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Drawing of Christ Episcopal to hang in municipal building
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The Martinsville City Council on Tuesday accepted a framed pencil sketch of Christ Episcopal Church on East Church Street done by former city manager Don Edmonds. Edmonds (second from left) is shown above with Mayor Kim Adkins (from left), Councilman Danny Turner, City Director of Human Resources Donna O’Dell, Councilman Kimble Reynolds, Councilman Mark Stroud and Councilman Gene Teague during the council meeting Tuesday at City Hall. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A sketch of one of Martinsville’s historic churches, drawn by a former city manager, soon will be hung in the municipal building uptown.

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday accepted the framed pencil sketch of Christ Episcopal Church on East Church Street. The sketch was drawn by former city manager Don Edmonds, who now lives in Tyler, Texas.

Edmonds, who attended the council meeting, was city manager from June 1980 to January 1985. City officials recalled him being the driving force behind many city accomplishments, including the first housing rehabilitation program and negotiating the lease of the former Joseph Martin Elementary School for the first Virginia Museum of Natural History location.

“We got a lot accomplished” during Edmonds’ tenure, former Mayor L.D. Oakes said.

Edmonds praised the leadership of both Oakes and former mayor Barry Greene. Both were on the city council during his tenure.

Greene could not be at the council meeting because he was traveling to Israel, according to Interim City Manager Leon Towarnicki.

In his spare time, Edmonds drew various pencil sketches as gifts for friends and city workers. The recipient of the church sketch was the late Holladay Yeaman, the city’s longtime finance director and clerk of council.

A longtime member of Christ Episcopal, Yeaman was the church’s organist for more than 50 years, Towarnicki said.

Yeaman’s son, Joe, recently presented the church sketch to Donna O’Dell, the city’s director of human resources, for donation to the city in honor of Yeaman and Edmonds.

The sketch, along by a brief description of its history, will hang in the municipal building’s lobby.

Edmonds recalled that the sketch hung over the fireplace for many years at Yeaman’s home on Sam Lions Trail.

He said he was pleased that the municipal building is its final destination since Martinsville and its residents were “very, very good to me and my family.”

Also Tuesday, the city council presented two proclamations.

One proclaims next week as GED and Career Awareness Week in Martinsville. It mentions that nearly 1,600 adults in the city lack a high school diploma or GED certificate, and it encourages them to pursue the certificate in order to have a better chance of getting better jobs.

Charlene Harrington, administrative specialist for the Martinsville Adult Education Program, accepted the proclamation.

Another proclamation declares October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It states that such violence is at epidemic levels in the nation, with more than 3 million victims annually.

It was accepted by Deborah Menefee of Citizens Against Family Violence.

More coverage of Tuesday’s council meeting will be published in the Martinsville Bulletin on Thursday.


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