|Birth: ||May 10, 1907|
|Death: ||May 2, 1953|
A great concourse of people gathered at the Hardwick Christian Church Sunday afternoon in final tribute to Marion Ennis, Milledgeville attorney who had spent his life here and given so much to building a finer community.
Members of the Christian Church Board of Deacons bore the remains into the church and placed it before the flower banked alter where Rev. Roy Barnett, pastor, and Rev. John Hughston,Jr., of the First Baptist Church, paid tribute to the life of services so beautifully exemplified by this young man.
Surviving members of Mr. Ennis's family are his wife, the former Tony Bonner, a son, Buddy and daughter, Marianne, his father, Oscar M. Ennis, a brother Jordan Ennis of Tullahoma, Tenn., and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Couch and Mrs. Charles Tucker of Anniston, Ala.
Marion Ennis came to Milledgeville with his parents when a child and grew up in Hardwick and Midway Communities. After completing his studies at G.M.C., he attended Mercer University and was awarded his legal degree in 1931. He immediately began the pratice of law and has through the years built up one of the largest and most successful practices in this section of Georgia.
Soon after he began practice he entered politics and was elected to the Georgia legislature without opposition. He served in the House of Representatives four terms and the State Senate one term. During this service he gave untiring attention to the state institutions here. It was during this service to the state that attention was focused upon the State Hospital and Boys Training School, both institutions badly run down and overcrowded. The first big building program began at the State Hospital and an entire new training school was built.
The paving all over Baldwin county is a memorial to Mr. Ennis. He has been the leader in the movement to give our county the finest road system in the state and today every rural route and school bus route is practically paved.
But his greatest effort was given to the construction of a water and sewerage system for Hardwick, Midway and Oconee Heights. This ambition which commanded his attention for more than ten years, was accomplished a few years ago and today every home in this area has running water, sewerage, and a modern fire department provides protection. The value of this fire fighting unit alone has proven the wisdom of Mr. Ennis's dream many times over.
For many years Mr. Ennis has served the county as attorney and clerk. He spearheaded countless improvements for the county. The district Forestry office, the site for the new armory, the district Highway Patrol office, one of the best in the state, the new Public Works Camp and the modern Health Clinic, yet to be built but approved, will bear testimony to the future and generations to come of the loyal and generous public service of Marion Ennis.
Mr. Ennis was a Rotarian, and civic leader. He had been greatly interested in the Sesquicentennial celebration, serving as Judge of the Kangaroo Court which gave him an outlet for the fun and levity in this make-up. He enjoyed practical jokes as well as anybody that ever lived. When the Brothers of the Brush sponsored the trip to Atlanta just a week before the sudden death of Mr. Ennis, he was the life of the party and entered into the entire trip with the greatest enthusiams and joy.
Marion Ennis had his career ended at the hands of an assasin who fired bullets into his back. It was ironic that a man like Marion Stembridge, who gave nothing for the betterment of mankind, should end the life of so useful and beloved public servant and citizen.
Oscar Marcellus Ennis (1883 - 1966)
Marie Manning Gilmore Ennis (1889 - 1946)
Antoinette Bonner Ennis (1909 - 1977)
Oscar Marion Ennis (1907 - 1953)
Frances Ennis Couch (1908 - 2000)*
Jordan Gilmore Ennis (1910 - 1993)*
Memory Hill Cemetery
Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: Mar 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13725903