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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

April 24, 2002
Contact: Pamela Walker
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Division of Prisons Honors Volunteer of the Year

Max LancasterRALEIGH – 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 Volunteer of Year nominees
2002 Division of Prisons Volunteer of the Year nominees

For additional photos from this event, contact the Public Information Office at the number above.

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