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Quilt of Valor honors local resident

A young Kenneth Ames Maultsby and his wife, Peggy.

Leicester – A veteran and resident of the Leicester Community just became the recipient of a Quilt of Valor ceremony. Kenneth Ames Maultsby, Sr., 93, served in World War II and was selected to receive the honor.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation, based in Winterset, Iowa,  began in 2003 with the “…organization’s original mission statement which said its purpose was “to cover [with a quilt of valor] all those service members and veterans wounded physically or psychologically with comforting and healing…”

Even though Maultsby might be considered a more senior citizen, he has been active in the community. Up until last fall he volunteered as a tutor and Chess Club sponsor at Erwin Middle School. He and his wife,  Peggy, just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in June. 

Kenneth was born at home in Pender County, NC and graduated from Wallace High School in Wallace, NC, at age 16. Started college before joining the Navy, where he took part in atomic bomb testing at the end of World War II (see timeline this page for his complete record). He then came back and went to NC State and studied civil engineering. He married Peggy Jane Utt from Mount Airy, NC in Raleigh, NC on June 12, 1949. The same day he graduated from college (he had to leave their reception to go line up for graduation).

Maultsby’s first job was with TVA in Knoxville, TN. He then moved to Jacksonville, NC where he worked for the Corp of Engineers at Camp Lejeune, designing warehouses. He also worked for a few large companies before starting his own construction company, Ames Associates, and moving to Asheville in 1963. His company built most of the local car dealerships, Silverline Plastics, some work at Dayco, Ball Manufacturing, and  at the Three Mountaineers Furniture Manufacturing building and others.

While living all over the South,  Knoxville, TN; Jacksonville, NC; Charlotte, NC; Greensboro, NC; Mount Airy, NC; and Asheville, Maultsby finally settled in the Leicester Community.

His daughter Becki Brown saw a story about the organization on the news. In the report, the Quilt of Valor organization representative asked if viewers, “Do you know of a deserving veteran, reach out.” So she did. She eventually spoke with Didi Salvatierra of WNCQG Blue Ridge, who presented the quilt on Sunday (Aug. 2).