DC All-School-Reunion held Saturday; Ngar Honored, Hall of Fame / Distinguished Service Awards PresentedApril 18th, 2011 by Drew Central Schools
Drew Central Schools held their annual All-School-Reunion, Saturday, with decades of former students attending. After a meal and a couple hours of visiting, everyone moved into the Earl Willis Auditorium for the program.
Former principal and superintendent Leeman Ngar was honored, posthumously, for his dedication to the school, as his family was presented a “book of memories’ and the high school was dedicated to him.
The Drew Central School District Hall of Fame inducted Thomas “Houston” Berryman, R.D. “Sonny” Jones, and Hershel W. Gober.
Distinguish Service Awards were presented to Glynn Gibson, the family of the late Jerry Eubanks, and Mrs. Aundry Sue Collins Paschall. Brief biographies of these six worthy honorees are posted below.
Amanda Brazier was awarded the memorial scholarship during Saturday’s event.
Thomas “Houston” Berryman, a 1949 Drew Central graduate. Mr. Berryman spent 21 years in the Air Force with duties in the information field. He was stationed in various states, England, and Vietnam. After his Air Force career he worked for the Employment Security Division helping veterans find suitable work. He has been influential in the American Legion Post #2 in Monticello serving as District Commander, SE Area Vice commander, and State Commander. He has been involved in programs such as American Legion Boys & Girls State, War on Drugs, American Legion Baseball, McGruff Safe Kids and Flag Etiquette. He is married to the former Camille Rabb. They have three children: Tommy, Jimmy, and Janice.
R.D. “Sonny” Jones, a 1959 graduate of Drew Central, a 1963 graduate of UAM, and President of R.D. Jones Logging Company. Mr. Jones built a successful logging and timber operation and has tirelessly promoted the industry in Drew County, Arkansas, and the nation. He has served on the Drew Central School Board, Drew Memorial Hospital Board, C&L Electric Co-op Board, Twenty for the Future, SE AR Intermodal Board, Commercial Bank and Trust Board, and the Finance Committee of the First United Methodist Church. He has been selected as Georgia-Pacific’s Logger of the Year, was the first president of the Arkansas Timber Association, active in the Arkansas Forestry Association and the National Forestry Resource Policy Group. Governor Beebe recently appointed him to the Arkansas Development and Finance Board. He is married to the former Phyllis Johnson. They have two children: Rob and Jon.
Hershel W. Gober, a 1954 graduate of Drew Central, a graduate of Alaska Pacific University, and President/CEO of Hershel Gober & Associates, Inc. Mr. Gober served in both the United States Army and Marine Corps with tours in Germany, Alaska, and combat in Vietnam. He received the Medal of Valor, the Purple Heart, and Bronze Star. After his military career he served as Director of the Northwest Alaskan Pipeline Company in Fairbanks, Alaska. Later he served as the Director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and was appointed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. He led four Presidential delegations to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia forming successful partnerships in the search for American troops missing in action (MIA). He later became the Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the second largest cabinet level department. Currently his company provides expertise to clients in affairs with the federal government, represents clients with members of Congress and government agencies, and leads fund raising efforts for non-profit organizations. Mr. Gober lives in Palm Coast, FL.
The 2011 recipients of the Distinguish Service Awards are:
Glynn Gibson, a 1969 graduate of Drew Central. He attended UAM and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1973 and later obtained a Master’s Degree from UofA. He was the Agri teacher at Drew Central from 1973-2003, where he also served as FFA sponsor influencing many students. He is a lifetime member of the Selma Baptist Church. He also is a member of the Desha-Drew Cattleman’s Association and serves as the Area 5 Vice-President of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association. Mr. Gibson is a native of the Selma community where he continues to live and raise livestock on the family farm.
The late Jerry Eubanks, a 1951 graduate of Drew Central. A native of the Valley community he was the past-president of the Monticello Tomato Growers Association, a member of the Cattleman’s Association, and his family was named Farm Family of the Year in Drew County. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Eubanks was elected to the Drew Central School Board in 1970 serving 22 years until 1992. He served as Board President six times, vice-president once, and secretary four times. He was an avid fan of Drew Central athletics and was a familiar sight at most all of the Pirate basketball games for many years. He also played on the one of the early Pirate football teams. He was married to the former Charlotte Taylor and had three children: Von Eubanks, David Eubanks, and Cindy Dearman, and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Aundry Sue Collins Paschall a 1961 graduate of UAM actually began her career at Tyro Elementary from 1944-47 teaching the first through the eighth grades. She then taught first and second grades at Selma Elementary School from 1959-1979. When the schools consolidated she then taught second grade at Drew Central from 1979-1987. She was a regular fixture at Drew Central athletic events, particularly basketball games for many years even after her retirement. Throughout her 35 year teaching career she impacted the lives of many children with her ability to see the best in every student. Her impact is still felt by adults in the community. She was married to the late Louis Garland (Pat) Paschall. They have three children: Shirley Clements, Brenda Bittle, and Louis Ray Paschall. She has six grandchildren.
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