Hendrix honored with inaugural Scouting award
by James Phillips
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Abby Drummond, wife of the late E.A. ‘Larry’ Drummond, presents Grady Hendrix 
with the inaugural E.A. ‘Larry’ Drummond Lifetime Scouting Achievement Award during the annual Scouting luncheon held Thursday at the 
Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper. The guest speaker for the event was University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore, at right. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
Abby Drummond, wife of the late E.A. ‘Larry’ Drummond, presents Grady Hendrix with the inaugural E.A. ‘Larry’ Drummond Lifetime Scouting Achievement Award during the annual Scouting luncheon held Thursday at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper. The guest speaker for the event was University of Alabama athletics director Mal Moore, at right. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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More than 300 people attended the annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon in Jasper Thursday, which was highlighted by a speech from Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore and the honoring of two local men for their work within the Boy Scouts of America.

The late E.A. “Larry” Drummond was honored for his lifetime of philanthropy, including his dedication to scouting. During his speech, Moore said Drummond was a longtime friend.

“Larry made a lasting impression on so many individuals, including me,” Moore said. “His greatest passion was spending time with his family and friends. He loved his family, his church and his community. He served them well. He always shared and helped others.”

Jimmy Lee said Drummond was his best friend and presented his family with an award to recognize his work with scouts.

“Larry was the greatest guy in Walker County,” Lee said. “He did so much for the Jasper community that it is unbelievable.”

Lee also announced that an award, which will be given away annually, had been named in honor of Drummond. The first E.A. Drummond Lifetime Scouting Achievement Award was given Thursday to Grady Hendrix, a former teacher at Walker High School and longtime Jasper area Scout leader.

Hendrix said he had “no idea” about the award until his name was called.

“I was surprised,” he said. “I knew Larry Drummond for many, many years. He was a good man, and this award is something that I will cherish.”

Zac Lollar, district executive with the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said Drummond and Hendrix were legends of scouting.

“Those two men have done so much for scouting in our area,” he said. “It is a privilege for us to be able to honor them at our luncheon.”

The luncheon, which benefited the Mountain District of the Black Warrior Council, was a success, Lollar added.

“We had so many people here today. I just want to thank everyone who came and everyone who supports us each year,” he said. “We couldn’t do the things we do without the support of our community.”