Resident of Mansfield
Bennett F. Shelton, Jr., age 75, of Mansfield, Ga., passed away peacefully at his home on December 29, 2013 surrounded by his beloved family. He fought bravely an extended illness of cancer and other complications.
He was born July 9, 1938 in Atlanta. A celebration of his life will be held January 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Mansfield Baptist Church, 101 Woodlawn Road, Mansfield, Ga., 30055 with Dr. Jeffery R. Perkins, Senior Pastor, officiating.
Bennett served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy and was a Shriner since 1968. He was a self-employed pipeline contractor for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife Frances L. Shelton; sons Bennett F. Shelton, III and his wife, Julie, Jason G. Shelton, Shay P. Shelton; stepson, R. David Kenimer and his wife Tammy; stepdaughter Sandra L. King and her husband James E. King, Jr.; sister Kitty D. King and her husband James, Sr.; brother Darwin E. Shelton (Buck) and his wife Susan; two nephews, one niece, 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Bennett was preceded in death by his father Bennett F. Shelton, Sr., and mother Jewel D. Shelton.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Mansfield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 111, Mansfield, Ga., 30055.
Dorothy Hamilton Turner
Resident of Dahlonega
Dorothy Hamilton Turner, age 85, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at her residence following a sudden illness.
Born May 21, 1938 in Winder, Georgia to the late Fred and Katie Hamilton, she had been a resident of Lumpkin County for the past 25 years, having moved from Cobb County. Mrs. Turner was a very talented seamstress and was an active member of the Dawson County Historical Society. Affectionately known as “Dot” and “Mema” by her family and friends, she was also preceded in death by nine siblings.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Clinton W. Turner, Sr., Dahlonega; daughters and son in law, Patricia Ann Turner, Dahlonega, Rosemary and Steve Inlow, Dahlonega; son and daughter in law, Clinton W., Jr. and Cindy Turner, Kennesaw; sisters and brother in law, Virginia Hamilton Shaw, Cartersville, Polly and Robert Evans, Monroe; brother, Paul Hamilton, Hoschton; grandchildren, Beth and Bill Harper, Amy and Chris Dunn, Suzy and Frank Madonna, Sofi Turner, Tucker Turner; great granddaughter, Berkley Harper, a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Monday January 6, 2014 at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. J.R. Fields officiated. Interment followed in the Dawsonville City Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, Ga.
Walter “Bud” Benedict Becker
Resident of Dahlonega
Walter “Bud” Benedict Becker, age 88, of Dahlonega, Georgia, passed away on December 31, 2013 in Dahlonega at home surrounded by his family.
Walter was born in New York City on June 14, 1925. He was married to Anna Julia Olson on November 6, 1948. The two were married for nearly 62 years prior to Anna’s passing, living in New York City, West Cornwall, Connecticut, Ellijay and Dahlonega, Georgia. He worked for Torrington Company in Torrington, Connecticut for 26 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific in the 32nd Infantry Division.
Walter is preceded in death by his wife, Anna, and his brother, Alan.
Walter is survived by his two sons, Donald Becker and David Becker, daughter-in-law Patricia Shoaff Becker and grandson, Ryan Mahoney and his wife Lindsay Mahoney and many other loving family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Walter’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Margaret Owens, 84, passed away on December 27, 2013. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Kay M. Phiel, 73, passed away on December 29, 2013. McDonald and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
John Michael Higgins, 70, passed away on December 27, 2013. Dahlonega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rebecca Joyce Holbrooks, 77, passed away on December 31, 2013. Dahlonega Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.