FORSYTH COUNTY — Friends and family are mourning the loss of a lifelong Forsyth County resident and community servant who authored several books on the county’s history and people. Winnie Lou Bramblett Tallant died on Dec. 25 at age 91.
A Forsyth native, Tallant left an impact on many in the community.
“She was just a loving, caring person, as all of our mothers are, and she had a big presence in the community,” said her son, Rex. “She will live on in our memories.”
Rex Tallant said that, among numerous activities, his mother was very active in her church, which she attended for 78 years.
“She was deeply involved … Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and held numerous offices over the year there,” he said. “She was deeply involved in Holbrook Campground. She attended [revivals] I think 89 years out of 91. She was very instrumental in keeping that going. ”
Winnie Tallant was also keenly interested in genealogy, having wrote “Migration of the Holbrook's from England to America and Forsyth County, Ga.” A member of the Forsyth County Historical Society, she also co-wrote a book on the Tallant family name and contributed to numerous others on genealogy.
According to her son, she “traced the Holbrook family line back to 1668” and did so without the help of the Internet.
“After the Internet [came along], she traced it on back to 1546, to Staffordshire, England,” he said. “She also traced the Tallant family line in America back to 1762.”
She also wrote of her experiences with her works in “Winnie's Anthology — A Journey Back in Time” and “Winnie's Words of Inspiration.”
“She authored several books … talking about stories that she remembered when she was growing up and how life was in Forsyth County,” Rex Tallant said.
In addition, his mother worked in the poultry industry for more than 25 years and had previously helped secure funding for struggling farmers.
“She worked with the Farmers Home Administration in the 1940s, which helped assisting farmers to purchase land and to build new homes,” he said.
Funeral services were held Dec. 28 in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home. Interment followed in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her son, other immediate survivors include a niece, Toni Smith; nephew and niece, Larry and Delores Evans; and nephew, William C. Tallant.