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Benjamin L. Brinson Jr., 77: Air Force Employee, Public Servant, Active Church Member

The funeral will be held Thursday morning at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, with the family receiving friends an hour before the service.

Benjamin Lewis Brinson, Jr., of Alpharetta, GA, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Gardens of Roswell.

Mr. Brinson was a native of Graymont (now Twin City) in Emanuel County, the son of Benjamin Lewis Brinson and Pauline Belk Brinson. He attended Emanuel County Institute and was a 1953 high school graduate of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. He received the BBA degree in accounting in 1957 and the MA degree in economic statistics in 1958 from the University of Georgia. He also received the MPA degree from Harvard University in 1965. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Brinson was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity; Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and other honorary scholastic fraternities. He was designated a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration following graduation from Harvard. 

Mr. Brinson was a civilian employee of the Department of the Air Force at Robins Air Force Base, GA. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1985 from the Air Force Logistics Command and retired from Federal service after 33 years. He joined the faculty of the Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins and he retired in 2001 after ten years of service. 

Mr. Brinson was an active member of the Byromville Baptist Church in Dooly County, serving as deacon, treasurer, and Sunday school teacher. He also served as a member and chairman of the Dooly County Board of Education. He represented Dooly County on the board of the Middle Flint Planning and Development Commission, serving as chairman; he represented the Middle Flint area on the Governor’s Committee for Regional Planning and Development, serving as chairman. He also served on the Dooly County Board of Family and Children’s Services and as mayor of Byromville. 

After retirement to Savannah, Chatham County, he was an active member of the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Church historian. Upon his final move to Alpharetta, Fulton County, to be near his sons’ families, he was an active member of the Dunwoody United Methodist Church, serving as co-chair of the Pryme Tymers Council and teaching Sunday School.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Panter Brinson of Alpharetta; his sons and daughters-in-law Benjamin Lewis Brinson III and Carol Ann Brinson of Dunwoody; and Jonathan Belk Brinson and Michelle Brayley Brinson of Cherokee County; his daughter-in-law Sandra Willis Brinson of Perry; one sister and brother-in-law, Elaine Brinson Evans and Wiley C. Evans III of Bartow; one sister-in-law Rebecca Mann Panter of Columbus, three granddaughters, one grandson and two step-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his son Lane Edwards Brinson of Perry. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the parlor one hour preceding the service. Burial will be at the Brinson Cemetery in Emanuel County near Canoochee on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Brinson’s memory may be made to the Brinson Cemetery Association, 209 Long View Lane, Pickens, SC 29671 or the Treasurer, Byromville Baptist Church, Byromville, GA 31007.

Arrangements are being made by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta, GA (678) 735-5500.

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