Paul and Betsy Danielson were awared the Jeral L. Hampton Lifetime Acheivement Award during the 74th annual Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday night.
Paul Danielson is a retired Arkansas Supreme Court Justice. Betsy Danielson is a retired District Court Judge and the daughter of a Federal Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, Cathy Littlefield said in making the presentation of the award.
Betsy Danielson was also appointed to the 15th Judicial District bench, the same seat Paul Danielson held, after Paul Danielson’s successor left the bench to take a position with the Division of Legislative Audit.
Both are now retired and operate a law practice with offices in Booneville and northwest Arkansas where their son, Erik, is also an attorney.
Betsy Danielson serves on the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County Board of Directors, is on the Chamber of Commerce Board, is a Master Gardener and is on the Arkansas Marathon committee.
Paul Danielson is a former City of Booneville attorney and a 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney.
Betsy Danielson said if you had told her she would move back to Booneville, a block and a half from her parents, to raise a family she might not have believed it but added moving back was a good decision by she and her husband.
Paul Danielson added, “we love all of you, thank you and God bless.”
Also recognized during the banquet were Reid’s Hometown Barbecue as Chamber Member of the Year and the Downtown Beautification Committee was tabbed for the Volunteer of the Year Award.
“I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but they have done a tremendous amount of work in the downtown area,” Steve Reid said in making the volunteer of the year presentation.
“I’ve been on a lot of committees over the years in Booneville,” chairman Thad Shirey said after the award was announced. “But this committee is the finest I’ve ever worked with.”
The committee includes Ron Ford, who wasn’t present Saturday, Jerald Baker, Edgar Baker, Buddy Littlefield and Shirley Young.
“Thank these people if you see them,” Shirey said. “We’re not quite through.”
Jerald Baker wasn’t through Saturday either. He stayed on stage for the announcement of Reid.
“It is much appreciated,” Reid said. “I don’t know if we deserve it but I will say that when I left the police department almost two years ago, stepped out on a limb because the community encourages us to do that.
“To this day the community is still supporting us in what we do. I don’t do it by myself. It takes my entire family and even more than that.”
The chairman’s gavel was also passed Saturday night from Cathy Littlefield to Aaron Brewer. Ougoing board members Cathy Littlefield, Phillip Blankenship and Denny Stone were recognized as well.
Lori “The Shoe Speaker” Randall addressed the crowd.