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Ray Kerley named Goreville 2012 Citizen of the Year

Posted January 9, 2013 by Joe Rehana in Community
Goreville’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Ray Kerley, right, receives a plaque from Goreville trustee and program coordinator Jason Beckmann Monday evening at the Village Hall Council room in Goreville.  ~ photo courtesy Jason Beckmann

Goreville’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Ray Kerley, right, receives a plaque from Goreville trustee and program coordinator Jason Beckmann Monday evening at the Village Hall Council room in Goreville. ~ photo courtesy Jason Beckmann

The Village of Goreville recognized Ray Kerley as the 2012 Citizen of the Year at its board meeting Monday evening.

Kerley received several nominations for his continued support and volunteer work at the Ministerial Alliance where he regularly gives his time to help keep things running.

“It’s nice to have the recognition, but it’s not what I work for,” said Kerley. “I enjoy giving back and helping others.”

Kerley said he was surprised to receive the award even though a few people mentioned they had nominated him. In total, five Goreville residents were nominated for the 2012 Citizen of the Year with Kerley receiving the most nominations. Dixie Terry, Dusty Lingle, Wendel and Helen Stokes and Shirley Goins were all nominated as well.

“His extra ordinary devotion to working at the Ministerial Alliance and his church,” was one of the several reasons given by members of Goreville community in nominating Kerley. Another wrote, “He contributes to the senior site at Goreville,” and nearly all nominations recognized Kerley for his tireless efforts in volunteering at the Ministerial Alliance.

Written of Goreville’s other nominees were: “A great ambassador for Goreville,” said of Dixie Terry; “Has helped our community grow,” was said of Dusty Lingle; “Believes in small towns and helping small towns,” was said of Wendel and Helen Stokes; and Shirley Goins was nominated for “The tireless efforts she does for Stuff the Bus.”