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Author Berry Fleming Dead at 90

September 18, 1989

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Author Berry Fleming, noted for his 1945 novel on political corruption in a Southern town, was buried Monday in the east Georgia city where he was born.

Fleming died Friday at his home in Augusta. He was 90.

Fleming produced 20 novels, but his most famous was ″Colonel Effingham’s Raid,″ published in 1945. The novel satirized a Southern town’s struggles with a corrupt political party during the 1930s and 1940s. It eventually was made into a movie.

Fleming was born in Augusta on March 19, 1899. After service in World War I, he graduated from Harvard University in 1922 and worked for publications such as The New Yorker, Life, and Punch, the British humor magazine.

He returned to Georgia 50 years ago, shortly after his marriage to Anne Molloy of Lexington, Ky.

Fleming was honored by the Georgia Senate last year in a resolution that called him ″one of America’s greatest living authors.″ He also was a painter, and his abstract and watercolor works were exhibited in his hometown.

He is survived by a daughter, Shirley Moragne Fleming of Augusta.

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