VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - After eight years, people who live in Naylor finally saw what was once a dream become a reality as the doors of the Naylor Community Center opened on Wednesday.
"You've gotta have a place, where people can sit down and talk and let them see and know what you're trying to do in the community," said long-term resident JC Riley.
Over the last 44 years, JC and his family have called the city of Naylor home.
When JC arrived in the seventies, his daughter was six years old and his son was just a baby.
As the community grew, they grew along with it.
At age 76, JC got to witness the grand opening of the Naylor Community Center that sits in the park which was named after him.
"We came down in 1974, moved our little business in Lowndes County and that was 44 years ago. And we've been here ever since," said JC.
For JC, it's a feeling of accomplishment to see the community center finally come about.
The first vision was the park that took on JC's last name as well as the notable Pat Ledford family.
"We've been working for the last many years to get this facility for the last 10, 15, 20 years we've been working at this," explained JC.
Now, JC's granddaughter will be one of the first people to occupy the facility during her high school graduation.
"Very proud of the building that we've got now because it will serve the community, the community's growing," said JC.
JC and his daughter Angie Riley stand proud because the Naylor Community Center is a reflection of just what hard-work and determination can accomplish.
"Without working together you're not going to get anything done. I remember a long time ago a commissioner, well representative, Robert Patten, told me, 'If you want something, you ask for it, if you don't want it, don't ask,'" said JC.
"I've been here since I was 6-years-old and we've seen it from the ground up, and we're just happy to have this in our area," said Angie.
The center can be rented for $66.00 an hour for the minimum of two hours, with a $100 deposit.