Ga. grandmother who returned bag of cash to KFC loses husband to cancer

JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia grandmother who selflessly returned an envelope of cash she found in her to-go order at Kentucky Fried Chicken has lost her husband to cancer.

JoAnn Oliver made headlines after she ordered at the drive-thru at a Jackson County KFC earlier this month, only to find an envelope with $543.10 in the bag under her sandwich.

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Despite facing a mountain of more than $2 million in medical debt due to her husband’s cancer treatments, Oliver returned the money.

“If you don’t do the right thing it’s gonna come back on you,” Oliver told Channel 2. “I mean it wasn’t mine. I didn’t need to keep it. I’ll get mine in the future.”


Investigators determined that a manager had accidentally placed the store’s daily deposit in the bag of food.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones learned Wednesday that Oliver’s husband, Hilbern Oliver, has since died after suffering from cancer and several strokes.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for Oliver’s medical expenses.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken donated $5,430 to the GoFundMe, writing:

“We’re so grateful for customers like JoAnn who go above and beyond to do the right thing. Your KFC family is thinking of you, Hilbern and family!”