Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2020 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1951

Government, Community Service


Professional

  • Republic Steel 1960-1962
  • Massillon Police Department 1962-1970
  • Director of the Neighborhood Opportunity Center 1970-1974
  • Equal Employment Director, Drug Coordinator, Civil Service Director for the City of Massillon 1970-1975

Honors/Awards

  • Greater Canton Slo-pitch Softball Hall of Fame
  • Stark County Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Canton Negro Hall of Fame
  • Community Service Award from the Massillon branch of the N.A.A.C.P. (1975), Stark County Community Action Agency (1982)
  • Minnie Traylor Massillon Urban League Award (2000)
  • Community Treatment and Corrections Center Award for Excellence (1999)
  • Man of the Year Award, St. James A.M.E. Zion Church (2003)

Community Involvement

  • President of the Massillon Urban League Board of Directors, Community Treatment and Correction Center, Joe Sparma Center, Concerned Citizens of Massillon Group, Parks and Rec Board, Men's Fellowship Group at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Vice President of Athletic Advisory Council of the Massillon City Schools
  • Treasurer of the Benchwarmers Club, Minority Report on MCTV
  • Worshipful Master, Doric Lodge #69 F. & A.M., Prince Hall Affiliation
  • Board Member of YMCA, Salvation Army, Stark County Community Action Agency, Greater Stark County United Way, Parks, Mayor's Diversity Committee, Sideliners, SARTA, Massillon branch of N.A.A.C.P., Community Restoration Center of Stark County
  • Author of article "Unity in the Massillon Black Community"
  • Instrumental with a youth center, L.C. Jones Park, awarded over $20,000 for the Wilma Chandler Scholarship at WHS

Education

  • Washington High School - 1951
  • United States Air Force - 1951-1955
  • Kent State University, B.A. Sociology - 1959
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