Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr.

Born: Wed., Oct. 14, 1936
Died: Mon., Dec. 28, 2020

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr., age 84, who passed away peacefully at Community Hospice in Vidalia on Monday, December 28, 2020. 

In light of the pandemic, a private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Bob Blankenship officiating.

CDC social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks encouraged for the safety, the health and well-being of all.

Nick was a lifelong resident of Swainsboro and a vibrant member of the community. During his childhood, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and attended two national jamborees. He grew up following and participating in several sports.In 1954, Nick graduated from Swainsboro High School and continued his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1958, he graduated with a degree in Industrial Management and also a commission in the United States Army. After fulfilling his commitment to the Army with active duty in El Paso, Texas and Columbia, South Carolina, Nick returned to Swainsboro and continued his service with 10 years in the Georgia National Guard. During this time, he owned and managed Swainsboro Supply Company, a career he continued for more than forty years.

Always active in his community, Nick served on the Emanuel County Hospital Authority and the East Georgia State College Foundation. He was also a member of the Central Bank Board of Directors. As a longtime member and former president of the Swainsboro Rotary Club, he was presented both the Will Watt Fellow and the Paul Harris Awards.

Nick was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Swainsboro from childhood. He served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and was a longtime Sunday School teacher as well as a member of many committees. Beginning in 1970 and continuing through the 80’s, Nick and his wife, Annelle, were sponsors of the church’s youth group, “The Good News Company”.

Nick is preceded in death by his parents, S.T. (Seab) Herrington and Lucille Aaron Herrington.

Survivors Include:

Wife of 62 years: Annelle King Herrington.

Daughter: Amy Herrington Szalkowski of Coppell, TX.

Son: Thomas “Tommy” Nick Herrington (Tammy) of Conyers, GA.

Grandchildren: Lauren Herrington, Sarah Herrington, Avery S. Leal (Jared), and Wesley Szalkowski.

Great Grandchild: Judah Leal.

Trusted Caregiver and Family Friend: Willie Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to one of the following: First Baptist Church, 240 West Main, Swainsboro,GA 30401;Community Hospice, 904 Mt. Vernon Rd, Vidalia, GA 30474; or,the Georgia Tech Alumni Association—in memory of Nick Herrington—190 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements for the funeral of Thomas Nick Herrington, Sr. of Swainsboro, GA.

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Carol Canady
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Oh Annelle - I am so sorry. I served with Nick on the Hospital Authority and also the Central Bank Board and valued his insight and leadership. I also valued his dry sense of humor. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers will be with you for peace and comfort.

Linda K Braswell
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

Dan & Linda Williams
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Linda & I want to extend our deepest sympathy to Annie, Amy, Tommy & all their families. Our 1st friends & neighbors in Swainsboro turned out to be the best. We consider ourselves part of the family & I miss the times Nick & I went on trips around the area or the 4 of us going out to eat. We will always treasure those times & know we’ll get to see Nick again! Dan & Linda

Deb Kiely
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Part of the Bob Williams extended family, I am sad to hear of Nick passing away. he will be missed by all who knew him. our families have shared good memories over the years.
sending prayers to Annie and the Family.

Pam Jaschke
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of Mr. Nick and my Daddy working together at Swainsboro Supply, sometimes sparring and sometimes appreciating each other so much. Love you as a family, very special folks to me and mine. God bless, praying for you all. Love Pam Grubb Jaschke

Tammy Albitz
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Love the Herrington family. Prayers for the Annelle, Amy and Tommy and the rest of the family.

Otis Tapley
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
To the Family of Nick:
From Grade School through High School Nick and I were best of friends. After school
went our separate ways. I left Swainsboro and only visited until my family moved to
Savannah. I did see him a few times over the years and had great conversations with
him. He will be missed as he was very active in his business. My prayers go out to
His family. Otis Tapley