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4-4-04 Max Lockwood’s Passing is Loss to Entire State -- U. S. 441 Advocate

U S 441 is an important corridor for this state.   If and when the four-lane is completed the full length, Max Lockwood needs to be appreciated for his tireless efforts for all of us for the last ten years or more.

AVOC Article


April 4, 2004


Max Lockwood’s Passing is Loss to Entire State


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


Reports of the death of Max Lockwood this week came as sad news for many who knew and dealt with Max over the years.  Max single-handedly did more for the improvement of U. S. 441 than and other one person in my memory.


He traveled to Atlanta, attended meetings all over the state and visited and networked with all counties along the corridor.


When he retired as Mayor last year, AVOC wrote the following article that describes his service to GA and U. S. 441 communities.

Coffee County News


            Douglas, Georgia


April 21, 2003


Mayor Lockwood not to seek re-election


At the closing of the City Commission meeting on Monday evening, April 14, 2003, a surprise announcement was made by Mayor Max Lockwood.


In a prepared statement, the mayor stated, "Those who have the privilege to serve in elective office will always remember the friends and neighbors who supported their efforts to serve. My association with the men and women who work with our City of Douglas has been one of the highlights of my life.


As I complete this six years of service as your mayor, I now turn my thoughts to other challenges. I could not have served with a better, harder working group of City Commissioners as we have worked together to help build a better community. I pray God’s blessing on each of you."




AVOC COMMENT:   I have known Max Lockwood for several years.  There is no more public-spirited individual in Georgia.    He has been the point person for the improvement and development of the U S 441 Corridor that traverses the entire state from N C to FLA.  It goes through Coffee County as well as Morgan, Oconee, Clarke etc.


Max has been a positive influence and a perennial optimist.  He as well as many of us "veterans" find it disappointing that the transportation funding in GA has suffered so much in recent years.   U S 441 is an important corridor for this state.   If and when the four-laning is completed, Max Lockwood needs to be appreciated for his tireless efforts for all of us for the last ten years or more.


AVOC wishes you well in retirement, Max!


Wendell Dawson, Editor

The Georgia Municipal Association



April 2, 2004


Former Douglas Mayor, Max Lockwood, dies
GMA is saddened to report that former Douglas mayor Max Lockwood died Wednesday evening as a result of injuries he sustained in an automobile accident several weeks ago. His untimely death is a terrible loss to his community and the state, and we will all miss him very much. Max was actively involved in GMA during his tenure as mayor, serving in numerous leadership capacities.

Coffee County News

                                Douglas, Georgia



April 2, 2004

Former Mayor Max Lockwood passes away

Max Lockwood, whose heart beat with a passion for the well-being of Douglas, Coffee County, the State of Georgia, and the entire country, lost his fight to live Wednesday evening, March 31, 2004, at approximately 6:30 p.m. He had been hospitalized for over two weeks at Savannah Memorial Hospital following a vehicle accident.

Mr. Lockwood is survived by his wife, Ginny; four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and family at Sims Funeral Home on Friday evening, April 2, 2004, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 3, 2004, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Douglas.

Coffee County News



March 18, 2004

Press release by US 441 Economic Development Council

Max Lockwood Injured in Auto Accident

On Tuesday, March 16th, Max Lockwood, President of the US 441 Economic Development Council, was involved in an automobile accident on Highway 441 South. Lockwood was taken by ambulance to Coffee Regional Medical Center and later transported to Memorial Hospital in Savannah for treatment and observation purposes. Any further developments will be released by the US 441 office.

For additional information, the family requests that all directives and inquiries be referred to the US 441 Council office at 384-9224. The US 441 Council office will remain open and duties handled under the direction of Senior Consultant Garland Thompson and Vice President Tim Thomason.

The Athens Banner-Herald  4-1- 2004http://onlineathens.com/stories/040204/new_20040402025.shtml

Group's leader dies after traffic accident

U.S. 441 development council

Staff reports   


   Max Lockwood, president of the U.S. 441 Economic Development Council, died Wednesday from injuries he suffered last month in a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 441 in south Georgia.


   The U.S. 441 Economic Development Council began in 1994 with the aim of improving the economic conditions in the 44 counties that form a corridor stretching 364 miles through Georgia along U.S. 441. The highway, which begins in eastern Tennessee and ends in northern Florida, links Athens, Milledgeville, Dublin and Douglas.

   One of the council's more public efforts has been to push for funding to widen U.S. 441 to four lanes throughout Georgia.

   Most sections from Watkinsville to the North Carolina border have been widened, though the stretch between Athens and Commerce remains two lanes for most of its length.

   ''He was the driving force behind the 441 Economic Development Council,'' said E.H. Culpepper of Athens, a 441 council member. ''He had a tremendous ability to create collaborations between people and communities.''

   Lockwood also was supportive of the 441 Heritage Committee, a group dedicated to publicizing tourism along the corridor. -------------

Statesboro Herald

April 2, 2004           OBITUARIES

Mr. Charles Max Lockwood, Sr. age 78 of Douglas passed away on Wednesday (March 31, 2004) as a result of injuries received in a automobile accident.

He was president and chief executive officer of the U.S. 441 Economic Development Council based in Douglas and a graduate of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He had lived in Douglas since 1979 where he served two terms as mayor. He was the first director and originator of the Recreation program in Statesboro where he served for 19 years. He was the State President of the Georgia Recreation Society, now known as the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association and a recent inductee into the Statesboro Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Municipal Association and as chairman of the Transportation & Economic Development Committee in 2000 and 2001.

He was active in economic development organizations, and served two terms as Chairman of the Georgia environmental Facilities Authority. He was renamed to the Authority on June 5, 2001 by Governor Roy Barnes, and served a total of 10 years. He served as a member of the Executive Committee for Georgians for Better Transportation based in Atlanta. In August 2001 he was recognized as “Board Member of the Year” by GBT. He was named to the Joint House and Senate, LARP (Local Assistance Road Program) Study Committee by Lt. Governor Mark Taylor on June 6, 2002. He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Georgia Regional Development Center and served as State Chairman of the Georgia Association of Regional Development Centers.

He was a recipient of the 2001 Zell Miller Public Policy Leadership Award and was a past President of the Georgia Chambers of Commerce Executives Association and he served on the Governmental Affairs Council for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was a past president of the Douglas Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1996, he received the State Bar of Georgia Liberty Bell Award. In 1997, he was named the State Volunteer Partner of the year by the Georgia Department of Labor. In 1998, he was featured on the cover of Georgia Trend in recognition of his support of Transportation and was listed as a member of Trend’s 100 most influential Georgians in 2002. He served two years as chairman of the GEDA State Transportation Committee and two terms on the Board of Directors. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential South Georgians by South Georgia Business Magazine for 2004. He was named National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2004 edition. He was named to Republican Chairman’s 2003 Honor Roll, National Republican Congressional Committee. He was the recipient of 2003 Republican Gold Medal, the Party’s highest honor award. He was a member of the Board of Directors in Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation 2003. He was an editorial columnist for Georgia’s weekly newspapers for 50 years.