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Former sheriff Charles Webster leaves legacy engraved into buildings and hearts

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

He served as the Richmond County Sheriff for 17 years. But with Charles Webster's passing, people don't remember his title but rather the way he served.

"He will be remembered and missed by all of us," said Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Strength visited Webster in the hospital just four days before he passed away.

"He and I had about 15 minutes alone and it was a great conversation, we talked about some of the old times. He had accepted what they had told him," Strength, said.

On Saturday, 80-year-old Charles Webster passed away from complications of liver cancer.

He leaves behind a legacy engraved onto buildings and also into the hearts of today's leaders.

"He was a mentor to me, he taught me a lot," said Strength.

Webster was there when Strength was sworn into office and he was by the side of Judge Danny Craig when he was sworn into office.

"Charlie Webster was the primary guiding light for me in developing the sense of public service that comes with elective office," said Craig.

As they remember Webster's life they also think back on his strong character.

"I can remember so many times being here with him as he paid someone's power bill or their light bill or their mortgage bill and he did it day in and day out," Strength, said.

"Ralph Waldo Emerson put it more appropriately for Charlie and he said, ‘the measure of a person's character is what he does for people who can do nothing in return for him' and that was Charlie Webster," said Craig.

Even though Webster has passed on; his legacy lives on through the leaders whose lives were influenced by him.

Webster's graveside service will be Tuesday at 11 am at Westover Memorial Park.

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