The Ovation Memorial Plaque
In grateful recognition of those persons who have made a significant impact on our organization. Time will never forget the work they have done and the lives they have affected.
On November 12, 2016, Mary Jo passed away at the age of 80.
Over the years, she was a huge supporter of the theater. She loved to paint and help out any way she could and always brought laughter and joy.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, William A. Lane and Austin B. Chambers. She is survived by her sons, Richard Lane (Suzie), Jeff Lane (Mary Beth Buchholz), Chambers Stevens (Betsy Sullenger), and Kirk Chambers (Debbie); grandchildren, Stephanie Spurlock (Brandon), Julianne Lane, Elizabeth Lane, Twain Stevens, Gabe Chambers and Isaiah Chambers; great-grandson, Will Spurlock.
Mary Jo, we love you and will be greatly missed at HPAC!
You will be missed by all your friends at HPAC!
We will miss your support.
We will miss you as a Leader on our Board.
We will miss your countless hours building our sets.
We will miss you as an actor.
We will miss your willingness to help wherever needed.
We will miss your kind heart and strong presence.
We will miss learning from you
Please join us as we honor a dear friend and community leader who passed rather suddenly. We will dedicate our 2014-15 Season to Clay who made such a difference in our theatre community. We love you Clay!
Cay Barton, May 1959- August 2013. She was known and loved by many as "Ms. Cay."
Cay received a BA degree in theatre from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1981. She was married to David Barton and had two daughters, Alayna and Ashlea.
The former director of children's ministries of First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for 17 years, Cay loved sharing her testimony of faith. She devoted her entire ministry to reaching children for God. Cay believed that children are great imitators and she gave them something great to imitate.
One of her many accomplishments included co-founding The Steeple Players Theatre. After directing and producing dozens of productions for this theatre, schools, dance studios and churches, and writing many original scripts for Cokesbury's VBS curriculum, Cay fulfilled an admirable life with a beautiful testimony of faith.
Most recently, owner and director of Drama Kids, International, she used her love of children and the arts to bring the fun and creativity of drama to students by building and encouraging self-esteem and self-worth. She believed strongly in the biblical beliefs of love, joy, peace and understanding, emphasizing in her final days that these beliefs be lived out by all of her friends and family.
Cay, you will be greatly missed!