10 years later — Frenship grads marry, relocate, open bakery



Courtney Gilliam has been a teacher, a small-business owner and a stay-at-home mom, but she’ll never forget being a Frenship Tiger.

The 2004 Frenship graduate — then known as Courtney Forbess — spent her after-school hours running cross-country, and never missed a hometown football game.

In the classroom, she grew ready for the higher education she would later pursue.

“I had fabulous teachers and they prepared us well for college,” she said.

Her favorite, though, was an energetic history teacher named John Franklin.

“Mr. Franklin was absolutely brilliant,” she said. “He was passionate about what he taught and he cared for his students. He was a great teacher.”

Nathan Gilliam, Courtney’s future husband, also graduated from Frenship High School. At the time, the pair were more family friends than high school sweethearts, though.

After she walked the Tigers’ graduation stage, Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in business from West Texas A&M University and a master’s degree and teaching certificate from Texas Tech. In the meantime, she reconnected with Nathan and eventually exchanged wedding vows.

She taught two years at Frenship’s Crestview Elementary, then put her teaching career on hold to stay home with the two boys she delivered.

Now, the Gilliams — Courtney, Nathan, 3-year-old Nate and 1-year-old Bentley — have a new home.

The family resides in Cary, North Carolina, where they are working to open a branch of Nothing Bundt Cakes. Longtime fans of the bakery chain, they’re excited to become a part of it.

“We just love the company,” Courtney Gilliam said.




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