TRENTON — Brinie Osbie Bethune, 78, passed away Friday June 19, 2009, following a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War, retired from the United States Naval Reserves and Tri State Carpenters, a member of Carpenters Local No. 74 and U. S. Navy Seabee Veterans of America. Known for his patriotic spirit and community involvement, Osbie will be missed by many.
For most of his life, he was involved with several military organizations. He served as commander in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was instrumental in the creation of the Veterans Memorial Park in Trenton, GA. As commander of the American Legion Post 106 for several years, he was responsible for the construction of the Activity Building, which is used extensively by members and community alike.
Involved with the Dade County Historical Society, his passion to preserve historical information was evident by his wealth of knowledge about the community and its rich history.
In 1992, the Georgia General Assembly recognized Mr. Bethune as a distinguished citizen for his love of the United States of America and for his work on heritage preservation. Family and friends will remember him for his wit and charm and the love he had for music and singing.
Mr. Bethune was preceded in death by his parents, Orbie and Ruby Bethune; son, Dwight Bethune; sisters, Mary Ruth Weldon, and Ollie Mae Gass; brother, Verlin Bethune.
Survivors include daughters, Vickie R. Bethune, of LaFayette, GA, Verana D. Barron, of Dalton, GA, Karen L. Shepard, of Fort Mills, SC, Beverly J. Hawkins, of Wildwood, GA, and Onvil M. Moore, of Sand Mountain; son, Jerry H. Bethune, of Trenton, GA; sisters, Onvil Robinson, of Chattanooga, TN, and Renee Richard, of Murfreesboro, TN; brothers, Davis Bethune, of Higdon, AL, and James Bethune of Dutton, AL; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
A special thank you is extended to his dear friend, Gladys Satterfield, for her steadfast friendship.
Funeral services will be held at noon EDT Tuesday in Moore Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Stone officiating.
Interment with military honors will be at 2 p.m. EDT in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Visitation 2-9 p.m. EDT today and 10 a.m.-noon EDT on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Erlanger Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program or the American Legion Post 106.
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton, GA.
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