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Several community businesses surprise, honor local lieutenant passing through hometown
Card my yard Zappendorf
Dawson County native Lieutenant Jack Zappendorf stands next to the signs installed by three local businesses in his honor. (Photo courtesy of Seanie Zappendorf)

Recently, three Dawson County businesses came together to surprise and honor Lieutenant Jack Zappendorf, a Dawson County local who was passing through his hometown on his way to his next assignment. 

According to Seanie Zappendorf, an active member of the Dawson County community and mother to Lt. Zappendorf, local business owner Graham Ehmann from GDE Aesthetics and Card My Yard Dawsonville General Manager Elizabeth Barr heard that their friend’s son was coming home to Dawsonville and would have just one day to pack up before leaving for his next duty station in Germany. 

Knowing this information, Ehmann and Barr decided to surprise Lt. Zappendorf and his family with a sign outside of one of his favorite restaurants, Kani House in Dawsonville. With the restaurant owners’ approval and support, the group installed the signs outside of Kani House, where Lt. Zappendorf would be eating with his family before leaving for his next army assignment. 

Seanie Zappendorf said that her son was very surprised to see the signs in his support, and that friends from all over the county began reaching out to her and her family when they saw the signs and knew who they were in honor of. 

“Lt. Zappendorf and his family are grateful for the thoughtfulness, generosity and support of his next journey overseas,” Seanie Zappendorf said. 

Lt. Zappendorf and his family have always been active members of their community. As a senior in high school, he received the Outstanding Citizen of Dawson County award for his service in the community, especially for his work with RIC Rack food bank. He received a four-year ROTC scholarship and graduated from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina at the age of 21. 

Upon graduating, he was commissioned as an Army officer and received his first choice of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was sent to the U.S. Army engineering School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and after graduating he was given just a few days to travel home from Missouri and one day to pack up and be ready to travel to his next assignment in Germany.