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By MAURICE CROCKER
Community Newt Reporter
Earlier this week, the city of-Winston
Salem and Forsyth County suffered a tremen
dous Ipss in the untimely death of County
Commissioner Mazie S. Woodruff.
Woodruff, 74, died Tuesday morning at
Forsyth Memorial Hospital after a brief ill
A community leader and political advo
cate, Woodruff was known for her many
achievements in the political realm.
Woodruff was die first African-American
elected to the Board of Commissioners. Her
election to a four-year term came in 1976.
Once her term was complete, Woodruff,
took a two-year absence from- the board, but
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chased with the help of various donations.
Community aids family's recovery
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By MAURICE CROCKER -k
Community Klews Reporter \
It's been said that God may notTcome
when you want him, but he is always right
on time. For one Winston-Salem family, this
spiritual cliche has a special meaning, and
has proven to be true.
Just 22 days after Jonne and Rosa
Hayes' dream home was destroyed by fire,
the couple, with their three children, moved
into a new home on Thrumond Street.
"We are very happy and blessed to be in
our new home," Hayes said. "It feels great."
According t^ Hayes, the new home is
much larger than the home that was
The new home is composed of four bed
rooms, a> living room, kitchen, .and a base
ment, Hayes said.
"We knew that God had a hand in the
entire situation, so we knew he would make
it right," he said.
The tragic event occurred Dec. 4, when
the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Shenta
Jonne, was trying to find her Christmas
The young girl used a cigarette lighter
as a light source while looking in a closet.
According to reports, the lighter began burn
ing some of the clothes and quickly spread
through the room.
Within minutes, the fire spread through
out the house, allowing Rosa just enough
time to get the children out.
According to Hayes, his daughter, who
felt guilty after the fire, is adjusting very
well, and knows that fire is nothing to play
"A lot of pQ?f*le don't realize how hard
we had worked for that home," Hayes said.
"It seemed as if we were just starting to get
on our feet," Jonne said.
After 13 months, Hayes and his i^ife,
who both work as nufsing assistants, saved
enough money to move from Happy Hill
Gardens into their four-bedroom home.
"I didn't mind living in Happy Hill, but
I wanted something more for my family,"
Hayes said. "It was a nice big house, with a
front- and backyard for the children to play
The Hayeses had lived in their home
since June of last year.
"To sit there and watch everything you
have worked hard for go up in smoke ... I
worked hard for what we had, " he said.
According to Hayes, some days he
would work 15 and 16 hours, just so his
family could have the best.
Aside from the new home, the family
also received a new automobile.
Several days after the fire, the Hayes'
were involved in a traffic accident in which
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A Bachelor-Benedict honors ,
By FELECIA P. MCMILLAN
Special to the Chronicle
For 67 years the Bachelor-Benedict
Club Inc. has been providing a social
outlet for black professional men in
Winston-Salem. President William
Andrews said the purpose of this group
was to offer men of like accomplish
ments an opportunity to have a social
exchange, since segregation did not
allow them to go to hotels and country
clubs in the 1920's.
The club held its 67th Annual
Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 28,
at Bermuda Run Country Club. Richard
N. Davis, owner of Davis Management
Accounting Firm, and Thomas P.
Trollinger of Contract Office Furnish
ings received service awards.
The chairman of the Awards Com
mittee read a Distinguished Service
Award citation for each of the hon-,,
orees. It is the policy of the club to
appropriately recognize and award its
members for outstanding achievement,
according to the constitution. "Such
achievement must be a matter of public
knowledge and of the magnitude that
will significantly benefit the commu
nity, the state or the nation," states one
of the constitution's amendments.
Chairman Bass recalled that Davis
grew up in Winston-Salem. The person
who had the most influence on his early
childhobd was his grandmother, who
taught Him to give back more than he
received out of life. He .said the words
have always been a guiding force in his
He completed his education at
Florida State and then distinguished
himself as a member "of the U.S. Air
Force. After serving his country, he was
? later employed by the Internal Revenue
Service, whicn neipea mm aeiermine
that his life's work would be in the field
of accounting. His fifst job was with
Wachovia Bank and Trust Company.
There he decided to be an entrepreneur.
He founded Davis Management Ser
vices, a premier accounting firm in
Winston-Salem. He currently serves as
chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of
Davis is a member of several local,
state and national accounting organiza
tions, including the National Society of
Public Accountants, the North Carolina
Society of Accountants, and the
National Association of Tax Consul
tants. His firm holds accreditation in
the Council of Accountancy and Taxa
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Left to right, Honoree Thomas P. TroUinger of Contract Office Furnishings; president of
Bachelor-Benedict Club, Bill Andrews; and honoree Richard N. Davis of Davis Manage
ment Services celebrated a unanimous vote for the two service award winners.
I Moses "Mo" Lucas currently works at the Win
ston-Lake YMCA. He "never really retired," he
A Gathering of Good Men ?
A Mo" Luke: A Man Dedicated to Directing Youth
By FELICIA P. MCMILLAN
Special to the
Moses Lucas became a Boy Scout leader at the
age of 14 at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Under the
direction of Edward Reid, Lucas organized and
implemented programs for Troop No. 69. He was in
charge of the Outdoor Adventure Program. He gradu
ated from Atkins High School in 1944 and started
working at the YMCA in 1954. He has been in the
business of directing youth for more than 50 years.
"I wouldn't take anything for my service," he
said. "Working with youth is the treasure of my life."
He neve* really retired. He still works part-time for
the Winston Lake Family YMCA. He has been an
employee of the YMCA for 43 years.
Many of the students he worked with often come
by to thank him for being a part of their lives. He cur
rently directs a step team of 20 young men and a
majorette group of 125 young women. ?
Alfred Adams, a worker at Winston Lake
YMCA, remembers being a part of the YMCA Day
Camp and the after-school tutorial program Lucas
was associated with at the Patterson Avenue YMCA.
They worked on homework assignments and
were able to swim, play quiet games and participate
in other activities after completing school work.
Adams said, "He is a genuine person. Any child can
appreciate someone who is real."
As youth director, Lucas also sponsored the Hi-Y
school club, which linked the high schools with the
YMCA, as well as the Gra-Y which linked the grade
schools as well. They had cultural activities, such as
ballet, crafts and other events. Many paid staff and
Ben Piggott, director of the William C. Sims
Recreation Center, said, "Mr. Lucas has made many
men in this city. 1 am very grateful to him for the part
he played in my development. He is a strong, creative
leader." Lucas said he always tried to instill in the stu
dents his Three Laws of Survival:
1) Be honest and tell the truth.
2) Follow instructions.
3) ge obedient.
He said he considers these to be the keys to long
life. He also said he encourages children to be true to
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