James P. "Buck" Cheves Jr., 90, of Dahlonega, died July 17, 2014.
Born Aug. 13, 1923, in Atlanta, to the late James P. Sr. and Elizabeth Chumbley Cheves, he lived in Lumpkin County for more than 30 years having moved from Sandy Springs.
Mr. Cheves attended North Fulton High School and was a graduate of Marist High School and the University of Georgia (Sigma Chi).
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot of B-24s and B-29s.
During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater and during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Japan.
He retired as a builder and real estate developer in the Atlanta area after 40 years.
Buck was an avid outdoorsman who loved all things in nature.
He served as president of the Izaak Walton League in the late 1960s.
He and his family traveled America, camping and fishing.
He retreated to his sanctuary in his beloved North Georgia to become a gentleman farmer and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He married his beloved wife, Ida Lee Solms Cheves of Savannah, on Oct. 5, 1949. She preceded him in death in 2013.
Survivors include his children, James Parks "Buck" Cheves III of Dahlonega, Thomas Gilbert and Brenda Cheves of Orlando, Fla., Elizabeth Anne "Betsy" and Wayne Smith of Dawsonville; granddaughters and their spouses, Kathryn and Josh MacInnes of Greensboro, N.C., Carey Cheves of Orlando, Fla., Casey and Jeffrey Jenkins of Carrollton; great-granddaughter, Haileigh MacInnes; sisters and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Harry Lee of Richmond, Va., Jo Lane Wright of Atlanta; various other relatives also survive.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. July 24 at Arlington Memorial Park.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.