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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, April 30, 2015, Page A4, Image 4

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On Feb. 16, the City Council voted to change Lawrence Street to Hardesty Lane. Photos by Tevin Stinson for The Chronicle Virginia and Ashley Hardesty stand with plaque given to them after the street was renamed in honor of the late Charles Hardesty. Street renamed to honor businessman Charles Hardesty BY TEVIN STBMSON FOR THE CHRONICLE : On Sunday, April 26, members of the community gath ered on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Lawrence Street to honor Charles Hardesty, founder of Forsyth Seafood, who died in early 2013. Forsyth Seafood has been a staple to the community, known for giving youth opportunities for employment, and giving back to the community. On Feb. 16, the Winston-Salem City County unani mously voted to rename Lawrence Street to Hardesty Lane. Hardesty and his wife, Virginia, started Forsyth Seafood in 1983 in a truck at Cooks Flea Market. In 1984, they opened a market on Liberty Street In downtown Winston-Salem. In 1991, they moved to the current location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when they converted a convenience store into a market and take-out grill. The Liberty Street market closed in 2012 to make room for the BB&T Ballpark. "We always knew we wanted to open a business; it was just a matter of deciding which direction to go," Virginia Hardesty said. Charles Hardesty grew up in Beaufort, N.C., where he was a standout quarterback and pitcher at East Carteret High School. He went on to attend Elizabeth City State University, where he earned a degree in industrial arts. After college, he returned to Beaufort, where he worked as a recreation site director. It was there he began to instill his belief in his dedication of hard work and giv ing back to others. Growing up on the coast, both Charles and Virginia's parents were commercial fishermen, so the choice to open a seafood restaurant was a no-brainer. During the early years, Charles and Virginia would travel back and forth from Beaufort to bring fresh fish to the community. During the ceremony on April 26, a number of Charles Hardesty's friends talked about how he lived by the same hard-work principles he preached. John Tyson, a hometown friend and football teammate of Charles, talked about how he was a very hard worker on the field as well. "Charles was the quarterback and I was the lineman. I was in charge of protecting him," Tyson said. As a member of Goler Memorial AM.E. Zion Church, at 620 N. Patterson Ave., Charles Hardesty started a min istry that fed the hungry and homeless every Wednesday. The program has been serving the community for more than 10 years. The Hardestys have been a staple in the community and have instilled those morals into their daughter Ashley, who graduated from N.C. State in 2013. Ashley now works at the restaurant full time and has kept the business up to date. "Ashley is very creative. Things have changed a lot from a marketing standpoint from when we first started," Virginia Hardesty said. "She keeps us up to date with things like Facebook pages." Former N.C. Sen. Earline W. Parmon spoke at the cer emony. She said she believes that the location of the street couldn't have been any better. "When you look up at that sign, you will know two great men, who made a impact in the African-American community," she said. I Virginia Hardesty welcomes members of the commu nity and government officials to the renaming ceremony. mm WINSTON-SALEM TRANSIT AUTHORITY ' Your Bus Route May Be Changing! For your convenience, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority is holding public hearings throughout the community to discuss the proposed new route changes, and the new booking policy for Trans-AID passengers. If you would like to get a view of the proposed routes and/or the new Trans-AID booking policy before the meeting(s) in your community, you may pick up a copy of them on Friday, May 1,2015 at the Clark Campbell Transportation Center, 100 West Fifth Street in downtown Winston-Salem or visit our website at We look forward to seeing you. Location Clark Campbell Transportation Center KC Boys & Girls Club @ 2100 Reynolds Park Road, 27107 The Prosperity Center @ 508 Waughtown Street, 27107 South Fork Community Center @ 4403 Country Club Road, 27104 Rupert Bell Community Center @1501 Mt. Zion Place, 27101 East Ward Town Hall Meeting at New Jerusalem Baptist Church @1212 North Dunleith Avenue, 27101 Robinhood Road YMCA, 27106 Miller Park Community Center @ 400 Leisure Lane, WS 27103 Pate May 6 May 7 May 8 May 11 & 12 May 13 May 14 May 19 May 19 Time 9-1 lam and 5-7pm 1 la ? lp 12:30-2:30p 4-7pm (both days) 4-6:30pm 6:00 pm 2-5pm 6:30-7:30pm Brown & Douglas Neighborhood Center @ 4725 Indiana Avenue, 27106 Carl Russell Community Center @ Carver School Road, 27105 International Boys & Girls Club @ 2850 New Walkertown Road, 27105 Sprague Street Community Center @ 1350 E. Sprague Street, 27107 MLK Community Center @ 2001 Pittsburg Avenue, 27101 Hanes Hosiery Community Center on Akron Drive, 27105 Alders Point ? on Mock Street, 27127 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 29 4-6:00pm 4-7:00pm 11:00a - 1:00p 4-7 pm 3-6 pm 10a ? 12pm 1 -4pm WR Anderson Community Center @ 2450 Reynolds Park Road, 27107 14th Street Community Center @ 2020 E. 14th Street 27101 Forsyth Tech West Campus @1300 Bolton Street, 27103 Gateway YWCA 1300 South Main Street 27127 Reynolda Branch Library Clark Campbell Transportation Center ?7~f - 1 ? June 1 June 2 June 3 June 4 June 5 June 8 5-7pm 5-7pm 10:00 - 12:00pm 3-5:00 pm 11:00-3:0Qpm 2-6pm 12-4pm

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