Originally created 10/31/04

Ms. Elsie P. Kinney (MARTINEZ, Ga.)



MARTINEZ, Ga. - Elsie Pauline Kinney entered peacefully into rest Tuesday afternoon October 12, at ElmCroft-Martinez assisted-living home. She was 95 years old. Elsie moved to Augusta with her parents from Oconee County, Ga. when she was in her mid-teens. As soon as she was eligible for employment she was hired by Southern Bell Telephone Company (now BellSouth) as a switchboard operator. In time she was selected as a Service Representative where she was one of two representatives who took orders for new telephone service and received and collected telephone bill payments. She was later made a representative for business accounts only. As Augusta grew and more representatives were added, Elsie was promoted to supervisor over residence services and later over a group of business representatives. Her last supervisory assignment before retirement was to assume the responsibilities of a retiring manager of the office section. M iss Kinney was a former first vice president of the Pilot Club of Augusta and a delegate to the 40th annual convention of Pilot International in Denver, Colo. She was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Elsie was a long time member of St. John Methodist Church and floor representative at St. John Towers, where she was a first resident after the Towers was constructed. She lived there many years before moving to ElmCroft several years ago. Elsie was an avid sports fan and supported the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons, whose games she rarely missed on radio or television. She also loved golf, as a spectator, and attended the Masters Golf Tournament every year as long as she was able. Miss Kinney was the last surviving member of her immediate family and is survived by her self-adopted children, Neal and Pat Clay of Lincolnton, Ga., and her adopted grand-children, Carter Clay and Matthew Clay of Carrolton, Ga., and Michael Connor of Altamonte Springs, Fla. She was a mem ber of the body-donor program at the Medical College of Georgia. Her life will be celebrated at St. John Methodist Church Chapel Monday, November 1, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent in Miss Kinney's honor to St. John United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 444, Augusta, Ga., 30903 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle October 31, 2004