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BPC presents the 2008 Alumni Society Awards during Alumni Weekend 2008
By Kelley Arnold
BPC Interim Director of Marketing
The following individuals were honored during Alumni Weekend’s Tribute Service April 5 in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus.
Friend of the Year: W. Doyle NeSmith Sr.
W. Doyle NeSmith is a prominent businessman in the Vidalia/Lyons community. As a BPC trustee, he is a major supporter and friend of BPC, attending and supporting the college’s athletic programs. He and his wife, June, also honored BPC during the Centennial Celebration in 2004 by generously donating the obelisk monument in the Fountain-New Library plaza.
“Not being a Brewton-Parker College alumnus, I have not had the pleasure nor the opportunity to develop the friendships that occur as a student. I have, however, enjoyed serving two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. During this time, I have had the privilege to serve with a number of other individuals from various areas of he state who are, and have been, members of the Board. Out of this has developed a number of close friendships, which will continue for a lifetime,” said NeSmith. “This award, although directed to me, should be shared by many who have contributed time, talent and resources to BPC over many years. It is a treasured award for which I am grateful. You could have selected a more deserving recipient, but never a more grateful one.”
Alumnus of the Year: Gary P. Braddy (’63)
Gary P. Braddy is a prominent businessman in Montgomery County, Ga. He is a former county judge and is currently serving as a BPC Trustee, having served multiple terms in the past. A major supporter and friend of BPC, he generously dredged Jones Lake over the summer of 2007. The renovation project was completed over the spring semester and was re-dedicated April 17, 2008.
When asked what his fondest memories of BPC were, he stated, “My favorite Brewton-Parker memory was attending BPC’s basketball games. Each game was full of excitement until the last minute.”
“It is humbling to receive this award because there are so many other Brewton-Parker alumni that are just as deserving,” said Braddy. “As I accept this award, I will always be mindful of the contributions many other alumni are making in their communities.”
Ministerial Alumnus of the Year: Rev. Royce A. Vaughn (’87, 89)
Rev. Vaughn is the minister at Chauncey Baptist Church, and has served as its pastor for 14 consecutive years while being a love father to his son, Austin. He has also been a part of Coast for Christ Ministries in Ghana, Africa for six years. For two weeks each June, Rev. Vaughn trains pastors of the new church plants in Ghana.
“As far as my best BPC moment, the first thing that comes to mind was the Water Balloon fights!” said Rev. Vaughn. “My fondest memories were the times with friends and faculty as we grew and ministered together. Winning this award is very humbling to me. I know that there are many ministers more worthy than I. I am proud to receive this award as I will cherish it and what it stands for.”
Music Alumna of the Year: Phyllis Johnson Scaggs (’85)
For the past 22 years, Scaggs has been a school music teacher and very active leader in her church’s music program, serving as either full- or part- time Minister of Music at five churches. While teaching voice and piano for many years, Scaggs has also served as a children’s choir clinician and adjudicator in Florida, leading a 65-voice children’s’ choir that traveled and performed at various Baptist churches throughout the state of Florida. She has also taught for the Children’s Music Development Center at Emory University. An active member of the BPC Alumni Board and BPC Alumni Choir, she sings with the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Jubalheirs.
“No matter where I go or where I have worked, being a graduate of Brewton-Parker has always been a recommendation of its own,” said Scaggs. “BPC has always been a special place in my heart, so to receive this music alumna award is one of the greatest honors in my life. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of joining the ranks of those who have gotten the award before me.”
Half Century Club Alumna of the Year: Hilda Beaufort Brackett (’42)
Brackett is an avid supporter and friend of BPC. A member of the BPC Half Century Club, she is a member of the BPC Alumni Board. She and her husband, Dr. Alvin Brackett, were instrumental in making Saliba Chapel a reality for the college and all that it serves. It was through their generous gift that helped launch the construction of the landmark chapel on the Mount Vernon campus.
“My best memories of BPC are filled with a place where I found happy days filled with love, laughter and lifetime friends, while getting a quality education in a Christian environment,” said Brackett. “BPC was wonderful to me; that is also where my husband and I met. I am overwhelmed by this and it means more to me than any other achievement since leaving BPC.”
Young Alumna of the Year: Paige Goodman Coker (’98)
Coker received her master’s degree in middle grades education and her education specialist degree in curriculum and instructional technology from Valdosta State University, all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She is the honor’s reading teacher and gifted program coordinator for Ware County Middle School. In 2005, she attained National Board Certification and was recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue as having earned Master Teacher Certification in 2006. A member of the BPC Alumni Choir, she signs for the hearing impaired at their performances.
“BPC is a special place to my family as it was here that my parents met some 40 years ago,” said Coker. “Winning this award affirms that it was God’s will for me to spend five wonderful years here preparing me for the work he has ordained for me. Ms. Hildegard Stanley’s guidance, my parents’ support, and the excellent spiritual and academic preparation I received from my professors have provided the foundation I need to make my mark on the world.”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college holds classes on its main campus in Mount Vernon and six external learning centers around the state, including Baxley, Glennville, Liberty County, Newnan, Norman Park and Savannah.