The photograph, yellowed by time, shows a striking dark-haired man of 45 accepting an award from then Gov. George Busbee.
It's 1978, and Yatesville has been awarded first place in the Governor's Project Competition.
Walter Boyt had been mayor of the sleepy little town for seven years then.
"See what mayoring will do for you," Boyt said, pointing to his now grey hair. "I was a young man then," he said.
Boyt was mayor of Yatesville for more than three decades. He served his last term in 2002. Boyt, 72, was born and reared in Yatesville. He continues to live there with his wife of 53 years, Sybil.
The growth and well being of Yatesville has always been very important to Boyt.
He has played a vital role in the betterment of the rural central Georgia community.
Long recognized by the citizens of Yatesville and the state of Georgia for his personal commitment to the community, Boyt continues to serve as a leader and visionary.
In 2002, a resolution passed by the Georgia Senate paid tribute to Boyt.
Senator Susan Cable described him as "a man with a generosity of spirit."
That resolution was signed by United States Rep. Saxby Chambliss.
Diligence and devotion best describe the traits possessed by the former mayor.
Boyt was employed by the William Carter Company for more than 46 years.
In his tenure with the children's clothing manufacturer, he earned the position of planning manager.
By the time he retired in 1996, he had served as Mayor of Yatesville for 25 years - multitasking at its finest.
His accomplishments are innumerable.
Boyt, while mayor, organized a volunteer fire department, developed a new water system, constructed sidewalks, spearheaded the building of a new library and gained the distinction of having of having over $1 million in public assets with with no public debt.
Still very active in the community, Boyt is a pivotal part of Yatesville's Chitlin' Hoedown.
As president of the senior citizen's group, he sees that the annual festival goes as planned.
He is also a charter member of the Yatesville Lion's Club, a Shriner with Lodge 88, and president of the Rural Library Association.
Although Boyt is officially retired from public service, his schedule is still as full as it was when he was mayor.
"Somebody once told me that if you have anything you want to do, you better do it before you retire. You won't have time after you do," said Boyt on his way to another meeting. It's been a challenge and I've enjoyed it."