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Jack Wiseman, second from left, and Dr. Bill Tate, second from right, pose after they were inducted into the Martha Guy Hall of Legends. With them are David Burleson, Nancy Morrison and Dr. Charlie Baker.

Originally published: 2013-09-18 16:16:53
Last modified: 2013-09-18 16:23:56

Wiseman, Tate inducted into local Hall of Legends

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Avery County came together on Sunday, Sept. 15, to honor two Avery citizens who are pillars of the community. Jack Wiseman and Dr. Bill Tate were inducted into the Martha Guy Hall of Legends, an honor awarded to local citizens who have significantly contributed to Avery County.

More than 120 people attended the award ceremony at the Chapman Center. Williams YMCA CEO Trey Oakley welcomed attendees to the event, followed by an invocation led by the Rev. Lander Heafner of First Baptist Church of Crossnore.

Avery County Schools Superintendent David Burleson spoke on the significance of the Hall of Legends and why Wiseman and Tate were nominated.

“They’re individuals with character. They don’t do anything half-heartedly; they give it their best. These folks have given of themselves. They’re people who are committed to other people. They’re people who will do all they can to help someone else,” Burleson said.

Burleson quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

“These individuals have achieved much because of their enthusiasm, because of their commitment, and most importantly because of their love for this community; their love for Avery County, their love for the people here. The world is a better place because of you,” Burleson said.

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