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Minister, valedictorian Pulley to address Spaulding alumni

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Spring Hope native and C.C. Spaulding High School valedictorian Catherine Pulley will serve as the featured speaker for the C.C. Spaulding Alumni Association’s 45-year class reunion, which begins Thursday and continues through Sunday with events in Wilson, Spring Hope and Nashville.

Minister Catherine Pulley is the eldest of five daughters born to David and Bert Pulley in Spring Hope. As sharecroppers in a Southern town, Pulley’s parents recognized the importance of education although they were not high school graduates themselves. They insisted that each of their daughters would be high school graduates. Pulley graduated from C.C. Spaulding High School in Spring Hope as the class of 1969 valedictorian.

After graduation, she attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh. Due to a period of illness, her education was briefly interrupted. Pulley returned to college to further her education at Shaw University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, majoring in social studies. She graduated summa cum laude.

She was employed at Wake Medical Center and at two OB-GYN practices. Later, her work experiences took her to the Wilson County public school system, where she worked at Fike High School as a social studies teacher until retirement.

In her youth, Pulley joined Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Middlesex. Pulley was called to preach the gospel in 2000. She was licensed to preach by Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church and ordained as a minister by New Missionary Baptist Church and the Johnson District Missionary Baptist Association.

Pulley has attended Shaw Divinity School’s Continuing Christian Education Program for several years to advance her Christian knowledge. Presently, she serves as an associate minister at Kingdom Building Baptist Church in Salemburg.

She has volunteered as a peer counselor at the Raleigh Women’s Center, taught adult readers with the Wake County Literacy Council and headed her church’s nursing home ministry at the Louisburg Gardens Assisted Living Facility. Pulley is currently a member of the nursing home ministry at Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Louisburg.

She lives in Spring Hope and is the primary caregiver to both of her parents.

REUNION ACTIVITIES

• A black-tie affair is planned from 8-11 p.m. Thursday, hosted by the class of 1969 at the Darden Alumni Center, 1600 Lipscomb Road E. in Wilson.

• A fish fry will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hope Community Center, 103 N. May St.

• The annual banquet is scheduled from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the O.D. Moore Building, 806 S. Alston St., Nashville, followed by dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight at the same location.

• A family fun day is planned from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Old Teachers’ Home in Spring Hope.

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