Moore, Cannon receive scholarships

Natalie Askins Russell, (center) the daughter of the late Joe Askins, who served as a Fayetteville alderman for 20 years, presents scholarships named for her father to Fayetteville High School graduates Brandon Moore and Dominque Cannon. In addition to his service as an alderman and vice mayor, Mr. Askins was well known in the community as an educator and for his social, civic and community involvement. The scholarship will be given annually by Mary’s Chapel A.M.E. Church.

The 2018 Joe R. Askins Scholarships have been presented to Fayetteville High School graduates Brandon Moore and Dominique Cannon.

Moore will be attending Bethel University this year on a football scholarship. The son of LaShawn and Brandon Moore of Fayetteville, he plans to earn a degree in either business or physical education. Cannon, who will be attending Motlow State Community College where she will pursue a degree in nursing this fall, is the daughter of Rebecca and Fernando Cannon, also of Fayetteville.

The presentations, made earlier this month, honor the memory of Mr. Askins, who passed away March 22, 2016 at the age of 79. Each of the scholarships will be given annually by Mary’s Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Well known in the community as an educator and for his social, civic and community involvement throughout Fayetteville and Lincoln County, Mr. Askins served as a city alderman here from 1990 through 2010, including three terms as vice mayor.

Askins was honored for his service to the city during a 2014 reception, during which he was presented a key to the city by former Fayetteville mayor John Ed Underwood.

In addition to serving as a city councilman, Mr. Askins also served on numerous boards and committees, including the board of directors of Fayetteville Public Utilities. He began his career as a teacher at West End High School, and after integration, he transferred to Central High School where he continued to serve as an educator. Then, with the consolidation of Lincoln County schools, he joined the faculty of Lincoln County High School where he remained until his retirement.

He was a faithful and dedicated member of Mary’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, which had been founded by his great-grandfather, Alfred Askins, where he served as a trustee, steward, financial secretary and Sunday school superintendent. The church library is dedicated as the Joe R. Askins Library.