Garfield Carr Receives Jack Burney Community Service Award
Long-time Davidson resident Garfield Carr received the Jack Burney Community Service Award on Wednesday, November 23.
The committee specifically noted Garfield's contribution to the town, including his service as a commissioner for 20 years and bringing together the white and African American communities in Davidson, as key factors for this well-deserved recognition.
“Because you approached your town work with love for people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, because of your uncommon common sense and integrity, and because you are a quiet leader, a trusted friend, and an exemplary role model, we are proud and happy for you to be the 2016 recipient of the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award,” said Jack Burney Committee Co-Chair Margo Williams.
For a full copy of the citation in honor of Garfield at the ceremony, please click: http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/7334.
The award is named for G. Jackson Burney, who served the town in many capacities, primarily in planning and communications. Since 2004, it has honored Burney and those whose unselfish service benefits the Davidson community. Previous award winners include Bernice Houston, William B. Mayhew, Baxter and John Fisher, Evelyn Carr (Garfield’s mother), Annie Mildred Lowery, Scotty Nichols, John and Paula Kelton, Jane B. Ellithorpe, Ralph Quackenbush, Leland Park, Jean Jackson, Sterling Martin, Pam Maier, Connie and Eddie Beach, and Leamon Brice.
The ceremony and reception honoring Garfield Carr was held on Wednesday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Davidson Town Hall. The North Mecklenburg Moravian Band played at 9:30 a.m. and Mayor John Woods opened the ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Jerry Hancock shared the story of Jack Burney’s life, Committee Co-Chair Margo Williams read the citation and Committee Co-Chair Connie Wessner presented Garfield with a ceramic piece made by the Community School of Davidson 8th grade practicum group. His name is now on the plaque at Davidson Town Hall.
For more information on the ceremony, please contact Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602. For more information on the award, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/burneyaward.