Former Macon Mayor Tommy Olmstead was a hard-nosed businessman, tight-fisted with taxpayers money and prone to losing his temper and using colorful language, friends said at his funeral Saturday, but he also had another side.
The Rev. Laudis Rick Lanford, who officiated the service, told a story about Olmstead he said no one else knows.
From time to time, Lanford said, he would run into to Olmstead at a restaurant or grocery store, and the man who also served as Bibb Commission chairman, state senator and head of the Georgia Department of Human Resources would thrust a $100 bill at him with tears in his eyes.
Hed say Rick, take this to so and so and help them out, but whatever you do dont let them know it came from me, Lanford