The Alexander County Christmas Parade Committee has named Ben Hines as the Grand Marshal for the 72nd Annual Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m. in downtown Taylorsville. The annual parade, sponsored by Alexander County Government, has long served as the official kick-off to the holiday season.
The Honorable Ben Hines has served Alexander County as the Register of Deeds since 1986, and is concluding eight (8) consecutive terms this year. Prior to being elected as Register of Deeds, he retired from the United States Air Force with a rank of Chief Master Sergeant with 31 years of service to his country. With his two roles combined, Hines has dedicated more than 63 years to his country and county.
Hines has participated in the Christmas Parade and the Vashti Independence Day Parade for more than 30 times each. He is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, which is the most prestigious award conferred by the Governor of North Carolina for his exemplary service to state and community.
He recently spearheaded the American Legion and veteran organizations’ efforts to erect three flagpoles at the Alexander County Administration building on Liledoun Road (to be dedicated in the near future).
Hines has worked tirelessly throughout the years with the Alexander County Veterans Services office and veterans organizations to honor local veterans with an annual Veteran’s Day program.
He also helped organize and lead many of the festivities of the Alexander County’s Sesquicentennial Observance (150th Anniversary), which most notably included the refurbishing and creation of a bell tower on the courthouse lawn to accommodate the county’s bell that was placed in the original courthouse in 1902. Hines served as co-chair with local attorney Jerry Campbell on this endeavor.
Hines has also served more than 20 years as a deacon and member of First Baptist Church in Taylorsville. He has served on numerous committees and has been the chairperson of various committees of the church.
As a long time member and supporter of the Ellendale Ruritan Club, Hines has held almost every office and position with the volunteer group. Since January 1984, he has served as club president for two terms and in other leadership roles.
Hines and his wife Gwen (who died after a courageous battle with cancer) had five children: Sherry, Benji, Alicia, Scott, and Amy. He is now married to Margie Bumgarner Mays Hines. Combined military experience in the Hines family totals 130 years.
Alexander County Government and the Parade Committee expresses its congratulations to Ben Hines, the 2018 Grand Marshal of the 72nd Annual Alexander County Christmas Parade.
Information about the 72nd Annual Alexander County Christmas Parade
Parade planning and activities are in high gear, as parade coordinator, Dwaine Coley, is working hard to secure approximately 200 quality entries in this year’s big event. Assistance from the public is greatly appreciated, so clubs, churches, businesses, athletic teams, schools, etc. are encouraged to secure their parade entry as soon as possible.
Late registration begins on November 19 so that as many groups and individuals can participate as possible without additional fees.
“We want everyone to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get in the parade line-up early,” Coley stated. “Our goal for this year’s parade was not to increase the costs of entries, but to encourage participants to respond earlier and take advantage of discounts that could be offered.”