The 17th annual Twin County Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held Nov. 4 at the Rocky Mount Event Center.
The 2021 inductees are Coach Rederick Henderson, Dr. Glenda Lawrence Knight, Delia Wood Perkins. Alva Donald Stallings and Augustus “Gus” Harrison Tulloss. The 2021 posthumous inductees are Alton P. Cobb, Sr., John Oglesby Winston Gravely, Dr. Joseph Willis Parker Jr. and Charles Austin Robbins.
Skip Carney, founder of CarneyCo., in his role as master of ceremonies presided over the evening’s program.
Milton Bullock, 2006 inductee, entertained the guests with his Golden Platter voice singing, “Only You.” Jean Kitchin introduced a video paying tribute to victims and heroes of 2020, a WHIG-TV production.
Due to the pandemic, the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was canceled last year. There was a consistent theme running through the inductees’ stories of civic achievement, the importance of education, doing things for others and a testament about living a life of faith.
The mothers and fathers of the inductees were credited for the lifelong lessons they taught that influenced the inductees throughout their lives.
“I have been lucky,” Gus Tulloss said.
It was said of Charles Austin Robbins that he was a man of honor, always fair, honest, a gentleman who taught his children to treat people fairly. The audience appreciated a comment about Dr. Joseph Parker Jr. that “He got style.”
The setting for the event, with good service and food, provided the backdrop for the gathering of friends and families who remember and celebrated these good people.