Faught honored with Legion scholarship
Photo by KRISTI SANDERS
The late Sonner Faught was honored Monday night when the Sullivan American Legion Post 139 named scholarships after him at the Sullivan High School Rotary Awards Program. Pictured, from left, Bob Emmons, with the Sullivan American Legion Post 139; the late Sonner Faught’s wife Jo Ann; and Sullivan High School assistant principal Sarah Hannon.
In July 2018, Sonner Faught passed away leaving a legacy involving veterans activities and Sullivan County politics. He was honored Monday night when the Sullivan American Legion Post 139 named scholarships after him.
Bob Emmons and Jo Ann Faught, the late Faught’s wife, handed out three scholarships for $2,000 each.
Faught started a Fourth of July service on the Sullivan County Courthouse square seven years ago and he led the Sullivan County American Legion Honor Guard after he started it. Faught also served as a county council member for 37 years.
Jo Ann believes these scholarships are a great way to honor Faught’s memory.
“He thought so much of the American Legion and he wanted to give scholarships to students,” Jo Ann said.
Emmons spoke at the Sullivan High School Rotary Awards Program Monday night about Faught.
“He was a past commander …” Emmons said. “He was very active up at the Legion and working with the youth is one of the pillars of the American Legion. So he would be real proud tonight that we could help the youth of Sullivan County.”
The three students who were awarded the Sullivan American Legion Post 139 Sonner Faught Scholarship were Alizabeth Arnett, Curtis Bedwell and Camron Bice.
“If you know Sonner don’t say a word, if you don’t know him he was on the county council for years, he was commander at the Legion for years, he was very active in stuff like that. The American Legion is today pretty much because of Sonner Faught,” Emmons said.