Local Realtor Threatened by Community in Bramblett County, GA

Local Realtor Threatened by Community in Bramblett County, GA

Local Realtor Threatened by Community

Involvement in Recent Murders has Locals Questioning her Actions

By Rufus Fulton

EDITOR, Bramblett County Gazette

We all know Lily Sprayberry, or as she’s been called for years, Lilybit. Many of us have bought and sold properties with her successful realty business, Bramblett County Realty. She’s a local, and comes from good stock.

Sprayberry’s been involved with the recent rise in murders in town, but not in a bad way. She’s simply been at the wrong place at the right time, and people are talking. Some are concerned Lily’s cursed, while others fear she’s secretly involved. I met with Sprayberry to discuss and possibly dispel the rumors.

“Involved?” she asked. “Of course, I’m not involved, and I’m most certainly not cursed, though admittedly, the thought did cross my mind.”

When asked how she feels being the target of discourse in Bramblett, Sprayberry said it’s been tough on her emotionally.

“I’ve grown up in Bramblett. People know me, and they should know I’d never be involved in a purposeful death. In fact, my involvement is just to help find justice and do right by the people in my life.”

She said discovering Myrtle Redbecker’s body was shocking, but she doesn’t have a link to any of the murders in town. “Myrtle wasn’t the most liked resident in town, but nobody deserves to be murdered. And with a cast iron skillet? I can’t even imagine how tragic that must have been, but I’m innocent in what’s going on here.”

Sprayberry didn’t intend to start her own investigation into the old woman’s death, or cause trouble in the recent murder in town.

“It’s my own natural need for answers—my curiosity. That’s the reason I’ve attached myself to each of these tragedies.”

She said losing her lifelong friend a few short months later was shocking. “She was so young. Such a tragic way to end such a promising, young life.”

But why then, did Sprayberry get involved in the recent murder here in Bramblett?

“Because it was the right thing to do, for my client.”

Sprayberry goes on to state the victim, Carter Trammell, was attempting to do right by his students.

He wanted them to succeed academically. That was his priority, and it should be their parent’s priority, too.”

She said she’s been shocked by the behavior of certain parents associated with the school’s athletic program.“This insanity needs to stop. Sports aren’t everything, and neither are scholarships, but an education can last a lifetime. And no one, no one deserves to die, especially for wanting to help kids succeed.”

Some people don’t see Lily’s actions that way.

“She might could stop interfering in the lives of others,” one local who requested to remain anonymous, said.

“She’s hurting the community by sticking her nose where it don’t belong,” another commented.

But Sprayberry has a lot of support in Bramblett, too, and people don’t want to see her reputation damaged for being a faithful community member.

“I just don’t get it. Lilybit’s family to us, and we got to protect our own. Whoever killed that coach needs to come out of hiding and do what’s right,” Old Man Goodson said.

Locals Bonnie Bass and Henrietta Harvey agreed.

“She ain’t done nothing I wouldn’t have done,” Bass said.

“Me, too,” Harvey agreed. “And you can tell all of Bramblett I said so.”

County Sheriff Dylan Roberts is working on the case, but said things are moving along in the investigation, and they are satisfied with the suspect they’ve arrested.

“We’re confident this case will go to trial, and the killer will be held accountable for their crimes.”

Keep up with this case in follow up articles in the Gazette at carolynridderaspenson.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed, Sealed and Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Signed, Sealed and Dead A Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery

Small town folk don’t always take care of their own.

As Bramblett County, Georgia realtor Lily Sprayberry preps for the annual community yard sale fundraiser, she discovers the body of the newly hired lacrosse coach lying in the high school gym.

At first, all signs point to natural causes, but when Lily finds an empty syringe lying under the bleachers, the coroner decides the coach was murdered.

Lily learns the coach wasn’t liked by the lacrosse parents, and when word got out about his murder, the state athletic association suspended the program entirely.

When a few of the lacrosse moms decide to take matters into their own hands, they threaten someone close to Lily—her county sheriff boyfriend and his reelection status–by bullying Lily herself.

And soon, Lily’s had enough. As she searches for answers, she’s dragged deeper into an angry mob of high school sports parents all seeking revenge and gunning for their kids to sign with the most elite schools offering the best scholarships.

And some of them are willing to do whatever it takes, including murder.

When the killer figures out Lily is close to cracking the case, things take a dangerous turn, and Lily’s life is on the line. Can she save herself, or will she be the next victim in Bramblett County?

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Welcome to Bramblett County Georgia!

Welcome to Bramblett County Georgia!

Hey y’all! My name is Lily Sprayberry. Some of you might know me, and you might know me as Lilybit. I prefer Lily, but you can call me Lilybit if you want. Most everyone here in Bramblett County does.

I hear you’re interested in buying a house here in Bramblett County. Let me just say, you’ve come to the right place, and you’re going to love it here! The northern part of Georgia is just beautiful, especially in the fall. The changing colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains is pretty than a rainbow. Really, you have to see it to believe it.

We do get some snow, but mostly if we’re trapped inside, it’s because of ice, and when that happens, we just sit back and make French toast. I say that because the stores run out of milk, bread and eggs, and that’s the recipe for French toast, right? Of course, come the following fall and the hospitals are filled up with new mommas delivering babies, so French toast isn’t the only thing we’re making during the Bramblett County winters!

My momma would wash my mouth out with soap for saying that, but it’s true.

Photo credit: https://blueridgerealtyga.com/north-ga-mountain-realty/

I own the biggest real estate agency in the county along with my life-long friend, Belle Pyott. When I say biggest, I mean that in the loosest sense of the word because there really aren’t any other real estate agencies in town. Okay, there’s one or two, but they don’t really do much business, so we’re the biggest by default. Having grown up in the county makes it easy for us to get business from the locals, but we work hard to market our agency to the growing number of people coming from the Atlanta area, even though our residents aren’t thrilled about what they like to call the invasion of the city people.

Sometimes, I can’t help but agree with them.

Photo credit: https://www.mountainoasiscabinrentals.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=114131

Bramblett County is a special place, and when people come here, they don’t want to leave. We celebrate the holidays like we invented them, with Santa living right here in town, and have the greatest fall festival ever, and if you think your momma makes the best apple pie ever, well you just haven’t tried Millie’s pie yet, and honestly, you’re missing out.

So, why don’t you tell me a little about yourself? It’ll help me choose a few of the available properties to show you. We’ve got some great new builders in town, from townhomes to condos to some fancy new lofts—though, between us, the townspeople aren’t too thrilled with those. Either way, many of the older homes are on the market, also. People aren’t moving away from town, they’re building new homes on their land.

While you’re telling me about yourself, I’ll go ahead and order you a sweet tea and a raspberry scone from Millie. Trust me, you’re going to love them. Her secret recipe is to die for.

Oh, I better not say that. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few too many deaths linked to my real estate business lately.

But don’t you worry about that. I’m sure it’s not a thing or anything.

I hope.

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Unexpected Outcomes Coming in October!

Unexpected Outcomes Coming in October!

Angela, Mel, and Fran are Back for Another Exciting Adventure!

                 When a frantic 911 call stumps a suburban Atlanta police department, psychic medium Angela Panther steps in to assist. With the help of her best friend and celestial super sleuth mother, Angela soon realizes things aren’t as they appear. Now Angela must choose between trusting her instincts or following the clues. If she chooses wrong, she won’t be crossing the dead over to the other side, she’ll be one of them

Unexpected Outcomes will be available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and paperback via all other online outlets. Read for free on Kindle Unlimited. 

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The Inn at Laurel Creek Zoe & Daniel’s Story

The Inn at Laurel Creek Zoe & Daniel’s Story

Do Miracles Really Happen at The Inn At Laurel Creek?

With a broken heart and a bruised ego, best-selling romance novelist Zoe Mayfield retreats to The Inn at hoping to recharge her muse, and finally finish her two months too late romantic comedy novel for the biggest publisher in NYC.

Zoe’s heart just won’t let her write what it doesn’t feel, and when your best friend—make that ex-best friend, steals your boyfriend—make that ex-boyfriend, from you, it kills every romantic bone in your body, making it impossible to write a happily ever after ending.

Crumbled paper and blacked out lines won’t cut it in romance writing, and if Zoe’s heart dies, her book deal might just die right along with it.

The night Daniel steps through The Inn’s French doors, sparks fly.

Will he be the miracle The Inn’s owners promised, the one that revives Zoe’s broken heart, or will Daniel’s story leave Zoe’s heart crumbled in pieces like the pages of her unfinished romantic comedy?

Available on Amazon here