Several years back, someone nominated Larry Dover for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s volunteer of the year award, but he told them he couldn’t accept it.
It was back when a tornado hit the area, and Dover, director of missions for Franklin Baptist Association, was helping coordinate cleanup and rebuilding efforts in the community. But that, he said, was just his role in ministry — not something he deserved an honor for.
Recently they found a way to get him that award anyway — Dover and his wife, Janice, were named the chamber’s 2020 Volunteers of the Year for their work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Their family has felt the effects of cancer, and they serve as team leaders, holding meetings and events once every other month, if not more.
“We were honored; it was unexpected,” Dover said.