Donald Layfield, R.I.P.

Donald Layfield has been a Republican leader in this state for a long time. He was a Reagan appointee and worked extremely hard to revitalize the party in this state.

After leaving his position as Bibb County Chairman of the GOP, Mr. Layfield took on the challenge of District Chairman for the 8th District. He was a stickler for procedure, following the rules, and making the Republican trains run on time.

This past year, Mr. Layfield took back over the Bibb County GOP and began efforts to revitalize it until his health got in the way.

It’s with sadness that I must report he passed away earlier today.

He and his tireless energy will be missed. On the other hand, meetings in heaven will now begin and end on time and will be run under Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (9th Ed.). Don hates the 10th Edition, as do I.


  1. shep1975 says:

    Last time I chatted with him was at the state convention. Never could have a short conversation with him and nor a bad conversation with him. We talked for about 20 minutes outside Sue Everhart’s suite.

  2. Don was one of a kind. He is truly was what Hannity would call “A Great American”. He was one that ALWAYS sought to do the right thing; a real stickler for the rules and ever the optimistic.

  3. katurner says:

    Mr. Layfield was one of my dad’s customers at the store he ran. He was the “big Republican” – big in not just stature, it seems.

    Little did I know back then that Mr. Layfield’s party would have people who thought like I did. I didn’t know his party would help make history in Bibb County.

    Bibb GOP plodded away under Donald Layfield’s leadership even in the Seventies and Eighties His wife, Brant Frost, the Elliotts and Ben Hinson were major players. First a few candidates won local offices (e.g George Israel). In the Nineties it was a force to be reckoned with largely because of his work.

    I wonder if he and Dad are talking politics in heaven?

  4. patriot says:

    Does anyone know of the funeral plans?

    I met him at the District Conv. this year, and I knew I was in the presence of a “great Republican…” It was hard to leave him, and to see him in such a weakened condition.

    My prayers are for his loyal wife to have the help needed and the presence of God to fill the void.

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