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pillar of community

The residents of Whipple met Sept. 1 to honor pillars of their community. Friends and family met at Whipple Community In Action Park to show their appreciation to men and women of the community who inspired so many of the younger generation with words of wisdom, moral responsibility, words of encouragement and the simple facts of life. Those honored as pillars of the Whipple community were, from left, Gladys Shepherd, James Laprade, Yvonne Shepherd, Ramona Shepherd, Ramona Coles, John Traynham (standing for Joyce Willis), Lana Hairston (standing for Delores Hairston), Lennell Traynham (standing for Nannie Fruit). Louise Brown was not present. The people of the community wanted to say thank you and that they appreciate what the honorees have instilled in them. The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” stands true for this community. The event was inspired by Trina Brown along with the Whipple Community in Action organization.