October 24, 2021

Ellen Hyatt Crowe

Ellen Hyatt Crowe, a longtime resident of Heard County, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Born on January 8, 1937 in Centralhatchee to Render and Opal Harcrow Hyatt, Ellen grew up in this community.

Ellen’s memorial service will be at 2 PM on Saturday, April 20 at Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia.

As a young girl growing up at the end of the Depression, Ellen learned to work hard and get by with little. From her beloved father, she gained a love of the land and learned the importance of hard work.

Ellen was very close to her parents and to her older brother, the late Ellis Hyatt. These early years working on the family farm shaped the rest of her life.

Ellen left Heard County briefly after graduating from Heard High School and worked at Southern Bell in downtown Atlanta. She worked in the teletype department and moved up quickly in the company. It was while living in Atlanta that she met her future husband, David John Crowe.

Later, Ellen and her family moved back to Heard County, a mere quarter of a mile from the fields she worked as a girl, to settle down and build a life.

Ellen and David owned and operated the local grocery store on the Heard/Carroll County line for over 30 years. Ellen always saw the store as more than just a business. It was a place for folks to come and fill up their cars, buy their milk, and visit.

On any weeknight or Saturday afternoon, the store was full of people coming, going, and catching up with local happenings. Crowe’s Grocery became a fixture of the community, largely due to Ellen’s warm and friendly nature and good business sense (and willingness to get up daily at 4 a.m. to make four dozen biscuits.)

After selling the family business and retiring, Ellen had an opportunity to pursue many hobbies that brought her joy. She was a natural artist who had put her talent aside to raise a family. Ellen had always been good with her hands, over the years producing beautiful crocheted afghans, doilies, and clothing.

With time to herself, she discovered oil painting, and her artistry flourished. She created many beautiful still life paintings and landscapes, images that reflect the land of her childhood and the community she loved.

She loved to garden and spend time outside with her dogs, Milo and Abby. She was also a marvelous cook and used her skill in the kitchen to show her love and appreciation to family and friends.

Ellen fought cancer bravely for several years, beating the odds over and over again.

After the death of her husband in 2009, she maintained a presence in the community at the local VFW and with her close circle of friends during weekly card games. Ellen attended annual Centralhatchee class reunions and enjoyed seeing old friends who reminded her of her childhood as a student and basketball player.

As Ellen’s health declined, she remained alert and determined to make the most of her life. She kept her sense of humor as well, even in bad times.

She was cared for with love and devotion by her daughter Tambra Crowe Hamilton, her son David, son-in-law Steve Hamilton, and two wonderful caregivers, Kristie Tallent and Carolyn Story.

She is also survived by two special sisters-in-law, Peggy Crowe and Martha Prince.

During her last days, Ellen said that if she came back again she would like “to be a ballroom dancer this time.” She asked that her dog be loved and cared for. She wanted her children to remember to stick together, that family was everything.

Ellen will be laid to rest between her husband and brother at Heard County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to The American Cancer Society or Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


  1. She will definitely be missed by all. She was a wonderful lady.. always had a bubbly personality..couldnt have asked for a better friend..

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