(PHOTOS) Stone Mountain Day

Newly elected President of the Stone Mountain Day Committee Jackie Lester Smith, on left, helps on the buffet line while Minister Jill Keeno looks on during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stone Mountain, GA — The 30th annual Stone Mountain Day took place on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Leila Mason Park in the city of Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community.

“We come today to give honor to those who have come before us,” Minister Jill Keeno said. “We are here to honor and recognize the families near and far, those who were raised up in the village of Shermantown. We come to give honor to those who have come before us, those who set the pace and set the tone.”

James “Hobo” Clark who served as president of the Stone Mountain Day Committee for 30 years was honored for his service to his country and community.

James “Hobo” Clark, front right, and his brother Robert Clark grill burgers during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Regina Hill sings a praise song during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Minister Jill Keeno speaks during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
(l-r) Andrew Holiday, 11, K.J. Johnson, 11, and Andrews brother Brannon Hicks, 5, pose for a photo during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Gloria Brown gives the Stone Mountain Day history during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain Mayor Dr. Beverly Jones presented this year’s honoree, James “Hobo” Clark with a proclamation during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. “Today is the day that God made to honor Mr. James Clark, known as Hobo. There are not enough proclamations or praises for all the things you have done in this community, it’s just a small token of appreciation for all the things you have done for Shermantown and the country,” Jones said. Photo by Dean Hesse.
James “Hobo” Clark was honored for his service to his country and community during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug 6. Clark, who has the nickname “Brunswick Stew Man” was born and raised in Shermantown and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962 at age 17. He served as a Green Beret, did two tours in Vietnam, was promoted to Captain at age 26 and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. Clark was president of the Stone Mountain Day Committee for 30 years. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Georgia State Representative Billy Mitchell presents an award to this year’s honoree James “Hobo” Clark during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. “I want you to recognize James Clark, the newest Outstanding Georgia Citizen. Our community is better because of “Hobo” James Clark,” Mitchell said. Photo by Dean Hesse.
The sons of Henry Lee Kelly, from left Spencer Rico Kelly, Henry Dennis and Rodney Rogers with Cousin Emma Brooks, wearing a shirt with the likeness of Mr. Kelly, accepted the Brooks-Shoemake Award from the Stone Mountain Day Committee for their late father’s service to the city of Stone Mountain and the Shermantown community during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Rev. John C. Terrell, who said he celebrated his 100th birthday on December 18, 2022, attends Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A pickup basketball game gets underway during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Kevin Lane makes popcorn while five-year-old Brannon Hicks looks on during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
From left, Horace Terrell, Earl, Mike, Big Mike and John Terrell pose for a photo during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Becky Terrell shows the front of this year’s T-shirt design during Stone Mountain Day 2022 at Leila Mason Park in Stone Mountain’s historic Shermantown community on Saturday, Aug. 6. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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