Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010 Hamblen County Commissioner Guy Collins Passes Away

The longest serving county commissioner in the history of Hamblen County and in the State of Tennessee has passed away. [Update: Guy, according to the Tribune, was actually #2 to some other county commissioner somewhere in the state. No name or county was provided about the other commissioner. Guy was #1 in Hamblen County and #2 in the State in terms of total years of service on what was the old Quarterly Court which later became the modern Hamblen County Legislative Body or Hamblen County Commission.]

Guy, who represented the 11th District encompassing Witt and Roe Junction, died at home several weeks  after being released from the hospital after an extended stay. He attended the last Committee meetings on October 18.

Several years ago when I was on the Commission, we attended a meeting of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association in Knoxville, TN. Guy was honored back then for his long years of service.

Everybody knew then that Guy would keep on running and keep on being re-elected as long as wanted to.  I don't think anyone doubted that Guy would be serving on the Hamblen County Commission until the day he died. And that is exactly what happened.

I'm sure that there will be a special moment of silence and many well-deserved words of praise for Guy during tomorrow's County Commission meeting at the Courthouse at 5:00 PM and in the days to come.

More in a future post.

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