The Modern Woodmen Chapter No. 18125 of Greenville has named longtime Wayne County educator Virgil Clubb the 2013 Hometown Hero. Clubb has dedicated nearly 70 years of his life to community service.
Born at Kime in 1920, he graduated from the old Greenville High School in 1941. He began his career in education in 1941 at the one-room Oak Grove School at Kime and served until drafted for World War II. During the war, he served in the U.S. Army in India.
Upon returning to the states, he returned to teaching in the Greenville district. He completed his necessary college hours at SEMO, Missouri State and Arkansas State universities. In 1955, he was elected as Superintendent of Wayne County Schools and served in that capacity until 1962. While in the roll as Superintendent of Schools, he personally spent many hours digging through old school records and helped over 800 people secure a birth certificate to qualify them for Social Security.
Upon leaving the county office, he taught in the Greenville and Poplar Bluff school systems before accepting the superintendency job at Greenville R-II in 1968, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.
In 1986, he was elected and served one term as the Eastern District Commissioner of Wayne County. He then retired to raise cattle on his family farm at Kime.
He and wife, the late Mary (Frazier) Clubb, were active in many civic organizations throughout the years. He joined the Greenville Lodge No. 107 A.F. & A.M. in 1949 and the O.E.S. Chapter No. 337 in 1950. He has served as Worshipful Master and Worthy Patron in both organizations.
He accepted Christ many years ago and united with the Lowndes United Methodist Church in 1954. Upon moving to Greenville in the 1960s, he transferred his membership to the Grace United Methodist Church in Greenville. He has served the church faithfully for many years and was active in many aspects of the congregation, including Sunday School teacher, as long as his health permitted.
A renowned local historian, Clubb is also a charter member of the Wayne County Historical Society and his speeches throughout the years have been well loved and received. Today in his golden years, he spends much time visiting the sick and shut-ins at the Greenville nursing home.