Man of ser­vice

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Ev­ery­where Bill Loe­ble turns th­ese days, he’s be­ing hon­ored, and we’re happy to join the cho­rus.

Loe­ble re­ceived the R.O. Arnold Award Thurs­day at the an­nual meet­ing of the Cov­ing­ton-Newton County Cham­ber of Com­merce. The award is one of the com­mu­nity’s most pres­ti­gious and is given to a per­son who has made a dif­fer­ence through ser­vice.

Loe­ble has a laun­dry list of ser­vice, from sup­port­ing the arts and the Mir­a­cle League Field, to serv­ing at the cham­ber and at his church and be­ing end­lessly de­voted to the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. For the Scouts, he has served in mul­ti­ple lead­er­ship ca­pac­i­ties through­out the years, do­nated money and time, and re­ceived some of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s high­est hon­ors.

Thurs­day’s award fol­lowed on the heels of Loe­ble’s re­tire­ment af­ter 20 years at Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing, a yarn pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in Mans­field that has grown into a global pow­er­house un­der Loe­ble’s lead­er­ship.

Loe­ble thanked his wife of 47 years, Diane, for never leav­ing his side, and his fam­ily and Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing fam­ily.

While for­mer de­fense sec­re­tary Robert Gates is cur­rently in the me­dia with his re­cent book crit­i­ciz­ing pres­i­dents, Loe­ble re­ferred to another book Gates wrote in 1996, “From the Shad­ows.” Loe­ble re­ferred to a pas­sage from that book that has al­ways stuck with him: the sym­bol of plant­ing a tree that you may never get to sit un­der. You may never get to en­joy its shade, but oth­ers will.

‘”That’s what it’s all about; that’s what we’re here for,” Loe­ble told the au­di­ence.

And he said he’s not fin­ished plant­ing trees, as he’s al­ways be­lieved an award is for some­thing you con­tinue to do. Thanks for your ser­vice, Bill, and for be­ing an ex­am­ple to many oth­ers.

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