Highway named in honor of former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, will now have his name attached to a highway after a dedication ceremony held this afternoon at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
It was considered a fitting tribute to the state leader who served under the gold dome as Governor of Georgia as a Republican from 2003-2011, being that he is a native to Middle Georgia.
“It’s a real honor,” Gov. Perdue said. “It’s not something I sought, but to be able to come from a small community in Middle Georgia and to go and have the opportunity to serve as a chief executive of a great state like Georgia with so many people; wonderful people all across the state, that’s who the honor belongs to.”
“It belongs to many of these people who will be here today that served shoulder-to-shoulder with me in serving the people of Georgia and trying to give them the very best they could with fairly limited resources when I was in office,” Gov. Perdue added.
Government leaders in attendance included the mayors of Warner Robins and Perry, Randy Toms and Jimmy Faircloth respectively, as well state senators Larry Walker and Jack Hill.
Perdue’s cousin, United States Senator David Perdue, was also on hand to say a few words.
The stretch of road that will carry the former governor’s name won’t be hard to miss: Interstate 75 through Houston County from the Peach County line until the Dooly County line.