Mr. Andrew F. “Pops” Vanlerberghe, 85, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Perfect Care in Americus, GA. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Watson-Giddens Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Mr. Bernie Bosse officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellaville Cemetery. The family will greet friends at Watson-Giddens Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Steven Vanlerberghe, Andrew Vanlerberghe, Nicholas Vanlerberghe, Zack Royal, Jeremy Royal and R.T. Lumpkin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Camron Vanlerberghe, Trypp Lumpkin, Bradley Vanlerberghe and Bryson Vanlerberghe.
Pops, as he was affectionately known by everyone was born March 13, 1933 in Berville, Michigan to the late Andrew D. Vanlerberghe and Madeline Pype Vanlerberghe. He moved to Ellaville in 1958 to help start up the Champion Mobile Home plant, where he worked until it closed and then worked with Cullip Industries, Procter & Gamble. Mr. Vanlerberghe then went to work with Shiver Lumber Company as a security guard, until his retirement. Pops never met a stranger, and loved to talk to anyone. He dearly loved his family and spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Vanlerberghe enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, and was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Americus, GA. In addition to his parents, Mr. Vanlerberghe was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy G. Vanlerberghe, two sons, Rob Vanlerberghe and Steven Vanlerberghe and three brothers, Gary Vanlerberghe, George Vanlerberghe and Donnie Vanlerberghe.
Survivors include his daughter, Shanon Royal of Ellaville, GA; a sister, Ginny Crause of Caseville, MI; seven grandchildren, Steven Vanlerberghe, Brad Vanlerberghe, Andrew Vanlerberghe, Nick Vanlerberghe (Anna), Leandra Lumpkin (R.T.), Zack Royal (Rebecca) and Jeremy Royal; six great-grandchildren, Camron Vanlerberghe, Trypp Lumpkin, Kylee Lumpkin, Bradley Vanlerberghe, Bryson Vanlerberghe and Laikyn Vanlerberghe.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Perfect Care, Inc., 114 Sullivan Dr., Americus, GA 31709.