A very rare and special event was held in Black Mountain on Tuesday 16 October 2012 at East Black Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, when 5 young men were awarded Boy Scouts highest award, the Eagle medal at one time.
Receiving the Eagle award were:
Ezekiel Sean “Zeke” Woodward, son of Robert & Patricia Woodward. Zeke is attending Warren Wilson College on a full scholarship. Zeke’s Eagle project was to provide the Black Mountain Library with new outdoor furniture, made by him.
Joseph Tyler Foxx, son of Jack & Linda Foxx. Joseph is a 2011 graduate of Owen High school and has enlisted in the US Army reserves – leaving for basic training at Ft Jackson, SC on Nov 19. Joseph’s Eagle project was to replace the carpet in the East Black Mountain Free Will Baptist Church sanctuary.
Daniel Alan Linton, son of James & Margaret Linton. Daniel is a 2011 home school graduate and is attending A-B Tech planning on an eventual degree in engineering. Daniel’s Eagle project was to build an 18th century carpenter’s shed for Davidson’s Fort.
Stuart McLean Lyons, son of Kirk and Brenna Lyons. Stuart is a 2011 home school graduate and is studying piano and attending A-B Tech, he also plans on an engineering career. Stuart’s Eagle project was to research the history of Lakey Gap Presbyterian Church and prepare and install an historic plaque in the foyer of the church.
Wyatt Sutherland Payne, son of Neill and Laura Payne is a 2011 home school graduate, is attending A-B Tech and plans on a career in professional photography. Wyatt’s Eagle project was to research the proper garrison flag for Davidson’s Fort, procure 2 flags and build a proper flagpole and platform for the fort.
All these young men served as Senior patrol leader of their troop and all received the God and Country Award. Joseph, Stuart and Wyatt started scouting in 2000 as cub scouts, earning every badge of rank available to Scouts.
The ceremony, with over 100 present was MC’d by Soqua District Chair Robert “Doc” Halliday, himself a 1954 Eagle Scout. The oldest Eagle Scout present was Clarence Jay Lyons, grandfather of Stuart Lyons, who received his Eagle Award in 1945
The invocation was delivered by Pastor Danny Sprinkle of East Black Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, the Eagle Prayer was delivered by Pastor Richard hicks of Dillingham Presbyterian Church and the Benediction was given by Pastor Martin Payne of Lakey Gap Presbyterian Church.
The Eagle oath was administered by retired NC Law Enforcement Academy instructor (and 1960 eagle) Patrick O’Neal of Clinton, NC.
The new Eagles then pinned miniature eagle pins on their parents.
Special presentations were made by Doc Halliday on behalf of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, US Marine Corps League and the Sons of the American Revolution, Jim Aycock on behalf of his wife State Rep. Patsy Keever and Lt Cdr Danny Bolick of North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.
After the ceremony the guests enjoyed refreshments that included a large Eagle cake made by Stuart’s mother, Brenna Lyons.