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POSTED: November 10, 2010 2:44 p.m.
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Harold Bacon with the plaque presented to him Oct. 31 by Pembroke Christian Church for his 65 years of dedicated service.

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Harold Bacon has lived his 76 years in North Bryan and has spent nearly all of that time doing something for others.
And in honor of his commitment to the community, as well as to his church, Bacon was presented last week with a plaque for 65 years of service to Pembroke Christian Church. And if that wasn’t enough, Bacon was presented with a framed copy of a proclamation of “heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Harold Bacon for his continued dedication in serving our community, his church and others,” from the Pembroke City Council during the church’s Fifth Sunday Sing on Oct. 31.
“I’m quite pleased. It’s two very nice plaques,” Bacon said, adding that he has been “blessed with a good community.”
He said the gifts were a surprise and that the honor “takes the breath away.”
“You’re supposed to share,” he said. “It’s been my pleasure to work with the churches.”
According to the proclamation, “Mr. Harold Bacon’s strong and firm leadership, combined with his kind and gentle demeanor, has touched the lives of thousands of people in our community. He has set a fine example for all to follow.”
In 1985, Bacon co-founded the Pembroke Ministerial Association and has since served as its treasurer, helping “hundreds of indigent and destitute people in the community,” according to the proclamation.
In his work with the ministerial association, Bacon said he does his best to help those who are in need on behalf of the churches.
“It’s just something that you do – and you’re supposed to do things like that,” he said. “I’m just happy to do it.”
Bacon, the oldest child of Grady and Eunice Bacon, was born March 13, 1934, in the Bacon Town community – now part of Fort Stewart. A lifelong resident of Bryan County, he graduated in 1950 from Bryan County High School. After World War II, Bacon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War, where he reached the rank of sergeant.
On July 5, 1963, Bacon married Mary Frances Paine, and on April 12, 1973, they gave birth to a son, Douglas Paine Bacon.
Bacon called his wife his “crutch” in life, and said he is very proud of his son, who seems to be following his father’s footsteps in church service as and elder and in community service as newly elected member of the Bryan County Board of Education. 
Harold Bacon owned and operated several businesses across North Bryan over a period of about 45 years, including Bacon’s Supermarket, Bacon’s Feed and Seed, Bacon’s Laundromat and Western Auto. Bacon also served his community as a county commissioner from 1985 to 1992, as well as a member of the Pembroke Downtown Development Authority.
Bacon became a member of Pembroke Christian Church in 1945, where he served as deacon, church elder and teacher of the adult Sunday school class. He also served as the church board’s chairman for 16 consecutive years.
Having never lived outside North Bryan except during his stint in the military, Bacon said he can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.
“It’s a good little ol’ community, and it’s a nice place to live,” he said. “It’s small and everybody knows everybody.”
 

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