Sportsman’s Association to honor Franklin, Ivor and Courtland residents

Published 8:38 pm Friday, November 21, 2014


On Friday, Nov. 28, the Franklin Sportsman’s Association will host its annual Hayden Reunion Breakfast at the Sportsman building on South Street.

Edna Cheatom

Edna Cheatom

At this event, the association will honor its people of 2014. They are: Charlie and Ida Williams of Williams Florist in Courtland; Edna Cheatom, a community activist and volunteer from Ivor; and Franklin Mayor Raystine D. Johnson-Ashbrun, who is also the manager of Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

Charlie and Ida Williams

Charlie and Ida Williams

“Every year, we have someone from the area who we think has done outstanding work over that year, or over a period of years,” said Sportsman assistant treasurer Herman Charity. “We have people submit names, and we vote on them then honor them at the breakfast.”

He said they typically recognized two to three people from the community, though sometimes they pick more.

In running Williams Florist, the Sportsman said Charlie and Ida are very giving with their time and resources as business owners.

“They are very community-oriented and always willing to help those that need help,” Charity said. “From a business perspective, though it’s a family business, they do everything to make it profitable for everyone.”

Cheatom is a minister and a person of high character and morals, he said.

“She has done a lot in Ivor,” Charity said. “She’s what I’d call a volunteer extraordinaire. She’s always committing her time to giving back to the community.”

Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn

Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn

You could probably write a book on Johnson-Ashburn and still not cover it all, Charity said.

“She’s an entrepreneur and she has really represented the city well,” he said. “I think in both business and politics, she has been a good representative of Franklin.”

The breakfast is at 9 a.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $10.