2016 Board of Directors

The MARC is governed by the following people who have dedicated themselves to our mission.

 

JoyceAndersonJoyce Anderson, Past President is a native of Granville County, North Carolina, but she has resided in Reidsville since 1969. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Science degree in social studies from North Carolina A & T State University. In 1985, she was selected by Duke University as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow to study Renaissance Scholars; in 1987, Joyce was a James Iredell Fellow chosen to study the United States Constitution at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. She taught social studies at Reidsville High School and served as the first coordinator of its International Baccalaureate Program. Reading historical biographies and having great history teachers opened new worlds and sparked her passion for history. Joyce is currently a member of the Multi-Diversity and Executive Committees and also serves as president of the MARC. joycea@triad.rr.com


tildaBalsleyTilda Balsley, President grew up moving from place to place as the daughter of an Army colonel. She earned a B.A. from Queens College in Charlotte, NC, and a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from UNC-Greensboro.

During her forty years in Reidsville, she has become interested in local history, especially learning about her husband’s roots here. Tilda is a former member of the Reidsville Historic Properties Commission. She and Skip live in an 1890 Queen Anne Victorian home where they blend the new and the old.

A retired teacher, Tilda is the author of more than a dozen published children’s books. She serves as Co-
Chair of the Development Committee at the MARC. tilda.balsley@gmail.com

 

 Ann Brady PhotoAnn R. Brady has lived in Rockingham County since 1976. She retired after more than 30 years as the special education director for Rockingham County Schools and currently stays busy on her horse farm. She was raised in Pennsylvania but has family roots in the area (her cousin, Bill Hendrix, owned the Rockingham Theatre). She graduated from UNC and then did her graduate work at UNCG. She is delighted to help promote the MARC as a wonderful community resource not only to remember the past but to enhance the present and the future! She serves as chair of the Governance Committee of the MARC. abpony@gmail.com

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Walt Brown is a resident of Burlington. He is a member of the Presentation Committee and serves as Chair of the Military Exhibit Task Force. waltbjr@triad.rr.com

 

Jeff Bullins   serves on the Technology Committee at the MARC. jeffreybullins@outlook.com

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JohnBurtonJohn M. Burton, Sr., a retired United Methodist minister, served in active ministry for 44 years in the Western NC Conference. He is a graduate of High Point College and Duke Divinity School. In 1965, he served three years as Director and Minister of the Yuma Methodist Indian Mission in Fort Yuma, CA. His last appointment was the Main Street UMC in Reidsville. In retirement, he has served two interim pastorates, his home church, Bethlehem UMC, and its sister church, Salem UMC; and at Leakesville UMC.

In 1995, John and Peggy restored and moved into the house that his paternal grandparents built in 1895 and in which he grew up and where they operated Fairview Farm Bed and Breakfast for ten years. The Burtons enjoy their “country museum” which houses many of their collectables including automobiles, horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment, antique clocks, mechanical musical instruments, quilts, Coca Cola items and a country store.

John is a former member of the Reidsville Downtown Commission and served on the Reidsville Historical Commission. He is Vice President of the Eden Preservation Society and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eden Historical Museum. He was actively involved in the formation of the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County, is a past president and a member of the Executive Committee. pburton5@triad.rr.com

 

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BobCarterRobert W. “Bob” Carter, Jr. is a native of Rockingham County and has lived his entire life in the Sandy Cross Community located five miles west of Reidsville. He graduated fro m Wentworth High School and has attended a number of local history classes taught by Dr. Lindley Butler at Rockingham Community College.

Bob has had a lifelong interest in Rockingham County history and served on the Board of Directors of the Rockingham County Historical Society from 1976-2013. He served as Chairman of the Historical Society’s Publications Committee for many years and as editor of the Journal of Rockingham County History and Geneaology from 1984-2010. In addition, he has written a number of articles for the jounral and area newspapers. In 1987, he received the McDaniel Lewis Award as North Carolina’s Historian of the Year from the NC Society of Historians. In 2002, he was apointed Rockingham County Historian by the County Commissioners. From 1991-2013, he served as Historical Consultant for Rockingham Community College, working in the Historical Collections Room located at the college. Today, Bob serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC), is a member of the Presentation and Programs Committees and holds office hours Wednesday-Friday afternoons sharing the history of our county that he knows and loves so well. Mr. Carter also serves on the Board of Directors of the Eden Historical Museum, the Wentworth Historic Preservation Committee, and the Mayo River State Park Advisory Committee. bdcarter5@yahoo.com

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FletcherDaltonFletcher Dalton, Secretary was born in Eden and raised in Madison.  He is a graduate of Fisk University, where he majored in English and minored in Music. Fletcher did his graduate studies in English at Boston University. During his career, he was an editor of academic books at Allyn & Bacon, Publishers and an editor of academic and fiction books for G. K. Hall, Publishers. Fletcher has published numerous articles on political and social issues. He serves as a member of the Publicity Committee at the MARC.
gallowaydalton@rocketmail.com

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RobinDobsonRobbin Glenn Dodson, is a native of Madison where she spent many days bike riding down the neighborhood streets and exploring her parents’ hardware store. She now lives in Stoneville. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in European History. In past years she has been a teacher and on the staff of the Eden Public Library. She has served on the boards of the Madison Historic Properties Commission and the Rockingham County Historical Society. Robbin was also a member of the Heritage Book Committee which produced The Heritage of Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1983. Currently she is on the Board of the Rockingham County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Robbin is a member of the Preservation Committee and serves as secretary of the MARC. mrgdodson@gmail.com

 

Kay Hammock  Kay Hammock, Treasurer is a Rockingham County native but lived in other parts of North Carolina  for 25 years.  In 1999 she retired from First Union National Bank in Gastonia, NC and moved back
  to the farm where she grew up in Wentworth.
  At that time, she began a life of volunteering at her church, the community and in 2012 at the MARC.
  She is the Treasurer for the MARC and serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.
  She and her husband, Mike, have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

 

m-holtMarguerite Harris Holt A native of Roxboro, North Carolina, was fascinated with all things “historical” from an early age. She earned a B.A. Degree in History from Salem College and a M.Ed in History from U.N.C.-Greensboro. She taught history in Reidsville for over thirty-five years, and a focus on local history has always been important in her classroom. In addition, she has offered students opportunities for foreign travel as she led numerous tours to Europe. Marguerite has thoroughly enjoyed working as a volunteer with the Historical Society, especially with the on-going inventory of the “treasures” that have been donated through the years. She is past president and serves currently as a member of the Preservation and Executive Committees at the MARC. mholt273@bellsouth.net

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WilliamBillHorsleyWilliam F. “Bill” Horsley was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated from George Peabody College with English and History majors.  Bill moved to Winston-Salem with his wife, Jeanne, in order to attend law school at Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 1972.  Following a stint in the army, he began the practice of law in Reidsville and maintained his office in Reidsville until moving the office to Greensboro.  A trial lawyer, he was listed in the book The Best Lawyers in America from 1990 until his retirement in 2012.  In Reidsville, he served on the boards of the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Reidsville Habitat for Humanity, and the Rockingham County Arts Council, which he served as President 1981-1982.  He served several years on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and was President of that 4,000 member organization 1990-1991.  He also served two terms as Chair of the Political Action Committee, during which time it became, for a while, the largest single PAC in North Carolina.  He also served on the Board of Directors of what was then Central Carolina Legal Services, a legal aid organization now part of North Carolina Legal Services, and was President of CCLS 1983-1985.  He has been a frequent speaker at legal seminars and is the author of several monographs concerned with personal injury law.  He lives in Reidsville with his wife, Jeanne.  They have two daughters, Jennifer Leigh and Ann Claire, and eight grandchildren.  He serves as Co-Chair of the Development Committee and as a member of the Publicity Committee for the MARC. susyandbill@triad.rr.com

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ElaineMcCollum

Elaine McCollum is a lifelong resident of Rockingham County. She is very proud that she was born and raised in the mill town of Mayodan. It was a blessing during the depression for both her father and mother’s families to come from the mountains and find jobs.  As Elaine was growing up, she worked on her aunt and uncle’s farm in the summer.When graduation from Madison-Mayodan High School became a reality, Elaine finally worked in Mayo Mill in the summers while attending ASU.  All of this background proved to be beneficial as a history and political science major.  She had no idea she would be using it for the MARC.  After graduation from ASU, Elaine began teaching at Bethany, one of our last graded schools, 1-12.  During this time, she helped to lead the movement that resulted in Rockingham County High School.  There, she taught most all of the social studies with her favorites being world history and AP European History. Having a passion for education, Elaine was a devoted NCAE member and was one of the first original twelve district directors of NCAE-PACE in the state.  After thirty years of teaching, she retired and became the incorporator of Bethany Community Middle School.  Helping to plan and organize a public charter school was a great challenge.  Being on the Board of Education in Rockingham County for fourteen and one half years has also proved to be a wonderful challenge. The greatest joy in Elaine’s life has been family. She is married to Lawrence McCollum of Bethany and they have four daughters -Laurie, Lela, Sarah Rebekah and Robin. They also have been blessed to be presented with eight grandchildren.  “Part of my work with the MARC is to save this county history for my family and the citizens of this unique area.” Elaine is the chair of the Programs Committee at the MARC. emccollum@rock.k12.nc.us

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Dan Mosca and wife Beth Coleman Mosca have a great interest in American History and “old things” in general. They live on a restored 1850s farm home in Guilford County, enjoy the quiet of country life and watching their active grandchildren (Sarah and Matthew) grow in curiosity and activity. Beth’s mother, Lillian Coleman, enjoyed many years as a member and President of the Rockingham County Historical Society. Beth’s sister, Jane Conder, is also a long time member of the Historical Society. Dan Mosca is a semi-retired investor who is active in a variety of other community organizations. He is a member of Reidsville Rotary Club and serves on its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Annie Penn Foundation and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. He is vice-Chair of Guilford College Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of Guilford College’s Center for Principled Problem Solving. He serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Dan serves on the finance Committee at the MARC. danmosca@bellsouth.net

                                  Emily Parker

                                  Jeff Parris is a native of Rockingham County, having graduated  from Morehead High School as a member of the Bicentennial class. He is a retired educator with 30 years of experience throughout the state. He stays busy throughout the county and is very excited about the prospect of taking a bigger role with MARC. Currently, Jeff is a member of the Multi-Cultural Committee.

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DennisPaschalIII

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Dennis Paschal III .

is a resident of Wentworth.Dennis and is a graduate of Rockingham County High School and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Appalachian State University. He teaches Social Studies at Reidsville High School and additionally serves as chair of the Social Studies Department, Varsity Swim Coach, and Student Council Adviser. He is currently serving  his second term as a councilman on the Wentworth Town Council. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors for World Changers of Rockingham County and as it’s Project Coordinator. He is proud of his community and enjoys seeing people become involved and interested in continuing to make it the best place it can be. Dennis believes the MARC is an essential tool to educate our citizens about our past, so we can understand the possibilities for our future.  Dennis Paschal is a member of the Governance Committee at the MARC. rpaschal@rock.k12.nc.us

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IrisPowell

.Iris Powell is the retired postmaster of the Wentworth Post Office and lives in Wentworth’s historic village. She was a long time member of the Rockingham County Historical Society, who has watched over Wright Tavern for decades. Mrs. Powell has been a council woman on the Wentworth Town Council since 1999. She serves on the Preservation Committee at the MARC. iris.powell@outlook.com

 

                               W.L. Pryor

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CharlesRodenboughCharles Rodenbough is a retired businessman who now spends his time as an author and historian (biography of Gov. Alexander Martin, History of the Land of Eden, historical novels: Pine House and If the Lord is Willing) has been a member of the Rockingham County Historical Society since 1958. He served two terms as president and was an active member of the group that organized MARC. His current projects include The Sauratown Project, in affiliation with the Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Charles is currently a member of the Publication, Governance, Presentation, Preservation, and Multi-diversity Committees at the MARC.His current projects include The Sauratown Project, in affiliation with the Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. rodenboughc@bellsouth.net

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RichardTeagueRichard Teague resides in Gibsonville at beautiful, historic High Rock Farm (1807), where he planted his first chestnut tree in 1991. Today, he owns and operates the “largest working and producing chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic.” Richard received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Washington University and earned his MA and PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cal Tech. During his career, Richard worked in research and Development for Monsanto Co and Reynolds Tobacco, Avoca Inc.

Richard’s experience with historic preservation is a result of the influence of his wife, Rolfe Teague. Under Rolfe’s leadership they restored two houses in St Louis and four houses in Winston-Salem. A BA in Art History from Washington University provided Rolfe with support for her passion. The climax of these experiences is High Rock Farm purchased through Preservation North Carolina. Restoration started in 1990 and was completed in time for the 200th anniversary in 2007.Throughout the year High Rock Farm and the MARC partner to promote history, historic preservation and an appreciation of the landscape. Richard is a member of the Finance Committee at the MARC. rolfehrf@bellsouth.net.

 

 

DennisWaltersDennis Walters, , is a native of Reidsville, who now lives in Wentworth.   He is a graduate of Elon University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in English Literature and Education.   He has been a member of the Rockingham County Historical Society since 1968.  Dennis is a member of the Presentation Committe.  waltersfd@bellsouth.net

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BrendaWardBrenda Ward,  is a Rockingham County native, She is married and has one son who is a State Trooper with the NC Highway Patrol. Brenda attended Rockingham Community College taking Business Law, Shorthand, Grammar & Composition courses and served as President of Evening Classes’ Student Body Association at RCC. She has a long history of employment with state and local agencies: Clerk of Superior Court, Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Agriculture and NC State University. Brenda recently retired as the Town Administrator-Town Clerk for the Town of Wentworth. Today, Brenda teaches Sunday School, she is a Vacation Bible School Director, active in the Wentworth Ruritan Club, a member and former chair of the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Advisory Board. Brenda is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as vice-president of the MARC. brendapea@triad.rr.com

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