By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Page was the father of Bryan schools
Placeholder Image
Former Bryan County school board chairman Hughlynn Page, 73, died Tuesday at his farm residence in Ellabell.
    He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Marian Edwards Page, daughter Patti Newman, son Daniel Page, grandchildren, brothers, sister, aunt, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Page grew up in Bryan County, was educated in the county school system and served on the Bryan County Board of Education for 17 years, including 12 years as chairman in addition to being a full time farmer, according to Frances Meeks of the Bryan County Board of Education.
    “He was an admirable man who spent countless hours helping to build an educational system worthy of our Bryan County children. He served as a mentor to many educational leaders in this county and many others. He was one of the wisest men I ever knew, and we never hesitated to call on him for advice. He will be sorely missed.” Meeks said.
    Sallie Brewer, superintendent of Bryan County schools, said he was as dedicated to Bryan County Schools as he was his farm.
    “I regard him as the father of Bryan County education. He was the most ethical man I ever met in my life. He was self employed as a farmer, and that took a lot of time, but he always gave as much time as was needed to education, also,” Brewer said.
June Baylor, former superintendent of Bryan County Schools said they worked together for many years on the Board of Education.
    “He was chairman of the school board for many years and a very fine man. When he first took office the schools were in pretty bad shape, but he did a wonderful job in pulling it all together and getting new schools and the system together. He was really interested in education for every child in the county,” Baylor said.
“It was a big blow when I heard about his death. He was a wonderful farmer and loved to farm. If it had to happen, I think he would take comfort that he died at the farm he loved so much,” she said.
Dwight Newman of the Bryan County Farm Bureau said Parker was a man who would do anything for anyone at any hour and the community has suffered a huge loss in his passing.
    “He was the best man I’ve ever known and a truly awesome man,” Newman said.
      In addition serving as chairman on the Board of Education, Page served on the Bryan County Welfare Board, ASCS/Farm Service Agency 43 years, AgSouth Farm Credit Board of Directors 32 years, and had been serving as president of the Bryan County Farm Bureau for 39 years, up to the time of his passing. He was also a member of the Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club.
      Page was recognized by the Bryan County 4-H and Bryan County High School FFA for his contributions to the organizations, was selected in 1972 as the Georgia Farmer of the Year, and in 1988 and 1990 was awarded the Goodyear Conservation Award by the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sign up for our E-Newsletters