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Dad was a very proud bureaucrat, back in the day
when that word was not considered negative or disparaging, and he applied himself daily to making a
difference in the lives of those he came into contact
with on a constant basis. He had a profound presence
wherever he went because he truly enjoyed being on
the stage of life.
While I have described Dad's professional life it
is vital that I more importantly note that he was married to my mother Joanne for 63 years, and besides
yours truly, raised three daughters. He had a profound musical talent as a bass soloist and enjoyed
his music ministry for decades with my mother who
accompanied him on the piano. Their musical time
together began when they met in a high school choir
where Mom played the piano. I would not, for a second,
suggest that his life was consistently joyous - like all
of us there were many life challenges throughout his
life. What I will underscore is that he was bound and
determined to provide for his family while making his
profession stronger than when he entered that line
of work. He was even more determined to leave his
mark on this earth!
The bond that I had with my father was not especially strong but that, in part, was by design. He knew
that I watched his actions, heard his words and understood his deeds. He was proud of his family and often

Many of our readers have had the pleasure of meeting
Dr. Rob Williams who is a Senior Fellow at the Center for
Ethics and Leadership in the J. Mack Robinson College
of Business at Georgia State University. Dr. Williams
worked with ACCG on our original strategic plan as well
as with various divisions within ACCG for staff development. He is a renowned facilitator and leadership development instructor for both the public and private sectors.
The outpouring of sympathy to my family from
throughout Georgia and the country regarding my
father's passing has been deeply valued and touched
my family's collective heart. While I could fill up
this magazine with words that have been shared I
wanted to specifically lift up a message sent to me
by Dr. Williams. He spoke to me directly about the
relationship between a father and son, and with his
permission, I took the liberty to edit his words to make
his message also apply to mothers and daughters.

shared that with others more than within the family
unit. It was simply how he was raised, and after many
years, I grew to understand that. As his health declined
we had several very empowering discussions. In his
last months I worked hard to ensure he understood
that I was taking care of his affairs and that Mom,
along with the rest of us, would be fine. I told him that
he was a "good man - who I was very proud of". Two
days before he passed, we had a final conversation
where I knew that he was at peace with God and he
knew that he could rest peacefully. He expressed his
love and then told me that he was experiencing some
pain. I assured him of my love for him and said that I
would ensure that the pain would subside soon and
he would not suffer. His expression of relief was clear
and he then began his new journey 48 hours later.
My life path matches in part what I have shared
above about my Father - little surprise given the power
of DNA. We are individuals and have distinct life stories which we write and amend every day. Far too
much to fit into an obituary indeed - only we know
the story of our respective walks of life. Given that
fact, I encourage everyone to spend time reflecting on
where you have been and where you want to go. Grab
that elusive sense of joy and make a positive impact
on those you come into contact with - it will fill your
heart with peace and tranquility.
■

"Hi Ross, I am so sorry to hear about your father.
With many opportunities to hear the stories of individuals in leadership roles, I am struck by how their
relationship with their parent was a "North Star" for
so many of their perceptions, values, competencies,
interests, parenting behaviors, vocations, relationships and other key components of their lives. It
does not seem to matter - in one sense - how positive or negative, how functional or dysfunctional,
how short or long-term, or whether we used that
"North Star" to guide our travels toward or away
from that reference point. I have never felt that any
of those individuals were a clone of their parent.
They were almost to a person, comparing themselves to the project - rather than the reality - of
their offspring. All of that said to underscore the
loss we experience as individuals upon the death
of our parents."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 4
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 5
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 6
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 10
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 17
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 22
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 29
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 32
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover4
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