Savannah McClure Chastain
    Meet my great aunt!

    Savannah Fannie McClure Chastain6,  whose lineage is Henry Alexander McClure5, John Alexander
    McClure4, John McClure3, Thomas McClure2, Andrew McClure1 , was b: 23 NOV 1917, in Towns County,
    GA; d: 13 AUG 2007, in Murphy, Cherokee  County, NC and is buried along with her husband in Martin
    Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Fires Creek Rd, Hayesville, Clay County, NC.

    She was married to Ezekial "Lee" Chastain (b:  05 FEB 1917; d: 06 MAY 1988, Hayesville, Clay County,
    NC; son of Swan Boal Chastain and Eva L. Martin)  They had three children, all of whom are still living.

    Back in 1993 I wrote to my Aunt Savannah asking for family information.  She sent me a lovely chatty
    letter with all sorts of information.  She must have been an avid letter writer as well as a pretty good
    source, because her nephew. Alvin, also corresponded with her.

    Recently I asked for help from her son, and received good information regarding some photos I was
    investigating as well as a few pictures I include here for your enjoyment.

    I wish I had known her; she seemed like a great lady.
Savannah McClure - Age 6 Taken ca 1923, wearing the watch her father
(Henry Alexander McClure) gave to her
(per Kathy Gibbey-grandaughter)
Savannah McClure - age 16 (1933)
Savannah McClure - Age 78
    The North Georgia News

    Blairsville, GA  30512  

    (no corrections have been made; this is exactly as it appeared in paper)

    August 22, 2007 Page 5C

    Savannah McClure Chastain

    Savannah McClure Chastain, age 89, of Hayesville, NC passed away Monday, August 13, 2007 at the
    Murphy medical Center Nursing Home in Murphy, NC.  Mrs. Chastain was a native of Towns County, GA
    and a resident of Hayesville, NC for fifty-three years.  She worked for many years as a seamstress at the
    Carolina Dress and the Walter Fuller Dress Manufacturing Companies.  Savannah was the oldest
    member of martin Hill Baptist Church in Hayesville, NC where she taught Sunday School for several
    years.  Savannah loved taking care of her family and crocheting.  She was a caregiver for her family and
    her community for many years.  She was a daughter of the late Henry Alexander and America Daniels
    McClure.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Chastain who died in 1988; a brother, Tom
    McClure; and her six sisters, Valley Reece, Sarah Burns, Daisy Myers, Mabel Scroggs, Georgia Hoyle
    and Birdie Evans.

    Mrs. Chastain is survived by hr son, Douglas B. Chastain and his wife Carolyn of Hiawassee, GA; two
    daughters, Eva Ann Henson of Georgia and Daisy Rowland and her husband Harold of Topton, NC; six
    grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the Townson Rose, Frank Rose,
    Sr. Memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC.  The Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiated.  Music was provided by L.D.
    and Irene Buchanan.  Burial was in the martin Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Hayesville, NC.  
    Pallbearers were Douglas Johnson, Carl Edwards, Sr., Jerry Cable, Richard Martin, L.D. Buchanan, Willie
    Nichols, Ralph Myers, Dan Chastain and Freddie Henson.  The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.
    m. Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at the Townson Rose, Frank Rose Sr. memorial Chapel in Hayesville, NC.  
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Savannah McClure Chastain to the Martin Hill
    Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 316 Dyer Cove Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.

    You may send tributes to the Chastain family at  Townson Rose Funeral Home is in
    charge of all arrangements.  
And in Closing:
I was fortunate enough to be given an audio recording of Savannah talking about family, growing up
and life in general. It offers great insights as to her lively personality and the way they lived.

You can read along as you listen to the (26 minutes) recording if you like.


Audio file of Savannah (1999):
Lee and Savannah (McClure) Chastain.  Don't you love that grin?!
July 4, 1936, Lee Chastain and Fanny Savannah McClure were joined together as husband and wife.
Their life together was as smooth and easy as the gravel road that lead to their house. Which, I can
assure you, was definitely not smooth or easy. However, they were richly blessed and blessed all of us
richly!! Lee meet this tiny, scrappy little woman, fell head over heels in love with her and informed her
that, "We are going to get married." In which she replied, "No we're not." After thinking on it for a bit he
came back and ASKED, "Will you marry me?" Her reply, "Yes, I will." After 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3
great-grandchildren, and almost 52 years of life together; Granny 'Banner' saw her precious husband go
to rest with Jesus. But God had so much more for her to do. I thank Him for knowing just how much we
needed this little woman in our lives. I was only 15 when my Paw Lee left this earth and I had no concept
of what real love between a man and his wife really was. Many years later, and a few more babies added
to the great and great- great list, she was prepared to 'go on home'. More than once while she slept, she
would lift her hands toward heaven, a smile would spread across her face and she would whisper,
"There's my Lee. How handsome he is. He's waiting for me."
Written by Melissa Chastain Perez and posted on Facebook.  She is Savannah’s grand daughter.
A random photo I had saved, I don't
know where it came from or who the
lady on the left is, But Aunt Savannah
is the one on the right.
Savannah and one of her sisters. ca. 1966
Click on the picture for a larger view