Palestine Magazine January 2019 - Page 58

Roy Duncan Working to rebuild neighborhoods For 30 years, Roy Duncan, 69, has served as pastor of the Antioch Church, 907 E. Murchison St. To improve Palestine, Duncan works with churches, city officials, other ministers, community leaders and representatives – and anyone else with a common goal. A decade ago, Duncan founded the East Palestine Community Devel- opment. By building houses and selling them to families, the group im- proved the living conditions of the Old Town community. Duncan has served Anderson County Community relations, Sanctuary House, YMCA, American Red Cross, and many other organizations. Last year, he committed to revitalizing part of the Old Town residential community, next to Mount Vernon A.M.W. Church, and the Antioch Bap- tist Church. Old Town became a thriving community, including people of varying professions and occupations who encouraged their children to pursue scholastic and athletic activities. Young adults moved away for college, jobs, and the military, resulting in fewer residents and abandoned homes. Lead by Duncan, the remaining residents maintained attractive sur- rounding homes and restored other homes to improve the neighbor- hood’s appearance. Sisters Cindy Moseley and Betty Furman Sisters in service to college and community Sisters Cindy Moseley and Betty Furman are proud alumni of Trinity Val- ley Community College. Both were blessed to have attended; Moseley has retired from TVCC as a Psychology Instructor and Furman works in the library on a part time basis. As members of the education system, they have spent the last several decades giving back to the institution and community they feel has given them so much. The Neches River Run, an annual canoe and kayak race, started in 1991. It was the brainchild of Furman, 76, and her late husband, Eddie. Starting as a fundraiser to help needy students with the high cost of college, the event has morphed into a recognized scholarship program. “Eddie was an Eagle Scout and outdoorsman,” Furman told the Herald- Press. “When we decided to do a fundraiser to help students, the race was his idea.” Scholarships awarded to students can range from $25 to help pay a late fee, to several thousands of dollars to help pay tuition. Moseley, 66, was the first in her family to attend college when she en- rolled at TVCC in 1970. She been part of the scholarship program since it began. The Neches River Run has raised more than $30,000. “The first year, there were maybe eight or ten people competing,” Fur- man said. “Last year, there were hundreds of people and around 80 boats.”