New members added to foundation board

Published 10:59 am Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Davie Community Foundation Board of Directors met for a planning day in January and welcomed four new members to the discussion.

Davin Brown, Charles Crenshaw, Hoyt Dorsett, and Candy Poplin will serve a three-year term providing leadership through 2021.

The 2019 executive board will be led by chair Phil Fuller; vice chair Jennifer Hanes; secretary Amanda Cranfill; and treasurer Lisa Featherngill.

“We are excited to add such talented and respected new members to the board,” said Jane Simpson, president. “There are some interesting projects for Davie County in discussion right now. It will be good to add new voices and ideas to the conversation. ”

• Brown grew up in Mocksville attending Davie County Schools. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1993 with a degree in business management. He worked in the furniture industry until early 2005 when and he and his wife started Meg Brown Home Furnishings in Bermuda Run.

He is a charter member and past president of the Hillsdale Rotary Club and is a local advisory board member of BB&T.  He is married to Megan Brown and has two children.  Davin and his family enjoy travel, hiking, and sports.

• Crenshaw has lived in Davie County since he was 2 years old. He graduated from Davie High in 1963, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1967 and a master’s of Education from UNC-G in 1975. He taught social studies in Davie County schools for 38 years, first at Cooleemee Elementary for 13 years and then for 25 years at South Davie Junior High/Middle School. He served as athletic director for 20 years and coached basketball and track.

He attends First United Methodist Church and is past president of the Mocksville Lions Club and serves as treasurer. He has co-authored with Ron Smith two books, “Looking Back at Davie County in the Fifties and Sixties” and “Looking Back Two, Davie County in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.”

He is married to the former Patsy Davis and they have two children, Elizabeth C. Rosenbaum and Charlie Crenshaw. They also have 5 grandchildren all attending Davie County Schools.

• After graduating from Greensboro College with a business and an economic degree, Dorsett enjoyed a career in sales and sales management for more than 36 years with NCR Corp. before retiring in 2004. He served six years in the Army National Guard.

Dorsett is a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church where he volunteers his services in many capacities such as cooking annually for the Good Neighbor Fund BBQ, finance co-chair, member of the administrative board, and trustee of the church.   He also volunteers at Storehouse for Jesus.

Dorsett enjoys boating, gardening, and hunting.  He and his wife, Linda, reside in Advance. They enjoy traveling and spending time with the families of their two grown children and four grandchildren.

• Poplin is a retired Davie County Schools administrator with 32 years of experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of human resources. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in elementary education. She was chosen as a recipient of the N.C. Principal Fellows Scholarship in its first year, graduating with a master’s degree in school administration from The University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Poplin has held leadership positions on numerous community and professional boards including Hospice of Davie County, Pearls of Empowerment, Alpha Delta Kappa Educational Sorority, and Personnel Administrators of North Carolina.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga and being a grandmother. She and her husband, David, reside in Pudding Ridge and are active members of First Baptist Church, Mocksville. They have two children, Lauren Ballew and Dave Poplin, both of Cary and three grandchildren.

“The board extends a warm welcome to our new board members and its sincere thanks to the retiring members Dr. Joel Edwards, Ken Lard, Marlene Shamel, and Dr. William P. Steed,” Simpson said. “We appreciate and applaud their dedicated service to the board and their commitment to Davie County through the foundation.

“Special recognition is given with great appreciation to Dr. Joel Edwards and Marlene Shamel for their many years of service and leadership to the foundation board. Davie County is a better place to live because of their efforts,” she said.