#10 – Neal Walden & Twyla Bryant




Neal Walden is the Sheriff of White County.  He has 37 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of White County and for the last 25 years he has had the distinct honor to serve as Sheriff.  He recently began his 7th term as Sheriff.  He is currently the Chairman of the Appalachian Drug Task Force.  In 2006, he served as President of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association.  He is a board member of White County Family Connections, board member of Enotah Drug Coalition and member of the White County Rotary Club, White County Chamber of Commerce and Yonah Masonic Lodge.

Neal is married, has 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.  He is a member and deacon of Cleveland First Baptist Church.  He enjoys refinishing furniture, playing gold, traveling and camping.



Twyla Bryant is a Gainesville native who is excited about the great things God has planned for her.  She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Dance from Brenau. Twyla achieved many awards and leadership positions.  Twyla began dancing at age 4 with Gainesville Ballet.  Some of her most memorable performances include: Clara (The Nutcracker), and The Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker).

Twyla helped start Expansions, a dance ensemble made of local dancers where she has served as a dancer, a choreographer, and assistant director.  Expansions have now had two shows.   Recently, Twyla has started Mystical Shadows Dance Ensemble, in which she is the current resident choreographer.  Twyla has many goals for her life, she hopes to have her own non-profit dance studio that travels around the United States, spreading the love of dance to both adults and children, and therapeutic dance for those with special needs.