Freddie Killough, executive director of the Marion Business Association, was honored Tuesday, June 4 by the Marion City Council as the Citizen of the Month for June.
Mayor Steve Little chose her to receive this honor. He described her as the “queen of Marion.”
A native of McDowell County, Killough grew up on a family farm with six siblings. She and her husband, Woody, have owned Killough’s Music & Loan in downtown Marion since 1988. As the director of the MBA, she works with new and expanding businesses. She created the Growing Entrepreneurs Marion (GEM) program to help fledgling businesses get off to a strong start. Within the past three years, downtown Marion has gone through a rebirth because of the GEM program and her efforts to attract young entrepreneurs to the central business district.
Killough supervises special events in the downtown like the Mountain Glory Festival, the WNC Bigfoot Festival and the Liver Mush Festival. She also oversees the Fourth of July and Christmas parades.
In 2016, she was named North Carolina’s Rural Leader of the Year. And last year, Marion was honored as Small Town of the Year by the N.C. Rural Center, largely due to what Killough has accomplished here, said Little.
Killough was joined by friends and downtown business owners as she received a certificate from Little.