Floyd names Citizen of the Year

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

A strong passion and love for music, along with his howdy neighbor attitude describe Dave Nash, the 2007 Floyd Citizen of the Year.

“I was ultimately surprised. I couldn’t believe it,” Nash said.

Not expecting to receive the award, Nash stated that when the information about the recipient was being read Saturday during the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree, he kept trying to figure out who it could be. It wasn’t until they began naming his five children that he realized it was him, he said.

“I think there are more deserving people in the community I wish were recognized,” Nash said.

With a look of surprise, Nash humbly accepted the award, dedicating it to the memory of his parents, who were a big influence in his life. To this day, he continues to be influenced by what they taught him, Nash said.

“They were a great influence on my life. I felt the honor went to my mom and dad,” Nash said.

Nash was nominated for the award, along with other citizens in the community.

Chosen for his community leadership, among other qualifications, the Floyd Lions Club felt that Nash was the best candidate for the award, said Jeff Essary, club president.

“He’s been an asset to the community,” Essary said.

Raised in the Floyd community, Nash has passed on his love of music, not only to his children, but also to other children. He has been influential in founding the instrument give-a-way program that has become a part of the annual jamboree, according to information released by the Floyd Lions Club.

A major asset to the community, Nash has also been instrumental in founding the “Back Porch Pickers” a group that gathers to play music and fellowship. He has also been the MC of the jamboree for the past few years and is a volunteer on the fire department, said the release.

Nash says he hoped that he would receive the award someday when he was much older. Know that he has received the award, he feels that he will have to continue working for the honor. Something that he will gladly continue doing, he said.

“It’s an honor, I’m proud of it,” Nash said.