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Hill is Worthy Citizen 2017

Melva Hill, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Wolfe City and a longtime volunteer with charitable organizations in Greenville, was honored Thursday night as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Worthy Citizen of the Year for 2017.

Presenting the award were Terry Thomas, the 2016 winner, and Roz Lane, the winner in 2015. They were among five previous Worthy Citizens who served on the selection panel for this year’s award.

Hill might be best-known in Greenville as a past president of the local United Way, a past chairwoman of the Chamber’s board of directors and as the business manager of Adkisson’s Florist.

She’s also been associated for more than 20 years with the Greenville chapter of Altrusa, spent 8 years as executive director of Greenville’s branch of Habitat for Humanity, 5 years as director of operations for the local Boys & Girls Club and is the current president of the Greenville Ministries Fellowship.

The presentation was made at the Chamber’s annual Black & White Business Ball, held for the first time in the new event room at Innovation First International’s headquarters building west of town on FM 1570.