MACON -- Leonard Isam Pridgeon, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, Macon, GA.
Leonard Isam Pridgeon was born October 25, 1916 on the Coxwell Place in Randolph County, Georgia, the son of the late James Jeremiah (Jerry) Jackson Pridgeon and Camilla Thwett Underwood Pridgeon. He grew up on the Hayes Place in Shellman, Georgia and graduated from Shellman High School in 1934. He was the last of I 0 siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Sarah Dwight Herrington Pridgeon, and his son-in-law David L. Graves.
He graduated from Georgia Southwestern College, Americus Ga. in 1936. He spent the fall quarter of 1937 at the University of Georgia. He farmed in Bronwood, Georgia in 1938 and 1939. He returned to the University of Georgia in1940 and in between teaching and summer school, graduated with his BS degree in 1944, and his M Ed in 1951. Leonard started his teaching career in Taylor, County Georgia in the Fall of 1939. He taught and was Principal at Patmos in Baker County, Georgia in 1941 & 1942. He taught in Morgan, Georgia for the year 1942/1943. Leonard moved to Smithville, Georgia in fall of 1943 where he was Principal, science teacher and basketball coach of the Smithville School. He commuted to Leesburg, Georgia in 1948 when the Lee County, Georgia school system was consolidated. He taught sciences, and in 1953 he became Principal of the Lee County Elementary and High School.
In the summer of 1957 Leonard moved his family to Greenwood, Virginia for one year where he did graduate work on his PhD at the University of Virginia under a scholarship from the National Science Foundation. Leonard and family moved to Macon, Georgia in fall of 1958. He spent the remainder of his teaching years at Willingham Senior Boys High School in Bibb County. The school was later renamed Southwest. Leonard taught senior level Chemistry and Physics for the balance of his career. In 1967 he received the McKibben-Lane Award designating him as the Bibb County Teacher of the Year and was nominated as a finalist for the Georgia Teacher of the Year. He retired in 1978 and relocated to Bronwood Georgia.
He is survived by his son, Dwight Pridgeon (wife Elizabeth) of Lyman, SC, daughter, Yvonne Graves of Gurley, AL, and son, Rodney Pridgeon (wife Paula) of Gurley, AL. In addition he is survived by three grandchildren, Michael Pridgeon (wife Kim) of Charlotte, NC, Greg Pridgeon (wife Tracy) of Greenville, SC, and Dana Pridgeon of Tacoma, WA. Six great-grandchildren are the proud descendants of Mr. Pridgeon, Amanda, Ashley and Allison Pridgeon, David Pridgeon, and Zachery and Bryce McKay.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cameron United Methodist Church, 171 Cameron Church Road, Gurley, Alabama 35748, where Mr. Pridgeon was a member.
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