Longview, Texas (FOX51) — The Unity Honors luncheon will honor persons who have been leaders in the pursuit of social justice and racial equality and have helped improve relations in our community. The event is hosted by the Unity and Diversity Committee, which is associated with the City of Longview Partners in Prevention program. Honorees this year are Mrs. Alyce Maxey and Mrs. Lyndell McAllister.
Mrs. Maxey is perhaps best known for her dedication to the community through countless acts of kindness services rendered to the Kilgore Crisis Center, Wesley Foundation, Hope Haven Home for Women, Newgate Mission, and Gregg County Historical Museum. During her 20-plus-year-tenure with the City of Longview as a contract worker, Mrs. McAllister served on an array of community boards, such as: East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Parenting Resource Center of East Texas, Zonta Club, Pine Tree Education Foundation and The Junior League of Longview.
City of Longview liaison, Keeta King said, “This is one of the highlights of our year. We are very fortunate to live in a community with such amazing peacemakers, unifiers and selfless servers. Mrs. Maxey and Mrs. McAllister epitomize all of the above.” The event will take place at Maude Cobb Convention Center, 11:30-1 p.m. on January 30, 2014.
Mrs. Alyce Faye Maxey is an East Texas native, born and raised in Henderson Texas. She graduated from St. Phillips College in San Antonio, Texas with a degree in Education. She is a faithful member at Wesley-McCabe Unity Methodist Church.
Lyndell Bright McAllister was born and raised in Longview, Texas. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Denver after completing undergrad studies at Baylor University. She is a faithful member of First United Methodist Church and has been recognized as a Star Over Longview by Regional Hospital.
She has organized a nationally recognized mentoring program for girls and boys in her current role as Director of Mentoring and initiated a poverty program for the City of Longview called Circles, now known as Bridges Out of Poverty, an initiative to help lead children and families out of poverty. She has been described as one of the silent soldiers making a significant impact in many ways in the Longview community.
Mrs. Maxey has worked for Longview Independent School District, Gregg County and served as the first court clerk in Easton, TX. For 25 years, she and her husband worked side-by-side at their family-owned business, Tip Top Cleaners located in South Longview. Mrs. Maxey has been described as having a witty sense of humor and uncanny knack for placing people together who wouldn’t normally cross paths.