John Wilbur Cawthon, Jr

Born: Mon., Sep. 26, 1921
Died: Sat., Jun. 25, 2005

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John Wilbur Cawthon, Jr. age 83, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Athens Regional Medical Center. Born in Greene County on September 26, 1921 he was the son of the late John Wilbur Cawthon, Sr. and Clyde McCommons Cawthon who were both from Greene County. He attended Greensboro High School before graduating from high school in Arkansas and Magnolia A & M College. During World War II he served in the United States Army. In May of 1947 he married Eloise Gandy. This was also the year he began his record of 58 straight years in the same seat attending every University of Georgia home football game. On January 3, 1984 he retired from the Greensboro Post Office as a rural mail carrier after thirty-two years of service. After retirement he enjoyed football and traveling. Mr. Cawthon was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where he was a member of the Men''s Bible Class.

In addition to his wife, Eloise Cawthon of Greensboro, GA, he is survived by a daughter, Debra Taylor and husband Jeff of Mt. Airy, MD; three sons, John Stephen Cawthon of Atlanta, GA, Ken Cawthon and wife Kathy of Greensboro, GA and Jeff Cawthon and wife Tracy of Ellaville, GA; ten grandchildren, Matthew Taylor, Allison Taylor, Michelle Taylor, Jessi Cawthon, Maggie Cawthon, Polly Cawthon, Kristy Cawthon, Becky Cawthon, April Cox and Ray Anders; three great grandchildren, MaKaylee Nation, KaeLeigh Anders and Hayden Cox; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 27, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro with Percy Marchman and Rev. Richard Chewning officiating. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Fred Hunter, Dwight Winslett, Ray Copelan, Dan Jones, Larry Smith, Gary Davenport, Herbie Thurmond, Sam Roper and Ross McCommons. Honorary pallbearers are Nancy Chapman, Harold Glass, Charlton Veazey, Herbert Chapman, Bill Moore, Jimmy English, Bobby Boswell, Goodwin Bryan, Gus Channell and Comer Tolbert. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home. Any memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642 or Nathanael Greene Academy, P. O. Box 109, Siloam, GA 30669. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Tricia & Dane McNeill
   Posted Sun June 26, 2005
We, too, along with many, many others will miss sweet John. We have enjoyed many good times with Eloise and John. They are so special. We will have a grand reunion in heaven. Oh, what a happy day that will be! Praise the Lord for all his mercies and comfort at this time. With love and heartfelt sympathy. Tricia

Ashley Davis
   Posted Sun June 26, 2005
Kristy and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with everyone.

Cecil & Betty Sue Davis
   Posted Sun June 26, 2005
Elouise: Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of the family at this time of grievement. We all thoroughly enjoyed each visit we had with the two of you at each of the GA Games. You both will be missed but we do have good memories and good fellowship that no one can take from us. May God be with you and your family. Love, Cecil & Betty Sue Davis

Susan Holton
   Posted Mon June 27, 2005
John, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

David Field
   Posted Mon June 27, 2005
I knew John through golf at Greene Co. C.C. in the Thursday Senior Scramble. He was a great friend to play golf with. He had probably the best positive attitude of any of the golfers that play. I'm glad I got to know him and I will miss his great smile on Thursdays. My condolences, David Field

randy yeargin
   Posted Mon June 27, 2005

Prentice and Jean Merritt
   Posted Thu July 07, 2005
Just read The Herald-Journal and offer our condolences to all the family in the loss of this great man.

Ed Stone
   Posted Fri July 15, 2005
Elouise, my thoughts and prayers have been with you over the past few weeks since I heard of John's death. You were always my favorite teacher and John, Jr., was always my favorite mail man. He was a dear friend to my family and will certainly be missed. My love and prayers are with you during this time if grieving. Love, Edward