By SHERRY DIGMON
Ann Gordon and Mal McGhee of Atmore recently joined an elite group of people – the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. They were inducted Sunday, August 21, in Montgomery.
Both were nominated by Charlotte Boyle who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Only 10 people are inducted each year, and to have two from one town is likely a rarity. In addition, more Atmore residents were honored in other categories.
Following are bios from the printed program at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Ann Peacock Gordon was born in a small, rural community near Atmore. She has been an active Realtor for over 45 years and still finds time to volunteer in her community and church where she focuses on service for senior adults and others in need.
Gordon piloted a program for a national homebuilder to meet the needs of physically impaired individuals by providing adequate housing adapted for their special needs. “It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and I still have indelibly etched tracks on my heart from that experience;’ she said.
Gordon’s generosity is clear evidence of her passion to help others. She provides Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for senior adults, has stored furniture for flood victims, and has donated cars, property and money. Gordon not only gives resources; she gives her time. She has served on the local volunteer fire department board of directors; serves on the Atmore Community Foundation Advisory Committee; has served on the board of Peacock Enterprises, Peacock Pavers, and Enhance Architectural Products; and has volunteered with the adult literacy program.
Gordon said she believes those who have surplus have a duty to do more for others. She said she has been abundantly blessed and has sought to fulfill that call.
Mal McGhee is a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians located [near] Atmore and has spent his life working in his community. He was elected to serve on the Tribal Council at the age of 20 and served in many different positions. In 1987, McGhee completed the State Volunteer Fire Fighter Training Program and became a captain in the Poarch Community Fire Department, where he served for over 20 years.
In 1990, he was elected president of the Judson Creek Indian Cemetery and continues to serve in this role. He oversees all maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. He also meets with families who have lost a loved one to help locate a final resting place.
Over the years, McGhee has volunteered with many Tribal and non-Tribal organizations, including Tribal Council, his local church, Rotary Club, local and state leadership groups, and recreational programs.
McGhee’s contributions have helped his Tribal community prosper. Because of his leadership and commitment Tribal seniors are well cared for with health care facilities, a senior housing village, senior food programs, vegetable garden program, arts and crafts, transportation, and a supplemental financial program.
Alabama Senior Citizens also honors couples married 65 years or more. Robert (Bobby) and Amyrillis Davis were recognized in this category.
Senior citizens 100 years of age or older were also honored. Evelyn Turberville was named in this group.