CHAMBER HONOREES   Shelley Barron was recognized as the Woman of the Year and Scott Leonard received the Man of the Year award during the Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Thursday evening at the Forrest Park Community Building.   (Russel Skiles/Press-Reporter)
CHAMBER HONOREES Shelley Barron was recognized as the Woman of the Year and Scott Leonard received the Man of the Year award during the Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Thursday evening at the Forrest Park Community Building. (Russel Skiles/Press-Reporter)

    A local business that has been in operation here for 72 years, a retired school teacher with 37 years in local classrooms and a local businessman who works 40 to 80-plus hours a week as well as does volunteer work in a number of local organizations all were recognized here on Thursday night.
    Amos Supply was named as Business of the Year for 2017, while Shelley Barron and Scott Leonard were named as Woman of the Year for 2017 and Man of the Year for 2017, respectively, at the 99th annual Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
    Ashley Clement, who served as Chairman of the Chamber board in 2017, along with Chamber President Sandra Adams, introduced the award recipients toward the end of Thursday night’s banquet.
Business of the Year
    Amos Supply was introduced as “a family-owned legacy” that first was established here in 1946 and remains the only carpet and flooring store in Lamesa.
    Clay Merrill, who owns and operates the store with his sister, Shelia Mitchell Paulk, accepted the award on Thursday.
    Since the award had been kept a secret, Adams said, Shelia actually had gone out of town to visit and was not in attendance at the banquet on Thursday.
    Clay and Shelia’s parents, Bill and Bessie Merrill, purchased Amos Supply from Dick Amos in 1985. Thirty years later, Clay and Shelia took over the business after their father’s death in 2015. Their mother died in December of 2017.

 

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