2021 North Carolina Debutante Ball held in Raleigh

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RALEIGH — The 95th annual North Carolina Debutante Ball was held June 4 at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. The event, sponsored by the Terpsichorean Club, was delayed due to COVID restrictions that prevented large gatherings during 2020 and 2021. The Ball is traditionally held in early September. The 2022 Ball will return to that traditional date.

The Terpsichorean Club is comprised of young gentlemen from the Raleigh area and was formed in the 1920s to sponsor the annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young ladies and to honor their families. The Ball was held every year since 1923 — with the exception of the World War II years — until it was interrupted by COVID.


Young ladies are selected by more than 200 nominators from across the state. The final selection of the Debutantes is made by the Terpsichorean Club members. The invitations are extended to the young ladies in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina. The Leader of the Ball is chosen from Wake County’s Debutantes and other young ladies from throughout the state are also honored by being named Assistant Leaders.

This year’s Leader was Frances Belle Williams of Raleigh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Thomas Cheatham Williams. The Assistant Leaders were: Miller Elizabeth Andrews of Snow Hill, daughter of Mr. Roland Brent Andrews and Mrs. Susan Miller Andrews; Virginia Katherine Logan Eagles of Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Logan Eagles; Carolyn Pierson Fuller of Winston-Salem, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wood Fuller III; Elizabeth Hewitt Johnson of Smithfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Norris Johnson; Anna Ruth Morrison of Concord, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Holt Morrison, Jr.; Elizabeth Weaver Poole of Charlotte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walker Lynch Poole; Elizabeth Trevey Ragsdale of Jamestown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Gannaway Ragsdale IV; Margaret Murchison Sprunt of Wilmington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Harriss Sprunt; Ashley Clayton White of Manteo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian William White; and Sara McFarland Wood of Shelby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas Wood.

During the Ball weekend several events were held in honor of the Debutantes, their families and their escorts. A father-daughter luncheon was held at the Angus Barn. The focal point of the weekend was the presentation of the debutantes on a grand runway on the tent-covered front lawn of the Carolina Country Club. Surry Cowper Wood served as chairman of the Ball. Christopher Lee Woody II is the current president of the Terpsichorean Club and Carolina Hampton Williams Hofer served as chairman of the Girls’ Committee.

Officers of the Terpsichorean Club, in addition to Woody, are John Frederick Nash, Jr., Vice-President, Isaac Alexander Brown, Secretary-Treasurer, and John Dailey Lyon III, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

This year’s debutante class included 176 women from as far west as Asheville and east as Manteo. The 2021 North Carolina Debutantes are:

Tucker Blair Adkins, Raleigh

Kennedy Deaton Andrews, Siler City

Miller Elizabeth Andrews, Snow Hill*

Corina Jain Argiry, Raleigh

Mary Madeline Arrington, Pinehurst

Anne Doolan Asbill, Raleigh

Annabelle Gray Averette, Farmville

Lauren Bryant Baddour, Chapel Hill

Sarah Brooke Baker, Raleigh

Julia Estelle Barefoot, Charlotte

Lilly Virginia Barrow, Raleigh

Ellison Ruth Beaver, High Point

Helen Reynolds Berry, Greenville

Anne Hunter Blake, Raleigh

Mary Margaret Bromhal, Raleigh

Leslie Grace Brooks, Raleigh

Charlotte Winborne Broughton, Winston-Salem

Elizabeth Spotswood Broughton, Winston-Salem

Carson Ellen Browder, Rocky Mount

Hannah Elle Brown, Wilson

Anna Grace Call, Raleigh

Ella Lee Carr, Raleigh

Lila Maria Casey, Raleigh

Hannah Scott Chamblee, Greenville

Frances Elizabeth Coleman, Wilmington

Kendall Taylor Conger, Raleigh

Alice Carter Connor, Raleigh

Nancy Stewart Cornelius, Greensboro

Eloise Farnell Cowan, Greensboro

Mary Wesley Craft, Farmville

Margaret Grace Crone, Raleigh

Kennedy Blaylock Dean, Winston-Salem

Payton Leigh Dean, Winston-Salem

Madelynne Winsloe Deaner, Wake Forest

Anne Carter Dehnert, Greensboro

Caroline Ballard Dixon, Southern Shores

Henrietta Rand Dunnigan, Raleigh

Jane Randolph Durden, Charlotte

Zoe Alexandra Durland, Raleigh

Catherine Summerlin Eagles, Goldsboro

Virginia Katherine Logan Eagles, Wilson*

Edie Lenoir Echols, Warrenton

Isabella Reeves Faison, Clinton

Claire Wakefield Feeney, Raleigh

Carolyn Pierson Fuller, Winston-Salem*

Elizabeth Warren Gilchrist, Raleigh

Elizabeth Bowen Gordon, Charlotte

Katherine May Grant, Burlington

Elizabeth Emerson Gravely, Greensboro

Elizabeth Forbes Greene, Greenville

Catherine Reynolds Grice, Wilmington

Grace Batson Haile, Raleigh

Elizabeth Haddon Hartzog, Raleigh

Hannah O’Reilly Harvey, Raleigh

Charlotte Kincaid Harwell, Gastonia

Claire Marie Healy, Southern Pines

Sydney Hannah Herschelman, Raleigh

Allison Rose Hiersteiner, Winston-Salem

Amelia Claire Holdstock, Raleigh

Lilly Catherine Holt, Fayetteville

Anne Houston Crenshaw Huffman, Raleigh

Linden Smith Hundley, Wilmington

Anne Grayson Jeffreys, Goldsboro

Jane Alexander Jeffreys, Goldsboro

Caroline Elizabeth Johnson, Raleigh

Elizabeth Hewitt Johnson, Smithfield*

Margaret Ivy Johnston, Raleigh

Martha Luck Johnston, Raleigh

Ella Tyler Jones, Greenville

Gwyn Katherine Jones, Raleigh

Emily Matteson Keenhold, New Bern

Hannah Ferguson Keller, Sanford

Isabel Pearce Kempson, Raleigh

Elizabeth Parris Kerr, Raleigh

Deborah Hall Kitchin, Scotland Neck

Lynn Riley Kluttz, Winston-Salem

Elizabeth Danielle Lamm, Wilson

Lilly Hastings Lancaster, Wilmington

Caroline Elizabeth Landry, Pinehurst

Elizabeth Holt Langston, Raleigh

Mia Kleberg Larkin, Charlotte

Madeline Katherine Lee, Raleigh

May Parker Leutze, Raleigh

Anna Adger Lewis, Raleigh

Pearce Elizabeth Lewis, Wilmington

Brighton Ashley Lindsay, Raleigh

Laura Katherine Lindstrom, Wilmington

Avery Alexandra Love, Greensboro

Emma Katherine Lyon, Raleigh

Mary McKinley Lyons, Raleigh

Megan McBane Mahoney, Raleigh

Ann-Wallis Cox Mancuso, Morehead City

Emily Chris Manning, Washington

Matilda Mills Marlowe, Raleigh

Lindsay Anne McCall, Raleigh

Elizabeth Carr Montague, Raleigh

Catherine Sinclair Moorman, Raleigh

Katherine Perry Morgan, Wilmington

Anna Katherine Morris, New Bern

Madeleine May Morris, Raleigh

Mary Elizabeth Morris, Hookerton

Anna Ruth Morrison, Concord*

Anna Charles Mudge, Morehead City

Eliza Douglas Myers, Rocky Mount

Claire Daniels Nemeth, Raleigh

Eleanor Louise Nordeen, Wilmington

Jacqueline Allsbrook Norsworthy, Rocky Mount

Margaret Ellison Painter, Raleigh

Grace Meredith Palmer, Raleigh

Corinna Bailey Parker, Raleigh

Mary Grace Parrish, Raleigh

Mary Livingston Peatross, Raleigh

Gray Bailey Perry, Washington

Reagan Elizabeth Perry, Kinston

Catherine Wynn Pickett, Raleigh

Elizabeth Weaver Poole, Charlotte*

Clara Linton Pope, Greensboro

Claibourne Anne Porter, Greensboro

Grace Leigh Powell, Raleigh

Abigail Jane Pugh, Raleigh

Elizabeth Trevey Ragsdale, Jamestown*

Ashley Caroline Rhoades, Winston-Salem

Hannah Caroline Riley, Clayton

Lindsey Katherine Rittenmeyer, Raleigh

Anne-Hunter Collins Roane, Raleigh

Sophia Anne Roberts, Raleigh

Grayson Claire Rosser, High Point

Mary Charles Evans Rouse, Matthews

Elizabeth Hall Rucker, Greensboro

Lane Garrett Russell, Raleigh

Sara Mosby Sandridge, Raleigh

Anne Pemberton Schaefer, Fayetteville

Lillian Elizabeth Seck, Raleigh

Emily Merrick Semans, Winston-Salem

Mary Crawford Smallwood, Belmont

Caroline Wallace Smith, Raleigh

Elizabeth Tremont Smith, Raleigh

Sarah Suhrstedt Smith, Greensboro

Anna Carlyle Johnson Spears, Wilmington

Sydney Proctor Spoor, Raleigh

Anne Dixon Sprock, Charlotte

Margaret Murchison Sprunt, Wilmington*

Mason Anne Starling, Morehead City

Mary Martha Stokes, Raleigh

Anniston Marie Stovall, Roxboro

Martha Louise Wilson Stowe, Raleigh

Nancie Elizabeth Sylvester, Emerald Isle

Nelie Tahssili, Raleigh

Charlotte Sue Jett Taylor, Raleigh

Rachel Allen Thomas, Wilson

Augusta Ramsaur Trask, Wilmington

Caroline Christian Ullrich, Charlotte

Sydney Stratton Vermillion, Durham

Isabella Katherine Voos, Greenville

Laura Payton Walker, Charlotte

Margaret Staton Ward, Burlington

Adair Pittman Warner, Raleigh

Lillian James Warner, Kinston

Riley Caroline Watkins, Raleigh

Maida Catherine Watson, Raleigh

Leslie Forbes Weaver, Winston-Salem

Elizabeth Ann Weil, Raleigh

Anna Dahne White, Wilmington

Ashley Clayton White, Manteo*

Sara Grace White, Asheville

Mary Thomas Whittaker, Charlotte

Camilla Celeste Wilkerson, Greenville

Eleanor Davis Williams, Charlotte

Frances Belle Williams, Raleigh**

Mariana Thorp Winston, Emerald Isle

Mary Cathryn Wolfert, Winston-Salem

Sara McFarland Wood, Shelby*

Kennedy Jane Wordsworth, Raleigh

Hallie Andrews Worth, Raleigh

Margaret Ogburn Wright, Eden

Rachel Parker Zinn, Chapel Hill