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George McCranie III

November 13, 1920 — May 8, 2014

George Flowers McCranie III, 93, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia from complications of a stroke. He was born in Willacoochee, Georgia on November 13, 1920 to George Flowers McCranie, Jr. and Margaret Ellen (Madge) Baker McCranie. He was a lifelong resident of Willacoochee. He graduated from Willacoochee High School in 1938. His graduating class consisted of three boys, including Mr. McCranie, and three girls. He attended college at Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Georgia and South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia. Mr. McCranie was a World War II United States Army veteran. He was a prominent naval stores operator, tree farmer, and businessman. He was the middle McCranie brother who as teenagers built the McCranie Turpentine Still in 1936. The turpentine still is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The brothers took turns working in order to send one another to college. He and his brothers, Baker and Shasta, were in a business partnership for 78 years. Together they owned and operated the McCranie Turpentine Still, McCranie Brothers Wood Preserving, and McCranie Brothers Farms. Mr. McCranie served his community as a member of the Willacoochee City Council, was an Atkinson County School Board member for 26 years, and was a founding member of the Atkinson County Housing Authority on which he served for 58 years. He was an honorary member of the Georgia Young Farmers Association, and he and his wife enjoyed showing off their dancing skills at the annual conventions. He was a lifelong traveler. When he was thirteen, he and his family traveled to Chicago, Illinois to the 1933 World's Fair. He and his brothers were given 75 cents per day to take in the attractions. He went to Europe numerous times. His favorite trip was to Venice and Florence, Italy where he was able to visit his best friend, Thurston Ivey's, burial site at the World War II Italian-American Cemetery outside Florence. He visited every state in the union and sailed through the Panama Canal. He, his son, Greg, and friend, James Carter, traveled to Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. Mr. McCranie was a licensed pilot, boater, and last but not least, an animal lover. He always fed the birds and squirrels and taught his horse to chew tobacco. He enjoyed raising donkeys too. He entertained his children by telling them stories about growing up in Willacoochee and his childhood friend named Umphredus McRafus Paul Barnes, Jr. - he was quiet the storyteller. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Imogene Purvis McCranie, son, George Flowers McCranie IV, wife Danielle, of Willacoochee, Georgia, daughter, Katherine Elneita McCranie of Willacoochee, Georgia, son, Steve Chapman, Sr., wife Marie, of Ashburn, Georgia, son, Greg Chapman of Ashburn, Georgia, six grandchildren, Steven Chapman, Jr., Jennifer Chalon, Duane Chapman, Ben Chapman, Margaret Ellen (Madge) McCranie, and Alexandria Bowen, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, and his brother Baker McCranie. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11 AM at the McCranie Turpentine Still in Willacoochee, Georgia with John Lindsey officiating. Bagpiper, Phillip McDevitt, of Warner Robins, Georgia played various selections, including "Amazing Grace" and "Taps". Mr. Fred Paulk on harmonica accompanied by Mr. D.Q. Pittman on the guitar played "The Old Rugged Cross", "Beyond the Sunset", and "Where the Soul Never Dies". Internment was in the McCranie Cemetery in Willacoochee, Georgia. Pall bearers were Ryan McCranie, Dr. Henry Sheffield, Ben Chapman, Dr. Clint Sheffield, Trebor Gaskins, Tate Hodges, and Trevor Carter. Honorary pall bearers were Quinton Dillingham, Lt. Col. Charles Boatwright Ret., Jim McCranie, Bill McCranie, Slade McCranie, Judson McCranie, General John R. Paulk Ret., Lucious Jacobs, Danny Hodges, Michael Purvis, Fred Paulk, James Carter, Edwin Davis, Sr., Marvin Giddens, Jimmy McCrea, J.Q. McMillan, Jimmy Gaskins, James Moore, Sid Strickland, J.B. Olliff, John Boatwright, Garland Thompson, Lace Futch, Warren Paulk, Charlie Bray, Jim Mills, Ray Shealey, Mike Tucker, Jackie Merritt, Monk Reliford, Donnie Smith, Jimmy Metts, and Harry Brown. Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson, GA was in charge of the arrangements.


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