be held at the church following the services Sunday afternoon.
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The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to: Pet Helpers, 1430 Folly Rd., Charleston, S. C. 29412 or St. Frances Humane Society, 125 N. Ridge Rd., Georgetown, S. C. 29440.

Class of 1994
Robert Vanselow, from Panama, is now Senior Vice President of Sales at Inuvo, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of online marketing services, headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Robert also serves as President & CEO of teraBRITE, LLC, an online marketing firm and consultancy, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Fall 2008 Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Class of 1939
Henry L. Turlington passed away on July 22, 2008. He was the co-owner of Turlington Lumber Co., owner of Turlington Sporting Goods, and was in the real estate business. He had three sons and six grandchildren.

Class of 1948
W. Edward Anderson passed away on April 23, 2008. He was a graduate of ORMA and East Carolina University. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy.

Class of 1951
Major (retired) Fred H. Lange passed away on September 27, 2008 after a courageous five-month battle with cancer. He was a member of the Founder’s Society of Oak Ridge Military Academy. After graduating from Oak Ridge, Major Lange spent 20 years serving our country in the United States Army.

Class of 1951
Paul Pericles Simos passed away on June 15, 2008.

Class of 1954
Paul A. Jones passed away on August 8, 2008. He graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy and Florida State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was the owner of Jones
Bakeries, Inc.

Class of 1954
Deacon Jones, passed away on January 2, 2010.

Class of 1967

Douglas C. Echols passed away on October 16, 2006.

Class of 1994
Robert Vanselow, from Panama, is now Vice President of Sales & Marketing at NewsMax Media, Inc., a news and publishing company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Class of 1997
Jaime Fertsch, wife of ORMA alumnus Dieter Fertsch, gave birth to a 5 lb., 14 oz. baby girl on July 25, 2008 at 8:33 pm. Her name is Saide Isabelle. Everyone is doing well.

Class of 1999
CW 2 Kelly Jean Daniel is serving in the United States Army as an instructor at Ft. Rucker, AL. She also supported Marines on the ground during Operation Iraqi Freedom by flying Medivac UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. She stopped by ORMA in August to speak with the female cadets. Congratulations are also in order, as Kelly recently became engaged to another member of the military. We wish her all the best!

Class of 2003

Jason Burnett was recently featured as an up-and-coming artist in the Western Kentucky University newspaper.

Class of 2005
Michael J. Calhoun was married in March 2007 and had a son, Adler James Calhoun, in December 2007.

ORMA Friends

Board of Visitors Member and Former ORMA Parent Judd Sherman passed away on July 18, 2008.

Annetta Collins Bonner passed away on April 21, 2008. She was the wife of Colonel Joseph Bonner, ‘36, alumnus and ORMA trustee. Colonel and Mrs. Bonner gave generously to the Academy in many ways.

Spring 2008 Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Class of 1943
Emmet L. Riddick passed away on February 6, 2008.

Class of 1945
Walter Cecil Worsley, Jr. passed away on March 4, 2008.
Frederick Cooper Hamilton passed away on November 30, 2007.
Walter Franklin “Jack” Martin passed away on November 28, 2007.

Class of 1963
Rob Hairfield was elected to the Burke County Board of Education on November 6, 2007.

Class of 1993
my Davis celebrated the birth of his second son, Joshua Aiden Davis, in January 2008.

Class of 1997
Dieter Fertsch and his wife are expecting their first child in August.
Jed Fairbank is back in Australia working as a Senior New Vehicle Sales Consultant.

Class of 2003
Jason Burnett was recently awarded a fellowship to attend Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado for a ceramics workshop taught by artist/sculptor Richard Notkin.

Class of 2004
Michael Anthony Sciabbarrasi passed away on January 29, 2008.

Class of 2005
PFC Bryan R. Calvo graduated from Basic Combat Training on March 27, 2008 at Ft. Benning, GA.

Class of 2006
Hunter Hoopes enlisted in the United States Air Force, completed basic training and went to Shepherd Air Force Base, Texas for Technical School, specializing in Aerospace Maintenance.

Fall 2007 Class Notes
from the Alumni & Development Office

Class of 1933
Lokie Garland Martin passed away on September 17, 2007.

Class of 1935
Carlisle W. Higgins, Jr. passed away on August 18, 2007. Mr. Higgins was a former ORMA Board of Trustees member and also donated the furnishings for Whitaker Hall when it was first opened for female residents.

Class of 1944
Robert E. Winborn passed away on May 10, 2007.

Class of 1947
Zeb Alley is recovering from ankle replacement surgery. We wish him all the best in the recovery process.

Class of 1952
Elbert Ray Causby passed away on September 10, 2007.

Class of 1957
William A. Kitchin, Jr. passed away on September 26, 2007. He lived in Virginia Beach, VA and was originally from Scotland Neck, NC.

Class of 1963
Robert M Gibson passed away on June 3, 2007.

Class of 1987
William Kerry Gardner is currently living in Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Kerry fishes on the Southern Kingfish Association fishing circuit along the east coast on his boat, “The Hammerhead.”

Class of 1994
Drake Jones was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves.

Class of 2000
Chad Mateer married Carla Hernandez on October 21st, 2007. (See photo p.29)

Class of 2002
Katie Buell joined the Peace Corps and spent three months in Niger. She loved learning about the culture, people, and language, and she states that she has learned to take chances in life because of her experience.

Class of 2006
Brent McDougal spent the summer at Marine Basic Training. He sent Dr. Berwick a letter sharing details about the experience. “We get about one minute to shave and shower and another minute to get dressed from head to toe. We get three well-balanced meals a day, but we have to eat fast,” he said in his letter.

Class of 2007
Daniel Starr is completing his first semester at the United States Air Force Academy Prep School. He is doing well academically and is on the soccer team.

Ryan Adams is completing his first semester at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He is doing well and is majoring in psychology.

Class of 2008
Cadet Barrett Fulmer passed away on October 1, 2007. Barrett was a member of the senior class and soccer and track teams.

Cadet Javon Stovell was among a select group at a People to People Leadership Summit in Washington, DC from July 9-18, 2007. His sister, Jessica, also took part in a similar project at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Cadet Ben Rosen has earned full-tuition, four-year ROTC scholarships to Lehigh University, Temple University, Tulane University, and the University of Arizona.

Board of Visitors Member
Bill Giles, founder of Triad Classic Car Club, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 21st at the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. The Triad Classic Car Club was founded six years ago, representing car classes that are antique, classic, custom, and vintage.


from the ORMA testimonial archive

“ Enclosed is a gift for the academy in appreciation for the care and attention that was given our daughter, Mary Claire. Oak Ridge’s mission and philosophy did prepare Mary Claire for college and life. She will always remember the school as "home" and the faculty and staff as "family." „
- Evelyn and Ron