LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Can you imagine serving the public for 50 years? There is a Lexington, Alabama man who has done just that.
And 82-year-old Bobby McGuire has seen a lot of changes in his hometown of Lexington over time. He said they took a lot of work.
"Three or four on the council, they decided that Lexington ought to have a swimming pool. So we all get in the car one day and we go to Montgomery. I get us an appointment with the governor," he said.
Governor Albert Brewer told them to consider it done, and the pool is still a recreational haven more than 30 years later.
For about a half century, much of McGuire's time was spent as a councilman or mayor, beginning in 1959. He did this while employed at Reynolds Metals. He retired from there in 1989.
McGuire also remembers the town's industrial days.
"I was talking to Bill McCreary, was Vice President of the sewing factory in East Florence, I'm not sure - I think it was J.T. Flag - but anyway, they were going to close it down; so I kept talking to Bill McCreary about locating it in Lexington," he said.
Eventually, it was moved to Lexington, along with some other plants. But according to McGuire, they closed after NAFTA was signed in the early 90's.
McGuire was instrumental in recruiting the town's first doctor and dentist, getting a sewer system, and so much more. He only retired from the city a couple of months ago. He a=and his wife, Jo, also served as EMTs for many years. Jo also retired from the University of North Alabama.
There's no doubt Bobby McGuire is known as "Mr. Lexington" because of everything he has done for his community, but in his younger years he was also quite the athlete.
"Lexington was known as the baseball capital of Lauderdale County because it had one of the best baseball teams at that time. We'd come to Huntsville and Nashville," McGuire said.
As a first baseman and pitcher, McGuire was recruited to try out to play professionally by three teams, but pro baseball players didn't make much money in those days. On March 16th, his athletic abilities will be recognized as he is inducted into the Lauderdale County Hall of Fame.
"I was tickled to death because I didn't realize that my career had been that great," he said.
A great career in baseball, public service and more in Bobby's Bama.