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Locals earn Eagle Scout rank
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Three local Boy Scouts have ascended to the rank of Eagle Scout. A ceremony was held to honor Life Scouts Will Marttala, Hamilton Spivey and Justin Spivey.
In order to be named Eagle Scouts, each scout completes an Eagle Scout project. The project showcases a scout’s ability as a leader to take a meaningful concept, from beginning to completion, in a way that benefits the community or a nonprofit organization.
Marttala is the son of David and Susan Marttala. For his project, he transcribed the records of a historic church called Caney Fork Baptist Church and cleaned its cemetery. The church began in 1816 and ended in the 1930s. Located near the Warren County/ DeKalb County line, the church is no longer in existence. The cemetery is there, but has fallen into disrepair.
Hamilton and Justin are the sons of Buzz and Karen Spivey. Hamilton meticulously cataloged and organized according to the Dewey Decimal System the library at Christ United Methodist Church. Justin expanded and renovated the playground of the church by installing a toddler play area and an observation area for parents and purchased new equipment.
Despite having different projects, the boys worked together.
“All three boys were actively involved in helping with each other’s projects,” said Karen Spivey. “That’s what they do. They are very close friends.”
Dr. Wallace Bigbee, who serves as Black Fox District Advancement chairman and is a longtime friend of both families, addressed the assembly and expressed great pleasure in the occasion.
“I served as an assistant scout master for Troop 395 when Buzz Spivey, the father of Hamilton and Justin, earned his Eagle Scout Award,” said Bigbee. “Boy Scouts is one of the best programs for character growth and development and leadership training. I wish more parents would realize the value of having their sons in the scouting program.”
Bigbee praised the parents of Troop 888 for their support of the young men in their achievement. To the boys, he urged them to continue through their lives to follow the lead of their God and the Scout Oath and Laws.
The newly named Eagle Scouts are members of Troop 888 from McMinnville sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church.