Mark Hinton, who has been involved in numerous service projects throughout the county, was the recipient of this year’s retired educator’s Golden Deed Award.
By Ralph O. Dennis
Everyone has one special person that is their “go to” person for help. Sometimes it is a family member. Sometimes a neighbor or a member of the organization. Sometimes they don’t need to be asked. Pickens County has many such people. They do what they do not for fame or glory but because they love to be of service. They do it to be of service to their organization, family, friends and community. Mark Hinton, the winner of this year’s Golden Deed award, is one of those people.
Each year for the last 34 years, the Pickens County Retired Educators Association has honored one such person. The
nominations come in from all over the county. The requirements are that the nominee must be a resident of Pickens County having resided here for five years, be at least 50 years old, and have made significant contributions to the community without compensation.
Hinton, who has been involved in numerous construction and renovation projects for non-profits, was nominated for his service to not only the community through his involvement with Habitat for Humanity (construction supervisor), ACES shelter (working on the interior), DDM (a house for disabled men), First Baptist Church of Jasper, but also to his family and neighbors. A second-generation winner, he is following the example set by both his mother and father in serving others. Both of his parents won the Golden Deed award.
Hinton’s mother Ruth, active in healthcare and with the Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, won in 1993. His father Von, active with the Optimist Club and veterans groups, won in 2001.
The list of the projects Hinton has worked on is a very long one. He does it not for fame or glory, but because it needs to be done.
Hinton told the Progress that he was shocked and very appreciative of the award. Many of his friends and family were at the luncheon of the Pickens County Retired Educators Association on March 11 to see him receive the award.