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Mr. and Miss Homecoming 2013 and grand marshal for parade selected

November 4, 2013

Voorhees will crown Germanuel D. Baldwin and Blyss Snead Mr. and Miss Homecoming 2013 during the men's homecoming basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 9.  

Baldwin, 23, is a senior health and recreation major. Baldwin is from the Talbotton, Ga., which is the hometown of Voorhees' founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee.  

Baldwin said he looks forward to representing his institution during homecoming weekend. "Running for Mr. Homecoming was a new challenge for me," he said. "I decided to take on this new challenge because I love my HBCU, and I believe I will be a good representative of Voorhees College.  

Snead is a 21-year-old senior from Atlanta, Ga. She is majoring in mass communications, and she has been active in various organizations such as Student Support Services and Pre-Alumni Council since enrolling at Voorhees.  

"I am delighted to represent Voorhees College throughout homecoming weekend," Snead said. "I look forward to meeting and greeting all of our accomplished alumni who have blazed trails in various careers for students like me."  

Voorhees has also selected its homecoming parade grand marshals. The grand marshals will be E. Mitchell Lebby and posthumously, the late Clarence V. Lebby Sr., a graduate of Voorhees Junior College.   

The late Clarence V. Lebby Sr. was a native of Denmark, and his affiliation with Voorhees began with his father, Edward Lebby Sr., who built Massachusetts Hall. After graduating from Voorhees Junior College, he attended and graduated from Eckels College of Embalming and Sanitary Science in Philadelphia, Penn. He continued his education by earning the Bachelor of Science degree from Benedict College and the Master of Education degree from South Carolina State University. He devoted 35 years of service to education in South Carolina and retired as a principal of Denmark Public Schools, District #2.  

Additionally, he served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II. Distinguishing himself as a businessman in the community, through the Lebby Funeral Home, the late Clarence V. Lebby Sr. provided the Denmark community and surrounding counties professional service for more than 70 years. He was the first African American licensed embalmer in the Tri-County Area. Lebby was also a founding member of the Denmark Technical College Area Commission and served that organization for 24 years in numerous offices, including the chairmanship.  

E. Mitchell Lebby, who is the wife of the late Clarence V. Lebby Sr., has impacted the lives of many through her leadership as a middle school principal in Blackville, S.C., District #19. Additionally, she has worked with the school systems, community projects and various professional and civic organizations to promote and effect the betterment of children and adults. Presently, she is a staff member of the Lebby Funeral Homes in Denmark, Barnwell and Blackville. She is also a member of the National Association of 100 Black Women in Funeral Service.  

The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. on Maple Street in downtown Denmark. For a list of all 2013 Voorhees homecoming activities, visit www.voorhees.edu or contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at tbrunson@voorhees.edu.

  *The top picture is Baldwin and Snead, Mr. and Miss Homecoming, the middle picture is the late Clarence V. Lebby Sr., and the bottom picture is E. Mitchell Lebby.