This is just what the Corinth Civitans are looking to do with some of our local citizens who go above and beyond the call. Therefore, the Civitans have initiated a “Hometown Hero Award” which honors someone who was nominated by the Crossroads community.
“Corinth Civitans want to recognize our hometown heroes,” said Dr. Mike Weeden, President of the Corinth Civitan Club. “It is our national theme for this upcoming year. We are looking for our community to get involved by nominating the person you feel is a local hometown hero. Think about what that person is doing to make a difference in their community, church, civic giving etc.,” Dr. Weeden explained.
The Civitans wanted these unsung heroes to know they are appreciated for the things they do. So, what better way to do it then to get the ball rolling with the announcing of their first recieptient.
Jimmie Deaton, of Corinth, was announced as the first person to receive the award. He was born Sept. 22, 1930 in Thrasher, and moved to Corinth in 1953. Corinth’s Civitan Club was chartered in Nov. of 1956 and Deaton joined the civic group in 1957.
According to Dr. Weeden, Deaton continues to be active with the local Corinth Civitan Club today, serving the needs of Corinth and Alcorn County, especially during the Civitan’s Annual Steak sale by personally delivering meals to those who can't come and pick theirs up -- due to work schedules, or being shut ins. Mr. Deaton served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War.
He is a retired CPA from Moore and Gray (now Nail McKinney) and he is a member of the First Baptist Church in Corinth, and has two children, Jeannie Bruce and Anita Bergeson. Deaton enjoyed being a part of the Y’s Men Group, which was part of the YMCA, by coaching the “young-uns” for 18 years.
Deaton said he enjoys golfing and bowling, but because of aging he can’t do them as well as he used to.
“Not only is Deaton a hometown hero in Corinth, but he was a particular hero for a woman in Eureka Springs, Ark., some years ago,” Dr. Weeden said.
Deaton recalled the event and said, “I had a situation there that evening where he observed a person choking while eating their dinner. Several people were trying to help the woman by patting her on the back but, nothing was happening to make her better. Someone yelled she was going to choke to death so I stepped in.”
However, Deaton was never professionally taught the Heimlich maneuver, he had seen it done on television.
“Thank goodness I had at least been exposed to the maneuver because I was able to jump up and run to the lady to help her,” Deaton said. “After three attempts . . . the lodged object came out, and we knew it was going to be OK at that point.”
This is the type of heroic action the Civtans are looking for, according to Dr. Weeden.
“A hero in action, what more could you ask for,” Dr. Weeden added. “This type of unselfish behavior is what we are looking to honor with our Corinth Civitan Hometown Hero award. Please help us select the next hometown hero by sending your nominations today.”
Nominations should be sent to the Corinth Civitan Club. P.O. Box, 1533, Corinth, Miss., 38835.