December 4, 2021

Mrs. Annie Rene Zeamer

Mrs. Annie Rene Shelnutt Zeamer, age 86, of Franklin passed away November 23, 2021.

A private graveside service was held November 24, 2021 at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Derrill Scott officiating.

Mrs. Zeamer was born October 31, 1935 in Heard County to the late Henry William Shelnutt and Lela Ann Shelnutt. She was a Baptist by faith.

She found her true calling as a professional chef. She attended culinary school in California after marrying her second husband, Orin Zeamer, who served Sacramento as a police officer for many years. She became known in the area for her skills in the kitchen.

One of her jobs took her on board exclusive riverboat engagements where she cooked for several celebrities and met many fascinating people. She loved to tell stories and show the photographs she took with her guests.

After Orin passed away she moved to Florida, and later purchased a home in Franklin where she lived her remaining years. She never lost her love for cooking and enjoyed making delicious dishes for friends and neighbors. 

She was a friend to all and had a special affection for her cats. She never turned away a stray and did her best to see they were taken care of each day.

Survivors include: one sister, Clestelle Meeks of Lawrenceville; nieces and nephews: Jerry Nutt, Dianne Johnson, Jervis Shelnutt, Elvis Shelnutt, Royce Shelnutt, Bertie Loving, Leonard Meeks, Jr., Gerald Meeks, Hubert Shelnutt, Kenny Shelnutt, and Keith Shelnutt; and a number of great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Orin George Zeamer, Jr.; a sister, Sara Nutt; brothers: Ray Shelnutt, Curtis Shelnutt, Hollis Shelnutt, William Shelnutt, and Sonny Shelnutt;  nieces: Rowena Varnadoe, Holly Shelnutt, and Laura Lee Ann Shelnutt; and a nephew, Travis Shelnutt.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


  1. Shelnutt and Zeamer families: It’s really sad to hear of the passing of Annie. I worked with her for several years when we worked together at the Holiday Inn in Sacramento. It was the mid-1970’s until the early 1980’s. At first, she was a waitress in the dining room and I was her busperson. Later, she was the chef for the restaurant and for catering department. I worked in the catering department. We all worked hard, but also had fun on the job. I once went to her home and met her husband Orin and had dinner together. We kept in touch for the past 40 years. I would call and speak to her every 1-2 years. I just spoke to her last year. I will miss her dearly. She was such a good person. My condolences to the Shelnutt and Zeamer families.

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