NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - George W. Denton, 90, 7631 Valleyview Circle, N. Charleston, SC went to his Heavenly Home on Friday, April 12, 2013, after a period of declining health.
A native of Hiawassee, Ga., he was the son of the late D. Denton and Myrtle Eller Denton of Upper Hightower settlement in Towns County, GA. He was preceded in death by six sisters: Grace Nicholson, Gladys Hooper, Dorsey Worley, Edith Chambers, Ethel Everett, Opal Buchanan, and one brother, Earl Denton. His beloved daughter, Sharon Drummond of Greer, SC also preceded him in death in 2008.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Bonnie Russell Denton; a daughter, Janice Hyder (Frank Ronald) of Beech Island, SC; two sons, Wayne Denton (Betty) of Hendersonville, NC; and Robert Denton, of Woodway, Texas; eight grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, Isaiah Curry Graham, Etowah, NC; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
George graduated in 1940 from Towns County High School. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) working in the forestry service. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 2, 1941. George was assigned to the Coast Artillery Corp as part of the Harbor defense of Honolulu, Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, witnessing the infamous bombing on December 7, 1941. He was transferred to Camp Haan in California and received an honorable discharge as Tech Sgt. on September 28, 1945.
George entered the apprenticeship training through the GI Bill. His employment included working as a brick mason at Kaiser Steel (CA); Goodyear (OH) and was licensed as a residential building contractor for over 30 years in Hendersonville, and proprietor of Denton Construction. He was an active member of the Sertoma Club and worked with BSA Troup 621.
He had a passion for missions and used his vocation as a tool in Christian service. He built West Hendersonville Baptist Church, Greater New Zion Baptist educational building; Mud Creek Baptist gymnasium and was active in the Carolina Baptist Associational projects including Camp Bearwallow. In addition to local missions, he supervised the construction of several churches in WV.
George was a member of West Hendersonville Baptist for over 30 years serving as a deacon and Sunday school supt. prior to moving to Charleston in 1990 and joined Riverbluff Church (formerly Midland Park Baptist). Through Carpenters for Christ, he supervised construction of Crowfield Baptist Church among other local projects with World Changers until recent years. He was part of Gideon's International, and involved in numerous community ministries through Riverbluff Church.
He was an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and enjoyed attending the yearly observances on board the USS Yorktown as recently as December 2011 when he was one of four survivors present.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Riverbluff Church in N. Chas. with Pastor Curt Bradford officiating.
Contributions may be made to Riverbluff Church, 5421 Riverbluff Parkway, North Charleston, SC 29420 or www.riverblff.org designated for missions.
Carolina Memorial Park Funerals & Cremations was in charge of local arrangements. Interment will be at Lower High Tower Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiawassee, Ga. on Sunday, August 18, 2013.
Published in The Times-News from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2013