Mableton's Favorite Son gets 2012 "M.L. Lamar Award"
Our own Roy Barnes came back home to pick up a very well earned, deserved and appreciated award for his contributions to our community.
Let’s go back to 1949 and meet a young man who started a dry
goods store. Let’s stay with this story and follow it as the dry goods store
grows and evolves into a store for women’s children’s and men’s clothing not to
mention notions and textiles.
Lamar’s was known, at one time, to have sold more Levis than
any other store in the Atlanta area. Mr. Lamar was proud to be from and live in
Austell and he believed one should always give back to the community. He was
active in many community groups and founded what was known as Austell’s
Merchant Association. Today that group
is known as the Austell Business Association. In 1999 the ABA was getting ready
to present an award to Mr. Lamar for “Lifetime Achievement” He died before the
honor could be bestowed but each year he is remembered by the award in his name
being given to a commendable person for their contribution to the community.
This year’s recipient is former Governor Roy E Barnes. Congratulations Roy. In addition to being a husband, a father, a grandfather to six (one more than me), he also served as Georgia’s 80th governor.
He previously had served as a Senator and a Representative for South Cobb.
He was, most recently, awarded the “Profile in Courage Award” by the John F Kennedy Library. If you know Roy or even if you only know of him
then you know his commitment to our community and great state has created new and innovative ideas on reforming education, running the state’s business and keeping the South Cobb Area alive and well.
Having always been involved with the community it was Roy who founded the South Cobb Improvement Association.
Opening remarks by Lea Ellen Rich who was standing in for Felicia, then a prayer of thanksgiving by Commissioner Woody Thompson, remarks by Mayor Joe Jerkins and Beverly Boyd and then onto remarks by Mr.lamra's daughter Margaret. Presentation of the award, comments by the recipient and Program concluded.
Congratulations on a well deserved honor and award.
I hope you can enjoy the photographs I have added to this story.
(Had to borrow a camera as my battery decided to go out) Thanks to Dr.Barry Harris from Garrett Middle School.