Edward Greenway Hitt, Jr.

Male 1920 - 2001  (80 years)


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  • Name Edward Greenway Hitt  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 11 Dec 1920  Evanston, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Sep 2001  Atlanta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried 11 Sep 2001  Atlanta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Oakland Cemetery
    Person ID I2212  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 

    Family Margaret Peavy,   b. 2 Mar 1922, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 2003, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F758  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • - 9 September 2001, Atlanta Journal - Constitution (Georgia) -- via GenealogyBank.com
      Edward G. Hitt: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
      EDWARD G. HITT, JR. Native Atlantan Edward ("Ned") Greenway Hitt, Jr., retired insurance executive and underwriting member of Lloyd's of London, died September 7, 2001. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 11 at eleven a.m. at Patterson's Spring Hill with The Reverend Dr. John C. Bryan, Georgia Baptist Convention and The Reverend Monsignor Edward J. Dillon, chaplain of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends for an hour before the service. Also, there will be visitation Monday evening from five until seven at Patterson's Spring Hill. Mr. Hitt's career took him all over the world. As a senior officer of The American Foreign Insurance Association, he organized its overseas casualty operations. During and after World War II, he represented this company in Hong Kong, Japan, South America, Europe and India. His special assignments included the re-establishment of its Japan branch and restitution of its pre-World War II assets. He also supervised liquidation of its China office after China's revolution, 1949-1950. Upon his return to Atlanta in 1951, he co-founded The Southern General Insurance Company, of which he was executive vice president and a director. Listed in Who's Who in American Insurance Companies, he retired in 1965 as vice president and director of Underwriter's Syndicate and Georgia Insurance Service along with several other corporations. Mr. Hitt founded the Southeast Commandery of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus in 1980. Since its beginning during The Crusades, the ecumenical Order has been dedicated to furthering Christianity, chivalry and charity over the world. A chevalier in The Order, he was the first Knight Commander for the Southeastern United States, and attended numerous meetings worldwide to further its goals. A charter member of The University Yacht Club, he held membership in The Piedmont Driving Club, The Nine O'Clocks, and The Vinings Club. Mr. Hitt attended Emory University and was a member of The Society of Colonial Wars, The Most Venerable Order of Saint John, The Order of The Crown of Charlemagne, The Society of The Cincinnati, The Jamestown Society, The Society of Friends of Saint George's and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, The National Society -- Americans of Royal Descent, and The Military Order of the World Wars. He was also a member of The First Presbyterian Church, The Georgia Trust for Historical Preservation, Historic Oakland Cemetery, The High Museum of Art and the Atlanta and Georgia Historical Societies. Mr. Hitt was the great great great grandson of one of Georgia's earliest governors, General James Jackson, of Revolutinary War fame. General Jackson accepted the surrender of Savannah from the British and served the state of Georgia as a Representative and U.S. Senator. History books also record General Jackson's exposure of the Yazoo Land Fraud. He participated in over 30 duels defending his views. Mr. Hitt was also the great nephew of the late John M. Slaton, former governor of Georgia from 1912 - 1915. Mr. Hitt's maternal great grandfather, James Jackson, whose bust is in the rotunda of the Georgia Supreme Court Building, Atlanta, was a Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Georgia. He was a colonel and Judge Advocate General for Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia during The War Between the States. His paternal [sic] great grandfather, William Franklin Slaton, a major in the Confederate Army, was founder of the Atlanta Public School system and its first superintendent. Mr. Hitt's grandfather, William Martin Slaton, former principal of the Old Boys High School, was also superintendent of Atlanta's public schools for many years. Mr. Hitt was a collateral descendant of President George Washington. Besides his wife, the former Margaret Peavy, survivors include his first cousin, Elizabeth Slaton Wallace, and numerous other cousins. Honorary pallbearers are Officers of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Southeastern Commandary. H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill, 404-876-1022

  • Sources 
    1. [S201] History of Peach County, Georgia.
      Governor Treutlen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, pub. 1972-1973, pgs. 380-384

    2. [S580] Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia (online archive), "Margaret Hitt: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice", issued 31 July 2003, accessed 12 July 2012.

    3. [S583] Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), Grave Markers, Tombstone for Margaret Peavy Hitt; Personally viewed, photographed, and transcribed by Stephanie Lincecum.
      Wife of Edward Greenway Hitt, Jr.

    4. [S583] Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), Grave Markers, Tombstone for Edward Greenway Hitt, Jr.; Personally viewed, photographed, and transcribed by Stephanie Lincecum.
      Son of Lamar Jackson Slaton Hitt and Edward Greenway Hitt

    5. [S580] Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia (online archive), "Edward G. Hitt: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice", issued 9 September 2001, accessed 1 August 2012.