Three honored for more than 150 years of Franklin County service

Photo by STACEY HAIRSTON

Rocky Mount Masonic Lodge, represented by Lodge Master Leon Roberson, recently presented community builders awards to sisters Alice Hall (right), Betty Hudson and the late Peggy Love.

Alice Hall, Betty Hudson and the late Peggy Love were honored Friday by the Rocky Mount Masonic Lodge 201.

The masons presented the sisters with community builders awards following dinner at the Franklin Restaurant.

“I was shocked when they told me they were doing this,” Hall said. “It is quite an honor, and I appreciate it so much.”

Hall served the county in the clerk’s office for 55 years – 44 of them as deputy clerk. When she first began her career, she was the only woman in the office. At that time, manual typewriters were used, as well as old telephones.

“There was fly paper hanging from the walls,” she said.

Hall said she learned a lot from working in the clerk’s office over the years.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Franklin County,” she said.

Hudson served as assistant of Human Resources for Franklin County Public Schools for 57 years before retiring. She began her career in 1960 when one-room schools were common and typewriters were used in the office.

Before retiring, she was assistant to Human Resources Director Phillip Poff, who called her an “unsung hero.”

“Betty is an icon in Franklin County, and there are hundreds of people in this county who owe their careers to them,” Poff said during a recent retirement interview.

Masonic Lodge Master Leon Roberson echoed his sentiments during Friday night’s awards dinner.

“I am so thankful that my family and I are being honored,” Hudson said. “It has humbled us and it will be treasured.”

The third award recipient was Peggy Love, who died in 1994.

Love began her career working for several local law firms before landing in the school board office where she served as clerk of the school board for 37 years.

She worked under Morris Law, who was quoted saying, “I know of no other person, man or woman, who has been more selfless, dedicated, committed and caring about education and the people who work in it as well as our town and our county and their citizens.”

To honor her service to the school system, the Franklin County School Board office is now called the “Peggy S. Love Administration Building.”

After her retirement, Love was elected to Rocky Mount Town Council.

Collectively, the sisters have logged more than 150 years of service to Franklin County and its citizens.

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