By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Dedication to their community. Loyalty to their political party. Public service for the betterment of the city and county.
Those are some of the qualities of this year’s Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner honorees, Joyce Parker and Pauline Jeffrey.
The two long-time Republican women will be recognized this Saturday night for their dedication to their community and the Laurel County Republican party.
The annual Lincoln Dinner will feature a meet-and-greet beginning at 5 p.m. for local Republican and non-partisan candidates, followed by the dinner and program at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for the event is Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Jamie Comer.
The honorees will accept their awards during the program, following their accolades from their fellow Republicans.
The family of Pauline Jeffrey will accept the posthumous honor on her behalf. Jeffrey passed away in 2011, leaving a legacy of involvement in the local and state Republican party.
She was a native Laurel Countian and served as manager of Coyne Textile. She operated the home decor booth at Flea Land Flea Market for many years.
She was a member of the Laurel River Missionary Baptist Church. She was active in the local Republican Party, serving as the East Kentucky Campaign Coordinator for the Republican Party.
Joyce Parker, the current Laurel County Property Valuation Administrator, is a Laurel County native who graduated from Laurel County High School before earning her bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College and her master’s degree from Union College.
She taught health, math, and science at Lily Elementary School, South Laurel Middle School and at Cornerstone Christian School. Her resume also includes bookkeeper at the Laurel County Jail and at London Auto Sales.
Joyce Parker has served as president of the Laurel County Republican Women’s Club and is currently second vice president. She has been a member of the club since its inception. She is also a member of the Laurel County Republican Executive Committee and has been an officer for the Kentucky PVA Association for eight years. Parker is currently the Legislative Vice President of that organization. She is also an alumni of Tri-County Leadership.
A Certified Senior Kentucky Assessor and member of the International Association of Assessors Organization, she sponsors the Joyce Parker Public Service Scholarship for Laurel County high school students.
Tickets are $20 per person and are available by contacting Billie Chaney at 864-2728; Donna House at 682-0512 or Molly Barnett at 682-9803.