Mr. Rudolph Peshera, 91, of Palatka, passed away Dec. 24, 2007 at Palatka Health Care Center, after a short illness. Mr. and Mrs. Peshera moved to Palatka from Forest Park six years ago. He was a native of Chicago, Ill., and was a first generation baby born to Austrian immigrants, Antonia and Rudolph Peshera, who came to America via Ellis Island, New York.
He grew up in Chicago, and at age 19, owned his first business, a gas station with five pumps. He had an active business life. Mr. Peshera entered the U.S. Army prior to the onset of World War II, serving in Intelligence and Transportation. After the war, he used the new G.I. Bill to train as a watchmaker, but continued to serve as a civilian transportation manager at Spence Airbase in Moultrie, Ga. When the base closed, Rudolph used his training as watchmaker to become active in that field, working at his trade long after retirement.
He was active in civic and social volunteering. After retirement in 1980, he began with AARP, working for 2 years as a lobbyist on issues that dealt with retirement, health care, and other issues affecting the elderly population. Rudolph's favorite project began after being elected a senator in the Georgia Silver Haired Legislature at age 73. When the city of Atlanta shared the nightmare of the missing and murdered children's crisis, he created the concept of, and spearheaded, "Operation Identification," the fingerprinting of the community's children, not for a file, but for the parents to keep in case their children became lost or missing.
He was a member of the College Road Church of Christ and American Legion Bert Hodge Post # 45, both in Palatka. He had served as president of the Georgia Watchmaker's Guild and was instrumental in setting up libraries in local prisons and jails. He was preceded in death by his beloved son-in-law, Dr. Gary B. Lott. Mr. Peshera's life's motto was always, "I do not choose to be a common man ..."
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna Peshera, of Palatka; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Steve Goss, of McDonough, Phyllis Lott, of Palatka and Toni and Tom Kincaid, of Grantville; nine grandchildren, Alison Eidex, Stephanie Parker, Kim Goss, Kristie Johnson, Ben Lott, Heather Jones, Jeff Kincaid, Ryan Kincaid, and Heather Teel;
13 great-grandchildren, a cousin, Gertrude Dvorak, of Austria, and a special friend, Jack Massey, of Palatka.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the College Road Church of Christ, with Bro. C. L. Overturf, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill West Cemetery, with the U.S. Army conducting military honors.
Friends may call Saturday from 10-11 a.m., at the College Road Church of Christ. Memorial donations can be made to: College Road Church of Christ Building Fund, 400 College Road, Palatka, Fla., 32177.
Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka is in charge of arrangements.
Ollie Frances Norsworthy Wilerson
Mrs. Ollie Frances Norsworthy Wilkerson, 85, of McDonough, passed away Dec. 27, 2007. Mrs. Wilkerson was born in Butts County. She retired from Southern Bell with 32 years of service. Mrs. Wilkerson was a very active member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. She graduated McDonough High School Class of 1940.
She served on the Henry County Board for Aging for 10-plus years. She was a Henry Medical Auxiliary volunteer for 15 years, and a meals-on-wheels volunteer. She loved life, family and friends and was known for being a great cook. Her son, Autrey Milton "Mickey" Wilkerson, preceded her in death in 1964.
Survivors are her loving husband, A. M. "Johnny" Wilkerson, of McDonough; son, Michael Phillip Wilkerson, of McDonough; siblings, Jewel Pendley, of Stockbridge, Horace Norsworthy, of McDonough, Esther Brannan, of Stockbridge, Luke Norsworthy, of McDonough, Lorene Hardy, of Jackson, and Leary Chaney, of Kennesaw; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Wilkerson will be Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m., at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Renfroe Watson, the Rev. Howard Bledsoe and the Rev. Alex Stroud officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Bethel UMC Bldg. Fund, 992 Mt. Bethel Rd., McDonough, Ga., 30252. Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough, (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.
In memory of Edgar Duffey
Dec. 30, 2006
Oh, how I miss you -- words cannot tell the emptiness in my life since you left me that day. Our ten years together were so special to me. How kind you were to me during my open heart surgery in November 2005. How I worried about you during your sickness in December 2005, when I could not be there for you as I had so many times. We did have one more good year together. I know that you would have wanted me mentioned as your "special friend." I will never forget your kindness. Gone, but not forgotten.