Local debs to be presented at state ball

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Wilson will be represented at this year’s North Carolina Debutante Ball by several young women with local ties.

They will don long white dresses and gloves for the traditional presentation Sept. 8. The event is presented annually by the Terpsichorean Club.

From Wilson are Julia Frances Horton Fulford, Marie Page Barnes Smith, Mary Catherine Boyette, Nell St. Clair Morrison, Susan Lindeman Edgar and Sydney Abbott Williams. Julia Anne Elizabeth Bullard of Cary has Wilson grandparents.

Julia Frances Horton Fulford is the daughter of  Edward Arpe Fulford of Wilson and Christy Williamson Graham of Pine Knoll Shores. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Earl Fulford of Wilson and Joel Dayton Williamson and Judy Williamson Stanley, both of Wilson. Julia Frances is a sophomore at East Carolina University majoring in business administration, where she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Her cousin McKenzie Rae Fulford also made her debut at the North Carolina Debutante Ball.

Marie Page Barnes Smith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Frederick Smith. She graduated from Fike High School and is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is majoring in psychology. Marie Page’s great-great-great aunt, Jean Page Abell, was presented in 1923 at the first North Carolina Debutante Ball in Raleigh. She also joins her grandmother, Marie Barnes Thomas, mother and cousins, who were previously presented at the ball.

Mary Catherine Boyette is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Ashley Boyette of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Catherine Mozingo Boyette of Wilson, the late W.E. Boyette of Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spencer Rouse of Kinston. She attends Meredith College and is majoring in biology.

Nell St. Clair Morrison, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brame Perry Morrison Jr., is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and is majoring in peace, war and defense with a minor in Arabic. In making her Terpsichorean Club debut this year, St. Clair joins her grandmother, aunts and cousins from the Hooper, Morrison, Trask, Graham, Turner, Loweth and Jones families who have previously participated in this event. St. Clair was previously presented at the L’Arioso Club in Wilmington in December.

Susan Lindeman Edgar is the daughter of Minshall Bridgers Edgar and Peter Bridgeford Edgar of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Susan Wainwright Hudson of Wilson; William Ashley Bridgers of Charleston, South Carolina; and Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Shepherd Edgar of Norwich, Connecticut. She attends Elon University, majoring in international business and Spanish with a minor in communications. Her mother, Minshall Bridgers Edgar, made her debut as well as grandmother Susan Wainwright Hudson and aunt Gray Carr Bridgers.

Sydney Abbott Williams is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyde Kent Williams. She is the granddaughter of Nonie Phillips and the late Robert Derring Phillips and Billy Faye Williams and the late William L. Williams. She is the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Albert C. Windham. She is a sophomore at N.C. State University majoring in nutrition sciences. Her sister, Austin Taylor Williams, also made her debut.

Julia Anne Elizabeth Bullard is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bern Fraust Bullard III of Cary. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lester Price Jr. of Wilson, the late Bern Fraust Bullard Jr. and Suzanne Hare Bullard of Beaufort and the late Patricia Anne Adams of Raleigh. Julia Anne attends the University of South Carolina in Columbia, majoring in public health with a minor in business. Julia Anne is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and is also an honors scholar. She made her debut with the Cary Debutante Society in 2015.

Young women are selected each year by more than 200 nominators throughout the state. The final approval of the debutantes is made by members of the Terpsichorean Club members. According to information from the club, invitations are extended to the young women in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina.