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First female President of GJA, Frances Hiers dies at 100


(FITZGERALD, Ga.) - Frances Hiers died on July 16 at her residence in Fitzgerald, GA at the age of 100.

Mrs. Hiers was the first woman to ever be elected as President of the Georgia Jewelers Association.  She went on to receive an honorary lifetime membership in the Association.

“A piece of history of the GJA has sadly ended,” said Johnny Johnson of Edward-Johns Jewelry. “The Grand Dame of the Georgia Jewelers Association was truly an inspiration for us all. Those of us that were fortunate enough to know Frances were blessed by her friendship and her presence. She will be missed - but fondly remembered.”

She and her husband Jimmy opened Hiers Jewelers in Fitzgerald in 1945. During her forty plus year tenure at the store Mrs. Hiers directed in excess of 1000 weddings.

Mrs. Hiers was very active in her community including a lifetime member of Central United Methodist Church, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council (former Arts Person of the Year), Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Chamber of Commerce (received Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award), and teaching classes at Fitzgerald High School just to name a few.

The funeral was conducted by Paulk Funeral Home in Fitzgerald. Memorials may be made to the Central United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 428, Fitzgerald, GA 31750.