LCC Culinary Center named William I. Herring, Sr. Culinary Arts Center – Neuse News

Mrs. Harriet Herring, formerly of Kinston, was the apple of her father’s eye and she felt the same for him. A devoted daughter, she was able to see her father’s generosity towards others. William I. Herring, Sr. is described by a friend as “a model of fair trade, for building and sustaining his community, and for his quiet support to those in need.” These are lessons he taught his children.

Continuing her father’s legacy, Ms Herring, who now lives in Chapel Hill, endowed three scholarships through the Lenoir Community College Foundation and, most recently, with a generous donation, The Culinary Dining Hall of the Waller building now bears his father’s name. , William I. Herring, Sr. Culinary Arts Center.

“We are very grateful to Ms. Herring and what she has done and continues to do to help students attend university,” said LCC President Dr. Rusty Hunt. “She has a sincere love for her community and for helping others, and our students are very fortunate because of her generosity and love of education.”

LCC Foundation Executive Director Jeanne Kennedy said knowing Ms. Herring is loving her. “She has helped many students over the years and we appreciate her support and commitment to the College and our students. “

Ms Herring said she felt very lucky to be able to help others like her father did. “My dad would have loved to know he was always helping others,” Herring said. “He was helping people and he was the most honest person. “

Hayes McNeill, a family friend, wrote of Ms Herring’s father saying, like many in his day, that he had not been much schooled, but was “a brilliant boy”, with ” a lot of native intelligence “. After completing the fourth year, he worked full time on the farm. At the age of 18, he turned to farming and trading businesses which led him to acquire other farms, sell farm equipment and tractors, operate Herring Gas and, for four decades, to manage its Central and New Central tobacco warehouses which have benefited many producers in the Kinston area. big and small. He was unpretentious. Her daughter also remembers “No office. He didn’t have that kind of personality.

McNeill said he always identified himself as a farmer. Herrings have been around here for as long as we can remember, “as far away as the Indians,” as one relative put it. His grandfather’s farm was on what is now Highway 70 West. His father operated a farm north of Kinston, where he and his teacher wife raised their three children.

Throughout his life he has been quietly generous, using his financial success with discretion and efficiency. He supported charities, sheltered workshops and colleges, including Chowan and Campbell, and supported the Salvation Army in Kinston. He was proud to serve as a deacon in his church.

For recreation, Herring “liked to wade” from his skiff. It was his daughter Harriet’s job to “stand behind him and catch the crabs in the crab net.” WI took under his wing Marshall Happer, a rookie UNC student who went on to become a great tennis player and lawyer. “I have never met a person as good as WI” who “gave me a job for a dollar an hour (double what I was worth), so I would have money to spend at school, ”Happer said.

Like many in an extinct race, he was a man who bought and sold with a handshake, cared about his community and used his good fortune to benefit those in need, whether he knew them or not. .

Recently, a luncheon, hosted by the Culinary Arts students of LCC, was held at the newly appointed center to celebrate the nomination of the center and three fellows, Roaxann Reaves, Asia Roberson and Junie Robles, who are recipients of scholarships from studies endowed by Mrs. Herring. It was an opportunity to share stories about Ms. Herring’s father, his passion for education and the importance of giving back to a community that is close to his heart.

She told the students that it was never too late to pursue their educational dreams. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Ms. Herring decided to return to community college later in her life to earn a nursing degree. “Community college gave me the chance to take charge of my life to pursue something that I really wanted to do. It’s important to get the education you want.

Reaves of New Bern received the Harriet Taylor Herring LPN Fellowship. Married and mother of a child, she is a member of the Lamplighters Club. She received a National Defense Service Medal, Military Service Ribbon, and Army Achievement Medal. She has been a certified nursing assistant at a long-term care facility since 2009. She plans to graduate as a licensed practical nurse. She said her grandmother was a nurse and her grandmother’s passion to help others was her inspiration.

Roberson of Pink Hill is also a recipient of the Harriet Taylor Herring LPN Fellowship and is a member of the Lamplighters Club. She volunteers with the Abundant Life Miracle Center, helps after school with homework, and helps distribute food with the food bank. She received the Youth Volunteer Award at Carolina East Medical Center and completed 91 volunteer hours in the summer of 2018. She pursues the LPN program because she believes in making an impact on the lives of people. others through his work. After completing the program, she plans to enroll in the Bridging Program for the Associate Nurse Diploma and later earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Robles of Trenton received the William I. Herring, Sr. Memorial Fellowship. A graduate of Jones Senior High School, he loves horticulture. He works part time at Driver Heating and Cooling in Trenton and hopes to open his own business in the future. He plans to attend Mount Olive University for a four-year degree in horticulture.
For more information on the LCC Foundation, contact Jeanne Kennedy, Executive Director, at (252) 233-6812 or by email at

William E. Bennett