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March 19, 2014

Wilmer Arthur Cauthen

TIFTON — Wilmer Arthur Cauthen, 86, of Tifton, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Fourth Street Baptist Church in Tifton with the Rev. Kent Johnson and the Rev. Joe Carr officiating. Interment will follow at Tift Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors. Mr. Cauthen will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers along with nephew, Robbie Cauthen.

Mr. Cauthen was born Sept. 20, 1927 in Tift County to the late Wilmer and Lydia Spradley Cauthen. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Annie Ruth Gill Cauthen who died August 2, 2013 and one brother, Newal Cauthen.

He graduated from Enigma High School and was a former resident of Douglas and Arkansas. Mr. Cauthen was a veteran of the United States Army where he served during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was retired from Armour and Company and later worked at South Georgia Seed & Feed for years. Mr. Cauthen, along with his wife, was active in the local American Legion. He was a member and deacon of Fourth Street Baptist Church. His family and church were the center of his life. Mr. Cauthen enjoyed the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Mr. Cauthen is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Rudolph Ray of Tifton and Jan and Joe Carr of Waynesville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Melba Cauthen of Conway, Ark. and Donnie and Dianne Cauthen of Douglas; one brother and his wife, the Rev. Bob and Audrey Cauthen of Tifton; two sisters, Daphne Brewer of Tifton and Marlene Pipkin of Valdosta; one sister-in-law, Chris Cauthen of Montgomery, Ala.; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Keelee and Michael Foster, Kristi and Jonathan Crowe, Josh and Lindsay Carr, Brian and Monica Cauthen, Kevin and Brandi Cauthen, Shane and Alexis Cauthen, Kim and Chris Hill, Lori and Ed Connell, April and James Jordan, and Matthew Cauthen. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Flowers accepted or donations may be made to donor’s favorite charity. You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com. Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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