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Voorhees Hall of Fame

DENMARK -- Voorhees College will induct seven people into the Hall of Fame during the 16th annual Hall of Fame banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.

The honorees are:

• Mary R. Burke, a Clinton native, is a retired administration representative senior staff on the F-22, C-130, C-5 and P-3 programs. She is a 1971 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

She was recognized as the first salaried minority, first minority and female with a bachelor’s degree and first minority and female to join the National Management Association at Lockheed Missiles and Space based in Charleston. In addition, she was recognized at Lockheed for 44 years of dedicated service and contributions.

Burke is the recipient of the 2010 Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Award and the Aero Star Award, Lockheed’s highest employee honor.

• Hezikah Dority, a Fredericksburg, Va. native, is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dority is a 1969 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Dority received numerous work-related commendations, performance awards and service recognition and honors for his military service.

• Russell N. Feaster, a Blair native, serves as a summary court judge in Fairfield County. He is a 1981 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Feaster retired from the S.C. Army National Guard in 2012 after more than 31 years of service. He retired at the rank of colonel. Prior to his retirement, he served as intelligence officer on the adjutant general’s staff.

In 2006, he became the first African American inducted into the Palmetto Military Academy Hall of Fame.

• Ervin Henderson, a Newberry native, is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired quality resource specialist from the District of Columbia’s Department on Disability service.

Henderson is a 1977 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He furthered his education at Cambridge State University, where he earned a master’s degree in psychology counseling.

• The Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope Jr. is pastor at First Providence Baptist Church and founder of the First Providence Foundation, a non-profit that helps local communities renovate homes and install handicap accessible ramps.

He is a 1972 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University and a master’s degree in divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center ITC in Atlanta. Additionally, Pope earned a doctorate degree in theology from Cenfield Theologian Seminary.

• Dr. John Foster Potts Sr., was a native of Hot Springs, Ark. He served as president of Voorhees College from 1954 until 1970.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Benedict College and a master’s degree from Cornell University. In addition, Potts received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Benedict College and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Prior to serving as president at Voorhees, he was the principal of Avery Institute, recruiting specialist for the U.S. Naval Reserve and served as a teacher and assistant principal of Columbia schools.

Potts was the author of “History of the Growth of the Negro Population of Gary, Indiana,” “A History of South Carolina State College” and “A History of the Palmetto Education Association,” along with several articles of educational interest published in professional magazines.

• Raymond O. Singleton, a Sumter native, is a retired market claim manager of Allstate Insurance Company. He is a 1972 graduate of Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and education.

While at Voorhees, Singleton joined the charter line of the Sigma Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and served as the chapter’s first president in 1970.

He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Frankfurt, Germany and The Republic of South Vietnam.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $75. For more information, visit

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