By Dasha Morgan- James Rorex (Jim) Stokely, III, is being awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award in history presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association. The award is presented to an individual or to an organization which has made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of the history of the mountain region.
Prior Outstanding Award winners are Daniel S. Pierce (2017), an Asheville native and UNC-A history professor who wrote a landmark book on the History of NASCAR; Doug Orr (2016), who for 15 years, led Warren Wilson College as president; Patricia D. Beaver (2015); Gordon McKinney, (2014); and Fred Davis Chappell (2013).
Jim Stokely was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and grew up in Newport, a small town in East Tennessee. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduated from Yale University where he earned a BA degree with exceptional distinction in American Studies and was Phi Beta Kappa. Jim attended graduate school at Stanford University earning an MBA from the Palo Alto, California, University.
He began his career by writing brochures and handbooks for the National Park Service, then served as director of a major National Endowment for the Humanities project called An Appalachian Experience. Following 25 years as a Human Resources consultant and director, Jim returned to full-time writing.
Jim is the son of James Rorex Stokely, Jr.,and Wilma Dykeman Stokely. He is married to Anne Davis Callison, and together they have two children: Elizabeth Dykeman and William Callison. Lately, Jim is President and Treasurer of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy in Weaverville, North Carolina. He is past chair of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee. Jim has written, published and/or edited numerous books.
The award ceremony and presentation event will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Williams Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Givens Estates located at 400 Wesley Drive, Asheville, NC in the Oxford Commons Building.