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Funeral for former Macon Mayor Tommy Olmstead will be Saturday

The funeral service for former Macon Mayor Tommy Olmstead will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon.

Olmstead, also a former Bibb County Commission chairman and state senator, died Wednesday afternoon. He was 83.

The Rev. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will run from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hart’s Mortuary at the Cupola, located at 6324 Peake Road.

Lanford said he’d known Olmstead all his life, recalling that his father, Dr. Charles Lanford, had bought furniture for his medical office from Olmstead at his store, American Office Equipment Co. And that furniture’s still in good shape, he said.

“If Tommy was going to do something, he did it right the first time because he had integrity -- and people knew that,” Lanford said. “He was well-respected in all aspects of our community because he had integrity of heart.”

In 1976, Olmstead began a political career that spanned nearly three decades when he was elected to the Bibb County Commission. He won election to the Georgia Senate in 1986 and then was elected mayor of Macon in 1991. He was the city’s chief executive during the Great Flood of 1994, when Bibb County residents lost water service for nearly three weeks.

In 1995, Gov. Zell Miller appointed him director of the state Department of Human Resources. He was elected chairman of the Bibb County Commission in 2000 and retired in 2004.

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