William "Bill" Eubank has given of himself so often to others. And because he has for so many years, he was honored with the Darrell Johnson Award by members of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce during their 38th Annual Membership Banquet at Belle Meade Country Club near Thomson on Tuesday night.
"He absolutely epitomizes what Darrell Johnson stood for," said Thomson attorney and friend Bob Knox Jr. "He, like many others on the list of Darrell Johnson Award winners, has worked hard in the community and put service above self."
Mr. Knox described Mr. Eubank, a World War II veteran as "a top-notch businessman. He's always been a positive role model. He's always hustled for McDuffie County. Bill also has been a great family man."
A Columbia County resident, he married a woman from McDuffie County and founded one of the most successful family businesses in the county -- Culpepper Lumber Co. For many years, Mr. Eubank also has owned and operated the Eubank Co. in Dearing.
Culpepper Lumber Co., which was founded in 1951, still is going strong today. Operations have expanded into neighboring Columbia County with a store off Washington Road in Evans.
Mr. Knox said it was a special privilege to present the Darrell Johnson Award to Mr. Eubank.
"I certainly appreciate it," said Mr. Eubank, who received a standing ovation from approximately 200 people in attendance. "This means a lot to me -- the honor you have bestowed on me."
Mr. Eubank, who was mayor of Dearing for 36 years and a member and later chairman of the McDuffie County Board of Education, remembered Mr. Johnson as a friend for many years.
"I bought several vehicles from him," said Mr. Eubank, recalling the years that Mr. Johnson owned and operated Johnson Chevrolet.
"He (Darrell Johnson) was a good Christian gentleman."