Eunice Lastinger Mixon, Tifton’s “grande dame” and a retired educator, was honored in the Georgia state Senate last week as the Distinguished Older Georgian for 2018. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Greg Kirk, R– Americus, commends Mixon for her decades of service to the state and to her community. “Mrs. Mixon served as a doorkeeper for the Georgia state Senate for 12 years and retired just before her 80th birthday. Mrs. Mixon has won numerous awards for her work throughout the state of Georgia and her experience is remarkable,” Kirk said. “Mrs. Mixon’s service to our community and state goes beyond the politics as seen in her personally raising more than $25,000 for Alzheimer’s disease, among many other selfless acts. I am honored to sponsor this resolution for my friend, a woman that has dedicated so much of her life to serving the citizens of our state inside and out of her work.” The Senate resolution notes that Mixon was honored by an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College scholarship recognizing her 23 years of service on the Georgia Student Finance Commission and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of ABAC; was recognized as one of the 40 Most Influential South Georgians by South Georgia Business Magazine; received the inaugural Eunice L. Mixon Award, created by the State Bar of Georgia to be presented annually to a non-lawyer Georgian for lifetime contributions to the judicial branch; was named one of 25 Women of the 21st Century by a Ga. House of Representatives resolution, sharing this honor with such women as Rosalyn Carter, Coretta Scott King and Betty Talmadge; served as a charter director of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence; served as the first chairman of the state’s Hope Scholarship Committee; and was appointed by the state Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Georgia, serving from 1997 until 2013.
Source: Tifton Grapevine