Gainesville civic leader, philanthropist dies

By AccessWDUN staff
Posted 9:00AM on Thursday 12th October 2017 ( 9 months ago )

A Gainesville civic leader and philanthropist, Mary Cleveland, will be remembered at funeral Sunday at First Baptist Church of Gainesville.

Cleveland died Tuesday at the age of 103.  She was the widow of Ralph W. Cleveland, a prominent Gainesville businessman and pioneer of the northeast Georgia poultry industry.

A former school teacher, she and her husband enjoyed sharing with many local charitable organizations, according to her obituary, including Brenau University, of which he was a trustee, and (the former) Gainesville State College (now a part of the University of North Georgia) of which he was a member of the founding task force.  Often this was done through the Ralph & Mary Cleveland Foundation which they founded.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, past President of First Baptist’s Women’s Missionary Union, past Superintendent of Daily Vacation Bible School, past President of Fidelis-Agape Sunday School Class and its successor, the Joy Sunday School class, Den Mother of Cub Scouts of Troop 26, past President of Gainesville Junior High School PTA, a member of the Board of the Gainesville Boys Club, past President of Wednesday Study Club and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She and Ralph were members of Chattahoochee Country Club, of which Ralph was a founding member.

The funeral will be at 3:00 Sunday in the Chapel of the Gainesville First Baptist Church.

(A full obituary can be found on the AccessWDUN Obituaries Page.)

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