Genora Hamm Biggs, ‘banned’ from her church, dies at age 107

Genora Hamm Biggs, who received national attention in 2015 for being banned from a church in which she had been a member for 92 years, died Friday.

She was 107 years old.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mack’s Funeral Home’s Elberton chapel, and burial will be in Lincoln Heights Cemetery.

“I wanted you to be the first know – I didn’t want you to hear it on the street,” Biggs’ grandson Elliott Dye told The Elberton Star. “She was a great lady.”

Dye told The Star in September of 2015 that his grandmother had received a letter from the church telling her that her membership in the church had been “revoked” and that she couldn’t attend the church “for any reason what so ever.”

Biggs objected to a pastor at the church at the time, saying the church membership had hired a “Holiness” preacher. “The Holiness holler and fall out,” Biggs told a national television reporter after the story broke in 2015.

After she was declared “banned” at the church, she still attended services. Eventually, the pastor of the church at the time of the controversy left and took members to another church.

Mrs. Biggs told an Elberton Star reporter that she had joined Union Grove Baptist Church when she was 11 years old.

When she was being interviewed about the church controversy, she asked the Star reporter if he remembered putting her picture in the newspaper when she turned 100 years old.

When the reporter said yes, she asked “Do you remember what page you put it on?”

“I think it ran on Page 3,” the reporter said.

“It should have run on Page 1,” said Mrs. Biggs.

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