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Tuesday, March 12, 2019Community Event

63rd Annual Chamber Banquet

Our Speaker, Walt Coleman has been applauded by hundreds and booed by millions. He has been in practically every home in America via Television. He is a National Football League Referee, one of the most maligned yet anonymous men in the world. He has a wife Cynthia, two children, four grandchildren and is an executive with Hiland Dairy in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This twelve month a year businessman has spent the last thirty years as an official for the National Football League. He is a Referee and wears number 65 on the back of his striped shirt.  



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2019 Hall of Honor Inductee

B.L. "Bozy" Johnston 


B. L. "Bozy" Johnston was born on September 16, 1922, at Tyler, Arkansas, just east of Wilburn, the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. He graduated as valedictorian of the 1939 Pangburn High School class, and attended Harding University in Searcy. World War II had begun, so he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January, 1943, at the tender age of 20. He went on to flight school and officer training, and flew as lead pilot and wing leader in his B-24 Liberator bomber, "Witchcraft", based in Norwich, England. He completed his 30 missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters in the process, and returned home to Arkansas in 1945 where his wife Lynda and baby daughter Carol were waiting for him. He received an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1958, retiring with the rank of Captain.

They built a home in Little Rock where Carol and her little brother Bill attended elementary school. Bozy worked in highway construction with a small firm that had family ties and Lynda stayed active with kids and volunteer work at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Fast forward about 15 years, and Bozy and family moved to Heber Springs, where he continued his career in highway construction. He started Rock Products, Inc., in 1963, and went on to grow it into one of the best highway construction companies in Arkansas. Locally, Rock Products and Bozy built many projects: the overlook shelter where John F. Kennedy dedicated Greers Ferry Dam; all of the original 10 Corps of Engineer parks around Greers Ferry Lake; the raceways at the Little Red River Trout Hatchery; the Tumbling Shoals Water System, which brought a municipal water supply to Tumbling Shoals, Drasco, and surrounding areas; a major expansion of the Heber Springs Airport; all of the streets on Eden Isle; many city streets in Heber Springs; and many other projects throughout the region. He had a "nose" for rock and opened several successful quarries around the state.

Although he never ran for political office, he was vitally interested in local and state politics, and was an enthusiastic supporter of many Democratic candidates over the years.

Bozy was instrumental in the building of the first Cleburne County Hospital, serving on the original board of directors. He was the longtime chairman of the Heber Springs Water and Sewer Commission, overseeing a period of great expansion and modernization of the water and sewer infrastructure of Heber Springs. He was a member of the Heber Springs First United Methodist Church where he served on the building committee during the construction of the Pine Street campus. He was a board member of the Heber Springs State Bank.

Bozy served on the first State Building Services Council, which was the agency responsible for overseeing construction of state buildings at the State Capitol complex in Little Rock. He also served on the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board for many years, serving as chairman for several terms.

Bozy passed away on August 18, 2005.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:00 PM thru 08:00 PM
Heber Springs Community Center
201 Bobbie Jean Lane
Heber Springs, AR 72543
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