Athens-Concord Town Social Announces Award Recipients

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 08 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Office of Advancement August 9, 2011
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS - Award recipients being honored at the upcoming Athens-Concord Town Social have been announced by the event’s planning committee. The annual social will be held Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Concord University in Athens and features craft vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s games, a complimentary hot dog lunch and more.

Individuals and businesses that have enhanced the community and campus life of Athens and Concord University are honored each year at the afternoon gathering.

Frances Cooper Scyphers is this year’s recipient of the Elder Citizen Award. A lifelong resident of Athens, Scyphers was born 89 years ago, in a house across the street from the Concord campus. Her father, Fred Cooper, was president of the Bank of Athens for many years.

Scyphers graduated from Athens High School and is a 1943 graduate of Concord State Teachers College (now Concord University). That same year she married Guy Scyphers, who later served many years as president of the bank in town. They were married for 63 years until Guy’s death five years ago. Scyphers has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Carol Bard is recipient of the 2011 Total Community Involvement Award. Bard is a driving force behind many projects in the Town of Athens. She’s been involved in starting town-wide recycling, creating a pocket park out of a vacant lot next to the Post Office, holding Athens clean-up days and garage sales and organizing a contest to make art out of fire hydrants.

She has helped the town secure grant money for a new garbage truck and the Safe Routes to Schools program at Athens Elementary. She is the Athens Town Recorder, member of the Athens Lions Club and works behind the scenes to set up the Town Social.

Over the years Bard has been the surrogate mother for countless Concord students who’ve needed a home away from home, providing meals and a place to stay when the residence halls were closed for school breaks. She travels on Concord’s study abroad trips with students and faculty as a chaperone. She is married to David Bard, Concord University Professor of History, Emeritus.

Two individuals are receiving Extra Miler awards for 2011 – husband and wife, Tom and Carol Davis. Both are known as positive role models and contributors in the Athens community.

A 1968 Concord graduate, Tom Davis began teaching biology at Concord after serving in the U.S. Navy. An avid runner, he is an organizer of the David S. Roth Memorial 5K Walk/Run held each May at Concord. This event is a fund-raiser for the David S. Roth Memorial Scholarship fund for students at the University.

Carol Davis is an energetic walker. On her daily walks through Athens, she has taken it upon herself to look in on and help many elderly residents.

Tom and Carol are both fans and supporters of Concord University basketball.

Sue’s Perfect Image is the 2011 Business Longevity Award winner. Owner Sue Smithson started cutting hair for her friends and family when she was just a teenager. After receiving formal training, she worked at other locations before opening her own shop on State Street in Athens 25 years ago.

That’s when Jerry and Rosalie Peck offered Smithson a business opportunity that launched the Perfect Image Salon. The Pecks remodeled a section of their business (Deli Mart) to suit Smithson’s needs and she’s been there since.

Smithson says she has kept Perfect Image small because she has always wanted to take care of her customers like they were members of her family. Along with cuts, shampoos and perms, customers get lots of terrific conversation, warmth and friendliness. Smithson even arranges transportation to and from her shop.

Recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Citizen Award and the Beautification Award, both presented by the Athens Lions Club, will be announced during the social. Additionally, the Town Social committee will present scholarships to Athens area students who will be attending Concord University in the fall.

For more information on the social contact Lynne White, Athens-Concord Town Social Committee chairperson, at 1-304-384-4117 or