King, Headlee selected for senior citizen hall of fame
The Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Committee has named its selections for 2012.
Centenarian Helen King and the late Jack Headlee are to be inducted into the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center, 3810 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Each year since 1987, at least one person has been inducted into the hall of fame. On occasional years, a couple has been inducted or a posthumous inductee has been named.
King, 101, of Frazell Road, is member of the Hilliard United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer for numerous church functions and activities and continues today as a volunteer, arranging for liturgists at worship services and writing gratuity notes to contributors.
King also was a volunteer at Hilliard Heritage Elementary School, reading to children at the school.
According to a nomination letter, she made personalized Valentine's Day cookies for each student and received a card from each in return, which she displayed for days at her residence.
She is a charter member of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society, and was active with the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
Jim and Marge Dougherty were among those who nominated King and wrote, "(King) is a wonderful and charming person (and) an inspiration to all who know her."
King's late husband, Bob, was a past president of the Hilliard school board. Their two sons, Dale and Glen, are Hilliard High School graduates. King has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Headlee, founder of Jack's Appliances on Center Street in Old Hilliard, is the posthumous inductee. The former Hilliard City Council member died May 21 at the age of 87.
A 1942 graduate of Hilliard High School, Headlee served in the U.S. Army during World War II before returning to Hilliard, marrying and working at the Russell Grain Co.
In 1962, he opened J & L Wash and Dry -- named using the initials of himself and his wife, Lavonne -- on Center Street in Old Hilliard, next door to the original office of the Hilliard Northwest News.
The following year, he opened Jack's Appliances next door to the laundromat.
The Russell Grain Co. had sold appliances, so Headlee was familiar with the trade. For about 10 years, he operated both.
About 1975, Headlee sold his laundromat interest to an employee, but when the laundromat closed, he expanded the appliance store, having maintained ownership of both storefronts.
Headlee served one term on Hilliard City Council, in the mid 1950s, family members said, and was instrumental in founding what is today the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce. Headlee, the late Paul Rider and Reynold Rausch, owner of the Dairy Queen, were among those whose found established the Hilliard Business Owners Association.
Headlee was a lifelong member of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society. At the time of his death, he was the oldest past commander of American Legion Memorial Post 614.
He is survived by Lavonne, his wife of 68 years; children, Sheila (Dave) Mitchell; Arlene (Rick) Tidd; Dianna (Donald) Schwerin; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.