Distinguished Citizen

The Johnston Community College Foundation hosts the Distinguished Citizen Special Event.  This event honors a citizen of Johnston County who has made a significant contribution to the community at large.

Frank Creech Memorial Tribute - 2008 Distinguished Citizen   

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Frank Creech

The Foundation Board of Directors dedicated the Distinguished Citizen Special Event for 2008 in memorial tribute to Frank Creech on March 7th. Frank who was a longtime instructor and chair of the art department at Johnston Community College. Frank created a bronze statue, The Rescue, which is a featured monument on the campus between the Wilson and Tart Buildings.


Mokie and Betsy Stancil - 2007 Distinguished Citizens

Mokie and Betsy Stancil

The Stancils have dedicated their lives to helping others. Mr. Stancil has been active in mental health associations at the local and state levels.  The recipient of three Order of the Long Leaf Pine awards, Mr. Stancil has served JCC as a philanthropist, a former trustee, and as a member of the College Foundation Board of Directors.

Mrs. Stancil has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the Smithfield Area Ministries Food Closet as well as participated in several overseas mission projects.  She currently sponsors four children through Mission to Haiti and World Vision projects.

Earl C. Helms - 2006 Distinguished Citizen

Earl C. Helms built a successful career as the owner of an auto salvage company, SADISCO, before his retirement.  Mr. Helms has made significant contributions to the JCC Foundation through the establishment of a scholarship endowment for students as well as an endowment for teaching excellence, program enhancement, and staff recognition. In addition, he and his wife, Doris, are very active in support of other charitable organizations.

Earl Helms

Carl Lamm - 2004 Distinguished Citizen

Carl Lamm

Carl Lamm is a local radio personality and "North Carolina Broadcasters Hall of Fame" inductee.  Known affectionately as "The Voice of Eastern North Carolina," Carl Lamm has been a radio broadcaster and director for more than half a century.  He has been recognized locally and nationally for his support of country music, the tobacco market, and other county and State issues.  Mr. Lamm's dedication to the people of Johnston County and local radio has made him an entertainment industry icon.

Julia Stokes Elsee - 2003 Distinguished Citizen

Julia Stokes Elsee has a long history of service to the college and the community.  She has worked tirelessly as a member of the College Foundation Board and has been a major donor and solicitor for the JCC Foundation.

Julia Elsee

John R. (Doc) Windley - 2002 Distinguished Citizen

John Windley

John R. (Doc) Windley was known throughout Johnston County for his more than 30 years as band director at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School and Smithfield-Selma Middle School.

Mr. Windley was a member of the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees and the College Foundation, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, the JCC Auditorium, and the Four Oaks Bank of Smithfield. A long-time member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield, he served as treasurer and sang in the choir.

Rudolph Howell - 2001 Distinguished Citizen

The Foundation honored Rudolph Howell with a "Toast and Roast."  Mr. Howell has been a major benefactor to the College Foundation and to Johnston Community College.  His gift of over 2800 acres of land on the Neuse River, now called the Rudolph Howell and Son Environmental Learning Center, is thought to be the largest gift ever donated to a North Carolina community college by a private citizen.  Mr. Howell is pictured with his wife.

Mr. & Mrs. Howell

Evander S. Simpson - 1999 Distinguished Citizen

Evander Simpson

Evander S. Simpson, the first recipient, was honored with a banquet for the tremendous contributions he made in education throughout Johnston County and the state of North Carolina.

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