Luck Flanders Gambrell named to Hall of Fame


One of Swainsboro and Emanuel County’s most caring and philanthropic daughters was honored on Wednesday of last week by Georgia Women of Achievement. Luck Flanders Gambrell was among the four exceptional Georgia women of history chosen by the Board of Selections for induction into the 2023 GWA Hall of Fame. During the event at Pierce Chapel on the campus of Wesleyan College,

Dr. Penny Elkins, President of GWA, referenced the founding of Georgia Women of Achievement originally as a suggestion by Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter. Since 1992, one hundred outstanding women have been inducted into the organization. In a video presentation,

Mrs. Gambrell’s life of service and devotion to her hometown, her state and country was aptly portrayed. As an active participant in state and national politics, a benefactor of worthy projects throughout the region and the world, and a busy Atlanta mother with an active, growing family, Mrs. Gambrell’s core campaign steadfastly remained education, and making a difference in the lives and prospects of anyone seeking to learn. In 1971, Mrs. Gambrell and her family donated the land that made the dream of an institution of higher learning in rural Emanuel County possible. In last week’s ceremony, she was remembered as a life-long Higher Education Advocate and Philanthropist. To many of the students who graduated from Emanuel County Junior College and as it later became East Georgia State College, she will simply be remembered as the reason that a college education and everything beyond that was possible in their lives. For more information on Georgia Women of Achievement, visit