A tribute to Robert Wood

I was invited to a celebration of Robert Wood’s 70th birthday at the Clay-Wood Center in Newnan.
It was a sunny warm day. But, it was like thunder in the building. It was a big gathering. Friends, family, politicians, members of the community and business associates were there. I felt a warmth, love and togetherness from the room.
It was not only a birthday celebration, but a gathering to show appreciation and honor to a man who has spent a lot of his life loving and helping others, including me. I have known of his great heart and kindness for years. I heard many people explaining how he changed their lives or helped them in a way that moved them to speak. I heard how he assisted with challenges and conditions that only he could solve.
Over and over again I witnessed people of all walks of life giving the same praise and telling anecdotes. I wondered how someone could work so selflessly for so many. The honor was echoing in the building. The applause was great after each testimony. There was music, singing, prayer and acknowledgement of a man truly worthy of this occasion. I was so glad that I was invited.
I had to wipe tears from my eyes before they ran down my cheeks because I to received so much from a man that has worked tirelessly in the state, county and communities to help improve the conditions and lives of so many.
When I needed help with several challenges, he solved each of them. I said he is an angel on earth. Mr. Wood has used his strengths, power and position in Coweta to better the lives of all he comes in contact. He is a man who is powerful but willing to listen, a man who is strong but sensitive, and a man who expects accountability but is willing to help. He is also personable.
Robert Wood is an asset to Newnan and Coweta County. If someone wanted to describe what an ally and true friend is, it would be Robert Wood.
Mr. Wood, I want to thank you also.
Paris Pressley
Newnan

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