By Jason Banks, Fannin Focus Editor
November 17, 2016, public officials and citizens gathered at Epworth First Baptist Church to honor the memory of SFC Ray Lents of the Georgia State Patrol.
Dr. Tom Jordan, senior pastor at Epworth First Baptist Church, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Following the presentation of colors by the GSP Honor Guard, Honor Guard Piper Dan Bray played God Bless America on bagpipes, and Dr. Jordan gave the invocation and introduced Colonel Mark McDonough. McDonough spoke for a moment about Lents honorable service as a Georgia State Patrolman, then introduced Speaker of the House David Ralston.
Colonel McDonough presented SFC Lents’ badge to the Lents Family, and Dr. Jordan thanked everyone for their attendance and invited attendees to move from the church to Chastain Memorial Cemetery for the wreath laying ceremony.
At the gravesite, Colonel McDonough gave opening remarks and the GSP Honor Guard laid the wreath at the grave, and performed the flag folding ceremony in Lents’ honor.
The GSP Aviation Division did a “fly over” in tribute to the late law enforcement officer, and Honor Guard Piper Dan Bray played Amazing Grace. Pastor Claude Mathis gave the benediction and Colonel McDonough dismissed the assembly and invited everyone to attend the fallen trooper sign dedication ceremony at Georgia Highway 515 and Orvin Lance Connector.
At the sign dedication ceremony, Senator Steve Gooch was introduced by Lt. Colonel Powell, and the road sign was unveiled by Colonel McDonough, Speaker David Ralston, Senator Steve Gooch, and SFC Kevin Johnson.