Three of Navasota’s public servants will be remembered forever with trees that were just dedicated in their honor around Navasota City Hall.
The first, library and Christian Community Center board member Joann Holt, a lector and eucharistic minister at Christ our Light Catholic Church, who’s husband, Grant, remembers had an amazing thirst for knowledge about an incredible array of topics and was always looking for one way or another to quench that thirst.
Former City Attorney John M. Fultz, local Mason and member of many other local organizations, who’s daughter Jennifer says was so much more than them all, remembering him as the most incredible man, father, mentor, friend, ever. Just a good human being who loved people. And a lot of people felt important, she recalls, because they were important to him.
And the controversial Betty Jane Burlin, the first woman on Navasota City Council, first female president of the Chamber of Commerce, and life-long friend of Bonnie Armstrong, who recalls that people had the wrong idea about Betty Jane, they thought that she was lining her own pockets. But what she was really doing, Armstrong insists, was creating things. If it hadn’t been for her, Armstrong says, Navasota’s prisons probably wouldn’t be here. And it’s a good thing they are, she goes on, considering all of the jobs they have provided over the years.
And, Armstrong adds that among many other things, Burlin is also responsible for Navasota’s first subdivision, and the Navasota McDonalds.