Wayne Strader, SUBA treasurer, at left, presents the Business of the Year award to Jerry Davidson with Davidson Lumber Company. Also pictured is Davidson’s daughter Samantha.
Sharon Bonnett received the Citizen of the Year Award from SUBA secretary JoAnn Hawkins.
Bonnett taught school for 30 years in both Upshur and Randolph counties.
“Throughout her tenure as a school employee she taught numerous students to type, accounting and other valuable skills that they use to this day,” she said.
After retirement in 2002, Bonnett found volunteer opportunities with the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department where her husband Gary is the fire chief, and the Upshur County Fair, among others.
“She has been highly involved with fire service in Upshur County through serving with the Banks District Fire Department Auxiliary until it’s decommission and now the Banks District Fire Department,” she said.
“In November 2010, she helped secure a grant to start a computer lab system at Banks District Volunteer Fire Department through a Future Generations grant,” Hawkins said.
With the grant, Bonnett became a mentor of the computer lab at the fire department, which has been highly successful.
“Through the use of the computer lab, many patrons have learned computer skills, had opportunities to become connected and have also been host to youth camps to promote technology and social learning skills,” Hawkins said. “The success of the computer lab and program has been in part to the hard work of this individual.”
Treasurer Wayne Strader presented the SUBA Business of the Year to Davidson Lumber Company.
“The business SUBA is honoring tonight is an excellent example of entrepreneurship born of necessity,” he said. “It all started when a young man lost his job, and instead of looking elsewhere for work, decided to go into business for himself at home, which a creative person today can do easier with modern technology, but was more difficult over 50 years ago.”
That man was Guy Davidson, who looked at the raw materials at hand and saw a need for product which made him decide to go into the lumber business.
“Utilizing older, experienced people, he started piecing a mill together in 1962, and by 1969, still a relatively young person at the age of 37, the mill was totally supporting his family,” he said. “From this humble beginning at Kanawha Head, Guy Davidson and his Lumber Company grew and expanded.”
In 1975, the mill was completely torn down and rebuilt to look like it does today, although more improvements have been made and more equipment added. Guy Davidson’s son, Jack, started helping in 1975 and works there today along with his brother, George, and Jack’s son, Jesse.
Throughout the years, the mill has employed anywhere from 25 to 50 people.
“Guy Davidson and his lumber company have earned the respect of many in and out of the community and surrounding counties,” he said. “Over the years, some families without firewood, or means of getting some, have been surprised by a free delivery. Schools and charities have benefited from his family’s generosity. They just give, not expecting praise or anything in return.”
Jack Davidson accepted the award on behalf of his father, Guy, who could not attend.
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