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March 31, 2013

Times reveals Unsung Heroes


Margot Tanner — Nominated by Berta Pylant

I nominate Margot Tanner as I feel she is most deserving of this recognition for all her volunteer services she has given to this community.  

Margot relocated to Cullman with her late husband John, who was a native of Cullman,  when he retired from the Air Force in 1974.  

She translates  old German documents and  German correspondence needed for our museum, any elected official,  and for our sister city in Germany, Frankweiler. She is their official interpreter  when representatives of our Sister City in Germany come to visit Cullman. She does an awesome job interpreting day and evening,  and she does it in a gracious manner.

She is always helping  Germans,  local  widows,  and senior ladies in  many ways as needed.  She does it in a loving and humbly way.  

She tutored some of the German children who relocated here with their parents from REHAU for several years. Their parents appreciated all her help in school, and they graduated from Cullman High School thanks to the seeds that Margot planted in those children. Some of those students and parents  still  stay  in contact with her.

She helped in the First United Methodist Church Hispanic Ministry as a tutor, and also taught art to the children and youth. She was a great inspiration to those less fortunate children and youth.  She has been helping  the First United Methodist Church Music Dept. organizing their music material since 1974.

I strongly feel Margot Tanner is most deserving of this recognition as an Unsung Hero.  

Grover Reeves — Nominated by Martha Burchell

Grover Reeves has been an active force in providing care, food, church construction and generally an example of the Christian faith for many years in Cullman Alabama.

Grover is 83 years old and has been "involved" in the betterment of Cullman most of his life. For many years he has been as a member of the Lions Club of Cullman. When a project (fund raiser) was needed he suggested and helped to implement the fish fry fund raiser that is now a major funding event for the Lions Club.

About 20 years ago he saw a need to provide meals on Thanksgiving Day for those who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal. He joined his idea with First Baptist Church's desire to serve the Cullman community and what we know now as an "event" was born. Since that time thousands of Thanksgiving meals have been planned, prepared and delivered under the leadership of Grover Reeves. Each year many of the local churches will have a visit from Grover Reeves asking not only for their financial support but for their physical help to prepare, serve and deliver Cullman's Thanksgiving meal. His passion for this project is contagious.

Mr. Reeves has served on mission trips from Alabama to Maine and places in between, even to the California. During these trips he not only shared the gospel message of helping your fellowman but physically helped to build church, repair churches and homes that were on the agenda of the Mission Board.

Big Oak Ranch, John Coyle's outreach to children at risk, has received the benefit of the care and concern of Grover Reeves as he established and assists with a fish fry for them each fall as a fund raiser.

When the Kiwanis Club of Cullman was seeking help in establishing "The Walk of Flags" in the Depot Park, Grover Reeves was there to purchase three flags for those he wanted to honor or remember.

I have only scratched the surface of the impact that Grover Reeves has had on our community. It is with admiration and respect that I submit his name into consideration for this prestigious honor.

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