James "J.C." Cecil Berrong, age 78, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020. J.C. was born on February 14, 1942 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cecil and Bernice (Hogsed) Berrong. J.C. was a member of McConnell Memorial Baptist Church and an ordained deacon. He was a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army and went on to graduate from Georgia State University with a BBA in Accounting. As a native of Hiawassee, J.C. has had his hands in many organizations in Towns County. He organized and directed the Towns County Clean Sweep for five years, was a member of the Civic Association and a member of the Historical Society. He was also the past president for the Brasstown Woodturners Guild and a member of the three Masonic organizations that support and care for orphaned, burned and children with disabilities. Having experience in ad valorem taxes gained from serving as field appraiser, experience on the Board of Tax Assessors and serving as a member of The Board of Equalization, J.C. was seeking the position of Tax Commissioner in the 2020 election. He was a man who was always looking out for the best for the county. He was friends with many and made you feel like you were important when you talked with him. J.C. is preceded in death by his above mentioned parents and his late wife, Sarah Nerren Berrong. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ceci and Heath Hunt; daughter, Vickie Berrong; son, Ray Lovins; sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Ron Beal; sister, Jimmie Dailey; and grandchildren, Ethan and Joy Drawdy and good friend Brenda Franklin.
There will be a celebration of J.C.'s life at a later date. You may leave condolences on his memorial page for his family.
Banister-Cooper Funeral Home is honored to care for Mr. J.C. Berrong.