CHF Membership Gala 2017

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.'”

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