Camilla Rose Hogsed, age 86, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on June 22, 2022 following a
brief illness. Camilla, a lifelong resident of Hiawassee, was born on October 01, 1935 to the late
Lee Raymond and Nannie Rose (Burrell) Sims. She was best known for her love of the piano,
and that love was reflected in her dedication to teaching music to students of all ages throughout
her adult life.
Camilla began her career in music at the age of 16. She was the organist at McConnell Memorial
Baptist Church where she was a longtime member, playing for numerous weddings and funerals.
After retiring, Camilla could be seen at various churches in Georgia and North Carolina,
substituting for a pianist whenever needed.
After Camilla and her husband France returned to Hiawassee following his completion of his
military deployment overseas, they resided in Hiawassee until their deaths. Camilla loved to
explore different tasks, becoming a Head Start teacher in the 1960s, and later assuming the duties
of a Town County Registrar. A most memorable project that still stands today is the founding of
the original Georgia Mountain Restaurant, established by France and Camilla Hogsed. Although
the original building has changed, France and Camilla named the restaurant, and Camilla
managed it for several years.
Camilla is preceded in death by her husband, France; parents, Lee Raymond Sims and Nannie
Rose Burrell Sims Tatham; and brothers, Bruce Sims and Dale Sims. She is survived by
daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie Lynn and Donnie Brewer, Janet Rose Oliva, and Donna
Rayette and Sheldon Ross; grandchildren, Joshua Brewer, Jordan Brewer, Misty Hunnicutt,
Derek Chastain, and Walker Ross; great grandchildren, Journey Brewer, Jackson Brewer and
Harrison Chastain; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers: Lynn Phillips, Freddy Burrell, Brad Stephens, Derek Chastain, Walker Ross, Sheldon Ross
Visitation: June 25, 2022 at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Funeral Service: June 25, 2022 at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church at 1:00 PM with Rev. Steven Taylor officiating.
Interment following the service at Osborn Cemetery.
Banister-Cooper Funeral Home is honored to care for Mrs. Camilla Hogsed.