Category Archives: –TOOMBS COUNTY GA–
Located near English Eddy, this old farmhouse looks perfectly at home in this grove of ancient oaks. June Dixon writes: In the 1930s this was the Columbia Mann (Mrs. Soloman Mann) home place. She was known as Miss Cumbie. This was a farm; the woodlands across the road were once open fields. There’s a small dip in the east bound lane of Highway 147 in front of the house. Many times it’s been filled in, but it always comes back. My dad said there was a well there. It was filled in and paved over.
Other structures on the property indicate this was likely used as a hunting lodge.
A detached kitchen remains, and was joined to the house at some point.
There’s a volunteer fire department next door to this old building, which appears to have been a store at one time. The truck looks to be military surplus. As to Marvin, it’s not even on the map, but there are signs marking the community, which I assume was named for Marvin Yancey, since that’s the name of the VFD.
Karen Carrow Dees writes: Cedar Crossing Methodist Church and cemetery sits on land donated to the Methodist church by my husband’s family years ago. (Dees Family) It was used as a Methodist Church for many years and most recently was used by the Hispanic Methodist community. It is unused now and will return to the family. (Karen notes that as of 2016, the Hispanic congregation has purchased the church and will be using it for their services).
John W. Easterling recalls: Attended church here in the 50’s with Uncle Dent Brantley and Aunt Liza Brantley when I stayed with them in the summer. Had wonderful dinner on the ground. Many hand held fans moved the air around in the church. Dalt and Ola Geiger were my grand parents on my mother’s side and they attended church once in awhile. I have fond memories of that area.
While they seem unusual to some, these decorations are a time-honored tradition in some Southern cemeteries and represent a deep love for the departed and a celebration of life. Whether simple or elaborate, they’re always nice to photograph. I’m so honored that relatives shared the stories behind these tributes.
Marsha Ann writes: The grave with the deer belongs to Brent Dees (18). He and my brother, Marty Galbreath (19), were killed in an automobile accident on August 2nd 1994.
Tony Smith writes: This is my Dad’s gravesite. My brothers and I felt it would be as Dad would want it with his sons getting together to build this. He was a cement finisher/frame carpenter and all around house builder. We built this in honor of Dad by hand. He had 15 children and many Grandchildren. Lola Smith Leigh adds: Anyone who knew my Father, Hugh Smith, knew his work was truly his expression of art. He was a master craftsman and took great pride in his labors. The gravestone my brothers created for him is a beautiful tribute to our Daddy and it is so comforting to see the tools that were as much an extension of him as were the hands that wielded them.
This is one of my favorite old country stores in this part of Georgia. I stop nearly every time I pass it on US 1. Thanks to Holly Alexander Toole and others for sharing their memories and identifying it for me. One of my favorite memories was from Jack Parker: In 1936, when I was five, we lived near the store my mother would send me to get an item or two. It was always charged to a running credit account. I would tell Mr. Alexander I would like some candy but didn’t have a nickel. He would always see that I would get a piece. (Couldn’t charge the candy). Great memories.
According to Hoyt Pittman, this is the second structure to house this congregation. The first was on Georgia Highway 147. Hoyt also notes that there was a small community and post office which made up the community of English Eddy proper, on Old River Road. It was named for a feature of the nearby Altamaha River.
Sadly, this church was razed in 2020 for a highway project.