Mercer Named One of Georgia’s Most Distinguished Sons


L-R: Sen. Eric Johnson, Dianne Thurman, Governor Sonny Perdue, Nancy Gerard, Rep. Ron Stephens, and Sen. Lester Jackson III.
L-R: Sen. Eric Johnson, Dianne Thurman, Governor Sonny Perdue, Nancy Gerard, Rep. Ron Stephens, and Sen. Lester Jackson III.

In a Commendation issued on Georgia Day, 2009, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue named John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer one of “Georgia’s most distinguished sons….”

The Georgia legislature also honored the entertainment legend, who was born in Savannah.

Senate Resolution 66 and House Resolution 203 state in part, “celebrating the life and memory of music icon Mr. John Herndon Mercer on the occasion of the centennial year of his birth.”

Keen to honor Mr. Mercer, State Senator Eric Johnson introduced Senate Resolution 66 in the Georgia Senate, and State Representative Ron Stephens sponsored House Resolution 203 in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Senators Lester Jackson and Jeff Mullis were also sponsors on SR 66. State Representatives Burke Day, J. Craig Gordon, Mickey Stephens, Earl Carter, and Bob Bryant were additional sponsors on HR 203.

In further tribute to Johnny Mercer, Senator Eric Johnson presented the Senate Resolution personally to Dianne S. Thurman in the Senate Chamber on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Mrs. Thurman is chairperson of the Johnny Mercer Centennial Committee, and received the Resolution on behalf of mayor of Savannah, Otis S. Johnson, and the Centennial Committee.

Nancy Mercer Gerard, Johnny Mercer’s niece, attended the presentation.

Perhaps most famous as the man who wrote the words of the southern lullaby, Moon River, the beloved Georgia native and entertainment legend is posthumously honored as “Man of the Year” during the 2009 Johnny Mercer Centennial. For more info on the Centennial events, visit www.johnnymercercentennial. com.

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