J. Kenneth Tabb
, who became a Boy Scout leader in the 1960s, received Scouting's highest honor for adult leadership, the Silver Beaver award,
in 2003, according to the obituary written by J.E. Geshwiler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The many letters he received from former scouts, thanking him for the positive impact he had on their lives, meant more to Dad than the award," said his son, Tom Tabb.
The elder Tabb continued volunteering with scouting long after his three sons became Eagle Scouts and his daughter attained the Girl Scouts' highest rank.
Mr. Tabb's specialty was giving civics lessons preparing Scouts to earn merit badges for citizenship.
"Dad was devoted to our country and its institutions of self-government," said Tom Tabb. "Over the years he took hundreds of Scouts to public meetings of the Georgia legislature, county boards and school boards. He would tell them beforehand what to look for and answer their questions afterward about what they had observed."
He also counseled young probationers in DeKalb County, one of whom sent Tabb a letter saying he had straightened out his life, had married and started a business, all of which he credited to the encouragement and direction in life
that Tabb had given him.
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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.