The Laurel Chamber of Commerce will honor two individuals Wednesday during a dinner at the Laurel Georgia House, one as the Business Person of the Year selected by the Chamber for outstanding performance as a businessman and for his work in the community toward education and sports.

The other honoree for Laurel’s Citizen of the Year is chosen by popular vote from residents of the community. She was chosen because of her involvement in the community as a volunteer and proponent of Laurel’s community history.

David Brown is the Laurel Businessperson of the Year; owner along with his wife Kristi, have owned their business since 1998.

Brown as president of the Laurel Boosters has promoted the sports programs in the district; last year he became very involved with the activities of the local school board and became very active and vocal in his disappointment along with many others in the district over the board not renewing the contract of the superintendent at that time.

When it was mentioned Laurel may not be able to play any home football games because the bleachers were unsafe, he began a successful campaign to have the stands brought up to code, donating much of the money and time himself, a few volunteers at no cost to the district.  


Carolyn died on April 17, 2011, as the result of rare complications, (Host vs Graft disease) which set in following an otherwise successful liver transplant surgery is the first to receive the Citizen of the Year Award honor posthumously.

She is the love of my life. The community has bestowed this honor on Carolyn for her involvement with the community; her work with the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club where she served as a board member of the Seaford Club, and on the advisory board of the Laurel Club.

Her dedication and love for the Laurel Alumni where she was a charter member, served on the committee to draft the by-laws and co-chaired the Alumni banquet from the first banquet and for 20 years until her health forced her to give up that position.

There’s much more to say, but she shied from recognition; she would rather her accomplishments  remain between she and I and I will respect that.



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