BAKER — Thirteen north Okaloosa County residents, past and present, have joined the ranks of others on the Family Heritage Wall of Honor at Baker Block Museum.
The North Okaloosa Historical Association's May 18 event was the second annual ceremony honoring "unsung individuals of Okaloosa County who have been recognized ... for their positive effect on their family and community; their contribution to the history, formation and continued well-being of our county," the museum's website states.
"They're local, everyday people that made a difference in peoples' lives and the community," museum director Ann Spann said.
See more photos from the event on Facebook.
Friends or family members nominated honorees. Of 13 inductees, four are still living, including:
•Jeanette Cook, who was instrumental in establishing the Blackman Community Center, volunteer fire department and water system
• Lille Ward Price Fuller, mother of 13, who at 93 still cans her own fruit and vegetables and makes jelly
•Sarah "Sadie" Enzor Lee, who worked on the family's Baker farm before she and her husband, "Buck" Lee, founded Buck Lee Auto Mart
•Helen Williams, a Baker Garden Club member, who was nominated with her husband, Buford "Emanuel" Williams, a World War II hero.
The program has exceeded the historical association's expectations, with more people nominated this year and more people attending the induction ceremony, Spann said.
"There was triple last year's attendance," she said. "We were very excited by the support from the families of those inducted."
During the ceremony, county Commissioner Wayne Harris and state Sen. Greg Evers delivered remarks recognizing the importance of honoring the hard-working, often little-recognized people who contribute to a community.
North Okaloosa Family Heritage Wall of Honor 2013 Inductees
Isaac Waymond Barrow*
Ruth Griner Cadenhead*
Lille Ward Price Fuller
Leon Robert "Buck" Greene*
Annie Carroll Jackson*
Claire Covell Jernigan*
Sarah Enzor Lee
Boston M. Merritt* and Alice Hill Merritt*
Buford "Emanuel" Williams* and Helen Delores Williams
Want to go?
The North Okaloosa Historical Association's Family Heritage Wall of Honor is at Baker Block Museum, on the corner of State Roads 189 and 4, in Baker. Contact 537-5714 or see www.bakerblockmuseum.org for more information.
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