Famous writers, actors, sports figures, musicians and creators are interred in Georgia’s cemeteries. Here are 10 of our state’s most famous final resting places.
1. Ty Cobb– A professional baseball player that was both loved and hated, Ty Cobb dominated major league baseball in its early years. He died July 17, 1961, at Emory University Hospital after a battle with prostate cancer and is interred in his family’s mausoleum in Royston.
2. Margaret Mitchell – The writer best known for her novel Gone With The Wind was hit by a drunk driver on Peachtree Street in Atlanta the evening of Aug. 11, 1949. She died five days later at Grady Memorial Hospital without ever having regained consciousness. She was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta where her husband was buried beside her only a few years later.
3. Joel Chandler Harris – The author best known as the author of the Uncle Remus died July 3, 1908, from acute nephritis and cirrhosis of the liver. He is interred at Westside Cemetery in Atlanta.
4. Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones Jr. – Perhaps the greatest golfer to ever live, Jones was restricted to a wheelchair in his final years after developing syringomyelia. He died Dec. 18, 1971, three days after converting to Catholicism. He is buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.
5. Otis Redding – The man who has “The King of the Soul Singers” inscribed on his tomb was killed Dec. 9, 1967, when the plane he was flying in crashed in Lake Monona, Wis. He was entombed on Dec. 19 at his home in Red Oak, 20 miles north of Macon.
6. Duane Allman – In 1971, the man that Rolling Stone would rank as the No. 2 guitarist if all time and the co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band was killed at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident. Following his death on Oct. 29, Allman was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon.
7. John Herndon (Johnny) Mercer – Among his other professional singer and songwriter accomplishments, Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records. He died on June 25, 1976, in Bel Air, Calif. Mercer was buried in Savannah‘s historic Bonaventure Cemetery.
8. Uga – Since 1992, each of the University of Georgia’s mascots has been interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium upon their death.
9. (Mary) Flannery O’Conner – One of the best known Southern writers in history, O’Conner developed lupus at a young age and died at 39 at Baldwin County Hospital. The woman whose book Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction is buried in Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville.
10. Juliette Gordon Lowe – The founder of the Girl Scouts of America developed breast cancer in 1923 and died four years later on Jan. 7, 1927. The 66 year old, buried in her Girl Scout uniform, was laid to rest in a plot in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.