THOMSON, Ga.- Mr. Harold Leon Segers, age 81, beloved husband of Katherine Adams Segers of Washington Road, Thomson, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in the Thomson First Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmy Elder officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Fort Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Dearing.
Pallbearers were Donald Segers, Tommy Segers, Hugh Echols, Jim Athanaelos, Buddy Haddon and Russell Gilliam. Honorary Pallbearers were Kenneth Usry, Lemuel Brooks, Buddy Darden, Dr. David Ruehle, Greg Harden, Marion Culpepper, Jr., Beeman Barnet, Jimmy Poston, Dennis Sanders, Otis Harrison, Ed Blanco, Roy Yelton, Billy Green, Don Reese, Chip Atkins, Hudson Hopkins, Rusty Lovelace and members of Thomson First Baptist Church Men's Bible Class.
Mr. Segers was a native of Banks County, Georgia, but had lived in Thomson for more than 53 years. He served in the Army Infantry in WWII and landed in France in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge in Berzbuar, Germany and single-handedly cleared a minefield using just his bayonet as a mine detector while exposed to constant enemy fire. For his bravery he was honored with the bronze star. He retired after 30 years of service at the Dupont Company at the Savannah River Plant.
He built and operated the first self-service car washes in McDuffie County. He was a charter member of the Thomson Exchange Club, helping the club with their annual horse show. He served on the board of the Ten-Sixties, the forerunner of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Segers was an active member of the Thomson Field Archers, the Thomson Boat Club, and the Shade Tree A's, a Model A classic car club. He was a longtime member of the Thomson First Baptist Church where he served on the Grounds Committee and was a member of the Men's Bible Class.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 58 years, Katherine Adams Segers; his daughter and son-in-law, Kay & Bob Manning, all of Thomson; a sister, Martha Segers Chastain of Ellijay, Ga.; brothers, Col. Frank Segers, USAF Ret. of Birmingham, Ala. and Duard Segers of Naples, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Thomson, 253 Jackson Street, Thomson, Ga. 30824 or to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, 1101 15th Street, Augusta, Ga. 30901 in memory of Mr. Segers.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.