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Samuel Ozburn ---- Samuel Ozburn is a Superior Court judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. His father is the late Albert B. Ozburn Jr., who worked as a rural mail carrier in Newborn. Albert Ozburn died in 2010. ---- "Three things were important to my father -- God, family and community. As a child I attended church meetings where I watched him give reports as the church treasurer and as Sunday school superintendent. Sunday school and church were important, never to be missed, and the lessons from church were lived out daily by him, and I was watching. He once told me to never buy a cabin at the lake because I would feel like I had to spend so much time there and I would quit going to church on Sunday." ---- "He started the Newborn Horneyhead Fishing Tournament, organized a monthly breakfast for men from area churches, and taught me that serving others without recognition leads to true joy. This has shaped me and I have tried to convey this to my two sons as well. ---- "Daddy always emphasized the importance of education. He told me that I could buy a new car but it could be wrecked. A new house could be lost in a storm or to the bank, but an education cannot be lost and it will enable you to be your own boss and to serve others in greater ways."
For this Father's Day, the Citizen polled several local community leaders and professionals about their fathers' influence on their lives. We posed the question, "What is the best advice your father ever gave you?" Though responses varied, they all had one aspect in common -- a tremendous love and respect for the man who helped raise them. We hope you enjoy these nuggets of wisdom as much as we enjoyed gathering them.