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Aiken, Conrad b. August 5, 1889 d. August 17, 1973 Author, Editor. His writings often deal with identity and changing perceptions, reflecting his profound interest in psychology. He won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for his "Selected Poems" (1929) and the National Book Award for "Collected Poems" (1953). Conrad Potter Aiken was born in Savannah, Georgia. When he was 11 his father killed his mother and then himself, and he was raised by a distant relative in Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard University from 1908 to 1912, where his classmates...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Hansford, Danny Lewis 'Billy Hanson' b. March 1, 1960 d. May 2, 1981 Murder Victim. Shot to death in the Study of Mercer House, 429 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia, by Jim Williams. Hansford was Savannah's most popular male escort of the late 1970's and early '80's and his passing was the subject of the successful NY Times Bestseller "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil" written by John Berendt. Hansford was survived by his Mother, Emily Bannister, who is now deceased. Hansford, famed for his muscular build by both male and female clients, was often seen in...[Read More] Cause of death: shot to death Greenwich Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA Plot: Section 8, Row G, Lot 6 GPS coordinates: 32.0508423, -81.0413055 (hddd.dddd)
Kelly, Emma b. December 17, 1918 d. January 17, 2001 Singer. Born in Statesboro, Georgia, during the course of her career from the 1940s to 1980s, she was a popular singer pianist, touring and playing cocktail lounges. In the later years of her life, she was nicknamed "The Lady of 6000 Songs" by songwriter Johnny Mercer, because she could play a staggering 6,000 songs strictly from memory. She died in Savannah, Georgia, from a liver ailment. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Eastside Cemetery, Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia, USA
Knox, Benjamin Edward 'The Lady Chablis' b. March 11, 1957 d. September 8, 2016 American Female Impersonator, Entertainer and Author. Known professionally as The Lady Chablis, she rose to fame in John Berendt’s 1994 book, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil', and the subsequent Clint Eastwood-directed 1997 movie of the same title in which she appeared as herself. With the success of the film, Chablis shot to fame, appearing on various television and talk shows, including 'Good Morning America', 'Oprah' and 'Bizarre Foods America'. She was the headlining entertainer...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Leigh, Jack b. November 8, 1949 d. May 19, 2004 Photographer. He began his work in 1972 and was the author of several highly acclaimed books of outdoor photography: "Oystering: A Way of Life", "The Ogeechee: A River and It's People", "Nets and Doors: Shrimping In Southern Waters", "Seaport: A Waterfront At Work", "The Land I'm Bound To", and "Ossabaw: Evocations of an Island". Leigh's best known image, entitled "Midnight", is of the "Bird Girl" statue that once stood at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. It appeared on the cover of...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Mercer, Hugh b. January 17, 1725 d. January 12, 1777 Revolutionary War Continental Brigadier General. Studied medicine in Scotland. Fought at the Battle of Culloden in Prince Charles Edward's army in 1746. Settled in America after the end of the Scottish conflict. Served as a Captain in the Pennsylvania Regiment during the French and Indian War, participating in Edward Braddock's unsuccessful 1755 expedition. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and served in General Forbes Fort Duquesne 1758 expedition. Promoted Colonel and placed in command of Fort...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Cause of death: Killed in action at the Battle of Princeton Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section G, Lot 121
Mercer, Johnny b. November 18, 1909 d. June 25, 1976 Composer and lyricist. He wrote over 1,100 songs. Wrote the lyrics and/or music to "Charade", "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Accentuate The Positive", "Autumn Leaves", "Goody Goody", "Hooray for Hollywood", and "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)", to name a few. Collaborated with Henry Mancini for Academy Award winning songs "Moon River" and "The Days of Wine and Roses". Died June 1976 in Los Angeles of complications arising from brain surgery. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA Plot: section H, lot 48
Odom, Joseph Algerine 'Joe' b. March 22, 1948 d. November 2, 1991 Attorney "Joe" Odom was portrayed as the love interest of Nancy Hillis based "Mandy" in the NY Times Bestseller "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil". Joe died of complications of AIDS in the Hamilton-Turner House at 330 Abercorn Street in Savannah, GA on November 2, 1991. In real life, there was no romance with Hillis. Clint Eastwood's movie portrayed Hillis' character as being in love with the John Berendt character. Odom is one of the more memorable characters, though, in both the book...[Read More] Cause of death: complications of AIDS Bull Creek Cemetery, Claxton, Evans County, Georgia, USA Plot: on the right inside thefamily plot
Williams, James Arthur 'Jim' b. December 11, 1930 d. January 14, 1990 Folk Figure. Savannah, Georgia, antique dealer, restorer of historic homes and gracious Southern gentleman brought to fame by 4 murder trials under Judge George Oliver, relating to the shooting death of Danny Hansford. Mr. Williams was cleared of charges and died of pneumonia and heart failure in the kitchen of his Savannah home, 'Mercer House' shortly thereafter. Author John Berendt penned a NY Times Bestseller "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" based upon life in Savannah just prior to...[Read More] Cause of death: Pneumonia and heart failure Ramah Baptist Church Cemetery, Gordon, Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Plot: Next to mother, Blanche Brooks Williams