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Home Builders induct 3 into hall of fame

By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor

The Chilton County Home Builders Association inducted three long-time members into its hall of fame during a ceremony at the Alabama Power Conference Center in Clanton on Dec. 5.

Douglas Scott, Wayne Nelson and Richard Powell were honored by fellow members of the association and welcomed into the group’s hall of fame.

Douglas Scott was one of three men inducted into the Chilton County Home Builders Association hall of fame during a reception on Dec. 5. (J.R. TIDWELL/ADVERTISER)

“It’s an honor for me to get this award,” Scott said. “We built buildings all over the county. I am honored to have this, and I appreciate it.”

Event attendees were treated to a slideshow featuring photos going back many years showing each of the men and some projects they were a part of.

Wayne Nelson is presented a plaque in recognition of his service with the home builders organization. (J.R. TIDWELL/ADVERTISER)

“Thank you for this great honor,” Nelson said after receiving his plaque. “I sat back there thinking about the years it’s been. I started building in 1969, 50 years ago. I built my first house for $8,500, which today wouldn’t even clear the lot. But I’ve built a ton of them since then.

“The industry has been up and down over the years, but I tell you what, it is good now. I believe it’s the best in my 50 years. People think that the Home Builders Association just covers workman’s comp and liability, but they work for you in Montgomery every day. They work for the builders.”

Each of the three inductees was given a private table bearing their name during the reception, where they were seated among friends and family members.

Richard Powell accepts his plaque from the Chilton County Home Builders Association. (J.R. TIDWELL/ADVERTISER)

“I can’t remember as far back as some of these gentlemen here, but home building has been real,” Powell said as he gave his award acceptance speech. “I can say that I have enjoyed it very much, even in cold weather. I appreciate all the home builders that have come through over the years and all the leadership. I have enjoyed it. The Lord has been good to me.”

The plaque given to each of the three men bore the words “In special recognition of significant contribution to the homebuilders industry and the Chilton County Home Builders Association.”