Occupation: Bartow County Commissioner, 19 years
City of residence: Cartersville, born and raised in Kingston
Family: Married to Carol for 49 years, three kids and eight grandchildren
Education: 1961 graduate of Cass High School
Q: What did your wife say when the center was going to be named in your honor?
A: There was another building they wanted to name [in my honor]. A judge was going to order it -- "I said no, I don't want that to happen. I don't want my name on a building." My wife knew that and when this building came up and I told her they were trying to do that again and that I didn't want that she said, "You know, it's time for you to quit thinking about yourself and start thinking about your kids and your grandkids," and I thought about that a little bit and just left it alone. The committee carried it out and when they told me about it I was thinking, have you really checked with the rest of the people in the county to see how they felt? They said they had called a lot of people and talked with them and everybody said they thought it was a good idea, so it went from there.
Q: If you weren't commissioner what would you be doing?
A: Well, I was in the public works department, so I'm going on 39 years with the county. Before I worked for the county I was working for Lockheed. Commissioner Olin Tatum asked me to work for him. I said I would work as a shop foreman, then the road superintendent died and I took his place. Probably would've still been at Lockheed as a supervisor.
Q: What do you do in your downtime?
A: I like to read and play golf, that's pretty much what I do. I like mysteries by Stuart Woods and James Patterson books. Every few years I like to go deep sea fishing, but not that often because it's too expensive.
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: I like it when the bad guy gets caught. Right now my favorite show would be Blue Bloods, it's a new show.
Q: What is your favorite Bible scripture?
A: No doubt, John 3:16
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: They might be surprised to know that before all my tough decisions, I pray before I make them.
Q: How would you describe yourself as commissioner, father, husband, grandfather and friend?
A: "Humbling, blessed, blessed, blessed and a friend under any circumstance, no matter what.
Q: What is your all-time favorite meal?
A: Steak with a baked potato and a salad with ranch dressing.
Q: If you could give Bartow County one thing, what would it be?
A: The company that will give everyone out of work a job.
Q: What would you most like to be remembered for?
A: Serving Bartow County the best I could, doing the best job that I could do in all things, making sure that the road and bridges were fixed and that the employees really worked hard for the public.