Celia Loudermilk, a beloved friend and member of The Fuller Center staff, passed away April 29 at the age of 64.
Celia joined The Fuller Center staff Feb. 6, 2006. A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism, Celia originally was responsible for transcribing a large portion of Millard’s voluminous correspondence. After Millard’s passing, she transitioned to the job of grant writer, approaching foundations and corporations for funds to help with various Fuller Center projects. She was also responsible for keeping all state renewals current.
The Fuller Center staff will miss Celia’s hard work and especially her great sense of humor. Hear what some staff members will remember about Celia below:
- "Celia Loudermilk worked with us here at The Fuller Center for three and a half years during the infancy of our organization. She was dedicated and highly competent. More, though, she was a pleasure to be around. Her dry and subtle sense of humor and quiet laugh lightened the burdens of the day. We will miss Celia, but rest assured in the faith that she is at peace." –David Snell
- "I will never forget the day Celia walked in the front door of the office and said, ‘I need a job.’ She was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and a darn fast typist, too! At first, it was hard to tell when she was joking, but we soon figured it out! I miss her and will cherish all of the good laughs we had together. Now, she is in Heaven cracking jokes with Jesus!"–Sharon Tarver
- "What I will miss most about Celia is her very presence. We worked together, side by side, for four years. It is kind of difficult to imagine an office without her. The days where one of us would get a funny email or a strange letter in the mail and just lean over and say, ‘get a load of this’ I think I will miss the most. I find myself still doing it, wanting to forward that e-mail along or ask her opinion on work, it’s weird, and it hurts. My fondest memories are that on the bad days, we would work part of the day with Don McLean’s Vincent on repeat, and it somehow made the world a better place." –Erica Moody
- "Celia always brought a smile to my face. She was a hard worker who was eager to go above and beyond the job duties all with a great sense of humor. Celia was a lovely person and was so dedicated to the ministry of The Fuller Center. She will be greatly missed." –-Dianne Reel Fuller
Prior to The Fuller Center, Celia worked as a realtor in Florida for 13 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Maude and Clyde Hogg and brother, Clyde Jr.. Celia leaves behind her nephew, Ben Hogg, lifelong friend Sonya Bryan and cousins, B Jo Edge and Judy Rogers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Americus. Tante Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.