Board recognizes Sink as community leader

Keith Strange Staff Reporter

September 18, 2013

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners took a moment out of its recent meeting to surprise a long-time county resident Chairman Eddie Harris called “one of Surry County’s leading citizens” with a special recognition.

During its Monday night meeting, the board presented a resolution of recognition to Kester Sink, who turned 90 on Sept. 13.

Sink moved to Surry County from Davidson County after serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Harris said.

And since that time, he’s left an indelible impression on the county.

“He has been one of our county’s leading citizens for three-quarters of a century,” Harris said Tuesday morning. “He is a leader in the business and farming communities, as well as being very generous in his support of all sorts of organizations.”

Sink served as the director of what is now the Bank of America, served on the county’s health board, agricultural advisory council, and spent three decades on the county’s planning board, where he served as chairman, to name just a few of his accomplishments.

In addition, he recently has been recognized by Progressive Farmer magazine as being an innovator in farming practices, including the introduction of hybrid seed corn and the use of plastic culture for producing strawberries.

“He put those into action here in Surry County,” the board chair pointed out.

Harris said the recognition was a long time coming.

“I’ve known (Sink) for about 20 years,” he said, “and the thing that stands out about him to me is he is just an absolutely genuine, down-to-Earth gentleman who reaches out to all sorts of people from different backgrounds and political persuasions out of the goodness of his heart.

“As chairman of the board of commissioners, I’m grateful for the contributions he has made for Surry County and we were just delighted to be able to honor him.

“He has quite a remarkable history in this county, and he’s a remarkable man.”

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