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Greene County hit by two weekend tragedies

September 10, 2021 - 00:00
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    The late Teri Bragg shows off one her signature buttermilk pies offered at Yesterday Cafe and served at Carrie Underwood’s wedding reception. CONTRIBUTED

Teresa “Teri” Jean (Anderson) Bragg, 60, owner of the iconic Yesterday Cafe in downtown Greensboro, was found dead in the swimming pool at her home on the morning of Sept. 3. She was pronounced deceased at 11:15 a.m.

According to Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith, an autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that the cause of death was drowning under accidental circumstances.

Employees of the Yesterday Cafe found Bragg in the pool when they went to check on her after she did not show up at the restaurant and couldn’t be reached by phone.

Assistant Police Chief Tommy Nelson led the Greensboro Police Department Investigation.

Smith said that he knew Bragg well from his visits to the Yesterday Cafe and called her untimely death a terrible tragedy

According to the obituary on the McCommons Funeral Home website, Bragg’s restaurant began in Rutledge, moved to Greensboro in 2005 and “became one of the town’s most prized establishments and a lively gathering spot for the community that admired her. Her buttermilk pies, which gained national recognition, and her southern hospitality attributed to making Historic Greensboro a travel destination. Visitors were often personally greeted by Teri’s warm smiling face when they entered the cafe. She enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises, which always included her grandchildren. Some of her happiest times were spent with her grandchildren, swimming in the pool, lake, or ocean. She was her grandchildren’s number one fan and rarely missed an opportunity to cheer them on at sporting events and school activities. She was a devoted daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who was adored by many. She was most proud of her family and loved them deeply. Teri will be missed in countless ways, but her legacy will live forever.”

Survivors include her parents, Donald Bruce Anderson (Cathy) and Kathy Garner; five children: Chris Bragg of Greensboro, Matt Bragg of Greensboro, Alan Bragg of Madison, Carrie Hunter Watkinsville and Lee Bragg of Medina, Ohio. She had 17 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Teri’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at Goodwin Manor, 306 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. “The family is requesting guests wear colors to reflect the joy she brought to all of us. The family will receive friends Friday, Sept. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, You can visit www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

Greene County would get more unwelcome news later in the weekend when a newcomer to Greene County who had moved to the lake area from North Carolina two weeks prior also drowned under tragic accidental circumstances during a family outing.

According to Greene County Coroner Jeff Smith, 72-year-old Ronald Evans was walking in waist-deep water on Sunday afternoon at Lake Oconee when he either slipped or stepped in a hole and went under. He did not come back up.

Smith said his family found him, pulled him out and started CPR in an effort to save his life. They also called 911, and when EMS personnel arrived they took over life-saving efforts.

Evans was transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.