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Longtime Georgia Funeral Professional Dies at Age 76

James Carswell Durden, age 76, of Brunswick, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Jimmy was a native of Macon, Georgia and graduated from Lanier High School in 1955. He attended Mercer University and Middle Georgia College prior to enrolling in John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN. Jimmy graduated from mortuary school in 1959, married his wife, Fay, then moved to Brunswick in 1960. He served as President and part owner of Gibson Hart Durden Funeral Home until 1978 when the firm went out of business. He then worked for Southern Coffin and Casket Company until 1987, was the former owner of the Flower Basket, and began his career as the Glynn County Coroner in 1993 and served in that elected position until his death. Jimmy has also been employed as a funeral director and community service representative with Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home since 1995. He was a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia as well as past president and 50 plus year member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association. Jimmy was also very active in his local community, serving as a member of the Masonic Ocean Lodge #214 F&AM, the Brunswick Shrine Club, the Alee Temple in Savannah, and was an active member of Christ Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His loving wife of 54 years, Fay Dozier Durden, died January 18, 2014.

He is survived; two sons, Carswell Durden of Brunswick and John Durden (Teresa) of Hinesville; four grandchildren, John C., Rebecca, Dillon and Chandler Durden, all of Brunswick; a great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Usher of Brunswick; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Durden of Brunswick; an uncle, John Durden of Delray Beach, FL; and a cousin, Claire Laing of Marietta, GA.

A memorial service was held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Christ Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia. Inurnment will follow in the Church cemetery.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements . Visit the funeral home's website.

Posted Jan. 22, 2014


 
























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