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Local Visitor Center garners honor from state association

The South Boston/Halifax County Visitor Center has received the “Visitor Center of the Year” award given annually by the Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (VACVB).

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Mrs. Beales named Boydton Grand Marshal / September 11, 2013
At the age of 100, Hariett Pittard Beales has been named the Grand Marshall for the 37th Annual Boydton Day Celebration, set for Saturday, October 26 in Boydton. Mrs. Beales will be honored posthumously, as the beloved, long-time Boydton resident passed away on Aug. 28. Mrs. Beales will be represented in the Boydton Day Parade by her two sons, Walter R. Beales III an attorney in Boydton and Randolph A. Beales of Richmond, a judge in the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Born in Clarksville on June 1, 1913, Mrs. Beales graduated from Clarksville High School in 1930 and entered the College of William & Mary at age 17 There she served as chairman of the Women’s council, vice president of the Women’s Student Government, was inducted into Mortar Board national honorary society and was crowned May Queen in her senior year. She taught at Clarksville and Boydton high schools and married Walter R. Beales Jr. of Boydton in 1941. The couple celebrated their golden anniversary before he died in 1992. Mrs. Beales served as organist at Boydton United Methodist Church and the church’s Administrative Council. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames and worked to help save the historic Prestwould Plantation. On her 50th class anniversary at William & Mary, her sons created the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship to benefit a student from South Central Virginia, She was also active in mentoring young people in the community, well into her 80s.

In addition to her two prominent sons, Mrs, Beales is survived by her daughter-in-law, Julie Leftwich-Beales and five grandchildren, Randolph Allen Beales Jr., Francis Burke Leftwich Beales, Caroline Carruthers Beales, Elizabeth Annette Beales and Grace Gallion Beales, all of Richmond; a sister Grace Pittard Sydnor, four nieces and three nephews.

The Boydton Parade will begin across from the Beales home on Madison Street at 11 am and proceed up Madison Street, ending at the Boydton fire station. The 37th Annual Boydton Day celebration will begin at 10 am and continue until 4 pm with vendors, food, music and lots of fun. Vendor application are available at Boydton Town Hall or, for more information, please contact the Boydton Day Committee at 434-738-7834.

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