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Come Sit A Spell: Town Of Halifax Dedicates Benches

Prior to the Halifax Town Council meeting Tuesday night, the Halifax Woman’s Club dedicated 10 benches in downtown Halifax.

Woman’s Club President Betty Bane said the club was founded in 1929, and the members have done many things for the town, including raising $282,000 for the Halifax County War Memorial. The Halifax Woman’s Club also has restored the Halifax Masonic Lodge, the oldest structure in the town, she said.

“But we’re basically known as those little ladies who put the pretty flower pots on the sidewalks in the town,” Bane said. “And now we’ll be known as the ladies who had something to do with the benches.

“We’re glad to contribute to the streetscape,” she added. “And actually that’s our mission in the woman’s club to work with the town.”

When the idea of placing benches in the downtown area came up, Bane said Town Manager Carl Espy asked the Halifax Woman’s Club to find donors for the benches and collect the money. “And that’s why we’re here tonight,” she said, “to finalize that part of the program.”

The 10 benches are as follows:

• In memory of William E. McClennan Jr.—located in front of the Medical Transport building, the old Halifax Town Hall; McClennan was mayor from 1990 to 1992—given by his wife Frances and sons William and Robert.

• In memory of Dr. William R. Covington Jr.—located in front of Triangle Florist; Covington was mayor for 33 years, from 1957 to 1990—given by his children and grandchildren.

• In memory of Dr. Nathaniel Henry Wooding, MD—located in front of his former office; Wooding was a physician, priest, soldier, historian, archaeologist, deputy medical examiner and community servant—given by his family.

• McCormick Hardware Company—located in front of Molasses Grill, the former site of McCormick Hardware for 70 years—given by the McCormick family.

• In honor of Sylvia O. McLaughlin—located in front of Hite Insurance Company—given by her grandchildren.

• In honor of those who serve our community—located in front of Convergence Art Guild—given by Dr. Major and Mrs. Lee Wray.

• In honor of Our Grandchildren—located in front of the Packhouse—given by Philip and Carole Hollis.

• “For all who work for Justice, Freedom and Peace”—located in front of the former Exxon Station—given by David and Tracy Martin.

• In memory of Louise Gilmer Easley Edmunds and Paul Carrington Edmunds III—located in front of Kinex Telecom—given by their children—Margie, Gilmer, Paula, Henry and Bee.

•  In memory of Woody K. Bane—located in Bane Plaza—Bane was town manager from 1957 to 1979 and Halifax County Sheriff from 1980 to 1992—given by Betty Bane and family.

Bane presented a check for the benches to Halifax Mayor Leon Plaster.