RICHMOND – The 2019 Community Service Award recipient is Jimmy Carter, a member of the Ray County Historical Society and president of the Richmond Redevelopment Board.

The David Whitmer Community Service Award is presented annually to a member of the Ray County community who has exemplified a life of community service and integrity, a press release stated.

Carter will be honored at the award dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Eagleton Center. The dinner is $10, payable at the door. To reserve a seat, contact Kris Karlson at 435-513-2339 or email

The Third Annual Whitmer Symposium is at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Farris Theatre in Richmond. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Carter has deep roots in the Ray County area, born to parents who were also Richmond natives. His father’s great-great-grandfather donated the land upon which Richmond was established. 

Carter has been a member of the Ray County Historical Society since 2008 and served two years as the organization’s president. He was appointed to the Richmond Redevelopment Board in 2015 and serves as president. He served as a Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce board member from 2015 to 2017 and as the Downtown District chairman from 2013 to 2017. From 2013 to 2017, Jimmy was the chairman of the Fall Festival Outlaw Days.

He is a Richmond Shrine Club member, Ararat Shrine Temple member, vice president of the Shirkey Foundation and a Richmond Rotary member. He has been a member of the Richmond Masonic Lodge No. 57 since 2007 and served as the lodge’s Master in 2014. Jimmy has supported numerous local causes and activities, including the rebuilding of Orrick’s city park, the Ray County Humane Society, Dear Elementary Bicycles for Reading and the American Celebration.

The 2018 recipient of the David Whitmer Community Service Award was Linda Emley. She died in 2018.

The 2017 recipient of the David Whitmer Community Service Award was F.G. Weary III. Born in 1924, F.G. was a businessman and active in Kiwanis. He starred in many theater guild productions at the Farris in the 1960’s. Weary died in 2017.

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