Local attorney Tom Beasley received the coveted Citizen of the Year Award, and the owners of Hogue’s Jewelry, Mark and Debbie Parsons, were honored with having the business of the year.
Businessman John Galloway announced the award for Beasley, pointing out that the local attorney had answered the call to duty many times during a long career.
“When city government needed someone to step up to the plate, this individual answered the call by serving on the City Council from 1983-1989,” Galloway said.
“When the school district needed enthusiastic leaders, this individual, once again, ran and was elected several terms to the BISD board, serving as vice president from 2008-2012.”
Galloway said Beasley also “rolled up his shirt sleeves and went to work, serving many terms on the board” when the Chamber of Commerce called. In 1979, Beasley was president of the organization’s board.
Galloway mentioned that Beasley had served 23 years on the city’s Tax Increment Finance Board and was one of the original directors of the Beeville Boys Club (later the Boys & Girls Club).
Beasley also served several years at legal counsel for the Bee Development Authority, doing most of his work pro bono.
Galloway noted that Beasley served on the board of Commercial National Bank, is a member of Rotary International and was president of that civic organization’s Beeville chapter in 1980.
Galloway said Beasley is a vocal supporter of local school athletic programs, an avid outdoorsman and a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Beeville, where he and his family have been active for decades.
In fact, Galloway said, when the church serves its Thanksgiving meal to the community next month, Beasley will be cooking the entire meal in the church’s kitchen.
In addition to being a serious supporter of BISD athletics, Galloway said Beasley has been known as an exceptional husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.
Mary Aman and Meredith Marie introduced the owners of Hogue’s Jewelry earlier in the evening, recounting how it had been Debbie Hogue’s dream to open a jewelry store in Beeville.
Debbie and her husband, Mark Parsons, opened the business in 1976 and, in 1985, moved into a renovated building in downtown Beeville that has become the premier jewelry business of the community.
During the introduction, the two women recounted humorous stories of Hogue’s humble beginnings and reminded chamber members that many of the unique pieces sold at the store have been designed and made by the owners themselves.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.