Frank Herndon is the latest honoree in The Aberdeen Garden Club's Present a Plant program.

Garden club president Kathy Seymour said, "We are trying during the year to honor people we feel have done an excellent job in their areas."

Herndon is honored for his community service, especially his work with Boy Scouts.

"We think you've done one of the best jobs in Aberdeen of taking care of our kids," Seymour said.

A maple tree was given to Herndon to be planted at the Scout hut. "Having a tree planted in my honor is gratifying to me since I spend so much of my time in the outdoors. I want to thank the Aberdeen Garden Club for selecting me, but also, I want to thank them for the sugar maple that is planted at the Scout Hut. We will enjoy watching it grow as we work to help our scouts mature."

Herndon has been Scoutmaster of BSA Troop #39 for 24 years. During his years in Scouting, he received Running Bear District Award of Merit in 1984 and Silver Beaver Award in 1989. Methodist Men of First United Methodist

Church, who sponsor Troop #39, held a ceremony in 2003 to dedicate the Scout Hut in honor of Joseph E. Wroten and Frank H. Herndon Jr. for their years of faithful service. A bronze plaque was placed on the outside wall of the Scout Hut.

Scouting is not Herndon's only area of service to the community. He received "A Century of Volunteers" award from the Aberdeen Rotary Club in 1999 and is past president of Aberdeen Lions Club. Herndon is a member of First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees, is a member of Methodist Men, and sings in Chancel Choir.

Herndon leads hiking and canoeing trips for various youth groups in Monroe County. He is a certified instructor for Hunter's Education for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts.

He has been married to the former Deborah Knight since 1972, and they have two sons, Jayson and Jeremy. Retired from Southern Natural Gas, Herndon is currently working fulltime for the Monroe County School District in maintenance.

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