6th Annual Cotillion Ball (1977)

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6th Annual Cotillion Ball (1977)


African American Women, Post-Secondary Education, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Gamma Upsilon Psi Society


This source is a booklet from the sixth annual Cotillion Ball held in April of 1977 at the Ramada Inn Convention Center. It includes biographies and photographs of Melonee Joe Bradley, Jacqueline Darlene Butts, Marilyn Jean Byrd, Kathy Elaine Epps, Karin Jonelle Ganns, Patricia Anna Grant, Annette Denise Herron, Phillipa Thean Norman, Bennie Ruth Oliver, Tracye Michele Rawls, Romana Gay Suggs, Winette Nora and Willis as well as many advertisements from local businesses.

List of Debutantes:


First Name Last Name Married name (1981) Parents Sponsor Escort Church School Planned College Planned Major Updates (1981)
Winetta Nora Willis
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Merrifield Leon Lomax Peter Williams Bethel AME Church Urbana High Illinois State University/Tennessee State University
completing her senior year at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is majoring in speech pathology.
Ramona Gay Suggs
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Suggs Raymond E. Suggs Herbert Paul Nesbitt Bethel AME Church Central High Illinois State University Business Administration presently a senior in business administration at Illinois State University in Normal. She plans to receive an MBA with an emphasis in finance
Tracye Michele Rawls
Mr. and Mrs. Henry James Rawls Mr. Henry J. Rawls Michael McMullen Baha'i Urbana High University of Illinois
attended the University of Illinois until 1979. now residing in New Jersey; She worked in New York City during the day while studying dance at night. received a scholarship to study with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. She aspires to become a choreographer
Bennie Ruth Oliver
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Oliver Russell Oliver Lathan Townsend Pilgrim Baptist Church Urbana High Illinois State University Business
Philippa Thean Norman
Dr. and Mrs. P. Roosevelt Norman Dr. P. Roosevelt Norman Carlos Donaldson
University High Elmhurst College Medical Science
Annette Denise Herron
Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Herron Henderson Herron Tyrone Jackson Salem Baptist Church Central High University of Texas

Patricia Ann Grant
Mr. Elijah Grant and the late Mrs. Cecila Grant; Mrs. Helen Rucks Mr. Elijah Grant Thaxter Harrison Community Christian Church Central High University of Illinois Biology
Karin Jonelle Ganns
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Ganns Larry (brother) Turhan Peacock Twin City Bible Church Urbana High Parkland/Oral Roberts University
attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for two years majoring in biology/premedicine. She is now attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Karin is' majoring in nutrition and will receive her bachelors degree in December.
Kathy Elaine Epps
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Epps Anderson Epps Howard Robinson Pilgrim Baptist Church Urbana High Illinois State University/Southern Illinois University Retailer/Model
Marilyn Jean Byrd
Mr. and Mrs. Linton Byrd Linton Byrd Anthony Neal Morning Star Free Will Baptist Urbana High Illinois State University Social Work
Jacqueline Darlene Butts
Mr. and Mrs. George Butts George Butts Roosevelt Jones Mt. Olive Baptist Centennial High Tennessee State University/Michigan State University Pediatric Nursing
Melonee Joe Bradley
Mrs. Marion Jones and the late Joseph Bradley Terry Jones (brother) Maron Nesbitt Pilgrim Baptist Church Centennial High Parkland College/Southern Illinois University Communications attended Parkland College until 1973 majoring in broadcast communications. received her FCC third Class Broadcasting License in 1978. resides in Champaign and has resumed her studies at Parkland, this time an electronics major. Her goal is to become an electrical engineer.


9 April 1977





"6th Annual Cotillion Ball (1977)," in Cotillion Yearbook Database, Item #29, http://eblackcu.net/cotillions/items/show/29 (accessed October 13, 2019).


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