Annabel “"Miss Peaches"” Griner Alderman

  • Birth 15 Jul 1924 Nashville, Berrien County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 2011 Berrien County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
  • Memorial ID 68145831

Funeral services for Annabel "Miss Peaches" Alderman, who died on April 7, 2011, were held on April 9, 2011, in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home in Nashville. The Rev. Nancy Mills, priest-in-charge at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Thomasville, officiated.

The late novelist, poet and newspaper columnist will be remembered for her wide-ranging contributions to the literary world and for her long years as a stage performer. She appeared as a political comic under the stage name of "Miss Peaches," offering monologues and songs in concert with her piano-playing brother, Geunie Griner. To her great delight, their 1954 recording of "Callin' Moody Field" enjoyed more than 50 years of popularity.

In a departure from their performing world, the deceased and her now late brother published the prize-winning newspaper, The Nashville Herald, a now defunct weekly publication from 1962 until 1966. During those years, she and Geunie wrote for and performed in the Georgia Press Association's annual extravaganza, The Cracker Crumble, and continued so doing until her brother's death in 1975.

After their newspapering experience, the brother-sister team returned to stage work and began recording their performances for RCA Victor. Besides the comedy material, they contracted to record their family gospel music group, The Holy Notes, for which Annabel doubled as lead singer and lyricist.

Born in Nashville on July 15, 1924, she was named Elsie Higgs Griner Jr. at birth, a name she kept throughout her performing years. In 1985, she petitioned the court to change her given name to Annabel and thereafter, she reassumed her husband's surname.

Annabel lived in her hometown until 1966 when she relocated to the Atlanta area. She returned in 1979 to work with her mother and daughter, who practiced law in Nashville.

Annabel graduated from the Georgia Regional Police Academy in February 1983 and took her place as investigator for the family law firm. She later turned her attention once again to the written word. She published her first book of poetry, "Lost Loves Don't Count," in 1996, and Mercer University Press published her first novel, "Family Man," in 1999. The latter work was nominated in the Georgia Author of the Year 2000 competition, as well as the Townsend Prize for Fiction 2000.

During 2000-2001, her political column, "Right About Now," appeared in The Valdosta Daily Times.

Poems, essays and short stories penned by Annabel have appeared in

numerous magazines and anthologies, including O' Georgia, Kennesaw State University's Golden Age of Poetry, Flint River Review, Valdosta Magazine, Mercer University's Crossroads and many other widely circulated publications.

In her 81st year, a long-time ambition was realized by the inclusion of her biography in Who's Who in America.

The deceased was baptized at Nashville's First Baptist Church at age 13, and later confirmed in the Episcopal Church at All Saints' Church in Atlanta in 1968. Christ the King Episcopal Church in Valdosta was her final church home. Annabel was a longtime member of the Mensa Society and maintained membership in Southeastern Writers Association and Georgia Poetry Society.

Her husband, U.S. Air Force Maj. Hugh D. Alderman, to whom she was married in 1952, predeceased her in 1973. Also preceding her in death was her mother, Elsie Higgs Griner, who died in 2002 at age 106, and her brother, Geunie Griner, who passed away in 1975.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Galen and Donald Mirate of Valdosta; a grandson, Milo Mirate, also of Valdosta; a virtual son and daughter-in-law, James C. and Brenda Knight of Nashville; and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.

Annabel's body was cremated. Her ashes will be scattered on the outgoing tide off the Georgia Coast on a day that seems right.

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