Dinner, Auction to Honor Apperson, Castleman-Terry
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - Well known writer and western Kentucky historian Berry Craig will be the keynote speaker at a scholarship dinner and auction Saturday, October 13, honoring the late Mary Kate Apperson and Robbie Castleman-Terry.
The event, sponsored by the Graves County Democratic Women’s Club, will be held at 6 pm at the Purchase Players Building on 9th St.
Craig is a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah. He is the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and Hidden History of Western Kentucky.
Each year the club gives a scholarship to a graduating senior from Mayfield and Graves County High Schools. Last year the scholarships were $1,000 each.
“We hope to raise enough from this event to match this or even do better,” said Lynda Winfrey, Club President.
The event will feature a live auction. Some items to be sold include an iPad. Former State Representative Fred Nesler will serve as the auctioneer.
Members of the Graves County High School orchestra will provide the entertainment. The Buffet style meal is being catered by Graves County Schools Catering Service.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 247-9896 or 328-8001 or will be available at the door. Space is limited so advance tickets purchase is recommended.
The event and scholarships are to honor two outstanding women who contributed so much to Mayfield and Graves County and Kentucky, Winfrey said.
“These two women will long be remembered for the lives they led and their endearing personalities.”
The late Mrs. Apperson graduated from Mayfield High School and Happy Business College. She served for more than 22 years as Deputy Circuit Clerk and six years as county Master Commissioner.
She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Mentor Club, Mayfield Women’s Club, Democratic Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Friends, the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce and was a strong supporter of the Mayfield High School Booster Club. She and her husband, Cleo, were die-hard Mayfield Cardinals fans, attending almost every game.
Twice she was nominated as Kentucky Mother of the Year, and received the Graves County Pioneer Award and Outstanding Democrat Woman of Graves County.
She was a published writer of prose and poetry and designed the Mayfield city flag and city seal. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she was an elder and adult Sunday school teacher for over 75 years.
She died in June of 2009 at age 99.
The late Mrs. Terry was elected District 2 State Representative in August 1991 and was the only woman to ever hold this position. She authored and co-authored many laws during her term. Later she worked as a field representative for Congressman Tom Barlow.
She worked for Bell South as a customer service representative for 42 years. She was a member of High Point Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and church pianist.
She was an active member of the Graves County Democratic Woman’s Club, serving on many committees.
Mrs. Terry died in August of 2009 at the age of 80.