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David Washington was born in Bleckley County, Georgia on November 12, 1937, to the late Charles Washington, Jr. and Varena Huguenia. David departed this life on July 13, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah Georgia with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Washington, Jr. and Varena Huguenia, as well as Sister, Lorine Rozier and Brother Charles “CW” “Deek” Washington.
He graduated from Hawkinsville High and Industrial School in 1957 and later joined the U.S Army. David met and later married Mary Emma Pyles (Hobson City, AL) while stationed in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1962. Sergeant Major David Washington retired from the United States Army October 31, 1983 after 26 years of service.
After he retired from the Army, he matriculated at Savannah Vocational and Technical College where he received his certificate for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He and his oldest daughter (Cynthia) graduated at the same time. David worked for Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) until he retired.
At Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, David taught Sunday School, was a founding member of the Men’s Choir and was treasurer of the deacons. He sang with the Southern Gospel Travelers and was known as the “Singing Deacon” throughout the community.
He enjoyed visiting Goodwill, playing his keyboard, and talking to people. “Always remember your roots.”
David Washington leaves to cherish his memory and mourn his passing his wife of 59 years, Mary Emma Pyles; 2 Children: Cynthia (Frank) Bell (Hinesville, GA) and Sylvia (Val) Johnson (Louisville, KY); 6 grandchildren: Jaquondalyn Washington (Tampa, FL), Kyle Bell (Hinesville, GA), Sheena Marie Dix (Houston, TX), Val (Latonya) Johnson, Jr. and Malia Gibson (Louisville, KY), Jaymie (Leon) Parks (Tampa, FL); 12 great-grandchildren: Kalea (Jermaine) Bernard, Kania and Korey Johnson, Kadin, Kendan, Keilani and Kasen Gibson (Louisville, KY), Cameron, Leon Jr., Alan, Justus and Tyla Parks (Tampa, FL) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.