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 Covington.
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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