John Mervin Besszong

Thu, 02/08/2007 - 3:33pm
By: The Citizen

John Mervin Besszong, 78, Hogansville, died Feb. 2, 2007. He was born Jan. 15, 1929 in Montpelier, Vt., son of Phyllis Levy. He was adopted by Isaac and Florence Besszong, who reared him in Nova Scotia. He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Virginia Besszong, his parents, and a sister, Mary B. Holmes. He was a veteran of the Korean War, receiving a total of seven medals, including the Korea Medal and the UNS Medal. He was a special officer in the Merchants Patrol for the city of Miami, the North Miami Police Department and the City of Opa-Locka. He was a honorary deputy sheriff for Dade County, Fla., as well as member of the Volunteer Civil Defense program. He started a lifelong career in the trucking and transportation field at Air Control Products in Miami, and also worked as a transportation manager at General Bronze Corporation. He worked for Bowman Truck Lines receiving many safe driver commendations. His final driving career was with Greyhound Bus Lines. Memorial services were at the Carmichael-Hemperley chapel. Survivors include a son, Roy Duncan and Molly Besszong, Jonesboro; a daughter, Diane Lee McKenzie, Locust Grove; Joan Keedie, Edmonton, Alberta; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, was in charge.

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