Frank C. Amerson, Jr., died Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia following a brief illness. Visitation will be on Monday, September 17, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Vineville United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Funeral services and a Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 3:00 P.M. at Vineville United Methodist Church with Dr. Marcus Tripp officiating, with remarks by Dr. Kirby Godsey. Private burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank C. (Duke) Amerson, IV, Adam Chandler Amerson, Ryan Amerson, Joshua Amerson, Cameron L. Dennard and Bradley L. Mullis. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be A. V. Elliott, Louis Philhower, Bob Dickey, Bill Snow, Earl Bowden, Melvin Kruger, Hunter Johnson, Tony Rojas, Buster Barry, Virgil Adams, Clifford Whitby and Gene Dunwody, Sr.
Mr. Amerson was born March 8, 1929 in Macon, Georgia to the late Mary Edna Kitchens Amerson and the late Frank C. Amerson, Sr. Mr. Amerson was a life-long resident of Macon, where he was educated in Bibb County Public Schools. He spent time in the Navy, serving on a fleet tanker in the Pacific at the end of World War II. Upon his return to Macon, he continued the family business as a professional general contractor and developer. Mr. Amerson served as a past director of the Georgia Branch of the Association of General Contractors of America.
In 1994, Mr. Amerson was appointed by then Governor Zell Miller to the state Board of Industry, Trade, and Tourism. Over the years, he served on the Board of Directors of multiple banks. He was a member of the Macon Civic Club, Idle Hour Country Club, and Vineville United Methodist Church.
Frank Amerson joined the Macon Water Authority in 1976, and his name has become synonymous with it ever since. His passion and life-long goal was to promote growth and development of Macon and Bibb County. The main road at the I-75 Business Park is named for Amerson, as well as Amerson River Park, formerly known as Amerson Water Works Park, and the water treatment plant. These are but a few of the accolades he received in recent years. In 2009, Mr. Amerson received the Chamber's Economic Development Lifetime Achievement Award. The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce honored him with the prestigious 2012 Macon Citizen of the Year Award. His footprints are left throughout Georgia.
Mr. Amerson was an avid reader and life-long learner. He lived life to the fullest. It could be said that he "did it his way," but
never without considering other view points; he always wanted what was best for the task at hand. Frank was a source of guidance and strength. He enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends, and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Frank C. Amerson Jr. is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Mary Jones Amerson; sons, F. Carl Amerson, III (Janice), and Steve Amerson; grandchildren, F.C. (Duke) Amerson, IV, Ryan Amerson, Joshua Amerson, Adam Chandler Amerson, Alysha Amerson, Traci Dennard Johnson (Jeffrey), Cameron L. Dennard (Amber); great grandchildren, Mason Amerson, Bradley L. Mullis, Morgan Mullis, Kamryn Dennard and Carson Dennard; sisters, Miriam Amerson Bell, Laura Amerson Oakley (Lee), Mary Amerson Willingham Burt, Hazel Logan Tyson.
Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Day School (5671 Calvin Drive, Macon GA, 31210) or Vineville United Methodist Church (2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon GA, 31204).
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Snow's Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.