Halifax County South secretary treasurer Donald Honeycutt carried out his final task for the organization on Monday night when he handed out four checks totaling $94,000 to local organizations.
Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball and Halifax County Dixie Softball each received checks for $35,000, Troy Nation received a $14,000 donation and Steve Bryant with Cluster Springs ballfields received a $10,000 donation.
Family and friends of Harrison Conner, the longtime president and mainstay for Halifax County South who used his own time and land to help build the league, were in attendance Monday night. Conner’s wife, Geraldine, and daughter Kelly were on hand when Honeycutt made the donations to the organizations.
Conner died on March 23 at the age of 83, and Honeycutt, as his last duty as secretary treasurer, closed the books for Halifax County South and presented the four checks to the organizations present.
Conner was remembered as someone who never wanted the limelight, but always wanted to provide for the children of Halifax County.
With Monday night’s donations, that legacy will live on.
Honeycutt spoke briefly before the presentations about Conner and how he came into the picture at Cluster Springs.
“He was as honest a man that I have ever worked with,” Honeycutt said.
He said that a couple of years after the league started they approached Conner about taking over. Honeycutt said Conner told him his only stipulation was that he was going to run the ballfield.
That is exactly what Conner did.
He used his own land to help expand the facility from one field into four, and Conner would be seen every day down at those fields making sure they were ready for the next games.
Geraldine Conner also was at the ballfields nightly, as she would be seen running the concession stands and making sure things ran smooth.