The 2013 class of inductees to the Twin County Hall of Fame consists of people with diverse talents.
It includes two photographers, a pediatrician, two community volunteers, two sports figures, an educator, a broadcaster and a state legislator.
The class was selected from more than 50 nominations submitted in the spring.
Twin County Community Pride will induct the Twin County Hall of Fame Class of 2013 at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Nash Community College.
“We’d certainly hope people would come out and support these inductees at our annual banquet in November and purchase tickets,” said Steve Raper, the president of the nonprofit Twin County Community Pride.
The cost to attend the induction ceremony is $30 and includes dinner.
Raper said he is very proud of the class of 2013.
“It represents a very broad spectrum of outstanding individuals from Nash and Edgecombe counties who have all made significant and lasting contributions to this community and to the state,” Raper said.
Rocky Mount Council woman Chris Miller, a founder of Twin County Community Pride, said this year’s inductees are impressive.
“Their significant accomplishments in diverse fields have enriched our communities,” she said. “By honoring their accomplishments, we want to inspire and encourage area young people.”
The inductees include:
Walter C. Bryant
The Rocky Mount native spent much of his life photographing black pride in Nash and Edgecombe counties. Bryant opened his studio in 1945 on the Douglas Block in downtown Rocky Mount and took portraits and community photos for the next 50 years. His work was recently exhibited at the Dunn Center in Rocky Mount.
Ralph Michael “Mike” Caldwell
Born and raised in Tarboro, he played baseball in Tarboro and pitched two no-hitters his senior year of high school. In 1968, Caldwell helped N.C. State make it to the college World Series. He spent most of his professional career with the Milwaukee Brewers. Caldwell pitched in the 1982 World Series against St. Louis. Caldwell lives in Raleigh with his family.
Cyrus Melvin Edson
Born in Virginia, he spent his entire educational career in Edgecombe and Nash counties. Between 1930 and 1973, he served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, drama department head, director of secondary schools and associate superintendent for Rocky Mount Public Schools. He died in 1975.
Benjamin E. Fountain
Fountain, who was raised in Leggett, became a lawyer in Rocky Mount after World War I. He also was active in community affairs, serving on the school board and serving seven terms in the N.C. House of Representatives. Fountain died in 1969.
Dr. Henry Boone Grant
Grant was a local pediatrician for almost 50 years. He also was on the Nash County Health Department and served in Halifax County Health Department. For more than 30 years, Grant taught babysitting classes at the YWCA. He died in 2009.
Born in Tarboro, Killebrew opened his own photography studio after World War II and was a photographer for the Rocky Mount Telegram. Over the years, Killebrew took more than half a million photos of people and events in the Twin Counties. That collection was given to Braswell Library and is now a part of the University of North Carolina’s special North Carolina collection in the Wilson Library at Chapel Hill. Killebrew died in 2009.
William “Bill” Murray
The Rocky Mount native played football from 1928 to 1930 at Duke University where he was recognized as an All-American. He coached at University of Delaware for six seasons – three of which were undefeated – before returning to his alma mater. Murray was head coach at Duke from 1951 to 1965 and won seven conference championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He died in 1986.
Deborah Sloan Kornegay
She worked at Nash Edgecombe Mental Health. Kornegay was also coordinator for Rocky Mount Meals on Wheels. She was active in her Church of the Good Shepherd and served as secretary for the Christian Fellowship Homes for Men and Women. Kornegay was an avid potter and supporter of the local arts organizations. Kornegay died in 2007.
The Rocky Mount native joined the staff of WRAL-TV in Raleigh in 1971 as a sports reporter. Ten years, later he became the sports anchor and began two long-lasting series, “Football Friday,” which focuses on high school football games around the state, and the “Extra Effort Award,” which recognizes scholar athletes who shine off the playing field. Last year, he was inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Suiter lives in Raleigh with his wife.
Jennie Douglas Taylor
Taylor organized the Public Health Education Department at N.C. Central University. She moved to Tarboro after retiring from N.C. Central in the 1970s and co-founded the Community Enrichment Organization and served as a mentor to many young people. She died in 2006 at the age of 99.
Tickets for the installation banquet may be ordered through the website at www.twincountyhalloffame.com or by calling 443-6318.