|North Carolina Department of Public Safety|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2002
|Contact: Pamela Walker|
Division of Prisons Honors Volunteer of the Year
RALEIGH – Benjamin Maxwell (Max) Lancaster was honored as the 2001 Volunteer of the Year for the Division of Prisons during an awards luncheon today at Brownstone Hotel on Hillsborough Street.
A retired assistant superintendent for schools in Halifax County, Lancaster has served Odom Correctional Institution primarily as a religious volunteer for 35 years. He is currently active in worship leadership, serves as a Bible study teacher and has sponsored inmates on community leave passes. Lancaster has also helped inmates find employment and places to live upon release from prison, initiated a holiday gift-giving program for inmates and recruited other volunteers to work in the prison.
"Many of the things that Max does are ‘behind the scenes’ and unless you know Max, you would never know the source of the many donations to prison ministries that impact Odom’s inmate population," said Alma Hux, assistant superintendent at Odom. "Max is a very humble man who is dedicated his life to his church and his prison ministry."
Lancaster and his wife Louise are members of Rosemary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids. He has six children and 11 grandchildren. A graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School, Lancaster attended Mars Hill College, received a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an advanced education degree from East Carolina University. He also served in the U.S. Army.
Lancaster was one of 20 volunteers nominated for this year’s award. Others recognized during the luncheon included:
|Thelma Bostic||Southern Correctional Institution||Troy|
|Cleveland Cook||Albemarle Correctional Institution||Badin|
|Elizabeth Hill||Wilmington Res. Facility for Women||Wilmington|
|Danny Hinnant||Tillery Correctional Center||Tillery|
|Albert Hoffner||Piedmont Correctional Institution||Salisbury|
|Rev. Joseph Lenna||Dan River Prison Work Farm||Yanceyville|
|Irvin McSwain||Cleveland Correctional Center||Shelby|
|Henry Moeller IV||Black Mountain CCW and Craggy CC||Black Mountain/Asheville|
|Marsha Moeller||Black Mountain CCW and Craggy CC||Black Mountain/Asheville|
|Curtis Ray Morgan||Franklin Correctional Center||Bunn|
|Elaine Price||Sandhills Youth Center||McCain|
|Gregory Price||Sandhills Youth Center||McCain|
|Rev. John Reid Sr.||Columbus Correctional Institution||Brunswick|
|Robert Ripley Jr.||Nash Correctional Institution||Nashville|
|Joseph Rooney Sr.||Pender Correctional Institution||Burgaw|
|Dorothy Shephard||Pamlico Correctional Institution||Bayboro|
|Lorraine White||NC Correctional Institution for Women||Raleigh|
|Rev. James Woods||Robeson Correctional Center||Lumberton|
|Barry Zimmerman||Western Youth Institution||Morganton|
2002 Division of Prisons Volunteer of the Year nominees
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