- Last Updated on 05:26 PM 07/12/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Country music band “The Woodview Boys” has received top honors as The Woodview’s volunteers of the year 2012.
The band’s five members, Nelson Wilson, Kermit Wright, Clyde Owen, James Clay and Edwil Owen received this distinguished honor for having played live music at residents’ monthly birthday parties for over 25 years.
The band’s history with Woodview residents is long and has included an assortment of different members through a quarter of a century. The band originated when one of the founding musician’s daughter was a resident. He believed that live country music at her birthday party was just that special something she needed. And so it was and has been from that day forward that all residents receive a special treat from The Woodview Boys for their birthday.
Band member Nelson Wilson explained that after the original founder of the band retired, he took it upon himself to continue the tradition.
“I felt responsible to continue what the residents looked so forward to. When members leave, I help find replacements. What all of us members realize is that we all love coming here, it makes us feel good too.”
“The residents and the staff of Woodview are very grateful and appreciative of The Woodview Boys dedication to us,” said Linda Spangler, activity manager. “All the members of the band will always be thought of as very special people, people who for many years have dedicated themselves to being a positive force in the lives of others. Their work and their legacy to Woodview residents is deserving of great recognition.”