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2016 Individual Distinguished Service
Award Winners – Gene & Judy Rush

It would be difficult to find someone in Greene County who would have an unfavorable opinion of Gene Rush and his wife, Judy.  In an often thankless and always bittersweet profession, Gene Rush has established himself as a man of character, service and compassion.   His success is due to the trust placed with him and his family because of the consistent and unwavering service they have made a pillar of their lives.

gene-%26-judy-coloreditThe Rushes have built successful businesses in the last 30 years.  As remarkable and impressive as that is, it remains the least remarkable part of their legacy.

Moving to Rogersville in 1985, Gene purchased the funeral home of the late Robert Lantz.  An Air Force veteran and a funeral director since 1972, Gene brought dignity and impeccable care to all that he did and built a reputation of professionalism and generosity.  Having sincere compassion and dedication to his role in the lives of grieving families, people feel like they matter to Gene because to him, they do.  Every aspect of a person’s time with Gene must and will be perfect as he expects the absolute best for every family.

Gene and Judy opened Rush Grocery in 1993 and became a vital part of the West Greene landscape and welcomed the sense of community that followed and still exists today.  With all their “spare time,” Gene could serve as Secretary of the West Greene Lions Club, a member of the American Legion, Waynesburg VFW, Board of Trustees at Rogersville Methodist Church, Board of Directors of the former Greene County Memorial Hospital, Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Greene County and other civic groups.

Gene and Judy have given a lifetime of service to others in both commitment and deed – offering help to strangers, neighbors, and friends, anonymously, without being asked, without thinking twice.  These are two individuals who, despite their business responsibilities, will reschedule their day to give rides to the doctor, pick up and deliver mail, serve dinners at firehalls and make every person they speak to feel like they are truly valued.

What makes this couple impressive is not simply the financial support or donations; it’s the idea that a person serves simply because they have the ability – a person should give just because they have the means.  It is this reputation that precedes Gene and Judy, and it is that legacy they leave for their children, grandchildren and the people they have served.

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2016 Posthumous Distinguished Service
Award Winner – David Cumberledge

dave-photoBorn one of five children in the family home in 1942 in Waynesburg in the area commonly known as “Dotysburg,” Dave began his service to others  in life by pushing a lawn mower across town to mow grass.  When he was in high school, he worked to help support his family at “Spragg Wool.”  After graduation, he attended Waynesburg College and worked at Waynesburg Milling. He met his wife, Mary Ann Crouse, at Waynesburg College.  Dave graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History with the intention of becoming a teacher; however, life got in the way.

He began working to support his wife and two young sons, Bryan and Brad, at the Goodwin Agency, selling life insurance. It was here that his charisma, charm and natural expertise in business gave him the opportunity to turn himself into the businessman, community supporter and volunteer that many of us remember and respected.  He went on to become a part owner in the Goodwin Agency and bought the house off High Street he had grown up in.

He was a past President of the Waynesburg Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow and a board member of the former Greene County Memorial Hospital.  He earned the degree of Master Mason with the Waynesburg Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason’s Lodge #153.  He was a board member of the Community Foundation of Greene County and a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served in various roles and leadership positions, frequently offering his expertise in business and gardening.

Dave was a quiet leader.  He led by example – doing and showing – and found ways to encourage others to willingly serve alongside him.  He never seemed to be interested in the power or glory roles; he was always right there to support, cheer, encourage and help where ever possible.

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2016 McCracken Legacy Award Winner –
First Federal Savings & Loan Association


ff-building-picture-2014First Federal Savings and Loan Association is honored to receive the inaugural McCracken Legacy Award. From its humble beginnings in Carmichaels in 1924 to its move to Waynesburg Borough in the 1940’s, First Federal has been rooted in the community for nearly 100 years.

During its history, the Association has expanded beyond its home office in Waynesburg to add eight more offices regionally – a drive-thru location in Waynesburg and branches in Carmichaels and Mt. Morris; branch and drive-thru locations in Uniontown; branches in Washington and Taylorstown; and a loan origination office, First Greene, in Morgantown, W.Va.

With assets today of approximately $900 million, First Federal has remained committed to supporting various local events, charities and organizations, particularly those benefiting children, committing both time and resources. Annually, tens of thousands of dollars are donated to worthy causes. Being a good neighbor and a good steward of its blessings is paramount to the Association’s identity and role in the community.

As part of being a good neighbor, First Federal is also giving back to its home community in the form of new construction. As First Federal changes, the Association is expanding its physical footprint at the site of the main office in Downtown Waynesburg with the addition of a two-story brick building that will primarily be the location of the mortgage department.

The new construction – the first in Waynesburg’s Business District in decades – began in April 2016 and is expected to be completed in spring 2017. The façade of the addition will pay tribute to the spot’s original occupant, the Allison Building, also known as the birthplace of the Rain Day tradition in Waynesburg.

As a family-oriented business, First Federal cares deeply about its customers, employees and communities. The Association is proud to set the standard for future McCracken Legacy Award winners.

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2016 Sponsors