by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Each year The Sabine Hall of Fame organization honors citizens of Sabine Parish in several categories: Hall of Fame Inductee, Lifetime Achievement, Accomplishment, Special Recognition, Good Citizen and Posthumous.
This year’s event, the 23rd annual, complete with food, music and more scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 31, at Siloam Baptist Church in Many has been put on hold due to the COVID pandemic. Honorees and ticket holders will be contacted when a new date is set.
Receiving this year’s highest honor — Sabine Hall of Fame Inductee — is Edith J. Palmer. The coveted honor goes to a parish resident at least 70 years old who has amassed a lifetime of achievement. Palmer is described as a mover and shaker who has faithfully served her community and parish for years through her involvement with the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Commission, Tamale Fiesta Board, Zwolle Historical Museum and Highway 171 Commission. Additionally, she has worked tirelessly for economic growth on Toledo Bend Lake.
Accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award is Zwolle native Otto O’Neal Meyers III. The award goes to a native, now located elsewhere, who became very successful in his or her field of endeavor. Myers is an executive with over 20 years of successful business, legal and academic experience in multi-national organizations.
The Accomplishment Award presented to Sabine Parish citizens, age 25 or younger, who have performed deeds deserving recognition go to Savanah and Siarah Hall. Although these sisters had an extremely difficult start in life, they have already made their lives count for something. The two have spearheaded changes in state laws regarding juvenile justice.
Recipient of the Special Recognition Award is Dale Skinner. This honor is presented to a Sabine Parish citizen whose achievements have bettered the communities, parish, its organizations and endeavors. Currently superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Schools, a position from which he will retire in June, Skinner has served on the Sabine Parish School Board, and he has served as coach, teacher and principal at several schools in the area.
Presented to a Sabine Parish resident whose community involvement has benefitted citizens throughout the parish is the Good Citizen Award. This year’s recipient is Francis Hopkins.
Posthumous Awards go to longtime Many physician Dr. Warren L Founds and legendary Many High School football coach Malvin Ogden.
Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Pink Sisters of Sabine, a non-profit for local breast cancer patients.
Main sponsors for this year’s extravaganza were Curtis Family Pharmacy, Interstate Building Materials, Nichols, Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center and Walsh Timber Company.