- Last Updated on 08:05 AM 04/09/14
- BY Ronnie Pate/Special to The gazette
This weekend, Halifax Country Club will host its annual two-man invitational tournament, featuring 36 holes of play by approximately 80 of the best players in the area.
As in the past, this is the opening of local golf tourney play in the area. Also as always, this tournament is being played in the honor of someone from Halifax Country Club that has had an impact on the club as well as the community.
This year’s honoree is a man that arrived here in 1956 as the town manager of South Boston, and in the 33 years he served in that capacity J. Aubrey Houghton dedicated his life to making South Boston and Halifax County a better place to live, work and raise a family.
His service to the citizens did not stop with just leading his beloved South Boston, but carried on with his resolute to the many boards and organizations he worked diligently with.
He served as president and secretary of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Virginia Municipal League, President of the International City Manager’s Association and President of the Tri-County Community Credit Union.
As long time city clerk and work associate of Houghton, Jane Jones said, “Mr. Houghton never just got on a board, he got on it to work, make the organization stronger and better.” Few people realize that Houghton and Jones were the Chamber of Commerce for years until it grew to what it is today.
He also was a long time member of the Halifax Regional Hospital Board of Directors and helped lead the growth and modernization of what it is today. He also served on the Halifax Educational Foundation.
Houghton serves as a Sunday School teacher at the Episcopal Church as well as his tireless work with the Southside Planning Commission. One of Aubrey’s favorite boards was the local and regional airport boards with him realizing that without proper transportation in the region, economic development would be null and void.
Although his never-ending efforts to make this area a better place to live, Aubrey and wife Jean found time to raise two beautiful and successful children, daughters Nancy and Betty.
No one could have possibly known what a wonderful decision it was when Aubrey and Jean decided in 1956 to come to our humble little community. Since that time period, Aubrey through his expertise, unflinching vigor, and determination of noble purpose earned him the respect and admiration of all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.
This admiration and respect that Houghton earned has served our area and gave us countless rewards and benefits to this town, its environment and its citizens. Hopefully he will keep us in his heart continue to offer his expertise and unwavering community spirit when called upon.
I have had the pleasure of working with him on behalf of the South Boston Volunteer Fire Company and the advice and support he gave me made me realize what a special person he was.
Halifax Country Club will have a wonderful and successful tournament this weekend, and the man they are honoring will look back on it as another successful venture that he has been a part of.
Thank you J. Aubrey Houghton for all you have done for us to make us all proud to call Halifax County our home. God bless.