Two Statesboro citizens were honored Tuesday night for dedicating a lifetime to serving others. Horace Harrell and Ralph Andrews were both feted during the 24th Annual Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards gala, hosted by the Statesboro Herald and several local sponsors.
Statesboro businessman Billy Hickman presented the awards and listed the countless accomplishments each man has achieved in making life better for other people.
“These are people who have dedicated their entire lives, always responded to the call, and the impact has not been light or transient,” he said.
Of Andrews, he said “Yes, this is a good man, with a long history of donating time and energy to several local organizations. He is no stranger to our community; he has been honored many times.”
Through the years, Andrews has often helped the less fortunate by doing small things such as offering free dry cleaning to those in need, he said. “He gave numerous young college students jobs and fatherly guidance as they worked for him in one of his dry cleaning centers.”
Andrews supports many local charities through donation of time and money.
He has been active in the “A Day For Southern” fund drive for over 20 years; has been a long-time contributor to efforts of the Boys & Girls Club of Statesboro and is a past member of the Statesboro Rotary Club, Hickman said.
Andrews “has dedicated over 20 years to serving more than 60 sack lunches and breakfasts every week through the Meals on Wheels program,” he continued. “He supports Safe Haven’s Women Shelter and has donated to a host of local charities and
organizations over the years.”
Andrews was named Business Leader of the Year in 2001 by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce of which he has been a long-time member. He served from 1992 to 1998 on the Statesboro Regional Library board of trustees, and is deacon of Statesboro’s First Baptist Church.
Andrews’ list of awards and honors includes the Winston Bells Humanitarian Award in 2000; the NAACP Humanitarian Award in 2001; and was named a Beta Gama Sigma honoree in 2002.
Andrews has not only received the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award, but also received the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Founders Award in 2002. He was one of the group of local leaders who created the program in 1989.
Harrell is a “hands-on service leader,” Hickman said. “He understands the importance of persistence and perseverance.”
A 33-year member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club, Harrell has had perfect attendance for 29 years. He is serving as the lieutenant governor for the club’s 22nd District, is a George F. Hixson fellow and was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2011.
Harrell has been an ordained deacon for more than 30 years. As a former member at Eastern Heights Baptist Church, he served as treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He is currently a member of Lawrence Baptist Church, where he is a deacon and Bible Study teacher.
Harrell was a Georgia Southern University accounting professor and a faculty advisor for the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society, which later honored him with the Distinguished Service Award.
Through his works with the club, Harrell helps support a number of local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Ogeechee Area Hospice, and efforts to improve the lives of children overseas.
“He is unselfish, very kind hearted, public spirited and many other things,” Hickman said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.