Outstanding businesses, business people and volunteers were recognized Thursday night at the annual Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Danville and Boyle County Convention Center.
Stuart Powell, owner of Stuart Powell Ford, was named Business Person of the Year. Powell, who was named Citizen of the Year by the chamber in 1993, was a charter member of the Advocate Brass Band, worked with the Merchants Row Development Foundation in Perryville and has served in various capacities on many advisory boards over the past 35 years. He has been chairman of the Danville-Boyle County Airport for 35 years. The airport field was named for Powell in 1993 by city and county governments.
Stith Funeral Home received the Business of the Year Award. The funeral home has been in business since 1926, and received the Pursuit of Excellence Award from the National Funeral Directors Association for 2002-2003 for community service and continuing education. The business also has received the Business Equity Award from the Business and Professional Women's Club for a business that promotes women in its workplace. Mary Stith Hamlin and her husband, Robert Hamlin, own and operate the funeral home.