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Roark named Chase City’s Citizen of Year

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Carol Roark
SoVaNow.com / November 14, 2012
Carol Roark has been named Chase City’s 2012 Citizen of the Year for her “tireless volunteer efforts” on behalf of the town, the Chase City Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday at its annual banquet.

The Chamber singled out Roark for exemplifying one of its missions — to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Chase City and the region.

Her many roles in Chase City — the town of her birth — have included educator (she taught second grade at Chase City Academy), gardener (as a member of the Merrywood Garden Club), agricultural enthusiast (volunteering with the Farm Bureau) and all-around involved citizen.

She has taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church, served as President of the Women’s Club and charter member of the Mecklenburg Country Club.

Roark is the mother of Diana Ramsey, who will be the Vice President of the Chase City Chamber of Commerce for 2013.

The guest speaker for the night was local author and inspirational speaker Billie Hughes Locke, who described herself as “a living testimony of amazing grace.”

Locke said her life story is proof that “it isn’t where you come from, but where you are going, and that through God all things are possible.”

A high school dropout at 15 and mother of four children by age 21, Locke said by all accounts she appeared doomed to a life of poverty and degradation. Her first book, “More Than One Angel,” which she wrote after age 55, tells how she overcame poverty, abuse, tragedy, and ignorance and with God’s help found purpose and meaning.

Other honors bestowed during the banquet included the Yard of the Year for 2012. That award went to John and Barbara Sadowski.

Ninety-six year old Finch Parker was named Chase City Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. He was not at the banquet on November 8 for health reasons. However, banquet emcee Greg Thrift, who announced the honor, assured the audience Parker would be riding in the Dec. 2 Yule parade.

Chamber members elected officers and the Board of Directors for 2013. They are:

Lisa Gillispie, President, Diana Ramsey, Vice President, Shirley Bigger, Treasurer, and Board members Brenda Chapman, Joan Wilson, Patricia Burton, Brian Mosier, Duke Reid, Joseph Epps and M.J. Colgate.

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