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Frances Marie Crain

Female 1924 - 2008  (83 years)


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  • Name Frances Marie Crain 
    Born 09 Jul 1924  Brooks County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Jun 2008  Blackshear, Pierce, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • OBITUARY

      Frances Crane Tally

      Frances Crane Tally of Blackshear passed away Friday afternoon, June 29, 2008, after a brief illness. She was 83 years old.

      Frances Marie Crane Tally was born July 9, 1924 in Dixie, Brooks County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Joseph Brewer Crane and Kitty Lee Bower Crane. On December 8, 1943 Frances Marie Crane married Herbert Spencer Tally in Dixie, Georgia. They lived in the Marion Hotel in Blackshear for a month and then moved into one of the Gilmore houses on Central Avenue in Blackshear. In 1945 they built a house on Main Street in Blackshear and lived there for the last 63 years. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on December 8, 2007.

      Frances Tally was appointed Director of Pierce County Department of Family and Children Services in March 1955. She served in the capacity for 44 years and retired May 1, 1999. She was recognized by Governor Zell Miller for her faithful service at the Governor's award ceremony on May 24, 1996. A resolution commending Mrs. Tally on her retirement and other purposes was Read and Adopted by the House of Representatives on March 1, 1999. She was honored as Citizen of the Year 2001 by the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. She was selected CBE Employer of the Year 1998 to 1999. She and Dr. Tally jointly received The Book of Golden Deed Award by the Pierce County Exchange Club in 2003. She has been an active member in the First Baptist Church of Blackshear serving in many capacities during their marriage. She was president of the WMU and a member of the Joy Group at the First Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Blackshear Supper Club and was a member for over 50 years. Frances also served as president of The Blackshear Women's Club. She was elected 8th district President of The Blackshear Women's Club 1950 to 1951. She was a member of the Lyman Hall Chapter of the DAR. She was also a member of the Huegnot Society and P.E.O. Chapter AK. She was a member of the Lakeview Ladies Golf Association. She was the third lady to join the Blackshear Exchange Club. Other ministries include participation in Child Abuse Prevention and Care and Share Program.

      In addition to her parents, Mrs. Tally was also preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Herbert Spencer Tally Sr.; and a brother Dr. Joe Crane.

      Survivors are a daughter Cheryl Anne Tally McWilliams of Marietta, a son Dr. Herbert Spencer Tally Jr. of Cartersville, a sister Kathrine Tally of Columbus, a granddaughter Beverly McWilliams Palmer, 3 great grandchildren Sydney Palmer, Austin Palmer, Chandler Palmer, several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

      Funeral services for Mrs. Tally were held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon (June 29, 2008) at First Baptist Church in Blackshear.

      Officiating was Dr. Bill Young.

      Interment was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

      Active pallbearers were Kenneth Coolick, Sidney Tally, George Vestal, John Tally Martin, Joe Crane Michael Vestal. Honorary pallbearers were the Alert Sunday School Class, Pierce County DFACS, Supper Club, Blackshear Exchange Club, and her P.E.O. Chapter AK sisters.

      Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 670 Main Street, Blackshear, GA 31516 or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, PO Box 2764, Waycross, GA 31502.

      Sympathy may be expressed by signing our online register at www.pearsondial.com

      Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
    Buried Blackshear Cemetery, Balckshear, Pierce, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6292  Dickinson
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2011 

    Father Joseph Brewer Crain,   b. 29 Jun 1889, Brooks County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1974, Lowndes County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Kittie Lee Bower,   b. Oct 1892, Brooks County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 1984, Brooks County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Family ID F1677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Herbert Spencer Tally,   b. 22 Jun 1916, Coffee, Pierce, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 2007, Blackshear, Pierce, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 08 Dec 1943  Dixie, Brooks, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F1678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S007837] Headstone, Blackshear Cemetery, Balckshear, Pierce, Georgia.

    2. [S016512] Social Security Death Index , (Washington, D.C.: Social Security Administration), Number: 255-60-4854;Issue State: Georgia;Issue Date: 1956.

    3. [S336349] History of Brooks County, Georgia, Folks Huxford, (Athens, Georgia: The McGregor Company, 1949), 432.