Four inductees honored during the 15th Annual Dunklin County Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony
The 15th Annual Induction ceremony for the Dunklin County Hall of Honor recipients was held Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Dunklin County Library – Kennett Branch.
The newest members to join the elite group which consisted of 160 members grew by four, as the names of the 2017 honorees were called out and each new member receiving his/her presentation.
JoNell Minton, Library Director, welcomed the large crowd and introduced the leaders who would read the citations for each inductee. Those who spoke on behalf of each honoree, giving detailed descriptions of each one’s life, giving the guests an idea of each recipients’ background, as far as where they grew up, where they went to school, who they married, what career path they chose and where they offered a hand in the communities where they reside.
Mrs. Barbara Petty read the citation for the first inductee, Mr. Ken Williams.
The second and third inductees were presented by Mrs. Diane Johnson. The honorees were, Mr. William E. (Tony) Byrd II, and Mr. Daryl Wilcoxson. The last citation was read by Mr. Randall Baker for the fourth recipient, Mrs. Terry Sue Berry.
Mrs. Berry, a businesswoman and a loyal Rotarian, has served on countless boards and committees throughout Dunklin County over the years, which include the United Way, the Battered Women’s Shelter in Malden, and has spent more than 25-years serving on the Board of Trustees for Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, just to name a few. Many may know Mrs. Berry from the years she spent at the Bank of Kennett, where she was said to have earned the reputation of being a fair and honest businesswoman. Mrs. Berry has served as a legal secretary for French and Camp Law Firm out of Piggott, Ark. as well as, Ford, Ford, Crow and Reynolds of Kennett.
Mr. Byrd was honored for his contributions and his dedication to the special needs community, serving on several boards, which include: the DC Senate Bill-Forty Board, which is the oversight for many organizations including, the Dunklin Day Activity Center, the oversight of several group homes in Dunklin County and the Cotton-boll Sheltered Workshop. Mr. Byrd is also honored for the countless hours spent in the genealogy and research for people who are looking into their family history, as well as local history. Byrd is a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and is a United States Army Veteran.
Mr. Wilcoxson is known throughout the Dunklin County area for his musical talents and for his family-owned business, Wilcoxson’s Furniture and Home-place. Mr. Wilcoxson even performed the prelude for Sunday’s ceremony, as he does for his family church, the First United Methodist Church of Kennett. Wilcoxson has served as President of the Lions Club of Kennett and is widely known for his efforts in assisting the Business Women of Kennett. In addition to his musical commitments at church, Wilcoxson is a part of one Dunklin County’s greatest bands, “The Usual Suspects” who performs often to a sold out crowd at BB Kings Blues Club in Memphis.
Another fellow inductee and musical professional is Mr. Ken Williams. Williams, a musician by blood, following in the footsteps of both his mother and father, is also a member of “The Usual Suspects.” So since Williams’ passion was for music, it only made sense to go into business in the music industry. Williams’ the owner of Ken’s Music of Kennett, had a long career in music, recording and producing music at Video Vision/Video Production. Williams is a member of the First Christian Church and is widely known for his production of the Annual “Christmas In Kennett.” While reading Williams’ citation, Mrs. Petty announced this year will be Williams’ 25th and final year for the “Christmas In Kennett” production.
Each inductee followed Williams’ note stating they were Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.