Whitehurst named Mae R. Coleman Citizen of the Year in Crestview

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Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview City Council has unanimously selected former Mayor George H. Whitehurst as the Mae R. Coleman Citizen of the Year Award's second recipient.

Whitehurst, Crestview's longest-serving mayor, was first elected in 1961, and served three terms in office, including 1967-76 and 1995-97.

"People in this city have so much admiration for George Whitehurst for all he has done for the city," Mayor David Cadle said. "He had the vision many years ago that the city could develop into what it is today, and he acted on that vision."

Whitehurst, who founded the Whitehurst Funeral Home in 1955, is one of the group of local business leaders that Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wayne Harris calls "The '56ers" because they founded the chamber in 1956.

Whitehurst's accomplishments in office included obtaining funding to convert the former Yellow River Railroad bed into today's Industrial Drive.

His other accomplishments while mayor and after leaving office include:

  • Being proactive in the Community Development Block Grant program
  • Procuring funding for two fire department substations and the Crestview Public Safety Building
  • Initiating the drive for elevated security lights at the Interstate 10 and State Road 85 interchange
  • Coordinating the county millennium celebration,
  • Initiating a drive and raising funds for the Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial
  • Securing 15 acres at no cost to the city for the Crestview Public Library and the community center
  • Aiding fundraising efforts for the chamber of commerce building.

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