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GreyStone honors 50-year employee with donation to Paulding College and Career Academy
Dr. Brian Otott, Superintendent of the Paulding County School System, expressed his appreciation at the Feb. 12 school board meeting to 50-year GreyStone Power employee Jerry Tucker and the co-op’s board and management for donating $50,000 in his honor to build an Energy Pathway Lab for the Paulding College and Career Academy (PCCA).
The lab will include energy career training and lineman instruction and will be called the Jerry Lamar Tucker and Ellen Barrett Tucker Energy Pathway Lab.
Tucker asked GreyStone to create a lasting legacy for his wife, Ellen, who supported Tucker in every way and stayed home to raise his children while Tucker worked his 50 years keeping power on for GreyStone Power members. “I think it’s great for the kids of Paulding County to have this opportunity to attend the Paulding College and Career Academy and learn about careers,” said Tucker. “I wanted to leave a legacy for my wife, and this is very special to me that GreyStone decided to honor myself and my wife in this way,” he said.
School board members were present as well as Tucker and several GreyStone Power employees including James Wright, David Johnson, Kara Pearson, Blake Pendley, and Rita Harris, who serves as the chair of the PCCA board.
Superintendent Otott said the donation is an indication of GreyStone’s long-standing support of the Paulding County School System. “GreyStone has had a commitment to and a partnership with the school system for as long as I can remember. They are instrumental in us being able to build this college and career academy. We were approached by GreyStone, who wanted to honor this gentleman, Mr. Jerry Tucker, who has meant so much to GreyStone Power over the years, and recently retired. The commitment of 50 years to an organization is an amazing feat. Mr. Tucker began at GreyStone in August 1968 as a Mapping Assistant, and ended his career as Supervisor of Line Construction & Maintenance in 2018,” he said. “We will actually have a pathway to support those students who want to have lineman as a career opportunity. We are very proud that we were chosen to be the beneficiary of his commitment to GreyStone, to our students and community. Mr. Tucker, we hope you will come over to the Academy and talk with our students about your experience as a lineman once the pathway is operational,” he said.
Also of note, Tucker is a Vietnam veteran whose foot was severely injured while serving, causing him to return home. When Tucker was ready to return to work, GreyStone was holding his job for him. Although doctors said he would never climb poles again due to his injury, Tucker proved them wrong. He has been an inspiration to all GreyStone employees for 50 years.