Sergeant First Class Ray F. Lents was honored on November 17th for 30 years of service, 22 of those years at Post 27 in Blue Ridge, GA. Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston gathered with many others for the ceremony. Ralston and State Senator Steve Gooch were sponsors of the resolution.
Ralston made the following statement,
I was proud to join so many members of our community in honoring Sergeant First Class Ray Lents on Thursday as we dedicated the intersection of Highway 515 and the Orvin Lance Connector in his memory. Sgt. Lents served with the Georgia State Patrol for 30 years and was the post commander of Post 27 in Blue Ridge from 1971 until his retirement in 1993.
It was great to celebrate the legacy of a dedicated public servant who spent a lifetime protecting our roads and communities. We owe a special debt of gratitude to his wife, Jo Ann, and his children, Jeff, Tim and Mandy, for sharing him with us. I also want to thank all the local officials, State Senator Steve Gooch and Georgia Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough for joining us for this special observance.
The law enforcement community was well-represented as well and I appreciate both active and retired officers of several state and local agencies attending to honor their fellow officer. A final, special thanks to Bill Holt Chevrolet for sponsoring this celebration and providing a well-deserved tribute to a pillar of our community.
See the Resolution below:
House Resolution 1523
By: Representative Ralston of the 7th
1 Honoring the life of Sergeant First Class Ray F. Lents and dedicating an intersection in his
2 memory; and for other purposes.
3 WHEREAS, the State of Georgia lost one of its finest citizens and most dedicated law
4 enforcement officers with the passing of Sergeant First Class Ray F. Lents on December 16,
5 1993; and
6 WHEREAS, a native of Murray County, Georgia, Sergeant First Class Lents joined the
7 Georgia State Patrol in 1963 and was assigned to Post 27 in Blue Ridge upon graduating
8 from the 25th trooper school in Atlanta in 1964; and
9 WHEREAS, he was promoted to corporal in 1968 and sergeant in 1971 and served as
10 commander of Post 27 from 1971 until his retirement in 1993, diligently protecting and
11 serving the citizens of Fannin, Gilmer, Union, and Towns counties; and
12 WHEREAS, this dedicated law enforcement officer served as a guardian of this nation’s
13 freedom and liberty with the United States Armed Forces and was a member of Lebanon
14 Baptist Church and Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge Number 67 F&AM; and
15 WHEREAS, he was united in love and marriage to Jo Ann Galloway Lents and blessed with
16 three remarkable children, Jeff, Tim, and Mandy; and
17 WHEREAS, Sergeant First Class Lents exhibited extraordinary devotion to duty, outstanding
18 loyalty, fine leadership, and meticulous attention to detail in all his duties, and it is
19 abundantly fitting and proper that an intersection be dedicated in his memory.
20 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ENACTED BY THE GENERAL
21 ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that the intersection of Highway 515/U.S. 75 and the Orvin
22 Lance Connector is dedicated as the Sergeant First Class Ray F. Lents Memorial Intersection. 16 LC 25 6585 H. R. 1523 – 2 –
23 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is authorized and
24 directed to erect and maintain appropriate signs dedicating the Sergeant First Class Ray F.
25 Lents Memorial Intersection.
26 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized
27 and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the
28 family of Sergeant First Class Ray F. Lents and to the Department of Transportation.
A special dedication was held in honor of Mr. James Howard “Bud” Holloway Jr. on September 26th 2015. Friends and family gathered to remember and honor the life and memory of Mr. Holloway. See Senate Resolution 126 (PART XV) below:
WHEREAS, Mr. James Howard “Bud” Holloway, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 313 2, 1932, the beloved son of James Howard Holloway, Sr., and Louise Walton Holloway; and
WHEREAS, he served as a guardian of this nation’s freedom and liberty with the United States Navy, valiantly and courageously defending his fellow citizens and upholding the ideals of America; and
WHEREAS, in 1967, Mr. Holloway became the owner of the Pink Pig, a BBQ restaurant in the community of Cherry Log; and
WHEREAS, a cherished member of the Cherry Log community, Mr. Holloway always had a gold dollar for the children dining at his restaurant and a funny story to tell his guests; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Holloway will long be remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit, and his political debates continue to be sorely missed by those who loved him; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the extraordinary accomplishments of this distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized by dedicating a bridge in his memory.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED AND ENACTED that the bridge on State Route 515 over Cherry Log Street in Gilmer County is dedicated as the J. H. “Bud” Holloway Memorial Bridge.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the Department of Transportation and the family of Mr. James Howard “Bud” Holloway, Jr.
A special ceremony was held Saturday, September 26th at 10 am to designate the road and place a sign honoring the life and memory of Ronald L. Newton. The service took place at Mineral Bluff Baptist Church on Mineral Bluff Highway. Below is the resolution:
House Resolution 215 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) By: Representative Ralston of the 7th
A RESOLUTION Honoring the life and memory of the Honorable Ronald Lee Newton and dedicating a road in his honor; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the Honorable Ronald Lee Newton was born on November 29, 1960, in Copperhill, Tennessee, the beloved son of John Newton, Sr., and the late Rachel Marie Davenport Newton; and
WHEREAS, Judge Newton was elected as Chief Magistrate of Fannin County in 1988, a position in which he provided sound and reasoned judgments until his passing; and
WHEREAS, he served as the judge for the City of McCaysville for more than two decades, and during his career on the bench, he earned a reputation as a clear thinker and hard worker, as a man whose strong convictions were supported by meticulous research and careful consideration, and as an equitable, impartial leader whose decisions were governed by the rules of honesty and fair play; and
WHEREAS, Judge Newton was an active member of the Georgia Council of Magistrate Judges, where his leadership and guidance were valued and appreciated by his fellow members; and
WHEREAS, he was recognized by the Blue Ridge Lions Club for his unselfish and dedicated service to the people of Fannin County; and WHEREAS, Judge Newton was an honest and dedicated public servant who strived for excellence in all his endeavors and whose primary concern was the fair and impartial administration of justice; and
WHEREAS, he was united in love and marriage to his wife, Rita, and was blessed with two remarkable sons, Josh and Andrew, and two adorable grandchildren, Riley and Baylon; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the members of this body show their gratitude for this dedicated public servant by dedicating a road in his memory.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that State Route 60 in Fannin County from its intersection with State Route 60 Spur in Mineral Bluff to the city limits of McCaysville is dedicated as the Judge Ronald L. Newton Memorial Highway.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Transportation is authorized and directed to erect and maintain appropriate signs dedicating the Judge Ronald L. Newton Memorial Highway.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to make appropriate copies of this resolution available for distribution to the family of Judge Ronald L. Newton and to the Department of Transportation.