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Benjamin Thomas Epps, Jr
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Birth: 1916
Georgia, USA
Death: 2001
Georgia, USA

Athens-Banner-Herald, Wednesday, September 26, 2001 page A11

Ben T. Epps
Atlanta
Ben T. Epps, 85 died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001.

Mr. Epps was a son of the late Ben Epps, Sr., who built the first aircraft in Georgia at his mechanical shop in downtown Athens. He soloed his dad's plane at the age of 13 and flew air shows in communities inthe Southeast. He was later honored by President Hoover for his achievements. He was a flight instructor for the United States Army air Corps during World War II and repeatedly flew "The Hump", a dangerous route across the mountains from India to China, to carry fuel to aircraft based in China. He retired from Southern Airways in 1976 as Captain. Since retirement, he worked to preserve historic aircraft for museums and was inducted by the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday at H.M. Patterson and Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Jerry Epps; a daughter, Tommye Sue Epps; a son, Ben T. Epps, III; a sister, Virginia Whitaker, Hakima, Washington, three brothers, Charles Epps, Topsham, Maine, George Epps, Harvest, Ala., and Pat Epps, Atlanta; two grandchildren; and six great -grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Athens-Banner-Herald, Wednesday, September 26, 2001 page A7

Son of flying pioneer, Ben T. Epps JR., dies
by Kevin Conner kconner@onlineathens.com

Ben T. Epps Jr, known for his love of flying - and as the son of Athens flight pioneer Ben Epps Sr. - died Monday. He was 85.

Epps died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta after a long illness. His father, ben Epps Sr., of Athens, built and flew the first aircraft in Georgia two years after the WRight brothers first took to the air. Athens-Ben Epps Airport got its name from the senior Epps.

Ben Epps Jr., who lived in Atlatna before his death, carried on his father's love of flying through his own life. Epps learned how to fly solo at age 13 - a feat recognized by then-President Herbert Hoover - and became invovled in flying shows in the southwestern United States.

He married his wife, jerry, in 1939 and went on to serve in the Army Air Corps several yars later. He was a flight instruction during World War II and also flew "the Hump," a dangerour route from INdia to China over the Himalaya Mountains, carrying spplies for U.S. aircraft based in China.

He later became a pilot for Soutehrn Airways, retiring in 1976. Afterward he became involved in preserving historic aircraft and dedicating them to museums.


Epps built a replica of his father's first aircraft, constructed in Athens in 1912, which he flew around the country and later donated to the Warner Robins Aviation Museum. Epops also was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Calling hours are 6-9 p.m. today at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel on Peachtree Road in Atlanta. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, also at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Burial will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.

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Epps built a replica of his father's first aircraft, constructed in Athens in 1912, which he flew around the country and later donated to the Warner Robins Aviation Museum. Epops also was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Calling hours are 6-9 p.m. today at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel on Peachtree Road in Atlanta. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, also at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Burial will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ben T. Epps (1888 - 1937)
  Lucille Omie Williams Epps (1894 - 1965)
 
 Siblings:
  Evelyn Epps Galt (1914 - 2000)*
  Benjamin Thomas Epps (1916 - 2001)
  James Harry Epps (1920 - 1979)*
  William Douglas Epps (1929 - 1990)*
  John Edward Epps (1931 - 1932)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oconee Hill Cemetery
Athens
Clarke County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Connie Epps Bond
Record added: May 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52870903
Benjamin Thomas Epps, Jr
Added by: Ed Saye
 
Benjamin Thomas Epps, Jr
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Benjamin Thomas Epps, Jr
Added by: Connie Epps Bond
 
 
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Captain Benjamin Thomas Epps, Junior
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
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