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November 16, 2012

Honorees include Fuller, Hall, Weaver

TARBORO — ROCKY MOUNT — Three people with Edgecombe County ties were among the Twin County Hall of Fame's 10-member Class of 2012  — Willie Howell Fuller, Lee Rawling Hall and Frank Byrd Weaver.

The honorees were recognized Thursday night during the annual induction ceremony and banquet in the Business Center at Nash Community College.

Fuller, who died Jan. 2, 1995, was honored posthumously. His first cousin, Lois Reddrick of Greenville, accepted the honor on behalf of Fuller's daughter, who did not attend.

Willie Howell Fuller was born in 1919 and was 22-years-old when World War II began. He had graduated from Tarboro Colored High School in 1937 and attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. While at Tuskegee, Fuller joined the training for pilots and became one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He served as a second lieutenant from 1942 to 1947 as part of the 99th Fighter Squadron European Theater and flew 76 combat missions. He received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf. After the war, Fuller and his wife made their home in Georgia and Florida where he became district executive for the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts.

"It was a great honor for him to have been nominated in the Twin County Hall of Fame," Reddrick said. "With his film coming out and Veterans Day, it was very timely."

Hall

Hall made his name when he became the superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools in 1968.  During his tenure as superintendent, he consolidated several county schools to establish the integrated high schools of North Edgecombe and SouthWest Edgecombe. The athletic complex at North Edgecombe was named the Lee R. Hall Complex in 1993 upon his retirement. The SouthWest Edgecombe High School athletic complex is also is named in honor of Hall. After retiring, Hall continued being active in the community by joining several civic clubs. For several years he played a vital part in building houses for Habitat For Humanity in Edgecombe County.  

His work didn't go unnoticed. He was well-represented at the ceremony by his family, co-workers, former employees and members of the Kiwanis Club.

"It means that I'm so pleased to have so many wonderful friends, board members, family members — no one gets up there on their own," he said. "They are guided and pushed up there by other people. "When I looked out and saw so many wonderful people, I felt so absolutely blessed."

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