Georgia Keck Witherspoon
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Born in Chicago, IL to George E. and Harriet Clausen Keck, Georgia K. Witherspoon of Greenville died suddenly at home on March 17th, the day after her 69th birthday. An Army wife for 29 years beginning immediately after her marriage in 1966, she made significant contributions to the welfare of soldiers, Army civilians and their families in assignments from Australia to Saudi Arabia and 15 other locations between. This service was recognized with the Commanders Award for Public Service presented to her by the US Army Chief of Engineers in 1995. At every military assignment and after the Army as a "civilian wife" in New Orleans and finally Greenville, she made many close friends and was continually involved as an active participant in organizations that provided support to needy or health challenged people. In this work, she always strove for excellence and rarely missed the mark.
A graduate of Stephens College in Fine Arts and Arizona State University in Art Education, Georgia used her artistic talent to decorate many Army quarters and other homes in the US and abroad. Her peers continually called on her for advice when they faced similar challenges.
Georgia's closest surviving relatives are her husband of 48 years, BG(ret) Eugene S Witherspoon, her sister, Leslie Herzog (John), of Colorado Springs, CO, a first cousin, Frank Crane (Terry), of Doylestown, PA, and brother-in-law, John Knox Witherspoon (Heather) of Hilton Head, SC. Not blessed with children of her own, Georgia lavished attention and love on nieces, nephews, cousins and their children on both sides of the family. They include Katie Eck (Dave), Peter Herzog (Melodi), Dana Jussuame (Jay), Cathy Muir (Brock), Cori Crane, Nicki Koolmes (Kael), Michele Ferris (Jim), David Witherspoon (Tori) and Jennifer Witherspoon and all of their children. This love was reciprocated by them all.
At her wish, Georgia was cremated and her ashes will be buried at West Point, NY, one of her many Army postings. A celebration of Georgia's life and gathering of family and friends will take place at 7 PM on Sunday, March 23 at Yount's Conference Center, Furman University. In lieu of flowers, Georgia would have welcomed a contribution to Foothills Family Resources, P.O. Box 246, Slater, SC 29683, the last of many organizations she supported with her time and talent.
Arrangements by The Mackey Mortuary,
311 CENTURY DR GREENVILLE, SC 29607
Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 20, 2014