James Earl McAfee has been inducted into Morrison Ruritan’s Hall of Fame.
McAfee, better known as Mac, was given the award posthumously. He died in 2002. Accepting on behalf of their father were Jamie Lyle, Jodie McAfee, and Jan Underwood.
“He would be so proud to be given this honor, but he would be humbled as well,” said Lyle.
Joining the organization in 1980, McAfee had perfect attendance for over 20 years. He served on many different committees, held the office of treasurer, and was named Ruritan of the Year twice.
McAfee was an active participant in the club’s many activities, including its annual calendar sale. The first year of the sale, he sold 100 calendars and continued to sell 100 or more every year, making him the top seller.
Lyle says the club allowed him to participate in his favorite activity – being around people.
“He loved being a member of Morrison Ruritan,” she said. “He loved being with people every day. He enjoyed the club so much because it allowed him to do just that. He was the top seller of calendars for several years, if not every year they were sold.”
Morrison Ruritan’s Hall of Fame began in 2010. McAfee joins Arry Youngblood, Lloyd Julian, Leslie Rogers, John Jacobs, and Douglas Jacobs.
“Mac was a very hard worker and faithful to the club, to God, to his family and to the community,” said Ashley Freeze, who made the award presentation. “Morrison Ruritan is pleased to present this plaque tonight to members of his family in honor of the dedicated service he gave to the club.”