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Lyle-Jones / January 07, 2019

The Halifax County Business and Professional Council will observe the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a program Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 220 Ferry Street, South Boston

Guest speaker will be Wendy Lyle-Jones, principal of Buckingham and Dillwyn Correctional Centers and Rustburg Field Unit. In addition to hearing from Lyle-Jones, the Business and Professional Council will recognize four outstanding citizens who continue to give back to the community: Sandra Garner-Coleman, Halifax County school board vice chairman, Mark Lineburg, superintendent of Halifax County Schools; Detra Carr, outgoing NAACP president and Victoria Worley, culinary arts teacher at Halifax County High School.

Also slated to be recognized are the oldest-active serving deacons from local churches. If your church has not been contacted to submit the name of the oldest-active serving deacon, please contact Linda Coleman Owens at 434-476-7078 or Mattie M. Cowan at 434-222-5512.

Music will be provided by Mount Olive Youth Choir. All are invited to attend the anniversary celebration as the community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King and recognizes local leaders.

About Lyle-Jones:

Born and raised in Prince Edward County, Lyle-Jones graduated from Prince Edward County High School in 1988. She attended Longwood College and majored in Spanish cducation with a minor in international business.

She taught Spanish for 12 years in Cumberland County Public Schools, Prince Edward County Public Schools, and Dinwiddie County Public Schools. She then began working on her masters degree at Virginia State University in educational administration and supervision.

Upon completing her degree in 1998, she became an assistant principal at Dinwiddie Middle School and went on to become a principal at the Cumberland High School. She began working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the Virginia State University and earned her doctorate in 2010.

She worked as a principal for the Virginia Department of Correctional Education. She later began her career in corrections at the Greensville Correctional Center. She now serves as principal at the Buckingham Correctional Center, Dillwyn Correctional Center and Rustburg Field Unit. She has worked in correctional education for nine years.

Lyle-Jones is an ordained elder with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She was called to ministry in 2009. She is the author of the book: The Father Factor: The Missing Link between God and Our Sons. She is a member of the Apostolic Faith Church of All Nations in Farmville and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

She serves on the board of the Moton Museum in Farmville.

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