Forty years of service

Published 8:35 am Wednesday, March 31, 2010

FRANKLIN—A big crowd turned out Saturday night as the Franklin Sportsman’s Association celebrated its 40th anniversary with a dinner and program at the organization’s building on South Street.

Sportsman’s founder and Treasurer Larry Rose presented the purpose and history of the association. Rose remarked that at the time of organization in the 1970s, there was a need to recognize student-athletes of the area for sports accomplishments and to provide financial assistance for the youth.

Appearing on the program to give reflections were Franklin Mayor Jim Councill, scholarship recipient the Rev. Jessica Grant, Franklin High School Athletic Director Mona Sumblin, Southampton High School Athletic Director Littleton Parker, and Waverly Lawrence of the Franklin Department of Parks and Recreation. Representing all breakfast honorees was Mona Murphy.

The keynote address was given by state Delegate Roslyn Tyler, D-Jarratt, who represents the 75th District in the Virginia House of Representatives. Tyler praised the association for its role in making the community better.

“More organizations like the Sportsman’s are needed today,” she said.

Moses Wyche, the organization’s vice president, presented plaques to Rose and President John Holloway for charter membership and for 40 years of outstanding service and dedication.

Due to a death in his family, Holloway was not present.