Dear editor:

We want to share with you the Marion Hay we know. We know Marion Hay as a man of honor and impeccable moral character, a man who commits his all. Debra was married to Marion Hay's late son, Buddy. She has since married Luther W (Bill) Hampton.

First, we must begin with a story of where Mr. Marion was less than 24 hours after the death of his only son. Buddy passed away on a Sunday night. At 8:00 a.m. the next morning, Mr. Marion, who was employed as the county administrator, had a meeting with the county commissioners and other officials. He stated that staying home wouldn't do anything to help Buddy so he might as well do something to help Colquitt County, a place Buddy loved. At the end of the meeting, he informed them of the death of his only child and that he would be out for the next few days. Marion Hay is a man who will serve Colquitt County, even when he himself is suffering.

Second, we tell you about his heart. He chose us as his children. We know we belong to him. He even enjoys introducing us as his daughter-in-law and son-in-law then stating that they are married. Unless you know, it definitely can be confusing. It takes a man of honor to open his heart to the husband of his son's wife.

Marion Hay has a huge heart and it has extended to many beyond just his family. Those who know him can tell stories of his generosity. Ask the county employees who've worked for him. Most have a story where he has generously opened his heart to them.

Third, he was the last of 11 children. His father became an invalid when he was young. He struggled and fought to get an education, to feed his family. He knows hard work. His tenacity and work ethic is needed to responsibly protect the rights of the people of this county.

Marion Hay will serve Colquitt County the way he lives his life. He will serve with all his heart and soul. He has the skills and experience to help us face all of the issues facing the citizens of Colquitt County.



Luther W. (Bill) and Debra M. (Hay) Hampton

Moultrie

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