Frank M. Edenfield (MILLEN, Ga.)

MILLEN, Ga. - Frank Miles Edenfield of Millen died May 2, 2008 at the age of ninety-one. An avid fisherman, Mr. Edenfield died while enjoying an afternoon of fishing in the Ogeechee River with a dear friend. Mr. Edenfield is preceded in death by his wife of forty-nine years, Euris Rountree Edenfield, his parents Edward Miles and Manie Reynolds Edenfield, and his brother Wilmer Mack and his wife Annie Mae Edenfield. Survivors include his nieces Maxanne Edenfield Edmunds and her husband Cleve and Nan Edenfield Brooks and her husband Carl. Grand nephews include Stephen Allmond, Taylor Brooks, and grand niece Jana Jordan. Surviving sisters-in-law; Beverly Rountree of Gordon, Ruth Harris of Augusta, and Sara (Ivey) Clark of Garfield; nephews and nieces-in-law include John Harris, Carolyn Deal, Mary Berry, James Clark, Clay Clark, John Clark, Rhonda Rowe, Stan Rountree, and Lindsey Rountree. Mr. Edenfield attended Old Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church and was a member of the Boch Sunday School Class of Millen Baptist Church. A lifelong resident of Millen, Mr. Edenfield (aka Mr. Frank, Frank, Uncle Frank, or Uncle Nank) loved his hometown and devoted many years of service to his community. For thirty-nine years, he served on the Millen Fire Department. In 1946, he joined the Millen Lions Club where he was club president, Augusta District Zone chairman, Augusta District governor, District Governor, and in 2005, was awarded the International President's Certificate of Appreciation for having been a member for sixty years. He was on the Board of Managers of the Georgia Press Association for two terms and served as Director of the Georgia Municipal Association for four terms. For twenty years he served on the Millen City Council and served as Chairman of the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jenkins County Development Authority for twenty years. In World War II, Mr. Edenfield served in the United States Navy as chief electrician on the USS Mobile. He often recounted with pride the time that the Mobile was the first ship to sail into Japanese waters to rescue prisoners of war. He organized yearly reunions of his former shipmates whom he regarded as lifelong friends. Mr. Edenfield was Editor-in-Chief of "The Millen News'. He purchased the paper in 1946 from Walter Harrison with a simple handshake. He operated the paper with excellence and commitment until his retirement in 1998. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 6 at 2:00 pm at Crowe-Fields Funeral with Elder Tommy Rountree officiating. Interment will follow in the Millen Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6pm-8pm Monday, May 5. Active pallbearers will be Taylor Brooks, John Clark, James Clark, Stan Rountree, Lindsey Rountree, Jason Berry, Jarrett Berry, and Stephan Allmond. Honorary Pallbearers will be Matt Wallace, Lamar Gay, Bobby Dwelle, Gordon Sasser, Wayne Bennett, C. J. Lane, Johnny Wilson, Edward Wilson, Gene Hall, and Rufus Small. Memorials may be made to the Old Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy Rountree, 231 Harmon Rd., Swainsboro, GA 30401. His memory will be treasured by a host of friends and most especially by his family who loved, admired, and respected him. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-May 5, 2008