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Good Shepherd Clinic recognizes ‘pillars’ of Clayton County community

Good Shepherd Clinic recognizes leaders in Clayton County

Clayton County Superior Court chief Judge Deborah Benefield, left, greets Good Shepherd Clinic medical director Dr. Charles Johnson, right, and former First Baptist Church-Jonesboro pastor Charles Carter after the clinic’s Pillar Awards Luncheon Thursday. Benefield, Carter and Johnson were among the five award recipients. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Clayton County Superior Court chief Judge Deborah Benefield, left, greets Good Shepherd Clinic medical director Dr. Charles Johnson, right, and former First Baptist Church-Jonesboro pastor Charles Carter after the clinic’s Pillar Awards Luncheon Thursday. Benefield, Carter and Johnson were among the five award recipients. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Retired Educator Eddie White, from left, Clayton County Superior Court chief Judge Deborah Benefield, former First Baptist Church-Jonesboro pastor Charles Carter and Good Shepherd Clinic medical director Dr. Charles Johnson were among the five recipients of the clinic’s Pillar Awards at a luncheon Thursday. Not pictured is the fifth recipient, Allan Vigil. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Allan Vigil Ford owner Allan Vigil holds his Pillar Award as his biography is read during a luncheon honoring the award recipients Thursday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

MORROW — Five “pillars” of Clayton County were recognized Thursday for their contributions to the community.

The Good Shepherd Clinic held its first-ever Pillar Awards lunchen at the Morrow Center and hundreds of people attended the event. The event was a fundraiser for the nonprofit clinic, which provides basic medical assistance to the poor and uninsured. It was hosted by the city of Morrow, where the clinic is located.

Five Pillar Awards were to given to individuals from the fields of education, law, business, the medical field and the faith-based community.

The recipients were:

Education: retired educator Eddie White

Law: Superior Court chief Judge Deborah Benefield

Business: Allan Vigil, owner of Allan Vigil Ford

Medical: Dr. Charles Johnson, medical director at the Good Shepherd Clinic

Faith-based: Charles Carter, former pastor at First Baptist Church-Jonesboro