Herman Grady “HG” Yeomans III, 72

by | April 18, 2019 1:48 pm

   Funeral services for Herman Grady “HG” Yeomans III, 72, were held Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Nunez Baptist Church with Reverends Jim Harrell and Daniel Hoover officiating. Interment followed at the family cemetery, located at 391 Grande Creek Road, Swainsboro. He went home to be with the Lord on April 12, 2019.

Mr. Herman Grady “HG” Yeomans III was born February 25, 1947 in Collins to the late Frances Cowart Yeomans and Herman G. Yeomans Jr. He was a graduate of Swainsboro High School and Brewton-Parker College. After college, Yeomans worked as a radio operator for the Georgia State Patrol before accepting a position as a district manager for Patz Equipment Company. In 1979, he started Yeomans Wood and Timber (YWT) Company, a wood procurement organization. Over the next 40 years, Yeomans worked to expand YWT to include several logging crews and a log yard that are all operating today.

A community growth advocate, he served on the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Development Authority, the Emanuel County Hospital Authority, the Citizens Review Panel for the Transportation Investment Act, and the Forestry Advisory Board for Swainsboro Technical College. Yeomans was also involved in youth activities, serving as coach and vice president for Dixie Youth Baseball for many years.

The son of a former Emanuel County sherriff and Georgia State Trooper, Yeomans learned the desire to serve his state as well. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Georgia Forestry Association Board of Directors and was appointed by Governor Purdue to serve on the board of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

An avid hunter, Yeomans loved to take hunting trips, both locally and nationwide. His most special times, however, were teaching his kids and grandkids a love for the outdoors. He absolutely loved being a part of his children’s lives and lived to watch the grandkids play ball, dance, hunt, and fish. For all his earthly accomplishments, his wife, kids, and precious grandchildren were what he was the proudest of.

Yeomans was a member of Nunez Baptist Church, where he enjoyed worshiping among his fellow believers. 

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, Carol Free Yeomans; son, Russ (Stacy) Yeomans; daughter, Beth (Blake) Adams; grandchildren, Maranda Usry, Jake Adams, Libby Adams, and Kate Yeomans; one sister, Betty Yeomans Brown; one sister-in-law, Tot W. Free; and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mark Beecher, Mark Snellgrove, Dustin Fulmer, Timmy Cox, Bill Mathis Jr., Russell Mathis, Jim Grindler, and Will Donaldson. Honorary pallbearers were employees of Yeomans Wood and Timber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nunez Baptist Church or to a charity of choice in memory of HG Yeomans.

Tomlinson Funeral Home and Crematory of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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