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Two inducted into Parks and Rec Hall of Fame

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The Collierville Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department held its third annual Hall of Fame ceremony on Oct. 27 at the Harrell Performing Arts Theatre.
This year’s inductees included Mary Jean Smith and the late Carl Swearingen. Nominated by fellow Collierville residents, the Parks Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made exemplary and lasting contributions to the advancement of the Collierville Parks system.
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Smith, a lifelong resident of Collierville, has actively worked to promote the arts in the community. A member of the Collierville Arts Council since 1987, Smith helped raise thousands of dollars in fundraising events and is the founder/hostess of the annual “Symphony in the Rose Garden.” In addition to her work fundraising, she participates in the arts with the most recent venture as a lead in The King and I, a community production held at the Harrell Theatre.
She owns two Town Square businesses and is a mother of 10, grandmother of 28 and a great-grandmother.
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Carl Swearingen, or “Coach Carl,” dedicated his life to volunteerism and had a deep commitment to inspire the youth of Collierville until his passing on Dec. 5, 2014. He served on the Collierville Parks Advisory Board for three years and held the vice-presidency his last year.
He also served as the Executive Board liaison for the West TN Girls Lacrosse Association in 2014. Swearingen not only helped the program double in size, he even rewired the sprinkler system on the freshman football field to make it suitable for practice.
He inspired youth and adults to go the extra mile to achieve beyond their own expectations. He is survived by his three children Stephen, Ryan and Carly.
“These individuals have devoted countless hours of their volunteered time to both Collierville recreation and cultural arts,” commented Mayor Stan Joyner. “We appreciate all they have done in the community and are privileged to add their names to the Parks Hall of Fame.”
In addition the ceremony held for the two inductees, they will be featured on individual plaques displayed at the Collierville Community Center, 440 W. Powell Road, among past Hall of Fame honorees.

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