Social Circle councilman dies at 77

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle District 3 Councilman David Terry, 77, died Sunday afternoon at his home.

Having lived in the city since the early 1990s, Terry, a retiree of BellSouth, began serving on the council in January 2002.

"We're going to miss him," said City Manager Doug White. "He was a very good-hearted person."

White said all of the city employees loved him.

"He championed the employees and had their interest at heart when making budget decisions," White said. "He often stopped by City Hall a couple of times a day."

Mayor Jim Burgess said this is a great loss to the city and the council.

"He was a tremendous team player ... and very responsive to the citizens," he said Tuesday.

Terry served on the council's public safety committee.

"He was very active in his work on crime fighting," Burgess said. "He was a visionary to the city."

White said Terry's term would have expired this election year, so it's unlikely the city will hold a special election to fill his seat.

Burgess will be in talks with the other three council members soon to discuss possible options; White said the city charter allows the council to appoint another person to fill the unexpired portion of a term. That person, as well as any other residents of District 3, then will be allowed to run for the seat in November's election. The council is expected to announce a decision at its April or May meetings.

Meadows Funeral Home will hold a visitation for family and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. today at its location at 760 Ga. Highway 11 S.W. in Monroe. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home's chapel; interment will be held at Social Circle City Cemetery.