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The Thalian Club of Orangeburg, which was founded in 1929, presented three daughters, one niece, three sons and one nephew at its annual Debutante Ball on Dec. 21, 2018. Mr. Joshua Keith Ridley, president of Thalian Club, and Mrs. Ridley, along with mothers and aunts of the 2018 debutantes, greeted guests in the ballroom of Orangeburg Country Club.

Debutantes presented were Miss Ashlin Blanchard Potterfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cheney Potterfield, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Allen Blanchard Jr., and great-granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Thompson Austelle, escorted by Mr. Brady Clayton Johnson; Miss Margaret Riley Frierson , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Nelson Frierson, granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Henry Franklin Frierson, escorted by Mr. Kobie James Kirven; Miss Laura Adison Walter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Preston Walter, escorted by Spc. Charles Matthew Rollins; Miss Mary Redden Timmons, niece of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Griffin Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Redden Timmons Jr., escorted by Mr. Samuel McCabe Robinson.

Sons recognized as attending their first Thalian Debutante Ball were Mr. Brady Clayton Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Michael Johnson, escorting Miss Ashlin Blanchard Potterfield; Mr. William Larry Reynolds III, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Larry Reynolds Jr. and Ms. Katharyn Hewitt Reynolds, escorting Miss Jaime Alyn McLaine; Cadet Scoville Hewitt Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Larry Reynolds Jr. and Ms. Katharyn Hewitt Reynolds, escorting Miss Taylor Alexis Merritt; Mr. James Calder Shirer, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard Shirer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Luther Shirer, escorting Miss Logan McKinley Robertson.

Guest grandparents of debutants and sons who attended Thalian Ball were Mrs. Margaret Riley Oliphant, Mrs. Rebecca Walter Rodenborn, Mr. and Mrs. Coker Nelson Price Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Larry Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Kaye Hewitt, and Ms. Mary Katharyn Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Andrew Jameson and Mrs. Robert Luther Smoak.

In addition, a large number of family and friends were invited to the 2018 debutante presentation sponsored by the 89-year-old Thalian Club of Orangeburg.

Debutante daughters and son presented at the 2016 Thalian Ball were invited this year as guests of Thalian; they were Miss Lauren Brooke Teague, Miss Emma Limehouse Woolbright, and Mr. Samuel Latimer Erwin Jr. Newly elected Thalian Club members for 2018 are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Parker Dempsey Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Pridgen Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Brett Evans, Mr. and Mrs. William Allen Fairey, Mr. and Mrs. Bryson Caleb Jennings and Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Helmke.

In addition, a large number of family and friends were invited to the 2018 debutante presentation sponsored by the 89-year-old Thalian Club of Orangeburg.  Guests included Miss Madeleine Maury Shuler, Miss Ellison Kates Bay, Miss Isabel Hillery McCluskey, Miss Rebecca Faye Mandell, Ms. Nicole Michele Abachiara,  Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weston Hardee, Mr. Fletcher Wilson Hardee, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kerr Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. John Clarke Newton, Mr. and Mrs. John Calvin Newton III, Miss Carly Monks, Miss Victoria Marie Haskins, Mr. William Henry Frierson, Miss Sarah Paige Bozardt, Miss Marianna Hughes Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Drake Perrow, Mr. and Mrs. Norris Lightsey Laffitte, Miss Ansley Patrice Bair, Mr. William Barr Walker, Miss Abigail Marie Harrison, Miss Millard Hollingsworth Drake, Mr. John Martin Bahen, Mr. Franklin Burkett Long, Mr. and Mrs. Ray S. Plunkett, Doctors Jason Lee and Leigh Johnson Hawn, Mr. Richard Elwood Lackey, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilbern Thompson, Mr. Matheson Wannamaker, Cadet Aaron Clayton Causey, Mr. Thomas Wesley Watford, junior, Miss Ellison Ann Frank, Mr. Robert Jackson Miller, Miss Hunter Brooke Belanger, Miss Kinsey Elizabeth Bird, Mr. Edward Cornelius Lee III, Miss Catherine Ellis Shirer, Miss Emily Rutledge Shirer.

Chairmen of the 2018 debutante ball were Mrs. John Cheney Potterfield and Mrs. Gregg Nelson Frierson. Committee chairmen were Mrs. Dwight Carson Summers, Mrs. James Howard Shirer, junior, Mrs. Francis Eugene McConnell, junior, Mrs. Tilden Frederick Riley III, Mrs. Steve Griffin Patterson, Mrs. Gregory Kyle Crabb, Mrs. Todd Carman Edward McElhone and Mrs. Dwight Welborn Frierson. Mrs. Robert Frank McCurry is Thalian debutante secretary. Mrs. James Chesley Hunter Jr. is Thalian secretary and Mrs. Stuart Hyman Marcus is club treasurer.

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