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Hawkins officials honor Mallett, appoint daughter to complete his term

March 24th, 2014 11:31 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins officials honor Mallett, appoint daughter to complete his term

Valerie Goins, the daughter of late District 4 Hawkins County Commissioner Virgil Mallett, is sworn in Monday by County Clerk Carroll Jenkins. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

ROGERSVILLE — County Mayor Melville Bailey visited longtime Commissioner Virgil Mallett shortly before his passing on Feb. 6, and the last thing Mallett told Bailey was, "Keep an eye on the fund balance."

"At that time if I'd known that was the last time I was going to see him, we'd have talked about a little more important things," Bailey told the commission during Monday's meeting. "He was special."

On Monday the Hawkins County Commission honored Mallett, who succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer earlier this month.

Mallett, who had been a member of the commission since 1998, was remembered Monday for his devotion to service to the county.

Although he'd been ill for years, very seldom did that illness prevent him from attending commission or committee meetings, and Mallett actively participating in the county budget process as a member of the Budget Committee.

During Monday's meeting, fellow District 4 Commissioner Linda Kimbro choked back tears as she presented Mallett's daughter, Valerie Goins, with a plaque acknowledging the high esteem in which Mallett was held by his fellow commissioners.

"Virgil was such a great friend and member of our team — a valuable member of the Hawkins County Commission," Kimbro said. "His knowledge and leadership as a county commissioner was more than any of us can ever comprehend. He desired to help in any way that he could."

Kimbro added, "Virgil is missed already, and we want to thank him for helping us in every way."

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