Two ladies that have done a lot for the community, and yet not always recognized, Ruth Gray and Linda Crenshaw, have been chosen to be this year’s Black Patch Parade co-grand marshals.

George Kilgore with the Optimist Club said, “Neither of them wanted to do this at first. They felt they weren’t worthy of the honor.” However, with a little persuasion, and each finding out who else would be serving, said yes.

Gray served the community as culinary teacher at the Vocational School, becoming principal later, and working with the SKILLS program at the school, as well as being involved with ministries at First Baptist Church. She is a regional director for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry, and spends a lot of time shopping for bargains to fill the boxes as well as coordinating the program. She also serves as kitchen chairwoman at the church, and is a blessing to many elderly in the community.

Crenshaw has worked rehabilitating wildlife, currently fosters cats while looking for permanent homes for them, as the animal shelter in Princeton does not shelter cats. She has also been active with emergency services and also with the Ducks Unlimited chapter in Caldwell County.

Both ladies work in the shadows as they are not seeking praise for the work they do ... a good reason for the Optimist Club to honor them.

Kilgore said this year the parade would be focused on the remembrance of 9/11 and first responders. It is set to be held Friday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m., leaving from the Butler parking lot, traveling down Main Street and then West Market on the way back to the parking lot.