Mary and Jody Barber, A WHKP Station Editorial,
Mary was a “contributor”, a “doer” in everything from the Planning Board to Garden Clubs…and she did her “doing” with a grace, style, and beautiful elegance…typical of Mary, of her family, and to a large extent of her more “genteel” generation. In our opinion, Mary’s greatest contribution was in the beautification of Downtown Hendersonville.
As we’ve pointed out before, Mary’s death came the same week the last extension of
Give Mary the credit for the trees, the shrubs, the hanging baskets, the planters…the thousands of Springtime tulips and the lovely plants and blossoms…all belonging to each one of our VERY unique “four seasons”, up and down our Main Street.
So…it seems “fitting and proper” that Mary’s, and husband Jody’s, NAMES and perhaps their YEARS of service to “Downtown Hendersonville”, their committees, titles, and venues of service to our community…all be engraved on a gold plaque (or on whatever MATCHES the nearest décor…for Mary would have insisted it all “match”!)…and that plaque be affixed to the closest planter to the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street, where the Barber family ran their stores, where they helped “make”, photographed, and recorded our “history”, lived their lives, did their business, and gave their gifts of service…to the City of Hendersonville for almost 100 years.
WHKP is suggesting such a special plaque to the mayor, city manager, and to city council…and that the Barber family be properly and publicly recognized on the day of that plaque’s installation or dedication.
Mary and Jody’s friend, Kermit Edney, in his book Kermit Edney Remembers…had mentioned a possible Hollywood-like “Walk of Fame” on our
We hope our city officials will consider this suggestion…and hopefully, maybe, sometime SOON, we’ll see the “Barber’s plaque”…on a planter full of beautiful flowers, flowers like Mary would have chosen and planted, near the street corner that was “home” to “the Barber’s” for almost a century.
By…Larry Freeman, WHKP News and Program Director