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Family-Placed Death Notice
Watson Benjamin Dyer, age 103, died on Sunday, February 13, 2005, in Rome, Georgia, after a short illness. He was born in 1901, in the Choestoe area, near Blairsville, in Union County, Georgia. At the age of 14 he became a school teacher in Pine Top, Georgia. He later became a journeyman typesetter and photographer, working in Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II as an enlisted man (1942-1945) and rose to the rank of AS-15, Photographer's Mate. He served aboard the USS Bushnell, a submarine tender in the Pacific, and saw duty between Honolulu and Midway. He was awarded the American Campaign metal, the World War II Victory Metal, and the Asian-Pacific Campaign metal. After the war he married Jewel James of Aragon, Georgia. She predeceased him in 1988. Mr. Dyer was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Legion, and the Masons. He was the official photographer for the Northwest Georgia Historical and Genealogical society, and for many years, he personally assisted family members and others with genealogical research. He published several books on his family ancestry, which are much sought after in certain genealogical circles. His father was Joseph Albert Dyer and his mother was Nina Collins Dyer. He is survived by his sister, Desma Dyer Fry of Demorest, Georgia; and his brother, Odell B. Dyer, of Gainesville, Georgia; (his sister, Sara Dyer Hood, predeceased him in 2001). He is also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family visitation will be held at Litesey's Funeral Home, 230 South College Street, Cedartown, Georgia, 30125 (Tel. 770-748-1241) at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, February 17, 2005, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be immediately thereafter at the Aragon City Cemetery, located approximately 15 miles away in Aragon, Georgia. He will be buried next to his beloved wife, Jewel. Those whose lives he touched will always remember this warm and thoughtful man; he always liked to tell listeners about his life and the many places he had seen and the people he had met; he was proud that he had managed to keep his health and mind past 103 years; his smile and great sense of humor will be greatly missed by all that knew him. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to: Cave Spring Baptist Church, 4 Cedartown Road, Cave Spring, Georgia 30124 (Tel. 706-777-3566).
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2005