York chamber honors business leaders

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comFebruary 4, 2014 

— York Lumber Co. owner J.D. Good was honored Friday by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce with the William M. Brice Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Outgoing chamber President Robert Winkler presented the award, named in honor of the late York mayor and former city attorney Bill Brice, during the chamber’s annual banquet.

Good, 91, was not able to attend the banquet; the award was accepted by his son and daughter, Jimmy Good and Caroline Allman.

“He told me to tell you that Western York County has been wonderful to him and his family,” Allman said of her father in accepting the award.

The elder Good was born in 1922 and attended Sharon High School, where he was a baseball standout, and Clemson University, where he attended on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1943.

Good also served in an Army Airborne unit during World War II, Winkler said. He opened the lumber business in 1950.

“He has literally been part of the building of York,” said Winkler, who noted that Good also served on the York school board, the board of the Bank of York and other organizations.

The lifetime achievement award was one of six awards presented during the annual banquet at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Other award recipients were:

• Citizen of the Year: York schools Superintendent Vernon Prosser, who has “had a tremendous impact on the success of York and Western York County,” said Duke Energy executive Rick Jiran, who announced the award.

Jiran noted achievements such as an improvement in the high school graduation rate to 81 percent for York schools under Prosser’s leadership.

Jiran also acknowledged Prosser’s experience in various educational roles. “He has worked every job imaginable, because one of his favorite things to tell employees is, ‘I remember when I was’ – fill in the blank,” Jiran said.

• Volunteer of the Year: Darlene Wray-Ivey, a volunteer at York’s Cotton Belt Elementary School.

Cotton Belt Principal Jennifer Bolin said Ivey handles any task she’s asked to do, from selling Popsicles to making copies. “She truly is a gift,” Bolin said.

• Business of the Year: Bank of York, accepted by Senior Vice President Joe Henderson.

Attorney Jim Bradford, who presented the award, noted the 80-year-old bank has provided strong financial and volunteer support to the chamber and its events, including Summerfest and the Christmas parade.

• Small Business of the Year: Bush-n-Vine farm, accepted by owners Bob and Susan Hall, their son, Sam Hall, and his wife, Lindsey.

Grier Sandifer with the Bank of York, who announced the award and worked at the farm during his high school and college years, said the 30-year family farm has demonstrated the value of hard work, determination and an attitude of compassion and caring for employees. “It’s literally sometimes blood, sweat and tears,” Sandifer said.

• Business Person of the Year: Joel Wood, owner of Joel E. Wood and Associates, an engineering firm.

Superintendent Vernon Prosser, who announced the award, noted that Wood graduated from York Comprehensive High School when it was located at present Harold C. Johnson Elementary School. He said the firm was established in 1999 after Wood served as York County engineer.

York Technical College administrator Jack Bagwell, who will serve as 2014 president of the chamber, took the gavel from Winkler.

Chamber leaders also honored executive director Paul Boger with a 10-year service award.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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