On Tuesday, November 19, members of the Thomas County Republican Party came together at the Plaza Restaurant to honor a life-long Republican and volunteer.
Beginning at noon, family, friends and special guests came to honor Lillian Petrie for the years she has dedicated to the Republican Party upon announcing her retirement this year.
Special guests included Representative Darlene Taylor, Chairman Doug Silvis, Roy Campbell, Sheriff Carlton Powell and Bainbridge Representative Dean Burke.
After lunch was served, guests were asked to stand, introduce themselves and talk about their experiences with Petrie.
“She is the power working behind the scenes. As a citizen, we need more people like her,” said Rep. Darlene Taylor.
The keynote speaker for the presentation was past chairman, Doug Silvis. He read a resolution that was to be adopted by the committee to honor Lillian Patterson Petrie. The resolution highlighted her many achievements.
Lillian Petrie came to Thomasville in 1970. It was at this time that she owned and operated The Forms Boutique, Inc. from 1993 until 2003. In 2003 Petrie began volunteering for the Thomas County Republican Party and since then has contributed her talents and dedication.
She said, “I love working in politics.”
As a volunteer, Petrie created and operated local party headquarters and became a member of the Thomas County Republican Executive Committee from 2000 to 2013.
During those years, she participated as the secretary of the Thomas County Republican Committee beginning in 2002, under Chairman Dog Silvis, and continuing with Chairman Scott Sterling, Chairman Tim Louderback, Chairman Fred Heivilin, Chairman Heather Abbot and Chairman Mike Baugh.
Her duties have included serving as an elected Delegate, traveling at her expense to attend every Republican District and State Republican Convention from 2000-2012; headquarters coordinator; and chairman or co-chairman, being the primary person responsible for organizing and operating the local Thomas County and Regional Republican Headquarters during every election for the past twelve years at six different locations and under six different chairmen.
Additionally, Petrie has used her time to contact newspapers, television stations and other media to give notice to party events and activities while she assisted candidates and party officers at every level to organize precincts, election districts and campaigns, made phone calls, stuffed envelopes and recruited others to help. Likewise, within her church, she is a volunteer who assists when needed.
At the age of 81, Petrie announced her retirement this year.
After the reading of the resolution, the committee voted on and adopted it. Petrie was presented with the “key to the city” by Roy Campbell and with a silver engraved tray by Chairman Mike Baugh.
At the end of the presentations, Petrie commented, “This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you and I love you all.”
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.