The Union Recorder


April 26, 2014

James Etheridge

MILLEDGEVILLE — James Ralph Etheridge Jr., 58, died Thursday at home.  He was a history teacher at Liberty County High School.

Etheridge was born April 10, 1956, in Nuremberg, Germany, to Lt. Col. James Ralph Etheridge Sr. and Flora F. Etheridge. Ralph was an Army brat and lived in Germany, Georgia, Washington, Kansas and California while growing up.  He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Georgia (BA in History), Columbus College (MED) and Georgia Southern University (EDS).

He spent his adult life as an educator in Liberty County, teaching at Hinesville Middle School and Liberty County High School for a combined 33 years.  He was a Liberty County Teacher of the Year and was also selected as a Star Teacher.  For the past 15 years, he taught college classes at night and on weekends for Central Texas College, Columbia College and Brewton-Parker College.   His favorite quote was from Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Ray Etheridge of Liberty County; uncle and aunt, Ray and Dot Etheridge of Coopers; uncle, Wilbur Roberts of Marietta; and several cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel.  Graveside services will at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Westview Cemetery, Milledgeville.   

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Foundation of America or Coopers Baptist Church in Coopers.  

Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel has charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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