By the Marion County Historical Commission
The Marion County Historical Commission met in the Excelsior House Ballroom on October 19, to honor for the ninth year, local citizens who have made outstanding contributions to Marion County in the area of preservation, history, research, genealogy, archaeology, business heritage, arts and tourism, history underground and civic achievements. Each year 1 to 5 recipients are selected from one or more of those categories, to be recognized and honored by being presented beautiful Crystal Globe Awards to commemorate their honors.
This year, there were five recipients covering four categories honored for their contributions to those areas within the county.
The first recipients were introduced by Mitchel Whitington. Tony and Marsha Jones were awarded the Lucille Terry Award for Preservation. Claiming Jefferson since 2003, as home for Marsha’s mom, with the Jones’ plans to join her when Tony retired. Their home here, along with the cottage, was finished in 2015 and named “Windsong”. Since that time, Tony and Marsha have spent their time “giving back” to the community. In the past year most would have seen the couple taking care of the flowers around Sterne Fountain. Most recently they undertook the restoration of the Beth Meade Memorial City Park, giving it a complete makeover. It will soon be ready for its rededication. This year Tony and Marsha were also recognized as Jefferson’s “Citizens of the Year.”
The Business Heritage Award was presented to Russell Cooner and Alton Fugler doing business as Fugler’s Barber Shop. Alton started working for A.O. Stafford in 1963. Russell began working in Jefferson at Hood’s Barbershop in in 1961. Russell and Alton joined in business in 1977. When visiting the barbershop, you may not only get a haircut out of the deal, but you may even get some guitar playing and singing from Russell for entertainment. Sammie DeSpain had the honor of presenting the Crystal Globe to Russell Cooner since Alton had a previous engagement and could not attend. Russell also entertained the attendees with a couple of his favorite tunes.
Presented by Mitchel Whitington, to Juanita Chitwood, was her Crystal Globe as the recipient of The Marcia Thomas Award for Contribution to the Arts and Tourism. Juanita has worked from coast to coast in Tourism and Public Relations with other experience in Marketing and Economic Development. Much of her time now is spent not only in promoting Jefferson, her home, but is also a very active participant in Christ Episcopal Church and the Marion County Food Pantry.
A second Marcia Thomas Award…
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