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Henry Waldemar Besuden Sr.

Henry Waldemar Besuden Sr., known to many as ‘Dinky,’ was called home to be with his precious Lord on Dec. 28, 2012 at the age of 86. Henry’s life was one adventure after another. He was born in Ohio in 1926 and he moved to Florida as a boy with his father, where he was an avid horseman and fisherman. Henry was a great lover of horses from a very young age and horses loved him. He was a true horse whisperer. Henry attended Gordon Military Boarding School in Barnesville, Ga. Once he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Navy and his travels took him to Shanghai, Australia and Hawaii. Upon his return to Georgia, he attended and graduated from Gordon College. He met his beautiful bride Louellen and they resided in Barnesville for the next 32 years. Henry retired from the William Carter Company in 1978. In the next 30 years, he and Louellen lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Homer and Las Vegas, Nev. In his final years he returned to his beloved Georgia and resided in Madison. Henry was a member of Centennial Baptist Church, the American Legion and Mission Service Corp. Henry’s hobbies included horses, stained glass and Bonsai. Henry was preceded in death by his father, Waldemar Henry Besuden. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years; his devoted daughter, Beverly Stansell; his loving son, Wally (Charlotte); five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Centennial Baptist Church. Henry was bigger than life and he will be missed by many. Donations can be made in his honor to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering or to the new youth building at Centennial Baptist Church in Rutledge, Ga.

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