Felton and Jean Capel

Felton and Jean Capel

Felton Capel is regarded in Moore County as a well respected individual known for breaking barriers.

After his election to the Southern Pines Town Council in 1959, he worked diligently with his friend and former Southern Pines Mayor Voit Gilmore to integrate the area’s theaters, golf courses and hotels. Later he became the first African American to join the Moore County Rotary Club.

He cites his biggest thrill as witnessing his two grandsons each being recruited by UNC-Chapel Hill former basketball coach Dean Smith and Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski.

His success as a small businessman provided a catalyst for his involvement in civic life. In addition to his service as a town councilman, Capel has served on the Boards of Carolina Power and Light and Wachovia Bank. He is also an inductee to the N.C. Business Hall of Fame.

As fervent supporters of education, the Capels have generously established the Capel Scholars Program, whose intent is to provide opportunities for local high school students to attend Sandhills Community College.

Given annually to five first-year students, the award reflects the professions of the Capels, with preference given to students majoring in business or healthcare.