Covington, LA – Two award presentations and a talk on the
Red and Evelyn Talley family highlighted the Covington
Heritage Foundation’s (CHF) annual Membership Gala, which
was held December 5, 2017 at the Southern Hotel in downtown
CHF President Mark Johnson and Covington Mayor Mike Cooper
welcomed more than 100 members to the festive event
beginning with entertainment by Covington High School
talented music students, small bites and wine.
The first of the awards was presented posthumously to
former Covington City Councilman Lee Alexius, whose wife,
Kathy, accepted the award. Lee Alexius served as CHF
treasurer after playing an integral role in the formation
of the organization in conjunction with the city of
Covington’s bicentennial celebration in 2013.
Sharon Nunez was also presented with an award and named
president emeritus of the group. Like Alexius, Nunez was
instrumental in forming the foundation and was recognized
for her many contributions to the CHF.
Johnson, who is often referred to as “Covington’s
unofficial storyteller,” then entertained the crowd with
“Good People: A Family Tale of the 20th Century.” He told
the story of longtime Covington couple Red and Evelyn
Talley, with highlights including details about Red’s
military service,their store, Talley’s Feed & Seed, Red’s
time on the local school board and more, much to the
delight of all , including the Talley’s three children —
Carolyn Talley Pearce, Ted Talley, Jr., and Susan Talley —
all of whom were present. The talk also included a
slideshow with Talley family photos and recollections of
discussions with Evelyn Talley in her later years.
To sit with Ms. Evelyn, flip through over 100 years of
family photos and to hear the stories that went with the
pictures was truly an honor,” Johnson said after the event.
“She and Mr. Red embody ‘the greatest generation.'”
For more information on the CHF or to become a member,