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Ola Earle Crandall Folker Bowers

February 4, 1924 - September 9, 2022

Burial Date September 13, 2022

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Ola Earle Crandall Folker Bowers, 98, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Vitality Living Frederica on St. Simons Island, Ga., after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family.

A visitation was held  5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, 3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Palmetto Cemetery, 3412 Ross Road, Brunswick, with the Rev. Jim Crandall officiating.

Mrs. Bowers was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Waynesville, Ga. She was the daughter of Frank R. Crandall and Ola Rebecca Braddock. She was predeceased by two husbands, James Edward Folker Sr. and Ralph Willard Bowers.

She is survived by a son, James Edward Folker Jr. (Cherie), of Edgefield, S.C.; a daughter, Katherine Folker Hamilton (Tony), of Darien; and was “Gigi” to a granddaughter, Amanda Stephens Butler (David), of Brunswick; a grandson, Gabriel Griffin Miller, of Edgefield; great-grandchildren Victoria Butler Beasley (Mason), Randall David Butler, Rebecca Faye Butler, Canon David Butler, Caden Michael Butler, Jeffrey Michael Butler, Brian Richard Johnson, Arianna Grace Miller and Liam James Miller.

Mrs. Bowers was a 1942 graduate of Glynn Academy and worked at First National Bank. After marrying Jimmy Folker and moving to Darien, she was a longtime teller and bookkeeper at the Darien Bank, now Southeastern Bank. She was also a member and officer in the Brunswick chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) for many years.

She never met a stranger and would greet visitors at the door in her apron, fresh from cooking and washing dishes. She remodeled her home on The Ridge so she could have a better marsh view from the kitchen. She was the last of 12 Crandall children and her siblings operated businesses in Brunswick, including Glynn Wholesale Building Material, Crandall Hardware, Arco Hardware and Bradham Cabinet Shop.