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The section of Highway 21 that includes the Elkin city limits will be named in honor of Dr. Jim Harrell, Sr. Friday.

A special event will be held at the Elkin Municipal Park Friday afternoon, and the public is welcome to attend.

From 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. members of the N.C. House of Representatives and N.C. Department of Transportation and the community will gather in the park to rename the stretch in Harrell’s honor.

The road dedication was done by a vote of the N.C. DOT.

Boy Scout Troop 648 will open the event with the Pledge of Allegiance and presenting the nation’s colors.

Tonya Smith of Elkin High School will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

David R. Lewis of the N.C. House of Representatives will present Dr. Harrell, Sr. with the Longleaf Pine Award, one of the most prestigious awards given in the state. Other recipients have included the likes of Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Charles Kuralt.

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will present Dr. Harrell, Sr. with the naming dedication, followed by a presentation of replica signs by Mike Pettyjohn, a division engineer with the N.C. D.O.T.

Dr. Stephanie Johnson Cartwright will sing “America the Beautiful.” A 21 gun salute by the Yadkin VFW Post will follow. The band Beyond the Blue will provide music for the event.

A meal will be served for everyone free of charge, courtesy of the Harrell family.

Dr. Harrell, Sr. has practiced dentistry for 65 years, operating a practice in Parkwood Medical Park for much of that time.

He earned a degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned his doctoral degree at the Medical College of Virginia - now known as Virginia Commonwealth University - in 1946.

Following his service in the U.S. Army and as a Navy Dental Officer (from 1945-1946, and again in 1950-1952), he returned from Parris Island, S.C. to Elkin.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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