Just one week after Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority Chairman Steve Greer resigned, the seat has been filled. Georgia State Representative Jimmy Pruett has appointed Eastman resident Calvin Yawn to fill the position.
Representative Pruett stated, “I appointed Calvin Yawn because he is dedicated to this community and has proven his ability to complete projects within our community. He will work hard for our airport, our economy and our community. I know he will be committed to his responsibilities as an authority member.”
Yawn attended Chauncey High School and began his career working at Robins Air Force Base. In 1956 he began working with his family’s meat packing business. He eventually became the sole owner and after a successful 34 years sold Yawn Meats in 1990 to Wendell Bullard.
In 1985 he was appointed to the board of commissioners of the Eastman Housing Authority. Seven years later he was named executive director. Yawn served as executive director for 18 years and retired in December of 2010. During his tenure at the Housing Authority he served on a number of committees for the Georgia Housing and Redevelopment Association including state chairman of the state legislative committee for six years, he also served as co-chair of the national legislative committee.
Yawn is a member of Eastman First United Methodist Church. He currently serves as chairman of Dodge Connections/Communities in School of Dodge County, a member of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals of Middle Georgia, a member of the advisory board of Heart of Georgia Altamaha Area Agency on Aging and chairman of the advisory board of Three Rivers Home Health. He has served as president of the Eastman Jaycees, served on the board of directors of the McRae Rotary Club, is a member of the Eastman Rotary Club and past Master of Eugene Smith Masonic Lodge #279. Yawn is married to Lillie Ann Howard Housend and they reside in Eastman.
Yawn’s appointment completes the seven member board. Yawn will serve with current board members John Clements, Terry Niblett, Bobby Slye, Phil Bearden, Dennis Giddens and Lamar Marshall.