ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of South Georgia's greatest philanthropists has died. Jane Willson died Tuesday at Phoebe Putney Hospital. She was 93-years-old.
She and her late husband Harry owned Sunnyland Farms. Mrs. Willson was a generous supporter of many Albany organizations including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Museum of Art, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.
The Jane Willson Unit was established 15-years ago and she was inducted into the Georgia Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2013.
Club officials were already working with the family on an award honoring the Willsons.
"This is a sad day for our organization," said Marvin Laster, Asst. Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany. "Jane touched the lives of so many, not only in her giving of her financially, but of her time and of her commitment and dedication."
"She created this image of an involved community leader that I think has had a big influence on lots of other people in Albany," said Marshall Thomas, Chief Volunteer Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.
The 2016 Harry and Jane Willson Partner of the Year Award recipient will be revealed at the club's Steak N Burger Dinner in March.
The Willson Hospice House in Albany is also named after the couple.