Former state senator Ted Land dies at 81

Ted Land
Ted Land

Former state senator and Columbus Council member Ted Land was remembered by a cousin on Sunday as a “hard worker.”

Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said Land, 81, was pronounced dead at Columbus Hospice on Moon Road at 1:14 a.m. Saturday.

“I think Ted would like to be remembered for his work as a public servant,” said his cousin Jack Land, who served 22 years on the Columbus City Council.

“Ted was a very capable individual who worked hard for the people he served,” Jack Land said.

A retired real-estate agent, Ted Land served in the Georgia Senate, representing District 16 from 1979-1990. He also served on Columbus Council for two and a half years in the mid-1990s.

While on council, he served out the unexpired post vacated by his cousin Clay Land.

“What many people may not know is that when Ted first won election to the State Senate it was as a write-in candidate. That is something really unusual,” Jack Land said.

Chairman of the Columbus Republican Party Alton Russell was a longtime friend of Ted Land and worked on all of his campaigns.

“He was always a gentleman, always pleasant,” Russell said.

Russell said Land took his work seriously.

“Ted really cared about the people he served. He was sure to get a lot of opinions about issues on which he was voting and then made the decision he thought was best for this Columbus and the state.” Russell said.

Ted Land’s wife of 10 months, Norma Land, said her husband was “proud of the work he did in office.”

“Ted was a friendly man,” she said. “He was someone who really cared about people.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Striffler-Hamby will be handling the funeral.

Larry Gierer: 706-571-8581, @lagierer