June Brown Tourism Center inaugurated in Bluefield

Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017

June Brown Tourism CenterJune Brown generally remains in control of a situation but the Tazewell County Tourism staff and board found unprepared on Aug. 11th.

Brown was observed sitting silently in the audience as David Woodard, tourism coordinator and others discussed about the new welcome center in Bluefield.  She expressed her joy by shedding tears when Woodard and County Administrator Pat Green revealed to the public the plaque naming the center as the June Brown Welcome Center.

This is her second career for the 83-year-old Brown retiring from the school system. She was handling tourist information from the Sanders House where the county had a tourism department.  She was taken to that position as a volunteer with the Graham Historical Society.

To quote her, “My mother loved blueberries and she would say that when she got to Heaven she hoped St. Peter would tell her to come in the Blueberries were ripe.  When I get to Heaven I expect St. Peter to say come in June the tourism office is waiting for you.”  Brown further added by saying that she loves to interact with people which has turned into a boom for her career. At 83 she keeps on rocking, let alone discontinuing her services.“I can’t keep up with her,’ Woodard said.

As many visitors visit this center, June Brown is the first person who they see and many of them go there just to meet her. Visitors acquire knowledge about her from the internet and blog and from the weekly program she presents.

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