House resolution to honor Ford, Buck

ATLANTA -- The Georgia General Assembly is considering a House resolution that will honor two prominent Columbus citizens -- George Ford Jr. and Tom Buck -- by naming roads after them.

The interchange at St. Marys Road and Interstate 185 would be named in honor of Ford, who died last year. Ford was a funeral home operator and a community leader.

"Members of the community wanted a way to honor George Ford," said Rep. Carolyn Hugley, D-Columbus. "He was the first African American to run for public office. It was appropriate because his business was on St. Marys Road."

A portion of Wynnton Road and 13th Streets would be named after Buck, a retired Columbus legislator. Buck, a Democrat, served more than three decades in the House.

"Buck gave a lot of time and energy for the betterment of Columbus," said Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, and one of Buck's longtime colleagues.

The section of Wynnton that would be renamed would run to the Burger King east of the Aflac tower. That fast food restaurant was Buck's childhood home.

The resolution has passed the House and will be considered by the Senate today. If it passes the Senate, it would have to signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue before it becomes law.