A love of community binds Jim Bayne and Ed and Marilyn Dunphy.
The three were honored last week by the Culpeper 4th of July Celebration committee as Bayne was named the Grand Marshall of the 2018 parade and the Dunphys were named the Spirit Award recipients.
Bayne, 89, a U.S. Army veteran and the Illinois National Guard, worked for NASA and settled in Culpeper in 1986 when he and his family was looking for a place to raise horses. They founded Walking H Farm along Bradford Road and Bayne became a visible member of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Since moving to Culpeper, Bayne became interested in genealogy and discovered his ancestors from this area fought in the Revolutionary War and discovered he still had family in the area. He noted his cousin – Charles Jameson – in the crowd during the breakfast last Friday.
“Thank you very much for the honor of being named grand marshall,” Bayne said.
The Dunphys were introduced by committee member Kristi Machon, who noted she is blessed to be neighbors with them.
Heavily involved with nonprofits in the community, Ed and Marilyn have a passion for Hispanic culture after meeting in 1978 in Santo Domingo while serving in the Peace Corps.
“Ed and Marilyn walk the walk and talk the talk,” Machon said.
The Dunphys moved to the area in 1979 and have been heavily involved in the community ever since. Ed serves as director of retail/marketing at CFC Farm and Home Center and Marilyn is a retired WIC coordinator with the Culpeper Health Department serving in the Rappahannock Health District.
She serves on the literacy council, as co-chair of the Culpeper Fiesta, Girls on the Run, Healthy Culpeper, Culpeper Persisters and has served as a Culpeper County election officer. Ed is co-chair of the Culpeper Fiesta, a Culpeper Chamber of Commerce board member, serves on the Culpeper Airfest Committee, has served as a E-Squared judge and has been a volunteer for Culpeper Renaissance Inc.
“They focus on making their community better,” Mashon said.
Marilyn said it’s been their pleasure to serve the community and help improve it.
“People is what make this community strong,” she said.
“We think it’s important to our community that if we see a need, we try to do something small,” Ed said. “We just really love this community.”
The annual parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. July 4.