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March 31, 2013

Unsung Hero: Grover Reeves

CULLMAN — 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.

— Nominated by Martha Burchell

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