June 20, 2019

James Stewart Chapter Honors Mr. Thomas Lipford

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(Franklin) — Members of the James Stewart Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed the family and friends of Mr. Thomas Darden Lipford who joined them at the Heard County Library on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to honor Mr. Lipford for his outstanding service to community and country.

Mr. Lipford received a NSDAR Community Service Award for his service to Heard County and a Certificate of Appreciation for Military Service. He is one of the few remaining World War II Veterans here in Heard County.

The James Stewart Chapter recommended Mr. Lipford for the National Community Service Award(CSA). Chairman Paige Harrod and Regent Carla Brown completed the necessary forms and Mrs. Harrod solicited letters of recommendation from the community on his behalf.

The application forms and letters of recommendation were submitted and both the Georgia State Society and the National Society DAR approved the application. His children worked with Mrs. Harrod in arranging the ceremony.

During the presentation ceremony, excerpts from his recommendation letters were shared with those in attendance.

Community Service Award Committee Chairman Harrod presented the Certificate of Award for “Excellence in Community Service” to Mr. Lipford and Regent Carla Brown put the Community Service Award lapel pin on his collar.  Then Regent Brown presented him the Certificate of Appreciation for Military Service and a veteran’s cap.

Mr. Lipford thanked the chapter for his awards and shared his pride in his country and its citizens and veterans.

Thomas Lipford received high praise in the letters of recommendation for his service to Heard County. His roots run deep here in Heard county as he is descended from the Lipford, Stephens,  Shackleford, Hollingsworth, Echols, Davis, and Newman families – all pioneers coming to Heard County after its formation in 1830.

Mr. Lipford graduated from Heard County High School and attended Emory University. He went to war when called and is proud to be a veteran.

Upon returning home he became a partner in Lipford Grocery and Hardware. He married Lucille Simmons and they proceeded to raise two sons, Lawrence Thomas and Mack Donald.

Not only was he a successful businessman, but he served as a member of the Heard County Board of Education, served as Chairman of the Board of Education, served as Deacon for the First Baptist Church of Franklin for 58 years, served as Sunday school director for 29 years, and served as a Trustee for Rockridge Baptist Assembly.

One of his recommendation letters stated that “As a fifth generation resident (of Heard County), Mr. Lipford has a great love of the County, the welfare and education of its children, religious and moral fabric of its citizens, and merits the love and respect of all.”

Every person who knows Mr. Thomas will attest that he is a definite expert on the history of Heard County and Franklin.

One of the objectives of the DAR is to recognize local citizens for their dedication and contributions to their community. The DAR Community Service Award recognizes worthy residents, for voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, and citizenship endeavors, or in environmental conservation.

Although this award is presented to local residents, it is a DAR National award, approved and sent from the DAR national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The James Stewart DAR Chapter of Franklin Georgia is proud to add Mr. Thomas Lipford to their list of Community Service Award recipients.

Another very important Objective of the DAR is Patriotism and Veteran Service. Members of the DAR are pleased to be able to honor each and every veteran for their service to our country.

The James Stewart Chapter was especially pleased to thank Mr. Lipford, who at age 96, still supports his country and is proud of having served. Veterans of World War II are called the “Great Generation” and Mr. Thomas Lipford is one of these special men.

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