Pounders, Gill selected as 2002 Tribune Citizens of the Year

Thursday, December 26, 2002

The Tri-City Tribune is proud to announce that Hilda Gill, of Tyronza, and Doris Pounders, of Lepanto, have been named the 2002 Tri-City Tribune Citizens of the Year.

Gill, who was born in Centerville, Ark., is a long-time resident of Tyronza, moving to the town in 1946.

Gill, a schoolteacher taught school at Marked Tree, Turrell, Tyronza, Delta Vo-Tech and Mid-South Vo-Tech in her career. It was while at Turrell, when she met her husband, R.D. Gill.

The Gills' have five children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They include daughters Becky, Beth and Babs, along with sons Rex and Rick.

In her years in Tyronza, Gill has served in various capacities in school and church projects. She was a member of the PTA and served as a Sunday School teacher at Tyronza United Methodist Church. "Hilda is a faithful member of the Tyronza Methodist Church and her community and is always willing and available to serve," said Joe Sparks, who served as the pastor at Tyronza First United Methodist for many years.

Gill went with a group from the First United Methodist Church regularly to visit the residents at the Three Rivers Nursing Center, as well as visiting alone at least weekly. "Hilda is one of a kind. She is real interested in what in going on in the nursing home. She come sand spends quality time with our residents; we consider her one of our most important volunteers. Tyronza is blessed to have such a wonderful lady," said Dorothy Abbott, Administrator of Three Rivers Nursing Center.

Doris Pounders is a long-time resident of Lepanto and a graduate of Lepanto High School. She and her husband, "Buddy," were married in 1965. They have one son, Steve, one daughter, Patty Maddox, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pounders has been Executive Director Stevens Square Apartments in Lepanto since 1981. She is now "part-time/retired." Her daughter-in-law, Barbara, is now the manager.

"You couldn't find a more dedicated or deserving person than Doris, she not only takes care of Stevens Square, she is concerned about our town," said Lepanto mayor, Dale Dunlap.

Pounders is active in Citizens for Progress. She is also a member of the Friends of the Library and the First Baptist Church. She was involved with Boy and Girl Scouts for many years. "Doris was a great help to us when we were moving to the new library. I would not have been able to do it without her," said Lillie Neal, Lepanto Librarian.

Pounders coordinates activities and fund-raisers to provide cookouts and other events for the residents at Stevens Square that are not included in the operational budget. She and her daughter-in-law recently raised money to buy Christmas gifts for 32 children that otherwise would not have had Christmas.

In 2001, she was named "Outstanding Site Manager" in the state by the Rural Rental Housing Association of Arkansas. "This (Citizen of the Year) means more because this is from people that know me. If they're proud of me, it gives me the encouragement to continue," said Pounders.

Pounders named several people she felt might have deserved the award, including Marie Dunlap and Jimmy Laden. "I appreciate all the votes of support, it is definitely an honor," said Pounders.

The Tri-City Tribune wishes to commend Gill and Pounders on their achievements and work to make the Tri-City area a better place to live.

Readers of the Tri-City Tribune cast over 250 ballots for Citizens of the Year. Other nominees included Ofard Sharp of Tyronza and Francis Tuggle of Lepanto.

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