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MWA Mourns the Loss of Javors Lucas

Oct 30, 2019 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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Mr. Javors Lucas, long-time MWA Board Member representing District 2, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at the age of 96. He will be sorely missed by fellow Authority Board Members, Employees and Customers.

The Macon Water Authority (MWA) is mourning the loss of long-time District 2 Board Member, Javors J. Lucas, who passed away Monday (Oct. 28, 2019) at the age of 96.

Mr. Lucas served on the Authority Board for 37 years, after first being elected to represent Macon-Bibb County’s District 2 in 1982. He served 22 of those years as Vice Chairman of the Authority alongside former MWA Chairman Frank C. Amerson, Jr. As a reflection of his presence, Mr. Lucas won his last bid for re-election in 2016, at the age of 93.

According to officials at the Authority, Mr. Lucas left a lasting, positive impression on MWA customers, employees, and his fellow board members. As evidence, the Authority dedicated its 5.8-billion-gallon Town Creek Reservoir in his honor in 2006, renaming it “Javors Lucas Lake” as a tribute to his public service.

“Javors Lucas provided great leadership for the Macon Water Authority and brought a lot of wisdom to the Board, serving as one of the first elected minorities of the Authority,” says Sam Hart, MWA Chairman. “He had such a calm demeanor and was a great person to work with, providing a valuable perspective as one involved in the long-term planning and growth of the Authority since its early years. We all benefitted from the dedication and service he provided.”

Mr. Lucas’ public service extended well beyond his tenure at the MWA. A native of Macon, he was educated locally at the Ballard Normal School, a private high school, followed by Tuskegee University, where he was active in the ROTC. While in college, he was called to serve in the U.S. Army within the Pacific Theater during World War II. His responsibilities included, coincidently, service in a facility that provided fresh drinking water to fellow U.S. troops.

Following his service in the Army during World War II, Mr. Lucas returned to Macon, when he took a job constructing cargo containers, signs and related items for Robins Air Force Base. Mr. Lucas worked as a civilian at Robins for 25 years, before taking that experience and those skills as a craftsman to open his own business – Lucas Signs in Macon – where he thrived until his retirement.

“Mr. Javors Lucas was a very knowledgeable man who held answers to a lot of my questions on the history of the Macon Water Authority and Macon-Bibb County,” says Arleen Brown-Samuels, MWA Accounting and Purchasing Manager. “I will truly miss his sense of humor, our conversations, and the opportunities to learn about the wealth of knowledge he brought to the Authority.”

Mr. Lucas was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and is a former Vice President of the Georgia NAACP. He and his late wife Mary were married for 72 years, and they are survived by their seven children and combined 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

During the Lucas Lake dedication ceremony in 2006, the Authority planted seven trees in the courtyard on the banks of the reservoir to represent the families of the seven children of Mary and Javors Lucas.

“Mr. Lucas was a joy to be around, and he had an infectious smile that brightened your day,” says Tony Rojas, MWA Executive Director and President. “He was beloved by customers and employees alike, because he had their needs in mind with each policy decision he made. He was a very reassuring influence for all of us who enjoyed working with him, and he will be sorely missed.”

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: chris@jwapr.com OR john.wood@gcsu.edu

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