Remembrances of those, now past, whose contributions of time, energy, and action helped to make the Pitt County Historical Society a more vibrant and meaningful part of our community.
Anne Sneed served two terms as president of the Pitt County Historical Society, and remained until her final days devoted to the society's mission of preserving and promoting the rich historical record of our county.
LaRue Evans served three terms as president of the Pitt County Historical Society, more than any other officer in the society's past. Devoted to the cause of public education and the humanities, her devotion to historical understanding and appreciation impacted all corners of the county and much of eastern North Carolina.
Jack Welland Thornton, Jr. served as president of the Pitt County Historical Society. Thornton was a professor of business at East Carolina University from 1965 until 2001, and very active on campus in student and professional organizations as well as community organizations and activities. Thornton was also an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Thomas W. Harwell served as president of the Pitt County Historical Society. Harwell was town engineer for the town of Winterville for over twenty-five years and was also active in civic affairs throughout his life. He was also an active member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church.
Keats Sparrow served as a professor of English, chair of the English Department, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at ECU. Through his leadership, the college came to be named after Thomas Harriot, an Elizabethan scholar in service to Sir Walter Raleigh and author of the first English language account of what later came to be North Carolina. Sparrow also served as president of the Pitt County Historical Society.
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