Headrick Signs and Graphics of Laurel, which is celebrating its 90th year in business, honored 50-year employee William Lyon Herrington.
Herrington graduated from George S. Gardiner High School in 1960 and joined the U.S. Marines Corp., where he served for four years. He then attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received the Outstanding Student in Finance award by the Wall Street Journal.
After graduation, he moved to Picayune to work for Brown and Root Construction, helping build the NASA engine test site. But his love for his hometown and his high school sweetheart Sheila Graham drew him back to Laurel. In August 1967, he began working as a bookkeeper at Headrick Electric Sign Co.
Headrick Signs consisted of only a 2,000-square-foot building when founder A.B. Headrick’s son Rick and Herrington had dreams of building the company. Richard Headrick sold signs and Herrington ran the shop.
Today, Headrick has officers in 10 states and operates nationwide.
“It would have never happened with Lyon,” Richard Headrick said.