Sewell’s legacy lives on in Vidalia

Published 11:04 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Logan Sewell was one of a small group of men who made Vidalia what it is today.

But even Sewell’s best friends might not have known that. And if they did, they didn’t hear it from Sewell.

The local banker, economic developer, collector and community man died Monday at age 87.

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But his works will stay behind forever.

Sewell, never one for glory, was instrumental in bringing industry to Vidalia. From Fruit of the Loom to what is now BASF, Sewell led the way.

Even in his last years, with failing health, Sewell has remained a behind-the-scenes advisor to town leaders.

“He’s one I respected and called for advice,” Mayor Hyram Copeland said at Tuesday night’s board of aldermen meeting.

And Vidalia won’t be the same without him. But it will be better because of him.

Sewell’s death follows closely behind the death of Fred Falkenheiner, another great Concordia Parish leader.

Though the losses are great, these leaders have laid the foundation for a great town, a great community and a great place to live.

For that, we owe them a big smile and a sincere thank you.