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Loganville mayor, 69, remembered as visionary

LOGANVILLE -- Remembered as an incredible leader and visionary for the city, former Loganville mayor Ray Nunley died on Tuesday afternoon. He was 69.

Councilman Mark Kiddoo called it a sad day for Loganville, and that people would remember Nunley's dedication to the city.

"He always had the city at heart, a lot of great ideas," Kiddoo said. "His vision for Loganville will help move the city forward for years to come."

Nunley resigned last month amid a battle with stage-four lung cancer. In a statement on Tuesday, the city of Loganville said flags would fly at half-staff in honor of Nunley.

Kiddoo said one of Nunley's visions, a town green pavilion, could be completed this summer.

He was first elected mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 after he served as a councilman from 2005 to 2008. Nunley and his wife, Joyce, have three children and two grandchildren.

Councilwoman Michelle Lynch said Nunley was a wonderful mentor for her and she was thankful for the opportunity Nunley gave her to be a volunteer with the city five years ago.

"He was incredibly respected and a very impressive visionary," Lynch said. "Outstanding in hard economic times to maintain a strong community."

Vice Mayor Dan Curry took the powers of mayor at a specially called meeting last month, and pending qualifying, the City Council set a June 18 special election to replace Nunley.

On April 26, city employees, elected officials, residents and friends will participate in a Relay for Life event in honor of the mayor, called "Relay for Ray" in Walton County.

Funeral arrangements for Nunley have not been announced.