By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Friday was a significant day for one of Tupelo’s most distinguished citizens.
Paul Eason turned 90, and he was honored in several places:
* On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Congressman Alan Nunnelee hailed him for his service to multiple generations of Boy Scouts.
* At the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, where his fellow Kiwanians feted him with “Happy Birthday,” cake and ice cream and a key to the city from Mayor Jack Reed Jr.
* At his church, First United Methodist in Tupelo, where a reception was held in his honor.
Eason was a leader in business and civic affairs for many years in Tupelo, serving three terms on the City Council. But as Nunnelee noted in his remarks in Washington, he is most revered for his 59 years as Scoutmaster of Troop 12 at First Methodist.
The three generations of Scouts he led “thought they were learning how to tie knots and pitch tents,” said Nunnelee, father of two of those Scouts. “Mr. Paul was teaching them the meaning of the Scout oath – on my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.”
Eason returned to Tupelo for his special day from Ridgeland, where he now lives with family.