Golden Years Celebration Remembers Long-Time Coordinator and Friend
The Golden Years Holiday Luncheon salutes our dear friend and mentor Louise S. “Scottie” Stephenson. Scottie was a driving force behind the luncheon, watching it grow in attendance from 50 to 1,500 in her over four decades as coordinator. Scottie departed this life on April 15, 2002, and we dearly miss her. Her loss will be felt today at the 45th Annual Golden Years Holiday Luncheon.
Scottie was as essential to this celebration as was Fred Fletcher’s hilarious annual rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” She arranged the talent, the lunch itself, and took charge of invited the many members of the Golden Years Association Clubs in the Triangle. If you knew Scottie, you are very aware of her keen attention to detail and her determination to make sure that even the tiniest detail went perfectly.
Scottie worked for Capitol Broadcasting Company for 58 years, longer than any person in the history of the company, including founder A.J. Fletcher. She was the only woman on a five-person team to storm Washington, DC, and convince the FCC to give the first television station license in Raleigh to WRAL-TV. She was the first employee on WRAL-TV’s payroll. During her career with CBC, she did everything from writing commercials for radio sportscasts to filing FCC reports to being the “Lost & Found” lady on Fred Fletcher’s radio show to serving as Secretary to CBC’s 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Scottie received many accolades over the years, including Business and Professional Woman of the Year of the Wake County Academy of Women by the YWCA. She was also the first recipient of the Junior Women’s Club Outstanding Working Member award.
A humble woman who never stood in the spotlight, Scottie was not afraid of hard work. The Golden Years Annual Holiday Luncheon will stand as a legacy of her no-nonsense planning, long range vision and dedication to serving others. Scottie, you are missed today.