A friend of a friend-Governor Angus McLean-Annette Straub-Novermber 18

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for November 18, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

On Tuesday November 17, 2015 a UNC Pembroke employee named Annette Straub received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a North Carolina State Employee. She was presented with the Governor’s Award for Excellence at the Museum of History.

Annette Straub and Dan Kenney inside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh NC the day before she received her award. Annette and I attended a luncheon at the Mansion.

The Executive Mansion is the residence of North Carolina Governor. (L-R) Annette Straub-Dan Kenney in the front foyer near staircase.

Annette Straub Gov mansion

Annette was just one of 15 North Carolina State Employees to receive this award.

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service. The Awards are grouped into categories. Annette won for Customer Service. The criteria for the recognition she received is described below.

Customer Service – The winners must provide exceptional service that left the customer fully satisfied with their experience. Awardees have exceeded expectations to meet the needs of the customer.

Annette serves as the Executive Assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management. She also assumes duties as the Web Information Coordinator for her division. Annette position means that she has to deal with all type of scenarios impacting student’s intention to enroll at UNC Pembroke. She deals with problems that require patience, diplomacy, intelligence, empathy, compassion, and great working relationships with many office and leaders across campus. She takes each problem as it comes and attempts to treat student, their parents, and families with all the attributes I described above.

Annette is very involved on campus especially with collaborative committees. In 2012 she was a member of the university’s 125th Anniversary Planning committee and did a great job with all those events.

On Monday I was honored to be invited to represent the Chancellor’s Office at luncheon honoring Annette and the other 14 recipients. I got to meet Annette’s mom and chat with her husband. We all got to enjoy getting to go tour the Executive Mansion.

(l-r) Annette Straub, her mom Mrs. Brenda Sealy, and Husband Jerry.

Annette Family

Annette lives in my Lumberton neighborhood and we talked about her home and the connection it had to a former North Carolina Governor Angus McLean 1925-1929. Angus McLean had three children Angus Wilton, Jr. Margaret French, and Hector.

The house that Annette lives in today on the corner of 19th and Barker was built by the former Governor’s son-in-law and daughter. That married couple was Scott and Margaret French Sheppard. They got married in 1940.

As we ate lunch I told Annette she was connected to Governor McLean and was eating dining in the same place he and his family did some 90 years earlier.


Annette Straub Executive Assistant Office of Enrollment Phone: 910-521-6804 E-mail: annette.straub@uncp.edu

The Friend of the Friend-GOVERNOR ANGUS MCLEAN


Living in the Governor’s Daughter’s House

On Monday at Lunch we were invited to feel free to tour the Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Annette, her husband, mom, and I went searching for his portrait. We were unsuccessful but did find some interesting things.

First if you live in Lumberton and want to learn about Governor McLean there is a great book at the link below you can view his papers and letters.



We also got some interesting photos inside the Executive Mansion.

Every North Carolina Governor’s name is included on the carpet that is located in the main foyer of the Executive Mansion. We found Lumberton’s Governor Angus McLean (1925-1929). If you go it is located to the right of the staircase.

Angus McLean Carpet

Staircase in Executive Mansion-the gentleman to the right of the staircase is standing on Angus McLean’s name.

Staircase Executive mansion

North Carolina First Lady Margaret French McLean-the mom of the daughter who built the house that Annette Straub lives in.

Margaret French Shepherd

Glad that I got to be part of Annette’s special award. Also glad to get caught up on some Lumberton and North Carolina history.



  1. Marshall Shepherd · · Reply

    I have very fond memories at that house. Many a Christmas opening up presents sitting in the living room while my grandfather W. Scott Shepherd stoked the coal fire. They built the house after the kids left home and the house and grounds of their house on Barker 10 Mile were too much. The fountain that I plumbed as a 13 year old boy was in the middle of the back yard. It’s now downtown in a courtyard dedicated to my grandmother.

    If Mrs Straub still lives in the house. Tell her to look me up. M@trollhole.com I believe I could probably dig up some old photos of the house during construction and probably quite a few of the inside. Though I believe she received the house just as my grandparents built it minus the fountain. There were also a few pieces of furniture that used to reside in the Govenors Mansion in the house.

    1. Will do Marshall-will tell her tomorrow

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Simplify Tasks

Want to learn the simple way?

Craft Beer Spots

Where to find craft beer

Otonabee Longevity

A Lifestyle Information Website

Old time rock and roll

A blog about the history of Rock and Roll music

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes


Simple made easy! psychology love feeling emotion thought behaviour success strategy

roads bel travelled

Exploring open roads without breaking the bank


Motivating Children To Change

Order My Steps

Musings and reflections along the path

This Day in North Carolina History

The people and places of the Tar Heel state day by day.

The Omnivoyeur

Eating, Drinking, and Taking In All Of Life's Pleasures


People, Places, Bites & Buzz from the South and Beyond

John Tanner's Barbecue Blog

One man's search for a rich, full life -- mainly barbecue.

JoHanna Massey

"I tramp the perpetual journey."- Walt Whitman



%d bloggers like this: