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Bullard receives 2012 Jack Dalton Award
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Beatrice “Bea” Bullard (front row, center), who has helped put Fieldale back on the map, received the 2012 Jack Dalton Award from the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. It was presented by Lois Dalton (front, left), widow of Jack Dalton, for whom the Jack Dalton Award is named, and Henry County Supervisor H.G. Vaughn. Behind them are Henry County Supervisors Tommy Slaughter (from left) and Debra Buchanan; Chairman Jim Adams; and Supervisors Joe Bryant and Milton Kendall. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Beatrice “Bea” Bullard, who has been active in Fieldale and throughout the community, was presented the 2012 Jack Dalton Community Service Award at the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night.

“Ms. Bullard loves her community,” Jim Adams, board chairman, said in a county news release. “She has worked hard to put Fieldale back on the map.”

The following comes from information from county officials; Alice Gywnn, who nominated Bullard for the award; Cheryl Kellogg, one of Bullard’s daughters; and Bullard:

Bullard, 84, a lifelong resident of Fieldale, has been co-chairperson of the Fieldale Heritage Festival since its inception in 2006. She has been a strong supporter of the Fieldale Community Center and has worked hard to keep it open. She did a lot of the background work to get Fieldale on the National Registry of Historic Villages, and she spearheaded an effort to keep the grass and weeds cut along Field Avenue.

She is a member of Fieldale Baptist Church, where she has taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She helps with free community meals and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church in Bassett, where Meryl Bullard, one of her daughters, is organist and choir director.

Bea Bullard speaks publicly to groups about the history of Fieldale, wrote a history of Fieldale and was grand marshal for the 2012 Fieldale Christmas parade.

She helped with fundraising for refinishing part of the old iron bridge in Fieldale, which now adorns Fieldale Trail, and she is involved in selling memorial plaques that are mounted on the bridge.

Bullard has helped raise money for the American Heart Association, volunteered in the laboratory at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville several years and volunteered with the American Red Cross.

She worked as a substitute and regular clerk at the post office in Fieldale for 40 years.

The board of supervisors established the Jack Dalton Community Service Award in 2001. The award is presented annually to the Henry County resident who best exemplifies the standards for community service set by the late Jack Dalton, who was chairman of the board of supervisors when he died on May 24, 2000. Nominations were received from members of the community, and the supervisors choose the recipient, according to a board document.

Lois Dalton, widow of Jack Dalton, helped present the award to Bullard. Family, friends and neighbors of Bullard attended.

“I am truly honored and feel so undeserving” compared with previous recipients, Bullard said after stepping up to receive the award. She walked with a walker. She said later she is recovering from back surgery.

“People in my organization have played a trick on me,” she said as she received the surprise award. “I won’t let them forget it.”

She thanked her family and those who have been involved with her in activities.

“Thank you so much. I am so honored,” she said of the award.

Adams asked her to give an update on the Fieldale Festival.

She said, among other things, it will be on May 18, and that it’s “a labor of love.”

“We’re looking forward to it, and we hope you will come and enjoy it,” she said.

In an interview, she said she works with a good organization, referring to the Fieldale Heritage Festival committee. “We enjoy doing this for the community and the community center.”

Bullard is the 12th recipient of the award. Previous recipients include Dr. Calvin Rains, Bill Adkins, Clay Campbell, Mary McGee, Charles Bradshaw, Bob Petty, the Rev. Thurman Echols, Nancy Bradshaw, Mary Jordan, Pat Ross and Claude Cobler, according to a county news release.


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