Several locals named ‘Top 50 over 50’ honorees

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Several Shelby County residents have been named among a prestigious group for making a difference in their communities by being included in Positive Maturity’s “Top 50 over 50” list for 2018.

Positive Maturity began the Top 50 over 50 program in 2014 “to show that while growing older is unavoidable, growing up is optional.”

“Anyone can grow older; it takes neither talent nor effort. The goal in life is to grow up. This can best be accomplished by finding opportunities to make a difference, becoming a catalyst in this world, and leaving it with no regrets,” read Positive Maturity’s description of the honors. “Top 50 Over 50 celebrates members of our community who know how to dream, laugh, contribute and achieve on many levels … all the key elements of staying young while growing up.

“We hope that you will join us in this celebration and help us recognize outstanding citizens over the age of 50 who exemplify what it means to grow up while staying young,” the organization said of the awards.

The 50 recipients of this year’s awards will be honored at a banquet at The Club in Birmingham on July 26 from 6-9 p.m.

The following individuals were included on this year’s Top 50 over 50 list:

-Kim Rafferty Abbott

-Ret. Col Robert L .Barefield, Sr.

-Katherine N. Barr

-Dr. Jack Bradford

-Joan Broerman

-Rick Burgess

-Johnny Carcioppolo

-Paul S. Carruthers

-Lois (Mama) Coleman

-Judge Locke Donaldson

-Gwen DeRu

-Casi Ferguson

-Sue Ellen Gerrells

-Fran Gilroy

-Pastor Steve Green

-Dr. Leon C. Hamrick

-Gregory Harber

-Evander Holyfield

-Ken Hubbard

-Robyn James

-Roy Johnson

-Susan   Johnston

-L.G. “Brother Bud” Jones

-Alan Kaufman

-Andrea Knight

-Commissioner Joe Knight

-John Krontiras

-Don Leo

-Pastor T.L Lewis

-Andrea Lindenberg

-Suzanne Martin

-Linda and Evan Major

-Dr. Patricia Baldone Naro

-Jack “Pat” Patrick

-Dick Pigford

-Dr. John Plump

-Dr. David Rowland

-Bobby Joe Seales

-Jeanette Smith

-Patricia M. Smith

-Joyce T. Spielberger

-Stephen Steinmetz, MD

-Letha Stuckey

-Dr. Wayne Vickers

-Chris D. Walker

-Donna Whitlock

-Amanda Wilson

-Jim Windsor

-Dr. Dale Wisely

-Mike Vest