By Donna Thornton/News Editor
Etowah County residents who travel on Gallant Road near Ivalee School should be reminded of a long-time public servant who represented the people of that area on the Etowah County Commission.
A sign recently erected in front of the school gives the roadway the honorary designation “W.A. Lutes Scenic Drive,” in recognition of the contributions of former District 4 Commissioner W.A. Lutes, who died in January.
Ronald Lutes said the family was grateful for the honor given in his father’s memory.
He said during the 12 years his father served on the commission, District 4 encompassed the Ivalee, Gallant, Altoona, Walnut Grove and Egypt communities
Lutes served as commissioner from 1983 to 1994, serving as president in his third term, then decided not to seek another term.
Lutes grew up in Gallant and lived there all his life, according to background information compiled by Sue Woodard.
Woodard is perhaps the only person working at the commission offices now who worked with Lutes when he served. She described Lutes as a leader who was always dedicated to his community. He was a founding member of the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department and the Gallant Lion’s Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gallant and served as Chairman of the Deacons for more than 50 years.
Lutes and his wife Geneva were know in the community for unselfishly giving to others in their community. In addition to his wife Geneva, Lutes is survived by his son Ronald, his daughter Nancy King, grandchildren Chris King, Holley King, Bradley Lutes and Tyler Lutes; and great grandchildren Anna, Tateum, Jacob, Christine and David.
“A man that has done so much for his community, county and state is so well deserving of this honor,” Woodard wrote for a message read at the dedication. “His legacy will live forever throughout Gallant, Etowah County and the State of Alabama.”