For William no. Herring designated LCC food preparation center

Kinston – Lennore Community College recently renamed the long-established culinary arts institution for continued support and recognition of his son’s donations.

At a recent luncheon at the prestigious William 1 Herring Food Arts Center, Herring and his daughter, Harriet Herring, donated three scholarships to support the institute.

“We appreciate what she has done and is doing to help Herring and the students enter college.”

She should know that Jenny Kennedy Herring, the executive director of the LCC Foundation, is in love. “She has helped many students over the years and we appreciate her support and commitment to the college and to our students,” Kennedy said.

Herring says she feels very fortunate to have been able to help others in the way her father did.

“I wish my dad knew that he was still helping others,” she says. “He helped people and he was a very loyal man.”

At the luncheon, students from the LCCC’s cooking arts class shared stories about herring, which a friend described as “a model of fair trade, building and caring for the community and quiet support for the needy.”

After finishing fourth grade, he worked full-time on a family farm. At the age of 18, he turned to farming and trade enterprises, acquiring a number of Kinson area growers, acquiring other farms, selling farm implements and tractors, operating herring gas, and managing central and new central tobacco warehouses for four decades. Big and small.

His friend Hayes Macnell Herring has always described himself as a farmer. He has used his financial success wisely throughout his life and has been generous, he said. He supported charities, sheltered workshops and colleges – among them Chowan and Campbell – and was a staunch supporter of the Salvation Army in Kinston. He was proud to serve as a deacon in the Church.

For recreation, Herring “loved to ride on the skate,” says McNeill. “Standing in the back and catching the crabs in my skate” was their son Harriet’s job.

When Haper was still a UNC student and eventually a great tennis player and lawyer, he caught Marshall Happer under his wing.

“I’ve never met anyone better than WI (who) gave me a dollar an hour’s work – twice as much as I was worth – so I spent money on school,” Happer said.

Herring said he was a man who buys and sells, shakes hands with the community and does not know his wealth.

At the luncheon, three students – Roxon Reeves, Asia Robinson and Juni Robel – benefited from scholarships offered by Harriet Herring.

Reaves of New Bern has received the Harriet Taylor Herring LPN Scholarship. She is married to a child and is a member of the Lamplighters Club. She won the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Success Medal. She has been a nurse’s assistant at a long-term care facility since 2009. She plans to graduate as a practical nurse. She said that her grandmother was a nurse and that her grandmother’s desire to help others was her inspiration.

Pink Hill Robertson also received the Harriet Taylor Herring LPN Scholarship and is a member of the Lamplighters Club. She volunteers at the Miracle Center for Prosperity, helps with homework after school, and helps with food distribution with the food bank. She won the Carolina East Medical Center Youth Volunteer Award and completed her 91-hour volunteer service in the summer of 2018. She is following the LPN program because she believes it will hurt the lives of others. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Nursing Assistance for the Bridge Program and later a bachelor’s degree.

The Robbers of Trenton received the William 1 Herring, Sir Memorial Scholarship. A graduate of Jones Senior High School, he enjoys gardening. He works part-time in Trenton for driver heating and cooling and hopes to open his own business in the future. He plans to pursue a four-year degree in horticulture at Mount Olive University.

Ms. Herring told the students that it was not too late to pursue her dream of education. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she decided to return to community college to pursue a nursing degree.

“Community College gives me the opportunity to pursue what I really want to do to get my life together,” she said. “It is very important to get the education you want.”

For more information on the LCC Foundation, contact Jenny Kennedy Director General at 233-6812 or email


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