Anna May Pryor Cobb

June 24, 1922July 7, 2018

ATHENS—Mrs. Anna May Pryor Cobb, 96, died Saturday, July 7, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Cobb was born in Fitzgerald on June 24, 1922, to James Jarratt and Catherine Wilcox Pryor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Herbert Cobb Jr., whom she married in 1943, and a brother, James Jarrett Pryor Jr., and sister, Louise Elizabeth Pryor.

She received a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1943 and a degree in library science, also from UGA, in 1965. She was a member of Tri Delta sorority. Mrs. Cobb was the assistant editor of the University of Georgia Press and the Georgia Review for 10 years.

For 30 years, she served as a librarian with the Clarke County School System.

Mrs. Cobb was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 40 years. She was active in the Pilot Club and Church Women United in Athens. A writer, she published many poems and two books.

Survivors include: son, Henry Herbert (Brenda) Cobb III of Athens; daughter, Kitty Cobb (Jimmy) Carroll of Athens; brother, Gerald Wilcox (Jackie) Pryor of Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Anna Cobb (Lee) Dempsey of Gainesville, Melinda Cobb (Bryan) Carr and Henry Herbert (Amanda) Cobb IV, all of Birmingham, Ala., Melissa Carroll Kinney of Seattle, Wash., and Monica Carroll (Donnie) Vick of Bethlehem; nine great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and a special friend and caretaker, Denise Whitaker.

Interment is private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Hospice House, St. James United Methodist Church or Church Women United of Athens.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Interment is private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Nick Surles

July 17, 2018

She always loved riding the motorcycle. It makes my day thinking about her smile after going for a quick spin. Wonderful lady with great stories to tell.

Eve Morris

July 15, 2018

I have a world of sweet memories from those late elementary, middle school and early high school days spent at the Cobbs. Anna May and Henry made us all feel welcome and we knew they would do anything in the world for us if we needed it. It was my pleasure to visit with Anna May often in her declining years and my privilege to still have Nubbin and Kitty as my best friends. Love to all.

Donna Gail Lancaster

July 14, 2018

Mrs. Cobb (as she was known) was my Librarian when I worked in the library at Athens High School in 1964 and 1965. I really enjoyed working for/with her. I know she lived a long and beautiful life and will be missed.

Chelsea Mathews

July 14, 2018

My memories of Anna May as a child bring comfort, she was always kind to me and let me play with her dolls. I am thankful to have visited her recently to recount such lovely memories of her and Kitty.

Glenn Cobb

July 8, 2018

Anna Mae gave me my only ride in a dune buggy <3 :)