Madge Hylton
B: 1939-02-07
D: 2018-12-07
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Hylton, Madge
Allen Andrew "Andy" Daniel
B: 1953-04-20
D: 2018-12-05
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Daniel, Allen Andrew "Andy"
Kimberly Moore
B: 1998-08-05
D: 2018-12-04
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Moore, Kimberly
Guy Rouse
B: 1926-08-21
D: 2018-11-22
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Rouse, Guy
Jason Waters
B: 1976-03-07
D: 2018-11-18
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Waters, Jason
William "Bill" Leonhardt
B: 1947-09-02
D: 2018-11-15
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Leonhardt, William "Bill"
Robert "Bruz" Brookshire
B: 1969-08-13
D: 2018-11-14
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Brookshire, Robert "Bruz"
Donald Matheson
B: 1948-01-14
D: 2018-11-13
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Matheson, Donald
Johnny L. Holtzclaw
B: 1955-06-08
D: 2018-11-08
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Holtzclaw, Johnny L.
Joshua C. "Josh" Jones
B: 1982-05-07
D: 2018-10-27
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Jones, Joshua C. "Josh"
Earl England
B: 1934-01-29
D: 2018-10-21
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England, Earl
Judith P. "Judy" Hopkins (Brown)
B: 1944-04-19
D: 2018-10-18
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Hopkins (Brown), Judith P. "Judy"
Dwight Townley
D: 2018-10-17
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Townley, Dwight
Austin Burke
B: 1998-01-05
D: 2018-10-17
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Burke, Austin
Joe Quarles
B: 1946-05-06
D: 2018-10-13
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Quarles, Joe
James Hart
B: 1979-09-04
D: 2018-10-12
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Hart, James
Mary Elizabeth Thomason Seitz
B: 1932-05-08
D: 2018-10-10
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Seitz, Mary Elizabeth Thomason
Winifred Stagl
B: 1921-07-09
D: 2018-10-10
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Stagl, Winifred
Billy A. Wise
B: 1943-03-29
D: 2018-10-08
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Wise, Billy A.
Sharon Waldrip
B: 1979-01-23
D: 2018-10-07
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Waldrip, Sharon
Stacey Duncan
B: 1974-02-08
D: 2018-10-07
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Duncan, Stacey


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P. O. Box 185
Phone: 706-265-3159
Fax: 706-265-2557

Our Staff

Ted Bearden, President

Ted started his funeral career in 1970  at this same firm.  After graduating from Gupton Jones College, he spent over 15 years in funeral service with the largest funeral home in Atlanta.  He also serves as Dawson County's Coroner.  He has served as president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, the Georgia Coroner's Association where he was awarded Coroner of the Year in Georgia in 2010, and the Dawson County Rotary Club.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Community Bank and previously served on the Dawson County Board of Health.  Ted is a member of the Dawson County Art's Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia, Academy of Graduate Embalmers, Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.  In 2010 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Dawson County Emergency Services for his contribution to the development of the program and in 2017 awarded as the Business Leader Of The Year by The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he has held several positions.  Having played music most of  his life, he is a founding member of the acoustic group, Little Mountain.  Ted and his wife Lisa have two sons, James and Wesley.

James Bearden, Vice President

James grew up alongside his father in funeral service.  An honor graduate of Dawson County High School and Ogeechee School of Funeral Service in Statesboro, GA, he earned his funeral service licenses in 2008.  He is a member of many funeral associations and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers.  In 2010 James established Dawsonville Monuments to meet the cemetery needs in the area.  He and his wife, Alivia are members of Bethel Baptist Church.

Wesley Bearden

Wesley grew up in funeral service with both his father and brother to serve as mentors.  An honor graduate of Dawson County High School, he is currently serving his funeral service apprenticeship and serves as a Dawson County Deputy Coroner.  Wesley is a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Rick Wiggins

Rick is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer that joined our staff in January of 2018.  He is a graduate of Gupton Jones Mortuary College with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.  He started his career in Funeral Service in January of 2006 after he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer from the United States Navy with over 20 years of service and serving during Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  He resides in Dawsonville with his wife, the former Ms. Connie Pugh Charles. They have two children, Candi Palmer and Daniel Charles, and 5 grandchildren. He is a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Dawsonville and Chestatee Masonic Lodge F&AM #102.

Catherine Manier

Catherine's father originally established the funeral home in 1965 and she has worked many years in the firm.  When Mr. Bearden purchased the funeral home she was promoted to Office Manager where her many valuable skills and insight serves the firm and community as well.

Lanier Swafford

Lanier is a lifelong resident of Dawson County and joined the funeral home in 1984.  He is a graduate of Dawson County High School and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.  In addition to being a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, he also serves as Deputy Coroner and formerly as the Chief of Emergency Services for Dawson County.  Lanier is a deacon of Bethel Baptist Church and is a member of Etowah Lodge #222 F & AM.  He and his wife Amy have two sons, Brendan and Bailey.

Charles Townsend

Charles grew up in funeral service in Gainesville, Georgia and has been serving families for over 50 years.  He spent 40 years in funeral service in Hall County and joined our staff in 2000.  He is a member of the First Methodist Church in Gainesville.  He and his wife Phyllis have three children.

Rodney Castleberry

A native of Forsyth County, Rodney moved to Dawsonville in 2008 and joined our staff in 2009.  Rodney is a member of Chestatee Lodge #102 F & AM.  He and his wife Jessica are members of Bethel Baptist Church where they teach Sunday School and are youth choir directors.  They have two daughters, Maddie and Emma Kate.

James Swafford

A lifelong resident of Dawson County, James joined our staff after retiring from the U.S. Government.  James is a Vietnam Veteran and formerly served as a Dawson County Commissioner.  He is a deacon of Bethel Baptist Church and member of Etowah Lodge #222 F &AM.  James and his wife Jane have two sons, Lanier and Jason.

Kenny Williamson

A native of Gwinnett County, Kenny has lived in Forsyth County since 2000.  He joined our staff in 1995.  An extremely talented musician, he also has a full-time ministry.  Kenny and his wife Anita have two sons.