MITCHELL, Ga. - Mr. William H. Wilcher, 80, of Hwy 102 West, entered into rest Thursday, December 31, 2009, at the University Hospital, Augusta. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2010, at the Mitchell United Methodist Church, Mitchell, Ga., with the Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. William was born in Mitchell, Ga. on April 4, 1929 to the late Mr. Billy Cleon and Janie Stanley Wilcher. He spent his childhood in Mitchell and graduated from Gibson High School in 1946. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, served as Deputy Sheriff / Investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff's Department for seven years, and spent 25 years as a Probation / Parole Officer in the Augusta and Toombs Judicial Circuits. He was a devoted member of Mitchell United Methodist Church, a former member of the Mitchell City Council, a former member of Glascock County Lions Club, and was a charter member and the first President of the Georgia Parole Association. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mrs. Etta Griswell Wilcher; one son, William Rodney (Gail) Wilcher of Thomson and one daughter, Amanda W. Davis of Evans; four grandchildren, Rodney Adam (Heather) Wilcher, Brock Christopher (Diane) Wilcher, William Wilcher Davis, and Zackary Benton Davis; and one great- grandchild, Abigail Lee Wilcher. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Wright Wilcher, Sr. Pallbearers were Anthony Griswell, Jody Usry, Wayne Williams, Mike Chance, Casey Caroll, Bill Raley, Jr., Kelley Sercer, and Scott Lamb. The family received friends Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Mitchell United Methodist Church in care of Mrs. Jan Sexton, 8654 Mitchell - Warrenton Road, Mitchell, Ga. 30820. Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-January 7, 2010