June 10, 1947 ~ February 25, 2023
Born in: Jefferson, Georgia
Resided in: Grayson, Georgia
George Franklin Kesler, 75, died peacefully while surrounded by his immediate family on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Northside Gwinnett Hospital in Lawrenceville, GA. George was born in Jefferson, GA. He was the son of the late Oris Massey Kesler and George Theron Kesler.
George was a graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business. George was a member of the SAE fraternity, and he served as his fraternity’s Chaplain while attending UGA.
George had a rewarding career spanning 34 years with Georgia Power – Southern Company including various assignments in Accounting and Customer Service. He and his family experienced many moves throughout the state of Georgia. George greatly valued the friendships he developed over his career, and greatly appreciated the support from many of his co-workers.
George lived his life of deep faith in a quiet and dedicated manner. Living and leading by example through his treatment of all people, and with much gratitude to his many church friends and additional lifelong friends. His dry sense of humor was also enjoyed by his friends and family. George was a man of true character; his compassion and humble manner enriched the lives of all who knew him. He and Ladson were founding charter members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Snellville, GA, where George served as an Elder. In more recent years George has served as Elder at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn, GA, where he was Clerk of Session over many years. His commitment to his church, providing transportation to cancer patients in need of treatments, working with Habitat for Humanity, and especially his dedication of service to Thornwell Children’s Home in Clinton, SC brought much joy and meaning to his life.
George met the love of his life, Ladson Harvin Kesler, at Young Harris College. They would have soon celebrated 52 years of life together. George and Ladson have continued to enjoy special friendships from their college years at Young Harris. In his retirement years, George especially took pleasure in reading, his many outside projects, building and creating woodwork, and pulling for his Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. He and Ladson treasured their summers in South Carolina at Lake Keowee with family, friends, and dear neighbors. Over many summers, George and Ladson shared memorable vacations, together with their extended family, on the South Carolina coast. They were also fortunate to experience travel throughout many places in Germany with Ladson’s sister, and also in Italy. In the States, they enjoyed numerous National Parks.
Above all, George was a devoted family man. He often said that his greatest role in life was to be Ladson’s husband, and father to Franklin and Leiann.
George is survived by his wife, Ladson, of Grayson, son Franklin Gordon Kesler (Lisa) of Atlanta, daughter Leila Ann (Leiann) Kesler Spence (Stephen) of Huntington, WV, brother, Theron Massey Kesler of Jefferson, sisters-in-law: Janice Kesler, Lynda Kesler, both of Jefferson, Leila Klessmann of Bielefeld, Germany, Maria Harvin of Columbia, SC, and brother-in-law Stewart Ingram Harvin III of Columbia, SC, and his many well-loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John Ernest Kesler.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Thornwell Home for Children at 302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325 or at https://thornwell.org/give.
Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770 -277-4550
George was a dear friend-the first person I met when we moved to Loran Pointe. He and his wife, Ladson, were great fiends always willing to help in any way. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend. Bill, Teresa and Lauren McCabe
I have known George and Ladson since our college days at YHC. We are so sorry for this loss, and he will be missed by so many of us. Our sympathy, love and prayers for Ladson and all of their family. May God give you His peace and comfort.
George and Ladson were the perfect couple at Young Harris. Sorry for your loss.
I have fond memories of George from Jefferson High School and Young Harris and of beautiful Ladson from Young Harris. George was generous enough to give me rides home to Jefferson on weekends. My heart goes out to you, Ladson, and all your family. I hope that all of you are finding comfort in loving memories.
Our prayers and sympathy to Ladson and family over the death of George. We both thought so much of him and enjoyed the occasions when we would see them at YHC. Mike and Luella Ledford
Ladson, we are so saddened by George’s passing. George was my big Brother in Delta Sig at YHC. He was also a fantastic Hearts player in Peel Hall. We played as partners and we played 5 handed.
And had fun times taking trips to varied places/Glantenburg. Snow skiing.
And taking Ladson to Athens. George was a wonderful person. And greatest friend. Kay & David Green.
Ladson, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Phillips Watson
George was a faithful friend from Georgia Power, the Southern Company and I cherish the relationship with him and his. loving wife, Ladson in Windsor Place.
I had the opportunity to work for and with George during the majority of my career at Southern Company. Early on, I realized that I was working with a special person – a man of many talents who was smart, positive and humble. He was one of the most insightful people that I have ever encountered.
It seems so inadequate to say that George was simply a “good man.” But that’s exactly was he was – to the max in every category. I loved this man, and I feel like I am a better person for having known him.
May God bless you, Chief.