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Carol Bessent Hayman, American poet, author Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award LouisburgColl., 1978, President Medallion, 1997, poet in residence, 1982; recipient numerous awards poetry conferences North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California; named Goodwill Ambassador by Mayor, City of Jacksonville, 1973, Poet Laureate, Mayor of Beaufort, 1989, Carteret County Poet Laureat 1993, Distinguished Woman in Arts Cartaret County, 1995.


Hayman, Carol Bessent was born on June 9, 1927 in Southport, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of George Howard and Minnie May (Guthrie) Bessent.


Associate of Arts, Louisburg Junior College, North Carolina, 1945. Student, East Carolina University, 1965.


Columnist, Onslow Herald, Jacksonville, 1974-1976. Instructor creative writing CarteretC.C., 1985, creative living for adults, 1986. Author: Keepsake, 1962, These Lovely Days, 1971-1972, 76, 81, Collection of Writings Published in North Carolina Christian Advocate, 1972, What is Christmas?, Tidings, 1974, Advent material, 1975-1978, Images and Echoes of Beaufort-By-The-Sea, 1993.

Contributor articles and poems to magazines including Our State, Down Home in North Carolina, Vista, Listen, Marriage and Family Living, Mature Living, Carolina Country, Metrosphere and The Muse, The Upper Room, Pathways to God and Ideals, Hallmark, Inc. Guest instructor Coastal Carolina Community College, 1978-1982. Lecturer, poetry contest judge.

Trustee Louisburg College, 1965-1972. Board directors Carteret Arts Council, 1990-1993. Active Mariner's Museum.


A believer should support social climates, in which human communities are maintained and strengthened for the sake of all persons and their growth.


Church decisions should be made as openly as possible, giving opportunities for all to contribute. It is important for all views to be heard and taken seriously, especially where Christians disagree.


Trustee Louisburg College, 1965-1972. Board directors Carteret Arts Council, 1990-1993. Active Mariners Museum.

Member National League American Pen Women (Southeastern regional editor Pen Woman 1972-1974, member executive board 1974-1975), Southeastern Writers Association (charter), Carteret Writers (founder, 1st president 1983-1986), Carteret History Society, North Carolina Poetry Society, North Carolina Poetry Council (president 1994-1997), North Carolina Writers Network (founding board member 1985-1987), Daughters of the American Revolution, Carteret County Friends of the Library., Beaufort History Society, North Carolina Club.


Married Louis De Maro Hayman, August 30, 1945. Children: Richard Louis, Susan Carol Hayman Lynch.

George Howard Bessent

Minnie May (Guthrie) Bessent

Louis De Maro Hayman

Susan Carol Hayman Lynch Hayman

Richard Louis Hayman