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DRS. CLINTON & ALESHIA: MACON, GEORGIA

They met in 1986. He was a senior dental student at Meharry Medical College and she was an entering freshman of the School of Medicine. Their paths crossed when she encountered a plumbing “catastrophe” in her 10th floor apartment that flowed into his 9th floor shower. Of course, he took this opportunity to come to her rescue with a dashing smile and a plunger over his shoulder. After more than seventeen years, three children (four-year-old Clinton Jr. and three-year-old twins, Christian & Kimberly), one dog and a goldfish, the two are still smiling.

The Watsons were married in July 1990. They moved to Macon that same year and Dr. Clinton Watson opened his first dental practice. In 2005 he opened Northside Family Dentistry, where he currently practices with two associate dentists. Upon completing her residency in 1994, Dr. Aleshia Watson entered into private practice in Internal Medicine here in Macon. She is currently the Medical Director of Evercare Hospice, a subsidiary of United Health Group.

During their rare moments of leisure, this power couple enjoys tennis, golfing, fishing and various other sports activities with their children. They are both enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Wesleyan College and take time for participation in various church and community-oriented projects. “We enjoy sharing our knowledge and skills through our chosen professions and look forward to raising our family here in the Middle Georgia area.”

WILLIAM & CARLETTA THREATT: MACON, GEORGIA

After 20 years of marriage, William Threatt has retired from the military and “he is still following me around just like he did when we first met,” says wife Carletta who owns Carletta’s Stay and Play Day Care and Learning Center. “It has been wonderful having him around here. He is my office manager and he takes care of all of the maintenance needs here at the center,” said Carletta.

Carletta has operated the day care center, that now takes care of 84 children between the ages of four weeks to 12 years, since 1994. The center provides pick-ups to and from the center from the home and from area schools in the afternoons. A resource center is also under development and will be open to the public, especially those youth and adults in the neighborhood near the center who might benefit from the use of computers.

Both Carletta and William are from Macon. William retired from the Army with the rank of 1st Sergeant after twenty-seven years of service. He worked as a supply clerk, unit armor and personnel specialist. Last year the Threatt’s renewed their wedding vows and say they are looking forward to another 20 years of success in their marriage as well as their business ventures.

GEORGE & LEONTINE FIELDS ESPY, JR: MACON, GEORGIA

They met in 1956, both teachers at legendary Ballard Hudson High School. George, a Morehouse graduate born in Rome, Georgia and Leontine, a Fisk College graduate, born in Macon, began a beautiful courtship that resulted in him becoming a member of Mt. Olive Baptist. They married in 1958 in Macon with his Rome family attending. They settled in to produce children, who produced grandchildren, and now great grandchildren, and have been two of Macon’s most notable contributors in the fields of education, faith-based activities and social service organizations.

After the final days of Ballard Hudson High School in 1969, George began teaching English at Mercer University and Leontine became a Junior High School Principal for Bibb County. Mrs. Espy served at the Ballard A Junior High on Anthony Road, Northeast High School, very memorably as Principal of Central High School for 16 years, and was Assistant Superintendent at the Board of Education when she retired in 1996. Mr. “G” as he was affectionately known by youth at Ballard Hudson and Mercer, provided a haven of support, guidance, and encouragement for many Mercer students and was probably the school’s finest quality instructor of English and Black History for a quarter of a century before retiring.

Unfortunately, due to illness in recent years Mr. Espy has slowed down a lot, while Mrs. Espy continues faithful in community service, and even more so in caring for and motivating her husband with relentless optimism.

DAVID & ELAINE LUCAS: MACON, GEORGIA

In 1976, at the Christmas Parade, David Lucas met Elaine Huckabee. Elaine was very much involved with the Education Association and it was on a trip to the Capitol with the Association that she bumped into Mr Lucas again. He gave her his card, she still has it, and they began dating. One year later, they married.

Mr. Lucas was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1975, one of the first blacks elected since Reconstruction. He has been in the Georgia State House for over thirty years. Throughout the years, he has faced little opposition during elections, a true testament to his constituency work. Elaine Lucas started out as an educator. After seeing David’s work in politics, she decided to pursue politics herself by running and winning election to Macon City Council. In all, she was a member of Macon City Council for over twenty years.

Together, this Macon couple wield plenty of political power. Mrs. Lucas certainly admits that she is more fortunate because of David’s contacts with state authorities. Rather than trying to interpret the State Legislature’s intent with legislation, Mrs. Lucas can simply ask her husband during dinner.

MARVIN & JUANITA BAILEY: MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA

The year was 1971. The place was Mercer University. Juanita was only a freshman, Marvin was a senior. “I asked Marvin if he had change for a five dollar bill. He said no but offered to take me to the store to get change.” Two weeks later the two were engaged.

“I took Marvin home to Columbus to meet my mom and to tell her about our engagement. She gave us her blessing but made us promise to wait until after I graduated college before getting married. I was attending Mercer on an academic scholarship. I graduated college in three years instead of four.”

Marvin, Chief Administrative Officer at Central State Hospital and Juanita, a professor at the University of Georgia were married in 1974. They have one daughter Brandice, a television producer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

So what’s the glue that holds this marriage together? Juanita says Marvin is very patient. “He is a believer, and big supporter of women’s rights. I think Marvin is the best, most special person I’ve ever met.” Marvin echoes Juanita’s remarks. “She’s a great person. Sometimes I need a push in the right direction. Juanita really believes in me and my ability to achieve many things.”

JASPER & RUBY DREW: FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA

Operating a child care center seems fitting for a couple with more than fifty years spent as educators. The Drews, proud owners of A Brighter Choice Early Learning Center Fort Valley married thirty-seven years ago. Both have retired from the public school systems in Marshallville and Douglas counties.

When asked how he met his wife, Jasper bashfully admitted that had he not been hanging out with the wrong crowd they’d not have met. Jasper and some of his high school buddies were upset about a decision made regarding their eligibility to compete in a football game. He and his “boys” decided to skip school and slipped off too hang out at a nearby high school campus. There he met Ruby and three years later they were married.

Ruby’s dream of opening a child care facility became a reality, with a center that can care for 18-86 children, aged four weeks old and up. In the very near future the Drews have plans to expand their services to include elderly services and programs for at-risk youth.

Jasper, a graduate of Fort Valley State University was recently inducted into the Thomasville Sports Hall of Fame. He and Ruby attend the Universal Deliverance Church of Montezuma, where he is a deacon and she’s the choir coordinator.

RUDELL RICHARDSON & CORNELL PETERS: MACON, GEORGIA

Rudell Richardson’s office on Pio Nono Avenue is extremely busy during tax season. He primarily deals with tax returns more complex than the usual E-9 tax returns most people file. One more aspect that makes his job worthwhile is having his wife, Dr Cornell Peters, operate her family practice right next door. They met through a colleague and client eight years ago and have been happily married since.

Richardson is a member of 100 Black Men and is on the Board of Directors for the Urban Development. Through his work with the 100 Black Men, he’s adopted a class and funds a career fest along with a college fest for high school juniors and seniors. Dr Peters works as the Medical Director for a methadone clinic. She spends her time focusing on addictive medicine, trying to help people get past their addictions. She also participates in numerous health fairs and sees patients for free on occasions.

Working next to each other allows for the sharing of clients. Each job requires clients to trust them and this trust allows for them to share clients. “If she recommends me to a patient of hers, then that patient trusts her so much to try my service and vice verse,” Richardson explained. In the future, Richardson would like to have satellite offices throughout Middle Georgia, while Dr Peters would like to expand her work with treating addicts.



  • Woodrow George

    Mrs. Espy was my English teacher in the 11 grade. Glade to see she and Mr. Espy are still going and doing well.

    Woodrow George

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