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Phyllis Smith is 2019 Heart of Gold recipient

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm

By David Knox

Phyllis Smith was honored with the Heart Of Gold award at July’s Metro Lynchburg Moore County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

Smith, a very active presence at the Lynchburg First United Methodist Church and the Lynchburg fce, was on hand to accept the award.

Eileen Horton, co-president of the Moore County fce, made the presentation.

Smith is president of the First Methodist’s United Methodist Women’s Organization, teaches Sunday School, oversees the Prayer Shawl ministry and visits shut-ins.

Through her membership in the fce, she is active in the outreach program at the Lynchburg Nursing Center.

“Many people there owe their ‘Happy Birthdays’ and ‘Merry Christmases’ to the efforts of Phyllis, who, with others assures that residents have gifts and celebrations throughout the year,” Horton said.

Smith also assembles the Moore County fce yearbook. Horton said the yearbook is an invaluable tool for members as a roadmap for the year’s activities and helps clubs and members prepare for the mission of fce.

She also is an active supporter of the Moore County Senior Center and helps with their fundraisers that help finance the center’s programs.

“You all know that Phyllis coordinates and many times cooks the breakfast that the members of the Chamber of Commerce enjoy,” Horton said. “She does all this and more with a loving heart, a cheerful countenance and a sunny disposition that is a joy to all who have the pleasure of being a part of her life.

“According to all, Phyllis is full of good ideas and shares them generously.”

Smith was one of three nominees. Also nominated were Brenda Hannah, who works many hours as a leader of fce, Moore County 4-H Club and the Moore County Senior Center, among other activities; and Bob Yasui, the retiring physician assistant at Lynchburg Medical Center. Horton said the vote ended in a three-way tie and a person had to be brought in to break the tie vote.

The award, which recognizes someone who exemplifies care, concern and compassion for the citizens of Moore County and works for the benefit of others above and beyond their occupation, was first given by the fce in 2010 to Peggy Gold. The award was then named for her as the Heart of Gold Award. Past winners include Dudley Tipps, Joe Millsaps, Claude Eady, Betty Robertson, Larry Moorehead, Don and Nancy Primus, Larry Hatfield and Dr. Bryant Morton.

The winner’s name goes on a plaque that is displayed in the Moore County Courthouse and has a $100 donation given to the charity of their choice. Smith requested the donation this year be given to Imagination Library.