‘... deeply involved and steadfastly dedicated to Marietta schools’
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Phil Gingrey U.S. Congressman, R-Marietta

There is a time-old saying that one can either be respected or loved, but not both, and that leaders should always strive towards the former. As one of the most beloved and well-regarded leaders in our community, though, and as only Otis could, he managed to be both.

Otis was deeply involved in and steadfastly dedicated to Marietta schools. I began my political career on the Marietta School Board and have always admired his commitment to our local schools.

As the publisher of the MDJ, Otis was always fair and even-handed. When he identified a problem, he drew attention to it, regardless of party affiliation. When he shined a light on something, he always left the situation better than he found it. Otis always sought the truth, but in his quest for it, he still treated everyone well. Besides being fair to Republicans and Democrats alike, the diehard Dawgs fan even managed to be gracious to this Georgia Tech alum.

Our community mourns his loss alongside his wife, children, and beautiful grandchildren. Otis will be deeply missed. But we will honor his memory today and every day. Because of one man’s rich life, we’ve all gained so much.
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