Recreation hall to be named for Ernest White
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — Council President James McGowan announced that a special ceremony is slated Monday in honor of the late Ernest White, who served on various city and school boards.

McGowan said the council will approve a resolution recognizing White and the mayor will present a proclamation to White’s family during the council meeting.

Following Monday morning’s council meeting, the city will hold a special ceremony at the Glenn City Recreation Hall, adjacent to Duran South Junior High School, and will unveil a plaque renaming the facility the Ernest White Community Center.

“I think this is a good thing,” Councilman Terry Templin said at Thursday’s council work session. “He had the city in his heart.”

City manager Patrick Draper said the ceremony honoring White is scheduled for 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

City officials said a special sign made for the recreation hall will be unveiled, and a reception will follow.

White, who died last November, was well known in Pell City and served almost a decade on the Board of Education after he was first elected to the board in 1982.

White also served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board and the Beautification Council and worked part time for the city’s Park and Recreation Department.

A longtime resident of Pell City, White was honored as the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2000, and in 1999, was selected as the Lion of the Year by the local Lions Club.

White spent almost 30 years volunteering as a poll worker, registering people to vote. He also served as a board member for Lakeside Hospice.

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