Annie Sue Lloyd, of Hayesville, received the Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service for her work in Hayesville and the surrounding region. The award was presented by One Dozen Who Care, Inc. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at their Elder Dinner celebration held at the Jackson County Family Resource Center in Sylva.
Lloyd, born in Commerce, Ga. in 1951 to the late Frances P. Mintz and Charles Leon Morris is the oldest of five children. Her three brothers and one sister live in Commerce. She married the late Simon V. Lloyd Sr., of Hayesville, and together they had four sons, three daughters, 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
After graduating high school, she became a domestic worker and was employed at the sewing factory until it closed. She worked 27 years for the Clay County Schools as a bus driver, Discovery care teacher and cafeteria worker. She retired in December of 2018 but has since gone back to bus driving.
With the voice of an angel, Lloyd is known for her rendition of the beautiful song, “Amazing Grace” that she is frequently asked to sing at special events and funerals. She volunteers at the concession stand at all Hayesville High School basketball and football home games. A God-fearing woman, she serves as an usher and sings in the choir at Fort Hembree Baptist Church in Hayesville. It is said of Lloyd, “She’s always happy, never meets a stranger and always shares an encouraging word with all in her presence.”
The Elder Dinner is an event that brings together racially diverse elders in the community for food, fellowship and fun. The goal of the project is to recognize people in the far western North Carolina area who exemplify outstanding community service. The special Emma Cline Moore Awards are given each year to show appreciation to elder citizens as One Dozen Who Care, Inc. works with the community to “tear down walls that divide and build bridges within our far western counties.”
A complete lunch, catered by Ellerna and Thomas Forney from A-Party-In-A-Box, of Sylva, fed a diverse group of about 80 people from Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, and Macon counties. Ellerna and Thomas also provided the décor. They were assisted by Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Cammie Johnson and Marge Herbert.
ODWC is pleased to recognize Lloyd for her outstanding community service by awarding her the Emma Cline Moore Award for Community Service. We say, “Thank you, Annie, for your continued commitment to serving all of the citizens in Hayesville and the surrounding area.”
One Dozen Who Care, Inc. empowers, educates and encourages economic development for women, youth and elders in far western North Carolina, in order to bridge cultures and create community bonds as they envision a unified community that honors and respects racial and cultural diversity.
Founded in 1998, One Dozen Who Care, Inc. also holds an annual Multi-cultural Women’s Development Conference and other motivational and support services to western North Carolina communities. The next conference takes place April 24-25 at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville. The group also provides the One Dozen Who Care — Prescott Academic Scholarship with applications opening Dec. 2.
For details, visit One Dozen Who Care at: www.onedozenwhocare.org or on the Facebook page.