Viewpoint: Honoring the memory of two great men

Southwest Ga recently lost two visionaries, and we want to take a moment to recognize them and their contributions to our community.

Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing founder, Millard Fuller planted a seed and watched it bloom into an international organization and movement.  His life and his work are shining examples of how, as citizens of the world, one person really can make a difference.

Fuller gave up his lucrative law career to work towards making sure every family has a decent and affordable home.  His organization is credited with helping more than 300,000 families.

In 1996, Fuller received the presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  Fuller was also the recipient of the World Changer Award, the Norman Vincent Peale Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, among others.

And Albany lost one of its finest citizens, this past Friday. 97-year old George M. Kirkland, was the co-founder of Walden and Kirkland Realtors.

Kirkland is remembered as a visionary who, decades ago, pushed for Albany to open a technical school. The Kirkland Conference Center at Albany Technical College is now named for him.

Over the years, Kirkland served on the boards of nearly every charitable organization in Albany. In 2004, he was named Georgia's Distinguished Senior by the state legislature.

He is remembered by those who knew him as a kind man who lived life to the fullest.

George Kirkland let his mark on Albany, Georgia, and he will be missed.