Benjamin Joseph Ellerd III, 56, of Gainesville passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
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Ben had a strong Christian faith. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville and regularly attended Brown's Bridge Community Church. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army. He had a great love for our country and was very proud of his service in the armed forces. He attended DeKalb Community College and after graduating, worked in the IT industry - technology and computers. Most recently he was the owner of Workflow Consultants and was an excellent Quick Books adviser and member of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants.
Ben enjoyed outdoor sports such as golfing and tennis and most recently developed a love for photography and nature. In the past two years, his love of photographing flowers and nature become a favorite pastime. He would spend hours hovering over a delicate flower, camera in hand, searching for the perfect image. Ben also was a guitarist and loved music of all kinds.
Ben also had a love for history, biographies, and current events and loved our country with his whole heart. If he chose a book to read for enjoyment, chances are you'd find him with the biography of Thomas Jefferson, a book about the Vietnam War, or a book about the future of our country.
His proudest accomplishments in life were his children, Benjamin and McKenzie. He was a loving father, husband, brother, uncle and friend. Those who had the pleasure of knowing the gentle heart and generous spirit of Ben will forever cherish their memories of him.
He is preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Joseph Ellerd IV; and his parents, Benjamin Joseph Ellerd Jr. and Marie Zell Ellerd Lake.
Ben is survived by his beloved daughter, McKenzie Ellerd; wife and longtime love, Lesa Hartley, stepchildren, Chris Hartley and Erin Reyes; sisters, Victoria Agosta and Melissa Dawson; brother, Christopher Ellerd; several cousins; nieces; nephews; and friends.
Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel with interment to follow on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery. Dr. Bill Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200 or for those who wish, online condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
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The Times, Gainesville, Ga.
July 22, 2014
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on July 22, 2014