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Gene Tyre announced his retirement after 23 years as pastor of First Baptist Church Newnan. A leader among Georgia Baptists and in his community, Tyre was selected Citizen of the Year for 2004 by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Tyre has been involved with local youth through his involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the YMCA and as chaplain of the Newnan High football team since 1982.

In his service with Georgia Baptists, Tyre has been chairman of the GBC Executive Committee and Administration Committee, chairman of the Georgia Baptist Medical Center Commission, vice president of the Convention and a trustee of Mercer University.

Tyre is presently teaching as an adjunct professor at the North Georgia Campus of New Orleans Seminary in Decatur and, upon his retirement as senior pastor of the Newnan church on Dec. 31, will continue on an interim basis.