Esco L. Wimpy passed away June 2, 2013 at his home in Young Harris, Georgia following a brief illness. Born May 13, 1925 in Union County, he was the son of Carter and Emma Duckworth Wimpy.
Esco and Ola Mae Sampson were united in marriage January 4, 1947 and were married 66 loving and happy years. He was preceded in death by daughter Gilda Ann Ledford. He is survived by daughters Lynn W. Barrett, and Debbie W. Barrett, grandchildren Faron W. King, Jimmy R. Ledford, Dr. Daren E. King, Charles D. Ledford, Mrs. Dawn B. Nichols and Kendall D. Barrett. His great grandchildren Dylan Ledford, Alyssa Ledford, Liam King, Griffin Nichols and Maeleigh King brought great joy to his life.
While still a student in the 11th grade, Esco was called to service by his country on December 4, 1943. He saw active duty in Germany during World War II and served with the Armyâs 13th Armored Division until his honorable discharge in April 1946. His military service resulted in lifelong friendships among the 13th Armored who still meet for annual reunions of which Esco attended many. For his service, he was awarded medals to include; The European African Middle Eastern Service medal with two bronze stars, the American Service Medal, World War II victory medal and Good Conduct Medal. He received his High School diploma from Towns County after completion of his military obligation.
Many will remember Esco as their school bus driver, shop foreman at Hiawassee Ford and later as rural mail carrier for Route 1 in Young Harris for 22 years until his retirement.
While his family was of utmost importance, Esco also believed in enriching the community where he made his home through involvement in many organizations including Stephens Masonic Lodge #414, from which he received his 60 year apron and pin. He was a lifetime member of DAV, Fannin chapter #28, a charter member of VFW Hiawassee and a 50 year member of the Towns County Lions Club. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church.
He also served Towns County as County Treasurer and later Tax Collector in the early 1960âs. The present Court House was built during his time in office.
Local race enthusiasts will remember his ownership of the blue Ford #14 that won track championships in three states. From his and the families involvement in dirt track racingâs early years, friendships in many states were formed that endure to today and are still the subject of family gatherings as those memorable times are recalled.
After retirement, Esco and Ola Mae enjoyed raising cattle on their farm, gardening, and spending time at their second home in Kentucky.
The Family received friends at Banister Funeral Home on Monday evening with services at Banister on Tuesday at 2:13 p.m. Rev. Jimmy Hogsed conducted the service with a eulogy given by long time family friend, Reggie Sprinkles. Special music was provided by Jimmy and Johnny Hogsed. Rev. Ricky Rogers concluded the graveside service at Old Union Cemetery. Escoâs six grandchildren served as pallbearers.
âPawâ will forever be missed and remembered for the many lives he touched and the lessons he taught to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends through the years.
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