Business of the Year
His journey began traveling throughout the United States, working in cities that endured catastrophic storms, learning, and experiencing different walks of life from his own. Being on the road for 10 years, nothing compared to the feeling of coming home. With that desire to set up roots, his wife and their three sons moved to DeKalb a few years later.
In August of 2018, He seized a business opportunity, bought a store, and began yet another journey. He took his hard-earned money and determination and poured right into the heart of this town. He and his team began the process of remodeling and rebranding what had long been a staple in the community.
Since the purchase, he and his team have worked long and hard to meet the needs of their customers which are made up of citizens of the surrounding areas, businesses, farms, schools, and homes. He and his staff lead by example and are compassionate and loyal to their customers. They are the heart and soul of the store.
He is also continuously learning how to improve what his store has to offer its customers. He has attended conventions for the past several years in Las Vegas and Chicago to learn more about inventory management, meet with vendors in person to build business relationships, and learn about new products that he can bring back to serve his customers.
Hagen Knox and his now family of six, are a real treasure to this town and to this area. With their honesty, hard work, and commitment to this town, we wish them many more great years and a successful business. The best is yet to come.
Congratulations to 2020 Business of the Year… DeKalb Hardware!
Person of the Year
Born and bred in DeKalb, Texas in 1959. He grew up working in vegetable gardens and on the farm raising livestock with his family, particularly with his grandfather. At DeKalb High School, he participated in the DeKalb FFA Chapter, was elected to and served as a Chapter officer and Texas Area Vice President, placing at the state level in several individual and team competitions.
After graduating from DeKalb High school, he attended Texas A&M University in College Station, and upon graduation, he took a job as a Mechanical Engineer at Red River Army Depot, later promoted to an Industrial Engineer Supervisor, and was commended for his service through being awarded the Department of the Army's highest Civilian Service Medal.
His many volunteer activities include serving as DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, President by soliciting donations and the overseeing of roof replacement for Chamber Building and Williams House. He planned and hosted Oktoberfest, before it was its own entity, and Christmas in DeKalb.
He has served as …PTA, President Oktoberfest Volunteer and State Theater Volunteer for repairs and maintenance. DeKalb Youth Baseball League, President and T-Ball & Little League Youth Baseball Coach, Little Dribblers Basketball Coach, Tiger Cub, Webelos, & Boy Scouts Assistant Scout Master (12+years), Bear Booster Club, including President (2 years), Band Booster Club, Member, Ag Booster Club, Member
He has served his church in so many ways by assisting with youth and children’s education, music and choir ministry, church camp and mission trips, community outreach, bible drill coach, Sunday school teacher, and deacon. First Baptist Church De Kalb is blessed to have his servant leadership involved in so many areas.
He has also served the DeKalb ISD board of trustees for the past fourteen years, serving as President for the past several years.
From the past to the present, he is a perpetual volunteer for repairs, maintenance, and everything else. If you need something done, just ask him and he is always willing to help with a smile and kind spirit. He is one of a kind. Friend to all and one of the most genuine, kind, God-loving, men I know,
The 2020 Person of the Year is Douglas Blake Hodges.
On a side note, did you know he played Jesus in an Easter show at the DeKalb ISD gym?
Organization of the Year
Our 2020 “Organization of the Year”, is one that has been a part of our town for many years. Established in 1831 near its present location in a one room log cabin, this organization has been the center of our town. Many of us in this room have been a part of this organization; it is one that unites us all.
While this organization, within itself has many organizations, we want to honor them for all that they bring to our community. They embody all aspects of the very existence of our town. This community is based on pride in family, church and country and this community has a strong spirit of camaraderie which prevails within this organization.
This past year during the pandemic and a world of uncertainty, this organization kept what seemed like a crazy world…somewhat normal by continuing to support our community each and every day through education, activities, volunteerism, and a general pride and promotion of the DeKalb Community. Showing a love of our DeKalb community, this organization brings us all together.
This year we want to recognize our staff, our teachers, our administrators, our board members and our students for all that they do for this community. They have shown dedication and unwavering determination in working to do good things for DeKalb.
Congratulations to the 2020 “Organization of the Year”, the DeKalb Independent School District!