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SoVaNow.com / January 16, 2014The Halifax County Business and Professional Council invites the community to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Sunday, at First Baptist Church, 220 Ferry Street, South Boston beginning at 3 p.m.
Speakers for the event will be Halifax County natives Samuel Chambers, Dr. Patricia Crews and Lamont Logan. Music will be provided by the Halifax County High School Choir under the direction of the Rev. Andre Williamson.
Dwight Scott will serve as the master of ceremony and will present excerpts of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The Halifax County Business and Professional Council’s Community Service award will be presented to Ted Daniel, South Boston town manager.
According to the council, Daniel will be recognized for his leadership and vision for the Church Hill Community revitalization, and for the recent renovation of the former Washington-Coleman Elementary School into the current state-of-the-art Washington-Coleman Community Center.
“The community is invited to attend and celebrate with us as we recognize that, ‘Without a vision … the people perish’,” stated the Council in a news release.
About the speakers:
Samuel H. Chambers
Samuel “Sam” H. Chambers is a native of Halifax County who recently returned to live in his hometown of South Boston. He is the oldest son of the late Sam and Nellie Chambers and is married to Illora Rankin Chambers. He attended public schools in Halifax County and graduated from Halifax County Senior High School. Chambers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in 1979. In 1989, he earned a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. His extensive work history in city management includes prior service as assistant city manager for Goldsboro, N.C. from 1989 to 1998; Hickory, N.C. from 1998 to 2005; and North Las Vegas, Nev., from 2005 to 2011. Currently, Chambers is the chief executive officer of Management Consulting Services, a position he has held from 2012 to present. He and his wife, Illora, reside in South Boston.
Dr. Patricia Crews
The third of four children born to the late Amos and Nannie Crews of Halifax County, Patricia Crews is a member of the County Line Missionary Baptist Church in Vernon Hill, where Rev. Dr. Otis R. Dillard serves as pastor. Crews is employed as an educational specialist. She has a passion for fellowship with friends and family as well as engagement in church activities as reflected in her involvement. Crews is active in many church auxiliaries including outreach ministries and projects, Sunday School, Black History programming, flower and, quilting ministries, missionary, Poetry Slam director, and Birthday Hospitality coordinator. She enjoys singing, traveling, reading, studying the Bible, cooking, quilting, writing plays, acting, and designing clothes.
Obedience to the Lord, respect for your fellow man, and education were primary values emphasized in the Crews’ home. Crews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Averett University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Longwood College. Additionally, Crews obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Special Education Administration Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She also earned a Doctoral Degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education from Virginia Tech).
Crews’ research in mnemonics and correctional special education has been published.
One of Crews’ favorite scriptures, which often encourage her, is Psalm20:7 which reads: Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Lamont Logan is a Halifax County native and a 2000 graduate of Halifax County High School. He received a degree in Information Systems from Southside Virginia Community College.
Logan is owner and operator of Logan’s Vending Machines and manager of WSBV Radio Station in South Boston with an aspiration of owning WSBV.
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