Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 14, 2013

Senior Saints inductees announced


Norma Jane "Janie" Reynolds has worked along side her husband, Pastor Ron Reynolds to build the Mt. Vernon Christian School and Mt. Vernon Baptist Temple. She served as a teacher and administrator for many years, allowing her to mentor hundreds of students, many of whom she still has contact with today. She is no stranger to adversity and is seen by those who know and lover her as a constant beacon of strength.

Richard Stubblefield as always been active in community and civic affairs. He is a leader in youth and educational functions. He was instrumental in building the K-12 school in Sesser. He served as a dedicated board member for the combined unit district. He taught at MVTHS from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. He advised the YMCA Youth in Government program for more than 25 years. He served on the board of the Farm Resource Center, a statewide non-profit group that provides mental health and case worker support for families who struggle with natural disasters. Other community involvement includes Third Degree Mason, Member of Ainad Shrine, former elder and youth leader at Central Christian Church, elder and youth leader at Woodlawn Christian Church, volunteer coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation, Speak-Up Speak Out Advocacy program, treasurer for the Sara Stubblefield Foundation Scholarship program, Jefferson County Retired Teachers Legislative liaison and more.

Byron Vance, also known as "Mr. Bluford" served on the village board for many years, where he was instrumental in bringing municipal services to the village. He was a member of the Jefferson County Civil Defense and the president of the PTA at the high school. He also served as postmaster for Bluford. In addition to this, he was deeply involved in the constantly improving evolution of the Webber Township Fire Protection District. He has been an active member of the Bluford Ruritan Club, organzing and working int he annual Engine Show and Spook Walk. He served as president of the Sweet Corn and Watermelon Festival. Byron and his wife, Mary, have spent countless hours volunteering with the American Red Cross. He played a key role in organizing and constructing the Bluford Community Veterans Memorial.

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