2015-05-20 / Obituaries

Ben Lee Moxley, Jr.

Ben Lee Moxley, Jr., 88, of Brooker, Florida passed away peacefully Thursday, May 14, 2015 at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville following a long illness.

He was born January 15, 1927 in Louisville, Georgia to Ben Lee Moxley, Sr. and Reba Campbell Moxley. He graduated from Midville High School and attended Georgia Tech for one year before joining the Navy in 1944.

He was a gunner in the Navy for two years. After leaving the Navy he attended and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

He worked for the Savannah River Plant in New Ellenton, South Carolina for 4 years. In 1955 he went to work with the DuPont Mining Plant in Starke, Florida, where he worked for 48 1/2 years as a mining engineer; retiring in 1999.

Ben was involved in many organizations throughout his life. He was a founding member and developer of the Starke Golf and Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf and served for many years as President and board member. He also served as President of Bradford High School PTA and President of the Bradford High School Quarterback Club, both during the same school year.

Ben enjoyed cooking and was famous for his steak dinners which he served to many organizations and groups at the Starke Golf and Country Club for many years.

He enjoyed researching family history and was a member of the Augusta Genealogical Society. Ben also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and spending time with his family.

He was a member of the American Legion in Starke. He was a member of Brooker Baptist Church and a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Burch.

He is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Gwen (Netherland) Moxley of Brooker; son, Ben L. Moxley, III of Daytona Beach Shores; daughter, Lynn (Gene) Melvin of Brooker; grandsons, Brian (Cassie) Melvin of Brooker; Brad Melvin of Brooker; Granddaughter, Brooke Moxley of Deland.

Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church of Starke, 200 N. Walnut St. at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Interment will be at the Midville City Cemetery in Midville, Georgia at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Arrangements are by Jones- Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Brooker Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box

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