John Augustus Pursley, Jr. died peacefully at his home on October 27, 2018 in Milledgeville, at the age of 95. He was born in Haddock, Georgia on September 5, 1923 to the late John Augustus and Marie Roberts Pursley, Sr.
Mr. Pursley spent his youth in Haddock and graduated from Haddock School. As a young boy, he worked in his father’s country store in Haddock and picked peaches for the late Walter Williams, Sr. who lived across the street from him. He graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associate’s of Art Degree in June of 1942. He graduated from the University of Georgia in June of 1944 with a Bachelor in Business Administration. While at the University of Georgia he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II and served in the 96th infantry in the Philippines and Okinawa.
On his twenty-fourth birthday, he began working at Fowler-Flemister Coal Company for his childhood friend, Walter Williams, Jr. In 1967, Mr. Pursley bought the concrete division from Walter Williams and has continued to be active in the expansion and growth of the business.
Mr. Pursley married Louise Freeman Foster on May 20, 1951 in Dublin.
In 1966, while president of the Baldwin High Booster Club, he spearheaded the building of the football stadium and field house. Mr. Pursley contributed to his community by serving as president of the Milledgeville Jaycees, Milledgeville Kiwanis Club, Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Milledgeville Home Builders, and Chairman of Georgia College Foundation. Other positions include, charter member and past president of the Milledgeville Country Club and the Georgia Concrete and Products Association. In 1979 he served on Milledgeville City Council and held the position of Mayor Pro Tem. Mr. Pursley served as campaign chair for the United Way of Central Georgia. On the numerous honors bestowed upon him, one of his favorites was being recognized on September 23, 2017 as the Oldest GMC Veteran in Baldwin County, an award he received from a paratrooper landing on Davenport Field.
Mr. Pursley, a long-time member of The First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville, gave continuous support and attention to his church. He was a member of the Men’s Bible Sunday School Class and he held numerous administrative positions while serving on different committees of the church.
Other than his parents, Mr. Pursley is predeceased by a brother Charles Robert Pursley, and a great grandchild, Wiley McTeer Bell.
Mr. Pursley is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Louise F. Pursley, a daughter, Irene Pursley Miller (Charles) of Milledgeville, a son John Augustus Pursley, III (Helen) of Milledgeville, six grandchildren: Jennifer Brown Bell (Wiley) of Georgetown, South Carolina, James Parker Brown of Athens, Helen Marie Pursley Davenport (McKenzie) of Milledgeville, Molly Brown Stanton (Hayes) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, John Augustus Pursley, IV (Jean) of Milledgeville, and Eliza Pursley Smith (Garrett) of Milledgeville, and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Pam Pursley, of Brookneal, Virginia.
The family would like to thank the wonderful extended family of caregivers: Kay and David Carver, Mary Jackson, Shirley Butts, Dorothy Burnett, Betty Jackson, Doris Wilson, Tyler Thomas, and Peach State Homecare.
Mr. Pursley touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a true southern gentleman with a kind heart and a giving spirit.
A funeral service for Mr. Pursley was held at First United Methodist Church located at 366 Log Cabin Rd. at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, with Rev. Mac Enfinger and Dr. Jay Hodges officiating. The pallbearers were James Parker Brown, John Augustus Pursley, IV, Wiley Bell, McKenzie Davenport, Hayes Stanton, and Garrett Smith. Visitation was at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial was in West View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of John Augustus Pursley, Jr., to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Noah’s Ark Weekday School, or Georgia Military College Foundation for the John and Louise Pursley Scholarship Endowment.
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Moores Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of arrangements.