ELIZABETHTOWN — Brenda (McKoy) Troy of Whiteville was recently elected the 2017 Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church “Woman of the Year.”
Troy is a mother of two who has dedicated her professional and personal life to providing service to those in need. She enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling, spending time with family and friends and is always open to trying new and exciting things.
She is retired but continues to give back, not only to her Baldwin Branch Church family, but her community as well. She is always there to assist senior citizens who need help understanding or completing paperwork needed to obtain services or to give them a hand in meeting their everyday needs. She has helped organize neighborhood cleanup programs and volunteered at the polls and was instrumental in the re-naming of her street.
Troy was formally educated at Southeastern Community College, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and East Carolina University. In 1978, she began working as a counselor for Vocational Rehabilitation in Whiteville and her hard work and dedication to the job was rewarded in 1998 when she was promoted to the position of unit manager.
The same level of commitment and loyalty which she displayed at work is evident in everything she does whether it be at church in her community or with her family. This was particularly evident in the loving and selfless manner in which she provided care for her aging mother, which she viewed as an honor and privilege.
Troy returned to vocational rehabilitation where she worked part-time for five years. Her most recent assignment was at Southeastern Community College working as a workforce training coach and recruiter.
Some of her community organizational affiliations include The Welches Creek Homemakers Extension Association, The Senoras Club and the Loyal Ladies of the Golden Circle and the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board.
She was crowned by last year’s representative, Deaconess Norma McDowell.