He was born July 6, 1917, in White County to the late John William and Bertha Smith Thurmond.
He also was preceded in death by: his wife, Myrtle Blanche Parker Thurmond in 1998; four brothers, Riley Thurmond, Clarence Thurmond, Wade Thurmond and Dr. Robert Thurmond; and three sisters, Pauline Thurmond, Ione Thurmond Dickerson and Eloise Thurmond Abernathy.
Pledger is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruth Wall Thurmond and Dorothy Pulliam Thurmond, and several nieces and nephews.
He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of World War II. He worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation as an engineer. He loved to hunt and fish.
Funeral services were held Friday in the Beck Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed in Wolffork Church Cemetery.
Donations in Pledger’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Beck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Dec. 29, 2011