Long-time State Senator Hugh Gillis Sr. Dies
By: GFB News
1/4/2013 10:55:09 AM
Hugh M. Gillis Sr., who served for 56 years in the Georgia General Assembly and on the board of directors of Treutlen County Farm Bureau for nearly 70 years, died on Jan. 1. He was 94.
A charter member of the TCFB board, Gillis was the 2010 recipient of the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award in recognition of his contributions to Georgia agriculture in general and the state's forestry industry in particular. Gillis' time in the Senate included six years as Senate president pro tempore. He also chaired numerous Senate committees, including the Natural Resources Committee.
In accepting the GFB Commodity Award, Gillis said he was especially proud of the passage of House Resolution 836 in 1990, a move that allowed a statewide referendum to approve the conservation use value assessment (CUVA), which taxes eligible farm and timber land based on its use, rather than its fair market value. CUVA has allowed farmers to continue to farm and grow timber in areas facing strong development pressure. In 2001 and 2002, Gillis co-chaired the Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee, which drafted recommendations for state water policy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercer University School of Medicine, Office of University Advancement, 1400 Coleman Ave., Macon, Ga., 30127, the Shepherd Center Foundation, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga., 30309, or the Soperton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 25, Soperton, Ga., 30457.
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