In Loving Memory

It is with deep sadness that Georgia Writers Museum shares news of the passing of George William Heiring, on July 20, 2021. George was involved with the museum in its founding days, first as a writer and then as a leader, serving on the board of directors for five years, and as president from 2017 to 2019.

George’s history with the museum was a series of “firsts.” He was there for the ribbon- cutting ceremony in 2014, and was the  first author to do a reading and book signing with his book, Turning Leaves. He headed the first collaboration for youth programs, called “The Imagineers,” working with Lake Oconee Youth Alliance to teach middle school students how to be writers, easily calling on his engaging manner, creative mind, and sincere warmth and passion for young people. He recruited the museum’s first supporters through his association and work with the Greensboro Writers Guild.

When a career opportunity drew GWM’s former president overseas, George took on the leadership role, even though he was quite happy and busy with retirement. He oversaw a challenging time in the museum’s growth, presiding over our 2019 grand reopening and ribbon-cutting where we showcased a “reimagined” museum. It was under his leadership that the museum purchased property on the courthouse square in Eatonton, securing a permanent home and providing for our future growth and expansion.

George leaves a wonderful legacy not only with Georgia Writers Museum, but with the larger community to which he gave so much of his time and talent, and the many individuals he mentored and gave wise counsel. His gifts as writer, poet, and storyteller allowed him to share his positive view of the world and all it has to offer, most recently in his award-winning book, When Do the Lions Eat?, detailing remarkable adventures in travels with his wife, Donna.

We will long remember George for the twinkle in his eye and the ready smile on his lips. May his legacy live long and may he rest in peace. We love you, George.

The Heiring family has asked those wishing to honor George’s memory to consider a donation to Georgia Writers Museum in his name. You can do that by clicking here.

In Loving Memory of George Heiring


Manages our social media each month, keeping you up to date.


Maintains our customer relationship database each month, helping us send emails & schedule programs.


Ensures our website is reviewed monthly for vital software updates & easy access.


Brings well-known writers to GWM each month for virtual & in-person Meet the Author  programs.


Supports the museum exhibits of 69 Hall of Fame authors and research on the 9 featured authors  from the Lake Country.

Other Ways to Give

As a courtesy to you in your gift planning, please be aware of some strategies that can benefit you at year-end. Even if you previously made a gift in 2021, these strategies can benefit you. Donate before Dec. 31 to make sure you receive a tax break for this year.


If you plan to send a gift by mail, please send to

Georgia Writers Museum P.O. Box 3429 Eatonton, GA 31024


Fulfill your required minimum distribution with a non-taxable gift to GWM.

(if you are age 70½ or older)


Donate appreciated stocks to Georgia Writers Museum, and you can eliminate capital gains tax. We recommend you initiate the transfer by Dec. 1, to allow time for processing and ensure that transfers are executed by the end of the year.

Retirement Plan Assets

Name Georgia Writers Museum as a beneficiary. These assets remain taxable when distributed to a loved one, but tax-free when given to a nonprofit.


Always speak with your tax professional. Your tax or financial advisor can help you determine your best charitable giving strategies.

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