WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Pittard Armour Willingham, 81, of Water St. entered into rest Thursday evening at her home. Funeral services will be Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 3 p.m. at the Washington Presbyterian Church with Revs. Stan Sizemore and Larry Kennon officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington. Mrs. Willingham is survived by one son, Robert M. Willingham Jr. of Washington and was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Willingham. Pallbearers will be Bill Cronic, John S. Ivey, James Trimm, Pete Kopecky, Blakey Brown, Henry Harris, Jack Minor Jr., Roger A. Lewis and Tom Duggan. The Presbyterian Elders of the Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. She was born in Abbeville, S.C., and was the daughter of the late Charles Edgar and Rachel Pittard Armour. She was an art student of Mary Helen Hynes and Marie St. Gaudens of Washington, and graduated from Washington High School in 1938. She attended the University of Georgia, then received an art scholarship to LaGrange College. She was a professional artist for 60 years, and in addition to teaching private art lessons, she taught public school art from 1952 to 1969 at the Washington Elementary School, Washington-Wilkes High and Washington Central High. In her career she sold paintings from California to Maine, Germany and France. She received numerous awards and blue ribbons at exhibitions such as Augusta Art Association, Lake Burton Art Festival, Thomasville Art Show, Georgia Mothers Association and Crafts Division, and numerous others. She was featured at a retrospective exhibition of her work at the dedication of the Mary Willis Library in 1992. She was one of Americas most prolific heraldic artists, having produced hundreds of coats of arms for clients. She was a charter member of Women in the Arts, was selected to membership in Whos Who of American Women, and was a member of the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation. She had been a member of the Washington Womans Club for many years, and was a member of the Washington Presbyterian Church for 68 years. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hopkins Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Presbyterian Church.
The Augusta Chronicle November 16, 2002
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