Twin County Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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The Twin County Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014, who will be inducted into the hall Nov. 20 at Nash Community College.

The class features nine members, ranging from bankers and educators to farmers and hospital administrators, said Steve Raper, chairman of Twin County Community Pride.

“We have a number of folks, all a variety of occupations and endeavors,” Raper said. “Some young, some old, some alive and some who are dead.”

The hall exists to honor accomplished Twin Counties natives and inform current residents about the area’s past, Raper said.

“It is to help inform our local citizens – particularly the young people – and to help remind them of the folks who have community and beyond and to celebrate their contributions,” Raper said.

The group includes Bryant T. Aldridge, who in 1966 oversaw the planning, construction and maintenance of Nash General Hospital, before becoming the president, where he served for 32 years; James Bridgers, who served on the Princeville Town Board of Commissioners for 20 years, including eight as the mayor; Roland Clark, who served on the Tarboro Town Council for 25 years; Elijah Longstreet Daughtridge, who founded and ran several companies before serving in the N.C. House of Representatives and becoming the lieutenant governor for four years; Rudolph Knight, who earned three masters degree’s from East Carolina University and became the first African-American to be hired by Edgecombe Community College; Robert Mauldin, who served as the president of Centura Bank for seven years and was instrumental in the development of Rocky Mount Preparatory School; Henry Ramsey Jr., who served as an N.C. Superior Court judge and later became the dean of Howard University; Earl Roberson, who served ECC as the director of literacy programs for 17 years; and Frank Spruill, who formed the People’s Bank and Trust Co. in 1931, guiding it through the Great Depression.

Anyone can be nominated for the hall, Raper said, as long as the nominations are in before the cutoff date in April.

From there, the nominees are looked at by a secret committee, who pass on their recommendations to the Twin County Community Pride Board of Directors, Raper said.

“They essentially are looking for former residents that have made substantial improvements, not only to the community and state, but worldwide,” Raper said.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $30 and can be purchased by calling 977-1438 or online at



Rudolph Knight??? The Committee must be desperate, one of the biggest racists that ever lived.

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