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Henry Edward “Ed” Kersey

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Henry Edward “Ed” Kersey, 88, of Hampton, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

He leaves his wife of 65 years, Virginia Dixon Kersey; sons, Arthur Kersey (Kay), Robert Alan Kersey (Jan), Mark Kersey (Melody); granddaughter, Kimberly Kersey Folds (Rod); grandsons, Herbie Ledford, Nicklaus Ledford (Zori), Josh Ledford (Michelle); step-grandson, Kristopher Sutton; step-granddaughter, Keli Sutton Barbour (Byron); great-grandchildren, Matthew, Kersey and Maegan Stone, Lilliana and Jack David Ledford, Kali and Ryan Barbour; sisters, Betty Sue Daniel and Margie Smith, brother, Charlie Kersey (Dot) and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Kersey was born and raised in rural Concord, Ga. (Pike County), the son of John Henry Kersey and Viola Quick Kersey. As he spent most of his life in Pike and Clayton counties, he had many friends and relatives here and possessed a wealth of knowledge about the area and its history.

In June 1942, at age 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for 3 1/2 years on the USS O’Hara in both the European and Pacific theaters in World War II. Upon returning home from the war, he married Virginia, the love of his life and started a family. Over the years, Mr. Kersey pursued a variety of professions, among which included serving as a Clayton County policeman and ambulance driver at one time, but he is best remembered as being a car salesman, having worked for over 35 years collectively at several local Chevrolet dealerships.

He enjoyed all sporting events, especially NASCAR racing, and attended many of the events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and many local race tracks. He was a faithful member of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Hampton for 55 years and was instrumental in the growth of the church.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, April 3, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, 180 N. Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Mowell Funeral Home. Interment to follow at the cemetery at New Hope Methodist Church, Hampton.

Carl J. Mowell and Son, Fayetteville, www.mowellfuneralhome.com