Jerry Tanner is GF 'Person of the Year'
GREEN FOREST ---- "I was surprised and honored," said a humble Jerry Tanner after receiving the Person of the Year Award, and standing ovation, at the Green Forest Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Saturday night.
"I didn't expect it, and I feel really, really honored," he added as friends and family members stepped forward to offer hugs, handshakes, and congratulations.
The award, which is presented each year in memory of R.T. Powell, and sponsored by the Chamber and KTHS Radio, was given to Tanner by Eddie Powell and Chamber President Michelle Walker, who spoke briefly about the recipient before announcing his name.
"This person is a native of Quitman, but is a hometown graduate of Green Forest," Walker stated. "Shortly after graduation, he joined the Navy, married in 1963, and began working for Eldridge Feed Mill. In 1970, he opened his first hardware store. This person has volunteered with the Walk to Amus, helps with Agri Day, helped to organize the first Cinco Di Mayo celebration, and provides his services to the community when needed."
She went on to say that 30 years after opening his hardware store, he was employing more than two dozen people and had earned recognition as "second in the state" by True Value.
Tanner now joins the ranks of other outstanding citizens who have been honored by the Chamber, including Carlyn Loftis, Ted Larimer, and Yvonne Herron.