Willis-McCranie House, Mystic

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This is located between Ocilla and Mystic. I visited here and saw the inside of this beautiful home around 1998 with Hank Rowe. Billy Vickers writes: Jonnie McCranie lived with her widowed mother Mrs. John M. Willis as this was the Old Willis Homeplace. Kathy Wilson and her husband Mike now own the home. Kathy writes, in part: I do know the attached room on the far side of the porch is where a Mr. Phillips lived, during Ms. Jonnie’s childhood. She told me they moved him here to help them learn about planting and growing cotton. Later, that room was rented out, to others, by Ms. Jonnie. Ms. Jonnie was born in and passed away in the house; if I’m not mistaken, I believe her son told us she passed away in the very same room she was born in. As Billy Vickers said above, her ashes were scattered in the field, by airplane, right in front of the house. 

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12 responses to “Willis-McCranie House, Mystic

  1. One more thing…
    Brian, I purchased the book Vanishing Irwin County. I did notice the name someone gave it was the Henderson house. Mike and I both couldn’t figure out why or where that name came from. As, Billy V. said above, it was known as the Willis homeplace.

  2. I am Kathy Wilson, wife of Mike Wilson. Mike is a lifelong resident of Irwin County. He and his family lived only a stones throw away from the McCranie house. We live in the McCranie house now and have since the year Ms Jonnie passed away, 2003. We were good friends with Ms Jonnie, she was a customer of ours at Ocilla Pharmacy, for many years. I was delivering meds to her one evening, when she invited me in and wanted to show me around. This was during the time she had become ill. While showing me around she was telling me the history. (I hate to admit, but it was the end of a long work day and I have to hear things more than once to remember them, therefore, can’t remember the house history.) I do, however, have a magazine the house was shown in, that Ms J. gave to me. It has a little history in it. I will try to locate it and come back to add the info it contains. I do know the attached room on the far side of the porch is where a Mr. Phillips lived, during Ms Jonnie’s childhood. She told me they moved him here to help them learn about planting and growing cotton. Later, that room was rented out, to others, by Ms Jonnie. Ms J was born in and she passed away, in the house, if not mistaken, I believe Marshall told us she passed away, in the very same room she was born in. As Billy Vickers said above, her ashes were scattered in the field, by airplane, right in front of the house. We were fortunate enough to be asked to attend the ceremony. Her son, Marshall McCranie, a pharmacist in Doerun, sold the house to us. We have done some major overhaul on the inside of the house. Still working on the renovations. I believe it is a continuing work in progress. There had been NO changes to the house, in many, many, many years before we purchased the house. It has an odd floor plan, as is to be expected. We also purchased the farm land around the house, across the dirt road, along with the pecan orchards. We have also in the past few years added more pecan trees. Hope this info is of some use to those interested. 🙂

  3. Jud McCranie

    Probably some of my relatives. Some of them lived near ther.

  4. Rosalyn Gladwin

    My grandmother was a McCranie ,Laura Remmie the daughter of Daniel McCranie and Flora Ann Parrish. I wonder what McCranies lived here?

    • Billy Vickers

      Jonnie McCranie lived with her widowed mother Mrs. John M. Willis as this was the Old Willis Homeplace in Mystic Ga. Aunt Jonnie’s ashes were scatter in the field in front of the house.

      • Thanks, Billy. I’ve seen an old postcard with a house almost exactly like this one called the JAJ Henderson house, but since no one seems to know anything about that and you all are the family, I will take McCranie out of the title. Perhaps it was just a similar house! I met Jonnie a couple of times visiting with Hank Rowe when the state was reacquiring Jeff Davis Historic Site. Glad I got to meet her; wish we’d talked more about the house. Do you happen to know more of its history, such as when it was built? I’ve always LOVED this house.

  5. Sue Kennedy

    So lovely!

  6. Ben

    Beautiful and so obviously well maintained and cared for through the years.

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