The Carthage ISD Education Foundation was set up in 2003 to provide students with the highest-quality education.

And on Tuesday, Education Foundation President Sallie Lipsey told donors that’s what their money was doing: making a different in students’ lives. The Education Foundation is currently hosting its annual drive through Jan. 31.

“Students will begin benefiting from your grant money this spring and will continue throughout the next school year,” Lipsey said. “The foundation wants to continue each year to support important educational activities not funded by tax dollars, and we want to thank each and every one of you for continue to make generous gifts that enable this foundation to pursue its goal.”

Dinner and a show highlighted the evening’s events, with the Carthage Primary School choir performing a production about the first Thanksgiving while donors and hundreds of the children’s parents watched.

Education Foundation officials also recognized each donor for their contributions:

  • Distinguished Partner ($100,000): The Charles C. Matthews Foundation
  • Platinum Partner ($17,500): The Keith Steptoe Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Diamond Partners ($10,000): First State Bank & Trust Company, The Lewis H. Pool Foundation, the Murphy-Payne Charitable Trust, Chevron, R. Lacy Services Ltd.
  • Gold Partner ($6,000): Carthage ISD Cornerstone Club
  • Gold Partner ($5,000): MarkWest Energy Partners
  • Silver Partner ($4,000): Jim and Sandra Payne
  • Silver Partners ($2,500): Robert and Mary Ella Sherman, Tommy and Loretta Lloyd
  • Silver Partners ($2,000): XTO Energy, Jerry and Wanda Hanszen, and the Carthage Noon Lions Club
  • Bronze Partners ($1,500): Gene and Brenda Giles; Jim Holder, Joe Holder and Randy Liedtke; Don and Sallie Lipsey; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP; and East Texas Professional Credit Union
  • Bronze Partners ($1,250): Panola National Bank
  • Bronze Partners ($1,000): Kevin and Lisa Smith; Dr. Wayne Kyle, in memory of Milly Kyle; John and Jane Ray; Jonathan S. Perlman; David and Elizabeth Anderson; Bob and Sarah Baker in memory of Billy Baker; Jane Moore Ray and Jill Moore Burkindine, in memory of Mrs. John S. Moore; Tom and Pamela Goodson; Manuel and Jacqueline Rodriguez; Tate and Kathryn Barber; Warren and Toni Biggs; Brett and Christie Chandler; Randy and Kathy Taylor, Pinnergy; Joe and Kay Knight, in memory of Kyle Knight; Rebecca Joffrion; John and Walta Cooke; Keith Chapman; and Steve and Jerrilyn Roberson
  • Benefactors ($500): Glenn and Kelly Hambrick, John and Carolyn Wink, James and Jayne Browning, Truman and Patsy Shirey, Lin and Tresa Joffrion, Raphael and Rebecca Crawford, Deanie Berry, Darrell and Charlyce Robertson, Citizens Bank, Paul and Penny Cain, Tommy and Mary Lu Davis, Sandra Walker, Ernest Higginbotham, Joseph and Frances Bachman, Richard and Barbara Ballenger, and Stuart and Brooke Lipsey
  • Friends ($300): Jackie and Susie Robinson
  • Friends ($250): Dennis and Jerrie Smith; Tim and Cynthia Harkrider; Twink Ross and family, in memory of Taylor Ross; First United Methodist Church; Kay Garrett; Ace Hardware; Panola County Retired Teachers; Gans and Smith Insurance Agency; Hillary Lipsey; Jo Ann Herndon; Gerald and Nancy Gregg; John T. Kennedy, Advanced Financial Group; Patsy Meck; HFG Ventures LLC; W.H. and Linda Bagley; Justin and Gina Bradley; Roland and Pat Nail; Dale and Bonnie Pope; and Red Oak Insurance, Matt Pittman

John Ray, a director at large with the Education Foundation, closed out a prayer during the dinner by giving thanks.

“These gifts to the foundation are intended to help with scholarships, equipment, field trips,” he said. “All of these to enrich the lives of students. We thank you for the generosity of those here tonight. Their giving makes such a difference in the lives of our students. We are blessed to be able to give and to make that difference.”


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.