1st 10 “Walk of Fame” Plaques Revealed

By / Life on the Island / الأربعاء, 07 كانون2/يناير 2015 05:00

This past Saturday the newly formed “Walk of Fame” committee who has worked along side of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society recognized 10 people who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through outstanding leadership and service. Despite rainy weather a huge crowd gathered for the revealing of the Granite Stones.
The first stone honored “Big” Tom Connolly for his 22 years of service to the Carolina Beach Police Department as well as his continued service as a mentor and youth advocate. Connolly is also the founder of the “Walk of Fame.” Next Joseph L. and Anna Winner who were visionaries and the first to settle in the Carolina Beach area in 1880. Many of the Winners’ continue to reside in Carolina Beach and own several area businesses including the fishing and party boats. Captain John W. Harper was recognized as the first resort developer with steamers “Shoo Fly” train and the Carolina Moon Pavilion in 1886. The First Mayor of Carolina Beach was the next to be honored; John W. Plumber served two terms from 1925-1929 and also served as a businessman and public servant. James R and Amanda L. Bame and Family was the next stone revealed for serving as pioneer developers with Hotel Bame and piers. Two of their children served as Mayor and one as Fire Chief. The Bame Family has also made many charitable contributions since the 1930’s.  Realtor, Developer and Educator Mr. Glenn Tucker was next to be recognized for helping to secure the New Bridge, Fort Fisher Ferry and the Fort Fisher State Historic site. Tucker served as Mayor of Carolina Beach in 1960. Robert “Bob” Weeks was honored for his 56 years of service to the Carolina Beach Fire Department with 25 years as Fire Chief. Next Ms. Pat Efird was recognized for her 34 years of service to the Town as a councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem 1975-2011. In 2011 Efird also received the “Order of the Longleaf Pine Award.” The McKee Family was the next stone to be revealed as founders of the Island Gazette and dedicated service to Carolina Beach since 1978. Last but not least, Kimberly Barbour Munley was honored as a “Home Grown Hero” for her bravery when in 2009 she helped stopped the terrorist attack at the Fort Hood Army Base.  Each year 5 more people will be chosen for this award by letters of nomination with their contributions to the town. Throughout the year there will be fundraisers and will be accepting donations for next years recipients.
For the next 10 weeks the Gazette will spotlight each recipient and more about their impacts on the Island.


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