Lovelace named volunteer of year


Shirley Lovelace, a retired special needs teacher who has been a Special Olympics for more than 20 years, has been named the City of Biloxi’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.

Lovelace, who was described as a “behind-the-scenes worker” who has volunteers for hundreds of hours, topped a list of dozens of individuals, civic groups and non-profits recognized in the city’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony on Tuesday at the Biloxi City Civic.

Other award winners:

Community volunteer: Katherine Doyle

Youth volunteer: Katie Miller

Health volunteer: Biloxi Regional Medical Center Auxiliary

Arts and history volunteer: Bill Collins

Sports volunteer: Lauren Koops

Education volunteer: Amy Pullin

Adult group volunteer: Biloxi Lions Club

Youth volunteer group: Biloxi High School Campus Security Council

City of Biloxi employee volunteer: Roy Matthews

Non-profit organization: Coastal Women for Change

Military volunteer: Senior Airman Sharla Starks

Military group volunteer: Fishbowl Student Ministry Center, White Rope Program

Senior Citizens volunteer: Ethel Curry

See photo album from city’s Facebook page

Read background on all the winners