William "Doug" Epps

The Doug Epps Memorial Award
for Outstanding Service

In the living room of a humble home in Jonesboro, Capt William Douglas "Doug" Epps, and his wife Delette "Dee" Wingfield Epps, joined a small group of friends in 1964 to lay the foundations of the Clayton County Republican Party. For many more years, the Epps would devote countless hours to building and supporting the party and its values they cherished.

To recognize his dedication following his death in 1990, the Clayton County Republican Party created the Doug Epps Memorial Award for Outstanding Service: an annual award often lovingly referred to as the "Republican of the Year" given to a member of the Clayton County Republican Party for distinguished service to the party. The recipient is chosen by an annual vote from among the membership of the party each January, and presented at the County Convention (or at the March Committee Meeting in years without a convention cycle).

Previous recipients of the Doug Epps Memorial Award:

Arlene Charles, 2021

Nannette Dooley, 2020

Garrett Ashley, 2019

Shannon Mann, 2018

John Marxen, 2017

Harlan Groover, 2016

Shirley Woodard, 2015

John Marxen, 2014

Records Missing, 2004-2013

Wanda June Tschudy, 2003