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Elliott Sons Funeral Home

4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA

OBITUARY

JAMES M HERRINGTON

November 14, 1949July 12, 2020

James Michael Herrington entered into eternal life on July 12, 2020 at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA.

“Mike”, as he was known by many, was 70 years old and born in Millen, Georgia on November 14, 1949. Mike grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia and was a graduate of Waynesboro High School class of 1967. Mike continued his education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as president for 1 year. Mike graduated from North Carolina State in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. Mike farmed for a few years after college and was also commissioned to the U.S. Army where he completed assignments to Alaska and also Desert Storm. Mike retired from the Army Reserves in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During that time, he also built a lifelong career in the Financial Services and Insurance industry which began in 1984. Mike had been an active member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) since 1987 and held many positions, including past president. During his career in Financial Planning and the Insurance industry he obtained and maintained the following professional designations Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) , Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) , Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) , Certified Financial Planner (CFP) , Accredited Asset Management (AAMS), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Certified Estate Planner (CEP) , Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) , Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA) and Mastered Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC). Mike was also an Investment Advisor Representative with Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 licensure. Mike was the Owner of Herrington Financial Services, Inc.; a Registered Investment Advisory Firm and First Choice Insurance Agency. Mike was a member of several other professional organizations and held several offices including past president in the following organizations: Augusta Exchange Club, Business Network International, Military Officers Association and The Diamond Club. Civic participation included active membership in Columbia and Richmond County Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving Eagle Scout and later Scout Master. Most recently Mike became a Court Appointed Special Advocate and spent his spare time helping children in need. Mike grew up attending St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and was currently an active member of The Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Martinez, GA with his wife, Susan. He enjoyed cooking and helping others in his spare time and was often referred to as a “Gentle Giant” and some referred to him as “Big M”. Mike was a devoted husband, father, brother, cousin and friend to many.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents Ann and Edwin “Buddy” Fletcher Herrington, Infant brother Edwin Fletcher Herrington, II, brother Edwin Fletcher Herrington III, sister Tyler Herrington Daniel and previous wife Brenda J. Herrington. Mike is survived by his wife of 13 years Susan A. Herrington, Sister, Rev. Kit Brinson. Children: Steven Edwin Herrington (Amanda), John Paul Herrington Pierce, Julie Herrington Deason, Brenda McGrath (Mike), Robert Michael Fox (Pam) Stephen William Rucker, Mary Katherine Clark (Andrew). Grandchildren: Genevieve Katherine Herrington, Abigail Marie Herrington, Reagan Grace Herrington, Lincoln James Herrington, Logan McKenzie Pierce, John Peyton Pierce, Jaydon Paul Pierce, Kevin Rucker Clark, Donald Andrew “Drew” Newell, Brittney Nicole Newell, Ashley Fox Roberts and Courtney Danielle Fox.

The Rev. Al Crumpton and Rev. Kit Brinson will officiate a private service at The Episcopal Church of Our Savior on July 22, 2020 @ 2pm. The service will be streaming live on The Episcopal Church of Our Savior Facebook Page and bulletin available as well. A memorial service with Military Honors will be conducted at a later date.

In Lieu of Flowers, please feel free to make a memorial contribution to The Episcopal Church of Our Savior @ 4227 Columbia Road Martinez, Georgia 30907.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Memories

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Clayton Quamme

July 22, 2020

Mike truly was an incredible guy. One of the best I have known.... We immediately connected when I moved to Augusta in 2012. I was looking to transition from active to reserve as an Army Intelligence officer and to a civilian financial planning career. Mike was quick to help guide the way as he had done both! We quickly discovered that we were both Eagle Scouts, just so much in common. We enjoyed getting breakfast and lunch on a regular basis the last 8 years. I always looked forward to seeing Mike's warm smile. He was intelligent, wise, and so humble. A true jack of all trades. Augusta does not feel the same right now without him here. My prayers and condolences go out to all his family and friends.

Janie Terrell Peel

July 21, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Mike is when a group of us met at the Sportsman Cafe downtown to eat a burger. When our respective checks came, I pulled out my plastic card. Mike slipped a $20 over to me and said, they only take cash. What a gentleman. He was always so upbeat and caring. Going to miss the friendship and the business help he so efficiently helped me with personally, for my company and my clients.

Will always remember the theme of the month or the week or the day due to Mike constantly reminding us it was disability insurance month or get your will updated month, or meet with your financial planner month. He was the hand-out king! What a great family, community and business man he has been. Such a great example to us all.

Pat Campbell

July 20, 2020

To all the Herrington Family..........I met Mike (Big M) in the 1970's...He was always such a nice guy and could make everyone laugh ! In the late 1980's I ran into him at an insurance office and invited him and Jackie to join our Life Underwriters. We both served on the Board of NAIFA for many years . We enjoyed meetings, luncheons, parties and our "famous" charity golf tournaments !!!!! If I had questions about insurance....I could call on Mike for the answers ! He sure is going to be missed !!! Rest in peace Mike......one day we will all meet again ! My thoughts and prayers are with your family !!!!!!!

Bill Turner

July 18, 2020

I knew Mike through Business Networking International together. He was one of the most reliable men I've ever known, being faithful in whatever you asked him to do.

Having so many similar interests made it easy and fun to talk with Mike. You could talk farming or engineering, politics or barbeque; he was well versed in it all.

Proverbs 22:1 says, "A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold." I believe Mike exemplified that verse, leaving us here on Earth with wonderful memories and a smile at the good name of Mike Herrington.

Gladys Spires

July 18, 2020

Steve and all the Family,

Mr. Herrington will be missed. My husband and I started with him when he was at the credit union - very helpful and trustworthy in all he helped us with and myself since 1999. He will be missed. Prayers for all the family and comfort and peace.

Skip Welborn

July 18, 2020

I remember Mike as a gentle spirit and a lot of fun to be around. He was very smart and I knew that he would be a tremendous success at whatever profession he chose, which he certainly was. I am so sorry for the families lost but rest assure that Mike is with his father in heaven. My prayers for comfort during this sad time.

Vanessa, Morgan, Jordan Johnson

July 17, 2020

Mike helped Our Savior feel like home for us. We offer our sincere condolences and are praying for the family at this time.

God's Peace and Love,
Vanessa, Jordan and Morgan

Maury Locke

July 17, 2020


The Georgia-Carolina Council National Eagle Scout Association Committee extends thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy to the family of Eagle Scout James Michael Herrington at this time of mourning.
May your memories bring you comfort.

Joan Weidner

July 17, 2020

Mike and I took our CASA classes together and he and I would talk at every in house meeting we would attend. He was very easy to talk to and he was very eager to help the children of the court. I was shocked to see that he passed away. He was a very kind, caring man and losing him is a tragedy. My husband and I want to express our deepest sympathy to his family.
Sincerely,
Joan and Marty Weidner

Van Land

July 17, 2020

A leader, a friend and a mentor! I am glad I knew Mike!!

FROM THE FAMILY

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