St. Nicholas to be named for 25th time Thursday

Kelley Tarpley was named Saint Nicholas for Christmas on the River 2012.

Kelley Tarpley was named Saint Nicholas for Christmas on the River 2012.

Thursday will mark the 25th anniversary of Demopolis’ St. Nicholas project. Since the 1989 inception of one of Christmas on the River’s most popular traditions, there have been 27 Demopolis citizens who have received the honor.

The first recipients of the award were former Demopolis High School teacher Pat Hinson and community volunteer Jim Carlson. Other notable honorees over the years have included Sandy Yeager, who received the honor posthumously in 2001 and Verne and June Humble, who carried the title as a couple in 2006 for their work with Operation: Christmas Child.

Designed to recognize individuals who have displayed the spirit of Christmas all year long by having made great contributions to the enrichment of lives of local young people, St. Nicholas for 2013 will be named Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Public Square in downtown Demopolis.

Other features of the event will include the lighting of Public Square and the Lantern Light Parade.

The following is a list of all of the previous St. Nicholas winners:

1989 – Pat Hinson and Jim Carson

1990 – George Franks

1991 – Mike Cavasco

1992 – Jennifer Roemen

1993 – Bea DenBleyker and Charles Roberts

1994 – Stanhope Brasfield

1995 – Gus Weiss

1996 – Allen Bishop

1997 – Dessis Williford

1998 – Mitch Tanner

1999 – Peter Jones

2000 – Laverne Rile

2001 – In memory of Sandy Yeager

2002 – Dan Wilson

2003 – Burnquetta Johnson

2004 – Booker Barlow

2005 – Terry Sprinkle

2006 – June and Verne Humble

2007 – Albert “Can Good” Thomas

2008 – Ann Parsons

2009 – Kenny Freeman

2010 – Jane Watson

2011 – Tom Causey

2012 – Kelley Tarpley