EDITORIAL: Saluting Lifetime Achievement honorees

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

It is with great honor that The Herald recognizes Ed Paschal, and Oscar and Elderlene Keller, as its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.

Paschal's legacy includes much service to this area, but perhaps most recognizable is his long-time service as a member of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. Former Lee County Attorney Dick Hoyle, who himself is a former Lifetime Achievement recipient, said of Paschal, "He is just a fine individual."

Lee County's own seal and motto stem from Paschal, who has served as a constant on the board of commissioners for more than 20 years. Regardless of the nature or makeup of the board, Paschal said, if a commissioner does a good job and follows their convictions, voters will remember.

As a Lay Leader at Carbonton United Methodist Church, Paschal has served on every church committee and advised the pastor on church happenings. Paschal also recently received his 30-year pin from the Sanford Lion Club, where he is often seen watching over the animals during the Lee Regional Fair.

The Kellers also have been quite involved in the community, with contributions in areas including elder care, banking, transportation and politics. They count their family as their greatest accomplishment and asset.

The couple were pioneers in the health care industry when they built, owned, operated and leased Keller Nursing Home for decades — one of the first such facilities built in the state. To date, the couple own multiple facilities that provides aids to residents of Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties.

These three individuals join a distinguished group of prior winners, who include: Fletcher Rosser - 2002, Annie Laurie Pomeranz, Rex McLeod - 2003, Eva Brown, Tommy Mann Sr. 2004, Judi Marsh, Olen and Juanita Sluss - 2005, Ruby McSwain, Perry White - 2006, Helen Hincks, Bill Lawrence - 2007, Joyce Barbour, Barry Butzer - 2008, Jane Barringer, Worth Pickard - 2009, Margaret Murchison, Jimmy Haire - 2010, June Gunter, K.R. "Dick" Hoyle - 2011.

This is truly a select group of individuals whose work and dedication have truly made Lee County a better place where to live and to work.

We thank Mr. Paschal, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Keller, for going the extra mile in helping Lee County to become the special place that we know and love.