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The Baldwin School: Yesterday and Today

The Baldwin School

Class of 1963 Biographies

PAM ANDERSON PEGUES, born in 1959, is the youngest of seven children. She attended the Baldwin Chapel School for seven years before she went to public school. She attended college and received a degree in business. Today, Pam lives in High Point and works as a caretaker for young people.

ZELDA ANDERSON is the second youngest of seven children. Born in 1957, she began attending the Baldwin Chapel School in 1963. She completed a nursing degree and lives in High Point, where she remains a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Viola Barnes, about 1975.  Courtesy Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum
Viola Barnes, about 1975

VIOLA BARNES was born in Nelson, Georgia, and educated at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned her B.S. in elementary education and dedicated her life to children and teaching. She taught in various cities along the East Coast, including Knoxville, Tennessee; West Palm Beach and St. Petersburg, Florida; and Wilson, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, North Carolina. After serving as both principal and teacher at East Market Street Academy, she moved to High Point, where she taught music at the Baldwin Chapel School.

DWAYNE BLOCKER does not appear in Guilford County’s vital records, so his birth and death dates are unknown. Anecdotal information from other members of the class of 1963 indicates that Dwayne may have passed away several years ago.

(left to right): Ray Butler with his children Raeford, Ricky, Lonnie, Rose, and Linda, 1980
Ray Butler with his children (clockwise from left)
Raeford, Ricky, Lonnie, Rose, and Linda, in 1980

LINDA BUTLER BOYD was born on December 17, 1951. After graduating from high school, her first job was at High Point Furniture, where she prepared laminate tops. She has had a successful career in the furniture industry and is now a quality-control supervisor at Darran Furniture. She has two children, Eric and Nicole, and one grandchild, DreShun.

LONNIE LEE BUTLER was born on May 24, 1957, the third of five Butler children. He grew up working on his father's farm in Randolph County. After graduating from the Baldwin Chapel School and Trinity High School, Lonnie went into the trucking business, working as a driver. He married Lisa Belton in 1981 and they live in High Point. For over a decade, he has been working at a local trucking terminal.

RAEFORD BUTLER was born in 1956, the second of five children born to Ray and Beatrice Butler.

JANICE CLARK (PAYTON) was born on February 21, 1952 in High Point to Marvin Clark, a nurse, and Ruby Clark, a housekeeper. She and her closest three siblings, Bobby, Julius, and Lester, were inseparable. Janice attended the Baldwin Chapel School between first grade and eighth grade, but did not go on to high school. She moved to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1971 to work for the U.S. Job Corps. Janice returned to High Point a decade later to be closer to her family. She spent her last years in Archdale, North Carolina, before passing away on March 31, 2007.

(left to right): Julius, Lester, Bobby, and Janice Clark
(left to right): Julius, Lester,
Bobby, and Janice Clark

JULIUS CLARK was born on March 15, 1951, to Marvin and Ruby Clark. He attended the Baldwin Chapel School until he went to William Penn High School. Julius was a member of the final class to graduate from William Penn before it closed in 1968. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy. After serving three years overseas, he returned to live in High Point. Julius participated in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.; co-founded Brothers Organized to Save Others, an organization committed to helping African Americans; and served as President of the High Point chapter of the NAACP. urrently, Julius serves as the founder and director of the Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum in High Point.

LESTER CLARK was born in 1953 to Marvin and Ruby Clark. He and his older siblings Bobby, Julius, and Janice spent much of their time at Rosetta Baldwin's home while their mother worked as a housekeeper. Lester began an amateur career in music while at the Baldwin Chapel School, singing in a quartet at church and also singing with his piano-playing brother Bobby. After leaving school, Lester worked for a short time as a disc jockey at the WFMR radio station in High Point. Having lived in High Point for most of his life, Lester left in 1998 to move to Greensboro. He currently resides in Durham.

Barbara Collier and Kathy Hardin
Barbara Collier and Kathy Hardin

BARBARA COLLIER was born in 1959, shortly after her family moved to High Point from South Carolina. She attended the Baldwin Chapel School with her sister, Kathy Hardin. After three years at the Baldwin school, Barbara and her sister Kathy transferred to public school when their family moved. Public school paled by comparison and both sisters missed the individual attention of the Baldwin school. Looking back, Barbara feels that her time at the Baldwin school was the best of her life.

FREDDIE DAWKINS was born to Reatha Boulware Dawkins and Frederick L. Dawkins of High Point. Freddie had two siblings, Phyllis and Robert. All three Dawkins children attended the Baldwin Chapel School. Freddie graduated from T. Wingate Andrews High School in 1969. While at Andrews, Freddie was a member of the French, math, and science clubs and swimming, football, and baseball teams. Freddie died in the early 2000s.

PHYLLIS DAWKINS was born on May 1, 1950 to Reatha Boulware Dawkins and Frederick L. Dawkins of High Point. Phyllis had two brothers, Robert and Freddie, both of whom preceded her in death. All three Dawkins children attended the Baldwin Chapel School. Phyllis currently lives in High Point.

Freddie Dawkins, 1969.  From the Reverie, T. Wingate Andrews High SchoolRobert Dawkins, 1976.  From the Reverie, T. Wingate Andrews High School
Freddie Dawkins, 1969 and Robert Dawkins, 1976

ROBERT DAWKINS was born on November 3, 1957 to Reatha Boulware Dawkins and Frederick L. Dawkins of High Point. Robert had two siblings, Phyllis and Freddie, who also attended the Baldwin Chapel School. After leaving the Baldwin school, Robert attended T. Wingate Andrews High School. As a sophomore, Robert was on the junior varsity football team and the basketball team. Robert ran track and was a bus driver in the group called “Students, Adults Offer Assistance” during his junior year. He was still on the football team and a bus driver his senior year. Robert also joined the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA, his senior year. He graduated in 1976. Sometime after graduation, Robert moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey. He had two children, Rachel and Sydney. Robert died on February 9, 2006 in New Jersey.

Frances and Jeffrey Faust.  Photo by Jessica Armstrong, 2007
Frances and Jeffrey Faust

JEFFREY FAUST was born in 1959, one of four children. Jeffrey was at the Baldwin Chapel School for one year before he went to first grade at Leonard Street School. His mother, Frances, was a single parent who worked as a domestic worker in High Point during the 1960s. He attended college at the University of Florida for two years before leaving to care for his family. Jeffrey has worked as a furniture upholsterer for the last 20 years. He enjoys his job and takes pride in the work he does. Jeffrey is married with four children.

KATHY HARDIN was born in High Point on June 3, 1961. She attended the Baldwin Chapel School for pre-school, between ages two and four. She was the youngest of seven children, and she and her sister Barbara were the only two in their family to attend the school. When Kathy went on to attend public school, she attended Parkview Elementary and graduated from Andrews High School. Kathy has one daughter.

TOBY LEAKE was born in Guilford County in 1955 and SILDA was born in 1956. Their mother, Addie C. Leake, appears in High Point’s city directories from 1957 until 1964, where she is listed as a maid. After 1964, Addie disappears from the records. In Guilford County’s vital records, Toby is listed as having married Robert Eugene McKinnie in 1980. Toby still lives in the vicinity of the Baldwin Chapel School in High Point.

BILLY PARKER was born in 1956 to Sarah and Johnny Parker. He had two brothers, Juliuse and Johnny, and a sister named Janelle. Billy’s mother, Sarah, worked as an assistant at the Baldwin School. Anecdotal information from other members of the class of 1963 suggests that Billy and his family moved to Florida in the 1960s. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Elks Club, and a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

JULIUSE PAKER, often known as “Red,” was born in High Point in 1957. He was six years old when he attended the Baldwin Chapel School. His father, Johnny Edward Parker, worked at American Bakeries, located at 920 W. Broad Street. He was a shop worker and machine operator, making breads for Merita. Anecdotal information suggests that “Red” moved with his family to Florida in the 1960s.

SARAH PARKER does not appear in Guilford County vital records, so her birth date is unknown. She was an assistant teacher at the Baldwin Chapel School in 1963. She was also married to Johnny Parker, who worked for a local bakery at the time. They had several children who appear in the 1963 photograph. Anecdotal information suggests that Sarah Parker may have moved to Florida.

DeCarlos and Sandra Lee Rogers, about 1984.  Courtesy Pauline Outlaw
DeCarlos and Sandra Lee Rogers, about 1984

In 1960, Pauline Johnson gave birth to a baby girl, whom she named Alvonda Maria Johnson after a street in High Point. Two years later, Pauline transferred legal custody of her daughter to Dorothy and Robert Rogers. They changed her name to SANDRA LEE ROGERS. She was in their care until age 14, when Pauline resumed custody. As a young woman, Sandra moved away from High Point to live with her father in Connecticut. Upon returning to High Point, Sandra was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Within two years, the cancer had taken her life. Sandra is survived by her son, DeCarlos; his wife, Marquita; and their children, DeCarlos Jr., Taylor, and Devon, all still living in High Point.

RANDOLPH ROSEBORO was born on February 28, 1949 to Nellie Roseboro. In records from 1970, he is listed as working for the United States Army. He is not listed in recent High Point city directories, suggesting that he may have moved away.

Born in 1959 in High Point, ARNESSA SMITH was the second eldest in her family and the only child to attend the Baldwin Chapel School. After attending the Baldwin Chapel School for pre-school, she went on to Middle Street School for elementary school. She attended Brentwood after desegregation and then graduated from Ragsdale High School. She currently works with children at a local day care. She is both a mother and a grandmother.

SAMMIE STEELE, JR., was born in High Point on February 15, 1951. City death records show that he died on February 28, 2007 at the age of 56. So far no additional information has surfaced in public documents.


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