Porterdale designates Crowell week

PORTERDALE -- The city of Porterdale is honoring the late B.C. Crowell by naming an entire week in his honor.

B.C. Crowell Week was declared by proclamation signed by Mayor Bobby Hamby for Aug. 23-28. The week will culminate with B.C. Crowell Day on Saturday, when Hamby will read the proclamation at the annual Porterdale Reunion.

Crowell was a supporter of Friends of Porterdale Inc., the nonprofit organization that is raising funds to help rebuild the Porterdale Gym, which was destroyed by fire several years ago. Proceeds from a live auction and other sales on Saturday will go to that fund.

"B.C. meant so much to the community of Porterdale and Porterdale meant so much to him. I wanted to do something to honor him," Hamby said. "I thought I could tie it into the Porterdale Reunion. B.C. loved the town and he loved coming out to the reunions. I want to give people who knew him the opportunity to reflect on him."

Crowell's daughters, Susan Crowell, Sherrill Jones and Nancy Matthews, will attend.

"Of course we're honored and proud for Daddy," Susan Crowell said. "Daddy loved Porterdale and spent many years there. I grew up there until I was 12, and it was a great place to grow up and a great place to live and work and play. We really appreciate the honor Mayor Hamby has bestowed upon daddy."

Crowell, known to many as "Mr. Newton County," died in July at the age of 86. He served on the Porterdale City Council from 1950 to 1960 and was mayor from 1960 to 1965.

He was born in Porterdale in 1923 in a mill house near a baseball field that would later be named in his honor. He served as athletic director for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 22 years, coaching Porterdale's youth in baseball, softball, football, basketball and track.

"(Crowell) was a positive influence on thousands of youngsters of Porterdale and Newton County with his wisdom and sense of fair play," the proclamation states.

Crowell was a founding member of the Newton County Recreation Commission, was chairman of Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful, a 65-year member of American Legion Post 32, a member of the VFW, a lifetime member of the Covington Elks and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Covington.