Florence Powell Minis Fund

Florence Rebecca Powell was born August 7, 1913, in Atlanta.

She married Abram “Bob” Minis, Jr., a native of Savannah, on November 22, 1941, and they had three children, Marguerite, Richard, and Henry. Bob was founder of Minis and Co., an investment advising firm.

In 1949, Mrs. Minis was named to the Chatham County Department of Public Welfare and became president in 1955. She served also as head of the Board of Directresses of the old Telfair Hospital, and when construction began in 1967 on Candler’s Minis-Gilmer Diagnostic and Treatment Center, she officiated at the groundbreaking.

Mrs. Minis died on December 21, 1971, aged 58. Her husband died on June 29, 1998, at the age of 94. They are both buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah.

Her family donated Mrs. Minis’s collection of books to the Georgia Historical Society in 1976 and established the Florence Powell Minis Fund in that year, ensuring in perpetuity that her commitment to history education will continue.