Longtime Georgia pastor Milton Dwelle, 98, of Douglasville, passed away on July 31, surrounded by family at WellStar Douglas Hospital. He was born in Scarborough in 1920 to Eugene Bates and Jennie Joyner Dwelle and was a native of Millen.
After graduating from Rocky Ford High School, he drove a gasoline delivery truck. Later, he joined the US Army and served as a Staff Sergeant for the Battery A 133rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion in World War II.
After the war ended, he graduated from Mercer University in Macon where he met his future wife, Irene. After marrying in 1949, they moved to Texas where he graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He was the pastor for Eastside Baptist Church in Moultrie, Tennille Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church in Douglasville. He later served as interim pastor at several area churches and taught classes for Mercer Extension School. He later served as Funeral Assistant and Staff Chaplain for Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching baseball and was an avid gardener, golfer and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Julia Proctor (Jesse), Mildred Davis (Fred), Elsie Sullivan (Fran) and Marian Reeves (Hoke), and brothers George (Helen), Gene (Marie), Harry (Rosalie) and Bobby (Elsie).
He is survived by his wife Irene, son, David (Sally), grandsons Stephen and William, son Timothy, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Aug. 4 at Rose Haven Chapel. Douglasville pastor Gene Fields of Heritage Baptist Church officiated. The service will also included pastors Tim Akin and Michael Kimberly of First Baptist Church of Douglasville, words from long-time friend Will Adams, and music by Carol Emerson. Interment was in the Rose Haven Cemetery.
Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at www.whitleygarner.com. Arrangements were by Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home in Douglasville.