A nonagenarian known for his civic contributions in Crawford County was recognized Friday for 35 years of service on the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center Board of Directors.
Warren Blaylock, 95, was presented a plaque for serving a total of 35 years on the WACGC board during the center’s 44th anniversary celebration.
Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center Board member Patrick Widders presented the plaque.
In his speech, Widders noted Blaylock’s age, but said more impressive was his dedication to serving his community.
"It’s not being 95 that we’re talking about here; it’s what he’s done in those 95 years - the service he has brought the guidance center and throughout the state of Arkansas," Widders said.
When speaking to Blaylock, Widders often learns something new even when hearing the same stories, he said.
"I think he really is one of God’s true miracles," Widders said.
Widders also pointed out Blaylock’s deep-seeded patriotism, after the elderly man attempted to rise from his wheelchair for the national anthem.
Blaylock was a 1st sergeant in the Army and performed as a combat medic during World War II. He earned two Bronze Star medals during his service, the first for his work on the beaches of Normandy, France, and the second for service during the Battle of the Bulge, he said in a previous interview.
Blaylock is a charter member of the National World War II Museum and received the Bronze Leader award for service to disabled veterans. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
For his civic contributions, Blaylock has been awarded the Sertoma Service to Mankind award and numerous Crawford County Rotary Club service awards.
Blaylock served 15 years as WACGC board chair and several years as vice chair and treasurer. Board members oversee the center, which provides therapy, counseling, substance abuse treatment and medication management to children and adults.
Several people who have worked with Blaylock over the years attended the celebration Friday, including Former state representative, Arkansas speaker of the house and Sebastian County coroner B.G. Hendrix.
Hendrix lauded Blaylock’s civic leadership.
"He’s an outstanding individual. I’ve seen him in a situation where things were down, takeover and turn it around," Hendrix said. "Not only has he done good for himself, he’s helped a lot of others."
During the celebration, Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders proclaimed April 15 as both Warren Blaylock Day and Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center Day.
Sanders said Blaylock’s service to WACGC is admirable.
"He’s a true champion, advocate and supporter of the guidance center," Sanders said. "He’ll serve as an example to future generations."