Lovie Whyte, Earnest Pack Are Award Recipients

Whyte To Receive Boyd Cup; Pack Is Citizen Of The Year

Earnest Pack and Lovie Whyte

Lovie Whyte has been chosen to receive the 2013 Boyd Community Service Cup by former recipients of the cup. Mayor Earnest Pack has been chosen by the past Citizens of the Year recipients as the 2013 Citizen of the Year.

Ms. Whyte will be honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet to be held on April 10, 2014 at the Teague Community Center.

Ms. Whyte was selected to receive this honor due to her years of dedication to the betterment of the Teague Community.

The committee of Boyd Cup recipients chose Ms. Whyte based on the application submitted by a citizen of Teague. Her qualifications in the employment category were listed as: Owner and director of Lovie?s Loving Care Child Care Center that she operated for 12 years. She worked for the City of Teague for 14 years and was recognized as Employee of the month while employed with the city. She was chosen as Citizen of the Year by the Teague Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Whyte also received Employee of the Month while working for Providence Hospice of Mexia.

Ms. Whyte also did contract labor for the Veterans Administration, Washington, DC; Administrative Assistant to Research Staff and Liaison to Pentagon and Federal Agencies, Arlington, VA, and Assistant Office Manager, Systems Research Group, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Lovie Whyte has also worked tirelessly in community projects. She assisted with Relay for Life. She was on the Activity Committee during the planning of the Boyd Unit and active with the Suicide Prevention Group. Ms. Whyte assisted the Mission Group with preparing over 500 Christmas treats for children, preparing disaster kits and buckets, and with preparing sewing kits.

She has been a volunteer with the Child Protective Service Board ? Charter Member, from 1992 to present, Treasurer and on the Lord?s Storehouse Board, Volunteer Coordinator and recording secretary.

Ms. Whyte has also been elected by the people of her community for the Teague Independent School District School Board and the Freestone County Appraisal Board.

She assists local organizations such as: Pleasant Hill MB Church, as Superintendent of Sunday School and Church Treasurer; Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members; Booker T. Washington/J.A. Brooks Alumni Association; Providence Hospice of Mexia, Volunteer; Teague Young Farmers Association; Freestone County E.E. Wheat NAACP, Lifetime Member; Meal-on-Wheels, volunteer; Mission Transformers (Youth Organization); Freestone County Retired Teachers Association, Associate Member.

Mayor Earnest Pack will be presented with the honor at the annual Teague Chamber of Commerce Banquet set for Thursday evening, April 10, 2014 in the Teague Community Center.

Mr. Pack was born in Hucklebee, Texas on May 11, 1937 and graduated from Hucklebee High School in 1956. He attended Tarleton College for two years and then transferred to Accounting and received his Masters degree from Baylor University in 1973.

On July 29, 1966 Earnest Pack married Mary Kay McClatchy. They have a son, Greg Pack, and two grandchildren, Megan and Morgan.

Mr. Pack has resided in Teague for 38 years and worked as a coach in the Teague ISD for 25 years. He worked as Administrator and retired from Fairfield in 2004. He then went back to work in Centerville as Interim Director in 2010 and retired for a second time in 2012.

Mr. Pack owns Pack Accounting in Teague where he is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in practice for 38 years.

Mr. Pack first ran for Mayor in 1998 and with the exception of two years has been the Mayor for 14 years, serving the citizens of Teague with true devotion and courage and without pay. Over the years Mayor Pack has kept Teague on the right track both financially and ethically.

Mayor Pack recognized a problem with city management and with great foresight replaced the City Manager and several employees. Mayor Pack saved the city over five million dollars when he stepped in on the Highway 84 project. The original cost to the taxpayers with interest was over 5.5 million dollars and it levied the taxpayer?s taxes and would have raised them to whatever was necessary for the bond payment under the old city management.

Mayor Pack is one of the most deserving people that could be recognized as Teague Citizen of the Year. He is dedicated to doing what is best for the betterment of the citizens of Teague.

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