Class notes


(’70) Dudley M. Barnes, CFP, of Clarksdale again is included on Barron’s list of Top 1,200 Advisors in the United States. A member of Barnes-Pettey Financial Advisors LLC and with Raymond James Financial Services, he has been on the list every year since 2011.

(’73) Margaret Day Allen of Claremont, North Carolina, is the author of a new book titled “When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South” (Schiffer Publishing). After she and her husband spent five years traveling the South to interview and photograph 32 folk artists, Allen is sharing their stories and achievements. Also featuring some 200 photographs, the book is available from, and other online retailers, as well as independent bookstores.

(‘73) Rev. Anita C. Hill of New Brighton, Minnesota, is the 2015 Distinguished Alum of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, a progressive graduate school focusing on social justice, interfaith dialogue and the arts in religion. Former pastor of St. Paul Reformation Church and a champion of advocacy, she is active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

(‘78) Lynn Phillips-Gaines, CFP, of Starkville is included on Barron’s list of Top 1,200 Advisors in the United States, ranking fourth out of six selected from Mississippi. She provides financial planning and investment services through Phillips Financial, an independent firm.


(‘81) Norris Hunt of Atlanta, Georgia, is the new vice president and senior project manager for John Portman and Associates, an internationally recognized architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai, China. A member of the firm for more than 30 years, he now serves as a liaison between the design team and clients, and also works with intern architects.


(’93) Denise Cosper of Big Rapids, Michigan, is the new educational programs director for Artworks, a non-profit organization working to “brings art to life” in the Mecosta County area through camps, film series, book clubs and other programming. A former MSU communication department adjunct instructor, she has nearly 20 years of experience in writing and event promotion.

(’94) Kurt Kirton of Nashville, Tennessee, is the author of a newly published book titled “Here Today, Hired Tomorrow” (Yooper Publications). Available in paperback and ebook formats, it features his experiences with unemployment and underemployment. Kirton also provides insights gained through conversations with human resources experts, recruiters and others who deal with the struggles he experienced.

(’94) Patrick Noland of Tuscaloosa is the new chief financial officer of Peco Foods Inc. A 15-year veteran of the Alabama-based regional poultry company, he previously was corporate accounting controller and corporate accounting manager.

(’98) Christopher Basic of Williamsburg, Virginia, is the new vice chairman of the James City County Planning Commission. Appointed by the county’s board of supervisors, he and other commissioners provide guidance and recommendations on all rezoning and special use permit requests, as well as planning studies and zoning ordinance amendments. He also is president of Greensprings Landscape Architecture.


(’00) Richard D. Russo II of Batesville is the 2015 selection for the Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Coach “Boo” Ferris Influence Award, an annual honor of the Mississippi Association of Coaches. He also was named this year’s “Football Coach of the Year” by the Northwest Mississippi Football Officials Association.

(‘00) (’01, Master of Taxation) Anthony Sherman Jr. of Jackson is the new first vice president and trust officer for corporate offices of Trustmark Banking and Financial Solutions. He previously served as regional administration sales manager. Sherman also is president of the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi.

(’02) Ryan Morehead of Houston, Texas, is an NCAA Division I baseball umpire currently working games of the Southeastern and Big 12 conferences, as well as Conference USA. He served in the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Regionals, 2014 C-USA Tournament and 2011-13 Southland tournaments.

(’03) Blake M. Macon of Fort Worth, Texas, is the new engineering team lead at the Lockheed Martin defense contract management agency. He heads a group of software specialists performing software engineering surveillance activities on the F-35, a fifth-generation joint-strike stealth fighter. He and other team members work to ensure cost, product performance and delivery schedules are in compliance with the defense contract.

(’04) Dawn Ramsey of Galveston, Texas, is a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. Among other duties, she works to help maintain more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep and 750 miles of shallow drafts. She also manages contract operations, including budgeting and monitoring, modification processes, project closeouts, and turnover and contractor evaluations.

(‘06) Anna Little Morris of Glen is this year’s selection for the Mississippi Bar Foundation Award. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it recognizes the second-year student who, in the faculty’s opinion, best exemplifies attributes of a successful attorney.


(‘11) (M.A., ’13) Caroline B. Smith of Leland is this year’s selection for the Sam Wilkins Criminal Law Award. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it recognizes the exceptional student in criminal law.

(‘12) Will McBeath of Brandon is this year’s selection for the Mississippi College Law Alumni Award that honors a second-year student for scholarship, leadership and future potential in the legal profession.

(‘12) Andrew Norwood of Hattiesburg is this year’s selection for the Mississippi Bar Award, Business Law Section. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it recognizes the student best demonstrating an aptitude in business.

(‘12) Matthew Parker of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, is the new general manager for Western Pennsylvania locations of Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company. Previously with the company’s South Carolina unit, Parker now oversees daily operations for collection facilities in McClellandtown and Somerset, Pennsylvania, as well as Cumberland, Maryland.

(‘13) Russell Dumas of Brandon is this year’s selection for the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Award. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it recognizes a second-year student best exemplifying attributes of a successful defense attorney.


(‘13) Brett R. Koehn of Scooba is this year’s selection for the John and Gwen Deakle Scholarship. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it honors a student selected by the dean that possesses a concern for justice and is exceptionally motivated.

(‘13) Stephen Otey of Amory is this year’s selection for the Frisby Griffing Marble Scholarship. Presented by the Mississippi College School of Law, it honors a second- or third-year student demonstrating potential for outstanding service to the legal profession.

(‘14) Wilson Crockett of Jackson is now interning with the water resources department at Waggoner Engineering. He focuses primarily on transportation drainage design and hydraulic studies for the Mississippi Department of Transportation bridge replacement projects. Crockett also is working on flood-mapping projects for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Birth Announcements

Sarah Ellen Bailey, Sept. 15, 2014, to Matt Bailey and Elisha Blades Bailey (‘07) of Jackson.

Parker Scott Kuhn, June 2, 2014, to Vincent Scott Kuhn (‘04) and Joanna Bates Kuhn (’05) of El Dorado, Arkansas.

Emily Joy Shideler, Jan. 1, 2015, to Nathan Shideler (‘05) and Anna Grace Kimbrough Shideler of Nashville, Tennessee.

Carson Reid Bowlin, Feb. 10, 2015, to Will Bowlin (‘01, ‘09) and Sallye Bowlin of New Albany.

Olivia Bailey Russo, February 23, 2015, to Richard D. Russo, II (’00) and Sara Bailey Russo (’00) of Batesville.

Ella Barlow Richardson, Feb. 26, 2015, to Michael E. Richardson (‘98) and Michelle Barlow Richardson (‘97) of Arlington, Virginia.

Callum Anne Smith and Allison Thomas Smith, March 18, 2015, to Tyler Smith (’08) and Kenley Cunningham Smith (’09) of Brandon.