Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Obit Clerk



Albert Bryant
Albert Bryant, 73, of Warrenton, husband of Daisy Bryant and father of Richard, Keith, and Julia Bryant, passed away on Thurs., Sept. 12, 2013.
Graveside services will be held on Tues., Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at City of Washington Cemetery.

David R. Dillinger

David R. Dillinger
David R. Dillinger, 83, of Huntington Road in Thomson, entered into rest on Sept. 15, 2013.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 17, at the Thomson Presbyterian Church with Dr. Wilfred Bellamy officiating.
Mr. Dillinger was born in Indianapolis, Ind. to the late Dr. George R. Dillinger and the late Marguerite Kosht Dillinger. He grew up in Thomasville, Ga. and graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He later attended and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens.
After college, he joined the U.S. Army. During his career, he served in many positions of responsibility culminating as Area Advisor, United States Army Readiness Region, based in Forest Park, Ga., from October 1952 to August 1973. Lieutenant Colonel Dillinger distinguished himself by rendering outstanding meritorious service. His assignments have included Instructor Pilot, 68th Armored Division, Company Commander and Staff Officer at the Battalion, Group and Post Garrison levels, as well as overseas assignments in Korea, Vietnam, and Europe. In 1961, he was awarded the Senior Aviator Badge and in 1969, he received the Wings of a Master Army Aviator.
Following retirement from the U.S. Army, he and his family moved to Thomson, Ga. where he owned and operated the local Thomson-McDuffie Airport. He served as past president of We Care, past president of Habitat for Humanity, as a former Delegate for the State Republican Party, and the former Chairman of the local Republican Party. He was also a faithful and devoted member of Thomson Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon emeritus.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years, Sara Dillinger; daughters, Susan Dillinger Hitt of Dearing, Ga., Nancy Dillinger Walters (Tim) of Grovetown, Ga.; son, Mark David Dillinger (Deborah) of Houma, La.; step-mother, Ann K. Dillinger of Huntsville, Ala.; brothers, Charles R. Dillinger of Dearing, Ga., George J. Dillinger of Arizona; sisters, Ann D. Elgin of Huntsville, Ala., Jeanne D. Crass of Decatur, Ga.; grandchildren, Amy Hitt, D.J. Hitt, Robbie Walters, and John Mark Dillinger; and one great-grandchild, Michael Hitt.
Memorials may be made to Thomson Presbyterian Church, 617 Jackson Street, Thomson, Ga. 30824; Manna, 451 East Hill Street, Thomson, Ga. 30824; or to the Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1701, Thomson, Ga. 30824.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 16, at the funeral home.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Estes
Elizabeth Brown Estes, 86, of Lincolnton, entered into rest on Fri., Sept. 13, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Mon., Sept 16, at Lincolnton United Methodist Church. Interment was in Lincolnton City Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Sun., Sept. 15, at Rees Funeral Home.

Henry L. Hunt
Funeral services for Henry Lee Hunt, of Harlem, husband of the late Lilly Green Hunt, were held on Fri., Sept. 13, 2013, at Harlem United Methodist Church. Burial was in Harlem Memorial Cemetery.
Starling Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

F. Marvin Speerhas
Mill Wright
Entered into rest on Sept. 11, 2013 at Trinity Hospital, Floyd Marvin Speerhas, 74, of Lincolnton, Ga., husband of Judith Ann Reinel Speerhas.
Marvin a native of Industry, Pa., where he lived most of his life. He also lived in Lincolnton and Thomson, Ga. He was a retired Mill Wright and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Washington, Ga. and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
A memorial service will be held in Pa. at a later date. A memorial mass will be held at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Thomson.
Additional survivors include: daughter, Amanda Speerhas (Joseph Keith Gay) of Thomson, Ga.; step-daughter, Lisa Reinel; step-son, Robert Converse; brother, Terry Speerhas; sister, Janine Welsby (Larry); grandchildren, Jazzmyn Strong, Jaesa Strong; his dogs, Precious & Snuffy and his grand-dogs.
In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Please visit www.mcneillfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s personal guestbook. McNeill Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 109 Shaw St., Martinez, Ga. 706.364.9122.

A.D. Wheeler
A.D. Wheeler, 81, of Matthews, husband of the late Myra Gay Wheeler, entered into rest on Thurs., Sept. 12, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Mon., Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
The family received friends on Sun., Sept. 15, at the funeral home.


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