Archive for the ‘North Carolina’ Category

Thomas Fenske (’76, ’77)

Thomas Fenske is the author of of six novels and one cookbook. He is originally from Texas but currently lives in North Carolina. His TRACES OF TREASURE Series follows Sam Milton and Smidgeon Toll, somewhat reluctant treasure hunters. THE HAG RIDER is civil war historical fiction about a young boy’s experiences after enlisting in the Confederate Cavalry, all the while under the protection of a slave’s witchcraft. HARMON CREEK explores a decade’s-old murder in rural Texas and the sordid conspiracy that follows. HARMON CREEK is his first novel in the crime/true crime genre, inspired by the mysterious death of his wife’s great-uncle. HARMON CREEK will be available from Amazon or any local bookstore in June 2022

Thomas Fenske

Thomas Fenske (’76)

Thomas Fenske (’76) graduate from CLASS majoring in English and History and published author of 5 novels is rocking his UH tie as an extra on the set of a new movie, MAKING HIM FAMOUS, currently filming in North Carolina.

Pat Anderson Mulvey (’73)

Pat Anderson Mulvey, 81, passed away peacefully Friday, July 3, 2020. He fought a valiant fight against three cancers. Pat was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Houston, Texas, the son of the late Elmer Anderson and Martha Mulvey, and called Wilmington his home. He was also preceded in death by his oldest son, Danny Mulvey. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a translator in Germany. After his time in the service, he worked for IBM. He earned a degree from the University of Houston. While working for IBM, he was assigned to NASA on the Apollo Program. After he retired, he became a dedicated and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge BPO No. 532. He served in many positions with the lodge. Pat loved music and a good hand of cards. Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Betty Mulvey of Wilmington; son, Kevin Gregory of English Mountain, Tennessee; daughter, Lisa Koger of Wilmington; daughter, Christine Casselli of Fort Worth, Texas; and six loving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services are being planned for a later date. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for all of the loving care they received. In loving memory of Pat, donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare may be made at . Share online condolences with the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation .

Tizita Ayele (’76)

Mrs. Tizita Ayele passed away on July 2, 2020 at the age of 67 unexpectedly due to an illness that lasted for a short period of time. Mrs. Tizita Ayele was born in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on October 9, 1952 to Mr. Ayele Sebhat and Mrs. Kefey Zewge. After completing her elementary and secondary education in Ethiopia, Mrs.Tizita Ayele moved in 1972 to the U.S.A. She pursued her higher education in South Texas Junior College, Texas Southern University and University of Houston. After she acquired her first degree, she continued her studies and in 1986 graduated with master’s degree in Education and Administration. She was then hired at the John Jay College (CUNY) in New York and worked there until 2004. She left her job for medical reasons after having a severe job related injury. She moved to North Carolina in 2006 with her family and lived in Greensboro until the Almighty Lord called her to be with him on July 2, 2020. She is survived by her longtime friend, soulmate and a husband, Dr. Admasu Kebede; her beloved daughter, Kefey Admasu; her sisters, Nigist Ayele and Legawork Ayele. Mrs. Tizita Ayele is predeceased by her sister, Amsale Ayele and her, brothers Mr. Mikre Ayele and Nega Ayele. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Carolina Biblical Gardens followed by entombment. Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the Ayele family at

Joseph Lofstedt (’16)

 Joseph Lofstedt, former KIPP Halifax Primary Assistant Principal, will be the KIPP Halifax Primary School Leader.

Mr. Lofstedt grew up in New York, studied Early Childhood and Primary Education in Scranton, PA and earned his Masters degree from The University of Houston. Since moving to North Carolina, he has been a founding 1st and 3rd grade teacher at Gaston College Preparatory Primary School. In 2017, he transitioned to KIPP Halifax College Preparatory as the Assistant Principal. Joe looks forward to continuing to work with Cubs, families and staff in the upcoming school year.

Charles F. Mize (’57)

Charles Frank Mize, age 85 of Lincolnton, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Addison of Lincolnton. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Asbury United Methodist Church cemetery with Rev. Laurie Knoespel officiating. Frank was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on December 7, 1934, to Charles Leon Mize and Olice Griffin Mize. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and was a 1957 graduate of the University of Houston, where he majored in political science and lettered in debate. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957, serving as an enlisted man for several years before enrolling in Officers Candidate School. He worked in the office of Special Investigations in Washington, DC, and left the Air Force after attaining the rank of Captain. Frank then worked for the District of Columbia Department of Public Welfare as an investigator before joining the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs. He worked as a social worker on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota and as a Social Services Supervisor on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona. After retiring from the U.S. Department of the Interior, he worked for the Navajo Tribal Government as a Social Services Supervisor. Frank is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Shuford Mize, whom he married on August 8, 1964. They had met in Sunday School at South Capitol Street Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Their first date was after church in November 1963 when they went to the U.S. Capital to see John F. Kennedy’s casket brought in to lie in state before his funeral. They camped and traveled extensively throughout the United States, visiting 48 of the 50 states. In 1983, they moved to his wife’s hometown of Lincolnton, NC. Frank was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, served as church photographer, and helped start the audio-visual program. He was president of the Computer Users Group of Lincolnton for over 25 years. He was very active in North Carolina Senior Games Silver Arts, having competed in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cleveland County, Gaston County, and Lincoln County. He won many awards in creative writing and photography. Libby and Frank had no children, but proudly claim Rev. Earlynne Bartley of Lincolnton as their “adopted daughter” and her son, Chandler Bartley of Gastonia, as their “adopted grandson.” The family includes two dogs named Jo Joe and Talia, and a cat named Clawdia. Frank is survived by his brother-in-law, Charles David Shuford and wife Gloria of North Palm Beach, FL; and a sister-in-law, Carole Shuford Jenkins and husband Roger of Lincolnton. He leaves six nieces and nephews: Rhonda Jenkins Davis (husband William Jr. and sons Trey and Trent), Dale Jenkins (wife Jennifer and children Savannah and Dylan); and Bobby Jenkins, all of Lincolnton; Cindy Jenkins Lindsay (husband Brian and son Bailey), of Casa Grande, AZ; Robin Shuford Frank (husband Ted and daughter Leila) of Naples, FL; and Joseph Shuford of North Palm Beach, FL. He also leaves one fellow Texan cousin, Joe Griffin, and wife Betty of Catawba County. In lieu of flowers and condolences, please make a donation in memory of Frank to Asbury United Methodist Church, 3097 Asbury Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

J. Brooke Schmidly (J.D.’00)

UHLC alumna Brooke Schmidly ’00 has been appointed to the Randolph Community College Board of Trustees by the North Carolina Governor’s Office.