Brogdon honored with service of appreciation

Published 12:57 pm Thursday, June 16, 2016

On the afternoon of April 23, family, friends, former co-workers and former students gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church (Drakes Branch) to honor and pay tribute to Ruth Elam Brogdon.

Brogdon was the center of attention as individuals from near and far gathered for the service of appreciation to honor her life of service to children, church and community. Brogdon began teaching in 1952, and enjoyed a distinguished 39-year teaching career. She spent 33 of those years in dedicated service to Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS).

During her tenure with CCPS, Brogdon was awarded a number of awards including the Virginia Education Association Distinguished Service Award, CCPS Teacher of the Year (1988), Charlotte County School Board Distinguished Service Award, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Leadership.

“There is one word that sums up these accolades…and that is excellence,” said the tribute written in Brogdon’s honor. “In a world where being ‘good’ is good enough, Mrs. Brogdon has been an example of what it means to expect and to give more,” the tribute continued.

Although Brogdon retired in 1991, many former students attended and participated in the service of appreciation, showing the lasting impact she has made on hundreds of lives.

Brogdon was also recognized for her humble and dedicated service to Shiloh Baptist Church. Noted as a woman of faith, Mrs. Brogdon has served in a number of capacities including Youth Ministry Coordinator, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Missionary Ministry, and Church School Teacher to name a few.

Several speakers praised Brogdon for her support of the church and its programs stating, “No matter whose program it is or whose the sponsor, Mrs. Brogdon attends and shows her support.”

Finally, Brogdon was honored for her service to the community through active participation in numerous organizations and serving on several boards of directors.

Her civic involvement includes board treasurer for the Charlotte County Retired Teachers Association, member of the Charlotte County Public Library Trustee Board and American Red Cross Charlotte County Chapter, and former member of the Southside Virginia Community College board. During the service of appreciation Brogdon was honored with musical selections, reflections about her, and presentations of gifts.

Numerous individuals from all walks of life shared memories and anecdotes about their interactions with Brogdon and the impact she has made on their lives.

At the end of the service, Brogdon provided remarks extending thanks and saying the afternoon had been a real boost.