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Retired educator Danny McPherson awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Education veteran Dr. Danny McPherson, in the orange tie, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on Sunday. State Rep. Brenden Jones made the presentation.


     Dr. Danny McPherson, whose career in education spanned more than four decades, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine just minutes before continuing to teach, this time a Sunday School lesson, this weekend at Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church in Chadbourn.

     State Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Tabor City), made the presentation just before services began at the church McPherson has also served for decades.

     Jones, in a news release Monday, said the presentation was an honor for him.

     “I had the distinct honor of presenting a Representative Statement of Achievement and Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Dr. Danny McPherson,” Jones said. “Danny has been a leader in education in Columbus County for over four decades.

     “This is the most enjoyable part of being a Representative—to be able to recognize awesome folks in our community. Congratulations, Danny.”

     McPherson has worked as an English teacher, professor, principal, director of instruction and superintendent during more than four decades in his education career.

     During one stretch of McPherson was chosen as the most inspirational teacher 10 out of 12 years by various “Most Outstanding Seniors” in their respective classes. He has been recognized as Teacher of the Year on more than one occasion, Principal of the Year, and won the prestigious Razor Walker Award.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.