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September 1-- Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Alonzo Gilchrist, age 77, of Vidalia, GA who passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, Georgia. Alonzo Smith Gilchrist was born April 11, 1940 in Ailey, GA, to the late Eddie Lee and Katie Mae Gilchrist. He was the fourth of six siblings, whom all preceded him in death; All deceased; James L. Gilchrist (Dink), Eddie C. Gilchrist, Betty Brown, Carolyn Gilchrist, and Gregory Gilchrist (Bo)

Alonzo was educated in Montgomery County School System. He played football and baseball for his high school, and was affectionately known as “Scamp”. After graduating from Montgomery County High School in May of 1961 he moved to Paterson, NJ with his sister Betty and her husband Theodore Brown.

Alonzo married Carrie Lee Mack (Cap) on June 27, 1970. Together they had two sons Brian Alonzo Gilchrist of Charlotte, NC, Calvin Gilchrist of Snellville, GA. Also a loving daughter Rodieger Floyd of Paterson, NJ.         

He was employed with Neutron Electronics Company as an industrial machinist for 20 Years. He joined the Amazing Mets Social Club located in Paterson NJ. His social club was fully engaged in Community events. Alonzo enjoyed playing baseball, he played with the Amazing Mets softball team as a catcher for over 35 years. The Atlanta Braves was his favorite MLB Team and the New York Jets was his favorite NFL team. Alonzo was a sports enthusiast

Uncle Choo Choo had a great sense of humor and he was a giving person. He never complained and always had a kind word. Everyone who came across his path enjoyed his company.

In 1999 he relocated to Charlotte N.C. where he joined Liberty Christian Community Church and received Christ in his life.

Alonzo desired to return to Vidalia, GA in 2003 where his niece Dorothy (Renee) Gilchrist assisted with his relocation. He enjoyed reconnecting with family and longtime school mates. He was the Great Uncle Choo! And that meant being involved in every family event. From watching his great nieces and nephews middle school and high school football and baseball games. To attending every graduation, family reunion, birthday celebration and barbecues.

His Favorite Song was “Whisper a Prayer.”

In 2014 after he could no longer reside on his own he lived with his nephew Sam and Gloria Gilchrist. They together with other family members provided excellent care until the Lord called him home on August 29, 2017.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory three children, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and host of loving nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews and other family members and friends.

Public Visitation will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 5 PM until 7PM at the Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home in Vidalia, GA.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11 AM from the sanctuary of New Life In Christ Ministries in Vidalia, GA. Rev. Brain Gilchrist will deliver the eulogy. Rev. Johnathan Lawrence is the pastor. Interment will follow in Mount Moriah Church Cemetery in Ailey, GA.

Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Alonzo Gilchrist

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