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Charles "Ham" Willingham

December 25, 1955 March 30, 2019
Charles "Ham" Willingham
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Obituary for Charles "Ham" Willingham

“Death is the golden key that opens the door to eternity.”

In the quietness of the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30, 2019, the golden key opened the door of eternity for Charles Willingham. Charles was born on Sunday, December 25, 1955 in McDuffie County, GA to both the late Hattie Bell Willingham and Leroy Kinsey, Jr.

Affectionately known to many as “Ham”, Charles received his childhood education by attending the public schools of McDuffie County, GA. He graduated from the Thomson High School in Thomson, GA with the Class of 1974. At an early age in life, he professed his belief in Jesus The Christ, and joined the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Thomson, GA.

Charles enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard Battery B 1st BN 214th Field Artillery on June 28, 1974. He served for twenty dedicated years, and retired as Sergeant on Wednesday, June 28, 1995. Our beloved Charles enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved spending quality time with his family. He was a good person with a gentle spirit. It is without a doubt, he will be missed from our family tree. He is preceded in death by a brother, Richard Willingham and a grandmother, Annie Ruth Willingham.

Unforgettable moments and cherishable memories will forever be remembered by those who have survived him: a daughter, Tamara Hatcher of Thomson, GA; two sons, Marlo (Feleica) Harris of Dublin, GA and Corey D. (LaShune) Willingham of Lithonia, GA; nine grandchildren; a sister, Renae (L.C.) Brown of Thomson, GA; a brother, James Willingham of Thomson, GA; a step-father, Johnny B. Swain of Thomson, GA; five step-sisters, Mattie Adams, Johnnie Mae (Johnny) Wilder, Ida Mae Swain, all of Warrenton, GA, Catherine, (Foster) Moss of Camak, GA and Kathleen (Tommy Lee) Lucas of Atlanta, GA; a devoted friend, Mary McNair of Thomson, GA; a special friend, Melvin Grant of Thomson, GA; a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many additional sorrowing friends.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

5

Apr

1:30 PM 4/5/2019 1:30:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/5/2019 8:00:00 PM
Thomson Funeral System

505 Gordon Street NE
Thomson, GA 30824

Thomson Funeral System
505 Gordon Street NE Thomson 30824 GA
United States

Visitation

Saturday

6

Apr

10:00 AM 4/6/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
Springfield Baptist Church

523 Martin Luther King Jr. Street NE
Thomson, GA 30824

Springfield Baptist Church
523 Martin Luther King Jr. Street NE Thomson 30824 GA
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Apr

11:00 AM 4/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
Springfield Baptist Church

523 Martin Luther King Jr. Street NE
Thomson, GA 30824

Rev. F.D. Favors, Pastor Rev. LaTasha Ramsey, Presider Rev. Bernard Grant, Eulogist Funeral procession will 330 Sycamore St. Thomson at 10:40 am

Springfield Baptist Church
523 Martin Luther King Jr. Street NE Thomson 30824 GA
United States

Repast

Saturday

6

Apr

12:30 PM 4/6/2019 12:30:00 PM
NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY

612 Main Street
Thomson, GA 30824

NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY
612 Main Street Thomson 30824 GA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Westview Cemetery (Thomson) Final Resting Place

507 Westview Drive ( 1st Gate New)
543 Westview Drive (2nd Gate Old)
Thomson, GA 30824

507 Westview Drive ( 1st Gate New) Thomson 30824 GA
United States
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