George Hanlon Prothro, 84, of Peachtree City, formerly of Griffin, passed away at his home Tuesday, May 01, 2012. He was born in Griffin August 29, 1927, to Charles Pinkney and Mattie Sue Prothro.
A graduate of the Griffin High Class of ’45 he joined the Navy just in time for WWII to end. He was stationed in Oakland, Calif. where he shuttled the returning troops across the San Francisco Bay. Following this he worked for the Union-Pacific Railroad. He crossed the country via train several times and had stories and great memories of this and his time in California. Back in Griffin he met and married Gladys Harris and they enjoyed a wonderful marriage for 45 years. He worked at the Imperial Theater and Morrow-Powell before being hired by the U.S. Post Office, where he served for 33 years in Griffin. After retirement he worked with his son Clay for Lawson Screen Printing in Marietta. He also served for several years in the National Guard with the field hospital unit in Griffin, working as a cook.
He was predeceased by his parents and by half-brothers and sisters, Howell Prothro, Wayne Prothro, Theldra P. King and Cathleen P. Hill, and by his wife, Gladys, and son, Clayton M. Prothro.
Mr. Prothro is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Al Jolly of Peachtree City, son and daughter-in-law, Charles (Chuck) and Janet Prothro of Griffin, grandchildren, Heather J. and Thom Galloway of Kennesaw, Ryan and Sheri Jolly of Peachtree City, James Prothro of Maylene, Ala., Christian and Hilary Jolly of Dacula, Michael and Heather Jolly of LaVergne, Tenn. , Maureen and Graham Ingram of Peachtree City and Sallianne Prothro of Griffin, great-grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth and Brandon Galloway of Kennesaw, Caleb Jolly of Dacula, Taylor and Cole Jolly of LaVergne, Tenn., and Conner and Camden Prothro of Maylene, Ala.
He had a wicked sense of humor and brought smiles to all, especially nurses and aides and physical therapy girls. One of our last funny memories was of his doctor walking in Dad’s room and asking if he knew who he was – Dad turned to us and stated, “Fine doctor that is! Doesn’t even know his own name!” He often entertained his grandkids by playing his harmonica or “strumming” a brass spittoon! His passing will leave a big gap in the lives of all who knew him.
Carmichael Hemperley in charge of arrangements.