Chief on the agenda of a Golden Eagle Dinner held Thursday evening at the Newnan Centre was to present Mason Headley with his Eagle Scout Award. The highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, and awarded to just four percent of the millions of Scouts worldwide, it is a special honor held by United States Presidents, Astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates, Medal of Honor recipients, Members of Congress, and now, three generations of Headley men. Mason, a Newnan High School senior, became the 10th local member of the Headley Family to earn the distinguished award.
Mason is the son of Mitch Headley, President of Headley Construction, and grandson of Bill Headley, who founded downtown Newnan’s most awarded commercial contracting company over 50 years ago. Bill Headley was awarded the Eagle rank when he was just 15 years old, and took his responsibility to demonstrate leadership very seriously — in Scouts, in his business, in his community, and most of all, in his family. He led numerous young men to become Eagle Scouts, including all four of his sons, Bill, Jr., Mitch, Matt and Luke. All of these men, in turn, served in various Scouting leadership roles over the years.
Mason Headley started his own Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 47 at Central Baptist Church in Newnan, growing into leadership roles as Quartermaster and Interim Senior Patrol Leader. It was through his recent attendance at Four Corners Church that Mason recognized a need he could meet through his Eagle Scout Service Project: constructing a concrete and masonry monument sign base for the Church’s Main Campus. Completed over several weekends and requiring more than 90 man hours, the monument sign construction involved excavation with heavy equipment, a concrete truck pour, and masonry work using large, manufactured, marble stone blocks. The monument sign will benefit Four Corners for decades to come, and it aptly represents Mason’s Service to God and Community.
During a moving ceremony to recognize his steadfast commitment to Scouting and present him with his Eagle Award, Mason was supported by his grandfather, Bill, parents Mitch and Margaret, and sisters Mary Beth and Madison Headley. Bill’s nephew and Mason’s cousin once-removed, Robert Headley, was a guest of honor at the head table. The family was joined by Joel Richardson, Pastor of Central Baptist Church, and his wife, Ingrid. After a bustling reception and Presentation of Colors by Troop 47, the Headley Family gathered en masse to be presented with the Headley Service to Scouting Award by Dr. Richardson.
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