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Garden club dedicates bench in Halifax to Betty Bane

Friends, neighbors, family members and town officials gathered in front of Halifax Town Hall Tuesday evening to pay tribute to the late Betty Bane when the Banister River Garden Club dedicated a bench in her memory to the Town of Halifax. 

“Committed to community efforts, Betty participated on many boards, fundraising and church committees,” Garden Club President Pam Clark and Garden Club Vice President Betty Yates said. “Her life was a reflection of a selfless duty to others.”

Mayor Dick Moore and Town Manager Carl Espy also spoke of the Halifax icon’s contributions to her community during the dedication ceremony.

Sheriff Fred Clark, who was unable to attend the dedication, sent a letter to express his appreciation for Bane’s dedication to her community. Clark had the opportunity to work under her husband, the late Woody Bane Sr., when he served as a former county sheriff.

“Betty was a lady who was greatly respected and admired, and whose newspaper column was enjoyed by the residents of Halifax County and neighboring counties. She was dedicated to her church, and her community as well as to her many, many friends,” the sheriff said in his letter.

Bane’s son, Woody Bane Jr., expressed what an honor it was to the Bane family that both his parents now have benches dedicated to them side by side at the town office.

Following the dedication ceremony, Banister River Garden Club members hosted a reception in front of the town office.