Olan Faulk, a former mayor of Richland, Ga., and senior aide to U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, died Thursday at Candler Hospital in Savannah. He was 80.
“Georgia and America have lost a great public servant in Olan Faulk," U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. said. " His work as a rural educator, a community action program administrator, a long-time and effective aide for former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, and as mayor of his hometown of Richland, Ga., are proof positive that Olan Faulk made a difference with his life.”
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in Savannah, according to Bynes-Royall Funeral Home.
Born Sept. 17, 1930 in Cairo, Ga., Faulk graduated from Washington High School and attended Fort Vally State College, now Fort Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He taught vocational agriculture for seven years in the Stewart County School System and served 13 years as director of operations for the Enrichment Services Program in Columbus before joining the staff of U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn.
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After retiring as a senior aide to Nunn, Faulk was elected in 1998 as the first black mayor of Richland. He served two terms.
Faulk was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, but later joined Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in Savannah.
Other than his wife Risco, survivors include a son, Wendell Faulk of Buena Vista, Ga; four daughters, Vickie Faulk Clemons of McDonough, Ga; Angela Mobley Chavis, Marilyn Mobley Geiger and Carolyn Mobley Pierce, all of Savannah; a brother, Outley Faulk of Milledgeville, Ga; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.