January 29, 2014

 Barry L. Nelson is the 2013 recipient of the Jack Dalton Award. 

Nelson received the 2013 Jack Dalton Community Service Award tonight from the Board of Supervisors. He was joined by family and friends.  Ms. Lois Dalton, widow of the late Jack Dalton, was also in attendance to help present the award.

“Mr. Nelson has given generously of time and money for our community,” said H.G. Vaughn, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  “His philanthropy has helped many civic organizations, schools, and sports.”

Nelson is a long time supporter of area sports including American Legion baseball, Patrick Henry Community College baseball, and many youth baseball programs.  He started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Patrick Henry Community College.  He and his family has sponsored the “teacher of the year” award for the past several years. 

The Jack Dalton Community Service Award annually goes to the Henry County resident who best demonstrates the exemplary community service that marked Dalton’s years of public service. Dalton served as a member of the Henry County Board of Supervisors for more than 24 years, and was serving as the Board Chairman at the time of his death on May 24, 2000.

            Nominations for the Jack Dalton Award were solicited from community residents through local media and the Henry County website, www.henrycountyva.gov. Nominations were based on the candidate’s personal efforts and active involvement in helping promote the quality of life in Henry County.

Nelson is the 13th recipient of the award. Previous recipients of the honor include Dr. Calvin Rains, Bill Adkins, Clay Campbell, Mary McGee, Charles Bradshaw, Bob Petty, the Rev. Thurman Echols, Nancy Bradshaw, Mary Jordan, Pat Ross, Claude Cobler, and Beatrice Bullard.