My family moved to Auburn when I was 3 years old, in 1956, for my dad, L. B. “Tex” Williams, to go to work in the News Bureau at API. He also became part of the Athletics Department stat crews for basketball and football for extra income, and because he loved sports. As a result, I went to Auburn games, pep rallies, parades, etc., from a very young age, as seen in the photo at right. It appeared in the 1959 Glomerata with the tag: “Future Auburn co-eds?” And both my sister, Carol, and I were!
My mom, Dolores Williams, also worked for the university as an administrative assistant in the Engineering Dean’s office. So Auburn not only educated me, it fed, clothed, and housed me through my parents’ employment.
I am a product of the Child Study Center or college kindergarten as we called it. I began my formal education in 1958, across from volleyball and tennis courts that were the site of Haley Center. I ended with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish.
I have used my degree to teach 2 years and as a curriculum copy editor at national Woman’s Missionary Union in Birmingham, Ala., since 1976.
My husband, Frank Easterling, ’74, and I met at a basketball game in 1972. We married on an away game weekend in October 1977. My dad was on the stat crew and the Auburn First Baptist pastor, John Jeffers, took tickets at the gate with the Lion’s Club, so we had to plan around their needed presence.
We sent our daughter, Kristin, ’12, to Auburn on a full scholarship in 2009.
So many great memories, professors, events, and friends crowd my mind when I think of Auburn, both the town and the university. It will ALWAYS be HOME. I believe in Auburn, and LOVE it! War Eagle!