Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr.

Born: Wed., Oct. 14, 1936
Died: Mon., Dec. 28, 2020

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr., age 84, who passed away peacefully at Community Hospice in Vidalia on Monday, December 28, 2020. 

In light of the pandemic, a private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Bob Blankenship officiating.

CDC social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks encouraged for the safety, the health and well-being of all.

Nick was a lifelong resident of Swainsboro and a vibrant member of the community. During his childhood, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and attended two national jamborees. He grew up following and participating in several sports.In 1954, Nick graduated from Swainsboro High School and continued his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1958, he graduated with a degree in Industrial Management and also a commission in the United States Army. After fulfilling his commitment to the Army with active duty in El Paso, Texas and Columbia, South Carolina, Nick returned to Swainsboro and continued his service with 10 years in the Georgia National Guard. During this time, he owned and managed Swainsboro Supply Company, a career he continued for more than forty years.

Always active in his community, Nick served on the Emanuel County Hospital Authority and the East Georgia State College Foundation. He was also a member of the Central Bank Board of Directors. As a longtime member and former president of the Swainsboro Rotary Club, he was presented both the Will Watt Fellow and the Paul Harris Awards.

Nick was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Swainsboro from childhood. He served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and was a longtime Sunday School teacher as well as a member of many committees. Beginning in 1970 and continuing through the 80’s, Nick and his wife, Annelle, were sponsors of the church’s youth group, “The Good News Company”.

Nick is preceded in death by his parents, S.T. (Seab) Herrington and Lucille Aaron Herrington.

Survivors Include:

Wife of 62 years: Annelle King Herrington.

Daughter: Amy Herrington Szalkowski of Coppell, TX.

Son: Thomas “Tommy” Nick Herrington (Tammy) of Conyers, GA.

Grandchildren: Lauren Herrington, Sarah Herrington, Avery S. Leal (Jared), and Wesley Szalkowski.

Great Grandchild: Judah Leal.

Trusted Caregiver and Family Friend: Willie Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to one of the following: First Baptist Church, 240 West Main, Swainsboro,GA 30401;Community Hospice, 904 Mt. Vernon Rd, Vidalia, GA 30474; or,the Georgia Tech Alumni Association—in memory of Nick Herrington—190 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements for the funeral of Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr. of Swainsboro, GA.

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