Former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia died on Dec. 19, 2021, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
After a successful career in real estate, the Georgia native served the public as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Among his many accomplishments, during his time in the Senate, he rose to chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee where he helped improve and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Upon his death, Southern Company issued the following statement: “All of us at Southern Company mourn the passing of Sen. Johnny Isakson - a great leader, statesman and public servant who cared deeply for the communities he served.”
Southern Company chairman, president and CEO Tom Fanning added, “We will long remember his tireless work advocating the issues and policies he knew would improve the lives of others. May his dedication to solving problems through bipartisanship, kindness, cooperation, respect and friendship become the example for all to follow.”
Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, commented, “He was a servant leader, champion for this state, and a friend. The world is a better place because of the work he did.”
First on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, and again on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, (the date of the memorial service for Sen. Isakson in Atlanta) Southern Company, Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light joined together to create a full-page tribute to the late senator that appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The ad also appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal on Jan. 6.
The advertisement features one of Sen. Isakson’s favorite quotes – “There are two types of people in this world: friends and future friends.” Underneath, the copy reads, “A great friend, leader and statesman for our community, state and country, we remember Sen. Isakson with appreciation, fondness and the deepest respect.”
Sen. Isakson was 76.
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