Fraternalist of the Year Loyce Henagan

Alabama Centenarian Named Fraternalist of the Year

Sep 13, 20219/13/2021


In the one-stoplight town of Brantley, AL, you might be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know Loyce Henagan. She is a WoodmenLife member1, serves as Chapter 930 president and plays an integral role in keeping the WoodmenLife spirit alive.

Henagan turned 100 in May and seems to always know when a baby is born or a new family moves to town. Sales Representative David Lowery said, “She knows everything going on in the area. She doesn’t miss a thing. She seems to have that sixth sense.”

Lowery nominated Henagan for the Fraternalist of the Year award. WoodmenLife — a not-for-profit life insurance company that’s been helping to protect the financial future of families like yours, making a difference in hometowns across America since 1890 — gives this award annually to a person who exemplifies the qualities and values of WoodmenLife.

Lowery recalled that when he joined the organization, it was exciting for Henagan because she now had a Representative who lived in Brantley, a town of about 1,000 people. Lowery said, “When I first started, she was my biggest cheerleader. Whether there were babies being born or new people in the community who needed to know about WoodmenLife, she was always there to provide support for me.”

‘Top of the Class’

Born and raised in Brantley, Henagan worked her entire career in a sewing factory. She said, “I never left to hunt down another job. I was married for 35 years before my husband died. We had a good life, and I sent two children to college from working at the sewing factory. I am really proud of that.”

Alabama South Community Outreach Advisor Ashley Kitzinger works with Chapter 930.

Kitzinger said Henagan’s loyalty and commitment make her a deserving recipient of the award.“Ms. Henagan is a wonderful example of what commitment and value of community is,” she said. “Her involvement shows the longevity of WoodmenLife and of the loyal members we have.”

Lowery said it is an honor to be nominated for Fraternalist of the Year and he can’t think of anyone more deserving. “Ms. Loyce has always been one to do whatever she can in any way she can. She has put a lot of time and effort into the success of WoodmenLife in her chapter, and she has earned this honor.”

Henagan said she was shocked to find out she was the recipient of the award. “I thought, ‘Goodness, that’s the top of the class!’ I was thrilled.”

‘Heart to Give’

The most important way to give back to the community for Henagan is feeding those who are hungry. “We have to make sure nobody is hungry. That’s so important, and we pitch in where we can, which I think is a lot. I am very proud of all WoodmenLife does.”

Lowery said, “She’s all about community and helping people. She makes sure we are constantly giving back to the community in any way we can. Ms. Loyce is a great example of a person who continues to give and do for others.”

Kitzinger agreed, adding, “She has a heart to give. She has a willingness to help her community and share with the less fortunate.”

Henagan said age is just a number and as long as you can get around, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Her advice to other WoodmenLife members is to work together. “Help all you can and get along with others,” she said. “Be there for the ones who need it.”

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Regional Fraternalist of the Year Honorees

Congratulations to each of the following winners. WoodmenLife thanks them for their dedication and service.

Alabama North

Paula Bedran

Chapter 1558

Hoover, AL

Alabama South

Loyce Henagan

Chapter 930

Dozier, AL


Margaret Jo Wasson

Chapter 1428

Marshall, AR


Jonathan Bowman

Chapter 406

Panama City, FL

Georgia Central

Cynthia Bradford

Chapter 1571

Wrens, GA

Georgia North

Rufus Cantrell

Chapter 1000

Taylorsville, GA

Kentucky East

Marsha Moore

Chapter 688

Warsaw, KY

Kentucky West

Larry Pearson

Chapter 202

Mt. Vernon, IL


Katherine Perriera

Chapter 1154

Ventress, LA

Mississippi North

Sharron (Sherry) Felkner

Chapter 15

Grenada, MS

North Carolina East

Connie Mills

Chapter 543

Clayton, NC

North Carolina West

Bryce Wilson

Chapter 4

Wadesboro, NC


Laura Sparks

Chapter 704

Omaha, NE


Chris Roessler

Chapter 1

Oklahoma City, OK

Northeast Region

Amy Sue Williamson

Chapter 687

Templeton, PA

South Carolina

Mikel Eargle

Chapter 437

Newberry, SC

Tennessee East

Denise Burgess

Chapter 879

Baxter, TN

Tennessee West

Anna Hicks

Chapter 992

Ardmore, AL

Texas Northeast

Kathyla Williams

Chapter 210

Nacogdoches, TX

Texas Southeast

Odessa Hodges

Chapter 6177

Vidor, TX

West Virginia

Tamara Bennett

Chapter 66

Huntington, WV

There were no submissions for California, Mississippi South, Texas West, and Virginia.


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