2017-11-23 / Front Page

Jackie Crook selected by Chamber as grand marshal for holiday parade

JACKIE CROOK grand marshal JACKIE CROOK grand marshal This year’s selection for the 2017 Christmas parade grand marshal has been made, and Jackie Crook received the annual distinction for her big heart and helping hand given to so many throughout the community.

“I feel honored, but really there are a lot more people who deserve this than I do,” Crook remarked. “But, I love helping people. God’s been good to me, so I want to do the same for others by helping them.”

As per tradition, Crook will lead the 2017 Christmas. parade.-,spon­sored .- by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for Saturday, December 16, at 3:30 p.m. during the annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Festival.

In order to select the grand mar­shals for the parade, the Chamber sponsored an essay contest in which citizens answered the question “Who should be the grand marshal of the Lincolnton Christmas parade and why?”

As the rules for nominee sub­mission states, “the project is held annually to recognize someone who has touched the life of an individual and/or the community in a special way.” Those with the Chamber have emphasized that this is a great way to celebrate an outstanding member of the Lincoln County family.

This year’s winning essay was submitted by Faye M. Butler. It is reprinted here in its entirety:

“I wish to nominate Mrs. Jackie Crook as the grand marshal for the 2017 Christmas parade. She has lived in Lincolnton for 50-plus years as a professional beautician, and is married to Mr. Jackson Crook.

“As a 40-year-plus member of the American Legion Ladies Aux­iliary, Jackie became famous for her chicken and dumplings. The ‘dumplings’ found their way into many families when sickness was present, and Wednesday and Friday nights found her cooking and help­ing with activities to raise funds that would benefit the people of Lincoln County in the loss of homes by fire, along with those in the hospital.

“Every year when the Lincoln County fair came to town, the dumplings were enjoyed each night by many who attended. The Friends of the Library were also blessed by her dumplings for their fundraisers at Christmas time.

“Jackie was instrumental in plac­ing flags on the graves of war veter­ans in Lincoln County on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and at Christmas she would get a name of a family from DFACS to bless those in need with necessary items.

“You could often find Jackie driv­ing people to doctor appointments or going to their home to see what their needs might be, such as house cleaning, repairs, food, or simply to boost their spirits or offer encour­agement.

“Being that her mother was in a nursing home, many other patients were treated with a shampoo or shampoo set and different acts of love.

“Jacki would use her own vehicle as a means to get non-drivers to and from her shop for their weekly appointments.

“Once a week, you could find those of the Cooper house enjoy­ing a delicious meal prepared by Jackie.

“Jackie prefers to be an unseen servant, as she quietly aids so many others. As a member of New Works Baptist Church, she puts action to her faith.

“For the above reasons, and many unknown, I am nominating Jackie Crook for grand marshal. She exemplifies the definition of a neighbor through her willingness to serve others.”

As grand marshal of the Lincoln­ton Christmas Parade, Crook will be further recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in February.

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