Broadwick descendant advocates Outer Loop tribute

Bonnie Ayscue, the granddaughter of parachuting pioneer Tiny Broadwick, asked the Vance County Board of Commissioners on Monday night to name the Outer Loop in honor of her grandmother.

The request came during the public comment portion of the meeting.

At the last intergovernmental meeting Sept. 28, county commissioners and City Council members discussed the viability of naming the bypass, now under construction, for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tiny Broadwick, a native of Henderson, was the first woman to parachute from an airplane. She also was the first person to engage in a deliberate free-fall jump. Broadwick demonstrated the use of the parachute for the U.S. Army, a demonstration that led to the first military parachute applications. She is considered a pioneer in the field of aviation.

Several of Broadwick’s descendants were in attendance to support Ayscue’s request.

Ayscue reminded the commissioners that Broadwick has a historical plaque on Oxford Road by Sunset Gardens, where Broadwick is buried. She informed board members that Broadwick contributed both to U.S. history and the children of Vance County through presentations on her exploits.

“Now is the time, and the opportunity is perfect to honor her on a local level,” Ayscue advised the board.

Vance County resident Wayne Scott also spoke on behalf of the recommendation.

“She should have been honored a long time ago,” he said. He added that he thinks the honor has not come to her because she was a woman.

The board had no comment on the request.