BLAKELY -- William Charles DeLoach, Sr., 89, of Blakely, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL following a brief illness. He was born on June 14, 1923 in Douglas County, Georgia to the late Myrtie Rosetta Jackson Deloach and William Bunyan DeLoach as the second of six children. After graduating from Douglas County High School in 1941, he worked for AT & T in various locations before joining the US Coast Guard in 1942, reaching the rank of First Class Petty Officer (Electrician's Mate) where he served until 1946. After leaving the Coast Guard, he returned to AT&T before joining the Kirk Telephone System, which ultimately took him to Dothan, Al. in the position of General Equipment Superintendent over 33 telephone exchanges in Southeast Alabama. In 1954, Mr. DeLoach purchased the Blakely Telephone Company in Blakely, Georgia, which he operated in addition to his Dothan responsibilities. In 1958, he renamed the Blakely business, Georgia Telephone Corporation and added the telephone exchanges in Attapulgus, Whigham and Ocklocknee, Georgia in subsequent years. He moved to Blakely in 1961 and began serving full-time as owner and operator of Georgia Telephone Corporation. One of his great joys was operating his company and working with its employees before selling to ALLTEL in 1997.
Throughout his career and retirement, Mr. Deloach was a very active member of the Blakely community. He served on the Board of Directors at the Bank of Early for 53 years, and remained active on their holding company board until the time of his death. He was an active member of the Blakely Rotary Club, serving as President and a Director, and was a Paul Harris and Will Watt Fellow. He served as Chairman of the Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad Board, President of the Early County Chamber of Commerce Board, on the Board of Directors of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely, Chairman of the Early Memorial Hospital Board, and president of the Georgia Telephone Association. For many years he enjoyed riding horses and was among the first in Southwest Georgia to raise and breed Paso Finos. One of his horses, Shadowfax, was crowned Grand National Champion. He enjoyed the outdoors including gardening, quail hunting, raising horses and cattle, and spending time on his farm.
Mr. DeLoach is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Val Hadaway DeLoach of Blakely, Ga., his son William Charles "Chuck" DeLoach, Jr. and Michelle Dennis of Blakely, Ga., his daughter Jane Anne DeLoach Sullivan and her husband Vic Sullivan of Albany, Ga. He also has two step-children, Hilton Hightower and his wife Elizabeth of Tallahassee, Fl. and Amy Hightower Dent and her husband Joe of Albany, Ga. He has eight grandchildren, Victor Sullivan, Margaret Sullivan, Lanie DeLoach, Mary Larkin Carden, Gracie Carden, Sophie Hightower, Ava Hightower and Lily Hightower. Mr. DeLoach is also survived by one brother, James Larry DeLoach and his wife Carolyn of Temple, Ga.
Mr. DeLoach was preceded in death, other than by his parents, by four brothers and sisters, Mozelle DeLoach Johnson, Dorris DeLoach, Dorothy DeLoach and Betty Lou DeLoach Thomas.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 14, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Blakely, Georgia at 2:00 PM. Visitation was held prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the Church Fellowship Hall. Rev. Dwight Bishop officiated the service assisted by Dr. Alex Howell. A private committal took place following the church service. Active pallbearers were Robert Collier, Earl Jones, Bobby McLendon, Al Warrick, Buck Grist, Robert Brownlee, Butch Wiggins and Steve Singletary. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Blakely Rotary Club and the former employees of Georgia Telephone Corporation. In lieu of flowers, those desiring, may give memorials to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Blakely 229/ 723-3421.