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Group honors outgoing city officials
Georgia Municipal Association Lifetime Service Award
Mayor Ford Gravitt (center-right) and Councilman Quincy Holton (center-left) were recently presented the Georgia Municipal Association Lifetime Service Award by Pam Helton and Bill Thornton with GMA. - photo by For the FCN

Two outgoing city of Cumming officials were honored for service to the city at their final meeting. 

At a Cumming City Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ford Gravitt and Councilman Quincy Holton were presented the Georgia Municipal Association Lifetime Service Award. The award is given to those who have served at least 35 years.

“When the awards were created, we thought, ’35 years, that’s a long time. We probably won’t give out too many awards,”’ said Bill Thornton with GMA. “Tonight we’re here to honor two people who have shattered all the records.”

Gravitt took office as mayor in 1971 and served on the city council immediately before, starting in 1967. Holton took office in 1968. 

Thornton said the association had checked all around the state and, to his knowledge, Gravitt was the longest-serving mayor in the state and Holton the longest-serving councilman.

Both were unsuccessful in their re-election campaigns this year.

Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter also presented Gravitt with an award from the council. 

“It’s been a big honor to have been in this seat and work with the city council over the years, and Quincy was on the council when I was on there also,” Gravitt said. “I am a very lucky man to have been able to serve this long.”