Local women will be presented at ball

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Several young women from Wilson have been chosen to be presented at the 93rd annual North Carolina Debutante Ball in Raleigh on Sept. 6.

Debutantes are selected by more than 200 nominators from across the state with the final selection made by Terpsichorean Club members.

Debutantes from Wilson are Claudia Claire Dixon, Holly Boswell Hooks, Carolyn Marion McCarthy and Merry Landen Sauls. Anne Elliott Taylor, who recently moved from Wilson to Kitty Hawk, is also making her debut.

Claudia Claire Dixon is the daughter of Forrest Fulton Dixon III and Rebecca Jennings Dixon III of Wilson and Curtis Timothy Williford and Marilee Reynolds Williford, also of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Morris Reynolds Jr. of Wilson and Forrest Fulton Dixon Jr. of Savannah, Georgia, and the late Elizabeth Wilson Dixon. Claire is a member of the honors college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in both biology and romance languages: Spanish-Hispanic linguistics. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Delta Delta Sigma pre-dental academic fraternity. Claire participates in mission trips to Belize on an annual basis and plays intramural soccer. Several of her cousins have also made their debut, including Elizabeth Ivie Bennett and Meredith Grace Williford of Raleigh and Sydney Williford Wilkinson of Wilson.

Holly Boswell Hooks is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jackson Hooks IV of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Judy Bridgers Boswell of Wilson, the late Selby Wesley Boswell, Judy C. Lewis of Kenly and Walter Jackson Hooks III of Kenly. Holly attends North Carolina State University where she is a recipient of the Fred G. Bond Tobacco Scholarship. She is majoring in agricultural science with concentrations in agricultural business and crop science. Holly enjoys international travel and aspires to cultivate a career in global agricultural procurement and sales.

Carolyn Marion McCarthy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Francis McCarthy II. She is the granddaughter of Fritz Tanner Sr. of Washington and the late Norfleet Pike Tanner “Punkin” and the late Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. McCarthy of Charlotte. Carolyn is a sophomore at North Carolina State University majoring in agricultural business, concentrating in public affairs and policy for the agricultural markets. She will be rushing for a sorority in the fall. In making her debut this year, Carolyn joins her great-great-grandmother, Norfleet Daniel Pike Hodges of Washington; aunt, Ruth Daniel Tanner Wilkins, also of Washington; and cousins who have previously made their debut.

Merry Landen Sauls is the daughter of Christopher Lemuel Sauls and Merry Aycock Sauls of Wilson. Landen is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordan Brantley Aycock Jr. of Elm City; Mary Cheek Sauls of Goldsboro and the late Franklin Durwood Sauls. She is the great-granddaughter of Reba Landen Robbins of Elm City. Landen attends the honors college at East Carolina University where she is a chancellor’s fellow pursuing a major in speech and hearing sciences. She is a member of the Delta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and serves as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina. Landen also serves as a mentor at the Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County. She follows her godmother, Angela Kornegay Sutton Furniss, who made her debut in 1990.

Anne Elliott Taylor is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Randolph Taylor of Kitty Hawk, formerly of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the late Susan Jean Jessup of Wilson; Philip Randolph Taylor of Richmond, Virginia; the late Mary Love Elliott McCabe of Goldsboro; and the late Edward Temple McCabe Sr. of Morehead City. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Julian Clyde “Bill” Jessup and the late Esther Henrietta Thaxton Jessup, both of Wilson. Anne Elliott is a sophomore at East Carolina University, double majoring in communications and political science. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority.


In addition to the debutantes from Wilson, there are others who have grandparents in Wilson. These debutantes are Cameron Miller Daniel, Harriet Lucile Glover, Eliza Stewart Marlowe and Anne Meerburg Pace.

Cameron Miller Daniel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Taylor Daniel of Clinton. Cameron’s grandparents are Betsy Miller Blake of Wilson and the late Walter Woodard Blake.

Harriet Lucile Glover is the daughter of Bettina Ricks Glover of Rocky Mount and Mr. and Mrs. James Bunyan Glover Jr. of Raleigh. Lucy’s grandparents are Harriet Conger Glover of Wilson and the late James Bunyan Glover.

Eliza Stewart Marlowe is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stewart Marlowe of Raleigh. Eliza’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson Marlowe Jr. of Wilson.

Anne Meerburg Pace is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downing Taylor Pace of Raleigh. Her grandparents are Hester Gregory Kirkham of Wilson and the late Thorne Gregory.

The debutante ball was formed to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young women and to honor their families in recognition of their contributions they have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of the state.

During the weekend of the ball, there will be eight functions in honor of the debutantes, their families and escorts.

The formal presentation Sept. 6 takes place at Meymandi Hall.