Retired educators from school districts in the city of Pine Bluff and neighboring communities will be honored for their dedicated service in the field of education at 7 p.m. March 3 at the banquet hall of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Retired educators from school districts in the city of Pine Bluff and neighboring communities will be honored for their dedicated service in the field of education at 7 p.m. March 3 at the banquet hall of the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The Finer Womanhood Banquet is the 24th annual event sponsored by Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The theme is “Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Salutes Educational Excellence.”

A program honoring the retirees and a video presentation of each honoree will be a special feature of the banquet.

Approximately 700 retired educators have been recognized by the sorority since the banquet’s inception. The first event to honor the educators took place in 1989 with a banquet at the L.A. Davis Student Center on the campus of AM & N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, having been conceived and initiated by Sharon Fletcher.

The Finer Womanhood observance has been enhanced by indebtedness to education. The sorority welcomes this opportunity to commend these educators for their initiative, resourcefulness, loyalty, devotion, courage, and endurance, which they have so diligently displayed throughout their career. We recognize them as educators who developed in their students a wealth of knowledge necessary for them to pursue their endeavors in life.

The sorority adheres to the fact that education is a very strong value and is truly the key to success in life. The sorority salutes these retirees for their commitment and dedication to education.

This year’s retired educators, years of service in the field of education, and school districts they retired from are as follows:

• Frank Carr retired after 38 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District

• Freddie J. Carr retired after 33 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District

• Emily Dendy retired after 46 years of service from the Pine Bluff School District

• Mary L. Downing retired after 31 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District

• Calvin Johnson retired after 48 years of service from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

• Ann Scarbrough Terrell retired after 41 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District

• Gwendolyn Denise Woods retired after 21 years of service from the Pine Bluff School District

• Delores Burkett King retired after 34 years of service from the Wabbaseka, Gethsemane, Tucker and Altheimer School Districts

Jacqueline Yvonne Pearson-Corbin

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Jacqueline Yvonne
Pearson-Corbin

 Shirley Ann Bowie Stubblefield

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Shirley Ann
Bowie Stubblefield

 Maryland Bowie Wynne

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Maryland
Bowie Wynne

Members of the Finer Womanhood Committee are Bobbi Bridges, Lula Gray, Delia Horace, Florentine Humphrey, Geneva Kelsey and Evelyn Ross.

Juanita Cook is the president of Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Patricia Johnson is the sorority’s state director, and Sheryl P. Underwood is the international president.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., as the sister organization to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Zeta Phi Beta’s purpose is to foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civic and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national programs for which its members and auxiliary groups provide untold hours of voluntary service to staff community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation.