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Letter: Congratulations to a fine attorney and gentleman

Congratulations to a fine attorney and gentleman

I would like to pay tribute to a man who was born on a farm in Alvaton, Meriwether County on Aug. 23, 1928, and lived through the Great Depression. At an early age he learned to plow fields and pick cotton. He was an avid reader and loved history and stories that his grandparents shared with him. He was a good student and a valued member of the track team. After high school graduation he began his college career at Berry College in Rome, then proudly served our country as a U.S. Marine and married Miss Louise Nichols. He finally finished college and law school (while working a full-time job) and then went on to pass the Georgia Bar Exam on May 21, 1962. On Oct. 1, 1962, he opened his law practice in Covington and began his career as a wise counselor and a Southern gentleman.

I began working for him as a paralegal on June 5, 2001, and immediately learned to love and respect him. I remember my first week in his office I had many questions and was somewhat timid to ask. He let me know early on that he considered no question to be a stupid question and that it was always OK to ask. I was just re-entering the work force at that time and I knew very little -- nothing really -- about computers. I told him that I was going to enroll in a computer class. To my surprise, he decided to join me as a student in that class.

He is a people person, through and through. His door is always open to clients, friends and family. On many occasions as I have been talking to people around Covington, I would mention that I work for him. In all these years I have never had a negative response. It's always: "I know him," or "He is a fine man," or "He is my attorney," or "He helped me," or "He helped my family." Many times they will share their stories of how they know him.

In closing, I just wanted to say congratulations to his man for 50 years of honorably practicing law here in Covington. This man is Charles Dempsey Strickland or "Mr. Charles," as he has been to me for the past 11 years.

Thank you, Mr. Charles, for all you have done for me and all that you have taught me and for treating me "like family." I pray you have many more years and that they are filled with blessings!

-- Teresa B. Thompson

Social Circle