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Andrew Lee Clough, Jr.

January 14, 1942 ~ May 27, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Andrew Clough, Jr. Obituary

Mr. Andrew Lee “Andy” Clough, Jr., age 81, of Blackshear, passed away peacefully Saturday morning (5/27/23) at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross surrounded by his family.

Born January 14, 1942, in Waycross, he was a son of the late Andrew L. Clough Sr. and Dorothy McGauley Clough. A lifelong resident of Pierce County, he was a 1960 graduate of Blackshear High School and attended Georgia Tech for 2 years before going to work for Lockheed Martin as an engineer. After a short time, he was called home to the family farm.

Since then, he became a devoted steward to the land and trees. He was a 4th generation farmer and raised the 5th and 6th generation to appreciate the farm life. He was the longtime owner and operator of Clough Pecan Company. Starting with an 8-acre field, he grew to be the largest pecan grower in Pierce County. He became one of the most knowledgeable pecan farmers in the industry and developed and patented the Excel and Eclipse Pecans. He has passed his expertise down to his children and grandchildren. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Pecan Growers and was named the 2015 Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Farmer of the Year.  

But above his farming and business, his family was his greatest accomplishment. He loved nothing more than to watch his pool fill up with family spending time together and having fun. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, watching the news, and bragging on his family.

He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Blackshear and attended the MISFITS Sunday school class.

A pillar of his community, he helped others anytime he could. He will be greatly missed in Pierce County and across the state.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Tanner; his brother, Wayne Clough; and brother-in-law, Stephen Waters, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley T. Clough of Blackshear; 2 daughters, Renee Choate and Joni Byrd (Steven); 6 sons, Andrew Clough (Edurne), Jaime Tanner (Cyndi), Archie Clough (Mysti), John Tanner (Roxanne), Chris Clough (Susan), and Matthew Clough (Ashley); 21 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Waters of Blackshear; sister-in-law, Melba Clough of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A funeral service will take place Tuesday afternoon (5/30/23) at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andy Clough Scholarship Fund for local ag students from Pierce County. Mail to Clough Pecan Company, 3417 US Highway 84, Blackshear, Georgia 31516.

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May 30, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
670 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
May 30, 2023

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church
670 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516


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