Roy Yelton

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Col. USAFA Ret. THOMSON, Ga. - Roy James Yelton, Col. USAFA Ret., 84, of Whiteoak Road, Thomson, GA, entered into rest on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the University Hospital - Thomson. Mr. Yelton was the beloved husband of Charlotte Yelton. Born January 5, 1932 in Columbia County to Samuel and Bessie Yelton, Mr. Yelton graduated from Leah Consolidated High School in 1948 and attended the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Economics, Masters of Science in Education and began working on his degree in School Administration. In August of 1954, Mr. Yelton enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard. He was commissioned in 1955 and served in many capacities from Training Officer, Information Officer, Intelligence Officer, Logistics Staff Officer and Director of Logistics and Combat Support Squadron Commander. Mr. Yelton's extensive military training took him all over the United States from the U.S. Army Armored School in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Travis Field in Savannah, Georgia, Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama, National War College in Washington, DC, Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During this time, he also taught school in Johnson, Chatham, and McDuffie Counties. Mr. Yelton made his home in Thomson and he worked at the McDuffie County Board of Education as Assistant Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Yelton was the founder of Yelton Properties which he had continued to manage alongside his family for more than 50 years. He was a member of Thomson First United Methodist Church. Education and teaching was deep rooted in Mr. Yelton and he played an integral part in implementing the GED program in the Thomson area. He loved teaching, serving his community and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Mr. Yelton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Charlotte Sapp Yelton; his son, William Alwyn Yelton and his wife, Tracie; grandchildren, Samuel and Sallie Yelton; step-grandchildren, Katie Reeves, Chelsea Reeves, and Daniel Rabun; nephew Jimmy Yelton and his wife, Sandy. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Roy J. Yelton, Jr., and brother, Floyd Yelton. The family will receive friends and family at a visitation on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Thomson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Beggs Funeral Home with the Rev. John Barnes officiating and interment will follow in Westview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bennie Bentley, Ben Blasingame, Jimmy Yelton, Butch Blount, J.P. West, and Barry Phillips. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

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