William Stembridge Obituaries (1931 – 2022) – Macon, GA

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William Asbury Stembridge
May 16, 1931 – January 31, 2022
Macon, Georgia –
William Asbury Stembridge, died January 31, 2022. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hills United Methodist Church located at 1217 Forest Hill Rd. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. A private interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery.
Mr. Stembridge was born in Milledgeville, Georgia on May 16, 1931. He was the son of the late Sidney David Stembridge and the late Winnie Guffin Stembridge. He was predeceased by his sister, Cornelia Stembridge Lawson; sister, Wynette Stembridge Ray Bralley; and his brother, Sidney D. Stembridge.
Mr. Stembridge graduated from Georgia Military College High School in 1948, Georgia Military College in 1951, and earned his AB degree in political science from Mercer University in 1953. He was a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned directly into the US Army. Mr Stembridge married Charlotte Frazia Warren on June 13, 1954.
The newlyweds soon left Georgia for Mr. Stembridge’s military posting in Germany. He served admirably at Fort Benning, GA; Gelnhausen, Germany, near Frankfurt; and Fort Carson, CO, where he was honorably discharged in 1956 as a first lieutenant.
Upon returning to GA in 1956, Mr. Stembridge joined Clark Memorials, Inc., where he moved to Cordele, GA to become the President of Cordele Marble Company. In 1973, Mr. Stembridge moved to Macon, where he served as President and Chairman of the Board of Clark Memorials. During his tenure, he served as President of the Alabama-Florida-Georgia Division of Monument Builders of North America and a Fellow of the American Institute of Commemorative Art. Mr. Stembridge was proud that Clark Memorials was a member of the Grand Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber.
He was a proud member of the Lions Club of Cordele and the Vine-Ingle Club of Macon. He served as club president in Cordele and district governor for District 18-C. His awards include the Lions International Presidential Medal in 1969; “Lion of the Year – 1962”; key price; and Outstanding Zone Chairperson. In 1996, Mr. Stembridge was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow for Humanitarian Services, Lions International’s highest honor.
His service to the state was exceptional for a long time. Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him to the State Board of Education where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Georgia Commission on Post-Secondary Education. He has also served on the State Compensation Committee and the State Board of Industry and Trade. He was a member of Policy Making and Strategy for Vocational Education at the US Office of Education, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the National Advisory Council on Career Education in 1979. In 1980, he received the President’s Award from the Association of Private Colleges and Universities of Georgia for outstanding achievement in the field of professional education. ‘education.
He loved Milledgeville and Georgia Military College where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1975. In 1991 he received the John A. Sibley Distinguished Citizenship Award.
He was a member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church and previously Cordele First United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader and chairman of the board.
Mr. Stembridge was a quintessential Southern gentleman. He was kind, warm, generous and always helped others. He was a servant leader who truly gave his time, talents, service, and tithes for the betterment of his community. Mr Stembridge survived several health problems including cancer, heart bypass surgery and a battle with dementia in the last decade of his life. His faith, positive attitude, and love for those around him kept him strong, and his compassion and empathy remained deeply ingrained in his character. He loved his family, his faith and his community. He loved to laugh and sing Methodist and Cokesbury hymns.
Survivors include his 67-year-old wife, Charlotte Warren Stembridge; son; W. Asbury Stembridge, Jr., (Helen) of Macon, J. Warren Stembridge (Laurel) of Ashburn, VA; small children; Laura Stembridge Oliver (Kenneth), Benjamin Stembridge (Colleen), W. Asbury Stembridge, III, Julia Stembridge and Lindsay Stembridge; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Hills United Methodist Music Fund or the General Fund. Other funding opportunities include the Navicent Health Foundation (Carlyle Place), American Heart Associationthe American Cancer SocietyGeorgia Military College, Mercer University or any charity chosen by the donor.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the exemplary staff at Harrington House in Carlyle Place for their years of caring service to Mr Stembridge.
Please visit www.hartsmort.com to express his condolences.
Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart’s Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 is responsible for arrangements.

Published by The Telegraph on February 3, 2022.

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