Blood drive held in memory of Irwin Co. man

Blood drive held in memory of Irwin Co. man
Matt McCranie (Source: One Blood)

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - OneBlood is holding a community blood drive to honor a well-known agri-business banker who died too soon.

The Matt McCranie Blood Drive is set for Tuesday, March 12, from 12:30 – 6 p.m. at the Church of God, at 601 Merrimac Dr, in Fitzgerald.

Matthew David “Matt” McCranie, 44, of Fitzgerald,died suddenly in March of 2017, on his beloved farm in Irwin County.

Matt was currently serving as Assistant Vice-President of Community Bank in Fitzgerald where he worked as a loan officer specializing in consumer, agriculture, and commercial lending. He also served as Security Officer and was in charge of the physical security of the bank premises.

Matt was an avid sports fan, particularly his Irwin County Indians and Florida State Seminoles. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family.

His nickname in school was “Fish” since he was known to sneak away to a secret fishing hole whenever given the chance. He was a devoted husband and loving father and was very active in the lives of his twins.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Bridges Sunday school class. He was an RA leader and worked on the church’s video ministry team.

For appointments, visit or call 1-888-9-DONATE (1-888-936-6283). Appointments are honored, and walk-ins are welcome.

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