Friends remember Glennville community leader

GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Just outside of Fort Stewart, a crash that killed five people Thursday leaves heavy hearts in Tattnall County.

Mollie McCurdy, 7, of Townsend; Spencer McCurdy, 2, of Townsend; driver Janis McCurdy, of Glennville, were killed in the Ford pickup that was traveling westbound Georgia Highway 144. Turner McCurdy, 9, of Townsend; was injured, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Jose Antonio Robles-Vera, 22, St. Simons Island, was driving the Isuzu Trooper that was headed eastbound, according to the Georgia State Patrol. His passenger, Pedro Juan Robles, 24 St. Simons Island, was also killed.

Flags were at half staff around Glennville showed sorrow over the death of Janice McCurdy.

At Eggs and Issues forum on Friday morning, friends and colleagues remembered her.

"Our relationship with Janice McCurdy goes back to my childhood. I served with her as mayor and Janice as a member of City Council," said Brent Walker the former Glennville mayor.

Friends say McCurdy shied away from cameras and the spotlight, but she and her husband used their businesses to promote the community. In fact, one of the few times she relented for a camera was a recent WTOC Eye On Business segment that would have been aired next week.

She was also a tireless supporter of Tattnall Cares. For breast cancer awareness month, she took pink ribbons to every business and home in Glennville and personally tied them to the door of whoever wanted them.

She was also a driving force in converting an old schoolhouse into the city auditorium.

"Miss Janice, if you knew her, she was full of compassion.," said friend Dennis Strickland. "You just couldn't help but love the way she felt about this community."

"She's had such an impact on the community. She's done so many things for people," said friend Dan Dubberly.

Friends say they grieve for her; the grandchildren who were also killed in the crash; and the hole her passing leaves in their community and in their lives.

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