James Richard "Ricky" Gilmer
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SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary announces the death of James Richard "Ricky" Gilmer, age 48, of Swainsboro, GA on Friday, May 19, 2006, at the Emanuel Medical Center after a brief illness. Funeral services will be Sunday, May 21st, at 3 PM, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne DeFore and Rev. Nita Crump-Howard officiating. Interment will be in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers are Ray Woods, Charlie Schwabe, Smith Edenfield, David Kettles, Greg Johnson, Eddie Jordan, Marion Shaw and Perry Bishop. Honorary Pallbearers are GA Farm Bureau Employees, members of the Swainsboro Exchange Club and ballplayers coached through the years by Mr. Gilmer. The family will receive friends at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Saturday evening from 6 - 8 PM. A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Gilmer was a graduate of Swainsboro High School, Emanuel County Junior College and the University of GA where he was a member of the SIGMA PHI EPSILON Fraternity. He had been employed by Georgia Farm Bureau since 1981 and was Senior Claims Adjuster. A member of the First United Methodist Church, he had served on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gilmer was past president and board member of the Swainsboro Exchange Club and Swainsboro Golf and Country Club and was past board member and coach with Swainsboro Dixie Youth League. He held deep love for all children and children's athletics. He had served as a volunteer baseball and soccer coach since 1987. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Gilmer. Survivors include, his wife, Elizabeth West Gilmer of Swainsboro, GA; two sons, Jim Willis and Richard Gilmer of Swainsboro, GA and his mother, Mary S. Gilmer of Swainsboro, GA. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Swainsboro or the Emanuel County Schools Foundation. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Ricky Gilmer of Swainsboro, GA. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 21, 2006.
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June 3, 2006
Elizabeth: Know that we were notified and keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We grew up together and it was with great sorrow that received the news.
Jeff and Kerstin Buckley
June 2, 2006
Elizabeth and Mary,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you during this difficult time.
I remember Ricky as favorite of mine in Sunday School. I have let Jeff know about his death.`
Alta Buckley
May 25, 2006
Elizabeth and Family I'am so sorry for the loss of Ricky. My heart and prays are with you.
SONYA MERRION
May 24, 2006
I knew Ricky for most of our lives. He was a thoughtful, kind boy with a goofy sense of humor, who grew into a generous man with the same goofy sense of humor. All who knew him, loved him. He will be missed. My heart goes out to each of you - Elizabeth, Jim, Richard and Miss Mary.
Sylvia Sconyers
May 23, 2006
Joe D and Gladys Hoke
May 23, 2006
Elizabeth and family:

We are saddened by the loss of your beloved husband. Our deepest sympathies....Beverly Barshafsky Peltier
Beverly Barshafsky Peltier
May 23, 2006
Dear Elizabeth, Mary, Jim and Richard,
Our thoughts are with you and our prayers go up for you. We are so saddened to learn of Ricky's death. He was always so kind and gracious, and always made you feel better with his positive outlook and wonderful personality. May God continue to lead you through this very difficult and sad time. We love you,
Benjy, Mary, Matt and Jack Varnell
benjy varnell
May 22, 2006
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. RICKY WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY HIS BRIGHT SMILE AND HIS FRIENDLY MANNER. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED HIM.
ROBIN MULROONEY
May 22, 2006
elizabeth, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys and mrs. mary. katie and toby johnson
May 22, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Economy Rent A Car
May 21, 2006
Patricia Billingsley
May 21, 2006
I am truly saddened, by the loss of my friend, when I think of him, and the memories of youth we shared, I smile. He gave so much of himself, a truly good person to know. I will miss him, but am


comforted by the good memories, we shared. My thoughts and prayers for with his loved ones, and know you are in mine.
May 21, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Edna Wiggins
May 21, 2006
PEGGY SAMMONS...I SHARE YOUR SORROW, AND I MEAN THAT WITH ALL MY HEART. PLEASE KNOW I AM THINKING OF ALL OF YOU!!!!
PEGGY SAMMONS
May 21, 2006
Dearest Elizabeth and boys, very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy is with you. May God Bless you all.
Terri Smith
May 21, 2006
I am so sorry about Ricky. He was such a nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Beth Lane
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