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Former county mayor Ron Gifford passes

Former county mayor Ron Gifford passes
Former county mayor Ron Gifford passes | Ron Gifford, weakley county mayor

Ron Gifford
Ron Gifford, a Palmersville farmer and former Weakley County mayor, passed away Monday afternoon from an apparent heart attack.
Gifford served as head of the county for 12 years before the seat was claimed by Houston Patrick of Martin in 2006.
With Patrick slated for re-election this year, Gifford was a potential candidate for the seat after he reportedly pick up filing papers for the Democratic primary. Gifford never returned his petition for the county mayor seat.
Gifford was a farmer and former school teacher. As an advocate for education, the three-term executive touted the lifelong process of learning when campaigning for re-election in 2006.
“Education is a lifelong process. The combination of learning academic and social skills is a must in public schools. We are here to learn as well as build a sense of team spirit,” Gifford commented during a 2006 interview with The Press.
At the time, Gifford said the biggest challenges facing rural America was the lack of selling resources such as clay, hardwood timber and agriculture crops.
As a farmer, Gifford said the county could better reserve fossil fuels by using corn and soybeans as fuel.
“As a nation, we should be exploring other renewable resources,” Gifford added.
See Thursday’s edition of The Press for additional details. Visit for funeral arrangements as they become available.
WCP 4.13.10

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