Yadkin County has lost two dedicated members of the community in the past week — Jack Shore and Johnny Williard.
Jack Shore passed away on July 7. A farmer by trade, Shore served the county in a variety of roles through the years. Shore was a county commissioner from 1974 to 1982. He also served on the Yadkin County Board of Elections for 20 years, and as chair of the board for 18 years. Shore was also president of the Yadkin County Farm Bureau from 1987 to 2004.
A U.S. Army veteran, Shore also served on numerous other agriculture-related boards and associations and was inducted into the NC State Fair Hall of Fame in 1998.
Shore was recently honored at the 2016 Yadkin County Chamber banquet as CMS Farmer of the Year.
“Jack Shore and his sons have a long history of community service and advocating for agriculture. Shore Brothers Farm has a long history of sustainable farming, innovation, community involvement and helping others and is very deserving of this award,” officials said at the banquet in January.
On July 10, retired Courtney Fire Chief Johnny Williard passed away. Williard was not only a charter member of the department which he served in for 56 years, he was also chief for 50 years.
Williard was also a past president of the Yadkin County Fire & Rescue Association and a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, where he served as assistant superintendent, chairman of trustees, and Sunday school teacher for many years.