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Jeff Manley retiring; to be feted at reception on August 22

Jeff Manley is leaving the Rock Ranch which he has headed up for the Cathey family since 1989. Manley has taken a new position as president of the wholesale foods group at Kelly Products, a multifaceted firm based in Covington. Manley will be feted at a drop-in retirement reception at Truett’s Barn at The Rock Ranch on Aug. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Adam Pugh and Anna Messer will take over leadership at the The Rock Ranch. Pugh, a graduate of Berry College, will serve as general manager. Messer, a UGA grad, will serve as assistant general manager. The late Truett Cathey, founder of Chic-fil-A, rolled out The Rock Ranch in 1989. He envisioned the 1500-acre working cattle ranch becoming a place dedicated to growing healthy families. Manley met Cathey and began attending his Sunday School class when he was in the fifth grade. ‘Jeff and my father bonded and he quickly became part of our immediate family,’ Chic-fil-A CEO Dan Cathey said. Manley attended Berry College on a company scholarship. Manley has been actively involved in numerous local organizations in Lamar and surrounding counties and throughout Georgia. He is a recognized authority on agritourism and serves on the board of directors at United Bank. He and his wife, Haley, have three children, Mae, Abigail and Abel. Haley is a practicing physician with Woodall, Wilson and Manley in Barnesville. ’On behalf of myself and my family, we are grateful for Jeff’s commitment to uniting families at The Rock Ranch. We are excited about God’s new calling and direction in Jeff’s life. Jeff’s commitment to the timeless truths and principles will continue to be a exemplary and selfless example for others. We extend our best wishes and prayers to him today and in the future,’ Dan Cathey concluded.

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