Remembering retired Director Johnnie Chalmers
July 29th, 2016
By James Taylor
It is with a heavy heart that we at Central Electric are remembering one of our longtime, faithful and dedicated board members, Johnnie J. Chalmers who passed away on July 23. Mr. Chalmers served on the Central Electric Board for more than 35 years. He was first elected in Nov. 1973, representing District 3 in Harnett County until he retired in April 2009.
When he was first elected in 1973, he was one of the first African-Americans in the state to serve on a cooperative board, and before he retired was elected vice president of the Board, a position he held until his retirement in 2009.
Not only did he devotedly serve the cooperative, but he also served our country for 33 years. Before his retirement from Pope Air Force Base in 1981, he fought and was wounded in battle in France during World War II defending our country’s freedom.
While Mr. Chalmers will be missed, his cooperative legacy will continue to live on for many years to come.