No one was more disappointed the Selma Railroad Days festival was cancelled the first weekend in October than Tim Hughes. Hughes had been selected to be the Grand Marshal of the Saturday morning parade through Downtown Selma.
Thanks to Selma town officials and Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Carter, Tim received public recognition and a plaque during Tuesday night’s Selma Town Council meeting.
Tim has lived in Selma for 32 years. He has always been active at Selma Baptist Church where he sings in the church choir. He also phones members of the church on their birthdays.
He has served on the Railroads Days committee for 22 years and had been a regular volunteer at the Railroad Museum when it was located the Selma Union Depot.
A passion for Tim was his time spent volunteering at the Selma Public Library. For 18 years and countless hours, Tim shelved books in the Children’s Section and keep the DVD’s in perfect order. He also read once a week at the Selma Boys and Girls Club during Summer Camp.
Three months ago, the Railroad Days Committee voted to honor Tim as the 2015 Grand Marshal for his community service and dedication to the Town of Selma.
“I love this town and its people,” Tim said as he accepted a crystal plaque from Carter.
Tim said he was moving to Beaufort, NC in two weeks, but promised to return to Selma as often as possible to visit.
“We will miss you very very much,” Carter said. “You take this (plaque) to Beaufort and don’t forget us.”
Mayor Cheryl Oliver said, “We are very proud of you.”
Tim received a standing ovation from the council and the public. Thanks Tim. We will miss you.