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August 7, 2019 Page 7A l pOrter # By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Forsyth honored Glover Smart on Monday by naming the American Legion Building on West Main Street after him and unveiling the plaque on the iconic log building that bears Smarts name. Stuart has volunteered with many community organizations, induding the American Legion, working to make his community a better place for decades. The city held a reception for him at the renovated AmeriCan Legion building with many of his family members attending as well as representatives of city and county government, Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Board of Education, Gideon's and Forsyth Lions Club. "Thank you for being here m celebrate this very special day,' said Mayor Eric Wilsom "This is one of the most selfless people I know:' Smart, representing American Legion Post 34, came to Forsyth city coun- cil in March 2016 and of- fered to deed the building back to the city because membership and resources had declined, and the Post was not able to do repairs and maintenance that the building needed. The city accepted, put a new roof on the building in 2017 and completed extensive renovations in 2018-19. TOP: Mayor Eric Wilson and Glover Stuart in front of the new plaque. BELOW. Four generations aflended the reception for Stu- art at the American Legion Hall on Aug. 5. Pictured, left to right, are Eli Stuart, Brandon Stuart, Glover Stuart and Stan Stuart. many years in the future:' so that it could honor Stu- Smart spent countless art at the American Legion hours taking care of the Hall. The previous policy building as part of his du- required that someone be ties with the Legion. His deceased at least five years grandson, Nathan Jackson, before the city named said the building reminds something. The city pledged to honor him of Stuart because of The American Legion the buildings tradition of what an important partHall at 350 West Main respect for veterans, of the community it has Street was built by the The building also holds always been. He said when WPA (Works Progress sentimental value for he was a kid it seemed like Administration) under much of the community he was always in the build- President Franklin Roo- as the place where school ing with his grandfather as sevelt and dedicated in dances, family and class he was working on it. 1934. Stuart served in the reunions, birthday parties, It is designated as the Korean War, shipping out graduation parties, wed- Thomas Hollis Americanto Korea on his 23rd birth- dings and other celebra- Legion Post, and Wilson day, Feb. 29, 1951 and was tions have been held over emphasized that the city wounded twice. the years, is not removing any name "It has served our com- 'Tklmost everybody in the that is already on the Post. munity well" said Smart of community has a memory Rather, the city is adding the American Legion Hall. of the American Legion Smarts name to the build- "Our kids in school didn't Hall" said Wilson. "Hope- ing. The city changed its have another place to go fully we will see it used for policy about naming city for a dance or whatever. property a few months ago We tried to keep it in the Hofcakes br Hatcher is Sat. You can still get tickets for Hatcher, 17, the son of Kevin Saturday's pancake supper for Davis and Pam Davis, suffers Hatcher Davis on Saturday. from muscular dystrophy and Tickets are for sale at the has been referred to hospice Reporter, Southern Smiles and care. the tax office for $8. Meanwhile Tax commissioner Loft An- friends and family have donated drews is collecting silent auction quite a list of silent auction items items. See a list of auction items to raise money for the family, on page B4. best state we could. I'm proud tobe a part to it" Smart has also served the community well as a mem- ber/volunteer of Gideon's, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Exchange Club, Kiwanis Club, First Baptist Church Forsyth and a vol- unteer in various aspects for Monroe County Board of Education and Cham- ber of Commerce. He has volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was recog- nized in March 2017 for 50 years of service to the Monroe County Demo- ' cratic Party. The Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce named Smart Citizen of the Year in ]anuary 2018. Wilson said ]ackson said his grandfather has always told him that 'It's easier to make more money, but your time is your most valuable possession. You put your time in the things you care about.' Smart has lived 91 years, but since he was born on the Feb. 29 leap year day he has had only a quarter of that many birthdays. His appearance and at- titude reflect that youthful age. lr oor Track - Group Fitness Classes , S, tverSneakers . Selective, Equipment * Free Weigiht and Bumper Plates * Pemor |: Tr n ng * Tanning * Saunas, + Chiidcare & MOREl! Ch k Us Outon TWO LOCATIONS F Co Health, Club 4226 Hartley Bridge Road FORSYTH 833 Patrol Road HOURS www, fitcoheatth lub,co+m