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Yesterday there was a tree planted at Womble Park by the Holly Springs Rotary Club. Many residents in Holly Springs take their kids to Womble Park, just as I have for the last 7-8 years and many more to come. What many do not realize is Womble Park was named after Parrish “Ham” Womble. This tree was planted in his honor.

Ham did so much for this Town. My first meeting with Ham was when I was starting a cell phone business in a building downtown. This was in the year 2000. The building is now Joel Sullivan Realty. I applied for a business permit at town hall across the street…which then located in an old auto parts business connected somehow to the Coworking Station..(someone correct me if I am wrong). After applying for the permit I was set…there were no other requirements told to me by the town.
I was about to open and the town told me I needed a “site plan” and put sidewalks, etc. all through Ballentine Street. Needless to say, I was 28 and barely had the money to get the rent for the space, much less a site plan that alone would cost $10,000, not to mention the sidewalks. Someone told me to call Ham….so I did.

The first thing I said to him was “I am not asking for any favors”…., then he said in his deep voice….”Good!!! Cause you ain’t getting any”!!! In short, he stood up for me in front of the town council, essentially saying Holly Springs needed a cell phone store. That my service would benefit the town…from having to drive an extra 20 minutes to Cary or somewhere else. The town passed a variance allowing me to open and we were in business for about 5 years.

I didn’t know him personally, but he helped me out by using his authority and respect he had in town to let them know they were overlooking the benefit to the town versus a code written in a book somewhere.
The world needs more Hams.

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