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Officials honor Gary Valentine’s legacy

NATCHEZ — City officials say they will remember longtime city employee Gary Valentine, who died last Saturday, as a dedicated, knowledgeable and dependable employee.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen passed a resolution Tuesday honoring Valentine’s service to the city.

Valentine was hired in the Natchez City Clerk’s office in 1994, during Mayor Butch Brown’s first term in office.

“He was very experienced and has a long history of service to the city,” Brown said. “He was a valuable employee, and we’ll miss him.”

City Clerk Donnie Holloway said Valentine was a dependable employee that knew the ins and outs of the office.

Valentine was a data processor in the city clerk’s office and handled the office’s information technology needs before the city hired IT Director Eric Junkin in March 2012, Holloway said. Valentine also handled payroll and various other bookkeeping duties.

“He could pretty much sit down and do anyone’s job,” Holloway said. “He was a dependable person. Gary would work on Saturdays, if he had to. He had a world of knowledge and was a very good employee.”

Valentine retired in 2011 and came back at Holloway’s request shortly after retirement to work part-time in the office.

“We asked him to come back due to the fact that he was so knowledgeable,” Holloway said.

Valentine received his bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana Tech and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a member of the Santa Claus committee and also a former employee of the Natchez-Adams School District.