5 added to the Wall of Honor in Lebanon

More than 100 individuals have now been recognized for their longtime contributions to Laclede County. On Thursday night the 21st Annual Wall of Honor Banquet was held to honor 5 people from different walks of life. Wall of Honor Committee Chairman Kenny Howe was the master of ceremonies…

Among the individuals honored was Ramona Lehman, who has been a significant part of Laclede County’s Route 66 culture, through operation of Munger Moss Motel. Lehman and her husband moved to Lebanon in 1971, and have been a strong part of the Lebanon area since. Also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award was Don Day founder of The Starvy Creek Blue Grass Festival. Alvin Deskins introduced Don Day as a man of integrity, who started the festival with 6 local bands and 8 campers…

Since 1986, Day and his family have grown the festival to having thousands in attendance and top names in Blue Grass performing on the stage. Also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award was Eddie Smith who is a Lebanon High School graduate, a business owner, a leader in the Jaycee’s, was instrumental in development of the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, Hillbilly Days, and most recently a leader in the development of the Alumni Plaza. Smith was introduced by Jeanette Whipple….

When accepting the award, Smith announced that his next project will be a Lebanon School District History museum. The late Mike Davis former president of Barton Engineering was honored with the Wall of Honor Lifetime Achievment Award. Davis helped in the development of streets and building projects in Lebanon, including the Cowan Civic Center, he served 12 years on the Lebanon Education Foundation and was an active member of the Lebanon Rotary Club. His award was accepted by his widow Joy Davis. Finally, Don Brenton (Mr. B) was introduced to the crowd as a 4th generation educator with 40 years in the Lebanon School District, he is also known for his fun hats and witty attitude while teaching music, driving a school bus, coaching sports, and for his love of God. While other recipients of the award made remarks, Don Brenton did what he does best….


Brenton, Day, Davis, Lehman and Smith will each have their likeness on a plaque that will hang with 100 others on the Wall of Honor at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon.