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State of Georgia Historical Marker Near Jacksonville, Ga.

This marker about 4 miles from Jacksonville, Ga., and about two miles from Montgomery Lake, site of the landing of the World's Largest Bass, stands as a lonely sentinel to the fact that the record of George Perry has stood for over 70 years! But what is more significant than the record is the fact that the man who caught the big fish was by far bigger in stature than the fish! Known as a friend to all, he helped people in all walks of life. He would donate his time and energies and the use of his airplane to help people. He was truly a prince of a man. He deserved to hold the World's Record and he never bragged about it. This great and modest man died doing something he liked to do - flying his airplane. I was on the way from Douglas to a Lions Club meeting in Jacksonville one Monday night in 1974 when I heard the news of his death on the car radio. We had lost a good one! By the way, his sister, Mrs. Cynthia Perry Wilkes, and her husband, Leon, belonged to our Lions Club at Jacksonville, Ga.

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