Candlelight vigil planned for late Sylvester councilman

Candlelight vigil planned for late Sylvester councilman

SYLVESTER, Ga. (WALB) - A candlelight vigil is planned for Larry Johnson, the late Sylvester city councilman.

Officials said Johnson passed away in Tifton due to COVID-19 complications.

“To him, there was Sylvester and family and it’s been really hard for the employees and everybody at home,” said Sylvester City Manager Autron Hayes.

City Manager Autron Hayes
City Manager Autron Hayes (Source: WALB)

According to Hayes, Johnson was a councilman in the City of Sylvester for around 27 years.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, a candlelight vigil will be held for the late councilman.

The vigil will be at 10 a.m. in front of the Train Depot.

Social distancing is encouraged and Hays says masks will be mandatory.

Not only has his passing left a hole in the Sylvester community, but one within the council chambers.

Filling the vacated seat was not the main concern for Hayes and other city leaders this soon after Johnson’s death.

“I think we’re just trying to get through this grieving process,” said Hayes.

Johnson was the councilman of Ward 4 in Sylvester.

Hayes said, for the time being, people within that ward can contact the Sylvester City Hall now that their ward representative is no longer with us. However, a special election is likely to happen in the future to fill the now vacant seat.

Hayes said, it’s too early to know when Johnson’s seat will be filled but said “we’ll follow the procedures, whatever the law allows.”

Johnson was 62-years-old and had served on the city council since 1994, according to Hayes.

Johnson’s funeral will be held at the Sylvester Pedestrian Mall at 102 South Main Street in Sylvester on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. Johnson will be buried at Shepard Memorial Gardens on West Street.

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