THE SINGLETARY FAMILY was on hand for Saturday’s recognition of Whigham’s hometown country music hero. Pictured, front row, l-r, Nora Caroline, Anita, Charlotte Rose, Jonah, Mercer and Holly; back row, Roger, Melinda and Kevin.
The hometown of the late country musician Daryle Singletary celebrated his life and legacy Saturday with a community reception and unveiling of new road signs honoring the singer.
Singletary’s widow, Holly, and children, Jonah, Mercer, Nora Caroline and Charlotte Rose, were able to attend the dedication along with his parents, Roger and Anita, brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Melinda, and extended family.
At the gathering hosted by the City of Whigham, it was announced that South McGriff Street in the Whigham City Limits is now also known as Daryle Singletary Parkway.
“We felt like we should do something to honor Daryle being from the Whigham community,” says Whigham Mayor George Trulock.
The mayor says Whigham councilmen Trey Gainous and Jim Sellers spearheaded the effort, which began with the council’s passage of a resolution on Nov. 13, 2018 recognizing Whigham as the official hometown of Singletary and spelling out the plan to establish the parkway.
“He’s an extremely well known person from Whigham, and we should be proud of anyone who goes off and does great things. His entire family lives there and exemplify what Whigham is,” says Councilman Gainous, who also serves as executive director of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
City of Whigham officials unveiled the two road signs during the Saturday ceremony held at the Whigham business “This is Home for Us”. One sign that states, “Welcome to Whigham Hometown of Daryle Singletary,” is placed on U.S. 84 at both the East and West entrances to the city. The other sign states, “Daryle Singletary Parkway,” and is placed on McGriff Street.
“When his family comes into town, they’ll be riding on the Daryle Singletary Parkway,” says Gainous. In fact, when they left the dedication Saturday, one of the Parkway signs had been erected so the Singletary family could be one of the first to drive on the special section of road, according to Lisa Calhoun, Whigham city clerk.
The resolution passed last fall states, “Whereas, Daryle Singletary, famed musician and Country singer, was born March 10, 1971 and raised in the Whigham Community where he began his highly acclaimed career, and Whereas, he attended Whigham School, and Whereas, it is fitting and proper that he be recognized and honored for his talent and success, and Whereas his parents and family along with the Whigham community are supportive of this endeavor.”