2012 Class

Audrey Davis Barkman
 
A community activist who loved to teach reading education, Audrey Davis Barkman was a woman ahead of her time. Barkman taught at the collegiate level at Pikeville College and Alabama State University and elementary level at Brushy Elementary and Payson Elementary in Arizona. Her greatest goal was to educate prospective teachers how to teach reading since reading is so fundamental to the educational process.
 
A 1941 graduate of Pikeville Junior College, Barkman received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky and master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University.
 
In her college days, in the 1940s and 1950s, Barkman was involved in Civil Rights movements and marches. In the 1960s, while living in Payson, Ariz., she, along with two other women, were successful in convincing the federal government to grant land for a reservation to the Tonto band of Apache Indians who had been squatting on forest service land for generations. In Kentucky, she protested the closing of community schools and post offices, including the Varney Post Office, and was successful at keeping it open for several years. A member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, she worked tirelessly toward eliminating the Broad Form Deed. The matter was put on a state ballot and, while not eliminated, modifications were made in how it could be used by coal companies. She fought against the use of formaldehyde in the building industry. She completed extensive research on its harmful effects, presented papers on the subject at regional conferences and even traveled to Frankfort to testify before the state legislature. Building materials containing formaldehyde now must be labeled as such.
 
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools, Kentucky Psychology Association, Who’s Who in American Education, KASCD and was a KERA Fellow.
Barkman was a distinguished member of the Commonwealth Institute for Teachers and the Kentucky Mountain Men Honorary Society, Regional Service Center Associate, and received certificate of recognition from the Kentucky Early Learning Profile Field Study and Concerned Citizenship Certificate from West Virginia.
 
 

Jim Andy Caudill
 
One of Pikeville College’s most beloved professors, Jim Andy Caudill shared his passion for music with hundreds of students. An accomplished musician, Caudill received his bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University, a master’s degree from Marshall University and attended Eastman Summer Institute.
 
He spent some time as an entertainer working as arranger for a number of television shows and dance orchestras. As a teenager, Caudill traveled the country to compete in the Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program when the show was one of radio’s most popular and was a three-time winner. Caudill is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and American Federation of Musicians.
 
Famous orchestra leaders played Caudill’s original compositions during tours to Alaska, Guam, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. His published works include, “Jump for Jennie,” “Walk Wild,” “This End Up,” “The New Generation,” “Bossa Nossa,” and “Movin’ Up.” In addition to stage compositions, he has published several serious concert band pieces. Among them are “Folklore for Band,” “A Fold Legend Overture,” “Heritage Overture,” and “March of the Blazeteers,” a concert march.
 
During his time at Pikeville College his primary teaching responsibilities included directing the concert band, stage band and pep band, in addition to teaching form and analysis, orchestration, fundamentals, appreciation and high brass. Caudill developed the recruiting program used by the Pikeville College music department and visited all area high schools, from Jenkins to southern Ohio, conducting and recruiting music majors.
 
Once, Bill McCloud, former chairman of the music department at Pikeville College, wrote, “Under his leadership, the college’s concert band developed into an extremely fine musical organization and one of Caudill’s first challenges as a music professor was to organize and develop a stage band, which he did. The stage band became an exceptionally strong organization having toured and performed for many high schools and civic organizations and served the college as an effective recruiting tool.”
 
Caudill served as clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in several states and always received more invitations than he felt time would permit him to accept.
 
 

Perry A. Cline
 
The following excerpt from a news article detailing Perry A. Cline’s life was printed in a Frankfort, Ky., newspaper on March 11, 1886.
 
“The story of the life of Hon. Perry A. Cline, representative from the counties of Pike, Letcher, Knott and Martin, reads like a romance. He was born Jan. 3, 1849, in Logan County, W.Va., of parents who came from Virginia. His mother died when he was two-years-old and his father five years later. In his childhood he was left in the care of three African-Americans (who had worked for the family). (There were very few schools in the area where they lived so it was decided that he would come to Pikeville and his caregiver would come with him.) After the late war he engaged in rafting logs from which he realized $150. There being no schools where he lived he started on foot for Russell County, Va., a distance of over 100 miles, suffering many privations and hardships on the way. He remained in school eight and a half months, when his money was exhausted and he returned to Pike County. From 1874 to 1878 he was sheriff of Pike County. In 1885 he was nominated for Representative from his district and elected as Democrat over two opponents, one a Republican, the other an Independent. Mr. Cline is in every sense of the word a self-educated, self-made man. No human being ever lent him a helping hand that his own efforts did not merit. He has studied hard, been conscientious in all his undertakings, been honorable and faithful in his friendships, and deserves all he has attained of success or worldly goods. He was admitted to the bar in 1884, since which time he has practiced his profession. He is a member of the Legislative Committees on Circuit Courts and Education, on both of which he is doing good service.”
 
When he was a representative in Frankfort, Cline pushed through the bill to educate African-Americans. The Perry A. Cline School in Pikeville was named for him.
 
 

Dawahare Family

Throughout the years, the Dawahare family’s contributions in business, education, the arts and community service have been significant. The story of the Dawahare family is special and begins with Serur Frank Dawahare, who at a young age, fled Damascus, Syria, to escape religious persecution. He came to America speaking no English and having very little money. He took a job in New York City in a sweatshop. There he met Selma Cury, whom he married. He then moved to Norton, Va., to try to make a better living for his family by working in a coal mine, leaving his wife behind in New York.
 
Dawahare decided he would try to pack peddle merchandise. He sent after his wife and moved to East Jenkins, Ky. Every day he would put a pack on his back and go from house to house in the coal camps to sell his wares. After a few months, he had acquired enough capital to open his first little store and began to sell merchandise to other pack peddlers. Selma worked in the store and helped Serur where she could. It wasn’t easy. They began to raise a family and had two boys and two girls.
 
In 1922 they decided to move to a small town nearby, Neon, Ky., and opened a bigger store. They bought a building and lived over the store, so it was easier being at their place of business from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.
 
They were dedicated workers and took their jobs seriously. Serur taught himself to read and write the English language. He kept his own books and prepared his own taxes. The Dawahare’s had eight sons and three daughters and instilled in all their children to be honest and work for what they wanted. It had to be teamwork. They were very patriotic. They named three sons after presidents of the United States of America. Woodrow Wilson Dawahare, Warren G. Harding Dawahare, Herbert Hoover Dawahare.
 
Serur had a vision and a dream. Upon solid principals Selma and Serur built a business, placed it into the hands of well-trained children. At its peak, the Dawahares chain contained 29 stores. They left a legacy of hard work, dedication, honesty, and love. And it is the desire of this family to leave the same legacy to the children and grandchildren.
 
 

Olive Dotson
 
Socrates characterized education as the “kindling of a flame.” For more than three decades, Olive Dotson’s passion for teaching helped hundreds of children shine in the classroom.
 
Dotson taught in the Pike County School System at Phelps, Feds Creek and Shelbiana grade schools, as well as in a one-room schoolhouse on Hurricane Creek. She was a member of the Pike County Teachers Association, and in retirement, was involved in the Retired Teachers Association.
 
In addition to her teaching career, Dotson and her husband were also business partners in the Pikeville community. The couple owned and operated Herman’s Sales and Service, a local motorcycle shop, as well as D&D Market (1969-1999), which Dotson continued to operate after her husband’s death in 1986. 
 
An alumna of Pikeville College, Dotson’s alma mater has flourished under the leadership of her son, Terry Dotson, who has served as board chairman for 17 years.
 
 

Janice Beeler Ford
 
Sixteenth century painter and sculptor Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” In the classroom, Janice Beeler Ford introduced her students to the artists who color our world. For Ford, a longtime professor of art at Pikeville College, that was an important part of the learning process.
 
A talented artist, Ford enjoyed and made the most of the creative ability God gave her. She began painting during her teenage years and progressed as an artist, expanding her knowledge of every medium including oils, colored pencil and watercolors. Ford most enjoyed painting watercolors and loved painting still-life images.
 
A Pikeville College alumna, she began her career as an art teacher at Johns Creek Elementary and at Pikeville High School. In 1969, she joined the faculty of Pikeville College. While at the college, Ford was named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for five consecutive years, received the Teacher of the Year Award and was named an Outstanding Teacher of America by the Pikeville Women’s Club.
 
A lifelong resident of Pikeville and a devoted member of the Pikeville Church of Christ, she and husband Bobby L. Ford were married for 43 years before she lost a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007.
 
“She was a wonderful teacher, supportive mother, devoted wife, and an example of what a Godly woman should be,” said daughter Laura Ford Hall. “For all the significance of her life, and the numerous lives she affected, she was, above all, a Christian servant.”
 
 

Wanda Robinson-Houser
 
Wanda Robinson-Houser taught primary education in one-room schools in Hurricane Creek and neighboring townships in Pike County during the early 1940s. She continued as an educator her whole life in one form or another. She was always the contemporary; proficient with computers and email. She wrote many articles in local newspapers and a memoir titled “Ramblings.” In her later years, she lived in a duplex and was known as “The Duplex Nietzsche” because of her existential and post-modern wisdom she imparted to the many tenants that were her neighbors.
 
Houser had the opportunity to attend Pikeville College with the assistance of the National Youth Administration, which was part of FDR’s New Deal. She worked for 25 cents per hour to pay for her tuition. Houser graduated from Pikeville Junior College in 1939.
 
Houser once wrote, “Pikeville College sat high on a hill, looking very majestic and welcoming anyone who climbed the 99 steps to get there. It welcomed me, a slightly disadvantaged 17-year-old. Thanks to that scholarship, I became an elementary school teacher.”
 
She was an Eastern Star and her community service included 4-H, boy schools and parent-teacher organizations across the United States. She also served as clerk of the courts for the City of Kissimmee, Fla. Houser has two sons, Harold and Daniel, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 
 

Gertrude Ison
 
Gertrude Ison loved teaching. A native of the Commonwealth, she spent 56 years in the classroom in both public schools and colleges throughout Kentucky and Florida.
 
Ison taught mathematics at Pikeville College from 1959-1982. Recalling her dedication to students, former colleague Carol Baker tells the story of how Ison, after breaking her leg, found it difficult to navigate the campus terrain and held class in her apartment in Spilman.
 
“She was a great teacher and her colleagues and students held her in high regard,” said Baker.
 
Ison served as president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women, treasurer of the American Association of University Professors and a member and corporate representative of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was also listed in Who’s Who in American Women and received the Community Leader of America Award.
 

Virgil Osborne
 
Virgil Osborne has dedicated his life to education and to serving his community.
 
A graduate of Virgie High School, Pikeville Junior College and the University of Louisville, he received his master’s degree and rank I from Eastern Kentucky University.
 
A former teacher and coach, Osborne also spent time working for the Big Sandy Community Action Program and served as U.S. Department of Labor program director for the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program in 23 Kentucky counties.
 
Osborne is a member of First Baptist Church where he has served as Sunday School teacher and deacon and is now Deacon Emeritus. He has served in leadership roles as chairman of the Big Sandy Area Retired Teachers Association, the Pike County Retired Teachers Association, and the scholarship committee for the Shelbiana Railroad Reunion. He is also a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Legislative Council and the Kentucky School Board Association. Active in the community, Osborne served on the WYMT Mountain Classic Board of Directors for 25 years, was chairman of the Pike County Bowl and Shelby Valley Hall of Fame Committee, and the president of the Virgie Little and Babe Ruth Leagues. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Kentucky Council of Manpower and Educational Services.
 
A member of the Shelby Valley and the WYMT Classic Halls of Fame, Osborne has been recognized by the Pike County Board of Education for his dedicated service to the youth of Pike County.
 
He and his late wife Ann have two sons, Joel and Jeffrey Shane, and seven grandchildren.
 

Jerry Waddell
 
A lifelong learner and educator known for his love of music, Jerry Waddell brought a creative passion to everything he did.
 
He attended Hindman Settlement School, Hindman High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College and earned a bachelor’s degree in music and education from Pikeville College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University.
 
Waddell taught first grade at Pikeville Elementary School and was a professor in the education division at Pikeville College for 12 years before returning to the elementary school as principal. He served as choir director, organist and minister of music at the Pikeville United Methodist Church. He also worked for the Urban Renewal Agency and was owner of Arrangements flower shop in Pikeville.
 
He was a member of Kentucky Education Association and Kentucky Music Educators Association and often performed in and directed community choirs and drama productions. Waddell gave voice and piano lesson and taught elementary and high school choruses. He received various awards from his church and community and was recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Pikeville College.
 
Waddell cherished his time on “The Hill” and loved being able to work with students interested in teaching. He remained a champion for education until his death in 2011.


 
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