January 25, 2018
John Thomas “Smokey” Pegram is recipient of 2017 Jack Dalton Award


John Thomas “Smokey” Pegram is the 2017 recipient of the Jack Dalton Award. 

Pegram received the 2017 Jack Dalton Community Service Award tonight from the Board of Supervisors. He was joined by family and friends.  Ms. Lois Dalton, the widow of the late Jack Dalton, was also in attendance to help present the award.

“Mr. Pegram has given generously of time and talents for our community,” said Jim Adams, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  “Mr. Pegram has worked tirelessly to revitalize the Bassett community by mobilizing residents, businesses, and volunteers.”

On March 15, 2010, Pegram organized approximately 25 individuals to discuss “What can be done to revitalize the Bassett area?”  From this initial discussion, the Greater Bassett Area Community, Inc. (GBAC) was born.  Pegram was the first President of the organization and continues to serve in that role to date.  Under his leadership, the Greater Bassett Area Community continues to make significant contributions to Bassett – including providing 14 streetlights, mowing grass along approximately three miles of streets, and keeping the streets clean.  GBAC has coordinated many community events such as the community market and the Cruise –in car shows that attract folks from all around.

Pegram is active in his church where he serves as a trustee, a deacon, an usher, and a Sunday School teacher. He is a life-long resident of Bassett.

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.

Kennedy is the 17th recipient of the award. Previous recipients of the honor include Dr. Calvin Rains, Bill Adkins, Clay Campbell, Mary McGee, Charles Bradshaw, Bob Petty, Rev. Thurman Echols, Nancy Bradshaw, Mary Jordan, Pat Ross, Claude Cobler, Beatrice Bullard, Barry Nelson, J. Smith Chaney, Paul Kennedy, and Bob Norris.