THOMSON, Ga.- Memorial services for Mr. William Chamberlain Leverett, 85, of Thomson, were conducted on October 13, 2004 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Thomson.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 55 years, Georgia Fae Nichols Leverett; parents, George C. and Kate (Chamberlain) Leverett; brother, George C. Leverett of Lincolnton and sister, Mary Leverett Poucher of Ocala, Fla.
His presence will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Clifford G. Lunceford of Thomson; grandsons, William Leverett Lunceford, his wife, Meredith, of Williamsburg, Va. and Patrick Austin Lunceford of Thomson; his sister, Kathryn Leverett Dawkins of Lincolnton, and devoted friend, E.V. Morgan.
A native of Lincolnton, he began his banking career as a teller shortly after graduating from high school in 1936 at Farmer s State Bank. At the age of 21, he was named assistant cashier. He enlisted in the United States Army at the beginning of World War II and served as staff sergeant with the 687th Ordnance Ammunition Company. His tour of duty was in Italy and North Africa. He re-entered the banking profession upon his return to the States in 1945.
In 1946, he came to Thomson as assistant cashier with First National Bank of Thomson. His employment with First National Bank was to last 40 years. He was elected president of the bank in 1969. In 1982, he began the formation of First Thomson Bancorp, a holding company that owned First National Bank of Thomson and later merged with Trust Company Bank of Augusta. Mr. Leverett retired from Trust Company Bank of Augusta, Thomson Division, in 1986. His dedication to community and service to others led him to participate in numerous civic organizations and political offices.
Mr. Leverett was one of the original founders of the Thomson Ten Sixties, which later became the Development Authority of McDuffie County. He served on the Thomson City Council for a two-year term followed by a 10-year term as Mayor of Thomson from 1965-1975. He served as Treasurer of the McDuffie County Hospital Authority from 1968-1977 and served as chairman from 1978-1984. In 1984, he was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for community service. He was awarded the 1984-1985 Governor's Volunteer Award for the State of Georgia. He served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Bankers Association, served on the Agricultural Committee of the Georgia Bankers Association and was a former member of the Executive Council of the Georgia Bankers Association.
Mr. Leverett was a former contact banker for the American Bankers Association; former member of the Advisory Board for the Regional Administration of National Banks of the Sixth National Bank Region which included Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. He was a former member of the State Advisory Board of Agricultural Vocational Education; former director and chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Committee as well as a former director and second vice president of the Thomson McDuffie Chamber of Commerce. He was formerly a member of the Thomson Kiwanis Club and a member of the Committee of 100 in Augusta, as well as a former representative on the CSRA Planning and Development Commission. He also served on the Little River Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Mr. Leverett previously served on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Thomson, First Thomson Bancorp, Trust Company Bank of Augusta and the Bank of Wadley. Currently he was serving as an Honorary Director of SunTrust Bank, Augusta and the Queensborough Company of Louisville. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Thomson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Music Department or McDuffie Regional Medical Center.