The Honorable Donald “Hoppy” Royston, long-time probate judge of Madison County, has been selected as this year’s grand marshal for the 2008 City of Comer Christmas Parade, according to a press release from the city. The parade is to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.. Born June 11, 1942, Hugh Donald “Hoppy” Royston is the son of the late Dewey and Vinnie Scoggins Royston. He was born in Madison County on what is now known as Manley Martin Road near Zeb’s Bar-B-Que.

At the age of two years old, the Royston family (Hoppy; his parents; a brother, J.D.; and two sisters, Betty Jo and Hazel) moved to Royston, according to the press release.

Royston attended the Royston school from the first through the 12th grade. All 12 years were in the same small two-story building. He graduated in 1960 with a class of 60 seniors, according to the release.

Royston married Patsy Dalton on Aug. 24, 1963, at Salem Holiness Church in Franklin County. After their honeymoon, they made their residence on Dalton Drive in Madison County, where they still live today. Patsy’s mother, the late Merle Dalton, lived nearby. The Roystons have three daughters: Jennifer Royston; Angelia West (husband Eric); and Kristi Royston. They also have two granddaughters, Jordan and Abby Thrasher.

Royston worked in the printing business from 1960 through 1976 and was employed by the Advocate Press and the University of Georgia. In 1976, Royston ran for and was elected to the office of probate judge of Madison County. He is retiring from this position at the end of Dec. 2008.

“I would like to thank the citizens of Madison County for their support throughout the years of my tenure as Probate Judge,” Royston said. “The most important things to me is the many friends I have made along the way. I will forever cherish all of you.”

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