|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 2012|
Andrew Mershon Aspinwall, 87, died Thursday night (April 5, 2012) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church. Visitation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Trudie Pridgen Aspinwall, of Waycross; his sons, James Keith (wife Rose Mary Rohan) Aspinwall, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and their son, Nathaniel Forest Aspinwall; Andrew Glenn (wife Cynthia Long) Aspinwall, of Dublin, and their three children, Katelyn Louise Aspinwall, Andrew Glenn Aspinwall Jr. and Joshua Smith Aspinwall; Jesse Page (wife Lisa Rinaldi) Aspinwall, of Tampa, Fla., and their two children, Justin Page Aspinwall and Matthew Stephens Aspinwall; and Carson Neal Aspinwall, of Lawrenceville, and his two daughters, Jamie Nicole Aspinwall and Shelby Belle Aspinwall. Other survivors are two sisters, Genevieve Shirley (husband Jack) and Barbara Snowden, and a host of distant relatives and an infinite list of friends.
He was a staunch Bible-believing Baptist, a member of Central Baptist Church and was an active Deacon Board member, Outreach Leader of third and fourth grades department in Sunday School, a member of the Sunday School Homebound Department visitation team, former Sunday School adult teacher and adult department director.
He was born in Savannah July 1, 1924, the son of Andrew Mershon Aspinwall Sr. and Mable Harden Aspinwall. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Geraldine, a brother-in-law, Grady Snowden, and a nephew, Cort Rinaldi. He graduated Patterson High School in 1942 and studied at the University of Georgia in Athens where he earned a degree in journalism. He did post-graduate work at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and Valdosta State College in Valdosta, earning a masters degree there in guidance and counseling. He earned certification in public management Levels I, II and III through the Georgia Employment and Training Institute of the Georgia Department of Labor.
In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army armored division in Ft. Knox, Ky. and served in he European Theater of Operations as a tank crewman in England, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany during World War II. He later served as a mail clerk and a clerk-typist before earning a discharge in January 1946. During his civilian career, he served as coordinator of Home Delivered Meals, 1995-2000. He directed project activities which included delivering with the assistance of volunteers approximately 90 meals at noon time to home-bound, handicapped individuals who found it difficult to cook for themselves.
He was the executive director for the United Way of South Georgia, 1991-94, and was responsible for planning, raising funds for a nine-county area of Southeast Georgia to be distributed to agencies which serve the needs of disadvantaged youths and adults through projects and programs. Monies raised exceeded the goal each year.
He was a Salvation Army Christmas bell ringer and worked for the United States Census Bureau in Ware County, serving as the 1990 Census Enumerator. He was JTPA Job Training director for Concerted Services, Inc. from 1983 to 1986 and was responsible for planning, budgeting, implementation, coordination and administrating a variety of contracts and projects in an eight-county area of Southeast Georgia serving economically disadvantaged youths and adults.
He was the CETA director for the Slash Pine Community Action Agency, Inc. from 1974 until 1983, was Neighborhood Youth Corps director for the Slash Pine APDC from 1965 until 1973.
He worked as a news reporter with the title of city editor for the Waycross Journal-Herald from 1960 to 1965, handling local news coverage, writing, editing copy, making page layouts and doing public relations activities. He was the editor of the Wayne County Press (now the Jesup Press-Sentinel) and helped organize that publication as part-owner and its first editor.
He was an advertising manager for The Blackshear Times, Blackshear, selling advertising, doing ad makeup and general news reporting. He was a teacher at Patterson High School from 1955 to 1957, teaching social studies, and was the debate team coach, film coordinator and school paper advisor from 1955 until 1957.
In recent years he has been active with the Mary Street Mission, where he counseled individuals in need and seeking financial or food assistance. "He was passionate about the cause of the Mary Street Mission and he loved counseling folks," said a family member. "He enjoyed helping people there, and helping the needy, which he did as recently as 10 days ago."
He served with the Piedmont-Okefenokee Distribution Center, a used clothing and household goods facility which provides free items to families and individuals in need. He was a member of the Waycross Exchange Club, serving as scrapbook chairman, as a member of the board of directors, was former club bulletin editor and the Americanism projects chairman for the club. He worked with the Waycross Area Community Theater as a member of the board and participated in on-stage productions.
He was a YMCA Health Club member, a Waycross Community Concert Association member, a Ware County Mental Health Association board member, was an organizing member of the Okefenokee Heritage Center, served on the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce board, was former Arts Festival chairman, served on the Waycross-Ware County Bi-Centennial Committee, was the Historical Tour chairman and was a former city councilman for the City of Patterson. He was a member of the Patterson Lions Club (charter member) and served as secretary and president. He was a former member and chairman of the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce board.
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Created by: Jerry Van Herrin
Record added: Apr 06, 2012
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