Wheeling NAACP to Honor Three For Their Service to the Community

WHEELING — Three Ohio Valley residents will be honored by the Wheeling NAACP at the seventh annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Wheeling YWCA, 1100 Chapline St.

The honorees will include the Rev. Willie Nevels and his wife Loma Nevels, who will receive the sixth annual Freedom Community Award.

Also, the late John S. Mattox, will be honored posthumously with the Freedom Fund Memorial Award. Darryl Clausell, president of the Wheeling Chapter of the NAACP, said, “Rev. Willie and Loma are always serving in the Wheeling community through organizations, municipal involvement, community associations, and so much more. Not only do they serve the community, but they live a life of serving others through a ministry of sharing their blessings of wisdom and knowledge to a community that listens and learns.”

Mattox graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. In 2008, he received an Honorary Doctor of Public Services Degree from Ohio University. In addition, Mattox served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1965.

Clausell said Mattox was the founder and curator of the Underground Railroad Museum located at 121 High St., Flushing, Ohio. Mattox was a local historian with an extensive collection of books, other publications and artifacts that he has combined and put on display at the Underground Railroad Museum.

Mattox often said that by sharing his heritage with other people, “we will learn what we have in common and be able to strengthen our network of understanding. This, in turn, will stimulate our youth to greater interest and comprehension of this aspect of American history.”

The guest speaker for the event will be Edward Littlejohn Jr., former assistant prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County. He has written several books and consumer guides with the hope of helping residents of the Ohio Valley make well-informed legal decisions.

He will be speaking on the topic of “Why Being Good Isn’t Good Enough.”Clausell said Littlejohn is a young professional and dynamic motivational inspiration to overcoming difficulty and achieving his goals coming from a local community, but sharing a big idea.

This year is the first time the Freedom Community Award has gone to a living couple. Previously, Ann and Clyde Thomas were honored, however, Clyde had already passed in 2006. Ann died earlier this year.

For more information or reservations, contact Darryl Clausell at dclaus52@yahoo.com or



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