Phenix City posthumously honors longtime community leaders

Phenix City posthumously honors longtime community leaders

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Two community leaders were honored posthumously in Phenix City on Tuesday.

Mayor Eddie Lowe read two proclamations rededicating Idle Hour Park to Martin-Idle Hour after businessman Roy Martin.

The park was supposed to be named after Martin when he sold the land to Phenix City in 1949.

Lowe also the honored the family of former city manager Max Wilkes by dedicating the hall at Idle Hour Community Center as the Max E. Wilkes Fellowship Hall.

Max Wilkes was a longtime city employee who died in 2012. Martin's grandson Roy Martin III and Wilkes's widow Malinda Wilkes said they were very honored by the ceremony.

"It's a very nice thing to do," Martin said. "He loved Phenix City and he loved this park."

"He would just be so excited because this building was his dream," Wilkes said.

A bust of Roy Martin that was made decades ago will be displayed in the city.

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