Smithfield Mayor Carter Williams honored with Citizen of the Year dinner
Published 2:34 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022
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Smithfield Mayor Carter Williams delivers his acceptance speech.
Camille Castleberry, legislative assistant to Del. Emily Brewer, R-Isle of Wight, presents Carter Williams with a recognition.
John Gerdes, constituent services representative for U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., reads a letter from Scott honoring Smithfield Mayor Carter Williams.
Smithfield Vice Mayor Michael Smith reads a proclamation on behalf of Smithfield's Town Council honoring Mayor Carter WIlliams as the town's 2021 Citizen of the Year.
Mayor Carter Williams' family joined him for the occasion. From left, clockwise, are Allen and Nancy Williams, Raegan and Taylor Robinson, Kate Williams, Carter Williams, Connie Williams and Cory Williams.
Smithfield's Town Council members also joined Williams for the occasion. From left, clockwise, are Councilwomen Valerie Butler and Renee Rountree, Vice Mayor Michael Smith, Councilwoman Beth Haywood, Paul Bass, Councilman Wayne Hall and his wife, Nancy Hall.
From left, clockwise, are Smithfield Planning Commission Chairman Charles Bryan, Britt Chapman, Susan Cooper, Smithfield Parks and Recreation Director Amy Novak and her husband, Grant Novak.
From left are Susan Blair, Elizabeth Hopkins, Jeff Brooks, Jenny Lijana and Michael and Marian Santomauro.
From left are Smithfield Times Publisher Emeritus and 1990 Citizen of the Year John Edwards, his wife, Anne, and the Rev. Ileana Rosario of Benn's United Methodist Church.
Tom Powell of The Addison Group produced a video on the life of Smithfield Mayor Carter WIlliams, which was shown at the end of the dinner.
Smithfield’s Rotary and Ruritan clubs recognized Mayor Carter Williams as the town’s 2021 Citizen of the Year with a dinner at The Smithfield Center on April 27.
Since 1970, the two clubs have jointly recognized an outstanding Smithfield citizen. The event also served as a celebration of the award’s 50th anniversary.
The clubs would have celebrated the award’s 50th anniversary in 2020 were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Past recipients of the award include former Smithfield Foods Chairman Joseph W. Luter III, Smithfield Times Publisher Emeritus John B. Edwards and the late Segar “Sig” Cofer Dashiell, author of “Smithfield: A Pictorial History.”
Williams’ son, Allen — who was in attendance at the dinner — nominated his father for the 2021 award, citing his many years of service on Smithfield’s Town Council.