Eagle benches

Charles Cease, as part of his work to become an Eagle Scout, built these three benches that have been installed at the tennis courts of the Granville Athletic Park.

OXFORD — Charles Cease of Boy Scout Troop 637 in Oxford recently donated three specially-constructed benches to the Granville Athletic Park. Charles selected this as his community service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank.

Charles would like to thank all the Boy Scout leaders and the fellow scouts who assisted in building these benches. Each bench features a built-in back area to store bags, as well as hooks to hold coats and other personal belongings. Cupholders are also included in each bench design.

All the materials for two of the benches were donated by Builder’s Discount of Henderson. The materials for the 3rd bench were donated by Lowes’ Home Improvement.

The benches will be located at the new tennis courts, which are part of the GAP’s Phase Three expansion.

“I made the benches because I wanted to give tennis players a place to rest after a match, and to put their bags and equipment on,” Charles said of the project. “They are 8 feet long and very sturdy.”

To be eligible for the Eagle rank, Scouts must earn 21 merit badges (Charles has 32) and perform a service project that is of value to the community, as well as completing other requirements as specified in the Boy Scout Handbook. As a result of this project, Charles earned his Eagle Scout rank on April 11.

Charles is the son of Torrence and Susan Cease. A plaque crediting the Scout’s work on this project is prominent on each bench donated to the GAP. The plaques were donated by Screenmasters.

Thank you to everyone in Vance and Granville county who supported his popcorn fundraising, earning him the first, last and only Trail’s End Scholarship for his troop. Charles was the top seller for several years.

Charles would like to thank the following companies and their employees who faithfully and generously supported his scouting activities over the years: Builder’s Discount, Lowes’ Home Improvement, Charles Boyd Chevrolet, The Pegram Insurance Co., First Presbyterian Church, Henderson Daily Dispatch, Oxford Ledger, Truist Bank, Walmart of Oxford, Denny’s of Henderson, Screenmasters, CVS Henderson, Hwy 55, Food Lion Pharmacy, Oxford police and fire departments, Henderson police and fire departments, Dr. T.M. Roberson dentistry, Fast Braiin, Granville Barber Shop, Quality Equipment/John Deere, Frazco Insurance, Wester Insurance, Vance-Granville Community College and Toyota of Henderson.