• Past Gilmer County Citizens of the year at their October kickoff meeting are, left to right, Kent Sanford, Lex Rainey, the Rev. James Holt, Gene Jones, Ralph Cox, Emma Lou Stover, Sam Burrell, Ruth Caudell, Ben Arp, Minister Butch Jones, Morris Parks and George Winn.
    Past Gilmer County Citizens of the year at their October kickoff meeting are, left to right, Kent Sanford, Lex Rainey, the Rev. James Holt, Gene Jones, Ralph Cox, Emma Lou Stover, Sam Burrell, Ruth Caudell, Ben Arp, Minister Butch Jones, Morris Parks and George Winn.

‘Citizen of the Year’ ballots being accepted

Started in 1986 with Gene Jones being the first recipient, the Gilmer County Citizen of the Year (COTY): A Lifetime Achievement Award, has been awarded annually since. Ralph Cox was selected as the 2016 Citizen of the Year, adding his name to a very prestigious list.

Ballots are now available for the 2017 Gilmer County Citizen of the Year. This award will be given to a deserving person who has given freely of his or her time to support the community and has lived in Gilmer County for a minimum of five years. Anyone can be nominated and anyone can nominate someone.

The award will be presented in January at the Gilmer Chamber Annual Meeting. Ballots are available at the Chamber office at 696 First Ave. in East Ellijay, at gilmerchamber.com or call 706-635-7400 to request a ballot. Completed nominations must be received at the Chamber office by Friday, Dec. 1.

 

Citizen of the Year winners

1986 — Gene Jones

1987 — Glen Marshall*

1988 — Nanette M. West*

1989 — Ruth Hamrick*

1990 — Minister Butch Jones

1991 — C. Lloyd Smith*

1992 — Joe K. McCutchen

1993 — Albert Harrison*

1994 — George Winn

1995 — Calvin Jackson*

1996 — Emma Lou Stover

1997 — Avary Dimmock

1998 — Homer Hefner*

1999 — Ruth Caudell

2000 — Dr. Wilbur Schneider*

2001 — Morris Parks

2002 — George* & Annetta Bunch

2003 — Lou Harley*

2004 -— Farrell Starnes

2005 — Ben Arp

2006 — Charlie Waters*

2007 — Rev. Edmund Miller

2008 — Letch Watkins*

2009 — Billy Bernhardt

2010 — Mitchell Morgan

2011 — Lex Rainey

2012 — Rev. James Holt

2013 — Kent Sanford

2014 — Ben Kiker

2015 — Sam Burrell

2016 — Ralph Cox

*Deceased

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