Rupert Eben Cartwright, Sr., 88, of Dawsonville, died April 13, 2018.
Born Dec. 23, 1929 to the late Eben and Liberta Cartwright in Flomaton, Ala., he had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help anyone. We know he is in Heaven making Jesus laugh! He will be dearly missed.
Rupert was a member of the Florida State Guard 1947 and a decorated Corporal in the U.S. Army who served during the Korean War from Feb. 1951 until his honorable discharge in Nov. 1952. He was a communications expert and telephone lineman during the war, a proud member of Korean War Veterans of Georgia Inc. in Gainesville and received the Korean Service Medal in 2005.
A member of Juno Baptist Church in Dawsonville, Rupert had worked at the Scott’s Paper Mill in Alabama and also as a carpenter, tile setter and even did some mason work. He helped build the lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, worked on a church included in the movie "Six Pack" and Willeo Baptist Church in Roswell, Ga.
He loved animals, camping and sitting by a campfire anytime he could make one. A very clever inventor, he also enjoyed to mechanic, cook, fish, hunt and was a good farmer too. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts when his sons were younger.
His son, Ralph Eugene Cartwright; brother, J.C. Cartwright; and sister, Vera McCrory, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of over 65 years, Mildred Catherine Haygood Cartwright of Dawsonville; children, Rupert Eben Jr. and Leah Cartwright of Waleska, Vanessa and Roy Fouts, Adam Cartwright, Nathan and Patricia Cartwright, Lynda Grant and John Reid, all of Dawsonville; sisters, Lera Nell Skipper and Linda Leo Cartwright of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Bottoms and Pastor Roland Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Veterans Alliance, 6532 Valley Stream Way, Cumming, Ga. 30040.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.