W.R. (Bill) Durden, 90, of Covington, passed away June 25, 2015. He was born in Walton County, and graduated from Monticello High School, where he was a basketball star. He lived in Covington and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for the past 60 years. He retired from American Mutual Insurance Company, and enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with family.
Mr. Durden was a US Army veteran of World War II, enlisting right out of high school. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day plus-6 and served the duration of the war. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, receiving the WW II Victory Medal, and American Theater Ribbon.
Mr. Durden was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin Hurst and Georgia Lee (Adcock) Durden, and his wife of 66 years, Virginia P. (Jenny) Durden. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Lynn Durden of Covington; daughters and sons-in-law, Delaine and Bill Reeder of Augusta, Gina and Skipper Kitchens of Birmingham, Susan and Bill Richey of Augusta; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Durden will be held Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Covington, with Rev. Cody McNutt, Rev. Ralph Meeker, Rev. Charles Reynolds, and Rev. Tim Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in Covington City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, Saturday, June 27, from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church - North Campus Fund, 1139 Usher Street, Covington, GA 30014.
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