Citizens of the Year in Saltillo pay it forward

Thomas Wells | Buy at Susan Echols, left, presents Paul and Linda Anglin with this year's Saltillo Citizens of the Award on Sunday.

Thomas Wells | Buy at
Susan Echols, left, presents Paul and Linda Anglin with this year’s Saltillo Citizens of the Award on Sunday.

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

SALTILLO – The Anglins never helped someone else in hopes of being honored, but out of a love for their neighbors.

Nevertheless, Paul and Linda Anglin were honored Sunday at Saltillo City Hall as the city’s Citizens of the Year, chosen by the North Lee Civitan Club.

“God has blessed us, and I think when God blesses you, you have to turn around and give it back,” Linda Anglin told the room full of family, friends and neighbors at the reception. “That’s what we’ve tried to do.”

The couple will be the grand marshals at the Saltillo Christmas Parade.

The Anglins, married for 42 years, have helped their community in their jobs and through church.

Paul Anglin is a welder who often works on projects for free for those in need, as well as serving on various community boards. Linda Anglin made sure the students she taught as a teaching assistant never went without food or clothes. She helped with the Diamond Girls and basketball cheerleaders, as well as started a senior lunch program at her church. The couple also helped with mission trips as members of Macedonia Baptist Church.

The couple also is raising their two teen nieces.

“We’re trying to encourage in them the need to give back,” Linda Anglin said.

One of the couple’s daughters, Paula Carpenter, said she was proud of her parents.

“(My father) is the backbone. If she saw a need, he was there to take care of it,” she said. “They’re salt-of-the-earth, God-fearing people.”

Retired kindergarten teacher Carolyn Crouch worked with Linda Anglin for several years, as Linda was her teaching assistant.

Crouch wrote a three-page letter to the Civitan Club nominating the couple for their contributions to the community. She said she often saw Linda Anglin buying extra supplies for students out of her own pocket, and was thankful for Paul Anglin making various items for their classroom.

“God gave them the gift of giving,” she said.

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