By Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

For nearly five decades, Charlotte Adams-Graves and Doris Wilkerson-Ellis have experienced life's milestones together.

The friends went to the same elementary school and walked the stage at the same high school graduation. They attended the same college, pledged the same sorority and even named their two sons the same.

And this year, they will retire from the Killeen Independent School District - together.

Adams-Graves and Wilkerson-Ellis, both 55, were among the 26 educators honored Thursday evening during the 2010 KISD Retirement Banquet.

The event recognized the achievements of employees who will retire from the district this school year. The educators represented 718 years in combined experience, which ranged from serving 11 years in the district to 36.

"One thing we all try to do is make a difference in the lives of young people. And there's no better group to do that than educators," KISD Superintendent Robert Muller told the crowd. "You certainly deserve the best in the next chapter in your life."

Adams-Graves and Wilkerson-Ellis met at J.H. Hines Elementary School in Waco, and the friends said they both knew at a young age that they wanted to be educators.

"And that's what we did," Wilkerson-Ellis said.

Wilkerson-Ellis has worked 26 years in KISD, and will leave her post next month as assistant principal of Montague Village Elementary School.

Adams-Graves, who has served 20 years in KISD, has dedicated her life to helping military children cope with frequent moves and multiple deployments. She will retire from KISD as a counselor at Smith Middle School.

Both women said they will continue to work even after retiring.

"I'm not going to just sit at home," Adams-Graves said.

Adams-Graves will begin a new career with the Military Child Education Coalition, training others how to help military children.

Wilkerson-Ellis said she looks forward to focusing on her two businesses: a bridal shop and a cleaning service.

"It's wonderful," Wilkerson-Ellis said of retiring with her childhood friend. "Now we can really start working."

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at or (254) 501-7548. Follow her on Twitter at KDHeducation.

Killeen ISD Retirees

Charlotte Adams-Graves

30 years in education, 20 years in KISD

Counselor and teacher at Smith, Marlboro, Fowler, Duncan, Montague Village and Aldine ISD, Waco ISD and in Germany

Arlene Aldrich

22 years in education and KISD

Director's secretary federal programs

Media aide for Chapter 1 from 1988 to 1990

Director's secretary for federal and compensatory programs 1991 to 2009

Dwight C. Allen

19 years in education and KISD

Math and digital graphics teacher at Killeen High School

Billy Anderson

26 years in education, 22 years in KISD

Director for transportation in Temple ISD, teacher at Manor and Eastern Hills

Pamela Anderson

29 years in education, 25 years in KISD

Campus instructional specialist, assistant principal and teacher at Nolanville, Meadows, Willow Springs, Brookhaven, Hay Branch, Temple ISD and Borger ISD

Ella Anglin

25 years in education and KISD

Paraprofessional at Killeen Developmental Center, West Ward, Reeces Creek, Iduma and Willow Springs

Caril M. Baker

36 years in education and six years in KISD

Librarian at Skipcha, Duncan and Clarke and an elementary school teacher in Rhode Island, Florida and South Carolina

Melissa Brierton

23 years in education, four years in KISD

Teacher one year in Belton, 23 years in Temple, two years at Mountain View Elementary School and two years at Willow Springs Elementary School

Judy Brown

31 years in education and KISD

Crossing guard, special needs bus driver and grounds crew

Bonnie Brumagim

32 years in education and KISD

Teacher at Clifton Park Elementary School, Marlboro Elementary School, Nolanville Elementary and Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School

Randy Brumagim

18 years in education and KISD

Teacher at Clifton Park Elementary School, Trimmier Elementary School and Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School

Carolyn Cartmell

31 years in education, 27 years in KISD

Speech pathologist in Oregon and KISD

Doris Donovan Clendinen

30 years in education and KISD

Bus driver and crossing guard

Harold E. DeGarmo

16 years in education and KISD

Cafeteria manager at Bellaire, Willow Springs and Oveta Culp Hobby

Anthony "Tony" Dunn

36 years in education, 30 years in KISD

Teacher, coach, trainer at Ellison High School and Snyder ISD

Larry D. Edwards

11 years in education and KISD

Bus driver and Army supply technician at Shoemaker High School

Karen Koehler

35 years in education and 18 years in KISD

Teacher and coach in Indiana, Germany, Arizona, Ellison and teacher, coach and assistant athletics coordinator at Shoemaker High School

Gary Krehbiel

12 years in education, eight years in KISD

English teacher at JJAEP and Dallas ISD

Glenda Manning Dennison

23 years in education, 12 years in KISD

Teacher at Iduma, Cedar Valley and Grand Prairie, Copperas Cove and Temple

Ellen McCarthey

29 years in education, 25 years in KISD

Custodian at Union Grove Manor, Liberty Hill, Cedar Valley and McGregor ISD

Connie J. Milner

28 years in education and KISD

Teacher at Willow Springs and East Ward

Mary Stanislaw

34 years in education and KISD

Teacher at East Ward and Willow Springs

Carol Summers

26 years in education, 19 years in KISD

Teacher at Hay Branch Elementary School

Ursula Thompson

12 years in education and KISD

Cashier in Harker Heights Elementary School cafeteria

Doris Wilkerson-Ellis

29 years in education, 26 years in KISD

Teacher and assistant principal at Montague Village, Meadows, Nolan, Smith, MLLC and Waco ISD

Karen Williamson

17 years in education, 15 years in KISD

Teacher at Killeen High School and in Georgetown and Humble

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