RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation recently sponsored a ceremony to name the Kingsboro Road bridge over U.S. 64 in Edgecombe County in honor of renowned Tarboro dentist, entrepreneur and community leader Dr. Steve Hoard III.
Gus Tulloss, who represents the region on the N.C. Board of Transportation, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address, and John Rouse, who serves as N.C. Department of Transportation’s division engineer for the region, was the event’s emcee.
“Everything Steve did revolved around serving Tarboro and Edgecombe County to make this area a better place and help those less fortunate,” Tulloss said. “From years spent as a dentist and successful entrepreneur, to an active role in community leadership that included spearheading educational and health awareness initiatives, he was personally involved in every aspect of life in this region and his many efforts will not be forgotten.”
A native and lifelong resident of Tarboro, Hoard practiced dentistry there for more than 37 years and served two terms on both the Tarboro Town Council and the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners. He also was involved in numerous local business ventures, including co-founding Kanban Logistics.
Hoard worked both personally and professionally to give back to his community, including efforts to improve education in Edgecombe County by bringing laptop computers to the county schools and to promote breast cancer awareness by placing signs and posters throughout the area.
Hoard was distinguished as a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Hunt in 1995.
He was also a past winner of the Tarboro/Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award and the Northeastern Entrepreneurial Roundtable’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. He died in August 2011.
The naming of this bridge in Hoard’s honor was requested by the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners.
The N.C. Board of Transportation adopted a resolution dedicating the bridge to Hoard on Jan. 10.