Thomas Cash

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Thomas B. Cash, of Watkinsville, died peacefully in his sleep on July 10, 2013, after a brief period of declining health.
Tom was born in 1925 on the family farm in Banks County, the son of Thomas Clarke and Winnie Montine Patterson Cash. Like many of his generation, Tom grew up in hard times, working and hunting from a young age to help support the family.
At the age of 18, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army, served in the 4th Infantry Division, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He was proud that he was qualified as an expert in both rifle and mortar. He was deployed in France several weeks after D-Day, and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. On August 16 of this year, the French government planned to bestow on Tom its highest honor, The Order of the Legion of Honor, Chevalier Degree, in recognition of his role in the liberation of Paris and France.
Following his military service, Tom returned home and finished high school, completed two years at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in agricultural economics. He also taught returning veterans for a brief period of time. He spent most of his working career as a sales executive with Seaboard Airline Railroad, eventually retiring as an Assistant Vice President of Sales with CSX Corporation after a number of mergers. In his early years, He also started and operated a very successful anhydrous ammonia distribution business in south Georgia with his brother-in-law, Frank Sutton.
Tom was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Audrey Sutton Cash, and sisters, Juanita Pruitt and Louise Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Jonell Kirby Cash, and his remaining sister, Elene Ariail, who lives near Carnesville. Additional survivors include his children and their spouses, Monty and Janet Cash, Martha and Terry Reubert, Melanie and Jerry Hill, and Richard and Marcia Cash, all living in the Greenville, S.C. area, as well as Sylvia Knight, of Athens, daughter of Jonell. "Papa" was also blessed with 17 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, 1211 Jimmy Daniel Road, Bogart.
Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Nails Creek Baptist Church (Tom's childhood church, where he was baptized at age 12), on Highway 51 North, in Homer. There will be a luncheon immediately following in the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the or the .
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home West, Bogart, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 12, 2013
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