In honor of the late David Horton and the late Jesse Spears, Zachary is renaming the Zachary Community Center after the community leaders, whose impact made the city a better place to live, raise a family and educate children, officials said.
A renaming ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at 5746 Rollins Road, where the center will be renamed the David Horton – Jesse Spears Community Center, and everyone is invited to attend.
“Our goal with this renaming is to show a lasting tribute to Mr. David Horton and Mr. Jesse Spears, who both worked tirelessly for the welfare of our children,” Mayor David Amrhein said. “We also want to remember them so that their inspiration for the future can continue for generations to come.”
Horton, who was 90 when he died in 2014, was a retired teacher from the previously named Northwestern High School in Zachary, as well as the first black Zachary City Council member, president of Zachary Community Federal Credit Union and a deacon and treasurer at Union Baptist Church.
Spears, who was 87 when he died in April, was a U.S. Army veteran, chairman emeritus of the Deacon Ministry at New Pilgrim Baptist Church and a Kiwanian.
Both men’s exceptional contributions and commitments, which positively affected the growth of the Zachary community, will be highlighted, Amrhein said.