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Doug Williams

Doug Williams
1950 - 2016

GDRA Signal Corps

Douglas Leon Williams of Mableton, Georgia, passed away on November 2, 2016. Born on November 26, 1950, Doug grew up in Mableton, Georgia, and after high school, attended the Ringling School of Art and also received training as a radio broadcaster. He also worked as a voice over talent for numerous commercials for radio and television, and narrations for video productions. He was the voice for the annual Battle of Resaca Reenactment radio commercials for many years. He also played drums, sang, and composed with many bands in the Atlanta area. He worked as a disc jockey for dances and as a radio personality. Married for 34 years, Doug and his wife Julie shared a passion for Civil War reenacting and he founded the Georgia Division Signal Corps, which is still active today. Doug is survived by his wife Julie, also of Mableton, and many other family members. His funeral was held on November 8, 2016 at the Davis-Struempf Funderal Home Chapel in Austell, Georgia.



Robert Studdard

Robert "Robbie" Studdard
1962 - 2016

12th Georgia Infantry

Robbie Studdard of Montezuma, Georgia, passed away on March 14, 2016. Born on February 19, 1962, in Griffin, Georgia, he was a glass installer by trade and attended Free Chapel Church. He was a talented musician and played lead guitar in the Free Chapel praise band. He was also an avid historian and served as a Volunteer in the Park at the Andersonville National Historic Site. He was first a member of the 21st Georgia Infantry before becoming a co-founder of the 12th Georgia Infantry, Company C. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. A memorial service was held on March 26, 2016, at the Watson-Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Montezuma, Georgia. Members of the 12th Georgia Infantry served as an honor guard.



Jerry Gunn

Gerald "Jerry" Harding Gunn
1946 - 2016

28th Georgia Infantry

Jerry Gunn, a long-time member of the 28th Georgia, passed away on February 19, 2016. Born on October 13, 1946, he was a career newsman, working in radio and television. He retired while a radio news reporter at WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia. He wrote two books, "A Rose for William Carter" and "The Ghosts of Kennesaw Mountain," and was featured on the Conan O'Brien show in 2013 along with the rest of the 28th Georgia. In 2016, he was bestowed the rank of Captain by the 28th Georgia for his service to the unit. He is survived by his long-time partner, Lois Helmers, his two daughters, and a grandson. His funeral was held on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bethlehem, Georgia. A separate service will be held later at the Resaca Battlefield.



Jim Nicholson

James "Jim" Nicholson
1961 - 2016

5th Missouri / 7th Georgia Infantry

James "Jim" Nicholson, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away on January 17, 2016. He was born in Spain while his father was in service. Jim was an electrician for Triad Electric in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a member of IBEW Local #175, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #507, and served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a longtime member of the 5th Missouri / 7th Georgia Volunteer Infantry reenactment unit and held the rank of 2nd Sergeant when he passed away. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia.



David Hogg

David Hogg
1941 - 2015

6th Georgia Cavalry

David James “Coach” Hogg, Jr., age 73 of McDonough, Georgia passed away August 23, 2015. He was born in Bermuda in 1941. Coach Hogg was an educator and coach in Henry County, Douglas County and Atlanta Public Schools for over 40 years. He played football at Auburn University, was a member of the Buckhead Boys Club and the Flippen United Methodist Church. He enjoyed football, riding horses, camping, Civil War reenacting, jogging and was an avid reader. Funeral services were conducted on August 27, 2015 at the Flippen United Methodist Church in McDonough, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, four children, and six grandchildren.







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Danny Peeks
???? - 2015

12th Georgia Infantry

Danny Peeks of Vidalia, Georgia, passed away on August 8, 2015. He was a member of the 12th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. C, reenacting unit. He was cremated and a memorial service was held on August 23rd, 2015 at the New Beginnings Church in Lyons, Georgia. He is survived by his wife and two children. More information will be added as it becomes available.



Gen. Frank Benson

Gen. Frank L. Benson
1919 - 2014

GDRA Commander

Frank L. Benson of Loganville, Georgia, passed away on December 23, 2014 at the age of 95. He was born on January 2, 1919. He was a United States Army Veteran and by Congressional appointment held the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He served in WWII and went ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day Plus 2. He was a member of the American Legion Post 140 in Atlanta. He was a graduate of the Atlanta Law School where he was the president of his class. Mr. Benson was probably best known for his job as a greeter at Bass Pro Shops where he had worked for 20 years. His hobbies included reenacting and genealogy, but he most enjoyed spending time with his family. He was one of the founders of the Georgia Division Reenactors Association and served as the Division Commander. Funeral services were held on December 30, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Loganville, Georgia with a Confederate Honor Guard provided by the GDRA. Interment was held on December 31, 2014 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.



Pvt. Wendell Graham

Wendell Dave Graham
1964 - 2014

12th Georgia Infantry

Wendell Dave Graham of Fitzgerald, Georgia, passed away on February 13, 2014 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia, following a brief illness. He was born on May 16, 1964 in Douglas, Georgia. He was a member of the 12th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. C, reenacting unit. Funeral services were held on February 17, 2014 at the Chapel of Sims Funeral Home in Douglas, Georgia. Interment followed at the DeBerry Baptist Church Cemetery in Wray, Georgia. He was buried in his Confederate uniform.



James Leatherman

William James "Jimmy" Leatherman II
1935 - 2014

6th Georgia Cavalry

William James "Jimmy" Leatherman II of Carrollton, Georgia, passed away on January 16, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army for ten years. He was an active member of the Fairview Civic Club, the Fairview Athletic Association, the Hidden Valley Saddle Club, the Liberty Baptist Church and a current member of the 6th Georgia Cavalry within the Georgia Division Reenactors Association. Funeral services were conducted at the J. Hoyt Thomas Funeral Home on January 18, 2014 with internment in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Villa Rica, Georgia. Military honors were conducted by the Honor Guard Team of the American Legion Post 143 of Carrollton, Georgia.



Bill Heyd

William "Bill" Frederick Heyd III
1947 - 2012

Cherokee Artillery

William "Bill" Frederick Heyd III of Frankin, Tennessee, passed away on March 17, 2012. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, Master of Architecture, member of Sons of Union Veterans, member of the Bankhead Battery in Memphis, Tennessee and a current member of the Cherokee Artillery within the Georgia Division Reenactors Association. Funeral services were conducted at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, Tennessee, March 21, 2012. The 2012 Battle of Resaca Reenactment is dedicated to Bill.



Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett
1941 - 2011

BBB / Soldiers Aid Society

Brenda Barrett of Tucker, Georgia passed away on December 26, 2011. She was a current member of the BBB and a former member of the Soldiers Aid Society within the Georgia Division Reenactors Association. She was also a member of the Frankie Lyle Chapter No. 2074 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A Celebration of Life service was held for her on Friday, December 30, 2011 at her church, the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church in Tucker, Georgia. The 2012 Battle of Resaca Reenactment is dedicated to Brenda.



Michael Pippins

Michael "Boudreaux" Pippins
1951 - 2011

5th Missouri / 7th Georgia
Infantry

Michael "Boudreaux" Pippins of Conyers, Georgia passed away on April 17, 2011. He was an honorary Colonel within the Georgia Division Reenactors Association and a longtime member of the 5th Missouri / 7th Georgia Volunteer Infantry reenacting unit. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia, and he was interred at the Southern Crescent Crematorium in McDonough, Georgia. The 2011 Battle of Resaca Reenactment was dedicated to Boudreaux.



Julie Karen Rogers

Julie Karen Rogers
1954 - 2008

Soldiers Aid Society

Julie Karen Rogers passed away on November 26, 2008. She was an active member of the Soldiers Aid Society of the Georgia Division Reenactors Association. She was a member of the McDonough Christian Church, a graduate of the Lakeland Business College and Atlanta Christian College, a former Rainbow Girl, and member of the Eastern Star. She owned Creative Classics Commercial Embroidery and Sewing.



David Barrett

David Barrett
1939 - 2008

GDRA Staff / 1st Georgia Infantry

David Barrett was the Captain of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry and a Major in the Georgia Division Reenactors Association. For the past several years, he served as the Safety Officer for the Battle of Resaca Reenactment. His passion was Civil War living history and he volunteered his time to give countless presentations to children at local schools. He was a member of the John B. Gordon SCV, Camp #46. He also was a Mason. The 2009 Battle of Resaca Reenactment was dedicated to David.



Rick Peterson

Richard C. Peterson
1949 - 2007

5th Missouri / 7th Georgia
Infantry

Rick Peterson of the 5th Missouri / 7th Georgia passed away on March 21, 2007. He was a graduate of the Georgia Technical Institute and worked as a technical instructor. He enjoyed woodworking and hiking. He organized the Battle of Jonesboro Reenactment for two years (2005 and 2006). He is survived by his wife Judi and two children, Kevin and Kimberly. A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. The 2007 Battle of Jonesboro Reenactment and the 2008 Battle of Resaca Reenactment were dedicated to Rick.



Little Buck Hames

Duard Delk "Little Buck" Hames, Jr.
1984 - 2003

12th Georgia Light Artillery

"Little Buck" Hames passed away on January 31, 2003. He was a member of the 12th Georgia Light Artillery and served with distinction under his father, Lt. Col. Buck Hames of the GDRA. At the past October living history at Allatoona Pass State Park, Little Buck served for the first time as captain of the cannon crew during the living history demonstrations. Little Buck was buried in uniform with full Confederate military honors at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, on February 4, 2003. He is survived by his parents Buck and Pam Hames, and his sister Brandy. A tree was planted on the Battle of Resaca Reenactment field in his honor.



Bruce Williamson

Bruce D. Williamson
1953 - 1990

GDRA Staff / 7th Georgia Infantry

Bruce Williamson passed away on July 14, 1990. Bruce was Deputy Commander of the Georgia Division Reenactors Association and was a key figure in the Georgia Division's sponsorship of the 125th Battle of Chickamauga and the 125th Anniversary Battles for Atlanta. He was always thinking of how to make the Georgia Division the best that it could be. Bruce was a member of Camp 1289 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was also a past commander of the 7th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Company C “Paulding Volunteers.”



J.C. Condrey

J.C. Condrey
1927 - 1988

GDRA Commander

General J.C. Condrey, born Jerome Clarke Condrey on April 18, 1927, died March 5, 1988 in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1945 to February 1947. The photo of General Condrey was taken at Stone Mountain around 1984. When the Division first formed as the Georgia Division, Gen. Condrey was the overall commander. He followed Gen. Dent Myers, who was the overall commander of several reenactment units in the Atlanta area before the formation of the formal "organization" that we know today.


   


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