Claude Eady, a beloved native of Moore County, is the 2013 winner of the Heart of Gold Citizenship Award. The award was presented Saturday during the Frontier Days celebration.
Eady’s dedication and service to the citizens of the county are remarkable. Since retiring after 43 years at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, he has been widely known for his daily visits to the Lynchburg Nursing Center, where he drops in to say “hello” to patients in every room. Prior to his own physical restrictions, he took daily walks in Lynchburg, delivering mail and newspapers to the doorsteps of the elderly or disabled, picking up trash along the way.
“When it comes to showing care, compassion and concern for Moore County, Claude exemplifies a role we all should strive to follow,” said Gordon and Catherine Millsaps in the nomination they submitted. “His impact on residents, young and old, is far reaching.”
Eady is a member of the Farm Bureau Board and the Soil Conversation District Board. He has provided leadership to the Moore County Farm Agriculture Day and he has cooked for approximately 75 first graders annually for more than 15 years. His love of children extends to Moore County athletics, where he is a devoted supporter of all sports.
The mention of Claude Eady’s name around Moore County brings smiles and a flood of compliments. County Extension Agent, Larry Morehead shared that he has known Eady for years.
“He coached my son in Little League and I’ve worked with him regarding his farm and in 4-H,” said Moorehead. “He is a fine Christian man, always wanting to help other people. He ranks right up there with the best in Moore County.”
Eady is a member of the Prince Hall F&AM Masonic Order. As a trustee of the Berry Chapel AME Church, he personally handles the maintenance and outside care.
Dorothy Eady, Claude’s wife of almost 62 years, is a retired Moore County elementary school teacher. Their son, Kevin, is the principal of Mt. Pleasant Middle School in Maury County.
“Mr. Claude Eady is an outstanding representative of all that the Heart of Gold Citizenship Award represents,” said Moore County fce president Dianna Milner. “It is with great pride and pleasure that we present him with the 2013 Award.”
The Moore County fce Council made a cash donation to the charity of Eady’s choice — The Anne Stubblefield Cancer Outreach. Dwight Stubblefield was on hand to accept the contribution.
Also participating in the award presentation was Sloan Stewart, Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Mayor. Eady was presented an individual plaque and his name has been added to the perpetual plaque, which hangs in the courthouse.
Previous winners have been Peggy Gold (2010), Dudley Tipps (2011) and Joe Millsaps (2012). Citizens are encouraged to begin thinking of whom they might nominate for the 2014 award.
—By JUNE PUGH, For The News