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Tom Watford

August 22, 1943 ~ September 8, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Shellman Bluff – It is an absolute shame that we have to tell you this, but THE Tom Watford has passed away. Walter Thomas Watford was born on August 22, 1943. It is no coincidence of course, that the Georgia Bulldogs won The Rose Bowl that very same year. After graduating from Ludowici High School in 1961, Tom attended ABAC in Tifton. From there, Tom went on to join the United States Air Force.  After serving his country in the Vietnam War, Tom returned home to Ludowici, GA.  Life took Tom to Memphis, TN, and eventually Gulfport, MS where he found his new home. In 2009, he moved back home to Georgia and settled a few miles outside of Ludowici, in Shellman Bluff. Surrounded by his wonderful Watford family and his family at Shellman Bluff Baptist Church. Tom was home. First and foremost, Tom loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Tom enjoyed playing golf, watching golf, and talking about golf. Tom loved the Georgia Bulldogs. Tom loved the Georgia Bulldogs. TOM REALLY LOVED THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS! More than his Dawgs, Tom Watford loved his family. If he counted you as family, then you were lucky. That means you knew a man as beautiful as that golden smile that we will so sorely miss. Tom T. left us on Friday, September 8th in the year of our Lord, 2023. Tom lived a life most full. And if you asked him, he’d tell you that it was blessed, because it was better than most.  Tom was a Father, Good lord, Tom was a brother, survived by a great many, GREAT Watfords. To know Tom is to know stories. There is no way to fit them all into here so come join us in sharing stories and laughter.  Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Watford, and his infant sister, Sandy Watford.

Survivors are his wife, Sharon D. Watford; daughter and son-in-law, Eva Price and Timmy of Shellman Bluff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet Watford of Ludowici, Beth Waters and Derby of Jesup, DeDi Bailey and Jack, and Misty Day and Steven of Ludowici; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy Watford and Laura of Jesup and John Watford and Sherry of Fredericksburg, VA; sister-in-law, Ruby Watford of Jesup; grandchildren, Hannah Lenaz, Madalyn Lenaz, and Anthony Lenaz; numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life Services will be Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 11 AM from the Shellman Bluff Baptist Church with Pastor Brad Butler officiating.  A private burial will be in the Baggs Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Monday, September 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Howard Funeral Home Chapel.

Remembrances are suggested to Shellman Bluff Baptist Church, 1282 Sutherland Bluff Road, NE, Townsend, GA 31331.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.

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September 11, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Howard Funeral Home
57 Oak St NW
Ludowici, GA 31316

Celebration of Life
September 12, 2023

11:00 AM
Shellman Bluff Baptist Church Cemetery


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