Rev. Billy Gerald Dempsey, age 82, of Summerville, GA, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his residence.

Rev. Dempsey was born September 17, 1935, in Oxford, AL, son of the late Amon and Valiree Bedford Dempsey.  He was a minister of the Gospel since 1962 and had served as pastor of several churches in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.  Rev. Dempsey was also a veteran of the United States Navy having served in the Korean Conflict.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Lilla Ree Zaner Dempsey; and a brother, Franklin Dempsey.

Rev. Dempsey is survived by his son, William Greg and Gina Dempsey; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Todd Thomas; grandchildren, Callie Denise Thomas and Richard Cole Thomas.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Elliot, Rev. Barry Peppers, and Rev. Paul Mason officiating.  Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens with full military honors presented by the Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard of the American Legion.  Active pallbearers will be Cole Thomas, Cory Hansard, Casey Hansard, Colby Helms, and Tommy Hansard.  Honorary pallbearers will be all the Chattooga Baptist Association Pastors and former Deacons and Staff Members.

Rev. Dempsey will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Gideons International, the Midway Baptist Church in Honor of Rev. Billy Dempsey, or to the Trion Heights Baptist Church building fund.

Mason Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Rev. Billy Gerald Dempsey who passed away Saturday.