Family Staff



Chuck Leavell
As early as he can remember, Chuck has been playing the piano. Now as an internationally known musician, Chuck has recorded with, and continues to record with artists and musicians from all backgrounds. Interestingly, it was while on tour with the Fabulous Thunderbirds in the mid 80′s when Chuck studied forestry and land use by correspondence, indulging his interest in tree farming and conservation. Not only does Charlane Plantation offer Chuck a much appreciated tranquil setting between his hectic tour travel, but he finds it to be the perfect place to write his music and work on his other passions-forestry, wildlife and the environment!

Rose Lane Leavell
Rose Lane White Leavell works hard at Charlane Plantation to perpetuate her family’s long running message of sustainability, conservation and loving the Earth. They have resided in Twiggs County since 1792. Her focus is gardening, managing the crew and directing traffic plus beautification of the place. Meal planning and booking hunts is also on the agenda. And, in her spare time she loves to paint and create in her horse barn studio. She is involved in many organizations such as The Georgia Humanities Council where she is the campaign chair for The New Harmonies Exhibit traveling through the state in 2012 and 2013, The Georgia Women of Achievement is also especially important to her. Georgia governor Nathan Deal appointed her a member of The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority. She has been named Forest Landowner of the 21012 by the Forest Landowner Association.

Amy & Steve & Miles & Rocco Bransford – Amy Leavell Bransford and her family: husband, Steve, sons Miles and Rocco. We are very proud of all of them. Amy has a spa in Atlanta: The Aviary. Steve is working on multiple projects once @ Terminus Films, one of which is a new musical endeavor for Chuck which he will produce. Miles has just started soccer, and Rocco is just grooving!

Dr. Ashley Leavell – Ashley attended dental school at Tufts University in Boston. After graduation, she decided to pursue a specialty degree in Endodontics and is currently in the two-year Endodontics residency program at the University of Florida. (Go Gators!) You can learn more about Ashley’s dental specialty at  When she’s not doing root canals, Ashley enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and relaxing at Charlane Plantation.


lois-and-evelyn Evelyn Basley & Lois Height – Cooks Extradonaire / Evelyn Basley is the Chef Extrandinare at Charlane Planation. Whether it is a homemade pie or some great CP Barbeque with that special sauce she makes, you will never be disappointed. Her wonderful loving dispostion is always great. Lois Height is the Sous Chef and Evelyn’s able assistant in whipping up those wonderful meals. As with all employees at CP, their jobs don’t just end in the kitchen.
herman_v2 Herman Robertson – Whether it be cutting a tree or cleaning those quail, these brothers rock! Herman has been working with us for 25 years and can outwork all of us. Dorsey has joined us for a couple of years now. He is a great asset to the team.
scott_v3 Scotty Simpson – Scotty Simpson has lifelong ties to our part of Georgia. Scotty grew up here in Bullard, and has always been close to Rose Lane¹s family. He was employed by the Huber Corporation here in Twiggs County in their kaolin division for over 20 years. He served as one of their top mechanics as well as operating various heavy machinery for them and in general keeping their day-to-day operations moving smoothly. He retired from Huber and lucky for us, he decided he wanted to continue his career. We got together with Scotty over a year ago where he began working part-time at Charlane. He¹s already made huge improvements for us, and now works full-time as our Plantation Manager. His wife, Kris, also works here as one of our top cooks and hostesses.
hal_lodge_v1 Hal Hamilton – Hal Hamilton is originally from Jefferson County and started in law enforcement and was a deputy and then a Florida game warden before moving to Georgia. Hunting & fishing is his passion his entire life and he moved to middle Georgia for the bird hunting & guiding opportunities. Hal has been married to Joan for 22 years and has been a great addition to the Charlane team.
kris Kris Simpson – We’re lucky to have Kris as part of our team. She’s a great cook and hostess. You’ll generally see her in the evenings where you just might see some of the other Simpson family helping out.. ie: Scotty, Holly or Katie.