DOBSON — Longtime teacher and football coach David Diamont was among the 46 employees honored with a retirement dinner at a local restaurant recently by Surry County Schools.
Earlie Coe, who chairs the school board, began the retirement celebration by saying, “On behalf of the Board of Education, I welcome each of you, school family and invited guests, to this year’s retirement celebration. If you add up the years of service from each of the 46 retirees listed on the program that would come to 888 years. That’s a lot of experience sitting in this room tonight. We want to recognize you for all you have done for our system.”
For Diamont, 46 is also the number of years he has been in education.
Others with the most experience include North Surry teacher Gail Shelton with 37 years, Brenda Whitaker in the central office with 33 years, and teachers Angie Graham, Cathy Howlett, Donna Journey and Sheila McHone with 30 years each. Another eight employees had 25 to 29 years of experience.
Retirees received a dark pink rose, a symbol of gratitude and appreciation, from school board members and central office administrators while Johnathan Norman played the guitar and sang, “In This Moment.”
During dessert, Norman, a science teacher at Central Middle School, performed, “You Have Made a Difference.”
Board member Mamie Sutphin announced each retiree’s name. Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent, and the other board members greeted each retiree that came forward. Each person received a certificate, a personalized clock, and a lifetime pass to all regular-season county school sporting events.
“We wish you a wonderful retirement filled with time to enjoy family, friends, and all those activities you have kept for this special time,” Reeves told the retirees. “We look forward to seeing you back on our campuses at sporting events. We also hope you will consider volunteering in our schools. Enjoy this new journey of your life. Cherish every moment and have fun.”
Here are the Surry County Schools’ retirees for 2015-2016, their position, and years of service:
Among those retiring were: Deborah Bartlett, Barbara Beane, Joan Creed, Dave Diamont, Faye Draughn, Brenda Freeman, Shirley George, Angie Graham, Randall Hamlin, Karen Hardy, Liesa Hawks, Phillip Hiatt, Sandra Hiatt;
Ron Hill, Vanessa Holder, Cathy Howlett, Cathy Hull, Karen Inman, Eunice Jessup, Donna Journey, Betty Kidd, Vicki Lawson G.W. Lineberry, Arlene Macon, Jane Martin, Sheri Martin, Betty McHone, Sheila McHone, Rachel Miller;
Greg Nelson, Mary Nicholson, Brian O’Connell, Sandra Parker, Sandra Priddy, Sheila Ramey, Jennifer Scott, Gail Shelton, Delana Shockley, Cindy Stanley, JoAnn Stone, Jimmy Thomas;
Debra Tucker, Bertha Whitaker, Brenda Whitaker, Mitzi Woodring, and Margarita Works.