Homer Henson, 85, of Dawsonville, died Feb. 11, 2012.
Born Dec. 18, 1926, in Polk County, Tenn. to the late Carl and Ollie Henson, starting at the age of 16 he worked his way around much of the United States having many adventures until he married his late wife, Geneva on July 11, 1947.
Mr. Henson moved from Jackson, S.C. to Dawson County in 1954, where he resided until 2001 when he moved to Fannin County and then returned to Dawson County in 2011.
He retired from Ironworkers Local #387 after more than 25 years of service and was a member of Sweet Gum Lodge #542 F&AM.
Homer set a fine example of what it means to work hard and was much beloved by his grandchildren who he spoiled with all sorts of homemade toys and games.
The boys in particular were crazy about him and they loved to play pranks on their Papa Homer and tinker with him on his endless projects.
His sisters, Ruby Thurmond, Jessie Henson; brothers, Edgar Henson, Alvin Henson, Clyde Henson, Fred Henson and W.C. "Cork" Henson, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his children, Lannie and Deborah Henson, Mike and Pam Henson, all of Dawsonville, Dena and Richard Hamby of Milledgeville; sister, Stella Ware of Jasper; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; various other relatives also survive.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harvey Ware officiating. Interment followed in Moss Memorial Gardens.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.