Veterans’ Quilt winner drawn

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Over 70 quilts were spread throughout the fellowship hall of Clement Baptist Church during a quilt show held on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Each quilt told a story, but only one would get the crowd’s attention that Saturday afternoon as Sheriff Dewey Jones prepared to draw the winning ticket for the Veterans’ Quilt crafted by the Clement Quilters.  

This one of a kind quilt represented all areas of the military with emblems for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy and was made as a way to say “thank you” to the many men and women who have served our country and to remember PFC Richie Jones. 

And the winner was…Person County native Elliott Chandler.  

“It is fitting that Mr. Chandler take home this quilt. He served in the Air Force and attended PCC in the early days,” said Beth Townsend, Executive Director of the Piedmont Community College (PCC) Foundation. “Mr. Chandler gave his donation to the scholarship fund and had no intention of winning anything, but I’m so glad he did.”   The Clement Quilters also made five pillows with the remaining military material. The pillow winners were: Frankie Gentry, Louise Sherman, Sam Parham, Hassel (Pete) Rudder and Elliott Chandler.  

Prior to Friday, the quilt was displayed at various locations, including Roxboro Savings Bank, Person County Farm Bureau, and PCC. In addition, tickets for the quilt were available at S. P. Gentry Store, Hurdle Mills Market and Butcher Shop, Flat River Café, Country Kitchen, Timberlake Convenience (formerly Bart’s Shell), Woody’s Sales & Service, Mangum’s Store, and Robert’s Service Mart.   “Piedmont Community College is honored to be involved with the efforts to remember Richie for his sacrifice and to say thank you to the many veterans in our community,” said Townsend. “We are also grateful to the numerous individuals and businesses that assisted in raising funds for this endowment.” 

 Members of the “Forever Remembering PFC Richie Jones Scholarship Endowment” committee declared the quilt drawing as their final fundraiser for this unique scholarship endowment created to assist PCC students. With a goal of $30,000, representing $1 per person in Person County, the committee began its fundraising effort in August 2010 and held many events, including a motorcycle ride, songfest, golf tournament, car show, restaurant fundraisers and finally, the Veterans’ Quilt Drawing.  

With the help of the Clement Quilters, the quilt drawing raised $1,485. Total funds rose since 2010 are $29,100. “This scholarship has already benefitted two PCC students. Next year, the scholarship committee hopes to name an additional three recipients,” Townsend said. “These funds are making a difference in our community because of our community. That is something to take pride in!”