The Dove Keeper: Macon man's doves tend tears of sorrow and joy

February 22, 2014 


Jimmie Granville lets his doves out for their morning flight behind his home in Macon recently. When he lost his job of almost 20 years at Brown and Williamson in 2007, he turned to his childhood love of racing homing pigeons for work and meaning.


They call him “the bird man,” and Jimmie Granville wears it like wings of honor. There aren’t many folks on the south side of Macon with more than three dozen doves living in their backyard.

They are as white as chauffeur’s gloves, and they reside in a 10-by-14 “lodge” that Jimmie and his wife, Dell, made out of plywood.

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