High Country Association of REALTORS News

Congratulations Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipient Wade Wilmoth

Wade Wilmoth has played a huge role in the history of the High Country. He's served as mayor of Boone, and later as a state House representative for the area. He was also active in the real estate businesses, working within it for more than 25 years, including many years serving on the High Country Association of Realtors board of directors. He was named Realtor of the Year in 1986. He retired in 1995. He currently serves on the five-member NC Property Tax Commission.

Last week Wilmoth was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given to any citizen in North Carolina. The High Country Association of REALTORS congratulates a great friend for his award. The Watauga Democrat newspaper reports -


Boone realtor Wade Wilmoth"I'm quite touched by this, and I do thank you," Wilmoth said after receiving the award from former N.C. Rep. Cullie Tarleton.

Tarleton said that Wilmoth's lengthy and distinguished career in the community and state led him to nominate the man.

Individuals like that "deserve to be recognized for it before they go on to their great reward," Tarleton said.

Along with the honor, the award allows the recipient to raise at any time the North Carolina Toast: "Here's to the land of the long leaf pine, The summer land where the sun doth shine, Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to 'down home,' the Old North State!" ...

Today, Wilmoth spends many of his days at Boone Drug with Trivette and Bob Snead, drinking coffee, lying and telling stories, as he puts it..