Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College honored Rocky Mount community leader Donald W. Tharrington with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award during the college’s Founders’ Day program on October 24.
The award is the highest honor that Wesleyan bestows upon a community leader for service and dedication to the college. It commemorates the qualities of the life of the late Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a lawyer, scholar, and orator who was prominent in New York City social and civic activities from 1857 until his death in 1888.
In presenting the award, Dewey Clark, chairman of Wesleyan’s board of trustees, said of Tharrington, “He is an avid supporter of Wesleyan’s activities, especially the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. He encourages everyone to become a patron. His love of people and his community and his desire to make a difference have led him to be a great supporter of community and civic organizations. Some of these include the Boys and Girls Club, West Mount Ruritan Club, Rocky Mount Lions and Shrine clubs, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, and programs of the Nash County Sheriff’s Department and the Rocky Mount Police Department.”
Clark said that Tharrington’s dedication to his customers at Don’s Body Shop in Rocky Mount is evidenced by the fact that it has been chosen as the Direct Repair Facility or preferred auto body repair shop for State Farm and Nationwide insurance companies. The shop has also received the Mitchell Auto Repair “Autochex” Customer Service Award for multiple years. On a local level, Tharrington and his employees have been recognized as the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Month” and recipient of the Rocky Mount Telegram’s Readers’ Choice Award.