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Rev. Billy Gerald Dempsey, age 82, of Summerville, GA, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his residence.
Rev. Dempsey was born September 17, 1935, in Oxford, AL, son of the late Amon and Valiree Bedford Dempsey. He was a minister of the Gospel since 1962 and had served as pastor of several churches in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Rev. Dempsey was also a veteran of the United States Navy having served in the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lilla Ree Zaner Dempsey; and a brother, Franklin Dempsey.
Rev. Dempsey is survived by his son, William Greg and Gina Dempsey; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Todd Thomas; grandchildren, Callie Denise Thomas and Richard Cole Thomas, brother, Walter Phillips.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the chapel of Mason Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Elliot, Rev. Barry Peppers, and Rev. Paul Mason officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens with full military honors presented by the Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard of the American Legion. Active pallbearers will be Cole Thomas, Cory Hansard, Zac Gilbreath, Colby Helms, and John Merrill. Honorary pallbearers will be all the Chattooga Baptist Association Pastors and former Deacons and Staff Members.
Rev. Dempsey will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Gideons International, Midway Baptist Church in Honor of Rev. Billy Dempsey, or to Trion Heights Baptist Church Building Fund.
P. O. Box 140800, Nashville TN 37214-0800
Midway Baptist Church
P. O. Box 481, Summerville GA 30747
Trion Heights Baptist Church Building Fund
301 Rossville Boulevard, Trion GA 30753