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August 27, 2004

Valdosta - A South Georgia city is honoring its former mayor.

The Valdosta-Lowndes Conference Center was renamed the James H. Rainwater Conference Center Friday. Plans are also underway to build a fountain and reflection pool in Rainwater's memory.

"I think probably today is one of the first days in his life that he's up there looking down and he's speechless," said Jamie Rainwater. "I don't think he would have ever thought that all of you, his sisters, and his family would be here honoring him in this way."

Rainwater died of a heart attack last October. He served as mayor of Valdosta for 16 years.

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