Originally created 03/31/03

Mr. Francis Dales (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)



WAYNESBORO, Ga.- Mr. Francis Alonzo Dales, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2003 at St. Josephs Hospice. A native of Augusta, he was the son of the late Evelyn Denning Dales and Bertram Burdell Dales. Educated in both Waynesboro and Augusta, he graduated from the Academy of Richmond County. He attended Georgia Tech and Kings Point Maritime Academy. Mr. Dales served during World War 11 as a Merchant Marine Cadet Midshipman and obtained the rank of Captain. His heroic exploits in the Mediterranean earned him the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal at the direction of President Roosevelt for "heroism beyond the call of duty" in a British convoy known as Operation Pedestal. He was also one of fourteen to receive the Grace Lines medal of meritorious service; awarded the 50th Anniversary George Cross at the Malta Embassy in Washington, D.C.; honored at Battery Park in New York City during the unveiling of the Merchant Marine Monument; honored by the City of Augusta, with a bronze plaque at Heros Overlook Riverwalk and made an honorary citizen of the country of Malta in 2002. He retired from sales and marketing in the welding industry and spent his remaining career as a project manager for J.T. Turner Constructing Company, Savannah, Ga. Lonnie, as he was affectionately known, was a member of Saint Michaels Episcopal Church, Waynesboro; the Bi-Lo Coffee Club, American Legion Post 120 and a former president of the Waynesboro Exchange Club. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Odom Dales, and three children, Donna D. Lovett of Waynesboro, Ga.; Dorothy D. Hankins of Guyton and Clifford H. Dales of Savannah, grandchildren, Mark Lovett, Leslie Lovett, Katie Lovett, Matt Lovett, Natalie Hankins, Ben Hankins, Walker Dales and Frances Dales, and a great granddaughter, Baylie Lovett. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Tuesday morning, April 1, 2003 at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 515 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Patricia Reuss officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to St. Michaels Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 50, Waynesboro, Ga., 30830. DeLoach Kennedy Funeral Home, 842 Liberty St., Waynesboro, (706) 554-3531 is serving the Dales family. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle March 31, 2003