Willie Mae Samuel, 2020 HOC Award Recipient

A native of Allendale, South Carolina, Willie Mae has been a resident of Rome And Floyd County for 50 years.

She received her undergraduate degree from Paine College in Augusta and her Master’s degree in English from Atlanta University with a concentration in African-American Studies.  She spent 31 years as a classroom teacher of high school English.

Since retirement she has involved herself in many phases of volunteer work.

*Child Advocate for Youth Programs sponsored by her Sorority
* Volunteer organizer and instructor for 100 Black Men’s Black History Bowl
* Founder of Gateway Performing Arts Troup
* Community Outreach Coordinator for Thankful Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
* Director of Cultural Arts of Fairview/E.S. Brown Restoration Project
*  Director of Fairview Glee Club Singers
* Advisor for Domestic Violence Organization
*  Assistant Program Coordinator-East Rome Association’s Senior Group at Fielder Center
* Director of Friday Night Drama Presentations Martin Luther King Celebration
*  Contributing Writer for Rome News Tribune
*Director/Founder African American Connection for Performing Arts 2006-Presnt
*Judge for League of Women Voters Annual Poetry Slam Contest
* Board Member of the AHHA Organization in Cave Spring

Nominated by Quida Sams and Laney Stevenson “The word “love” is also an action word.  It is what it does. Willie Samuel-Sams loves this community and demonstrates this love in her daily living”.


Dr. Ryland and Jennifer Scott, 2020 HOC Award Recipients

Rome is very fortunate to have “Power Couples” in our community.

One such couple is Dr. Ryland and Jennifer Scott.

Together they have participated in the following
* 5 International Mission Trips to Guatemala, Honduras Mexico
* Board Members of Restoration Rome
* Foster Parents
* Founding Members of Young Life Ministry

Individually they also contribute:

Dr. Scott:
* Championed and Implemented ERAS protocol(Enhanced Surgical Recovery)
* Developed Bariatric Program in Rome
* Deacon, First Presbyterian Church

*Open Door Home board 2003-2017-Past Chair
*Several teaching and committee roles at First Presbyterian Church
* South Rome Redevelopment committee 2017
*Fundraising for South Rome Early Learning Center
* Community Foundation of Greater Rome Grant Committee
* Mentor to Moms n Recovery
* Heart Walk Committee Honoree 2008
* Heart of the community Young Heart 2010

One nominator said of them” They make a wonderful married team raising triplets of their own.  Through public speaking and private counsel. Many couples have benefited from their openness of marriage and realities of raising kids”


Peggy Nash, 2020 HOC Award Recipient

 A graduate of Shorter College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in education from Berry College, Peggy is now a retired Floyd County educator. She can be found volunteering at many places in Rome.

Volunteer Activities and recognitions have or do include:

*Teacher of the Year 1993
* Participates with Retired Teachers of Rome
* Former Pink Lady at Floyd Medical Center
* Junior Service League, Sustainer in 2001
* St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Missions, Outreach, Loaves and Fishes and Children’s Church
* Former Chiaha Board Member
* Volunteer Toys for Tots
* Volunteer Good Neighbor’s Ministries
* Former Board of Chieftain’s Museum
* Volunteer Rome Community Kitchen
* Friends of the Library
*Pepperell Elementary School Volunteer and Mentor
* Good Neighbors Ministry

Peggy has one son, Robbie, and his wife Autumn and two granddaughters, Callie and Hannah Grace