2006-09-27 / Front Page

Family donates vacant lot to Jenkins County Development Authority

This vacant lot on Cotton Avenue has been donated to the Jenkins County Development Authority by the heirs of the late Louis Lourie and Annie G. Lourie Simon family. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) This vacant lot on Cotton Avenue has been donated to the Jenkins County Development Authority by the heirs of the late Louis Lourie and Annie G. Lourie Simon family. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Through the generosity of the heirs of the late Louis Lourie and Annie G. Lourie Simon, the Jenkins County Development Authority is the recipient of the vacant lot fronting 52 feet on Cotton Avenue and extending north for a distance of 102 feet. The lot is located between Cindy's Café on Cotton and Home Care Medical.

The Lourie family operated a dry goods and family apparel store in Millen during the 1930s and 1940s and was considered to be outstanding citizens of the community, employing several local clerks in the operation of the clothing store. Mr. Lourie died Feb. 29, 1944, and Mrs. Lourie died Sept. 28, 1990.

Bobby Dwelle, chairman of the Development Authority said, "The community is indebted to the Lourie family for this generous gift. There are plans in the making to landscape this lot in memory of the Louis Lourie family."

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