The Hall of Carthage Heroes Class of 2016 was inducted on November 19, 2016 at the Fair Acres YMCA. The 2016 Class includes: Steve Fierro, Opal Johnson, Frank Knell, Sr., Esther Pratt, David Dean Sexton and Harry A. Spradling.
The Hall of Carthage Heroes, established in 2012, is a distinctive honor for citizens of Carthage, Missouri who have exhibited the highest qualities, in both their professional and personal lives, in the betterment of Carthage and our country. The Hall consists of two divisions, one to recognize pioneers & citizens of distinction, the other to honor outstanding athletes.
You can read about the classes of Hall inductees, and see historic images for each honoree by selecting “Inductees” above, or choosing the particular class in the submenu below Inductees. You can also click on the “Photo Gallery” above to read supplemental information about each of the Honorees.
About the Hall of Carthage Heroes
Deeming it important that this community never forget the awesome debt it owes the quality leadership that lifted Carthage to great heights and established the ideals that have created here an attractive and unique city, we establish the Hall of Carthage Heroes to identify them and celebrate their lives. Let their memory remain always at the heart of this community to which they gave their best time, energy, and wisdom as their investment in behalf of all the generations that would walk in their steps.
Every individual listed here made a strong, positive impact on this city as it was born and grew, or contributed greatly to its reputation by the deeds they accomplished, and are worthy of emulation by today’s and succeeding generations.
From time to time, others who similarly served in their own era will be added to this roster, for the talent once invested bears good fruit for the centuries and in their footprints more giants continue to stride forward into a bright tomorrow.
The above comments (as amended) were written by Marvin L VanGilder on January 10, 2007, in anticipation of the creation of this Hall of Carthage Heroes.