Awards

Grand Marshall

CLIFTON MAXFIELD

Clifton Maxfield is from Springtown, Arkansas. He is the father of two daughters and a proud grandfather. 

He purchased People’s Funeral Home in February 2007 and is the owner and general manager.  He was educated at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Mr. Maxfield is the President and General Manager of Ace Three, Inc. which is an aggressive company that pursues excellence and the highest level of professionalism in the Death Care Industry and is ready to meet the changing challenges of the twenty-first century 

Also, he is the operator of Maxfield’s Gift to Life Corporation, Inc. Committed to helping others overcome the challenges they face in life. He offers workshops that teach coping mechanisms to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, etc. Clifton Maxfield’s commitment to the City of Denton and its citizens has amazing. 

Mr. & Mrs. Community Service

FELTON & TONI SIMPSON

Toni Johnson-Simpson is a native of Denton and a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Social Work Program (BSW) and Texas A & M Commerce University (MSW). Since 2005 she has served as Executive Director of Denton County Friends of the Family.  Friends of the Family is the sole provider of emergency shelter and free counseling to victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. Felton Simpson is a native of Lubbock, veteran of 14 years of service to the U.S. Army. Felton is currently a firefighter and police officer with DFW International Airport. Felton is an avid reader, knowledge seeker, who loves to cook, build and create things and all around “can do everything” type of person. 

The Simpsons have been together nearly 20 years and have been residents in Denton County for 15 years. They are former members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and new members of New Life Community Church, Frisco.  They are parents of three children, Ebonie (who lives in New York City) and twins, Justin and Jaydah, who are juniors at Braswell High School.Toni & Felton are dedicated to the community and specifically to the strengthening of the African-American community.  They both whole heartedly believe in the quote of President Barack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Ms. Community Service

DOROTHY HUGHES WATTS

“To whom much is given, much is required!” That is what my mother would say to me all the time when I felt as though I was “doing” more than my siblings! I eventually realized the meaning of her statement as I strive to give back my time, talents and treasures to the community in which I live. This is the legacy I wish to leave my children and my grandchildren!

Dorothy Hughes Watts is known as a genuine educator! She knew from an early age what she wanted to be and what she wanted to do-teach and work with children. Though she took an alternate path to get to the elementary classroom, she would not change one road or obstacle!

Ms. Watts was born on January 8, 1950 in Texarkana, TX. She was the fourth child of Fannie B. & Marvin Hughes. When she completed her public-school education in 1968, she attended Texarkana Jr. College for one year, then came to Denton, TX to attend North Texas State University, now UNT. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dec 1971; then, her first Master’s Degree from TWU in 1978. This higher education degree in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis on teaching talented children, helped to move her closer to her calling.

After 24 years in the general education classroom, in 1995, Dorothy became the first African American teacher in Denton ISD to teach Gifted and Talented students. Although her Master’s degree in 1978 more than prepared her for this position, she never gave up on her plans! 

Facing challenges was nothing new to Dorothy as a result of growing up in the segregated town of Texarkana and attending a predominately white university. It only fueled the fire of always striving for success. In 1997 as a divorcee, Ms. Watts realized that she needed to increase her income because she had two children in college, so she decided to pursue school counseling. 

In 1998, she became a counselor at Denton High School. She was granted an emergency certification in counseling, finishing the requirements in three years. After 6 years at DHS, Ms. Watts retired as Lead Counselor in June 2004. Even after retirement, she completed her second Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling in December 2004.  

Since that time, Ms. Dorothy Watts has worked at Texas Woman’s University as a student teacher supervisor; volunteered weekly at a local elementary campus as a member of the Campus Leadership Team; and as a Mentor with the CIS (Communities in Schools) Program thru the close of school in March 2020! She is also the Chair of a Non-Profit 501 (C) 3 organization serving Denton County. Ms. Watts is also a 50 year member of the service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Dorothy Watts was blessed with her greatest treasures with the birth of her two “students” children, Nikol and Terrance. She proclaims triple blessings with her three grandchildren, Terrance II, Bryce & Julia. They all have learned, through her commitment to church, family and community service, the meaning of “To whom much is given, much is required!”  

Thank you for the recognition of “Ms. Community Service” 2020! It is an accolade I will treasure. To God be the Glory!