Jack Towry has officially announced that he is seeking election to the Lincoln County Commission for District 4 in the Aug. 7 election.
A native Lincoln Countian, he is the son of the late Ellis and Elma Bates Towry. Jack and his wife, June, both grew up in the Bellview community. They have been married 61 years and have four children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. They currently live on West Point Drive between Skinem and Bellview.
After serving four years with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era, he was employed by Eastern Airlines in Miami, Fla., for over 30 years. After retiring 27 years ago and returning to Lincoln County, he has been active in community affairs and volunteering. He graduated from Lincoln Leadership in 1995 and still serves on the board of directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Tennessee Servant Leadership Award, in 2007, Jack and June were voted Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln County, awarded by The Elk Valley Times, and three years ago he was selected for the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Award.
Towry was appointed as the Lincoln County Genealogist in 1998 and serves on the Records Committee, which is responsible for maintaining the County Archives and preserving the records of Lincoln County. As county genealogist and president of the Lincoln County Genealogy Society, he chaired the committee, which produced the Heritage Book of Lincoln County and later chaired the Bi-Centennial Committee for the county’s 200th anniversary, which resulted in the Lincoln County Pictoral History books, volumes I and II.
He first served as a commissioner for District 4 from 1994 through 1998 and served on several committees, one being the Airport Authority, which he still serves on today as vice chairman. Last year he was appointed by the Lincoln County Commission to fulfill a vacated position and is currently serving on the Sewer Ad Hoc, EMA and other committees.
Jack and June are members of Kirkland Baptist Church where they first attended as teenagers. Jack has served as deacon for several years and June teaches Sunday school. Jack is also chairman of the Pleasant Grove Cemetery committee in the Bellview community and has served as the grand jury foreman for Lincoln County for the past five years.
Towry said he asks for your vote in the upcoming election and will serve this county and the fourth district to the best of his ability as he has always strived to do in the past.
He can be reached at his home at 65 West Point Drive, by phone at (931) 433-8406 or (931) 625-4024 or by email at email@example.com