Essie Lillian Hicks Webb

11/13/1928 - 09/15/2016

Essie Lillian (Hicks) Webb, Age 87, former Chairman of the Gwinnett County Commission and Mayor Emeritus of Norcross, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl Oran Hicks and Essie Lillian (Hughes) Hicks, husband James Howard Webb, Jr. and daughter Judy Webb Stewart. A life-long resident of Norcross, she was a member of Norcross First United Methodist Church. After graduation from Norcross High School as Valedictorian in 1945, she attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She is survived by sons David F. Webb (Rosalie); John T. Webb (Anne) of Norcross; a daughter Anne Webb Satterlee of Vero Beach, FL; and grandchildren Jennifer Webb Brooks (Danny), Travis Webb, Holly Stewart, and Jack Satterlee. Webb achieved many firsts, becoming the first woman elected to the Norcross City Council in 1972, then Mayor of Norcross in 1974, serving in that office until she was elected Chairman of the Gwinnett County Commission, becoming the first to serve two consecutive terms from1984 to 1992. She was the first woman and the first Republican to serve in that office. She provided leadership during a period of explosive growth. She helped initiate the SPLOST 1 - cent sales tax that helped fund the largest building program in the county’s history that included the Justice and Administration Center, the Gwinnett County Detention Center, and the Civic Center, and guided Gwinnett County to AAA bond rating, the best in Georgia. She oversaw the largest expansion of Parks and Recreation facilities, creation of the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett County, construction of 8 new libraries, creation of the 911 Emergency Response System, and preservation of historic sites, including the $3 million renovation of the historic original county Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Webb held many political offices during her career, including President of the Georgia Municipal Association, President of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, and she was the governor’s Appointee to the Department of Community Affairs, serving as Chairman. She served on the Atlanta Regional Commission and Electric Cities of Georgia; the United States Department of Energy-National Energy Extension Service Advisory Board; appointed to State of Georgia Energy and Aging Consortium; Chairman, Community Development Block Grant Policy Committee; served as a Director, National League of Cities-Women in Municipal Government, and as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce. She was a charter member of the Gwinnett Republican Party, organized the Gwinnett County Republican Women, and was active in the League of Women Voters. She was a Georgia delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1972 and 1976. In 1995, Webb qualified without opposition and was elected Mayor of Norcross again, serving in that office until 2007. She initiated two Downtown Development Authority Boards in 1982 and again in 2002. She promoted the city’s growth balanced with preservation of its historic buildings, and is credited with saving the iconic train depot from demolition. Lillian enjoyed working in her garden, traveling, and reading. She was an avid supporter of the Norcross schools, often reading to students in the elementary schools. She oversaw the annexation of the new Norcross High School into the city, helping ensure doubled city/county police and fire protection. She was a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, making several trips to the Dominican Republic to bring dental care to children. She was a Charter Member of the Gwinnett Historical Society, an active member of the Norcross Woman’s Club for 35 years, served as President of Annandale and as a Director of the Gwinnett Hospital Authority. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory, Norcross, GA. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Norcross United Methodist Church, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA 30071. Interment will be in the family plot at H.G. Wright Cemetery, Norcross, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092, 770-448-5757. Please sign the online guestbook at


2:00 pm  09/17/2016
Norcross United Methodist Church
2500 Beaver Ruin Road
Norcross, GA 30071


5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  09/16/2016
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home
5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30092


Following service  09/17/2016
HG Wright Cemetery
Norcross, GA

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Sincere condolences. We are so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Webb passing. She had such a strong spirit-- in her 80s--- going and going --- busy with appointments dressed up and in her Cadillac. Certainly Norcross and the County will be different without her. Your Neighbors and Supporters - Cathy and Chris
- Mr Christopher Godfrey
2016-09-26 20:59:30
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Ms. Webb. May you find comfort in Jesus words found in the Bible at John 1125. Warm Regards K. Banks
- K. Banks
2016-09-25 06:16:30
Im so sorry to hear of the loss of Miss Webb. May the God of all c tender mercies and comfort be with Mrs. Lillian Webbs family during this most difficult time. 1Cor. 134. br rnbr rn
- Sharon Whiting, Adminstrative Assistant, Gwinnett County Transportation
2016-09-22 06:32:39
The Norcross Lions Club remembers Lillian fondly. She supported our efforts to help the community and to raise money for charity through the Norcross Fall Festival which has morphed into Norcross Art Splash.
- Trudy Rudert, Secretary, Norcross Lions Club
2016-09-21 08:57:45
I had the opportunity to first meet Lillian Webb in the early 80s after my husband and I got married. His brother John and wife Florence lived right across the street from her on Academy street. I next met her in many community service opportunities as she was always engaged in helping others. she was most supportive when I was running for elected office in the new City of Peachtree Corners. I was inspired by her accomplishments and down to earth attitude. She was an amamzing leader. I will miss her very much and espcially her gracious and warm smile.
- Lorri Christopher
2016-09-19 12:26:51
I met Miss Lillian when I was working at Dentfirst back in the early 80s and her son David was working there. She was a lovely woman. My deepest condolences go out to the Webb Family. She was an awesome woman. Love and hugs to you all
- Lori Krug Stephenson
2016-09-18 16:23:22
Prayers go out to her immediate family and friends. May Gods Mercy Grace Forgiveness and Peace be with the Hicks family Father Earl Mother Essie Children Edmond Harry Jewel Florence and Lillian now in Heaven as it wasnt on earth. May His face shine brightly upon you all and His love now for eternity be with you. Until we meet again to us left behind we love you miss you but will never forget you. Through Jesus Christ our Savior.
- The Smethers Family
2016-09-18 15:17:03
My deepest condolences go out to the Webb family. Death at any age is difficult so I would love to share these words of comfort with you. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort give you the strength beyond what is normal to make it through this most difficult time. For more information go to
- Cheryl
2016-09-17 18:33:09
I have lived in Norcross for 54 yearsI have seen a lot of changes some that were bad but most of them were Very good under the leadership of Lillian Webb Norcrossand Gwinnett county will miss Lillian Webb.
- The Charlie Wood Family
2016-09-17 11:04:13
Great lady and leader who did so many wonderful things for her city and Gwinnett County. I count it a real blessing to have know her and to have worked along side her to help make Gwinnett great. May God comfort and bless her family.
- Maron Buice
2016-09-17 08:18:04