Class of 1986 News Winter 2020
Hello Coker Friends,
What a crazy year 2020 has been. I hope this finds you healthy and safe from COVID-19. I am confident that we will all come together to significantly reduce the number of infections and disastrous outcomes in the New Year. We are strong Americans that get behind each other when times are tough. I am hopeful that we will be in a position to resume games for winter sports and huddle up together at center court in “The Snake Pit.” We do have some news from three special Coker friends and here is what they have to say.
Check out what Deb’s been up to…I lived in Atlanta 32 years working in Real Estate with new home builders. I just moved back to my home town of Charleston SC in February. I have one son who is a sophomore at UGA majoring in Business. I have a new business in Kitchen and Bath Design. We do full renovation projects. I’m also a licensed realtor now enjoying working in the beautiful low country. It’s great to be back home. John and Julie Santos are here Kristin Latorre Malony and Barbie McKinnon. So love having some old friends to hang with like old times. Covid has slowed down my getting out to visit as much but I’m so happy things seem to be improving across the nation! So love seeing the updates on Facebook about Coker.
Dr. Karlus Artis~
Hey Trigger! Good to hear from you. I don’t know where to begin. After I graduated from Coker College with a degree in Chemistry I went to Medical School at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. I got married my last year in Medical School in 1989. I graduated medical school in 1990 with a degree, Doctor of Medicine. I then started my residency at Duke University in Family Medicine. I received my license and started medical practice in Goldsboro North Carolina. My wife and I had two boys; Kyle and Karlon. I practiced medicine in Goldsboro for several years then I moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina where I live now. I remarried in 2012 and practiced as an Emergency Room physician and Hospitalist for ten years. I know practice medicine in Roanoke Rapids and Goldsboro North Carolina. I have been practicing medicine now for 29 years with plans too slowly retire soon.
I had to do some detective work to find Begoniaaaaaa in Spain and was thrilled to hear back from her. I reminded her of a funny story from back when we were at Coker in 1986. One hot afternoon she came up to me and said…Trigger, will you take me to the Sonic to get a Slime Lush (Lime Slush)… I call it Slime Lush to this day, and so does my family. How adorable! I love that story of my Spanish friend who came to America to play tennis and was learning to speak English.
So…enjoy her story.
Hey Hey Trigger!!! How incredible it is to hear from you after so many years!!! I am a little bit in shock, but very glad to hear from you!! As you have seen I am not in FB or any other social network, sorry… and let me tell you that I had to read the message twice because I had to understand what furry children meant!!! So you can see that after many years I am still learning English, it has been so sweet to read about the Slime Lush
Sorry to hear that it has been a rough year, I am sorry for the loss of your mother.
Well, let me summarize my last 35 years as good as you have done in a few lines… I am doing fine, still working as you have seen involved in tennis but very eager to retire, how lucky you are!
I worked in so many places…all very different with photographers, on tv, in hotels, at a US pharmaceutical company, and many others, not in that order, but buff! it has been ok, not to launch fireworks but good. I have travelled a lot, but not as much as I would have liked. I hope to travel again after the COVID disappears. I am single and living with my parents, they are very well, but 89 and 85 so they need my help. I have moved from the city of Barcelona to a small town at the beach, so I am very excited to live just by the sea. It is not like Myrtle beach, but it is a beach. My sister lives here too so we manage together.
I would love to go back to the US. I went only twice in all those years and the last time was in 1997!!!!
Let me think about anything curious to tell regarding these years so you can write in the Commentary. If not you can also tell that you have been a great detective and that you should have tried to be a professional one because you found me
It has been so nice to hear from you, really, how great after all these years.
We will be in contact, I will look for a nice picture of me to send you next time I write and you will see if you recognize me 🙂 🙂 🙂
Coker friends…want to hear your stories so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Looking forward to sharing more life adventures about you. Write to me soon!
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Here’s to Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness