Nancy Rorie surprised with Long Leaf Pine

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 07:26 PM

Saturday, Nancy Rorie walked into a room filled with old coworkers, friends, family, fellow volunteers and peers. Her face registered shock as they all stood and began to applaud.

Minutes later, she learned why. She was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors bestowed on civilian residents of North Carolina by its governor.

Monroe attorney Harry Crow presented Rorie with the award.

"Nancy Rorie has served our state and community and in particular the Democratic party in so many ways that we would be here until the supper crowd started to arrive if we were to mention every post she has held every task she has performed in so serving," Crow said.

She is first a retired state employee, but over the years Rorie has filled many roles. She is a past public member of the N.C. Mortuary Science Board. She was president of the Democratic Women of Union County from 1987 to 1991 and from 2007 to 2009. From 1996 to 1998, she was president of the Democratic Women of North Carolina. She was director of the district Democratic Women from 1994 to 1996 and a 2000 recipient of the Charles L. Huntley Award for Dedication to the Democratic Party.

Her mother and a past inductee into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sarah Gulledge, presented Rorie with the Order's lapel pin,

"First of all, I was throughly confused and completely surprised," Rorie said. "Thank you all so much for being here and thank you for everything you do."