BONIFAY — Roger Brooks was named the 2012 J. Harvey Etheridge Good Will Ambassador Thursday night at the Bonifay Kiwanis Club Appreciation Banquet, held at the Holmes County Ag Center.

"I consider this a tremendous honor," Brooks said, and told of how a cassette recording made for him by Mr. Etheridge was one of his prized possessions. The recording was made when Brooks was first named postmaster in 1985.

After 43 years of service, Bonifay Postmaster Roger Brooks retired on July 31.

According to Brooks, he began his career as a custodian at the Bonifay office during the summer shortly after graduating high school.

Two years later he was appointed as a letter carrier and then was promoted to Supervisor of Customer Service shortly after.

Brooks said that during his time as Supervisor he had the privilege to work in many post offices in the panhandle of Florida, including Blountstown, Caryville, Graceville, Panama City and included many offices in both North and South Florida and South Georgia.

Brooks also served as on the Kiwanis Club Board of Directors Class of 2010-11.

The 2012 J. Harvey Etheridge Goodwill Ambassador award is named in honor of the famous radio personality and tireless ambassador for Holmes, County, J. Harvey Etheridge.

Mr. Etheridge was a friend of Holmes County and of the Times-Advertiser for many years, and in 1995 the J. Harvey Etheridge Goodwill Ambassador award was begun, with Mr. Kelly Swindle receiving the first honor.

Mr. Etheridge is well known for his saying “Give a Holmes Countian half a chance and he or she will do well.”

Mr. Etheridge loved to brag on good people and the goal of this award is to continue his legacy of spreading goodwill.

The award was presented at the Holmes County All Night Singing, but this year it was moved to the Kiwanis Banquet. This was the 17th J. Harvey Etheridge Good Will Ambassador Award to be presented.