To the editor:
I want to speak out to the Piney Grove community, and all of Richmond County, but more so to the people of Piney Grove. We honor our dead, we talk about what great deeds these beloved people have done after their deaths. It seems that this is the way that we honor our dead. Why? It does not have to be this way.
Why can we not honor these people today while they live? Let us show gratitude for their great deeds. Show these great citizens what they mean to us as they live among us, not just in death.
I was lucky to meet one of these great men. I can call Doug Spencer my friend. I have know Mr. Spencer for about 17 years. Doug is one of the kindest people I have ever known. He is a fine man.
I watched Doug for years as he took things to the flea market on U.S. 220 to sell — but not for profits to put in his own pocket. This was for the Piney Grove Community Center. I watched this man stand in the cold and the heat not for himself, but for the community.
This man worked for the people of Piney Grove. I know he had some help, but the burden for the most part was put on his back. I watched this man cut plugs of grass out of his own yard so the Piney Grove Community Center would have grass.
This man should be honored by the entire Richmond County community, black and white together, to show this man what he truly means to all of us.
That honor should be in the form of renaming the Piney Grove Community Center in his honor.
Mr. Spencer built it as far as I am concerned. It was his sweat and labor. I will say it again; I know others helped, but it was his face in the forefront.
Let us give back to this man , honor him in life. Change the name to the Douglas Spencer Community Center.
Those who want to honor this man should step up and do so. It will not take that much to show our pride in this gentleman and our pride in our community.
Now is the time. Not later.