Thursday, November 27, 2008
Hathorne grand marshal for parade
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Christmas Parade committee has selected Frances Hathorne to be grand marshal for this year’s big event Saturday, Dec. 6.
Christmas is a special season for Hathorne, who said she has celebrated many with her children and now grandchildren.
This year will be more special because her three grandchildren, who are young adults, are likely to be present during her first time ride at the front of the line through the festively decorated and celebrated City of Holly Springs. The parade is set for December 6 at 5 p.m.
“I’m quite honored to have been asked to be a marshal,” she said. “It’s been years since I’ve been in a parade. I was once marshal at Founders Day parade at Rust College.”
Hathorne hopes the weather will be sunny and warm, but in case it is not warm on her historic ride December 6, she has plenty of warm clothes.
“I’ll pull out my fur coat, if it’s cold,” she said.
Hathorne grew up in New Albany and was encouraged by a friend to come to Rust and then was recruited by Rust President Dr. McCoy.
Expecting to stay for a few years, Hathorne is the longest serving employee at the college starting in the bursar’s office and moving on up as chief accountant, then assistant in charge of the accounting department.
Now Hathorne is coordinator of individual alumni giving, having been offered a rest by Dr. David Beckley after Hathorne had worked 50 long years in accounting.
At 85 and still working, Hathorne is still active in community work which includes church at Asbury United Methodist, help with Marshall County Relay for Life, and a sorority member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, to mention a few. Where ever she has been, Hathorne has always taken an active leadership role.
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