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City dedicates new well road after town legend
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Annie Duke

FLOWERY BRANCH — Flowery Branch has a new road, named after a woman who was one of its oldest residents when she died in February.

City officials dedicated Annie Duke Lane on Wednesday morning in a ceremony attended by 19 of her family members and others, including Chuck Nation, who pastors the church she attended for decades, First Baptist Church of Flowery Branch.

The road leads to the city’s well — its third and newest one serving Flowery Branch water customers — off East Main Street near Mulberry Street.

The city worked with the church, which owns the property surrounding the well, on the project.

“She was very much in favor of the church letting (the city) try for a well on the property,” said Annette Compton of West Hall, Duke’s oldest child. “... She would have been pleased by the little street being named for her.”

The city started looking for a new well about five years ago, working with a geologist and looking at different sites in basins through the area, City Manager Bill Andrew said.

“We kept coming up with various problems, either with the water not coming out of the ground or legal problems with property being acquired,” Andrew told the group gathered for the ceremony.

“It became quite frustrating, and when we began working with the church, everything seemed to change. Perhaps that’s Providence working with us.”

Nation said he appreciated the gesture toward Duke, who was 97 when she died.

“It’s kind of neat to have on or near our church property a street named after her,” he said. “She was a great lady. She was everybody’s friend and such a sweet spirit. She knew everybody in Flowery Branch.”

At her funeral service, “all of the police force came and not just to direct traffic but to sit on the front pews,” Nation recalled.

Then, chuckling, he added, “I think they all had had some of her kudzu jelly — which she was famous for.”

The well, meanwhile, is doing its job — well.

In July, it accounted for more than 3.5 million gallons of water, or 58 percent of the overall production of 6,353,000 gallons of water, Andrew said.

“It’s pretty amazing how much water is flowing out of this one well,” Nation said, after hearing the numbers. “I didn’t realize that.”