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Editorial: Bullard fitting award recipient

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Many people love their community. Few work as hard for it as Bea Bullard. Whether she was helping Fieldale get on the National Registry of History Villages or spearheading the effort to keep the grass and weeds cut along Field Avenue, Bullard has been tireless in working to make the village of Fieldale the best it can be.

Her activism was honored Tuesday with the Jack Dalton Community Service Award, presented by the Henry County Board of Supervisors. It was a fitting tribute to a woman who has set a high standard of public service.

Consider that Bullard has been co-chairperson of the Fieldale Heritage Festival since its inception, a strong supporter of the Fieldale Community Center, active in both Fieldale Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church in Bassett, and helped raise funds for refinishing part of the old iron bridge in Fieldale as well as the American Heart Association. She has volunteered with Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross and, as if all that were not enough, she has worked as a substitute and regular clerk at the post office in Fieldale for 40 years.

Fieldale is a former mill town, built around Fieldcrest Mills. The fact that it has kept its quaint charm, its business district and its tight-knit residents in the 10 years since the company closed is a tribute to people such as Bullard who refused to see their community fail.

We applaud Bullard and all that she has done for Fieldale and for Henry County. She is the epitome of what the Jack Dalton Community Service Award represents


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