Eufaula businessman to finally get recognition he deserves

Eufaula businessman to finally get recognition he deserves

EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) - It should have happened more than a decade ago, instead it will happen this week.

A pioneer in bass fishing and a well-known businessman in Barbour County will finally get the recognition he deserves.

Eufaula's mayor is glad he can help make it happen.

"Tom Mann did a lot for our city," said Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs. "He created four businesses here and a lot of jobs. All four of those businesses are still in existence."

Tom Mann died in 2004. Fishing was his passion. He created all kinds of new fishing lures and had a popular store call Fish World.

When he died the legislature agreed to honor him by renaming part of Highway 431 the Tom Mann Memorial Highway. But for some reason the signs never went up. That will change this week.

Crews will put up the signs on Thursday to remember a man who did so much for the Eufaula community.

"He was a tall black headed guy, kind of reminded me of Elvis. He always had a story to tell, and it was always funny," Tibbs said.

You will see one of those signs at one of Mann's favorite places, Lakepoint State Park, where he did a lot of fishing.

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