Donald Garrett

On a warm, Sunday afternoon, the Turner County Project sat down with Donald Garrett and his daughter Lisa Garrett Bonnell to talk about car hops, milk routes, and his family legacy in Turner County. What made this interview so special was sitting in Old Hopewell Church which stands today due to a generous land donation from Donald’s great-grandparents, Alvah Pinkney “A.P.” and Mary Rooks Haman in 1903.

Joan Sellars Lorenzen

The first of this “mini interview” People of Turner County series is Joan Sellars Lorenzen who currently lives in Rebecca, GA but has lived in Turner County her whole life. She shares her memory of the Turner Theatre, which unfortunately burned down on July 25, 1972.

Shingler Pullman Vehicle

In what appears to be a nationally reported interest article, the Shingler family owned what looks to be what we know today as an R.V. Check out these articles from across the nation.

WWII POW German Camp in Ashburn, Georgia

One of the lesser-known histories of Turner County was the existence of the German POW Camp that was located in Ashburn during World War II. One can wonder if it was lost to memory since it was one of many, but the frank reality is that it was not heavily talked about or documented.

When it comes to history, memories fade, but what remains are the written words.
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John Dye

John Dye, who turns 95 in 2022, is perhaps one of the most well-respected citizens in Turner County. He is beloved by many not only because he invested so much of his time and love into his students throughout his almost 50 years in education but because he treats everyone with respect and kindness. His 60+ year marriage to the love of his life Lois was a cornerstone in his life and has produced a family that continues to carry on the Dye legacy within the field of education. The Turner County Project got to sit down with this Turner County icon on February 12, 2022, to reflect on his life.