Liberty pays tribute to former mayor

January 02, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - A portrait and plaque as a memorial to the late Dr. John Grider, who served as mayor and city councilman in his hometown for many years, was dedicated Tuesday at City Hall.

Grider's widow, Ressie Grider, presented the portrait of Grider, and the city placed a plaque on the wall in the City Council meeting room to commemorate the years of service the former mayor gave to the community. He was mayor from 1987-1993 and had been councilman before that.

Grider's sons, Dan Grider, a minister and church planner in Carlsbad, Calif., and Jay Grider, a medical doctor in Lexington, and their families were on hand for the dedication. About 50 friends and former pat-ients of Grider also were present.

Mayor Steve Sweeney praised Grider for his service to the city and for other things he did in town. Sweeney called Grider "one of the most giving and kind persons I know."


Grider, a local chiropractor, always encouraged young people to become members of his profession. He also had been a song leader and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church, Hustonville Road. He died Aug. 8, 2002.

"It's an honor to be here and say what a great all-around guy he was," said Sweeney.

Grider's sons talked about how their father got interested in politics when former Gov. Louie Nunn was in office. "He saw a mayor and council as a way to do his best for the community," said Jay Grider. "He would have loved this building," he said of the new City Hall.

Dan Grider said his father traveled around some before settling down in his hometown.

He talked about his father's concern about when the new yellow fire truck arrived in town several years ago. "Dad was a little troubled by the color; he thought it should have been red," said Dan Grider.

"He was proud of the town and its people," said Dan Grider.

"The passion and love we have for this town was personified by Dr. Grider," said Sweeney. "He was a caring person who invested his time and energy and love for the community."

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