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Dr. Phyllis Blair Receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dr. Phyllis Blair, a native of Caldwell County, served Caldwell County and the state of North Carolina as an educator for nearly forty years serving as a classroom teacher, an Assistant Principal, Principal at Oak Hill School and Director of Academically Gifted Services for Caldwell County.

Dr. Blair’s forty years of service have been rewarding and beneficial to many students who are now serving in the classrooms of Caldwell County, in the government offices of Caldwell County, in the local businesses and medical facilities of Caldwell County, and in the churches and professional service agencies in Caldwell County. Her forty-year legacy, from 1980 through 2019, reflects the dedication, loyalty, and commitment to teaching and learning.

As a tribute to her unwavering commitment to the community and to public education in the state of North Carolina, Dr. Phyllis Blair has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Roy Cooper.

Since 1963, North Carolina's governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.


The Order of the Long Leaf Pine with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order, among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world:


Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine.

The summer land where the sun doth shine.

Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.

Here’s to “down home,” the Old North State.