Fayette icon Cary passes at 85

Beloved community figure Carolyn Cary passed Monday, November 5 at the age of 85.

Born December 2, 1932 to Harold. L. and Irene Kimes Cline, Cary lived her early years in Ohio, before moving south. She lived in Georgia for nearly 60 years, and was a Fayette County resident for 53 years.

Cary quickly became a vital cog in Fayette. She was one of the founding members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in 1967, operating as Executive Secretary out of her living room until the chamber could afford its first office space. She also worked as an EMT for years and received three state awards for her work.

Cary was an integral figure in preserving the history of the county she came to call home. She was co-chair of the Fayette County Sesquicentennial in 1971 and was a co-founder of the Fayette County Historical Society in 1972.

She was named the second “Official County Historian” by the County Board of Commissioners in 1981, and she continued in that role until her death.

An accomplished writer, she served as vice-president of the Georgia Writers Association and served as editor of “The History of Fayette County,” released in 1977. She was named Fayette Citzen of the Year in 1977 as well.

She also authored a biography of local Confederate soldier, William Thomas Overby.

In 1996, Cary was selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer, carrying the flame into the then-new Heritage Park in Fayetteville. She had spearheaded creating the park and wrote the 65 historical plaques around its foundation.

In recent years, Cary devoted her time and talent to the Metro Fayette Kiwanis Club and served as a consultant on many of Fayette Newspapers’ historical projects, including Welcome to Fayette and Marquis magazines.

Cary is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.

Her family will receive visitors Wednesday, November 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home in Fayetteville. She will be laid to rest beside her parents at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Akron, Ohio.

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